Thursday, January 24, 2013
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
My mother in law is a big fan of Brooklyn (who can blame her, she is just that awesome) She jokes all the time about stealing her and running away...well...yesterday she came and got her and brought her home to be spoiled for a few days! This is the picture she sent me yesterday...my puppy in her car heading to her place! I wonder what will happen when its real grandkids and not just the furry ones!
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
- Marathoning 24
- Eating our words after bragging about Brooklyn being house trained
- Organizing our upstairs! Closet is nearly finished and I am loving all the storage space options we have!!!
- Making Christmas presents for next year--nerd alert--this is totally something I am doing not so much G
- Cuddling for warmth cause our house is FREEZING
- Training Brooklyn to stop peeing in the house *still
- Learning how to be good puppy parents *still
- Planning Garret's annual birthday bonanza
- Laughing at the weirdo positions we keep finding B sleeping in
- Surprising my brother for his 30th birthday
- Discovering how to use our digital SLR better and loving it
Monday, January 21, 2013
Sunday, January 20, 2013
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
If I look at my instagram feed it would appear that all I do with my life now is take photos of my puppy. But I can't help it she is just so crazy cute (to us at least) Here are some recent ones that I have to share...although I don't know what tops her all snuggled up in bed with G this weekend![caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="487"] Our girl at puppy class....this lady will work it for treats![/caption][caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="487"] Warming her goodies on the heat vent. She beelines here as soon as we come in from walks.[/caption][caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="487"] We let her up on the bed for a snuggle the other night and she crawled right under the covers. She made her disgruntled old man noise when we grabbed her to go in her crate...poor thing. If she wasn't such an insane snorer we would most likely consider letting her stay some nights.[/caption][caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="487"] Last night we were having some family time watching a movie and she fell asleep like this. We were crying from laughing so hard. The bonus of this position is that she doesn't really snore...although we can't figure out how it could be comfortable.[/caption][caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="487"] Another view of the Zombie dog's sleep preferences.[/caption]
Sunday, January 13, 2013
Friday, January 11, 2013
On Facebook "Like" Flight Centre Canada for a chance to win a trip to Australia....I would love to win a nice Aussie getaway with G!
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
I have never been one of those "spring out of bed ready to face the day" type of people. I enjoy the snooze button and tend to dozily come up with reasons to not get up yet. In fact most mornings I would lay there and sleep in until the last possible second--giving me just enough time to brush my teeth, get dressed, slap on some makeup and be out the door. More accurately I would think I was giving myself enough time, but I would frequently be cursing as I was running out the door late to meet my carpool. (Apparently 7 minutes isn't enough time to get ready to leave the house in the morning...who knew?) This, coupled with my darling husbands inability to know where ANYTHING of his migrated to from the night before, (car keys, wallet, sunglasses, etc) frequently lead to stressy mornings with terse exchanges between us. --not the ideal was to start out our mornings! When we got Brooklyn I knew that we would have to start getting up earlier. I was pretty good about it in the fall, but after all the time we spent together over the holidays I realized that in order to be fair to B I would have to get up even earlier. For the past two weeks I have been getting up at 5:45am (old Julia scoffs from under the warmth of her cozy duvet) I can honestly say I am still not springing out of bed joyfully, but I am loving opening up B's crate and seeing her smooshy face all excited to see me, and us having time to play together before the reality of the working day sets in. We go out for a pee, and I have a tea while I feed her and get myself organized for the day--it is nice not to rush. Having an hour to play together and snuggle before I have to leave is making me feel less guilty about leaving her in her crate all day. I really love watching her learn new things. She recently realized that when the heat kick on she can get a nice warm tummy standing over one of the vents. She will cease all snuggles and games of fetch as soon as she hears the furnace go!
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Friday, January 4, 2013
"Like" PC Insurance on Facebook for a chance to win 10,000 towards a home renovation (ends Feb 28th 2013)
Coping with Frugality links to several blogs with other contests. You can enter by commenting on some of the other blog posts. Have a looksee while over there, she has an interesting blog with some great money saving ideas. Good luck to you!
This one was easy for me. We always have what we call "The outreach pile" which is a pile of stuff that we are planning on taking out of the house and donating to Salvation Army/Goodwill etc. The pile has been sitting on our dining room table for a good two weeks (pretty please give me a SLIGHT break since we were not home for most of the holidays) Garret got some new clothes before Christmas and the deal was that he had to go through his current clothes and get rid of some T-shirts (the man is a wee bit of a clothes hoarder) Last night we had friends in for dinner and they went through the pile and took a few pairs of shorts so yay stuff left the house. I found a box in the basement and we will be using that and storing it in our backroom (where we store everything at the moment...but that brings me back to Day 1 so it gets organized sometime this month) So far we have the clothes we went through, and some books. I'm pretty sure that those things will not come out of the outbox. woot woot on an organizational tear people!
Thursday, January 3, 2013
Last year I complained about missing out on our New Years kiss. (all the guys were distracted by the hockey game and we missed midnight. Extremely anti climactic) So this year Garret made sure we had a bit of an epic midnight kiss and even took a photo. Come to think of it maybe that is a bit weird? Anyway, New Years was fun--we went to a house party ate really yummy snacks and supper played board games and caught up. The older I get I find I tend to enjoy more low key celebrations...requires less recuperation the next day!
On our way home we discussed our plans for 2013. I know its so cheesy but I always feel so hopefully optimistic this time of year. Not that one needs a new year to make changes, but it really does seem encouraging to start a fresh outlook each January. I think that most of our resolutions seem to be similar to the ones we have made in previous years. I am somehow feeling like we are both in a better place this year and maybe they will work out better? Someone remind me to do a check in post in March and see where we are at with all of it.
Our Family Resolutions
* Say no more. This one seems selfish, but we realize that we both love to socialize and hang out with our friends and family, but we need to make more time for us and our home. We have roughly 500 X infinity things we need/want to do around the house and we need to give ourselves more time to do it.--maybe just make plans for one day on the weekend instead of the whole weekend.
* Find more activities we like to do together. Snow shoeing is one but that will be over in a few months and we want to keep active together! (and I have no interest in his MMA workouts. People kicking at me would inspire tears (mine) and embarrassment (his)
*Decide need vs want when it comes to redoing the house (what areas to focus on)
*And the usual--stick to a budget, pay down some debt, focus on packing lunches and not going out for dinner
*Get organized the night before and get up earlier so that the mornings aren't so much of a rush (done this the past two mornings and it has been awesome. I have time to chase Brooklyn around and get ready and still have time to spare) It definitely blows when the alarm goes off, but if I jump right out of bed and into some coffee I am good to go
*Take more photos (not just with my phone) and learn how to use my camera better --I have already signed up for a course on Jan 19th (yeah motivated wooooot wooooot)
* Write lists to keep organized (and to help G keep organized)
*Keep up with my scrapbooking I am obsessed with project life and have been doing it weekly since the wedding
*Make my shower quilt and attempt to get two quilts done for my girlfriend who is expecting twins in the late spring. She finds out gender next month so that will give me 5 months to make 2 quilts. (definitely calling on my Mum to help me get that going!)
* Write more letters. I adore getting snail mail and used to send lots of it...so I want to do that more
*Dress nicer at work. People will stop mistaking me for a student and take me seriously. (maybe?) I love that I look like I am in my early 20s most days, but it can be a pain at work. This ties in to getting organized the night before--if I plan my outfit I am less likely to wear jeans and a random top
*Keep on keeping on and then blogging about it!
Entryway: fix light--new fixture? Fix hole in ceiling,
Dining Room: touch up paint behind the hung mirror, remove the full length mirror, paint the trim on doorway heading into living room, organize and purge items in the buffet.
Living Room: Go through DVDs donate the unwanted ones, finish painting the spaces that were patched, clear off all random paper from the tray on the ottoman
Kitchen: fix hole in ceiling, organize drawers and cupboards, finally choose a backsplash, hang a small shelf over the stove, throw out expired condiments in the fridge, make a list of the food we have in the freezer
Backroom: Make a pile for the outreach and garbage, put hooks up to hang skis, snowshoes etc, make a list of the food we have in the deep freeze
Basement: Hang a corkboard over my craft table, get G to go through his tools, organize my scrapbooking stuff, organize the file cabinet so it can actually be used
"Santa" (cough, Mum, cough) put a really cool note pad in our stocking this year. It has a shopping list on one side and a daily breakdown on the other. It is meant to be used as a weekly meal planning tool, but I think I am going to also use it as an organizational guide. G and I tend to get rather squirrelly when our place is a mess and I want to strive for more zen in 2013.
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Apartment Therapy is offering a free monthly home organization follow along. My Mum found this and knowing how badly we need to get our home organized sent it along. You get an email sent to you each day from now until February 1st helping you get your home where you want it to be. I have decided to follow along and attempt to tackle the insanity that is Casa Walsh! This will be the third year in a row that organization features heavily on our New Year Resolutions so I'll take any help and offered motivation I can find If you are interested check it out here