l

Welcome to Clemente Corner!

Lilypie Fourth Birthday tickers Lilypie Kids Birthday tickers

Sunday, December 31, 2006

I have an amazing set of family and friends.

They threw me the most kick-ass baby shower I have ever seen. Seriously, it was incredible. They had a huge spread of food including roast chicken, grilled vegetables, chicken puffs, baked pasta and lots of desserts.

They had centrepieces made up of crazy "It's a boy!" stork pens (given my pen addiction) and little baby toys (rubber duckies, pacifiers etc.) My mother-in-law made me an awesome collage for Gus' room that has elements from the bedding we chose, as well as other cute pictures.

People were far too generous and Gus will be set for a long time to come. He also got tons of books and I am so excited to read them to him! (Marc has started practicing the reading part now so Gus won't eventually read faster than him like I do.) I got so hot opening all of the gifts that my niece took to fanning me with one of the cards. (She's a smart cookie.)

I can't explain how honoured I feel to have some wonderful friends and family. Gus is going to be one lucky kid with so many fabulous people in his life.

Some pictures:

Me in all my mom-to-be glory:

My mother-in-law and my mother:
My mother and sister:
My sister-in-law testing out the baby bottle drinking game:
An action shot with my niece and future sister-in-law:
The room set up with the fun pens:
The collage my mother-in-law made for Gus:

The awesome cake that my sister made. There were a ton of other cupcakes she made too.
And the loot that Gus received:

Friday, December 29, 2006

Ha ha ha

Marc just called me to let me know that he had successfully survived changing our niece's diaper. This was Marc's first diaper change and he remorsefully told me that it was a very poopy diaper. He also tried to convince me that it was the worst diaper my niece had ever had but I assured him it was not. He told me that the smell was so bad that he almost couldn't take it. He had her lying on paper towels to protect the carpet (despite the fact that we have twelve million disposable pads for Gramma) because he panicked and grabbed the first thing he could find.

I couldn't stop laughing as he was describing the whole thing to me. The best was that my sister got home five minutes later and Marc is convinced that they waited so that he would have to change the diaper. The whole thing was hysterical.

He got this at the baby shower and I think it will help him for next time.


Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Happy Holidays!

We had a great day yesterday with most of our family here for Christmas. The rest of the family is arriving late tonight and staying nearby so that will be good too.

We woke up around 10 or so to open stockings and gifts and spent the morning busily unwrapping, eating and generally having a great time. It was fun having my niece here as she was so happy to see all the lights and loved ripping the wrapping paper. (Of course, the boxes that the toys came in were the biggest hit. :) )

A couple of shots from festivities:
My sister in her Christmas pajamas. It's a tradition in our house to get them the night before Santa comes.


My brother-in-law doing some last minute wrapping. :)

Marc, my dad and I all playing with some gifts. Marc wouldn't put that puzzle down.
My mom with her favourite chips. (That Santa is a smart one.)
My dad with the weirdest stocking stuffer he got. A stuffed microbe for Athletes Foot. (He doesn't have Athlete's Foot, but when we were little, he used to play the game "Stinky Feet" with us. Yes, we are an odd family.)
My mom got the gag gift that someone gets every year. (It has been passed around for at least 20 years.):

A little late night card game with Dad, my sister, brother-in-law and Marc.
We ended the day going to Marc's parents for an amazing dinner. There was enough turkey, sausages, sweet potatoes with apple sauce, butternut squash soup, mashed potatoes and stuffing to feed 50 people, but it was delicious. My IL's put on a great night as per ususal. We had a great time playing cards, opening more gifts and generally just enjoying good company.

All in all a wonderful time was had by all.

Saturday, December 23, 2006

We own a house! :)

So we picked up the keys yesterday and went by the house to check it out. There are a couple of minor things we need to get them to fix but all in all, we couldn't be happier. The house is very empty but we will try to remedy that slowly but surely over time. I feel the poor dining room may be barren for a long time but that's okay. :)

First purchases include some mats for the front hall for muddy shoes.

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

We sign the papers for the house today!!

It's pretty exciting to know that we are this to owning the house! What makes it even better is that we get to sign all of the paperwork on Gramma's 100th birthday. Something that we will always remember.

Monday, December 18, 2006

We bought Gus' bedding the other day!

I'm excited because at least one room in our house will look like it has some sort of cohesive theme. I love this bedding! It's called Clover Fields by Kidsline. We went with the 3 piece set (which has the fitted sheet, bumper pads, and quilt.) We are likely going to use the bumper as a wall hanging as I have a mesh bumper to use and then we also bought the valance separately.
We looked at nursery paint colours too the other day and have narrowed it down based on how they looked with the bedding.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

99 days and counting!

I feel like singing "99 bottles of beer on the wall" but given that I am not drinking, it probably isn't the most appropriate song of choice.

Hard to believe we are in the double digits now for Gus' arrival. Can't wait to see his smiling face and find out what he looks like.

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Our latest house pics

So we are for sure closing on the 21st and are going for our pre-delivery inspection on the 15th. Marc and I stopped by the house today and got to take a quick sneak peek inside. It was nice to see the colour choices etc. that we had made about a year and a half ago. We're so close now!

Sorry for the picture overload.

Here is the front of the house. Pardon the sepia tone (I forgot to change the setting.) Notice the stone is fixed on the front. They still have to do a couple of other things to the front to finish it.


This is the kitchen (which I am sure you could tell based on the sink etc. :) )
Another kitchen view.
Here is the living room - I am so happy that we moved the fireplace to the corner. They still have to put the marble inlay in.
The eating area in the kitchen. A lovely view of the construction outside.
Here is the laundry room.
The downstairs bathroom.
The two windows in the master bathroom. (We are pleased that they look the same.)
The master bedroom (well part of it.)

House pics

I forgot that I had these on the camera. They are a little bit old, but I'm posting them anyway.

So here is Marc showing off the house. You can see the front part under the windows (Gramma's room) where they are removing the brick and putting stone. It was always supposed to have been stone.
A close up of Marc and the house.
Here is when the tile when it was first laid. They hadn't finished the grouting yet.
And finally, it is good to know that the workers are hard at work when they are doing our house. It's nice that the Sunshine Girl can keep them company. ;)

Friday, December 08, 2006

Sugar Ray Leonard had nothing on Gus.

Marc felt Gus kick (or punch) for the first time last night. I believe his exact words were, "I'm kind of freaked out and enthralled all at the same time."

It was neat. Gus also kept reacting to Marc's voice but kicking/punching more.

Thursday, December 07, 2006

I had another OB appointment today

All seems to be well with Gus. My BP is 120/80 and his heart rate was 142 (with normal being anywhere from 120-160bpm).

I gained a lovely 5 pounds which I have decided is fine. (A recent article discussed the benefits of chocolate during pregnancy - so I feel even better about my weight gain. :) )

I have to go for the Gestational Diabetes test in the next couple of weeks. Apparently they send everyone but I am hoping it goes well as I am not the biggest fan of needles.

Monday, December 04, 2006

Time is ticking away!

I can't believe how fast time is going! Gramma's birthday is fast approaching, as is her party. It will be great to see all the people who have played a role in her life. It will be quite the celebration.



And for something completely random - this guy makes me smile.

All is well in houseland

Based on some well informed resources, our kitchen cupboards and counters are in, the tile has been grouted, and it looks like the house has been painted. We are good to go for a December 21 closing! Woo hoo!