Sunday, July 10, 2011

And We're Back....

This sad sad lonely blog has stood here neglected for far to long. With the solitary reason being, nothing exciting is happening... There's a lot of park, beach, splash pad, nap, back yard pool rinse repeat going on. For realz.

But this weekend we packed up and went to Toronto island for the morning. We had an excellent plan of getting up at our regular time, grabbing the 8:45 ferry and cruising around for a few hours. But our alarm didn't go off. And by alarm I mean the rooster that sleeps in the crib in the next room. Never fear, we made the 9:30 ferry. Which ended up being the wrong ferry, we accidently took the Hanlon's Point ferry. So we got a quick tour of the clothing optional beach. (Just kidding, nudie beaches are for Greece, and not Toronto where you could possibly run into some one you know).

Stella and Jeff at the site of Babe Ruth's first professional home run

We walked the entire length of the island from Hanlon's point to Ward's island, checked out the cottages and then stopped for a delicious picnic. Stella rode the carousel for the first time on a Zeb-ra, while we got dizzy.

We'll definitely be back for some more beach time and picnicing!

On the pier


Ferry ride home

Monday, April 4, 2011

Bedtime thoughts

It started with just thinking about light fixtures, which led me to think about how much I like my ceiling fan which suddenly brought forward the idea of how much I love my house. My home full of all its quirks; raw naked light bulbs, floor boards that don't quite meet the wall and leave a lovely little gap where cheerios and screws accumulate and hundreds upon thousands of creaky floor boards that are much much much older than me.

And I love of those quirks. When we bought this house we stretched ourselves to the max to get into it and as a million months pregnant me said as I directed the movers from my seat on the front porch "I'm never ever moving again". I love that this house was a blank slate and we could do every little bit ourselves. (Which I sometimes curse as I look for hours and days and weeks for the perfect light fixture to hang in the hallway). its going to take years to get there, but we've got all the time in the world. It's reassuring to know that if it doesn't all get done this year, there will be plenty of chores to keep us busy for many years.

Not only do we have a perfect house, it's in the perfect neighbourhood. The coffee shop where one of Jeff's favourite musicians used to go to, the ice cream shop where we're going to walk for after dinner cones when the munchkin is bigger.

But what I love the most is that this house will tell the story of our life as a family. Our future, and our children's future will take place in this home. We'll have talks around the kitchen table (hopefully someday I'll find a kitchen table that we didn't inherit with a house), play games in the backyard and have many many holidays here.

PS. In case you're wondering, the solution to gaps between floor boards and walls is white duct tape.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

March Madness

One last blog for the month.

March has been insane. Pure madness. My schedule was bad. Real bad. Just the way that things were coming up, I had to work two weekends, have one off, then 2 more. So I was instead of working 2 shifts one week and 4 the next, I was working repeated weeks with 4 twelve hour shifts. That by itself would have been difficult, but we had much much more to deal with.

My wonderful father in law has been in the hospital for the last 24 days. Finally this week it feels like some of the strain is lifting. It was wonderful to walk in to his room this weekend and see him more awake, engaging with us and even smiling.

These challenges have shown us how good we are together. Jeff and I have both been doing considerable amounts of "solo-ing". Luckily we've had a lot of help so that Jeff can spend as much time as he needs at the hospital.

Over this month Stella's vocabulary has taken off, she's a little mimic monkey:

Up/Down, All done, Apple, pear, Boo Bee (blueberry), Banana (nanana and it has to be whispered), Happy, Bounce, hat, meeps (mittens), goat (coat), boots, socks, shoes, dog.

She can also tell us animal noises, moo, meow meow meow, bah.

Some days I feel like I have an echo!

Here we are on my birthday, my favourite picture for the month!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Learning Curve

Jeff gave me a gift card to Henry's so I could buy myself a new camera lens (Though, when I mentioned I wanted a new lens, he said "Another one?"). My Nikon 50mm F1.8 came this week. I'm madly in love. However, it's damn hard to use.

Shooting with such a large aperature leads to a very narrow field of focus and a moving target tends to move in and out of that very quickly. But look how pretty the colours look! And all the gorgeous details.

This young man is a good sport, he'll sit still for TWO SECONDS.


Sometimes you just have to wait for this to happen. Night Night Friends.

Which is good, cause then this happens....

Sunday, March 6, 2011


Spring? Are you out there? We bought a new trike and desperately want to try it out. We promise we'll spend ridiculous amounts of time outside and jump in puddles and we won't take you for granted at all. Please. Please?

Maybe this will entice you...

Thursday, February 24, 2011

I have a new obsession

And I'm a huge nerd. I'm obsessed with quilts. I spent my evening reading about quilts. I badly want/need a new walking foot to start doing more machine quilting.

Friday, February 18, 2011

First Project of 2011

Here is my first finished project of the year! One of my New Year's resolutions was to make sure I finished a project before I started a new one. So I've been working very hard to finish up this sweater for Stella. The wool and pattern were a gift from Auntie Alicia, nicer wool that I would normally buy, and perfect for a new colour that Stella hasn't worn before.

What's up next? I'm hoping to try my hand at real quilting!