December 25, 2009


well i suppose it's officially Christmas morning (1:30am counts, doesn't it) and we haven't gone to bed yet. how come you wonder? well our furnace seems to be broken. brrrr ~ who do you call on Christmas eve to come and fix it without paying a fortune. handyman j has tried a few tricks and something seems to be stirring down there (and no, it's not a mouse...)
crossing our fingers to a warm(er) Christmas morning!

December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas Eve

wishing you and yours, the very merriest Christmas eve!

here are a few things i have been busy with at the Armstrong household

gingerbread men!

and then... i went to Walmart to buy some final wrapping items, and of course, i went too late. there were no labels, and no classic gift wrap left over. just the kind with Santa and Frosty on it (not a huge fan) i got creative. some brown parcel wrap, twine and some alphabet stamps...

for the parents

i got a little suggestive with j's gifts

and finally, all the gifts under the tree

it was a little time consuming, but i am really pleased how it all turned out! i think i'll keep this idea for next year!

how do you wrap your Christmas gifts?

December 22, 2009

some thoughts

as it gets closer and closer to Christmas, i find that things have been happening that truly makes me realize and feel incredibly blessed. i have an amazing husband, and a wonderful and loving family, and i couldn't be more thankful. i also have my faith and trust in God which makes this time of year especially special. there are some things that have made me realize this too, and sometimes in life it's easy to get busy and forget.
first: j's parents have generously offered to help us with a down payment on a house. which means we won't be homeless in may when baby armstrong comes! we were living in his grandparents house (virtually rent free) after they moved to a retirement home, but they have decided to sell come spring, so this certainly comes as a huge relief, and makes me truly realize how loved and cared for we really are.
second: as i carry this baby and begin to feel her kicks and jabs more often, i realize how important having a family truly is. our old neighbour next door did not have children of his own and his wife passed away a few years ago. we decorated his house for Christmas earlier this month. it's been a rough go on him, it's the time of year that his wife died, he has no family, he's all alone AND it's his birthday. talk about a kicker. j and i have been doing our very best to show him how important he is in our lives and how much we enjoy his company. i invited him over for dinner tonight and intended on making a faux-Christmas dinner (a roast chicken instead of turkey, stuffing, gravy, mashed potatoes, corn...the works) he accepted, but later declined saying he wasn't feeling well. i stopped by today to take him a plate of food, and i had also baked him his favourite pie (blueberry) and put a candle in it lit as i delivered. we also gave him a card wishing him a happy birthday and letting him know that we loved him. he was so quiet and sad when i dropped it off, he nearly cried, and i did too. i left feeling slightly better that maybe we had brightened his day, but after i got in the front door i broke down. he's 84 and truly all alone. i feel like i haven't done enough.

what do i do?

December 17, 2009

sugar and spice and all that's nice...

that's what little girls are made of!
baby armstrong played a bit shy and was nestled all nice and cozy into my pelvis, and didn't even show her face. but from her 15 years as a technician and a few views that she was able to catch, she felt confident enough to say that she did not see any boy parts, and if there were some, they should be there by now!
so, on to choosing a girl name! i am beyond thrilled. j is excited to purchase some pink camo to teach her to hunt....lucky me (or her!)

i. am. so. excited.

the title says it all! we are heading for our 19 week ultrasound today (aka the big one!) hopefully baby armstrong doesn't play shy and gives us a little show, and hopefully the ultrasound technician isn't a grinch and provides us with an early little Christmas gift (here in Canada it's technically illegal for the tech to say anything) so stay tuned (ha, for the many readers out there)
will baby armstrong be a boy or a girl?

December 12, 2009

a little bit of this, a little bit of that

bumpdate... 19 weeks!
i am starting to feel better and better in the morning, and even at night! there are certainly less days that i feel crummy! baby is now the size of a mango, and sometimes i can feel a little kick every now and again. it's like popcorn in the belly, what a neat feeling! i can't wait until they are stronger and more noticeable (right now i can only feel them if i'm sitting quietly or lying in bed).

on another note, it's been 4 years since my grandma passed away. it was so close to Christmas that this time of year always reminds me of her. i'll never forget the angel that she insisted on buying from the drugstore that is battery operated and transitions through various colours. she kept it by her hospital bed for that last week and we made sure at night that it was turned on and glowing. it was her "guardian angel" my aunt linda was so thoughtful and purchased us all one that Christmas (thank you aunt linda, it quite possibly was the most memorable gift i've ever received!)you can imagine the tears that came when we all opened ours. it is quite possibly the most beautifully tacky ornament i've ever owned, and i always make sure to turn it on, on Christmas eve. it brings a smile to my face and a tear to my eye each time i see it around this time of year. it makes me think that maybe she's watching over us. "and hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out His love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom He has given us." Romans 5:5

December 9, 2009

it's beginning to feel more like the holidays!

my my my what a busy few days we have had! as previously posted, our tree and house are Christmas-ized! my mum came down for a few days and we did some shopping. i got most of mine done, considering j and i are only doing stockings this year.
we went to j's work christmas party, we almost didn't go, but i'm so glad that we did! i managed to find a dress (non maternity = able to wear after pregnancy!) and we had a blast! i even managed to score the centre piece as a prize!

i was a little disappointed today. you see we were supposed to be hit with a "winter" storm. instead, all we have had is mild temperatures, and rain. funny, that we live in ontario and STILL have no snow. *sigh* it's quite sad, how i long for a white Christmas!

on another note: i can feel baby moving around in there. baby armstrong is just pop pop popping away, especially when some music comes on! i can't always feel it, but every now and again ~ what an amazing feeling. i am so thankful to God each day for this true blessing! one week until we find out: is baby armstrong a he, or a she? what do you think?