extreme makeover: home edition

after four months in our new house our kitchen is finally the way we want it. we still have to hang a few pictures and hooks, but looking back at the before shots, the difference is striking.

here is the kitchen and living room when we looked at the house this past summer.

now here is the same space in the winter after much work.

here is an example of the pink tile so beloved by the house's original owners. floor, counter and backsplash. also around the fireplace and in the window wells.

the new tiles come in lots of colours, but no pink.
kylie came up with the idea and the colours for the backsplash, but we had professionals come in to tear out the old tile, cut out and replace the drywall and then install a backsplash more in line with our sensibilities.
it sounds weird when you describe it as a bunch of colours of tile randomly placed with a bit of stainless steel thrown in for sparkle (or flair... we have at least 11 pieces of flair). but we like it, and we're the ones that count i guess.

tyrn likes it too.

now on to the garage. my goal here was to come out with a burst of constructive energy early in our tenure on little mountain, creating an effective work space in the garage to facilitate projects elsewhere in the house and yard. it took a little longer than i had hoped, but after turning this space:

into this space,

it was much easier to turn this side of the garage into efficient storage.
building the shelves was extremely enjoyable. 2x4s and wood screws are like lego for adults; with the added pleasure of a cordless impact driver. it was nice to have the island cabinets from the original kitchen to remount and store cleaning products, toxic chemicals, painting supplies and lightbulbs in.
we still have lots of room on the shelves.

in closing i will offer two pictures of our latest pastime. watching ty take my toque off.
it is just a little bit longer than his arms, but he is getting the knack.
other than playing with ty, our days lately have been spent working, running in the woods with niko, organizing the house, reading, cooking tasty meals and eating lots of chocolate. can't complain. it was even sunny today. life is good.


Catch Up

We have been neglecting our blogging duties as of late. I am getting over my "man cold" (Marc's words not mine, that he quickly "ate" after seeing me incapacitated on the couch vomiting and coughing up a lung) ;) and we are getting used to the January days of rain. We haven't brought our camera too many places lately. I even forgot it when I went to Lethbridge just after Christmas. Ty enjoyed lots of time with Grandma and Grandpa and cousin Maria. (Oh and Uncle Brad and Auntie Raquel too!)Here are a few pics of my trip there:

While I was gone, Marc got lots done around this house. Including this: Look familiar?

Ty received a new car for Christmas from my mom. (Hopefully I won't be typing that after his 16th birthday!) I didn't bring it home with me because of its size. Although my mom did ask if I could bring it as my carry on. Ummm no. ;) Ty was so excited to see his car in Chilliwack when he woke up from his nap. He's a crazy kid! (Not so much a baby anymore!)*

*I must admit after re-reading this I noticed that my predilection towards brackets is out of control this post!!! Send help.