Worst Blogger Ever

Seriously, y’all, it’s official. I’m a terrible blogger. Granted it’s not like I have a huge following and I do it more for me than others, but I think that’s part of the reason why I get so disappointed in myself when I fail to post. I enjoy writing. I want to do it more and better. For some reason, I’m awful at making it a priority. I let life get in the way.

But for starters, I need to get this off my chest. Part of why I avoid blogging sometimes is because once I enter blogland, it’s so easy to get caught up in the I need that trap. The what I have isn’t good enough trap. The more more more even if I don’t have the money and I’m happy the way it is trap. It’s not good. Period. I need to get a handle of that in myself, especially because of our financial situation currently. And if not blogging for a bit is the way to do it, that’s what’s gonna happen. Yes, it’s disappointing. Yes, I’m trying to do better. I need to be content. So I’m working on that.

And while I’m giving y’all my excuses, I do have a few pretty legit ones besides my green monster syndrome…

Like this little princess’s first surgery:

To the right, our before picture, and on the left my baby girl ready for surgery and then sleeping in my arms afterwards.

To the right, our before picture, and on the left my baby girl ready for surgery and then sleeping in my arms afterwards.

She was such a trooper and I’m so proud of her. Another surgery is in her future, and that is most definitely scary, but I’m so thankful we did make it past the first hurdle. God is good.

And can we just settle on Miss Adaleigh possibly being the cutest eight month old alive? This is from the night before her surgery:

Adorable.

Adorable.

We also had a weekend where Corey was in Florida and I had to man the kids alone. Corey’s grandpa passed away and he went to the funeral. It was definitely a challenge being apart in some ways, but easier than I expected in others. I found it easy to check of my to-do list knowing that a) no one else was there to do it so the quicker I just did it the better and b) if I got it all done before he got back we could have quality family time! Anyway, I’m so glad he’s back now!

What else?

We celebrated an absolutely beautiful Mother’s Day:

I love these two so!

I love these two so!

And this weekend we have Mr. Tatum’s dance recital:

My boy in his "Bob the Builder" tap dance costume.

My boy in his “Bob the Builder” tap dance costume.

I’m so excited for it! He woke up sick today, but seems to be improving, so hopefully that continues! :)

Oh! And we have actually done a tiny bit of home work… The front door is painted:

Maybe not the best picture, but I love it!

Maybe not the best picture, but I love it!

We also put in a different door knob, which may not be super noticeable, but I love it. I really wanted something more fitting to the home’s original character and we found the perfect fit on an old beat up door left in our garage from the previous owners. Here’s a side by side before and after, although I didn’t have the exact same angle on the two photos:

Before and After

Before and After

The color is the bottom one of the paint samples of the before photo, called Half Moon Bay. I’m pretty sure it’s a Dutch Boy paint color, but we got it in Pittsburgh Grand Distinction paint. I’m really pleased with how it turned out and am hoping to get more done in our screened in porch area, too.

And in case you’re wondering, I am planning on a one year post… Or, on this case, a one year one month post. We shall see if that happens! :)

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!

The Finish Line

Yep, I can see it!

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I don’t know if any of y’all are distance runners, but I ran cross country and track in high school, and I remember all too well the feeling of exhiliration when you’d get to that last little bit of the race when your body ached and you were exhausted but you could finally see the finish line! Somehow, somewhere, you’d find the strength to “kick it in,” as my coach would say and it felt oh so good! :)

Okay, okay, so what’s all that have to do with our forever home, or anything at all really?

Well, so glad you asked! :) I can finally see the finish line when it comes to some of the projects we’ve had on our to-do list since moving in and I’m starting to get that crazy excited feeling!

I’m the most pumped about the baby’s room. We are finally at the stage where I can see it coming together. The main painting is completely done except for a few minor touch ups that will need done once we finish the trim. We do still have to paint the ceiling, but that should be pretty quick and painless! :) Corey finished replacing the “bad” parts of the trim today… I’m not sure if I ever explained the trim situation in the baby’s room, but the previous owners had used a completely different type of trim around the door frame than the rest of the room and it drove me crazy! There was also a portion that didn’t have quarter round on the bottom of the baseboards, though the rest of the room did. However, thanks to my husband finally fixing the trim after his wifey poo went in and pulled the mismatched part off herself being amazing and realizing baby girl will be here in two months so we better get a move on it, it now all matches and there is quarter round in place where it should be! It’s just waiting for a fresh coat of white paint (the trim in her room is currently purple… It’s not pretty!)! And since we all know my obsession with lists, here is what the remaining items on the baby’s room to-do list are:

-paint trim and doors white
-touch up small spots on walls
-paint the ceiling
-find a dresser!!!
-update lighting
-finish chair
-decorate! :)

The chair will be done this weekend. I might do the light too- I have a fun little project for that which I can’t wait to share! We shall see about the painting… I hate painting! :) And I’ve been on a crazy mission to find a dresser for her room, but so far have had zero luck. This is partly because I’m cheap and partly because there are no dressers on craigslist, at the thrift stores, or anywhere else I’ve looked that match the measurements we need. Talk about frustrating! Maybe I will get lucky this weekend {fingers crossed!}! But see- the finish line is in sight! Which means the big nursery reveal is also in sight! YAY! :)

We also started cleaning out garages this week! My garage (aka the small garage) is officially cleaned out! Organized? Well… We will get there. Cleaned out is enough for now! :)

My Jeep EASILY fits now instead of being packed in!

My Jeep EASILY fits now instead of being packed in!

Corey’s garage (aka the big garage) will be the more complicated task, but I have faith in us. Plus, the weather has been cooler which makes me much more motivated to go outside. And my parents plan to have a garage sale next weekend, so that’s a tiny bit of motivation, too, so we can get rid of some of our junk and hopefully make some moola! :) I still want to have our own garage sale, too, and summer is ticking away so the motivation keeps on coming!

After that, the only other project that has a mandatory “before the baby is here” due date is cleaning up our dining room/extra bedroom. This is one of those projects that isn’t hard, just time consuming and very not fun. Hence why we keep putting it off!

And there you have it- my view of the finish line! Unfortunately it isn’t completely a true finish line, because we have a ton of other projects that will still be on the to-do list, just not the “before the baby is here” one! I guess I can look at it as this race is almost over, and then it’ll be on to the next one! :)

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:

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Yay, weekends! :)