Thursday, December 31, 2009
Before Nate fell into slumber infront of the warm fire, we spent some time talking about our favorite parts of 2009. Here's a peak back for all of you:
Last December, we started trying for a baby. We had no idea at that time, that a year from then, we'd be waiting on our baby.
January I ran my first back to back "ultramarathon" of a half the first day, and a full marathon the next day. What an accomplishment this was. I learned to truly have confidence in myself and that really, anything is possible when you focus on the present and just put one foot in front of the other.
April saw us take a trip to Hawaii with my parents, and it was there we also found out we were expecting. After 5 months of trying, we were ecstatic. It was also on this trip, that we learned to truly, deeply appreciate the life growing inside of me after some early concerns, and fears, that after just finding out we were expecting, that we thought we had lost our little one. We are so blessed that he is still with us.
May, oh May. Grace turned 2. A year in such a little person is truly a huge thing. Grace this year has learned to somersault, and to talk in setences that astound us. Little things are big things, and June saw her potty trained. It has been a blissful half a year diaper free.
August saw Nate and I celebrate 7 years of marriage. I'm a lucky lady to be married to my best friend. Someone who can make me laugh even on the worst of days, who brings out the best in me, and who challenges me to become someone better. I couldn't ask for a better mate.
August saw us also learn about our baby's two vessel cord, and sent our world into a temporary tailspin. Four ultrasounds and a fetal echocardiogram later, we were relieved in early November to hear that our little man was ok and healthy.
September I hit a milestone birthday. 30. I'm still more scared of 31 than I am of 30. Nate and my girlfriends made me feel so incredibly spoiled, special, and loved. September also marked me being off work full time with Grace. A hard decision, but the right decision.
October brought Halloween and the first time trick or treating. What a delight.
November Nate took a big step in a new career change. The next step should be in January. We can't wait to see what happens.
And December. Here we are, on the last day. How did this Fall and Winter zip by so quickly? Was it not just August?
Overall, 2009 was an amazing year for our family. Despite some heartaches, fears, and stumbles, the good outweighs all the negative that we, or our loved ones faced.
And oh how we are excited for 2010. The year our little man will join us. Who knew that we'd be looking at a January baby?! Not us, and we can't wait.
Nate's still fast asleep, and I think we'll soon be headed upstairs to sleep in the New Year at midnight.
Thank you friends for sharing this past year with me, in this blogland of ours. I have loved your comments, the friendships that have formed, and having you as a part of our lives, and I of yours. I look forward to sharing 2010 with you.
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
1. This will be the first year, since having kids, that I get to spend the ENTIRE year at home with them. With Grace being born in the Spring, I was at home, and also at work, for both parts of 2007, 2008, and 2009. With Aidan being born.... sometime.... soon... I don't have an anticipated back to work date until 2011! A whole year at home with my family - a dream come true.
2. Nate has some exciting new work opportunities (we hope!) coming down the pipe. I can't wait to see where 2010 is going to take him career wise and where that will take our family.
3. Nate and I will celebrate 8 years of marriage in August, Grace will be turning 3 in May, and our little man, may, or may not, depending on his arrival, turn 1. All of those numbers excite me!
4. I have been thinking alot on friendships lately, and have some truly wonderful women in my life that bless me in more ways than I can put words too. I want to truly honor them in the year to come and have a few ideas up my sleeve I can't wait to put into action.
5. Knitting. You knew it would come up ;) Already this next year holds sock clubs for me, lace projects, and a sweater for each of our family members. Nate's is in progress (see my side bar), I already have the yarn for one for me, and yarn on the way for one for Miss G for her 3rd birthday. Mr. Aidan will also have a wee vest knit up for him at some point. Delicious wooliness for all. I love the diversity of all the knitting projects I so far have lined up.
6. Quilting. Grace's quilt should be back from the longarm quilter sometime in January. I'm looking forward to putting the binding back on and getting it on her bed. I'm also contemplating doing a Queen size quilt for Nate and I as an anniversary gift. We shall see... I'm a little daunted by the task but also excited.
7. Lastly, I'm looking forward to a year at home. We have no vacations, other than perhaps one to a neighbour province planned, and the idea of just BEING here, in our city, calms me. It will be a year of rooting in, and getting to know the family of four that we are soon to become.
Are you excited for 2010?
Monday, December 28, 2009
Saturday, December 26, 2009
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Nate sent me that video awhile back. I can't imagine living next to that house, despite how amazing it is to watch! We are headed out to my Mom & Dad's today to celebrate Christmas with family. I wish you all a blessed Christmas filled with laughter and love!
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Knit a pair of newborn slippers.
Finished up a pair of socks for her.
And even met Jolly Old St. Nick. She was surprisingly better than last year with the bearded fellow, but wouldn't go any closer than this picture shows.
As the days push closer to my due date, I'm finding it harder and harder to find things to do to take my mind off the persistent question "Today?" "Tomorrow?" "Now?" I'm thankful Christmas festivities begin tomorrow and can help push me into next week if need be.
Today I might try my hand at making one of these snowflakes. Harder than it looks!
Sunday, December 20, 2009
- Waiting for midwifery appointments, chiropractic appointments, and massage appointments.
- Waiting at the breastfeding clinic.
- On the C-Train.
- In the Car.
- In "my office" (also known as the blue couch in my living room).
- At the kitchen table while Grace ate breakfast.
- At my Mom & Dad's on Sunday afternoons.
- With friends.
- With family.
- With Grace watching on.
I can't even count the amount of love.... which is probably what is most wonderful about a handcrafted gift. Knitting, quilting, anything made with your hands, also of course contains your heart. From picking out just the right yarn, to figuring out gauge, to casting on, and cursing occasionally when it just isn't working, to the satisfaction when binding off, and then wrapping it up in shiny paper and putting it under the tree.
Here's two that were gifted this weekend, to two very very dear friends. I hope they feel the love, warmth, thought, and friendship that is knit into every stitch.
Endpaper Mitts - more info on Ravelry here.
French Press Felted Slippers - more info on Ravelry here.
More knitting projects will be posted as the gifts are given over the next few days!
Friday, December 18, 2009
- Christmas Cards. I gave this a no go and we are just going to send baby announcements instead.
- Christmas baking. For some reason, treats around here don't readily get consumed. We have fun making them, they go in a container, then get forgotten and thrown out. It's kind of a shame, so I've only made a couple of treats this year and that's it.
There is alot though that we've added in this Christmas season. With Grace being well on her way to 3, we've started new traditions such as skating and gingerbread house making, and as of a couple days ago, toboganning. There is something so splendid about sharing new experiences with someone. At any age.
The summer Nate and I were married, we drove back to Alberta from B.C. through the Rocky Mountains. He had never seen them before. I recall being in awe, watching his amazement as he gazed up at the towering peaks. It is so easy for amazing things to become everyday items when we are exposed to them so frequently.
And yesterday was not only the first time toboganning for Grace, but also for Nate. He'd gone down a hill on a crazy carpet before, but never an actual toboggan. I loved introducing both of them to something so "Albertan" to me.
And no, no babe yet. 9 days til Due Date #1. 14 days til Due Date #2. Tick tock, tick tock...
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
I'll try not to be too quiet around this space. But there may be more pictures than words in the days to come.
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Thursday, December 10, 2009
G and I had to make a couple of stops after we left our friends home, it was nearing 1 pm, and we'd yet to have lunch. I decided to pull in at a Wendy's drive-thru... until I read the sign that said cash only. I hardly ever carry cash. Already G in the backseat was requesting "Fries Mama!".
The only other option - McDonalds. Here's a little fact about me. I hate McDonalds. Yes, hate is a strong word and it's exactly how I feel about McD's. Last time I ate McDonalds was at least 2.5 years ago. It corresponds with me being just a few weeks pregnant and giving in to the craving of a McDonalds cheeseburger. All I'll say, is it did not agree with the babe in utero. I haven't eaten McDonalds since. Some things you just can't forget.
With no other options today though, I drove through McD's (wincing just a little, and thinking, WHY am I doing this??).
I get to the order window.
Me - "Um, can I have a milk please, a medium fries, and chicken strips."
See, that's where I went wrong. I guess McD's doesn't do chicken strips.
McD's Girl - "Can you repeat that last item?"
Me - "I'll just do Nuggets." Quickly scanning the "menu". "4 piece is fine."
I drive around the bend and come to the first window.
McD's Girl - "Do you just want a happy meal?"
Me - "No, because I'd like the medium fries."
At this point I get a look like "You don't come here often do you?"
I pay and move onto a second window (why do they have so many windows? Starbucks and Wendy's both only have one).
I get our order, go park the car, and divvy the nuggets and fries up between G and I. I take one bite of the nuggets and decide I just really can't eat this. Feeling a little bit terrible, I pass the nuggets back to G. She, having only been 8 weeks in utero, would have no recollection of the McDonalds experience.
She happily ate them, and the fries. I drank the milk.
But, the whole experience got me to thinking. We all have those places that we habit. Where we go, we know what to say, we order everything quickly, the teller understands what we are telling them, and it's an effortless experience, with no strange looks. For me, those places would be Starbucks (perhaps too frequently) and Wendy's (much more infrequently).
I have alot of places where I know I would not be understood. For instance, it was only a few months ago, thanks to a friend, I found out what the heck a Tim's Double Double actually was. For a long time, I had no idea. If you are curious, it's a coffee with two sugars, and two creams. I think.
My typical Starbucks order/lingo would be:
A Grande (not medium) Caramel Macchiato. (Essentially this is a vanilla latte with caramel drizzled on top).
Chicken Strips and Fries with a soda - usually Pepsi or Ice Tea. They only make nuggets in the kids meals.
So I'm wondering, where do you habit? What is your lingo? Perhaps together we can start to make more sense. Or you can all help me to make more sense. I fully realize I may be the only person unable to place an order at McDonalds.
Monday, December 7, 2009
This year I've:
Knit: 10 gifts
Sewn: 3 gifts
I've only purchased five. And I feel really good about that. I suppose I've supported alot of yarn companies rather than alot of big box stores, and I'm good with that too.
And I've realized something. With each hand knit that I bind off, wash, block, and wrap up, I have to also let it go. Let go of the hope, anticipation, of how the receiver will receive it. And just be glad that I've given. Of myself, of a love and passion that I have to create, and of my time.
With so many handmade gifts this season, Christmas seems more like what the season is truly about. Less about commercialism and more about celebration. There is no rush, no hustle and bustle, no dashing out to stores. Our home feels quiet, and ready. Nestled inside, and waiting.
Saturday, December 5, 2009
Friday, December 4, 2009
The view from our kitchen window.
We're nestled in with blankets, warm drinks and some movies. Good day to get some knitting done too.And perhaps some cookie making. Sugar cookies perhaps. What's your favorite Christmas treat to bake?
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
- Go for a Caramel Macchiato. I've been wanting one all day today - tomorrow I'm going to indulge.
- Play in the snow with my little girl.
- Knit on some Christmas socks currently on my needles.
- Laugh, perhaps build a block tower, do some puzzles, and hang out with Grace's "friends" (a stuffed dragon, mouse, bear, frog and rabbit).
- Not logging into my computer until she's tucked into bed for the night. Not sure I've ever done this, but I'm thinking it's going to make for a really nice day, with a really special little girl.
What are you going to do?