Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Sisters and Brothers

First off, thanks for all the comments on the overalls. It was worth keeping them in the closet for 10 years, just for that.
Last night I had my sisters Jackie and Jantina over for dinner. Koen was infatuated with Sami. He just watched everything she did with such interest. I think he'll be a wonderful, gentle big brother! Sami is the sweetest little girl and soooooooooooooooo easy going. We love her.
Sami put something in her mouth, Koen copied her. Jackie, are you excited for your guest appearance here? Hey, so that's what three kids would look like. It looks pretty good to me! Can't wait. I'm ready.
I wanted to show you the basement when it was all set up but that will take a while as we decide on blinds and frames/decorations etc so I will just give you a peak right now. The bedroom is actually going to be a playroom for the next few years. It has a giant closet that will store all the games etc. If we ever have guests, it will easily convert to a guest room.
The main room is part playroom and part studio. I actually only use the studio about once a month so I'm going to pack up all the lights and put it either in the closet or buy a storage cabinet of sorts to put it in. May mount the paper directly onto hooks on the wall to make more room. Don't want to worry about the kids wrecking the lights or anything. May put a tent or something in there for them to play in (something easy to pack up or move). They had a tent down there before and they loved it.

The couches down there are so comfy and perfect for reading in. The couches also have great pillows for pillow fights.

I have realized that I'm a bit of a perfectionist. I notice every single thing that is not done properly down there and want to fix it. Gary is not a perfectionist. Neither of us is `right' but wow, are we different!

I would have to say that I thought that renos would be stressful on our marriage but it wasn't at all. Gary was the perfect teammate and I'm really proud of how hard he worked and how patient he was with me (especially when I would gasp when he cut something a little `differently' than I would've). The hardest thing ever on our marriage was having a newborn just 3 months after my mom died. A newborn in general is tough, that's for sure! I don't think anyone told me that when you have a newborn (and are super sleep deprived), every single thing your spouse does, or doesn't do, is the most annoying thing in the world. Well, that's how it was for me anyway.

I almost didn't push the publish button because I'm boring myself. Sorry.


  1. Congratulations on having the reno go so quickly and smoothly and still to have your marriage intact!

  2. LOVE it!!!! It must feel so good to have it 95% done (at least livable).

  3. Looks great Louise! The boys will love the space to play!

  4. OK, we really need to come play with you guys soon, Finn will be in heaven:)

  5. loving the guest appearance ;).
    Good job on the basement! Somehow I'm not surprised that you finished it quicker than expected...

  6. Shite, I really wanted that dessert...

  7. I think you are going to really enjoy that space this winter. You are amazing to have gotten it done so quickly and I think it looks great too! You and your husband are an awesome team!