Over March Break I went to see Marta and give her some adult company in her stir-crazy house filled with baby and not much else. She is doing a course like me, but other than that, she is looking for things to do. I think she started some mommy gym classes this week (but to be honest, she looks great - I can't believe she had a baby 2 months ago!). Highlight of the visit is when Marta changed his diaper and he peed all over himself - priceless. So anyway, here are some pictures of me and the little man (which spiked my baby fever to an all-time high).
He was being difficult for the camera
New lesson: babies are very squirmy!
They also like to nestle into you - melt my heart!
Such a cutie!
I have been so busy lately that I have neglected one of my other few followers - Holly B! Yet another lovely bridesmaid who came all the way from New Zealand to be with us for all the wedding festivities. I miss her being so far away, but we keep in touch a lot considering. Her birthday was February 2nd - Groundhog Day (do they have that in NZ?), and her day says there will be sunny skies and warm soon! Happy 28th B!
Serious, but stunning!
My very best blog fan, and one of the only I have, is turning 27 today! Happy Birthday Killer - enjoy your fun birthday weekend! Love you! :)
Isn't she a beauty?
Heading to Mississauga to have a nice dinner with Steph, Jess, and Carolyn tonight - excited! I made flourless chocolate tortes, which I am concerned are more going to end up like mousse or pudding since they don't see quite cooked...odd. Well, they are in the freezer in the hopes that they solidify. I'm planning to top them with some icing sugar and chili infused chocolate - yum! Either way, they'll taste GREAT, but perhaps not the correct consistency.
We all agreed to see each other more - we went out at the beginning of December so are trying to make it at least every month if possible. It's easy to get busy and get in to the bubble of self and boy. Girl talk will be nice, and everyone is bringing something to add to dinner.
PS - we will miss you Holly and Killer!
Such a nice afternoon with the girls from work and UOIT to celebrate Marta's soon to be little man. A lovely time at her dance studio with family and dance friends and students and finger foods.
It's been a while since I've posted - I was reminded by one of the few people who reads this yesterday! As I was updating her, I realized I should be doing the same on here, lol.
Let's see - last weekend on Saturday we went out to dinner with some friends from university - Steph, Jess, and Carolyn, and their boyfriends/husbands. We hadn't seen each other since the wedding in the summer, which is especially bad since Steph was my maid of honour. But we have all been busy with work and stuff so at least we were able to see each other before the holidays! We went to a pizza place on Queen East called Queen Margherita Pizza - ohhhhhhh such good pizza. They have a great deal - $25 for an appetizer, a HUGE pizza, and a dessert. Great for a big group of people and they have a good wine list as well. We went to a pub after as well to catch up. We are definitely older because us girls were yawning by the end of it. Instead of Christmas presents, we agreed to get together again for dinner and drinks in January, just us girls.
Sunday I went to the annual birthday dinner for my grandpa at Kally's with my mom's side of the family. It was nice to have everyone together - I think my grandpa is lonely. We are also not doing Christmas day with my family like we usually do, so I won't see them in a few weeks, so this was our gathering instead.
This week I had an ultrasound for my abdominal pain...you have to drink a LOT of water and I thought it was bad right before the appointment, but it was actually worse on the way home, because your bladder fills up again very quickly and I was DYING by the time I got home. Maybe TMI, but funny to everyone but me I suppose. My doctor was supposed to get results by the end of this week, but nothing yet. Pain still about the same.
Wednesday I got my hair done - it has been a few months, and went to a new stylist since mine just had a baby girl - Congrats, Heather! Just did some highlights & lowlights and cut off some length to keep it healthy.
Friday we went out to dinner in Durham with some high school/pool friends - Meg, Steph, Bianca & our husbands. We are now all married! Steph and I were the last ones in the summer, and Bianca is going to have baby # 2 soon! So much has changed since those gossip sessions at the pool 5 years ago. We went to The Brock House in Whitby - pretty good food, too. Again I haven't seen these girls since the summer but with new houses and married life and babies and job promotions, it's been crazy. I'm glad we've been seeing friends - November was a bit of a shut-in month for Matt and I.
Yesterday I braved the Eaton Centre and Queen Street and did some Christmas shopping as well as a bit of shopping for myself. Ended up getting something for Matt, my parents, my brother's girlfriend, Jessica, Matt's brother Jamie, and for Marta (for her shower today). We did a bit already a few weekends ago. For myself, I wanted new dressy boots, some new dress pants, jeans, and a few nice winter tops. I got most of that. From Zara I got a nice grey top - it's sort of flowy and sheer. From Le Chateau I got a dressier top that I could wear on New Years or out to dinner - looks better with dress pants or a skirt. I also got a silver and grey bracelet. From Browns I got a pair of dressy boots - they are a greyish-beige - good with both earth tones and black. I have little black boots and grey uggs, so this was a good middle ground. They were on sale too! From Banana Republic I got grey dress pants and a black pencil skirt, and with 25% off I got a good deal. From GAP I got black dress pants. I tried to get jeans at both BR and GAP because they have petite, but they did not have my size. BR had one size smaller and they didn't fit, and GAP sizes are way different and all the pants were too big and none smaller! SERIOUSLY? I need straight leg/skinny leg pants to fit in my boots. I only have flared and boot cut, or leggings (which I can't wear without a long top). I didn't get any wintery tops, however, which I was disappointed about, but by the time I was focused on that I had a large handful of bags and was ready to go home. The stores weren't too bad - I got there at 10 and was home by 3 with most of my Christmas shopping done. A few more things to get when I am off from school. One more week before the break!
While I was shopping, Matt got a Christmas tree and set it all up, and decorated it. He did a good job. He cleaned too while I took a nap - what more could I ask for in a husband? Last night we watched "Knight and Day" which was funnier than I thought and relaxed on the couch. I'm up early today doing laundry. Heading to Oshawa for 1pm for Marta's baby shower! So excited for her!
Pictures of the tree and decor, and from the shower, later! :)
This could go in teaching I guess since Marta is a coworker, but I've known her since teacher's college and she's more friend than colleague. She has been hiding the sex of her baby for SO LONG and she finally told everyone on Thursday - it's a boy! Yay! I say "yay" because I bought a whole bunch of m&m/s to make cookies for her to celebrate the next day, and it had three times the amount of blue m&m's than red. Also it's just SO EXCITING! I've definitely had baby on the brain lately being around her so much, but don't worry, we are not even thinking about it for ourselves right now! Just hard to not think about when a pregnant belly is all around you all the time and it's just so fun to talk about!
Congrats Marta & Todd!!!
Friday we headed to the cottage with Matt's dad in tow, made great time - Friday traffic has not been bad at all this year - supposedly Saturday morning traffic is nuts, though. My parents were already there with Matt's mom. I wasn't feeling so great but we all caught up for a few hours before I crashed.
Saturday we had a nice big breakfast, watched some of the wedding video Hope made (thanks, Hope!), but we're waiting for it to be put on DVD to sit down as H&W and watch it in full. Had a nice hot tub in the rain too. Then I took a few hours to fuss and get ready for Steph and Matt's wedding at Deerhurst, which is about an hour from the cottage.
The wedding ceremony was beautiful - in the rotunda room with lots of light and a chandelier. Steph looked beautiful - lace fitted dress with a train, similar to mine, but with a sweetheart neckline and a tie-up back - just perfect on her. Matt looked great too, in a black tux with dark purple (eggplant?) tie, which matched the bridesmaids purple tea length dresses. The ceremony was short but sweet, and went right into a cocktail hour reception followed by dinner. Great food, all local - butternut squash soup sweetened with maple syrup, field greens with apple vinaigrette, chicken stuffed with ricotta (or similar), and rotating chocolate trifle and cranberry cheesecake - SO GOOD. Late night was sliders & fries, plus tons of sweet treats in apothecary jars made or purchased all by family - that was such a nice personal touch. Favours were blueberry and cinnamon jam (I can't wait to try it), plus a donation to the humane society. Wines were local too - Jackson Trigg - very nice. Lots of dancing and fun games and a great night all around. Matt was the DD so I enjoyed the wine and we danced a lot. Caught up with the pool girls Meg and Michelle, and also with Bianca (who is pregnant with baby # 2 - congrats!!!). Such a fun night!
Sunday the boys went golfing and I lounged around reading. I finished "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" and started "The Girl Who Played with Fire." The first one took a bit to get into, but then it was captivating. I think the second one is even better so far! My mom has the third one which I'm sure I will devour as well. I don't have as much time during the school year to read for pleasure, but I hope I can catch a few moments to keep it up. When the boys got back we had an early dinner (serious 4pm early bird dinner because my parents needed to head out), and then read and watched movies and TV and went to bed early.
Today we packed up and headed home. The fans were leaving the condo as we got there - SUCH good timing. Getting an invoice next week for the work they will need to do on the flooring, walls, etc. The condo will pay for most of it and we'll figure out the rest through our landlord or something. Glad to have peace and quiet. Now to a nice relaxing Italian dinner with my husband, and to bed EARLY since tomorrow is back to school!!!!
Hot tub in the pouring rain
Just before heading out to the wedding
The bride with her parents
Vows & Rings
Meg and I with the bride and groom
Favours & Table Rocks
Table Decor - very Muskoka
Smiley after a fun night of dancing!
Oh how I love my friends and family. I emailed out this link yesterday. Wonderful Caroline was so happy to have more of my boring life to read about - I will try to post as often as possible - just for her! Holly mocked me of course, which isn't so surprising, although she has been very calm and sweet as of lately due to her new LOVE - it stung :p Matt told me I was a bit crazy yesterday, but too bad for him because he is STUCK with me.
And today I got an email from Matt's parents with some rehearsal pictures, boys getting ready pictures from the wedding, and a few from the August long weekend when we did the Camp Oochigeas Run and practiced our dance on the boathouse roof. They commented "maybe they will even make it into the blog. LOL!" Ohhhhhh family love. I know they are just poking fun - I laughed too. What did they get themselves into when they let ME into their family? :)
After the Camp Oochigeas Run - I did 5K, Matt did 10K
The ONLY time we practiced dancing to our song "I'm Yours" by Jason Mraz