The 3 of Us

The last few months have been really fun. Matt’s been off on paternity leave, and I have been off as well, so we’ve really been enjoying bonding as a family. Having your first baby is quite the transition – and in our case specifically, to go from being a married couple for 6 years and then having your first baby and now being your own family – it was so wonderful to both have time off to adapt to these changes together!

We have been visiting friends and family in the Niagara region every month or so, which is awesome because Levi has some grandparents, GREAT grandparents, aunts, uncle AND sweet cousins (also boys 🙂 ) to interact with! We went to check out the local zoo, and have been on many walks exploring different parks. He’s just at such a fun age and his personality is starting to shine through. He loves to giggle and explore absolutely everything around him! He just started this drag crawl (army crawl? 🙂 ) and is starting to get around the house. I’m both excited and slightly terrified to see him as a fully mobile toddler 😉 .He is now drinking a bit from his sippy cup and eating some solids – he always seems so eager to try new things! I’m quite proud of our little guy 😀 .

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The other week we got some wonderful family photos taken by Laura Fretz Photography, which was perfect as I wanted some updated shots for our gallery wall!

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I am definitely looking forward to what Summer brings and we are excited to introduce Levi to activities like picnicking, camping and going to the beach.

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I hope you all are enjoying the sunshine this weekend!

 

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A Rainy Day Calls For Some Blogging

Happy Wednesday, friends and followers! I hope the weather is nicer where you are… it’s pouring here, and cold and WINDY! But, nevertheless, it’s Fall ❤ – which I know a lot of you love – and it’s another day on earth. A great day to be alive, and there’ll be sunnier days ahead for sure!

I haven’t blogged in quite awhile, and the inconsistency has been bothering me. I’ve not only been busy working, but lately I’ve definitely been feeling the pressure of prepping as best I can for our baby’s arrival. I’m 34 weeks and he’ll be here before we know it!

We arranged for a day last week to just focus on “Baby K” – and it was so nice. We scheduled a 3D ultrasound in the early afternoon and it was such a cool experience! We only really went because we had heard that the military offered free packages with this one ultrasound clinic…and it just so happens to be in one of the cities we pass through on our way back to our hometown to visit family (I believe God is in the small stuff too 😉 ).

It was SO personal, very comfortable (didn’t have to drink all that water beforehand!) and as non-medical as any ultrasound can be. No gown was required, and we got to view our baby boy on a big screen T.V.! Matt even got to watch from one of the leather couches in the room!

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The package we were entitled to included a free 30 minute session (it actually went longer as we were trying to get him to move a bit for a different picture than what she had already taken), a DVD slideshow (set to nursery music, of course 😉 ) of the whole thing! Also, we got 5 photographs (of our choosing) while he rest of the pictures taken were put on a CD. This is great because we can make as many copies of prints as we like! We also could have had an online broadcasting of the ultrasound (if we were posted where family wasn’t so close by) – which is such a nice thing to have in a military package!

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The pictures were pretty clear, although a lot of them are quite similar as he was (trying) to sleep! There are subtle differences as we saw him move his lips around ever so slightly in a sucking motion. 🙂 From what it looks like, he definitely has his daddy’s chin. And we saw that he has hair already, too!

We even saw him PEE – SO crazy! – but that was before she “started” officially recording or taking photographs 😛 .

I just can’t wait to meet this cute little guy! ❤


Later that evening we met up with our talented photographer for a maternity photo shoot! I was really excited to have some Fall pictures, and we planned for an outdoor session at this beautiful picturesque site called Decew Falls. Home to two waterfalls, hiking trails and a historic mill – I knew we’d get some great shots! Matt and I used to hike here before he joined the Canadian Forces, so it was nice to revisit. Our photographer was awesome, and she really was able to capture my vision in all her pictures. I’m so pleased with the lighting and the angles of every shot! She was quick to put up a “sneak peak” of our maternity session with her! Here are some of my favourites:

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We’re Heeeere!

Hey blog friends! It’s been awhile. I finally feel like I can sit down and blog again without my to-do list creeping in and interrupting my thoughts.

So, we finally moved! Yay *cue dancing music* !! It went relatively smoothly and we are so happy to be in the city where Matt has been posted and is working. The commute was a long 3 hour drive for him and even though it wasn’t daily (24 hour shifts), it was getting tiresome. It was also harder on me to not have found prenatal care up where we were, and to be trying to schedule ultrasounds up in our new city without being there yet, without a Dr.’s referral….etc! So let’s just say it was due time to be in our new place!

Leaving PMQGoodbye military base housing!

The moving company the military assigns you to was pretty cool, and the packers did a good job (nothing that was fragile was broken!) too. All of our belongings have turned up as we finished unpacking, and we couldn’t be happier with how the moving experience was.

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So I took a bunch of pictures encapsulating the moving process (mainly for my scrapbooking pleasure 🙂 ) and some of the finishing touches around the new house as we’ve been unpacking. I’ve been in my decorating glory (love setting up a new house! 😀 )!

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Still working on finishing touches (seems to be an ongoing process), moving things around here and there…Browsing for finishing touches. We also plan to paint most rooms, but while we’re waiting on that, we hung some pictures in the meantime so it’s homey. ❤

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The coffee station resides in the dining room, which is kind of perfect. It frees up counter space in the kitchen, as that’s where the coffee maker and kettle reside. Who doesn’t want coffee or tea with their dessert after dinner? 😉 The hutch stores dining room accessories such as extra candles & candle sticks, placemats and cloth napkins on one side. The other side holds (even more!) tea bag varieties, hot cocoa (and a canister of marshmallows!), while the drawers are home to coffee and loose leaf tea filters, a milk frother, stirring spoons and sweetener packets.

The lyric (our wedding song) wall art is hung up again, after being boxed up for 2 years! It’s in the dining room along with my shelf, and chalkboard (menu). The shelf has my Tiffany & Co. candlesticks on there (also boxed away previously), which were a generous gift, and wine glass with corks and a bottle (now vase) from the winery we were married at.

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Yeah, so still a work in progress. Office is also now a combo guest room and that’s just about finished…and still hanging photographs each day as I feel inspired as to where they should go. But it’s a fun process and we’re getting there. We had our first guests (my in laws!) come up to see the house and they were also so kind as to look after our cat during the busy moving days. Cats are the most neurotic animals and I think she would have been spooked by the chaos the movers and boxes brought, along with the change of residence! She is doing well though, and seems to love the sliding back door and the views that come with it, and has found many cozy spots to nap. My in laws came along with us to tour the city a little bit, which was nice. A great way to break up the hectic days of setting things up. We were able to check out some of the surrounding areas, as well as tour the air force museum which was kinda cool! Matt and I are also trying to enjoy the rest of the Summer by doing little day trips here and there. We were able to visit a local zoo last weekend and this weekend we look forward to an annual family pool party/ BBQ. The weekend after THAT we are going camping with friends at a provincial park!

In other news, the baby is continually growing and healthy! 😉  I’m currently at 21 weeks and feeling pretty great. My full appetite has returned and I’m no longer quite the picky eater, thankfully. We have our first OB appointment on Thursday and I would love for her to set me up with another ultrasound in order to find out the gender!!

Well, thanks again for letting me catch up and reading all my ramblings 🙂 . I hope & plan to blog again soon.


11 Weeks Down & Counting

  


How far along –  11 weeks!
Total weight gain/loss 0 lbs.
Stretch marks No (and hopefully none to come!!)
Favourite moment this week – When Matt excitedly asks, “How’s our baby doing?!” 🙂 
Miss Anything Was a little bummed this week when we realized, hey, we won’t be able to go to an amusement park this Summer with friends. (I suppose we COULD, but I’d be limited to what I could do, and would the cost of a ticket even be worth it for me?)
Movement – None yet! Can’t wait to feel those kicks though! 
Food cravings – Toasted tomato sandwiches, dill pickles and ice cream – yum!
Anything making you queasy or sick – Still not digging meat too much. Although I have been having a hankering for chicken wings….
Have you started to show yet – Matt sees a bump! It’s a little one 
Gender We think were having a girl (intuition)
Belly Button in or out? In 

Entering the Double Digits

Hey friends! Sorry I’ve been MIA! 🙂 Matt has been busy driving to work on another base and staying there for days at a time. We’re still living in the base rental on the base he trained at, so I’ve been holding down the fort while he’s gone away. 😉 We are anxious to move into the new house and get settled into a routine there. I plan to go back to work for a bit, which will help us with income when refinishing the basement there. So, I’ve been looking for work on my spare time. Also, I have been researching a bit about baby…what to register for, how we’ll set up the nursery, etc… We have names picked out already for baby K – whether it’s a boy OR girl :). We plan to find out the gender and do a gender reveal party of sorts. I DO love a good party 😀 !

I’m currently on the waitlist for a midwife, which is kind of a bummer, but something we’re still hopeful with and will continue to pray about. I’m 2nd from the top of the list, so fingers crossed!! Also, we are going for our first ultrasound next Tuesday – which we are super excited for! I was supposed to have one June 20th but thankfully, we were able to bump it up. I also need to go for an eye exam because when you have a pituitary tumour, I guess being pregnant can affect your vision. So that appointment will be later in July.

I’ve seen this idea all over and think it’s so cute! Not positive if I’ll keep posting the weekly pictures, but we’ll see how it all pans out 😉 . A week late, but here’s my 10 week photo! Double digits, feeling good and nearing the end of my first trimester. I’ll share the ultrasound next week :).

10 weeks

Not too much of a baby bump yet! I think the chalkboard pregnancy tracker is a cute, creative way to chart the milestones during my pregnancy.

How far along –  10 weeks
Total weight gain/loss Lost 2 lbs
Stretch marks None

Favorite moment this week – Rescheduling our first ultrasound (June 20th) to June 2nd! And finding out that military members can get FREE 3D ultrasounds!! 😀
Miss Anything Not really.
Movement – None yet! Although apparently the embryo is now a fetus and is moving around inside there!

Food cravings – I have been craving carbs, starch, and fruit (mostly strawberries)
Anything making you queasy or sick – I was a bit nauseous in the beginning, having strong food aversions… and felt quite tired! At this point I am happy to say I feel like I’m getting my energy level back.
Have you started to show yet – Slightly! I cant wait to have a bump!!
Gender We think were having a girl (intuition)
Belly Button in or out? – Innie 🙂

Until next time,

An Announcement 

Hello, my Bloggy friends!! I have been absent for WAY too long and I wanted to have a chance to catch up. I’ve missed blogging after the house hunting, and the planning of Matt’s graduation and 30th birthday party. I let things slide! But I’m super happy to be back! To kick things off again here at One Lovely Little Life I have an announcement to make…
  

YES, IT’S TRUE!! I’m expecting! So far everything has been fine and I’ve been feeling great. In fact, it all feels pretty surreal. Please continue to pray that this baby will keep growing strong! I am currently 7 weeks + 2 days…Baby K is due December 15th! We had been trying for just over a year, but once we found out what was wrong and I was able to get medication for it, it really didn’t take too long at all. And my hormones are all sorted out 🙂 .
This is the announcement we made to share our news with our parents and siblings:
  

So fun, right?! “Wanted to spill the beans that there’s a baby K brewing!” 😉 I promise to share the details and keep you posted with more regular updates! Thank you for all your prayers. I am so blessed to have such loving friends and family who support me and kept encouraging me. We have our first ultrasound booked for June 20th and we are anxiously awaiting to hear the heartbeat and see baby K growing!

Until next time,

A Place To Call Home

The house we just bought is lovely. It’s not exactly a character home, nor as charming as I would have hoped, but it has great potential. Our last house was the same type of layout, so I was super hesitant to walk through this one. Moving into the same type of home as before – how boring! There are so many more interesting homes out there. However, Matt is pretty persistent and he convinced me with his eagerness to go check it out. I kind of hate to admit it – but he was right! Once we walked through it I was tickled pink with it.

It has good bones, and lots of room to grow into. The finishes throughout this home are nice as well. It isn’t something that we would feel like we need to re-do to either a) correct what was wrongly done, or b) suit our tastes more.

Even though it’s a bi-level/raised bungalow/raised ranch, the entrance is a pretty good size. The banister and spindles are perfect, as is the front door. The stairs are even wide enough for two people to walk up side by side, if they really wanted to ;). It’s also nice that the side window is there to let in more natural light.

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Foyer

Rustic looking “hand scraped” hardwood floors are throughout the upper level, and an unfinished basement is the perfect clean slate for a decorator at heart wife and a carpenter husband team 😉 .

Hardwood floors

There’s already been several trips made to Home Depot, Lowes and many decisions have been decided regarding renos (which is great, seeing as how Matt can sometimes take a little while to “commit” to an idea) 🙂 . We have our “to-do” list made and we’re thrilled to start projects together! I look forward to sharing DIY tutorials on my blog! Some of the inspiration for this new home consists of:

Immediately:

Exterior:

– Repainting shutters (to freshen them up. Colour still TBD). 🙂

– Planting both perennials and annuals (front gardens and planters for deck).

Planter idea

– Painting walls (throughout main floor)

We prefer neutral, earthy tones:

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Foyer:

– New light fixture in front entryway

Light Entryway

– Table, shelf or bench for entry (on opposite wall of closet).

Raised ranch entryentry shelf and baskets underneathraised ranch entry way bench

Ikea table front entry

Eventually could turn that IKEA table to this (DIY card catalog):

DIY Front entry table

Living Room:

– DIY end tables (pallets)

End tables

Bathroom:

– Installing a fan (they currently have a ceiling fan in their upstairs bath – kinda strange).

– Painting bathroom trim (it’s blue like the walls – blech!)

Still a little unsure of how I feel about the bowl sinks they have in there, but love that we’ll have the double vanity.

Bowl Sinks

Kitchen:

This will be our new kitchen:

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– New range fan (theirs is white, and we’d want it to match our stainless steel appliances that we already have).

– New dishwasher (we plan to sell theirs along with their white fridge and stove so everything matches!)

Can we just take a moment to celebrate the fact that I’ll have a dishwasher once again?!! And a DOUBLE sink!! (Our first house had 1 & 1/2 sinks, and this rental on base has ONE sink and does NOT have a dishwasher). I miss the dishwasher for sure…

– Finishing backsplash behind stove (was left blank for some reason)

– Repainting kitchen island (antique white)

The kitchen cabinetry has a cherry finish, but painting the island with white chalk paint is a good compromise to my LOVE for antique white cabinetry, Matt’s distaste to painting cabinets, and my dislike of cherry cabinets. (This way, the painting of the cabinetry is minimal!)

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This gives an idea of the cherry with the white island.

The island we have has this cool feature where the garbage and recycling are on a slide out drawer!

Garbage and recycling drawers

– Finding décor for top of kitchen cupboards and for corner shelf on end cabinet

Kitchen cupboard decor

Decor on kitchen cabinets

I love the vintage pieces! 😀

Kitchen shelf on cabinets

There’s a shelf like this added to the end of one of our cabinets by the window.

– Adding some art to our current coffee station 

Coffee bar

Our coffee/tea station will be set up at the one end of the kitchen, and I’m looking forward to it having a more permanent residence 😉 . Pinterest has cute coffee printables and chalkboard art that will make it complete! (I just might be a tad obsessed with chalkboard art!) 🙂

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Basement:

– Adding a sliding barn door to conceal laundry room (it’s the first room you see as you head downstairs into the unfinished basement)

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SO psyched to have this!! 😀

Master Bedroom:

The master is a good size, as is the closet. We still would like to attempt to make our headboard, though not entirely sure if we want to make it with old barn wood, OR if a more elegant, upholstered/fabric one would go better. Time will tell 🙂 . We have espresso coloured furniture, but got some pieces used, and others at IKEA. I’d like to replace the hardware on the dresser and night tables so they all match. I hope to decorate with lace, mercury glass and candles, making it kind of a vintage/rustic/romantic space ❤ .

Barn door headboard

Cluster of candles inside deep glass canisterMercury glass clocheRomantic lace and flower in vase

Vintage mercury glass drawer knobs

Eventually:

So, the basement is unfinished, but is framed and ready to go! The family room and bathroom are our first priorities, and we’ll likely drywall/mud/tape every room at right off the hop. Once completed, assuming time allows (before we move again), we move on to finish the other rooms.

Family Room:

– Create accent textured wall (wood pallet)

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– Carpet throughout basement (Something neutral, thinking maybe a berber).

Neutral carpet samples

– Pot lights (LED)

– Wood beams on ceiling (another feature that I am SO excited for!)

Wooden beams

DIY wood beams

– Gas fireplace insert with stacked stone and a rustic mantle ❤

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We like the stone that has a mix of greys and browns.

Stone for fireplace

– Purchasing a sectional (maybe in a dark grey!)

– DIY sofa table (to go behind the sectional)

console table

– DIY Industrial shelving (for some books and board games)

Industrial shelving

– Vintage media/games room décor (a lot of this stuff is DIY and seems fairly easy!)

Movie reel decorMedia decorTheatre room decor

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Scrabble wall art

…complete with a snack station!! We’re both pretty big movie buffs, and it will be a great space to relax, have friends over, play games and just hang out.

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Maybe hang this by the snacks – I know Michaels has a bunch of them 😉

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Bathroom:

The bathroom is already roughed in and ready for fixtures, which is cool. We both really like spa-like bathroom décor. Since there won’t be a linen closet in there, either a wood cabinet and some shelving will be great for storage.

Wood cabinet

Shelving bath

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Fish

We found a vanity that we both love, that comes with the countertop and sink as well. I love the open shelving on the bottom of it – perfect for storing rolled towels or baskets of accessories.

Vanity for basement bath Vanity countertop basement

Bathroom lightsStarfish basket

We’re thinking of going with oil rubbed bronze fixtures, tile flooring and a shower with an acrylic/fibreglass base (easier to clean when you don’t have a tiled floor/grout). We also want to put a nook inside for shampoo/soap.

Oil Rubbed Bronze Fixtures

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We haven’t yet decided on the accent tile, or the tile/layout for the floor, but there’s still time for that 😉 .

Laundry Room:

I will decorate the laundry room just as I had intended to before. Beauty and function with vintage touches throughout.

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Utility/Furnace Room:

It’s GREAT that these two rooms are separate. More storage space, for sure! We don’t have a garage, so all Matt’s tools and our camping gear would be kept neatly in here.

Utility room storage

(4th) Bedroom – Guest Room:

I’m pretty set (unbeknownst to Matt) on having a travel themed guest room. It’s super cute and so easy to find home décor for. Pictures for inspiration for that room are here. Because it’s in a basement, I’d want to keep the curtains long on the windows just to give it the illusion of a long window, when they’re closed.

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Basement bedroom

I’m sure ideas will change, and renos will get done bit by bit as time and money allows. Things happen in life, and sometimes other stuff comes up and needs to take priority, so we need to be flexible! It’s just great to get the ideas flowin’ and to shop around for deals and get quotes. We are SO READY to get in there and start making it our own! The only downfall to this property is the closing date that came with it!! We unfortunately don’t take possession until early JULY. They are also military, and so we needed to stick with that date. So, until then we will have fun shopping, planning and idea bouncing! And all the DIY projects we do end up completing, I’ll be sure to share! 😉