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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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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: tips for a successful party

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Hey guys. Prior to even thinking about throwing Remy a first birthday party, I researched several ways on how to throw a successful one. Small children can obviously be unpredictable, and so finding ways to increase their happiness and avoid things that might set them off is imperative. We are lucky in that Remy hasn’t yet thrown a tantrum. However, with her first birthday fast-approaching, I’m sure that they are just around the corner. Until then, I will include a list of surefire ways to have a (somewhat) successful party for a one year old! These are taken from what I have found online, in addition to my own knowledge as a new mother.

1. Keep it short. Babies can get overwhelmed quite quickly, so try to have the party run for no more than 2 hours.

2. Invite people that your children know and like, and not those who they make strange with or are guaranteed to cry around. However, this can’t always be avoided.

3. Avoid balloons and any other party favours that are choking hazards or are potentially dangerous.

4. Dress them in clothes that they are comfortable in. Remy hates anything on her head, so although I wanted to make her a feather crown to wear, I know that trying to keep one on her head would end in a disaster.

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5. Don’t go Pinterest crazy. If you’re going to DIY a lot yourself, make sure that it’s well in advance and things that are manageable to create.

6. Also, don’t go all Top Chef for the party. Buying ready-made food or desserts is a great way to eliminate stress for yourself. I ended up ordering cupcakes for Remy’s party nearly a month in advance, and we are serving chips as a light snack.

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7. Hire a photographer if possible. Just like Remy’s birth, I didn’t want to worry about capturing the perfect moments, nor about editing any photographs afterwards. I also wanted plenty of pictures of us as a family. We have hired someone to photograph her party.

8. Bring a few of their favourite toys along. Because we’re having her birthday in a rented room at the library, I’m going to set up an area for large blanket and several of her toys. This way, she will have a place to play that feels familiar, and the other children can easily join in.

9. Don’t try to set up everything by yourself. Because I’m planning on having Geoffrey watch Remy all morning, I’m going to enlist in the help from a few friends to come to the library and assist me in decorating the room.

10. Schedule the party around naps. This one is for obvious reasons.

11. Finally, if you’re feeling especially adventurous, include some fun details for your guests, such as a photo booth or colouring books!

That’s all that I can come up with. Do you have any tips to add? If so, please write them in the comment section.

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1st birthday: activity books (diy)

Processed with VSCO with a4 presetLast week, I explained how I wanted to create a photo booth for Remy’s upcoming party as entertainment for the adults. Today, I’m going to show you what I made to ensure the children at the party wouldn’t get bored either. Also, let’s face it, adults can have fun with this DIY as well!

screen-shot-2017-02-07-at-11-15-48-amscreen-shot-2017-02-07-at-11-15-29-amI created these activity books in Microsoft Word. After going online and finding clip art from the film Moonrise Kingdom, I saved the images that I thought would look best. I also made sure that they were in black and white, which makes colouring them in much easier. Then I opened a Word document, flipped the direction of the page to a landscape rather than a portrait, then added the images.

screen-shot-2017-02-07-at-11-15-15-amI created the first and last page from scratch. I chose a similar font to what is seen on the movie poster, and made a flag with the number 55 on it. On the back, I put the hashtag that I am hoping people will use for the party.

Processed with VSCO with a4 presetThese activity books were quite simple to make, and only took the better part of the morning to design, print, and staple them together. I’m going to put them in a crate on a table at the party, and put a mason jar of crayons beside them. I know that my nieces are obsessed with colouring, so I think that they will go over well with the older children there.

Happy Monday, all!

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1st birthday: creating a photo booth

create-your-own-photo-boothRemy’s birthday party is scheduled to be two hours long. I had initially planned for three hours, given that we are renting a venue for it and I wanted to get our money’s worth. However, after reading a guide for a successful 1st birthday party, they recommended keeping any event closer to an hour long. So I compromised and made it two hours on the invitations.

That said, I thought that a two hour birthday for those people without children might get somewhat boring. I began to brainstorm ideas for fun ways to pass the time at a party. One thing that kept coming up over and over again on pinterest were photo booths. Photo booths are a great way to not only get the guests involved, but they also encourage them to play dress up for a few minutes, socialize with others, and help to increase the number of photographs shared on social media of an event.

All it takes to create your own photo booth is a simple backdrop, a few props, and a camera with a timer. Here is how I created my Moonrise Kingdom photo booth:

Supplies

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Printer
Backdrop
Tape
Scissors
Camera
Tripod
Masks
Table
Wood crate

Steps

gbwbue1. The first step will be to decide on a theme. There are a plethora of themes out there, so it’s really up to you, depending on how much work you will want to put into your photo booth. I obviously chose a Wes Anderson-inspired one.

moonrisekingdomposter12. Next, you will need to create signage to indicate what section of the room is a photo booth, and as such, what the “rules” are. It’s important to be as clear as possible, as many people may never have used a photo booth before. I found four photographs of the film that I thought would work well. From there, I went to http://www.befunky.com, which is a great online editing program that lets you add text to pictures quite easily. I cropped the photos to 8″ x 10″, and added the text. The first sign reads, “What kind of bird are you?” It’s a line from the film, where Sam and Suzy meet for the first time. It’s also great for the photo booth given that Suzy herself was wearing a mask.

moonrisekingdomposter2-1The second sign is, “Photo booth instructions.”

moonrisekingdomposter3The third reads, “1. Choose a mask 2. Shoot it 3. Share it.”

moonrisekingdomposter4And finally, the last sign has the hashtag that I would like people to use at the party, so that I can search it later on social media. I thought that “#remysmoonrisekingdom” worked best.

3. After the signs are made, they can be printed out.

Processed with VSCO with m3 preset4. Next you will want to concentrate on hanging your backdrop. I chose a map, as maps were commonly seen throughout the movie. However, if you are going to create one from scratch, then there will be several more steps and supplies involved. Once the backdrop is hung, hang the signage on either side of it.

5. Place the masks and props on a table beside the photo booth. Choose a nice way to display them. I’m putting mine inside a small wooden crate.

Processed with VSCO with m3 preset6. Set up the camera and tripod in front of the backdrop. Make sure that the table and props aren’t in the camera’s view. Set the timer, and allow for a number of photos to be taken each time. Leave the camera on to ensure ease of use. However, encourage guests to use their cellphones as well.

Processed with VSCO with m3 presetThat’s all. There are quite a few steps, but in the end, creating a photo booth can be as simple or as complicated as you want it to be. This one was actually quite easy, but I think that it will look and work great at the party!

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