Friday, December 23, 2011

The Uniform: Company Christmas Party Edition

Here we are all ready for the D&R Wall Ltd. company Christmas Party. You heard me: company party!! (we may all be family, but tonight we are co-workers and their spouses!)

On me: 
red sparkle shrug, Papaya (Palm Spring '11); 
white button up with black lace, Guess (Palm Springs '10);
black pencil skirt, Smart Set;
silver holiday heels, Nine West (Palm Springs '11)

And, just for fun, on Dan:
white button up shirt, who knows (from a wedding he was in in 2009);
pink tie (same wedding);
black v-neck sweater, Banana Republic (Palm Springs, March '11);
black dress pants, who knows!!;
black dress shoes, the mystery continues!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Elf Yourself!

I can't stop cracking up over these Elf Yourself videos! So I made one of me & Dan!! 

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Glow Worm

Last night Dan & I ventured out to the NICU to see Owen.

Look how cute he is! And all wrapped up like a little wormie in a cocoon!

Love, love, love him!! 

Thanks for the visit S&K! We can't wait for more snuggles with both your babies!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Christmas Party Redux

full fridge, table of food, drink table, check!! 

Last night Dan & I hosted a Christmas party of all our friends & family. I took zero photos while the actual party took place, but I was too busy being a hostess and visiting with our guests and baking appetizers! 

Our numbers totaled 23 adults (plus me & Dan), two kids, and 3 babies. It was a full house in here!

We had a great time! 

Finally got the camera out just before these two were about to leave!! 


Johnny is over to nap this afternoon. Man that kid is cute. I snapped a few photos of him before he turned into a grumpy-and-needs-a-nap baby.

I can't wait until he wakes up so I can play with him some more!!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Head Above Water

In this season of Hope, Peace, Joy & Love, it can be extremely difficult for me to know and have hope, peace, joy & love. I don't know if its the shorter days, the overcast skies, the stress & unease that sometimes comes with navigating a family business through the holidays, or some combination of all of the above. All I know is that as much as I love Christmas, and even more, I love that Christ came, a sadness gets me every year around this time. 

I try to carry on and still do the regular things I would do, but sometimes even those things are daunting. Laundry. Supper. Work. Read. Eat. Sleep. Host a Christmas party (which I actually am looking forward to). Although I know that people are in my corner, that Hope & Peace, Joy & Love abound at this time of year, sometimes it's hard not to despair. 

Friday, December 09, 2011

Chippy Goes to the Dentist

Day 9: What was your favorite children's book?

Oh man. Oh man!! I love this topic! When I read today's prompt, my first thoughts went to my earliest reading days. Days when I was probably only 4 years old and sat with my Boppa in his big chair and brought books to him and asked him to read them to me and my cousin.

Our go-to books were Go Dog Go and Chippy goes to the Dentist. Loved both of those!

When my grandparents died, I got a hold of Chippy in the giant house clean-out. The last page is missing, but I don't mind. I love having this book! (Thanks again, Leah!)

Other childhood favorites include Dr. Cat, which I am pretty sure is the first book I read by myself (you can imagine the challenge that would have been!!) and All in One Piece. My sister & I always wanted mom to get All in One Piece from the library, and for me, it was because of  the picture on the last page. I just loved it! (Still do!)

(Come to think of it, I also really liked the page in Richard Scary's book where all the paint colours get mixed together! I liked paint and colours as a child!)

How about  you? What was your favorite childhood book?

I'm taking part in a blogging group called Reverb Broads that will be suggesting daily blogging prompts this December. If you want to join in, feel free! Go here to learn more.

Thursday, December 08, 2011


Day 8: Why do you or why do you like to blog?

Good question!! I have been thinking a little bit about this lately, and I don't think I have one great answer, but I do have some reasons!

I blog because I like to take note of the little things in my life. I know there are days/weeks/months that have gone by with nary a peep from me on this blog. And that's ok. Those times are usually just quiet times in my life, or when I don't feel like I have anything important/entertaining/interesting to say. I used to write in a journal everyday, and while this blog does not resemble a journal in the slightest, it is kind of like that, but easier and quicker and more fun.

I blog to show photos of stuff I make/do/think to people who may or may not care. Showing my family & friends things that happen around here makes me feel like they can, in a small way, be part of this BC life of mine. A pseudo community sort of! Does that make sense?

I blog to entertain myself sometimes. Or to entertain my dad, who will inevitable call me if I post something that makes him laugh!! I know I read blogs for entertainment, (I view the blogs I read similar to newspaper columns) or for inspiration, so I hope that people (whoever you are!) read my blog for entertainment or inspiration too!

I'm taking part in a blogging group called Reverb Broads that will be suggesting daily blogging prompts this December. If you want to join in, feel free! Go here to learn more.

Monday, December 05, 2011

Just do it.

I have been reading some blogs by women who are participating in a blogging group called Reverb Broads, where there is a daily writing prompt for what to write about. I follow this group on facebook and thought when there was a prompt that I thought I had something to say about, I would try to do it. So, today's prompt: 

Day 5: What is the one thing you finally did this year that you always wanted or said you were going to do, but in your heart of hearts never thought you would actually do?

I think my whole "Not New Years Resolution" list came about because of this very reason; do things already!! I know I am one to talk about projects I want to take on, and about places I want to go, and I definitely imagine "one day". 

The one item on my list that I really did not ever think would happen (and I know there are some that aren't crossed off yet, and it's December!) was to see one College friend that doesn't live close by. There were too many factors that depended on other people for this one; someone would have to travel, travel isn't always affordable or accessible, there are only so many long weekends in a year...the list goes on. I never thought it would happen. 

But at the beginning of this year, I threw out a little invitation to two of my closest friends from my college days, just to see what would happen, if they were at all interested. I mean, we all have lives that we live separately from one another, we no longer share a dorm or a room or classes on a daily basis, and we hadn't seen each other in at least 6 years. If this worked, we would be coming from 3 different directions to meet in the middle. I felt the odds were slim. I suggested that we meet in Edmonton at Easter, thinking "Well, if nothing happens, that's ok, maybe some other time." 

But it did happen. And it was spectacular! It was like no time had really passed at all. We pretty much picked up where we left off, and you really don't come by friendships like that in life too often. The best part for me was, I think it kind of opened the door to seeing a lot of other long-distance friends this year too. Or re-connecting with old friends who do live close by - I went for lunch with an old friend, and we talked for 3 hours (and could have kept talking)! In fact, today I am heading state side to meet with a high school friend. I can't wait to see her and catch up on the last few years of her life. I think I (finally) realized "You know what, this is awesome, and it's not that hard to just make the effort and go do it!" And it's been so rewarding keeping up those relationships. Much more rewarding than anything else on that list of mine! 

(So, Shan & Chris, get ready for May, because it's  happening!)

Saturday, December 03, 2011


It's finished! We got our last sheet of tile on Wednesday and I love it! I believe my exact words were "It's like we have a kitchen now!" I am truly amazed at how finished everything feels now. Like we live in a real house!   

We went with the white glass and stone, if you can't tell from the photos, with French Vanilla grout. 

And now for a wide shot:

Oh, I just realized I have yet to hang our photo collage frame (it goes to the left of the sink). Well, nothing like the present for getting things done! (Uh, never mind the fact that it took us 2 years to get around to getting this project done....)

Friday, December 02, 2011

The Uniform - Friday

Pink Belted Sweater - Wet Seal (PS '11), Cream ruffle tee - New York & Company (PS '11)
Skinny "Jeggings" - Reitmans, Leather Boots - Designer Shoe Warehouse, B.O.C (PS '10)

I hope you enjoyed my little fashion week! I just thought it would be something fun for me to blog about - a departure from the usual around here. 

Dan was my willing assistant, even though I made him take several photos each day and he mercilessly made fun of me for doing this. Unlike him, however, I actually know how to put photos on the internet, so here's a little gem for you in retaliation to his teasing!

Dan wants you to know where he got his clothes too!! (By the way, this really is his work seriously doesn't vary much or at all from day to day!!)
Green Plaid Pearl Snap shirt - Value Village, Blue tee - free from when he volunteered at a Bible camp
Jeans - Kirkland, Slippers - Christmas present!


Wednesday, November 30, 2011

The Uniform

Just wanted to show off some of my Palm Springs finds from this year (& last)! I think it's safe to say that nothing in this outfit was over $40.00. Unfortunately, that means it was all likely discontinued and you will never find it again, so tough luck if you like something I'm wearing!

Sunday, November 27, 2011


Again the LORD spoke to Ahaz, “Ask the LORD your God for a sign, whether in the deepest depths or in the highest heights.”
But Ahaz said, “I will not ask; I will not put the LORD to the test.”
Then Isaiah said, “Hear now, you house of David! Is it not enough to try the patience of humans? Will you try the patience of my God also? Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Fun with Fabric

I've been playing fabric for the last few weeks, cutting strips from a large collection of scraps, and sewing them together. I don't know what I'm making....probably a cozy (for those not in the know, a cozy is a tv watching/magazine reading/everything blanket!) Gran would be so proud of me!!


Today our back splash is being installed. Guess who just had to order one more sheet of tile? 

I even measured! Twice! Sheet!

(But what's done looks fantastic and I can't wait to show you!)

Thursday, November 17, 2011

New ARt, PaRt 2

I have more art to share with you! I really did NOT mean to leave it this long (believe it or not, that last art post was the end of August!). 

More pretty stuff to hang on my walls!

First up, this awesome rendering of our house!! Back in the summer, through a friend of a friend, we were lucky enough to get a yard & garden consultation from Andrea Gibb, who is just starting up her business, Robben Landscape Design. Anyway, in addition to the incredible garden plan and plant list that Andrea provided, she also did two renderings of our house! I got the front house rendering framed at Michaels, because how could I not? I love this little treasure. It's hanging at the top of our stairs, and I smile every time I see it! 

I found this whole set up at MCC, I think for around 8 bucks. I spray painted the existing frame black, and viola! A cute little winter water colour scene!

This last idea came from another blog I read. It's super simple - dollar store shadow box, fabric scrap and a fortune cookie fortune from this past summer. Oh, and a thumbtack! My fortune says: "You have artistic talent, do something creative."  So I did!!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Just Checkin' In

Welp. We haven't been up to TOO much lately. Last weekend we went to Seattle and saw our friends Jennifer & Eddie. We had a great time! Walked around and ate and talked and looked at stuff. Hmm....sounds a lot like what we did in Toronto!! Super fun relaxing time, minus the part where the check engine light in our car came on. Boo. Dan got it all fixed up though, and it's all good now. 

This is my sneaky photo that I took in a store. They always frown upon that! We stopped at the Seattle outlets on the way home, and Dan got a vest - can you guess which colour he picked?? I didn't do any browsing for myself, since I have a girls shopping trip to Palm Springs coming up soon! Can't wait to see the sun and feel some warmth on my skin!

In other news, I have started my Christmas list! (Michael, this is an indicator that you too should start compiling a list. NOW!) If you want to see it (it's short so far!), follow the link below! Parents/family, I'll try to keep updating as I think of things....not that I NEED a present, but it's just fun! 

It's over there on the side too! To the right! 

Over & Out!

Monday, October 31, 2011

Candy Creatures!

Check out her haul! We were only the 3rd house they'd hit up!

Cutest. Dinosaur. Ever. 

Halloween Treats!

Saturday night found us at a Halloween Party hosted by our lovely friends Brandon & Cayley. 
Since it was not just a Halloween Party, but a Halloween ANIMATION THEME Party, Dan & I dressed up as Inspector Gadget & Sidekick Penny. 
(photo borrowed from Brandon)

Nailed it!

It was actually pretty fun to put those costumes together! And, I think Penny was WAY ahead of the times with her computer book. I wished I had an iPad I could have carried around, but my plastic container with taped on pictures worked just fine! Also, please note that Inspector's magnifying glass doubles as a bottle opener! Thanks for having us B&C, we had fun!

Sunday night we had a Wall family supper, partly in celebration that Corn Harvest is complete! Yay! But the absolute highlight was that we got to meet Henry!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Owie is still in the hospital, but Henry was sprung free this past weekend, and I think he adapted quite well to his giant family by pretty much sleeping the whole time (which I would imagine is what you'd expect from a 1 month old!!). Henry is a tiny bundle of a boy at around 5 pounds. Dan & I were trying to imagine the size of Owen given his bro is the bigger one! Yikes! I didn't have my camera with me, so no picture of Henry today, but hopefully soon. I can't wait to snuggle him! (Among the two new parents and 3 grandparents, there were plenty of arms for Henry to rest in, so I can wait :)  )

In other news, Helen & Johnnie will be trick or treating tonight! Dan & I dressed up last year just for Helen. I'm not sure if we will this year...I mean, sure, we have awesome costumes, but what 3 and 1 year olds know who Inspector Gadget is? Might have to pull out my "Big Cay-ons" costume once more! 

Monday, October 24, 2011

Go With the Flow (to Toronto!)

Dan & I went to Toronto last week. We had a great time visiting with Hill & Mike!


(clockwise from top left: Dan in front of Sanagans, us 4 walking around, lunch!, with Hillary)

(more walking around, inside the AGO)

(Toronto Skyline from U of T)

(U of T campus....yeah, that's Hillary!)

(me with Dan, cute babushka Hillary!, sisters, is that a giant chair or is Michael tiny?)

(lunch with Nikki at El Trompo!* Mmmm, tacos!)
*Thanks, Hill!**
** Twice!

Problem Solved: Stoneware Storage

In my kitchen I have a corner cabinet. It can be annoying. Also, kind of ironic because now that I work at a kitchen place I NEVER put corner cabinets into kitchen plans if I can help it. Void corner and drawers all the way!! But, that is not the case in my kitchen. I have a corner cabinet, so I'll work with it. Make the best of what you've got, etc. 

Anyway, my problem was that I was doing a lot of stacking and moving around of stoneware that I have. And it was starting to bother me. 

So I built this rack and stuck it on the bottom shelf:

Ta da!

 Now I can put my stoneware and some lids like this:

Problem solved! 

This project cost me nothing but time since I had all the materials on hand. Oh wait, I actually did have to buy some screws because I didn't have any of the appropriate length (1"). So I guess this project cost me around $5. (I bought fancy screws.) It's not the prettiest thing ever, and I am 100% sure that if any of the guys in the shop at work saw it, they would laugh, but I think it'll work just fine for me!