A breath of fresh air

Our house interior is tan…everywhere. All the walls in every single room. All the ceilings. Everywhere. And on top of that it is flat finish which is not good for high traffic areas or kids with grubby hands. Kids have left oil and dirt marks everywhere. And if I try to clean it, it looks worse or chips the paint off.
So we have been starting the paint selection process. The blending of Husbands and my taste in colors. We agreed on mostly bedrooms colors. Downstairs is giving us a bit of a challenge as to what color and/or how to divide the colors in the best possible way (as we have a very open concept floor plan).
In wanting to rid at least one room of tan, we renovated the guest/downstairs bathroom. It is small so it gave a perfect opportunity to see how well the tan would be to cover up.
Here is what we started with:

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Of course I was blessed with help from some adorable kiddos.

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I had gotten oops paint (what looked to me in the store as a tranquil pale green gray). Well Husband didn’t like it at all. So he picked up some paint. Blue. A very bright blue.

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It was a bit too bright at first for me to be honest. It looked like a straight shot to baby blue or under sea kids themed bathroom. But not wanting to spend more on paint, I did my best to “adult-ify” it (yes I made up that word but you know what I mean). I thought of Husbands and my trip to Maui and remembered how incredibly blue the water was. And it took off from there…

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Custom towel rack rather than builder-yuck towel bar. With, of course, one of pictures from our Maui trip.

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A new mirror (Hobby Lobby clearance score-only $20!!), a shelf with recycled jar, canning jar, and a couple decorative items too.

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It is just a breath of fresh air to walk into. I love the break from tan and it makes me want to tackle more rooms.

It is almost that time…

The other day a package came with some clothes for the kids I had ordered online. Since they were end if season clearance I figured they were mostly next years clothes. So in ordering I order G 2t and up and the boys J kids size 4 and up. (Sigh, he is getting to the point of no longer being able to wear toddler 😦 There is no baby left.) I figured E had plenty of clothes-hand me downs- so I didn’t order for him. Yet another mommy mistake because you know when kids see packages they automatically assume there is something special for them inside.
Well when the packge came, I opened it to double check everything. J found a label that had 4 on it and took it and ran (to put it on of course). That left E with a big fat nothing-or so I thought. In attempts to be fair-ish, I gave J the size 5/6 shirt knowing full well it would be too big-and it was. I then gave E the size 4 shirt J had grabbed initially; I figured it would be too big. Evidently E is bigger that I expected because, while the shirt was big, it wasn’t as big as I thought it would be.
So that created slight panic in my mind. The time is approaching us fast. The time of the boys being in the same size number. J being in a 4 (kids) and E being in a 4T. I see fighting over clothes is coming in the future. How do I expain to the boys who have been looking at numbers for years to determine whose is whose, to just stop and look at whether there is a T or not. Panic is rising in this mommy. And of course it only really matters on their shirts. E still needs the 3T waistband. God help me as I take on this next awkward stage of parenting.

Backyard chickens

Husband has been saying we needed to get some chickens for about a year. I honestly didn’t want them. They seemed to dirty (after all it is more poop to clean up after) and in our old place there really wasn’t room for them. Well now that we are in our new place I don’t really have the space concern as much. So guess what…

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We have four little chicken butts-well four baby chicks anyways. And they are so adorable. The kids absolutely love them.

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Because we went the chick route we are hoping they will be used to the kids resulting in hopefully less chicken pecks. Only down side is we don’t know if they are hens or roosters yet.
But we have at least a start toward our egg laying flock 🙂

In effort…

Moms are mire often than not the one behind the camera trying to capture their kids childhood. I.am certainly no different. My kids see my camera out and they say “cheese” (or looking away if feeling shy that particular day).
But yesterday I made a tiny effort to make sure there was at least one picture of me with my kids. So they know how much I loved being home with them.

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I love it. Because I know I took it just after we got done with a water fight (all of us were more than a little wet). A water fight where there were belly laughs in “getting mom” with the water and squeals of fun anticipation as I chased them with my own water supply. It was a fun summer day filled with great memories.

Decorating as a couple and a steal of a deal

In moving into our first house of our own, Husband and I have been navigating the blending of styles. We agreed and got a gorgeous big clock for our mantel.

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I absolutely love the clock. I love the presence it makes and how you actually see it before the tv because of how the room is situated. We now have to decorated around it; for example, I love the lantern that Husband and I picked out together, but wonder if it has been dwarfed by the size of the clock. And that plant looks like good size but I also know it won’t stay that way; so do we get a bonsai style that will stay that size for years. But that is all in the journey.
I have had luck with our play/school/guest room. Toys are pretty hard to “make pretty” so we have gone function over style. And this is the room where I was able to get my steal of a deal via Craigslist. I had my dad help me get it (Husband was working, I wanted to get it fast before anyone else found it, and honestly you never know who is on the other end of a craigslist exchange). I managed to find a Pottery Barn sofa for a mere $50! Granted it has red slip cover cushions and white body…BUT even if I spent $150 on nice fabric, I would still be way, way ahead of the $900 new sticker price. And the best part was Husband sat on it and gave the seal of “it’s comfortable” approval.
So we will continue on in making a house our home. Though it has been tough not doing every project we want to do right away. (And I think Husband may start tuning out every time I start a conversation with “I saw this thing on Pinterwst…”)