Friday, December 30, 2011
Thursday, December 29, 2011
I’ve had two ultrasounds, they both look great. Babies heartbeat is 160. We go in January 13th for our next ultrasound and if the baby cooperates then we will find out the sex! I’m so excited…I’ve been counting down the days. I’ll post a voting pole soon to see what people think it will be.
My friend gives stats on her blog along the way, and I thought it would be fun to do as well, also a way for me to track what is going on with the baby at different times.…so here goes:
How far along?: 17 weeks
Total weight gain: 6lbs so far, up 2 from last week – Darn Christmas goodies!
How big is baby?: 5 inches – the size of a turnip or onion.
Maternity clothes?: Not yet, I have one pair of pants that still fit normally (they’re a bit stretchy) but all the others I have to do the rubber band trick. Still too small for the maternity pants I have though.
Stretch marks?: Nope, I’m going to look into what type of cream or lotion I should buy to try to help keep them away.
Sleep?: I wake up 2-4 times a night, so I’m exhausted! I TRY to go to bed early, but it doesn’t always work. I’m dreaming like crazy though! Which is very abnormal to me.
Best moment this week?: I think I felt the baby move! Little butterfly feeling right where the baby is at….it was crazy, but I moved to quickly afterwards and haven’t felt it since.
Movement?: A small one – I think!
Food cravings?: Nothing really. I haven’t really had much cravings, but wow have I had food aversions! I can no longer eat banana’s or peanut butter, a total bummer to me since I normally LOVE those foods! I am also not really into steak or prime rib anymore…something I used to love. The first trimester my food aversions were so bad I could only eat like one thing every night, and it changed regularly…taco time one night, beef stroganoff another…and oh beef stroganoff, how I’ve grown to love you….I also no longer seem to like green tea, I’ve switched to oolong which I’m finding yummy. And of course like always I can always eat anything potato related.
Labor signs?: Not yet, thank god!
Belly button in or out?: In. belly popped about 2 weeks ago – very noticeable right after I eat.
What I miss: Sushi & Sleeping through the night.
What I'm looking forward to this week: New Years Eve – seeing Jason and his daughter!
Weekly Wisdom: If you have a headache, take Tylenol.
Milestone: First movement felt!
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
And oooohh what a difference they make…here are some new pic’s of the bed. And yes, I bought new throw pillows at Ross too…love the furry white ones!
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
I’m sure my husband thought I was crazy, but bless his heart he went with it. And believe it or not, we got it all done and the place looks fantastic!
So back to the beginning. I’ve known I wanted to get rid of the turquoise in the living room for some time. It looks great downstairs in the small bathroom, but it just doesn’t work up in the living room. And that’s not to say I don’t like bold colors, I do! See my red bedroom for example…but this one just didn’t work, plus its such a big room I needed more flexibility in decorating…so a month or so ago I decided I wanted to just paint it the same blue/gray as the rest of the house. And after seeing how my Christmas stuff looked next to it, I decided now was the time. So a couple Sundays ago my husband and I laid down drop cloths and went to work. I painted the mantel a glossy white to go with the trim and the end result looked perfect. We were able to fill in all the holes left by the previous owners, and we even filled in the seams of the wood paneling above the fireplace to make it a little less wood paneling looking.
The bonus, it didn’t cost us a cent! We had all the paint and materials…one day of labor and poof, a beautiful new living room.
In addition I decided I didn’t want a bunch of frames in that room since we had our little frame gallery in the hallway. And I definitely could use a bit more display area, so we decided to put up two shelves above the buffet. I also wanted a new look above the fireplace and I liked the idea of a round mirror to curve off all the square we have going on in that room. Luckily I found a great mirror at Ross for only $30 and we already had one of those floating shelves from IKEA, so we really only needed one more to complete the look we wanted – to me $60 and a whole new look couldn’t be better, so a quick trip down there brought home a matching one to go with it. Unfortunately that quick trip had me running into the table of my dreams for half off! Yep…the Bjursta table was in the as is section, their old floor model, in perfect condition! For only $150!!! Of course I saw it with 10 minutes till store closing, and I had our tiny little scion with me…but my husband and brother grabbed the truck in the morning and went down there the very next day and got it for me! so happy!!
Since our roommate will be moving out soon, and the table we had upstairs was his, this was perfect timing! I’ve been wanting a big table with leaves in it so I could make it bigger in case we ever want to host Thanksgiving dinner or something…and now we have it! It also goes with the buffet, shelves and general look of upstairs perfectly – once it was put in it looked amazing! And its much bigger than I thought – it fits 8 chairs around it easily, without the leaves! And it fits in the space perfectly too, nice and slim so you can walk around, and the perfect length. And for super cheap too. Now we just have to find chairs….since my $60 living room remake turned into a $225 remake, we obviously did not have a budget for chairs. So I’ll be scouring craigslist for the next month or more till I find the perfect ones! We’re thinking since we have so much black/brown in the room that we may buy some modern looking old chairs with a padded seat for cheap, paint them white and reupholster the seat with some fun fabric. Another future project that I hope we can complete. Untill then my mom brought over some stacking chairs they had and we’ll be using them till we find something better.
So here are the before and after pic’s, note all the christmas decor in both!
looking pretty good huh?
Monday, December 12, 2011
Redoing the ceiling required us to move all our furniture out of the room, and when we moved it back in we didn’t necessarily move the same stuff back in. A couple weeks before the redo I found a screaming deal on the Hemnes Ikea dresser that I have wanted for a long time. $50! The only thing wrong with it was that one of the wooden pieces between the drawers had broken in half….$5 at Lowes for a piece of wood and touch up paint and poof! It was good as new. See finished product here:
So that went on the wall by the door. Then our big chest returned as well as nightstands. And of course the frameless bed….until our new one came in!
When Jeremy first put the bed frame up I walked into the room and about had a heart attack – although it was beautiful it looked WAY too big for the room. I almost cried. Then we spent the next weekend putting the rest of the room together. Up went the curtains again, in came my oversized mirror, we mounted my new flat panel TV on the wall, I put up the round mirror that had been left by the previous owners above the headboard and I bought new lamps to go on the Ikea dresser. All of a sudden…the bed looked perfect! I don’t know if the added height of the curtains, mirrors and TV did something but suddenly the bed wasn’t the only thing you noticed in the room…and I was ecstatic!
I also bought a new nightstand for my side of the bed. You can see that in the very last picture. I bought it at Ross and to be honest I'm not 100% sold. I'm starting to think a white paint job might brighten it up a bit. The previous night stands were WAY too low for the height of the new bed, so this definitely helps with that. And I love the storage and shelves. But I'm not 100% sure if its fitting what I want.
In addition to all those changes we got a new duvet cover as well! And that I LOVE! Jeremy took a trip down to Portland and swung by the West Elm store and bought it for me. Its perfect! Gives the room some texture and color and really brightens it up! It also goes perfect with the new lamps we purchased as well! I'm really loving the blue that we're bringing into the room. We did order King shams as well, but they are on backorder...so I'll post pictures of those when they finally come in.
So without further ado, here are the updated pictures:
So…its coming along. I still have a few things we need to get to complete it:
A chair – I’d like to put a chair on the wall near the window, something cozy so I can spend time in there reading.
A tall dresser – I’m thinking an old French style chest painted light blue to match the new duvet and lamps
Art – I’d like to put up something small by the tv in redish tones and some larger art above the nightstands.
Lighting next to the bed – I have not decided on this yet. Could be swag lights hanging above the nightstands, or floor lamps or possibly even wall lighting. Its hard to figure out exactly what will look good there and with no overhead lighting in the room this is the light that turns on with the switch which I would like to be bright.
Hope all of this was worth the wait!
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
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Thursday, September 29, 2011
It’s been an extremely busy summer and I’ve kind of neglected my poor site…but I plan on fixing that! I have a TON of stuff to post about so in the coming weeks look forward to hearing about:
• My adventures in Cake Pops! Yes that’s right – I made cake pops, twice! It was fun and messy and if you have kids a great thing to do!
• Our master bedroom redo. Wow has it changed since May, we got a new bed, a new comforter set, a new dresser….and its really coming along. Still have more things to do, but my list is shrinking.
• The single best gift I’ve ever received for my birthday! Yep, its house related – and its great! That is coming from someone who has received some really GREAT gifts (yes tivo I still love you).
• The single best house modification for cats!
• New appliances, think clean.
• My outdoor struggles, pains and just plain old dirtiness.
• And more...
In no particular order...now, all I need to do is upload lots of pictures, how hard can that be? ...stay tuned!
Monday, June 20, 2011
But at $1700 she’s a bit out of my price range. Not to mention I’m not so sure how a big canopy bed is going to look in my smaller bedroom with 93” ceilings. So at one point I nixed the canopy bed and told myself “I’m going to make a fabric headboard”. Since that is my 2nd favorite bed in rooms. But my heart keeps drifting back to that canopy bed…and it swells and without even trying I get a deep sigh come from within. Which leads me to believe that maybe I should follow my heart and get the canopy bed? Obviously not the Pottery Barn one though.
So I started searching and I found this similar canopy bed, but it’s more of a dark brown/cherry finish vs an espresso finish which I think would go better with the red walls. Only $630 though! So that’s a savings…
And then there is this one from Crate and Barrel for $1300, love the black finish and modern look, even the nightstands fit my criteria although WAY to expensive.
My ultimate goal for my room is to try to avoid the matchy matchy décor. I want my room to be unique and interesting, but also comfortable and inviting. I basically need all new furniture for the room. And with both of us storing clothes, one dresser is not enough so two is definitely needed. And I need a nightstand on my side of the bed, and I’m very particular on my nightstand. I want something like this:
Two drawers with a shelf on top. On top is key as I tend to keep books, my kindle and other random stuff that I want easily accessible to me in bed. But back to my bed dilemma…
After searching and searching, and finding very limited options, I finally found one that fit all my criteria…and after even more searching I found it for only $780! For a piece of furniture that is going to MAKE the room, I thought for this one item…I can splurge! So I did! Yes, you heard me, I BOUGHT A CANOPY BED! If you can't feel the excitement through the computer screen I would be surprised, cause I'm radiating it at the moment.
Pretty huh? Similar to both the Pottery Barn one and the Crate and Barrel one, but half the price! So hopefully I’ll be able to show you pictures of it in the room soon! Or in 4-6 weeks when it gets delivered! Keep your fingers crossed that it will look good in my room, here’s to hoping!
Saturday, June 4, 2011
Is an amazing site…and something that even days later still makes me smile every time I walk in the room. Aaahhhh…smooooth….
We started with what I consider the hardest room; although that is still debatable and I’m guessing will continue to be debated until both are complete. Since our living room is by far twice as big as the master bedroom and in some areas it spans over our entry stairs making it easily 12 feet high or higher in places my assumption is that in practice it will be much harder and much more time consuming. However, I can live without that room for a time…whereas living without your master bedroom is a huge inconvenience and headache, making the process that much harder. I mean imagine having no bed, your dressers crammed into another room, your closet on the other side of pure disaster and the shower you always use almost inaccessible. So to me, it was and will be the hardest. But its done! And oh does it feel good.
We followed this guys blog post on how to remove it almost to the T: http://jasongraphix.com/journal/popcorn-ceiling-removal/ We bought all the supplies, we used plastic on the floor instead of the paper though, we wetted it down and scrapped. It took us about an hour and a half and we were down to the drywall.
But that’s where our process ended, and we found ourselves lost and confused at what to do AFTER the popcorn came down. We made some mistakes but in the end, we got it done, wasted probably an entire day but now I can say next time, we can easily complete this project in 2-3 days with amazing results.
So, we’ll start with our biggest mistake. If you look closely at the ceilings of both our bathrooms and our kitchen, you’ll notice that the texture there is similar to our walls, a soft orange peel texture if you will. So we thought we’d try that in the bedroom, so we bought a can of wall texture and after letting the ceiling dry from the wetting and scraping process we went to work…BAD IDEA! Wall texture does NOT stick to ceilings…it left us with a bunch of bumps and an entire can wasted, and the smell…oh god! We had to let the room air out for the rest of the day…so I advice against doing that lol. We’re obviously amateurs at this….live and learn.
So here is what to do (as opposed to what not to do above)…once that popcorn comes down, and before you clean up the floor you want to sand and sand and sand. The blog above actually mentions that, but we had thought we were doing something different…but go with that. Sand your little heart out until you get the ceiling as smooth as possible. Then take your mud and fill in as best you can. Its an easy process, find the rough patches drop some mud in there and scrape till its smooth like the rest of the ceiling. After you get the ceiling as smooth as possible clean up. We rolled up our plastic and dropped it in the garbage…we had already tested for asbestos and didn’t have any so we didn’t have to worry about any of that.
At this point leave it overnight to dry. Both the drywall is a bit wet from the scrapping process and your compound needs to dry as well. The next morning lay a fresh layer of plastic sheeting down…this is now for the painting, you want to clean up the night before so you don’t track it all over your house…and since sheeting is so cheap ($1 or $2?) it makes an already messy project a bit easier to handle. You’ll need to do some last minute sanding in places that the mud didn’t get totally smooth, but hopefully that will be minimal and you’ll be good to go. One coat of primer, wait an hour or 2 and then a coat of paint and you should have a nice smooth and painted ceiling! Congratulations.
Now, if you’re anything like us…you made a mess on your walls as you went, water dripping down them, paint flying everywhere, nicks and scratches…and yes, I’m kicking myself for not taking any pictures at this point! But we had to repaint all the walls. 3 of which we were already planning to repaint, color change and all, but the 4th we had to touch up as well…and it was easier just to roll on new paint and it also made the whole room nice and crisp. This was day 3. But if you get up early, unlike us, you could probably do both the ceiling and the walls in one day, but we had limited light and wanted to tape the ceiling, so leaving it to dry longer was in our best interest.
We had accent walls so I had to trim the corners myself, I used the brush recommended by my favorite blog: http://www.younghouselove.com/2009/06/how-to-paint-trim-like-a-pro/ and it worked like a charm! By the end I was trimming like a pro, I didn’t need tape for the corners or the trim…and the tape on the ceilings did such a bad job I had to go back by hand anyway…check out my finished product:
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
I found the simplest, most wonderful way to store my makeup. On the counter – so it’s still accessible. Organized so I can actually find stuff. And looking pretty dang good if I do say so myself! And let me tell you…that’s a lot coming from me, cause I LOVE eye shadow, Mac eye shadow to be specific…and they come in a zillion little individual containers. It used to take me forever to find the one I wanted IF I could find it. Now…so so easy.
What is my new found secret? Jewelry!
I had been looking for some sort of nice looking makeup case for what seems like an eternity. Caboodles work, but they are sooo ugly! And then one day, I was walking through target, and was stopped in my tracks…there on their shelves was a beautiful, sleek jewelry case. I pulled out the drawers and they were the perfect depth for my Mac makeup…and although the price tag was a bit more than I wanted to spend ($40) for something I use every day I splurged, and have been so happy since. I had to pull out a few of the dividers, but it worked like a charm! And looks good on the counter too!
I wish I had before pic’s…but here are the after…nice and clean! Thanks Target!
Monday, May 23, 2011
And…I did! Inspired by their awesome Hallway of frames, discussed in this post here: http://www.younghouselove.com/2011/04/its-done-and-we-heart-it/
I too did my own, very scaled down version
And I even followed their directions!
And just like them too…I had that newspaper on my walls for almost a month before we got around to hanging the frames lol. But oh was it worth it! I love it!!
I filled the frames with pictures from our travels. Everything from our wedding in Hawaii, Vegas with our friends, our trip around Europe and our Winter escape to the Caribbean. Hoping in the future to add more trips to the collage. But for now, it’s done and just like them….we heart it as well <3.
Monday, March 21, 2011
If you didn’t hear it in the news your hearing it now…AT&T purchased T-Mobile.
CRAZY! Didn’t see that one coming.
What does that mean to me? As of now I don’t know, but I do see a new job in my future….how far into my future I cannot tell you, but the end result is they were right…you know the ones that predicted that certain brands would disappear in 2011…we were on that list and sure enough, if it’s not this year it will be early next year, and it’s a sad moment in the Weaver household.
Needless to say we may not have any major renovation or purchase plans to share this year. Our plans this last weekend were furniture shopping, those plans were cut short on Sunday after we heard the news. We did go out on Saturday and I will hopefully have some pictures up soon of our new projects and purchases! Let’s just say….I can see the light!!!
Friday, March 11, 2011
Our first find of the night. A rocking chair!
I know it doesn’t look like much right now, but picture it painted white and then recovered in some funky fabric! A big project maybe, but fun. And I can’t wait to get started on it. The seat and back come off really easily with some bolts on the bottom & back. So painting should be a breeze. And since we have gallons of various white paint that part is practically free. The chair itself was $24.99 and then I also found 10 sheets of sand paper at goodwill for $1.50! Now I just have to find fabric and we’ll have a beautiful chair for way less than any you’d find in the store. Not to mention the love that goes into it. a perfect chair for a future child.
Second and last find of the night. A shoe rack.
I originally bought it thinking it would be for the garage, but after bringing it into the house I found it fit perfectly in our entry way – gave us more storage and looked a lot better than the previous one I had there. And for $6.99 how do you beat that!
Here is a picture as it sits in the entry way. Its not really an entry way, more of a landing since it is a split level, but we hung a coat rack there to give it a more "entry" look...and i think the shoe rack helps complete that :).
So wish me luck on my rocking chair project, I’m going to need it…I’ll keep you posted on its progress!
As I mentioned before the boys were able to accomplish 10 things in 10 days…and although I wasn't able to get pictures of them doing them, I blame Kristina and those two cute little kids, us girls were also able to accomplish stuff and I did get pictures of those! Here is our list:
- We cleaned out the 3rd bedroom, check it out below – nice and perty.
- I went shopping with the boys
- We went to Sushi…can you believe a 3 year old likes sushi!
- We went to crispy creams
- We had a party
- We went to a party
- We got lots of hugs
- And more hugs…my little niece Katie gives the BEST hugs! We’re talking that all body hug that includes both the legs and the arms…and then when you tell her she gives such good hugs she squeezes you tighter…oh how I miss those hugs L.
- I got sick…yep, accomplished that one alright (Yuck!)
- We cleaned….over and over and over again. Lol
Overall we had a great time! I thought I’d use this post to show you how cute my niece and nephew are! I already miss them sooo much. Can’t wait to see them again!!
Monday, March 7, 2011
This is the sticker I saw on the back window of a truck on the way to work this morning. I thought to myself how funny, he must be a gamer. Then I got to work, was thinking about my new project, more about that later, when I realized I hadn’t updated the blog since Jeremy’s family was in town. EPIC FAIL.
So…without further ado please welcome our new stair railings!!!!
*I can hear the screams already* lol…okay okay they’re not that exciting…but I sure was proud of them, I pointed them out and gushed about them for the entire length of our house warming party. It probably had something to do with the fact that I helped paint them. Oh - and the fact that there was not a single person on my side when I said we were painting them white. Everyone wanted to stain them a wood color, and with all our white molding and doors I just couldn't see that. I am super glad that I stuck to my guns, cause the white turned out beautiful!
Check out the in progress shots:
It is actually kind of a funny story. We did these at around 11:30pm. After we got the first coat of paint on Danny looked at me and asked me if this was the same white used all over the house, why yes it is I told him and for the next hour Danny and I walked around painting every little chip and crack throughout the house. Kinda fun and now...all those little things that were driving me crazy are GONE! Awesome! Could not have been a better night :).
Speaking of productive, it was actually a very productive week. And since we all know how much I like lists, here is our completed checklist! Wahoo!
- The boys replaced 3 rotted out boards on our back deck,
- Fixed the back fence that had fallen down and was leaning on our rhododendrons,
- Fixed the daybed (again!) that thing just has all sorts of problems,
- Fixed our coffee table which had the shelf on the bottom fall off,
- Replaced our old hot water heater with a new .95 efficiency one! For whatever reason the fittings on top were leaking and about once a week we would find a puddle of water in our garage…should not have that problem anymore!
- They fixed my bar stools that had become very wobbly – thanks to a little glue they are as good as new!
- Installed a 2nd shelf in our hall closet
- Installed downstairs blinds
- Moved our house numbers – they used to be on a part of the house that was not lit up in the dark, now they are right above our door, nice and bright.
- And of course…installed the hand rails.
10 things in 10 days…not to shabby!
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
So Jeremy’s brother, wife & two kids came in early Saturday morning. We cleaned out the 3rd bedroom, moved the catbox & kitty food into our bedroom and were able to get them settled as of Saturday night. So far its been a blast…definitely learning what its like to have kids in the house, and the mess that they make! But one other thing I’ve learned is that our office/guest room and now play room is set up absolutely perfectly!
Its hard to show in photo’s, but here is a really bad diagram of our room setup:
Saturday night, after getting all of their stuff settled into the 3rd bedroom the boys went and played on the computer…after the baby went to bed somehow little Katie and I ended up in the office, sitting on the daybed watching cartoons. And Sunday too the kids ended up in there. For whatever reason everyone just seems to migrate to where the boys are hanging out…and the best part about it, the room is setup just for that! And technically I didn’t even plan it that way!
It definitely starts making me daydream of the time when we have kids, daddy on the computer, our little munchkin watching Saturday morning cartoons. It’s even making me rethink the two bedrooms downstairs thing….but don’t tell Jeremy that. I am just loving the combined office and playroom! I guess we’ll see how it is when we finally have kids…I can’t wait!
Oh, and speaking of the office, Jeremy and I were able to put up shelves earlier this month and I unpacked all my books on Sunday! I still have some decorative things to unpack, and I still have 3-4 boxes of my desk stuff and other misc office junk as well as Jeremy’s games to unpack. But we’re getting closer every day! The office seems to be the only room that I’m feeling is reaching “complete” status. I have so much more to do to all of the other rooms…but unfortunately most of them are on hold until later this year due to other bills that need to be paid first…and of course the outside landscaping which is going to become a focus here in the next couple months, but I will get to them!
Jeremy’s parents get in on Friday and will be staying till the 22nd – it’s going to be a full house as his brother and family doesn’t leave till then either. 7 adults and 2 kids! I have a feeling some of us aren’t getting hot showers at that point! We’re also be having our housewarming party on the 20th! So a busy week is ahead of me still. Luckily I’m taking Friday and Tuesday off, so I will have a nice long 5 day weekend to spend with the in-laws. I’ll try to update the blog with all of the fun happenings!
Thursday, January 13, 2011
Great room...the turquoise wall came with the house, since I haven't decided on a color scheme yet its staying that way until that is figured out:
The 3rd bedroom is kinda small for pictures, and considering it is just full of boxes at the moment I decided you could use your imagination on that one :)
Downstairs has a bedroom, den & bath. Our friend Travis is currently renting down there but here are some pictures of what it looked like when it was for sale (hasn't changed much):