Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter

After church today, I really wanted to get some pictures of our family all dressed up in our Easter clothes. We are never this dressed up and color-coordinated!  So we found a little grassy spot downtown and set up the tri-pod.  It was pretty chilly (mid-50s and cloudy), but the kids did a great job of appeasing me and smiling for the camera, despite being cold.  I’m so thankful because we just don’t have that many pictures of our entire family. 

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Hudson was a goof-ball in these pictures, but I would much rather have silly, happy pictures than grumpy pictures.

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Me and my girl.

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The boys…

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Daddy’s girl

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These two.  I had bought Tyson an orange shirt, but he wanted the blue one just like Hudson’s, so we exchanged it so they could match.  Fun.  I’m sure they won’t be agreeing to matching clothes too much longer.

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And this girl.  She is in such a fun new stage of liking frilly dresses and hair bows. She has a great sense of style and enjoys mixing and matching clothes and putting new outfits together.  I’m enjoying watching her grow up.

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I hope you and your family had a Happy Easter. 

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Birthday Week

Every year, birthday week is a whirlwind.  And this year did not disappoint.

Early on April 1st, Tyson woke up sick and struggling to breathe.  After trying all the usual remedies for those scary croup-like symptoms and not having much success over the course of about 3 hours, I took him to the ER around 7 a.m. that morning, where he got a breathing treatment.  He seemed to be doing better after that and they released him to go home. Then just a few hours later, he was right back to struggling to breathe again. I called our pediatrician’s office and the nurse told us to go back to the ER. While there, he tested positive for flu B, got two more breathing treatments, a dose of a steroid, and a prescription for Tami-flu. And that was the start of birthday week!

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Later that afternoon, Tim played an April Fool’s joke on the kids and told them Mimi and Pop Pop (their grandparents from Florida) were here to surprise them for birthday week.  But when the kids excitedly ran to the door, there was no Mimi and Pop Pop. And then Tim said, “April Fool’s!!” (yes, it was a teensy bit mean) Disappointed and slightly mad, the kids went back to their video games. Then, ‘out of the blue’, the doorbell rang and when the kids went to see who it was, there were Mimi and Pop Pop standing on the other side of the door! Best April Fool’s Ever!!  So. Much. Fun.

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The next day was Peyton’s 6th birthday. 

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We had the cottage room reveal that morning. It was a total hit!

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And then we spent some time at the American Girl doll store, getting Peyton’s doll’s hair done.

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By that afternoon, I was feeling pretty awful and laid down for a two hour nap.  Thankfully, Mimi was there to decorate Peyton’s cake with her. Peyton had the best time and was so proud of herself when it was done.  It turned out amazing, didn’t it?!

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By the next day, Hudson was feeling pretty awful too.

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Thankfully, by Tyson’s (8th) birthday, his Tami-flu had kicked in, so he was feeling a good bit better.

He wanted a camo party with an army man cookie cake. 

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Originally, the plan was to go to Chuck E. Cheese , but we decided we better not go infect all of the kids there with our flu/virus/bugs.

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This year, Tyson wanted a bike with gears, so that’s what he got.

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Hudson was disappointed that both Tyson and Peyton got to celebrate their birthdays with Mimi and Pop Pop and he did not.  So, the next day, we celebrated Hudson.  I was all caked out by then, so I just picked up a little store bought cake and put a Monster Truck smashing a car on top. He was slightly upset that his cake was small, but we really talked it up and convinced him that he had an awesome cake. Crisis averted.

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The rest of the week, the kids and I just continued to fight the crud. We had times when we felt okay and times when we felt pretty bad. I hated that Mimi and Pop Pop were here the one week that we were all so sick.  But, on the other hand, I was so thankful they were here to help.  I’m not sure how we would have survived without them.

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Yesterday, I was convinced that we were finally getting over all our sickness, but then today, Hudson’s fever spiked up to 103 and Peyton started running a fever too, so I was feeling really worn out and discouraged.  I wrote a little blog post over here about how the Lord encouraged me this morning.

Also, earlier this week, I did a home tour here at A Woman’s Haven Blog. Check it out.

Monday, March 31, 2014

The Rose Cottage

We have a small room in our basement, right at the bottom of the stairs, that I’ve never blogged about.  When we moved in, this little room had all wood paneling with no windows. Dark and dreary.

It looked like this.

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As soon as I could, I painted that little room white.  Then we used it as a homeschool room for a while, but we pretty quickly realized that it was much more convenient and enjoyable for us to do homeschooling upstairs in the kitchen where there are windows with sunshine streaming through. So then the little room turned into a toy room. This worked out somewhat okay for us, but all the favorite toys still usually ended up upstairs or somewhere else. And then the little room wasn’t getting used very much.

So a few weeks ago, I had a genius idea to turn the little room into a cottage for Peyton and her baby dolls. I think I was going through creativity withdrawals from not having any house projects going on for a while. Plus, Peyton’s birthday was fast approaching and I thought it would be the perfect birthday present for a six year old girl who loves playing with her babies and having tea parties. 

Once I got Tim on board with the plan (it took a little bit of convincing), we told Peyton about our idea just to make sure she would be excited about it, which she was.  I also wanted her to be part of the decorating process because I knew she would really enjoy picking things out and doing little projects with me.  She decided to name her cottage “Rose Cottage”. 

Although Peyton has done a lot of the shopping with me, Tim and I have kept the door to the room closed and kept the kids out while we’ve worked to transform the room into her cottage.  So seeing everything put together and the room decorated like a cottage will still be a fun surprise for her on her birthday.  Plus, there are a few little things that we’ve gotten that she doesn’t know about.

Much of what is in here are things that we already had on hand, but we also shopped at Ikea, thrift stores, the Habitat ReStore, and on Craigslist.  I wanted it to be Shabby Chic and Tim wanted it to be not expensive.

So, Welcome to Peyton’s Rose Cottage…

First up, her kitchen and coffee bar.

She already had the pink kitchen set, but one of the doors had broken off, so we hung a piece of fabric (a kitchen towel from Ikea) there to give it a cottage/shabby chic vibe.

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The curtains are also kitchen towels from Ikea that Peyton helped me sew. 

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The coffee bar cabinet was a cabinet that was leftover from our kitchen renovation when we ordered the wrong size.  Tim put feet on the bottom and a “countertop” on top.  All the dishes were either thrifted or from Ikea.

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The baby doll bedroom

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The hanging light is from Goodwill (previous picture). Peyton helped me make the burlap pendant.  I found the shutters at the Habitat Restore and painted them. The fur rug is from Ikea.  And the bassinet is from Craigslist.

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This crib bed spring was from the Habitat Restore. 

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This little side table was one that we already had, but Tim cut a section out to make it kid size.  And then I painted it with chalk paint and distressed it.  We already owned the little rocking chair.

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Next up, the dining room…

We used the same Pottery Barn Kids table we’ve had for years.  Peyton asked me to paint it white (because she’s my girl and we all know by now how much I like white) and I switched out the wooden knobs to glass knobs. I also re-painted the chairs that we already had.  I used Annie Sloan chalk paint for both the chairs and the table.

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The chandelier is from Goodwill.  It was brassy gold.  Pink spray paint does wonders.

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More Ikea finds. 

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I sewed two Ikea kitchen towels together to make the table runner.

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And lastly, here’s a few room shots.  One from each side.

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Major props go to Tim for helping me make my vision turn into a reality for our little girl.  He spent hours cutting boards, hanging the lights from the ceiling, and screwing windows and shutters and curtains and bed springs and shelves into the wall. 

Peyton’s birthday is in just a few days and I can’t wait to show her her Rose Cottage. 

Friday, February 28, 2014

February Favorites

I like taking pictures. And I take a lot with my iphone because much of the time, I actually like those better than the pictures my Nikon takes.  Whether it’s the way my iphone interprets the lighting, the different angles I can get, or just the way it composes the picture, many times, there are pictures I can get with my iphone that I just can’t get with my camera. Maybe I just understand how to use my iphone better than the Nikon. I don’t know, but my iphone is usually my go to camera for our everyday life.  Plus I always have it with me, so it’s convenient. So I thought I’d post my favorite iphone pictures that I’ve taken this month.

Peyton is in a new, fun stage of wearing frilly skirts, cardigans, and cowboy boots.  I love, love her style.

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Frilly skirt, cowboy boots, and a baseball glove = awesome.

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One of my new favorites of H-man.  This was on his 4th birthday.

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Again, with the frilly skirt. She’s practicing her twirling.  I hope she never stops dancing.

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My Valentine Tulips from Tim. I like pretty things.

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My two favorite puppies laying in the sunshine.

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My new turquoise kitchenaid. Love. Like I said, I like pretty things. So if I’m gonna buy something for my house, especially if it will sit out, I will pick the pretty one.

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Yummy treats.

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A morning spent painting.

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New paints. Fun colors.

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Reading practice.

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Little helping hands.  I don’t let them help as often as I probably should, but I am trying to do better about that. It’s worth the extra mess and time that it takes to let them help.

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For just a little bit each afternoon, I plop down in my swinging chair with my coffee and take a break while the kids have their “rest time”.  And for that little bit of time, the house is all quiet and peaceful and I just soak it up.

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“..to those loved by God the Father, called and kept safe by Jesus Christ. Relax, everything’s going to be all right; rest, everything’s coming together; open your hearts, love is on the way!” (Jude 1 msg)

Happy Friday!