Wife, Mummy, Nurse

01 July 2015

Target {Almost Wordless Wednesday}

Charis is visiting grandparents for the next 12 days. Next week, she'll be attending Vacation Bible School. Why am I not with her? I have jury duty. Unfortunately, Maryland does not grant nursing mothers an exemption due to breastfeeding.

One of the first places Justin and I shopped, after leaving Charis with Granny and Grandad, was Target! It's MUCH more peaceful shopping without an almost five year old. "Can I get yogurt? Can I get goldfish? Do we need to get Justin onesies?" Less questions were asked, and I could shop in peace.

...But at the same time, I still miss her.


29 June 2015

Summer Days

Summer is flying by. July is almost here. This summer, one of my goals is to go to the pool as often as possible. Usually, this ends up being 3-4 days/week for 20-90 minutes. We do not go on Sundays or Wednesdays. On Sunday, we are at church and having fellowship with other Christians. On Wednesday, the pool is closed, plus we go to prayer meeting. Usually, I want to just stay at home on a random day and clean, rest, tidy, cook, read, etc.

28 June 2015

NoGii Review

This is a sponsored post from NoGii and Moms Meet. 

Now that summer is here, my husband's work hours usually pick up!! (Woohoo!!) The downside is since Drew is still revising his dissertation, he is up until all hours of the night, sleeps as late as he can in the morning, gets up, and quickly gets ready for work. I often have to thrust breakfast (a NoGii protein bar) in Drew's hand as he walks out the door.

NoGii products were created as a gluten-free product to provide protein to those with active lifestyles. Even though we do not have to eat gluten-free foods, my whole family has been enjoying NoGii products.

18 June 2015

Canada: Day Two

June 2, 2015: 

On Tuesday morning, Drew had a paper to present at the University of Ottawa. I went to get tickets so we could have a tour of Parliament later that afternoon. The tours are first come first serve, and the doors to get tickets open up at 9 AM. I walked around for a bit just to see where things were and went back to the hotel where my MIL was watching my two children. 

When Drew was finished with his presentation, he came back to the hotel, ate a quick lunch, and we (Drew, my FIL, and I) went to meet an online friend/acquaintance who works for an MP in Canada. He took us on a personal, informal "tour" around the different statues/memorials at the Capital. Unfortunately, I did not take any pictures of the monuments. I hoped to at least take a photograph of the War of 1812 Monument, especially since I've been reading the Caroline books, published by American Girl, to Charis.

View from the Peace Tower-
building is the library dome.
Stained glass window in the Memorial Chamber, a commemoration
to those who died in military service for Canada.
A daylight view of the Centennial Flame.
The Centennial Flame was ignited on the evening of December 31, 1966,
to commemorate Canada's 100th anniversary of Confederation.
At 3:20 PM, we took a guided tour of Centre Block (home to the Senate, the House of Commons, and the Library of Parliament). Yes I spelled centre correctly, in Canada center is "centre". Since the Senate and House of Commons were convening on June 2, we were not able to go into those rooms as a tour group. After the tour was over, Charis, Drew, my FIL, and I went into observe both the Senate and the House of Commons. My MIL and Justin did not go in with us. 

When it was time to go back to our hotel, Charis had a wonderful melt down (largely due to being tired and hungry), and she had to be carried at least 1 block before she started walking with me. In the hotel room I made to go take a nap, where she cried herself to sleep. Poor "baby" girl. I know I'm much grumpier when I'm tired and hungry, so I definitely sympathized with her. I too was tired, so I lied down in bed with her and fell asleep too. After we got up from her nap, we were like new people. It's amazing what sleep can do to you.

17 June 2015

The Lighthouse Keeper's Daughter #YarnAlong

The Lighthouse Keeper's Daughter is cast off, finished, completed. You get the idea. Thanks to giving birth, having a newborn, and adjusting to life with two children, this project took over a year. My daughter loves it, but it's too hot to wear this cardigan on a regular basis.




Overall, I am pleased with it. I plan on knitting the grown up version (The Lighthouse Keeper's Wife), but when I knit it, I plan on casting on using the provisional cast on and using the kitchener stitch to close the hood.

What's on your needles or crochet hook? Join me at Ginny's Yarn Along.

16 June 2015

Canada: Day One

A few weeks ago (June 1-5), we were in Canada. Drew presented a paper at University of Ottawa on June 2, and we decided to make a trip out of it. After the decision was made that Drew, Charis, Justin, and I were all going, we figured, "Hey, what's a few more people? Let's invite your parents. After all your dad was born in Canada less than 2 hours away from Ottawa." It meant that we had to get a passport for Lil' J. Let's just say his picture looks like a mug shot; he took it seriously when they said not to smile.

Bilingual Stop Sign.
We are not in the USA anymore.
On June 1, Charis, Justin, and I left Western PA with my in-laws and traveled to Syracuse, NY. In Syracuse, we met Drew who had left from Maryland earlier, and Drew and I left our vehicle at a friend's house.

We traveled into Canada crossing over the Thousands Islands Bridge.

Around 8 PM, we arrived at our hotel in the heart of the capital in Ottawa. We unloaded our suitcases and checked into our hotel room. Since our room was 8 floors up and had a balcony that we could walk out and view the sky, our first rule for Charis was, "Do NOT go out on to the balcony by yourself."

My MIL cooked dinner in the little kitchenette. Shortly after we ate our dinner, my FIL, Drew, and I went on a short walk around the capital.

Where the Prime Minister's office is located
Centennial Flame

10 June 2015

The Lighthouse Keeper's Daughter #YarnAlong

Late last spring (shortly before Justin was born), I cast on The Lighthouse Keeper's Daughter for Charis. I knit it on and off last summer; my excuse for my lax knitting, I had a newborn. Come late fall, it's not the most appropriate sweater for the colder weather. The sweater went into hibernation.

Enter Very Shannon's Tops, Tanks & Tees Knit Along. I discovered we are permitted to work on items that were cast on before the KAL started! The KAL ends today, and as of writing this post, I have THREE more ends to weave in, but the responsible thing to do would be going to bed and finish it in the morning.



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