happy halloween

It’s Halloween, all!! Woo hoo!! We were SO excited for it this year because our little girl has been obsessed with all things Halloween.

We took Remy to her first Halloween store (and ours for that matter) at the beginning of October, and let her pick out whatever costume she wanted. She chose a witch. She wore that costume everyday for a month, complete with a dress, hat, bucket, and broom. She even wore it to church! All of the elderly women thought it was a princess dress, so we got away with it. I ended up buying her a separate costume in order to have a fresh one for Halloween night. She chose a ghost.

We have since visited many spooky stores and have gone to a few Halloween-related events. I’m really feeling my heavily pregnant state this year, so I’m kind of glad that today is finally the big day. Now we just need to get her as excited for Christmas. Christmas has ghosts too, right? ;-)))

Here is a look back at this holiday season during previous years: 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, and 2013.

Happy Halloween, everyone! Have the best time today and tonight!

Emory

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our little nursery

Today I will be sharing another makeover story with you all. It is our master bedroom and nursery. Pictured above and below is what our bedroom looked like prior to our impromptu renovation.

This all began when Geoffrey had more than a week off at the beginning of August. I was 26 weeks pregnant at the time, and had spent the summer nesting. At the time we thought that we were done with renos until after I had our baby. However, being that we were planning on sharing our master bedroom with our newborn, and it was the only room that we didn’t touch since we purchased our home, I began to feel the strongest urge to do something. The walls, carpet, and baseboards were stained from the previous occupants, the fixtures were so old and grimy, and it just felt dirty. I really didn’t want to bring a new and pure child into such a gross room. Geoffrey agreed and so he set about painting the entire room white and changing the fixtures. After buying Remy a new bed, we made her bed back into a crib and brought it in our room. Below is an after photo.

Fast-forward to the beginning of September, and once again my husband was unexpectedly given more time off. (To explain- he is a train conductor that works hard and often makes enough miles before a certain date each month. When he does, he gets those remaining days off until the calendar resets. It is either between a few days to a few weeks per month! I love his job.) We had been staring at the carpet in our freshly painted room over the last few weeks, and decided that now was the time to replace it. That said, I was not able to physically help him refinish the floors this time. Not wanting to do them by himself, he said that we should pick out new flooring and get it professionally installed. I agreed. We went to our usual flooring store where they know us very well and always give us a discount. After bringing home samples, we just could not agree on a colour or style. He wanted dark laminate or carpet. I wanted light hardwood. See above.

Overwhelmed and running out of time, I said that I would sleep on it. The next morning, I cautiously told Geoff that I wanted him to refinish the floors beneath the carpet. His first response was a firm no. He didn’t want to put in the hard work himself, in addition to not knowing what state the original hardwood floors were in. I told him that we would be saving a few thousand dollars, and could do it faster than having to hire contractors. His answer was still a no. So I promised that if the floors were in terrible shape, that we would pay to cover them with laminate or hardwood. Right away, he begrudgingly started tearing out the carpet. So far, so good.

The next day he rented a floor sander and sanded the entire room. Boy, he was not happy. He was also filthy and sneezing. Inside, I was ecstatic! So was Remy! They were in better shape than I could have hoped for. See the progress below.

I think that it only took half a day to stain the floors. After that, Geoff installed the quarter round to cover the gaps. In order to help him out, I painted the trim and our dresser. It was difficult with my big belly and being 7 months pregnant, but I didn’t want him to complain anymore. I also wanted to show my appreciation for making our room over!

In the last month, we have purchased a new bed (going from a Queen to a King), area rug, and other items here and there. The room just fell into place, and we are both so pleased with it. Even though Geoff still won’t admit it, I know that he loves the floors. Plus, between saving money on flooring and buying everything when it was on sale, we saved thousands of dollars! I call that a win considering this makeover wasn’t on our to-do list anytime soon.

Additionally, we decided to hire a furnace and duct cleaning company. Our home is well over 100 years old, and we have done so many renos that have involved sanding the floors that we just wanted to make sure our air was clean for ourselves and, more importantly, for baby. After spending the morning clearing out our ducts, we were told by the technician that our home has probably never been done before. He was getting clumps of solidified black dust and other disgusting material. It took an entire day to scrub our house down after that. Now we are on a two-year rotation to have the service done. I highly recommend it!

That was the story of our latest makeover. I hope you guys enjoyed it. I also hope that it will be the last one for a long while! I don’t think that I can take many more renovations.

Emory

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36 weeks

Welcome to week 36 of my pregnancy! I am now 9 months pregnant. Wow.

These last 2 weeks have flown by. My husband had time off and helped me with the house, Remy, our pets, lessons, and meals. As a result, I have had next to no complications and was able to rest a lot! For the first time, I feel as if I could make it to 40 weeks.

My next appointment is in a few days. I am scheduled for weekly checkups now. On Monday, my doctor will test for Group B strep. I didn’t test positive with Remy so I am hoping that I won’t with this baby. Additionally, we have unpacked our newborn clothes, packed the hospital bag, and loaded the car seat. I will be full term in 1 week, so anything could happen!

Here is my previous 36 week update.

Have a great weekend!

Emory

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recipe: sea salt almond clusters

Ingredients:

3 cups whole almonds
1 ½ cup bittersweet chocolate, chopped
white sugar
sea salt

Steps:

1. Preheat oven to 300°F. Spread almonds onto a baking sheet. Bake for 12 minutes. Remove from oven.

2. Put chocolate into a medium-sized microwave-safe bowl. Place in microwave, cooking for 40 seconds at a time. Stir frequently, until chocolate is melted.

3. Remove chocolate from microwave. Stir in almonds, completely covering each one.

4. Spoon a cluster of chocolate-covered almonds onto a baking sheet (I tried for 10 per cluster). Repeat until cookie sheet is full. Sprinkle with sea salt and sugar. Put in refrigerator for at least 1 hour in order to set. Clusters will keep for about one month!

Emory

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34 weeks

I’ve experienced a few ups and downs since week 32. Only one day after my last prenatal appointment, I was back in my doctor’s office because he was concerned about my contractions. I was experiencing Braxton Hicks every 10 minutes or so for over 24 hours, and wasn’t able to do much of anything. I had called my doctor to see if he had any suggestions, and that’s when he told me to come back to see him. He ran a few tests, but everything came back negative. His diagnosis was to start taking it easy, and to get help with Remy. Impossible, I told him (given that we have no family nearby). I said that I would try though.

Less than a week later, I suddenly had very sharp contractions one evening. They were occurring every 2 minutes. My husband was out of town, so I put on Remy’s nursery rhymes and went upstairs and took a bath. I had a feeling that they were just Braxton Hicks again, but I had never felt such painful ones before. I stayed in the bath for almost an hour, timing the contractions. They would go from 1 minute, to 5 minutes, to 3 minutes, to 2 minutes, to 5 minutes, and so on. My app kept telling me to go to the hospital, but it was almost Remy’s bedtime and I couldn’t get out of the tub. I thought if I needed to, I would just deliver in the bath and call an ambulance. In my mind I was thinking that “this could be it.” I finally crawled out and called my sister crying. She said to drink a ton of water, and go to bed. I somehow got Remy to bed that night, then went myself. The frequency finally stopped a few hours later. That was probably the scariest moment of my pregnancy thus far.

Since then, I’m trying so hard to rest when I can. I’ve cut out the daily walks and instead am only going every few days. I’m also drinking more water throughout the day. Honestly, I’m not sure how much longer my body will cooperate with me. I do hope that if he/she comes early, that it will be a healthy baby! Until then, I’ll be packing my hospital bag a little sooner than originally planned.

Here’s a reminder of my 34 week update with Remy.

Emory

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  • Welcome, friends! My name is Emory. I am a wife and mother to three (one on earth, one in heaven, and growing another). This is our life on the Canadian prairies.
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