Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Apparently the counter manufacturers are closed until January 4 so we have some time to make the final counter decision. Want to help? From the beginning I wanted green to match the tiled backsplash and the curtains and provide a contrast from the beige floors. We considered butcher block as well but it wouldn't fill the gap completely because it is a solid flat piece. I know black and dark counters are in but they look putrid with the backsplash. Every time I make a (final) decision, someone criticizes it I keep collecting more samples (and creating more confusion). Do you think green is too dated?
The solution - DuraCeramic. It looks like ceramic but is really laminate on a limestone base. The grout is acrylic so the whole floor is more flexible. It is also warmer on the feet. It was finished before Christmas but with 4 overnight guests and 17 people for Christmas dinner I was too busy to update before now. The furniture is all back in place and Kevin is doing the baseboards now but I can't be bothered going up for another picture.
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Monday, December 14, 2009
Kevin's is undoubtedly National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation. I think we have watched it every Christmas but one for the last 26 years. It is hilarious but I want to watch some other favourites this year.
We saw Joyeux Noel a few years ago. It is definitely not a laughing movie but a wonderful, thoughtful movie to celebrate the season of love and giving.
I enjoyed The Nativity Story when it came out several years ago. I thought it was an excellent recreation of Jesus' birth and we will be watching it again this year.
Last year Connor and I listened to an book on tape when he was recovering from his tonsillectomy. We both really enjoyed Christmas in Canaan and were excited to hear it was being made into a movie this year. It was only released a few days ago. If the movie is anything like the book/tape it will be well worth looking for. It was co-written by Kenny Rogers and stars Billy Ray Cyrus.
So what are you going to watch this holiday season?
Sunday, December 13, 2009
This is what the kitchen looked like about 9 this morning. I moved the location of everything in an effort to cut down on the congestion we have at the morning hour rush and meal times. So my kids make note of the new location of the contents or you will never find anything when you next come home.
And this is about half an hour later. We actually really like the cupboards bare. I am not sure we will install knobs. The upper cabinets went in much smoother than I expected.
We removed the lower cabinets on the left side after church and are at a bit of a standstill. It is difficult to move until the neighbour who wants the cabinets comes to pick them up and we are having a chicken and egg conundrum. You know - what comes first the floor or the cabinets? Okay maybe the microwave should come first, then the floor or cabinets.
Friday, December 11, 2009
Is anyone every really prepared to be a parent? The first 6 months were exhausting - I only "remember" what we have pictures of. They crawled up the stairs at 6 months and walked at 9 months. But the rewards so far outweighed the bad times and I am proud of the adults they have become.
A few pictures from the years.
First day of school
Thursday, December 10, 2009
So here's where I need help. Should I leave it plain, as above or paint flowers (or something else) as shown below. I painted the flowers quickly on a piece of clear plastic just so I could see what it might look like. I hope my real paint job is a bit better, though it has been years since I painted anything. I could also put flowers in other spots. So please, give me your opinions.
One of the last times my parents came to visit my dad mentioned that the banister needed refinishing. That would be because of an unnamed child who slides down the rail with his shoes. So, I added that to my list of things to do before Christmas. Thanks Dad - I didn't have enough to keep me busy. There are a few drips but it sure looks better than before. So shiny!
Thursday, December 3, 2009
I do not have a pussycat named Patsy. However, when the kids were little we had a book by that name. It was about (you guessed it) a cat named Patsy who lived on a farm. One day the farmer's wife painted the kitchen thereby disrupting Patsy's world. No fire in the stove to keep warm by, no bowl of milk - you get the idea. So Patsy visits all the animals on the farm looking for advice? sympathy? a new home? At the end of the day, she returns to her kitchen and is overjoyed to find everything back to normal.
When I started writing I was going to tell you that our dogs were Patsy this week. Kevin replaced the banister at the top of the stairs with a half wall and I started painting it 3 days ago. Awkward position for me and the ladder. Since I had the paint out, I gave the halls a fresh coat - we must be a dirty family because I recoat the halls virtually every year. Then I figured I might as well paint the kitchen since it needs to be done before the cabinets are replaced in the next few months. So Shasta and Darcy's beds were moved downstairs. Shasta couldn't care less but Darcy couldn't settle all night. Their bowls were moved to the other side of the kitchen. And they have been locked up in the laundry room for the better part of two days because they insist on leaning against the wall I have just washed or painted. They have many other places to lie, but have to pick the one spot they can't. And of course, I didn't have time to walk them. I am a supreme multi-tasker but I haven't figured out how to be inside painting and outside walking yet.
As I wrote I started to think that I was really Patsy. I hate things out of place for days on end (like tables covered with tools, curtains and other things that should be hung on the walls). I get very impatient. I wish I had some animal friends to go elicit compassion from. The painting is done. All I have to do in the next 24 hours is clean the whole house from top to bottom, put all the light covers and curtains back up and at least start the holiday decorating. We have a dinner at the church tomorrow night and for the first time ever, I am not baking something. I love baking but new I wouldn't have time so I bought a lemon tart before this craziness started.
Next week doesn't look any better for me - get the Christmas cards and baking done and a new special project I will blog about next week (as long as it turns out).