Wednesday, December 31, 2014


Thirteen minutes left in 2014...I'd rather be sleeping. :)

And this concludes my 2nd year of a photo a day!

Tuesday, December 30, 2014


Getting out of a movie at midnight? Sure, why not! (And it was really good in case you're wondering!)

Monday, December 29, 2014


Is there a giant owl behind me by any chance?

Sunday, December 28, 2014


Some cousins (and a big brother) excited to meet the newest little addition to Les' side of the about 2 months!

Saturday, December 27, 2014


This was the perfect shirt to get for my hunting-loving hubby.

Friday, December 26, 2014


This was the gift I was most looking forward to giving this year. This sweet doll (handmade by my friend Jackie) for this even sweeter niece of mine. 

Thursday, December 25, 2014


Our Christmas Day was lovely. Malia read the Christmas story, we did gifts (the girls LOVED their giant teddy bears!), played games and then we went to join my parents at my Grandma's for supper. 

Wednesday, December 24, 2014


Our stockings...hung by the homemade fireplace with care.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014


The girls had a great time getting creative and being Santa & Rudolph today.

Monday, December 22, 2014


Will the crocheting ever end? My Christmas orders may all be finished...but now I need to finish up my own gifts! This is the beginnings of Malia's stuffed owl.

Sunday, December 21, 2014


This girl - out of the blue and without being asked - went on a tidying spree around the main floor today. My, it was lovely! Clean kitchen counters, a decluttered front entrance, swept floors...she even cleaned up supper (after her and Malia also custom-made us our own plates of nachos). All while I sat on the couch...crocheting, of course!

Saturday, December 20, 2014


Getting my fingers all dressed up for the Christmas week!

Friday, December 19, 2014


I was supposed to be at a ladies night with the girls that work in the same space as us at Tiny TreeHugger, but due to a cold I decided to stay home on the couch. The rest of them were going to be drinking wine, but the hostess - knowing I drink Pepsi and not wine - had this ready for me...including a bow!! What a sweet gesture, and while I needed to be at home, seeing that picture made me sad I wasn't able to be there. And not because of the Pepsi, but because of how thoughtful she was.

Thursday, December 18, 2014


A hug and a hot chocolate from a co-worker this morning was a great way to start the day!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014


Still working on a few Christmas orders and gifts. This cup cozy was Malia's request for her teacher, will will be accompanied by a Tim Horton's gift card.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014


My beautiful Little Miss Malia all ready for the Girl Guides Christmas party her cousin invited her to.

Monday, December 15, 2014


Good night, clocks. Good night, socks. Good night, little house. Good night, stars. Good night, air. Good night, noises everywhere.

~excerpts from "Goodnight Moon" by Margaret Wise Brown

Sunday, December 14, 2014


My two angels at their Sunday School Christmas program tonight.

Saturday, December 13, 2014


Les and the girls started shopping for my Christmas gifts today. This game is one item on my list!

Friday, December 12, 2014


Dressed in my reindeer PJ's at 5:00pm today, getting ready for a night...out! That's right! Family PJ party at our friends' place tonight, including gingerbread house making, gifts and a movie. Thanks P & L!

Thursday, December 11, 2014


Our reindeer-decorated door at work. He's so cute!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014


Dear inventor of arm-knitting,

Thank you. That is all.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014


Some people (aka ME) were just meant to have short hair. It feels so good to have all of that length cut off again after about 3 1/2 years of growing it out. 

Monday, December 8, 2014


I got a little bug-eyes staring at my crochet projects all day today. I was sure glad to get out of the house in the evening to get a break! Really feeling the Christmas rush getting the last of my orders completed!

Sunday, December 7, 2014


The perfect way to end off a delicious lunch with my family.

Saturday, December 6, 2014


Our outside Christmas lights FINALLY went up today. Some of them don't seem to be working, and they're not exactly evenly done, but the girls put them up and they love them just the way they are. Well, Joelle loves her side (the right side) except for the fact that the ones she draped nicely across the front aren't working, and Malia loves her side (the left side) including the on-purpose tangled look on the pillar. Good enough!

Friday, December 5, 2014


These two...being silly before bed. I love it when they get along.

Thursday, December 4, 2014


Oh was I ever glad to see this massage table set up for me after work today. Sharing office space with massage therapists comes in handy...especially when they trade me for crocheted goods!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014


Her & I & a cozy chair & a shared cinnamon bun at a local cafe makes for a great date!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014


I was SO excited to get my new CD I'm the mail today. And the really good thing? It says Volume 1 so you know there's more on the way!

Monday, December 1, 2014


December is here! And with that, a limited time to get my Christmas orders complete! Today was a full on crochet marathon...until I ran out of yarn that I need to fill most of the rest of my orders.

Sunday, November 30, 2014


Thanks to a friend coming over to help, my shiny new laptop that we bought yesterday is all set up and completely functional. Our old laptop kicked the bucket (very suddenly) on Friday afternoon, leaving us no choice but to put Les' dream of a new TV on hold yet again.

Saturday, November 29, 2014


Buying a new laptop (after ours died yesterday), a bit of Christmas shopping, supper at the food court and going to see The Mockingjay Part 1 movie was on the date agenda today.

Friday, November 28, 2014


Tonight we put up our Christmas tree and decorations. This is my favorite ornament. It's the one I got from my Grade 3 teacher and I have loved it ever since. Of course I have new favorites that my girls have made/given to me, but this one is my favorite from my past.

Thursday, November 27, 2014


This has been another rough week for me, and this morning was no exception. But when I got downstairs and saw the bright ball of sunshine staring to come up for another day...I was given renewed hope.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014


Tired and headachey tonight, while Joelle was at youth and Malia was playing Wii with her dad, I allowed myself the unusual luxury of watching TV in the early evening and ignoring my household duties.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014


Today was such a special day! My oldest flowergirl from my wedding (there were 4 of them - sisters) is now attending the same local Bible college I did and I went to visit her there today. I got a tour of the school - which has changed A LOT since I was last there SIXTEEN years ago!! - and then we went to a quaint little boutique for "coffee" and a great visit. I'm so glad that I have maintained a connection with that special family who was such a big part of my life. It's so cool seeing the amazing young woman she has grown up to be.

Monday, November 24, 2014


My "handiwork by andi" orders are starting to pick up the last couple of weeks. This sweet stuffed owl toy was a custom made item for a soon-to-be-born baby girl and I really enjoyed watching it come to life. I finished it today and fell in love!

Sunday, November 23, 2014


I love it when I have a good outfit day. Today was the first time wearing this ensemble and I loved the colors, the fit, the style, the of my new faves for sure!

Saturday, November 22, 2014


My sweet little niece...she's not usually this still. :)

Friday, November 21, 2014


The girls decorated cookies at Grandma's today. Joelle made hers spell "Christmas Day." 


Raising children is no easy task. But at the end of the day, regardless of how tough the days journey was...this is what it's all about.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014


The shelves of newly restocked product I got to "play" with at work today.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014


Adding a bit more Christmas baking to the mix. The girls are spreading chocolate chips onto the base of my homemade Skor bars.

Monday, November 17, 2014


My little baker helped me make a few dozen Jam-Jam cookies this afternoon (on a day off of school) to kick off our Christmas baking AND she did all of the jamming on her own!

Sunday, November 16, 2014


This girl. Back from her first ever youth retreat with positive reviews!

Saturday, November 15, 2014


With Joelle away this weekend, I promised Malia we would have a "sleepover" one night. Which means I might head back to my bed when she's asleep! :)

Friday, November 14, 2014


Joelle left tonight for her very first youth retreat (grades 6-8). It was a back-and-forth struggle whether she was actually prepared to get on that bus and drive away, but she did it and I'm so prod of her!!

(Her friend just happened to pull her owl hat over her face for the picture which worked out great to keep her anonymous so I could post this picture!)

Thursday, November 13, 2014


Catching a few rays of precious sunshine through the window on my lunch break today.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014


These peanut butter chocolate chip cookies are a huge temptation for me. Thanks for the idea to bake them tonight, Malia (insert sarcasm here).