We Are Fami-Lee

We Are Fami-Lee

Monday, July 25, 2011


We get the keys THIS FRIDAY!!! Woohoo! We get to spend the weekend cleaning, painting? and measuring for furniture and things!

I'm getting super excited. I now feel like I can start looking at paint colors, furniture, etc. and actually know what I can get and where it will go and when it can be there!

One thing that's been really nice about this move is that we really don't have to do ANYTHING!!! Our stuff arrives on Monday and the movers are doing everything. People keep asking what they can do to help us with the move and we really can't think of anything right now, except maybe letting us use some cleaning supplies and giving advice on how to decorate! It's really nice. I must say to anyone who may move in the near future: movers are the way to go!

In other news, I'm 16 weeks along, my belly is starting to show, we find out the gender in 2 weeks, and we are pretty sure we are naming the baby...


Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Life in Canada...Thus Far

Now fess up women. How come no one told me how large my chest would become this early on in pregnancy? Now don't all go looking at once, but I have grown 2 sizes since little baby has made itself at home in my belly. 2 sizes! (Sorry to all my male family who may not want to read this right now, but seriously? 2 sizes?) Anyway, I just had to go buy a new bra and the lady practically laughed at how small my previous bra was. I practically laughed at the sizes she brought me to try on...until they fit...then I stopped laughing! Anyway, I'm only 15 weeks in and I thought this would happen much, much later on. Who knew?

In other news, we did in fact purchase the house shown in the previous post! We are super excited. We only have 9 days until it's ours. It's weird thinking that I will be living in a house and not an apartment. We are going to have some serious upgrading to do to make this house look furnished. A two bedroom apartment to a 3 story house will require some serious purchases! Plus, with a baby coming, we are going to have to get a lot of new things. Why did we buy a house again? Sounds expensive!

I've been walking 3 miles everyday. I'm still not sure what types of exercise I can be doing right now, but I wanted to make sure I was doing SOMETHING, and now that I'm not so freakishly tired, I thought I'd wake up and take a walk every morning. Quite a good idea, if I do say so myself!

Derek is really enjoying his job; well as much as anyone can enjoy a new job. He's having to learn a lot which means a lot of reading and not a whole lot of doing. He seems to enjoy the people and he comes home speaking in an Irish accent most of the time. (I don't really want to explain this one because it's so much cooler if I just leave it at that, but it's just because he works next to an Irish guy. Told you, not that cool at all!)

He's enjoying working downtown. His dad works 2 buildings down on one end and his sister works 2 buildings down on the other so they get together for lunch when they can. Sometimes, I'm a little jealous! :)

Other than that, I really don't have much else to say. I try to keep busy. I've been reading my book and cross-stitching, but that gets old when you do it EVERYDAY. I don't have a car, but even if I did, I'm not sure where I'd go. Once we move in, I'll have some unpacking to do and some purchasing to do (Awesome!). I'm also going to try and learn to sew one of these days. I might be able to get my hands on a sewing machine soon! Question: how does one learn how to sew without someone showing them how? I could find a class, I'm sure, or I could just look it up on youtube? I don't know, but it's something I'm interested in. Maybe I just feel like I need to be all domestic or something.

Anyway, that's life!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

We're Big Kids Now!

Um, so, we put an offer down on a house last night. I know, pretty grown up of us. We are REALLY excited about it. We'll be negotiating prices in the next couple of days or so and once we can decide on the deal, it's just all that normal house buying stuff that we have to do before it's ours!!! Yay! We are hoping to get into the house by the beginning of August, if possible. This will mean I will have something to do with my life again: unpack!

Isn't it CUTE?!?!

In other news, I'm seriously considering getting a masters. Yes, I know little baby is coming soon, but I thought it would be a good idea to do before baby comes, take a break once baby comes, and continue again. I could do one of those online programs from up here and it wouldn't affect my Canadian "visitors" status. I thought about doing an education masters, but that doesn't actually sound all that appealing to me right now. I feel like I would want to do an administration specialization to become a principal but there are some things that wouldn't make sense about that: 1) No one would let me be a principal with only 2 years of teaching experience so I would have to teach another 5-10 years before they'd let me. 2) It would make sense to get a masters in education while I was teaching so I would have a place to implement what I'm learning. 3) I don't know when I will go back to teaching so my knowledge might just sit on the shelf for a LONG time.

So instead I was thinking a masters in psychology. Just a general degree, so I wouldn't get licensed to be a counselor or anything but it would be things that I want to learn about. I think it would be knowledge used in many areas of my life, including teaching if/when I go back to that.

I don't know. What do you think? I'm a little worried it might be too much to take on right now, but I'm also afraid that if I don't start now, I never will and it is something that really interests me.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

I Don't Want to Give Anything Away in the Title...

It feels really strange writing other posts before this one because I’ve been dying to let everyone know.


That’s right, I’m pregnant! I can barely believe it, still! I’m 13 weeks along, just about done with my first trimester and I’m still in shock. I just can’t believe that it happened.

No one will ever convince me that this wasn’t a miracle. It definitely was NOT supposed to be able to happen when it did. With only one working ovary, and them supposedly having to alternate each month, it just wasn’t supposed to work. In fact, even when I felt some symptoms creeping up on me, I didn’t even think to take a pregnancy test because it was literally impossible for it to be true. But, it is. It’s true. And in January, we’ll have a precious little baby of our own. It’s a miracle.

It’s been hard for me to understand how we’ve been so blessed. As long and as hard as it was for us, in the scheme of things, 2 years is not that long when it comes to dealing with infertility. Many others wait years and years and years before being blessed with a child of their own. And, I just don’t understand why some of them had to wait longer and how I am so blessed so quickly. I’m certainly not complaining :), but I wonder sometimes.

I know my story is quite a bit different because I pretty much knew from the time I was a teenager that I would have difficulty getting pregnant. So we didn’t wait very long (only about 4 months) before seeing our first doctor about it. I mean, I was seeing an infertility specialist a little over a year after we first started trying. Many couples wait a lot longer than that. I was very proactive, and that was extremely hard because being proactive doesn’t mean you have control over anything, but luckily, doctors were able to find out what was wrong fairly quickly. We truly are blessed. I only hope I can be the best mother I can in order to show my gratitude to the Lord.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Hello from Canada

Okay, it’s high time that I updated this thing. I’ve actually have a lot to say, which is quite unusual for my blogging history so I thought I’d split them all up and post one a day so I didn’t overwhelm myself. Make sure you keep coming back!

First, I moved. I’m quite excited about it now that it has happened, but I’m also extremely scared. Obviously, it’s very new to me and it really doesn’t help that I can’t do anything until I’m a permanent resident. Right now, I’m just a long-term visitor which means I can’t work or go to school (meaning I can’t take any classes that would help me get a bachelors or masters).

So I need some help. I NEED to have something to do on a regular basis or I am going to spiral down into depression (especially as the winter months creep up). I have a few ideas, but I don’t think it’s enough.

  1. figure out what I need to do to keep my licensure up to date and usable in Canada, which might mean taking a class or two.
  2. taking up the violin again and take private or university lessons.
  3. once we get a house, unpacking and getting that all in order.
  4. learning to sew.
  5. and then the regular stuff that doesn’t take up much time like reading, cross-stitching, going on walks, etc.

I need some other ideas as to what I can do! I mean, this is my time to have some time to myself, time to do what I want to do, when I want to do it. Again, I’m excited I have this opportunity but also very nervous that it won’t be enough. HELP!!!