Tuesday, January 28, 2014

all the leaves are brown

In between our two "snow" days, we had a glorious day of beautiful sunshine, so we snagged some pics at the playground.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

after-dinner pics

We've gotten into this habit of taking pictures on this rock after we go to our favorite restaurant. Cuties.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

celebrate good times

Our last tradition is to light sparklers on New Year's Eve and make some resolutions. This year, I'm trying to get the kids' rooms organized better so it will be easier for them to help keep them clean. Yes. It will take me a full year to do this. Happy 2014!

Saturday, January 18, 2014

So fresh, so clean.

If you sing, "Ain't nobody dope as me," in my house, at least one of my kids will give the correct response. Just try it. I'd bet money on it.
Here's our laundry room re-do. This one has been a 2-year process: chandelier from the nursery, baskets, new canvas, moving baby canvases, homemade detergent (have you heard I'm a hippie?), and painted wallpaper. (The link is a tutorial from Jones Design Company--one of my favorite bloggers.)

The paint color of the pattern is an off-white. For real. This blue just turned it into a pinky-looking shade, but I don't mind it.

There you go. Next on the re-do list? The living room.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Run, run, run....

We started another annual Christmas tradition this year: building a gingerbread house.

We used a cute kit from Trader Joe's this year. Winston wanted his little boy to be sliding down the roof.

Christmas morning attack.

Wardrobe change. Lunch.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Birdie Packer

I took the kids to Louisiana a few weeks ago. I thought I would try to make packing more fun, so I made Birdie a packing list and asked her to pack her suitcase. 
Pointing to an item,
B: What is that supposed to be?
M: Those are your red shoes. Didn't you say you wanted to take them?
B: Oh. So that's the best you can do?

Friday, January 10, 2014

be our guest

Remember our master bath remodel from last summer? It was time to redecorate our guest bath, and we decided to do it ourselves. Here's a shot I found of the original builder-grade off-white color. Bleh. That's not a beer belly--I was preggers with Winston. I painted it a green color I was never really in love with, but I had a full gallon of paint that I didn't want to waste (long story related to the 17 different colors I have on the walls. Really. 17. I just counted).

My coffee cup is like my third child. Always with me.

So, I could tolerate the paint, but I really couldn't stand these tiles. David told me he would be able to take them out, so I researched what to put in their place and found some really cool photo tiles.

I picked a light blue similar to our living room color. However, once I put the spacer tiles in, I didn't like the colors together. I waited until we had the mortar and grout completely finished (not too shabby, I think), but I really didn't like it.
Clearly, we aren't planning on leaving this house anytime soon. Because unless we sold it to my mom, I can't imagine anyone wanting this in the shower.

So, I changed the color to a midnight blue, and I really love it. David did a fantastic job on the light fixtures, we framed the mirror, and got a new curtain. I'd eventually like to put in a glass door to showcase the pics, but I can't decide on how I want to do it.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Astarra is born.

Birdie told me the other day she does not like her middle name. She's changing it. 
Introducing Birdie Astarra Bacle.