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    "One thing I do know is that I was blind and now I see." John 9:1-41
We're officially one of those families. The type with an extremely loud child that has to sit at the back of the church and go for frequent laps just to burn off energy. Remy's cute bird noises have turned into ear piercing screams. Like SCREAMING for joy at the top of her lungs. It's cute when we're at home, but not so much during a long and serious Catholic service. Then when I try to cover her mouth with my hand she licks me. Honestly, Geoff and I can't complain. We actually have to stifle our laughs. We were truly blessed with such an amazing girl. I prayed for her for such a long time, and my prayers were answered. And then some. 
Also, it is the anniversary weekend of her and her cousin's baptism (@abighousefull). What a special time of year. Always ready to help unload the dishwasher, clean dishes or not. More importantly, it's Friday!
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remy’s moonrise kingdom photographs (part 1)

2y5a00796-copyWe had decided to hire a photographer for Remy’s birthday party shortly after deciding to make it a big event. Much like her birth, we knew that we didn’t want to worry about capturing the many moments, but to be completely focused on our little girl without any distractions. 

2y5a00837-copyThere is an incredible amount of photographers in our city, so which one would we choose? Knowing that my neighbour has had a few family portraits done, I enlisted her help. I asked her if she could pick her top three photographers in the city, which ones would they be? Without hesitation she answered that she would give anything to be photographed by Meraki + Light. 

2y5a00752-copyWith that in mind, I took a look at their website. I immediately fell in love with each and every one of their pictures. I contacted Tammy (who is also the sweetest person ever), and after a few conversations, booked her for the party.

Here is part one of the pictures.

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hallway renovation: after

hallway-after-7Hi, everyone. Welcome to our revitalized hallway!

In all of our years of renovating houses and rooms, this was probably the smallest and most time-consuming project that we’ve undertaken. I didn’t claim that it would be easy, but I also had no idea that it would take the time and effort that it did. Let me explain what happened.

hallway-after-2-1The first task was to remove the wallpaper. That seems simple enough, only I had never done it before. I asked Geoffrey to research the best and (more importantly) easiest method, and he came up with using a wallpaper stripper in the form of a gel. We went with a non-toxic option, called Dif. Though it is the only brand that I have used, I highly recommend it. There was next to no smell, it didn’t drip, and the wallpaper came off easily with one coat.

hallway-after-1For the most part, removing the wallpaper was a breeze. However, there is one wall in particular where the previous owners turned a doorway into a wall when they combined two rooms to make our master bedroom. They didn’t prime the drywall before applying the wallpaper, and so when I scraped the wallpaper, it also took off the drywall. It was a bit of a nightmare, but I eventually got the wallpaper off without damaging too much of the wall itself.

After the wallpaper was gone, I turned my attention to the carpet. This is what I was most excited about, for I knew that there were hardwood floors underneath. It turns out that the floors were in a pretty decent condition. That is, aside from the fact that they were covered in stipple. However, none of the boards had to be replaced, and I could even see the remnants of the old stain.

I began pulling up the tack strip. That was a process in itself. After that, I had to remove the hundreds of staples that were stuck in the floor. I think that I spent about 6-8 hours on that alone. To say that my hands and forearms were sore the next day would be an understatement.

hallway-after-4Next, I was ready to start sanding. Because it is such a small space, I ended up using a small electric sander. It worked so well, and I completed the floors in approximately 3 hours.

hallway-after-3The next step was to paint the hallway. This is what ended up taking the most time, mostly due to the unevenness of the trim, using such contrasting colours, and the difficulty of painting a popcorn ceiling. To make matters worse, I ended up spilling the white paint can onto my freshly sanded floors. After cleaning up the mess, I had to sand the massive spot where I dumped the paint. Paint also dripped down from the ceiling, so for the third time, I sanded the floors once again. Are you beginning to see why this hallway took so long?

hallway-after-6I purchased a new light fixture and Geoffrey switched our yellowed smoke alarm with a new one. They are a vast improvement from what was there before.

After painting the walls, trim, doors, and ceiling white, we painting the bottom half of the walls black. I thought that we had finished, but after we began removing the painter’s tape, we ended up having to spend another day touching up both the white and the black. When we finished the touch ups, we were finally finished the hallway!

hallway-after-5I hope that our blood, sweat, and (many) tears are evident in this transformation. It was quite the process, but one that I am incredibly thrilled with!

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hallway renovation: before

hallway-2Hello, March!

In the six months that we have owned our house, we have renovated three rooms. Three of many.

hallway-3The hallway was the latest room to receive our attention. These are the before pictures.

hallway-1hallway-4This brown carpet can be seen throughout the majority of home. The same goes for the stippled walls, chair rail, brass fixtures, and wallpaper.

hallway-5In the end, this was the most time-consuming project that we’ve undertaken thus far with this house. However, the results vary quite drastically from these before photos. I’m excited to reveal them to you in just a few days!

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1st birthday: video

Processed with VSCO with a4 presetI am amazed that my darling Remy will be celebrating her birthday in just two days. Although I have been preparing for her party for over a month, to have a one year old is shocking. 

This last year was by far the best year of my life. My life only truly began once I had my daughter. Before her, I think that I was lost. Now I have a purpose.

Remy is an intelligent, independent, and serious little girl. She loves to talk and eat. She adores books, animals, and being outdoors. She has two teeth, can say four words, mirrors every sound we make, is learning sign language, crawls, and is so close to walking on her own. She looks like her daddy but has my personality. She and I just get one another. 

This last year was not always easy. From acid reflux, to work and school, to all of our family residing in another city or province, to living in three different houses. Yet, the fact that we always had a little face smiling up at us seemed to make every challenge almost or completely bearable. I tried hard to cherish every moment of every day with Remy, and in the end, I very nearly did.

Thank you for joining me in my pregnancy and baby journey. I will always be grateful for our little girl and how she made me a mother. I hope that you enjoy this video that I made, and will continue to follow along for the second year of her life. You guys are honestly so amazing!

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1st birthday: wilderness outfits

mk-outfits-5-version-2Choosing family outfits for Remy’s Moonrise Kingdom birthday party has not been easy. I have been going back and forth on what we should wear. Should we dress up as the characters in the film? Geoffrey would be in a khaki scout costume, me in a schoolgirl outfit, and Remy in an island police uniform.

Or should we wear our regular clothes, but stick to the warmer tones that are complementary to the film’s vintage colour palette? Outfits that are also wilderness-inspired? In the end, I decided to go with the latter.

mk-outfits-4Remy is wearing her checked dress from Zara, black tights from Carter’s, and Elk moccasins from Minimoc. I am wearing a brown romper from Threadsence and black tights. Geoffrey has on a plaid shirt and Lucky Brand jeans.

Because we are hiring a photographer, I wanted the photographs to be reminiscent of a themed birthday and not a Halloween party. While I still may alter our outfits before the big day, these are very similar to what we will be wearing as a family.

Less than one week to go! Happy Family Day, Canadians. 

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