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!