Thursday, January 28, 2016

Wall Paper Removal #1

So, one of the downsides of this house, is that there is a lot of wallpaper. I am talking about nearly 50% of the walls covered in stripes, flowers, marble and other ugly patterns that were popular in the 70's.  The view from our kitchen, once the cupboards came down.

The top layer of this wall paper was pretty easy, it came down in big(ish) sheets.

After the top layer came down, we used Chomp wall paper stripper and a scrapper to remove the glue layer.  I would like to say I researched this at least, but nope... it was a gift from friends.  So, I don't have a comparison point to other wall paper strippers, but man, this stuff works awesome.

Once all the wallpaper and glue layers were down, I patched a few dings and dents.  Notice, this wall was never painted.  They put the wallpaper right over the bare sheet rock!

I was on a roll and ready to paint...

And the glorious after:

It looks so fresh and crisp.  (Just ignore the light and the wall paper on the wall below- that is half removed.  That is a fun story for another post). 

While I did all most of the removing and painting, Nate put on the finishing touches that made me so happy: white light switches.

The old light switches had the wall paper on them - gross.  And, even when it was removed they were a dirty beige.  White for the win.

The lights that we picked out are a little different that I thought I was going for, and I love them even more!  Can't wait to show them off!

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Dance Party 2016

There is so much space in our new house- the kids can run and play all they want, without needing to move the furniture.  Saturday afternoon Zoey decided that she wanted a dance party with Nate, seeing as she was wearing her tutu.  I tried to get it quickly on my phone. 

The Sprinkler...

The Lawnmower...

The Swim....

The Snorkel...

Bootie Bump...

Henry saw my camera out, and wisely decided that he didn't want to be a part of it... until I set the camera down and joined in. 

Monday, January 18, 2016

Picking out Kitchen Lights

Now that we took down the kitchen cabinets, we need to get some lights.  There are 3 lights that can all be seen together.  I actually love looking at lights - it is a challenge.  I dont really like to just pick a matching set- but want the lights to look a like and go together.

I am leaning towards black this time around- I don't know why. 

Option 1 is less than $250 for all three lights

1 / 2 / 3

I really like option 2, but at around $450, this one is pretty high cost (for me). 

4 / 5 / 6

 I love all the lines in option 3, and at $350, it is a happy medium between option 1 and 2.
7 / 8 / 9

Then going rouge, and looking at silver/chrome.  While I love  the big chandelier, I think that I might want this to be in the (distant) future dining room... not over the casual kitchen table.  And at $450, this is more of an investment than I would want to make unless I know it is for the long run. 
10 / 11 / 12

After looking at all of these, I might want to do 1, 2, and 6 together.

Do you have a favorite? 

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Demo Time

The kitchen is the heart of the home.  And I truly believe that. After we knocked down a wall and extended our counter top in our last kitchen, my only regret was that we didn't do it sooner.  

This kitchen had much more cabinets than our last one, a full pantry, and tons of potential.  While it is by no means a dream kitchen, we wanted to make it as functional as possible for us until we can do a full reno. 

The main thing making the kitchen less than ideal was the cupboards between the kitchen and the dining room.  They were so low, blocking off any view or functionality.  Might as well have had a full wall. 

When moving in, we didn't put any dishes in these shelves, because we knew they were coming down.  So we wont miss the cabinet space.

Doors came off quickly....  So we lived like this for about 2 weeks.....

But it still blocked my view too much.

On Saturday morning, we made the decision that it was time for the cabinets to go.  While I occupied the kids with some new paints... Nate was pulling nails.  This this was held up with a bunch of HUGE nails and one gigantic bolt. 

After all the nails came down, and the kids were napping, I climbed up into the attic to loosed the bolt.  A little pulling (Thanks Annie and Jeff) and the cabinets were off!


So open and wonderful.

There are a few trim and ceiling fixes to be taken care of, and some new lighting needed, but for now, I am enjoying being in the kitchen as being able to see half the house!

Also, clearly my cell phone pictures aren't doing it.  I get so excited to do stuff, that I forget to take actual/good pictures.  I will work on that. Maybe.

Friday, January 8, 2016


Is anyone still there?

Remember how I said that I was going to blog more often? No, me neither.

Well, I really did have a plan to blog more often, mostly to capture memories for the kids.  But I found that Instagram is a much better way to quickly share what is going on.  And, if I focus too much on 'capturing the memory' then I find that I am not enjoying it as much as I should.  So blogging was put on the back burner (or maybe put in a Tupperware and in the back of the fridge- forgotten leftover style).

But I have a new motivation.  I have a new purpose!  We bought a house!  And not just any house, a house that has a project list 10 miles long! I want to use this blog to keep up my motivation, keep track of what we have done, and keep me sane!  And there will likely be posts of the kids too.

We closed on this house mid December, so we have a few weeks of catching up to do- soon.

But for now, the day we closed on our house - look at the green grass...

Monday, April 20, 2015

Florida Vacation Part 1

We recently took a family vacation to Florida.  It was a christmas gift from my parents, and we all agree it was better than any material gift we could ever get.  7 days of family fun in the sun... it was awesome. 

The kids did really well on the flight.  They were entertained by movies and games on the ipad.  Snacks helped too, 

The house we rented was amazing.  Right on the beach, awesome views, a tiki bar next to a sandbox, and a large fishtank. 

This was the view that I woke up to every morning... awesome. 

The view from the porch. 

I loved morning snuggles from my nieces...  Brynnie is the best snuggler.

The first day we arrived it was a little chilly, but it was the perfect day to go into town.  Shopping, eating lunch and playing at the park.  

Kendall and Zoey - they were so cute together the whole trip... I don't think that they have ever had this much consistant cousin time, and they loved it. 

Our favorite street in all of St. Augustine.  The pictures do not come close to doing it justice... the moss hanging down and the huge old trees were so pretty.

 I didn't think that Henry and Zoey were going to nap - too much excitement.  But they played so hard that napping was not an issue (as long as they were separated).  Vacations are hard work!

We spent alot of time at the beach, playing in the sand, finding sea shells, and jumping in the waves.  Zoey spend a lot of time at the beach being terrified of Jelly fish and dragonflies.  Would scream if you tried to set her down on the sand or in the waves.  Of course, then the last morning, she was all about the beach, and said she loved it.  Toddlers. 

We ate all but one dinner at the house, so after plenty of time in the sand and sun we would shower and head to the tiki bar, where the kids could play in the sand, the guys could grill, and beers were served.  Most often they were severed by our waitress, Kendall. 

Zoey insisted that her dress ribbon was actually a headband of a pirate.  I guess that is what you get from going to the pirate museum. 

We did not want to leave, and Henry and Zoey ask to go back to the pink house almost daily!  

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Gymnastics Party

For Henry and Zoey's 3rd birthday party, we went to a gymnastics gym.  I wanted something fun for them, rather than just playing at our house.  Our niece had done this for her third birthday party, and I had so much fun watching all the kids run and play (while mine were still crawling around).  So, we booked their birthday party on the night of their birthday.  And it did not disappoint. 

Seriously, the kids had a blast! They listened to the leader, played so hard - they were sweating, and laughed the whole time.  I tried to capture pictures, but half the time it was more fun to watch them, rather than be behind the camera, and the other half, they were moving so fast, that even in sports mode, the pictures came out blurry. 

But, here are some from my favorite gymnastics station of the night... the kids were running down the long trampoline and jumping into the foam block pit.  Seriously hilarious.  First, I got into the foam pit to get the action shots...  And they were funny, but most kids just kind of stepped off the end into the foam: see Zoey. 

Then there was the way Henry jumped into the foam pit. 

Then, I moved up to get pictures of all the kids running down the tramp.  





(Sweaty) Zoey



After an hour of Gymnastics, there was pizza, cake pops and gifts.  Seriously- they are so old looking!

Henry and Zoey are so lucky to have such great friends and family around.  They also have great friends and family that is not near to send them cards, pictures, call Nate and I, etc.  

Bring on the threenage years. 

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Three Years Old!

Its official.  Henry and Zoey are now 3!

To my Zoey: You are such a sweet little girl.  You love to help, pretend to be a puppy, and watch movies.  You frequently tell people you love them, and will always tell me I look beautiful in the morning.  You also say you look beautiful too.  You are the first one to wake up in the morning, and don't stop talking for the next 10 minutes. You love to eat, and many foods are 'your favorite'.  You don't like to be in trouble, and you tend to be a little bit of a tattle tale.  When you and Henry are fighting, you tend to over react, and you don't always like to share. But you are a funny, silly, crazy little girl!

To Henry:  You are my little cuddle buddy. You like to sit by me or daddy, and be covered with a blanket.  You are such a skinny little dude, and we have trouble finding pants that stay up, so we constantly say 'Henry pull up your pants' and you yell 'BUTT CRACK'.  You have a ton of energy, are very athletic, but not quite coordinated. You have trouble listening sometimes, and we have to remind you that good boys listen.  You like to do things on your time, which causes us to butt heads.  Henry, you are my sensitive little sole, who cares a lot about others.

Both Nate and are love the age their are now, and cannot wait to see what this next year brings!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Say What?

Driving home from school:
Henry: I want to watch a movie in your car mommy.
Me: Henry, only daddy's car has movies.
Zoey: Seriously Henry, what did you expect? Geeze.

Nate getting the kids ready for bath:
Nate: Zoey, get your face out of Henry's butt

Getting ready for school in the morning (we were all in the same room)
Zoey: Daddy, can I have this granola bar?
Daddy: No granola bar this morning Z
Zoey: Mommy, can you open this granola bar for me?
Me: What did daddy just say? Did he say you could have one?
Zoey: He said yes.

Henry:  Mommy, I went poop.  Come see it.  I pooped so many colors.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Photo Dump

2 months into 2015, and I am finally posting some pictures.  

Henry and I playing with play-doh

Tried out ice skating for the first time.  It didn't work so well... they were a little unstable on their feet/ankles.  But they did have fun racing around on the chairs. 

Henry likes to make sure that I watch what happens on movies, especially when he knows something funny is about to happen.. he holds my chin so I can see...

Zoey's hair is finally long enough for braids... she requested two braids like Anna. They were pretty cute if I do say so myself.

Zoey likes to sit between mom and dad while watching movies...

Sometimes I think that Henry will get me to say yes to anything with those eyes... 

I was trying to get a good picture of Zoey, and she wanted to take a picture of herself.... she wasn't too happy having to wait.  But I thought it was cute.

In one week the twinados are going to be three... how did that happen?