A new year means a fresh start for a lot of people. I always get excited about the idea of turning a new leaf, and feeling like it’s the beginning of a new adventure. The start of a new calendar year offers people the excuse for no excuses, and gives a lot of people the motivation or momentum to start a new hobby, start working out, start eating healthier, etc. However, a new year doesn’t always offer people the ability to maintain that perspective and newfound motivation.
Mike and I purchased our home over two years ago now, and it has been a work in progress ever since. A lot of blood, sweat and tears went into this place, and will continue to forever. Everyone tells you that when you buy a house, the work never ends…and it’s true. However, the way I see it is that the more work you put into it, the more memories you make, the more proud you are to call your place home, and the more your house truly becomes a home.
Mike and I both work Monday to Friday, 9-5 (more or less). Like most people who work during those busy commuter hours, we spend a lot of the time out of the house, and away from our little one. Although we have always really cherished our weekend time with one another, now that we are both back to work full time since my maternity leave, the weekends are even more precious. Two weekends ago, we decided to take a day, and enjoy some much needed family time. Mike, Mia and I headed out first thing Saturday morning to Rockport, Ontario to embark on a full day cruise. The cruise headed to two different castles in the Thousand Islands with a healthy lunch in between visits. Since it was the last day for cruises for the season, our boat was not very full and we had loads of room to stretch out and enjoy.
All parents use tactics to help keep their kids from fussing or having a fit. Ours is Baby Shark, and during the last weekend of my year long maternity leave, the only thing going through my head was “it’s the end do do do do do do.” Side note – if you don’t understand that reference, you’re one of the lucky ones… Although I know it’s not the end of motherhood for me, it’s definitely the end of an incredible period in my life, which has me reflecting back on the wild ride I just had.
On September 3rd we celebrated Mia’s first birthday. As most parents are, I was filled with mixed emotions. Incredibly happy that she is a growing, healthy, happy little girl, but a little sad about the fact that time is passing so quickly, and I was already rounding the finish line of my maternity leave. The last year has been full of ups and downs, changes for myself and our family, and a lot tears both happy and sad for all of us. It easily has been the both the most amazing and the most difficult year of my life in ways I never would have expected (…but I’ll save that for another day).
Renovating a house is a HUGE job. It takes a ton of time, and if you’re trying to save a penny or two by doing some of the work yourself, it takes even longer. After Mike and I bought our house we decided the indoor renovation would be our first priority. Although we didn’t have to move into our home until the renovation was complete, once we found out we were pregnant it was important for us to make sure our indoor space was both functional and comfortable before her arrival. Unfortunately, that meant that the outdoor space took a bit of a backseat, and now it definitely needs some TLC. Mike and I have always loved hosting our family and friends, and although we have a wonderful outdoor space to do it in with a large screened in gazebo and back deck, it isn’t the most inviting space decoratively speaking.
Perspective is a really funny thing, especially when it comes to everyday life. The world we live in is big, beautiful, and has so much to offer. We are all truly lucky to be here. I, for one, am insanely thankful for the opportunity to be living on this earth surrounded by some pretty spectacular human beings. I would definitely say that I am a glass half full person most of the time, however, I haven’t always been, and it has taken me a while to get to the place where I am now. Life isn’t always easy, especially for some, but it is perspective that will always bring you happiness at the end of the day.
I’ve always been the kind of person who likes everything, or at least likes to try everything. I’ve never been a picky eater, and I’ve always pretty much eaten everything that’s been put on my plate. I grew up dancing as my primary source of physical activity, but I love yoga, cycling, running and the list goes on. I love getting my hands dirty working on home renovations, but I also love planning events with fancy details. I’m a huge fan of hiking and being in the country, but I also adore the city life and one of my all time favourite travel destinations is New York City. Most people would think that it’s great to be well rounded, and it’s nice to like a lot of different things, however, in my experience it’s proven to be a little challenging at times as well.
It has been quite a while since I’ve posted on the blog. Nearly a year to be honest… and a lot has happened in that time! This time last year, Mike and I were knee deep in our home renovation, and had just celebrated our one year wedding anniversary. It was an exciting time for us, and little did we know it was about to get even more exciting.
In this day and age, everyone I know is busy. Busy with work, busy with family, busy with responsibilities. Mike and I are no different, and have certainly fallen into the busy trap, especially with our home renovation. Every weekend is scheduled with tasks to bring us one step closer to moving in, but it has also brought us closer and closer to burning out. Mike quickly realized that we needed a weekend away to completely recharge, and spend a little time just us two (and Emma, of course). One day he came home, and asked if I had anything planned on a weekend in early November, and I reluctantly said no, and then quickly typed “House Renos” into our shared google calendar for that weekend. I had safely assumed that was what he meant…but I was wrong, and better yet, pleasantly surprised! Mike had contacted this lovely woman, Lucy, who owned a beautiful log cabin in Val-des-Monts, Quebec, only 30 minutes from downtown Ottawa, and had booked us a weekend stay. Once Mike had told me what he actually had planned, I was beyond excited and quickly became obsessed with looking at pictures and reading about the cabin online!
I'm Jessie, and welcome to Cool, Calm & Cozy!
Spending time with family and friends, hosting, traveling, and enjoying outdoor activities are some of my all time favourite things. I very recently married the most fantastic guy, Mike, and we are thrilled to be settling into our normal routine again at home. Mike, our furry meatball, Emma, and I happily live in Canada's beautiful capital city, Ottawa, and we are overjoyed to share our adventures with you.
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