Today my friend Annie commented that I hadn't posted in a while. I realized it is because it was getting to the point of too many things to post about...so I went through my iPhone and have posted a few photos of what has been going on and I can catch you up!
Garret and Kevin (his Dad) spent some serious quality time in our basement a few weeks ago, insulating the crawl space under the kitchen. It is like an oubliette down there complete with spiders and dirt and general grossness. The two of them dug it out and insulated underneath to help make it a more efficient space. Above is a pic of Garret showing off all his hard work to my Mum. I threw the miners light on her that my brother Elliott got me for Christmas--useful in many applications that light!
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We spent several hours looking for new lighting. I hated our old fixtures so we installed these snazzy new ones. yay. They look great and really add a nice somewhat industrial feel to the living room. So everything was going great! We painted, put up new lighting...then this happened:
[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="482" caption="G and Kevin changed over some plumbing...which I originally thought would be one small hole. This is them taping up the sheet so dust didnt go everywhere (totally didnt work by the way)"][/caption]
[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="482" caption="Ok, this is kinda scary, but totally fixable right? (also, how nice is our new paint?! way snazzier than gross beige right?)"][/caption]
[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="482" caption="Clearly it get's worse before it gets better. sigh"][/caption]
It's not the end of the world, but DEFINITELY not what I was expecting! Hoping that we can work on getting that fixed soon. yikes. [ Side note: that show on the TV is "Happy Endings" I think its on ABC? We have become obsessed with it and marathoned through the first season recently. To sum it up in one word? Amah-zing.]
Garret and I have also been really lax with getting wedding stuff off the ground. My Mum called and nicely yelled at me telling us to get on it since my shower is coming up. So I dragged Garret to The Bay thinking we would have a fun date night.....Wrong
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It seems we strongly disagree on our vision for the house. I want pretty things and he wants boring things. And I can say that since he never blogs on here so can't defend himself (HA!) I remind him I am the designer but he never goes along with it. crap. I was complaining to a friend and she pointed out her philosophy is "she who washes the sheets can pick the sheets" and since a month ago Garret had to ask me where the detergent goes....I think that that means I WIN! If that also stands true for she who cooks gets to pick everything for the kitchen, then my life is complete.
Moving on....Easter weekend we were the Travelling Wilburys. Barrie to North Bay to Meaford. The Shwalsh's have adopted the Walsh tradition of always stopping at Webers when we are on HWY 11 north. And south too actually. In fact anytime we pass by we must stop in....10:00am is no match for our love of burgers. Gross? Maybe, but don't you judge us! We had our first stop of the season on Saturday, and also hit it up on the way back down on Sunday. (This is not a friend of the operation Wedding Dress diet. shhhhh)
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[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="481" caption="While in North Bay we stopped in with Charlene to see Garret's Grandma. We wore bunny ears into her nursing home which was a big hit. I also won a free coffee on that Timmies cup I am tightly gripping there."][/caption]
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We left North Bay mid day Sunday and headed to Meaford for my side's family dinner. It was a long drive, but 100% worth it to get to spend some time together! We have done our holiday dinners with close friends (who are at this point really just extended family) for the past 7 years or so. It's so nice to have a crowd of people you adore sitting around one table. I didn't take any other photos with my iPhone of Easter dinner so for now this dessert pic represents an insane amount of delicious food, great laughs and the greatest people I know!