I love new beginnings!
Each morning, each week, each month, each year… If you messed up somehow, you can start
all over again and with better resolve to do better and to be better. Forgive
yourself and others for misdeeds and thus give room for improvement.
One of my favorite things
to do is to start a new day planner each year. This year I found the perfect
one for me! So my style! Love it! J
I love to mark in the
birthdays. The pages are clean, ready to be filled in with appointments or what
happened that day.
This year’s wall calendar is Ireland themed. A gift from someone who knows Ireland is special to us.
Maybe if I’ll stare at this picture of Giant’s Causeway, I’ll magically get to finally visit the place. I lived so close to it, yet never had a chance to see this amazing piece of nature.
Look what a lovely thing is in my new day planner already! What a fun activity idea for kids. Print out the numbers of the new year and let children decorate them in some fun way.
If you want to see some ideas I’ve collected on Pinterest about New Year’s Eve, click here. I love the idea of interviewing your child each year and videotaping their answers.
Now that Christmas is
over, my thoughts are turning towards our new home we purchased recently. No, I
didn’t get the house with a lake view. I also didn’t get the brand new home I
wanted (no renos!). But it’s ok. Because I know that we are supposed to live in
the old house we purchased (built in 1978, how’s that for brand new! J). I fought against the
strong feeling that we were supposed to buy this particular house. I honestly
did not want to do any renovating. But eventually I gave in. I knew this was
THE house we were meant to live in.
It will require lots of
tender care and ton of sweat inducing work, but I do believe that after all
that, it will be a wonderful home. We will have good neighbors: we
know two families in the same quiet cul-de-sac. Sienna will have a good friend
as they will be the only girls midst many, many boys.
I can also see in my mind
what the house will look like when it’s all done. Here’s a list of things we’ll
have to do:
Rip down some walls.
Replace the brand new
kitchen with a kitchen we like.
Paint all the walls.
Get rid of carpet
upstairs, replace with laminate flooring.
Replace all windows
Redo master bathroom
which will include ripping down walk-in-closet and replacing it with
Replace all the light
Get rid of 13 huge
Paint the house.
Build a deck in the
Build the basement: two
rooms, replace windows, build a bathroom…
Replace the gas
I know I’m forgetting
something but you get the idea, right? Not a small undertaking. Sigh. But it will be great when it's all done. That's what I keep telling myself anyways. What is nice is that we won't have to move in until the basic renos are done. Thank goodness!
I’ve been collecting decorating ideas on Pinterest. Here are some of the pictures that will inspire our new décor.
I’m returning to my
Scandinavian roots and going with white interiors again. The home will have
white, gray, silver, black, light wood, brown wood, some muted purple and
I will miss the warmth of
yellow walls in the winter but look forward to a more neutral color palette.
The warmth will have to come from fake fur blankets, the fireplace, etc.
The house won't be a minimalist, modern black home but we will paint it gray and make it as modern looking as we can.
I will post before and
after pictures as the renovating progresses.
Exciting! I will miss
this home too. So many wonderful memories made here. ♥
I'd love one of these. But our cat is old and no more pets after him. I will miss having a cat but mild allergies will prevent having another pet. We will have to visit pet stores often...
I want a fire pit in the back yard.
I'd love this wall clock but only if it doesn't make ticking sounds. Can't stand ticking clocks.
Perhaps a small sauna...
This would be fun!
We already have a mailbox like this but will need one for the new home as well.
No wonderful views from our windows but it's ok. What matters is the love in the home. ♥
My mom asked me to make
some garlands for some special kids for Christmas. This is what I came up with.
I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas (or Hanukkah or whatever you might have celebrated). Sienna was so excited about everything that it made our Christmas super fun. Children make it all memorable and enjoyable!
I'm not going anywhere near the stores no matter what kind of sales they have. But I did get a Kobo gift certificate and they have a great sale online this week. Please let me know of any books you have enjoyed lately. I would really, really appreciate it! I especially love historical novels but will read almost anything as long as the story is great and there's no garbage in it (bad language, detailed sex scenes, disturbing things, etc.).