Monday, April 4, 2011

The Big Reveal

Sorry for the silence this past week.  Things have been a little out of control around here and it's only going to get worse.  On April 1st we got possession of our new house.  We are not actually moving into it until this coming weekend, as we decided to get the cleaning and a bit of painting out of the way before we moved in.  Here's some pics.

Looking into the living room/dining room from the front door.

Straight into the kitchen from the front door.

Other corner of the living room looking into the small dining area and the stairs going up to the bedrooms.

From the dining room doorway into the kitchen.

Kitchen window facing into the backyard.

Upstairs bathroom, for some reason I forgot to get a picture of the downstairs bathroom.

Master bedroom

Oldest child's bedroom

Youngest child's bedroom

Downstairs family room

Another view of the downstairs family room.

It already looks different than this as the kid's rooms have been painted.  I am so over neutral and dark colours and I hate oak trim.  The oldest's room is "Honeydew" green and the youngest's is "Coral Flower".  Unfortunately Totem had some serious problems mixing a second batch of the Coral Flower colour, so Mike will have to do another coat to cover up the mis-colour, before we can move in the furniture.  The "baby" will have to sleep in a pack & play in our room for a couple of days. 

I have colours picked out for all the rooms except the family room (I'm undecided on that one, but leaning towards white and using accent colours of clementine orange and petroleum blue, something like the picture below), and we will be painting them all eventually, before the end of the summer.

This in addition to the need for new eaves troughs, water heater, front door, trim, living room furniture (we have none), etc.  As well as a few changes in the yard.  Does anyone want some cedars or junipers?  They are yours for free if you come and dig them up!  Once the snow melts enough in Castor, we have to go pick up our swing set and bring it here as well.  I have big plans for the kitchen, but it requires more money than the current budget allows.  I guess I will have something to look forward too.

The week ahead promises a lot of cleaning at both houses and packing at the house we have been living in for the last 5 months.  It doesn't help that both of my kids are sick and I am so strung out with anxiety that I can't eat or sleep.  Believe me, you do not want to be around me when things go bad.  I'm a glass half empty kind of gal and of no help to anyone.  I completely collapse in on myself.  When things are really bad I don't even want to talk about it with anyone, it just makes me feel worse.  Normally Mike talks me down when I'm like this, but he's away again this week, so I will have to navigate this on my own (with the help of some prescription drugs!)  What I really need is someone to tell me that it's going to be alright, and really mean it, and convince me that it's true.  Mike says it, but I know he's just trying to placate me.  Until then, I'll be the one curled up in the fetal position in the corner, rocking back and forth.


  1. It's going to be alright, Alison! Trust me! Congrats on your new home!

  2. Drugs are the answer!!! Embrace them my friend! Love ya.

  3. Girl, you need to chillax a little. Just go with the flow. Do what you can and it will all work out in the end. Worry and anxiety are not productive. Just send them scampering away and take it one day at a time.

  4. Alison, you know that I've been in exactly that position. I know how terrible it must be for you especially without Mike. Trust me....give it a couple of months and you'll look back at all this and laugh. Good luck with the move. Your new place looks great. Can't wait to see the girls' room. Leslie :)

  5. Your new place looks great. I can't wait until we move into a house (year or two from now)!! I will be thinking of you lots during this week...and will pray too. You're an amazing woman!! P.S. I love your blog!

  6. Looks like a very nice house. Can't wait to see the after pics :)

  7. You sound like me when I start thinking about everything that has to be done I can start getting anxiety..but Shawn usually talks me down and makes me see that once you break it down to one task at a's less stressful and you are more efficient.

    Do what's most urgent first and worry about the little things later!

    P.s. Perhaps if you can find an hour or so to do something for will not only benefit you but your kids too :) have a Whatever usually helps you relax and refresh.

    You are gonna make it through this !! lol