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Snow Day!

Today was the first day the snow fell here in the Northland, and boy did it make a grand entrance!

On Wednesday some mommy friends and I took our kids to the zoo. It was 68 degrees outside and we found our light jackets to be too warm.

Today this is what our backyard looked like:

CRAZINESS!

We had a great snow day! We had absolutely no plans for the day, so instead of being thrown for a loop by the snow, we were able to simply stay home and enjoy a cozy day together. We read books, baked cookies, took naps (mine was perhaps a bit too long :)) and I made lasagna in the crockpot for dinner (a recipe which I will share in a subsequent blog-post).

And…of course, we got bundled up…

…and spent some time playing in the glorious white stuff outside. Daddy & W built a snowman, which W named “Na-Na”.  (S & I watched from the sidelines (actually, she spent most of our time outside trying to understand why we couldn’t play with the tricycle or sidewalk chalk :)), but she wanted in on the picture, too :)).

What a great day!

How did you spend your snow day?

Trash or Treasure?

A few weekends ago we spotted this trunk as we were driving by a garage sale a few blocks from our house. It fit a “vague vision” we had for a piece of decor for our house. And they were willing to give us a bargain. So we bought it.

It’s old. Very old. Here’s what it looks like on the inside:

You can’t see it, but stuck to the bottom is a newspaper clipping dated 1927 — which, I think, the trunk is even older than.

Our living room is currently an open play area, but eventually — once we touch the trunk up and (literally) soften the sharp edges  — it will serve as a coffee table.

I like to think that if I were ever to take it on that “Antique Roadshow” show, their jaws would drop and they would tell me it is worth thousands upon thousands of dollars. But I think I’ll humor myself and just let that idea hover in my imagination.

Because for now it has a plant and magazines on top (not pictured) and sits proudly along our wall, somehow completing the room.

And I don’t want to sell it, anyway.

Our New/Old Dining Room Furniture (+ I Need Your Help!)

It has been a crazy few weeks here at our house this summer!  There’s lots to blog about…but soon enough.

Today I’m just going to post pictures of our brand new/old dining room furniture…because I know how much you ALL want to see it (that was sarcastic :)). But really because I am quite jazzed about it — also, I can’t sleep, so what better thing to do than post pictures of our dining room?! 🙂

How can dining room furniture be new AND old, you ask? Let me explain.

M’s sweet grandmother passed away almost two years ago, and we were so privileged to receive her dining room table and chairs. We love sitting around the same table that served her family for so many years.

We always knew we’d probably make a few adjustments to it, though. The chairs were lovely, but starting to break a little, and the seat cushions were white. We have toddlers. Need I say more? 🙂

Long story short, we decided to stain the table a darker color and get new chairs to go along with it.

M’s parents were gracious enough to take on the project of sanding and staining the table. They put a LOT of work into it, and it turned out great!

Then, this past weekend we stumbled upon some chairs we LOVE (and just happened to hit the store’s 4th of July sale). We ordered them and they arrived today.

Hence…our new/old dining room!

Before Picture:

After Pictures:

So there you have it. It feels SOOOOO good to have that long-awaited project done (even though we have others to thank for all the work :)).

What kinds of summer projects are you working on around your house?

*I do have one question for you all, though. Our new chairs do have cloth seat cushions — not white, mind you, but cloth nonetheless. I am looking for some kind of product that we could use to put under W’s booster seat to protect the cushion (some kind of cushion cover? mat? oil-cloth somethin’-somethin’?). Does anyone have any ideas for a product that could serve such a purpose? Let me know!

Bunk Beds!

This last weekend we scored a great deal on a bunk bed/dresser set for W’s room!

It has always been our plan to eventually find some sort of loft bunk bed set for him, but we hadn’t been thinking it would happen for another few years. However, M’s dad is a volunteer driver for Bridging (a great organization), and during a pick-up at a consignment shop the other day he spotted this amazing deal for us! So we headed to the consignment shop first thing Saturday morning, and…SURPRISE! W got his bunk bed set a bit earlier than planned. 🙂

Here are some pictures of his newly re-furbished room:

(*this last photo is the view from “inside” W’s bed. He was a little nervous at first to have all these “scary eyes” looking down on him…so we somehow convinced him to think of them as “silly eyes” instead. :)).

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On a separate note, I want to thank all of you who offered such kind encouragement on my last post! My goal in posting was simply to share a piece of what freaks me out about stepping out of that ol’ “comfort zone” and see if any of you ever struggle with that, too…but I was so blessed and surprised to get so much encouragement in response. Thank you. 🙂 As of today, the invitations are in hand and I have plans to bundle the kids up and deliver them sometime tomorrow…here we go! 🙂

Pick-a-Pile with “M”

Last night I was flipping through the photos on my camera only to discover that apparently my sweet husband decided to play his own game of “pick-a-pile” (where you take a picture of the mess, clean up the mess, then take another picture of it).

This last weekend we hosted the family 4th of July bash at our house, you see, and while it was a blast and we loved hosting, things got a little messy (as things normally do after you host a bash at your house).

Sunday was a busy one and we didn’t get around to cleaning up…which meant that more mess accumulated in our kitchen…so I opened my eyes Monday morning, dreading the thought of having to clean it up — but soon learned that my sweet husband had already awakened, cleaned the whole mess up for me, and took pictures of it to boot! Yay!

Here’s the “Before” of our dining room table:

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…and the “after”:

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And the “Before” of our kitchen:

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Now doesn’t that just make you feel better?! I know it does me.

Thanks, sweetie! 🙂

Snow Day

This last Saturday we enjoyed a snow day, and thought it would be fun to take our little guy for a venture outside.

After thoroughly bundling him up in all the necessary gear, I stopped to look at him and laughed — for this is what I saw:

 

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We had a fun day 5 minutes outside — well worth the effort of getting him ready!

Extreme Room Makeover

One thing that’s had us occupied over the past several weeks has been our little “remodeling” project in our basement. Up until now, our 3rd bedroom upstairs has been occupied as “the office” — however, with the next little one on the way, we decided that we’d like to keep the nursery as “the nursery” and move W to his own bedroom — which meant that “the office” needed to find a new home. So…the pink room needed to be changed. 

“What is the pink room?”, you may ask? 

The pink room was a small, basically unfinished room in our basement that housed our pantry, treadmill, my scrapbooking massive, unorganized pile work area, and lots and lots and lots of junk storage.

Oh yes, and it was pink. Very, very pink.

We decided that we’d like to keep the treadmill and my scrapbooking area in that room, while adding all of M’s stuff from the upstairs office (which he used for video editing and other such lore) as well as my music/recording stuff. So, essentially, our goal was to transform the pink room into an office/recording studio/music center/scrapbooking area/gym.  

I like to call it “the creative suite”. And gym.

Here is a “before” shot taken from our family room…you can see a bit of the pink room to the right. To the left, you will see what was formerly and affectionately known as “my music corner”, where I kept all my music stuff. This area is key in our remodel because it actually ended up becoming a part of our new creative suite:

 

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Here is another before shot of the interior of the pink room, after we tore away the pegboard from underneath/around the window:

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As you can see, the removal of the pegboard revealed something that helped me better understand the previous homeowner’s decision to paint the room pink. Check out this lovely shade of brown that it was before:

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Pink is pretty bad, but I’d have to say that pukey brown combined with mustardy yellow to create a faux brick look is much, much worse!

Anyway, here’s a shot after they tore down the wall to my music corner:

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…and another shot after they had dry walled it and installed the lighting:

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And, a few steps later…the finished project!!!

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There are still a few more things we’d like to add…particularly to the far end of the room (along the wall where my keyboard/guitar are). We need to add a desk and some shelving to create my scrapbooking/music space (we are dreaming of Elfa shelving). I’d also like to add some more artistic elements (I’m thinking red accents). But, for the most part, the room is done…and we are loving it!