Wednesday, 24 September 2014
Something Brandon and I have loved about living where we do in Winnipeg these past few months, is our nightly walks down by the river. Our neighborhood is so quiet, family friendly, and actually quite scenic. We usually walk through the neighborhood, down along side the river, around the community vegetable gardens, and loop through the trailer courts. Last night, we saw beautiful views of the river with fall colored trees lining the shore. We saw half-harvested veggie gardens, and happy little bunnies munching away on peoples lawns. I really was quite hesitant about agreeing to live on the outskirts of Winnipeg when we moved back in May, but I am so glad that we decided to live where we do. We wouldn't be getting these kinds of views if we were closer to the core of the city. So although we are moving in 3 weeks, I want to cherish these memories. This summer was challenging in many ways for me but it is always important to document and remember those moments that made all those hard moments worth while.
Tuesday, 23 September 2014
So sometimes, life is like a roller coaster! This past month has been full of ups and downs for sure. Days where I was so miserable and stressed and ready to give up completely. Then the next day would be wonderful and exciting and better than I could imagine. So now, I will tell the story of how Brandon and I decided that we should buy a house on a whim and how I think it was the best decision ever.
Ever since my summer job finished, I had been scrambling to find a job in Winnipeg, I sent out probably 50 applications, had 2 interviews, and felt quite hopeless. Then one day, Brandon comes home from work and randomly declares that he wants to look into getting a pre-approval for a mortgage. To be honest, we hadn't talked much about it before that point. But on a whim, I decided we could go to the bank and see what they say. We really didn't know what they would say since I am currently unemployed. So when the mortgage specialist looked at us and told us "you qualify for $130,000 mortgage currently". We were shocked and so excited! The next few days were a whirlwind. We got pre-approved on a Thursday, we called a real estate agent on Friday, and then went and saw 6 house on Saturday. Brandon's parents came with us on Saturday and we ended up falling in love with one of the houses. I didn't want to commit without my parents approval, so my mom came and looked at the house on Monday. We put in an offer at 7:00 p.m. Monday evening and by before 8 p.m., the seller accepted our offer and we were officially homeowners!!
It is pretty surreal to me still. I am someone who likes to plan out my life and I rarely ever do anything spontaneously. Except apparently, buying a house! It is the cutest little house with a deck, large yard (veggie and flower gardens galore), 2 bedrooms, original hardwood floors, soaker tub, and perfect yellow painted walls. I am in love and SO excited to move in the middle of October!! Thankfully, one of my best friends Jenna and Ed are going to take over our apartment contract which is amazing. So now, I just need to focus on getting a job in Portage.
I am beyond excited about this next chapter of our life! A brand new beginning for our little family :)
Tuesday, 9 September 2014
I have been thinking a lot about getting back in to blogging but have been lacking any motivation. This is a rough season of life for me but I know that writing on this blog is therapeutic, so I am going to try to be better at it.
Here's some photos of life lately...
loving: adding pumpkin spice coffee back into my morning routine, cuddles with my kitties all day, endless episodes of Happy Endings, and nightly walks with Brandon.
reading: just finished reading Hannah's List by Debbie Macomber. I love her style of writing and her books always get me hooked right in. This book was hard to put down and I just needed to know what was going to happen next. Now to decide what to read next...
eating: cherry yogurt, nectarines, and dark chocolate. I crave all of these things daily!
watching: HAPPY ENDINGS! An amazingly funny show that my friend Natalie introduced me to. When I'm in a bad mood, this show instantly cheers me up. Do yourself a favor and start watching this show on Netflix!
hating: JOB HUNTING! Need I say more? I hate looking for jobs, sending in resumes, waiting to hear back, going to interviews. All of it sucks but it's necessary, so I must keep on trlekking. Like I said, this is a tough season of life for me. Things don't go as planned and sometimes dreams don't work out but I just keep telling myself "you are exactly where you are meant to be!".
looking forward to: hopefully finding a job soon and new beginnings! I know great things are just around the corner for me, so I am determined to stay positive and try my best to enjoy this season of my life. One day, I will look back and be thankful for my struggles.
Happy Tuesday everyone!
Make sure you enjoy every season of your perfectly imperfect life.