Monday, November 15, 2010

busy busy busy...

Gavin and I have kept pretty busy lately with renovations in the living room.  First we scraped all the popcorn ceiling off ( that should have been against building code. It's not asthetically healthy) and they I retextured it and painted it. Next, we ripped out the carpet that looked like Garfield roadkill. A couple of our friends helped us put in our new laminate floor that looks 10000000000000000000000000 X 100 times better. Check it out!

 This is my fireplace and i LOVE decorating it. I can't wait to decorate it for Christmas and hang the stockings I just made on it.

This fabulous work of art I got at a local antique store. I love it!

These are what my kitchen stools looked like before Emily got a hold of them.

Ta Dum! I've fallen in love with spray paint and I just love the color

Friday, November 12, 2010

Halloween 2010

Halloween this year was really fun. We decided since are yard is pretty scary as it is, we should take advantage of it and make it scarier for Halloween.  We had lights, tomb stones, spider webs and even a big spider we dropped on our unsuspecting trick or treaters. 

 Ooh! freaky don't you think?!
 Our jack-o-lanterns
 Even Max had fun
 Gavin and I went to a Murder Mystery dinner that was Pirate themed. He was Governor Napier and I was his lovely wife. We were both innocent. Turns out it was our daughters boyfriend Sea Leg Sam.
 Johnny Depp was there in his Jack Sparrow costume, which was AWESOME!

Just kidding. It was however Johnny Depps stunt man in Pirates of the Carribean. I was convinced it was Johnny for a while. He looks just like him! 

Happy Halloween!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

This summer

I've been really terrible about updating our blog, so here's a summary of what we did this summer
 I was incredibly domestic and made both peach, apricot and blackberry jam, peach salsa and I canned apricots and peaches. Yep, I was a busy girl, not to mention the mess the kitchen was after it was all done. That was a big job in itself! 
For a wedding gift, Lorie, Gavin's sister, gave us tickets to The Pageant of the Masters. It was this big art thing where people pose as paintings. It was really cool! The location was awesome too. It was in Laguna Beach. We went to the Newport Temple while we were there too and it was GORGEOUS!

We got a dog and named him Max. He's a pointer lab mix and a super dog.

Gavin made me pancookin. That's not how you spell it, but it's a dutch food that's a mix between a pancake and a crepe and they're super delicious; a new favorite of mine.

I finally got most of the kitchen cabinets painted white and as you can see, Max decided he'd check out the paint. It was wet.


This was almost 6 months ago, but for our honeymoon, we spent a few days in Las Vegas at the Desert Paradise Resort and then we went on a Cruise to Catalina Island and Ensanada Mexico. Here's just a few of the pics from the cruise.
 This is on board on our own deck outside our room when we stopped at Catalina Island

 Gavin right before the formal dinner
Ensenada, Mexico
Ensenada is way ghetto, but this was an old church that was pretty cool
The End

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Oh Canada!

Gavin and I just got back from Canada last week where we had our last and final reception. Whew! That was a lot of receptions, I guess we're officially married now, although we've been married for 2 months and 4 days. We had an openhouse and my home in Vanderhoof and it was beautiful.  We had great weather the whole time we were up there, which was fabulous.  We took Gavin on his first fourwheeling experience, went up Sinkut Mountain to get a view of Vanderhoof, swam in the Nechako River and ate a whole ton of ice cream we had left over from the open house. It was a great trip.
OOH! a real live mounty!

This is the view from Sinkut Mountain, which overlooks Vanderhoof, my hometown
This is Gavin practicing golf before we went to the driving range where we both discovered we are NOT golfers!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

We've got Furniture!

I've been waint a long time for this moment. We've got furniture in our living room, the couch being something i've been eyeing from IKEA since a project i did in grade 12.  Last Saturday we went to IKEA with one of Gavin's coworkers who let us use her truck as a wedding gift. It was a fabulous gift. Thank you Laura!
For the living room we got the lovely white* couch you see, the TV stand and the two lamps. 

*don't worry, i'm not crazy. Yes it's a white couch, but the cool thing is the slip cover comes off and i can throw it in the wash. Ta dum! ooh! and i can change the slip over to anyone i want at IKEA. Maybe i'll try red one of these days.
This is the view from the kitchen. Speaking of which, check out this...

This is my dinning room. The chandelier is from, you guessed it, IKEA along with the table, chairs and i must say the adorable red polka dot chair pads. My favorite part is the framed posters from Nice, France where my dad spent a good chunk of his mission. Dad, if you're reading this, those may look vaguely familiar...please forgive me, if you want them you'll have to come visit me.

Sunday, June 27, 2010 our living room

Gavin's the new scout master so we needed to get some camping things for him. We got a tent, a sleeping mat and a couple sleeping bags. This got us really excited about camping, well me anyways, but since he had just got back from his first real life scout campout we opted to camp indoors.
We built our tent, feel free to ooh and ahh, it's pretty impressive and we roasted marshmellows on our candle light campfire and made s'mores. It was pretty awesome.

We had fun. You should try it sometime : )

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Living Room Fireplace-Before and After

I found this picture in Better Homes and Gardens and I really liked it. I've always loved the combination of white and green and have decided to use this picture as inspiration for my living room.

So this is what the fireplace looked like before I attacked it. It's not terrible, but it definatly was not my favorite. I've never been a fan of glass covered fireplace, but much prefer the old fashioned open fireplaces.

Ta-Dum! This is it after. I took off the glass doors and painted the grates that were once black white to blend in with the rest of the fireplace.  The topiaries and wreath were all decorations used at our reception and they work great with the green and white color scheme.  The candles add a nice touch and they could come in handy for various other purposes like...serving as a campfire if  we ever built a fort in the living room and wanted to roast marshmallows.  We are much too grown up to do that though; we'd never think of it. 

Can I just say I love my fireplace? Thanks, I love my fireplace