November 30, 2009

oh Christmas tree!

warning: picture alert!
well sunday started off a little glum. i was grumpy (pregnancy horomones maybe?) who knows. anyway, we decided to head out with some good friends of ours, to get our tree! and not just buy a tree, but search and cut down our very own! we got started on the hunt:


then we found "the one"

and proceeded to cut it down!

all seemed to be going well! the tree wouldn't fit in the trunk as per usual, because it wasn't bundled (like the typical tree we buy)

so our only option was to tie it to the roof!

my handy husband j got started on this task. we borrowed some rope from our friends, and got started. boy did he tie this puppy down! it wasn't going anywhere. it was secure as secure can be. and well, so were the doors! lovely husband j, had tied the string through the windows with the doors shut, rather than opening them and going through the car.

my question was, how are we going to get into the car? it would take too long to undo all of his hard handywork, so climbing in seemed like the best option! *sigh* i really hope no one saw this, or noticed!


he looks so proud of himself, doesn't he? what my husband lacks in brains, he makes up for in good looks!


we got it home (and yes we had to climb out the windows in our driveway, good thing it was a quiet sunday afternoon!) and started to decorate! i must admit, it's one of the best trees i've ever had and looks beautiful!


so there you have it folks, my eventful sunday! how did you spend your weekend?

Christmas is in the air!

well, it certainly has been an eventful weekend to say the least! where should i start?
friday night we had dinner with j's aunt and uncle 5 houses down from us, then we made a quick trip to Zeller's because we heard of an awesome moonlight madness sale on a baby stroller. unfortunately the stroller fell short and it was not worth purchasing. moving on to saturday.
we had a busy busy day outside, cleaning up around the yard and getting it "winterized" j put up our lovely Christmas lights (i'll have to post a picture later), they look so pretty (although would be much better with some snow!). on top of that, i did a little last minute decoration shopping at Walmart. our old neighbour john (who is 83 but still full of life) had informed us that he would not partake in the Christmas decorating. it made me sad to think that he was so lonely. so, off i went to find something for him. i found some garland and a wreath. i snuck over to his house, climbed up the post (pregnant and all) and wrapped the garland down the post on his front porch. then as i knocked on the door and he opened it, i hung the wreath hook and wreath over the door and proclaimed "there you go, you old scrooge!" i have never seen someone so delighted in all my life! he wrapped me in a huge hug (not typical of him, he seems to have a hardened heart) and said tearfully, that with neighbours like us, he would be staying until 2050. it made my heart swell and almost brought tears to my eyes. he brought us to his basement where he opened a closet FULL of Christmas decorations, all of which hadn't been touched since his wife died 8 years ago. i grabbed a few more things to add to his front window, and called it a day. the next step is to invite him over for a turkey closer to Christmas. after that, my mother informed us of an awesome deal at Babies-R-Us. a stroller regular $380 was on sale for $250 and the matching playpen regular $200 was on for $120! we rushed over (no rainchecks allowed) and got it! it's a beauty isn't it?
i think this is a long enough post in itself, so i'll spare you all (i say this as if someone reads my blog) the reading, and post a second one to recount sunday's adventures!

November 23, 2009

i'm a fatty

so i was teaching today, at a school that i'm often at, but never usually in the higher grades. i was on lunch supervision, when some grade 7 girls were out in the hallway rather than the classroom. i asked them politely where they needed to be, and they told me they were just getting something from their bag. fair enough. i let them carry on, so long as it didn't take too long. as i was leaving, one girl paused and then said "can i ask you something?" of course i said yes, and then i waited. there was quite the long pause, and then a hesitant and soft "umm so like..um...are you um...expecting.....(long pause which i waited to hear what was coming next), or are you um...........just fat?" i'm sure i had a look of disbelief. thank goodness i am expecting, or i may have been slightly insulted. i can't lie and say that i'm not a little insulted though. apparently i look like a big fatty. end of story. *sigh* gotta love grade 7 girls and their blunt curiosity.

November 19, 2009

youth

my husband and i lead youth at our local church. it's a rewarding experience, and fun to do. some days i feel like an over-used volunteer, because really we are supposed to have a youth pastor doing this, and we (the volunteers) would be helping out. instead, we're essentially the youth pastors - but not being paid. that's ok though, it is rewarding.
the other night we had a great experience. the youth came with loads of questions in mind, some were silly (do you think God would be ok if we walked around naked all the time, because that's essentially how He made us?) and some were loaded (if you commit suicide, do you still go to heaven). i'm amazed at what the mind of a 13 year old can pull out of reading a few verses in the bible. one interesting thing was that we had a girl bring a friend. we always encourage this, we're a small church, youth bringing friends means a growing youth group. what was interesting was that this girl was mormon. not at all in line with our beliefs at our church. it struck me funny that her mum would allow her to come to our youth group. all i can do, and encourage our youth to do is pray for her!

November 16, 2009

baby bump

ok so i figure it's time for a pregnancy post, because who doesn't love that.
baby is an orange now. funny, because that seems to be my weird pregnancy craving. if i can suck on an orange, i'm a happy camper. and i suppose that's pretty good, they are definately healthy and jam packed full of vitamin c for me and baby! unfortunately that morning sickness (aka all day sickness) that i thought was gone. not so much. i tried to stop taking the diclectin for a day, and boy was that a bad idea. it was like being hit by a brick wall. i was down and out. i started taking it again immediately, and slowly began to feel better. darn, just my luck.
so here's the 15 week baby bump shot. i feel like it's abnormally big for 15 weeks...i had someone make a comment that i was "huge" for almost 4 months. that made me feel great. maybe it's a bit of bloat? i don't know guy, is this normal? considering it's only our first?

it's been a while

ok, so it's been a while since i last posted. but i figure, no one's reading so hey, who cares. and then i thought about the off chance that someone might stop by my blog to read and see that i hadn't posted, and be disappointed and never come back. so if you're new, and reading this ~ please stay!
not a lot happening here in the armstrong household. we both had friday afternoon off (hurray, considering j ended up working saturday and sunday) so we made a little trip down to babies-r-us. we had a jolly old time registering, but holy cow my friends, is it ever overwhelming! like seriously, i would never have known that you need 3 (yes you heard me right, 3) freaking car seats! or that because i am planning to breast feed that results in STILL needing bottles and a breast pump. maybe i'm still young and naive to all of this, but it was a bit of a kicker. luckily, the lady at the store was super nice and helped us out, without even flinching at my sheer and utter stupidity to the subject. j made me register for a gorgeous crib ~ beautiful white, sturdy, thick and also $350.... you know, just put away a little bit each week and that crib will be mine all mine. it doesn't seem right. i mean sure, i want little peanut to have it all, but really, i saw an equally gorgeous crib (ok maybe not AS gorgeous) for only $139...and it could be mine all mine today. however, j seems to be a brand name snob all of a sudden and really wants to fork out the dough for this crib. i also had to remind him that the stroller/car seat system we chose it almost $400 and how are we supposed to afford all of this? i would rather buy a crib used than a stroller... something about using a stroller with fabric that other kids have messed in just doesn't do it for me. however a crib (minus mattress) is easily cleanable
the stroller...gorgeous no?