Wednesday, January 30, 2013


I've been making some progress on the house lately.  Now, if I could only say the same for my other New Year's resolutions!  By the way, it's not too late to say Happy New Year is it?  It's still January until Friday. ( = 

 This is what our kitchen looked like when we bought our home in November. It has SO much potential. The problem with having so much potential is deciding just what to do with it. So, after months of going back and forth about whether to paint or not and if so what color, I took the plunge. I painted the entire kitchen white except the spot above the tall cabinets. It's still tan because I'm too short to reach it and it sort of adds a little character to the kitchen and I never have to explain that I'm in the middle of redoing my kitchen because's sort of obvious I'm not done and I may be just a tad bit over painting right now.

 I took the cabinet doors off the upper cabinets and I love the open shelving. 
 Not too crazy about the light fixtures and the neighbors would probably appreciate it if we would buy some window treatments. 
 Our livingroom is another one of those rooms that has lots of potential.
 I just don't think I was using it well.  I love cream colors and whites with pops of color.  What I don't love is the 1968 curtains that came with the house and  my furniture especially our couch.  But like most of our other furniture, it was free and it's big and comfortable.  So, to create a cozy and comfortable atmosphere, I picked up 2 tan weaved curtain panels from Target to go with some curtains I had in storage from our last house to hang behind the couch, picked up some throw pillows from Ross, painted the coffee table and China hutch a bear rug color and moved the tv downstairs to creat a cozy comfortable atomsphere where I would love to curl up with a good book.    

 This is the kids/guest bathroom.  I sort of miss the 1960's wallpaper. I do not however miss the pinkish/tan tile which I painted over with a white Zinsser primer.  I haven't decided what to do with the bathroom just yet. 
I have also painted the dark paneling in the kids playroom white (which really needs another coat of paint) but have I mentioned I'm just a tad over painting right now? 


Remember back when Jackson turned 7?  Way back on January 8? 

 We had a party...

It was a caveman theme.

 Hence all the caveman faces...
 and make shift club.

 and dino cupcakes thanks to Bella.  (  =

Wednesday, January 9, 2013


Jackson turned 7 yesterday.  (sigh)

And if blogspot would let me post any photos, you would see how big he is getting.  You would see that this year he decided to go with a caveman theme (or at least a cave man like expression) in almost all his birthday photos. 

Bella made the cutest caveman birthday banner and cupcakes for him.  He kept asking if he looked 7 because apparently when you are 7 it's important to actually look 7.  He likes photos and making funny faces..."That's my thing, Mom." 

He's a keeper!

So, in honor of his birthday, here are 7 things we love about Jackson:
(1)  He loves helping his brother and sisters.
(2)  He is incredibly sweet.
(3)  He is willing to share no matter what.
(4)  He is a great snuggler.
(5)  He always remembers to say thank you.
(6)  He is incredibly bright.
(7)  He always sets a good example for everyone around him.

We LOVE you, Jackson!  Happy Birthday!