Ali's Adventures

July 22, 2011

Getting it done- On deck

Filed under: Plans — by Alison @ 3:45 pm

The deck is in! Our contractor called Monday night, while we were in Tremblant, to let us know he had done some rescheduling and he could start work on our deck Tuesday.

When we left for a weekend away our deck looked like this:

Note the rotted wood. It was also bouncy!

Here you can see the jagged edges, and exposed nails.

And today it looks like this:

Very sturdy

 

 

Safe steps down

I think it’s great. It’s big and square and safe. The contractors did an amazing job in the heat. Once the deck is stained and we’ve fixed up the plants, I’m planning a BBQ/dance party.

The list:

  • Replace deck
  • Replace bathroom sink
  • New front door
  • Drapes for front windows and dining room
  • Fix family picture wall
  • Clean up vegetable patch
  • Plant something in vegetable patch
  • Create organized craft cupboard – supplies purchased
  • Arrange child care for the fall
  • Use restaurant gift certificates
  • Book hotel for U2 concert
  • Book hotel in Montreal
  • Book hotel in Tremblant
  • Get plans drawn up for kitchen reno project
  • Stain pretty new deck
  • Landscape around pretty new deck
  • Host BBQ/dance party

 

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July 14, 2011

Getting it Done – Covering up

Filed under: Plans — by Alison @ 8:53 pm

It’s been a busy start to the summer. The long weekend was packed with activities, but we still managed to get things done.

The front window finally has window coverings. The price for the dining room window was a bit steep, and I’ll need to do some more shopping around.

I’m also excited that Sara is coming to help with my craft organization. I wanted to replace our existing dresser and shelf combo in the kitchen with a pantry-type closet that can hold my baking supplies and the craft stuff. It seems that I set myself the impossible task. I have searched all the stores I can think of and haven’t seen my vision realized. I should be honest, I haven’t seen my vision realized for a price I’m willing to pay. Custom cabinet work before we renovate the kitchen is not in my budget.  For now, the craft supplies will be sorted and organized into a plastic drawer unit. This will hopefully encourage me to keep the dresser top and shelves more orderly.

The list:

  • Replace deck – delayed until August
  • Replace bathroom sink
  • New front door
  • Drapes for front windows and dining room
  • Fix family picture wall
  • Clean up vegetable patch
  • Plant something in vegetable patch
  • Create organized craft cupboard – supplies purchased
  • Arrange child care for the fall
  • Use restaurant gift certificates
  • Book hotel for U2 concert
  • Book hotel in Montreal
  • Book hotel in Tremblant
  • Get plans drawn up for kitchen reno project

July 11, 2011

Deep end- Monday Moments

Filed under: Monday Moments — by Alison @ 10:18 pm

Instructor T felt that the class was ready, and as a reward they all got to line up on the pool deck in their life jackets and head to the slide in the big pool. Four little girls who listened to him intently and were all able to swim laps across the little pool without assistance. They each went down the slide, and then swam over to the side. I watched from my chair near the little pool. Happy with my vantage point, comfortable with the life jackets.

The next week, they were presented with an option: slide or diving board. They were split evenly. My daughter decided to try the diving board. Instructor T got in the water and they jumped to him, with their life jackets on. I had to shift in my chair to see this week, but still confident.

The second last week of class, and the girls hop out of the pool and line up behind Instructor T. But this time they bypass the rack of life jackets. I sit up a bit straighter as they head to the slide. Instructor T holds a pool noodle that the girls grab as they go down the slide. My daughter isn’t the first to go down, so I relax back in my chair. She doesn’t go down the slide at all. Instead her and a buddy march to the diving board. Instructor T moves towards the diving board and sits on the edge of the pool. I sit up again. He doesn’t get in the water. My daughter walks along the diving board. I’m standing now, to get a better view I tell myself. She jumps off the board toward the side. I take a half step, still holding my infant son, but ready to react if needed. She surfaces, smiling, and swims over to the side while Instructor T helps her out. I let out a huge sigh of relief and a cheer.

This post is part of Capital Mom’s Monday Moments. Join her every Monday by blogging about a moment from your life based on a theme she has provided. Your moment can be long or short. Recent or from the past. All it needs to be is a moment you experienced

July 6, 2011

Trying

Filed under: Uncategorized — by Alison @ 10:10 pm

I was feeling ignored and friendless earlier. Social media was making me want to be anti-social and curl up in a little ball. Why should I keep asking people to do stuff with me when they obviously aren’t interested? They’re busy with cooler friends, just look at their tweets or Facebook updates.  I’m not part of the gang, and even when I think I am I get forgotten about. Which makes me feel worse, so why even bother. (pout, pout, pout).

I found out someone I really admire and would like to be better friends with has moved here. I was excited, I searched for her work number and was set to call. Then the doubts came.  She probably doesn’t want to talk to me, it’s been awhile since we saw each other. She’s busy if she just got here. She has enough friends she doesn’t need you.

I got busy worrying about what her supposed reaction would be that I hadn’t thought about what I wanted out of the phone call. I realized, I wanted her to know I was glad she moved and that I would be happy to get together. I didn’t need her to do anything. I wasn’t expecting anything from her.

The excitement came back and I called.

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Am I doing things because I’m expecting a response from others or am I doing something because I want to and it makes me happy. If I want to make cupcakes for someone’s birthday, I should just do it and not worry that they’ll think we’re not good enough friends for that. If I want to ask a friend for coffee, even if they’re busy, I should because I want them to know I care and I’m here if they need it. I needn’t think that I’m not important to them. If they’re important to me, that’s all that matters.

Am I not doing things because I’m afraid of what people will think. If I want people to include me, maybe I should just ask. If I want to attend an event, I shouldn’t worry people will think I don’t belong.

I’m going to try to do things for the right reasons. It’ll be an adventure for sure, wish me luck.

July 4, 2011

Unexpected- Monday Moments

Filed under: Monday Moments — by Alison @ 2:28 pm

We waited to tell my daughter about the new baby until we were sure. We thought it would be better to have a picture to show her, make it more real. She loves babies, loves playing with her dolls and taking care of them. I knew she’d be excited.

After the ultrasound, and hearing a heartbeat, we felt it was the right time. We picked her up from daycare and once we were home sat her down on the couch. I had her on my lap. Then with my voice cracking I told her “You’re going to be a big sister, we’re having another baby”.

She burst into tears, stunning us both. We comforted her and between sobs she explained “I don’t want to be a big sister, I want to be the mommy”.

Unexpected then, but now when she tries to tell him what to do or rushes to be the first to comfort him I really shouldn’t be surprised.

This post is part of Capital Mom’s Monday Moments. Join her every Monday by blogging about a moment from your life based on a theme she has provided. Your moment can be long or short. Recent or from the past. All it needs to be is a moment you experienced

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