Valentines Surprises

M and I went for our first date on Valentines Day… 14 years ago!  I was 17 and he tried to woo me with dinner at The Keg.  Unfortunately he didn’t make reservations and the place was packed!  We ended up at a Jack Astor’s instead.  It probably worked out for the best considering I was a vegetarian at the time 🙂

Being nostalgic, I pulled out the scrapbook I made while we were dating.  Here’s a peek at high school Lindsay and M:



Anyway, I received some unexpected Valentines surprises this year:

1. M made reservations for us to go to dinner tonight.  While I knew we were doing dinner, I kinda just thought we would end up at the restaurant down the street.  Nope!  We are going to a legit establishment where M will wear a dress shirt 🙂

2. M bought me a Bose Soundlink Mini speaker.  I want to say that we don’t really do gifts but upon further reflection, it turns out that he usually buys me something and I drop the ball.  I didn’t even bother with a card, lol.  It wasn’t just the present which was a surprise, it was also the delivery.  Last night we were playing hide and seek and I was in what I thought was a stellar hiding spot because no one could find me.  I actually called the house to see if M wanted to to come out!  Rather than looking for me, turns out he was setting up the speaker!  I probably wouldn’t even have noticed it was set up until L said something.  I’m pumped because this little itty-bitty speaker now replaces a huge sound system that we had set up and that I’ve been asking M to get rid of for years!

3.  M found my bracelet that I was sure I had lost.  I was out and about all day yesterday and when I came home, one of the first things I did was wash my hands.  Out of habit, I went to push my bracelet up, only to discover it wasn’t there!  I was totally bummed because M had given me this bracelet the first Christmas we were together.  Well, M found it this morning on the carpet!  I guess it had fallen off on my way into the house!

Do you have any exciting plans for Valentines?

An Unexpected Christmas Guest Post

I think that M’s favourite part of Christmas is giving me a surprise gift and watching my reaction.  This year, there were tears involved.  M wanted to encourage my blogging by getting me a book on blogging and upgrading my WordPress account.  More than that, he decided to write a guest post of his own.  Please check it out below.  Love you, M!


I have to start this entry by saying how amazed I am that it has been almost a year since The ELM Life grew into existence as another brain child of my amazing wife.  At the time, I joked with colleagues that this was surely the result of Lindsay spending too much time by herself as I was spending far too much time at work.

Initially, I have to admit that I was sceptical about this latest idea Lindsay had dreamed up, the culmination of a growing interest in DIY projects and the desire to share some of the great idea she had come across with the world.  Given the timing, I did wonder if this would be a typical new year’s resolution, quick to fade as the calendar turned to February.

What has happened since that initial posting on January 1, 2013 has been nothing short of phenomenal.  Not only did Lindsay stick with the blog, she has found ways to get posts up on a frequent basis (greater than once a week by my count) and write about a variety of topics throughout the year.

When The ELM Life was started, Lindsay set out three “personal benefits of blogging” she wanted to take advantage of: foster creativity, expand her social network to include other like-minded individuals, and document life as it speeds past.  Sufficient to say, she has more than met these goals throughout her first year in the “blogosphere”.

The thing I have found most impressive has been Lindsay’s ability to input so much energy and thought into this space while still being the greatest Mom in the world (in my humble opinion) and the most supportive and dedicated wife for which a husband could ever ask.

With all that being said, my gift to Lindsay this Christmas is to nurture the creative space that is the ELM Life.  In addition to writing this guest post, I am also buying Lindsay a Premium subscription with the hope that she will continue to grow and flourish as a blogger and as a person.

I am truly blessed to have such a wonderful, supportive wife and I cannot tell you have proud and honoured I am to have her share this space with all of you.

Lindsay, I love you!  Can’t wait to see what the next year has in store for The ELM Life!!


Random Updates

A few random things to share as I head into my extended long weekend.

1. Yesterday was my wedding anniversary. M and I celebrated our 4 years of wedded bliss with a nice dinner out at Melanie’s Bistro, a local restaurant with a great atmosphere and delicious food. I had the lamb (a little tough but the sauce more than made up for it) and M had the steak (cooked to perfection with tasty seasoning). We started with the crab cakes which I would probably pass on in the future. While good, they weren’t anything special and they not worth the cost at $10 for 2. The best part of the meal was by far the chocolate mousse cake for dessert. M and I shared but he let me have more than half 🙂


My wedding day: May 23rd, 2009

2. E started daycare this week and she is transitioning wonderfully! She hasn’t cried once at the drop off and she loves being able to play with new toys and new babies. Unfortunately she loves it so much that she doesn’t want to nap. Apparently she is afraid she will miss out on something! She has been napping longer as the week progresses so hopefully she will work up to her normal routine in the next week or so.

3. Today I have a day to myself! I have a day off from work today (thank you, accrued vacation time!) and with both girls in daycare, I have a full 8 hours to do whatever I want, whenever I want! This is the first time I’ve had this kind of time to myself since E has been born! So what do I have planned? A visit with my sister-in-law and niece, a trip to the library and grocery shopping. While running household errands isn’t exactly what I would do on my ideal day off, our fridge is bare and we need something for dinner! At least I can take my time to peruse the aisles and read labels!

That’s it for now so have a good weekend everyone!


2:30 update: Apparently it was silly of me to think that I could have a whole day to myself.  The daycare called after lunch informing me that E had a fever and that I would need to pick her up 😦  On the plus side, I swung by the drive-thru on my way home from the daycare and my Big Mac was delicious!  I’m happy to report that E is currently napping in her crib 🙂