Friday, August 23, 2013

Our New House Tour

It is definitely time that I give the tour of our new place! We have been here for about 2 1/2 weeks and are feeling settled. This house makes us happy. Just to warn you... this will be a long-and-mostly-pictures post! 

Of course, these are the "before" pictures. We have a lot of ideas of projects for this house. However, for now we will likely be holding off on most of them until we get more of a feel for the house. We actually don't mind most of the paint colours and they seem to match our style well enough. Except for Henry's room, which needs some patching and repainting soon since we had to take down some shelving in order to fit his furniture.

Main Floor
Entryway: We love the original wood trim and the stained glass. We bought the wardrobe off of Kijiji last week since there is no closet. 

The Kitchen: I originally didn't love the colour of the cabinets, appliances or the countertops when we bought the place. But it has all grown on me! It is such a great, functional kitchen.

Mudroom: Off of the kitchen there is an addition leading to the backyard. We currently don't really have much of a use for it but are thinking of eventually putting in a powder room. 

Living/Dining Room: Like our last place, there is one long living/dining room. The difference here is that we don't have a second sitting room. We don't mind... it was honestly just wasted space in our last place since we seemed to favour one room over the other. It is a much cozier size. 

Upper Level

Henry's Room: These aren't the best pictures... I had to sneak in quickly with my phone while he wasn't taking a nap!

Computer Room/ Dressing Room: This doubles as both. What you can't see is the large wardrobe on the other side of the room. Also - This is one of my least favourite colours in the house, so may change soon.

Guest Bedroom: This is maybe my favourite bedroom! Unfortunately the closet was too small for Joe and I, so we took a different room as our own. 

Master Bedroom: It is definitely a downsize from our last room. All that means to us is less wasted space!

Bathroom: It is perfect. I won't change anything! I am glad the previous owner did such a great job.

The Attic

Yet another thing I am thankful the previous owner finished. It isn't currently really set-up. We have dreams of turning it into a TV room, or maybe one day a master bedroom.

The Basement
Another finished space. We are currently using it as a play room, and the bathroom as Henry's bathroom. It definitely needs some work. 

The Exterior

The Front:

The Front Porch: Our favourite part of the house.

The Backyard: I have big ideas for the backyard, but they might not happen for a few years. For now, it is still a nice space. 

We are so excited to be living here. 

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

2 weeks in!

It has been exactly 2 weeks since our moving day! And let me tell you, we are so happy with our new neighbourhood. Moving day was a fluke-thundery-humid-downpour kind of day, but everything went smoothly thanks to our friends and family who helped out. We are so grateful to them.

Our new home is exactly what we wanted. Our neighbours are very friendly, and there are often kids playing in the street (and even sometimes in our backyards!) One of our neighbours described it as a “front-porch community”, and it is so true. Everyone is visible which makes it easier to meet and get to know your neighbours. 

We even had one neighbour who made us a welcome gift using rocks and driftwood she collected at Lake Erie. It is Joe, Henry and I! It was so thoughtful, and I love it! 

Speaking of front-porch communities, we have definitely been spending all of our meals and down time on our front porch. It is the best.

There is a definite difference from our last home. While we did have friends in our last neighbourhood and people were nice for the most part, something just didn’t sit right after we moved in (I know, I mentioned that before when I explained why we were moving). Our new home, however, feels perfect. I can definitely foresee us here for the long run, and that is exciting! No more quick turnarounds on houses for us. We’re sick of paying lawyers, realtors, land transfers and address changes (etcetera, etcetera) anyway!

Lucky for us, we have been able to unpack and organize everything since we are both of for the summer. We’ve even made a few day trips to the beach and visiting friends and family! And we hope to do a little more of that before Joe returns to work.

I will be posting our new house tour soon. 

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Our final day.

Today is our last day in our current home.

Although we are very excited to move on to our dream location, there are definitely some bittersweet feelings here.

We redid this entire home, spending hours turning it into our own. Deep down, I love this house even if I don't love the location. It is a reflection of so much work and has become a place that only reminds me of our family. It is also the house we brought Henry home to. It has been where we have fumbled around to figure out this parenthood thing. So many great memories in this past year and a half, and particularly in the past 6 months.

Tonight we are staying with my sister so that everything can be packed and ready for the morning. So, that means I'm off to disconnect the internet. We're being reconnected in a couple of days (if all goes as planned) and I'll try my best to update on our new home. Wish us luck!

Goodbye, house!

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Henry at 6 months

Henry is a half of a year old! Crazy.

This has been another big month. And probably the fastest month so far. I feel like I just wrote the 5 month post.

Taking Henry's 6-month photo was pretty funny... for every photo like this: 

There were about 10 of these! He was squealing the whole time in excitement. 

I personally have really enjoyed this past month since Joe has been home full-time. What have we been up to with Henry, you might ask?

Going to the cottage


Jolly Jumping... Henry's new favourite activity.

Checking out our new place. We move in next week! Yikes!

Eating his first solid foods. He wasn't so sure at first, but is a great eater already!


 And general relaxing.

It has been a great summer month. I'm pretty sad to think summer is half over. On a more exciting note, only 6 days until we take possession of our new place. More to come on that soon! Can't wait!!