Tuesday, 18 November 2014

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas at the Mains house...

- Christmas Card Photo Shoot -

We took advantage of a beautiful day and took some photos with our dogs and us. Can't wait to send out our Christmas cards this year! I won't post any photos now, want to save them! But they look awesome!! So excited!! 

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Things to come over the next month...

 - Christmas Shopping and Decorating Day -

Jon&Dee's Christmas Adventure! On Wednesday November 19th - I get a day off before the Christmas madness at work starts and we get the day to go Christmas shopping. Jon was able to get the day off as well. YAY! So tomorrow we will be going Christmas shopping. Most likely at the Tanger outlet mall, Costco and maybe Stittsville if needed. We will have a blast getting some gifts together and just spending the day shopping. We haven't done that in so long! (With wood days, preparing for winter, work conferences.) It will be nice having a day to ourselves! We decided since we have the day together and we will be in the Christmas mood after shopping. We are going to start the decorating in our house and outside. I LOVE decorating! I can't wait to make it look like a winter wonderland here. 

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- Freezer Meal Day -

Jon and I are doing a freezer meal making day with my Sisters and Mom. I can't wait to have a couple meals in the freezer ready to go. I plan on making shepherd's pie, lasagna and chili. It's always nice in the cold winter months to have a couple warm meals ready to go. We have really been enjoying the soups we made earlier!

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- Baking Day -

Jon, Elise and I are doing a Christmas baking day early December. I love having some goodies in the freezer for Christmas parties or events at our house. I plan on making chocolate covered peanut butter balls, snowball cookies, sugar cookies, butterscotch confetti and maybe a couple more ideas will come up.

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- Rob's 60th Birthday - 

We are celebrating my Father-in-laws 60th birthday. It will be a fun family dinner out at Baton Rouge. With all the grand-babies and in-laws it will be a great time at the restaurant. It doesn't happen often all of us can go out together. Can't wait to celebrate his special birthday with the family!

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- Christmas Party - 

Jon and I are having a Christmas party with some friends. We will have our house decorated early this year and we can't wait to have everyone out for a good time and good food. 

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- Our Christmas Break Together -

I honestly CANNOT wait for our Christmas holiday together. My break starts December 19th and Jon's December 24th. Jon and I get 12 days together! YES 12 whole days together. Its going to be amazing!! The most time off we have had together over the Christmas holiday. We plan on going to light up the night at Upper Canada Village, having a Christmas movie marathon date with hot chocolate and of course spending Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Eve with family. We are very blessed to have this time together and are so thankful for the break together. It will be a full, relaxing and family filled time. What a blessing!!

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It will be an amazing late November and December to beginning of January. Jon and I are all prepared for winter and excited for things to come. I hope everyone is looking forward to their Christmas plans. We are more then excited for the fun days ahead!


Friday, 24 October 2014

Fall back - November 2

It's almost that time of year again when we turn back the clocks and gain a hour of sleep. But sadly at the same time loose an hour of light at night. But alas it happens every year no point fretting about it. 

It's going to be a busy couple of weeks...

We will be spending Halloween trick or treating with Henry, Sam and Ella. Ending with Chinese food at the van der Meers. It's always fun going around the kids and watching how politely they ask each house for candy. I love seeing their costumes and excitement that night.


A short week after I will be heading to Toronto for our November conference. We are taking the train down - just for fun! It will be a great time with Dr. M, Christine and the kids and of course Kristy and I. Rachel and Callum always come up with fun games and have us laughing. Lets hope it stays warm enough for our early morning runs. 

This year is the first year in 3 years I will be home for Jon's birthday. Which I am super excited about! The conference is at the same time every year and it happens to land on his birthday. Doh! Not this year though! YAY!


Our newest nephew Theodore Everett van der Meer made his grand entrance on October 20th weighing 8lbs 10oz. Theo is a very healthy, adorable little boy. We are excited to get to spoil another nephew with love. He has already stolen our hearts and I can't wait to see him grow up into another awesome van der Meer boy!

Little Theo is so delicious!! We had a nice long visit with Vanessa, Cory and Theo in the Queensway hospital. It was great to hang out with Ness and Cory, we always have good talks and Theo of course was just adorable!


Jon and I had a soup making day. We bought fresh ingredients and used some meat we had been freezing just for soups.

Squash and Pumpkin puree soup

Turkey and Rice soup

Lamb, Kale and Barley soup

A big array of soups for fall :)


As you can see a lot has happened in just a short time. But as usual we are enjoying this beautiful time of year together. Getting lots done around the house and preparing for another cold winter. 
Life. is. good.



Saturday, 4 October 2014

Fall time at our house

Fall time has been a busy already and its only October 4th. O.o

Jon has been working so hard to get us all ready for winter. He has spent countless hours at his parents, my parents and at home. Dragging wood out from the bush and splitting! I am so proud to call him my husband! He does not stop when it comes to working hard for us.

We were so blessed to have a family friend who let us borrow a dump truck to get our wood to our house.

Our wood for the winter. An amazing blessing.

We decided to have a wood stacking day at our house. It would be a lot faster that way. Even the little ones helped.

All our wood stacked in our wood shed. We still have some left behind out work shop that we are splitting and we haven't brought over the wood from my parents. We will not be cold this winter that for sure!

Splitting&Stacking at my parents

My Dad's good friend Bimal and his son Chikara came out as they do every year to help us out.

I had so much fun driving the tractor around the bush with wood in the bucket. It was a blast!

Like I said the fall has been a busy time for us! lol We are truly blessed to have family that has property that we can do and get wood from. It has been a huge blessing for us and we don't mind the hard work.

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Thanksgiving is this weekend.. which means our anniversary is this week. In 4 days to be exact. It will be 4 years. Thats as long as we dated!! It felt like we had dated forever and marriage has seemed like no time at all has passed. Its funny how time works that way. I have been with my best friend as an "official couple" for over 8 years. Thats crazy to me! I am only 24 years old and I have been blessed to have been friends Jon for over 13 years, a couple for over 8 years and our adventure has only begun with each other. Its going to be crazy to see what happens in our life in 8 years. I am more then excited to find out! We have been blessed beyond belief in this first 8 years together. Life is so good. Not because we have everything, but because I am so THANKFUL for every single moment I have been blessed to share with Jon. My life is full of blessings and I thank God daily for everything He has given me.

May each of you have a wonderful THANKSGIVING with FAMILY and FRIEND.

I am Blessed.

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Our life

What's been happening the last little while..

Jon and I have started visiting the Northgate Church in Perth. Its been nice having a Church close to home. The church community is very friendly and have been very welcoming to us. The preaching is solid and biblical. There is lots of young couples and families. 

I have always wanted to go to a Church that is close and I can get involved in bible studies and meetings. It can be hard to do that when we have had to drive long distances. I'm excited to get involved in different activities. 

I really feel the Lord will bless us in this Church and I'm excited to be able to attend. 



It's been getting chillier outside. I love the fall time and wearing scarves and sweater. I got married in the fall so thats always something to look forward too :) Its nice having a long weekend always near our anniversary. Hopefully fall is nice and long and we don't have to worry about the snow and freezing weather. Because that is definitely not something I like. We are also borrowing Jon's friends dump truck to bring over our wood for the winter. It will be nice having enough wood for this winter and hopefully have some left over for the year after. Jon has been working so hard to get all the wood together. 


We have been going to a lot of weddings lately. My cousin got married late August, a childhood friend got married early September and another friend is getting married late September. Its nice to be able to share with people on their special day.

I hope everyone is having a great September! Skylos and I are staying warm and snuggling each other close. 


Beautiful fall flowers on our porch

Sunday, 3 August 2014

Spend it wisely

I had so many different plans in my head of things we should do. This "master summer vacation list." 

What we did was so much more..

Stayed over at my in-laws for the weekend

Stayed at my parents for a couple days

Found out my brother was getting ENGAGED!!! 

Shopped with Simon for engagement ring

Shopped with Simon for engagement decor and scooped out the engagement spot

Decorated their engagement spot and got to witness a beautiful proposal  

Celine and Simon got engaged!!!!

Had an engagement party for my brother and Celine

Driving to camping with the boys

Went camping with family 

Couples massage at Brookstreet

Dinner and desert at Red Lobster 

Shopping for birthday gifts for family 

Dinner with my Mom and Dad and Oma 

Napped on hammock 

Swam at Mains house 


Mario kart, M&M peanuts and twizzlers date 

Re-stacked wood at our place 

Dinner at my sisters place

Got my nails done

Jon did some wood carving 

Bridge street bazaar with family

Chinese dinner for two

Watched some movies we have been meaning to watch 


All was done while getting sick with colds. I love my life and all the amazing little blessings. Couldn't ask for a better life or a better person to spend it with. This summer vacation was perfect and I really mean it. So much love and joy packed into 18 days off. I'm so excited for the up coming wedding of my brother and soon to be sister-in-law. Im excited for the life they will share and happy to help in anyway I can with wedding plans. 

I'm thankful for an amazing husband I love and the fun, laughter and love we share. Jon and I love the small things in life. People always ask me "is your life really as good as you make it seem?" I always respond it really is. I choose to look at the good things. It's a choice some people choose not to do. It's not that my life is perfect. Far from it. But nothing is perfect on earth. We all have struggles and sin in our lives. I choose to not let the struggles consume me and pray to God to forgive me for sins. I've learned to thank God for every breath and everything He blesses me with. You never know when He will call you home. Even through trails and hardship God has been by my side. He has been my strength and He blesses me with support of loved ones. I thank Him for every day He gives me and all the love he shows towards me and I try my best to pass that love onto to other around me. I do my best to live a Godly life and not get caught up in being unsatisfied with where I am in life. I am right where God wants me to be and where I'm suppose to be. He has a plan for me and I am thankful for everything He has given me. God gave me this amazing husband who loves me and who I adore more then anything. Together Jon and I make the best of every day God blesses us with. We have an amazing life. It doesn't come without hard work. But it's worth it. I'm not just talking about material things. I'm talking spiritual, and material. Things don't come easy and don't come without hard work. Don't get caught up in always wanting what others have. Work hard in relationships, in life, in work and be thankful for everything you do have. 

I had a truly amazing vacation! It wasn't all the "stuff" we did or money we spent. It was the little things. Did the dinners out and outings cost money. Of course. But it was the time spent and memories made that I cherish. I adored moments with my family, in-laws, future in-laws and nephews and niece. Those are what counts.

 Time is something you don't get more of. Spend it wisely.