One Thing

One thing I will learn: How to better handle my stress. Sometimes I find things so overwhelming and I just turn into this giant stress ball. Luckily I have a wonderful husband who picks up the pieces, but this is definitely something I need to work on.

One place I will go: No idea. We don’t have any trips planned for the near future because of our gorgeous little girl. We may take a few day trips when Tyler takes his vacation in the summer, but we have nothing definite planned.

One physical habit I will break: Being inactive. About three years ago, I went hard core and lost 30lbs in about 2 months. When we moved, I totally lost my motivation and ended up gaining it all back, PLUS another 30lbs. It was ridiculous how much this move affected me. I will playing baseball again this coming year and I vow to take the dog for more walks with Olivia once the weather turns nice again. I also want to start working out again once I get Miss Olivia onto a more consistent schedule.

One physical habit I will cultivate: Same as above. I need to start getting back into shape.

One mental habit I will break: Over-analyzing EVERYTHING. Sometimes people have no hidden meanings behind their comments and I need to realize this.

One relationship I’ll repair: I don’t have any particular relationship that I think needs to be repaired, but I do vow to strengthen my relationships with my family and friends. I also need to figure out how to make time for some of my friends. Between Olivia and everything else happening in my life, sometimes I feel like I don’t have enough time for some people.

One work habit I will change: Constantly checking my e-mail at home. If someone needs something right away, they will call. I need to learn not to bring my work home with me.

One thing I’ll throw out: All of our extra stuff! I have SO much clothing and I never wear most of it. I’ll donate it instead of throwing it out though!

A second thing I’ll throw out: Paper!! We have so much stuff filed away and we will never need most of it. I need to sort through our files and get rid of it.

One thing I’ll eat more often: Healthy,  home cooked food. It is so much easier to just order take-out, but it is so bad for us!

One thing I’ll eat less: Take-out. I eat way too much of it.

One thing I’ll drink more: Water.

One thing I’ll drink less: Pop. This is a huge vice for me. I don’t drink alcohol, so at least there’s that, but I need to find something else to drink instead of pop.

One resentment I’ll get over: I have a bit of a tumultuous relationship with a certain member of my family and I just want to let the past go and deal with the future. It’s so not worth it.

One person I’ll treat more respectfully: My husband. I find that I get very easily frustrated sometimes and he’s always the one having to pick me up. I don’t tell him enough how much I appreciate everything he does for me.

One thing I’ll spend less money on: Food. I always buy stuff that looks good at the market and then I end up not eating it and we throw it out a week later.

One other change I’ll make in my finances: I want to start saving for our future. We already have our own house and two vehicles, but I want to be more prepared for other stuff that will inevitably come our way and I want to start an RESP for Olivia.

One thing I’ll spend less time doing: Complaining. It’s true that it doesn’t get you anywhere.

And a thing I’ll spend more time doing: Being present in the moment. I need to focus more on what’s right in front of me and less on what’s going on at work, etc.

Resolutions for 2013

1. GET ORGANIZED – I have 10,000 projects that I want to do around the house. I want to sort through our closets and drawers and cupboards and get rid of all the extra stuff we have. I probably have over 1000 pieces of clothing, but I literally wear the same 20 pieces over and over again. I made a huge list of EVERYTHING I want to get done, but Olivia takes priority for me and I would rather spend the entire day snuggling on the couch with her and get nothing done than not give her the attention that she deserves for a single second.

2. BLOG MORE OFTEN – My blog writing has been severely lacking since I had Olivia. I just haven’t had time to blog. But now that she’s sleeping earlier and getting up later (and not at all during the night!!), I’m going to make a conscious effort to blog at least once a week.

3. BE A BETTER WIFE AND MOTHER – Sometimes I feel like a total failure in these departments. Any wife or mother can attest that these feelings are completely normal, but I want to keep striving to be a better wife and mother.

4. LOSE WEIGHT – I make this resolution every year. Last year’s resolution to do this got completely derailed on January 1st when I found out I was pregnant. I’m already down 21lbs from my weight as of January 1, 2012, but I still have a long way to go (I have a very specific goal in mind, but I’m not comfortable sharing my starting weight at this point). I’m still trying to figure out how to diet and exercise properly while breastfeeding, so anyone with any advice on this subject, please please please chime in and give me any tips you have! It would be greatly appreciated!

Tyler’s Famous Chili…

Tyler spent the evening making his famous chili for work tomorrow. He has to work all weekend doing inventory in the warehouse (everyone at Stihl has to do it), but he gets the week between Christmas and New Years off in exchange for working one weekend, so it kind of works out. They try to make the weekend fun and one way they do that is by having “Bean Day” on the Friday (because they call them “bean counters” – haha). Everyone brings in a dish with beans and they do a big potluck lunch. Tyler decided to make his famous chili. It’s seriously the best stuff in the whole world. I used to hate chili growing up, but now I bother Tyler to make his chili all the time, especially in the winter because it’s SO warm and delicious.

Tyler’s secret is the bacon and the chocolate. He starts off by cooking an entire pound of bacon in a pot and then cooks everything in there with the bacon and bacon grease (I never said it was healthy chili!). He adds onion, celery, a pound of ground beef, a can of lentils, kidney beans, mushrooms, chili powder, and two cans of diced tomatoes. He uses the chocolate to balance out the bitterness that can sometimes come from all of the acid. He just puts a little bit in and then balances it out with a little bit of red pepper flakes. It’s the best stuff in the whole world!! I could eat it everyday. I usually hate eating leftovers, but I will eat that chili until the last drop is gone! It’s the best!

Now I just need to convince him to leave some at home tomorrow…

My Bad Ass Husband….

Today’s blog post is dedicated to my bad ass husband (that’s how he referred to himself a few nights ago). But seriously, I have THE best husband in the entire world. There is nothing that that man won’t do for me. I am dragging him to Great Lakes Crossing in the states today and plan on making him shop with me for the entire day and you know what? I haven’t heard one negative  comment and he actually seems happy to be going with me!

One other thing that he does ALL the time is get me stuff from downstairs. Once I’m upstairs, I really don’t like going back downstairs. It’s partially because I’m often very tired by the time we go upstairs (and lazy) and partially because my knee still hurts when I use the stairs from when I tore my meniscus cartilage in my knee this past summer. I am constantly forgetting my purse downstairs and I swear that Tyler goes and gets it without fail or complaint at least 3-4 times per week.

One other thing that shows how incredible he is is his ability to listen to me talk about work and other crap CONSTANTLY. I’m definitely having difficulty leaving stuff at the door and sometimes I feel bad by how much I chat his ear off about it. He never complains though and I know that I am EXTREMELY lucky to have a man like that.

And last, but not least, Tyler supports me in everything I do. Even when he knows I’m wrong. Even when I think he’s wrong. He’s just an incredible man and I hope that he knows how much I love him. He’s perfect. Here’s to many more years together babe. I love you.

Happy First Wedding Anniversary To My Sweetheart!!!!

I can’t believe that Tyler and I have already been married for a year! Time goes by so quickly! Sometimes it feels like the wedding still hasn’t happened and that we’re just preparing for everything. The day went by so quickly! There was getting our hair done and then make-up, followed by pictures before the ceremony, then the ceremony, then pictures after the ceremony, and then the reception, which was just a whirlwind of talking to relatives and dancing and giving speeches (which was not my favourite part – I’m not a big fan of talking in front of people, even if there was just friends and family there). The day was absolutely amazing and I couldn’t be happier about how it turned out! I got to see my family and officially became Mrs. Doan. Meeting my husband was the best thing that ever happened to me and I can’t wait to spend another 100 years together. I can’t wait to buy a home with him and turn it into our own place. I can’t wait to have kids with him and watch them grow up into beautiful little people. Hopefully next year we’ll have another little person to  help us celebrate our anniversary… 🙂

Anyways, here are some more photos from our wedding that I have yet to post. Enjoy!!

Our wedding rings and my necklace (my first piece of jewelery from Tyler)

Our wedding party.

The dirty truck the boys found while exploring. The photographer then wrote our wedding date on it and took several pictures with it in the background.

Our wedding favours.

Tyler and his groomsmen clowning around.

My wonderful parents!

Tyler and I with his Papa.

Tyler and I kissing under my veil.

Tyler and I as husband and wife!

Happy 25th Birthday To My Perfect Husband!!

Yesterday was my beautiful husband’s 25th birthday! I was planning on blogging yesterday, but instead opted to just spend the day doing whatever Tyler wanted to do.

He got quite a few gifts! There were lots of toys for his collection, a new lens for his DSLR camera, a food processor,  and a bunch of other random stuff. He got spoiled and yet I feel like I should’ve gotten him more. He never buys himself any treats, so I feel like he needs to be ridiculously spoiled on his birthday and at Christmas and such.

Anyways, that’s my tribute to my wonderful husband for his 25th birthday. I love you sweetheart and I can’t wait to spend another 100 birthdays with you!

My Wonderful Husband, Tyler!


June has been one crazy month!! I got a call from my new work on the 31st of May and they offered me a temporary full-time position. Basically, I’m covering someone’s position while they’re on sick leave. I was initially very excited about this, but when I accepted, I didn’t realize how much time I would have to spend away from Tyler. It has been so hard. I literally spend at least a  half an hour everyday crying. It’s just so hard to be away from him. Tyler is my whole life and it is killing me to be apart from him. Tyler is done working at the University on June 30th though, so he’ll be down with me soon. It’ll be so nice to see him every day again!!

Other than work, June has been a whirlwind! I can’t believe that it’s already the 23rd.

My sister Rachel got married on June 5th! It was a beautiful day. Her husband was such a sweetheart and kept telling her how beautiful she is. It was such a romantic day. It reminded me of  my own wedding, but it was nice to not be so stressed about everything going perfectly. I’ve posted some pictures below to show off my beautiful family and my sister’s beautiful wedding day!

Tyler and I are really hoping to find full-time positions in or around London. We’re hoping to get a house by the end of the year and then we’ll actually feel like we’re moving ahead. I must admit that I feel like taking this position has been a bit of a step backwards. Ultimately, we want to live close to our families though and this is kind of a step in the right direction. I just wish that I had a crystal ball that could tell me what the future holds. I have so many things that I want to do and they’re constantly circling  inside my head. I feel like I can never turn my brain off. That’s probably why I’ve been crying so much. My brain just won’t turn off and I keep thinking about Tyler and how much I miss him. I hate being apart from him. Probably because we had to spend so much time apart when he was doing his undergrad in Guelph while I was doing mine in London. I feel like we already finished our time apart and that we should just get to be together now.

Anyways, that’s enough complaining for now! I’m really going to try to do some more blog posts soon. I feel like I should put time in my schedule and just make myself sit down and write. I really love writing on here, so I should give myself time to do it more often. Anyways, there’s some pictures below. Enjoy!


Chris, Kelly, Mom, Andrew, Rachel, Dad, Me, and Tyler after the ceremony.


The bride and I after the ceremony.

Tyler and I all dressed up.

The Phillips Family: Kelly, Mom, Rachel, Dad, and Me.

Tyler and I before the ceremony.


Unfortunately, I haven’t had a lot of time lately to be updating my blog. I’ve been trying to keep myself busy and a lot of things have been coming up.

I had an interview last week with a company in London. So far, I haven’t gotten any callbacks for a second interview, but they’re going to continue calling people over the next few days. I would really LOVE to get another job. I just want to be near my family again.

Another major update is that I’ve finally been able to keep a diet going for more than a few days. I’m officially down 12lbs as of yesterday morning and I’ve only been at it seriously for about a month. My body is getting used to my new diet too. I’ve been eating SUPER healthy lately (i.e., while I’m at work, I only get to eat fruits and veggies) and when I did finally reward myself with a cheeseburger one night, I had THE WORST STOMACH ACHE EVER. I guess my body wasn’t used to having to process a large amount of grease and it wanted it out of my stomach. In a way, I suppose it’s a good thing, but I also used to really like food like that, lol. I must admit that watching the Biggest Loser has also been a huge motivator for me. I typically do my workouts (1000 calories daily on a bike) while watching the show. It’s very inspiring for me and it’s also kind of a kick in the ass when I’m slacking (i.e., if someone on the show can keep going and they weigh TWICE what you weigh, what is your lazy butt doing?). I’m really hoping that my success in this area continues. My overall goal is to lose about 70lbs. I know that it seems like a lot, but I’m not giving myself any definite timeline. I’m just going to keep going until I reach it. Being 12lbs down means that I’m 17% done, which isn’t bad for about a month. Wish me luck in this area!

There have also been some family updates lately. We had my sister’s bridal shower on April 17 and it went very well.

Another family update involves that my youngest sister got engaged two weeks ago. It seems that there’s a age 22 marriage thing in my family. I got married last September at 22, my sister Rachel is getting married June 5th at 22, and my youngest sister is looking at dates in August of 2012, when she’ll be 22. A lot of people think it’s weird that we all got engaged and will all be married fairly young, but we’ve watched my parents amazing marriage since we were born and they’ve taught us so much about love. My Dad was never the type to try to overrule anything my mother did and it was always a complete partnership. My Dad was the one who adjusted his schedule at work after we were born because he knew that my Mom really wanted to continue her career. He worked 4-12 every day for more than 7 years, just so that he could get us to school, take us home for lunch everyday, and get us home from school.  I guess what I’m trying to say is that we all know what love looks like and we’ve all always been serial monogamists – even as teenagers, none of us were looking for flings or anything short-term. We all wanted to fall in love and spend our lives with someone. I’ve posted a picture of my sister’s ring below. It’s rose gold which looks really weird on me, but it looks beautiful on my sister since she’s so pale and her hair is so vibrant.

I also feel obliged to mention my wonderful husband now that I’ve been writing about love and marriage. Tyler is still the amazingly wonderful man that I married over 7 months ago now. I love him more than I thought it was ever possible to love another person. He’s working full-time at the University right now and is working to finish up his Masters degree. It’s so nice to have dual-income again! My van had a few hiccups this week and we were able to get everything fixed (for almost $800!) without having to really worry about where the money was going to come from. YAY!

Anyways, enjoy the pictures below. I’ll try to update again at some point this week!

The Phillips Girls with Baby Emma

The Cake

Opening gifts with her nephew and co-worker’s son

My beautiful sisters – Rachel and Kelly

Kelly’s Engagement Ring

Six months…

Today is mine and Tyler’s six month wedding anniversary!  I can’t believe that it’s already been six months since our wedding! In a way, it feels like it was even longer ago, but in another way, it feels like it hasn’t even happened yet. It felt like our wedding was done and over with before we even knew it. Now, I’m helping my sister plan hers, which is less than 3 months away now. The last six months with Tyler have been wonderful though. Not much has changed since we got married. We’re still living together and working. We’re hoping to find jobs in London soon and hopefully soon after that, we’ll find a house. Tyler is almost done his thesis, which means that we can look more seriously at houses and for jobs. I’ve been applying for some jobs in and around London, but I haven’t been doing as many as I could. I really wish that I could just focus and get a ton of them out. Anyways, that’s kind of my update for now. I wish that I had more time to write, but work has been insane lately and I haven’t been feeling well for a couple of weeks. I’ll end this post with a few more wedding photos. I think one of the best parts about getting married is that you finally get a ton of pictures of yourself!

The wedding party.

My Bridal Party.

My Sisters and I.

Tyler and I with his Papa.

Valentine’s Day… A.K.A. A tribute to my husband!

I’ve always loved Valentine’s Day, even when I was single. I love the idea that there’s an extra special day to tell someone that you love them. I have always been the type of person to make a point of saying “I love you” as often as possible. So it just makes me happy to have an excuse to be extra mushy and shower my husband with gifts. So today, I will use my blog as just one more way to let Tyler know exactly how I feel about him.


You are everything that I have ever wanted in my life. You are the most magnificent man that I have ever laid eyes on. You’re beautiful, kind, sweet, and brilliant. You make everything seem brighter, even the best things. You are everything to me. You have been my rock, my sounding board, and my one true love. You have stood by me through thick and thin. You have held my hand when I needed support. You have held me up when I couldn’t stand on my own two feet. You have simply held me while I cried because you knew that was exactly what I needed. You understand me in a way that I never thought possible. It’s almost as if you’re another extension of myself. I don’t feel quite the same when you’re not around. You are my entire world and I hope that we have many, many years together. All I want in life is to be able to grow old with you and start a family. I love you sweetheart. Thank you for an amazing six years.

I love you.

– Your Sarah