Upper Canada Village

First off, finally got my hair chopped off! It was way too long and getting hard to manage.


New hair cut (October 2012)


Thanksgiving weekend turned out to be great! The in-laws stayed with us Friday night. I made a delicious teriyaki stir-fry for dinner. And then on Saturday we drove up to Morrisburg to spend the day at Upper Canada Village. The weather started out rainy, gray, and cold, but in the afternoon the sun came out. I brought along only one camera, my Canon 60D, and carried around that heavy thing all day. I’m glad I did because the pictures turned out really well.


Pumpkin Inferno

The church

Purple flower

House

Posing in front of the school house


After hours of walking around the grounds, we had a late lunch at the hotel. You need reservations to eat there. They served a turkey dinner for Thanksgiving. The food was amazing and I’m glad we decided to eat there. After lunch, we finished exploring and by the end of the day (I think the place closes around 5:30 pm) we said goodbye to Jordan’s parents and headed back home. We didn’t stay for the nighttime Pumpkin Inferno event but it was cool to see all the pumpkins during the daylight.

Love is your colour, it makes you shine *

I changed the theme a couple days ago. Yes, it’s a little darker, but I like the look of it. I also like the larger text and that I am able to use my own photo for the header image. It’s a picture I took of Hohensalzburg Fortress in Salzburg, Austria back in 2010. One of my favourite shots.

The leaves on the tree in the neighbour’s yard across the street have turned yellow. It looks beautiful, very autumnal. The tree in our yard is still mostly green with a bit of yellow leaves; it doesn’t look nearly as pretty.

Right now there is a delicious-smelling loaf of chocolate chip banana bread in the oven. I’ve got four days off for Thanksgiving weekend. Jordan is home as well. We are expecting his parents this afternoon. Tomorrow we will be spending the day at Upper Canada Village, weather permitting. Hopefully we’ll have a nice weekend. 🙂

Happy Thanksgiving!

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!

Baby shower in June

On June 18th, my mom and I threw a baby shower / BBQ for Keesje & Luc down at the cottage. It was a beautiful day after a week of rain. Family and friends came out for the occasion and we had some great food, fun, and games. Keesje was exactly 38 weeks pregnant that day. Her best friend was able to come down from Toronto for the day. And our brother Mark came up on the train from Kitchener. He broke his wrist a few days before in a bicycling accident–went over the handlebars!


Keesje & Luc

Heart Baby

Keesje and Destiny


They were given some great gifts and now they have pretty much everything they need for Baby Ashe! The nursery is all set up and Keesje just needs to put up some decorations. We are getting anxious for this baby to show up! Her due date is July 2nd, this Saturday, but I have a feeling the baby will be arriving late.


Letters for the nursery

Baby shower cake

Down at the cottage


Another notable thing that happened this month is that I finally learned how to ride my dirt bike. Last year I had trouble with the clutch and kept stalling the bike. This time around I can’t seem to kick start it (Jordan has to do that part for me) but I can actually ride around on it. The neighbour let me ride around their field behind our house. Photo from my iPhone:


Ready to ride


And Jordan’s parents drove down from New Brunswick at the end of May and stayed through the first few days of June. Unfortunately I had to work most of their visit, but I think they had a good time. The day before they left Jordan got us on a free boat cruise (through his work).


Jordan & I on a free boat cruise


Raise your glass *

Okay I know I still haven’t finished my posts about our trip to Europe from October, but I have been busy! I do plan on finishing the posts. 🙂 I also have a ton of photos from Jamaica that I would like to post as well. Jamaica was great! However, I never expected to go to the Caribbean and feel cold. Most of the days I wore long-sleeves because the breeze made me shiver and I was constantly covered in goose bumps. There was a bit of rain off and on throughout the beginning of the week we were there, but the last two days were absolutely beautiful and hot! So stay tuned for some upcoming travel posts…


Gift basket from Nancy & George


This weekend my good friend Nancy and her boyfriend George drove up for a visit. I hadn’t seem them since our wedding in August 2009. They arrived Saturday around lunch-time and we ended up spending the afternoon at the mall shopping. Poor George was so bored but Nancy and I really like to shop together! Then we went out for a quick bite to eat at Quizno’s. After eating we picked up my sister and came back to the house to hang out and snack on veggies with dip and crackers and cheese. While the boys played “Halo: Reach”, we baked a batch of Skor cookies. And then we sat down to eat the country chicken stew I had thrown into the slow cooker that morning.


Skor cookies

Moose steak

Candle holder from Bath & Body Works


On Sunday, we exchanged something at the mall and then headed downtown. We were lucky to have such nice weather this weekend. The sun was out and although the air was crisp, it definitely felt like spring was on its way. Found some used movies at “Chumleigh’s”. Drank green tea and a pumpkin spice latte from Starbucks. And then back home. I started to prepare shepherd’s pie for dinner while Jordan pan-fried a moose steak for him and George to sample. Both boys said the meat turned out good but I wouldn’t try it. Our guests had to leave early so they missed dinner, but it was great to have them here even for only 2 days. 🙂


Goodies from the gift basket

Alcoholic goodies

Except for the body scrub, another gift from Nancy!


Now, on Friday I had a bit of an incident. Initially I was not supposed to work that day but the schedule was changed while I was in Jamaica and I came home to discover that instead of a four-day weekend, I now had only three days. I had planned to clean, grocery shop, and bake that day. Instead I had to rush-clean Thursday night after work, didn’t bake anything, and then Friday morning I drove out to No Frills for groceries. I had to get home, dump the groceries, and then go to work. However, on my way back from the grocery store I was coming around a corner from one busy road to another with two lanes of turning traffic when all of a sudden the “check gauges” light dings on the truck dash, the vehicle shuts itself down, and the power-steering fails! I couldn’t keep the wheel turning because power-steering died (God knows I tried), I didn’t know what was going on, and I almost crashed into the vehicle turning beside me. That person must have saw me veering because he sped up and instead I ended up in a snow bank. Luckily I didn’t hit anyone or hurt the truck or myself! I sat there while traffic surged around me, in a panic and not knowing what to do! It took me two tries to call Jordan’s cell phone because I couldn’t remember the number (shock) and when I did get a hold of him, he said he’d be there in 20 minutes to tow me. I was afraid of getting hit by turning traffic since my truck wasn’t off the road enough. I texted my friend Stacey just so I could talk to someone while I waited, to calm myself down, and she said that she was right around the corner with her husband. So they came to my rescue! Her husband, Chris, works on cars so he got the truck going again and pulled it into a parking lot. I was so thankful! He looked under the hood and figured it was the Electronic Throttle Control that had failed, which also caused the power-steering to fail temporarily. There also happened to be an issue with the EGR valve. My poor truck! Once Jordan and a friend from his work arrived, we took the truck into the shop and spent almost $400 fixing the damn thing. 🙁 After all that, I wasn’t even late for work!