Monday, 10 March 2014

Be My Valentine.

The weekend of February 13-16 my mom and sisters came down for a visit. They hadn't been down to Lethbridge since Grant's baby blessing last April so it was super exciting for me! It was a fantastic weekend and so I thought it deserved it's own post.

Thursday Night, the Relief Society put on the cutest little valentine's party. It was fantastic, I am always impressed with the amount of work they put into the activities. It was decorated beautifully, there were fancy drinks, chocolate fondue, and little goodie bags on everybody's chair. I am so glad my mom came down and could go with me. 

Over the course of the night we talked about different things to do to keep the "spark" alive in a marriage. Different speakers ( I was one of them) would come up and talk about one special thing that they do to maintain a happy marriage. And then they had a little handout to go along with what they said in the goody bags. For instance, Always Kiss each other before you part = gum etc. Mine was that we like to sing together all the time, or that ever couple should have "your song". For mine, I made a cute Valentine Printable of The Lumineer's song lyrics.

Although we talked a lot about marriage and love (there was also a panel of the bishopric and their wives answering questions), we spent the majority of the evening talking about how to love yourself, which I think is really important! I know so many people that talk badly about themselves, criticize themselves and have no self-esteem and it makes me want to shake them! They are always beautiful people with so much to offer. I think a lot of the time confidence is looked upon as being "proud" or "self-centered" or "conceited" even and that's really too bad because there is a difference. Everybody has something to offer to the world, we need to focus on our strengths and not worry about what other people think. We also need to be kind and focus on other people's strengths as well. 

We talked about a couple different ways to feel confident and here are a couple that stood out to me:

1. Wear lipstick. I love lipstick and I wear it everyday, it classes up any outfit and makes me feel 1000x more beautiful and confident when I put it on.

2. Smile. All the time, at everyone, everything.

3. Say hello to strangers

4. Talk to yourself. Look in the mirror and tell yourself you are important, that you are beautiful., anything you need to hear. I do it all the time and it works. Garth does this all the time with his work, and he is successful. Lots of people think this is weird but maybe they should just try it ;)

It was a great night that I am glad I could be a part of.

Valentine's Day has never really been my thing. I mean I loved it when I was a kid but not so much when I grew up. In fact I kind of always hated it. I was one of those emo kids that purposely wore all black just to show that. Garth and I threw an "I hate Valentine's Day" party and we started dating the day after Valentine's day so we don't celebrate it. We like to celebrate our love in lots of ways on any other day.

Since having Grant however, I decided to change my attitude. I was going to make Valentine's Day special for my kids. I always felt special receiving a little gift every year from my parents and so I want to do the same for him.

Here are the Valentine's that my sister Carissa gave Garth and I. Possibly my favorite Valentine's cards ever.

Grant after receiving his first Valentine's gift from Grandma!

Grant opening his present/card from Mom and Dad. 

I will use any excuse to buy a new book. And this one is my new favorite.

We spent our afternoon shopping and getting some Froyo. Grant thought the raspberries were a little sour.

When we got home I decorated our table and we had a delicious dinner together, all 7 of us!

Afterwards, my family stayed home to watch Grant so Garth and I could go on a date! We got all dressed up and headed to the Stake President's Ball put on by our church. Not without taking "prom-esque" pictures first of course haha.

The dance was beautifully decorated and Garth and I would joke about how someone should have hijacked it as their wedding reception. They had a whole buffet, chocolate fondue, photobooth and a real live Big Band.

We danced for hours and hours. It was so much fun and we talked about how we wished there was places that you could go to dance like this now a days. It almost felt like we jumped back into the 1950s. 

Having fun in the photobooth!

I don't remember when I last had that much fun at a Church dance but I can't wait to go again next year (cross your fingers we're still in this stake!!). I was so impressed that I lasted the night in my new 4 inch heels... even though Garth ended up carrying me out to the car and into our house at the end of the night haha.

When we got home we watched Frozen with the fam jam and goofed around like usual.

The next day, we all went swimming together at Nicolas Sheran.

Grant loved having his Grandma (I still feel weird calling her that, she certainly doesn't look like a grandma!) and his aunts around all weekend and we were sure happy they came to visit as well!

In church on Sunday, Garth and I sang a beautiful version of "Be Still My Soul". I absolutely love singing with my love <3


Sunday, 9 March 2014

February, you were marvellous.


I have never been more done with winter. This year has definitely started out cold and has been going strong ever since! It is so hard to get out of the house when it is -20, -30 outside (-46 with windchill!!) and there are only so many times you can walk the Park Place Mall. Grant and I are so looking forward to a little glimpse of Spring!

Here are a couple pictures from our February:

Grant supporting the Winston Churchill Bulldogs at a basketball tournament.

Baby swim class continues. Grant in a life jacket is just s squishier version of Grant, so naturally it is an adorable sight.

Lucky for us, we got to spend time with family this month! Nathan and Deb and some of their kids came for a visit from Edmonton and Grant got to spend time with his cousins in Barnwell over reading week.

I know I brag about my family a lot but this just takes the cake. My talented sister-in-law Chrystal taught me how to make a quilt for Grant. We spent all morning, afternoon and night quilting and when 9 o clock rolled around we still weren't finished so Chrystal spent that night finishing it up and had it in Lethbridge for me the next day! I obviously knew quilting was a talent but I now more fully appreciate the detail and patience that goes into projects like this.

It was so fun to just get to sit and talk all day! And then to top of an amazing day, Eric made the most amazing crepes for dinner :) It was both mine and Grant's first time eating crepes (ive always been a waffle addict) and I have been MISSING OUT I'll tell ya.

Here is the front side of the quilt. The backside is the same only mini chevron. I am so happy with how it turned out and how it looks in his room. (See here)

Here is another craft that I completed this month for our room. The song lyrics in the heart say "All you need is right here in this room." Those lyrics are from two different Peter Katz songs, "Carried Away" and "Son".  Those words have always stood out to me and I have always wanted to have those lyrics in my house somewhere. I am glad that I finally found a way to display them. 

Our favorite part about this month was watching the Olympics! I have always loved watching the olympics but this year I was obsessed with watching them. The winter olympics are especially exciting for Canadians because we tend to excel in the winter events (obviously).

Our Favorite Olympic Moments:

- We would stay up so late (one time until 4 in the morning so we could watch the events LIVE. 
-When we watched the Canadian women's hockey team comeback with an overtime win for the gold! 
- Charles Hamelin was our favorite Olympic athlete. We re-watched him winning gold in the Vancouver 2010 games and the infamous kiss with his girlfriend. Watching him dominate got us so psyched to watch his events this year. 
-When we watched the Canadian win silver in Women's Snowboard Cross live.
-Women's moguls (Canadian sisters getting gold and silver).
-Women's  two-man bobsled- Canadians winning Gold.
-Waking up early to watch the men win gold in the hockey final.
-Watching figure skating and ice dancing, the Canadians won silver.
-Charles Hamelin winning gold in the 1000m short track.

 Our Least Favorite Olympic Moments:

- Charles Hamelin crashing out of the rest of his events and not medaling. We were so sad for him because he was obviously so much faster and better than anyone else and was clearly going to win it all and then on the final lap he lost it and crashed into the side. We were speechless. Not to mention his girlfriend just crashed 30 mins before him in the women's short track.

-The most stressful but fun event to watch was the snowboard cross. It is crazy how fast they go and how many people lost their balance and crashed. It was sad because so many times guys got taken out by other people as they fell. What a sad way to lose. Unfortunately, none of the Canadians medalled in this event due to unfortunate circumstances like that.

We love the Olympics in this house and it is on our "Bucket List" to go watch them in person someday!

Over the weekend of reading break, we headed down to Calgary. Garth spent the weekend selling pre-season and I headed to the studio to plan album details. I am learning all the many things that go into an album release and it has been such an amazing learning experience for me. We planned a lot of exciting things for the future and i can't wait for it all to unfold. I have learned that as a starting out musician in this industry you have to things the right way, with the right momentum. Even though I get anxious sometimes, I know that if I am patient, everything will be worth the wait. 

I am so grateful to have such amazing talented people behind me, helping me out and believing in my music every step of the way. They have helped shape into the musician that I am today and I know I will only continue to grow and progress more and more. I am just feeling so blessed to be doing what I love.

Like always we just had to see these clowns while we were up there. Again I feel so blessed to have my cousins in my life. I love them to death. This night included (but was not limited to) cereal binging, grueling card games, beating up Jocelyn and popcorn battles. Never a dull moment. But what else is new?

My sister, the leap year baby, turned 18 (well technically, 4 1/2...) this month! She is one of the funniest, most giving and loving people I know! I can't wait to watch her take on the adult world.

And probably the most exciting news of the whole month.... Garth and I now own a PIANO! Thanks to some of the most generous hearts you will ever meet, we now own a beautiful, gorgeous real piano. Not a keyboard not a dinky little electric piano... a REAL PIANO! Lets just say I flipped out and many many happy tears were shed! 


Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Grant's Nursery

Here is a look into Grant's Nursery! We had such a great time decorating his room when we first moved in and have been enjoying it very much over the past couple months, but it has never really felt finished. A couple weeks ago my SIL helped me make a quilt for the nursery and it really was one of the finishing touches I was looking for!

While I was pregnant with Grant I thought a lot about the nursery plans and as soon as I thought of the "paper airplane" theme I was hooked. I got the idea while looking at the artwork of one of my favorite albums. They had a booklet insert with lots of different pretty paintings (like the one below) and I thought, man that would make such cute artwork in a nursery!

My sister is a really talented artist, so we asked her to paint this picture onto a canvas (minus the grid and writing). We are really looking forward to having it hung over his bed to complete the room!

Inspiration: Sky Sailing: An Airplane carried me to Bed


I love reading other blogs when they list where they got everything. I plan to do that as well with the newer items purchased specifically for this room. 

Color Scheme: Navy & Orange

Before we moved in, these walls were a bright baby blue! I am very glad our landlords painted them a more neutral color that we could work with haha.

Nursery Theme: Paper Airplanes

Crib, Mattress, Sheets: Target

Quilt: Made by me

Rocking Horse: Gift

Vinyl Airplanes: Etsy

Pillow: Superstore

Elephant and Giraffe: Chapters

Orange Lamp and Navy Curtains: Walmart

Baskets: Superstore

The Wardrobe is where I store all his books and small toys. I used to store his blankets in there, but after accumulating more toys and books they had to be moved elsewhere.

The other side of the wardrobe is where I keep all his shoes, accessories, hats, mittens, swim stuff, miscellaneous items, shorts and pants. These shoe organizers from Ikea are the best way to store miniature clothing.

All of my favorite pants/shorts/swim etc. are from Baby Gap

My fav shoes are his little Sperry's which were a gift, and his little plaid loafers from Joe.

I had this bench in my old room at home and I knew I had to have it for Grant's room! We store his extra blankets, quilts and stuffed animals inside it.

Pillow: Superstore

Stuffed Animals and Blankets: Gifts

G: Michaels

I made the top printable which says "Follow Your Dreams Little One" with a 3D paper airplane on it. 

The other printable is a quote from one of my favorite books that my best friend gave to Grant. It is titled, On the Night You Were Born by Nancy Tillman. I have read it to him almost every night since he was born so it has a special place in my heart. Plus he was born at night so it feels very literal and real as I read this and ponder back on that extraordinary night. Since reading this one I went out and bought another one of her books because she is a fantastic writer. Anyone who has children, or is planning on having children needs to go get these books!  Garth made this printable for his room and this is unfortunately the best picture I have of it at the moment:

Heaven blew every trumpet, and played every horn
on the wonderful, marvelous night you were born.

Change Pad: Babies R Us

Change Pad Cover: Etsy

This paper airplane mobile was one of the first things I thought of for his room but when I searched for one on Etsy, they were selling for $36! So I bought all the supplies and Garth and I made our own. It looks exactly the same only with the exact colors we wanted and it cost us $5 to make!

Grant still loves it and smiles up at it every time we change it. He loves watching the airplanes fly around.

Let's play a game: What's inside the dresser??

Top Drawer are the baby essentials: Pampers, Johnson's Baby Bedtime Lotion etc.



Shirts and Collared Onesies:

The closet is for his sweaters, jackets, vests, cardigans and dress shirts.

* So far my favorite clothing brands for baby clothes are in order: BabyGap, Carters, OshKosh, Joe. I am excited to find different brands to shop for as he continues to grow.

So that's all! I love this room, it is like our little oasis and we already have so many amazing memories in there. I love reading Grant books in his big comfy chair, with just the glow of the orange lamp on his sleepy face. I love walking into this room and seeing Grant's big grin on his face as he bounces up and down in his crib. I love the sound of baby talk I can hear from the other room as he plays with all his toys. I love lifting up the blinds in the morning and watching his face as he greets the world loudly by banging on the window.

It's the cutest little room for the cutest little boy!