Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Sorry, I'm Canadian.

Queens University conducted a poll to study how and why Canadians use the word sorry so much. You can read more here. It was found that 90% of Canadians aged 18-25 will apologize immediately if a stranger bumps into them. I am definitely one of those people. I like to think that it all boils down to one fact, Canadians are nice. Indeed, Canadians are so nice, it is hilarious (this link made me laugh so much)! I am proud to be an apologetic (I have been told by people to stop apologizing which only makes it worse- because then I start apologizing for apologizing), nice, happy, Canadian. Happy Birthday Canada!

Taking a photo with a timer and 3 crazy babies is harder than it looks. Shenanigans from Canada Day 2014. The boys were 1, 1, brand new 4 year old, and 31. Sorry...  not actually sorry...


Friday, 26 June 2015

Most of my living happens here. House Tour Part 2.

We spend most of our family time in this space. It is full of memories and laughter and goldfish crackers squished in the carpet. I am in love with the natural light we get with our large windows. If you come over to my house, this is where we will be hanging out. Come on over, my kids are entertaining and I make really yummy snacks!

Disclaimer- I totally cleaned up before I took these pictures, although, the house pretty much looks like this every night before I go to bed because I am insane. I just can't relax in a messy house, I have tried.

 We still have a baby gate going on, although it is not serving much purpose these days. Our oldest climbs over, and unless the extra buckle is done up, the 2 year olds open it themselves.

 Kids like toys. I accept this, and as long as the toys can fit neatly into this area or in their rooms, we are okay. Yes, I labelled the bins. It makes clean up easier. Do you feel like you are getting to know me quite a bit? Thought so.

 Ta Da! We watch TV sometimes! We have a digital antenna because we refuse to pay for cable (and really, we mostly watch Netflix)! Our furniture is from Ikea! Yay!
I took the back out of our Ikea shelves (that have survived 3 big moves but will not be surviving a 4th) and painted the front white to create a lighter feeling.

 I must have lots of seating. It is the best thing. This is super comfortable and not white because CHILDREN.

 I really embraced the feature wall concept in this room because,
a) I was too tired to paint all the walls
b) most of the walls were bright white when we moved in (which I love)
c) the walls that were not white were peach and red - NOT MY COLOURS (but if you love them that is fine)
d) I actually really like the impact of the almost black and bright white together

 A room to eat in. How delightful! All chairs and the table are Kijiji finds. We are outgrowing this table, but I can't find anything I like in my price range... so we will tough it out and continue to squish all our guests around our tiny table.
 These Ikea highchairs are the best ever. Honestly.

 I love having fresh lemons and limes on my table because they are pretty, and I like to put them in my drinks and cook with them. My kids like to eat fresh "memon" (lemon) because they are crazy.
 My mom gave me this. Love.

 Photo series of baby K and Husband. Love. Photos taken by Nicole Moeller Photography. Nicole needs to move to Ontario to continue to take our family photos... I am not bossy.

 This gorgeous child torturing a cat is my mother! Precious!

Not quite what my minimalist heart desires, but this picture makes me happy!

Knowing that I was going to take pictures of my living room inspired me to add some paint to this not very exciting corner shelf that houses toys and a lamp and was a free from the curb acquisition.

top left: before                                            
top right: after
bottom left: how I would like it to look    
bottom right: how it typically looks

Friday, 12 June 2015

The Cutest Room - House Tour Part 1

There is this really fun site called Apartment Therapy that I have been following for years. It is my dream come true, peeking into other people's homes to see how they decorate, and more importantly, how they live. I also like to take walks in the dark and hope that people have their curtains open so that I can see in their windows (which sounds pretty creepy). My baby sister, who gives me a lot of creative inspiration, once mentioned that she thought I should be featured in a house tour on Apartment Therapy. Perhaps she was joking, she IS hilarious. Regardless, she gave me the idea to do a house tour on my blog. I love looking back at where I have lived, so this is a record for myself more than anything, but if you are interested... take a look in my windows! My curtains are open (not in a creepy way). 

My decorating style is, modernish, minimalistish, colourful, definitely eclectic, so I really have no idea actually. I just know what I like, pick what I like, make what I have work, and throw it all together. All of our furniture is either,

a) from Ikea
b) a wedding gift (so over 13 years old)
c) a hand-me-down
d) purchased second hand from Kijiji
e) "rescued" from the curb of someone else's house on garbage collection day

Husband likes to make a joke that "everyone's stuff is nicer than ours." This actually might not be a joke. It might be a statement.

In any case, I love our house and the people that live in it with me. 

The first room I will feature on my house tour is the nursery for my 2 year old twins. I knew that they were my last babies, so I just went for it with the cute. Also, notice the blue and green, everywhere...

In case we forget who should sleep in this room.

Hanging above the bed is the adorable needlepoint that my talented sister Jess made for Mr. G, framed by a quilt given to us by the NICU (neo-natal intensive care unit, Mr. G's home for the first 16 days of his life).

geen bunny
translation : green bunny

Beautiful quilt that my grandmother made for me, bedspreads from Auntie D, crocheted blankets from lovely friends in Edmonton.

Beautiful quilt that my mother made for me when I was a baby.

Boo Moose
translation : blue moose

Hanging above the bed is the adorable needlepoint that my sister Jess made for Mr. L, framed by the quilt that we were given from the NICU (neo-natal intensive care unit).
Reading corner. Puff made from tying a sheet and crocheted blanket (made by another Edmonton friend) over a bean bag chair. Garbage book shelf spray painted yellow. "Happy" banner, stolen from a birthday garland. 

STORAGE! Notice that we took the closet door off (no room), yet are still preventing the boys from playing in the closet with a baby gate.

Painting I did while expecting the twins.  My 3 sons, all warming each other, shedding light on each other, influencing each other, and annoying each other. I was worried for my boys, it was a stressful high risk pregnancy... So grateful for the way things turned out!