we bought an acreage

Almost five years ago to the day (though it feels much longer), we began our search for an acreage home. Having grown up on a few acreages, and my husband on a farm, we have always felt drawn to a more rural lifestyle. We started out by going north of our current city. I published my first post about our hunt here.

Since then, we have pursued homes in every possible direction. We must have looked at between thirty to fifty properties- small acreages with nicer houses, big acreages with smaller houses, nice yards, hideous yards, newer homes, older homes, ones less than ten minutes from the city, ones more than an hour from city limits, and so on. Years went by and we could not find an acreage that ticked most of our boxes. We also went through quite a few realtors during that process. In the meantime, we sold our place in the city, purchased an empty lot at a lake where we built a home, temporarily moved onto my parent’s acreage, sold the house at the lake, and returned to the city. All within the last five years. Now, I can finally say that our quest is over. We bought an acreage!

As life and luck would have it, we ended up settling on a place a few minutes from where we began searching- north of the city. While it does not have as much land as we originally wanted, it is newer and in better condition than most of the properties that we have looked at over the years. It is also completely fenced with a large garage and a finished basement (the latter of which we have never had the pleasure of owning). There are so many other positives about this home, many of which I plan to discuss in the coming months. There are also a few negatives of course, as no home is perfect. However, for right now, it is the best and most wonderful fit for our family.

I am just so thankful and grateful to God for answering my prayers, and to my husband for working hard and being able to afford this place, and putting up with my restless nature. It has been an eventful and long five years, but now I can finally say that we are home.

Emory

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geoffrey’s 33rd birthday

My dear husband recently took another year around the sun. I am not sure why I tend to dedicate a blog post to his birthdays and not mine- maybe because it is more fun to celebrate the birthdays of those that you love. Regardless of the reason, this year, celebrate we did.

We chose to go to the Remai Modern art museum in Saskatoon. Even though it had opened in 2017, we had yet to visit it. After spending the morning getting ready (and trying to help Remy feel a bit healthier), we finally made it out the door. We drove a very short distance, parked, and went inside.

We unfortunately chose a day where they were working on a new exhibit, and so a few of the galleries were closed. The Learning Studio was also not open until later that day. But the museum was relatively empty, and so we explored all three levels with ease. We began with the Picasso Collection, and ended in the gift shop.

It really is such a beautiful building. Everything about it is so eye-catching. The artwork, although minimal, was really engaging as well. The only downside was that it felt like more of a great date destination for us, and not so much a welcoming place for our children. Remy’s favourite part was the play area, which consisted of foam seats, a few children that happened to be on their way out, and the gift shop. She still had fun, but we were mostly telling her “don’t touch that!”

I would love to go back with just Geoffrey if and when we actually start date nights again. Until then, here are those photos from our lovely morning.

Happy birthday, husband!

Emory

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wilder’s birth story

Beautiful friends and family. Our newest addition, Wilder, is two months old today! To celebrate this little milestone, I am planning on sharing his birth story, as well as the first close-up photos of him on my blog. Please read at your own discretion!

To recap:

My original due date was November 22, but after having my first ultrasound appointment, it was bumped up to November 16. If you followed my pregnancy journey, you will remember that it was filled with mostly ups and a few downs. As annoying (and sometimes worrisome) as it was having Braxton Hicks contractions all day long for months on end, we counted our blessings at the end of each day that I remained pregnant. This was our rainbow baby and I was going to fight my hardest to bring him/her safely into this world.

Nov. 9

My husband began his paternity leave nearing the end of my third trimester. His job takes him out of town and so we wanted him to start his leave early in the event that I should go into labour early. As the first week went by and my due date was coming closer, we wondered when baby would join us. Then during the long weekend of November, my dad and his girlfriend came to stay with us for 4 nights. My doctor was also on call that weekend, and was planning on being out of town from November 16-26. After speaking with him, we decided that it was a good time to strip my membranes in hopes that I would go into labour that weekend. So he did. At that time, I was 3 cm dilated.

Nov. 10-13

Over the next few days, everyone was on edge waiting for me to go into labour. Including myself. I was having intense contractions during that time, only to have them disappear after having a nap or waking up the following morning. I kept busy, ate pineapples and dates, consumed red raspberry leaf tea, and more. Nothing seemed to be working. My dad ended up leaving on the 13th, which only made me sad that he wouldn’t be able to see our child, nor would we have help if we needed him to watch Remy. My doctor was also leaving town in a few days, and so I was getting stressed out that he would not deliver our baby. (I was lucky enough to have him deliver Remy.)

Nov. 14

I made up my mind on the 14th to drink castor oil. I had been reading about its pros and cons for weeks up until that point, and had initially decided against it. However, after talking to my sister (who also safely drinks it to induce labour), I decided to take two very small doses. If it did something, great. If not, I would just let baby come on his/her own time. They recommend taking 1-2 tbsp first thing in the morning, and again in the afternoon if labour does not start. That morning I tried taking 1 tsp but ended up throwing most of it up. Frustrated, I took 1.5 tsp that afternoon. I waited and waited. Nothing. So I went to bed that night with a very sore back, and mentally preparing to be overdue and without a family doctor.

Nov. 15 2:30 am

A few hours after falling asleep, I woke up thinking that I had wet the bed. I rushed to the bathroom and immediately saw a bloody show. I thought, “oh no.” Knowing that my sister’s husband had gone to work that night, and she was alone and lives out of town with her 6 children, I texted her and let her know that I was probably going into labour soon. She responded that she would keep her phone on in case we needed to come and drop off Remy. I waited for 15 minutes until my first contraction appeared in my back. I knew that I was in labour. I went back into our bedroom and told Geoff what was happening. He wanted to get going, but I said to wait a few more minutes just to be sure. My next contraction came 5 minutes after that, and then 2 minutes later. “Ok, I think we should go,” I told him. I put on my pajamas and went downstairs while he woke up Remy and brought her down as well. We loaded everything up in the vehicle. By then my contractions were 1.5 minutes apart, and I was starting to get nervous. Geoff said that he would drop me off at the hospital, quickly drive out of town to take Remy to her aunt’s house, and then come back to the hospital to help me through labour. We assumed that it would take hours, but we were wrong.

3:25 am

I arrived at the hospital and made my way up to the 4th floor. By then, my contractions were 1 minute apart. I was asked why I was there and I said, “I think I’m in labour.” I handed the nurses my documents, but said that I couldn’t fill anything out at that point. They said that they would examine me to see if I was going to be admitted or not. By the time that I had walked into the room, I felt the baby coming so I sat down in a chair. The nurse looked worried and asked me if it felt like I needed to poop. I responded that I did, and she left the room. Confused and in pain, I breathed through a few more contractions until she returned. When she did, she told me to get on the bed. I said that I couldn’t because it felt like the baby was going to fall out. She told me to get on it immediately, and so I did. Then she checked me and said that I was fully dilated and we had to go now! A team of nurses rushed in just then and began pushing my bed into the delivery room. They were telling me over and over again not to push yet. One of the nurses called Geoff from her cellphone and told him to hurry. At that point, he hadn’t even dropped Remy off.

3:25-3:55 am

I was still wearing my pjs and boots by the time I arrived in the delivery room. I shuffled onto the next bed and the doctor told me to start pushing. My doctor was apparently on his way. I gave a few pushes and suddenly I couldn’t hear the baby’s heartbeat. I asked if he/she was OK, and they responded that the heart rate was dropping and to get the baby out now. So I pushed as hard as I could, and I think that is when the head came out. Just then my doctor came into the delivery room (though I wasn’t aware of it at the time). He apparently took over and grabbed the head, just as baby’s shoulders got stuck. I felt extreme pressure but wasn’t being told what to do, so I kept pushing and pushing until suddenly, our baby was born! That was at 3:55 am, 1 hour and 10 minutes after my first contraction.

3:55 am

They placed our beautiful child on my chest and began to scrub it down. Someone asked if I wanted to know the sex and I said that I did. They looked and told me that it was a boy. A boy!! I was so happy and in so much shock that I just began to cry. I couldn’t believe that I had a son, that my labour had happened so quickly, and that my husband had missed it all.

4:10 am

They let me cut the umbilical cord, and I delivered the placenta in one push. My husband ended up arriving about 15 minutes after the birth. I saw his shoes under the curtain and told him that I had had the baby, and that I was sorry that I couldn’t wait any longer. He was shocked. Then I said that it was a boy, and he came over and gave me a kiss.

Wilder Joseph was born at 3:55 am on November 15, 2018. He weighed 7 lb 15 oz and was 20″ long. All of the nurses said that he already was living up to his name with his birth alone.

We were both upset at first that Geoffrey wasn’t there for my labour. But in the end, I delivered a healthy baby and Remy was taken care of, so we couldn’t have asked for anything more. Wilder has brought so much joy into our lives and family. He truly is a rainbow after such stormy weather.

To read Remy’s birth story, click here.

Emory

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etsy: (halloween) items i love

With Halloween occurring next month, I’ve already started to gather ideas for items that I would love to own! Here are some of my top picks that I’ve come across on Etsy:

1. Hocus Pocus Doormat by Cloud9Craftss

2. Momster Shirt by BasementShirts

3. Pumpkin Rolling Pin by Make8Bake

4. Pumpkin Decal by HunterKouture

5. Good Witch Mug by PauCreationsCanada

What are your Halloween must-haves? Is there anything that I should add to this list?

Emory

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we went to edmonton

A few weeks ago, we went on a small holiday to Edmonton, AB. We did the same trip when I was pregnant with Remy. It was mostly to buy big baby items, but also to mark the last mini vacation before baby comes! This is what we got up to …

Day One

We arrived around supper time. Our original plans were to check into our hotel, order room service, and then go swimming. But with being locked in a vehicle for over five hours, Geoffrey and I were wanting to stretch our legs and let Remy run around. We decided to go to IKEA then, instead of on our last day (even though we went back then as well).

We had supper in the restaurant, and then went shopping. We purchased:


Leka Baby Gym


Tillgiven Baby Towel


Forsiktig Stool


Raklev Flatwoven Rug


Fladis Seagrass Basket


Soare Place Mats


Minnen Children’s Bed


Plutten Mattress


Vanskaplig Linen


Grusblad Duvet

By the time we had finished it was nearly bedtime. We picked up a snack and made our way to the hotel. We were off to a great start!

Day Two

We began the morning with a continental breakfast at our hotel. We ended up staying at the Radisson, as per usual. It’s a larger hotel with free parking, free breakfast, a hotel, gym, restaurant, pet-friendly, and is basically equal distance between IKEA and West Edmonton Mall. We love it there, and have stayed many times alone, with dogs, and now a child.

After breakfast we made the short drive over to West Coast Kids. One of the main reasons why we came to the city was to purchase a particular stroller from this store. It was one that I had my eye on since the beginning of my pregnancy, and it just so happened to be on sale! Geoffrey and Remy played while I shopped. I bought:


Peg Perego Book Team Double Stroller


Little Unicorn Muslin Crib Sheet


Kushies Changing Pad Cover


Gautier Studio House Shelf


Boka Wood Pacifiers


Sago Mini Wiener Mobile (for Remy)

I could have spent all day there, buying more and soaking in the baby jitters goodness. Yet, I didn’t want to annoy anyone, or break our budget. Sadly, we left after less than two hours. Afterwards, we ended up going to Canadian Tire to buy straps in order to tie everything down to the vehicle. We also drove to where we used to live when we were first married. It was too smoky that day to go for a walk, unfortunately. So we ordered room service for lunch, and went back to the hotel to eat and nap.

That afternoon, we went to West Ed Mall. All of our plans were thrown for a loop because of the forest fires in BC. We couldn’t do anything outside, like visiting the zoo or walking around. So we decided that day to get all of our shopping over and done with and head home a day early.

Geoff took Remy to Marine Life while I quickly went to a couple of stores. After getting a few non-related baby items, I was feeling guilty and missing them. So I went and found them. We took Remy to Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, and then walked around to let her burn off all of her sugar energy.

It was getting late, but we really wanted to go to Galaxyland. We made a quick stop where they went on one ride. Honestly, it was just too loud and the rides weren’t really suited for a 2-year-old. We ended up leaving after awhile, picked up supper, and went back to the hotel. Aside from Galaxyland, the mall was really fun!

Day Three

We had planned on leaving that afternoon, but were out of ideas as to what to do that morning for entertainment. We originally wanted to go to the RAM, but after looking it up online, we discovered that it was closed while they were moving to a new location. We also now had IKEA purchases strapped down to the roof of our vehicle. Not wanting them to get stolen, we decided to return to IKEA to run around and eat before leaving the city. (We figured that they would be the safest there.) So that’s what we did! I ended up buying a few other items:


Fintorp Kitchen Rail


Mala Paper Holder


Mala Paper Roll

We ate at the little cafe before heading out. That was probably the best food that we had the entire trip. Remy and I shared four hot dogs and she devoured the pear juice. At less than a dollar for each item, we should have stocked up. It was a delicious and fun morning. We all just love IKEA.

We made the five hour drive home, and returned close to bedtime. Our goose is the quietest traveler in the vehicle, and loves exploring new places. I really cherished this last vacation as a family of three. I’m sure that it won’t go this smoothly once our beloved baby arrives. Haha.

You can relive our previous trip to Edmonton here. Thanks for reading!

Emory

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