June 19, 2013 by Amie M
Paul and I backed our bags for a quick weekend jaunt to Manitoba for a Jack and Jill Shower the family put on in our honour.
It was a packed evening of laughter, love, and food.
Family from Mom’s side, and Dad’s side, friends I’ve seen when I was out last, and friends I haven’t seen since high school all came together to shower Paul and I in love, well wishes, and confetti.
Mom and her sisters Darlene and Marina, or DeeDee and Mia.
My great-aunts Ollie and Sophie, and Auntie Teresa.
My cousin Leanne, Uncle Donny, Gramma and Grampa.
My friends from high school! LeAnne, Kim and Jen, it was great to see you ladies!
Dad and Chris, with some help from Cal, roasted a hog for supper from Danny’s Whole Hog. It was delicious!
After supper, we were surprised by a specialty cake that Kim and Cal coerced Dairy Queen into making. It was complete with some Star Wars figures, DQ sandwiches, and the middle layer was crushed ice cream sandwiches! We ate the last two pieces for second breakfast the next day.
Natalie ate a whole ice cream sandwich to herself! Auntie Mia had to help her out.
Paul handled his on his own.
We opened some very generous gifts, and thoughtful cards from those who could make it, and from some who could not. Paul was tasked with writing in the cards what the person gave us, to make the Thank You cards a little easier later. Well, we’ve started those thank you’s, and Paul’s code is confusing.
Out of the whole evening, the best moments were the little ones: a good laugh with old friends about things we used to get up to; Gramma already harassing us about babies; seeing the people I used to babysit for stop by; and cousin Magdalena taking credit for Paul crawling under the deck to get a card that slipped through a crack.
And other little moments that Mom captured. Natalie’s Super-Grampa adores her, and she adores him.
Thank you to everyone who came Saturday night! It was so great to see all of you! We really felt the love and support you have for us as we begin our lives together.
To those who were there is spirit: thank you for all of your support, and we are sorry you missed it.
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May 31, 2013 by Amie M
Well, at least blog wise.
But the big sis convocated yesterday!
Not much I’ve rounded up to share other than:
This adorable little boy who is really questioning what he is eating, and why.
A sweet pencil case.
A clever way to hold down a flowy dress while biking.
Post cards that are just howling to be framed and put in my room in the new house.
Some delicious jello shots I may have to make for a certain rehearsal dinner in two months.
ModCloth now has bedding! I am loving this duvet cover.
Have a good weekend!
May 30, 2013 by Amie M
My little big sis just convocated (literally) from her second degree in Bachelor of Social Work. While I don’t have any photos of Miffa walking across the stage, yet, (Ma and Pa get on that), I do have photos that Ma and Pa sent of Natalie watching her mom, and now I have photos from the convocation reception.
The University of Manitoba has rather large convocation sessions. So Mom, Dad, and Chris were prepared with snacks for the munchkin.
When it was time for Mama to walk across the stage, Natalie cheered her on.
Then wondered what there was to do next.
Congrats on getting your degree, Miffa! You worked really hard to get here. We are proud of you!
May 24, 2013 by Amie M
A couple weeks ago I caved. On a supply mission to Canadian Tire, I picked up a small flat of pansies, potting soil and compost. I got to work on the front beds at our apartment. They were looking really sad, and I wanted to do some yard work on the lovely days we were having. Out went the weeds, and in went the pansies, all nicely planted into their oases of compost.
But that’s all I’m doing for the apartment. I have to make sure I don’t buy anymore plants or plant my usual vegetables out there. It’s hard, man! Really hard.
As hard as it is to stop gardening where we are now, it’s just as easy to dream about our to be yard at the house. But the part that sucks about getting it the first week of July is we won’t be able to have a vegetable garden, or do much yard work before the wedding week/end comes crashing upon our house.
But I can dream.
First things first, we will need a lawn mower. Our yard isn’t big, so a reel mower will do. I’ve cashed in all of my Aeroplan miles for Home Hardware gift cards. That will make lawn mower and small purchases much easier when we get the place.
Then I can dream about patio furniture. Paul and I both like the resin wicker sets we’ve seen in a few places. This one is from IKEA.
There is already a clothesline at the house, but I’m picture other things to hang. Like a hammock.
For the garden, when I can eventually get around to it, I plan on getting most vegetable seeds from Cubits. And labelling their location with these awesome plant stakes. The garden will be in raised beds, and done square foot style, à la Karen. But I promised Paul not to take over the front yard with a vegetable garden. He’s worried kids and neighbours might steal our tomatoes.
We also have for other areas of the yard, like rain barrels, fence up-keep, a cherry tree, and tearing down the eyesore of a giant garage.
These are just little things to help me keep dreaming of the big picture.
May 23, 2013 by Amie M
Paris plans are in full preparatory mode. With the wonderful suggestion from my cousin and his wife to pin places …