Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Kitchen project moving along

It's been a lot of small steps since inception but I've finally built and installed 3 drawers and made a nice pine countertop.

Originally I wanted a hard maple top but the cost wasn't worth it. Besides, after a few coats of maple stain it'll look just as good and wear just as well. In fact pine stains much nicer than maple.

The granite tile tops I've ordered should arrive after labour day. What's left?
- 4 more drawers
- Drawer fronts
- 6 custom 5 piece shaker-style doors (to be painted as well)
- Lighting.

I purchased a simple rail and stile bit set for building the doors. I made a test door frame out of pine and it turned out pretty good for a novice. The real doors will be milled from 3/4" mdf with a 1/2" mdf panel. The plan is to hand paint and sand them to a high quality sheen, at least that's the plan.

All in all a very fun project and coming along without too much wasted to stupid mistakes.

Saturday, August 26, 2006

"Specialized" meets "Chariot"

The weather wasn't that nice today but I've been itching all week for a weekend bike ride so I was determined to get out.

This is Aidan and me speeding through Taylor Creek park. Today's route was enter the Park at the secret Woodbine/Cosburn entrance, to Sunnybrook, up to Laird Ave. then take the side streets back home. The in-flight meal was Arrowroot cookies and milk. My favorite too.

The little guy seems to like the ride. I'd love to be in the Chariot; close to the ground, plush and tasefully appointed upholstry, customized suspension.... But safety is the highest priority, in fact Aidan won't let us leave without his helmet.

Tonight my legs are really tired by it was worth every minute :)

Monday, August 21, 2006

Loves the convertible

This is Aidan up at Greg and Shiao-Li's place in Tiny, Ontario. He loves cars, especially the Cozy Couple line.

Monday, August 14, 2006

Happy 1st Birthday Aidan!

Today is Aidan's first birthday. It sounds cliche bit it really does seem like yesterday that Marissa and I were in a delivery (actually, operating room) with a team of doctors and nurses working to bring this little miracle to us.

I'm sure Aidan doesn't realize that it's his birthday but today there's something about his smile that makes me think that he knows it's a special day.

Despite having projects up to my eye balls and my first Architect counsel meeting I took the day off from work. It was a beautiful August summer day, very warm and not a cloud in the sky. After breakfast and some play time Aidan napped for most of the early afternoon. As far as I was concerned there wasn't a hurry to go out because we had the whole day ahead of us.

When Aidan did wake up we drove over to Withrow Park by the Danforth and spent the later afternoon splashing around the wading pool with the other kids and parents. Aidan enjoyed the water but I found it too cold, in fact my ankles began to get hives :-( He's truly a water-baby! Crawling all over the pool and splashing around.

Later we walked the Danforth, visited a toy store where he was introduced to Thomas the Train. We also bought him a cup cake to celebrate later that evening. What a wonderful day!