Saturday, 26 July 2014

one year!

today is our one year anniversary!

i know this is cliche to say but this year has gone by so fast! it felt like the blink of an eye but it's honestly been the best year of my life. me and david have gone through so much together. we moved in together. we decorated our basement suite from top to bottom and made it a home. we finished another year of school (yay!). and we managed not to kill each other when we were both so stressed with exams and papers to write.

besides all those practical things this year has changed us so much. we learned how to care for each other in a way that we never knew before. we learned how to be husband and wife.

happy anniversary david!!

one year down. a million to go!

(photos by sharalee prang photography)

Monday, 21 July 2014

the little things 05

today me and david dropped my parents off at the airport. they are going to halifax for a few weeks to visit my brother and his family. before we went home we stopped at iona beach and walked for a bit. the ocean was kind of spectacular.

i made this gif on the party!party! app by a beautiful mess. it is so fun!

the little thing that is getting me through this evening though, is david doing the dishes! this guys is seriously the best at doing dishes. it makes me giddy when i don't have to do them.

true story.

the end.

Thursday, 17 July 2014

exciting news.

well, i think this is as official as it's going to get: we are building a house! we are unbelievably excited. the land is bought, the plans are being made, and permits are in the works.

but before you go nuts asking yourself how two newlywed students could possibly afford to build a house from scratch let me clarify something. the 'we' in the statement above is david and i, as well as david's parents. david's dad is an amazing builder and recently bought a vacant lot in abbotsford. they are building a house and we are helping design and build the house and we will live there. we are investing and will be applying for the mortgage and we will co-own the house. when we sell it eventually we will split the profits. or, if we feel so inclined (and have the money) we can buy david's parents out. we'll also be able to afford the payments because the house will have a basement suite. david and i will live in the two-bedroom suite while we rent out the top floor to some (hopefully) lovely renters.

of course nothing is set in stone. if we suddenly find ourselves out of work or some other disaster hits we will finish the house and sell it right away. we are all pretty confident that we can build a house that is worth more than it cost to build.

anyway, that's enough about the finances. mostly on the blog i'll talk about the designing and building process. i'll definitely be looking for lots of input! hopefully we'll be able to figure out some creative solutions to keep costs down without sacrificing style and functionality. and if all goes according to plan we'll move in by early 2015.

here's the lot:
again with our awesome sign:
and here's the fantastic view we'll have:
stay tuned next week to see the floor plans, they'll knock your socks off!

ps. if you're looking for a builder in the fraser valley david's dad is LITERALLY the best! he designs, builds, AND renovates. check out his website here.

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

still alive!

hey friends! sorry it's been so long since my last post, it's been a really busy week. and it's summer so it just feels better to be outside in the sun instead of cooped up inside writing blog posts. for the sake of catching up, here's what i've been up to for the last bit:

1. whistler with the kobes fam jam!
we went biking, and walking, and swimming. it rained. a lot. but it was great to spend time as a family.

2. we played baseball

we've been playing tuesday night softball for a few weeks, which, i have to admit, has been super awesome. we had a wrap-up tournament on saturday. softball from 8am-7pm was a bit too much for me though so i just played the morning.

silas was our cutest fan.

3. went to a wedding. we didn't take any pictures but we had a fun day celebrating with my cousin and her now-husband!

what have you guys been up to? got any big plans for the weekend? tomorrow my besties are comin over for dinner (i'm so excited!!!!) and then me and david are going to hit up jam in jubilee. should be a hoot ;)

Friday, 4 July 2014

morning routines.

do you guys have a morning routine? i definitely do. every morning i wake up after pressing the snooze button once, i go to the washroom then head straight to the coffee maker. coffee is the best part of my morning. i go to bed in anticipation of waking up and drinking coffee. for real. because it's not just a plain coffee, it's lattes every morning peeps! they have espresso, creamy milk, and foam that it seriously so delicious!

so how do i make this extra special coffee you may ask? it's all the product of my tassimo and my nespresso milk steamer. we got both of these as wedding presents and they are awesome! the milk steamer especially is great. i steam milk all the time for regular coffee, for lattes, and for hot chocolate. and if we've got it in the house, chocolate milk lattes are seriously the best thing on the planet, just sayin'.

it's not cheap but i'd totally recommend it for any coffee lover. it is way faster and easier to clean than any espresso machine with a steaming wand and it tastes the exact same. and what i really love about it is that it makes the milk HOT, not just warm, but actually hot.

once i've for my coffee made i settle in for 10-15 minutes and read all the my favourite blogs. it's a morning ritual that i can't live without.

do you guys have any morning rituals? i figure coffee is a pretty high priority for most people.

and now that i've professed my love for coffee and my milk steamer it's time to head off to whistler again! hope you all have a spectacular weekend :)