January 30, 2016

Laundry aka the never ending cycle

I feel like my life lately consists of going to work, driving the girls all over and doing laundry. I'm really not sure how four people can generate so much laundry, especially when one of us DH, is away a lot for work. I really need to come up with a new system of how I do things because I am so tired of always folding clothes lol. 

This is my laundry today. And I still have stuff in the washer and dryer and hanging on drying racks. Do you have any tips or awesome suggestions on how to conquer the laundry monster? Or is anyone else out there in the same boat as me??? Lol. 

Happy Saturday y'all!!


January 3, 2016

January Goals

New Year. New Month. New Goals. 

I think this year instead of doing a few big resolutions, I'm going to try to follow last year's plan of attack with several small goals each month. It's easier to stick to them and then I can do a recap every month to keep myself somewhat accountable. 

Except that it's already the 19th of January and I've fallen behind on my number one goal which was to blog more consistently lol.  I guess that's what happens when life gets in the way.  We got back from our holiday out west and then I went back to work full time.  I was only supposed to be part time in January but I'm working 4-5 days per week now (which I'm really not complaining about because it's good money - but it's just not the schedule I had envisioned for this month lol).  SO ANYWAYS, back to the goal setting, I'm revamping a little bit since the month is almost done, but I have a few things that I want/need to get done before February.

1.  Make at least 10 Valentine's hair bow.  They don't have to be for my Etsy store, I just need to get making them again.  I miss creating.

2.  Speaking of creating - clean/organize the craft room.  There's a possibility we may be turning the craft room into a spare bedroom and if that's the case, my craft area will move into part of the playroom in the basement.  That isn't a problem, it just means I actually need to clean it and be far more organized about things.  Because if the craft area is part of the playroom - nothing can be left out in case the girls decide they want to "play" with Mommy's craft things.

3.  Clean the van out.  There are random socks, candy wrappers, pieces of cereal and goldfish, mittens, you name it, it's probably in the van.  It's been so cold out lately that we've been slacking on this but it's really starting to irritate me lol.

4.  Continue to meal plan.  We've been doing not too badly with sticking to our meal plan since we got home.  This week has been a little bit tougher because we've had more activities than normal and it's been colder than usual so even though we have to go out - we've wanted to hibernate lol.  

I think I'll stick with just the 4 goals for now, since January is over in like a week and a half.  Seriously - 2016 is flying by already, it's insane.

Hope y'all have a great week!!


January 2, 2016

Happy New Years!

New year. New start. I have big plans for my blog this year - the number one goal being to actually write blog posts on a regular basis lol. 

2015 was definitely a learning year for us - with buying a new home, Paul being away for 4 months, coming home and then leaving again for a month coming home for three days and leaving for two weeks again lol. I'm sure that 2016 will bring more traveling for all of us and I'm excited for what the year has in store for our family. 

Wishing all of y'all a wonderful New Year full of love and happiness!!

Here's to 2016!!


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.