Mini home reno

A couple months ago we started looking into renovating our basement. After alot of back and forth with a local company, we decided it just wasn't quite the time to undertake such a large change. SO...instead we took the plunge and replaced all our main floor hardwood to laminate.

Our enigneered hardwood was starting to show alot of wear and tear from our toddler and 70lb dog. Not a huge deal (life is life) but my husband and I love our home and are very proud of it, and at the end of the day it just looked...unkempt and rough. 

We've had a while to live with it and adjust, and I can honestly regrets!

It wears so well, looks just as "real" as our hardwood and is so easy to clean. We have tested the durability with Vince's massive push car, and Marty's race to the doorbell. No scratches!

We had narrowed it down from our top three, to this 'Walnut' colour. I originally had wanted to go with something a little more rustic and gray toned, but our warm toned brown furniture made the floor show more green than a true gray.

I absolutely love this colour! It is slightly lighter than our engineered hardwood that came out, is still wide plank and slightly rustic.

We hired a local small business to rip out the floors, replace with new and also paint and install all new (taller) baseboards. They were amazing to work with and very accomodating to this detailed orientated client!

For reference, here are the floors before. So still very similar, just fresher and lighter :)

Fall Family Photos

A few weeks ago we met our lovely friend and personal paparazzi Brendan Nogue for some updated family photos. We met in the exact same place as the last time we hung out. Back then, V was just a tiny little bump. Now...a full blown tempermental yet insanely adorable toddler!

 Forget posing for photos. ROCKS!!

 Every kid has their favourite little item or security blanket. Well, V's is a washcloth. Silk tags only!  He calls it his 'chag-ies' (Taggies)

Annie's ice cream was the perfect end to a fun photo session! Yumm

A Little Getaway

A couple weeks ago we jetted off to our favourite little spot in the west - Vancouver Island. 
Nothing like a little vacation to hit the ol' reset button in life. 

Delicious fresh BC fruit

 Sunny Beach 

Our 8 year wedding anniversary was the week after our trip, so we decided to celebrate it early and sneak away for a night to Victoria. S surprised me with the hotel booking & a spa date the next day.

That night away was probably the most fun I had on the trip. Although we missed our little guy, it felt great to get out and about on our own timeline, hit up a random sushi spot and people watch from the patio while drinking Sapporo.

We stayed at the Oak Bay hotel - it was perfect! 

 Date night! 
I am not a huge fan of selfies, but was feeling pretty proud of myself for finally mastering the french braid and scoring an off the shoulder top!

  View from our room

 Our favourite tradition - visiting Coombs

Can we just talk about these two for a minute? There is seriously nothing cuter than a man-bond between a grandpa and grandson. I looove watching them together, melts my heart!