Walking between the raindrops *

Tomorrow I work my last shift at JYSK. I will have worked there just shy of 6 years and it feels weird knowing that I am almost finished. I will miss many of my co-workers, especially those who have become good friends. It’s kind of like the end of an era, since I am the last person left of the original crew from when the store first opened. Crazy. The district manager was in today and did our “blue sheet”, which is basically a score sheet for the store. My cash area received 9.5 out of 10, so I can go out on a good note. 🙂

Moving Day is just around the corner. On Wednesday the movers will show up to pack the house; Thursday everything will be loaded onto the truck. And on Friday, after we clean and drop the key off to the lawyer’s office, we will no longer own this old country farmhouse. Then on the weekend we will drive up to Petawawa with the stuff the movers won’t take (liquids, personal items, etc) and check in to Grey Gables Manor Bed & Breakfast until our stuff shows up.

I am both anxious and excited to start our new life up there. But I’m also sad to be leaving behind all my friends and family. I know it’s only a 3 and a half hour drive north, which doesn’t sound very far away, but it certainly feels like we are moving to the ends of the earth. I’m really trying to go into this posting with a positive attitude, otherwise I will be miserable.

A little crawling machine

Work has been pretty crazy over the past month. We have a new store manager and everyone was bumped down to part-time hours. That’s been hard on the bank account! Plus my husband and I spent a week this month in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. Hopefully issues at work will start to work themselves out. As for our trip to the sunny Caribbean island, it was fun! A trip post will follow soon, I hope.

My 7 and a half month old nephew is now a crawling machine!

He's on the move!

7 and a half months old

Waiting for lunch

Beautiful smile

Heading out in a few minutes to visit with Kendra and baby Hannah, who is now 3 months old.

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! 🙂

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!

May in photos

Let’s see, what has happened since the beginning of the month since I last wrote?

Tulips bloomed and then died.

This year's tulips

Baby shower #1 for my sister.

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Baby shower #1

Keesje @ 33 wks

Pin the Sperm on the Egg

Dusted off the bicycles and went for a bike ride!

My bike

I bought a white iPhone 4.

Fridge full of potluck food

Won a contest at work ($25 gift card for a store of my choice) and had a yummy potluck!

Meatballs in slow cooker

Pasta salad