Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Kitchen Progress III


  • Sanding, priming and painting
  • building an upper cabinet and the big pantry cabinet
  • Plumbing for the new sink and our (EEE!!!) dishwasher!
  • Ripping out the second side of base cabinets and prepping for drywall
My temporary kitchen in the dining room.
This is what has saved my sanity. A sheet of poly with a zipper. It has kept most of the dust out of my house, even that nasty plaster and drywall dust!
Trust me, it was not usually this clean.
First upper cabinet hung!
Before the demo of the second side.
Our happy helper and other sanity saver with those cheeky grins of his!

Kitchen Progess II


  • installing new ceiling lights
  • drywalled the ceiling (Ben took a day off and we drywalled the ceiling together. Bonding time, ya know?)
  • taping and mudding
  • ripping out the base cabinets on one side
New drywall on the ceiling!

This was our kitchen for a weekend, still very functional, just an extra walk to the dining room for cups and glasses.
It was a lot of screws...

Our kitchen arrived! So many boxes!

Monday, March 30, 2015

Kitchen Progress

Here are a few picture of our kitchen renovation in progress!


  • took out the pantry
  • ripped out both sides of upper cabinets
  • strapped ceiling
  • ran wire for new lights

Out comes the pantry
Before the demo begins!

Ceiling is strapped for new drywall. Ben built some small walls to even out the bumps and indents.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Katie at 5!

Katie can count by twos and tie her shoes. Actually she can, which is fun! She can count to 100 and to 1000 by hundreds. She knows all her letters, can write them all and knows the sounds they make. We're working on blending initial sounds and she knows a number of sight words as well.

One of Katie's ambitions in life is to be a princess. She always wants a beautiful dress and jewellery. We're working on the whole "inward beauty" idea, something that's harder to grasp for a five year old.

Katie is a huge help to me. From tidying, to dusting, helping with Alex, being a step and fetch it, this girl plays a big part in our family.

She loves to dance, twirl, sing and wiggle her hips. She loves music and is always singing or humming.

Katie loves Adventures in Odyssey. She listens to a story during her quiet time everyday and Emma has started listening along. They were acting out one story with Duplo the other day, rather hilarious. Ben is pleased as punch with her "addiction" since he had/has the same love for the stories.

She loves her little brother. She smothers him in kisses and hugs and wants to carry him around. Alex is usually pretty good-natured about this. I however, have less patience for it! She can't wait until she's 12 and can babysit.

Katie is a typical oldest child. She likes to be in charge and tends to be rather bossy. She'll even try to boss around kids older than herself. The trouble is, she can be rather convincing so often the other kids will follow her. She's a leader for sure. Any tips on how to instill a less bossy attitude?

She has a very tender heart and a few well chosen words will usually quickly convict her of her wrong doing. 
We woke Katie up with breakfast and singing Happy Birthday
She had to open her presents right away, still in her pjs.

I crocheted this doll for Katie. I finished it at 11pm the night before. Katie named her Emily.
She has wire in her legs and body to allow her to stand or sit. I almost made her another dress which Katie uses for pajamas.

Katie had four girls over on her birthday between church. They made their own mini pizzas for lunch.

Reading a book Katie got from her birthday.

Birthday bumps from Uncle John and Grandma!

We celebrated Ben's birthday too!
And Charity's birthday!
We love our firstborn dearly and are so thankful God has entrusted her to us for five whole years! We looking forward to many more years with her and pray that God would use her for His good in His kingdom!

Monday, March 16, 2015

January and February 2015

Life continued as normal for the first two months of 2015.

Emma turned 3 on January 4th. I think I still need a blog post about that!

The first three weekends in January one of us had the puking flu. Emma had it first, the next weekend Ben followed and then Katie. I got a much milder version the first week in February.

Alex had croup again the third week of January. I spent the night on his floor so I could hear him breath. The next night I spent on the end of Katie's bed since she was on a 30 minute puke cycle. The following night I was up with Emma and finally the fourth night I got to sleep the whole night in my own bed!

Ben finished the guest bathroom upstairs! Look here for pictures!

We had lots and lots and lots of snow! I'm not sick of it yet, but I'm starting to get ready for spring. I love the snow, but the increasingly narrowing roads and marathon of coats, hats, mitts, boots we need to run each time we go out is wearing on me. I never appreciated summer until I had kids to dress!

More plans are being made for our kitchen! We moved our china hutch in preparation and I've packed up a lot of items we don't use very often. We plan to go in a few weeks and pick up our Ikea kitchen! Then the real demolition will begin!

We celebrated Emma's 3rd birthday and Katie's 5th. It's an odd year for all my kids. Alex is turning 1 in less than two months!

We had our 10th pancake breakfast on Family day. Always fun and good food!

We celebrated Katie's fifth birthday with a group of girls and family. I'll do a separate post on that.

I helped plan a variety night for our church family. We had songs, and skits and lots of interactive games with audience. My legs were rather sore the next day!

Monday, March 09, 2015


I found these gems in my drafts. They go back probably to last fall....

Katie wanting to squeegy our shower doors. "I want to shave it!"

Ben being influenced by our culture while praying at the end of supper: ".... we pray all this stuff in Jesus name. Amen." He looked up at me and said oops!

Katie: "I just put the booger back in my nose." I guess she didn't feel like getting a kleenex?

Ben prayed silently at breakfast one morning and Emma says, "No Dad! Use your face!"

Katie: "you nurse baby Alex, because you have dimples." 

Friday, March 06, 2015

Alex 10 months

He's moving around! Not quite hands and knees crawling, but pretty close. He gets up on his knees and rocks back and forth. He can get to his tummy easily from sitting, but can't quite get back yet.

He eats everything on the floor, fluff, bits of paper, string. Maybe it's because I have bigger kids around, but I have to be so much more careful with Alex than I did with the girls.

He's loud! He's discovered his voice and is VERY vocal.

He can clap his hands, wave and raise his hands for "So big!"

He loves books! He's also kind of destructive with them, although most have been through at least two kids, some have been through more since they're second hand.

He is such a wiggler when being changed, always trying to roll over. He also detests having buttons or snaps done of the front, not really sure why.

He wears a few 9-12 months things yet, but it quickly making his way in to 12-18 months. At his last check up (Feb 16) he was 22.5 lbs and 29.5 inches long. 85th percentile across the board.

He's very easy going and rarely gets very upset. He has his own whining/clingy times, but thankfully they're not super common. 

Monday, March 02, 2015

Attic Bathroom

The two-piece bathroom in the attic was part of the Christmas break project Ben was working on. We finished it a couple weeks ago and we actually finished every last detail: blinds, picture on wall, etc. Normally those last finishing touches just drag on forever! It feels so good to have it done done!

I don't have much for before pictures and after a while the "during" pictures all look the same, drywall, primer etc. :-)

 This is a major before, as in before we even bought the house. This was a kitchen/bathroom. Directly behind the picture taker is a small kitchenette.

 This is the only "during" picture I have. It was in this condition for a few years after insulating.
 Dun dun du daaa!
All. Done. Amazing.