Finally Back To It

It’s funny how life just gets so stinking busy. I feel like every post since Adaleigh was born has been me apologizing about not posting in forever, catching up, and making empty promises to try to write more. Eek.

In all honesty, not much has happened on the home project side of things since my last post. I know I need to reveal the dining room paint job, I could talk about the awesome Mario Brothers four year old birthday party we had for Tate, and we have just started getting back into the swing of things as far as house projects go. If I’m laying it all out there, the past few months have been survival mode. Not only was it a crazy winter with enough snow to drive anyone a bit insane, we’ve had a lot of other not so pleasant stuff going on, too. I don’t want to turn this post into a big whine fest, so here’s the short of it: Corey was offered a job at his old company, but then they had to hold off due to a quality spill, Adaleigh has had multiple tests and now will need surgery in May, and there’s been other minor hiccups on the road that I won’t go into, but haven’t been fun.

BUT life goes on. And things ARE good, even if they could be better.

So… First off, it’s been almost a year since we moved into what we hope will be our forever home. I hope to make a post looking over the past year, the changes we’ve made, and the plans we have soon, but can I just say WOW what a year it has been! I’m really excited to really look back and see where we were, where we are, and where we are going.

Our home when we moved in.

Our home when we moved in.

And here’s some snapshots of what’s been going on since we’ve thawed out and are starting to get back in the groove of things…

1.) We still have some more to do, but Sunday we worked on cleaning out the flower beds around our house and getting the outside back in shape. Here’s where it’s at now (hubs is outside working as I write! Yay!):

Is it sad that this is an improvement?! No leaves or weeds, but desperately in need of mulch and color... And hopefully nothing I will quickly kill.

Is it sad that this is an improvement?! No leaves or weeds, but desperately in need of mulch and color… And hopefully nothing I will quickly kill.

This area looks the best of our flower bed areas so far... Although the weeds keep growing back like crazy despite me adding Round Up Sunday...

This area looks the best of our flower bed areas so far… Although the weeds keep growing back like crazy despite me adding Round Up Sunday…

Also, while I’m thinking of it, the deer have destroyed many of our shrubs and plants… Anyway to save them or are they lost causes?

2.) Since money is still tighter than it was, we are focusing on little mood lifting projects for now. For example, I’m really excited to clean up and repaint our screened in porch and add a little bit of color to the area through pillows, cushions, and hopefully a new front door color (and maybe replace the hideous screen door currently there?!):

As you can see, the door and porch really need some TLC. I think it has a bright future ahead though! :) Anyone have an opinion on the door color?

As you can see, the door and porch really need some TLC. I think it has a bright future ahead though! :) Anyone have an opinion on the door color?

3.) I also desperately need to get my act together and get some personal pictures/decor hung around the place. I have a few ideas, but nothing is set in stone yet, except for in the kitchen. I’ve had the photos printed for a few months now, and once I finish getting the frames painted, and everything hung up, our kitchen makeover will be closer to its complete-for-now stage (as in, it’ll be at this point until we save some mega money got a total remodel or win the lottery!):

Cheap Wal-Mart Picture Frames + Blue or Green Spray Paint = Beautiful Frames Perfect for Kitchen Decor!

Cheap Wal-Mart Picture Frames + Blue or Green Spray Paint = Beautiful Frames Perfect for Kitchen Decor!

That’s all that’s currently brewing. :) No promises, but hopefully I’ll be back with updates soon, MAYBE even before my one year post!

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Our Forever Home: Top Ten Loves

To get anyone up to speed who missed yesterday’s post, we are a little slow on projects this week as we gear up for Corey’s work shut down at the start of July, so I decided to do some reminiscing and reflecting on the past almost two months that we’ve worked on making our new house our home.

Today I’m taking a look at the top ten things I’ve found that I love about our forever home. Some are things I loved on day one, others are things that have grown on me as we’ve lived here. Funny how that works, eh? They also are in no particular order- just the order my little brain thought of them! :)

But let’s get to it:

1) Having our laundry room on the main floor and having a clothes line!

This room is a hot mess right now, but I figured honesty was the best policy with y'all. We will get to it soon! :)

This room is a hot mess right now, but I figured honesty was the best policy with y’all. We will get to it soon! :)

In our first home, the laundry room was in our basement. Our unfinished, damp, dirty basement. While it was nice to have a laundry room and not have to go to the laundromat, it wasn’t ideal for getting laundry done while babysitting. Even adding a laundry shoot didn’t make it much easier for me to be motivated to get my rear in gear to head down to the dungeon to do a load or two.

I really underestimated how awesome it would be to have a laundry room on the main living floor. It’s so much easier to keep up on it! I also love having a clothes line- yay for saving money and getting some fresh air! Plus, it is really convenient to have a place to put the line dry clothes that’s not inside. I know when colder weather comes we will go back to clothes inside, but I am definitely enjoying the clothes line while I can! :)

Originally we had planned to move our laundry room upstairs in our closet area and make the current laundry room just a mud room. While that may happen down the line in the future, we are now leaning more towards putting stackables in our current laundry room and rearranging the space slightly so we can add some built ins and make it a little more storage conducive and practical. And that, folks, is why you live somewhere before you go in and make big changes! :)

2) Having a big backyard and being in the country!

Bonfires- one of my favorite things about country living! :)

Bonfires- one of my favorite things about country living! :)

It’s so nice to have tons of room for Tate and the boys to play, space to have bonfires with friends, and just enjoy the quiet fresh air! Even though we do have neighbors, they aren’t right there like they were in town. Plus, they are much friendlier! I’ve also noticed there is more pride of ownership in the country- so many of our neighbors in town just rented and weren’t really that invested in making their houses and community better. Really when it’s all boiled down, I’m just definitely a country girl!

3) We have SO much room!

We over doubled our square footage in this move, and I knew it would be big, but I had no idea how awesome it would be! I LOVE that we have space for a separate toy room instead of toys scattered around our living room. I LOVE that we currently even have a junk room, so that instead of all the boxes we haven’t gotten to yet getting thrown in the basement, or even worse all over the house, they have a home on the main floor, but behind closed doors for now. It’s just awesome to not be crowded with all of our junk and for things to actually have a place to go, even if we do have a ways to go before we are fully unpacked and settled in!

4) Our kitchen- including the little desk area.

Still not perfect, but WAY better than the ivy bordered, brass handled thing we moved into!

Still not perfect, but WAY better than the ivy bordered, brass handled thing we moved into!

And another view. Again, still a work in progress, but it's growing on me!

And another view. Again, still a work in progress, but it’s growing on me!

This was a big surprise for me. I loved my old kitchen immensely. It was my favorite room in the old house. It was much bigger than our current kitchen, with way more counter space and decor that I had picked out myself. While I still don’t love the cabinets or flooring or outdated light, I do love the kitchen. Having less counter space has worked out to be not that bad… Maybe a little inconvenient at times, but it also motivates me to stay caught up on dishes! :) It is also very obvious the cabinets were custom made for this kitchen. At our old house, the cabinets were ones my grandpa got for cheap by tearing them out of their original house. While they were beautiful cabinets custom made from solid wood for that house, they were just that- made for another house. It’s been wonderful to have cabinets perfectly made for our house- with a pantry, pull out drawers in the cupboards, and all those little details that just make sense where they were put.

I also have grown to love the little desk area. At first I looked at it as wasted potential counter space. Who needs a desk when you could have more work space? And while I do think I would prefer a counter-height desk area over the lower desk area we have so I would at least have the option of more work space for entertaining and such, I’ve found it’s nice to have an area for mail and paperwork and recipes and all that stuff that piles up on counters typically, too. Between the desk area and the command center I created (that has been at the almost finished stage since like the second week we lived here-oops!), I’ve managed to keep my counters clear of junk and have even managed to have a more organized file system in the process. Who knew!? :)

5) Having closets- especially our HUGE one upstairs!

This kind of goes with number three and more space, but since we came from a house with no closets but the one we built shortly before we moved by taking space from our bathroom, it’s kind of a big deal. We went from a “master closet” that was just some shelving units we installed on one wall of our bedroom to a true “master closet” with plenty of room for Corey and my clothes hoarding problem! :) Woot woot!

6) Having a furnace and central air!

Especially the central air. I don’t think I could survive being pregnant in 90 plus degree weather in our old house with just the window AC unit. I’m hot all the time and I even have the luxury of setting the temperature ridiculously low here. It is awesome. Plain and simple.

7) Character

This is something we loved about this house the second we laid eyes on it, and we’ve been incredibly blessed to find even more under pink, blue, and tan carpet. It started with the beautiful old wood trim and doors and the creaky stairs, and now we have the hardwood floors too. Plus, there is nothing cookie cutter about this house and that was really important to us. Love, love, love.

8) Our screened in porch and swing.

The pretty porch swing on a gorgeous spring day!

The pretty porch swing on a gorgeous spring day!

I knew we would enjoy this, but again, I underestimated how much. It’s so relaxing to sit together as a family and enjoy the nice breeze. My only wish would be that we were a little further off from the road, but usually traffic isn’t too bad anyway.

9) There is so much potential!

Of course, we wouldn’t have bought the place without it, but everyday I’m amazed at how much we’ve been able to do and then the huge amount of things still left on our to-do lists! I’m so very excited to see just what our forever home becomes! :)

10) That it’s something to be proud of.

I love our home!

I love our home!

Don’t get me wrong, we were proud of our first little house, but it was one that more picked us than us picking it. Plus, I think it’s pretty sweet that at twenty-five and twenty-three we have a house that we refer to as our forever home. I’m not saying that to brag- the Lord knows none of this would be possible without His HUGE blessings! I thank God everyday for this immense responsibility and pray that we will be good stewards of it. And I don’t think there is anything wrong with taking pride in our home as long as we remember that it truly isn’t ours, but a blessing God gave us for a time.

So there you have it- my top ten loves after calling this place home for not quite two months. It’s already been a ton of fun and I might sound like a broken record, but I know both Corey and I feel blessed beyond belief. Don’t worry though- tomorrow I get to be a negative Nancy and post my top ten hates! :) Stay tuned!

And P.S. I was too lazy to link up my various posts of projects I mentioned on here… Yep, I’m a bad blogger. Feel free to explore my blog though and see the adventures we’ve had so far and maybe later I will come back and add proper links! :)

Beautifying the Kitchen

For those of you wanting to know the latest progress on the Floor Refinishing Extravaganza (you can read part one and part two of the process here), you’re going to have to wait for (probably) tomorrow. We only had time to get one coat of poly on yesterday so Corey’s gonna poly the rest of it up today. He has to sleep this afternoon since he works tonight, so we might not finish it all, but regardless it’ll be soon! And then y’all will get the big reveal and all the gory details… We shall see how it goes! :)

But for today’s post I’m going to focus on a couple of the smaller projects I did this weekend to pretty up my kitchen. Sorry, but you don’t get to see the pink fabric project yet, though I did get that started this weekend. Hopefully I’ll get to share that sometime this week, too.

The first “kitchen beautifying” project I did was “making” curtains for the window. I did a project similar to this to make a shower curtain for our old house and it turned out wonderfully so I figured it would be good to try out once more.

Now, let me get one thing straight- I may have posted this before, but it’s probably not bad to reiterate… I do NOT sew. If there was anything in the world that I can’t currently do but wish that I could, sewing is probably it. For whatever reason, that talent surpassed me. My grandma sews wonderfully. My mom doesn’t do it often, but she is capable. Me, nope. Nada. Although I can sew a button on like a champ. That’s beside the point, though…

So when I say I “made” curtains, there’s a reason for the quotes. It’s a very loose interpretation of the word. Here’s how it went down:

1) Search for curtains I like for our kitchen. Come up empty. Search the Internet for tutorials on how to make my own. Remember I can’t sew. Come up with a different solution.

2) Buy a plain white valance from Walmart.com since there hasn’t been one in the stores I’ve checked out:

The curtain... I took this pic after I took it out of the bag, so yes, the bag is empty! :)

The curtain… I took this pic after I took it out of the bag, so yes, the bag is empty! :)

3) Buy some ribbon at Walmart and some Heat n Bond iron-on adhesive at Joann’s (I think they sell this at Walmart too, but I was at Joann’s when this made its way to my list, so Joann’s got my moola!).

4) Get home and get to work- first take the curtain out of the package and realize it’s pretty wrinkly and probably should be washed, but since I’m lazy and don’t want to add a step, decide to just iron it since I have to get the iron out anyway. Get said iron out.

5) Iron the curtain.

6) My curtain was 57″ if I remember correctly. For my first strip of ribbon I measured out 60″ worth of ribbon. The second one I just eyeballed.

7) Mark with a pencil three inches from the seam of the curtain all along the curtain. I wasn’t about to worry about it being perfect- that’s part of the beauty of this project! :)

My imperfect three inch from the seam marks! :)

My imperfect three inch from the seam marks! :)

8) Iron on the Heat n Bond along the marked lines. I did this in segments and ironed on the ribbon for each segment too, so it was a bit easier to manage and keep straight.

The green ribbon all ironed on- note the overhang... You just cut that off!

The green ribbon all ironed on- note the overhang… You just cut that off!

9) Mark a line with a pencil two inches above the bottom of the first ribbon strip for the second strip:

Real scientific, I tell ya! :)

Real scientific, I tell ya! :)

10) Repeat step eight for this ribbon strip. Here’s some pics of the process, though I didn’t ever operate the iron and snap pictures at the same time like a real pro would! :)

The strip of Heat n Bond before I ironed it on.

The strip of Heat n Bond before I ironed it on.

Before I ironed the ribbon onto the Heat n Bond.

Before I ironed the ribbon onto the Heat n Bond.

11) Cut off any overhang of the ribbon and then hang that pretty little thing up! :)

12) And admire your absolutely no sewing required handiwork!

Ignore the bad lighting and just take in the beauty! :)

Ignore the bad lighting and just take in the beauty! :)

I’m pretty proud of it. I love simple projects that help prettify and finish off a room… Especially when no sewing is required! :)

The other kitchen beautification project was probably even more simple… To the point words probably aren’t even necessary:

Self explanatory?

Self explanatory?

Quick and easy! Buy a few cardboard block letters at Joann’s, spray paint them black, and there you are! :) Although Corey and I had a good chuckle when I first put them up:

Fail. Although it might work... Eat, fat... It relates! :)

Fail. Although it might work… Eat, fat… It relates! :)

Once I put some little wood blocks underneath it though it looked much better:

EAT... Not fat!

EAT… Not fat!

And there you have it! :) Just a wee bit of time and my kitchen is a little more beautiful!

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! :)

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!

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? :)

Weekend Accountability: The Project List

There’s nothing like accountability to motivate me to do what I should be doing, and what better way than this little blog? :) Corey and I have a lovely little weekend to-do list, so I figured I will share it here, and then when the weekend is over, I’ll either show the completed projects, or admit defeat! Let’s hope it’s the first!

So here it is-

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.

There you have it. It should be completely doable. Should. Wish us luck! :)

And because no blog post is complete without at least one picture, here’s a little hodgepodge of some of the highlights of what I will be looking at this weekend:

picstitch

Yay, weekends! :)

 

Painting…Ick.

Can I just come right out and say it? -I HATE painting. It’s miserable and awful and no fun. Sure, I love the finished product, but the process to getting there, well, sucks.

First off I’m convinced all of those cute little house blogs you see where people paint their whole darn house in a weekend are lies. The only way it could successfully happen is because:

a) These people have too much time on their hands.

b) These people do not have a crazy three year old.

c) These people are secretly professional painters or something of the like.

It’s one of the above, or maybe a combination, that allows people to be way more productive in the painting department than I will ever be.

I didn’t even finish my kitchen. Yep, I’m a little embarrassed to actually say that out loud, let alone put it in writing, but unfortunately it’s true. I went into the house Saturday all, “Whoo! Let’s do this!” and left a couple of hours later all, “This sucks and I’m never painting again.”

Here’s a before shot:

This is the only blank wall in the kitchen and well, if there WAS an after, only the cutting in around the doors, baseboard, and ceiling (thanks, hubby, for conquering the ladder for me!) would be done. Oops.

This is the only blank wall in the kitchen and well, if there WAS an after, only the cutting in around the doors, baseboard, and ceiling (thanks, hubby, for conquering the ladder for me!) would be done. Oops.

And well, I didn’t even bother with an after. However, I did take this picture of my little man while we were having a picnic lunch in the middle of the living room:

Love this little cheeser! :)

Love this little cheeser! :)

And this is the color I used, Behr color matched to Benjamin Moore’s Stonington Gray:

This is probably going to appear in more than one room in our house! :)

This is probably going to appear in more than one room in our house! :)

But sorry, that’s all you get for now!

In my defense, apart from the crazy three year old and really not planning the little time I did have wisely, my biggest excuse is being pregnant. The use of ladders is out, and it’s really hard to properly paint 9 foot ceilings when you can hardly reach the top of door frames, let alone the top of the wall. Plus I wasn’t really feeling the greatest, which put a damper on my get up and go. I know, excuses, excuses.

Maybe it will get done after all the moving is wrapped up this week and we are actually living at the new house. Maybe by the end of next weekend? That’s gonna be my goal, but no promises, okay? :)

Oh, and the official grand tour of the house is almost ready to post… I just have a few more finishing touches and then I will share! :)