Tuesday, December 28, 2010


hope everyone had a great christmas! we sure did! it was so nice to witness christmas through georgia's eyes this year.  on another note here are a few things i see throughout the day that make me smile and make our new house our home so far. it was so nice to spend our first christmas here.

and a cute one of gigi watching the older kids at the library.

we strolled around the neighborhood this morning and checked out a new cookie shop that just popped up in the neighborhood. very cute and very yummy. i get so excited when i see a new business come into the hood. we chatted with the owners for a bit, tested out some treats and grabbed a coffee to go. if you get a chance, show some support to this new local business. i recommend their chocolate shortbread cookie or pumpkin pie whoopie!

Friday, December 10, 2010

in the spirit of giving

so we have moved in and are starting to feel settled. there are still some things that need to be done, but those will come in time. we want to live in our house and feel it out for a bit. get to know it as it becomes our home. the one thing we did do, almost immediately, was buy our christmas tree.
georgia loves all the fun ornaments we have collected over the years. i have ornaments from the 70's, before my time;) ornaments i chose or made as a child, ornaments casey has added to the collection and so on. i love an eclectic tree! and in the spirit of christmas and giving we have made a conscience effort to cut back and pay it forward. i have organized for the teachers and students at my school to donate money to local families in need. we have raised $500 so far! as for gifts within the family we are keeping it simple. i really want to instill in g that great feeling of appreciation and respect for the things she does have.
i wonder if she will have a look of surpirse when she comes downstairs on christmas morning?? we have been practising it at bath time every night. so far she just stares at me. i have, however taught her how to say "mamma mia!" hand gestures and all.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Monday, November 15, 2010

home stretch

we are getting there folks. casey moved all of our furniture into the house this weekend and we spent saturday night, a little tipsy on sake, unpacking and cleaning the kitchen! painters are painting every wall, ceiling, piece of trim, and nook and cranny a warm shade of white and will be done on friday. our electrician surprised us this morning and showed up a whole 3 days early! so, keep your fingers crossed for us as we hope to wake up in our new house monday morning.

so now for the added touches. we have picked up a few items here and there at local flea markets and have some art we have acquired over the past few years, but we want to keep the house open and clutter free. we have also decided to only buy those "wow that would be perfect!" pieces, so the house will remain pretty bare in the furniture department for the time being.

here are some cute things that have caught my eye!

Around the world (English / Anglais), Mercier Julie --- Click to close
map for gigi's playroom!


House Tour: Sara Hicks Malone
thanks to grandma sally we have the teepee!

House Tour: Sara Hicks Malone

House Tour: Sara Hicks Malone
i just found this pic and it totally looks like our kitchen so far. weird.



Sunday, October 31, 2010

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

i can't find my socks!

 they have just been blown fresh off my feet. i just ate the most delicious meal at buca. i love that i get to spend my 30th birthday doing what i love! eating yummy food and hanging with my closest!! case and i are going to cowbell saturday, friggin ffffffffinally!

if my job was blogging and downloading images to post to corresponding blogs i would be fired but at least i have some from tonight;)

Monday, October 18, 2010

tile, hardwood, and paint o my!

casey has been priming the house.

we have tiles permanently cemented to the floor.

hardwood will be installed wednesday - well that is the word on the street.

i will post pics i took yesterday. i just can't wait to drink a glass of wine with casey in that dang house.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Thursday, September 30, 2010

beginning of the end

drywall is in and taped. so here we go. floors next week.......o how i hope. i am feeling more and more excited but i think what i really cannot wait for is to see clean, fresh, white tile. then i will get the tingles!

 i think the jack and jill will have a wall of grey.....maybe blue.

i just like this.

 love this closet turned bed nook! i have always wanted a bed nook with bookshelves surrounding me.

our floors will be like this...

pffffffffffft. ya right. in my dreams.

i like this for the mudroom.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010


when i am low i love to look at pics of georgia that i have taken and remember how i was feeling and what we were doing. the little stories she was telling me with mere peeps and squeaks and giggles.

she held on to these balloons for an hour that day. so sweet.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010


and the wrong colour siding was delivered and installed.....wouldn't be our house without a story like that!

Sunday, September 12, 2010


argh i've been so lazy. actually quite the opposite and that is why my posts are lacking. we are still waiting to move, but rumor has it i will have a house with drywall happening this week. should i keep my hopes up?? so hard not too. once we get drywall i would say we are cooking with gas!! anyways, here are some things i am liking.



Saturday, September 4, 2010

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

hightailin' it

i am still on a break from the house. we are even gettin' outta here for a week.

i start school 2 weeks today. barf. by school i mean work. i love my work and i like how i feel at the end of the day and i know once i get into the routine it will all be good, but i would be a liar to say i haven't shed a tear the past few days. g is growing up and someone new has to come into her life and hug her when she falls, rock her to sleep, make sure she gets all her veggies and fiber, see her smile and laugh at something i will miss, teach her new things!!

o man. it hurts the heart to be a mommy. i do know that our situation is great, i have lots of time off and short days and she doesn't have to go to daycare, but it don't matter my friends, it feels sad.

anyways, it is good for her. she will flourish so quickly over the next year and i still take time everyday to smell her head and kiss her neck and hold her and keep those smells and feelings safe in my memory. o goodness, enough of this i am crying all over the keyboard.
i will post our trip to this market. the pictures should be good, and i will take pics of our bike rides and sunsets and scrumptious farm fresh meals.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

on the outs

that's right i am on the outs with our house. we are taking a break, ol 37 and i. we need some time apart. they say distance makes the heart grow fonder. we shall see.
my poor dad. not sure how he is still standing on gods green earth. he drew me a pic of the trench that is in our basement at the moment. yep. a trench. there may have been a botch job, from way back when, on a cracked pipe that they thank goodness found now and not after all the work was done. we are a true example of the glorious surprises that come with reno-ing a house. i can't even begin to list the nightmares uncovered at 37 florence. so, no pics, no updates, no nada on the house for a bit.
i believe in my heart this break will be good and these disasters, once rectified, will make our house even more of our home in the end. i just have an end date in mind and it is not looking promising.
@#$%* trench.

on another note. friggin finally. this pic is a wee blurry but i must say it looks like g!!!
the family;)

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

chia seed puddin'

i found a new hearty snack for georgia. actually, we like it as well.
pudding made from chia seeds! yum! full of protein, omega 3's and 6's, fibre and so on!
plus it is so very easy which is my favorite type of recipe.

3Tbls of ground chia seeds
1 cup of rice or almond milk
1 tsp of cinnamon.
stir it together and divide into ramekins (this recipe makes 2 servings) place in the fridge for 40 min or leave overnight.
you can make chocolate by using the chocolate versions of these milks.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

those who create together.....are creative together?

just wanted to share this with you. i love the 'ol ets! i really like to give gifts purchased from there but even better is buying stuff from those who create together. i especially like ben and natlaie's story.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

a lemon a day

case and i are going to cleanse together over the next month or so, but we are starting slow and easy so as not to upset our bodies;) so for this first week we will simply wake up and have a drink of warm water and lemon and be on our way. we will also be eliminating any sugars (limiting fruit as well, berries are good as they are low in sugars when it comes to fruits), dairy (ew), alcohol, anything in a box (again, ew), meat, fried foods, etc... shouldn't be too hard except for casey's love of beer and my chocolate problem. our meals will consist mainly of brown rice, steamed or raw veggies, miso and lots of water! again, not so tricky except for summer bbqs! argh. o well. it is much needed and i am so looking forward to it. we may even throw in a little dry skin brushing and ginger bath to boot! 

on another note i love this fireplace arrangement. and by arrangement i mean everything from placement to accessories. ha!

how i love white kitchens

this one i have kept under wraps until now. doing it!