pitter patter

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pitter patter

when we were headboard hunting, i was so torn between the grand plush cushioned headboards versus intricate wooden ones. I remember standing in front of this one and falling in love not only with its design but thinking about my darling husband’s tendency to hold onto headboards in his sleep. And this morning, that’s exactly how I found him. Conked out, hand laced under the pillow, fingers wrapped around one of the intricate carvings.

not gonna lie, it was pretty darn cute. made me smack a big wet one on his sleepy and confused head. hopefully our kids get all their unintentional adorableness from this man xx

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the small lessons

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the other friday, husband was returning from his out-of-town project. he had been away for two weeks. you can only imagine that i could barely sit still once 4 p.m. struck and needed it to be 6. pm. immediately. ! so i could see him, hug him, kiss him again.

well the day did finally end. and as soon as i got home, all i wanted to do was kiss him, hug him, sit on him, bug him… you know, the usual 🙂 as we like to do, we climbed under the covers and wrapped each other up in our arms and chatted and chatted away. about everything we had been wanting to share and say with each other face-to-face. i don’t care about how many advances we’ve made in communication technology, some things are just meant to shared and savoured in person 🙂

we talked about a few things that were on my mind, a few things i was worried about, stressed about. and afterwards, i just lay in husband’s arm, watching the evening lights start to stream in through our blinds. the evening city lights. my mind was engulfed with thoughts – thoughts of gratitude for getting to live on such a swanky street downtown, thoughts of uncertainty about the future, thoughts of deadlines and projects looming over me. so consumed with these thoughts, i didn’t even realize i had started to mindlessly hum a song. my daydreaming was broken by the sound of something akin to a drowning cat singing along to my song. i looked up at husband’s face and found him staring at me with a big goofy grin, annoyingly humming along to my song.

i attacked him with tickles and he caught my arms and squeezed me tiiiiight. and you know, it was one of those moments. one of those moments where i thought: this is what marriage is. sure it’s about all the important things like: being legally responsible for each other, being financially responsible for the mortgage and the bills, extending family-sizes, becoming responsible adults together (!) but it’s also about simplicity. and the most simple, perfect, love. goofiness and tight hugs.

and man, it’s such a source of solace and joy to me through the waves that life can bring.

ain’t that the truth.

new york city

this is now a long overdue post… but it was such a memorable trip that i want to have a record of it on this lil ol’ blog!

husband and i went to NYC as a mini get away before i began eleven months of articling. if i were to summarize the trip i’d use the words: eating, shopping, and lots of walking! i think 1 and 3 were the reasons i miraculously returned to Toronto without gaining a pound!

we flew Porter to and fro… what a brilliant airline – huge recommendations to everyone! and getting from Newark to NYC Penn Station was a breeze.

highlights of the trip:

  • finally eating at Shake Shack (amaze)
  • winning the front row seat lottery to go see Wicked!! We tried our luck on Friday night to no avail and then returned Saturday morning… and BOTH our names were pulled (we each put in a ballot asking for two tickets, so I forfeited my draw to another happy winner). What are the odds of that… everyone was telling us to go play the lottery after the show. And what a show it was! I laughed and cried, all before intermission. 
  • walking around Soho with husband 
  • chilling at Birdland for a Django Reinhardt tribute concert 

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so proud of Joe Fresh hitting 5th ave!

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my winner 🙂

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a first anniversary

… has already arrived! i don’t want to sound super cliché and talk about how fast it flew by because well… doesn’t life in general fly by? (including the time since my last post!)

our first year of marriage has had a lot of big milestones. i finished law school, graduated, and started articling. we went to italy on our honeymoon, cuba with our friends, and nyc just for fun. we bought a condo downtown Toronto (!!) and finally started living together. we’ve also endured some personal trials and as well have hurt through struggles some of our close friends and family are going through… which really, has just brought us that much closer together.

i feel like our first year of marriage (and maybe second, since we’ve only started living together, travelling together, etc.) we are allowed to be a little selfish and spend all *our* time together. but i’ve felt God start knocking on my heart and encouraging us to step out in certain ways… to bless people God will put in our lives. it’s exciting and a little scary all at the same time!

all this to say, i’m so thankful for my husband and our marriage. sometimes i’m overwhelmed by all the blessing that has been poured into my life through this marriage. i would be in such a different place in my life, if he wasn’t a part of it. my life would look so different right now…without him. the day before our anniversary, i woke up before him (as usual) and looked over at him, so peaceful and rested, and was filled with so much love and gratitude. for this little life we are making together.

neither husband or i are big dessert people and… we’ve never been a fan of wedding cake (we always prefer the plated dessert at weddings). so we went with the plated dessert for our wedding dinner and swapped the costs of a wedding cake for a gourmet potato bar which was such a hit! we’re talking fries (i could do a whole post on the consistency of a perfect fry… these ones hit the nail on the head), sweet potato fries, poutine (canadian, eh?), and gourmet chips with aiolis!

…but, i loved the idea of having cake on our anniversary. so i picked up the phone and called The Caketress and asked her to make us a mini two-tiered anniverary cake, inspired by one of her cakes I’d seen on a recent photoshoot. That was my plan for our anniversary – a “we” gift.

well husband spoilt me rotten… i had a feeling he’d be getting me some pretty flowers and he did – from Sweet Woodruff, who is the same florist who did my wedding day flowers. getting the bouquet really brought back intense (and sweet) memories of my wedding day – it was so beautiful & romantic. but then to top it off, he also got me a pretty sweet camera and lens that i’ve been eyeing for a while now, i cannot wait to take it out for some pictures.

for now, here’s a small peek into our special day. these are the last pictures i took with my Canon Rebel XS – a camera that taught me so much!

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a golden cake

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i still cannot get over these intricate edible hand-crafted flowers

little buds, little ferns, little berries, Lisa from Sweet Woodruff knows my flower language!

my handsome mister

my papi churro

i think having churros every summer is going to be a new family tradition. i love making traditions with husband and get excited thinking of sharing them with our kids one day too 🙂

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i’ve always made it a point to eat freshly made-hot churros (God bless Toronto’s multiculturalism!) and it just seems perfect to make it a family tradition considering the first time I had summer churros with husband was during our engagement photo shoot session!

in the meantime…

ok, so NYC was AMAZING! i want to do a proper post on it, but this week has really been one for the (crazy) books. husband was working out of town (per usual, sigh) and it was up to me to get as many things on our to-do list crossed off before i start work this tuesday. HOLY CRAPOLY. i can’t believe i’m entering the working world (forever) so soon… and have no idea yet how it’s going to start affecting my life.

things i’m excited for: meeting my fellow articling students, getting to figure out the practical world of practicing law, getting to know the people of my firm, wearing suits (and building that style of a wardrobe (let me be vain!) )

things i’m not so excited about:  loosing a lot of freedom – getting to choose how early or how late i wake up, scheduling my day as *i* want to, not having to schedule or feel guilty about vacations (and baking… i feel like after tuesday, time in the kitchen will be reserved for cooking!)

things are slowwwly coming together at the condo, i’m currently painting a dresser and have no idea how people do this without getting paint all over their hands and legs and hair (and maybe i backed into it with my rear end once as well) …

but in happy news, this week i finally managed to get all the pillow covers and pillows i’ve been scouting for to get our bed finalized. and so i leave you with a picture of that, until next time … xo

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cherry blueberry galette

this is what happens when you still haven’t finished your cherries and blueberries from the farmer’s market and you’re leaving on a 4-day trip to NYC tomorrow….

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i love making pies, but sometimes often don’t have the time or energy to make one. for the record, i think the best kind of days are the ones where you have all the time in the world to make a pie (or two) and eat it of course 😉

so when i stumbled upon galette recipes here, here, and here, i decided to find out if it was indeed the answer to my pie-making-woes. The result, such a breeze to make, the perfect dessert for when you want an easy fruit-based dessert. I love pies (husband & i didn’t have a wedding cake, but if we had, i probably would have fought for it to be a bunch of fruit pies!!) so i won’t go so far as to say that it takes the place of a pie. but you came close, galette, pretty darn close! so ima keep you around!

till next week

xo