Monthly Archives: October 2013

This Old House

Tomorrow we will have lived in our house for 6 years. I’m amazed at how quickly those years have passed.

I often teeter-totter between wanting a bigger, better, shinier, spiffier home and being determined to make this little Elmwood house work for the long-haul.

This morning I was out in our white-trash backyard (it’s literally our trash pile…and we’re white) trimming the raspberry bushes and grape vines when I took a moment and looked around. “So much potential” I said to myself. I often say that to myself. I envisioned my garden-beds and a patio and the shed gone and the yard extended.

We lucked-out and found a quaint home for a great price right as housing costs began to soar in Winnipeg. We liked the house because of the bare bones, but it needed a lot of work. The day we took possession, James ripped apart the main floor and spent a few weeks re-working the place. We opted to take out one of the main floor bedrooms in favour of creating a dining room. Even after having a third child I stand-by that decision. While it’s a small living space, it feels open and comfortable.

We have one tiny bedroom on the main floor, a long loft for our master bedroom (with a walk-in closet) and one small bedroom in the basement. It’s about 1,100sqft. The place still needs a lot of work done…everywhere. The kitchen is half-done, the baseboards need to be put on, the yard needs significant attention, both bathrooms need to be gutted. Because it’s an old house the storage space is minimal so we have stuff everywhere all the time and, on top of that, we’ve started to outgrow the place. Amelia and Eli share a 9×10 bedroom!

When I start to get mopey about our living arrangements, I try to shift my thinking to being grateful for our own home. We’re blessed to have a space, regardless of location and size. I know that my dad grew up in a house about this size with 6 siblings! I can’t imagine, but you work with what you have and you live within your means, right? James and I have a bit of a plan and it sees us living in this home for awhile longer. We are hoping to put another bedroom in the basement for Eli which would cut down on living space (that’s where our TV room is right now) but it would allow us to stay here and save and eventually build our own home.

Often, I get ahead of myself and I feel entitled to a bigger space with newer things, but when I step back and take a look at our house (however drippy the shower is and wobbly the shed is) I am thankful that we have a house that has served us well. I need to focus more on what I do have in this space and making it work well for us.

So here’s to 6 years in our house with the red door!

IMG_0073(This is an old picture. It’s not actually snowing yet.)



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I’ve Arrived (read: I’ve been booted off the 20’s party bus)

So this is it. I’m finally here.


It simultaneously feels weird and strange and like nothing at all. I’m now officially grown up…or at least I should be. There’s no pretending, no falling back on twenty-something excuses. The welcome and dreaded change has come.

My 30’s commenced with me wearing my pj’s, accessorized with a friendship bracelet, a Hello Kitty tattoo and a having a venue stamp on my hand from a Leif Vollebekk concert a few nights before. I woke-up too early to a baby who needed to be fed. I was promptly barfed on. James ordered me to go back to bed (where I perused glorious Pinterest home decor) so he and the kids could bring me cards, coffee and a muffin with a candle in it. Eli was furious that he couldn’t eat the muffin and Amelia’s card read, “I love you soy moth”. Nothing has changed.

Today I feel the same as I did yesterday, and the year before and the year before that. I feel like I’m trying, sometimes succeeding and sometimes failing, to navigate life while taking care of my family.

Looking forward to the next decade of my life is exciting. I’ve started a 30’s bucket list of things that I’ve always wanted to do or try (or do again). I’m hopeful that these next years are going to be great.

I won’t settle for life just passing by when there are so many adventures to be had. The fun doesn’t stop when you reach a certain number.

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This Girl

Who has an amazingly awesome husband?

This girl!

Who gets to celebrate their 30th birthday and 9th anniversary with a surprise trip to Vegas?

This girl!

Who is beyond excited to spend six days on an actual child-free vacation?


(Seriously though, what a guy! All I have to do is pack a bag because he took care of everything else! Eeek! I can’t wait.)

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