Wednesday, August 27, 2014

9 months? WHaaaaaaaaaaat?

I had a faint back in March which resulted in my licence being taken away until they could conclude that it wasn't seizures.

I have seen MANY MANY doctors and they have all concluded that it was a simple faint.  But in order to get my licence back I need a neurologist to sign off.

Since it's been a year since I saw my guy, i needed a new referral. The last time I saw him he said it was a simple faint so I figured it would be super simple to get him to sign this form.

Well I got my referral and called the office.  9  MONTH WAIT.  Are you KIDDING ME?????











Nightmare.

Apparently Grading is a big deal

We are currently in the new house working out any kinks.

Thankfully there haven't been many (knock wood). We did get a bit of water in our basement after that few days of torrential rains.  Not HUGE amounts or anything, but a puddle.

Our builder sent out a guy to inspect everything.  There was no sign of water dripping down the basement walls (which would indicate a crack.  Instead, it is coming up from where the walls meet the floor.  That is due to the fact that the property hasn't had final grading, we don't have downspouts and the weeping tile paraphernalia on the outside of the house isn't finished.

Stucco and downspouts should go on this September.  But I don't think final grading will happen until next spring.  We'll see I guess.  Still, I was impressed by how our builder handled it.  Really, the responded quickly to our concerns and remedied what needed to be remedied,, can't ask for much more than that.

Yesterday evening was the start of my exercise regime.  I had fallen out of it in the summer because of all the renos and moving, but it was time to get back at it.

It really amazes me how fast you lose your running endurance.  It's crazy.  But non the less I toughed it out and did 3 miles.  I wasn't running the whole time, it was a run/walk/run/walk situation, but still... I was moving.  Progress.

Tonight I have to go shopping to get presents for the Unbirthday this weekend. I really have no idea about what to get Mum and Dad.  Hopefully I find inspiration soon.


Monday, August 25, 2014

Blackout

One thing that sucks about living in a new area.  It's muddy, there are always big trucks around and construction crews are everyone.

One of those construction crews severed an underground cable this weekend and knocked out power to River Park South.  Some areas were down for about 2 hours.  Others. **ahem me * were out for 11 hours.









What made it suck even more was that were supposed to have Brad's family over for supper.  So the blackout kiboshed that pretty fast. We ended up going to their place instead, which was good in that we still got a visit in.  We left at 2pm for their place and came home at 8:15pm.  When we walked in the house the clock was flashing 12:11.  The power had only been on for 11 minutes when we got home.  Yikes!

Sunday Owen came over to do set up the electrical in the basement.  While we aren't finishing the basement anytime soon, we still want power down there so we can plug in a treadmill etc.  Running wires involved drilling holes into studs.  Brad's drill did it's best, but got really tired and he burnt out the motor, so they had to stop.

The cool thing was that Whitney came by and I got to hang out with her for a bit.  Whit and Owen are expecting which is pretty damn awesome. I'm really happy for them.  So after the guys finished up in the basement, we all had supper and watched the Rider game.

Sadly the Riders one.  Pesky green melonheads.




Friday, August 22, 2014

Rained out Tailgate

Sadly I think our tailgate party is going to get rained out, which sucks royally because it is arguably one of the best parts about going to the game.

Hopefully they pull out a win for us tonight.  Come on WILLY!

Tomorrow we are having my In-laws come over for a combined birthday celebration.  Logan's birthday is in June, Zach is August, so we usually try to have a party in July sometime to celebrate both because it's hard to coordinate busy families. But this year, July was kind of intense for us with packing/moving that we decided to bump in and celebrate in the new house.

I think that they are coming over sometime in the afternoon.  Sunday we have no plans at the moment which is lovely.  Brad is still on holidays next week, but I have to work. Oh the joys of no daycare...tag team vacations.

Not gonna lie... feeling a little bummed the past few days. I'm not sure if is because my holidays are over, or because there was so much excitement about moving into the house and getting everything and now that it's all done it's like the life version of a sugar crash.












But whatever it is, I really need to shake off this funk I am in that's for damn sure. So in that spirit, here are two videos that make me smile.




Thursday, August 21, 2014

and just like that the house is now a home.

It's been an interesting 3 weeks.

It was funny to see the transition.  For the longest time the old house was "Home" and the new house was affectionately called "Twick".

Somewhere around moving day, we starting called Twick "Home" and the old house "Southglen". It wasn't intentional, it just sorta happened.  But it does feel like home now.

Moving was good, so glad that we got movers.  I can't even imagine what an utter pain it would have been to move that stuff ourselves.  I have started to put pictures up and all the boxes  (with the exception of two in think) are unpacked.

Sterling has been pretty awesome at dealing with any issues that came up. For instance, our first night we noticed that the hot/cold were reversed in our shower.  They came the next day to fix it.  Can't ask for much more than that.  There are a few things that needs to be addressed (fireplace grate is slightly crooked etc).  Initially I was kinda frustrated, but then I talked to my friend who just built a condo and she had to have a spreadsheet to keep all the things that needing addressing, so I am fortunate we haven't had that!  I am sure that things will come up as time goes on, but so far so good.

We put the backsplash in right away.  It was one of those things that we knew that if it didn't get done soon it would not get done.  So we went out and bought the tile and installed it last week:

















The crown moldings on the cabinets go in today as well as the glass on the liquor cabinet.

Tomorrow blinds go in.  That is the one thing that I wasn't prepared for; moving into a house with no blinds.  It sucks.  You realize how much you rely on them for privacy!   For the first time I got a bunch of quotes.  Usually I say I am going to get quotes for things, but then ultimately just go for the one who calls me back first because I couldn't be bothered.  However, since I was on holidays, I had the time to call around.  I ended up going with Change of Blinds.  It's a new company, but the owner is the one who does the install which is cool because you know that he is going to do a good job because  it's HIS business.

He gave us a great deal.  It makes sense though.  We are one of the first families to move in on a brand new street.  EVERYONE needs blinds.  So being able to get a foothold in that market is huge.  He even agreed to take down our temporary blinds in exchange for placing a sign on our "lawn" (it's currently a glorious pile of mud and gravel).  DONE. I can't wait to see how it looks tomorrow.

There are a few things left to do on the outside.  Stucco/Siding for one.  Then the shutters have to be installed and painted to match the front door and garage door.  Once final grading of the property is done, we can then do landscaping and install a deck.  My guess is that actually won't be done until spring next year.

So that's it.  All that waiting, anticipation, almost a year in the making and it's come to a close.  New chapter for our family begins now.  Excited {despite having sore legs from climbing so many stairs everyday :)  }.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Tomorrow is the day

Cannot believe it.

Possession day is finally here.









Tomorrow morning is the big reveal.  I really can't wait to see it all nice and clean with no drywall dust or construction paraphernalia.

We might stay the night if there is running water. I can catch the bus to work from the new house, so as long as I have water I'm good.  I don't have my appliances yet.  They won't come until August 7, but if I bring something like from the old house I can have that or... just buy myself something at Starbucks.

The idea of getting the key to the house and NOT spending the night seems so foreign.  Why wouldn't you?



Monday, July 28, 2014

Lots going on

There is so much going on in my life and my family!

Such an exciting time.

We picked up the boys from camp on Saturday.  They had a really good time.  They filled us in on all of the shenanigans that they got up too.

Saturday I also took my Mum to get an iphone.  This way she can take pictures and text.  All good.  It took awhile to get it all sorted out, but we got it done.

Found out Saturday afternoon that my cousin Brent proposed to his girlfriend Kim, so Preston wedding is on the horizon!!  YAY!

Sunday we took the boys to home depot to pick colors for their room. Logan picked a very bright orange called "Fireworks"  (2nd in the pick) and Zach a rich blue called "Deep River" (2nd in the pick)


















Whew! Going to be bright!  Hey, I figure it's just paint and who doesn't need a little color in their lives?  We did go to check out the house on the weekend, but the contractors were working non stop.  All Saturday and Sunday.  From the looks of it they were installing flooring.

Sunday Mum came over because she is taking the boys out to the cabin Monday and then on to Lake William later on.  She got an email from my Uncle with some news.....

Owen and Whitney are expecting.

Owen is like an older brother to me, in actuality he's my cousin.  I was so very happy for him when he found Whitney.  To see him so happy with her makes me smile because he deserves that.  To find out that they are expecting?  Cherry on top.

Add to all of that the fact that we get the keys to the house on Thursday?  Big News week on the Preston family front.










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