Category: Marriage

When your husband’s (sort of) in labour

It’s strange watching your husband in the throes of a painful labour, but that’s sort of what happened to us yesterday. I knew the pain was bad when he woke up early in the afternoon, not long after going to sleep, after being at…

How Valentine’s Day has changed for us

I was 23 when we got engaged on Valentine’s Day of 2007. Nothing had ever been as shiny and beautiful as the ring he slid onto my finger. I spent days, weeks, months tilting my hand ever so slightly in the sunlight to watch…

Let’s talk about (postpartum) sex, baby!

Let’s talk about (postpartum) sex {Heather's Handmade Life}

Looking back, my biggest #pregnancyfail — other than the time I stupidly microwaved hardboiled eggs and they exploded all over the kitchen — was that I didn’t think enough about how my life was going to change. It’s not that I didn’t think about…

Nine years / 17 years

June 9. I love this day. I love this man. I was 16 when we officially became a couple on June 9, 2000 and 24 when we got married on June 9, 2008 .. in a drive-thru wedding chapel in Las Vegas … We…

How we spent our "summer" vacation

Yes, you read that correctly. “Summer” vacation. In April/May. In Canada. *cue the whomp-whomp sound effect* This is a post about shift-work life and freelance life, and how they merge together to create beginning-of-spring vacations where only one person is actually on vacation. (Spoiler…

My own mommy manifesto

I’m going to buy a big canvas and cover it with painted phrases that no one will really understand except me. That’s because the canvas will contain my manifesto — a list of personal commandments that will help me live my happiest life. One…

Half of my life

I was 16 when we officially became a couple on June 9, 2000 and 24 when we got married on June 9, 2008. Even I can do that math — eight years together before our wedding day, eight years since our wedding day, 16…

Five resolutions to make me a happier professional, mom, wife, person

I’ve told you which five New Year’s resolutions I do NOT plan to attempt, so how about the ones I *am* going to try? Here they are, listed in the exact order in which I scribbled them out on a notepad on my desk…

DIY Disaster Diary: The two-toned deck

Halloween is coming up, so this weekend I shared my version of a DIY horror story: the two-toned deck. Like all horror stories, it starts off cheerfully, but then there’s a lot of screaming and crying and it ends on kind of a dark…

Thanksgiving prep is upon us …

… and we are hosting for the first time, which means there are a lot of statements like this floating around our house this weekend …  “Do we have enough cutlery?”*digs out dusty “fancy” cutlery set in the basement*“I didn’t like this gift at…

When it’s time to grow up and cook a damn turkey

Only grown-ups host Thanksgiving. That was my first thought when I heard hints that perhaps it was our turn to gather everyone together for turkey dinner. Us? Prepare and serve one of the fanciest meals of the year to a large group of relatives?…

Marriage, party of two

When I started this blog, we’d barely been married six months, and today we’re celebrating seven years of marriage — plus another eight years of being-together-ness, since we got hitched on our eight-year dating anniversary. So, for this week, I didn’t write about parenting…