Friday, March 24, 2017

Hello, Friday!

It's Friday, yay!, and spring decided to show up for the weekend. As I type this, all of my kids are napping, I'm drinking an iced coffee, and the windows are open. The weekend is off to a good start. Now for some Friday randomness.



Everyone loves the movie Office Space, right? I liked the movie long before I worked an office job, but once I worked in an office setting it took on a whole  new meaning. There was a guy in our office who we referred to as Lumbergh, and I had visions of going to town on many office machines with a baseball bat. Mainly the mail machine. It was the bane of my existence.

I came across this photo shoot and couldn't love it more. I feel these moms frustrations. I'm so glad to be past the point of needing to pump. Put on some gangsta rap, give me a baseball bat, and I'm ready to let loose on my pump.

A friend shared this link on Facebook and it really got me to thinking. I've never really thought about emergency situations like this, but this article made me think. I know the likeliness of us ever being in a situation where the van goes into a body of water are slim to none. Getting all 4 kids safely out of the van is an even slimmer posibility, but we now have a plan of action in case we ever have an accident and find ourselves trapped. I ordered two SafeTHammers. One to keep in the van, and the other to put in my apocalypse survival kit. ;)


I know we are still months away from switch up the kids' sleeping arrangements, but I can't stop thinking about decorating a little girl's room. We purchased this swan ballerina a few weeks ago at Target. On another Target trip I saw these stuffed ballerinas and immediately ordered two of them online. (Yes I order things from target.com while shopping in the store) Then the Pottery Barn Kids ad showed up in the mail, and I fell in love with the Emily & Meritt Collection. Specifically this tulle bed skirt. I think it's safe to say the girls are going to be having a ballet inspired room.

At the beginning of the school year, we had every intention of sending Harrison and Brooke to kindergarten this year. We would still like them to start this year, but now we are weighing the possibility of waiting one more year. I started kindergarten the month I turned 5, and I never felt like I was behind. I'm glad I was one of the youngest in my class and not one of the oldest. Lately though I've been seeing research that indicates it's better to wait until the calendar year that your child turns 6 as opposed to 5, and that has me thinking. After parent teacher conferences I am still on the fence about which option is best, so the plan right now is to register them for both and wait to see what happens over the next few months. If you have experience with waiting or not waiting, I'd love to hear your input. I know they'll be ok with whichever route we choose, I just want to set them up for success as much as possible.

We have an exciting weekend planned, but first it's off to work for a few hours this afternoon. I really wish I could stay at home with the kids and enjoy the sun, but business calls, and thankfully business involves spending a few hours with a ton of dogs. I hope you all have a great weekend!

Monday, March 20, 2017

St. Patrick's Day Weekend

I have been spending almost all of my baby free time working on home updates. Right now our front entry and stair well are getting a face lift. I managed to get the stair railing and trim work all painted out last week, so I took a break to enjoy the weekend with the kids. 

Friday morning we all ate our Lucky Charms and put on our green clothes. all hand me downs or last year's St. Paddy's outfits, and then we were out the door to run errands. Target and work were on the agenda, and amazingly we made it out of Target with only what we went in for, shoes. The babies have only worn their moccasins before this weekend. Now that we have two big time walkers and lots of park trips in our near future, we needed to get them some real shoes. Scareltt and Clark aren't quite sure how they feel about "real shoes."


The rest of Friday was pretty quiet. Long naps, lots of playtime in the basement, everyone in bed by 8. :) Saturday morning we were out the door first thing and headed to the library for a donut and play date. We were there when they opened, so the kids got a chance to run free before the morning crowd showed up. We haven't been to the library for a couple months, so this experience was completely new for the babies. So many things to check out that they couldn't access before due to their limited mobility. We all had a great time.

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After naps for all 4 kids, we headed to my parents house for our annual corned beef and cabbage dinner, followed by creme de menthe cake. It was Scarlett and Clark's first time having the meal, and they had mixed reviews. they loved the carrots. Clark liked the corned beef and cabbage, and Scarlett liked the cake. Clark refused the cake, so Scarlett got seconds. Mostly though, they ate carrots. All the carrots. 



Rob was off early on Saturday night and he took the kids to the monster truck show. The babies and I stayed at home, which meant that I had almost 3 hours of time to myself after the babies were in bed. It was a seriously quiet night, until 10:30 when Harrison and Brooke busted in the door and started telling me all about the monster trucks and motorcycles they saw.

Sunday was spent at home, but we had quite a few visitors. Rob's brother and his two boys came over for the afternoon. Then we had our weekly TWD dinner with friends. We also managed to squeeze in a brief visit to our neighborhood playground, where S and C practiced walking in their new shoes and balancing on pea gravel. It's more challenging than you might think. ;)


Overall it was a great weekend, and definitely ended winter on a good note. We've been spending so much time at home lately. Harrison and Brooke will often choose to stay home if given the option. I'm ready for some spring weather to entice them to want to leave the house more. It would probably also help if I stopped starting a new home project each week. After this one I vow to take a break for a couple weeks. For now though, it's time for a second coat of primer.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Scarlett and Clark's Nursery

I was 33 weeks pregnant with Scarlett and Clark when we moved into our house. Our to do list was and still is rather large, and I've been slowly checking things off one project at a time. The one thing I knew we weren't willing to wait on was painting the nursery. Even though the babies weren't going to be sleeping in their room for a few months, I wasn't willing to let their room go unchanged. The picture below was taken on the day of our inspection. Possibly the worst brown color ever. So the first weekend we were in the house, my bestie and her hubby helped me paint Scarlett and Clark's room a much prettier, subtle green.


After that, the room sat mostly unchanged for a couple months while we were in the haze of life with two newborns. I slowly pieced together items we planned to use for their room, and when they were almost 5 months old and ready to move to their own beds, I finally put it all together. Then it only took me another 11 months to get around to photographing and sharing it.





My favorite piece in the whole room is the flower garland that hangs over Scarlett's bed. I got it before I knew if we were going to be having boys, girls, or one of each. It was purchased as part of an auction to benefit a wonderful little boy who was battling a pediatric brain tumor. He has since left this world for a better place, but his story and witnessing his journey has made me a better parent and person. Each time I look at the garland I smile and am reminded of this boy and his amazing parents.




The penguin and bookshelf were both recent additions to their room. Santa brought them the rocking penguin and my most recent trip to Ikea resulted in an unplanned bookshelf purchase. The truth is we needed it though because Harrison and Brooke's bookshelves had run out of places for books.





 




Right now the plan is for Scarlett and Clark to share a room until they move out of their cribs. Brooke and Harrison are so excited to each share a room with their baby brother and sister that we may end up moving them sooner, and I'd be lying if I said I wasn't excited to finally decorate a girls' room and a boys' room. That is many months off in the future though. For now I love this sweet little space for our babies to share.

Sources
cribs
rug
bookcase
ABC print
heart mirror similar
miracles print
rain print
dinosaur print
dinosaur block
flower garland
star garland
ball garland
do all things with love
hello sign
book ledges
Frenchie lamp
star globe
white noise machine
ceramic flower
faux fur poof
curtains
heart crib sheets
ABC crib sheets
side table - Tuesday Morning


Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Powder Room Makeover Inspiration

A few weeks ago I shared my list of home improvement projects I want to get done this year. First up is our downstairs powder room. It's a small room, but it needs a lot of TLC. We aren't changing the floors, the cabinets, or the toilet, and we don't plan to rewire or replumb anything. Basically all cosmetic. The cabinets, trim, and door are all oak and will all be painted. That is probably the most time consuming part of the project. I love how our dinning room looks after painting the trim white, but it was a bitch. So many coats of paint!

So we are giving our little bathroom a face lift, and I would like to keep the cost under $1000.00, which it tough considering the faucet I like is $390. I may be rethinking that purchase. I will also be making the mirror frame and shelves myself, or finding less expensive options. With such a long to do list, I have to cut costs where I can.

The wall color I chose, BM Angelica, is one I tested for our kitchen, and it was way too mauve, not enough grey. Even though it didn't work for the kitchen, I love the color and decided I wanted to use it in the bathroom. The trim color is the same white as we are using throughout the rest of the house, BM white. I am not yet 100% sold on the cabinet color, but according to Benjamin Moore's website, BM silent night will complement the other color choices.


When it came to the overall design, I wanted light with rustic touches and straight lines. White quartz counter top, brushed nickel finishes and accessories, dark natural wood mirror and floating shelves. I need to see the vanity top in person to make sure it is as white as it appears online, and once that's confirmed, it will be time to start painting. I am hoping I can get this done in a week from start to finish, but two weeks is probably more realistic. Also, if you have any fabulous tips on painting oak trim white, I'm all ears. 

SOURCES

floating shelf
soap dispenser
wire basket
starburst
mirror
faucet
vanity top
light fixture
trim color
wall color
cabinet color

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Scarlett and Clark -14 Months


14 months old, and these two don't ever stop. They are walking, crawling, cruising, climbing, sometimes faster than we can keep up with them. The weather has been glorious the last few weeks, so we have been spending as much time outside as we can. Trips to the playground in our neighborhood or visits to "kid's gym" at The Y show just how mobile these two are. They are up, down, and all over the place. They are constantly climbing and finding new ways to get where they want to go. They are both walking more and more each day, but crawling and cruising are still their preferred methods to get from point A to point B.


They are now consistently to one nap per day. Their schedule most days looks like this:

-7:00am wake up
      playtime
-8:00am breakfast
      playtime or errands
-10:00am snack
      playtime or errands
-11:30am lunch
-12:00pm fall asleep while nursing
-2:00pm wake up
-2:30pm snack
      playtime or errands
-5:30pm dinner
-6:00pm bath time
-6:30pm nursing and stories
-7:00pm bed time

They still consistently have one nursing session per night. I try to limit it to only one, but Scarlett still thinks she should get more. She wakes up crying multiple times per night, but usually puts herself back to sleep within a few minutes. If she wakes up Clark, then we will get both of them out of bed for milk. If Scarlett doesn't wake him, Clark will sleep until 7am and have a morning nursing session before we start the day. We aim for 12pm naps and 7pm bedtime, but often times they can't hang that long and naps happen at 11am and bedtime gets bumped up to 6pm. Regardless of what time they go to bed, they are consistently up for the day at 7am.


I love that they are down to one nap per day. I usually try to get us out of the house in the morning to either go grocery shopping or have playtime outside of the house. Making it until 12pm naps is much easier when we aren't sitting at home. As long as I bring snacks and sippy cups full of water, they are happy do go anywhere. Some days getting everyone dressed and ready to go somewhere is just too much, and on those days we lounge in our pjs all morning long.


Their playtime right after they wake up is always in the living room. That way I can watch them while I caffeinate and get breakfast ready for everyone. They have quite a few favorite toys, I plan to write a post on their favorites soon, that reside in our living room still, so they're happy to play on the main floor. After breakfast though they want to be wherever Brooke and Harrison are, so we usually move into the basement. Climbing on the train table, eating crayons, and riding their roller coaster 1058 times in a row are current favorites in addition to the bounce house.




Clark
  • favorite book is Some Bugs. We have two copies of it and his face lights up every time we read it.
  • is still saying Mom and Dad consistently, but nothing else
  • loves to use our ottoman side table to climb up onto the couch
  • is constantly getting into the pots and pans cabinet and throwing lids on the floor
  • loves to be thrown in the air, but hates to swing
  • likes to come and "help" me do laundry
  • waves "all done" but only does it with one hand
  • refuses to take longer than a 2 hour nap. It doesn't matter what times he lays down or how full his belly is. 2 hours is his max
  • has figured out how to turn around and stand up while buckled into the front of a shopping cart









Scarlett

  • likes to chew on books, but looses her damn mind if I try to read them to her
  • started walking this month and is already walking across a room before she drops down to her knees to crawl again
  • says dad, dog, done, Jules, Tyson, hi, bath
  • is constantly getting into whatever drawer or cabinet she can. Playing with feminine products she finds in our bathroom is a current favorite.
  • wakes up with a dirty diaper every morning. She also usually poops herself awake during nap time
  • is crazy about not just our dogs, but every dog. When we walk down our street, she starts waving and squealing when she sees our neighbor dog that is always outside
  • has the best laugh. Its one part belly laugh, two parts evil cackle
  • is a biter. Poor Clarkie has red bite marks all over his arms
  • loves to high five and has started high fiving heads and faces. Yes, that means she is constantly hitting everyone
  • will crawl into the pantry and grab food whenever she's ready for a snack
  • is obsessed with my iced coffee. I have to hide it from her otherwise she'll cry because I don't share. The same thing goes for crayons. We have to hide them otherwise she'll cry because I won't let her eat them.









We introduced the wagon to them his month, and they definitely prefer it over the stroller. We leave their mocs by the door, and they are always picking them up and waiting for us to put them on and go outside. The love to stare out the front storm door when Harrison and Brooke are playing outside. I think it's safe to say they like being outdoors. This spring and summer are going to be so much fun with them. I am so looking forward to seeing them experience all that warm weather has to offer. It will all be like new to them again this year, and I can't wait to watch them enjoy it.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Friday Thoughts

We've had a pretty big week over here. The big kids were back to swim class this week. Brooke is now riding a bike without training wheels. Scarlett decided to start walking. The weather has been great so we've been spending all our afternoons outside. Rob and I even managed to squeeze in a date night on Wednesday. We are all feeling really good heading into this weekend.

Last year the kids did dance, gymnastics, swimming, and soccer. They were both so excited for all of their classes, and then when it came time for classes to begin Harrison would complain and refuse to participate. We decided to give them some time away from extracurricular activities.

With pool and lake season fast approaching, we decided it was time to jump back into swim lessons. There was only mild complaining from Harrison, and Brooke was excited for class. They both did a great job participating, and the only child I had sitting on the sidelines with me was Clark, who refused to play in child watch.




It never fails that each week we have a couple bananas that have made it past their prime. I like mine almost under ripe and the kids won't eat them if they're over ripe. I often times make banana bread or toss them in the freezer to use for smoothies. My newest breakfast obsession is using those over ripe bananas for banana waffles. I pinned this recipe for banana waffles from scratch and modified it to use with a box mix. I switch out oil for butter, add in vanilla, nutmeg, and bananas, and use slightly less milk than the Bisquick recipe calls for. They are so good! Definitely my new favorite way to use up our bananas.

I have been doing really good about not purchasing clothes for the babies and sticking to H and B's hand me downs. Sometimes exceptions need to be made. These striped onesies and tank onesies are so adorable and inexpensive. There's a good possibility they will be purchased. These bodysuits are pretty cute too. I love the lace detail.

I grabbed a bottle of Bean Blossom peach cider while at the store last week. It was really good and definitely something I'll be drinking this summer. I didn't realize it at the time, but it's made by Oliver Winery here in Indiana. Local cider, even better!

I went on an outing to look at light fixtures this week. I'm in the planning stages for our powder room and our dining room just needs a new chandelier and then it's complete. I'm trying to focus on those two projects but almost all of the lighting in our house needs replaced, including basic lights like ceiling fans and halls lighting. We went to two different lighting stores and and now I just feel even more confused, except for when it comes to our dining room. I've been obsessing over this style of chandelier for months. After seeing it in person, there's no way I can pick something else. I'm undecided on if the discount we would get for doing our whole house at once is worth it in order to save my sanity. For the time being one light down, only about seventeen more to go.

Today is new music Friday, what I call the last Friday of the month. John Mayer is releasing 4 songs from his upcoming album, The Search For Everything, today. I didn't think I would like the scattered release of the album, but it gives me new songs to look forward to each month and I'm kind of loving it. The first 4 songs are really good, and I have high hopes for this next wave. I'm sure I'll be listening to them on repeat all weekend. Only a month and a half until we get to see him in concert!

We're back to winter after a little taste of spring, so there's a good possibility our weekend will involve at least one day where were stay in our pjs and don't leave the house. I hope you all heave a great weekend!

Linking up with the lovely ladies from Carolina Charm, A Smidge of This, Hello Happiness and September Farm