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! 😉

All moved in

We arrived in Petawawa on February 2nd, driving up through a snowstorm for most of the way. That wasn’t fun! We checked into Grey Gables Manor that evening. What a beautiful bed & breakfast! The Kensington Suite was exactly what I had expected from the photos and the hosts were very inviting and accommodating.


Kensington Suite at Grey Gables Manor

Kensington Suite at Grey Gables Manor


We received the keys to our new home just before 5 pm on the 4th, which meant that the following day our truck would arrive to unload everything. Unload Day went fairly quickly; the only issue was a broken patio table. The next day two young men showed up to unpack everything. The unpacking service only requires them to put items on the nearest surface, and when they leave they take with them all the boxes and paper associated with the move.

I’m happy everything was unpacked, but afterward the house was covered from counter to floor with stuff. And it still is. The only rooms that actually look decent right now are the main floor bathroom, kitchen, and living room. Every other room looks as though a tornado tore through it!


Kitchen

Kitchen

Living room

Living room

Main floor bathroom

Main floor bathroom


I know it will take time to organize and decorate our home. I can’t believe how much stuff (ie. crap) we have! But right now, all I want to do is relax and read a book.

End of the month

A month til Christmas! Where has the time gone? I’ve picked up a couple gifts so far, but I just realized that I only have one more paycheck before Christmas! Ahh!

Woke up this past Wednesday to a winter wonderland. Ack! Took me 30 minutes to get to work when it normally takes 15. Luckily that evening I had an appointment to have new winter tires installed on our Kia Forte!

My friend’s baby girl, Hannah, is just over two weeks old now. She was born via C-section on November 10th. I had the opportunity to visit with new mommy and daddy, and meet Baby Hannah Elaine, at the hospital but since then I haven’t seen them. Hopefully within the next couple weeks we’ll be able to figure out a visiting day.

Today I spent the afternoon at my sister’s, playing with Ashe. Stacey came with me. She’s due to have her little girl in two weeks. She loves visiting with my nephew and talking to my sister about baby stuff. In the picture below, Ashe is demonstrating his ability to sit up unassisted while playing with his cool toy! Excuse the blurriness of iPhone photography, as I’d forgotten to bring my camera. 🙂


Sitting up unassisted


Tomorrow I’ll be going to another Stacey’s baby shower (also due in December) and then to my work Christmas party at East Side Mario’s. Gonna be a busy day!

Gardening with Mom

Yesterday evening, after work, I met my mom at Walmart’s garden centre and picked up some gardening supplies. I’ve never planted anything before and my mom is the best person to help me since her gardens are always so beautiful. I picked up three kinds of lilies: an asiatic, a pink one, and a red one; and yellow and purple pansies. I want to start out simple.

The other day it actually got cold and snowed. This is what my garden looked like:


Snowing in late April


This morning was very sunny so my mom came over and we started digging up the yucky weeds. First she told me what plants were already starting to come up in the garden so that I could recognize them. These are sprouting: phlox, bleeding heart, irises, hasta, and Jacob’s ladder, plus various bushes and one plant that she has no idea what it is. She also brought me, from her own garden, more hasta and cranesbill geraniums, and an orange lily (possibly; she thinks it could be orange).

So we dug up lots of weeds and planted the pansies by the walkway, and the lilies by the deck. I think they will look so pretty once they grow and bloom. The tulips against the house, in the driveway, have opened, drinking up the sun. Except for allergies, I love spring! I also love taking photos of plants.


Blooming tulips

Once Jordan comes home I’ll need him to help turn the soil so we can put down a layer of peat moss.

Return to Canada

Since Jordan left in the middle of January, we haven’t had much snow. Any snow that did accumulate usually melted by the next day. I am not a fan of shoveling the driveway; Jordan has always done it since we moved here. I was informed that he would be returning to Canada on the 26th. Unfortunately, the past three days we had a huge snowstorm and our driveway was quite deep. Plus the plows had been driving by all night, piling snow at the end of our driveway.

The morning of the 26th I resigned myself to the fact that I would actually have to shovel out the driveway, because if I couldn’t even get the truck OUT to go to work, how was he going to get a little Corolla IN? Anyway, the snow was really heavy and wet and after an hour I felt too sore and like I had barely moved any snow. Luckily, at that time a pick-up truck with a plow pulled up and pushed the snow away from the end of the driveway for me. I was so thankful! I managed to clear out a bit more snow, but then gave up. I then started to clear the snow off the truck and succeeded in breaking the windshield wiper on the driver’s side. Wonderful! I was quite frustrated by now. Off to Walmart for wipers. I didn’t have a clue what to buy, and had to get an associate from automotive to help me pick out the proper wiper. Then I rushed to work. And then left work early to rush home only to find out the flight time was changed to later in the night.

I tried waiting up for him but fell asleep 12:30 pm of the 27th. It wasn’t a deep sleep because I was half listening for car tires in the driveway. Finally he showed up around 3 am. I’m thankful he’s home and the lucky guy has a couple weeks off work. Now he has to unpack and do lots of laundry.

I just got back from a long day at work – a regular shift plus a staff meeting. We were fed pizza and pop, which was nice. Now for two days off.