Sunday, October 23, 2005

A few more pictures

Here are a few more pictures. Our master bedroom we painted this pretty blue color, and the master bath is a yellow color, but I'm still not sure I'm going to keep it that way. I don't know yet if it like it well enough. The bonus room is the one with the TV, and in the other set of photos it has the red wall which is opposite the TV.

We are so blessed to have so many friends help us out so much that first weekend we got the house. That first Saturday we got all the painting done except for the master bath, which was started the next day and finished a few days later. Thank you to all our amazing friends!


Finally I am able to add a few more pictures. My grandparents are visiting right now from Kitchener, Ontario. It's fun having them here. I think it's a good motivator to get things unpacked and ready for guests when you have them in right away. Everyone is always quite forgiving, too, when one room is a total disaster. My dad's parents travelled out west on a train that took them from Toronto to Vancouver with a 2 day stopover in Edmonton, AB. They have had a fabulous time. They came with another couple who were celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. The train sounds much like a cruise ship, with phenomenal service and food all hours of the day.

These pictures are mostly of the downstairs. It shows the colors we chose for the walls. There is one picture of the bonus room. We do not yet have much furniture for that room but it works great for an entertainment/TV room for now.

Monday, October 17, 2005

New Home

pictures of the dining room and kitchen.

the hutch actually looks normal now that it's in a more spacious area.

thanks to mom and dad g. for the thoughtful housewarming gift. This beautiful fall arrangement came on the first day we were here, when we were just getting started on painting. They were dropped off by the sweetest old man who just loves to make people's day. Wouldn't delivering flowers be such a fun job? :)

Canadian Thanksgiving was a blast. Unfortunately the camera battery was dead, but we've got great memories of the evening. I must say it was so nice to have so much help in the kitchen now that more than 1 person can be in there and not feel cramped! I had it nice and easy this year, I felt completely relaxed. I was also told that this was the best year yet because of all the space we had. It was great! After dessert was served and the bellies were filled, most people stayed for a rip-roarin game of Wild Hoopla. David's brother Dane and their dad, Dan stopped by on their way home from the football game convieniently to pick up Joen's laptop, (which David was supposed to fix sometime during all the festivities) and even more convieniently Dan and Dane were hungry for some leftovers! I made a turkey frame soup today after work. The bones had been boiling overnight and cooling during the day, so the meat was easily taken off. We'll see how it turns out.

Saturday, October 15, 2005

Canadian Thanksgiving!

Another year, two thanksgivings! Gotta love having an international marriage! Of course, the REAL canadian thanksgiving was this past monday but we were right in the middle of our move, so we are having it this weekend. It sure makes us work harder getting everything set up and put away, but it's a lot of fun.

"I'm thankful for my health, my childhood, and spell check. I'm thankful for our new hot water tank and how we no longer have to coordinate our dishwashing with our bathing. I'm thankful for the wide range of flavors potato chips come in--mesquite barbecue in particular. For platform shoes. For coincidences. I'm thankful for all the people who ever left, in those dishes by the cashier, a penny I later used. That I don't know everything that people say behind my back. I'm thankful I was born after the advent of indoor plumbing, and after the popularity of corsets. I'm thankful for insect repellent, nonstick pans, and Velcro. I'm thankful that people in real life don't spontaneously break into song like they do in musicals, and that some weeds look like flowers, and that at the end of a really bad day there is sleep. I'm thankful for maybe."
adapted from an Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life, by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

I'm thankful for Thanksgivings. I'm thankful for turkey and stuffing and Marie Pat's sweet potato recipe. I'm thankful for my husband, my family, and my friends. For my job, the work we do, and the countries in which I'm from. For those less fortunate and all I learn from their happiness. I'm thankful for our new house and the moving company that helped make it our home. I'm thankful for changes of seasons, cozy fireplaces and hot apple cider. I'm thankful for email and voip. I'm thankful to my God and Savior for each day He gives me breath.

What are you thankful for?

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

jumping on the bandwagon

I had a different blog site and I haven't really been good about writing on it. I have been great about posting pictures there of our brand new house as it was being built, but I haven't yet figured out what to share of all I'm thinking about everyday. Anyway, so I've really been enjoying other friend's blogs and think it might be fun to have one of my own that people can actually comment on (the other one made a person sign up to post a comment). We'll see how this goes.

Setting up house

ok so the wait is over... now the work begins! David and I have been building a house for 6 months or so... no, WE haven't been doing the building, but we've been having it built. We just had all our furniture moved yesterday, so we're super excited about it! We have been staying here for the past 5 days and over the weekend we got all kinds of painting done. I will have pictures of the walls painted and the furniture in very soon, but we have to clear up all the boxes first. We (as in me and a bunch of friends - I don't think you'll catch David in a pair of painting overalls to save his life!) painted the living room, dining room, kitchen, the master bedroom, and the bonus room on Saturday. David was busy with putting up blinds, helping his dad put in the garage door opener and he also started to put in door handles and knobs for the cabinets. It's so exciting... for US, but scary for our cats. Mario and Luigi have been used to living in one place for their whole lives, so this move is causing some anxiety and stress! They stay in hiding: Mario curled up in the litter box, and Luigi under the bed. I'm sure they'll get used to it soon. I HOPE anyway, otherwise we'll have one very stinky cat and one extra large super-size-me lazy lug!