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Friday, December 30, 2011

2011 In Review

Wow, another year has come and gone. It seems like they just keep passing faster and faster.  I thought that it would be fun to share some of the highlights of the year gone by.

One of my all-time favorite moments in 2011 was the fact that Mike and I celebrated our first anniversary. We spent a beautiful long weekend out in British Columbia; I loved every moment of it. I love Mike so much, he makes me laugh, smile, and just all around happy. I know I’m a better person when I’m with him. He thinks so highly of me, I feel I need to make sure he is not wrong. He is my best friend, I feel like he knows me better then I know myself and he can always tell when something is brother me and knows how to make it right. He knows me so well and knows how to brighten my day. I love coming home from work and talking to him about things both big and small. He really is one of the best things in my life. And the fact that he is so handsome doesn’t hurt as well! I’m so excited to spend many more anniversaries with him.






Another very special occasion of this past year was the new addition to our family. Mike took me by surprise one evening when asking what I wanted to do that night, I responded with the usually way “Whatever” and that is when he dropped the bomb “Would you be okay going and getting a puppy tonight?” And that is when we got our Little Yorkie. She is just so sweet, always wanting loves and cuddles. Always wanting to be involved in whatever we are doing. She brings a whole lot of excitement and laughter into our little family. I just love that she is a part of our life.




Another fabulous day of this past year was the day that Mike surprised me with my wonderful Nikon D7000! I have always had this secret love for the art of photography and for some silly I kept that fact to myself for a very long time. I think it was a defense mechanism because again for some silly reason I thought it would never happen and if I never told anyone it wouldn’t really be real and then I would save myself from disappointment. Anyway that is going way too deep into the crazy way my mind works. Back to my camera! So this year I have spent many hours reading books on photography both the art and the technical side of things. I have dived into you-tube watching countless tutorials about all things photography and I have “wasted” many hours just looking at pictures trying to pick apart how they did it, the lighting they used, how much did they edited it and on and on and on. The most important thing is I have loved every minute of it. And I have to thank Mike for making this dream come true for me.


Another thing that I have really loved about this past year is this blog! I’m a fairly good journal keeper not every day, but often. The thing with my journals is more often than not; I vent all my negative feelings and thoughts it’s a way I work through my problems. It really does help me figure things out and what I should do next or sadly if I’m just being ridiculous which may or may not happen from time to time. The thing is when I go back to read my journals I often feel sad cause it was kind of negative. I try and remember to add positive things in my journal but I guess I use them more for therapy then a record, but that is where my blog comes in! All the things I post on my blog are fun happy things, things I want to share with my friends and family. So I have a lot of fun looking back at my posts and reliving fun and enjoyable moments. Another thing I really like about blogging is the wonderful and sweet comments people leave for me. It’s always fun getting an email saying “You have a new comment”! 

So a Big Thanks goes out to all of you and I wish you all 
health, wealth and happiness in the New Year. 

 
``Year's end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, 
with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us.``  
~Hal Borland
Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Toothaches and Boxers: A Fisher Christmas Story

Once again Christmas has come and gone, it always seems to go by way too fast. But it was wonderful. This year Mike and I had Christmas morning with just the two of us. It was very nice I really enjoyed spending that time with Mike and starting our own Christmas traditions. And yet at the same time it was a little weird because I have never had a Christmas morning that was so quiet. But after breakfast we were off to Mike's parent's house to spend the rest of Christmas day with his family. We had a lot of fun and ate way too much delicious food.

This was Mike's first year filling a stocking I don't know if he fully got it. Whatever it was an awesome stocking "stuffer"


Christmas Pirate Before all the tooth business

Sadly, during the games Mike got a really bad toothache. I felt so bad for him because he pretty much shut down due to the pain. Luckily we were able to get him into a dentist on Boxing Day. Where we found out he needed to have his tooth pulled and that he has a few more that are on their way to being pulled as well. But thanks to the delightful world of dentistry and the fact that we have great health insurance, his teeth will be saved!  I’m so glad because I don’t think having dentures at the age of 26 would be a good look for Mike.
My poor husband just got his tooth pulled
 To end on a more positive note, Mike got me a sewing machine for Christmas something that I have been wanting for a while so I was really happy / excited he got it for me.  Funny story, many months ago when I first talked to Mike about getting a sewing machine he was like “No, you have your camera” “You have too many hobbies” blah blah. I actually agreed with him! Thinking… “yea, I do have my camera and I wanted that way more than a sewing machine and I really want to be knitting more so yea, I don’t need a sewing machine” Silly Me!! Mike was being sneaky! The whole  thinking “That’s what I’ll get Elva for Christmas” That Sneaky Devil! That’s one of the reasons why I love him.


So now that I have this wonderful machine I just had to make something. I decided on boxers for Mike. Since I did make a pair way back in grade 9 I thought it won’t be too hard. I used a free pattern I found on line (See Here) I had a few hiccups along the way but overall they pretty easy to make. I must say I was pretty proud of myself, till Mike tried them on…they were too small! Sad Day. Oh well I’ll just have to try again good thing they don’t take long to make. I’m hoping that just by adding an inch or so around the whole pattern it will fix the problem. We’ll see, so if any sewers out there wanted to give me a few pointers feel free.



I hope all of you had a very Merry Christmas!

"I find that most men would rather have their bellies opened
for five hundred dollars than have a tooth pulled for five."
Martin H. Fischer


Saturday, December 17, 2011

Christmas Tree Setup

So we finally setup the our Christmas Tree, Yea!!! If it was purely up to me, I would have had it up sometime in November .Mike for some silly reason would not go for that. Anyway to mark this joyful occasion we made a short video. I would like to state now that I had nothing to do with the remarks at the end. That was all Mike. Good thing I love him.

"The perfect Christmas tree?  All Christmas trees are perfect!"
~Charles N. Barnard
Monday, December 5, 2011

Christmas Craft

About a month or so ago I "pinned" a wonderful Christmas craft from pinterest and I finally got around to doing it myself.So I thought I'd share my fun with all of  you.

You will need the following:
3 glass bottles (or more or less whatever you would like)
White Primer
Spray adhesive
Epsom salt

Then I used the following to give it a little more "oomph":
Craft paint ( I used DecoArt White Pearl)
Glitter ( I used DecoArt Glamour Dust Crystal)


Step One: Clean the Bottles

Now the blog that I got this craft from didn't talk about this step but I thought it might be important to make sure that everything stuck well and that they looked the same. So I took about 5 or so minutes with exacto knife and some fantastik cleaner to get everything off. I think in the end it was worth it to take the extra time.


Step Two: Spray the Premier

Now this step it might be wise to do outside......... but I didn't it was cold and snowing so we just opened some windows and turned on the fans and most important we turned up the heat! ;) Anyway back to the craft, when spraying I did about 4 to 5 layer I really think that was a be of an over kill. One thing I must say is make sure each layer is dry before you spray it again or it get really drippy. But even if it does don't worry about it too much cause the Epsom salt will cover it.


Step Three: The Epsom salt

This was the fun part! First spray the bottles with Spray adhesive then roll it over the epsom salt. It really is that simple!


Step Four: Paint and Glitter

Now you really could stop at step three, they look quite nice. But I felt they need a little more. So I added some sparkle! This is where I used my craft paint and glitter.

First I pained the tops of the bottles just a little so they didn't look so flat. I should note here if I was  to do this again I would have painted the tops BEFORE I put the Epsom salt on. It would have looked a lot better but you an only really tell if you are super close like in the picture.

Then next I spray the bottles again with the spray adhesive and then sprinkled the glitter over the bottles. Just a enough for the light to catch.



Step Five: Decorate!

So I got a some fun stuff at Michael's to put in my bottles and even some fake snow to make it all winter like. Here is how it turned out.


I think it turned out rather well if I do say so myself. Even Mike said "Wow, it looks like the picture" Thanks Mike but was there any doubt it would turn out like the picture! (well maybe a little ;)

"'The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree: 
the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other."
Burton Hillis
Monday, November 28, 2011

Let's Go Back In Time.....

I don't know about you but all I can think about is Christmas. Christmas lights, Christmas decorations, Christmas parties, Christmas Holidays, Christmas Treats, Christmas dinner, Christmas gifts, you name it and I am thinking about it. But for this moment I'm going to push that all of that out of my mind and go to Halloween. Yes, I said it Halloween. So I know I did a short little blog about our costumes (go here to see it) But the real exciting bit that I didn't tell you about was that we made a video!! With a TON of help from our friends over at Greener Gang. It was really a lot of fun to interview everyone and film all the happenings at the party. Speaking of the party, Nathan and Meagan did a Fantastic job. There was game and pumpkin craving and prizes! Everyone seem to be having a great time and it was all due to the effort that they put in.

And to top it all off they were willing to make a video with us. Now I should clarify a little bit. Really Nathan and Mike did most of the work, Mike did a lot of the shooting and Nathan did ALL of the editing. Meanwhile Meagan and I did a lot of looking pretty and gave our 2 cents every once and a while.  And with all that effort put in by all, we have an amazing video!

A BIG Thanks to all those who were willing to be filmed. You are all Super Stars.



"Friendship... is not something you learn in school. But if you haven't learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven't learned anything." Muhammad Ali


Monday, November 21, 2011

Look what my Husband did

Yesterday when I was working hard all day my husband had a lot of fun playing with Yorkie and Beast and our New GoPro Hero2 camera. I love this video but I may be a little biased because I love our dogs and I think everything Mike does is pretty awesome.....well most of the time I think that :)




"There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face."
    -Ben Williams

P.S. You should really go to that GoPro link and check out their little video. It was all shot with only a GoPro, it's pretty amazing. Mike and I just need an airplane and we could make a video just like it :)
Monday, November 14, 2011

How Many More Days Till Christmas!?!?!

There is a over a month till Christmas and I have just put up my first Christmas decorations! I couldn't be more excited. Like most days I was wasting some time on pinterest, and I was inspired! I saw the cutest idea to hang some Christmas ornaments with ribbon in the window. The whole thing only took me about 10 minutes or so,  and it was so easy! The perfect type of craft for me!  Here is how it turned out.

I got the ribbon and ornaments from Costco

How it looks from the outside

How it looks from the inside
All I did was 1. Cut the ribbon different lengths
                      2. Tie the ornaments with a simple knot (I don't know any fancy knots)
                      3. Then with a push pin hung up the ribbon

And Done! And I feel all Martha Stewart like.

Mike thought it looked wonderful and yet in the same breath he said 
"You do know its November, right?"

"Christmas isn't a season. It's a feeling."
~Edna Ferber~

Monday, November 7, 2011

i Heart Faces Challenge

So I thought it would be fun to enter an i heart faces weekly challenge. Why? Well really just for fun and to see if I can get any feed back on my picture from other photographers. This week's contest theme was Black. At first I couldn't think of how to display "Black"so I started looking at some photo's that I took recently  to maybe get some ideas and I came across this one that I took a few weeks ago of my handsome husband. I thought it fit the bill and its one of my favorites of Mike. I think he looks so handsome but then again I always think that.



This photo was entered into the I Heart Faces photo challenge – www.iheartfaces.com

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Halloween

I had a lot of fun dressing up this year for Halloween, I don't know if Mike could say the same thing :)

"The Pinata and the kid"
Tuesday, November 1, 2011

My Birthday

On the 21st of October it was my birthday and I had a great day, all thanks to my wonderful husband who spoiled me rotten. This year I didn’t just get one day of birthday fun, I got TWO! Friday night Mike and I had a fantastic evening together. We went out for a delight meal and then we watched a movie which was 100% my choice! This was very exciting for me, you have to realize that normally when Mike and I are going to watch a movie there is an endless back and forth discussion on what movie we should watch or Mike will give me two choices that I can pick from. One time my two choices were Scream 4 or Fast Five. Geez thanks Mike; I was dying to see both. Anyway so the fact that I got to pick with no say from Mike was outstanding! Taking full advantage of my choice I picked Gnomeo and Juliet. The cutest little movie ever, I just loved it. I think what made it even more hilarious was seeing Mike roll his eyes at all the cute little cheesy parts. I loved it!

On Saturday Mike took me to the zoo to test out my birthday present, a new 35mm lens! I had tons of fun taking a million pictures. Patiently Mike sat around and waited as I took way too many pictures of a flower, an animal or anything else take caught my eye.

Afterwards we went out to dinner with the In-Laws; it was my Mother-in-law’s birthday as well. We went to Namskar, a wonderful East Indian place. They have the most delicious butter chicken. I ate way too much; I swear I almost burst a button! 

Then to top it all off my fantastic husband took to a play, “To Kill a Mocking Bird” I can’t say enough about the play, the acting was wonderful and I just loved how they interrupted the book and yet stayed really true to the novel. It was the most wonderful two days. I wish everyday could be like that! 

My favorite picture from the Day 
Mike took this one




The Gorillas' were so active, it was amazing to watch


“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view” 
Atticus To Kill a Mockingbird
Sunday, October 16, 2011

Thanksgiving Weekend

Last week we had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend, besides the fact that I was sick the whole time! While up visiting my family we pretty much ate, slept and played the whole time and it was fantastic. Mom was amazing at pumping me full of things to fight my cold and at that same time making sure Mike always had enough to eat. I have to say that one of the things that I enjoyed most was going to the Muttart Conservatory aka “The Pyramids”. They had the most beautiful display of orchids, which I think everyone should go see. Mike spent a lot of time behind the camera taking a lot of footage, which we made into a little family film. I was able to steal it away for a bit so I could take some pictures of the orchids. I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend too! 






My Wonderful Family that I'm so Thankful for

My Handsome Husband, who is the most important person in my Life,I love him so very much and I'm so thankful that I get to share my life with him.























































































He who thanks but with the lips
Thanks but in part;
The full, the true Thanksgiving
Comes from the heart.
~J.A. Shedd
Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Pups-n-Boots

My sweet husband who never goes shopping with me went on a HUGE shopping spree for his winter work clothes. He came back with a coat, pants, socks, thermal layering and boots. These boots are special, they will keep his toes toasty warm all winter long. They are also huge, the perfect size for two little puppies!

Aren't they Cute


"Dogs have given us their absolute all. We are the center of their universe. We are the focus of their love and faith and trust. They serve us in return for scraps. It is without a doubt the best deal man has ever made."
- Roger Caras
Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Here’s supper, I mean Breakfast, Whatever Just Eat!!!

I feel my cooking skills are passable. I make a few things really well (if I do say so myself) But most meals are okay and all meals and quick and simple.
The other day I was wasting some time on pinterest when I found a wonderfully easy yet creative way to make ham and eggs.
So I thought I would share.

Ingredients:
  • slices of ham
  • eggs
  • grated cheese
  • seasoning
  • and/or anything else you like on your eggs
Directions:
  • Spray muffin tins with Pam.
  •   Line each cup with a slice of deli ham
  • Break an egg gently into each ham cup.
  • Season with salt and pepper...sprinkle with chopped basil and cheese (or chives or your herb of choice).
  • Bake at 350' F for about 15 minutes or so depending on how you like your eggs.
  • Remove from pan and serve immediately and Enjoy!!!
before

after

Yum!

Super Easy and yet makes you feel like a mini Martha Stewart. Even Mike commented how the meal was “All Done Up”

"One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well."
Virginia Woolf