What did you do this summer?

Well hello there strangers!  For the few that have been waiting on a post from me, I apologize! Life happened and well,  things got a bit nutso up in here… buying and selling of a home concurrently is something I don’t recommend doing.  The good news? I didn’t have a nervous breakdown, that’s something, right? 😉

Straight Jacket | Vin'yet Etc.

photo credit: monojussi via photopin cc


Summer vacay is over in a blink, just like most good things in life.  Since I didn’t do any blogging over the summer, I thought I’d jump back in like we used to in school (I may be dating myself here), with, “What did you do this summer”? Here is my version of that childhood memory. (please forgive the quality of some photos as they were captured with my phone)

What usually kicks off Summer for us is our annual trip to Mont Tremblant, Quebec. We go there with some of our very dearest friends, as you can see… we had a blast!

Mont Tremblant Quebec | Vin'yet Etc.

So much info to wade through… for those of you that don’t read this blog all of the time;  we are a military family and we were posted this summer (posted = moving to another base within Canada). When we received that posting message there were so many emotions, the sadness of leaving amazing friends and leaving a community after 10 years of root laying and memory building. The Military was asking us to leave our beautiful 1854 farm house, a home steeped in history with a lot of our own blood sweat and tears poured into making it, our little slice of heaven.  It was our very first home, it had/has so much charm and character.  I’d lay awake at night, (actually I didn’t sleep very much at all for a few months) how will we ever find a home that will challenge and interest us, something that we will love as much as this little place?

The old homestead | Vin'yet Etc.

The picture of us at Mont Tremblant, me hanging onto that rope (for dear life I might add) and Bud just going for it,  speaks volumes about who we really are. Ya we like to have fun, but the real meaning I see in this picture is that we tend to jump in, even though our faces may not look like we are 100% confident. We are a team and that sense of adventure is a stronger pull for both of us, stronger than almost anything. Many, many people have asked us how we could give up that home? You see, while the Military did post us, we did have options. Early retirement for Bud would mean we could stay put. Our new Military base was only an hour and a half from where this little farm house sits, another option, a 3 hour commute for Bud every day. These options did not fit into how we saw our future, so we put our little “comfort zone” on the market… having said that, I thought we’d be swamped with people clamouring to buy our house (that’s a bit conceited) instead for the first month and a half all we heard were crickets! Yikes!

Nothing but the sound of crickets | Vin'yet Etc.

The selling part was one thing, the buying, well that was a whole other story. It took us two years of hunting for that little farm house and this time around we did not have two years to find our new home… no stress at all!  We looked (that became my full time obsession) for homes to go see, we stayed focused on the older farm style homes, disappointment after disappointment,  so we had a chat. Lets look outside of our very focused zone, we stared to look at newer homes. Could we find a newer, non-cookie cutter house? We only had to look at two newer homes, and the second one had us at hello! This is the view we saw as we crested the driveway!

New to us home | Vin'yet Etc.

Let me stop there. The feeling we had as we drove around the little bend in the driveway was the EXACT same feeling we had when we saw our little farm house. How could that be? We loved the character and charm of that old farm house. And, while this was a newer home (11 years old) the original builder took great pains of keeping the property looking like it’s always been there… the house is set way off the road, just a tiny glimpse of it is visible for a passing car. I’m going on and on now, the virtues of this house may not be apparent at first glance, but we could see in our minds eye what she could and will be… just like we did for our first home! <3

At the beginning of this post I promised a, “What you did this summer”, well here it is in pictures, hope you’re still awake with all the blabbing I’ve done.

In a nut shell, this is what we have been up to… selling our home, buying a new home, farewell parties, hunting treasures or hoarding (fine line), moving day, graduations, bonfires, guitars, exploring, meeting new friends and rib fests, Canada Day and lots of trips to Lowe’s.

ummer Collage One | Vin'yet Etc.

We’ve also been painting, exploring nature, going to drive-ins and having the sweetest people pay us visits! Oh and while this adventure begins, we’re also trying to live healthier.

Summer Collage 2 | Vin'yet Etc.

Thanks for reading, it was like visiting with some old firends. My next post is all of the before shots of our new little home, with that of course comes all of the new plans and projects! 😀  This new home needs some major rescue work, you’ll see! But, we are beyond excited at this next chapter in our lives and I sure hope you’ll join in on the evolution as we make this our new “comfort zone”!

~ Laurie xo

PS. You may have also noticed a new look on the site, still tinkering with that, but let me know what you think so far? I actually have tons of stuff going on behind the scenes, besides the before tour of the new place, I have someone I want to introduce to you… she has a little barn and it’s filled to the rafters with goodies! She encourages me in my hoarding collecting! Have a great day and thanks again for stopping in!

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  • Reply Inspire Me Heather September 7, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    Hello Laurie!! it looks like you’ve had a great Summer – love that photo of you two! Your new house looks lovely, I liked how you described it. Have fun and enjoy making it your home! Your blog looks great too!!

    • Reply Laurie September 9, 2013 at 1:15 pm

      Thanks Heather! The biggest thing for me will be learning patience, I see all of the projects in my head and want to do them all, right NOW! 😉

  • Reply Karen C September 7, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    I enjoyed the read! Looks like overall you had a great summer with a beautiful ending…a happy one. All the best in your new project…er, home.
    I, too, like the new blog look!

    • Reply Laurie September 9, 2013 at 1:20 pm

      Hi Karen!!! We did have a great summer actually, very busy but awesome in every way. The ending was very happy, a few moments of, WTH? Especially when our moving truck got stuck in our driveway and did tons of damage to our fence, in the end though we are here and you are right, it is a new project! 😉 xo

  • Reply Kelly @ A Swell Place to Dwell September 7, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    I am so happy for you that you found a house that makes you happy – even if it isn’t your beautiful old farmhouse (you will make this one beautiful!). Can’t wait to see more pictures of it. And I am glad that I had someone to commiserate with through all of the insanity this summer 🙂

    • Reply Laurie September 9, 2013 at 1:22 pm

      Hi Kel! We will make this our little dream spot for sure, the “bones” are amazing, the aesthetic , well someone had Design ADD I think when they did pretty much everything here. 😉

  • Reply Cynthia @ A Button Tufted Life... September 7, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    Laurie, I just know you are going to do amazing things with your charming new place… and I can’t wait to see what you get up to!
    Loved all your fun pics!
    and… I am very glad you didn’t have a nervous breakdown… I know it must have been incredibly stressful!

    • Reply Laurie September 9, 2013 at 1:27 pm

      Hi Cynthia! LOL, nervous breakdowns are no fun, for sure! 😉 Thanks for the vote of confidence, I am training right now in the ancient art of, patience! Oh boy, it’s really hard to rein in the creative energy sometimes, one project at a time! Glad you are excited to see what we come up with! 😀

  • Reply Mara September 7, 2013 at 8:52 pm

    I think that your new home looks amazing. It must be hard to have to pull up those roots, but imagine all the exciting things that are too come as well!

    • Reply Laurie September 9, 2013 at 1:29 pm

      Hi Mara! You are so right, the new exciting projects are something we can’t wait to start on… we love our new place and that feeling will just keep deepening as we make it ours.

  • Reply Karen@NourishWithKaren September 7, 2013 at 11:46 pm

    Welcome Back! You certainly have had a busy summer. Your new house looks lovely and I cannot wait to see what you do with it. Best Wishes!

    • Reply Laurie September 9, 2013 at 1:31 pm

      Hi Karen! Thanks, our summer was very full and very busy, it’s so nice to say things seem to be levelling out! 😉

  • Reply Heather September 7, 2013 at 11:53 pm

    I love your photos – your summer looks lovely. We had a quiet summer this year and enjoyed it!

    • Reply Laurie September 9, 2013 at 1:33 pm

      Ah, quiet is so nice! Our fall looks like it might be that way? Who am I kidding, we somehow are always busy, but as Mr. Mans always says, use it or lose it. Not sure how that applies here, but I’m sure it does! Thanks so much for stopping in.

  • Reply Dani @ lifeovereasy September 8, 2013 at 12:39 am

    Welcome back 🙂 Looks like you’ve had an incredibly full summer. The new place looks amazing and I have no doubt you will make it look fab. Can’t wait to see the pics. Love the new look of the site!

    • Reply Laurie September 9, 2013 at 1:34 pm

      HI DANI!!! I am so happy to be back, to be able to give this part of my brain some attention again feels wonderful! Ahhhh! 😉 Thanks so much, as always you rock!!! xoxo

  • Reply carol@thebrightbox September 10, 2013 at 12:28 am

    Oh how timely Laurie. We are just working on getting our house ready to put on the market. It’s stressful any time you have all the uncertainty but in this case, we hate the city we’re living in and want to get back to Vancouver. Having grown up in Ont I can sooooo relate to the love of the old house. We lived in Stratford for 3 years just before moving west and our house was built in 1898. We still miss it! Thanks for the peek into your summer!

    • Reply Laurie September 10, 2013 at 1:30 pm

      Hi Carol! Thanks for dropping in, good luck with selling your home and getting back to where you wanna be! That’s what it’s all about, being where you want to be! xo

  • Reply Sue @ bebeandj September 10, 2013 at 2:10 am

    Just wanted to let you know that I love your blog and have nominated you for a Liebster Award. Head on over to my blog to accept.


    • Reply Laurie September 10, 2013 at 1:31 pm

      Hi Sue, thanks so much! This is my second Liebster Award nomination, I appreciate it, thanks!

  • Reply Mark MacDonald September 10, 2013 at 5:16 pm

    great read Laurie. I love your enthusiasm towards everything.

    • Reply Laurie September 10, 2013 at 6:07 pm

      Thanks Mark, that’s a very cool thing to read! xo

  • Reply Marguerite September 11, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    I’m so excited to see what you and hubby do with your beautiful new home to make it your own. Your yard is also amazing and I will continue to have porch and willow tree envy lol … you have a little slice of heaven there.
    P.S. Every time I look at the photo of you and hubby at Mont Tremblent I giggle…so cute 🙂

    • Reply Laurie September 11, 2013 at 2:07 pm

      Hi Lady!! xo Thanks so much for leaving a comment, that’s very cool! I giggle too when I look at that picture of us and wow, it really speaks to who we are! Miss you and give that sweet little Lilly a kiss from Polly, hope she feels better soon! ~ Laurie

      • Reply Marguerite September 11, 2013 at 2:55 pm

        You two are one great couple! 🙂 Miss you too! xoxo I will give her a great big smooch and she is feeling much better already…she just looks a little rough. It looks like we’ll be holding out for retakes this year. They are supposed to be having school photos done next week 😛 lol

  • Reply laurie September 12, 2013 at 1:22 am

    Laurie, I love that picture of the two of you swinging on ropes! I’m so glad to see you back with a post, and I cannot wait to see the inside of your new house. Everything I’ve seen from the outside looks so dreamy, and I know it won’t take you long to have the inside feeling like you want it to feel. I love your adventuresome attitude. laurie

    • Reply Laurie September 12, 2013 at 6:42 pm

      Hey you, the other Laurie! 😉 I have so many plans, it all seems very overwhelming right now, but we’ll keep picking away at it! Thanks for the compliment, you’re too sweet! xoxo

  • Reply Bronwyn MayB September 19, 2013 at 10:37 am

    Sounds like a heck of a summer! I’m so glad you found a new place to challenge you and provide you with new memories.

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