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!