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Wednesday, September 2, 2009

The Countdowns Have Begun!!

I think I have officially decided that I loathe blogging! LOL That's why posts seems to arrive 2-3 months apart and I have to literally drag my ass on here to post something new. However with family across the Atlantic Ocean, it's still a nice way to keep everyone updated, and hypocritically I love reading other people's blogs but can't be bothered to keep mine updated.

September has started and I can't believe how fast the summer (if you can call it a summer) has gone by. With the new month comes all the countdowns!

9 Weeks until my Duedate
6 Weeks until my Maternity Leave Starts (officially)
4 Weeks until my Last day at Work (16 shifts as of today)

Getting more excited than nervous, everyone seems to assume that I should be terrified, but of what exactly? Dan and I planned to have a child and are therefor looking forward to the experience not dreading it. It's our first so of course we will be a little green when it comes to certain things but I think it helps that we're heading into this new chapter of our lives knowing that it is not all going to be smelling of roses (and I'm not just talking about the dirty diapers part heehee)

We're now starting (finally) to get organized, albeit slowly. Most of the things we have are second hand because I cannot in my mind justify buying anything brand new when it's all so unnecessarily expensive and to be frank...the baby doesn't give a crap that's it's onesie is from the consignment store and not Baby Gap or The Children's Place or that the crib does not come as a complete bedroom set and doesn't match the change table or dresser drawers (who cares?! LOL). For whatever reason I did not get sucked into the Commercial aspect of having a Baby, we do not need the 8 million gadgets that "you're baby just can't live without!" which is why we have decided to not have a Baby Shower. The idea of making a registry (in other words a "Gift List" for people the buy from) and then sitting and opening gifts infront of them makes my skin crawl! I have hardly even gone out and bought anything myself. Unusually I'm one of the few mothers-to-be who can walk through a Baby's Store and not melt over every single article and then walk out with nothing purchased.

The Naming Process has become interesting! It's so much fun going through names and finding ones that we can actually agree on and then the pulling faces at the ones we don't :) For some reason we're having an easier time coming up with Boys names than Girls. We seem to also favour older names rather than new age soap opera names (as we call them anyways LOL) but we are keeping our names to ourselves, one or two have leaked out, but for the most part the name of our baby will be announced when he or she is born.

Dan still hasn't felt the baby kick (I'm now 31 weeks, the baby is definately kicking HAHAH) but it never fails that when we're sitting on the couch or in bed and our little swimmer is doing it's kicking routine, the second Dan's hands are on my belly the baby becomes shy and seems to disappear! It's to the point now where I can distinguish where the baby is positioned, and when an arm or leg is sticking out, which is great cuz Dan has felt and seen the funky hard lumps that form when the baby decides to stretch a foot out! It's the coolest feeling ever being able to feel out the side of my tummy and feel a hard little foot sticking out and gently pushing it back where it belongs with my fingers!! Very Cool and Very Exciting!! Can't wait to meet our little him or her in just 2 months time!!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

June's Big Catchup!

It's been 2 months since I last posted, so I have a ton to catch up on, but due to time constraints and lack of patients I'm going to keep it short and sweet and make an unambitional promise to maybe post again sometime within the same month ;)

So as everyone now knows, I'm pregnant! Dan and I found out back in February (turns out we got preggers on Friday Feb 13th....ooooooohhhh) LOL but kept it quiet for the first 10 weeks.
Easter weekend back in April was when we decided to drop the big news on everyone. Dan had the brilliant idea of getting Easter cards for each member of our immediate family that had they're new titles on it, so there was some Happy Easter Grandma's and Happy Easter Uncle and Auntie cards given around the Easter dinner table and left to see how long it would take for everyone to catch on ;) Very very cute reactions all around!

I'm currently 18 weeks pregnant and feeling really good...finally! From week 6 to week 13 there was lots of vomiting and nausea to be had which left me feeling miserable for a long time...and you would never believe how hard it is to try and keep a pregnancy secret when you're terrified of barfing infront of people all the time! (and trying to explain why I have soda crackers packed away in my purse at all times....LOL....) After a little scare with high blood pressure I have been taken off working the night shifts at work which is a wonderful relief as that was the only time I would truly be ill. But now that I'm a day's only lab tech gal I can happily report that Baby and Myself are healthy again :)

This week also marks the first big ultrasound (the last 2 that I had at 4 1/2 weeks and 7 weeks resulted in us looking at a shrimp looking sea monkey on the screen..which was cool, but not very baby looking!) it also marks the ongoing battle of whether or not we will find out what the sex of the baby is...Dan has his heart set on finding out whereas I really really want it to be a surprise (yes I'm one of the few people on the planet that loves all the yellow and green androgenous baby wear!) Dan is sure that he'll be able to keep it a secret from me for the remaining 4 and half months, but I'm not super convinced. He so wants a boy that if the tech tells him that it's a boy he'll come walking out of the Dr's office like the Chesire Cat and will give the whole thing away anyways....so we'll see. The Battle ensues, but I have a feeling that I'm losing ground....

Sadly this week we say Goodbye to a beloved friend and family pet of 16 years. Tessa Cat, whom we've had since I was 8 years old has been slowing down the past year and has acquired heart problems and some lumps all associated with growing old. The past week and a half she has stopped eating and hardly drinking and so is basically starving herself to death. So heartbreakingly we made the family decision to put her to sleep this week as she is in constant pain and discomfort. We will miss you little girl xoxox

On a different note entirely, before I start bursting into tears at work, our house...good God...the every lasting projoct of DIY Home Renovations! All the new parts of the extension are liveable and I fear that's where are problems start, because all the new furniture is in and the walls are painted and we can live in all of them, it's alot easier to stop noticing all the touch-ups and finishing odds and sods that are left to do. This is driving we around the bend and is making my skin crawl as I have this so called "Nesting" Bug BAD! I've already torn apart my kitchen from ceiling to floor and scrubbed every cupboard, drawer, cabinet etc...it is now immaculately clean (counterspace not included!) same with our guest room where Jocelyn has been living over the past month, it got taken apart and scrubbed and dusted and now it;s clean.....but it's the rest of the house that I want to get my hands on...but it's filled wtih materials or tools that are now too heavy for me to lift or it's "clutter" that in my eyes can be gotten rid of but in Dan's eyes they are precious trinkets from days gone by! I keep telling him that there is no way On God's Green Earth are we to have any renovations still on the go once the baby arrives (not even 1 month before!) but we'll see how far we get... basically I'll believe it when I see it hahaha....;)

Ok so for a short and sweet catchup, this actually turned out to be pretty long! HAHAHA enjoy cuz not doubt it will be another 2 months before I get my butt on here again to update :-)
xox

Saturday, March 28, 2009

March Madness

As a few people have said, it's been awhile since my last post. So here comes my first March post while sitting at work at 1:30 in the morning (when else do I post?! haha)

It has been 2 months since I joined Curves and all I can say is, "It's about time!". Yesterday was my measurement day which brought big smiles from me. Officially I'm down 5 pounds and about 6 inches! Most importantly I feel so much better! I have more energy and am alot less lethargic which is a bonus. On top of going to the gym, I swim twice a week with my mother in law Nin and now that the good weather is returning I'm walking nearly every day with the dog. Now although I'm not really improving my diet as much as I could, I figure the increase in my physical activity is better than nothing! And bikini season is right around the corner ;) !!! ya right!

Progress on the house has come to a bit of a halt as we're are awaiting news from the Bank for our final installment. The only thing left to do really is the en suite Bathroom. All the siding on the house and garage is completed and we now have electricity hooked up in the garage too. Aside from little touchings up here and there we're so close to being complete! Next week will mark 5 months of construction and hopefully by the 6 month mark it will be done! With spring finally here and the snow melting I must say I'm not a fan of our front and back yards. Because of all the work the back-O's (spelling?) did in digging up our property back in the fall, there was no time to replant grass (not really a great idea in November anyways!) so we are currently living in what can only be described as a quagmire! Primer of course loves playing in the copious amounts of mud puddles, much to the dismay of Dan and I when he comes and brings it all in the house! We should take out shares in Swiffer Wet Jet the amount we're going through ;)

March 8th was Daniel's birthday. The night before he had a Guy's night out which resulted in some 4am guitar playing in our living room which I was a little less than impressed with as I had to get up in an hour and half for work! But at the same time I was not a grouch about it because it was great to see him having a much needed break from construction and hanging out with the guys. Sunday night when I came home from work and we had a low key birthday dinner and I gave Dan a Wii. He was a little skeptical at first as to whether or not he really wanted one, but the next afternoon when I suggested we at least try it before taking it back, we have both become hooked! We only have the sports game that it came with and we're finding endless hours of entertainment playing on that. I think the bowling is the highlight for both of us. My Dad came over the next weekend to help with the house and we couldn't get him off the Wii! It was coming up 11pm and we were all ready for bed, but Dad was still there playing rounds of golf and determined to get a strike in bowling. It was great! So now we'll see how long it takes before a Wii shows up at my parents' house!

Last week Mum, Nin and I had a play day in Perth which was awesome! We met bright and early Wednesday afternoon and drove down to Perth for a shopping/snooping day. We stopped by Oxford Linens owned by my Mum's best friend Yvonne where we were able to pick up our favourite moisturizers that we've been rationing since the wedding last spring! We walked up and down the length of the main street and stopped for lunch at the Sunflower Bakery which was delicious. Fresh potato leek soup and garlic cheesy bread was just what was needed to refuel ready to take on the afternoon. On the way home, Nin and I stopped off at Savoury Pursuits (my old haunt...I worked in the kitchen there for 3 or 4 years while I was at school and while I was working full time at CHEO I'd work Saturday and Sunday in the kitchen...phew busy!) A small part of me does miss working in the kitchen, I loved the food that I made and loved getting platters ready and decorating food for weddings and all sorts of events. Another part of me is so glad that I don't work 7 days a week anymore and extremely happy that the days of being in the kitchen for 4am or 5am Saturday morning to get breads and things out for the Farmer's Market are long gone :) A quick visit to say hi to Bonnie and Paul was super and we picked up some Chicken pies for our supper.

This week Mum, Nin and I ventured a little closer to home and wandered back out to Temple's Sugar Bush for breakfast. I haven't been back there since our wedding and it was fabulous to be back! Pam, our events planner recognized us right away and rushed over to say hi and give hugs! Our breakfast was delicious! Hands down Temple's makes the best buttermilk pancakes, even better than my homemade ones for sure :) and when they're served with their maple syrup that was made earlier in the week it can't get much better than that! After an awesome brekkie we stopped by Walmart to find T-shirts for this summer's family reunion out in Saskatchewan. I think we turned some heads walking around with our cart filled with 5 packs of toilet paper (gastro problems much!!) hahaha but it was on sale for $3 so you can't go wrong..seeing as I usually pay $10 at the grocery store! So we all loaded up ;) HAHAHAHA
The Bulk Barn was the last stop of the day and we were so exciting to find out that they carry a huge (well for Canada anyways, it's huge) selection of imported sweets and toffee's from England! Mum and I went bananas over Dolly Mixtures, Fruit Pastilles, Polo's and Club 8's, and we soon had a full basket and wondered how could we suddenly spend $40 at Bulk Barn?! But for childhood treats from across the pond it was well worth it!

Wow this is getting very long! This is what I get for posting once a month, lots to update on!
Hopefully in April I will get my act together ;)

2 weeks it will be Easter which I'm really looking forward too as everyone will be home who I haven't seen in ages! Alec, Rachel and Josee are all coming home for Easter dinners and Easter Bunny chocolate!! Yay!!

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Fun in February!

The beginning of February marked the beginning of me getting back into shape! I have joined a gym in the hopes of improving my level of fitness and ultimately my health :) So we'll see how far I go and what goals I attain.
The first weekend in February was crazy busy! Friday Feb 6 I got a very exciting phone call from one proud new Daddy, Steve Jenkins! He announced that Baby February had arrived and that both Jenna and Baby were doing well...Note here how no status on whether or not a little boy or little girl had been born ;) All continued to be very sneaky when later that afternoon another wonderful, yet vague, email arrived in our inbox to say that Baby Jenkins had been born and that Mum was in recovery and doing very well! A trip to the hospital was in order to find out the scoop and to catch a glimpse to the newest member of the Jenkins' family :)
Upon arrival Dan and I were thrilled to see Jenna in bed recovering from surgery as well as glowing to be a proud new Mum. We were then introduced to Baby Jacqueline Kennedy Jenkins, a little girl!!!! Much love and congratulations to the Jenkins Family xoxo
Saturday Stacey and Jocelyn came to Aylmer from Kingston and Belleville for our annual Winterlude Weekend, a tradition we started while in 2nd year at college together. It was a way to break up the winter blues by tripping down to Ottawa to skate on the canal and eat Beavertails and have a mini-holiday. The days are always ended with the ordering of pizza and watching uber girlie movies until the wee hours. So far we've never missed a year!
We only end up seeing each other maybe twice a year but as soon as we;re back together, we never miss a beat and just pick up from where we left off. All three of us are Lab Techs (MLT's) so the first few hours we get to talk shop (cuz we can't talk to anyone else about our work who truly understands! LOL) complain and laugh about the crazy sh*t that we receive in the lab and what people try to get away with!
Sunday I drove out to Almonte to visit my parents for a day. I hadn't properly seen them since Christmas! The last time was during Dan's surgery so it was a fly in visit and for not so fun reasons. In belatingly celebrating Dad's birthday (Feb 4th) we went to JR's for Sunday Brunch. Delicious! I can't remember the last time I went out for Sunday Brunch, and all three of us were obsessed over the chocolate fountain!!
The following weekend marked Valentine's day. I worked a 12 hr day shift in the lab so was in no mood to go home to get clean and made up to go out for dinner at a packed restaurant. So we decided to bring the nice restaurant home with us ;) Our new favourite restaurant lately has been The Foolish Chicken on Holland St. The best chicken and ribs in the city!! So we ordered a three course meal...and simply ate it at home (Thank the Lord for Take-out!) We enjoyed salad, Chicken and Ribs, Sweet Potato Fries then shared some Gingerbread cake with hot rum sauce...Lovely lovely! (Thank goodness for the new gym membership!LOL) Dan was the best and I arrived at home with food to discover a dozen roses and chocolate xoxox
Girls Night with Pam and Georgia was great that weekend, a trip downtown to the movies, Confession of a Shopaholic. The books are hysterically funny, the movie was so-so but entertaining very sweet. We then strolled around Confederation Park to look at the many ice sculptures Winterlude had to offer!
Here's to wishing the arrival of Spring soon as I am sick and tired of winter! LOL

Friday, January 23, 2009

Hockey, Staph and Paint!

We're now 3 weeks into the new year, but it already seems like a lifetime away that Dan and I were enjoying New Year's Eve with our friends!
With some stroke of luck we scored tickets to go see the World Juniors Gold Medal game, Canada vs Sweden! All I can say is WOW, what a game! The crowd was so loud it was impossible to hear the referee's whistle most of the time. Canada's victory made the night even more sweet. A once in a life time game and Dan and I are so lucky we were able to see it. Who knows when the World Juniors will return to Ottawa? Even that game, only 2 weeks ago, seems like it was months ago!!!

Tuesday morning after the game marked the beginning of finding out about Dan's infection. Since then there's been trips to Emerg, IV antibiotics twice a day, Surgery, and now recovery. Dan is doing awesome and is recovering so quickly! Other than the hole in his leg, you'd never know that he had surgery just over a week ago. The nurse no longer has to come to the house to debride the wound, but we do make daily trips to CLSC so that the gauze and packing can still be changed. The C&S came back inconclusive so we still don't know what kind of bacteria caused the infection, but it was likely a strain of Staphylococcus.
To add to the craziness, Nortel has filed for Bankruptcy, which now leaves my Dad and so many employees in limbo, not knowing what the heck is going on, and now with not a whole lot of job security, mind you Nortel as been was huge stress-ball for the past few years, and it's been a long time coming...here's to keeping our fingers crossed...
On a more positive note...
Tuesday January 20th 2009 marked the inaugeration of a new President of the USA and with it comes hope of a new way of thinking and governing. Barack Hussein Obama was sworn in as the 44th American President and with millions watching history being made we can see a much needed change on the horizon and feel refreshed and confident.
The house is nearly finished!! YAY! this week kept me busy painting both ceilings and walls. With paint on the brain, one has to wonder what person is in charge of giving paint colours their names?! for example, or living room is now "Spiced Vinegar" and the bedroom has acquired "Quiver Tan" both of them look great, but their names don't exactly describe the colours all that well...it's easier to say "well the living room is a golden sand toned colour while the bedroom is a warm chocolatey brownish" (makes more sense to me! LOL)



This weekend the floor is going down in the living room which is super exciting, it will be a mix of black granite and bamboo hard wood. All we need now is the furniture and we'll be all set. After two and half months of house renovations we're finally starting to see the light at the end of the construction zone tunnel :)

Friday, January 2, 2009

A Brand New Year!

Happy New Year Everyone! May 2009 bring good health and happiness to us all :)
On Dec 29th Dan and I went to see a World Juniors hockey game at Scotiabank Place. Canada vs Germany and what a game it was! I must say it's the best hockey I've ever seen and it actually kept my attention for all 3 periods...as my husband knows, me watching hockey at home on the TV is always short lived...my attention span very rarely lasts an entire game! The atmosphere was fantastic as practically everyone in the arena was wearing a Canada jersey or at least red and white clothing (myself and Dan included). With the current OC Transpo bus strike still on, it took FOREVER to get into the parking lot, we were parked in the farthest lot in the last row so had to run from our car into the stadium to get to our seats just as the puck was being dropped at Centre ice.


The game was awesome and we had such a fabulous time cheering! Canada won 5-2 which was also super exciting :)
New Year's Eve Dan and I joined our friends, Jenna, Steve, Raeanne, Terrance, Josee, Mark and Joshua for dinner at Meule et Coquelons where we enjoyed a Raclette dinner! Delicious! I love cooking on the raclette and then broiling the food covered in beschemel sauce and cheese...lovely :) Raclette-ing also gives everyone a chance to take their time with the meal and enjoy chatting and visitng. It was also Josee's Birthday so to celebrate a few of the waiters in leiderhosen came out with a piece of cake and sang Happy Birthday.

After dinner Jenna, Steve, Dan and I decided to try our luck at the Casino Lac Leamy. It was packed to the rafters with people! But it was so much fun being there and seeing everyone dressed to the nines. I'll always remember the "pimp" looking guy with his oversized black suit with bright red pinstripes and his jacket down past his knees! hahaha...and I must say he had the girlfriend to match in her hardly there slinky black dress!! LOL Jen and I played the slots while Dan and Steve went off to catch the end of the Canada vs USA game (YAY Canada won 7-4!) Around 11:00 it was getting way too crowded and way too noisy so we all headed back to Jenkins' house to ring in the New Year watching Time's Square in New York with Dick Clark (yes, to our surprise too, he's still kicking!)
Dan and I are still plodding on with the house. This past week we've had a couple of guys over working on the drywall. With that all finished the living room and bedroom are actually starting to look like rooms now. We've knocked down the bathroom wall downstairs and connected it to the extention making it a bit bigger. We've also knocked the wall down in the living room where French doors will go to connect the old living room with the new. Upstairs the bathroom now has plumbing and a shower base and the bedroom, now drywalled, is ready to be plastered/mudded. Soon we'll be painting which is awesome :)

I keep meaning to post pictures with all my blogs, but because I usually write them at work, I'm unable to add them right away. I promise at some point I'll get them up too :)
xo