Celebrating The Mommas

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Yesterday was the perfect Sunday, lazy and rainy and spent with loved ones. My sister-in-law came over with her family for lunch. We had PB&J and fruit salad – does it get more perfect? We direct the afternoon just hanging out, making and playing and laughing. Esther taught Miriam to knit, Grace helped Liam and Teaghan write a letter to their Grammy and Brad, poor sick Brad, just napped on the couch with the dog. I just lounged on the floor, sometimes knitting and sometimes just watching, appreciating the busyness of our home.
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We drove out to my Bompa’s for dinner with my family, chicken on the grill and corn on the cob. I’ve had such a hard time being at their house since my Grandma passed, but yesterday just felt good – I guess I’m finally adjusting to life without her, something I’m both happy and sad about.
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It’s on days like this that I know I have exactly the life I want.

Settling In

Things have been crazy around here, but we’re finally in the home stretch. The old house is almost cleared out, just a few last minute things waiting to be moved. The painting in the living room is done and we’ve put some of the furniture in place. It’s still a little bare, but it’s really starting to feel like home.

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Elvis is loving the new rug.

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We’re still working away on the kitchen cabinets and the doors and trim in the upstairs hall. The white paint is already making a huge difference – it feels so fresh!
But for now, it’s back to work.

Layers

We’ve been keeping busy this week, moving and painting and settling in. Tonight I’ve been prepping the cabinets in the kitchen, sanding and priming, peeling back the layers of paper lining the shelves. It’s one of the first things I like to do when I move to a new place. There’s nothing that says ‘home’ to me quite like clean, fresh white cabinets lined with cute paper. Plus, we just bought a new set of dishes and I really don’t feel like I could just put them into someone else’s old 90s ivy print covered cabinets.

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Four layers in total, although they’re are only three here. It’s a lot of work, but this is my favourite part about moving to a new home – uncovering the history.

Saying Goodbye To Our Boy, Charlie

Today was a hard day. Today, we said goodbye to our beagle, Charlie. We knew it was coming, but there’s really nothing that can prepare you for that pain of letting go.

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Charlie was definitely one of a kind – a crazy, loveable, hilariously human dog. He was a rescue, passed around from home to home and abandoned by his original family in a stranger’s backyard when they moved. By the time we got ahold of him he was scared and aggressive, anxious all the time, and distrustful of everyone. It was challenging and it was heartbreaking and in a lot of ways we were in over our heads, but from the moment I saw that dog I loved him, and I knew he was worth it.

Charlie spent 5 years of his life with us, full of laughter and tears and lots of snuggles. He wasn’t just our dog, he was the family dog – everyone loved him and he loved the attention. Over the past week we’ve had some visitors, friends and family stopping in to grab some snuggs and say their goodbyes. My sister came over yesterday and spent the night – all of us piled in the living room, blankets and pillows all over the floor, watching cheesy movies. This has been a hard one to swallow for everyone.

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This morning we woke up early and mixed up a batch of salt dough to make paw prints for everyone.

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The rest of the morning was spent at the dog park, Charlie’s favourite place to be.

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The drive to the vet was the longest of my life. Miriam, Grace and I all stayed in the exam room until it was over, crying and laughing and holding each other.

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We took him with us, wrapped in a blanket, to a quiet little spot in the country. We dug his grave ourselves, a cathartic process for all of us. Now we’re home, and the house is eerily quiet. All I want to do is curl up in a ball on the couch, but life doesn’t stop – we picked up our keys yesterday, and we’ve got a little over a week to be out of here. New home, new life – will it make the adjustment to life without Charlie easier or harder? I guess we’ll see.

New Yarn, New Project!

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What’s better than getting some beautiful new yarn?! Getting done beautiful new yarn for 99¢ a ball! The yarn/fabric store near my house had a huge basket of this gorgeous mohair on clearance, and I had just enough change on me to pick up 4 balls of it, the exact amount needed for this sweater pattern that I’ve had on my knitting to-do list forever.

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Ribbed Baby Jacket

Ravelry: Ribbed Baby Jacket

The boy I’m watching today is feeling a little sick and just wants to sit on the floor and look at books, so I’m taking advantage of his low energy to get some knitting done.

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I just cast on and I’m already in love.