Thursday, July 31, 2008
And here is Grace, desperately wanting to be part of the photo shoot, and sporting her new haircut. In other non-baby, and non-blanket news, I signed up a for a few road races this morning. Check out the bottom of my blog to see what I will be up to come the fall.
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Carmen at About a Girl - Her blog is full of one of my favorite people, Grace! But she also writes very honestly and passionately. She is a great friend, both in blogging land and in real life! She has a lot of adventures with running, knitting, card making and cake decorating! She has so many neat interests to read about and is so freakin talented! Go check her out.
Thanks Alicia! You rock! This may be a little different, but I'm passing the award onto a woman whose site I have been lurking for a few weeks. Her name is Sophie and she posts about her lovely three little girls, one of whom was born with a congenital heart disease. I am in awe of how she goes about her day to day while caring for her daughters. I also love the sewing projects that she does, and enjoy looking at the new creations she posts up. So Sophie - thanks for your blog and the inspiration you give me through your sewing projects!
Check back later for post #2 today. I am SO close to having Grace's blanket done!
Monday, July 28, 2008
And finally the shirt:
Can you figure out what Disney character I'm shaping into? Stay tuned over the next few months, it is only going to get better :) Erin, shhhh, don't spoil the fun ;) I picked up the skirt at the Tech Shop, and the woman working there was so excited I was trying to get pieces for my costume, that she called me at home later this afternoon, to tell me she could order me in the yellow tank! I guess it pays for being an overly chatty person. I am quite excited about the yellow tank and chocolate skirt. Even not as part of a costume I think they are quite smashing and colours that work well together. I'm excited to give them many a test run before the actual Goofy Race.
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Friday, July 25, 2008
Talking about dancing, I was watching SYTYCD this past week. Erin helped my confusion about why Comfort was still on the show when I thought she had been eliminated. But what I don't get, is the Snuggle cam happy dance. Seriously why would you want to do dance so badly on public TV? Just to be on TV? Sometimes I just don't get our reality TV crazed world.
Now to running - I have been putting alot of thought into what type of costume I'd like to wear for both the half and the full run in Disneyworld next year. I have never run in costume, but I know I will want it to be light, not cumbursome. I have had ideas such as Tinkerbell, Daisy Duck and one of the mice from Cinderella cross my mind. Any suggestions folks? This weekend, as I mentioned in a previous post, I am scheduled in to run a 10K. I think I will do my best to get out on my own and run it, rather than trying to meet up with a group. I'll load up my ipod with some new groovy tunes and head to the river. What are your favorite songs to listen to when running? Anything I should put on my MUST have Running list?
Hope you all have a fabulous sunny weekend!
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
I hve my running clinic tonight and think it is schedule to run 5K straight - gulp! I think a run tonight could do me good, despite that running for 5K straight honestly seems rather daunting.
Since I haven't done so already, I want to send out a HUGE congrats to Erin for doing amazing on her trail race on Saturday. It was her first and in true trail running fashion, she got covered in mud.
Also a note to Alicia for the outstanding job she did re-painting her house on Saturday. It looks smashing in the photos.
Off for more therapy - this time it involves knitting. House cleaning can wait another day.
Monday, July 21, 2008
Talking about projects I have a million. I decided last night I really should finish some of them before starting more. Here's my list:
Baby Cards for Candace
An H for Hailey
An M for Maya
A growth chart for Ellie
The blanket above
My ever ongoing afghan
Grace's 3-6 month scrapbook
Grace's 6-12 month scrapbook
I'm sure there's more. Enough you think? Yeah me too!
Sunday, July 20, 2008
One of my family members gets up on the stage and is pretending to drive a car (yes, we have a stage at the Zealandia hall). An 'officer' pulls him over and asks for his name. The driver says Fred. The officer wants his last name but 'Fred' explains that he doesn't have one. The officer obviously wants an explanation. So Fred says that his name used to be Fred Dingaling. The kids made so much fun of him at school that he stuck to himself and studied. He ended up going to Medical school and got his degree so his name became Fred Dingaling M.D. Pretty soon he got bored of being a Doctor and went to Dentistry school. He graduated, got his degree and became Fred Dingaling M.D. D.D.S. Again, he got bored and fooled around with his assistant. He became Fred Dingaling M.D. D.D.S. with VD. The Dentistry Board (I believe he used the acronym CCA) found out about the VD and took away his DDS. That left him with his name being Fred Dingaling MD with VD. Pretty soon the medical board found out about the CCA taking away his DDS so they took away his MD. That left him with Fred Dingaling with VD. Then the VD took away his Dingaling which is why his name is only Fred. Har har har.
I hope you all also had a fantastic lovely weekend!
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Yesterday was Grace's first day in the dayhome and things went phenomenally well - for her. Ok, they weren't bad for me either but I did feel a little empty handed. When I went to leave in the morning, I picked up her diaper bag then remembered it had to stay. Then when I walked into the house I felt like I had forgotten something in the car. I got busy around the house and then actually had a moment where I thought Grace was napping. By the time 12:30 rolled around and I had to go get here I was feeling pretty antsy to get going and kept watching the clock so I wouldn't be too early, or too late. Geek, I know.
This coming weekend is my family reunion in Saskatchewan. Zealandia to be exact, just outside of Rosetown and only about a block long. If you'd turn your head away from the road just for a minute, you'd miss it. For those of you that know me, you know I have a big family. Nate conceeded last night he didn't realize how big... and I think he's a tad scared for what is coming up in the next few days. My Grandparents on my Dad's side, my Grandma had 10 brothers and sisters. She and my Grandfather had 9 children, the youngest being my Dad. Now they each got married and had at least two children each, usually three, who then had children etc. etc. This coming weekend from my Grandma alone, there are so far a total of 93 people attending. However, this is a reunion for all of HER brothers and sisters and THEIR families also. So, another ten families of descendants will be there as well. I am sure it is going to be pure, absolute, amazing chaos. I'm excited. For those of you now feeling badly for Nate, I will let him know he is not alone.
I finally decided on the quilt pattern I want to make for Grace's bedding. She is still in a crib right now, but will soon be moving onto a twin bed (by soon I think probably around Christmas). She's a bit of a monkey and loves to climb everywhere. I'm waiting to hear the thud as she falls out of her crib one day. Anyways, it's called 'Bento Box'. I really like it, and for my first quilt, should be fairly simple to do.
Monday, July 14, 2008
Friday, July 11, 2008
Ok onto knitting! Knitting class on Wednesday was not what I expected. First, I had to Google what 'dpns' were before I went to class. They are double pointed needles. No problem, sounds good. Oh no, not good. I am now knitting on four little bamboo needles with a fifth one in my hand. Sounds challenging, and yes, it is. First we had to start by crocheting and then knitting onto that, and finally I had my sixteen stitches on, and damn, I dropped a needle and had to start all over again. Since that experience I am now pretty protective of where my stitches are on the needles (have to keep them near the centre) and my project is definetely out of Grace Lillian's reach. I think I may have signed up for more than I can chew. A little background for you all though - I learned to knit from my Mom, who is self taught. Supposedly I knit backwards, so that has also proved a tad bit complicated for both me and my instructor. I am lucky there are only three people in this class as I need all the one on one help I can get.
Last but not least - its 7-11 day today! Don't forget to head to your nearest 7-11 to get your free slurpee :)
Tomorrow I am off with my 'Mom' friends for a weekend away in Banff. Our pampering starts at 1 with spa treatments. I am trying something new and am getting a body wrap. I'll let you know how it went on Monday.
And as for my list of lost items - I have now found my debit card, but Lily Mae is still missing and so is my scan disk to upload photos. I called the hotels we stayed at as well as Celebrity Cruises so we will see if anything turns up. This is now the life of a Mom - calling to try to find a lost toy. Love it.
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
1. One of Grace's Geox shoes (luckily found after I cleaned out the rest of the car).
2. My Debit card.
3. My ScanDisk card so I can upload photos from my camera onto my computer. Not good.
4. Grace's LilyMae frog. I have to say this I am the saddest about.
I am glad to say that all the laundry has been done, everthing unpacked, and grocery list compiled. Now all I have to do is wait for Grace to get up and go shopping. Amazingly the grocery list isn't as long as I thought that it would be after having been gone for 2 1/2 weeks.
Then tonight is my knitting class. Lacey posted back and asked if it was at Make 1 Yarn studio - it is! I have never been there but am looking forward to it. I will report back tomorrow on how it went.
Hope you all get out to enjoy some of this lovely weather today!
Why this post right now? I am back at work on Friday, just one day a week, and on an hourly paid basis. But, another woman who was just on mat leave has returned full time. And oh how much easier that would be for the company. Yes, I started to feel guilty at all the trouble I have caused them. Coming back part time, then two months later having to take a leave, yada yada yada. Nate said this morning, then why I don't I see if I can come back full time too? My answer was that I wanted to also be with Grace part time. His response? Then if that is what I want, don't feel guilty about the choices I have made. I can already hear my brother saying to me "Who is the one person you are responsible for?" Yes, that would be me. So, today at least, I will not worry about what other people are doing, or what other people think of me. I will just be me, and will be loving my little girl to bits, thankful for the gift that she IS.
Sunday, July 6, 2008
Here are all of the bridesmaids on the rehearsal night. Left is Shelley, then Krystle (Maid of Honour), myself, then Joanna. Allie gave us all earrings and necklaces to wear, as well as Starbucks mugs engraved with their wedding date and our role, as well as little black purses that said 'I'm a bridesmaid' on them. On Saturday morning we stopped to fill our mugs at the Oak Bay Starbucks, and after seeing we were a bridal party, we got our coffees for free!
Look at that hair! No, have no fear, it didn't stay like that, but it did give me some amazing volume.Here's the outcome. Nate brought Grace by to visit, and here you can see a good profile view of my hairdo :)
Onto the wedding! We had a few sprinkles of rain in the morning but it cleared up to be absolutely beautiful. Allie was bagpiped in, walking with her Dad. Didn't she look beautiful!?
I have to say I am a tad tired today, but it was all worth it. Congratulations Pete & Allie Knowles!
Friday, July 4, 2008
Last night was Allie & Pete's rehearsal dinner. Let me tell you that Hatley Castle is ABSOLUTELY breath taking. Gorgeous - absolutely gorgeous. They are getting married in the Gardens. If you click on the link, they are getting married in the gardens first photo on the left. Stunning isn't it. After the rehearsal we went back to their place for a BBQ. Given I don't know many other people in the wedding party, I really enjoyed sitting around and visiting with everyone and getting to know how they know Pete & Allie.
Grace came with us last night and actually got so fed up sitting on my lap, she stood on the grass - all night! This is a small miracle. Lately what I hear so much is how close to walking she is, or that it's ok she's not walking yet because it isn't until 18 months until I need to worry. Last night I was even told she isn't walking yet because she is still slightly flat footed. I love people and their opinions. My daughter will walk when she is good and ready - thank you very much.
Thursday, July 3, 2008
So back to the Vic front, Nate and I had a mini date night last night and it was splendid. We hardly ever get out on our own so this was a real treat. We stopped and picked up a coffee (ok, I got a coffee) then we headed down to one of 'our' beaches. When we were dating Nate and I spent alot of time sitting on beaches, throwing rocks, and chatting. When we are in Vic we try to find time to be able to do that again. We were joking last night that we should have had a list of blind date questions to ask eachother. It is hard for us to find things to talk about other than Grace as our date nights are so infrequent. However, we did master it and it was nice to have the time alone. I guess date night #2 is on Friday night and I have been told I need to wear a nice dress!
Oh, and can't miss out on this! Miss Grace walked across the kitchen last night pushing a chair! It was absolutely delightful to see. Adorable. Absolutely adorable. Go Grace!
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
Then after Grace had her nap, Nate, Grace and I headed downtown to do some shopping. This was really quite tremendous of Nate since the shopping was for make-up for Saturday as well as hair accessories so that I'll be set for my hair consult tomorrow. So the make-up I got from Clinique and really like - since the wedding is at 4 it will be slightly dark and sultry but hopefully oh so pretty. Then the hair accessories all have a little bit of bling to them - a headband as well as some bobby pins. Whatever the hairdresser decides not to incorporate tomorrow, I can easily return - excellent! Then, Nate has been bugging me that I need to spend some money on myself since he realizes that that makes me happy. I am pleased to report that I bought myself a new pair of Guess jeans as well as a shirt. I currently own a pair of Guess jeans but have never bought a shirt from there before. I am quite pleased with the entire outfit and might wear it for the rehearsal on Thursday since it's a BBQ event.
All in all a very excellent day. Tonight Sue and I are going to attempt to fix the dress. When I spoke with my Mom this morning and told her about the dress and my not enough boob issue, all she could do was laugh at the image of my dress falling down during the ceremony. Wouldn't that be a sight! But the darts in the dress and the pinning of the dress to my bra should do the trick. Operation dress repair here we come!
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
I have been friends with Allie since Grade 7. I got an e-mail a few weeks back from the gal doing her speech asking if there was any stories about Allie we could send her to be included. How do you possibly sum up 16 years of friendship into one story?? Impossible really. I still haven't responded to the e-mail and the wedding is in just 4 days.
So today I spent my entire morning and afternoon with Allie and her family. I helped her sister Meg wrap up 90 favor boxes, I went shopping with Allie to find a few last minute things she needed, and just finished sewing beads onto ribbon for her for their wedding cake. I also tried on my bridesmaids dress and found a bra with some extra 'oomph' so that it fits a little better. It is still a tad big so Sue (Nate's Mom) is going to help me out by putting in some darts. Last thing anyone needs in a castle wedding is a dress falling off a bridesmaid. In anycase, this was not the traditional way I tend to spend Canada Day - with hiking, a picnic, and usually a run. But it was absolutely splendid spending it with one of my truest friends and my 'adopted' family.