My favorite sale of the season was about a week ago and I believe it was the best yet. Even dragging along two small children and way too much stuff I survived and, dare I say, triumphed.
My poor husband.
My poor, poor husband.
Just when he thinks I’m happy with a room or the changes we’ve made, I want to change it up again or add a new element. He has yet to snap.
It might be coming soon.
We moved into our house in August 2007 and in May 2008 paid a company lots of money to reface our kitchen cabinets. I regret this considerably. Not just because of the money we spent, that we could have done something ourselves that was cheaper and more individual, or that the day after we signed the contract we found out we were pregnant, but that we don’t really feel drawn to them or in love with them like we thought we would.
I have the tendancy to want to start making changes to every room immediately after moving in. I’m very impatient. So we changed the cabinets and I learned my lesson. Thanks. I’m now coming to understand the value of living in a house and getting to know it, slowly making changes and doing things at a pace that doesn’t feel rushed. I’m learning that there is beauty in the process, not just the end results. I didn’t get that until a couple years ago.
So here’s what I want to do now.
We’d probably have to buy a smaller microwave and hide it in a cabinet here (a la Young House Love):
Which shouldn’t be a problem since that’s our plates and bowls storage and we can put most of them on the open shelving since you want to put the most often used items there so they don’t collect dust. And in our kitchen (like most, I’m assuming) that would be the plates. Especially those IKEA bowls. We go through tons of those every day.
I’d like to say week one of spring break was spent laying on the couch watching TV, playing outside, reading books, and take long walks
on the beach around our neighborhood. But it was actually busy and exhausting. Home improvement projects and spring cleaning took up the majority of the week (although, truth be told, I did take time out to go shopping and thrifting). What is some of the exciting stuff I did? Well, I’m glad you asked…
Our basement. I love it, but it’s basically just a giant playroom with a couch. It is the most ignored place in the house and the only thing we’ve done down there since moving in four and a half years ago is paint the wood paneling. That’s it. It needs so much work that I get overwhelmed just looking at it. It is also the only room in the house that doesn’t always get cleaned up when we’re done playing. It’s too easy to go upstairs and shut the door. So it needed a major cleaning (toys put away, dusting, sweeping, sorting toys for trash and garage sale, clean out craft table stuff, etc.).
It took only about an hour and a half, but it seemed like forever. The above pictures were taken about ten minutes into the clean up so you don’t get the full effect with every couch cushion/pillow in the middle of the floor. Ellie’s favorite hobby is to throw everything in a giant pile on the floor and then bomb-dive from pieces of furniture into the pile. Harper has started throwing herself on them too. It’s actually quite funny to watch. Not safe, but funny.
Today I am using power tools, painting a door with magnetic blackboard paint, and having some fun with Our Reflection’s Meet and Tweet. Come and join us (for any of the above).
That title implies something fun. That would be misleading.
Friday is my last day of school before spring intercession (well, okay, that is fun). More commonly known as spring break, but since we’re on an almost-year-round calendar without the official title, we get two weeks off. It is pretty amazing.
Chris hates school breaks because I have all these grand ideas and projects for us to do while I’m home. I don’t let that bad attitude stop me though. It’s key to a good marriage to not listen to anything your spouse says.
Here’s the list for break:
-see the Hunger Games tomorrow night for March date night with my husband (woohoo!)
-write wills and take them to the lawyer (opposite of woohoo!)
-paint more trim (goal of our bedroom and the living room done before I return to school)
-zoo, Children’s Museum, Monkey Joe’s, library, and the park (multiple times if possible)
-read, read, read
-continue spring cleaning
-spend a morning (and possibly an afternoon) at school getting
caught up ahead
-make my thrift store rounds at least once
-finally finish the photo wall in the living room (that might have been started last May. . .)
-start (and finish!) photo wall in the hallway
-daily trips to the gym or long family walks
-be three pounds lighter when I return to school
-dig a trench and install drainage on the north side of our house (Chris, not me…)
-spend a day thrifting with this girl who’s working on getting healthy and needs some new, fun clothes
-new recipe everyday for a week
-what we eat project (more on that later)
Now that I read that list, I see why Chris doesn’t want me at home. Too bad, sucka.
Bring on the vacation.
We got our February date night in on Friday night. Just in the nick of time too. Mexican food and a movie with friends. The movie (The Descendants) was good. Or at least what I remember of it. I fell asleep at least three different times. That’s how exciting date night is for us. Try not to be too envious of our lives.
We finally ordered a new kitchen door! I was a little letdown, because I thought we could just waltz into the home improvement store, pick up a door, strap that bad boy to the minivan, and head home. Alas, we had to place an order and it won’t be here until the 17th of March. That was very anti-climactic for me. I thought Chris would get to spend Saturday night helping me paint it. Instead he got to watch TV on the couch. I know he was disappointed, I could see it all over his poor little face.
Guess who paid off her last credit card this weekend? This gal (and her family). We are officially credit card debt free. And now to tackle those student loans. . .ugh.
On another exciting note, only four more weeks until spring break. 20 schools days. Please, please, please go fast.
So that was our weekend, I hope yours was well. Weekends around the Graham house seem to be pretty low key recently. During the week, we’re always running around, getting somewhere late, or cramming one more errand into the evening and then we crash on Friday night. Which might have been why I fell asleep in the movie theater. Or because I was up too late last week watching Downton Abbey. Again, totally worth it.
August 2007: We move into our house and I buy a kitchen table and chairs from a neighbor’s yard for $30. I then paint them dark brown.
June 2011: We move our extra dining set up from the basement to use as our kitchen table so I can paint the brown table a different color. The plan was to paint the table off-white and then collect a variety of vintage chairs, paint them all the same color, and that would be our new (and awesome-looking) kitchen table and chairs.
Rhymes with lantern ball…(random craft that’s coming later.)
There’s this wall in the kitchen and it is bor-ing.
So using some cheap needlepoint hoops I scored at a garage sale across the street and an idea that every craft blog seemed to be featuring,