New House Tour

Hello, hello!

The last couple of weeks have been crazy busy moving into our new home. We have now been sleeping over here for almost 2 weeks and as of this weekend we finally, and officially, moved the last of our things over. Hallelujah!  Just some cleaning is left at our old place. Oh, and the garage at our new place is CHOCK FULL of stuff to be unpacked and put away. One step at a time though. The kitchen, living room and master bedroom are all unpacked which I guess are the most important parts.

So, onto the tour 🙂

Here is the entry way when you first walk in the front door… The door to the right takes you down to the basement and then going straight down the hall takes you up to the main living area. That little door you can see two the left takes you into the mudroom where there is some built-in shelving, a door out to the garage and a 1/2 bath with a sink and toilet.

It’s a nice big open concept kitchen / dining room / living room, which we love!

The stairs on the far left of the above photo go up to the bedrooms – master bedroom, two spare rooms, and a laundry room.

Top of the stairs, the doorway on the left goes into the master bedroom.

Another angle from the top of the stairs. The master bedroom is to the right of this photo and the laundry room is right there at the top of the stairs. This is the first time I’ve ever had laundry on the same floor as the master bedroom – luxurious!!

I only took a picture of one of the extra bedrooms upstairs because they all look the same 🙂

Master bedroom.

First time ever having a TV in the bedroom too…. LOVE IT!! I spent an insane amount of time in bed watching Homeland this weekend 🙂

Possibly my favourite part of the entire house… the window seat in our bedroom! Love love love it.

Another favourite feature, the double sinks in the master bedroom ensuite <3

And finally the basement, if you scroll back up to the very top photo remember how I said the door on the right goes down to the basement? Well here it is..

We have a few more things in the basement now, these pictures were taken when we very first took possession.

And that’s it! It’s wonderful to have so much space. We gained about 600 square feet over our rental that we lived in for the last 9 months and about 900 square feet over our townhouse in Kamloops. Pretty exciting to have so much space. We actually have a few cupboards in the kitchen with nothing in them! We’ll see how long that lasts 😉

Hopefully now that I’m feeling more settled in the new home I will be able to get back to regular blogging again!

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Top moments of 2016

Happy New Year friends! I kind of disappeared for awhile there. Eric and I went to Kauai, Hawaii for Christmas and prior to that we were in Vancouver for a couple of days for a friends wedding. I meant to put up a post from Hawaii but I just never got around to it. There will be several Kauai recap posts coming in January though as well as a few of my best of 2016 posts – like best books I read!

In the meantime, I couldn’t finish off the year without doing my top moments post. Traditionally the number of moments has corresponded with the year. So last year I did the top 15 moments of 2015. However, in the interest of time and because I didn’t want to put huge pressure on myself to come up with 16 moments I think we will just do the top moments of 2016. And by “top” I don’t necessarily mean the best or most amazing – I just mean moments to be remembered.

Starting with my best nine according to Instagram. Best nine just means most liked photos, and I remember in 2015 this collage was not at all an accurate reflection of my year. But in 2016 it really was!

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My top 9 moments according to Instagram likes from top left to right:

  1. Walking Chloe in a  beautiful and frosty winter wonderland and showing everyone that winter can be very beautiful! 
  2. Our last night in our townhouse after we loaded up our U-Haul with 5 years worth of possessions and memories.
  3. A thoughtful Christmas card from my dad before leaving on our trip to Kauai. 
  4. Aloha from the beach in Kauai and the sunrise on our first morning there. 
  5. Enjoying a beer tasting at Kauai Beer Company after a tough day of hiking. 
  6. Gilmore Girls night with my grandma and brother. We nailed the food! 
  7. Enjoying an October winter hike with Chloe in my favourite Live Love North fleece
  8. Heading camping in our new-to-us 12-foot trailer on my 28th birthday. 
  9. Our announcement about moving. I love that quote and read and re-read it many times during the tumultuous decision making process. 

Looking back on some top moments / milestones / a random bunch of thoughts about 2016…

1. Moving

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If there is one thing that will define 2016 for us, it will be that it was the year we moved back to our hometown. Moving is such a small word and an insignificant word to describe what we went through. This was simultaneously the worst and hardest decision I’ve ever had to make and the best one for us in the end. It’s been good and bad all at once. We had spent eight years building this beautiful life and I really loved it. But an opportunity came a knocking and it was too good to pass up. But actually making the decision to take it – man. That was so hard. I can’t even fully describe the distraught and despair I felt during the 3 days we were trying to decide what to to do.

Then came all the logistical nightmares of moving. I spent a month working up north while still living down south, which meant I took 14 plane trips in 4 weeks. We had to pack up our townhouse – our first home that we had bought together, the home we came to after our marriage, the home we brought Chloe to, the home we’d hosted countless friends and family members in. With the tight timeline we decided to rent it out instead of sell it, which has been a great decision for us so far, but it was still so hard to let go of that home.

And then once we actually moved. We spent two months living at my grandmothers place (bless her heart!) before moving into our own place at the end of June. In that time frame we also traveled to Toronto with my brother and dad and Eric started not one, but two new jobs (one was a temporary contract).

So moving was not just one moment, but a multitude of them – millions of moments actually. And some of them were so hard. So damn hard. But others were so good, or so bittersweet. Like the incredible goodbye parties my running friends and my coworkers threw me. Like the truly special moments I had saying ‘see you later’ to some of my very best friends. When something big like this happens in your life it serves as a reminder of how lucky you are, and how surrounded by love you are. And that is the biggest moment and lesson I am taking away from our move.

2. Family

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Family is a big word for me in 2016. By moving back to our hometown we moved closer to a whole whack of family and it’s been an amazing thing. We are now close to Eric’s parents, his sister and our four nieces and our nephew. We live right next door to my grandma, who I am very close to. My dad and brother live about a 45 minute drive from us. My aunt and cousins live down the street. My other cousin and his family live 30 minutes away. My mom still lives in southern BC, and it was very hard to leave living so close to her, but I’ve managed to go back down three times since moving in May and it’s a different dynamic when we live so far apart because we really enjoy and make the most of our time together. Eric and I both also have a ton of extended family in the area as well.

Being so close to family has been a huge blessing for us this year and I am so grateful for it. So many moments with family make it into my top moments of 2016; our trip to Toronto with my dad and brother, going camping with my dad in Tumbler Ridge on my birthday weekend, sleepovers with little cousins and our nieces and nephew, Gilmore Girls night with my grandma and my brother. Also, on a tragic note, Eric’s sister-in-law passed away this summer and I am so grateful we were here for our niece and nephew and not 1,000 km away.

3. Travel & Adventure

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I was determined to embrace Northern Living and embrace it I did. We camped and fished and hiked our way through the summer. When the snow hit October 1 we were out hiking in it. I got a pair of cross-country skis and went cross-country skiing in -30 C weather.

In addition to our local adventures we also traveled to Toronto with my dad and brother in June, which was a really fun trip. Just recently, Eric and I spent a week in Kauai just the two of us. It was amazing and the only really big trip we did in 2016. I’m so grateful we were able to get away and end the year on the high note of an amazing trip as our favourite thing to do together is travel. We already have a big trip booked for 2017 (England and Iceland!) and I can’t wait.

Our travel adventures both near and far from home are definitely some of the top moments of 2016.

A few other random miscellaneous moments to remember from 2016: Eric’s and my 17-hour road trip to Ikea, successfully finishing my first Whole 30, running (hiking?) my first race in Northern BC, our amazing weekend in a lakeside cabin, throwing Eric a fun and memorable 30th birthday party.

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So I feel like this blog post was kind of all over the place. But honestly, 2016 was kind of like that for me as well. It had some high high’s and some very low low’s. One year ago today I never in a million years would have guessed that my life would look the way it does right now. It was like riding a roller coaster this last year with some turns and dips and climbs that never could have been predicted.

But I also know I needed that. I needed all that turmoil and pain and change. It changed me. It was such a growing year and now I feel like I’m more ready for 2017 than ever. At the end of 2015 I said “2016, I’m ready for you.” but I really wasn’t. I was not ready or prepared for all that would come.

I’m not ready for 2017 either. I have no idea what is in store for me.

But I am determined to go into 2017 with an open mind and an open heart

Happy New Year to all of my blog readers. Thank you for joining me on the whirlwind of the last year and for reading along. I wish you all nothing but the best in 2017! xoxo

What was your #1 top moment of 2016? 

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Weekend Recap

As mentioned in my tea date post the other night, I am now on my own on the weekends since Eric works through the weekend. And he leaves the house at 6:10am and is home around 7:30pm so he is truly gone alllll day!

Here is what I got up to this weekend…

Friday night I worked late so I didn’t get home until almost 5:45pm and then I immediately grabbed Chloe for a long walk. I really wanted to get my 12,000 steps in for the day and I was only at 5,400 steps by the time I got home. An hour later I had knocked off another 5,000+ steps and I managed to get the last 1,400 or so in just by walking around the house that evening.

After our walk I curled up in the chair with a glass of wine, some chocolate and started a new book!

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I am really enjoying it so far.

First thing on Saturday morning I went to the ski swap with my aunt. I really want to take up cross country skiing this winter and I was happy to end up getting a pair of skis for only $10. Dare I say I’m excited for more snow to fly?!

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After the ski swap I headed straight to the 10am vinyasa flow yoga class. It was a wonderfully sweaty class! After yoga I got straight to business and my main priority for the weekend – cleaning the house. I normally do a bigger clean every weekend but since I’d been sick the weekend before it had been about 2 weeks since the house had really been cleaned and oh did it need it! 4 hours later I had done all the dishes, cleaned out the fridge, scrubbed the floors, vacuumed the whole house, scrubbed all three bathrooms and washed and folded all of our laundry! Whew. It was a productive day.

It was also a beautiful and sunny day out and I had planned to take Chloe for a walk in the afternoon, but it was so sunshine-y I decided a run was in order instead. We covered off 5km in just over 31 minutes. I am embarrassed to say it was my first run in 3.5 weeks. It is definitely going to be hard to keep up my running through the cold/snowy northern winters especially when I don’t have a solid group of running friends up here. Thanks to Fitness Blender workouts and yoga I felt pretty good.

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After the run I came home, showered, visited my grandma for a bit, and then did my hair and makeup.

Eric and I are going to try to keep having little “date nights” on Saturday nights to break up the redundancy of his long shift and also to have some time together. Since he doesn’t get home until 7:30pm I wanted to be ready to go so as soon as he got home he could get changed and we’d head out. So while I was waiting for him to get home I sat on the couch and played with snapchat filters and made a snapchat story about my day. I love the new fall themed ones 🙂

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We went to a newer restaurant that only opened a couple of months ago and had some beers and appies. It was a nice night out!

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Sunday morning I slept until 7:45am and then got up and made myself coffee and waffles for breakfast. Forgot to take a picture of the waffles! After breakfast I sat in the chair and read my book for a bit. I love weekend mornings that start with reading and coffee!

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At 10am I went to another vinyasa flow yoga class that really focused on the hamstrings, which was just what I needed after the run the day before. After yoga I had an amazing snack plate for lunch!

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Then I walked over to the arena that is about 5 blocks away to watch our nieces play hockey.

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Our niece Lena is in the black helmet 🙂

After the game two of our nieces came back to hang out with me for a bit while my sister-in-law went grocery shopping. We took Chloe for a walk in the snow. It definitely wasn’t as nice out as it was on Saturday.

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Then while the kids watched Monster High on Netflix I sat down with my Minimalist Baker cookbook and did some meal planning.

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In the afternoon I went grocery shopping and spent my afternoon evening in the kitchen. I made the above lentil ragu with spaghetti squash for my lunches and I prepped this chicken recipe in my crockpot, I will start it tomorrow morning before going to work. I had Drop Dead Diva on in the background while I meal prepped. I just started season 4! I need another mindless show to watch after this one is over.

When I was done all the meal prep and clean up I went next door to my grandmas and visited with her over a cup of tea and while working on my knitting project.

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Then I sat on the couch last night writing this blog post while visiting with Eric about his day. Poor Chloe misses her dad so much now that he’s gone for such long hours. She crawled onto him as soon as he got home!

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My <3

And there you have it, one weekend alone down – two more to go! Luckily there is so much family around they all keep me busy and this weekend actually flew by.

How was your weekend? If you had a weekend (or multiple weekends) without your spouse / partner, what would you get up to? 

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