Friday, 19 January 2018

High Five For Friday- 19.01.17

I haven't done a link up for a few weeks.  I am going to share 5 highlights from the last few weeks.  I am linking up with KatieBeckyTif, and Della.

1.)  The arrival of Emelia!  We welcomed our second daughter on January 2, 2018.  You can read the announcement here..

2.)  One of our neighbours brought us buns and cinnamon buns after Emelia's arrival.  We were very thankful for the gift.  Food is always welcome after a new baby!

3.)  Elizabeth has been doing quite well with the new baby.   She loves to help Mommy and Daddy, which is really nice.  She is happy to run and grab something you need.  She also loves to get the new diaper out for the baby during diaper changes.  It has been so sweet to see her interact with her baby sister.  She sings songs for her and loves to tell her how cute she is!

4.)  My parents were so very helpful while we were in hospital.  With Emelia's NICU stay we were in the city for a week and my parents kept Elizabeth during that time.  It was difficult being away for that time, but we knew she was safe and happy with her grandparents.  They also checked our house and kept our dog.  We really appreciated all the help!

5.)  We are so thankful for the well wishes and prayers we received during the last few weeks.  It was uplifting to know that people were thinking of us the whole time and praying for our safety and good health.  The support has been wonderful and we are thankful to have received it.

I hope you all have a fabulous weekend!  Check out the lovely ladies above to read some fabulous Friday posts!

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Our New Addition

Our daughter Emelia arrived just before midnight on January 2, 2018.  We are absolutely thrilled to have her join our family and are so thankful for her safe arrival.  Elizabeth was enamored with her baby sister from the start.  She has been very busy making up songs to sing to the new baby and helping Mommy and Daddy. 

Emelia spent a short time in the NICU for breathing difficulties. Those resolved after a few days and we were able to bring her home.  We were blessed to have wonderful doctors and nurses caring for us during our stay in the hospital.  The NICU nurses were exceptional and Emelia's doctor was wonderful.

We are slowly settling into our life at home with Emelia and Elizabeth.  The newborn stage is always interesting and changing so we are doing our best to maintain a routine with Elizabeth.  Hubby was home for a week after we were discharged, so that helped immensely.

I am working to get new blog posts up as we settle into a routine in this new stage of life.  January will be a learning curve and I hope that you will bear with me.  For regular updates you can follow me on Instagram.  You can follow me @peacefulsimplelifeblog .

Monday, 1 January 2018

December- Goals and The No Spend Year

Happy New Year!  2017 is over.  I feel like the past year whizzed past.  I am going to do one last recap of last year's goals and resolutions.  I am trying to carefully consider what I want to work on 2018.  I will share that in a post soon. 

1.)  Complete a No Spend Year

I did it!  It was a great year and I really reined in my spending.  There were a few times that I broke my no spend year, but when I did break the rule it was carefully considered.  This was a fabulous resolution and I am glad I did it.  It has made me much more aware of my shopping "triggers", made me much more resourceful and taught me the importance of self care.  I do have a short list of items that I want to purchase, but I managed to put off the purchases until 2018.


2.)  Establish a Self-Care Routine

My self-care routine is going strong and it greatly contributed to the success of my no spend year.  Self care has made me a much calmer person.  In general, I have been better at dealing with overwhelming situations and I have more 'tools' at my disposal when I am stressed.


3.)  Say Yes to Family Time

This goal has gone really well.  It was easy once we set our family boundaries.  Making our rules made it easy for us to turn down other demands.


4.)  Start school in September.

This goal was put off due to my pregnancy.  I will revisit this idea in the future, but for now I have my hands full.


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

This goal went well.  The end result is different than what I thought it would be but I am happy with how I have been able to incorporate the traditional prayers into my life.


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

I did make some progress with my blog this year.  I got my own domain and I was better about trying to stick to my posting schedule.  I had hoped to do more with my blog this year, but at least I have taken a few steps forward.


2017 held so many wonderful moments and surprises for me.  I am happy with how my goals went this year.  I am looking forward to 2018.  Thank you for following along!

Friday, 29 December 2017

High Five For Friday- 29.12.17

I am writing this post on Thursday morning.  As of right now, Baby has not made an appearance.  If I make it to Friday, Baby will be one week past his/her due date.  We had a lovely Christmas weekend.  I am linking up with TifDellaKatie, and Becky to share 5 highlights from the past week.

1.)  We celebrated Christmas with my family on Christmas Eve.  It was a really fun day.  The girls all played together quite well.  The food was amazing (I love Mom's cooking) and it was so nice to spend time with family!

2.  I was pleased with how Miss. E's hair turned out for Christmas.  She is so wiggly that sometimes I have trouble getting a decent hairdo done!

3.)  Hubby's Oma always buys socks for everyone at Christmas time.  Elizabeth was so excited!  She sorted her socks, tried them all on and decided what outfits they should go with.  Ha ha.  It was so cute.

4.)  We had a lovely Christmas morning at home by ourselves.  Miss E had a great time opening her presents.  We relaxed and sat in front of the fireplace.  It was really nice.  We are experiencing quite a cold snap here so we enjoyed staying warm and cozy.

5.)  My last OB appointment went well and we are still waiting for our little one's arrival.  Baby should be coming soon!  Perhaps Babe is waiting for warmer weather...

I hope you all had an awesome weekend and Christmas.  Have a safe and happy New Year!

Friday, 22 December 2017

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Today I am 40 weeks pregnant and I am waiting for Baby's arrival.  We are all ready for Christmas and for Baby.  I want to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.  I hope that you all have a beautiful holiday season filled with love, joy and laughter.  Thank you for visiting my little space of the internet.  I so appreciate it!  I really value the friendships that I have made through blogging and I am thankful for each and every one of you.

I have no planned posts over this holiday season.  I may pop in here once or twice to say hello.  It really depends how things are going.  Just in case I don't make it back here before 2018, thank you for helping to make my 2017 so wonderful.  Have a safe and happy holiday season!

Friday, 15 December 2017

High Five For Friday- 15.12.17

Ahhhhh.... Today is my last day of work.  I can feel the relief spreading over me.  I am happy to embrace a few days off before Baby makes his/her arrival! 

I am linking up with KatieDellaTif and Becky to share the 5 highlights from my week!

1.)  Last weekend I got the basement all cleaned up.  I organized the laundry room and the playroom.  It was quite a bit of work but it looks so good!  I am so excited to have it all done. 

2.)  I had a visit with my best friend from school and her kids this week.  I love how she and I can always pick up right where we left off and not skip a beat.  I so enjoyed our visit and I am excited to go see a movie with her tonight!

3.)   Today, I am offically 39 weeks pregnant.  My appointment went well this week and I am excited to meet our new little one in the near future.

Last Friday's picture at 38 weeks

4.)  I went for a haircut on Tuesday and it felt so good!  My hairdresser is wonderful and I so appreciate her.  I have had some issues with my hair in the last few years and she has really helped me figure those out!  I cut quite a bit of hair and went for a lob.  It feels good to have it shorter!

5.)  Miss. E wore her princess dress for supper the other night.  She really cracks me up right now.  3 can be such a fun (and challenging...) age!  Her imagination really runs wild and it is so adorable.

How was your week?  Don't forget to check out the lovely ladies above for some great blogs!

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

November- Goals and the No-Spend Year

Wow.  It is hard to believe how quick 2017 has slipped away.  I am very happy with my goal progress.  With only a few short weeks until the end of the year, I am quite happy with the results of my goals.

Goal #1- Complete a No-Spend Year

November was another successful month.  I feel like this goal has really taught me about my spending habits.  I am much more resourceful now.  I tend to search my own home to find the things that I 'need'.  It has given me pause and made me think more about my consumerism and how it affects myself and my family.  Shopping is no longer an option for my self care and that is a wonderful thing.  I have learned how to best care for myself without the temporary high that shopping gives.  I have really enjoyed my no-spend year so far.

Goal #2- Establish a Self-Care Routine

This goal goes hand in hand with the above goal.  Self care (for me) really boils down to getting enough sleep (oh boy, that one is going to take a hit soon!), being careful not to over-schedule myself (October is a great example of how that worked out), and taking time to be alone.  I am really an introvert by nature and I find myself recharged when I get to spend time alone.  This past month I have been really good at asking for help when I need and resting when I need it.  I haven't been pushing past my limits (much) and it has made a big difference in my health and well-being.

Goal #3- Say Yes To Family Time

This goal has gone well again.  I have learned how to prioritize family time.  External pressures always exist, but I am much better at letting those pressures go when my family requires quality time.

Goal #4-  Start School in September

On hold during my pregnancy and newborn phase.

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

I think I finally have this goal figured out.  I have decided against trying to incorporate these prayers in a "schedule", but rather every time I have a certain intention.  I have quite a few mothers on my prayer list, so when I pray focus my prayers on them, I incorporate the traditional prayers.  It has worked well and I plan to continue this pattern.

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

I have done more background work on the blog in terms of planning and narrowing the type of posts that I want to write.  I plan to implement these changes in the New Year and I am excited to do so.  My routine will have to change when Baby arrives, but I am hoping my planned framework for the blog will help me through those changes.

How have your goals gone?  Have you achieved your resolutions?  There are still a few weeks left!