Thursday, March 28, 2013

Nursery Completed!

Well it sure has been a few months since I have posted again. Yes, I have been a bad blogger!!! For one we have not really been doing too many home improvement projects all we have really been doing is preparing for our baby girl! It seems like its been forever since I have blogged but it has gone by fast. She will be arriving at the end of April!

Since this fall we have been going to some awesome consignment sales and gathering up bigger ticket gently used items for a fraction of the cost! I have also had a bunch of baby showers so we are pretty much all set as far as baby gear goes!!

I am not sure if you remember what our old guest room looked like but here is how it was last spring...
From this:

To This:

From all the painting we did last year we didn't want to paint her room yet again and were fine with keeping it the oatmeal color. The theme we decided to go with was "Owls and Woodland Friends". So be prepared for an owl overload :) Here is how her room looks now!!

Our pup Cooper loves following me every place I go in the house so I kept him in the photo shoot. We know that little Miss Addison and him will be the best of buddies in the future :)

The crib we got online from Amazon it is a Graco Victoria Non Drop Side 5 in 1 Convertable Crib. It got pretty high reviews and I just loved the detailing on the back side of it. So it basically breaks down 5 ways. Three of them are mattress height in the crib and then it will turn into a toddler bed and eventually a day bed. You of course need to buy a new mattress for it when it converts to a day bed. The bedding and mobiles were purchased at Babies-r-us and the theme is called Kids Line Dena Happi Tree 9-Piece Crib Bedding Set .This line also has the mobile and pink stuffed owl pillow  seen below too. The other two stuffed owls were bought at Pottery Barn Kids.

These adorable soft blocks were a handmade gift from a crafty friend. I just love them! The best thing about them is when she gets older she can toss them and they won't break anything or hurt mommy :)

Another shot of the crib. The letters I got a Joann's and painted them pink- the hubby then put them up with his new air compressor/nail gun :) He loved that part!

The Owl and porcupine were handmade my another crafty wonderful coworker.

The four box storage cube we got from Ikea. This coming weekend we plan on putting legs on it and centering it in the middle of the window. Since we have that pesky heat vent to the left we had to come up with a way to lift it off the ground. The owl/tree painting on the left was painted by another crafty co-worker and the little rocking chair below was a gift from a co-worker. It was her rocking chair when she was a little girl :)

Here we have her dresser and we also got this at Ikea. Just love how many drawers it has! The changing pad cover was all part of the Dena Happi Tree line at Babies-R-Us. The rocking chair and glider we found off of Craig's List for an amazing $25!!! I couldn't believe it! We drove all the way out to Tacoma to get it because it was such a smoking deal and the lady hardly used it! The Owl Afghan on the glider was a gift from a co-worker and she found it on Esty! The Owl Tree with Woodland Creatures we found on Amazon. I just absolutely love it! Putting it up was not the easiest though. Since we have a medium/course wall texture. Initially they were not sticking like they should. So we cleaned the wall really well with some TSP and then put the stickers up and got out my handy blow dryer. While Terry rubbed back and forth on the sticker I slowly went over it with the blow dryer and it seemed to do the trick! That tree is for sure stuck on the wall and will not be coming off anytime soon!!

Here is a shot of her closet. I tried to get everything organized by month/size. I also have all the blankets, burp cloths, swaddle blankets, sheets and cloth diapers all organized. I figured it was best to have everything as well organized as I could and that is just the way that I am. I am sure it will not last forever and will get messy but it helps being organized :)

So that is her finished room. It took a while to get it all organized and complete. After each baby shower I had, the room was just a disaster explosion of items. It took me a good 3 hours each time to get it all organized again and that included removing tags from clothing and getting it washed.

Now we are just patiently waiting her arrival. Currently, I am 35 weeks along. They are talking about inducing me a week early because I have Gestational Diabetes. So she could be here in just 4 short weeks! Everyday that passes she grows more and more and I feel myself getting bigger and bigger. Most of the time I move at the pace of a wounded turtle and she has recently begun to stretch out into my rib cage with her little feet! The heartburn, indigestion and sharp pains are almost constant BUT it is all worth it. We are both very excited to meet her and just fall more in love with her. We are ready!

Here is a photo from last week at 34 weeks along!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Where have I been?

Not sure if any of you have noticed that my posts have significantly dropped in the last few months. Well, I do have a very good reason for that....and that reason is that I am pregnant! Yes! We found out at the end of August.We wanted to get everything major done on our house and after we did we decided to start trying and it happened right away! So the home improvement projects have come to a stop. We have had a few things done here and there but hired a contractor to do them all. So now that we are expecting. I am not sure where this blog is going to turn. I think it will be more of a family blog and photos of our munchkin etc. I am sure we will still continue to have home improvement projects...we will just not be pounding them out every week non-stop like before!

Everyone is always asking how I am feeling. In the beginning I was nauseous in the mornings when I got up and on my way into work. Thankfully my wonderful husband would cook me breakfast and have a glass of OJ ready for me to head into work in the mornings. Surprisingly the OJ helped take away a lot of the nausea for me. That instant sugar rush was just what I needed I guess. Unlike a lot of pregnant people I was not hungry for much. Nothing really sounded good to me and I really struggled with meat. I didn't want anything to do with it. It really had to be cooked in with something and in very small pieces to get me to eat much of it. Something might taste really good to me one night for dinner and the next day the sound of leftovers would make me ill. Thankfully, Terry is really awesome about eating my leftovers and is not picky at all. Gotta love that man! The closer and closer I got to the end of my first trimester the less nauseous I was. Thankfully!!! I did however and still do have to pee what seems like every 5 minutes! Seems like our walks with Cooper have to be cut short a lot because of this...but what can ya do?

Now that I have reached my half way point- 20 weeks as of Monday-I am not as picky about eating food and have not got nauseous at all. Fingers crossed it stays that way. I still have had no real cravings. Kind of wish I had something crazy I craved to tell people but nothing yet! Or a funny story about me having Terry run to the grocery store at 2am to get some pickles and peanut butter...but nothing yet.

We did find out early in November that we are having a little girl! We are very excited for her upcoming arrival on or around April, 29th.  We have also decided on her name and it will be Addison Grace. Thankfully we only argued it out for a week and came to a decision. :)

I have also started taking photos of my progress. Here I am at 18 weeks along.

I am going to continue to try to remember to take photos of my monthly progress. I also hope to add some upcoming projects before Addison arrives. Like I want to redo out bathroom floors, build a head board for our bed and of course redoing the guest bedroom and making it a nursery for Addison. Stay tuned.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Our deck is finally fixed!

Our lovely dog Cooper...he is still in his puppy stage. He just turned one year old this month...but he still loves to chew and destroy things. He thinks that everything is his to chew on! We are trying to break this habit because it is now costing us a lot of money. Before we had a carpeted deck. We liked it and it was nice to be able to go out there and vacuum it off. Yes, it was old school and a little grampa-ish but we had no plans of changing it in the near future. See below:

Well last month Terry was packing up for a work trip and he put Cooper out on the deck. Well Cooper saw him packing up and normally we bring Cooper with us where ever we go. Well Terry left for his work trip around noon that day. I come home from work around 4pm and Cooper has decided to tear all of the indoor out door carpet off the deck in front of the screen door all the way back to the furniture....

As you can see Cooper completely destroyed the carpet and even though he looks sad and remorseful in this photo he sure was HAPPY to have me come home and find this mess...I on the other hand was NOT happy. In fact I was furious! But since we didn't catch him doing it their was not much we could do about scolding him for it- since it would do no good.
We did lots of research on what we should do to fix it. We could of spend around $50 and got more indoor/outdoor carpet just to have him destroy it again. We also thought about getting a paint on sealant product but thought that the deck would not be able to breath underneath and it also takes days to dry in warm weather...which we don't get in Seattle in November. So after a weekly trip to Costco we came across these 12x12 deck tiles that just lock into each other. They were certainly not cheap ($400) but we thought they were the easiest to install and would allow the deck to breath and we figured that Cooper would not be able to destroy them since they are made out of this synthetic hard plastic material.
So Terry ripped off the old indoor/outdoor carpet and then pulled up all the old (somewhat moldy) plywood off the deck and we were glad that we found a pretty decent wood deck below. We were able to put the tiles right over the wood deck. We are really happy with the new more modern look of our new deck. Its unfortunate that we had to spend so much to get it fixed but in the end it does look a lot better.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

A little fixin'

We have not been at all fond of our big black microwave above our stove. One because its black and doesn't match the rest of the white appliances we have in our kitchen and two because the cabinets were not installed with a built in microwave in mind. I think it was originally set up to have just an oven vent there. So it drove us nutz-o trying to cook but not really being able to see the stove controls in the back. Plus the microwave was totally old and crusty and didn't even suck up the exhaust when we were cooking! Shown below is our old microwave and cabinet.

So in August we decided to do something about this! We purchased a new white microwave and after talking with our trusted handy man friend- Randy! He told us to buy a new shorter cabinet for above the stove and he would help us install it all. So we did! It took a few months for our schedules to align but when they did Terry and Randy were able to pound this out in one Saturday afternoon! I was SOOOOO happy to finally have this done and to FINALLY be able to see the controls on the stove and to be able to cook and have it feel like normal with out a big hunky microwave hanging down in your face. You couldn't even tell that we had taken out the old cabinet and installed a new one in there. It is perfecto! Plus the kitchen looks bigger to me know that you don't have this HUGE black box sticking out of the cabinets! Here is how it looks now!


Another amazing thing about this microwave it it has a HUGE amount of suction. It even has a turbo speed for the fan!!! Sucks all the heat and steam right up! Also the other thing I am completely shocked about is when you turn the microwave on to reheat something you cant even hear it running!!!! It is so quiet! I had to ask Terry if it was working right. I just love my new microwave and the space we gained above the stove. I am one happy chica!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Our Anna's Hummingbirds

Ever since we bought our house last October we have noticed a family of hummingbirds living around our yard and greenbelt. After doing some research we found out they are called Anna's Hummingbirds. They do not fly south in the winter months and actually stay and live here all year long. We have spent countless days and evenings watching these little guys. I am not sure exactly how many we have living in our greenbelt but I am pretty sure its about 4-8. All day long the make their little screeching grinding sounds and dive bomb each other....and sometimes myself.

Recently we recently purchased an automatic wireless remote shutter release for my SLR camera and set it up on my tripod to get some good shots of the humming birds. I absolutely love this automatic shutter release. It will trigger the shutter up to 100 feet away. So its great for shots like this and say family portraits. Much easier than hitting the auto timer button on your camera then running back to make the shot in time.

Here are the shots we got on Saturday evening of a few of our hummingbirds. From the looks of them I believe that most of these are females. The males are really bright and colorful their entire head is colored.

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