Wednesday, May 21, 2014

6 years

This past weekend Chris and I celebrated the sixth anniversary of our first date. It's been an incredible 6 years, but this past year has been especially eventful.

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So much has happened since I posted that infographic a year ago! We got married, we moved across and the country, we bought our first house and now we're about to have a baby.

I can't imagine what new adventures are in store for us in the year ahead.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Happy Mother's Day!

I have a new appreciation for mothers. Pregnancy really sucks! Bravo to all the women who have made it through it!

14 weeks
14 weeks
Today Chris made me breakfast and got me some pretty flowers to put in the pots on the front porch.

Mother's Day flowers

We also started to prepare the outside of the house for painting. 

Power washing the house
We don't know why part of the back of the house is covered in plywood instead of siding
The paint is currently in really rough shape. Chris used a power washer to start to remove the worst of the peeling paint. Ultimately, we'd like to replace the siding but until then we are going to do our best to clean it up.

Peeling Paint
what we're dealing with

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Hello House!

The weather has been gorgeous lately. While Calgary has been getting snow, we've had nothing but blue skies and sunshine. Chris and I have been trying to take advantage of the warm days by getting work done outside our house.

When we moved in the yard was really overgrown. Just look at the Google Street View shot!

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Google Street View taken June 2009

What a difference from how it looks today!

2014-05-07 Our House
May 7, 2014 - Progress!

Chris bought a small chainsaw and took care of most of the bushes and small trees in the yard, but we decided to get a pro to take down the big pine. We hired Yukon Tree Services and they were amazing. The tree was down and everything was cleaned up in less than 30 minutes! They even chipped and carted off the big pile of brush that Chris had previously cut down.

We're still a long way from a nicely landscaped yard but it's already so much brighter and feels so much bigger. The next steps will be re-leveling the yard so it slopes away from the house and then planting grass. I also want to add some flowerbeds, but that will come a little later.

Chris with his chainsaw
Chris cutting with the chainsaw