Saturday, March 16, 2013

Home Improvement Project: Lily's Room

After the door, the next room I knew we needed to tackle was Lily's (this project was in progress from August until October, by the way, I will slowly get caught up with our home improvements).

The room was super dark. And like most of the rooms in the house it was a shade of beige. She was sleeping in the fourth bedroom at the time (this bed in here is the extra mattress & bedding from her old room in our old house).

Here are some before pictures:

I decided on Hawaiian Shell. After I painted the walls, I thought it was very, very pink. Maybe too pink. But I knew once I painted all the woodwork white and brought in her stuff it would lighten up.

I sanded and painted all of the woodwork in the room with Behr Ultra Pure White satin finish (so we could wipe it clean. My dream home would have had all-white wood work throughout, but this house doesn't, so I had to paint.

 It looked really bead after I took off the tape, so I went back in with a small paint brush to even it out (this took forever).

But the result looked pretty perfect.

Here are some progress pictures as we were working.

I couldn't believe how much brighter the room was once we painted the woodwork white and lightened up the walls.


We have since gotten white wood blinds for under the curtains, instead of a shade.

Her closet:


Some details:

Favorite project:

This was my favorite project in the room. I pinned the idea on pinterest a long time ago and knew I wanted to definitely use it in Lily's room someday.

I got some fabric squares from Jo-Ann and some cross-stitch hoops (that probably is not the technical term).

The trick is to make sure the fabric is pulled tight and the loop is as tight as can be.

Then just trim right to the edge.

With the big loops, I ironed out the fabric.

I laid them out on the floor first and figured out my pattern.

And then just hung them on the wall.

So there you have it...her room is done (except we still need to paint her door and change out her fan). We are slowly making progress.



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Saturday, March 9, 2013

Exhaustion. Bad Days. Finding Happiness.

Today I had a bad day.

I have been exhausted lately.

That and the fact that I am still up a lot of the night with Liam (I now end up bringing him in bed with me just so I can get a little sleep, but am randomly awoken by him crying, kicking me, pushing me out of the bed {I seriously am still trying to figure out how a 2-year-old can push a grown women almost off the bed?}, picking my eyelashes out and picking the skin off my lips). I know, I don't even know what to say about the last two, I am so tired, I now incorporate him picking my eyelashes out, into my dreams?!

I know that this is my fault.

I was so consistent with Lily's sleep and getting her to be such a good sleeper.

I have failed tremendously with Liam. And now I feel too tired.

I blame a lot of it on Chris' work schedule. This whole him working 3rd shift thing that has been going on for the last 3-1/2 years. It was already old when it first started and is getting older each day.

I am so over it.

It is really hard being the only parent at night to get up with our kids (okay, mainly Liam) and the only parent getting two kids ready in the morning to get out the door and the only parent doing the entire dinner/bath/put to bed routine. People that work the same shift or one parent doesn't work, they don't know how good they have it. And I will be forever grateful and filled with gratitude when the day finally comes that he is off this shift and we can live a "normal" family life. Right now it's anything but normal.

It's hard.

I try not to complain. The first year was the worst. I found myself in such a negative place with it that I finally just refused to let it get to me anymore. I have slowly just come to take it as "well, this is our life right now". I try to keep a smile on my face and just carry on, because I have to.

I really don't want to complain. I hate complainers.

I will stop.

I digress.

We were talking about my bad day.

Let's just say Liam woke me up at 5:30 a.m. (well, first at 11:30, then 2:00 and 4:00), and wanted to get up, but was still so tired he was screaming.

Anyways. by 6:14 a.m. I was deep into a timeout, with black circles under my eyes waiting for the coffee pot to beep. By 7:00 a.m. Liam was screaming in his crib. By 7:15 a.m. he fell back asleep.

I knew he was tired. But what do I know, I'm just his mama.

Chris knew I needed a break today, and luckily he was off tonight. During Lily's nap, he took Liam and got out of the house and let me sleep. In peace.

When I have days like this...I appreciate my blog. I turn to it, because it helps me find beauty and gratitude in my life. It helps me feel centered. It helps me feel like me.

I mostly write about our "good times", because those are the times I love, the times I don't ever want to forget. What happened this morning...I want to forget that.

So most days, even if they're bad, I'm trying to find the sunshine (the sun always makes me happy). I'm trying to find the happy.

Which led me to turn to my blog tonight and center myself.

And find happy.

Happy is:

Watching her at Hula Dance (Thursdays are the highlight of my week)

This video makes me smile so hard and laugh

I play Florence + the machine Dog Days (I will never get sick of this song, 3 years later, still love it) every morning in the car during our morning commute and the kids love it and pretend to run really fast when she starts singing "run fast for your mother..." they kick their feet in their car seats and run as fast as they can and when it slows down, they go really slow and then fast again and laugh the whole time. This makes me smile every morning. This starts our day out right.

Seeing these two cuddle each other and love all over each other

Valentine's Day, a holiday, you know how I love a holiday, more reasons to bake (not that I need reasons) and decorate and celebrate.

In the middle of January and February, which can be very long winter months, there are a ton of family birthdays to celebrate. We get to spend time with family and eat cake (cake always makes me happy).

Billie's Birthday

Ashlyn's Birthday

Chris' Birthday
Night out for us! Doesn't he look excited to hang out with me?

 Adalyn's First Birthday

Miles' Birthday

he started crying about 5 seconds after this


Liam. In this costume. I think he looks like Fievel from American Tale.
Her art.

In the middle of a long week, a surprise snow day. School canceled, so no work for me, home with the kids and Chris.

That's Liam, he got stuck, I took pictures before saving him

She was serving hot cocoa and coffee out of this window - best I ever had!


These things make me happy.

I already feel better.

Tomorrow is a new day!

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