Friday, 14 July 2017

High Five For Friday- 14.7.17

Friday!  Hubby has the weekend off and I am so looking forward to a fun weekend.  I am rounding up 5 highlights from my past week today for H54F.  I am linking up with DellaKatieTif, and Becky.

1.)  If you read Thursday's post, you already know that we are thrilled to be expecting!  I had my 16 week appointment this week and everything is going well.  I am so grateful to be expecting and the whole family is excited! (Including Miss. E!)

2.)  My garden and my flowers are doing really well this year.  We had a heat wave last week and the plants seemed to love it!  I am so excited to start eating things from my garden!

3.)  Hubby took Miss. E to see Despicable Me 3 at the local movie theater.  She had so much fun and loved the outing with her Dad.  (I thoroughly enjoyed my quiet evening at home!)

4.)  My Dad texted me this week to invite me to a rodeo next weekend.  I am so excited to go!  My Dad and I used to go to rodeos together when I was younger, but we sort of quit after I graduated high school.  It was such a nice invitation and I can't wait to spend time with my Dad.

5.)  Hubby and I are completely addicted to Jane the Virgin on Netflix.  It is quirky and funny.  We have been watching it in our evenings and it has been a lot of fun.  Sometimes we struggle to find a show that we both like, but this one is great!

How was your week?  Do you have any big plans for the weekend?

Thursday, 13 July 2017

June- Goals and The No Spend Year & A Special Announcement

I have been keeping a secret from you all.  Back in April, Hubby and I were thrilled to find out that we are expecting!  Up until this point, we have used intense fertility treatments to conceive and have never been able to get pregnant on our own.  We had pretty much given up on the idea of conceiving on our own and we were exploring adoption and saving for the possibility of more fertility treatments.  The day before Hubby's birthday, I took a pregnancy test and it was positive.  I was shocked, as we hadn't pursued any fertility treatments.  I took several more tests (all positive) and we were both so excited!  We have had 2 ultrasounds and everything is looking good!  I am currently 16 weeks pregnant and due at the end of December!

My goals have had to shift because of our good news, but I truly believe that I am still keeping in line with most of them.  June went well and I am happy to share my progress with you.

#1)  Complete a No-Spend Year.

Our thrilling (but unexpected) pregnancy meant that I have had to break my no-spend year.  I did not anticipate the possibility of pregnancy.  I have tried to keep my spending to a minimum, but I still needed to purchase a few essentials.  After our miscarriage last year, I was feeling completely discouraged.  I sold most of our baby items and gave away all of my maternity clothes.  This meant that my changing body had nothing to wear!  A good friend gave me back most of my maternity clothes and also passed on a bunch of her own, which was wonderful.  The only thing is that I will be pregnant through the Summer, Fall and Winter.  The maternity clothes that were passed on to me are going to work perfectly for Fall and Winter.  Unfortunately, there was very little that was Summer appropriate.  We have had an extremely hot Spring and Summer so I needed proper maternity attire.  I bought several items for myself.  I have also had to purchase new bras and underwear.  I shopped sales where I could and I built a decent Capsule for myself.  (I hope to share it with you soon!)  It is important to have proper clothes that are comfortable and my regular items have not fit me for quite some time! 

Aside from the maternity attire, I stuck to my No-Spend Year in June.

#2)  Establish a Self-Care Routine

I did a good job with this goal.  I have been ensuring that I get adequate sleep.  It is way easier when my eyes don't want to stay open after 10 pm! LOL!  I also completed a 30 day fitness challenge in June.  I was able to be active 28 days out of 30.  I missed 2 days due to migraines.  Staying active is not only good for my health (and the pregnancy!) but it is so important to my mental health.  I feel much calmer, more resilient and stronger when I am active.  The challenge was great because it helped keep me motivated even when I was tired and didn't want to do anything active.

#3)  Say Yes to Family Time

This goal went well this month.  There were very few challenges to our family time in June.

#4)  Start School In September.

I am back in research mode, trying to decide the best way to pursue my education.  The pregnancy will change the time that I have available and I want to take that into consideration when making decisions.

#5)  Learn more about traditional prayers and incorporate them into  my prayer life.

I wasn't as good at incorporating the prayers into my prayer life in June.  I will work to improve that in July!

#6)  Establish a routine for the blog and stick to the blog's vision.

I was better about posting this month.  I have had a few difficult times with feeling sick and having migraines.  Often those were the biggest obstacles to meeting my goal.  At this point, I am choosing to roll with how I am feeling (especially since it is due to a fantastic reason!).  If the blog has to be put on the back-burner a time or two, that is okay.  My health and my pregnancy has to come first.  I am learning to accept that I can't do it all and that is okay.  Good enough is good enough.  I am sorry that my blog suffers but I sometimes I have to make tough choices.  

Whew!  We are already half way through the year!  I am happy with my progress and I will continue to work towards my goals for the rest of the year.  How are your goals going?  I would love to hear all about it!

Friday, 7 July 2017

High Five For Friday- 07.07.17

Last Saturday was Canada Day and my country turned 150 years old.  We celebrated with my family at our cabin.  It was a fabulous weekend filled with fun.  Here are five photos from our Canada 150 celebrations:

1.) My "Canadian" Cupcakes.  They were yummy!

2.  Miss. E was so excited to celebrate Canada's big birthday!

3.)  They were having wagon rides and the driver graciously took us for a ride even though he was supposed to be done for the day.  Miss. E loved it!

4.) and 5.)  The Canada 150 committee at our lake had the cutest photo booth set up where you could use their props and backgrounds to take pictures.  Hubby was the only one willing to try out a prop, LOL!

I am linking up with TifKatieDella and Becky.  Have a great weekend!

Friday, 23 June 2017

High Five For Friday- 23.6.17

Hello everyone!  I am happy it is finally Friday!  It has been a busy week and I am looking forward to some R&R this weekend.  I am linking up with TifDellaKatie, and Becky for High Five For Friday.

1.)  Last week I was dealing with some brutal migraines and nausea.  Hubby really swept in and took care of everything.  I am thankful that he does those things for me because I really wasn't functioning.

2.)  On Saturday, I was feeling a bit better so Miss. E and I ventured out to a birthday party.  We had a lot of fun!

3.)  On Sunday we had a BBQ for father's day.  Hubby is such a wonderful Dad and we are so lucky to have him!  We then went to my Mom and Dad's for dessert.  We had a wonderful time!

4.)  This week was crazy at work and I worked late most nights.  It was all went well, but it was busy!  We really made a point to enjoy our evenings outside and Miss.E really had a lot of fun.

5.)  We had a wicked storm on Tuesday and thankfully we didn't have any damage.  It came quick with high winds and caused damage for a lot of people.  No one was hurt, which is the most important thing!

I hope you have a fabulous weekend!

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Summer Reading

In the last year, I have really changed what I like to read.  Up until this point I almost exclusively read fiction.  I like murder mysteries (but only the corny ones) and romance novels (I stick to Christian versions).  Recently, however, I have discovered the wealth of knowledge that is available through non-fiction books.  I now almost exclusively read non-fiction.  I love learning about different people's ideas and experiences.

My favourite books help me move forward in my journey to minimalism.  I like being challenged by this books and I appreciate the constant inspiration that they provide.  Everyone does minimalism a little differently so it is beneficial to learn about several views.  I then can use what works (or might work) for my family and let go of the rest.  I am currently reading The More of Less by Joshua Becker.  I appreciate his view of minimalism as he is a husband and father whose family dynamic looks similar to my own.  I also have Minimalism: Live a Meaningful Life by Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus on my shelf waiting to be read.  "The Minimalists", as the authors refer to themselves, have a more extreme view of minimalism, but it is one that I enjoy learning about.

This year I have also embarked on a journey to better self-care and food is a large part of that.  I completed a Whole 30 in April and I have been interested in the power of food since that experience.  I have The Whole30 Cookbook by Melissa Hartwig and Whole New You by Tia Mowry (who remembers Sister Sister?) on my bookshelf.  I look forward to incorporating healthy and delicious meals into my life, thereby enhancing how I feel.

My friend recommended the author Brene Brown to me so I added 2 of her books to my 'to-read' list: The Gifts of Imperfection and Daring Greatly.  Brene Brown's work has heavily influenced my friend's parenting style and the way she approaches relationships in her life.  I am eager to learn more when I read the books.

I also have a fun (still non-fiction) book on my to-read list.  I am looking forward to diving into The Magnolia Story by Chip and Joanna Gaines.  I love watching this couple on T.V. .  They always interact with love and respect and I admire their marriage.  I am excited to learn more about them!

All the links in this post will take you to Amazon.  I am not being compensated in any way shape or form for these links.  It is just the easiest way to give you the most information about the books.  I have borrowed these books through my local library, as I am on my no-spend year.

What are you reading this summer?  Any book recommendations?

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

2017 Summer To Do List

Eeeeek!  I love summer.  Winters seem to drag on where I live so I try to get the most out of the warmer weather when it arrives.  I have compiled a list of things we want to do over the summer and I am going to share them with you.

1.)  Celebrate Canada at my parent's cabin.  Canada turns 150 years old this year and we are going all out to celebrate!  Our family even has matching t-shirts for the occasion.  I am so excited!

2.)  Head out for a family camping weekend with Hubby's family.  We go camping with Hubby's family every year and this year is no different.  It is always fun!

3.)  Spend time at the cabin.  We want to spend time up at the lake.  We love the slower pace at the cabin and we always feel refreshed after a visit.

4.)  Plant raspberries in our new yard.  We grew raspberries at our last home and we absolutely loved them.  We want to plant again this year so we can enjoy the berries again!

5.)  Spend time at the local pool.  The local pool is wonderful and we want to utilize it this year.

6.)  Try canoeing with Miss. E.  Hubby and I enjoy canoeing and we want to try taking Miss. E out with us this year.

7.)  Hit up a local fair.  The mini doughnuts are enough to make me want to go!

8.)  Do some play dates at the local lakes.

9.)  Host a few play dates in our back yard.

10.)  Build a fairy garden with Miss. E.

11.)  See Wonder Woman.

12.)  Try out a splash park.

13.)  Sleep in a tent.  Honestly, I am the hold out on this idea.  Both Hubby and Miss. E are looking forward to it.

14.)  Go for family bike rides.

15.)  Build sandcastles.

16.)  Do swimming lessons with Miss. E.

17.)  Run through the sprinkler.

18.)  Go on our family camping trip.

19.)  Take care of my garden.

20.)  Have a few campfires in the back yard.

What are your summer to-dos?  I would love to hear about them!

Friday, 9 June 2017

High Five For Friday- 09.06.17

Hello friends!  It has been a good, productive week over here!  I was happy to get some work done.  I am linking up with TifDellaKatie, and Becky for High Five For Friday.

1.)  Last weekend was pretty good.  Miss. E perked up Friday afternoon.  We went to the city on Saturday and did some grocery shopping (I was all out of laundry soap after that stomach bug!).  On Sunday, we hit the local pool for the first time this season.  Miss. E took some warming up but she had a lot of fun!  Sunday evening we had supper with my family and we got to hang out with my younger brother.  It was a really nice day!

2.)  Hubby and Miss. E surprised me with a new hat and 2 magazines over the weekend.  It was very sweet and unexpected.  I love my new hat and I am now ready for CFL football.  Go Eskies!

3.)  I have stuck to my 30 day fitness challenge so far this month.  It has been really motivating and has kept me active this month.  I am glad I am doing it!

4.)  I pulled out my old copy of The Paper Bag Princess and read it to Miss. E this week.  She loved it!  Especially since both she and the princess are named Elizabeth.  (Something that I had completely forgotten about until we read the book!)

5.)  I had a super productive day on Thursday.  I didn't have work so I cleaned the house, baked muffins, did some meal prep, caught up laundry and took an inventory of our freezer.  We have a deep freezer in the basement so sometimes I forget what I have.  The inventory surprised me at how much we have and I was glad that I did it.  I reorganized the freezer while I worked and it looks so much better!

Have a fabulous weekend!