Our master bedroom

The master bedroom was originally painted back in March, but we just recently ripped up the stained gray carpet and replaced it with beautiful laminate flooring. We had been living in what’s now the nursery, so it feels amazing to finally be in our “real” bedroom 7 months after moving here. I have some photo frames that need to be hung, but that can wait. We also need closet doors but that’s on the back burner for now.


Before: Painted but stained gray carpet

Before: Painted but stained gray carpet

After: Floor is finished

After: Floor is finished

Finally living in our master bedroom

Finally living in our master bedroom


Nursery photos will come later when it’s completely finished. There are still a few finishing touches to be made. 😉

Heart beats fast, colours and promises *

My new Sigma 17-70mm lens came in the mail the other day. I haven’t had much time to play around with it. Need to wait for some nicer weather.


Shrubs (iPhone)

Shrubs (iPhone)


We purchased some cedar shrubs and once the ground is soft enough to dig, we will plant them. Right now I’m not exactly sure where on our property they’ll look the best, but we’ll figure it out. I’m also giving some thought as to what to plant in the front garden. Maybe impatiens, as there’s only morning light.

A whole lot of playing “catch up”

After two weeks of living in our new house, Jordan was sent away on an exercise in the U.S. until the first week of March and I was left on my own. I don’t know anybody here, which made it kind of lonely. I ended up going back to Kingston for four days, staying at my mom’s house and visiting my family and old co-workers. I was really missing my nephew Ashe, so it was great to get to spend so much time with him. He’s such a happy child!


Playing iPhone games with my buddy!

Playing iPhone games with my buddy!


I’ve noticed that it seems to snow every day here, even if it only lasts a few minutes. The snow is also heavier and sticks to the ground much longer than I’ve seen in Kingston. I hate shoveling. Now that it’s April, the snow is finally melting.

When my darling husband returned, he used up the rest of his leave and ended up with the majority of March off work. We spent a weekend in Kingston staying with friends and I got to visit with Ashe again (in the above photo). Little monkey was 20 months old in that picture, and as of yesterday he’s now 21 months. He’ll be two this July, which is insane!


Ashe @ 20 months old

Ashe @ 20 months old


My mom came up for the second last weekend of March. We painted the master bedroom:


Before

Before

After

After


I am SO excited about moving our furniture into that room. I’ve always wanted a purple room and Jordan said he didn’t care what colour our bedroom was. 🙂 While my mom was here we did lots of cooking and baking. She showed me how to make mushroom risotto. OMG, delicious! I am not a fan of rice, and her risotto was like eating dessert. We also used my Kitchen Aid mixer for the first time (she wants to buy one) and made caramel sticky rolls from scratch and applesauce muffins.

We also spent Easter weekend in Ottawa at his sister and brother-in-law’s. Our niece, Zoë, is just over a year old now. She’s still shy and takes awhile to warm up to us. She’s pretty cute. We didn’t do anything fancy, just hung around the house or went shopping, and had Easter breakfast at their church on Sunday morning, which I think we did last year as well. On the drive home, we detoured through Fort-Coulonge because Jordan wanted to see the red covered bridge:


Standing with the covered bridge in Fort-Coulonge, Quebec.

Standing with the covered bridge in Fort-Coulonge, Quebec.

Snapshot while driving through the covered bridge (iPhone).

Snapshot while driving through the covered bridge (iPhone).


Received a chocolate package from the Attewell’s in Germany:


Chocolate stash from Germany (iPhone).

Chocolate stash from Germany (iPhone).


I’ve begun learning how to use my Canon 60D camera on Manual mode. With the help of this book:


Understanding Exposure by Bryan Peterson

Understanding Exposure by Bryan Peterson


It’s something I’ve always wanted to do and I’m now taking the time to teach myself. Doesn’t seem as difficult as I expected, but I’ve still got lots to learn. My camera came with a Canon 18-200mm IS lens and I have been saving up to purchase the Sigma 17-70mm OS lens. One more week and I should be able to buy it. I’m really excited! Not only for a new lens, but for Walt Disney World!

That’s right, we are going to the World where dreams do come true! We are booked into POP Century, a value resort, for 8 nights/9 days in October. We are planning to drive and will also spend a night and full day in Washington, D.C. I’m a little obsessed with Disney World right now. I’ve done so much research and planning already. I even have an itinerary done up in Excel. Okay, I’m crazy. But anyway, I’m going to master Manual mode on my camera and take amazing photos on our vacation, I just know it! 😉

Chocolate truffle cheesecake

Yesterday I barbecued hamburgers for the first time. Normally Jordan does the BBQ food, but he was mowing the lawn — which takes forever! He started up the BBQ for me and then I cooked the burgers and didn’t burn them! I even managed to cook up half a pack of bacon without too much trouble.

After dinner I baked a chocolate truffle cheesecake, which turned out lovely. No cracks on the top! I brought half the cake into work today and everyone devoured it. 🙂 I also had made a batch of peanut butter cookies, but saved those for Jordan and I at home.

Quite broke at the moment, with all the expenses this month and leading up to the wedding. Still waiting for our first electricity bill which I’m sure will be through the roof. But I’m enjoying the new house. We haven’t unpacked completely, nor have we had the time to decorate, but that will happen in due time. All I need is a bit of energy and a couple days off.

The one with the wedding and new house

We have been married a week today. Everything fell together beautifully. The ceremony was perfect and didn’t take too long. It was all over before we knew it! My maid of honour and bridesmaids looked lovely in their dark purple dresses, and the best man and groomsmen looked great in their suits!

Yesterday I received my official wedding photos from one of my best friends, who did our pictures. There are over 900 shots and it’s going to be difficult to decide which ones to develop (and to post). The weather was beautiful and warm and the flowers in the park where we had the pictures done were in full bloom. We could not have asked for a more fantastic wedding day!

Jordan and I arrived at the reception a little late because I kept wanting more pictures! Once there, our guests greeted us with applause. It was wonderful to see all our family together. Some had traveled from Vancouver, Toronto, even New Brunswick. I had a great time chatting with everyone and dancing in my princess ballgown. The evening ended early, around 11:30 pm, but by then both Jordan and I were very tired.

Since I was starving, we went to Wendy’s drive-thru and brought it back to the hotel that a few of my friends had rented for us. We had a romantic late-night dinner of fast-food! A nice dip in the jacuzzi, too!

A week before the wedding, though, we moved into our first house. We spent three days moving everything out of the apartment. Some of Jordan’s friends and family from New Brunswick began to arrive at the end of the week and helped us unpack.

Now that all our guests have gone home and we are at the end of our vacation, things are starting to feel a little more normal. Back to work for me on Sunday!