Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Vance-A-Designs

Sooo a few weeks ago, I decided to take the plunge and make myself a little shop to sell my crafting.    I’ve always loved crafting,  but can only display soo much of it on my own, so making it for others has added to my passion. 
I have a good variety of products available including wine glasses, mugs, water bottles, christmas ornaments, wood signs, farmhouse signs, and more. 
       
 
 
 
 
Its going really well and I am getting lots of orders, which makes me one happy camper to be able to craft with purpose!
 
I just reached 100 followers on facebook buisness page, so I am celebratig with my first givaway:
 
 
Want to enter? 
 
 
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to go check it out!!
 

Monday, November 6, 2017

Last Weekend Rewind

Last weekend is when the sickness really started in our house.  
Friday night we were supposed to go to Wondernight at the church, but Noah had a fever, so we didn’t want to spread germs. I took the kids outside for fresh air to help a bit. 
  
 Daddy picked up Pizza Hut and we had a pizza party. Emilya also said Love You for the first time!! The best words a child can ever say!
 
Saturday morning we went to London to pick up a joiner for the work shop, did some running around and came home for naptime.
 
After nap we packed the kids up for their sleep over at the farm! This was Em’s first sleep over!! They were both pretty excited!!
 
After we dropped them off, I had to run into town again for a few things and then the scramble began to find halloween costumes. We had both of ours planned out, but mine quickly came unplanned when we couldnt find my cat ears. Sooo I came up with the idea to be holiday confused. 
We got ready and headed to the pub for the halloween pub party. 
It was a lot of fun! We were home by just after 1. 
 
We had breakfast at the farm at 9 on Sunday. Apparently Em’s first night away was a long one. She woke up screaming and then stayed awake for a few hours. She ended up sleeping with Grandma and Grandpa! Good thing shes cute!! Haha.      
The important part was that they had fun! And that they did! Noah was feeling better too. But it was safe to say Miss Em was tired and needed a morning nap when we got home.
We were hosting my Dad’s side of our extended family for Christmas (in October). Don’t worry, no trees were put up. We bbq’d burgers and hot dogs, had some yummy salads and desserts and watched the kids open presents. We were all together and that was the best part! We did it early so my Dad could be here before they leave for Florida!
 
We did manage to get a pic of most of the littles after they got back from the park with my Dad. They were starting to fall apart, but I think we did prett good considering. (Em was napping)
After my aunts and uncles left, we hung out with my dad, Cindy, my sister and family and watched the kids play together.
 
My Dad made us a beautiful sign too:
 
After everyone left, we snapped a few photos out front with the pumpkins:
Look at the difference from last year:
 
 
Sadly my babies are growing and growing fast!!
 
 
Noah was starting to fade. His fever came back, he was tired because he didnt nap and was quickly falling apart. After supper it became clear he was coming down with a bad cold. We were all doomed. 
 

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Halloween 2017

Halloween 2017 has come and gone and this year was soo much fun despite the kiddos being under the weather. The kids were soo excited to put on their costumes!!  
 
The pumpkin carving was fun as usual. Noah is soo squeemish with yucky textures, but even though Em didn’t love it, she did it!
 
Noah wanted to help draw everything. And i just realized in the picture that a critter has run off with the other cat ear.... whatever it is also ate all our corn. 
 
So our cute little pilot, who spent the morning telling his swim instructor that he was going to be 6 different costumes, ended up pretty happy with his airplane.
 
And of course when I told him to turn around so I could get his full costume, he struck a little pose!!
 
And Miss Em was the cutest little lady bug and didn’t even get annoyed with the headband!!
 
She pretty much had the craziest hair.
 
It was pretty cold out, so we were kind of bummed to cover up Em’s costume, but we at least found a red fancy warm coat and put her wings on the back it and her headband on top of her toque. 
 
We did maybe 30 houses and we had 3 more left and Noah said he was done. It was after 7 and the kids were fading fast. Em didnt even do the last 10 houses. 
 
Noah only got scared of some guy on a trike and some spooky decor at the fire hall. But he handled it like a champ and with no tears. My baby is growing up!!
 
We stopped at the farm, shared some candy and then came home and straight to bed!!
 
Noah even slept in until 7 and I had to wake Em to get her to her audio appointment. 

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Kitchen Reno Reveal

I will start out with the before pictures.
 
I will also say it was a really hard decision to paint my cupboards. I really didn’t mind them, but just wanted something light and less orange. I’ve always dreamed of a white kitchen and we had been considering it for years. M really hated the kitchen cupboard colour, so I didn’t have to sell hard on him.
 
We needed new floors because our laminate was seperating from when the roof was off the house while we were getting new trusses. So I found the new laminate I loved, but it did NOT match our cupboards AT all! Soo if I wanted the new flooring it meant painting the cupboards too.
 
So here are the before:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
And here are the afters. Although the pics don’t quite capture it, it has brightened our main floor like crazy. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
We have run the flooring all throughout the main floor, including the dining room, and our bedroom. We have the foyer left to do,  we have to take tile out. But it does look much more uniform and seamless in here now. 
 
If I am being honest, right after I painted the cupboards, I can’t say I was instantly in love, I missed the wood. I kept saying maybe once the floors were done, maybe once it is all finished. We got a lot of great compliments on it, people think the space looks bigger. 
 
But I can say I am happy with the turnout, the look has really come together with what I have envisioned and I can’t say I regret it. I think it was just a BIG change to get used to. 
 
I think the island is my favorite though. We considered doing shiplap,  it I feared it would be too much white and all I would see is kids fingerprints on everything. The barnboard is more our style anyways and I love how it turned out. 
 
 

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Adventure Weekend Getaway

This past weekend we planned to surprise the kids with a trip to my Dads down in Windsor (2.5 hours from us). Our family photos were rescheduled to Friday night, so that meant we couldn’t leave until Saturday morning. 
But it also gave me the chance to goto “book club” Friday night. So it was fun. 
Our family photos didnt quite go as planned, and quickly turned into a lifestyle shoot and we just went with it and made memories instead. Em was all about exploring and didn’t want to be held at all. But we did get some really great photos, which I will share next week!
Our plan Saturday morning was to leave by 7:30 since the kids have been waking soo early, but of course Em slept in until 8:30! So we were on the road by 9. The drive down went pretty well and both of them were excited for an adventure. 
We pulled up to my Dad’s and they still didnt know where we were! When we walked up the driveway, he asked if that was Grandpa’s truck and then recognized his dog. They were soo excited! We visited, made the kids some lunch and put them down for a quick nap. Dad and I went and picked up Arby’s for lunch for the adult. That was my first time ever gong there and the curly fries were amazing! I wasn’t soo keen on the rest of the menu though (picky eater).
After an hour of napping, we woke the kids up, packed them into the car and went to Adventure Bay, which is a nice sized water park. It was pricey considering we were only there a few hours, but it was worth it. We all had a blast!
 

There were lots of water slides, including 2 really big ones and Noah was able to do all of them, except the big blue one. So Daddy took him on the big yellow one first, he seemed to like it, so I took him. Well little did they warn me about the drops and i wasnt able to swear... We got to the end of the slide and Noah fell out, which made me getting off the tube nearly imposisble haha. 




Em had one slide she could do, which kind of sucked, but she LOVED that slide and did it over and over again!! Even after she banged her cheek off the side of it, she didnt react, just kept on going!


We also had fun in the lazy river, which the kids just swimmed around, the wave pool, splash area, water tables and even a rec pool (we didnt go in that). It was a lot of fun. 

We got back to my Dad’s, the kids payed with the neighbour kids before supper. Cindy made us all a yummy dinner and then we played, went to the park and visited some more before we put the kids down. The kids went to bed suprisingly easy for being away from home, but we knew they were tired. 

Sunday morning the kids were up by 6:30, which meant for a long drive home that day. We had breakfast, played and read books for a bit before we packed up the SUV and left. It was a LONG drive home. The kids were fighting over toys, and Em needed to sleep, but wouldn’t. We stopped at Costco as well in London, it ended up being a nice break for the kids. We grabbed lunch and got home just in time for naptime!

After nap we wet outside to soak up the rest of this warm beautiful weekend!


Maggie was trying her hardest to be mad at us, but she couldn’t handle it. 


Before we knew it, it was bath and bedtime!


Crazy how jam-packed this weekend was with fun, we were sad to see it end, but happy all at the same time because it almost becomes exhausting! 

I wonder what our Adventure Weekend will be next month! I should likely get planning that!

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