December 1, 2014

Hello December!

So life has been crazy nuts around here lately.  Paul has graduated from his ACSO course and we have officially been posted... to stay here!! WOOHOO!!  We are super happy that we get to stay in the same place, so the past few weeks have been consumed with HOUSE HUNTING!!  We found a beautiful house on the weekend, put an offer in on it, and someone else also had an offer in too (this city has some cray-cray real estate issues lol), and the other offered ended up getting accepted.  We were a bit bummed but that just meant that it wasn't the house that God had intended for us.  We looked at a few more on the weekend and today we looked at one in a neighbourhood we didn't think we could ever afford a house in, and it was beautiful.  And in our price range.  So we offered on it... they have until 6pm tomorrow night to either accept, counter or decline our offer - so if you're the praying type, can you send some prayers our way :)  Hope you have all had a wonderful December 1st :)

November 11, 2014

November 11

On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, the Armistice was signed, marking the beginning on the end of World War 1 (it's official end was seven months later on June 28, 1919).  In Canada, we call this day Remembrance Day.

Being the daughter of a retired Military Officer, we have always celebrated Remembrance Day, whether it was a ceremony downtown, or in a park, at a cenotaph or a legion.  I remember celebrating when we had a posting in the US, where it's Veteran's Day not Remembrance Day.  My parents took us out of school and we went to the Canadian ceremony on the base, we wore our Girl Scout uniforms and laid wreathes.  

This year, Nora learned about it at school.  She's three.  Yet she understands that sometimes, Mommies and Daddies need to go away to help make the world a better place.  She doesn't understand why some people aren't always nice.  It's hard to explain war to my 3 year old.  I don't even understand it myself.  

I remember being young, and not understanding why my Dad might have to go away to fight the "bad guys", and I remember my Mom trying to explain it to me (this was during the Gulf War - when we were stationed at a US base).  I also remember exactly where I was on 9/11 and watching the second tower fall.  I know exactly where I was when I heard that two CF Members had been hit by a car in Quebec, and where I was when I heard that a soldier was shot at the War Memorial Ottawa. There are days that I don't understand what this world is coming to.  But on days like today, I remember that we are here, and we are free to write blogs, go to schools, and live normal lives because of the soldiers that go out there and put their lives on the line for us every day. 

So thank you.  To all the soldiers who have served, who currently serve, who will join up, their spouses and families, and to those who didn't make it back home.  Thank you.  A million thank you's and much love to you all.  

The official end of World War 1 (The Great War) was on June 28, 1919, when the armistice with Germany went into effect. The armistice was seven months earlier on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918. The war was regarded as the end of “the war to end all wars.”

November 4, 2014

Monday blues... oh wait it's Tuesday already

Ever have one of those days... between BOTH children giving me attitude today and not being able to get anything done, it has been a very frustrating and trying day for this Momma. 

Let's start with Miss Annika - poor little dear is getting her molars in the back, and she is miserable because of it.  We are also hitting the "I only want Mommy phase" which, while it is nice, is also quite annoying.  Paul hates that she won't spend time with him and that she only wants me, I can't help it though, if I could hand her off to him - I totally would.  So there is very little sleep happening here.



 
Miss Nora goes from sweetness to sassypants in no time.  I love that she is learning in school and that she is growing and becoming her own little person.  I just wish that sometimes it wouldn't include so much sassyness or breakdowns.  She's also having a rough time with Annika needing the Mommy time and always wants to be with me now too (another sore spot for Paul).  I'm ready for this week to be done (and still no posting news, ugh).  Any chance I can fast forward to Friday night when Nora *might* have a sleepover at Grandma and Grandpa's??? :)



 

Hope your Tuesday was fabulous!




November 2, 2014

Sunday fun day

I had a great Sunday. It started off kind of questionable with a 6:30am wake up from the girls. That was not enjoyable lol. Paul made us all eggs and toast for breakfast and then we got ready for church. Now, we haven't been to church in ages. Partially because of Paul's work schedule and because I'm not a huge fan of the new priest at the base chapel. So we tried a new church today. And it was amazing. It made me realize how much I miss going to church. I definitely think we will be going there again. They even had Children's Liturgy for Nora, and she went willingly without us going with her. It was great. 

Hope y'all had a great Sunday!!!



Here are my two cuties in their Sunday best!!
 

November 1, 2014

New Month, New Name

So I've decided to revamp the blog... I'm changing the name, changing the look... and I think I'm going to attempt to do it all by myself (I may change my mind in about 2 days lol but I'm going to try it first).  I'm really excited about the change.  I love my blog, I have neglected it lately because life has been so hectic and crazy but I really miss writing.  Here's a brief recap of life at this moment:

- Paul finished his course!! YAY!! So now we wait.  We are waiting on the rest of his course to finish up their checkrides and then we will receive our posting message.  That determines where we will move, if we move.  I'm still crossing my fingers that we get to stay here but everything we've been told so far, is indicating that we will be moving - we just don't know where.

- Nora is in Nursery School three times a week.  And it's French.  And she's doing amazing.  She's only three but she can count to ten in french, she can write her own name now, she knows all of her colours in both french and english, and she's starting to learn her alphabet in french.  I'm going to be devastated if we move away from her teacher, Miss Maurina (she is hands down the best child care worker/teacher I have ever dealt with).

- Annika is starting to potty train.  SAY WHAT?  I know, that's what I said too.  She is regularly telling us she needs to pee and will actually sit on the potty and pee.  Craziness.  She's only 18 months.  She's walking, running, climbing, starting to talk more.  And she still doesn't sleep through the night.  And I'm still nursing her because she won't stop lol.  We tried to end it and that went horribly so we will see.  Now that Paul's done his course and I don't care if he sleeps through the night anymore, we may try again lol.

- Me, well I'm still selling Jamberry, still selling Stampin' Up and still making headbands and tutu's (and to everyone who I asked for addresses from - your stuff is getting sent out shortly!!!).  Nothing is doing super well but nothing is doing horribly.  I'm kind of in a rut right now and I'm hoping that blogging again will help bring me out of it.

So there you have it!  Happy November and have a great weekend!!!
 

October 6, 2014

Catching Up

So I'm bad with blogging lately.  And scrapbooking.  And journaling.  I feel like I'm falling behind in keeping track of all the fun things we do, all the little and the big things we do.  I WILL try to catch up, October is MY month so I will make things happen.  Here's a little recap of September's goals and how I did and also some new goals for October.

September Goals
1.  Organize craft area.  This is a major must do on my list, it's a wreck in my basement and I need to get it cleaned lol.  * This did not happen.  I organized a little bit but it's like it needs to get worse before it gets better, right??? (or at least that's my story and I'm sticking with it).

2.  Change Annika's crib to a bed.  This one makes me cry a little but since she can now climb out of things, we may as well switch her to a big girl bed, and then maybe both she and her sister will be able to sleep in the same room! * DONE and DONE.  They officially share their bedroom now.  And most nights, she sleeps in her bed the whole night long.  She's been sick the past couple of days so she's been waking up at around 3am and wanders into our room and hits me until I wake up and pick her up for snuggles lol.

3.  Go through the girl's dresser and closet.  With the possibility of a posting in the very near future or at least a move in houses, I need to get things organized in their room. * DID IT!!  Totally organized their dresser and bedroom closet.  Clothes that don't fit Nora but are waiting for Annika are in rubbermaids in the closet.  Clothes that we have pre-bought for Nora are in the closet in a rubbermaid too.  And now I have to go through the itty bitty baby clothes.

4.  Plan and hold a Card making event.  I have one scheduled for September 30.  Hopefully the turn out is as good as the last one I had. * DONE!! It was a great success - there were 12 people there! My last one had 8.  Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves and we made some beautiful cards.

5. Host a fall launch for Jamberry.  The new catalogues were released today and they are awesome.  I'm super pumped to be involved with Jamberry. * NOPE.  I've been so busy with other stuff - it just didn't happen.  I do have two parties scheduled for this month though.

6.  Bake cookies.  I haven't baked all summer because it's been so hot and we don't have AC.  I can't wait for the weather to cool down just a teensy bit so I can bake :) * I made mini blueberry muffins but I haven't made any cookies yet.  I will be making some for a friends little boy soon, so I'm pumped for that.

7.  Clean off the desk in the office.  We have our new furniture in the dining room/office and the desk has become a dumping ground lately.  I want to clean it off and start to get all of our paperwork organized (again, in case of an upcoming move). *Nope, definitely didn't completely happen this month...maybe in October??


OCTOBER GOALS:

1.  Clean/Rearrange Master Bedroom - should be straightforward - I'm sick of the clutter on all the surfaces in the room, and I really should do something with all those maternity clothes lol.

2.  Go through baby clothes. I think I've been putting this one off, partially because I'm denying the fact that my "baby" is now 18 months old (WHERE HAS THE TIME GONE??) and because it means I may have to say no more babies here.  I really want another one, but Paul is undecided... so we wait.

3.  Do our wedding thank yous.  Yes.  We got married almost 3 years ago, but seriously, we've been super busy since then, two kids, moved across the country.  But I want them to be done before Christmas.  That's my goal.

4.  Make a silver dress for Nora (must be done by 18 October).  Nora is the flower girl in my girlfriend's wedding - she needs a silver dress.  Which is nearly impossible to find for a 3 year old.  I'm going to attempt to make one.  Without my Mother's help because she is away this month... this may be a ridiculous goal, but I'm going to attempt it.

5.  Work on 1 skillshare class.  I signed up for it and haven't done anything. 

6.  Reach 5000 Swagbucks.  As of right now I'm at 3,302.  It's doable...right??

Anywho, that's all from me for now - naptime is almost over.  Happy Monday!!  

October 2, 2014

Happy Day

So I'm skipping today's #blogtober theme because, well, it's my birthday! 

And I don't feel like posting a huge blog today lol. 

I've had a wonderful day, with lots of texts, phone calls and of course Facebook greetings too. 

Paul and the girls spoiled me rotten and bought me a new pandora charm for my bracelet. Then tonight while I was at my dance class, they made me cards and cupcakes. It was adorable. 

So on that note, I'm off to bed to get some sleep so I can be well rested for my crazy Friday. 

Happy Thursday y'all!