Saturday, March 05, 2011

Baby Blog

When Tina made a Baby Blog profile to keep me up to date throughout her pregnancy, I made a profile too (not that I have much to blog about) But I've finally made SOME progress regarding my referral etc so I figured now would be a good time to start recording whats going on.

(Regarding my last post: the cruise was an absolute lifechanging experience.)

Monday, January 03, 2011

Count down!

11 days!

Passports have arrived

Binx got his vaccinations

Boarding kennel is booked

New bathing suit, check

Money saved to cover a week of no work, and for all sorts of excursions;

(Fanboat tour through the Everglades - Florida)
(Snorkeling - Honduras)
(Cave tubing/Mayan ruins - Belize)
(Shopping/ Tours - Mexican Mayan Riviera)
(Beach day - Key West)

Nothing can stop us now!

Friday, November 26, 2010

Fun in the Sun

Sounds like I could use a little pick-me-up, right?

I swear I have the best in-laws in the world. For Christmas, they decided no presents, instead we're all going on a cruise. They're buying us a cruise for christmas. Airfair, meals, everything.

How incredible is that?! We'd never be able to afford a holiday like that having just bought our house, which I think makes it doubley exciting.

So we've started the preparations, got our passport pictures done, I got Binx's shots done so he can be boarded while we're away (First vet trip ever, what a cute/funny/sad experience!)

I'm not going to post anything on FB or whatever until like the day before I board that airplane, because so many things can happen between now and then..but I just had to tell someone!

The best part is...the cruise they're looking at - Docks for a day in BELIZE!!!!!

I always dreamed of going back, but never imagined it could become a reality. I told our tour guide before we left, that someday, I would bring my husband there and show him the incredible, beautiful place. One day is not nearly enough to experience everything that it has to offer, but still. My dream of going back later in life could come true.

Monday, November 08, 2010

Green Eyed Monster

So, I am jealous.

And I feel like the awefullest person in the world.

I am so sad and jealous when I should be overthemoon excited for some of the most wonderful women I know.

I'm jealous that it seems like everyone I know is pregnant.

Al, Tina, now Ashley.

And I am SO THRILLED that they will be welcoming a beautiful and special child into their lives.

But it also serves as a reminder of my failure.

I have been "on the waiting list" for referral after referral to specialist after specialist. Cancelled appointment after weeks, repeat repeat. Call and beg, repeat repeat.

Our 5 year anniversary was wonderful and special, but it also shows how long we have been trying and unsuccessful.

Rob is a wonderful husband, he never blames me or says anything that isn't loving and supportive.

But he is also honest with me, that he doesn't want to be "older, in his 30s" when he has his first child. And I don't blame him.

Anyways, this post isn't to complain, more to vent my helplessness and frustration.

And sorrow, that all my friends are experiencing the happiest time in their lives as a woman, and I can't.

Monday, October 04, 2010

High School Goodies!

So darlings, since I can't figure out how to post them to our Locker Door blog (or even if I can) I'll post them on here instead!
I apologise for fuzzy, blurry pictures - I know the quality won't be stellar, but clear enough to know what you're seeing. Enjoy the "oldie but goodies" !

Memory Box that Janna made..a little worse for wear (sorry!) but still holds all my old pictures.


Al's Graduation Photo Shoot

My jeans! Don't fit them any more, but still beautiful to look at.

Gorgeous us!!

Hitting on yummy Gandalf.

Sarah loves candycanes.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Oh ya, p.s.

I forgot to mention 3 things:

1) My 5 year wedding anniversary is in like 3 weeks!
I dont know what I want to do to celebrate.. if I hadn't been so tied up in the house lately I think it would have been on my mind a lot more.

2) Flippin Doctors.
-I went to see my Dr, who gave me a referral to a specialist.

-I went back two weeks later for some test results, it was a different Dr. She made some calls and found out my wait time would be approx 8 months. She gave me a referral to a different specialist.
-Specialist #2 was scheduled to see me Aug. 9th. She called Aug 8th to cancel, and rescheduled me for the next week, Aug 16th.
-She called Aug 15th to cancel again, and said we wouldnt reschedule.
-I called my Dr Aug 23rd, asking if I could get a different referral.
-I called again Sept 10th to see if I had been given a new referral, since I hadn't heard anything yet. (When I was referred to specialist #2, I got a call within days.)
-I was told "I'm on the specialist's list now, it's out of our hands." I fear I've been referred back to specialist #1, who has a wait time of 8 months.
-Would've been nice to give Rob some good news for our anniversary, but noooo. Doctors are dumb, and I'm very frustrated.

3) I have an amazing husband. He is funny and caring..he is putting his all into making this house perfect for me. He has never made me feel like I'm less of a woman for my PCOS, or that it's my fault in any way that we dont have any kids yet. He is incredibly supportive and understanding. We still talk for long periods of time and goof around, after all these years. He gets me.
I am a lucky woman.


So, the renovations continue.. well we did considerably more packing/unpacking there for a bit. But we're completely "moved" now, not a single thing is left at the old place. Ok well, a single thing - the fish tank. But we're putting that off as long as possible! Gonna be a heckuva job.

Work continues on the kitchen-the appliances are in, but Rob needs a couple parts to get the dishwasher hooked up and running. I think after making him do two loads by hand, it's moved up on his priorety list. ;)

Fence is almost finished (or will be by the time I'm done work today) Rob got the last posts he needed, is building the gate, etc. Then thats it for outside work - anything left can be done over winter at our leisure.
Which isn't much; from our firstfirstfirst to do list, all thats left is:
1) Fence

2) Kitchen floors
3) Kitchen Table

4) Island
5) Paint green room
6) Paint blue room
7) Washing machine

Now, #1 and #4 can pretty much be crossed off, as they are Rob's projects and virtually complete at this point. Rob put the island countertop on the other day, just needs the finishing touches on the top, he put the trim on last night.

#2, kitchen floors. We were going to replace with some nice chocolate colored laminate wood, but I dont know's just missing a small chunk under the kitchen table (like they were a couple planks short) and there was the hole where the woodstove used to be that got a "Dadfix". If we are able to match exactly what is there, Rob will just tear it all up, and do it back to fix where needed. OR, we'll buy new stuff..havent decided yet, but like I said, can be done during the winter. Its in perfectly good shape, just a little ugly in spots lol.

#3, kitchen table. We NEED to make Sarah happy. Even though its just me & Rob right now, our kitchen table is a black card table and 2 folding chairs lol. We left our nice wooden kitchen table & chairs in MB when we moved, and didnt have room for a set when we moved here. We went to Jysk yesterday to buy a set we liked, but they didnt have any in stock, so we said screw it we'll find another set we like. So today Rollie and I are heading to the Brick and around to scope out more.

#5 and #6, paint green and blue rooms. Will probably be put off until very last, as its an absolute non-necessity, just for asthetics. Although between the two , the green room is definetly first! Serving as Rob's computer room, "the green room" is called thus due to its hideous, snot-green wall color. Not kidding at all either, its like the inside of a sick kid's nostrils in there.
The blue room is not my choice of color either - baby blue (not too bad , right?) except they did everything baby blue ; the walls, the ceilings, the baseboards, I'm surprised the carpet isn't baby blue as well!

#7, washing machine. We're picking it up on monday, easy peasy. We already had a fridge and dryer when we moved here, and Bob and Rollie gave us their stove and dishwasher as a housewarming gift (and Rollie replaced them with stainless steel to complete her kitchen set, lol)
Other than that, we need a couple more "details" (area rug in the livingroom ) but thats it.

I bought my first plant yesterday, yay! Well I guess its not my first...I had a cactus in Brandon, but I killed it. :( This is my first try since.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Much Excitement

So, obviously, we got the house.

Now what?

Well, like every other house we'd put an offer on, we planned out our layouts, decor, renovations, and all other such things that get your hopes up. So we knew exactly what we wanted.

We started by tearing out a bunch of thing that bothered us (and I'm not sure why, but it just did) was the four different lights in the kitchen. Or, randomly placed lights, I should say. I'm sure the fan light was above the dining table, but that must have looked odd next to the chimney pipe sticking three feet down out of the ceiling (which we tore out too, thank goodness) We also tore out the weird boards in the bathroom, its like they made their own florescent light box..weird.

The master bedroom only needs one more coat to be done, then we can use the dropclothes in the bathroom, then all it will need is the new floor put down, the rest of the bathroom work is done.

The kitchen is actually where we're focusing our renos, and it definetly needs it. Not only was it
1. Laid out stupidly - half the cupboards + stove on one half of the room, half the cupboards + fridge on the other,

2. In need of repairs - the kitchen sink was unusable, as none of the plumbing pipes were attached! Or they were calked, or siliconed, or puttied, or cracked, I'm surprised they didn't try ducttape too. But perhaps most importantly..
3. They were GREEN. All the cupboard doors, and the countertop (they PAINTED the countertop) were a SEAFOAM GREEN. It looked like hippy vomit. In a kitchen. Urg.

But sosososo luckily, Mom and Dad came out from MB, so Dad is able to give Rob a guiding hand on all the repairs (Ok, so Dad did all the plumbing on Wed when Rob was at work lol) But really, between the two of them, they're getting a lot accomplished. They do all the renos (rewiring, plumbing, carpentry) while Mom and I are painting. Not only because I have no idea how to do most of what they're doing, or the tools they're using, but there's a LOT to paint.

But right now the main concern is getting things functional and winter-ready.. Rob and I can make it pretty on our own time, we might as well make use of Dad while he's here lol. Lightswitches moved, replacing windows, building the fence, man I can't imagine if we had to do all this on our own. Which I guess is kind of the point of buying the house, to be on our own, but you know what I mean. Thank goodness for family.

Also, Lisa came out with them (I actually managed to get a moody teenager to paint for an hour, omg!) which is nice, since once they head back, she'll be moving to Brandon to attend ACC, and I imagine she'll have grown up considerably when I see her next.

Mom and Dad will be packing and moving and renovating as well, once they get back to MB. They sold their house, and are "downsizing" to the other one. Why not, since they're empty nesters now? At least renovating will keep them busy for a while, although I imagine the silence will become quite deafening after not too long. So, they should be taking care of their own renos, but instead they're here helping us? And to top it all off, Mom's got osteoartheritis in her back, so she should be taking it easy and playing Supervisor, but she's determined to help as well. Yes, I know, I was quite humbled as well. I have the most amazing parents in the world.