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.