Saturday, August 22, 2015

Grey's Lookalike

Well, we found Kenna's grown up version awhile back in an actress who's ironically also a Bolger. And now we've found Grey's grown up person. His name is Rupert Friend, and he's English. Is there any doubt that the Irish genes run strong in these kids?! From the shape of the head, to the eye shape and colour, cheekbones and nose - we can envision Grey morphing into something looking like this:

Kinda spooky, right?! We're still on the lookout for a grown-up Brooks, he's anxious for a glimpse into his future;-)

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

The process is working...

and working, and working...:-) They say Rome was not built in a day, and you better believe that would be true - especially if we were in charge. Mostly because Brian is busy and I am useless

Seriously though, it really IS coming along! I'll show a few pictures and describe - keep in mind, Brian is working a full time job (and his job is very full time - longer hours and weekend meetings etc), so he can really only work on our projects evenings and weekends when that allows. And then there's real life too - Brian's sister is moving to Belgium with her husband (for his education), and so we're just coming off a week of "family reunion/farewell" and such.

To see some of the work along the way, scroll through these Renovation posts!
To see the before video, of the way the house originally was, click here

Standing at the front door
 All the interior doors in the house will be painted black. For now, they are just primed. Trim will be white.
Looking at the front door

Looking into the livingroom area
 Now, I know I am pretty useless when it comes to construction. But I do try - at least a little - and only if I have gloves on. But I do try! Basically, my job is the moving and organization of all the things. Not as easy as it sounds. Especially because every.single.item in the entire house has to be washed at least 2 times, but generally 3 times is the magic number. And we covered EVERYTHING in plastic and/or dropcloths. Plaster dust is pervasive, and persistent, let me tell you.

And also, I don't have a kitchen sink yet...
Looking at the island and over to the dining area

The island - it will have granite. I wish I took a pic of our granite selection, but I forgot. Anyway, my fold up plastic table makes a nifty countertop in the interim

I didn't take a pic of the granite - but I think this is kinda similar (pic snagged from google) - we brought our paint chips and flooring with us, and picked something with black, grey and a bit of brown
Dining area

By the front door - flooring and "stuff" - it's still very much a construction site around here, but definitely more live-able! I am totally able to "corner" the messes and live around them pretty comfortably

The curtains! I can't wait to hang them!

We've got curtain rods!

We've got over the island lighting! (3 of these)
 The frigde is current "out" in the room, as the plumbing behind there needs to be moved over...
We have all the lowers needed for the kitchen wall. It will go: fridge, dishwasher, sink/sink base cabinet, cabinet, stove, cabinet. I've only pulled up one of the cabinets for use until it's all set up. We will buy stainless steel appliances "last minute" so we don't wreck them by using them - So for now, we'll keep using our cream coloured stuff
Our uppers - we've decided to go with a touch of the industrial - like the island light fixtures. This pic is from Pinterest, so ignore the range hood portion - but we will be hanging pipes from the ceiling for open shelving. Stay tuned!
The other mess - That's my washer, dryer and...stuff
 When we pulled out the flooring and baseboards to do the floor in the laundry room - well, something went wrong. Not exactly sure what - perhaps the baseboard had been nailed through into the drainpipe for the washer and when it was removed, it caused a leak? Still getting to the bottom of it, but the result is - we have a leak and we have to fix it. The laundry room is still it's original green, but will be primed and painted dark grey once we have the plumbing fixed.

We will be painting the fireplace. We thought we'd go dark, but now we're pretty sure we'll go white
Kind of like this look - from Pinterest
The hall is a darker grey than the main area. The laundry room will be this same colour

Where the two colours meet at the end of the hall
 The ceiling is finished smooth, and the walls are "knock down" - in case you aren't familiar with that look - this is what the texture is. I actually really like it! It was also our only option so all the different wall textures could be matched.
The ceiling. Brian install all the recessed lighting - I put up all the light trims. Go me!! We have 14 pot lights in the main room, and there will be 2 more put in in the hall. And then the 3 pendant lights over the island. We went from a pretty dimly light house to one that you can spot from Jupiter:-) And those LED bulbs - $17 each. Whhhhhhaaaa?! They give a great natural light, and they don't get hot. But they're $17 each!!

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Quotes Archive 2015

The single most important ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people. Without it, most achievements are not possible, and even what we do achieve will feel hollow. Abraham Lincoln

Failures, repeated failures, are finger posts on the road to achievement. One fails forward toward success. C.S. Lewis

There are good young men who need someone to show them they are trustworthy by entrusting them with worthy work, who take the time to inspect their work so they know what to expect, who give them confidence to do hard things by giving them hard things to do. Ann Voskamp

I believe that one reason why the church of God at this present moment has so little influence over the world is because the world has so much influence over the church. Put your finger on any properous page in the Church's history and you will find a little marginal note that says: 'In this age people could readily see where the Church began and where the world ended.' Charles Spurgeon

It is not trying that is ever going to bring us home. All this trying leads up to the vital moment at which you turn to God and say, “You must do this. I can’t.” CS Lewis

In the United States today, there is a pervasive tendency to treat children as adults, and adults as children. The options of children are thus steadily expanded, while those of adults are progressively constricted. The result is unruly children and childish adults. Thomas Szasz

I am determined to be cheerful and happy in whatever situation I may find myself. For I have learned that the greater part of our misery or unhappiness is determined not by our circumstance, but by our disposition. Martha Washington

Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did. Newt Gingrich

Monday, July 27, 2015


Since we are virtually "family-less" here in VA, we adore getting to see so much family when we visit Ontario! I am from a very large extended family, and everyone still lives "in town" except for my parents and most of my siblings - so we don't get to visit them in ON, but do get to see just about everyone else! So fun!
My kids, my sisters kids, and then Mylah, Avalyn & Ellory - these are my cousin Dale's kids, so 2nd cousins to my kids

My kids & Lauryn's kids with my cousin Nicole's kids - so that makes Jackson and Aaron their second cousins

These cousins are actually not related, technically! They are cousins of Lauryn's kids, through her husband. Even though they're on the "other side" of the family, we'll still claim them! ;-) This is all the boys except Canaan. So we have Rome, Chase, Noah, Dante, Grey & Brooks

Now all the girls (and Canaan): Kenna, Mattea, Bella, Kayla

All the cousins again at Swiss Chalet

And the girls + Grey:-)

Cousin hot dog lunch at Ikea

Holden is my first cousin, and just a little bit older than Kenna. He slept over one night, and they all had a blast! So here are the 1st cousins once removed, eating a healthy (haha) breakfast together!

Kenna, Brooks, and 2nd cousin Hayden

Grey and Teegan (my first cousin) hit it off so well!

This is my cousin Scott's youngest son. Scott is about 10 years older than me. Kenna and Hayden are 2nd cousins and the same age.

Brooks, Holden and Hayden, beginning their paddleboarding adventure
Holden, Hayden & Mattea with my kids

my first cousin Keeley Shae, playing with my daughter Kennedy Shea

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Great Room

Well, I have had a very busy July and have been neglecting to post, and now I'm way overdue! I'll get to all our vacation posts one by one. I'll start off with a house post though.

This was obviously a major task to say the least. The beam is 30 feet long, and spans 27 feet across the room. Brian had to -

*Take down all walls
*dig footer under the house
*reinforce the walls/add a pillar under the house
*add a header above the hallway entrance
*reinforce the walls under the header
*install beam
*re-work all the electrical in the entire open space
*wire up and install overhead lighting in open space
*pass building and electrical inspections

ok - if you're at all familiar with building, that list is a heavy one! Literally, as the beam was 700lbs. Thanks to a group of might men for lifting that into place while Brian tied it in to the joists. He was able to accomplish all this in 2 weekends, 1 day off from regular work, and 9 evenings. That's...really incredible. Certain things, like the electrical ended being more complicated than normal, because the house was originally wired very strangely.

We came home to this!

 We hired out the finishing of the ceiling and walls - the ceiling was going to be a monster to fix, as each of the 4 old rooms had very different ceiling finishes and 2 of them very difficult to cover over. The walls in each room were also finished in a different way, some smooth, some swirl, and some under paneling never even touched. Getting a perfect and matching finish "like new" is really an art form - and we know our limits:-) They can do in 3 days what it would take us 2 weeks to do, and poorly at that!
Leaving the house on Friday morning

Coming home at 2pm

Leaving house at 4:30pm! Massive improvement in one day!

So we've purchased all the finishes, it's now just a matter of installation, after the walls & ceiling are done (which should be Monday/tomorrow). First will come ceiling paint, then trim, then walls, then flooring, then kitchen! Then were done!! Easy, right?! Haha!!
We choose Lazy Gray and Serious Gray from Sherwin Williams - most of the house will be Lazy Gray - Serious Gray we didn't get much of, and will likely only be the hallway.

Colour of cabinets

Colour of flooring. It's pre-finished solid oak, and the stain is called Kona. It's not as dark as the darkest - but pretty dark.