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We’ve been working on remodeling our main floor half bath for about 2 months now. I am so happy to say it is FINALLY complete!! And, the best part is, I LOVE how it turned out, just love it!!

There were a few sore spots in our house when we moved in. Areas that I knew would we need to do something with eventually. The main floor half bath was top on the list. It was, to put is bluntly, ugly. I didn’t really like anything about it. The walls were covered in a horrible floral blue wallpaper (I despise wallpaper!!), the vanity was too big for the room and the counter was blue tile (yuck). I couldn’t wait to change things up.

 

The project started about two months ago with the removal of the vanity in preparation for the hardwood floors to be refinished and tearing down the gaudy wallpaper. Anna had a blast helping me pull down the wallpaper :)

The wallpaper itself came down pretty easily, the gross glue stuff underneath did not. Removing the wallpaper paste, fixing and re-texturing the walls became the biggest/longest part of the project.  It was not a fun job and a several week break was taken. Eventually the project got back on track and we finished this weekend. Lorne did most of the work (while I was on “keeping kids out of the way” duty), so thanks honey ;)

Without further ado here is our new and improved half bath…drumroll please…

I love, love, love, love it!! There are so many things to love. I love the vanity, it is perfect for the room and makes the bathroom feel a lot bigger. I loved the color (it is Meditation by Sherwin Williams). I went with a beachy feel and used some of my own photos in the room including a shot of the Noosa River from our trip to Australia and a shot of the ocean I took last summer at Deception Pass. I love when a project comes together just the way I had envisioned it.

We surrendered our cat, Louis, yesterday. It has been a long time coming and I know it was the right decision but that doesn’t make it any easier.

I haven’t talked about our issues with Louis on here but it is something we have been struggling with for over a year now.

Louis came into our life a year and a half ago. We had recently lost our beloved kitties, Lily and Laura, and it was Louis who was going to fill the hole left in their wake, at least partially. Things were good at first. He was sweet and the girls loved him. But that didn’t last long. Something began to change. He became increasingly aggressive. At first we thought it was kitten behavior and he would out grow it. We waited, but it didn’t get better. If anything, it got worse. We tried all the standard things. We tried redirecting him, we littered our house with spray bottles and even gave him time outs. Nothing helped. His aggression was most often directed at me, but no one was safe, including our children. We consulted our vet and started him on meds. At first they seemed to help a bit but he quickly reverted back to his aggressive behaviors.

This week he aggressively attacked Nora and Anna. A line was crossed. It is was obvious that it was not safe to have him our home. We’ve tried everything we could and nothing was working. I can’t put my children’s safety at risk any longer. I made a commitment to Louis when we adopted him and that is why I have let it go on this long. That is why I tried so hard to make this work. But, sadly, none of it has been enough. This is not the right home for him. We are not the right family for him. He is not the right cat for us. It makes me sad that we couldn’t do more, that we couldn’t make it work.

I can’t help but feel like I failed Louis. I know I did a lot to make it work, but there is still a little voice that wonders if I did enough. Turning him back over to the humane society was a tough decision. And even though I bore the brunt of his attacks and hated him for tormenting my girls, I still loved him and will miss him. All I can do now is hope that they are able to find the right home him. That he finds a place where he fits.

I’m sorry we weren’t the family for you Louis. I’m sorry our story didn’t have a different ending.

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On this day, 20 years ago, a cute boy that I had a bit of a crush on, asked me out. The rest, as they say is history. 20 years, 3 kids, several moves and lots of gray hair later here we are. A little older, a little wiser, but still a lot like those two crazy kids that fell in love in the halls of high school.

If I could go back and whisper in the ears of our 16 year old selves I would tell them that the reality is even better than the dream. I would tell my 16 year old self that 20 years down the road that boy will still make you smile and give you butterflies. Life will be pretty darn good.

Life is filled with moments. Some big like weddings and births of babies and trips to far off places. Many small like a simple hug in the midst of a crazy day, or a walk together, or sharing a glass of wine or beer chatting about everything or nothing at all.  We’ve had 20 wonderful years of moments big and small. Moments of tears, moments of laughter, moments that seemed like nothing at the time but are dear memories now. Here’s to all the moments we’ve shared together and all the moments still to come.

Lorne, for all the moments big and small that have made up the last 20 years of our lives, thank you. There isn’t anyone I would rather be on this crazy journey called life with. Love you :)

 

Today we are missing and remembering the sweet Miss Maddie on the 5 year anniversary of her passing. 5 years. I cannot quite wrap my head around that number.

My heart is with Heather, Mike, Annie and James today, and all those touched by this amazing little girl in her short time on this earth. Maddie was such a special little girl. Her smile, those gorgeous blue eyes they were something else. The fact that it has been 5 years just simply breaks my heart.

Heather and Mike, I hope today you feel the love surrounding you and the arms of thousands of people doing their best to lift you up. Maddie touched the hearts of so many in a way that makes her unforgettable. Your whole family has touched the hearts of so many. We are remembering your beautiful little girl today as we wear purple in her honor. We love you Maddie.

Last Friday was a big day for Maya. She participated in her first ever Science Fair!! She was so excited and did an amazing job on her project. I was so proud of her.

At her school the fifth graders are required to do a science project for the fair and for all other grade levels it is optional. The school hosted a “Get Excited About Science” assembly about 2 months ago as a kick off for the science fair and to get kids thinking about project ideas. Maya came home that day super excited and saying she wanted to participate in the Science Fair. Her teacher sent an email home around the same time encouraging us to get our kids involved as they always have a ton of fun. We spent the next few weeks trying to come up with ideas. I searched the web for some 6 year old friendly science projects, focusing on ideas that might interest Maya. I found a few that I thought she would have fun and told her to pick one.

Her project of choice was to experiment with “watering” plants with different types of liquid to see if they could grow and thrive. She choose to water them with water, milk, orange juice and sprite. She had a blast observing her plants everyday and giving them their drinks :)

We started out with 4 healthy plants and a question, “Will plants grow and be healthy if watered with milk, orange juice or sprite?”. Maya came up with a hypothesis. She thought that the milk and orange juice plants would die, the sprite plant would live but not grow and, of course, the water plant would thrive.

She created labels for her plants and observed them every day for 16 days, “watering” them as needed.

At first all the plants continued to be healthy and even had some new growth. By about day 12 we began to see a change in the orange juice plant and then by day 14 the sprite plant began to falter as well. By day 16 the orange juice plant was completely dead, the sprite plant was on its last legs and the milk plant was starting to wilt. The water plant was in great shape.

Maya had a great time doing her science project and creating her project board. She did a wonderful job presenting her project as the science fair the judges and to her teacher. I’m very proud of her. She can’t wait do participate in the science fair again next year :)