Tuesday, 3 January 2017

A few holiday pics

(We love sliding with Cohen and our niece) 

(So fun, and seriously tiring because she makes me pull her up the hill.) 

(We made a lot of gluten free dairy free nut free egg free gingerbread men. So hard to find a recipe that fits our crazy restrictions, but this one worked great. We subbed wow butter instead of nut butter) 

(we went to Cohen's first ever Christmas concert. He was santa claus. We were so impressed he remembered his lines. Each three-year-old had to memorize 8 lines. Crazy) 

(We got Cohen snowshoes. He loves them for about 15 minutes at a time. Not bad.)

(More sliding behind our house) 

(These two loved Christmas at Nan and Gramps. Loved kinder eggs from Nan) 

(Heading to PEI after Christmas. We still love a good road trip once in a while to listen to podcasts, drink coffee, and let Cohen watch shows on the iPad.)

Monday, 2 January 2017

2016 was crazy

I remember being home a year ago for Christmas and visiting with my high school friends. I was talking about how I am not really loving being in NL anymore due to being so far from family, etc. One friend was like, move home to our tiny town!! And I was like, never!!! At that time I was sure I never ever wanted to live in this tiny military town where I did high school. And now, a year later, we are here, and more settled than ever. 

Right after we got home from our Christmas trip last year, Jon and I started seriously thinking about moving. By May, we were sure. We both locked down jobs here and we started searching for a house.   A handful of flights and lots of stress later, we sold our second car, took a boat, and moved into our house.

We are SO HAPPY here in Oromocto. I am actually kinda surprised how much we like it here. We have been able to see my high school and university friends on the regular, and Jon's mom, dad and brother have all visited. Life is so much easier here. My parents are a huge part of our lives now. We definitely don't see them every day, but they are Cohen's childcare 2.5 days a week, which is the greatest thing in the world. Mom works at the grocery store (the same one I worked at when I was in high school), so we see her when we get groceries. So cool.

2016 by the numbers:

1 house sold (at a huge loss, but whatevs)
1 house bought
1500 km moved
1 kitchen renovated in 1 week
2 new jobs started (one for each of us)
1 3-year-old started preschool
47th flight for Cohen. He has not been on an airplane since we moved back in July, and we opted to boat home instead of fly. Although we have another 2 flights booked for the end of this month, we are planning to keep the flight count as low as possible. We are so over multiple flights unless we get to visit someplace international
50 times (or so) that Cohen told us he didn't like our new house and just wanted to go back to Clarenville (he now loves it here, and tells us all the time that he loves our new house)
1 big kid bed bought for Cohen. We ditched the crib in October and it feels so good.
0 doctors that we have. So hard to get a doctor around here! I am finding it tough with all the allergies, but hopefully soon.

I am so excited about 2017. We are visiting my grandmother in a few weeks, and I have a couple girls nights planned with old friends (so wouldn't have happened while living on the rock) in the next couple months. Jon and I will probably do a few courses, and we have a lot going on professionally. We are hoping to do a lot of road trips around the province instead of taking flights this year. We want to do some hiking and a little snowboarding. We are also kinda dying to renovate our master bathroom, which sounds so lame, but there it is.

Thursday, 29 December 2016

Broken computers and forgotten passwords

It's no secret that I am not great with computers and social media. I have had a computer crash in the past, but a few weeks ago, my laptop crashed and took a ton of pictures with it. So sad!! And now I can't even figure out how to download an app to store my photos in because I forget my apple ID, and the website that recovers it forces you into a vicious cycle where you are expected to either start a new life with a brand new email address, or you have to remember the details you used when you first set up your apple ID 12+ years ago. It makes we want to go back to disposable cameras where you got them developed and they came with their own cheap photo album to store them in.

Losing all those photos reminded me that I love having an online journal about our life, so I definitely want to blog more, but I will have to buy a new computer and figure out the cloud before I can blog comfortably again. I'll be back in the new year for sure.

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Taking care of Lucy

Now that we live four minutes from my parents, we are able to babysit the family dog, Lucy, while they are away. We love it! A few weeks ago they went away for four nights, and we had Lou. Cohen loves it so much, and is in charge of feeding her and giving her treats. 

(Chilling with Lou on the couch) 

 (About to take Lou out. Cohen was surprisingly good about taking Lou out with me every few hours)

(He basically did not leave her alone at all the entire time she was here.) 

(Walking Lou around the block)

We had Lucy here while the guys were working on the kitchen. While they were here, Cohen insisted that Lucy stay on a leash even while inside, and Cohen never let go of the leash. I was worried she would escape while the guys were in and out getting stuff from their truck. So while Cohen was sitting at the table having a snack, he was holding Lou's leash, and she just sat obediently at his feet. One of the guys commented that Cohen sure loved his dog. I was like, actually, it's not our dog, we are just dog-sitting. The plumber dude was shocked. He was like, you need to get that kid a dog! We will, for sure. Maybe just not for a while. 

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Our kitchen facelift

The guys just finished our kitchen renovation this morning, and I am so happy! We went the entire week last week not being able to use our kitchen at all, so I am pretty happy to be able to make meals again. We are super happy with how it turned out. 

Before: bubbly cabinet doors, weird fluorescent lights above the top cabinets, white dishwasher, appliance garage, countertop that had seen better days.

On day 1, the guys got to work removing cabinets and changing the lighting. At this point they ended up having to redo the location of the lighting because the reality looked different than the drawing they were working with. I have never been involved in renovating anything ever before, but I was grateful that the guys didn't just follow the drawing that the designer and I had come up with. In real life, shifting the lighting and the shelves a few inches made a huge difference to the feel of the room.

Ready for countertop installation on day 2. They put up a few cabinet doors, which are way cleaner-looking than our old ones. They also had installed the doors with "soft close" hinges, which I absolutely hated due to the fact that it took a full minute to fully close any door. So they removed them. They must have been loving me at that point.

New counters. The designer chose this caesarstone countertop very early on, and I had never ever seen a sample. We love it, luckily. Also, the floating shelves were much chunkier than I figured they would be, so we decided to do two on each side instead of the planned three.

The tiles are the oversized subway tiles. They seemed huge at first, but I think our kitchen is big enough that it can handle it. Also love our new dishwasher.

Finished! We are really happy with it. The biggest thing is that it feels like we have more counter space, even though we don't. And the kitchen just feels so much better and brighter. Though I do kind of feel like now it would be nice to get a new fridge and new flooring, BUT that is not going to happen for a long time. We have a huge list of things we want to do in this house, and the next thing is probably the master bathroom. Also on our list: powder room, laundry room, and then we just need a ton of furniture. We will be taking things really slow as our finances permit.
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