Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Moving and dreaming

Normally when we are about to move I start dreaming - I have no ability to keep my dreaming in. I'm not sure if it's being busy or working or moving with a baby but I'm struggling to figure out how to imagine the new house with decorations. Usually my mind is swirling with ideas and dreams  but for this new house I can't quite imagine it. I think it's because it's such a nice house and I'm not used to that! Usually it's a make do, situation but this time, it's a real improvement and actually really nice. I'm not used to that! But there are a couple of pins that have caught my eye on Pinterest to do with a few key areas - my new desk and the entryway staircase! 

First up: the desk space! It's right between the Kitchen and Family room, next to the kitchen eating area. 

The Inspirations

Mostly I'm thinking golds, other metallics, pops of color and a fun collage wall above the desk. Now that I'm working I find I'm in desperate need of a desk for work - that's near the kitchen and the family room, so I can be near Avie when she's playing, be near by when I'm cooking and be near Paul when he is hanging out in the evening watching TV. I'm excited to see this come together!

Next up, the entryway! For sure that tree is going!

The Inspirations

These are all so different but I like how they are elegant and pulled together. At least there are a few things I can dream and imagine for! 

We move one week from today - our house is 90% packed. Turns out hiring teenagers from church to pack for us was the most genius idea ever. They worked Saturday for 5 hours and Monday for 4 hours and daaaang they did a lot. Our house just has furniture in it - it's a little sad. They were amazing. We just have the last minute kitchen stuff to do and food that we're still eating. We will be eating through our food supplies - pantry items, freezer, fridge, etc. We have packed a set of clothes to wear for the next week and then put everything else into storage/boxes for the move. All the decorations in Avie's room are gone - most of the furniture is gone too. So weird. I'm not sure she notices :( but I sure do. 

Anyways, here we are. House is barren, our garage is packed full of boxes and we are super tired but productive and happy. This week is our final week in this home, the home where we made friends with our neighbours, where we became a family, where we welcomed so many people into our home, and learned to host in much bigger numbers. We will for sure miss this wonderful space and our amazing neighbourhood. 
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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Baby A is 13 months, woot

Avie turned 13 months today. This makes me happy. She is the sweetest girl around and man, do I like her. 

Her Gram likes her too

She likes swings and hates her ball cap

Messy, growling baby

She finally she can play with other kids - she finally noticed them!

Also she likes ball pits

Paul and I have been married 6 years this month - I'm so thankful for this man in my life. I'm not sure how I would parent with anyone else. He is absolutely fabulous. 

Also, Avie and I had a very lovely day in Abbotsford visiting with some dear friends and some cute babies. It was relaxing and lovely.

This dear friend was visiting from Alberta and it was so great to see her! 

Basically it's been 13 very happy, very active and very tiring months. Who knew I could actually successfully wake up early every single day? 
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Sunday, May 15, 2016

Mama Blogger

Mama Blogger. These words seem to me a juxtaposition. 

Blogger - someone who writes, who creates, who tells stories, who uses words to create. 
Mama - someone who has and raises children. 

Mama Blogger - I'm not sure how to be both. Really I'm not sure how to find the time for to do both. I keep choosing Mama, which I know is the right choice, but I miss blogging. I miss creating with words. I miss reliving life in the retelling. I miss chronicling the small and insignificant things, I miss telling the stories of my life and what God has done, I miss rereading it all and reliving it. 

This month I start a new job. This month we pack up our house of 4 years and move (and we don't know where). This month was our 6 year wedding anniversary. This month I turned 33. This month I still need to keep my household running, my three homestay students and my husband and baby fed, and my daughter taken care of. This month I am extremely thankful for community and family. 

Tonight I am watching a movie with my husband while Avie sleeps. We had friends over for dinner on the back patio (oh how I will miss that patio when we move) earlier and it was so lovely. Today we had mom's group at a park, after visiting a friend and collecting boxes for the move. Then it was on to a work planning meeting at my house for the afternoon (while Avie napped and then ate goldfish crackers). Days like this are busy and full but they are happy. 

Tomorrow I get to celebrate our birthdays with my sister and two dear friends - we are having a spa day. Second year to do this and it's awesome. Then happy hour at a favorite downtown restaurant, and then we will hang out with some ladies in the evening. I am pumped. It's my idea of happy. 

While I am not looking forward to moving, and it's been exhausting trying to find a house, I am very excited to decorate again. Slightly overwhelmed, but mostly just excited. I love making a space into a home. I love taking things and making them beautiful. 

So I've written here even though I don't know when I'll write again. I've written in a moment of energy and motivation. Who knows when that will come again - for now, I will enjoy it and be glad I had a burst of something to bring me back here. 

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

A pink fog

The sun is shining. A is asleep in her room for her morning nap, my sister just left with her gaggle of kids, and project runway is on in the background. These moments in the midst of life's busyness are so wonderful. I woke up this morning thinking it would be a busy crazy day, and maybe it was, but also there have been some wonderful things, some relaxing things. And it strikes me that each day could be hard, but they could be great also. It's all a perspective shift, I suppose. Honestly, being with A all day is better than I ever dreamed. I always thought I'd get bored or stressed but honestly, it suits me. Then again, I did always say I would have been a stay at home wife if I could have!

Well, I don't really know what much to say that I haven't said about our little muchkin already. BUT I do have a lot of photos of her to share, so here you go. Our little sweetheart. 

The joyful one

Little eater

Playing with her cousins and the kids Jenna nanny's

She loves her great Papa

Finally learning to play with the cardboard house I made her

Us with Dad

She loves her Dad

Visiting with my old college friend Rachel and her kids

Cousins & Avie!

Visiting with Crystal's daughter Ezri

Ezri & Avie

The many faces of Avie

Auntie & Avie, besties

Visiting with Tami & her daughter Livi

My Nana & Avie

And lastly, two of my besties.

And there we go, thank you for your patience with these many photos.
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