Friday, April 28, 2017

Maple Syrup 2017- Part 2

So I had this crazy idea, "Let's make maple syrup" and my Aunt Jemima loving husband just said, "Sure" and got to work on figuring out some of the details. 

When it was time to tap, we were so excited to finally get going on this adventure. My brother and Ryan loaded up the cans, got themselves a drink and then got stuck! ha ha! Great first start! 

But they did get all 50 buckets and taps in the trees and we were so excited for those first few drops! 

I was obsessive about checking them but I loved to see how much sap we had gotten. We decided to only tap trees that were close enough to walk to. It made for a fun activity with Sam to walk to check the buckets. When they got very full we would load up on the RTV and dump the sap into storage containers. 

Some of the trees were slow to start to flow some sap but others were MASS producers. Couldn't keep up with all the sap sometimes! 

About 3 full weekends and a few evenings we spent boiling with our new evaporator that we purchased from syrup hobbiest in Ontario. It's a small evaporator compared to some. It is good for about 150 taps which we figured would do for us as we just want to get enough for ourselves and as gifts.  

So how does sap become delicious maple syrup? You boil, boil, boil, boil and then when it's almost boil some more! 

We had Ryan's dad there every weekend giving us tips and tricks thankfully! He really gave us a crash course on sugaring! 

Our evaporator is run by wood heat and so we basically spend all day outside watching it and reloading the wood. Sam LOVED it. The weather was starting to get nice and anytime that he can spend tons of time outside, he is a happy boy! 

Ryan and I would stand around and visit with friends and family that would stop by. We look forward to the day that maybe we can have a little shack that protects us from the elements. 

There is nothing more satisfying then getting some "almost" ready syrup from the evaporator after hours/days of boiling. This almost ready syrup would then go onto a little propane stove to finish boiling it (outside). Ryan's dad taught us for to look for sheeting off the spoon and then you know the syrup is ready! 

We would then double filter it and after it has all dripped into the pot, I would bring it inside to test taste bottle.

The friends of ours (Hi Josh and Rebekka) that gave us the idea to get into maple sugaring gave us their syrup in a liquor bottle and said it was the best way to store it. We decided to do the same thing and also put some in smaller mason jars that we could give away to friends and family as gifts throughout the year. 

When we started out this year, we had no idea how much syrup we would get. Our hope was that this year we would do a lot of learning and get a little sweet stuff as our reward. But what surprised us is not only did we do a lot of learning but we got more maple syrup then we imagine! We were actually asking friends/family for empty liquor bottles because we had nothing left to store it into. 

In total this year we collected and boiled enough sap to get 23 Liters of maple syrup. Our ratio was about 50 gallons of sap to 1 gallon of syrup. That's a lot of boiling. 

I think the best thing about this hobby is that the season is short. Just as you are getting tired of collecting sap and boiling, the weather warms up and it's time to call it quits! While the buckets, taps and evaporators are put away, I am into my freezer constantly looking at our liquid gold, our maple syrup stash! I have yet to have to buy maple syrup or use regular sugar! Even our pizza dough and bread has syrup in it instead of sugar. 

The biggest thing this new endeavor brought us this year was a distraction, A project to keep our minds busy while our hearts healed after the loss of our baby girl. It was almost like a team building project as we worked together on our new hobby. 

Now that we have had a few weeks break, we thinking and talking about next year's sugaring season! We hope to move from 50 taps to 75 taps, improve our evening boilings and getting wood ready earlier in the year. I think we are hooked on our new hobby and hope it is something our family can do together for many years to come. 


Friday, April 21, 2017

Easter 2017

Easter has come and gone and it has been crazy at work and I am just getting around to document it until now! Geesh! But our Easter was full of chocolate, family and celebrating the risen Christ! It was so wonderful! Holidays are so fun with Sam as he is really understanding and getting excited! 

We had Friday off and the weather was gorgeous! We literally spent all day outside working away and playing! During Sam's nap I did a little chalk paint project. I made my own chalk paint to save some money and it was so easy! Ryan got me a Palm Bay to enjoy while painting and it was just a heavenly way to spend an afternoon! And I love the way it turned out! 

Our first Easter on Saturday at my parents with all his cousins! So much fun with a group of cousins to play with! Oh the bribery we had to do to get this picture! ha ha! 

My parents organized an egg hunt for the kids and each kid had either own egg color to find! It makes it so easy! 

And kites for each kid! The weather was perfect for kite flying! 

It was yucky afternoon/evening but we had a movie night together and then got to bed so the Easter Bunny could come! 

I have loved putting Sam's and Ryan's baskets together! In Sam's there were treats, a new baseball, spider-man bell for his bike, water bottle, John Deere gator and new sunglasses! Sam was literally vibrating with excitement and loved finding his eggs too!  

The day before I made some cinnamon buns and was smart this time! It makes about 2 dozen buns and so I got 6 ready for breakfast and froze the others for yummy and easy weekend breakfasts! Otherwise, they would go to waste! 

Easter Sunday always seems to fly by and we had to boogie to get ready for church! Another favorite parenting thing, getting Sam's Easter outfit every year. I am very careful with Sam's clothes. 99% are hand-me-downs (Thank you Stacy) and the others I find second hand. But for Easter and Christmas, he gets a new outfit picked out by me! I know I'll only be able to do this for so long! 

After church we all had a little nap and then headed to Ryan's parents for Easter supper and our boy was spoiled again by treats and Easter egg hunt! 

On the way home we decided to take a drive through town and got a flat tire! Boo!

We were all pretty tired from an exciting couple of days and on Monday got to work on putting away and cleaning the rest of the maple syrup supplies. It's actually a nice hobby because while it is a lot of work, it is a short season! And now we have some sweet syrup to enjoy for the rest of the year! 

How was your Easter? 


Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Maple Syrup 2017 - Part 1

If you know me, or have been reading from this little blog for any time at all, you would know that I love to live off the land. I have this desire to live in simpler times when you worked the land to survive. Unfortunately, that is not the century that I was born in and I actually enjoy being a working woman and Netflix. But as much as I possibly can, I try to do some "homesteading" things that interest me. Knitting, quilting, canning and growing a garden. 

I have a love of maple syrup. I have been using it as a sugar alternative since November in many things I bake and in my daily coffee. We have a few really good sugar bush operations around us where you can get syrup or from the store as we are lucky to have 95% of the Canadian maple syrup is made here in Quebec. The down side is the price! It can be around $15 for 500 mL. I could easily go through a liter or more in a month. 

Our farm is very old and I am proud to be 5th generation to be living at working here. My great-great grandfather William Hamilton, settled here from Ireland. When he first settled, he lived in a sod shanty. Years later, he and his new wife were able to afford to build a log home. The year of 1886 William Hamilton and his wife Emma Ruth (Hobbs) Hamilton already had four kids, Robert Frederick Millard, William Nobel (my great grandfather), Oderia Mabel Mae and Loretta Mildred. That year they had their third son, Wellington Sadler and moved into the new log home. That was also the year that great great grandfather planted all the sugar trees on the 5th Concession at the farm. 

Many years later my great Grandfather, William Nobel could begin tapping the now big enough Maple trees! My Aunt Elaine tells the story of having to keep the fire going with her brother Hillis (my grandfather) while her Dad took the team of horses around the farm to collect all the sap. She mentioned how they had to be very careful not to burn it. She would then help to finish the syrup inside the house with her mother Eleanor Maye Faris. 

Many of these big maples have since been cut down but some still remain and it has been my goal to tap them again to make syrup! And it gave me a lot of pride to do so this year with my family! Not only was I able to get a sweet treat from these trees but I was going to be doing something my ancestors did many years before me. 


Friday, April 7, 2017

Baby Girl

Written April 3, 2017

A month ago today was by far the saddest day of my life. It was the day that I had a placenta abruption and delivered our second child. The memories, touches and even smells of that day still haunt me in my dreams. We were told by three different hospital staff (2 doctors and one social worker) that our angel was a baby boy. 

Through the next two weeks, we mourned the thoughts of having a second son. We looked at Sam and imagined his brother/side kick. More trucks, superhero's and a built in best friend for Sam. It felt like we were just beginning to heal and function again when we got some surprising news. 

Two weeks ago today, I got an email from my family doctor. He wanted to meet some time after supper as he had some news to share. As suspected, there was absolutely nothing wrong with our baby. The problem was solely to do with me and my body. How the placenta developed and attached. But when he started talking about the autopsy report, he informed us that we actually had a BABY GIRL! 

This was absolutely a shock! I may have even used a few curse words while I tried to wrap my head around this new information. I held it together until it was just Ryan and I and then fell to the floor. I had to begin to imagine our princess, potential Daddy's girl and my own little side kick. We had to begin mourning the loss of our daughter now. It felt as through we were beginning the process all over again. 

With that being said, today also marks Sam's third birthday. So while the day could be filled with immense sadness, instead we look to Sam and the blessing that he really is to us. 

Through the grief, I have been doing my best to hold it together. I still try to avoid social outings where I have to face too many people. And I think I am more distracted as I noticed some of my normal "organized" tenancies have been forgotten. My mother said to me, "you just aren't back to yourself yet" when referring to an appointment that I miss scheduled. It kind of struck me and makes me wonder if I ever will be "back to my old self". Sure, I'll continue to heal and improve but there is a part of me missing, my baby girl. I have that constant feeling of something is missing. Because there is, a piece of my heart was taken when our baby girl got her wings. 

"Do I chose to wake up every day and grieve? No. I wake up every day and know a part of me is missing" - Renne Scrima 


Monday, April 3, 2017

Sam is 3!

Sammy Doodle, 

Today you are three! Holy smokes, how did that happen? You have grown into such a funny, smart, sensitive and kind little guy! Every day you make Mommy and Daddy laugh or be amazed by something that you do or say! Literally every day is an adventure with you! 

Saying: Right around Christmas you shifted from using words to full on sentences! It's nice now that you can express yourself and we can understand what you are thinking. 

Some of my favorites, "Fly no talking to me Momma", "You my best fwend", "Sam ne pas want....". 

You can also count to 13 without any issues in both French and English, know colors and shapes! 

Eating: Almost everything! With more vocabulary, you can easily express what you like to eat and not like to eat. We are pretty lucky because you are particular about certain things but you are not too picky. You love pizza, french friends, chocolate putting and oranges. But hate cooked carrots! 

Likes: There is no question that you are all boy! You love superheros (particularly Spider-man), trucks, movies (Cars and Toy Story) and playing outside! 

Dislikes: Coming inside, rain, doing crafts and loud unfamiliar noises! 

Milestones: Sam, this last year has been amazing! While there were some struggles with you learning boundaries (terrible twos!), we got through them and have learnt together. You became fully potty trained, moved into a big boy bed and started swimming lessons. I would say the biggest struggle has been a few weeks ago when sadness and confusion was in our home and you just knew something wasn't right. You acted out and were completely out of character. Thankfully, with lots of time together and consistency we worked through it. 

Buck-a-roo (as your Daddy calls you), exactly a month ago today we lost your baby sister. We were so looking forward to seeing you become a big brother. With your big heart, love of babies and gentle ways, we knew you were going to rock that roll! God had another plan for our family and while Mommy and Daddy have been healing, you have been our light. You give us a reason to smile today!

You give us so much joy and we love spending time with you! You are a great side kick! You made Daddy and I parents, the best titles we could ask for. As I sing to you every night "you are our sunshine, when skies are grey". 

We love you very much buddy and HAPPY 3rd BIRTHDAY! 

Love, Mommy


Wednesday, March 22, 2017

It's Difficult For Him Too

Written March 17, 2017

I think my doctor said it best when we first met with him. After finding out all the details of what had happened to us and our second baby on March 3, he turned to my husband who had kept quiet up until that point and asked, "And how are you doing?"

For the most part, the majority of people are concerned with how the mother is doing and sometimes they forget that the husband is grieving too. He is expected to keep strong and supportive, when in reality it can be very hard on him as well. I wanted to just compose a few thoughts I've had for Ryan as he has been my absolute rock through the last 3 weeks.

Dear Ryan,

I can still remember our wedding day. It feels like it was a lifetime ago and also like yesterday. And yet the happiness I felt then, I still feel now. I look at you and know this was meant to be. On that day, we promised to love each other throughout our entire lives, the sick and the healthy, the good and the bad. We had no idea what life would throw our way, but we knew that we wanted to face it together.

I can still remember those words....they echo around my head at random moments throughout the day..."you delivered your baby"...."your baby didn't make it"....Those words are like vines that twist around my neck, trying to slowly strangle the breath from me. But then I remember you, and the way that the floor went out from beneath me those following days when the reality of things sunk in, but somehow I was still standing because of your support. With your hand in mine and another on my back, we faced our worse fears. I don't think I could have walked a single step without you. I felt like I could have suffocated from heartache that first 24 hours, but you breathed for me when I couldn't, with a touch, a tear, a hug and a prayer. You picked me up at my lowest.

And you are still my comfort and my strength even though I know you are going through the same pains. Yet you are taking care of Sam and myself and putting our needs first. You understand when I need to randomly burst into tears and when I want to lay in bed and bask in my misery. And sometimes you lay with me, and you whisper everything and nothing. Somehow it all seems better when I realize I am going through this with you.

And I think it's good sometimes, that we can't see the punches that are coming our way. Because I think that maybe if I saw what was coming, I wouldn't be able to face it. I'd try to turn and run. But instead, we live and we fight through the storm as it comes, trusting that God will never leave us. I'm so glad that I get to ride this "lifeboat" with you, under the lead of our Captain, as He guides us and revives us, wave after wave.

I love you and thank you!


*These are the actual words from the "Hand Fasting" at our wedding ceremony. Somehow the words ring true more now then they did that day. 

"These are the hands of your best friend, young and strong and full of love for you, that are holding yours on your wedding day, as you promise to love each other today, tomorrow, and forever.

These are the hands that will work alongside yours, as together you build your future.

These are the hands that will passionately love you and cherish you through the years, and with the slightest touch, will comfort you like no other.

These are the hands that will hold you when fear or grief fills your mind.

These are the hands that will countless times wipe the tears from your eyes; tears of sorrow, and tears of joy.

These are the hands that will tenderly hold your children. These are the hands that will help you to hold your family as one.

These are the hands that will give you strength when you need it.

And lastly, these are the hands that even when wrinkled and aged, will still be reaching for yours, still giving you the same unspoken tenderness with just a touch."

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Since The Day You Got Your Wings, I have Never Been The Same

On March 3, 2017, at 17 weeks pregnant, our baby was born into the arms of Jesus. 

Ryan and I have been going through the motions of grief as we have surrounded ourselves with support of family, friends and prayer. 

We learnt that our angel was a baby boy and we are sad we have not been given the opportunity to get to know him better. But we are thankful we have gotten to hold him. His face and features will forever be etched in our memories. 

I had a placenta abruption and had some complications myself because of it. It was a very scary and confusing time for us. Truthfully, it still is but we consider ourselves somewhat lucky to have meet, held and know who our very own guardian angel is. We look forward to the day when we get to see him again. 

"Dear Lord, I would have loved to hold my baby on my lap and tell him about you, but since I don't get the chance, can you please hold him on your lap and tell him about me?"


* Ryan and I can't even begin to express how grateful we are to our family and friends. During difficult times, you realize the amazing community around you. For those who offered up prayers, kind words, flowers, food, treats, cards and other help in the form of favors, we can never thank you enough. During dark times, you brought in some light with your kindness. 

Friday, March 3, 2017

Baby W #2 - 16 Weeks

Actually didn't have time to pre-write so written at 16 weeks 6 days. 

This Week:

Into the second trimester and the 15 week energy has disappeared this week. I blame it on some busy work days and a sick little boy who hasn't been sleeping all that great. 

Baby This Week:

I read somewhere that baby is going through a growth spurt this week. And you MAY be able to start to feel movements. Also baby can see light now apparently. Baby is the size of a action hero! We'll pick Spiderman since that is Sam's current favorite. 

Maternity Clothes:

YES! I've been pretty excited that I haven't had the need for maternity clothes yet as I actually kind of hate them. But while my regular pants are loose in area's like around my butt, they are getting tighter (especially in the afternoons) in the waist. I went to the movies at 16 Weeks and my jeans were feeling uncomfortable around the middle. So, for the duration of the movie I sat with my pants undone. I figured, lights were off, no harm! 

Except the movie I was watching was 50 Shades Darker and when the lights came on suddenly, I had to stand up and re-do my pants. I am pretty sure anyone witnessing would have thought I was doing something inappropriate during the movie. 

Stretch Marks/Weight:

I am actually seeing a few of my stretch from my previous pregnancy darkening a little. And for weight, I was actually surprised I only gained 1 pound in 2 weeks. I was SURE it was going to be more because I have been able to eat more. My waist certainly reflects more then a 1 pound weight gain. 


YES!!!! It might be because I am more receptive to it being my second, but I have felt movement this week. At first it took me by surprise and then it kept happening. Pretty much after every meal now it feels like baby is rolling or stretching or something. It's not definitive kicks yet but I know soon!  

Food Aversions/Cravings:

After being sick off of tomato soup on Monday, I couldn't even smell it the next day. Blah! It's been a rough week for sickness. I blame the "growth spurt" that is suppose to be happening this week. But I don't know. 

I am starting to have sometimes random and strong cravings. They are WAY more intense then with Sam. This week was the lime slush puppy! OMG! It was all I could think about. Then I got the treat and I've yet to crave it again. 


Puking is a rough one again this week. I am always tired and I have no idea if I should blame the pregnancy, work or sleepless toddler. I look forward to weekends now so that I can get an extra 2 hours of sleep in the morning! 

Another weird thing this week is how low the baby is feeling. Like I am pretty sure it is sitting RIGHT on my cervix. It was getting very uncomfortable and scared me actually a little bit. Then all the sudden one morning I woke up at 16 Weeks 5 days, I woke up and the baby felt higher up. Closer to my belly button. Hoping it stays like that. 

What I Miss:

Feeling like me? Is that a thing? It's no secret that I don't LOVE being pregnant. And I hate to even say it because I know I am so blessed and I love my babies. BUT actually being pregnant is not really my thing. It's over 9 months of not feeling like myself, being uncomfortable and even being restricted with certain things. I feel so guilty even saying it but it's the truth. 

Labour Signs:



Team green! Sam has always been insistent from the beginning that it's a girl (SEEster) but lately Ryan and I have been trying to add in the fact that it could be a brother. He just looks at us like we are crazy and says "NO! SEESTER"! Want to avoid any disappointment for him if it is a boy! 

Wedding Rings/Belly Button:


What I'm Looking Forward To/Best Moment:

Hmmm.....I guess just the weekend. A little more sleep, maybe? 

Daddy This Week:

Daddy SAVED the day the other day when he searched 3 stores in Shawville to find the perfect flavored Slush Puppy for me! He didn't even tell me he was looking for it and just showed up at home with it after I casually mentioned my random and silly craving. I seriously cried a little with joy. Stupid hormones. 

Big Brother Sam:

Sam is getting on board with baby! Got him a new "big brother" book that he likes us to read right now. He was off sick one day this week and a Huggies commercial came on TV and he said "Momma, BABY (pointing to TV) like in you belly! And Sam's belly too". He also said that baby lives under my belly hole (belly button) and comes out my mouth. Sure Kiddo! ha ha! 


Not sure if this will help any future nausea women, but I do notice I get a little relief from a strong mint if I have a sudden strong urge to be sick. This has been good to get me through sticky situations like along the highway close to home. I can usually pop a mint and it will get me through until I'm home and near a bathroom. 


Monday, February 27, 2017

Weekend Adventures!

Happy Monday everyone! I hope that you all had a great weekend! This weekend brought some unusually warm temperatures for February and rain! Which was awful in the sense you couldn't do much outside but great because Ryan was home all weekend!! 

My weekend started out with a fun trip to the city for supper at Boston Pizza and to see 50 Shades Darker. I remember the second book of the series being my favorite at the time and I know why! There is way more romance in the second part. They are officially a couple. It was a great night but a little bit of a scary drive home in the thunder and lightening storm! 

Sam woke up unusually early and we tried to get him to go back to sleep with no luck. So into bed he came with us for morning cartoons! He asks for this all week and loves weekends because he gets to watch Mickey Mouse in bed with us. 

We couldn't be too lazy though because Ryan was playing in a charity curling tournament and his first game was at 9 AM. 

Ryan drove ahead and Sam and I ran to the store to try and find some rubber boots! We had no luck at the Walmart the day before. A beautiful display right out front with a blue pair just in his size! Good thing for Shawville! Sam also picked out a rain coat and splash pants all by himself and was very proud of his choices. Even though they didn't go together at all but I bit my tongue! ha ha! He carried his special new things all by himself through the store and to the cash! 

We got to the curling rink and sat right up front with friends to watch! Sam actually did watch more then I expected him to but the other part was playing with Tanners Paw Patrol airplane! ha ha! 

After the game, we headed to Ryan's parents for a visit and to wish Nana a "Happy Birthday"! Sam was getting really tired on the drive home and I knew I had to keep him awake. Thankfully, he stayed awake and gobbled down lunch and then we both went down for a long nap! 

When Sam woke up, we snacked on left over popcorn with a movie, then supper and Ryan showed up during bath time. I had texted Ryan earlier about this weird preggo craving I was having for a LIME slush puppy. It used to be my favorite flavor as a kid. Well the good man searched Shawville for one that had LIME and found it! Rushed one home and told me he'd finish up bed time while I enjoyed my slush and practiced piano! The first sip was like heaven. Craving totally satisfied. I was one happy preggo lady. 

Sunday morning we all slept in a little bit and then lazed around and got ready for our day. We actually were skipping out on church and going on an adventure to pick up a new (to us) maple syrup evaporator. The problem was that it was 2 hours away. 

So we packed up and stopped for a yummy lunch at Lonestar. And Sam is at a good age now again for restaurants. He was very happy to read a book, chat and snack on nacho chips with salsa! It was so enjoyable! 

When we left the restaurant it as around nap time and not even 10 minutes on the road, Sam and I were both fast asleep! ha ha! Poor Ryan had a quiet and lonely drive for a while. It hadn't been a great day sickness wise for me. Multiple stops along the way to be sick. 

We found the spot, loved the evaporator and loaded it up before heading for home! It's a smaller evaporator that will do no more then 100-150 taps, which is all we want. Just a little hobby. A way to to get something sweet from the tons of old sugar maple trees that are around the farm! 

On the drive home Sam kept asking us for "another adventure". I guess he really enjoyed the day with us on a little road trip! 

How was your weekend? 


Friday, February 24, 2017

Baby W # 2- 15 Weeks

Written at 15 weeks. Currently 16 weeks today! 

This Week:

Into the second trimester and I THINK I am beginning to feel the second trimester energy! I was worried last week when I was still pretty sick and had no energy. I am not less sick (HALLELUJAH!) and I definitely have more energy in the day! 

Baby This Week:

Baby is the size of a small box of crayons!

Maternity Clothes:

Still no in this department but I am noticing by the evening it is more comfortable to undo the top button of my pants.

I kind of did a mental breakdown of what I own for maternity clothes. As you know, I like to live frugally and I personally think Maternity clothes are a HUGE waste of money. Yet, they are kind of a necessity for comfort. Especially when you work outside of the house. I am set for winter and early Spring wear. My concern is when the weather gets warmer. I am hoping I can get by with dresses but I do know I will need at least a black and white t-shirt and jean maternity shorts. I think I can get by with my bathing suits. One item I don't really NEED is a pair of black maternity Capri's that I would like for work.

I've been trying to keep an eye open at thrift stores, ebay and online sale sites for these 4 items in my size but no luck so far. I think it is just too far from summer still!

Stretch Marks/Weight:

I actually forgot to weigh myself this week. I am thinking I have either maintained or gained a little because my eating has really improved this week!


More weird uterus movements. The "belly" is getting higher.

Food Cravings/Aversions:

Meat is still a no-go. While I still would rather eat fruit, I have been able to stomach a little more vegetables this week and been trying to force myself to eat a little.

After visiting with a fellow preggo friend (Hi Amanda!), she was talking about her chips and dip cravings! I thought it sounded good so on the weekend picked up some. Well I guess the salty does not agree with me! I couldn't get through even a few chips! Yuck!

But I still love MANGO'S (yum!), strawberries, yogurt, ice cream, jam and cranberry juice!


I have been getting headaches this week randomly which sucks. I thought it may be water intake but it doesn't seem to help. But thankfully, one little regular strength Tylenol does the trick!

This happened the last time too but my hips get sore some days from loosening. And my back was killing me. I was blaming wearing heels at a tradeshow but it's continued on. I notice it after sitting all day. And it's always my lower right side of my back. I've been going so stretching and yoga moves to help keep it at bay. 

What I Miss:

I don't miss much this week...I'm feeling a little better, I'm more energized and the weather is right up my alley! It's been a good week!

Labour Signs:



Team green! When I was pregnant with Sam, I was adamant that we didn't find out the gender. Whereas Ryan wanted to know! He hates surprises! I won (good husband right there!) and we had the greatest surprise arrive on April 3, 2014.

This time around, I gave Ryan the option. I told him that since I got my way last time, that I was giving him the option for us to find out for this pregnancy. He is now 110% into waiting until D-Day. He says it was the best moment of his life to be able to announce to me we had a son. So, for those complaining that we aren't finding out, blame Ryan! :)

Wedding Ring/Belly Button:

No changes.

What I'm Looking Forward To/Best Moment:

I was really looking forward to my pedicure! While I am still able to bend comfortably, there is something nice about being pampered.

Oh and two couples close to us finding out they are having little boys! Very excited for them!

Daddy This Week:

Well we still have a serious name problem with Ryan. There haven't been any first name suggestions from him this week but I realized that he can't even help with the middle name!

I have this on going list of potential names and middle names. The middle names are always family names. Names that belonged to special people in our lives whether they are still here or not. Ryan's middle name is after his biological Dad who is not apart of his life. He wants nothing to do with that name and we will never use it. However, when Ryan was younger another man stepped in as a father figure. Naturally, when creating our list of middle names, his step Dad's middle name had to be included to our list in case it suited with a first name we chose. So PATRICK, the name Ryan tells me is his step father's middle name, is added to the list.

Over the weekend I am with my MIL and we are discussing family names. My FIL's name comes up and I said "Well, I do like his middle name, Patrick, it's definitely a potential." She looks at me very strangely and says, "That's not his middle name."


Yes, the name "PATRICK" we've had an a running list for middle names since we were pregnant with Sam is not my FIL's middle name. It's JOSEPH! What if we had given the middle name Patrick to Sam?? Good grief!

Big Brother Sam:

So I am pretty sure that Sam thinks every baby is a girl. We were at a gender reveal party and when asked he said it was a girl! Later we found out friends were having a boy and then Sam argued with us that it was actually a girl. Ha ha!

There is a new friend at Sam's daycare. While she isn't a little baby, she is still a baby in his eyes! Sam doesn't have that much experience around babies but I was so proud to hear about him being so sweet to his new friend. I am told he is always so gentle with her. Huge relief and hopefully continues on for when his big brother duties really arrive! 


So apparently Mango's are a natural laxative. Eat with caution!

Heels are stupid.


Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Things I'm Celebrating This Wednesday!

Happy Wednesday everyone! I hope that you have had a great week so far! It has been actually going by really fast here at the farm. Finishing up year end, new contracts are coming out for the Spring and the SNOW IS STARTING TO MELT! I know the melting snow is not something permanent but I am enjoying it anyways. I am actually looking forward to weather the first week in March because I am a believer in the theory, "In like a lion, out like a lamb". 

There's a few things I've been feeling celebratory about lately and I thought that I'd share them with you! 

1. I didn't puke on Monday. Ok...this might seem like a normal and everyday thing for you. But to me, this is HUGE! I can't remember the last time I didn't puke. I guess that explains my upbeat attitude on Monday. I just felt SOO great! It didn't last. Tuesday was not great but the fact that I had 1 whole day without being sick on Monday gives me hope. Hope that there will be future days of no puking. Maybe, a whole week? Is it possible? 

2. I am nesting early and I recognize it. I feel like crap while doing it but I have this inner feeling like I need to organize and I need to do it NOW!! I think it's because my head knows that come Spring and early Summer, it is our busy season on the farm and I will likely not feel like doing it then. So instead, my nesting has gone into over drive early. I had a bunch of things packed up to bring to donate. And yesterday, I was in the city so I dropped them off at a Value Village. After dropping everything off, the guy that helped me handed me a 25% off my next purchase card! Woo hoo! This will come in handy when I'm looking for some maternity clothes later in the Spring. 

3. Tax season for a lot of people is a huge headache. For me, I secretly love it. I'm pretty lucky as I live and work in Quebec so I rarely (knock on wood) owe money. Now, I don't get a lot back either but usually some. But for me, tax season is a good time to sit down and examine your expenses, your income and budget. I'm kind of a money person in the sense that I like to know where every dollar is going and being maximized. I like to look at our RRSP's and RESP's and see what % they had on return in the last year. Change things in our policies to better suit our current situation. So basically, I'm a huge dork. The first step is admitting it. But this time of year really forces Ryan (who hates all things money talk!) and I to assess everything and make a plan for the coming year and future. 

4. Sam has been doing SO good in his big boy bed. I seriously had no idea it would be this easy. He wanted to be sleeping in it so bad that he has not fussed once. It's normal bedtime routine and he stays in bed all night. He still calls for us in the morning because he doesn't realize he can get out by himself. He is up to 5 stuffies in his bed with him and they all have a specific spot in bed. He is very particular as to where they go. In fact, it's the longest part of the bedtime routine. But it makes him happy and he doesn't stay awake all night playing with them so it's ok. I still sneak a peak at him before I go to bed every night. I don't think that will ever change! Hooray to big boy bed! Now I can start getting the nursery ready (see item number 2). 

Happy Wednesday! 


Monday, February 20, 2017

WARM Wintry Weekend

Happy Monday everyone! For all of Ontario it is Family day and a day off. For us Quebecers, it is just another day! ha ha! 

But I realized just got much the winter weather can effect my mood! It's no secret I hate winter but this year was particularly hard with being cooped up being sick. But the weather took a turn towards Spring for a few days and WOW did it ever improve me mood! The sun, the few degree's below zero and the getting out of the house! I feel more energized. 

Friday was a beautiful day and our annual snowmobile day for clients. I set up the breakfast and then saw the guys off! They all reported it was a great day and they had some fun stories to share when Sam and I joined them at Gavan's for supper.  

Daddy was busy returning sleds so I got Sam bathed and ready for bed. He was in a fantastic mood after seeing all the sleds and the boys! Oh and the sips of Pepsi probably didn't help! ha ha! 

When I got Sam to bed, I settled in for some Netflix and Mango! 

If there was theme to our weekend it would be lazy mornings! We so enjoyed cuddles in bed and not changing out of our PJ's for a while. Sam slept in passed 7:30 each morning! 

We couldn't waste the BEAUTIFUL day outside so we all bundled up for a couple hours of outside time. We ended up seeing and playing with our cousins from across the road for a while. 

We were all exhausted from so much play so we had a quick lunch. I had to document the first vegetables I've eaten in months! It literally felt like such a momentous occasion that I had to document it! ha ha! 

Ryan, Sam and I all went down for an afternoon nap! It felt good to re-charge the batteries and then get up to get ready for a fun evenings! We were invited to a gender reveal party for friends Amanda and Josh who's new addition will be arriving in June! 

It was my first gender reveal I had been to! We enjoyed a delicious spread of party food and ice cream sundaes for dessert! But the exciting part was witnessing the couple see what it they would be welcoming a baby boy or girl! 

They cracked open the Pinata and blue candy went flying! A little baby BOY! Yay! 

It was a late night for Sam but he did great considering it was 2 hours passed his bedtime. We all went to bed as soon as we got home after such a fun night! 

The next morning we all slept in until almost 8! And continued our lazy morning of cuddles. I had to get a move on getting ready though because I had a fun morning coming up! My MIL had invited me to a girls day in the city! On the agenda, pedicures and lunch! She has had an inside look at how sick I've been and told her son to stay at home with Sam so she could treat me to a morning out! 

It was great to get a pedicure done. It had been WAY too long! And we had a delicious lunch at Lonestar! Look more vegetables! 

Thank you so much for such a great getaway! 

I actually got home in time to squeeze in a 30 minute nap before the boys got up! I was not hungry AT ALL so I made the boys grilled cheese for supper and I snacked on some mango. Sam ate all his food and requested "dessert". He always closes his eyes for his "surprise" dessert. Last night was leftover Valentine chocolate! ha ha! 

Beautiful weather, celebrating with friends, time with my boys and a little pampering. I couldn't have asked for a better weekend!