Monday, April 21, 2014

Happy Easter Monday!!!

Good Morning Everyone!

Wow what a weekend! It was a big one for us. Having a 4 year old and Easter is kind of a big deal. Kaylee was excited for about 2 weeks prior to this weekend. "How many days til the bunny comes Mum?". I would look down at those big brown eyes of innocence and tell her another week before he would come. I also never once hesitated to use him to my advantage. Telling her he only brought chocolates to little boys and girls who listened to their Moms and Dads and were well behaved. I love having these simple tools a couple times a year. 

So when this weekend finally arrived, Kaylee was bouncing. regardless of her 6am morning wake up, she was still fighting sleep for everything she was worth at 9pm. The kid is a trooper. I mean I was tuckered out. Waiting for her to fall asleep and then waiting a little while longer to make sure there was no jumping up from her. Finally, Jordon and I went to work putting eggs everywhere. When all the treats were hidden around the house, I decided a note was just what she needed to start off the day.  

Jordon and I went off to bed and come morning time, I was laying in bed, waiting for the little pidder padder of her feet. I laid in bed awake almost 40 minutes before the dog finally woke Kaylee up. She ran into my room excitedly. Wildly telling me, with arms flailing that there were eggs! She had been good and the Easter Bunny had come to our house! Seeing her that excited was the best feeling ever. We followed her back into her bedroom, put on her slippers, read her bunny note and then started the egg hunt. 
Sure is a good thing its her last year as an only child!

It never seizes to amaze me how fast it is all over. She ran around the house collecting eggs and other treats I had left out- rubber boots, new sneakers, a couple new outfits (all things she needed I swear) before she realized it was over and then what? Fortunately she spent the next hour playing with her new play dough while I cleaned up and made breaky. 
Look at all these shoes!!
This is what I picked up in one score!

Wayy too cute right?
In other news, so much is changing around our house. Aside from the fact that my little girl is becoming quite the little lady, I also am slowly expanding andddddd we are readying our home for our new addition. I know I have done this before, but in some sense, I feel like it is all new to me again. I picked up the BEST kijiji score last week. Adorable baby boy clothes. A LOT of them. So I spent Thursday night of a long weekend, washing and folding all these tiny little outfits. I don't ever remember Kaylee being so small... Hard to believe in a few months, I am going to have a new little human to hold. 

All washed and folded. Ready for a tiny human.
Jordon worked hard around the house this weekend. My kitchen is now painted! Another step in the process to finishing. We are ohhh so close and I just can't wait to be able to say it is done. So with the kitchen painted he moved on to putting an itty bitty fan in the baby room. There is no denying the bedroom is small. We knew that when we bought the house. Although looking back 6 years our state of mind was slightly different. 22 years old, looking for a bigger space for us and our furr kids, ready to party like rock stars... Ya we really didn't notice the size of the bedroom. Now Jordon keeps reminding me, the room is perfectly sized for a nursery. It is on the smaller size but it is all that we need. He is right... I keep reminding myself. Needless to say, we rearranged furniture in Kaylee's room, found her a new dresser on kijiji, moved the one from her room (that matches my crib) to the baby room and ta da! Suddenly things are coming together.
Looking a little more like a big kid room.

Kaylee's room looks a little more grown up with her own mirror, and the spare room that I have forever called "Dan's Room" because that's where our friend Dan lived with us for a year or so in the early house years, is now becoming a little baby boys room. 
A few toys, a snack, a blanket on the drive
way = "nic nic" (also known as picnic) for a 4
year old. :)

Cuteness is...
Also on this past weekends docket, craft time! I try and let this side of Kaylee have as much freedom as I can allow my ocd messy issues to tolerate. We made salt dough shapes with cookie cutters and when they were ready, I covered the dining room table with paper and we went to town painting. They are thumbprint salt doughs. I am going to make them into key chains for a few special people. What fun we had. It took well over an hour and a few giggles along the way.

I of course also cooked up a great big ham dinner. It was fabulous. Kaylee loves her mashed potatoes, and ham. She polished off her plate like her Daddy. We also made up a special plate for our favorite neighbor. He works out west and is home tomorrow. Thought it would be nice to come home to a home cooked meal in his fridge.
Ham, mashed potatoes, candy carrots, and
Easter eggs of course!

Craft time with Mum.

Other than that, outside play, spring cleaning and finding our new rhythm as the season changes and brings us longer and brighter days. 

How did you spend your Easter weekend? What are your special long weekend traditions?

I hope you all had a fabulous weekend and have a great week ahead!

Until the next time Ya'll!!!! 

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Let's try this again!

Hey Everyone!!!!

I started writing a blog 3 times last week. I was feeling icky and gross and they all seemed whiny. Who wants to read a whiny pregnant woman's ramblings? 

So, here I am! Its Tuesday, the snow is almost gone and that feels great! Today also marks my 3 year wedding anniversary, my Dad's birthday and what would have been my Nanny and Poppa's 53rd wedding anniversary. One heck of a busy day in our family.

3 years ago today, I stood on the white sandy beaches of the Dominican, with the people I loved most surrounding me and exchanged vows with Jordon. At that point we had been together almost 9 years, owned a home together, had a child together and everything else that goes along with those things. It was long over due but it was perfect. Low stress, no shoes and a great time.

I do!!!
This day also marks the beginning of the end of my Nanny's life. She had a stroke on her 51st wedding anniversary which ultimately led to her death a few days later. So, this is a bitter sweet day. I can only hope that marrying my husband on their special day will bring Jordon and I as many love filled years as this day brought them. My Nanny lives in my heart and forever will. She taught me more life lessons than I think she even realized. Plus she handed down to me, her love for cooking. She cooked from the heart and I do the same.  
Poppa and Nanny
All of that being said. None of that can take away from the other big part of this day. The birth of my father. My crazy, undeterred, brave, sometimes brazen, loud, outspoken, funny and lovable Dad. I have been told I am a little bit like him over the years and to be honest, I don't think that is such a bad thing. We don't always agree but I know he always loves and supports me. 

Love this man!
So, all of that being said. Jordon and I have yet to celebrate our anniversary. The first one was a bad year with everything that happened with Nanny.... The second year we had company and ended up doing beer and wings. So this year we decided it would be nice to head out and have a nice supper together. Saturday night, my oh so amazing day care provider, as well as great friend of mine, Melissa offered to take Kaylee for a sleepover. I loaded up Kaylee's bag with a couple newly downloaded movies, treats, jammies, and an Easter egg kit and sent her on her way. I took my time getting ready. Having a nice long shower, doing my hair and make up without hearing the "Mom! Mom? Mooom... Mom?" repeatedly. It was lovely. Jordon had a late afternoon nap before getting cleaned up and we hit the road. 

On our way down, looking over at my handsome hubby he says "I know we said we weren't going to get each other anything, and I am not going to get you some mushy card like you want... But if you reach under your seat, you will find a little something. I teasingly smack him because we had agreed no gifts, just a nice night out... I lean all the way over with bump and leaned back seat causing extreme difficulty and find a wrapped present. HE EVEN WRAPPED IT! Jordon hates wrapping and tries pawning his Christmas wrapping off on anyone willing. I am already impressed. I open it up and its an otter box for my iPhone. I am thrilled. I needed a new case. Its pink, its cute and when I start putting it on my phone....... It doesn't fit... I fiddle with it, and then look at the  box again... It is indeed the wrong size. "Jo, this is for an iPhone 5. Your going to have to take it back and get me the right one. Frig". Meanwhile I am thinking.... "dumbass, way to build up for a fail". He grins and says "Oh, well maybe I can help with that" before reaching behind his seat to pull out yet another wrapped present. I know immediately its a new phone. "WHATTTTTTTT". I didn't expect it. I was impressed and in awe of my hubby. He said after contemplating jewelry amongst other things, he thought... What do you use the most. My phone came to mind immediately. Well, I have to say, not only was I impressed with the gift. I was also impressed with the lead up and the wrapping. Good job hunnie. I too have something special for him. I however ordered it online and have no idea when it will be here...I hate that it's late but hope it is worth the wait. I will be sure to show you once it arrives :). 

Anywho.... We went down to The Keg. We generally splurge on The Keg about once a year. The atmosphere is so nice. You are never rushed and can I just say... That warm bread and whipped butter..... OMG YUM. Escargot, bread, steak, crab legs.... It was just awesome. 

We spent a couple hours chatting, eating and having drinks. May I recommend the virgin strawberry daiquiri there. Not too sweet, not too tart, just perfectly delish!  It was going on 11pm before we knew it. The emptying restaurant didn't give the time away, my incessant yawning did. We decided to head home. It wasn't long after, I was curled in bed in my fleece leopard pants (Canadian lingerie ya'll), Jordon's over sized t-shirt and probably snoring louder than I care to admit. 

7:30am... 7:30 IN THE MORNING!!!!!!! Not a peep until then. That is when the dogs started pacing as it was pee and breakfast time for them. Oh how nice uninterrupted sleep until 7:30am is. Melissa you are a god send and I will tell you 100 times thank you for taking Kaylee for the night. Hehe. 

I received a text that the girls were happily playing and not to pick her up til noon. Jordon headed to the gym and I blasted some country music while I cleaned my house. Pure awesomeness. Loved it. I was certainly happy to see my little munchkin at noon, even given her cranky and tired demeanor from her late night. We hung out together the rest of the day and got ready to take on another week. 

So, there you have it. :) What do you and your significant other do to celebrate anniversaries? More importantly, what would you give to have uninterrupted sleep til 7:30am if your a parent?? 

I leave you with this... My daily obsessions... Can't get enough of it... Work must think I am crazy for my always full fruit plate.  

Mmmmmmm.... Can't get enough.....

 And a little wedding day throw back photo dump! (because when else do you have a chance to look back other than on your anniversary)...
Look how little she was!!!
Group wedding shot!

 Have a Tasty Tuesday Ya'll!!!! And again,



**Thinking of you today and always Nanny- you too Poppa :)**