The Importance of Family

I love my family so much.  They are really the meat and potatoes of my life.  This week we went for supper and swimming with the Farmer’s brothers and their families and that was just peachy.  The Farmer, the Daughters and I love swimming but it was such a treat to go with his brothers, my sisters and my niece and nephew too.  I just LOVE.  THEM.  SO.  MUCH.

Other than swimming, I’ve been off the grid this week.  You see, I had this evil plan to punish the Farmer Sr. for being the kind, generous, giving and loving man that he is so I decided to switch around the laundry room and the office at their house while they were away playing in Vegas for the week.  Really now, I teed it up as a mega-suprise for my Mum (the Farmer’s Mom) because she’s been saying for at least 13 months that she’s wanted to do it but the reason she’s been saying for 13 months she wants to do it and hasn’t actually done it is because the Farmer Sr. DID NOT want to do it.  Hence, the title of this blog – The Importance of Family.  When you love your family unconditionally, they can’t disown you if you (or me in this case) decide to do something like this.  Plus, this gives him the upper hand the next time he wants something REALLY bad.  (See Dad, I was thinking of you all along!)

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They left Sunday morning and got back Thursday afternoon so I really had about 4 days to get all the work done and if you consider I have to run my own life in that time as well, it was tight but I started planning this about 5 weeks ago so, cross my fingers there were no big hiccups, I hoped it would all go over smoothly.

I have an amazing friend who happens to be a plumber and a good friend from high school who is an electrician plus the Farmer can do anything he puts his mind to (except mudding and taping, but we have another bestie that can rock that) so coordinating the job was done.  All I had to do now was the labour.  No big deal.

So I’ll start with some before pictures, this is the office/toy room when we arrived Sunday morning.

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Lots of light, a really fresh colour and right beside the garage entrance so it’s a great place to have the washing machine, especially when you live on a farm.  There’s a bathroom off this room also but right now it was doubling as craft storage.  I took care of that also.

This was the laundry room/appliance pantry.  A chest freezer, standup freezer, refrigerator, washer and dryer were all in here.

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Really relaxing warm colour, south-facing with lots of light and warmth and the perfect size for an office for one.  The room used to be squared off so it wasn’t so limiting but when the Mum renovated their ensuite they stole a little room from an unused closet in here so the washer and dryer ended up not squared off and it’s become a little tight.

Next step?  Manual labour.  I just started moving things out of here and there and everywhere.  The kitchen and dining area were full of everything and there was a deep freeze plugged in in the hallway for a bit but at 5:07pm Thursday afternoon I (with great help and support from the Farmer) had everything out back together.  Not bad considering they pulled in the yard at 5:41pm.

The plumbing was done Sunday, electrical done Monday and the only drywall that needed to be replaced was a small piece on one wall.  That was also amazing since the electrician wired up a 220V for the dryer and dedicated plugs each for the washer and refrigerator and they weren’t on the same walls.  Only one small piece of drywall came out for the plumbing and that work was done in about an hour.  These two are so professional and I would highly recommend their services to anyone.  And for anyone looking for carpentry or full renovations, please check out Ask Homes & Renos, they’re local to us and I used to work with the owner.  He’s also highly qualified and professional and I built his website so I like showing it off.  How do you like that?  I plugged myself on my own blog, win win!

Push, lift, grunt, haul, repeat.  That’s how the next few days went.  While Mum was being picked on in Brad Garrett’s comedy club and less than 24 hours before they came home, this is what the laundry room looked like.

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Panic attack!  Wednesday night was stressful for me.  That’s when the Farmer came to my rescue.  I had already moved the washer, dryer and the upright freezer but needed to get the desk into the office and the chest freezer out and he was right there to help.  I got the desk in and on a recycled rug that came out of the living room and finished up the office late Wednesday night.

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I put together one of the wicker shelving units that had some parts missing, changed out two really old, dated flourecent fixtures with a flush-mount and a brand new ceiling fan, repainted the shelf in the corner to match the new digs, stole a plant from here and there and a console table from the hallway, hung the pictures and the clock and voila! New office.  Finishing touch?  WordPlay Designs, of course.

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Thanks to the Farmer’s Brothers, the drywalling in the office was done by Wednesday as well but the mudding and taping wasn’t.  I needed that done in order to get the paint on and get the laundry machines into place so we called in a bestie who hates doing it but is amazing at it and he was amazing to help me out.

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 By 3pm I had two coats of paint on, the chest freezer was in place, the standup freezer was in place and I was cleaning and organizing the smaller things in the room.

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The refrigerator is coming and it’ll end up in the corner on the other side of the fireplace.  It’s at our house anyway so it needs a special trip (that’s another long story related to an upcoming blog post on Maytag Ice2O Refrigerators and a defective part they posssess).

Anyway, once I had everything put back together and the wordart up in the laundry room, the only thing left to do was colour on the deep freeze with dry-erase markers!

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These two are the bestest best little helpers.  I love spending my time with them and am so blessed to be able to do so.  I bought them whiteboard markers to doodle on the freezer with since it’s such a big canvas so they helped draw a picture for their grandparents before they got home.

Not a day goes by that I don’t count the blessings in my life and my family is the biggest one I have.  Without their support, love and encouragement I would not be the person I am today.  I love and cherish you all.

So, here’s to you Mum and Dad.  I truly am sorry if I overstepped a boundary with you but hope you enjoy it as much as I hoped you would.  I love you both very much.  You’re beautiful, helpful, kind, caring and the best in-laws, parents and grandparents we could ever ask for.

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All my love to you, enjoy your new spaces!  XO, Kim.

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2 thoughts on “The Importance of Family

  1. You know that I’m a big supporter of your blog, so when its written about our family its even more special to me. I am so over whelmed that you took the time to do this for me, and even more so that someone was listening to me. I have wanted to do this change for a very long time, and I knew that I could never do it all by myself, so to come home to this wonderful surprise made me feel so loved and special. Thanks again Kim and Co. for all the hard work, and the beautiful personal touches. I love you all to the moon and back. I have to stop now, cause I’m going to start crying, I’m so overwhelmed about all of this. Thanks Thanks Thanks.

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    • I am so happy that you like it, I hope you sat in your new office this morning and enjoyed a cup of coffee in the sunshine! It was definitely a lot of work but I had great help and the best motivation is a looming deadline! I think of you constantly and am always listening and remembering what’s going on around me; I’m so happy you’re thrilled with the changes, it makes my heart smile! Make sure you share some love with Dad and get me out of the doghouse please 😉

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