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My husband Chris and I are very excited to announce that our now softball-sized BB is A BOY!!

We had our 19 week Ultrasound friday afternoon.  I was so excited I could barely even breathe! lol I knew either way (boy or girl) that I was going to bawl my eyes out and more than likely freak out the poor ultrasound technician…which, of course, I did.  Chris was by my side to calm me down though and I managed to stop sobbing uncontrollably and make it back to the car…where I immediately started bawling again lol.  When asked why I was still crying all I could manage to say to Chris was “I’m just so happy!”…which resulted in him laughing his ass off at me hahaha

BB Hoobs, waving ‘Hi!’

Teeny tiny little toes!! ❤

We announced our big news yesterday at a family barbecue. My sister made an adorable reveal cake (FULL of either blue or pink icing on the inside! yum!!) and we gathered everyone around to share the news!  The cake was uber delicious and luckily for Chris and I the leftover half stayed at our house! Cake for lunch today! 🙂 lol

It was a great BBQ!  Full of great good, amazing family and lots and lots of love!  Everyone is very happy and very, very excited!  There are already 2 beautiful little girls on the Hobin side of the family (our nieces Addison & Alyssa) so our little dude is going to have a run for his money! lol We KNOW nothing is ever concrete, and come December we could always still end up with another beautiful little Hobin girl in the family, and we are totally OK with that! (why wouldn’t we be!? lol) but until then we are happy to announce that there will be another boy Hobin!!  The Hobin name WILL live on! lol!

BLUE icing! ❤

On top of all of this ridiculous excitement we’ve also been spending lots and lots of time working on the nursery!  The dresser that we wanted SO BADLY from Ikea (ok, ok! the one that *I* wanted so badly from Ikea!) finally came back into stock on Friday and we rushed over there after work to pick it up.  It’s a pretty, white, 8 drawer HEMNES dresser, and man are they popular!   When we got there we found only THREE left in stock! SCORE!  We snatched it up and got out of there like a bat out of hell.  It’s MINE!!

We (and by we, I clearly mean Chris lol) spent the remainder of Friday night and Saturday morning setting up the dresser and organizing the nursery so we could show it off at the BBQ.  There’s still work to do of course…lots of personal touches to add! Photos etc… boyish things! lol  But it’s really coming along. I already love spending time in there!

Of course, our dogs, Leia & Artoo have been a big help in the decorating process! Always lying in the way, or hiding under things… I worry sometimes that they think we’re replacing them …they get that super sad look in their eyes that only a dog can give you.  But then I see how much they both love kids, and how well they get along with kids & babies (Leia especially!) and my heart melts and I know everything will be OK. ❤

I’m so blissfully happy right now! It’s kind of hard to put into words… Anytime I think of something to say about it all it just ends up sounding super corny or cheesey. I have an amazingly wonderful, supportive, loving husband.  Two adorably entertaining dogs.  I have a bouncing baby boy on the way, and the thought of it all sounds like something out of a fairy tale to me.  My own personal fairy tale.  Sometimes I think it’s all too good to be true…like I might wake up to find I’ve been dreaming this whole time.  Then when I DO wake up I find it’s all still very real and the fairy tale begins all over again.

Here’s to the next 4 1/2 months of pregnancy and to a lifetime of blissful happiness!

Had-to-have onsie!!

Like I said…Cake for lunch! 🙂


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Where do I even begin!?

It’s been a roller coaster of a year so far.  2012 started off with devastation. First with Chris’ work shutting down their branch with no notice, leaving him unemployed, then with the sudden, tragic loss of my Grammy.  It definitely seemed like this was going to be the worst year of our lives.  But we have pushed on and kept our chins up, as we know Grammy would want us to do…and I’m usually a very pessimistic person, so I’m not going to lie…it was hard to do.

You know how people always say that optimism breeds positivity?  That if you stay positive and keep your chin up that good things will come?  …well, they’re right.

First Chris’ work gave him a pretty decent severance pay.  Then by some miracle of God he received his annual bonus (that he’s never once been able to collect in previous years).  These two unexpected bonuses saved our lives…and our mortgage…and our visas.  We were even able to get away on vacation for the first time in, well, ever!  The furthest we ever “vacationed” was usually camping in Grand Bend, or our honeymoon to Wasaga Beach.  Not this time!  The Hobins packed up and flew to Runaway Bay, Jamaica for a week!  A week of fun, sun, food, heat, fatigue and nausea! ….wait, fatigue and nausea?…

Yes, fatigue and nausea.  A few weeks after we booked our amazing all-inclusive 2nd honeymoon vacation Good Thing #2 happened.  I found out I was pregnant!  We hadn’t really been “trying” trying…it was more of a “let’s let fate do its thing”.  And fate has blessed us with, well, we don’t know yet! lol I’m at 14 weeks now and I don’t even have the “find out the gender” ultrasound booked yet, but I hear it happens within the 18-20 week mark…so we’ll see! But we DO want to find out!  We’ve been busy cleaning out our 2nd bedroom, re-painting and reading…a lot. lol  It’s all still a little overwhelming but we’re  both so, so excited!

Pregnancy has been pretty good to me so far.  No morning sickness, so that’s awesome!  I’m finally into the 2nd trimester, so the fatigue is wearing off and I’m slowing getting my appetite back, although I’m still not a huge fan of meat…as long as it’s chopped up and IN something (sandwich, salad, etc..) then I’m ok. But I haven’t had a steak or chicken breast in God knows how long lol  The only downside so far is a ceased SI joint (pelvis/spine) which rendered me couch & icepack bound most of this week. But I’m getting treatment for it and it’s already getting better.

On to Good Thing #3…which is bittersweet to me, but ultimately a very exciting thing!  My parents are moving!  My family has lived in that house since my parents got married about 31 years ago.  It’s sad to think of anyone else other than us living there (not that I live there anymore…but it’s still very much one of my homes).  SO many memories…good and bad of course…but so, so many.  Not that my ridiculous hormones are helping either…I tear up every time I think about saying goodbye to the house lol

My Mom & Dad have bought a very sweet 8 year old farmhouse out in Hagersville.  It has all the adorable charm they’ve always wanted in a farmhouse (2 acres of property too!), but only 8 years old!  So it’s got all new everything and no worries of old cracking foundation, or yucky old septic tanks.  It’s even got a nice big out-building for my dad to convert into a nostalgic gas station/workshop/garage.  Which is where he’ll keep his ’71 Buick Skylark and ’65 Buick Riviera of course 😉  I am SO excited for them!!

See what I mean about roller coaster?  From the worst year every to possibly one of the best!  And BB Hobin is due December 19th! So this is going to be the best Christmas I could ever imagine!  Although, the pessimist who still dwells inside my head can’t stop making me think I’ll end up overdue and stuck in the hospital for Christmas morning lol But I know that it’ll be worth it…and either way, a Christmas none of us will ever forget!

Oh! and Chris did end up getting another job!  He’s working where I do, helping in the shipping dept., which he seems to love to do!  Hopefully come January he’ll be able to re-apply for city transit again and get a job driving bus (which may not sound glamorous but it pays damn well!).  Which would be another blessing as we’ll need all the savings we can get…we’ll be PARENTS by then!! 🙂

Here’s a few photos to sum up all I’ve just rambled on about – Please stop by my LD Photography Facebook Page to see more photos from our Jamaica trip! While you’re there give me a ‘like’ too! I’ll be your new best friend! 🙂 lol  You can also click the link on the left side of this blog for another direct route to my page.  Thank you!

Jamaica! Dolphin Cove

Jamaica! Martha Brae River Rafting

The view from our room! ❤

Ultrasound at 6 weeks – not much to see! But it confirmed I was in fact pregnant! lol

Ultrasounds at 13 weeks – just…WOW!

More from week 13! in the bottom one we watched BB wiggle and stretch and flip right upside down! Amazing!

Goodbye old home – You’ll be missed dearly.

Mom & Dad’s new place out in Hagersville ❤

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I love movies.

No…that’s an understatement.  I fucking LOVE movies!

We, my husband and I, have a vast collection of movies. Old & new.  Disney & Horror.  Totally awesome & totally lame.  I don’t care…I absolutely love movies.

What I don’t love is skydiving, bungee jumping, sword swallowing or any other insanely ridiculous/dangerous thing most people add to their Bucket List.  I live a pretty simple life and no where in it is there a desire to almost kill myself for the fun of it.

So in lieu of a death-defying Bucket List I’ve created my Must-See Movies Bucket List.  A list of movies I need to see before I die.  There are far too many great movies out that that I haven’t laid my eyes on…and being the cinephile I am it’s just plan silly that I haven’t seen some of them.  Like Casablanca!  Who the hell hasn’t seen Casablanca!?…This girl.

I’m starting tonight.  The first movie I’ll be crossing off my list is Field of Dreams.  I know right….how have I not already watched this!?

Please comment here or on my Must-See Movies Bucket List page and let me know which movies you would recommend.  Serious suggestions only, please!

I’ll keep adding to the list as suggestions come in (or as I think of new ones!) and I’ll cross them off as I watch them.  I’ll update my blog about them too as I go!

Keep an eye out! Maybe there’s some you haven’t seen either 😉


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It’s not often that I have an entire weekend to spend with Chris.  He works so, so much…a “short” day for him is usually still a 12 hour shift AND he works on Saturdays.  Luckily for me he told his boss he was NOT coming in this weekend, so I got to spend a whole TWO DAYS with him!

My plan for the weekend consisted of:

Book Reading
and Sleep.
…yeah, right.  With Chris home for two whole days we ended up doing the following:

Kitchen renovation (fixing hole created by Chris & my dad while fixing the plumbing in the bathroom above)
Bathroom renovation (removing everything from the walls, painting & installing new fixtures)
We DID manage to get to the cinema last night!
And we did manage to have at least one meal together lol

I can’t complain though…we have a lot of great ideas for this house and with him working all the time nothing ever gets done.  I know that makes me sound horribly lazy…”Why doesn’t she just do it herself?”…The answer, my friends, is that although I’m not Canada’s Worst Handyman, I’m not great at it either.  My dad has taught me a lot, but I don’t feel comfortable doing most of the work without help or supervision. lol

Take, for instance the bathroom project.  I’m totally fine painting and lying floor tiles…but I can’t paint until the light fixtures, mirror & (gigantor) medicine cabinet are off the walls.  I wouldn’t have an issue with the medicine cabinet if it wasn’t as big as my closet (seriously people..it’s unnecessarily large), but I definitely don’t want to mess around with anything electrical (history of electric shock) and the mirror is a total no-go.  I’d end up shattering it and/or slicing myself up.  My bathroom would end up looking like a scene from Dexter.  I’m too accident prone…  Half the time I can’t even walk straight. lol

The bathroom is pretty small though, so it’s not a huge project.
Here’s a before and during (still waiting for paint to dry):



it’s already bigger without the medicine cabinet/closet in there. Here’s the new lights & cabinet we’re putting in!


Then we’re installing a rounded shower curtain rod.
The last things on the list are new floor tiles and a new counter top to match everything, but those are also the more expensive things…so they may have to wait a bit.  I’m also still not 100% sure what colours I want for either.

As for the kitchen…well that’s still a work in progress.

One leaking drain = one big hole in the kitchen

But Christopher knows drywall, so it’ll get done…eventually lol
Once it’s complete we’ll be repainting & wainscotting the  kitchen. I’d like to get new cupboards too, but I highly doubt that’ll be anytime soon…so for now we’ll just repaint them white, and try and keep chris’ dirty mits off of them! lol

We have a list a mile long of what else we plan to do, but it’ll be spread out throughout the year.  We also plan on vacationing to Cuba (or somewhere warm) this year, so I don’t want to spend ALL our money on home projects!


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The company I work for did some post cards for Star Wars Day TO!  Which is, for all of you non-nerds, May 4th….as in May the 4th be with you 😉  In return we received tickets to the Star Wars Day TO show, held at the Underground Theatre in Toronto.  It was the first time they had held this event, and I sure as hell hope they do it again next year!

Chris and I dressed up as Han Solo & Leia Organa.  Duh!  Any chance we get to wear our costumes we take it!

We watched a bunch of amazing Star Wars tributes & mashups from the webbernet, played Original Trilogy Trivia & they even had a costume contest!  Neither Chris or I won, but I didn’t expect to…there were super rad little kids there all dressed up too!  You seriously couldn’t expect me to take a prize away from them! They were much cuter anyway lol

OH! and the 501st Stormtrooper Legion was there. Badass!  I need to get me a Sandtrooper suit….pronto.

Check out @StarWarsDayTO on twitter and lets make this an annual event!

Here’s a few pics I took!
Check out LOTS more on my flickr!   — all I ask is that if you use the photos for Facebook, or on a website, etc. that you please credit LD Photography (www.ldphotography.ca)…it would be greatly appreciated. ❤

And may the force be with you.

(Chris) Han Solo

High fives!

Costume Contest!

Leia & Artoo ❤

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Not the most exciting day of the trip.
Day 8 consisted of driving the last leg of the trip.  Home.
As excited as I was to see Chris, Leia, Artoo, Gambit, Wolverine, my family and friends, I couldn’t help but feel sad.  I already missed Memphis so much.  The spring air.  The warm breeze.  The trees & flowers in full bloom.  Graceland for christ’s sake!

The further north we drove the less pretty everything got.  The trees slowly became naked again.  The grass was a little less green with every state we drove through.  We even hit a gnarly thunder & lightning storm the night before in Cincinnati…as if even Mother Nature wanted us to stay south.  The storm even slowed our trip.  We were hoping to make it further north…possibly stay just north of Columbus.  But the weather & traffic turned sour and we had to get off the highway in Cincinnati to stay the night.  The hotel was nice, but more expensive than we were planning on.  We even had to take out some more money for accommodations and  gas lol.  Even as nice as the hotel room itself was, our room overlooked the highway.  It’s all we could hear all night.  Right near a turn in the road as well, so all the trucks had to use their air brakes.  Sleep didn’t come easy…that’s for sure.  Dad probably only got a few hours.  I slept better, but was woken up intermittently.

The last of the drive on day 8 sucked from the moment we woke up lol.  We were both very tired…and Dad didn’t want me to sleep in the car so that he has someone to talk to…to keep HIM awake! ….God forbid he started to doze. Luckily the storm that lasted through the night was working its way west to east, so it only took a couple of hours of northern driving to get out of it.  Most of the morning was still pretty grey though.

We stopped at Perkins for brunch around 9:30-10:00am.  We ate all we could possibly stomach in hopes of not having to stop for lunch.  There was a Grandpa’s Cheesebarn beside Perkins so we thought it might be fun to check out.  We bought some fudge for Mom & Grammy, and some white cheddar cheese for Grammy too.   I even picked up a little pink & white polka dot easter bunny for Liz. lol

The rest of the trip consisted of country music and more driving.  The best part of the drive was just talking to my dad.  We haven’t really even had time to talk like that before.  It was kind of weird talking about my parents eventual retirement, my relationship with Chris, and our eventual family…my dad and I usually only talk about Elvis, work, photography & cars.  To talk to him about more personal stuff was really, really awesome.  A bit awkward at first, but really awesome 🙂

In the end the trip was a monumental success!  I had high hopes of it being the most fantastically amazing trip of my life, but it somehow even managed to surpass that.  It really is hard to put into words just how great it was.  Not only did I get to experience so much of Elvis’ life, but I got to experience so much of my own as well.  I will never forget all of the time I got to spend with my dad.  Bonding over something as silly as Elvis Presley.  Not that its silly to us of course….but for the rest of our family it probably seems stupid lol.  Both me and my Dad are overly emotional…anyone who knows us, knows that.  But as much as it sucks sometimes, I’m glad I’ve inherited that part of him.  If there’s one thing you can always count on with us its 1. We’ll always be there in a loved ones time of need.  2. We WILL sit and talk about Elvis Presley like he was part of our family, and 3. We’ll start crying at the drop of a hat when expressing something even remotely important to us.

Thank you Dad, for giving me the best 25th birthday (or ANY birthday) a girl could ask for.  I love you very much.  You’re the best dad in the world! ….and yes, I’m crying as I write this 😛

As long as I'm living, my Daddy you'll be.

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Last night, after our trip to Tupelo we stayed at a crappy Econo Lodge in Jackson, TN.  It was less than spectacular…definitely the crummiest of the hotels we’ve stayed at.  BUT it was only one night, and we took off this morning to continue our trip home.  I was pretty stoked about getting to eat at the Waffle House again for breakfast though…YUM!

We were hoping we could take the Natchez Trace Parkway (goes directly from Tupelo to Nashville) but we had spent too much (not enough! lol) time in Tupelo and we didn’t have time to take the direct route.  Turns out its just a small paved highway…kind of like Brant Street.  And it doesn’t have any stops along the way. No gas stations, no hotels…zip. Zero.  Nadda. Nothin’ but trees. Which, if we had left earlier on in the day, would have been a beautiful drive! But nearing 4:00pm and losing daylight by 7:00pm we didn’t really have a choice.  We had to take the same way back towards Memphis that we had came from.  So we jumped BACK on the highway and took off towards Memphis.  Retracing our steps kinda sucked, but it was nice to go through Memphis one last time and wave goodbye.

We stopped at another Denny’s Diner for lunch (always cool!) and carried on towards Nashville….yeah, I’m sorry…today and tomorrow’s posts aren’t going to be very exciting.

We hit super crappy weather by the time we reached Cincinnati.  The rain was so heavy we couldn’t see well.  We also hit rush hour traffic and the highway pretty well came to a stop….oh, AND our tank was pretty much on empty.  So we got off just outside of the metropolitan area, filled up our tank and decided it was just easier to stay here.  We were hoping to make it another couple of hours down the highway, but seeing as the storm made it pitch black by 4:00pm, it just seemed safer to stay put.

So here I am now…full from a salad & appetizer dinner at TGI Fridays, trying to make a drive home sound interesting.  I already miss Memphis, but I AM excited to see my husband, my puppies & my cats…not to mention I don’t plan on eating at a restaurant for a loooooong time.  I’m SO looking forward to Easter dinner with family & friends.  Home cooked food! HECK YES!

I don’t even have photos to post today. lol. that’s how uninteresting it’s been.
I think I’m just bummed that this is kind of all over.  We still have another whole day of driving ahead of us, but it just doesn’t seem as exciting.  This whole trip has seemed like a dream.  An incredibly perfect dream.  I don’t want it to end!

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