Monday, April 25, 2016

~Weekend Recap~

I think I need a vacation from my weekend! It was so busy with so many fun things but man do my feet hurt!

Rewind to last Wednesday when I made the super last minute decision to register Audrey in soccer- which started THAT night! Registration was actually closed so I had to email to see if they could accommodate us. I kept meaning to sign her up, but she didn't seem to excited about it but ultimately we decided that it would be a good experience for her to try. It's a great excuse to get her outside, being active and learning to play on a team.

After work I had to drag the kids to pick up shin pads for her since they were a requirement. Annoying the saleslady recommended size small which was too small. Insert panic 15 minutes before we had to be at the field! Thankfully hubby was on his way home and could swing in to Sportchek to pick her up the next size. Hubby was also voluntold to be assistant coach! Which he really had no problems with ;)

Go Team Yellow!!

Audrey was a bit shy at first, especially before Daddy got there and she realized she had to play on a team with boys. The horrors!!

It was hilarious watching the kids play. They were all over the place, crossing fields and scoring in the wrong nets. It was fun though!

Leo on the other hand was pi$$ed that he wasn't allowed to play soccer with the rest of the kids! He wanted Daddy and pretty much was grumpy until the end of the game when we let him have a soccer ball. He had way more contact with the ball than Audrey did! I think I'll have to bring a ball for him to play with on his own during Audrey's games.

Thursday we met up with Alison, Delainey and Ryder for an Intellidance class. It was a lot of fun, even if Leo did not want to listen at all and just wanted to run around the entire class. Audrey enjoyed it a lot though. I'm still trying to decide if we will do this session or wait until the fall.

Afterwards we played at the park and had a picnic. The kids were not interested in food at all though.

The boys loving the swings. The girls were all over the slides.

Friday we were going to go to the Zoo but the weather wasn't going to be great. Instead we went to the library. No objections from these two! Bookworms!

We ran a couple errands but the rest of the day was pretty relaxing. Hubby was out that night so I caught up on some Downton Abbey after the kids were in bed.

Saturday we headed out to look at lighting for the main floor. Shockingly we had success and found all the fixtures at 2 stores! Fastest house update decision ever! Well I'm not including the years of thinking about making the changes but never actually researching it. 

These two were "grounded" to the cart when they decided to run around the store and NOT listen. As you can tell by their expressions they weren't happy about these turn of events.

This is the old light fixture. Since our main floor is all open, we had two of the same fixtures in the living room and dining room (I think the living room one was a bit bigger), that also matched the 3 pendent lights over our kitchen island.

I honestly didn't like them from day one but they weren't hideous enough to change out right away and there was always something better to put money towards. Well, 6 years later they were starting to look worn (yellowing) and it seemed like a good update to make before we sell our house (whenever we find a new one).

Hubby did a lot of research, both in-store and online. We didn't want to spend that much and wanted them to be fairly classic. I was also concerned about finding complimenting fixtures since all 3 areas are close to each other.

We were just about to leave the first store, Reno Depot when we spotted THE fixtures for the living room and dining room. We ended up getting two of the exact same ones. They were a good price, and other than having a chain to hang them, they were perfect.

Stock photo is terrible and it doesn't show the chain to held up the fixture.

Hubby had seen some pendant fixtures at Lowe's that we thought would work. Once we got there, we saw some covers that were perfect to just switch out our existing covers and use the current stems/fixture.

Horrible photo- they do look better in person!

After lunch, hubby started installing the lights. The 3 pendant lights turned out so well!! I love how clean they look and they are so much brighter than the other lights. The covers fit onto the existing stems perfectly.

Trying to find a before picture of the pendants was hard since I'm usually trying to NOT get them in the picture! You can see there here in the top right.

Next hubby tackled the dining room and living room fixtures. He decided to see if he could use the existing stems instead of the chain, since it's a cleaner look and would tie in the new pendants well. It was a bit difficult but he made it work!

New fixture in the dining room

New fixture in the living room

I am so happy with how they turned out and that we didn't have to spend too much money to update them. I wish we had changed them out years ago! ;)

That evening I met up with some friends for a Girls Night. We were planning to go to Una Pizza on 17th but they didn't take reservations and it was a 3 hour wait. No thanks! Next we walked to Cibo and it was an hour wait. We put our names on the list and headed to a pub to get a drink while we waited. We passed Farm and figured we had nothing to lose to see if they had a table. They said they would have one in 30-45 minutes! We went to Roosevelt for a drink and appetizers until Farm called us.

It was probably 8:30 by the time we sat down for dinner! I've been to Farm before and it's so good! I would have ordered the charcuterie board but no one else was interested. Instead I had the Mac n Cheese which is so good!

Everyone really wanted to go out dancing after so we ended up at The Drum and Monkey. It's not the classiest of places but they had good music and we didn't feel too old there!

After 3 hours of dancing, this mama was ready for bed! My feet aren't used to all that dancing anymore!

Sunday morning we dropped the kids off at Auntie L and Uncle C's house so we could go to some house showings. They live about 10 minutes from the areas we are interested in so it's pretty convenient and wayyyyy better to look at houses without them.

The four houses on the tour this time.

This house below is my favourite. It has a great layout and is pretty much move-in ready (with developed walkout basement!) but there are a few things that are missing- dark kitchen (don't hate it but white is the favourite), corner pantry vs. walkthrough pantry, west facing backyard vs. south facing. All things that aren't deal breakers though.

But the view of this other house was pretty great (it was super foggy that day). South facing backyard, backing onto a pathway with tree behind. Amazing!! The house, while it's liveable, is not our style (so brown and would need to be painted top to bottom) and would need a lot of changes to make it how we want it. So I think we have decided it's a no.

This is so hard!! The good news is that more houses are coming on the market now.

The rest of the afternoon was pretty relaxed. Audrey fell asleep on the car ride home and continued sleeping on the couch. Leo decided to drive his trucks all over her!

Another whirl-wind weekend!! I hoped that work would have been a "break" today but tax season is in full-force. So busy!


  1. Sounds like a good weekend. How cute is Audrey in her soccer getup.

  2. Busy weekend for you! It's funny, I don't think I noticed what your lights looked like before. The new ones look great though! House hunting is definitely hard. I think buying your first home is way easier. Now that we've owned a home, we are more specific about what we want

  3. I hear you, weekends make me more tired than the week but in a good way! Glad you got new lights, they look great! Now you will find a house haha. That is how it works ;)

  4. The lights look great! It's amazing what new lights can do to a home. It's on our list for our main floor too - I HATE our kitchen chandelier, but if we change it out, we'll have to change all the lights on the main floor so they match. Big job finding lights that work together but are for different purposes lol.

    You guys ARE picky! Haha, just kidding. You should be picky! Houses aren't cheap! What's wrong with a west facing back yard? Haha, I assumed south or west would both be ideal? (Although I found west way too hot personally!).

  5. Lights look awesome!! And holy moly you were busy. Lots of fun stuff though!! That's so great you went out dancing, how fun! Houses look really nice!! But you HAVE to be picky!


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