Family

Good Genes

Sooooo many people have asked me, “How does your husband know how to do all of these renovations?!”

Here’s the answer…the handsome Dutch man leaning on the brick fireplace taught the handsome Dutch man in the blue shirt everything he knows.

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Add in this lovely lady and that’s how Mark got his know how.

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When my husband’s parents were newly married, they bought a fixer upper in Toronto and did exactly what we’re doing.

They blew out walls and ripped up floors and completely overhauled the rooms.

I think some of those renovation skills were passed down to Mark through DNA. My father-in-law is a handy guy with a can-do attitude. His son is the spitting image of him.

And so, here we are…

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3 Canadians and the American girl who weaseled her way into this DIY family. 🙂

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Family, Heavy lifting

Love doesn’t make a home…walls do.

You learn something every day. This weekend, I learned that walls have an incredible way of making you feel like you live in a house instead of a construction site.

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My new 2nd favorite brother-in-law…(my sister’s husband is #1)…came down from Toronto to help us.

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Dave is tall and strong and he doesn’t complain…the 3 best qualities in a man. The Canadian boys put up drywall throughout the entire second floor and only one time did they almost kill themselves.

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They had to put the ladder on the stairs then climb up to drywall this portion of the house. The ladder slipped and my husband would have fallen through this hole…

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Dave saved the day and caught him but busted up his knee. Now, we owe him one…and I can only imagine what he wants! 🙂

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Family

Gettin’ our CANADA on!!

Canada is so nice they have free Starbucks and fake police…

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Just kidding, but we did have a great weekend in the Great White North!

We put down our tools and got together with my in-laws in Niagara Falls, Ontario to CELEBRATE!! (Mark & I are the childless ones in the back corner)

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My father-in-law is a party animal and wanted to have his 65th birthday at a water park.

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He says it’s for the grandkids, but I think he secretly loves the water slides.

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My husband’s family is Canadian and Dutch and because they’re super supportive of our home improvement project, I’ll make sure to always have lots of Molson and Gouda in the fridge. 🙂

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OMG, it’s so cold I feel like I’m going to die.

The polar vortex covering most of our country is making life MISERABLE for basically everyone. I didn’t even bother thinking about running outside yesterday, I just had a super hot bowl of oatmeal and sat on my couch.

I couldn’t sit there forever because work beckoned. It took about 20 minutes to get dressed, but I finally rolled out the door looking like Nanook of the North.

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I had on 2 pairs of Under Amour cold gear (leggings and shirts), a sweater, North Face jacket, 2 pairs of socks, and my AWESOME boots from CANADA that I like to think have special powers because they were made in The Great White North.

Hope all of you are staying warm! I plan to hit the pavement on Wednesday when the temp should hit at least 30 degrees.

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