Monday, July 20, 2015

This Week 26

1. We had more company than usual this week. Chris' best friend came out for a visit during the week, and we had friends over both nights this weekend. We're so social. ;)

2. Holly has been on a game kick, and from the minute I wake up I'm harassed into playing Candyland. 

3. I discovered that Holly does really well at building intricate lego sets with no help from us. She amazes me every single day.

4 & 5. Holly has been a little lonely without Brooke this week, so we treated her with a trip to a local staple, Colasanti's. We did rides, games, and animals, but it was way too hot to actually enjoy.

6. The rest of Sunday was spent being totally unproductive while eating cinnamon sugar doughnuts and drinking iced coffee. 

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Our Wedding: The Date Is Set

October 15th, 2016 - the date is set.

First of all, I still can't believe we're getting married. But, it's real. Really real now.

Chris and I have been engaged for just under 3 months now and somehow managed to make a fairly large dent in the wedding planning process already.

I'm currently on maternity leave, so one of my goals has been to secure all of the big stuff before I go back to work this October. I think we've done a pretty good job so far. 

We started looking for a venue immediately after we got engaged, and I'm glad we did seeing as many of the venues I spoke with were booked through 2017. We called and met with over 30 venues in our area, and by total chance ended up picking one just down the street from where we live.

As of right now, we've booked the hall, the officiant, and the DJ. The photographer and decorator are already chosen and will be booked in the next few weeks. That covers all the big stuff.

There's still a lot to do (flowers, dress, tuxes, invitations, etc.), but we're well on our way. I'm just excited to know that our wedding has a real solidified date.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

This Week 25

I'm really hoping to pick up my blogging a bit, and I think a weekly series will hold me a bit more accountable. I used to post weekly but I stopped somewhere along the way. Let's try this again.


1. Last weekend, we went on a short vacation to visit my family in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. I snapped a photo of the gloomy Mackinac on the way there.

2. My favourite U.S. fast food chain is Sonic. There are 3 along the way to see my family.

3. The girls dipping their feet in Lake Superior.

4. I finally took CJ's 7 month progress almost 8 months old. Oops.

5. I finally got around to organizing the girls' closet and managed to fill a massive box with too-small clothes. I guess I better start back-to-school shopping.

6. Sometimes we just need to take a break from phones & tablets and play a board game.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Our First Home - Bathroom Redo Part 1: Before

Since the day we purchased our home, I have been itching to redo the bathroom on the main level.

It's got amazing bones, but was carelessly completed. The house was a rental for years and it seems as though the tenants preferred dark and dramatic colours, even in the bathroom.

Take a look around the bathroom:

The vanity & sink.
The length of the room.
The toilet & paper holder.
The dated lighting & messy ceiling paint.
The vanity & door from the shower/toilet.

I have to admit that it was extremely hard to take decent photos with the harsh lighting and dark walls in this room. Either way, you can clearly see there's a lot of updating to do.

Here are our plans:

1. Remove the old door and frame (original to the home) and replace with a new pre-hung door
2. Remove all hardware and patch the walls
3. Fix the hole where the paper holder is
4. Paint the ceiling and walls
5. Replace all trim
6. Install new lighting
7. Install new hardware
8. Frame in the mirror
9. Add shelving over the toilet
10. Peel up the linoleum and tile the floor
11. Decorate

That's a huge list, but I think it's doable for us. To my relief, we won't be touching the cabinets or countertop. The countertop might be dated, but the cabinets are newer and in great shape. The shower is new, so that will stay as well.

I will be posting about the updates as we complete them, so check back soon or follow Holly Muffin on Facebook here!

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