Adventures in Unschooling

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It certainly does add something. I love the improvement. It’s not as amazing as if we had replaced the cabinets but the old countertop was disgusting. It was who knows what colour originally but all we can tell is that it was painted bright blue once and then repainted this gross beige colour. Now it has some spank to it!

Below are the pictures that include the new curtains. They were taken at night so the lighting is quite dim.


This is what we were busy doing of these busy weekends.


This here is our roof completely opened up. We were getting some massive leaking and rotting so we had to replace the whole section of the roof. New beams, new insulation, new drywall, new paint, new shingles and roofing tar etc. etc.

The roof was so disintegrated that my a beam broke apart and my dad fell off of the roof. Lucky for him he is pretty fit for his age and was able to bounce right back up relatively unharmed.  


Once the men put the roof back on they started removing the mouldy drywall. This was what was under it:


People don’t usually believe me when I say that the whole house (ceilings and appliances included) was painted this blue colour. Here is the proof.

And drywalling over walls instead of removing the old material to replace it with the new was sadly this guy’s philosophy on carpentry.

You should have seen the layers we had to dig up in order to lay our laminate flooring.

DSC06473Here is the almost finished hall way:

But all in all it was worth it because my roof no longer leaks when it rains! Yay!

I was on the Crafty Crow blog a while ago and they had a craft that made reference to the Color Me Katie blog and I found her blog so inspiring. Not only for the activities and crafts but for her joy and desire to live impulsively and to make people smile.  It has got me thinking of little ways that I can bring joy to the world around me. I am not having any great ideas so far.

And for my version of a little Color Me Katie craft:


Diggin’ through layers of flooring takes a lot longer than you’d think but we are almost done now. We just have one small area in the kitchen to do and then the cleaning.

dsc05036Kevin has been working really hard. I went out one evening to get some convenience food since I couldn’t get at my kitchen and I came back to him holding Anna between his legs so that he could keep chipping away at the kitchen floor. Here he is having a well deserved rest.

It has been hard keeping the kids happy but they have been quite well behaved considering the chaos around them.

Here is the living room:


I really like their new play space.

I haven’t gotten back to posting regularly because we have so much going on. Last night we started tearing up the floor in our house and replacing it with maple laminate.

Here is the before and during photos:

dsc05031I am so glad we are getting rid of that ridiculous carpet. It is so dirty and stained and because it had no underlay all of our attempts to have it clean turned out pretty fruitless.

Every inch of that darn thing was glued down. But that was nothing compared to the four layers of linoleum we found under the carpet in the hallway!

Anyways, back to the pictures.


dsc05035And this is it all stripped out:

We also bought a new light fixture for the living room and a new unit for the kids’ toys. The living room will be so much better than it was when we get it all finished this weekend.

We are also keeping all of our beds in the same room (like they have been for the last month when my brother-in-law was here) and turning the room he used (our old bedroom) into a gym. We have lots of weights and a multi-purpose bench, an elliptical and two big gym balls. We’ll keep all of our sports gear in there too and my sewing room can go back to being just a sewing/craft room. I am really excited for all of the changes. I will post pics when we get it all sorted out.

There are some other changes that I am not so excited about too. 😦

I am going back to work and my hubby is going to be a house husband. I will keep emailing him crafts, activities etc. to do with the boys so that they can still get that diversity in their day that they had with me. My husband will do the best he can. He is truly fantastic and always strives to do what’s best for the family.

 That means there won’t be near as many posts but I will try to keep pictures etc. loaded up as much as possible.


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  • withoutloveweallperish: 50 books for $10!! As a book lover, that sounds like Christmas come early! Lovely library set up, need to set up one of those for myself!
  • theworldismysoyster: Sure. Just none of my kids. :)
  • goobrobinson: Hi! I'd like to seek your permission if I can reuse one of your pictures for my next post? Specifically the second picture.