April 8, 2011

nursery

well i'm a little late on this post, but lately ideas have been coming to me that i didn't have a chance to post or just plain forgot to (i'm still learning at this blog thing).
anyway, i thought i would share the finished product of kinley's nursery! it's the ONLY room in our house that is 100% finished, and it's something i'm proud of. i really don't like our home at all, it was a hasty purchase from j's grandparents and it's just too small and not well laid out for a young family. but it will do for now, until i am teaching full time and j is finished his apprenticeship. however, kinley's room is something i am proud of! everything was free or refurbished, so i think the total of the room cost us $300! it cost $200 to finish the hardwood floors (previously there had been carpet that we ripped up). i paid $20 for her change table/dresser, $10 for the little table beside the rocking chair and $60 for the crib mattress and $20 for the material for the window valance! that's it!
so on with the show...

the wall that the crib is on is a lovely teal colour. we chose that as our starting off point and is the accent wall in the room. i framed 3 photos to put on that wall. originally it was 3 maternity photos that i had taken, but after kinley was born i chose one of my favourite pictures of her and placed that one in the middle. the rocking chair was a gift for my mum from my dad when i was born and was passed on to me. my mum picked up the rocking chair pads at St. Jacob's Mennonite market in Kitchener, Ontario. i scored that cute little table from Goodwill for $10 and refinished it in white.


i made the window valance myself. her crib bedding is a beautiful paisley pattern and the teal matches the accent wall. it did come with a valance, but cost $50! i found fabric very similar and the colours matched perfectly, so with a little help from j's aunt, i sewed one up really quick! her changetable/dresser was $20 from Kijiji and i painted that the same colour white as the little table and added some crystal knobs. the little cabinet beside it was something i had from university and had the same paisley pattern as her crib bedding (score!), so i painted the rest of it white to match. the other 3 walls (which is hard to tell in the photo) are a white/cream colour.

so that's it, kinley's nursery. i really wanted to steer clear of the "baby" themed nursery, so i opted for something (i felt) was a little more sophisticated. i think it's pretty girly, but in the off chance that she popped out a boy (because even after 3 ultrasounds it was only an 85% chance) i figured the nursery would still be suitable for a boy. i think it's something that can grow with her and require very little changes as she grows older.
the photos really don't do it much justice, and i really should have retaken them when i had better lighting, but the days slipped away from me!

April 1, 2011

so long my friend...

our goofy puppy 

we have lost an important member of our family recently. actually it was a month ago, but it's taken me that long to come to terms with it and post about it.
when kinley was first born, our dog ernie (a cocker spaniel) was incredible. we would often find him laying right beside her in bed or on the couch.
but as she got older and more interested in him, he became less interested in her. he would take to growling at her, barking and was VERY skittish as she learned to move closer. we tried to correct this behaviour, but he had always been a stubborn "alpha" dog from the start and it was difficult from day one to even train him. i hate to be another statistic that "gave up" on our dog, but we honestly just did not have the time to dedicate to training him with kinley. i know that's a lousy excuse. we thought it would be best if we could find a family for him that did not have young babies. i was worried what might happen as she became faster and even more mobile and could do more than just reach her hand out to try and touch him but start grabbing and chasing him around the house.
we posted an ad on kijiji (like craigslist) and waited and waited and waited. one friday night a wonderful family with a little girl emailed me. they came to visit ernie and i noticed something about the little girl. her eyes just lit up and it was so obvious he was the highlight of her week. turned out i teach at her school once in a while. i chatted with her teacher the next time i saw her. this little girl has some learning disabilities and other issues, and sadly, does not have many friends. we knew that ernie was the perfect dog for their family. when i chatted with her teacher again the next time i was in, she told me that they were having celebrity day and this little girl had expressed that she wanted to be ernie! it made my heart melt and it was *that* much easier to come to terms with not having ernie around, knowing he's making her so happy.
i'm sad he isn't part of our family anymore, and i'm sad that kinley does not get to experience the same joy she did when he was around, but i do think it's for the best. i won't lie either and say that my cleaning routine has gotten much easier and her little bottom is no longer covered in dog hair as she scoots around the house (yes we have a scooter, not a crawler).
a tearful goodbye

sweet puppy kisses

it's still so hard to look at those photos without getting choked up, but i know that one day we'll have another pet to fill our home, and for the time being ernie is making another little girl SO happy, because he's her best friend.

March 24, 2011

spring has sprung?

well it was supposed to have.
this past weekend it looked like this:


and as of wednesday it looks like this:
not fun anymore.

baby dedication

a few weeks ago we asked our pastor if he would dedicate kinley at our church. of course he was thrilled (since we met through him, and he married us and we worked so closely with him for youth). it was such a great experience to have so many of our close friends and family share that day with us. i was baptized as a baby, so the concept of baby dedication was new to me, but i think i almost like it better!
as parents we decided to dedicate kinley to the Lord. this means that we made a promise in front of our church family, and to God that will be raise kinley in a Christian home, and do everything to ensure that she grows to know Him. however, once she is old enough to make her own decisions, it will ultimately be her decision whether she will still choose to follow. should she decide this, she will then baptize herself to the Lord! i like that it will ensure she is receiving many opportunities to follow, but ultimately it still leaves her with her own choice. of course we pray that she will choose to follow, but time will only tell through our Faith and through her own.
one thing that was really special to me was that kinley wore the outfit that my grandmother made for me when i was her age to be baptized in. my mum saved it in her cedar chest and i was in gorgeous condition. my grandma was a fantastic knitter, and could knit the most delicate pieces. i hope we can keep it for many more years!

our wonderful friends agreed to be kinley's Godparents (he was the best man in our wedding)

during prayer, i noticed kinley was unusually quiet. the whole time she was up front she was basking in the attention, chatting away and smiling at everyone, waving hello, etc. but then it got verrrrry quiet. i snuck a peek (and thankfully someone snuck a photo) and there she was enamored with pastor matt (pmatt)'s facial hair and playing with it. both j and i tried our best not to crack up, and even pmatt was trying to hold it together.


March 8, 2011

spot the dot

it seems my blog has a common trend these days.
can you spot the dot?
i'll give you one guess what we've been dealing with (hence my lack of posting).

honestly, i am SO ready for this looooooong Canadian winter to be over.
we started off the year with roseola (baby measles) followed by a cold, followed by an ear infection, followed by a double whammy of a throat infection AND CHICKEN POX!








miss kinley seemed to be getting a little sick but because she had just finished her round of antibiotics for an ear infection i thought maybe it was just the remainder of that illness getting out of her system.
boy was i wrong. i woke up on thursday morning to that little chicky-pox on my little chicky.





i think it's an understatement to say i'm exhausted. and sometimes your exhausted mind does funny things. mine convinced me that i was a terrible awful rotten horrible no good HOW could you do this to your child? i truly felt as though i must be doing SOMETHING wrong as a mother that she was getting sick all. the. time. luckily my own mother pointed out that she's in a home daycare setting when i teach a few days a week, and that it's a normal part of childhood, she just did it earlier than most kids!
*sigh* nonetheless, i would like it to be over, it's been an eventful first 9 months as a parent.

February 21, 2011

down and out (again)

the beginning of the week started out great! then i noticed kinley was a little stuffy and she seemed to be getting worse, but she was still in great spirits! i had to work on tuesday, so she went to the babysitters. she didn't notice any change in her behaviour, the only thing she noticed was that she was stuffy. she wasn't displaying any other signs, but at bed time when i would lay her down she would scream and scream like it was torture. then her nose started to run but it was green (super gross!). j took her to the walk-in clinic, poor thing had an ear infection. so since we started the new year we've had baby measles, a cold and now an ear infection. my poor sweet girl. i then caught something, so we were both under the weather, although it made for LOTS of cuddles, which i LOVE!

February 14, 2011

love

just wanted to wish everyone a...


whether it's spent with a girlfriend, boyfriend, husband,wife, best friend, little munchkin, mum or dad.... enjoy love day today, and tell someone "i love you".