I can hardly believe it, but today is yet another sick-day 12 of 12. We’re not sick as often as this trend might lead one to believe. Actually, today none of us are sick – it’s the daycare provider who is sick. But she’s sick with a strep throat that we brought into the daycare last week. I feel really badly about that, in spite of the fact that The Kid brought it there before she was symptomatic, so we had no way to know. Regardless, we’re home again today.
Because my well of ideas for at-home photos is running dry after all these at-home 12s, I thought I’d try something different today. I’m giving you a “tour” of our house. Really, it’s not a tour of our house, but of things in our house. Could be interesting, or could be boring, but it’s what I’ve got. So first the 12 of 12 spiel, and then on with the tour.
12 of 12 was created by Chad Darnell (you can find his website and a bunch of 12 of 12 links here), and has bloggers worldwide taking 12 photos throughout the day on the 12th day of each month.
If you missed them, you can check out my 12 of 12 for previous months here!
1. The Kitchen: This is our fridge. As you can see, it has the obligatory children’s artwork on it. The one on the bottom right is the most interesting to me. It used to be that, when The Kid coloured, she would only colour the eyes of her colouring book characters. Then for a brief while, this transitioned to drawing – she drew eyes. That’s what this picture is. She’s branched out now, but I still find it absolutely intriguing. Then, of course, we have the finger-painting, as well as the paper dolls (which her Daddy helped her make). Also on the fridge is our menu for the week. With our rushed evening schedule, it’s easier to plan ahead. You may not be able to see it, but this week’s menu includes a few “leftovers” meals, as well as one of chicken fingers and fries. We generally eat pretty well, but it’s just that kind of week. Oh, also there’s a fried egg on the counter. It’s fake.
2. The Family Room / TV Room: Essentially this is the playroom. The Kid is a bit young yet to play alone downstairs, so this is where a lot of the “hanging out” happens. It’s a mess, so instead of a picture of the room, you’re getting a toy example, along with a short story. This is The Kid’s first baby doll – a 1st birthday gift. As you can see, she’s looking a little bruised. It’s not marker or crayon or paint. It doesn’t come off. Our best guess (which I think is correct) is that these marks are from the purple paint on the handmade doll high-chair and crib that we got as hand-me-downs from my husband’s cousin. They’re super cute (and were free), but all of the (toy) babies around our house are starting to look startlingly abused. Now that The Kid is getting more and more interested in playing with her dolls, the dolls are looking worse and worse. I think we may have to buy some new doll furniture soon.
3. The Livingroom: This also doubles as a play room. In fact, most of the house does. Anyway, this year I bought The Kid her first nativity set. This Veggie Tales one was too cute to pass up. (For example, Baby Jesus is a baby carrot. It doesn’t get much cuter than that!) She loves it, and we’ve had the “privilege” of hearing the Veggie angel atop the stable singing “Away in a Manger” more times than we could have (or would have) hoped.
4. The Kid’s Room: Surprisingly (or maybe not), this room contains fewer toys than most. The toy pictured here is a good one, though. It was a gift from my brother-in-law and his wife (but almost certainly the idea came from his wife). The ladybug has coloured lights in it, and when the room is dark and you turn it on, the lights shine through the star and moon holes and make the ceiling look like the night sky. It’s a great idea, and I’d be lying if I said I hadn’t thought of getting one for our room as well.
5. The Main Bathroom: Yeah, you’re getting bathroom pictures. I don’t have enough rooms in my house to skip bathrooms. Our main floor bathroom is an interesting mixture of colours. The walls are a sort of orangey/rusty colour, and there’s a border with green and blue in it, so I’ve had a lot of trouble finding a complementary shower curtain for this bathroom. I finally found this one (at Zellers, so nice and cheap), that is slightly loud, but actually goes pretty well in the bathroom and makes for a fun kids’ bathroom. And that’s the shower curtain. (I told you this could be boring.)
6. Our Bedroom: This is one of the few decorations up in our bedroom – my favourite of our wedding pictures. We also have it in a larger version on our livingroom wall. I’m wondering how long until it looks totally outdated like our parents’ wedding pictures. (Sorry Mom. )
7. The Ensuite Bathroom: Another boring one, so I’ll make this quick. This is my favourite of the Bath & Body Works holiday scents. Mmmm….
8. The Front Entrance: Moving down to the basement, I was going to take a picture of the coat room (since I was trying to do this by room), but let’s just say it was a no-go. So this is the entrance instead. Generally speaking, I have (at least) a mild dislike of the whole “Country Charm” type of decor – at least for my own living space. Still, this decoration ends up hanging in our entrance all winter every winter. It just keeps coming back. I really have no one to blame but myself, though.
9. The Rec Room: That should be in quotes – i.e. “Rec” room. There’s no pool table, no darts, and no bar. Just a couch, chair, TV, bookshelf, recumbent stationary bike and some other miscellaneous stuff. One of these miscellaneous items is our didgeridoo. We got it as a sort of wedding gift (we actually picked it out from a gift certificate that we got as a wedding gift). You can’t see the whole thing here, but it’s actually gorgeously hand-crafted in Indonesia and was a beautiful decoration and conversation piece in our livingroom until The Kid came along and the vast majority of beautiful decorations were put away for the next few years. I’d love to boast being able to play it, but I just haven’t figured out circular breathing. I seriously admire anyone who can play this instrument well.
10. The Extra room / Storage Room: It’s actually an extra bedroom or office or something (downstairs), but it’s being used for neither. Instead, it contains extra dining room chairs, table games, the minivan seat that we’ve removed, an orphaned twin mattress (we sometimes have a lot of out-of-town family staying over at the same time and need all the sleeping space we can get), homemade pickles, CDs/DVDs, hockey equipment, golf clubs, a high chair, and this broken coffee maker. My husband loved this coffee maker and aspires to fix it. So we keep it. I really want to throw it out…but he puts up with my crap, so I put up with his too. ;)
11. The Guest Room: This is where you stay if you come to visit us overnight. It’s in the basement and our basement is cold, so we have many extra blankets for our visitors. More than just these two. (There was really nothing else to take a picture of in this room.)
12. The Basement Bathroom: Here is this month’s baby belly picture of me in the last room of our house. You don’t get to see my face this time.
And that’s it for the tour! Come back again sometime!