Wednesday, September 30, 2015

2015 Goals: Progress Report #3

I cannot believe that the year is already three quarters over, it will be 2016 before we know it!

1. Take a CPR/First Aid course Done! I had to take one for my volunteer work and I really enjoyed it.
2. Put $2,000 extra on the mortgage Seriously, I should stop putting this on my goals list...
3. Read 30 books I just completed this the beginning of September.
4. Go on a canoe camping trip We went in July and had such a fabulous time.
5. Run my 3rd 5k I did it! I ran 4 out of the 5km and am so proud of myself!
6. Take a class (such as pottery, dancing, etc) with Dan We are on to our third West Coast Swing dance class and love it so much!
7. Finish bedroom makeover The only thing left is decorating.
8. Fix flower gardens I still have 2 left to deal with but I'm waiting until next Spring to tackle them. I did 4 huge ones though, so I'm calling this done for this year.
9. Build back patio Not going to happen this year.
10. Read a Shakespeare book
11. Clean out car Done! I did a quick clean of it before lending it to my cousin and I'm calling it good, especially now that we have a new one.
12. Get wedding and engagement rings soldered together We have found a place who will do it, but are still contemplating whether we want to go ahead with it or not.
13. Learn to knit mittens I really need to get on this!
14. Get a membership at a library Done!
15. Practice piano once a week I can safely say I am failing at this one...

The year has flown by so far and I'm beginning to question whether I will be able to complete my last few goals before the end of December. Some of them obviously won't get done but there are a few I can work on still, so I better get cracking! How is everyone else doing with their goals?

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Guest Post: How to Choose a Maid of Honour

Guest post today by my sister Cora. Enjoy!

HOW TO CHOOSE A MAID OF HONOUR (a complete guide* to choosing the best possible maid of honour for your upcoming wedding!!!)

*This is not seriously a complete guide, it is an homage to my little sister!

First off, can I just list my credentials for writing this blog post?
1) I just got married a little over a month ago!
2) I had the best possible maid of honour.
3) I have pictures to prove it!

Ok, now for this complete guide.

When choosing a maid of honour, use this checklist to make sure that she is the best possible option.

- She has known you for a really long time!! Sisters are ideal for fulfilling this criteria.

Jennie and Cora at least 20 years ago!
- She loves you and accepts you, despite all your quirkiness and control-freak tendencies.

- She is organized (for example, my maid of honour started a wedding binder for my wedding months before I did!!)

- She loves wedding dress shopping (and kind of forces you to go so that you can find the PERFECT DRESS for you)

One of the many dresses tried on

She even helped me shop for my dancing dress. :)
- She is serious about her task and ready to take time out of her normal life to be there for you, even when it involves tedious crafting or cooking tasks.

- She supports and respects your decisions (even when she doesn't always agree). She also reminds you that it is your day... and you can do whatever you want!

- She has the ability to throw great parties!

- She has the potential to get you a perfect wedding gift!

I got an applesauce maker!! AMAZING!!!!
- She is super available the week before your wedding to do even more tedious tasks and help you get through what may be the most stressful moment you have ever lived through!

The car loaded to the brim in order to get almost everything to the wedding site

The "ribbon" factory

The result of the "ribbon" factory

Setting up tables

Sewing the hanging straps down so they wouldn't show

She picked up my wedding dress the day before :)
- She's able to help you get your wedding dress on. This is especially important if you plan on having a classic dress (hard to get in and out of!!)

It looks easier than it is!

Jennie is a pro at lacing up dresses
- She looks great in a dress and is generally very photogenic. **Click!**

Even when she doesn't know we're taking a picture!!
- She can give a great speech (and takes this role seriously) (being generous about passing on family heirlooms is also an asset!)

Jennie putting the final touches on her speech, a few days prior to the big day

Us listening to her fabulous maid of honour speech

The "family heirloom" is indeed a gift that Jackie offered her at her wedding 6 years prior
- She has a good "kiss to copy" in her repertoire. This is especially practical if you have a kissing menu at your wedding.

- She contributes to the fun at your reception

Jennie helping the nieces and nephew to recite a poem (in order to get us to kiss... part of the kissing menu!)

The "sisters song" that we have made a tradition out of singing at each and all of our weddings
- And, most importantly, she really cares about your happiness!!

Jennie tearing up as I walked up the aisle!
Note to the readers: it is unrealistic to expect that your maid of honour will be able to fulfill all of the above-mentioned criteria. Jennie was truly exceptional. In any case, be sure to appreciate your maid of honour.

Jennie, I love you so much and can't thank you enough for all that you did (and were) for the wedding! I hope this blog post makes your readers laugh, but, more importantly, I hope it makes you realize how terrific you are. A maid of honour extraordinaire indeed!

P.S. We love you!!

Monday, September 28, 2015

Two Year Anniversary on Facebook!

It has been two years since I started my The Canadian Housewife Facebook page. I created it on a whim but am so glad that I did. It has turned out to be a great way of interacting with my readers and sharing extra life moments and pictures that don't always make it to the blog. For those that follow me there, thank you for your support.

As a huge thank you to all my Facebook followers, I am hosting a giveaway for my second anniversary. It is one of my cooler giveaways, seeing as I am giving away an adult colouring book! Most of you know how much I love colouring, so I'm happy to be sharing this love with someone else.

You will get to choose between three different colouring books.

If you have a Facebook account and haven't entered yet, head on over to my page and enter the giveaway!

Happy Monday everyone!

Friday, September 25, 2015

Five Things Friday

This may be my new go to post for Fridays. I'm usually pretty tuckered by the end of the week and my inspiration for writing awesome blog posts is pretty much non-existent. Oh and sorry that this post is late getting up, it's been one of those days.

1. I had a cold last weekend and I was in desperate need for some chicken soup. Good thing I have world's best recipe for a nice healthy soup that is sure to cure any sickness. Not really, but it is pretty good soup.

2. Tuesday was a rough day for me and I was having a really hard time letting go of stress. I decided that I should take some time out to curl up on the front porch with a cup of tea, my Bible and my journal.

3. Dan often (pretty much daily) cuddles Mia on the floor but I never do. The other day I decided to change that and we had a nice little cuddle time. Although I'm pretty sure I won't be making this a regular occurrence, since she's kind of heavy and I got a little squished.

4. I finally made beet pickles! I decided that I would just keep putting it off if I didn't buckle down and do it, so I picked the beets last night and pickled them this morning. Go me!

5. Today is a melancholy day for me, for a few reasons. Today was Dustin's due date, which means we should have a child who would be turning 4 today. I can't believe it has already been 4 years. It is also the day two years ago that we found out Daylin's heart stopped beating. So basically, today sucks and I'm really feeling it. I have just felt grumpy and sad since I woke up, with a bit of anger thrown in there. And I don't even have any cookies.

Two years ago tomorrow
I hope everyone else is having a better Friday than me and that you all enjoy the lovely fall weather we are having. See you next week!

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Thoughtful Thursday

Since I don't really have anything to write about today and I'm short on time, I thought I would share a Thoughtful Thursday post. I came across this quote on Pinterest the other day and I thought that it was worth sharing, since it's so true.

I'm sure I'm not the only one who can relate to this. This journey of loss and infertility is hard.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

What's Growing Wednesday

It's time again to share some pictures of how my gardens are doing. I'm savouring the last few weeks of these posts, since I know that the frosts will come soon enough and that will be the end of the garden for another year. The summer seems to have flown by.

This was my first year for a full herb garden and I'm delighted with how well it did.

I haven't used it as much as I had hoped though, because I was gone for quite a few weeks this summer and life has been insanely busy. I'm now rushing to pick herbs to dry in the dehydrator so that I don't waste so much. I have parsley drying as I type.

I also picked a variety of herbs to share with the chickens. The basket I brought to them was so colourful, I had to snap a picture of it.

The basil plants have all gone to flower but I did manage to make a few batches of pesto before they did. I wish I had picked more to dry though. And the dill has all gone to seed, since I never had enough cucumbers to make dill pickles this year. Since I'm not big on wasting, I have been picking the dill heads and saving the seeds.

As for the main veggie garden, it's pretty much looking the same as last week. I'm still picking beans and peppers to freeze and I have my last batch of onions hanging on the porch.

Alas, I still have not gotten around to making beet pickles, so I thought I would snap a picture of the beets that are still sitting in the garden. At least they're not going bad this way. Maybe next week will calm down enough for me to make them?

So there you have it, another week of gardens! How are all my other gardeners doing?