Showing posts from January, 2011

A new space to decorate

I’m verrrry tired and I think it might be in my best interest to just veg for a while tonight. So I’ll keep this post short.

But suffice it to say, our trip out to Ikea today went well! We got a duvet cover (that also came with a toddler-sized pillow case, HOW CUTE IS THAT?!) and matching curtains for Andrew’s new bedroom in an animal theme. It wasn’t the theme I originally wanted, but seeing the car one ‘in person’ as opposed to online totally made me change my opinion on it. Then we both decided we liked this other theme, but it turned out they were ‘oversold’ on that one…So we picked this animal one which actually I think is the cutest of all for Andrew. I showed it to him when we got home and he was going, ‘Ooooh!’ and said, ‘OPEN!’ but I told him we have to wait till we move.

I’m really excited about having his room all nice. He’s inheriting the furniture my brother had in his room when he was a little boy. Which doesn’t go at all with his bed, since his bed is white and…

Trying to scale back...

(I wrote this last night but then forgot to post it, so I thought I'd post it now before I write something new!)

Does anyone have any superly amazing organizational tips?

Moving is the perfect opportunity to really purge, and not only that but organize all that is being kept. Some of the stuff I’ve held onto since our last move, I was just shaking my head at myself while going through it today. What was I thinking?! Obviously I was getting tired of going through things and just dumped a whole bunch of stuff into a bin.

You mark my words, that is not happening this time around! I want to clear the clutter as much as possible. I won’t lie, there is still going to be a lot of stuff held onto, but I’m doing my best to organize it.

I had greeting cards from over the past probably 10 years in various places, so one thing I did was put all greeting cards into one particular bin. I’ve also got one container for loose pictures…But beyond that, the little momentos and things are hard…

Packing up

A lot’s been happening, but not a whole lot I feel like talking about. Mostly all-consuming very emotionally draining stuff. I’ll spare you the details.

On a lighter subject, James and I are borrowing my aunt and uncle’s car tomorrow, and leaving the boy with his Nana, while we go do a little bit of shopping for our new place. I’m so excited, just to get out the two of us, doing something we don’t normally do together. It’ll just be nice to clear our heads for a few and relax.

Andrew is really starting to string words together now. Sometimes he’ll say 3 words together, usually it’s two. But for him that’s progress. Little girls his age often seem to be saying full sentences, boys tend to be a little behind with talking. Which is actually fine with me, as great as it will be when he can communicate fully, I am relishing this time where we can’t spill the beans on all the secrets or little white lies that might be out there! LOL I have to be sooooo careful what I say in front …

I think you have the wrong number...

This morning the phone rang, and when I answered a guy said to me:

Hi, is Andrew there?

I was a bit taken aback. People call often enough to ask us how Andrew’s doing (I’m talking grandparents, aunts and uncles…) But really, he’s taking calls at the age of TWO?!

I asked:

Who’s calling?

And he replied:

Actually, my name is Andrew, too!


What is this regarding?!


I’m just returning his call.


Ummm…well the thing is, my son’s name IS Andrew…but he’s only two, so I’m thinking you’ve got the wrong number!!


He thought it was a strange coincidence also. I mean seriously, what are the chances?!

My cutie-pie

Andrew got a toddler-sized backpack for his birthday from his cousins.  He likes to wear it around the house.  He fills it up with toys and then walks all hunched over because depending on what he fills it with, he has a hard time carrying it around!  
I kept asking him to smile for the camera, and his faces just got sillier and sillier!
Then, out of nowhere, came this little gem.  Can you see why I'm sometimes apprehensive about taking him to the playground?!  He looks so sweet and innocent most of the time, but watch out for Little Mister Bully - he is always lurking in the shadows, ready to pounce when you least expect it!
And then he gets all cozy in his pj's on the couch and clasps his hands together while watching Caillou, or one of his other favourite-shows-of-the-moment.  It's so cute how he does this - I used to always clasp my hands together when I was a little girl.  It's interesting the little traits that seem to be inherited when they don't seem like the…

Papa G and the Twilight Turtle

Instead of writing about the stuff that’s kind of eating me up inside, I thought I would distract myself by documenting what we did on Sunday.

James’ biological dad and half sister (gawd families are complicated!) were set to come over at noon for a visit. Bio dad lives in Ontario and we see him once a year, sometimes more but often less. Sis lives in Victoria and we’ve seen more of her since Andrew’s come along but we don’t see her aaall that often. So it was great to be getting together for a visit.

I was a bit thrown off because James woke me up at 20 to 9 to say they’d be at a nearby restaurant for breakfast in under half an hour and we were asked to join. I had planned on getting a bit of sleep (since it had been a pretty bad night sleep-wise due to Andrew ripping my hair out and stealing my pillow) and then doing some chores before they arrived. But since they decided to catch an earlier ferry, the plans were completely changed. Which is OK, but I’d be lying if I said chan…


I should probably go help James with the boy since he’s been on his own with him for a while and I’ve been on the phone…Andy is extra energetic tonight, if that’s even possible…so I’m kinda being a little selfish and maximizing on the time here before I have to take over, or at the very least help out! LOL

So it looks like we are moving back to the ‘burbs…I was thinking it seems so quick and omg what are we doing and is this the right decision – but we were hoping to move before our next rent increase, which happens March 1st…This would mean signing a new lease Feb 15th and having to pay half a month’s rent at the new place which kind of sucks in terms of the money issue…But it’s only a couple of weeks before we were hoping to move, so really everything seems to be falling right into place. We’ve always (all 3 moves before this one) taken the first place we looked at (sometimes looking at more than one but always going back to the first) and it has always proven to be a good decis…

Is it time to move on?

Tomorrow James and I are going to look at an apartment for us to potentially move to…in Burnaby. I’m excited by the prospect of having a place that’s 850 sq ft…That costs a hundred dollars less that what we pay here – although we wouldn’t actually be saving any money since James would have to get a 2 zone bus pass. There are pros and cons. Let’s face it, we’re going to HAVE to move relatively soon, our goal was within the next 3 months tops. So it would be 1-2 months on the early side of when we really want to. But maybe it’s a good idea? I don’t want to get ahead of myself – we haven’t seen the place yet. But it sounds kind of promising, and the owner of it seems really nice based on a bit of an email dialogue we had. So we’ll see.

So far, for me the pros are that it’s much larger than what we currently have, it’s on the ground floor with a little outdoor space (although it’s not fenced in – I would have to find out if we could put up some sort of little fence to keep Andrew …

Gawd my blog seems grim these days...

If you’ve been keeping up with my posts since the new year, you’ll know that in almost, if not all posts I have mentioned my dad having a heart attack on January 1st.

I’m sorry if I sound like a broken record. Although at the same time, I guess I’m not sorry. Because in fact, I kind of wish I could have it written on my forehead for the world to see.


I don’t know why I feel that way. Is it because I wish people just knew so they’d leave me alone? I don’t necessarily think I want everyone out there to know I’m hurting inside, because why would they need to – and if anything, I tend to like to hide how I’m feeling if what’s inside is negative. I’m good at putting on a front to make it seem I’m happy and maybe even a bit cheerful! So I’m not sure why I feel this desire to have it be known, but maybe it’s just that it was such a huge event for me, and it would somehow comfort me to be able to wear it on my sleeve (or forehead, although now the sleeve is …

Making healthy changes starts now

So just BLAH, really. That’s probably where I should leave this, but then it wouldn’t be much of a post, would it?

We went to my bro and sil’s tonight, and although stressful things were discussed, we did share some laughs. James got kind of drunk, which is always a good time. My bro and sil love to laugh at (er, I mean WITH!) him when he gets the way he does when he’s had a few! I just had a coffee and later on a hot buttered rum. I wish I could pound ‘em back the way I once could, but it just isn’t worth it to me these days. Ever since Andrew came along (well, since the pregnancy, obviously!) I just haven’t felt inclined. Which actually is probably a good thing, given drinking isn’t exactly good for one’s health, at least not in excess.

I keep fighting myself on whether or not to write about what’s going on deep down. I want to, and when I open the Word document I intend to, but then I just sigh and think blargh, why don’t I try to focus on something at least remotely positi…

Another date, if you can call it that!

Our plan today was to just go for a coffee, not spend too much. Although for what we ended up getting, it didn’t cost as much as it could have…We ended up at Olympia on Denman where we shared some yummy Greek food. It turned out to be a perfect little outing. After lunch we hit up the library – yes, wearethemostexcitingcoupleonearth! I wanted to check out the dvd’s, as sad as that sounds, I mean it’s not that I’m not into reading but I’ve always been curious what you can get for free from the library movie-wise. It was a little crowded in that section so I went and checked out the kids corner and lo and behold they had a row of dvds just for kids! AND I hit pay dirt when I discovered THERE IS A BUZZ LIGHTYEAR DVD! Andrew is obsessed with Buzz Lightyear, so how did I not know there is a Buzz dvd?! SCORE ONE FOR MOMMY!! He is out with his uncle at the moment, but when Andrew gets home and sees what we found he is going to be one excited boy!

And no, it’s not all about the dvd…

Snow days in Nanaimo

While on the island, we had a few days of snow.  I wish I'd known it was in the forecast going over - Andrew has yet to try out his first ever snowsuit, which of course I left at home in Vancouver.  But there is time yet for winter weather here, so I'm not too concerned (and if he never needs to wear it, I won't be crying either!!)

It was fun taking him out in the backyard to play, although it only lasted maybe 10 minutes each time because he got too cold and also didn't like walking around in the snow very much!
Emma joined in on the fun :)
The first day this is my truly sad attempt at a snowman.  It's tiny and sort of challenged looking (I mean no offense in saying that!)  Even Andrew is looking at it like, 'Something isn't quite right about this...!'
Back in the house, warm and in his swing, it's snack time!  He really looks like my brother as a little boy in this picture - as in, like some of the pictures of my bro at his age.  Strange how the fami…

Just the two of us

James and I had some much needed date time today.We hadn’t seen each other for nearly a week, and with all that’s been happening lately, it’s been probably more than 2 weeks since we really spent much time together.We dropped Andrew off with his nana (I haven’t had ‘issues’ with her since she got here, I’ve barely spent any time with her myself, and even though I still do HAVE issues with her, it really has helped me out that she’s been available to take Andrew from time to time).Then we went to Milestone’s for lunch where I enjoyed 2 mimosas – one a white grape, and the other a mimosa Kiss.Since I rarely drink alcoholic, it gave me a nice buzz, something I felt very much in need of!
We stayed there for quite a while and then hit up London Drugs for a new blowdryer.Mine was really on the fritz – you know it’s bad when I’m just putting up with the strange noises it’s making but JAMES mentions to me that it sounds like I need a new one!!So finally we took care of that.The one I got is aw…

I still can't believe that my 'baby' is two

Here are some of Andrew's birthday pictures, new year's eve 2010 party extravaganza!  I swear it was impossible to get him actually SMILING in any of the pictures, but I assure you he had a WONDERFUL time at his party!

First off, the day before his party he and I went to Safeway and I got him this balloon.  I know it blends the whole birthday/new year's eve thing, but I think that's OK when it comes to a balloon, especially when it's the absolute coolest one in the whole store!  He was so pleased when I told him we were getting it because it was going to be his birthday.
 Also the night before his big day, I made his birthday cake!  Here is a sneak preview...It's a vanilla/chocolate marble guitar cake with icing I made with a hint of eggnog - given the season, I thought why not!
 The day of, waiting for guests to arrive (we hosted the party at the hotel where my parents were staying).  All done up in his little bowtie!
 The theme, of course, was A Wiggly Party!

Sick and tired...what more can I say?

Why don’t we just add insult to injury here:  I have come down with a really bad cold.  James got it first, I started showing signs of it the day after he got it, my mom came down with it the day after me, and last night by dad started showing signs.  JUST what he needs, out of all of us, right now. 

It honestly seems as though anything that can go wrong right now, is.  Or has.  It’s doom and gloom here, what can I say.
I’m trying really hard to see the positive.  I do see it, and I am clear-headed enough to think about a lot of the things that need dealing with.  But a lot of it is out of my hands, I can only suggest or offer to help in certain ways, but a lot of this isn’t up to me or anything I can do.  So to say I’m feeling a tad helpless would be an understatement.
I desperately need a GOOD night’s sleep (haha, not gonna happen I know, but I can still say I NEED it!), some time to just reflect on things and try to get a better grasp of the situation.  I don’t even really kn…

Christmas pictures...Better late than never!

Shortly before Christmas, I made a tree out of a magazine for fun:
Here's me and the boy sharing a Christmas Eve smooch by the fire at James' dad's house!
Cutest boy ever!
Andrew opening his stocking Xmas morning - people thought it was silly that Santa brought him bracelets, but I think it's cool that Santa knew he enjoys dress up!
Daddy and Andy checking out the new laptop we got him for Christmas.  Yes, they make laptops for two year olds!!
Family portrait...not quite sure why James has his hand on his hip LOL I think he'd had a couple of drinks by this point!
Sooo pleased that Santa brought him a Molly doll (from Big Comfy Couch!)
His aunt E got him a suit but he refused to wear the tie...or the pants!
Just minutes after getting Buzz Lightyear from GG (well, Santa left it at her house), he was snoozing with him in his swing! (Chocolate face and all!!)
Watching Toy Story, wearing his new Canucks pajamas (the shirt says Luongo on the back!)
More BFFs!
Just love this fa…

New year, new design

Please stand by while I make some changes to the ol' blog :)

Before Christmas

Whether it be on FB or my blog (forget flickr as I have almost a year's worth of pictures to upload on there...Will it ever happen at this point?!), I haven't posted pictures since a while before Christmas. I had planned to do a Christmas/Andrew's birthday new year's eve post with pictures galore on January 1st, but other things came up and here I am, 10 days later and still no pics.

So here are a few from a few days before the holidays, to tied you over till I have time to do a giant picture post:

I especially love this last one, it's his Yo Gabba Gabba 'Funny Face' :)
Stay tuned...I'm also planning on doing some template changes, it might help keep my mind off things.