Wednesday, April 08, 2009

The Dust Settles (again)


So we are successfully moved in. The first two weeks were plagued by half-finished projects (like breaking the drill bit so I couldn't finish installing brackets for curtains, or having lost a couple screws to put the crib together, etc). Now the chaos has died down a bit and I was able to actually finish something.

Samuel can climb the furniture and is starting to say a few words (uh-oh, cheese, shoes, mama, dada), can sign a bunch (milk, cheese, baby, bath, all done, etc) and looks longingly at the fruit basket at the mention of bananas. Leah walks around demanding taxes, reciting movie lines and singning like Ariel (Oh Eric, I have legs! Now we can be dagezer!). I am enjoying my job as the Culinary Arts Procurement Specialist. In other words, the food shopper. It is really quite fun, I love having a variety in what I do daily, and I just bought a new laptop with my earnings :) Oh, I forgot to mention--I think I lost five pounds! The first five. Ever. Since having two children. Or maybe my scale is broken, but that's okay with me. And Chris is working hard to support our family, exercising 6 days out of 7 and doing homework. He even makes dinner more often than I do. What a guy.

We just had a wonderful weekend with my parents, but I'm not sure if it was much of a vacation for them: we put them to work putting up shelves, hammering the fence, weeding and planting bushes (when it wasn't snowing), sewing curtains, and of course, playing with two cute grandkids. We got the basement (somewhat) organized--meaning you don't have to clear a path through the boxes to cross the room, and we unpacked my china cabinet. Unfortunately the guest accomodations at l'hôtel Fosdique are not ideal: the floor was more sleepable than the air mattress. Maybe we should retire the air matress?
We had a great weekend, including get togethers with both the Sorensons and the Benacs, watching Conference, and Chris and I even managed to get an hour in at a Mission Reunion. But now we're back to the daily grind, which includes going to work and paying a babysitter, washing our own dishes and laundry, and finishing the rest of the curtains on my own

My first item of business this week is to put up some pictures. I want to get an idea of where everything is going to go before I start making holes, which is proving to require lots of planning and switching and restarting.

Here is a mock-up of what I'd like to do on the fireplace, but some critics seem apalled at the idea of covering up the brick facade. So, here we are. I want you to tell me what you think of my fireplace cluster. I have a poll on the left for a vote, and you can also leave a comment with your input.

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10 comments:

david & michal coombs said...

ok, so my true opinion is to not cover up the brick--it's so pretty as is! (but, i must add, i AM a "simplest"...is that a word?...). however, i did vote to hang one item, knowing how hard you are working to make your house your home. so, i think if you are going to hang something, just hang the metal scripture phrase you did. i think it's beautiful and matches the brick facade. good luck!!

Joshua said...

My opinion is to leave the brick as is. Don't cover it or add too it. It looks good the way it is...other than the cream switch on the left.

Coombs', are you looking for the word "minimalist"?

david & michal coombs said...

ha ha!! i guess simpleton would be the right word...

Jamie J Stansfield said...

the brick is fabulous but I agree with you that it needs a littl extra. I agree with the coombs though...just one item...i'd do the metal scripture saying too. But in the end just like the curtains in your bedroom you do what YOU would like the best!

Danielle said...

My opinion is to meet in the middle. Put only the beautiful picture of Christ up (not that your family isnt beautiful, because you are, but the Christ picture has colors that match the brick!) hehe. That would be really pretty, and leave the brick fireplace to show its brilliance.

Elizabeth said...

I think you should weight each vote by how often each voter will look at the fireplace. Since you will look at it way more than anyone else... go for what you think looks good!

Rebecca said...

I was too late for the poll. I think one picture would be nice...but like Elizabeth said, you're the one looking at it every day!

Kat Dahl said...

I know you got plenty of opinions already, but I personally feel that the brick ought to be covered up, but only partially. I agree that only one item would be sufficient, but I would do something larger...like a big mirror... but mainly that it balances with the shape/size of the firplace is the important thing. The brick will show around the edges, and it goes all the way down to the floor on the sides of the fireplace, so thinking that you will lose the beauty of the brick is not my concern.
My concern is that there are lots of "lines" among the 3 wall-hangings and many more "lines" in the brick layout. Is that a look that you like, or will it somehow bother you if you realize something is uneven? (Also, the hangings in the picture look smaller than the paper on the wall. Is that really how big those frames are?)

Elizabeth said...

So, what did you decide? (Or are you still deciding?) May we see a picture of the final result if it doesn't stay uncovered brick?

Mom said...

The fireplace is so beautiful. Couldn't you do the whole arrangement over your kitchen table and leave the living room more open. What is that Chinese word--feng shui? I guess life is so busy and cluttered that I yearn for clean, open spaces.