Family Outings

I'm always curious as to how other young families spend their weekends.
We are not the kind of family that can sit at home and watch movies in our PJs all day.
Not that there is anything wrong with that, oh how I would love to be able to sit still long eneough to enjoy that, but every one of us seems to be more content when were on the go.
Pretty much the only time we spend the day in our PJs watching movies are if were all horribly sick or the weather has us in a funk.
A typical weekend morning looks like this for us...
6:00 - 6:30 Kids wake up
6:30 - 7:30 Girls watch cartoons while Daddy and Mommy get dressed 
7:30-8:15 Breakfast
by 9:00 all the kids are dressed and ready for the day
At this point we usually decide as a family what we want to do for the day..
Majority of the time we like to find a park to go to.
We have a few favourite parks we like to frequent.
We love Fairy Lake in Newmarket.
A good chunk of my childhood was spent at this park watching fireworks, attending festivals, watching the train go by as I picnicked with my mom and brother.
Even my dad learned to skate there when he was a little boy.
The park has become more beautiful with age and there is now even more to offer with a splash pad in the summer and free outdoor skating in the winter.
The park is always full of friendly smiles and often you can see local talent performing.
We also love the summer Farmers Market it now hosts.
Another park I used to love as a kid was High Park.
I don't think I went more than a handful of times as a kid but I sure have fond memories of seeing such a beautiful place.
We took our kids for the first time this past Sunday and they loved every minute of it.
I had forgotten about the outdoor zoo they have set up there and our girls were thrilled to see animals in a park!
Unfortunately since it has been a super cold winter the flowers on the trees hadn't bloomed yet.
I love taking our kids to see new places.
The town we bought our house in is a very small town and although I love the comfort in such a tight-knit community I want our children to grow up knowing about more than just their small town.


New house wish list

Seventeen more days until we get possession of our new house!
I am freaking out a little about all the things I have to get done in the next 17 days but I am so excited to start this new chapter.
My mat leave is also up and I start back at work next week which will be a huge adjustment especially in the midst of moving.
Our closing date is exactly 1 year from the date we moved out of our first house and we are so ready to be in our very own place as a family of 5.
Waiting a whole year for a house to be built is really hard for someone like me who obsesses over room layouts and furniture pieces.
I think I must have drawn out about 45 different possible layouts for our new house on our floor plan from the builder.
We kept the majority of our furniture from our first townhouse but we do need to purchase a few big items such as beds for the girls, dining table, accent chairs.
As a young family with 3 kids we really need to try and be as budget conscious as possible so we have mostly been looking at Ikea, overstock and thrift shops.
Some items I have my eyes on...

These amazing Eames look a like chairs are from
Only $200 for 2 chairs!!
I am so excited about this because I have been looking for chairs like these all over Internet land and the average price seems to be between $200-800 a chair.

This dining table from Ikea.
Only $299 and can fit up to 6 people.
They have a bigger version as well but this size is perfect for out teeny tiny townhome.

I have been seeing this children's bed from IKEA  a lot lately and I love love love it!
I have to admit that when I saw it in the store I wasn't wowed by it but after seeing it used in several kids rooms on Pinterest I have fallen in love.
I also love the price tag - under $200!!!
I love that it can be used as a loft bed, bunk bed, or canopy bed.
We are planning on using it as a bunk bed and it gives me such piece of mind that it is not super tall, and there is almost a built in bed rail so I don't have to worry about any terrible falls. I also love how the bottom "bunk" is right on the ground to give it a very lounge type feel.

What are your favourite budget friendly home stores?

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