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.

HDR: Candle

Just playing around with HDR (high dynamic range) photography. I discovered my photo program, Corel PaintShop Pro x3, can make these kinds of photos. I googled how to do auto bracketing exposures on my Canon 60D and just played around a bit. This picture turned out neat:


HDR_candle

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! 😉

Set fire to the rain *

The weather is terrible today. It’s finally feeling like winter, though. We have had very mild weather through December and the first week of January (with some snow and rain) but today it’s been freezing rain! I had a half inch thickness of ice to scrape off my car’s windows at 6 am. When I finished work at 11:30 am, I had to scrape another layer off. Stopped at Loblaws on the way home for hair conditioner and ended up buying some chocolate and caramel sauces to use with my Tassimo coffees. I attempted to make a caramel macchiato and it turned out great!


Caramel macchiato (Tassimo)


If you want to make one, it’s very easy! First squeeze a layer of caramel on the bottom of the mug. Then use a latte milk T-disc, followed by an espresso T-disc. (I added a little bit of sugar because I find the espresso very strong.) Then added more caramel on top. Voila! Enjoy your yummy drink!

On Tuesday I had a doctor’s appointment and then some blood work. Afterward I drove over to Kendra’s and chatted with her for awhile. Baby Hannah slept most of the time, though. She’s getting big; hard to believe she’s two months old already. And then made my way over to Stacey’s and snuggled her baby Hannah the whole time.


Hannah Marie @ 4 weeks old


I spent most of Wednesday cooking and preparing for that night’s dinner. I had my dad, Keesje & Luc, and Ashe over. There was a lot of food and most of it was eaten. In the slow cooker, I made a pork tenderloin stew with lots of veggies and garlic. And for sides, I made cold pasta salad and cheesy scalloped potatoes with carrots (cayenne pepper gives that dish a nice kick).


Ashe @ 6 months old

Playing with his toy

Sweet boy


Those last three photos of my nephew were taken with my Canon 60D. I am in love with my new camera! 🙂

Time to play catch-up!

Where did December go? I am a terrible blogger. I feel like time is going by way too fast and that I never have time to write anything down. Maybe that should be my New Year’s resolution? Except that I never make New Year’s resolutions, so why should I start now? Let’s play catch-up.

This Christmas both Jordan and I were sick. He came down with the flu on Christmas Eve, so I went over to my mom’s on my own. My aunt and two cousins came over; Keesje, Luc, and Ashe were there; my brother Mark came from Kitchener-Waterloo area; and Crystal was home from Thunder Bay, with Lukas. A nice little gathering for celebrating the holidays. I left a little early due to headache. Christmas morning I woke up at 5 am with an upset stomach, and twenty minutes later the nasty flu started! I haven’t been that sick in ages and I never want to be again! It was horrible! I missed my nephew’s first Christmas and missed a turkey dinner that I know was delicious. And I missed my Boxing Day shift which would have brought in a lot of money. But by December 27th I was perfectly fine and hubby and I went over to Keesje’s to give Ashe his gifts. I also tested out my brand-new Canon 60D on that cute little guy!


Ashe @ 5.5 months old

Happy Christmas smiles!


Stacey from work had her baby girl, Hannah, on December 12th, which happened to be her due date. I’ve been to see her a couple times but I feel like I’m always at work or my shifts just don’t align with a good time to visit. We had to cancel on each other twice last week due to various things. Baby Hannah Marie is now 3 weeks old and I definitely need to make more of an effort to get over for a visit. I need more photos of the cuteness!

New Year’s weekend Jordan and I spent in Ottawa at his sister’s and brother-in-law’s house. Serena is due the first week of March and I’m getting pretty excited! They came back from spending Christmas in New Brunswick with garbage bags full of baby clothes and items; it was so much fun to go through them. They’re fairly certain they are having a girl; let’s hope that’s true because there was an awful lot of pink girly outfits in the bags.

Other friends of ours also had their baby girl, Sofia Elizabeth. She was born on December 27th. After returning from Ottawa, we went over to Ryan and Stacey’s and met 5-day-old Sofia. She’s a quiet little thing with chubby cheeks – so cute!

And I believe everything is now up-to-date!