GCGC Gymnastics

For a while I only knew them as GCGC Gymnastics. I recently discovered that GCGC stands for Gloucester Community Gymnastic Challengers. Tucked away in an industrial park in Gloucester, this unassuming Gymnastics centre wow’d us with their programming.

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I took both my girls out to a Saturday morning Kindergym, and they were in awe of the 12,500 square foot facility. The children started off with a warm-up on the floor with fun music (who doesn’t love running around in a circle like a mad person?) The kids were then separated into groups based on age and skill level. An instructor led each group over to various parts of the gym, and the girls got to practice on the balance beams, trampoline and bars.

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My youngest (18 months), was just a teensy bit too young, although she certainly had a good time. By the time the class was over, I was in a full sweat from chasing her around everywhere. My 4.5 year-old got a lot out of the class, and I was so proud to see her confidence in trying new skills.

There are a lot of gymnastics options out there for parents, and it’s hard knowing which one to choose. I like GCGC because there are both recreational and competitive options. Founded in 1976, the centre is in good standing with Gymnastics Ontario and bilingual coaches are certified with the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP). The ratios are very small, and my girls were in a group of only 4 children in total. It’s great knowing that my oldest could start off in recreational programs and perhaps move into competitive programs as she builds her skills.

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Summer camps are also open now for registration, so if you’re like me and have procrastinated getting your kids signed up, there’s still space! Take a look at their website for more program information. Also, head over to their Facebook page and give them a “like!” Supporting local businesses like GCGC is such a pleasure!

Strawberries, strawberries, everywhere!

They’re falling off the plants, and making their way onto our plates. I LOVE strawberry season. We try our very best not to purchase strawberries from the US, because it’s just so lovely waiting for the delicious local strawberries to arrive in season. The flavour is so much better!

Last night I scoured my recipe books for a quick strawberry cake I could make for dessert, and came across this one from Vegetarian Planet by Didi Emmons. If you’re going for healthy, this is definitely not a good choice :) But, I did cut the sugar back to 3/4 cup, and it was definitely sweet enough!

strawberry cake

Cornmeal Strawberry Cake

1 1/3 cups cornmeal
2/3 cup unbleached white flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 1/4 cups sugar
4 large eggs, beaten
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup buttermilk (or yogurt)
1 cup sliced strawberries

Preheat oven to 350, and grease a 9 in cake pan. In a large bowl mix together cornmeal, flour, salt and baking powder.

In another bowl, mix butter and sugar (don’t cream them). Stir in half the beaten eggs and mix. Stir in the rest of the eggs and mix well. Add the vanilla to the buttermilk. Add half the flour mixture to the egg mixture, and stir well (do not beat). Add the buttermilk and stir again. Then add the remaining flour mixture. Fold in the strawberries and pour the batter into the pan.

Bake for 45 to 50 minutes, until a knife inserted comes out clean.

Serve with ice cream, whipped cream or greek yogurt!

Summer is HERE: Ottawa Events Round-Up!

OK, so maybe summer isn’t here for another four days, but we’re close! It certainly feels like summer. And with only four days of school left (for the French Catholic board), my husband certainly knows that summer is coming ;) As a SAHD, he will be the one in charge of summer fun!

With summer comes many great events in and around Ottawa. I’ve heard of SO many things going on this weekend that I just had to get it all written down and clear in my mind :) I think we’ll only be able to pick one or two events to attend, but I’d love to hear about what you’re doing!

Teddy Bear’ s Picnic

Lemonade Standemonium

Ottawa Dragonboat Festival

Carivibe Festival

Ottawa Fringe Festival

Beechwood Solistic Stroll

Boomerang Kids Charity Strollerthon

Glowfair Ottawa

and of course, we can’t forget the Ottawa Farmer’s Market!

Phew, that was a lot….have I missed anything?

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I almost forgot the ice cream festival! Ice cream is very important :)