Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Hazard of Bed Reading

One of the things my son loves to do is read in bed. Now that it's summer break, we give him a little more 'bed reading' time as he calls it. I commented that he looked a little tired and maybe he should just go straight to bed.

He pleaded and we caved. So, when we went in to tell him it was time to be done, we found this:

He's such a cutie!
He's read this book a zillion times.
Not my first choice in literature but I'm not 8, or a boy...

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Craft Room Finally in Working Order!

I'm not sure how long you've been following my little blog, but, a while ago I was wondering what to do with my craft room. I even posted pictures of what it had become. Picture that with a lot of baby furniture, etc. piled on top of the piles.

Fast forward to now. Hubs was itching for me to begin organizing the space. I had no idea what to do but knew that it wasn't working in it's current condition. I've tried working with the existing storage spaces and it just wasn't panning out. With the purchase of our new living room furniture, we were able to get rid of our futon. Problem with that was I stored all of my yarn under the futon. Now I had even more clutter to organize.

Now, if you know anything about me, you know that organizing things is very stressful for me. I get panicked, can't make a decision, and eventually wind up avoiding the space all together. It's quite sad really. All of the free summer time and nowhere to craft!

Hubs got fed up with it and kicked me out of the space. I wasn't allowed in the room until it was done. Had it not taken all day, I would have listened to him. Problem being, I like being around him. So, I would sneak down from time to time just to sit and talk.

He gave me exactly what I never knew I needed. An organized room with tons of storage! He put the room together yesterday and spent the better part of the morning helping me organize. Here is my new space:

Books, magazines, patterns, ball winder, swift, and DVD player.

Small craft projects go in this cabinet.
There are big plans for the (ick) brown doors.
That will be saved for a later post.

All of my yarn is stored on the left shelving unit.
On the right, my fabric.

My fabulous sewing cabinet.
Lots of hidden surprises in this cabinet.
I'm saving that for another post as well.

Here is the person responsible for my wonderful space!
He really is the love of my life.
Thank you honey bunny!!!

Baby Room Remodel...almost done!

So far, I'm very happy with the results. We're at the point where we need to get a couple of things for the walls and decide on what type of curtains I'm going to make. I need to be sure to get enough fabric so I can make a coordinating pillow for the glider/rocker chair. It's exactly what we were looking for. I mentioned it to a friend at knitting group and she happened to be getting rid of hers. I can't believe how lucky we were! Thanks Julie!

We are keeping all of the baby items in the room.
Please disregard the stroller and swing for now.

Don't the colors go great together? I'm in love!

Changing table. Note the artwork that still needs to be hung.
I'm waiting until I get the rest of the wall decor before deciding where everything goes.

Another changing table pic.

Crib and swivel/glider chair.
I can totally see myself falling asleep in that chair holding a snugly baby!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Baby room pause

We took a break today. I washed the new bedding we picked out for the room. I even set it up. Then, got sidetracked by life. We went to two doctor's appts. today (3D ultrasound pics taken & awesome) and decided to go fishing with friends.

So, instead of baby pictures and room progress, I'm going to prove that we do know how to do things besides work on the house!

A legitimate catch. Excellent work honey bunny!

We threw out the little guy's line first.
He caught this one before we had a chance to bait the 2nd hook!
He's a natural.

Hubs caught this one first, but, I had to save it for last. It's just too ridiculous! See why I love him so much. He has bouts of goofiness every now and then.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Transformation into a Baby Room - Phase IV

The carpet has been installed and now it's time for furniture. We got a brand new beautiful crib the other day. With the bones of the room in place, it was time to bring in the bed.

Waiting to be unwrapped.

The little guy helping dad out. I'm loving every minute of it!

Learning how to use an alan wrench.

Dad showing him how to remove the wrench. It was a snug fit!

Voila! All it needs is bedding.

I'm loving the color of the wood.

So far, this is all that's in the room. We are still looking for the perfect chair.

This is one of the few things we have left from our first son's baby room.
It's a dresser that we use as a changing table.
It's been used by every boy in our house!

Now it's decision making time. How will I accessorize? I'm a bit stumped right now. I'll need to do some window shopping. We tried to look for crib sets but found ZERO. The only store I've seen them at is the only kids store in town. It would be nice to have a bit more variety than that. I'll need to do some digging. If anyone has suggestions, my ears are wide open.

Transformation into a Baby Room - Phase III

Carpet people! We have beautiful carpet in the baby's room. The installers did a wonderful job. We're off to the hardware store for new outlets (can't have off white outlets with white trim). Once that's done, we'll start bringing in furniture. I'm super excited!!!

Carpet people! We have beautiful carpet in the baby's room. The installers did a wonderful job. We're off to the hardware store for new outlets (can't have off white outlets with white trim). Once that's done, we'll start bringing in furniture. I'm super excited!!!

Monday, June 14, 2010

Transformation into a Baby Room - Phase II (part 2)

I was able to get a picture of the room with the painting done. Tomorrow we are getting carpet installed. Then the fun starts. My fantastic parents supplied our wee one with a new crib! The little guy and I went with my Dad to the baby store and picked it up this evening. We are very excited to put it together tomorrow.

For now, I'll leave you with this:

Sorry about the glare. The walls were still a bit wet but I wanted to show them off before the carpet came in.

My little hambino! He did a great job helping and is excited about all of the work there is to do tomorrow. We are planning on painting his room Wednesday.

Transformation into a Baby Room - Phase II

Painting = ugh

I don't think you have to know my husband, or me for long to know that we love a freshly painted room. We just don't like to do the painting part. We've tried to leave the gallon of paint into the room and see if it would paint itself, but, that method doesn't work.

Since hubs likes edging less than me, I edged the room. He used the paint roller (between soccer games, etc.) and the little guy and I finished using the roller. So far, we only have one coat of paint up. It's take me FOUR HOURS. Is that even normal? The room is only 9'x11'.

You'll be seeing the room with only one coat of paint as it will be too dark by the time we finish. Tomorrow, when the carpet is installed, you'll see a finished paint job and a lovely floor!

So far, here's our progress:

Hubs getting started on the walls. I love this picture because you can see the purple color the room used to be. It was painted that color when my cousin came to live with us 8+ years ago. (I'm slow to change things) Notice the pepto pink in the closet. Not sure when that happened. It was like an archaeological dig when we took the carpet out. We knew there was gray but we also found DARN blue fragments as well. Interesting....

This technically doesn't break any child labor rules as we aren't paying him. I saved the closet for him to paint. He did such a good job. The little guy seems to really be enjoying the process of re-doing a room. Granted, he knows his room is next. Stay tuned for that one. The color choice alone will be enough to come back!

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Transformation into a Baby Room - Phase I

Please forgive me for not taking pictures with the furniture and carpet. I completely forgot about it before hubs got bit by the "let's make a room for baby bug". You'll just have to believe me about the scads of mis-matched furniture, hideous gray matted carpet, and stuffed to the gills closet. If you doubt me, ask my parents/sisters/friends allowed in that room/neighbors/garbage men.

I have, however, managed to take pictures of the following:

Big brother getting the room ready for his little brother. He's helping pull out staples from the old carpet. I love that he enjoys this kind of stuff. It's fun to see him growing up and to see him like to do the things that I don't like. It's win win!

Hubs getting that last staple out of the floor. The little guy couldn't get a good grip on it.

The love of my life taking the blinds down. I asked him to gesture his thoughts on the room at it's former state. That's him attempting to give it a thumbs down.

This is to show you the trim. I hate love painting trim. The only thing that honestly makes it more tolerable is when there isn't any flooring to get in the way. I don't have to worry about messing it up as much. This is the only room that I'll be able to do that in, unless I can talk hubs into changing the flooring in our bedroom. Crossing my fingers on that one!

Just another view of the trim. Planning on having the final coat on it tonight. Tomorrow, we'll put the beautiful wall color up. Stay tuned!

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Take Me Out to the Ball Game...

Tonight was the little guys first baseball game of the season. He was very excited until he found out he was in left field for the entire game and nobody hit to left field. Let's just say he was bummed. I had to explain that (at this age) kids don't pick where to hit the ball, it goes where it wants to. His job was to be ready IF it goes to where he is. Poor fella.

He cheered up when it was his turn to bat. He scored twice for his team!

warming up


ready to run to second base

just scored for the first time this year

Five Guys with my Two Guys

Yesterday hubs decided it was time for me to try Five Guys. So, after a morning of carpet shopping for the baby's room, we stopped for a bite to eat.

I ordered a cheeseburger. Note to those who aren't in the know, their cheeseburgers are DOUBLE cheeseburgers. If you want a single, order a junior. I didn't know that. Also, if you're wanting toppings, you have to specify what you want, otherwise it's plain.

Another note, a single order of large fries is more than enough for two adults and an 8 year old in the middle of a HUGE growth spurt. (Cajun fries are good)

The little guy wanted a grilled cheese. He got one with lettuce, tomato, and mayo. It was quite tasty.

Final report, hubs had another great idea. Five Guys serves excellent burgers. Not too expensive (if you know how to order). Oh, I almost forgot to mention, they give you free peanuts too. We didn't partake, but, fun nonetheless.

Monday, June 07, 2010

Ice Cream Truck

While I never experienced the ice cream truck driving by my house as a kid (we lived in the country), it is something that happens on a regular basis in our neighborhood during summer months.

Hubs and I were in the backyard working on the pool and the garden when the little guy stuck his head in an opening in the fence and said, "Dudes, the ice cream truck, the ice cream truck!!!"

Needless to say, he stopped it while Dad searched for loose change and I the camera. When all was said and done, our little guy, his buddy from across the street, and his buddy's little sister were all one sorbet bar heavier.

I love the summer!

Garden Part Deux

Here are the pictures I promised. Not much to look at now, but, something to remember as the summer progresses. Yes, there are weeds already, we're pacing ourselves....

Sunday, June 06, 2010


It was bound to happen. We finally got around to planting our garden. Don't ask what took so long, we are about 1/2 month behind our regularly late schedule. In all my excitement, I forgot to take pictures. I'll be out to take some when it's light out and post what we've started with this year. For now, I'll leave you with a rundown of what we have:

Roma tomatoes
Sugar peas
Bell peppers (2 varieties)
Salsa peppers

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

The Importance of Reading

Guess who has decided he needs to start reading to the baby every night? I am totally loving these moments!

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Squee!!! First baby item!

I'm excited. We're going to get the first thing for the baby that's new! I'm LOVING all of the things that my friends have given me (we were the first of our friends to have a baby the first time and didn't get lucky 2nds), BUT, this is the first thing for baby #2 that won't be a hand me down. Also, hubs doesn't want a 2nd hand carseat and that's ok. I understand his concerns. That, and I TOTALLY love this stroller/car seat combo.

It's the same stroller as before, BUT, hubs picked the color out. He done good!

The color is called, "Romantic". Fitting don't you think?