July 15, 2015

A week of Farewell's

This week has been a tough one in our house.  It was the week of farewell's.  I've touched on this in a couple of other posts about how this is the year that most of our Military friends have been posted out.  I chose to ignore all these postings up until now and tried to block them from my mind.  Mainly because the people being posted out, mean a lot to me. 

This year started off tough when our good friends and neighbours were the first ones posted.  And it sucked even more because they left while we were away over New Years - so to me, it didn't even feel like a real goodbye.  That goodbye was difficult for me because Christina got me through a lot of the ACSO course.  We'd been friends all during the entire time the guys went to RMC, we both got posted here, we shared a duplex - which was funny and random that it ended up happening that way, and survived the ACSO course together.  Then they got posted out and we stayed here.  Now - don't get me wrong - I am SUPER happy and thankful that we got to stay here, especially since my parents live here.  It's awesome that we are able to have family in the same place and we are definitely taking advantage of it because we don't really know how long it will last.  But it was tough to say see you later to them.

This week was rough for me, because the people leaving were so close to me.  B.  I don't know even know how to describe her.  She is one of my closest friends in this world.  I've known her since I was 9.  We used to play together in elementary school, we lived down the street from each other in the PMQ's.  Then when she got married, she introduced me to Paul.  She is the whole reason we are together.  And she and her husband are Annika's godparents.  It sucks that they have left, because although we have been close on and off for the past 23 years, it felt like we were definitely getting closer, our kids were friends (both Annika and Nora claim her son as their boyfriend lol) and it just sucks that they are gone.  

The other people leaving - B's sister and her husband.  Also sucky because I feel like I was starting to get back to being better friends with her again, especially since she was away all of last year.  And her kids were awesome too. 

AND Nora's other boyfriend left this week too.  Again, another family that I so wish we had gotten closer to sooner.  They lived across the street from us and we always saw each other at Mom's groups.  And then we realized how much we had in common.  And it just sucks that it took us so long to realize it.

So that's my life at the moment.  Full of farewell's.  But as we know with Military life, it's never goodbye - it's always See You Later.

Love all of you and I'll miss you guys so much.

*names not listed just in case they don't want to be on the internet lol*

July 10, 2015

Oh Hey Friday!!

Just poppin' in for a little "Oh Hey Friday" :)

1.  The goodbyes are getting real.  Friends were packed up today and are already in their hotel tonight.  Insert sad face here.  Nora is starting to get upset that some of her best friends are leaving.
Today we talked about why Sam and Daphne have to move away and why they can't stay and play and maybe live in our basement instead of moving away.  Next up will be Owen and James and Jacob.  And they ALL leave next week.  No one ever said being a Military Brat was easy.  And this week has made me appreciate my Mom and everything she did for us growing up, because it couldn't have been easy on her either.

2.  The crazies.  The crazies are out.  And by crazies, I mean the people that annoy me lol.  I have no other way to describe them and some of them may or may not read this blog (at this point, I'm not sure how many people are still around - other than Amanda :)  Thanks for still reading!!).  But the crazies are generally the people who complain about every little thing in life.  And do the whole woe is me act.  I'm kind of over it.  I know I complain, don't get me wrong, that's kind of how I deal with things sometimes, but I try not to be super negative 24/7 because that just brings a person down.

3.   I'm getting a new BBQ this weekend.  Well, Paul is.  Let's be honest, I don't do grilling.  I could if I tried and I have before, but the thing I love about summer and BBQ's - is that I don't have to do the cooking lol.  Anyways, the BBQ of his dreams is on sale this weekend, so I've decided to be a lovely wife and we're going to get it.  It's a Weber Genesis.  I don't know if that means much.  But he gets googly-eyed when he talks about it.  It's pricey *like REALLY pricey* but his/my reasoning on getting it, we bought at cheapy $169.99 special at Canadian Tire last year because we needed a new BBQ and the bottom has already rusted out (thank you Canadian winters! lol).  So we are going to spend the money, get a nice one, and hopefully it will last at least until we get posted out of here in 4-5 years lol.

4.  Friends of ours just had an adorable baby girl last week and now I have baby fever again big time.  So I went shopping and bought a super cute gift for her from the Disney store.  They are super huge Disney fans (they do the cruise almost every other year), so I thought it was fitting.  I also snagged Nora some new sandals for only $4.99 on clearance.  I do love a good deal. 

5.  We finally checked out the library by our new house today (after our lunch playdate).  And it's super nice.  Their children's section is the whole basement of the building, and when we were there, it was just us so it didn't matter that the girls were being a little bit on the loud side.  Nora doesn't quite get the concept of indoor voice yet lol.  We checked out a whole bunch of books for the girls and I'm looking forward to getting a chance to go there on my own to look at books too.  Maybe next Thursday when they are at childcare for the day lol.


Hope y'all have a great weekend!! 

July 9, 2015

Thursday's are for BBQ's

I love being a military spouse. I also love volunteering for the Military Family Resource Centre here. I wasn't too involved at our last posting, mostly because I had a not so great experience at their MFRC and because RMC students weren't really considered 'part of the base' so it felt very separated when you went to MFRC events once they found out or realized what your husband did. Anywho, that's off topic lol. 

One of the awesome things the MFRC does here is summer BBQ's. They happen on the second and fourth Thursday of the month during June, July and August. Today - a local company sponsored the BBQ. So not only was it great food - it was free for everyone who came out. So while I feel like I really did nothing all day - that's not quite true, I volunteered and had a great time. I seriously love volunteering here. If you are a mil spouse in Canada - check out your local MFRC - they can be a huge help to you and they have awesome programming (ours is having an adult coloring night later this month!!!) 

Emergent Biosolutions - the company who sponsored today's BBQ. 

Me doing some volunteering in the sun :)


July 8, 2015

WTH Wednesday??

A new little segment I'd like to call - What The Heck Wednesday??

Basically, there are some the things going on, that I keep saying, What the Heck? about lol.  So I thought I'd share them with you.

WTH - It's July 8th already... where did the first half of this year go??  Also - side note, how do I have a 4 year old and a 2 year old?

WTH - I graduated 15 years ago.  15.  Fifteen.  SAY WHAT??  This makes me feel REALLY old.  Turning 30 wasn't that bad.  Getting married a second time didn't make me feel old.  Having two babies didn't make me feel old.  Realizing that I graduated 15 years ago - Y2K, that makes me feel really old.

WTH - I got a job?!?!?!?!  A real honest to goodness office job.  Working for the military.  I don't know if I can say exactly where or what I'll be doing but seriously, I got a job.  It's a part time casual contract - so I'll be working 3 days a week from August until December.  I'm excited and scared and nervous and sad.  Full mixture of emotions (sad because I'm going to have to put the girls into real daycare for the first time ever!).

WTH - I ran into some old friends the other day at a Change of Command Parade.  Well... technically not at the parade.  Annika and I couldn't find a parking spot so we went to Dollarama and then to the reception at the Officer's Mess afterwards lol.  And the new CO is the person I used to hang out with and drink with when I was 18.  Definitely felt odd seeing him in this new setting, but at the same time, I'm super proud to see how far he has come in his career.

WTH - It's 11:30 and I'm not in bed yet.  I can't wait until my children start to somewhat sleep through the night instead of joining me at 11:15ish every night, one in the bed next to me, and one on the air mattress on the floor in my room (because there just isn't enough room in the bed lol).  I wish I could magically transfer them back to their room and keep them there.  Oh well, they're only little once and in 15 years from now, I'll be worrying about what Nora's doing and who's she is hanging out with lol.  I'd rather have this type of lack of sleep than the worrying type lol.


July 4, 2015

Oh Hey Friday!!!

Oh hey Friday!!

Thought I'd participate in a little link up love today.  This is one of my fave link-ups and I have definitely missed participating in it.  I have a bunch of randoms to talk about today, so I'm just going to jump right in with them lol.

1. I HATE posting season (what you American's call PCSing).  This year is a tough year for us, we are losing many of our friends to new locations.  Normally, it's not too bad, but Nora is finally old enough to realize what is happening and it's breaking my heart.  The first to go was our darling Miss Maurina - Nora's nursery school teacher and childcare provider at the MFRC.  Both Nora and Annika still ask if she's going to be at group whenever we are driving there, breaks my heart, especially when little Annika randomly looks at Pete the Cat and say - I miss Mauwina - in her adorable little voice. I have a whole post planned for this next week about how I'm having a tough time this year dealing with this.

2.  I'm jealous of my sister.  LOVE YOU THOUGH!  Or maybe this should be I'm jealous of my Mom.  My Mom is going down to visit her and I'm super jealous of the abundance of Chick-Fil-A, Sonic, Target, Hobby Lobby, JoAnn's, and everything else USA she will get to experience.  Also, I will miss her adult conversation at night.  Thank goodness for Facetime and Skype - I think I would be lost without it.

3.  The wading pools are open!! Praise the Lord!!  I don't know why but most of the wading pools here in the city didn't open until the 2nd of July.  And it's been pretty stinkin' warm here for the past couple of weeks.  We had a chance to check out the closest one to our house today and it was super nice, not a lot of shade around it but there were only 5 children there.  Total.  That's 5 including my 2.  Which is great when there's only 1 of me watching them lol.


4.  I hate waiting.  I'm a really impatient person.  I had a job interview yesterday and I won't know anything until Monday.  That's still at least 48 hours away from right now.  (Depends on when you actually read this lol).  Either way I would like to know how I did.  I had to do an Excel test.  I did okay I think, not the best that I could have but not horribly lol.

5.  I wish my children would sleep in their own beds.  I finally broke down and put the air mattress on the floor of our master bedroom so that when Nora comes in, she just goes straight there.  I can't handle both of them in the queen bed.  There's just not enough room.  And poor Annika has fallen off the bed a few times because of it.  Nothing fun about waking up on the floor (or waking up because someone is crying because they are on the floor lol).  Anyone have advice on getting them to not come into our room?  We tried putting a gate across their bedroom door.  We also tried them in separate rooms, then moved them into the same room, but now everyone ends up in our room.  Or should I just start working on Paul so that he will buy us a King Size bed??

Happy 4th of July to all my American friends! 
And to my Canadian friends, hope you have a wonderful weekend!!


July 2, 2015

July Goals

It's not a Monday but it sure feels like one today... I guess that's what happens when Canada Day falls on a Wednesday.  You get two Monday's in one week lol.  July is shaping up to be a super busy month already (had a job interview today!! More on that later).  So I figured I would get these goals out there now, because once it's "written in stone" (otherwise known as put out there on the internet lol) I have to do it.


1. Blog consistently.  I would like to post every day in July, but let's be honest - the summer is busy and it probably won't happen.  So my goal is to post at least 3 times per week.  If I can post Monday - Friday, I would be happy with that too.

2. Clean my craft room.  Since we moved into our new house, I haven't had a lot of down time to just sit and organize and clean my craft room.  I would love to have it all organized so that I can sit down and just enjoy crafting without having to worry about where things are or messing things up to get to something.

3. Figure out what's going on with the girl's bedrooms. This is a work in progress. Right now they are sharing a room again.  With poor Annika sleeping on her mattress on the floor.  I would like to decide if they are going to stay sharing a room and if they are, we need to clean and reorganize how things are.  I would love to make a little reading nook in the room for them and organize the dressers (because Annika's is still in her bedroom lol).

4. Keep up with the Laundry Challenge over at I Heart Planners.  My mom did their Clean Sink Challenge last month (which I am also going to try this month too.)  The challenge is to do one load of laundry per day (wash, dry and put away).  I took yesterday off (it was a holiday!) but today I did the sheets, they aren't put away yet, but I consider this a win because it made me fold all of the other clothes that were in clean baskets in the basement lol.

Do YOU have any goals for July??

Happy Canada Day!!

Happy Canada Day to all of my friends out in blog land!!! Hope your 1st of July was fabulous. I will have a longer post tomorrow once I get all the pictures my Mom took today. We went to the Assiniboine Downs racetrack for family day with my parents. There were bouncy castles and pony rides, everything a four year old and two year old need to be happy lol. Then we headed back to my parents house for some pool time and a bbq. All in all - a great day!



We also did a special Tim Horton's breakfast date and had Canada sprinkle donuts. The girls loved them (and I had a maple dip donut in true Canadian fashion lol). 

Happy Canada Day!!!