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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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If you didn’t already know, almost a month ago my family lost our Matriarch.  My Grammy, Kay Mannell, passed away January 28th, 2012 after falling in our family home… Only 2 weeks before her 94th birthday (although the doctor did give her a month for good behaviour…she always said she wanted to outlive, or at least live up to HER mother’s age of 94).

I haven’t spoken publicly about it much…I haven’t really found the words yet to do so…but I’m going to try, so please bare with me here.

I owe everything I am to the women in my life…My Mother, my Nana & of course, my Grammy.
There are tons of people who only know their Grandparents through family stories and photographs.  I am truly blessed to have had Nana & Grammy there my whole life.  And my mom?  I don’t know what I would do, or who I would be without her.  She’s an angel. Plain and simple.


Like I said…this woman is our guardian angel, right here on Earth.  She has taken care of our family with an indescribable amount of unconditional love.  She is always there when you need her, whether you know you need her or not.  She stayed with Grammy day in and day out when she was in the hospital.  She cared for Poppa (her father) when he was hospitalized, before he passed away…and again when Nana was hospitalized and had to have her leg amputated.  Hell, she was even there with ME in the hospital when I had to get my tonsils removed! (like I said, whether you know you need her or not! lol)  There are no words to describe the amount of love and caring my mother shows the world.  When we feel the weight of the world on our shoulders somehow my mom always has just enough strength to help push us through.

We are a very emotional family (I blame my dad) and my mom is the glue that holds us all together…and let me tell you, thats no easy task.  When I say we’re emotional, I mean it’s absolutely ridiculous how emotional we are.  My mom’s unconditional love must be made of freaking super glue or something… No matter how terrible a situation may be, mom always has a way of making us feel better, stronger.

My mom has taught me to stay true to myself and always stand up for what I believe in.  Given, that did get me in trouble a few times throughout my teenage years, but I’ve found a less rebellious way to be myself now a days.  She has taught me to embrace myself, my personality, my fears and dreams and mould them all into who I want to be.  I may not have conquered all of my fears (I still can’t watch ET for the life of me, or go into the basement in the dark) but I know that I am a better person, a better wife, and one day one hell of a mom, because of my mother.

I love you so much mom.  I’m sorry if I don’t say it enough.  You’re the best mom a girl could ask for, and I thank God for you every day.


Nana is the epitome of strong women.  She was married to Poppa for Christ’s sake!  That alone takes balls! lol  In all seriousness though, if Nana has taught us anything its that you have to be strong in life.  When Poppa’s health started to deteriorate Nana was the backbone of the family.  She did everything for him.  She showed us that no matter how difficult a situation may be that true love, determination & patience will always get you through.

After dealing with the difficulty of losing her husband, Nana also had to overcome the difficulty of losing her leg.  She was hospitalized and it had to be amputated.  It was a terrible time for our family.  We were all so scared that we would lose her…the first amputation, below the knee wouldn’t heal, and they had to go back and take more.  My mom was at the hospital a lot…again.  But Nana pulled through because she’s strong as all hell!  Not only was she strong enough to come home, but she’s continued to be strong every day since then.   If her confidence has ever faltered she’s never once showed it.

Watching her overcome this tragic event has made me a better person.  It has shown me that I can accomplish anything I set my mind to, and that the only person standing in my way is myself.  Nana also has an amazing sense of humour…I’ve watched her turn tragedy into comedy, which I think is amazing.  Being able to laugh at a situation rather than sulk about it is a great trait to have.  One of my favourite Nana moments was when she had returned from the hospital and she came over to visit.  We were kind of worried about how it had effected her or whether or not it would be weird…but the first thing Nana did was unfold her empty pant leg from underneath her and wave it at us and yell “helloooooo!!!” I almost died laughing.  We instantly felt at ease about the entire ordeal.  If Nana wasn’t upset or frightened about how could we be?

I think back on this all the time.  Anytime I start worrying & complaining about paying bills, gaining weight, working overtime, or simply getting sick I stop and think about how small and insignificant those things really are….I think about Nana and her courage & determination and think to myself, if I can be even half as strong as Nana is, then I can get through anything.

Thank you Nana for being a wonderful, beautiful and always entertaining woman.  You’ve shown me time and time again that a little optimism goes a long way.  I love you so much!


Grammy was an amazing woman…actually, scratch that.  She was THE MOST amazing woman.  She touched any and every life that was lucky enough to intertwine with her own.  She was ‘Grammy’ to everyone…whether you had known her all your life, or had only met her once, it didn’t matter.  She was Grammy to all.  She taught me so much about life and love…about what it takes to be a good wife, mother & grandmother.  And really folks, it doesn’t take much.  Love, mostly…a lot of love….patience, a great sense of humour, discipline, and patience…I know, I already said patience…but you need it.  Especially when you’ve got 5 kids, 12 grandchildren, and 9 great-grandchildren!  Not to mention in-laws & family friends who considered her their family as well….We all owe everything to Grammy’s unconditional love.

Grammy was strong, independent, elegant, beautiful, brave and above all, incredibly stubborn.  That’s what we loved the most about her, I think.  Her ability to make you laugh with the simplest of facial expressions was priceless.  When she’d roll her eyes at my dad for telling her to turn up her hearing aids….or the look she’d give you for telling her to do anything for that matter!  The look that instantly told you “I’m 93 years old and I’m going to do whatever I damn well please!” …you were smiling within seconds.

The 2 weeks that Grammy was hospitalized after her fall was by far the worst 2 weeks of my life…probably of all our lives. We had spent days and nights with her there…watching over her, comforting her, comforting each other…not knowing what even the next hour would bring.  Then we were blessed…  I was raised Catholic, but I am not an overly religious person… but I do believe that we were given a gift from God during her hospital stay…  Although she suffered a terrible fall, resulting in brain damage, she never lost the ability to be Grammy.  The doctors told us a couple days in that she might not last the night…but Grammy being her strong, stubborn self was not about to be told when she was going to die.  The next few days were amazing.  She was awake and talking to us…reading magazines with me…looking at old family photos and pointing out who was who, and what they were doing that day.  It was within these few days where one of my most favourite Grammy-moments happened.  She was hungry and wanted food.  The nurses told us they would bring some apple sauce for her to try out.  They gave my dad these tiny apple sauce containers and said she had to eat them slow and in little bits.  My dad fed her only ONE spoonful before she grabbed the whole thing from him, took the spoon, gave him that awesome Mannell Death Stare and ate the whole damn thing herself…then asked for more.  Then ate lunch, had tea, a glass of milk & finished off her supper that night with lemon pudding.  But that look! Oh my God…the death stare my dad got for trying to feed her was absolutely priceless!  We were all laughing so hard.  It was just so Grammy.

There wasn’t a single person who ever met her that didn’t instantly fall in love with her.   It’s no wonder her and Grampa were married for almost 70 years! (Grampa passed away 7 months before their 70th wedding anniversary).  Chris and I actually got married on their anniversary.  Our wedding day would have been their 70th…I am so absolutely honoured to share this day with them.  It means more to me than I’ll ever be able to express in words.

It breaks my heart that she is no longer here with us.  I’ve cried almost every single day since January 28th…She may have been 93 (almost 94!) years old, but I still don’t believe it was her time to go…but even still, I don’t cry for that reason…Grammy lived a long and very happy life.  We are all so lucky to have had her in our lives for so long.  I cry, because, well…it’s just so hard to picture life without her in it.  Our family home (my parents house, where she lived with them) seems empty now without her in it.  Theres an empty place at the dinner table…an empty seat near the fireplace…there’s no one quietly shuffling around upstairs in her room… It’s going to take a lot of getting used to.  Even my parents dog & cat are lost without her there.

I’ll always remember what Grammy told Chris and I in her speech on our wedding day.  “The secret to a long and happy marriage is simple.  Always go for walks together after dinner and never, ever stop talking to each other.”  We won’t Grammy.  I promise you that.  I love you with all my heart and I miss you more and more each day.  I hope you and Grampa are walking those beautiful Hawaiian beaches together once more….Every time I see purple in the sun rise or set, I always think of you and know you’re looking down on me.

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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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Ok, ok…so our anniversary was actually in July, but we wanted to wait until fall to do some fun photos!

We recruited our friends Dave & Liz Binkowski of 808 Photography to snap some fun fall photos of the hubby and I 🙂

It pissed rain on our wedding day, so we wanted to get some nice photos of just the two of us….our wedding photos were amazing and I love them very much, but the rain made us kind of rush through things and there were some photos we just didn’t have time to get…damn you Mother Nature!

…actually, I shouldn’t say that.  Mother Nature was on our side last Sunday when we went out to do these photos.  It had rained earlier on in the day, but by the time we got out to Bronte Creek Park it had all dried up and we were left with an absolutely stunning sunset.  Which in turn made for some awesome photos!

Thanks again Binkowskis!  You guys are the best!!

You're the Han Solo to my Leia Organa ❤




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