Tuesday, 9 February 2016

family day weekend

For David's birthday (back in December) I booked us a couple of nights in a condo in Vancouver and it was finally time this weekend! I booked it for the Family Day weekend so we would still have Monday to chill at home and do errands. We ate out for every meal, walked and walked and walked, binge-watched Curse of Oak Island and it was AWESOME.

^ the view from our place.

Friday night it was pouring rain and we got drenched when we walked to Cactus Club. But Saturday was dry and we made the most of it by walking down Robson Street, doing some shopping. and walking the sea wall. 

^ waffles at Nero Belgian Waffles for pre-dinner (we had appies at Boston Pizza later :P)

^ and of course on the way home we stopped at the airport to see some planes. 

It really was a great couple of days away. It felt awesome to just relax with no schedule or responsibility, we came and went 10 times a day, ate what our hearts desired, and watched tv, guilt-free. 

I was going to write that we need to do this more often until I realized that we have a trip to Vegas booked for March, so excited to explore a new place!

^ on Monday it was beautiful and sunny so we walked at the Blue Heron Reserve with Michelle and Eric. We also went to Chilliwack Airport for lunch and pie!

^ by the end of the weekend we were all pretty pooped. 

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

lately.


A little bit of what I've been up to lately:

watching Last Man Standing with David. We just finished the four seasons on Netflix and David is SO obsessed with this show. He asks every person we see lately if they have seen it (no one has) and then tells them how hilarious it is and they they should watch it and that it has Tim Allen you know! I also just finished the first season of How to Get Away With Murder... man that show is weird... I don't think I'll watch season two. 

wearing my 'Fraser Valley' tank that I got for Christmas. This tank top is seriously the most comfortable thing I own. I wear it with a sweater at home and with a cardigan and scarf to work. It goes with everything!

ordering a new pair of sneakers for longer walks. I got these from the Bay and I LOVE them so far. 

trying desperately to train Bo to have better manners when people come over. She barks and jumps and gets SO excited when people come over. She just wants to slobber all over them and lick their faces. We're working on the jumping thing but she just seems to forget everything we taught her as soon as the doorbell rings. And she won't calm down once we sit down either. She wants to jump on their laps sooooo badly. I don't know what to do to calm her down. We try to put her on a leash and ignore her or put her in her crate but she just barks and barks. So far the only thing that works to quiet her down is to give her a bone to chew on, and even that only last a few minutes. I try to remember that she's just a puppy (7 months) but it's getting pretty exhausting. Dog people: got any tips for us? 

planning a quick trip to Vancouver this weekend. For David's birthday I got us a couple nights away in the city. We are so excited to play tourists for a couple of days. I've been looking up restaurants and shops I want to go to and we are going to take the sky train to the airport one day to watch the planes (David's only request). 

reading book about grief. More specifically, how to help someone else in their grief. It's called Don't Sing Songs to a Heavy Heart and is a spin-off book from a course I took last Fall. I just read the first few chapters so I don't have any pearls of wisdom for you just yet. But I'm hoping it will help me navigate the confusing waters of what to say, and more importantly (I think), what not to say when someone is grieving a loss. 

missing my sweet new nephew Roland and loving all the pictures they have been posting of him! I can't wait to meet this little guy (hopefully in March!). 

failing at my goal of establishing a morning routine. I got up early and went for a walk once or twice in January. Turns out... not a morning person! who knew ;) I'm going to give myself permission to give up on this one without feeling guilty. Early mornings are just not for me. 

knitting my very first sock! I'm super excited about this one. It's one of my resolutions to knit a pair of socks this year and I'm off to a pretty good start. 

Monday, 18 January 2016

Out with the old, in with the new

Happy New Year!
I realize January is already half over but it's never to late for a yearly recap :)

2015 is over and I gotta say, I'm not sad about it!
Last year was by far my hardest year yet. Lots of really great and exciting things but also lots of big and scary things, lots of stress, and lots of disappointment.

First the highlights:
1. We started the year on the east coast! Our trip to Halifax was amazing. We loved seeing where Bruce & Lydia are raising their family and getting to know their kiddos (and now where Beth and Mark live too!).

2. 2015 was definitely the year of trips because in February we made our way to Orlando with David's family. We celebrated David's parents 25th wedding anniversary with a trip to Disney World. My first time at Disney did not disappoint and we made lots of great memories.

3. The BIGGEST trip we took was in May, we journeyed across town, with all of our belongings, to our new house! We spent the first half of the year putting the finishing touches on everything and the second half of the year getting settled in. And now, at the end of the year we aaaalllmost have all of our boxes unpacked. My favourite part of the house has been all the windows! I can see the sky and the beautiful view from almost anywhere in the house.

4. We got a puppy! Boeing the Basset Hound joined our family in August. She's challenged us in a lot of ways (house training, sleeping through the night, a nasty intestinal bug that scared us to death) but she's also brought a lot of joy and laughter. I love cuddling with her on the couch and she seriously is the best comic relief when things get tense.

I was going to list the things that didn't go so great this year but I changed my mind. Sure, lots of things didn't go my way in 2015 but I'm going to focus on the good things because 2016 is a brand new year and it can only get better from here! right?

Also, I'm going to post my list of goals for the year because a little bit of internet accountability never hurt anyone!
  • Establish a morning routine. Right now my mornings consist of waking up as late as possible, downing a cup of coffee and rushing out the door. In 2016 I want to wake up with enough time to take the dog for a walk, drink my coffee slowly, and do some morning devotions. I'm 18 days in to January and have been failing miserably but luckily tomorrow is a new day with a new morning and I'm going to try to get out of bed before 8!
  • Make dinner once a week. Like a reeeaaal dinner, like not frozen pizza, grilled cheese, or macaroni! This is going to be a tough one because cooking is NOT my favourite thing. But real dinners mean healthy food and that's something that I should be making a priority. One step at a time.
  • Walk 50,000 steps a week. I got my fitbit in August and it's shown my how inactive I really am. They recommend getting 10,000 steps a day but since my job involves sitting at a desk for 7 hours a day that really isn't possible. 50,000 will be a challenge but it is actually attainable so if you want to go for walks give me a call!
  • Get earthquake prepared. The earthquake we had a few weeks ago got me kind of freaked out (even though I didn't even feel it). We have no plan or supplies if a big earthquake happened. So, I ordered this kit from the Red Cross and I'm going to get together copies of our documents and some food and water. I'm thinking about putting together mini kits for our cars as well. 
  • Knit a pair of socks. This has been on my goal list for forever! I bought the yarn last Christmas when we were in Halifax so I'm hoping by next Christmas I can get them done! I've been practicing my circular knitting by knitting a ton of little toques for my nieces and nephews. I'm really loving it. 
  • Organize my files. Pretty self-explanatory. This really need to get done. Hopefully me and David can divide and conquer on this one. 
  • Make photobooks. I'd like to catch up on the last few years but mostly I want to start now. I made a private instagram account to post pictures on and I'm going to print books (using Chatbooks) once I get a bunch. I'm thinking this should be easy enough that I'll actually do it. So far I've posted about 40 photos since October so I should have my first book done soon. I'm excited for this one!
And that's it! What are your goals for the year? Need an accountability partner? I'm hoping by posting my goals here I'll have a bit more motivation to stick to them. 

Hope you all are doing well!
Kristina 

Thursday, 3 September 2015

#magickobeskingdom

Hi friends! How have you been? I promised to share pictures from our trip to Orlando and I'm finally delivering (only 8 months late ;). 

We left from Seattle on a Sunday morning and after a long delay in Texas we finally made it to our house just after dinner. This house was the best! It had lots of bedrooms and a pool and hot tub. 
 On day one we were planning on going straight to Hollywood Studios but we were so tired from travelling the day before that we decided postpone for a day. Instead we went for a drive, visited the info centre, and some of us went for a walk in the rain to look for crocs! 

The next day we hit up Hollywood Studios! This was my first time at Disney and it did not disappoint. 

Tower of Terror was for SURE my favourite ride. 

I couldn't believe all of the intricate details that went into every single thing in the park. So much to look at! 

Waiting in line for the Tower of Terror. 

This stunt show was super fun! Also a great opportunity to sit down and eat our lunch. 
 Hollywood Studios might have been my favourite of the parks we visited. I loved all of the shows and rides. It is also smaller so everything is closer together and easier to find. 

Next day we hit up the Kennedy Space Center! I didn't really know what to expect but if you go to Orlando you definitely need to go here. The exhibits were really amazing and we learned so much! The tour of the grounds was also really cool. We got to see the launch pads and the tracks they use to get the rockets from the hangars to the launch pads. 

The rocket garden was super impressive. 

The highlight of the day was the real-life rocket that got launched at sunset! The launch was supposed to take place a few days earlier but it got postponed so we were really lucky. 

Waiting with anticipation!

It was crazy loud. I wasn't expecting that! A once in a lifetime experience for sure. 
After the rocket launch we went out for dinner to the Cheesecake Factory. YUM!

And then we were off to Magic Kingdom! 

Cramming onto the teacups. I had to sit with my legs up so we would fit :P

Kevin and Veronica! They spun so fast, it made me sick to watch!

Some extremely slow and lame race cars...

One of the parades. It was seriously fun to see all of the princesses and characters. Everything is so over the top!

 Can't go to Disney and not get a Dole Whip!

And lastly we went to Animal Kingdom. We all had pretty low expectations for this park for some reason but it was really awesome! 

We did this ride like three times in a row in the morning because there was no line up!

Mount Everest was a crowd favourite. The ride was fun but I really enjoyed looking at all of the displays in the line-up. Everything is so detailed and realistic!

Ugh, these dang rapids got me completely soaked just before the sun went down. SO COLD!

We got to go on a safari too! We so many amazing animals from really close. We would have gone a second time but without a FastPass it would have take three hours just to get through the line-up!

And then we went home! 

It was such a crazy fun trip. I'm so glad that we got to celebrate Mom and Dad's 25th Anniversary in Orlando!