Saturday, May 21, 2016

Olivia's New Room

A few months ago we moved Olivia out of their shared room (now just Kayley's room) and into her own room that was formerly our office/guest room.  So far, we have painted the room a sea green color and purchased another dresser, a bookshelf (that we have yet to put together) and two nightstands (one for each room.  They never had one before because there wasn't room).

Her picture of a lemur for her African animal project at school

We're going to replace this dollhouse/bookshelf with a more grown-up bookshelf
(the aforementioned one that we bought and haven't put together yet) and we'll eventually put a desk here

Olivia kept the same bed but Kayley traded hers in for what was formerly the guest bed, moving up from a twin to a full and thus getting all new bedding (and a new frame).  We offered to get Olivia a full also but she is happy with her twin for now, but we did get her new bedding as well.

New bed frame and bedding

The mattress sits too high and covers this bookshelf, but I think it's because we're not supposed to use a box spring with this one.  So next trip to the dump we'll get rid of it and then it will look better.

Same dresser, new light from Ikea

New bedding and nightstand

Cool storage shelf

Another new lamp from Target

And this is where the desk will go when we get one.

So it's getting there, but we still need desks, curtains, wall art and other final touches.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Anniversary Weekend

Last Friday, the 13th, was our 10th anniversary!  It sure does fly by.  We took that day off and took the Victoria Clipper from Seattle to Victoria, B.C. for the weekend while my Dad and stepmom graciously watched the girls for us.  We stayed at our timeshare in Seattle (WorldMark--they are all over, not just Seattle) Thursday night so we'd be close because we had to be at the Clipper pretty early, so all together we had 3 blissful kid-free nights!  That is the most we've ever had at one time, other than once or twice when the girls have gone to Crescent Bar with Paul's parents for like 4 nights but we were working during the day so it's wasn't really the same.

We got there around 10:30 on Friday and it was too early to check in so we just dropped our luggage off at our hotel (WorldMark again) and went to lunch and then took a bus to the world famous Butchart Gardens.





After that, we got checked into our room and went down to the pool and hot tub for a bit, and then went to dinner at a nice seafood restaurant on the water.  Saturday we just walked around and went to the museum and IMAX theater and then went to dinner at a cute little Italian place right across the street from our hotel.

I was surprised and very disappointed to discover that my favorite attraction in Victoria, the wax museum, was gone!  And the famed Empress Hotel is being renovated and all the ivy that covered its entire front had been removed.  It looked so weird!

What we're used to