Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Snow!

This morning we woke up to snow!

2014-09-30 Whitehorse

Whitehorse was hit by over 10 cm of snow today. I guess I should get around to harvesting the vegetables from the garden, eh?

2014-09-30 Whitehorse

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Demolition

As you may have guessed from my 32 week photo outfit, we've been working on the kitchen renovation.

Kitchen Renovation

We started by taking out the floating floor, which came out really easy. We were a little worried about what we'd find underneath, but we were pleasantly surprised by the condition of the plywood subfloor.

Kitchen Renovation

After the laminate flooring was safely stored in the basement, we tore out the kitchen closet.

Kitchen Renovation

Unfortunately removing the cabinets was not as easy as the floor and closet. I had originally hoped that we would be able to keep the cabinets to reuse in the basement or garage, but they were built in place with an excessive amount of glue and nails, so taking them down required tearing them apart. At least we should be able to reuse some of the wood from the cabinets.

Kitchen Renovation

After pulling out the cabinets, we discovered that we'd need to do more work on the walls than we'd originally expected. We removed the thin wood sheets, so we can put up a vapor barrier and gypsum board.

Kitchen Renovation - wood paneling behind the wood paneling
behind the wood paneling, more wood paneling!

The next thing to go was the ceiling tiles.The naked wood ceiling actually looks really cool and Chris and I are both a little disappointed that we're going to have to cover it up. But we can't have sawdust and insulation falling into our food while we're cooking in the kitchen.

Kitchen Renovation

Kitchen Renovation - hidden message
message on the back of one of the ceiling tiles
Kitchen Renovation

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

A Makerspace to call our own

YuKonstruct's grand opening was last night!

YuKonstruct Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting

What was just an idea in January is now a reality and we're so excited. Chris and I can't wait to make the most of all the awesome tools. With access to a CNC machine, a laser cutter, welders, 3D printers, a forge and so many other tools, the possibilities are endless.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

32 Weeks

32 weeks

While I'm still dealing with morning sickness, I'm feeling the best that I have all pregnancy. I think the three weeks I took off work in August really helped me catch up on sleep and recharge.


We've been taking weekly photos to document the growth of my baby bump. I love how you can see the seasons changing and the progress we've made on the house while the baby grows.

I feel huge and awkward, and I'm quickly approaching 200lbs, but even with less than 2 months to go, I must not look that pregnant because some people are still surprised when I tell them!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Missing the Man

While we were fortunate enough to get tickets to Burning Man this year, I'll be watching the Man burn from Whitehorse. Chris and I made the difficult decision to skip Burning Man when we found out I was pregnant and our home renovations suddenly had a looming deadline.

Burning Man 2012

I'll be watching the live stream and wishing I could be there on the playa with my little brothers and all the other crazy burners while the Man goes up in flames. But honestly, I'm a little relieved I'm not stuck out in the heat and dust in my current state.

Next year will be awesome!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Legal Anniversary

City Hall Wedding

Because the rules in Ontario are pretty strict, the wedding we wanted wouldn't be legal. So a year ago today, Chris and I were legally wed in the Ottawa City Hall.


I was still on crutches thanks to broken toes and only our parents and a few close friends were there.

City Hall Wedding

Our awesome friend Mike was kind enough to take some photos and film the ceremony.

City Hall Wedding 

While the legal wedding was really just a formality for Chris and I (the wedding with all our friends and family is what mattered to us), tonight we celebrated our anniversary because Chris will be working on what we consider our real anniversary.

1st Wedding Anniversary

We went for a delicious dinner at Antoinette's and talked about much much our lives have changed in the last year. It's been an incredible year!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Building Permit Acquired!

So our home renovations are a little behind schedule (funny how a pregnancy and unexpected summer workload will do that) but today we finally got our building permit!

Building Permit