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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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fin & vince

fin-vince-13One night a few months ago, Remy was up with the flu. Too worried to sleep, I laid beside her awake for most of the night. To pass the time, I was looking up children’s clothing companies on Instagram. Even though it was a horrible night, I ended up coming across the most beautiful company that makes clothes for kids. They are are called Fin & Vince.

fin-vince-15Fin & Vince’s slogan is “kidswear for the imaginative.” I just love that. To me, the pieces are retro-inspired but wholly practical. The fabrics are soft and the designs are unique. I also love that most of the pieces can be worn for either boys or girls. I don’t like dressing Remy in overly girlie clothes, and I often shop in the boy section for her pieces. This is where the gender-neutral items are.

fin-vince-12I just adore the look of rompers. I often wear them, and I love how they look on Remy. I prefer them over dresses, mostly due to mobility reasons. While dresses are lovely, they are not practical when it comes to crawling. They often get tangled under her knees, restricting her forward movements. I end up having to tuck them into her tights. With rompers, there’s no worry about the fabric becoming tangled. You also don’t have to worry about tights, or pairing a top with bottoms. It’s all one piece. They’re perfect.

fin-vince-14I bought Remy the Stork Romper because I liked the pattern. The pockets are a great feature as well.

fin-vince-11I purchased the Striped Baby Romper for her because of the pattern. Look at it. Isn’t it the cutest thing ever?

fin-vince-10I think that from now on, I will always order from Fin & Vince. However, it will only be a few items at a time due to their prices. It’s a little expensive, but it’s so worth it!

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remy’s moonrise kingdom photographs (part 3)

This is the last post of Remy’s birthday pictures. I wish that I could publish more! Having you all see the photographs makes it feel as if you were there as well.

Selecting only thirty-six of 333 images was so difficult. However, I think that the ones that I did settle upon embody the essence of the party. In my opinion, it was visually stunning, filled with all of the best people, and love. I wouldn’t have changed a thing.

I am so glad that we went with Meraki + Light. These pictures turned out to be the most beautiful ones that our family now have.

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remy’s moonrise kingdom photographs (part 2)

A few days ago, I revealed the photographs from the first part of Remy’s Moonrise Kingdom party. 

When I had booked Tammy from Meraki + Light, we had discussed having family portraits taken. Given that there was no natural light in the room that we rented, we decided to go into the library itself and take some pictures by the large windows. Here are a few of those photos. I think they turned out perfectly.

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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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