{T.S.A.H.M.} 9 Years | Feb 2016

9 years ago today, I got a call from P asking if I wanted to go see a movie. We both agree it was a horrible movie. lol He asked me where I wanted to go to eat and I said Quizno's. I'm pretty simple, but it's a good thing because both of us couldn't afford anything else at the time! :)

We had a great conversation and he asked if I was ready to go and I said "yes". We were heading back to my house when he asked me "Do...you...want to come to my place?", I giggled and he said, "I don't mean it like that, I just don't want the night to end." So, I said, "I didn't either, sure."

We literally talked all night about everything. We talked about stuff that happened in school, stuff that we've done with mutual friends, we talked about what we wanted to do with our lives, dream jobs, what we wanted for our future, how big a family we wanted...the list goes on. We talked about it all. There wasn't anything we didn't talk about. We even talked about how we wanted to raise our future kids if we had any.

I told him some really personal things about me and I ended up opening up about a lot. I made it clear that if he wasn't serious about having a real relationship, then this wasn't going to work out. I said I'm looking for someone to marry and have a life with, maybe even kids. I wasn't in this just to have a few great months and then we move on. I was looking for something serious to build on. I was looking for someone I could trust, who would be honest and caring. Someone who would put all their effort into a relationship the way I did. I put everything into making a relationship real and if he didn't want it, it ended there.

In the end, he wanted the same things I did and our lives just seemed to fit together. Of course, after that, we would have to work to make it what we wanted it to be, but the foundation was definitely there for both of us.

On June 3rd, 2007, P took me to Niagara-on-the-lake and proposed to me. We had talked about it and even went ring shopping to get an idea of what we'd like or what style I would wear, but there wasn't any ounce of suspicion that he was going to do it that soon. So, when he proposed I was literally in shock and I couldn't believe that it was happening. I don't even remember what he said to me that day because all I could get out (besides a "yes") was "Omg, Omg, Omg, Omg, Omg, Omg, Omg..." 

*and repeat*

We both sit there every year wondering how time has really passed so fast, but then we look back at all the things we've done together, having two beautiful girls and going through our struggles together, we've laughed, we've cried, we've experienced a bunch. We haven't had it easy, but we do it together. And honestly, we've come a long way from where we started, but it's always us.

I know there are people out there who have had their own stories and their own experiences and whether or not they had that 'base' to start off with like P and me, I honestly believe that that 'base' is what has helped us in the long run. I know people change in time and some people can manage to either grow together or apart. But we definitely work hard every day to not end up apart.

We made a huge life change in 2015 and we survived the fall. Now, it's up to us to piece our new lives together. If we've survived all we had in our lives up to now, I'm very sure we can make it through anything.

June 7, 2016, will be our 8th Wedding Anniversary. I can't even imagine what more our lives have to offer, but we're excited to find out!

*Cheers to 9 years, Babe* 

I love you more than I did today, 9 years ago. I still can't imagine my life without you and our girls.

{TSAHM} Changes | 2016

Happy new year everyone! I know it's been awhile, but so many things have happened!

We've now been here 7 months. E is adjusting really well with school and friends just like we said she would. She got a really great report card in December and just when we thought she couldn't get any better with her reading, she's excelled that much more! She's now reading chapter books (6-8 chapters in a day!) She has so many books, people can start borrowing books from her library! She loves reading and (of course) we encourage her to read any chance she gets.

S has been in daycare (twice a week) since September and she's enjoying the time away and has made her own little group of friends there! She loves T (daycare provider) and her favourite thing to do is "Stickers". It's simply putting all kinds of different stickers onto a 'scrap' piece of paper, but she asks every day! She loves to colour and make special occasion arts and crafts too.

Thanksgiving, we enjoyed meeting new family members and drove 7 hrs to spend a few nights with them in Bay D'espoir. E's birthday was very special, her cousin made a rainbow birthday cake for her and she got spoiled rotten! Her best gift was a Journey Girl. She's since been trying to save her money and add to her collection.

For Christmas, my mom and stepdad decided to take a few days vacation and come see us! We made plans with them and didn't tell the girls. I just kept saying that I was trying to get them to come, but they didn't know if they could make it this year. Then, we went to pick them up Christmas Eve (1 am) and brought them to their hotel. That morning P and I had to grab a few last minute Christmas gifts and on our way home, we brought them back with us and told them we found them at the mall! We arranged it so that "Snowbelle" (our Elf on the Shelf) was the one who brought them to Newfoundland for Christmas! The girls were super excited and it was so great to have a piece of home with us for Christmas. Unfortunately, my sister couldn't make it but we're hoping to see her sometime this year!

As for P and I, we have had our share of "what-if's" since moving here, but we're so glad we did. Aside from having to completely start over, we're much farther than we were 6 months ago, so it's nice to be able to look back and see something accomplished. P is going back to school to highlight  a previous career that he enjoyed. We've been very spoiled to have him home at the moment and soaking it all up before he has to get back on track and not be home so much again. I started a part-time job just to get out of the house, while pushing my business. I gave it a break for a bit because we had just got here, but now it's a new year and I have a goal to achieve. I only work twice a week and take shifts if they need me, but things are going okay right now.

The girls have been enjoying the winter we've been having. E especially goes to play with the neighbours kids next door and across the street. They have only had two snow days this year so far, but we keep hearing the worst is coming February/March. So, we're enjoying the nice weather we have now. The snow doesn't stay long here. It dumps and then 2 days to 1 week later, it rains. The girls have had enough to be able to play in, but not enough to play in every day of the winter so far.

The girls help with cooking/baking, they play dress-up, do each other's hair, have snowball fights, they've even gone skating! Our next skating adventure is going to be on the pond. The girls were supposed to go last time, but there was a snow storm and it didn't seem safe. P and E played a bit of hockey on the pond.

E is big into Magic tricks this year. For Christmas, nana + papa bought her a magic set so she can learn card tricks and other stuff as a starter kit. She also put together her own little business making bracelets and for every $50 she makes, she's going to donate $20 to Children's Wish.

E + S are very much into dancing still. They dance until their feet hurt most days! And S is big into Arts + Crafts, Colouring, Dress-up + making pretend food and tea parties!

Both girls are always helping with whatever they can and are always trying to learn new things. E has a hard time with me working shifts where I won't be there to tuck them in at night, and it's definitely an adjustment for me as well, seeing as I've been home since before E was born! It was nerve-racking going back in, but I dove right in and made myself at home. The job itself is your average job, but the people I work with make it so enjoyable to work in that environment! I wouldn't change anything about it. I actually enjoy going into work and always try and have a smile on my face every shift! Being a full-time mom has taught me to relax and enjoy being out of the house.
13 years ago, I would've been complaining about the job and how I hated going into work - but now that I'm almost 30, going back into it, is different now. I see things differently. I don't need drama, I just do my job and go home. I don't complain about it. Staying home with the girls this long, makes this part-time stuff no sweat! 

New things we got to experience (as a family) since we got here are:

  • E play soccer for the first time
  • S swimming in the lake for the first time
  • lots of rain
  • giant slugs
  • swimming in fresh/clean river water
  • catching fish with our hands
  • scenery/exploring/site seeing
  • E taking the bus to school
  • experiencing "the wind on the rock"
  • picking apples + blueberries from the garden
  • S riding her quad
  • Newfoundland sunrises + sunsets
  • meeting some awesome new friends
  • aXtion
  • Nerf party
  • Geo Center
  • wheel barrel rides
  • Iceberg beer
  • new foods
  • homemade gelatos
  • trails + adventuring
  • stood on the edge of a mountain 2000-3000 ft. up!
  • picking fresh blueberries on that mountain
  • chipped bone in my foot
  • Hand Foot Mouth Disease :/
  • S went to daycare for the first time
  • Lester's Farm
  • Peter's Pizza
  • Remembrance Day celebration
  • Bowring park's light festival
  • holiday start on Signal Hill
  • helping Santa give gifts to sick children at Janeway hospital
  • decorating nana + papa's Christmas tall tree
  • a swarm of birds
  • Reese spread
  • swag faces
  • S figured out how to stick a spoon on her nose (thanks, Papa)
  • S getting her ears pierced
  • E getting red highlights
  • braids...lots and lots of BRAIDS
  • tried watermelon/lemon soda (omg, yum!)
  • tried my wedding dress on after 7 years + the girls both tried it on too
  • first Newfoundland snow
  • boot-skating on the pond
  • got our Newfoundland plates

Things E + S have experienced with/without us:

  • E met Miss Newfoundland + the Mayor 
  • E went to a talent show
  • E made her first snow real snowman
  • E went to an outdoor pirate theatrical play
  • E volunteered at Children's Wish with nana
  • E helped nana + papa sell their book
  • went to Children's Wish events and got face painted
  • went skating
  • went tobogganing
As you can see, we've done a LOT in 7 months and we're not finished yet! 

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