New stuff around the house and BIG PLANS

Before I get into the new stuff, I have BIG plans for this weekend - BIG PLANS. I am going to FINALLY repaint our bedroom. It is going to be such a welcome change. Right now, everything in the room is brown, from the walls to all the furniture. I can't stand it anymore. The plan is to paint the wall behind the bed black and the other 3 walls white. I'm so excited. And I actually enjoy painting. I'll take some before shots of the hideous room too to post. I'm finally repainting because we got some good news recently (finally) - Pablo's application for long-term disability was accepted!!! It's been a struggle trying to support the family on my income alone. Pablo is very excited at the thought of being a stay at home dad - and providing an income at the same time. This way he can concentrate on recovering from his brain tumour (and hernia, etc.) without having to worry about finding work. Repainting is a little present to celebrate the good news.

Back to the new stuff around the house. The other day, I thought I'd take a peek on kijiji (local classified ads) for a rocker for Simon's room and I came across an ad for a Lillberg rocker from Ikea. They don't sell it anymore - BIG MISTAKE IKEA. It is fantastic and a steal for $80 (Ikea was selling it here for twice that). Pablo went to pick it up and it is BRAND NEW. Doesn't look like anyone has ever even sat on it! It'll be perfect for a corner in Simon's room once his crib is gone. The cushions are black so that will match perfect. I did manage to move Simon's crib and put the rocker in his room for the sole purpose of picture taking:

Next purchase was lighting. We bought our house new four years ago and the light fixtures that came with the house for the most part are terrible - the cheapest fixtures that Home Depot sells. I've been dying to replace them but haven't been able to. Then I had an idea the other day. The main floor of our house is open concept and the living room and dining room is one big room. The builder meant for the dining room to be in front of the big window but we decided to be different and swap the living room and dining room. Our living room is across from the kitchen and in front of the window. Since it is where the dining room was supposed to be, there was a socket in the ceiling for a chandelier but we never put one in. Until yesterday. We have a serious lack of proper lighting on the main floor so for $14.99, we bought the same fixture, which I happen to love, that was installed in our kitchen when we bought it. And for $14.99, you can't go wrong. Perfect temporary solution.

Here is the new ceiling light in the living room (which was supposed to be a dining room):

And here is that same light in the adjoining kitchen (two of them). I am standing in the living room as I took this photo of the kitchen:
(don't mind the mess - it was lunchtime)

I liked that light so much that I also bought one for Isabella's room. The builder had installed these super ugly ceiling lights in the kids' rooms, the stairwell upstairs and in the basement. I eventually need to replace them all because they are terrible so 1 down and 5 more to go.

Here's the terrible light:

And here is the new light in Isabella's room:

*** Side note not related to this post at all - we took Simon for his hip xrays yesterday. We got an appointment for Simon to see a specialist IN OCTOBER. Good to know that an 'extreme' case of out-toeing (googled and found that term) gets you an appointment 6 MONTHS LATER. Pablo called the specialist to complain and they said that if the xrays come back with a serious issue that needs attention right away, they won't make us wait till October. Xrays will be sent out on Monday. We will patiently wait and painting is just the thing to take my mind off it.


More Easter family photos

Kim finally put her Easter photos on flickr so I made up this post with some of the photos that she took...

Simon's thick marvelous hair. I really like the photography of this shot.
Simon sitting on his uncle Dave and his uncle Jeff in the background

the boy

the boy and his fabulous rain boots

attempting to hit the golf ball
the boo (squeezing her cousin Cristina)

and this is cousin Cristina

me and my little niece Gia

our fam (what the heck is Simon staring at?!?!?)

my folks with their 3 grandkids

my twin sister Kim and her husband Jeff

my younger sister Jen and her husband Dave and their smiley baby Gianna

my uncle Claudio (my mom's bro), cousin Ashley, cousin Cristina and aunt Cindy


Our Easter Sunday

The kids had an Easter egg hunt in the morning at our place. Isabella was so excited. Simon was confused at first and then he got the hang of it and went crazy.

Simon checking out his gifts

Simon found Easter eggs on the stairs

Isabella found a present and shrieked with joy

Simon finding more eggs
Isabella and the eggs she found

We spent most of the day at my parents place. Thankfully it was nice enough outside that we spent some time out there and the kids ran around and played sports. Simon was napping during most of the picture taking so I don't have any photos of him at my parents'. I think my sister might have taken some photos so I might post some of those once she puts them on flickr.

playing outside

she loves soccer!

my pretty girl

so serious when it comes to sports...

Isabella and her cousin Gianna (who is almost 6 months old)

Gianna was mesmorized by Isabella

big hugs

more of the fascination with each other. I can tell they are going to be best friends.

us minus napping Simon

Pablo and I

me and the boo

Pablo and the boo

happy Gianna

this was not a very good idea - she was so uncomfortable

playing marbles

love this one


Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...