Friday, September 22, 2023

Friday Favourites


We had a big week of sports related favourites.

E and Dave went for a run on Tuesday morning before school.  E is practicing the 3K he needs to do for cross country.  He got to wear Dave's Apple Watch.

E also got in a round of golf with some friends.

Q started his off season baseball training. He will do a 6 week session for the fall, and then we hope to get him signed up for the winter session too.

Dave was one of the co-captains for his golf club's mens' league, and his team won the league!

I had a celebrity sighting this week - Jillian Harris was at Alobar Downtown when I was there for lunch on Tuesday. She is just as tiny and pretty as you think she will be! I did not talk to her.  She was in town for her new cookbook promotion with her co-author Tori.

On Thursday I gave an update on our renovations, not much progress, but some.

I also talked about my experience with Invisalign.

More sports ahead this weekend.  I'm golfing this morning. Dave has two golf games planned, one with E, and Q has his last soccer game on Saturday.

Linking up with Andrea and Erika.

Thursday, September 21, 2023

Renovation Update

Not too must has changed since August's update.  We have been slightly delayed on a few things as we were waiting on an HVAC assessment.  Since we will now have insulation and will be putting in some air conditioning, we needed to know how many radiators we need and where it would all go.  We have just now gotten that sorted out so work can resume.

Our kitchen, which is not being renovated, has come out from behind its plywood walls.  

Electrical has been roughed in.

Lining up where the pot lights will go

The new fireplace in the front room has been installed.  It is slightly tucked away where the old firebox used to be. 

Our ensuite shower, it will have a shampoo/soap niche.  We will have glass walls but no door.  The less hardware the better.

The plumbing for the new bathroom had to be tied into the basement plumbing.  Dave had to take down the cabinets and counter, and move the washer and dryer so this could be achieved.  In true Dave fashion, it was no big deal and he got it put all back in record time and we were barely inconvenienced. 



The drywall still needs to be patched up, but it will be fixed up when the main project is done and they have to come down to fix the flood damage.

Our skylights have been installed.

Plumbing upstairs in the ensuite.

This is our attic, where the air conditioner will be placed.  We will also have a new hatch to access the attic, it used to be in Q's closet in the most awkward place ever.  

Our wall sconces for our bathroom and bedroom have arrived, along with the bathroom vanities.  We are pleased with them so far.  In what may be a controversial decision, we are not installing a main ceiling light fixture in any of the bedrooms, it will be pot lights all the way.  

Once the HVAC is placed, they can do a bit more framing around it (although we are hoping to keep the bulkheads to a minimum).  Then we need the inspector to come before they can start add the insulation and start closing up the walls with drywall.   Hoping our October update will be a bit more advanced. 

Wednesday, September 20, 2023

Fall Finds

I recently bought myself a few new things for the fall so I thought I'd share there here. 

This sweater from Aritzia.  It is a cardigan but I think I will always wear it with the buttons done up so it's a bit different. 

Also from Aritzia, this sweater.  It's like a mesh knit, and I wore a black tank top underneath it.

I bought these pants at Mango in khaki green and black.  They work for business casual even with the drawstring. 

I also got this dress from Mango, although I haven't worn it yet. 

Now I need to find some boots to wear.  I have a short pair of Sorels that work with jeans, but I finally got rid of my tall boots last year and I want to find something stylish and comfortable to wear with dresses and skirts.  Any suggestions on what is trending right now? I like the Cole Haan riding boots but I'd have to try them on to really know if I like them. 

While I was looking at the Cole Haan site, I see they have their ballet flats back.  I used to have these in three different colours and went through two black pairs.  I will be purchasing these again.

Tuesday, September 19, 2023

Weekend Recap

 We had a very nice weekend.  Lots of fun activities and beautiful weather. 

We went up to the local Ukrainian Festival on Friday night.  We picked up some pierogis and sausage to share, and the boys got these tornado potatoes.

They opted to spend money on this "game" which is basically just pay money to hook the prize you want. 

Q got a sword.

And E picked this ridiculous hammer.

The kids always like to try the rock climbing.

The boys got an ice cream and I got the little doughnuts. Then we stopped to watch a bit of the music before going home.

On Saturday morning Dave golfed and the boys and I hung around at home.  We made a sign for E's championship baseball game happening later in the afternoon.

I asked E if he had any input for the poster and he said "I don't think Vladdy (a Toronto Blue Jay) tells people what to put on the signs they may for him".  Point taken ;)

We were meeting some friends for lunch when Dave got home from golf.

It was a beautiful day to be outside on the patio.

Then out to the baseball game.

It was a great game but E's team lost in the end, silver medal for the Jumbo Shrimp.

And an ice cream for everyone.

E's team had blue jerseys and at the beginning of the season they had to come up with a name. One of the choices was the Jumbo Shrimp, based on the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp, a minor league baseball team with blue as their colour. This was the one the team chose to use so then I went on Jacksonville's website and bought their mascot.  The boys on the team loved it.  This is Scampi wearing the medal

 Meanwhile Q was at a birthday party at the movies so I picked him up later after the game. 

On Sunday morning I drove Dave to the golf course and we stopped in at Starbucks on the way.

The boys and I went to church.  After we got home they walked up the street with our neighbours.  I met them later on.

Dave then took them for a run to train for the upcoming cross country race.  Q only has to do 1 km and E will do 3 km.

I went with them so I could wait with Q when he was done his shorter run.  It was so nice to be down by the river.

Here they come!

We finished up our evening with some burgers, some prep for Monday morning, and an early bedtime.