Just Go For It!

As I mentioned in my master bedroom inspiration post, I typically choose light colors for my rooms. In our first house, a dark mocha color (read tan with a bit of a golden tint in it- I don’t recall the name) in my kitchen was my “bold” painted room. The other rooms we painted were a very light ocean blue (I don’t remember the name- maybe ocean breeze? It was Pittsburgh Grand Distinction paint though!), a slightly brighter but still light green (I don’t even know what brand of paint this time…eek, sorry!), and a very muted tan (do you really think I’ll know what this one was called?!). This house has proven similar so far. Apart from Tate’s crazy stripes (I’m on the last one by the way! Woot woot!), the two rooms we’ve painted are Behr paint color matched to Benjamin Moore Stonington Gray. I love it, but it’s not a very bold choice!

Anyway, the point of all that is to say since my colors are fairly light and calming usually, and because I’m a super decisive person, I don’t usually bother with getting samples of different colors to test on the walls. I’m very much a grab and go kind of girl. With the Stonington Gray, I didn’t even see a swatch beforehand- I saw a picture of a room painted that color online, looked on Benjamin Moore’s website to make sure I liked it there too, and then went to the store and bought the paint. Wam, bam, thank you ma’am.

So what’s my problem?

Well…

Do you have any idea how many variations of freaking navy paint there are?!

A lot.

Probably like a million. At least.

And we just looked at Walmart.

My original plan was to get the same brand of paint for our whole house just so it would be easy to remember. And that’s not ruled out exactly, just a little inconvenient. Home Depot, who sells the Behr paint, is a half an hour away. So are all the other big box stores. And when mama wants paint, she wants paint! :) Unfortunately, in our town our only options are Ace Hardware (LOVE their paint, but they close at 8… Again, this girl needs convenience!) and the wonderful world of Walmart. We used Walmart paint in our bathroom reno at the old house and also purchased Glidden brand paint there for Tate’s stripes, so we know we don’t have a problem with the quality of paint. Typically, my problem at Walmart is my choices are much more limited.

Ha.

It didn’t take me long to realize the paint buying was not going to be taking place last night. Instead I grabbed every possible a few of the navy options Corey and I liked the best and decided we would attempt the poor man’s version of getting paint samples:

The options that made the final cut.

The options that made the final cut.

I think it’s probably safe to say we have eliminated the two on the far left and the one on the far right and are deciding between the remaining three: Glidden Rich Navy, BHG’s Blue Cirque, and Disney Sleepover Scare (yes, my husband loved Sleepover Scare and insisted we have it be an option… Don’t tell him, but I did like it too, hence why it’s still in the running… I’m just not sure if our grown up adult room can handle a Disney paint AND one that’s called Sleepover Scare yet to boot!). Last night I was almost completely sold on Rich Navy, the third from the left (when looking at all of the choices, including the ones already eliminated). This morning and afternoon though I’ve favored Blue Cirque, the next one to the right. In the night light, Blue Cirque looked really blue, hence my hesitation, but it’s Corey’s favorite right now too, so it will likely be the winner. I’m just not this used to being so indecisive, especially about paint colors! I am really glad we decided to bring the strips home (although Corey said to ‘just go for it!’ at the store when we were both leaning towards Blue Cirque there…) to help me make the choice! We will see if I decide tonight and if my impatience to get our room going makes me just go for it! :)

One thing though that was a super easy decision and a purchase I had no problem making last night was eight brand new smoke detectors and a couple of carbon monoxide detectors:

It's amazing how much safer I felt knowing these were up last night!

It’s amazing how much safer I felt knowing these were up last night!

Carbon monoxide poisoning has always been one of my fears, so this made me sleep MUCH better!

Carbon monoxide poisoning has always been one of my fears, so this made me sleep MUCH better!

Prior to last night’s purchase our whole 2,000+ square foot house had TWO smoke detectors, and that’s it! Definitely not cutting it!

Sometimes I hate making those purchases that I think, this purchase is adding no value to my house! or there are so many other things I could spend this money on!, but ultimately I could never put a price tag on the safety of my family. Even though a coat of new paint would make those walls look so much better than the smoke alarms and CO detectors, I think it’s money well spent! :)

So that’s that- spending dolla dolla bills y’all! :)

We will have to see how this weekend pans out. Corey works this weekend, so it makes accomplishing things a bit more difficult, but I hope to at least finish the stripes in Tate’s room FINALLY and maybe do a little bit of other painting. I would commit to the master bedroom, but the walls in there are plaster and a few repairs need to be done before painting, so that’s kind of on hold. Chances are if I do any extra painting it’ll be the dining room. Or maybe I’ll just do an entirely different project! Or there’s always garage sales… ;)

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Pleasant Surprises

I’m usually not a very big fan of surprises. Actually, I pretty much hate them. Today made a small step towards changing that. Why? Well:

Surprise One: Hubby had planned to have some guys over to play football, but that fell through, so his dad and him came over after work and more or less got right to work tearing the pink carpet out of our current master bedroom. Love when I get unexpected productivity from Corey! :)

Surprise Two: As Corey’s dad pulled back the pink loveliness and carpet pad, we weren’t sure what to expect, but we know there isn’t hardwood under the downstairs floors, so we didn’t have high hopes. Well, SURPRISE! Once all the carpet was peeled off and taken out, this is what you see:

Isn't it beautiful?!

Isn’t it beautiful?!

Another angle because I'm just that excited! :)

Another angle because I’m just that excited! :)

YAY! I’m pretty pumped. It seems to be in pretty good shape too, though we still have to get the staples and carpet strips out and clean ‘er up well! I love the color too, which is a little sad since we’ll have to sand it down and all, but hopefully I’ll be able to match it! :)

BUT it gets even better…

Surprise Three: We also have hardwood in Tate’s room and the baby’s room! :) We didn’t tear the carpet out in these rooms, but from the corners we pulled back this is what we saw:

In Tate's room- sorry for the bad lighting... We were in the closet for this pic!

In Tate’s room- sorry for the bad lighting… We were in the closet for this pic!

And in the baby's room! :)

And in the baby’s room! :)

Hopefully in the near future we can get the carpet out and see what we are dealing with, but it looks promising! :)

And nothing can make you feel good like happy surprises and seeing the pile of pink OUTSIDE of your house and hardwood IN! :)

Master Bedroom Inspiration: Navy

As I posted yesterday, we bought our first ever grown-up bed during the Memorial Day sales yesterday, and I am now in master bedroom decor dream world. I’m so excited to pull together a room for adults since I’ve been in Mario/Thomas stripe land for the past few weeks while painting and decorating my three year old’s room. It’s actually turning out really well, and I am close to finishing it, but I am definitely sick of it too- just being totally honest! :)

Late last night I started making a gazillion lists of to-dos, to-buys, and all of that goodness. I even gave Corey and I due dates as to when each project should be done. I have three big items on my agenda before the baby gets here- finish Tate’s room, do our room, and do little baby bee’s room. Ours by default has kind of fallen where it needs to be done first- our bed arrives June 22 and I think it would be nice to have the painting amd decor ready when it gets here. Hopefully we can buckle down and make that happen! Next we will probably finish Tate’s room if I haven’t wrapped it up already- it’s so close it seems silly to start a new project when that one is almost done. Then last will be the baby’s room, with my “due date” for it being completed being mid-September since she’s due at the end of the month. It really shouldn’t be impossible to get it all accomplished, it of course just takes time and energy.

But enough of all that… I wanted to make this post to share with y’all my latest obsession as I started dreaming amd searching for ideas for our bedroom- navy.

I’m usually a white/light/bright colors kind of gal and I typically stick to the cottage chic type of decor, but for some reason I can’t get all of the navy wonderfulness I’ve discovered out of my head. Here’s some of my Pinterest finds that have me falling in love with navy:

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Source.

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Unfortunately this pin didn’t have a source- if you know where it’s from please let me know!

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Source.

There’s probably about a billion more navy rooms I’ve fallen for, but these are my favorite. I also absolutely love the idea of primarily using white with the navy, but then adding pops of color that I can change with the seasons or as the mood strikes! :) Right now I’m thinking a bright pink in the spring time, a bright green or red during summer, red or yellow in the fall, and silver or gold during winter. The pink has been easiest to find on Pinterest and through Internet searches. Here’s a few examples:

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Source unknown- I found this particular image at houzz.com.

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Again, source unknown.

So that gives you just a little glimpse of my color crush and just one of the possible accents. I could spend all day searching for images to share with you, but I should probably go accomplish something instead of just dreaming. Plus, I still have to see what the hubby thinks of a navy bedroom, so I probably should pull the reins back a bit before I fall too hard! :)

Catchin’ Some Zzzz’s

I love sleep. Probably a little too much. Sadly, my husband loves it even more. While I’m the one who takes probably twenty minutes or so to fall asleep once we crawl into bed, he’s out before his head even hits the pillow. Or at least, that’s how it seems to me!

Anyway, I feel like that’s (somewhat sadly) been the theme of the weekend in our little home. Here’s a quick summary of Memorial Day Weekend 2013:

Friday: After all of the babysitting kids left, Tate, Corey, and I headed over to Fort Wayne to catch a Tincaps baseball game. It was a little chilly, but overall a good time.

My little man and me at the game! :) Cheese!

My little man and me at the game! :) Cheese!

Daddy and Tate! :)

Daddy and Tate! :)

After the most entertaining 4 run loss I’ve ever seen (the bases were loaded at the end of the 9th and the batter for the Tincaps fouled off probably at least 7 balls deep before breaking the bat in a short hit and getting out), we didn’t get home until a little after midnight!

Saturday: We were all about sleeping in after the late night, but when we finally did get up we were go, go, go most of the day! First we went to a garage sale nearby and picked up a new bike for Tate, then Tate and Corey headed home to clean and I went with my mom to the local butcher to get our meat for the month. While I was gone with Mom, my dad headed to the paint store and while he was there we had him pick up our dining room paint, so that should hopefully be on the agenda soon too! Once I got home it was a whirlwind of getting the house in shape for the bonfire we had planned for the evening. Come 8 o’clock we were all ready and had a blast hanging out with friends, sitting around the bonfire, and just chilling. Of course, that led to another late night- Tate was sleeping by the fire by 11, but Corey and I didn’t hit the hay until more like 2:30! Eek.

Sunday: Unfortunately, Mr. Tate didn’t get the memo that Mom was up late, so he thought 6:45 would be a great time to start the day. It worked out though, since while Corey continued to snooze Tate and I had some relaxing time together and started to get ready for church. Corey managed to get up in time for church too, so that was nice to be able to go as a family since every other week we can’t with Corey’s work schedule. After church we had a little picnic at our house with my family. Then after they left our whole family crashed for the rest of the afternoon. This is where my love-hate relationship with sleep comes into play- I love sleeping, but I hate missing out on beautiful days because I’m sleeping! Still, it was much needed and I’m glad we could catch up a little! AND after our little nap, we were actually productive- we cleaned up the house, worked a little more on the stripes in Tate’s room (I promise we WILL get them done soon and I will finish up his room completely!), and organized all of his clothes into his dresser. I would share pictures, but I’m so close to finally being done with it, that I think I’ll wait until you can see the final product! :)

And then last, but not least…

Monday: We woke up around 8:30, which is only slightly sleeping in for us (or at least Tate), but then hurried and got around to head to Fort Wayne once again, this time to check out mattress sales. See, Corey and I have been sleeping on the bed I slept on growing up since we got married. It works, but well, it’s tiny:

Here's a picture of it set up in our old house.

Here’s a picture of it set up in our old house.

I love it dearly- it’s a family antique that my great-great-great-great (I think that’s the right number of greats) grandfather made years and years ago. He was apparently really short, because even Corey and I as short people take up the whole length of it (I’m 5’4″, Corey 5’6″). When my parents bought me the mattress for it, they had to order it custom for the dimensions, but when we buy sheets and such we buy full size items and they’re just a little big. Generally, it’s referred to as a 3/4 full bed. Yep, tiny.

Anyway, we finally decided it was time for us to be grown ups and buy a grown up bed. Especially since we’ve been sleeping on the twin mattresses of Tate’s bunk beds pushed together on the floor since moving into the new house. And by “we” I mean Tate, Corey, and I. Ultmately, it was well past time.

So we checked out the Memorial Day mattress sales at a few stores and in the end bought a KING size Beautyrest Recharge Arbor Terrance Firm Pillowtop mattress set. It was wonderfully comfy and I absolutely cannot wait for it to arrive and for us to finally have a cozy grown up bed to sleep in! :) And don’t worry- we’ll be keeping the old bed for our little baby girl once she outgrows the crib/toddler bed we have for her now!

Of course, with the purchase of a new bed comes new projects for our current master bedroom. Primarily, I want to get rid of the awful pink carpet that’s currently in there. Here’s a little reminder of the joy we get to see everyday:

Beautiful, eh?

Beautiful, eh?

You know you’re jealous. But seriously, I just want it out of there. I don’t know what we’ll put in it’s place, and quite frankly I don’t really care. First we’ll probably see what’s underneath it. If it’s something we can salvage we will probably try to do that, but if not we’ll either get some samples of hardwood and go that route or choose a more neutral carpet. If we go the hardwood route I’d like to get the same color and type that we will eventually get downstairs, so that seems like it might be more of a big decisions, but if we go the carpet route I might want to recarpet Tate and the baby’s room while we’re at it, so that’s an added expense. I guess we will just have to see what happens! :)

Otherwise though we’ll obviously need to paint the room and add some decor. I’ll also need to come up with a headboard. I’ll be honest- I’m incredibly excited about this because there are so many awesome ideas out there between Pinterest and everything else on the wonderful world of internet! Fun, fun, fun! :)

And in case you were wondering what else we did today besides mattress shopping, since I got distracted by all of that fun, we also went out to eat as a family, took a little nap when we got home (see, I told you this weekend was all about sleep!), and just hung out before Corey had to head to work.

Overall, it was definitely not our most productive weekend and probably not your standard Memorial Day fun, but I thought it was still a good one and I’m sad that it’s almost over. Luckily that’s one of the best things about weekends- they keep coming! We’ll have to see what the next one brings our way! :) Our stay-tuned for list keeps growing, but hopefully the next weekend will bring the accomplishment of at least some of these things:

1) Completing the stripes on Tate’s room and decorating/pulling it all together!
2) Painting and pulling together/decorating little baby bee’s room!
3) Pulling up the carpet in our master bedroom and figuring out what we’re going to do to replace it.
4) Painting the dining room.

So, stay tuned! :)

Let’s Organize!

I think it’s the technical term of nesting. I’ve been in sort through and get rid of stuff mode and it’s slightly out of control.

I might have hinted at how going through our closet earlier this week led to a large amount of garage sale items, but I figured a picture might do better justice:

A portion of the garage sale pile!

A portion of the garage sale pile!

And I only wish I had taken a picture of all the trash from going through our files. I filled a trash bag and a half! I’m only hoping I don’t regret all this getting rid of stuff in a few months when I’m no longer pregnant!

What made the project of organizing the desk and files even better though was that I decided to 100% use only what I had on hand- so it was completely free! :) I can’t begin to tell you how many times I’ve bought binders or file folders or what have you based on someone’s amazing blog post on how they organized their files and how much it helped them. Number one rule I now have- do what works for you! Just because so-and-so loves to have a handwritten budget and pay bills biweekly doesn’t mean you will or do! And just because it looks pretty doesn’t mean it will function well for you either. I’m going to share what I did not because I want anyone to go out and do the same thing if their system currently works, but because I would love to help someone still searching for a system AND in large part because I’m really proud of myself for not spending a cent but still getting my stuff organized! :)

So the first part of what I did was go through my current files. I will admit, Leah’s post at Fabulously Organized Home helped me figure out categories and get a handle on starting the sorting process, which seemed a little daunting when I was staring at three huge piles of slightly organized chaos. Once I got started it didn’t take much time. I ended up using only three categories- money, health, and other. Part of this is because all of our “important documents,” such as birth certificates, social security cards, and such are in a locked fire and waterproof box. I also have a “household operations” binder that I find more useful than having files, so that eliminated the “household” category for me (and I’ll talk more about the binder later). Then I kind of merged community and leisure into one “other” category since I didn’t have a lot to put in these sections since most of the stuff that does relate here is tucked in my “household operations” binder. Like I said- I’m completely just doing what works for me.

Next I had to decide what I wanted to do with all of my files. Part of why I wanted to reorganize my files was because I wanted to empty out my desk, which I talked in a previous post how I might be turning into a vanity or coming up with some other amazing purpose for since we now have a built-in desk in our kitchen. I was at a little bit of a loss since I really only had space in the desk area for a few binders, but knew I wanted a filing system. I LOVE the idea of having a mini office in a chest, like shown on Martha Stewart’s website here, but a) I don’t have a trunk right now and that messed with the whole doing this for free thing and b) I didn’t really know where I’d put a trunk. After debating for awhile, I remembered my brother got me a handy dandy file thing for Christmas that was somewhere in my house. After a little bit of searching I found it:

Yay for free filing systems! :)

Yay for free filing systems! :)

I’m pretty sure my brother probably got this at Walmart, in case you’re wondering, though I don’t know for sure.

Anyway though, now I had my free filing system and sorted piles, so now I just had to file. I only had a small supply of file folders and my filing system came pre-labeled with months and the alphabet, so once again I improvised a little using (don’t judge me!) masking tape. Like I said- I was all about free! Here’s a shot of what the inside of my files look like:

I wasn't worried about it looking pretty or anything since it will be closed most of the time and I'll be the only one really seeing it, but I don't think it looks AWFUL or anything!

I wasn’t worried about it looking pretty or anything since it will be closed most of the time and I’ll be the only one really seeing it, but I don’t think it looks AWFUL or anything!

You can’t tell super well in the picture but here’s how I broke it down:

Money green circles used to indicate money related files
-paid bills- these I sorted by month and then alphabetically. A lot of our bills are fully online, so this system works well for us. If we still had a lot of paper bills I’d probably want separate files for each company. And in case you’re wondering how we keep records of online bills, I have a spreadsheet I use for budgeting that I use to track them and I also write down the confirmation numbers in my check register as I update that.
-bank statements- these are also mostly online and I reconcile weekly with what has posted to my account, but we do have one account that still has paper statements.
-job info- this file houses Corey’s work papers, including the union contract, benefit packages, and pension information and statements.
-résumé- even though I’m currently self-employed and stay home I have my most recent résumé on file as well as Corey’s, just because it’s nice to have handy and ready since you never know! I also have a few college papers in here that relate to getting a job and such!
-home insurance- pretty self explanatory :)
-auto insurance- also pretty self explanatory :)

Health blue circles used to indicate health related files
-medical info- this houses test results and just general informational packets you’ll get from the doctor.
-medical bills- any bills from the medical group and hospital go here once they’re paid. I mark on them the date they were paid, the amount I paid, and the check or confirmation number.
-vision and dental bills- same concept as the medical bills, only for our eyes and teeth!
-health insurance statements- organized by date… Because I’ll be honest that’s about all I understand on these! :)
-misc.- I have a few workouts I’ve torn from magazines and such that are in this file.

Other red circles used to indicate other files
-travel plans- currently we are planning a summer vacation to Louisville, Kentucky, so all my information regarding that is here! :)
-misc.- anything else! There were way too many random categories to make a file for each one, so all the other papers I had that didn’t fall elsewhere went here.

And there you have it! :) Well, the file portion anyway. Once I get the painting stuff cleared out of the kitchen the filing system will be slid under the desk towards the back. I think it’ll be nice and convenient! :)

Then there is my cupboards with my binders:

The cupboard above the desk. Sorry for the blurry photo.

The cupboard above the desk. Sorry for the blurry photo.

The paper taped on the cupboard has important contact info and such. I just added it yesterday, so we will see if I missed anything important as time goes by! :)

And on to my binders. The maroon colored binder on the end was left to us by the previous owners. They were incredibly organized and kept all the information on pretty much every update they ever did to the house! Next to that binder is the Jeep binder. Though we own three other vehicles besides the Jeep (yes, it is a little ridiculous!), the Jeep is the only one we bought brand new. I keep all the service records and such in this binder. The other vehicles we will either drive till they drop, or got secondhand so don’t track the maintenance as closely. Then there is the pay stubs binder. Each week Corey’s pay stub gets three hole punched and popped in this binder, easy-peasy! :)

The last binder is the big one- the home operations binder. The front pocket has deposit slips, stamps, and other lose items that I like to keep on hand. Then comes the different sections of the binder- first is the “pending” section. All unpaid bills or mail that I need to act on but haven’t yet go here. Once the item has been paid or acted on, it’s moved to the files. Next is the “cleaning” tab. I have my weekly to do list here put in a sheet protector so I can check it off with a dry erase marker. I also have my yearly to do list where I track things like checking smoke detector batteries and bigger spring and seasonal cleaning tasks. After that is my “important information” section. This holds vital information that is also in my fireproof and waterproof box, but that I need a copy of on a fairly regular basis or at least want to have somewhere convenient- such as account contact numbers. The last tab is the “birthdays/holidays” one, and I’m awful at keeping it updated, but I do have a sheet to list all important birthdays and once Christmas comes I will keep my lists and such here. That’s all that’s in this binder so far, but it will likely be added to and change as time goes on!

And I might as well quickly explain the other items in my cupboard while I’m at it! :)

Obviously the box of envelopes is pretty self-explanatory. Then the next shelf has my three hole punch, stapler, and phone and address books. The top shelf has my file where hopefully I can be as organized as the previous owners and keep all of the house update information, as well as my files for both personal and babysitting receipts organized by month. I have a tin on the desk where all receipts go and then once a month (except I slacked last month so this month I’ll have two months to do!) I sort through them and file.

Lots and lots of receipts!

Lots and lots of receipts!

The only other items I have then are located at the command center. It’s not quite finished but I shared this almost finished picture earlier:

I just need to make the hook area under the weekly planner and basket for papers and I can check this project off of the list! :)

I just need to make the hook area under the weekly planner and basket for papers and I can check this project off of the list! :)

Here I keep Corey’s work schedule, Sunday School teaching schedules, invites and save the dates, and coupons. It works out pretty well. Oh, and the notebook that I keep track of babysitting hours, mileage, and payments is here too, as is the notebook that lists our meal ideas (the actual meal plan is saved on my iPad, then each week I write it out on the week planner as well as any activities we have that week). Hopefully that all makes sense! :)

And I think that’s it! :)

So now I can officially say my desk area is organized AND was free! Not too shabby of a start to my weekend, if I do say so myself! :)

Hope you all have a wonderful, fun, and safe Memorial Day Weekend! And a big thank you too all our troops! :)

Crossing Off Lists So We Can Have FUN!!!

Is it just me or is this week dragging? You know it’s bad when you mistake Tuesday for Friday. Yikes. But I guess we are halfway done, so I shouldn’t complain!

So I’m here to recap Corey’s midweek weekend (as a FYI for those of you new to the blog or unfamiliar with Corey’s work schedule, he has a weird work schedule similar to what nurses have where he works 12 hour shifts and therefore gets time off in the middle of the week). It was pretty productive. Here’s the original to-do list I created:

Monday and Tuesday’s To-Do List
-finish cleaning out the desk
-organize kitchen desk area
-clean out buffet junk drawer
-organize our closet upstairs
-FINALLY finish the second coat on Tate’s bedroom walls and work on the stripes more
-set up Tate’s bunk beds and move his dresser upstairs
-maybe organize Tate’s clothes

And here’s the crossed off version:

Monday and Tuesday’s To-Do List
finish cleaning out the desk technically to completely cross this off I need to go through my files, which I plan on doing tonight. However, the main task is done, so I say good enough! :)
organize kitchen desk area this gets a little note, too- I have more I want to do in this area to better manage computer cords and just have the best organizational system, but that will happen after we’ve gotten some other areas put together a little more first!
clean out the buffet junk drawer
organize our closet upstairs
FINALLY finish the second coat on Tate’s bedroom walls and work on the stripes more Corey’s worked on the red stripe, so now I just need to finish the yellow, do the blue and green, and more than likely have Core do another coat of red.
-set up Tate’s bunk beds and move his dresser upstairs this will happen Saturday!
-maybe organize Tate’s clothes on the to-do list after the dresser is in place!

Not too shabby, if I say so myself! :) I also did things not on the list- like cleaning out the fridge and cleaning the tub, shower, and toilets. And we got family haircuts. Tate’s and Corey’s look great. Mine…eh. It’s not awful, I’m just trying to adjust to it because it is NOT what I expected. I told her just past shoulder length with long layers. It is shoulder length, but I have layers shorter than my hair has ever been! And the two sides aren’t even. But it’ll grow…or at least that’s what I told myself after trying and failing to put it up in any way this morning. And I guess I might as well be brave and share a picture, although the one I took doesn’t fully show how choppy the layers on my left side are:

The new haircut!

The new haircut!

And after that you deserve to see cute little Tate’s haircut:

Poor kid can't make a normal face when he knows a picture is coming! :)

Poor kid can’t make a normal face when he knows a picture is coming! :)

The way his is laying today actually makes his look slightly lopsided too, but it’s not. Just crazy kid hair! :)

We also bought one of those quick set pools that I’m hoping to get put up soon! This mama needs relief from the heat! Unfortunately our water softener isn’t working right so our water is coming out a nasty yellow color and we need to get that fixed before filling the pool… Or before I do any more laundry. That’s on the agenda for the near future too.

Oh the never ending to-do list of owning a home! :)

BUT enough posting about all the work I have to do… Since its Memorial Day weekend our little family is determined to have some fun. We are going to a Fort Wayne Tincaps game on Friday. I’m really pumped about that. Last summer Tate became OBSESSED with baseball and loved when we went and saw our area minor league teams so it’ll be interesting to see if he still likes it as much. Plus I’m always up for some quality family time! And Saturday I’m motivating my hubby to get some work done during the day by having a little bonfire in the evening. So that should be fun too! And I’m sure we will have a whole slew of other adventures! :)

If I don’t get on here before the weekend, I hope you all enjoy! And if I do get on due to a crazy productivity rush that I must share, I hope you still enjoy! :)

Also, I couldn’t post without acknowledging the devastation the people of Oklahoma are facing and the pain they must feel. Keeping them in my thoughts and prayers and definitely counting my blessings!

Banned from the Internet

Okay, obviously not yet, but hubby insists at the rate I’m going it will soon be coming. Why? Well, almost everyday last week I bought something for our house or kids. It started out with some stuff for the command center (and let’s not tell Corey I have a few more purchases to make before that’s entirely finished), then morphed into decor for Tate’s room, and got slightly out of control when we found out we were having a girl and I could buy all the cute baby girl clothes that I saw on the local buy/sell/trade Facebook page. In my defense, it has all been at very good prices, but he is right that I need to stop (after we pick up the quick set pool I’m supposed to get tonight… Yes, a necessity because I’m already frying and I have a whole summer left of being pregnant and on fire!).

Anyway… As far as house projects this weekend…well, you know how I mentioned garage sales in my last post? Guess what won? Here’s a little look at a few of the goodies I got for little miss:

Look at all that PINK! :)

Look at all that PINK! :)

Tate didn’t get left out either; he got a bunch of summer clothes as well as a little tool set so he can help Daddy with all of the house projects! :)

The saw is his favorite! Look at him sawing our couch- such a hard worker... And with a smile, too! :)

The saw is his favorite! Look at him sawing our couch- such a hard worker… And with a smile, too! :)

I did do a little bit of work on the stripes in Tate’s room too… We’ve moved on to yellow and holy cow is that a pain in the rear to paint over lavender! I’ve done three coats already and there isn’t really an end in site:

Let's see how many coats it takes to cover that darn purple-blue color!

Let’s see how many coats it takes to cover that darn purple-blue color!

Maybe by the time the summer is over I’ll be done with this wall?!? Seriously though, I need to get my act together!

The only other house related accomplishments I can claim for the weekend is getting closer on the laundry catch up that has been needed for months and I also cleaned out half of our old desk that I will either repurpose or get rid of since we now have a built in desk in our kitchen. Ignore the junk and excuse the awful blurry picture, but here’s a shot of said desk:

Any genius ideas for it? At first I was going to make it a vanity for our bedroom and paint it white, but I'm not sure I need a vanity, especially one that big! Decisions, decisions...

Any genius ideas for it? At first I was going to make it a vanity for our bedroom and paint it white, but I’m not sure o need a vanity, especially one that big! Decisions, decisions…

Otherwise this weekend was spent relaxing, dying playing outside in the hot sun with Mr. Tate, going to church, and watching my little sister do an amazing job at her dance recital (I was a bad sister though and forgot to take pictures- oops!). Overall it was a good, if not slightly unproductive compared to what it should have been, weekend.

Corey’s now off today and tomorrow, so I made a nice little to-do list for us to try to accomplish… We will see if that’s any more successful! As usual, it’ll be more likely to happen if I share it, so here you are:

Monday and Tuesday’s To-Do List
-finish cleaning out the desk
-organize kitchen desk area
-clean out buffet junk drawer
-organize our closet upstairs
-FINALLY finish the second coat on Tate’s bedroom walls and work on the stripes more
-set up Tate’s bunk beds and move his dresser upstairs
-maybe organize Tate’s clothes

Really the “big” task is our upstairs closet. Hubby and I have a clothes hoarding problem. We both have probably at least twenty shirts from middle school/high school that we will never wear again but for some reason keep. I also have a lot of pre-pregnancy clothes from way back before Tate was born that just don’t fit the way they used to, but I keep because I loved them and keep hoping “someday.” I tell myself after this little one is here I need to get my act together and get back in shape, and then I will need those clothes. In theory, it’s a great idea. :) But really I do plan on getting rid of a lot of our old clothes and the goal is to have a garage sale at some point this summer to get rid of a lot of our old stuff!

So there you have it. I know so far a lot (all?) of our projects haven’t been very fun in terms of dramatic before and after photos and DIY drama and whatnot, but I promise that’s coming! :) Once we get ourselves all settled in and I feel like we actually have a somewhat organized home, we will get into the real action! :)

Weekend!

Woot woot! I love Fridays…there’s something so…freeing about them! Even though I absolutely love my job and that I’m blessed to stay home with adorable little boys, it’s nice knowing the weekend is coming and I get some me time too! :)

Unfortunately this weekend is also an end to Corey’s “weekend.” For those of you who don’t know he works a janky 3 day on, 2 days off, 2 days on, 3 days off sort of schedule…similar to what nurses do. And he also works nights. It has a lot of benefits- like days off in the middle of the week, but there are downsides too, like working every other weekend. So while today will be the start of my weekend, it’s the end of Corey’s.

But what did we do with Corey’s middle of the week weekend? Well, if you read my last post, one of the biggest things was finding out our little baby bee is a GIRL and having a little gender reveal party with family.

Tate proudly displaying PINK silly string at our gender reveal party. It's a GIRL! :)

Tate proudly displaying PINK silly string at our gender reveal party. It’s a GIRL! :)

Our main focus otherwise was on outside projects, though we did get a little more of our kitchen command center put together:

I just need to make the hook area under the weekly planner and basket for papers and I can check this project off of the list! :)

I just need to make the hook area under the weekly planner and basket for papers and I can check this project off of the list! :)

Outside we mowed the lawn (a MUCH bigger project than at our old house!) and planted some flowers and our garden! And I guess I should rephrase that- Corey mowed, while I did laundry galore! It may not sound like a lot, but I’d say it was a successful weekday weekend!

A little baby bunny Corey almost ran over with the mower! Luckily he saw it before and Tate and the boys and I got to visit it a few times before it hopped away!

A little baby bunny Corey almost ran over with the mower! Luckily he saw it before and Tate and the boys and I got to visit it a few times before it hopped away!

My flowers! :) Not the best picture ever, but I'm just proud they are planted and alive after me owning them for over a week! :)

My flowers! :) Not the best picture ever, but I’m just proud they are planted and alive after me owning them for over a week! :)

Our garden! I didn't realize how blurry this pic was until I was already inside and I was too lazy to go take another! The back portion that isn't watered will be my parent's area and they haven't planted it yet, in case you noticed one part was almost flooded (forgot to turn off the water-oops!) and the other is bone dry!

Our garden! I didn’t realize how blurry this pic was until I was already inside and I was too lazy to go take another! The back portion that isn’t watered will be my pare t’s area and they haven’t planted it yet, in case you noticed one part was almost flooded (forgot to turn off the water-oops!) and the other is bone dry!

And now I get a whole new weekend to come up with more projects! :) It’s a kind of busy weekend for me between church, my sister’s dance recital, and a couple other “I should probably do that” things, but I’m hoping to work a bit more on Tate’s bedroom (we still haven’t gotten to that dreaded second coat and the pink stripe is the only stripe we have!) and maybe work on getting our closet area organized (right now our clothes are half still in boxes and half just thrown in the closet area with just a few properly hung up- eek!). We shall see! :) It’s going to be hard to not be lured by the garage sales out there now that I know I can buy little girl things! :)

So there you have it! The end of one weekend, the beginning of another, and never ending projects! :) Hope y’all have a good one!

It’s A…

Yesterday was the big day! :) We had our 3D ultrasound and got to find out if this little baby bee is a boy or girl- eeee! So exciting! After the appointment we had a little gender reveal party at our house involving Mr. Tatum and silly string! :) so without further to-do, here you are:

GIRL!!!! :)

GIRL!!!! :)

We are extremely happy to get some pink in this house! And even Tate seems cool with having a sister! :)

Yay!!!! :)

Weekend Accountability: How We Did

Wow! Was it just me or did the weekend fly by?!

Well anyway, Happy Monday! I hope you all had a great Mother’s Day! :) I was treated to breakfast in bed by my boys as well as a recycled Valentine’s Day card Tate had made me and a little “flower”:

My Mother's Day goodies! :)

My Mother’s Day goodies! :)

But I guess I’ll get to the point. Friday I posted our weekend to-do list hoping it would help me be accountable at getting it done. So how did we do?

For a little recap, here’s the list:

The Project List May 10th-12th
1) Finish getting all of our stuff out of the old house.
2) Remove the lovely ivy wallpaper border in the kitchen and finish painting.
3) Create kitchen command center.
4) Buy new knobs for our kitchen cabinets and install.
5) Paint Tate’s room, put his big boy bed up, and organize his clothes/toys.
6) Fix the upstairs bathroom tub drain.
7) Put our garden in and plant the new flowers I bought yesterday.
8) Maybe lawn mower shop and stop at a few local antique stores to check out possible kitchen decor.

And, well, we did okay. When I made the list I completely forgot it was Mother’s Day weekend and that we had previous obligations for Sunday afternoon in addition to lunch with family. But all things considered, I’m pretty impressed with how we did:

The Project List May 10th-12th
1) Finish getting all of our stuff out of the old house.
2) Remove the lovely ivy wallpaper border in the kitchen and finish painting.
3) Create kitchen command center. in progress
4) Buy new knobs for our kitchen cabinets and install.
5) Paint Tate’s room, put his big boy bed up, and organize his clothes/toys. in progress
6) Fix the upstairs bathroom tub drain.
7) Put our garden in and plant the new flowers I bought yesterday. delayed due to weather
8) Maybe lawn mower shop and stop at a few local antique stores to check out possible kitchen decor.

So here’s the low down:

Friday night was spent moving every last thing out of the old house and cleaning that baby up. Surprisingly, I didn’t cry or anythng. I was good to go. Even Tate was ready to move on. We went around and said bye to all the rooms to make sure he got what was up, but he was more than ready to be back to the new place! Guess it’s already home! :)

As far as the kitchen goes, I’m actually really pumped about all that got accomplished. I’m still consdering it “in progress,” but we had a very successful weekend in that room. Here’s a little bit of “befores” to remind you where we started:

Note the beautiful ivy wallpaper, old brass knobs, and white walls- they will soon be a thing of the past! :)

Note the beautiful ivy wallpaper, old brass knobs, and white walls- they will soon be a thing of the past! :)

Again, there is more ivy to be seen and the lovely brass handles that will soon disappear!

Again, there is more ivy to be seen and the lovely brass handles that will soon disappear!

The blank wall in the kitchen, soon to be less blank! :)

The blank wall in the kitchen, soon to be less blank! :)

And now, after peeling wallpaper, painting galore, new knobs, and an assortment of other minor projects, here is what you see:

No more ivy! :) The curtain is gone (to be replaced later) and the ivy wallpaper is gone in favor of gray paint! There's new knobs too! Please ignore the stuff on the counter- it's stuff to finish Tate's room and that is going back to Wal-Mart!

No more ivy! :) The curtain is gone (to be replaced later) and the ivy wallpaper is gone in favor of gray paint! There’s new knobs too! Please ignore the stuff on the counter- it’s stuff to finish Tate’s room and that is going back to Wal-Mart!

Again no ivy- just pretty gray paint! And new knobs! Ignore the stuff on the counter again- it's mostly stuff that hasn't made it on to the command center wall yet!

Again no ivy- just pretty gray paint! And new knobs! Ignore the stuff on the counter again- it’s mostly stuff that hasn’t made it on to the command center wall yet!

What's up so far of the command center...

What’s up so far of the command center…

As far as the kitchen related projects go, the command center was the only one that wasn’t entirely finished. I ended up changing how I wanted to lay it out and didn’t have everything I needed then, so that was what caused the delay. I ordered some of it today, but there are a few projects I created for the hubby that I’ll have to wait on before it’s officially checked off the list. Of course, there are other kitchen projects that weren’t slated for this weekend that need finished too- a new light fixture, new curtains, decor, and down the road new flooring. Patience, Courtney! :) It truly has come along way as is!

On to Tate’s room… that was one of the biggest failures this weekend. We got one coat of the gray done, and that’s it. Oh, by the way, the gray in both the kitchen and Tate’s room is Behr paint color matched to Benjamin Moore’s Stonington Gray. I absolutely love this gray. It looks slightly different in Tate’s room than in the kitchen, but I think it will look closer to the same after it gets the second coat in Tate’s room. His room was originally a purple-blue color, so I’m pretty sure that played a role! Anyway though, here’s the “befores” and the “where we are at nows”:

From Tate's doorway- before the first coat of Stonington Gray.

From Tate’s doorway- before the first coat of Stonington Gray.

Tate's doorway before painting.

Tate’s doorway before painting.

From the doorway after one coat- excuse the mess and the corner that is still the original color! We'll get there!

From the doorway after one coat- excuse the mess and the corner that is still the original color! We’ll get there!

The door corner where I started taping for stripes.

The door corner where I started taping for stripes.

Hopefully we can get the second coat up soon and I’m going to try to make a little progress on the stripes tonight! :)

Fixing the upstairs drain– well, that was easy-peasy because we kinda sorta cheated. You know those rubber stopper things you just slap down the stops the water from draining? Yep, that’s what we did. $.99 to our local Menard’s later and we could cross that baby off of our list. Look at Mr. Cutie-Pants enjoying his first bath at the new place:

He was thrilled for no more showers! :)

He was thrilled for no more showers! :)

And the other two items on the list…

Well, Ohio weather is awesome and so despite the fact that we had 80 degree days last week, it froze last night. When I saw the forecast Saturday morning we decided to delay the garden and flower planting. It’ll probably happen sometime this week though!

We also cut out the mower and antique shopping. The mower will happen, we just want to make sure we have all other moving expenses taken care of first before we get to that big one! And I just wasn’t in the mood to go antiquing when we had time Saturday, so that’ll happen another day probably too!

Overall I’d say it was a good weekend! :) And now it’s time to get to more work!

Quick addition though- Wednesday we find out if little baby bee is a boy or a girl! :) I REALLY have to finish up Tate’s room so I can move on to the nursery! Motivation again? :)