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I’m feeling restless with this space and I’m considering moving. I’ve already set up a new blog, on *gasp* Blogger, but I’m not sure yet. There are things about Blogger that I really love. For one, I love that you can change the font on like everything without having to buy a Custom CSS package. My domain is also coming up for renewal, it’s only $15 for the year but I’m just not sure if I’m in love with this blog like I was last year.

So, the floor is yours.

The Bottle Chronicles


Notes of Life & Love

Either way, it’s going to be me blogging about the same stuff I always blog about. 😉



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Our Day {Thus Far}

Since we have been out of town since the 17th of December, our refrigerator and cupboards were in serious need of restocking, so we decided to go out for breakfast this morning. We choose the 50s diner around the corner from our house ~ the one I used to work at. I left on good terms {I simply couldn’t physically handle the job, but loved the girls and the atmosphere} so I love going there still. Plus, the food is amazing!

Nolan was fairly good ~ a little whiny while we waited for our food because he was super hungry. But the waitress brought him a colour book, so they both had fun with that…

{even when he’s squinting at me, he’s handsome ❤ hehe}

Usually when we’re out for a meal, we don’t order for Nolan because he generally is okay with sharing my food or Matt’s…but today, Nolan was super hungry and ate both my two over-easy eggs, a sausage, countless homefries, and a piece of toast off my plate alone. Off Matt’s, he had another egg and some ham. So I think we’re going to start ordering a kids meal for our little pig boy!

Just let me say: I am glad Nolan’s appetite is increasing again. He’s getting over the sickies, and I hope that he continues to eat more! Nothing like a fat baby to make a mama happy!

After our breakfast, we headed to Walmart to get some stuff. Walmart is always a bad idea, you go in for a few things and come out with a lot more than you intended on…but I still had fun with my boys! I saw a Christmas tree I really wanted for only $22 on sale, but Matt reminded me that we just don’t have the space to store anything seasonal right now. {He’s right, of course!}.

Then we went to the grocery store. One of our Christmas presents was a gift card for the grocery store {a fabulous idea, if I do say so myself. Who doesn’t like having their groceries paid for them!?}. By this point, Nolan was super cranky. He was tired of sitting in carts {or a high chair} and just wanted down to play. I let Matt handle paying for the groceries and walked outside with Nolan…holding his little hand…until we got to the parking lot, then I picked him up and carried him to the car.

When we got home, Matt and I put away groceries and the other stuff we bought while Nolan “helped”. Then we opened our new crock pot, veggie steamer, and Corningware dishes {yay for Christmas presents!} as well as Nolan’s Little People Farm. 😀 Nolan had a snack of yogurt {which he insisted upon: he went to the fridge when I was putting away the milk and grabbed it} while Matt took out the recycling. It’s crazy how much recycling Christmas produces! I can’t remember if recycling is this week or next, but I’m hoping it’s this week.

After all that, Matt went ice fishing with his friends. Nolan and I had a quick lunch of cream cheese on bread {a favourite of his} and I let him drink out of the big boy cup. I wanted to get a picture of his cute little “milk mustache”, but my camera and phone weren’t close and I didn’t want to leave him alone with an entire cup of milk…just imagine the mess that would bring! But I assure you: it was cute!

Nolan had his nap while I cleaned, and when he woke up we cuddled on the couch and watched an episode of Thomas and Friends.

He was a little whiny after nap time, and he’s been chewing on his fingers so I’m pretty sure he’s getting more molars. When, exactly, does teething end? Sigh. At least he doesn’t seem to be in too much discomfort.

He’s also been playing with his Little People farm nonstop since Matt took it out of the packaging, and it doesn’t even have batteries in it! I’m wondering if I could get away with not putting them in, since he doesn’t even know it makes noise and is content to just play with it as is? Yes, I’m a little selfish haha! But the amount of noise all his toys generate is just grating sometimes! Might as well eliminate one, right?!

We’ve had tons of fun today, and I’m pretty exhausted! But in a good way, yanno? I’ve accomplished a lot {it feels, anyway}. Grocery shopping, cleaning, laundry, playing with my little man…it’s been a great day! After this post, Nolan and I are going to head outside to play with his new sled. For dinner, I’m planning on making pork chops, side kicks, potatoes, and veggies. Maybe some fish too, if Matt and his friend catch anything. His friend is coming over for dinner, and to hang out with Matt after Nolan’s in bed. I believe they are going to play some video games haha. I’ll probably be going to bed early, since I’m already running on low energy!

So, that’s my day {so far, anyway}. How’s yours? I know many kiddos are back and school, and many people are back at work today. I am thankful that my husband doesn’t go back to school until the 10th, and that I don’t need to work until then either*.

*I’m not sure if I mentioned it or not yet, but I have the girls back again! She decided receipts weren’t important to her, and I’ll have them 3 times a week at scheduled times.YAY!


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blackberry blogging…

SO, we are ‘officially’ moved into the new place, and we still have A LOT of unpacking to do. Like, our bedroom is a disaster…its hosting all of the random crap we haven’t unpacked yet but don’t want to trip over/look at. My bay window is almost blocked off with a HUGE pile of cardboard boxes {seriously, I cannot WAIT for recycling day!!}.

But, I love it here! Its really beginning to look like home. I’ve got my bookshelf all built and am slowly unpacking our books/other knick knacks. I have set up the adorable lamps that my grandparents bought us for the wedding {and seriously they could not be any more ‘us’!! Looove them!}. We’re still waiting on my futon, because Matt decided to store it at his buddy’s house and his buddy has been out of town until this evening, but I had to work and thanks to a group of people coming in TEN MINUTES before closing, I had to stay late. Now? Matt can’t get ahold of his friend. We assume he’s sleeping, since he probably has to work in the morning. So, tomorrow will be day 3 without a couch 😦

BUT my kitchen rocks, so there’s that 🙂 I absolutely love it!! And Nolan’s bedroom is also coming along great. I’m just waiting for Matt to put up his floating shelf and hang his pictures 🙂 the carpet we bought from Walmart totally completes the look of his room too.

I wish I could take pictures of our new home and show it to y’all, but every time I try to upload photos to a post from my BlackBerry, nothing happens. The data won’t send. So no pictures on my blog. You can, however, follow me on Twitter since I can post photos to there! {@thebchronicles for those of you not yet following me…and get on fixing that! Hehe}.

So yeah, a brief update before I settle down to watch a movie with Matt and have a tea. I have no idea if I’ll be able to last on this floor, on Nolan’s little foam couch, but its worth a shot. 🙂

Also: I can’t *really* read all your blogs {no net 😦 waah!} so please add in your comments what’s going on! Hehe.



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Envisioning Fall

Fall is one of my favourite months. Truthfully, I find beauty in all the months, but there’s something crisp and beautiful about fall that makes it one of my absolute favourite times of the year. The colours are vivid and striking against the gray sky’s of Autumn, the air has a slight crispness to it, and cleanses with every breath. The scent of decaying leaves is also beautiful to me. I love the smell of fall, the look of it, and all that comes with fall. Carving pumpkins, Halloween, racking leaves into huge piles to jump in…all of it is just so magical.

I woke up this morning and glanced out the bay window, seeing that the first of the leaves had already started to fall to the ground. The sky is gray, the air has that crispness to it. It’s beginning, and I’m excited. But, I’m also anxious. With fall this year comes so many more expenses. We’re moving out next Saturday {6 days!}, and the three of us need new fall and winter clothes.

So, I’m anxious for fall…but I’m also excited. I can’t wait for leave piles and pumpkins and decorating for Halloween {the decorating of which will be made possible from the Dollarstore!} And this year, we’re going to carve a pumpkin with Nolan. Last year, he was only 6 months old and we didn’t see a point to it. But this year, he’s old enough to start the tradition that I had when I was growing up. We would draw the face on the pumpkin, and my parents would cut them. Then we would take a spoon and scoop out all the insides of the pumpkin – by far the grossest feeling thing of the whole process, but we still had tons of fun with it.

I’m excited to bake pumpkin seeds, even though I am not personally a fan of eating anything pumpkin. Matt loves pumpkin seeds, and I’m sure Nolan will too. That kid loves anything his daddy does. He’s such a daddy’s boy.

What are some fun fall activities that you’re looking forward to? Also, whats you’re favourite part of fall?


Yesterday, my dad came down to visit {and to drop off our fridge, stove and end table}. I made him a sandwich and he played with Nolan for a little while. Before I knew it he had to head back home, because he had a lot to do and the trip is a long one. I did manage to get a bunch of pictures of them together. Nolan absolutely loves his Grampa Dan!!

I was really glad he could steal away for a while to come and see us. I miss my family being so far away from everyone, and even if I only got to hang out with him for an hour, it was still awesome.

After he left, I had time for a quick sandwich and then I was off to work. And work killed me last night! We were so insanely busy! By 8pm I hadn’t even had time to do my two major nightly chores {shine up and bathrooms}. It was madness, MADNESS I tell ya!

After work all I wanted to do was lay in a huge puddle of laziness on the couch. Matt made me a tea, and snuggled with me for a bit {I was freezing cold}. My feet were aching, and so was every other bone in my body. Fall – although beautiful and my favourite – does cause havoc on my body. Especially rain during this season. It’s not like summer rain, which is usually warm {or at least, warmer}.

I work again tonight, same time. Hopefully it won’t be too busy…but still, mama’s gonna like her paycheck.


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Falling Into Place…

Everything is falling into place, with less than 10 days until our moving day, I’m glad they are! We should be picking up our washer and dryer at some point tomorrow night, they are pretty sick! The washer is digital, and the dryer is old but still works perfectly fine. 100 bucks for the pair! Matt checked them out and they’re perfect for us.

We already have the stove and fridge lined up – Matt’s mom is loaning us the fridge, and my mom gave us the stove {it was in her old house}. I think my dad is going to bring down the stove and fridge {and small end table and boxes we have been storing at Kim’s house} before our move in date.

We’ve had to spend a gross amount of money this week on stuff we didn’t have and couldn’t go without. We still have stuff that we need to get, but we’re going to hold off for a bit.

We also need to pick up boxes so I can start packing. Matt’s going to do that tomorrow! He’s already done a Value Village run, with all the stuff we don’t want anymore, so there is more room in our bedroom and the garage {although not for long!}.

I am getting excited, although spending money always stresses me out. I can’t wait to be in our own place, and I’m super excited because Matt bought me my first ever bookshelf! Five shelves, tall and wide, for $30 bucks! Not bad, huh? It’ll definitely come in handy for hosting our DVD and book collections, and for Nolan’s toys even!

I can’t wait to decorate, and to make our home ours. I can’t wait to set up the adorable little wooden table and chairs that Karen gave us, after Matt paints it red for Nolan, and draw and make crafts with him. I can’t wait for so many things, seemingly little things, small things that would bring me extreme happiness. Mornings sitting on the front porch with a tea while Nolan plays in the front yard, afternoon walks down the trails, baking in my new kitchen, hanging our photos…I can’t wait for it all!

So, ten more days of waiting!!


Going away for a week was a very good idea. I loved seeing my cousin, Karen, and her two hilarious boys, and hanging out with my sisters. I got to visit with friends I haven’t seen in ages {including the lovely Amy and Nate from Hearts Into Home!}, and I got to stay at my MIL’s! Nolan spent a lot of time with his Nana, while I was busy helping my parents pack up and move away from the home I’ve always known. It was hard, but the new house is great – and the big oak table is still there. We’ll still make memories. Still, it was hard…

But, like I said, it was good that we went. The time away was definitely needed! Matt headed down to his mom’s place on Tuesday night {I headed to Karen’s house Tuesday} so my step MIL and FIL had some time to digest and really think about our reasons for moving {when we told them, they weren’t exactly happy}. FIL called Matt to tell him he supports us, and agrees, and JDC has been helping us tackle ODSP for the community start up {which we desperately need}. The time apart definitely helped us all.


I’ve sorta been lacking in the whole writing inspiration bit. It’s been hotter than hell the past few days, and I just haven’t felt like sitting down with the laptop on my lap and writing. I’ve had lots to write about, no doubt, but the energy to do it has just not been there. In fact, it’s not there now, I’m totally forcing myself to write because I haven’t in a while and I always feel weird about it.

Plus, I totally need to share some awesome news with you all!!! My beautiful friend, @jdfuerst {she writes over at Letters From The Heart} gave birth Sunday, August 29th to a beautiful baby boy! Little Dustin James!

I’m so in love with this little man already! I hope he’s taking it easy on his mama! I remember my first days of being a new mom with a new baby {yes JD, I’ll be working on that post soon! I PROMISE! I just keep forgetting lol}.

So, if you have a minute, head on over to her site {or add her to Twitter!} and shower her with attention and congrats! She hasn’t had time to update her blog just yet, but I’m sure when she has a chance she’ll share the entire birth story with us! I know I can’t wait! =)


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