Friday, March 18, 2016

House Tour: Before

Before we moved anything into the house, I took a few pictures.  Again, these are all with my phone.  I really need to break out my camera soon.  But I wanted to share these, as we have been living here for almost 3 months already.

This is the view from the entry way.  To the left is the Blue Room, and the right is the upstairs.  The wall straight back to the left is the pantry, and behind that - the kitchen.

One side of the Blue Room.  Now you know where it gets the name - blue carpet. 

The other side of the Blue Room... those windows! (If you can look past the curtains)

Remember how we moved in December- and look at how green the grass was!

The kitchen.  This window has the same view as you see above.  through the wall on the left is the Blue Room, and on the right you can see the cabinets that came down. 

The eat in kitchen area. 

The view from the kitchen area to the downstairs. 

Standing in the same place as the above photo, looking back at the front door.  

After you go down about 4 steps, this is the living room. 

This is the basement.  It is below front door and the blue room.  That door goes out to stairs that take you into the garage... the only place that you can get from the garage to the inside.  I love that even in the basement there is a huge window. 

The other side of the basement.  

One of my favorite features of the house... the workshop. 

This is the guest room- which is bigger than all three bedrooms in our old house put together. This is on the same level as the living room. 

At the top of the stairs is Henry's room.

And the master, with our own private deck!! And more ugly curtains. 

The view from the deck... 

The small, but perfectly fine master bath.

I love the big closest in the master... with built in shoe racks. 

 Zoey's room. She had taken a bag of toys over to see the new house.  And already made a mess.  This was actually the first demo that we did.... that built in desk was cute, but was leaning off the wall... hanging on by a nail.  I didnt want anyone to get hurt, so off it went. 

This is the kids bathroom.  Lovely blue... They kids love that they get to go potty in a blue toilet :)

This tub is actually amazing... wide and deep.  Will likely not replace it, and get it refinished instead. 

So that is the house before we moved it, and started to make it our own.  There is years of work here... but we are so excited about it.  And when it gets too overwhelming, we just look at the view, and remind ourselves that this is our forever home, and we can take our time making it perfect!

Friday, March 11, 2016

Happy 4th Birthday!

Henry and Zoey turned 4 on March 7th.  I had about 5 posts that I started and then erased.  I can't really put into words how I feel about this.  It is both amazing (they are fun, funny, smart, kind, and can't wait to see who they are going to become and for the fun year ahead) and terrifying (they were just born, and yet they are not toddlers anymore. They will soon enter kindergarten, and time will just continue to speed way too fast). 

So, I will just leave you with the annual picture with the elephant!

Oh, and this one, because it makes me laugh.  I asked them if I could take a picture, and they both marched over to the white wall- am I that bad already?  Someone was excited, and someone was still asleep. 

When they were younger, it would take me 100 pictures to get one worth using... now I can get a good one with only 2 pictures, and a really good bribe :)

Now off to enjoy my 4 year olds!

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

White Wall Wednesday

When I finished painting the kitchen, there was one big white wall (on the right side of the below picture).... and it was just begging to have art work on it.

But then I realized how it got perfect morning sun, and I could get some amazingly fun pictures of the kiddos!

And now I never want to hang pictures there.  I am sure that in time, I will tire of such a blank wall (or my kids will stop letting me take their picture in the same spot every day), but in the mean time, I am putting the wall to good use.  Look for future white wall pictures!

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Black is the new Black

When we were moving into the new house, I told the kids that they could pick their wall color.  I wanted to make sure the liked their rooms, to try to minimize any emotion caused by the move.  From day one, Henry said he wanted a black room.  I thought he would change his mind, so I kept asking, and he still insisted on black.  But "mom, just one wall black, otherwise the nightmares might come" so one wall it was. 

So, I had a day off, and I got all ready to paint.  It is really hard to get a good picture of the one wall that I was painting, but here is the before:

And a couple of afters:


I really love it!! I have to say, I thought that it would take 16 coats, but I used Clark and Kensington from Ace, and 1.5 coats did the trick! 

Henry was so excited when he came home and saw his room!  The other walls are still a dirty yellow, so those will be replaced with white shortly.  And, he doesn't know it yet, but some super sweet Super Hero art is coming to jazz up the black wall!  I cant wait for it to be finished and share it with him, and you all!

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Girls Weekend

In early February my college girlsfriends (minus one) got together in LA  Kelly was living there (and moved the week after we visited).  It was the perfect weekend of friends and fun.

We landed and went right to the taping of the Conan show.  It was pretty interesting to see how things worked!

The next day, we headed out for a hike... a major hill in Malibu with some great views.  It was a challenge, especially carrying that champagne bottle up the hill!

The next day we took the train to Santa Barbara to drink some wine :)

The train ride home... classy wine and Doritos :)

The last day we were all a little out of it- a lot of wine, and we are not in our 20s anymore.  But we did a little shopping and then went to the Getty Museum, such a great view for our last sunset in LA.

I had so much fun, and it was hard to leave.  Between the 6 of us, we live in 4 different states (and now Kelly will be in Japan for 2 years).  With 11 kids and counting between us, and jobs and lives, we are able to get together less and less.  But what is amazing about these girls, is that we can pick right up where we left off.  It is like we just saw each other yesterday.  If only get togethers like this could happen more often.  

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Initial thoughts on moving into a fixer upper:

When looking for a new house we knew that we wanted to find a house that needed work.  A major reason was being able to afford more house in the location that we wanted, but another big reason is that we like projects.

We are nearing two months into our house, and we are slowing (damn wallpaper) making changes.  I think that I have taken down over 1,000 sq feet of wall paper, and there is still more to go! Some of the projects were short and made an instant impact (taking down the kitchen cabinets), while some seemed to take hours and hours (again- damn wall paper).

A few thoughts on moving into a fixer upper:

1. There are endless projects: And that is amazing. And scary.  There is not a single wall in the new house that doesn't need to be painted.  And most of the rooms need new flooring.  And I love that I get to do that... but it can seem daunting.

2. There are too many ideas on Pinterest.  I mean, we all know Pinterest in addicting, but now with a new house and projects that I can actually do.... I have to pin about 50% of my pins to secret boards... not because they are secret, but I don't want people to see how much I am on Pinterest :)

3. You learn to live with chaos and imperfection.  I love to entertain, and if I waited until our house was complete before having people over, it would be YEARS. So I embrace the progress, and use parties as a motivation to check a few more things off my to do list.

 And just for fun... a sneak peak at some paint (unmixed) for Henry's room....

Monday, February 15, 2016

Life Lately

I just got back from a long weekend vacation with my college friends (post coming soon), and 4 hours after landing, I got on another plane for a week long work trip. 

A lot of air planes, and limited sleep.

Over the weekend, I got in many snuggles and family time.  But when the kids were napping or sleeping it was all wallpaper removal....

It is never ending.

I have a set to do list that I want to get done before we host friends and family for Henry and Zoey's 4th birthday - time is ticking!