Back to School

Monday, August 29, 2011

I can't believe how quickly summer went by! My baby boy will be starting first grade & will be gone all day. Weird. It'll just be me & my little princess for about 8 hours during the day while he's at school and daddy is at work. I'm kind of sad but I know Ayden is going to love full time school and Lily is so looking forward to getting all of the mommy time to herself. We will have to plan some special lunch and shopping dates & I hope to get a lot of sewing  & crafty stuff done too while I only have one child! 

Speaking of back to school, an old friend of mine who is an elementary school teacher back in my hometown sure could use everyone's help. Mrs. Lamb had a fantastic idea to reduce the amount of paper that kids use in her classroom by getting each student their very own reusable, individual whiteboard instead. Think of how much funner that would have been in school...I know I used to love being able to write on the board like the teacher and it would definitely engage the students much more in class. The only problem is that Idaho school district budgets have been cut, greatly reducing the amount of money for classroom supplies. Mrs. Lamb is trying to get the whiteboards donated to her class, and with your vote on this website she just might be able to do it. If every one of my readers could just take a moment to help out Mrs. Lamb's classroom I would greatly appreciate it, and I'm sure the kids would as well! 
You can go to this website: Limeades for Learning to vote for her project. Every vote counts!
And also, you can vote again every day!
So please do. Thanks in advance :)

I wanted to just show you all how silly my little Lulu was being tonight. I couldn't resist taking a few ridiculously funny pictures of her crazy faces she was making for me. Her hair was a mess and she had food & juice smeared all over her face while she made me crack up. Oh to be a kid again & be so easily amused. I love her.

Well, looks like I'm off to bed...I guess Ayden's not the only one with an earlier bedtime now. His eggs and sausage aren't going to cook themselves in the morning! Nighty night.

xoxo, Melissa

The Big Reveal!

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Ok guys, here it is!

 I took some before and after pictures of the new house & I'm ready to post them & show y'all finally. The before shots were taken about a month ago right after the owners moved out. As you can see in the pictures they didn't have the greatest taste in wall colors and such. I have spent the last month painting pretty much every day...and not just the walls, but the doors and trim too which takes for ever! Now, I haven't had much time to decorate & I had family coming into town last weekend & more family coming next weekend, so after I finished painting I had to make a mad dash to unpack as much as I could & just throw stuff on the walls to try to make it look more homey and not look like we just moved in. I still have a little more painting to go & much much more projects & DIY crafty decor stuff to make & do, so please just kind of ignore the decor for now. Ready?! Here we gooooooo!

As always, you can click on the pictures to enlarge them too :)

Here is the living room before. Please note the nasty yellow wall and super dirty trim.

And here it is after! I went with a nice neutral grey color & painted the trim a nice crisp white so it looks brand new! I still need to make some curtains for the windows but first I have to dig out my sewing machine & figure out where my crafting area is going to be.

Another before of the living room from another angle. You can see more of that ugly yellow color & an even uglier brown trim! Who the heck picked these paint colors? 

And after....ahhhh, much better I think. I love the grey & it will look so much better with some cute curtains. What color should I do?

Before, a view of the dining room from the living room. More yellow with brown trim, plus a gross brown wall straight ahead. Seriously, enough of the yellow & brown!

And after. I went with a nice warm white for now. I might change it up & add some color later but I just wanted the other colors gone & I had tons of this white on hand. Any suggestions for colors?

Before, a view of the dining room from the kitchen. Ew ew ew. Need I say more? I love that built in shelf, but again with the color...

And after! Please pay no attention to the internet modem just sitting on the floor with all of the cords coming out of it. I'm going to put it somewhere else & disguise all of the ugliness, but for now I'm fine with it just sitting there.

Before, the hallway. I absolutely love all of the cupboards & drawers for linens & bathroom stuff but the brown makes it look like 70's style or something.

And the hallway after. Now this isn't totally done. I got rid of the ugly brown wall there, but as you can see the drawers and cupboards are still brown. I haven't decided if I should just do them white too or if I should maybe go with the grey color from the living room, or maybe something else altogether. Suggestions?

The bathroom before...oh dear lord. The bathroom was hideous! Check out the gross palm tree wallpaper stuff. They totally had a palm tree and pineapple theme going on in here that was not very cute.

And the bathroom after. I'm still not done in here either. I need a new shower curtain & this was all I had on hand. I'm gonna go with brown & teal blue in this room so I'm thinking a nice teal patterned shower curtain would be perfect. And notice that the palm trees are gone! I need some more decor in here because it's super plain looking. 

Before, the other wall in the bathroom. This is mostly to show the awesome palm tree decor they left for us and so you could see how dirty the walls & trim were in here. I almost gagged!

And after. The trim looks brand new now & I scrubbed the rust & dust off of that vent. Again, it was so dirty. How do people live like that? It boggles my mind!

Soooo, what do you think so far? Can you see why I've been so busy the last few weeks? Keep in mind I did this all on my own while my husband was at work & I also had my 2 little ones here. You'll notice that I didn't post any pictures of the bedrooms or the kitchen, and that's because they aren't done yet. I don't think I'm going to paint Ayden's room because it doesn't really need it. I already repainted Lily's but I forgot to get a before shot of hers, and my bedroom needs painting too. The kitchen is going to take a little longer because it has some pretty awesome wallpaper that I have to take off. Yep, more wallpaper trim stuff like in the bathroom. I told you they had really bad taste in paint colors and decor! I want to get he kitchen done before I have family visiting next weekend, so I better bust my little butt this week!

Any who, I couldn't wait to show you guys my hard work! Can't wait to show you what else I come up with for some new fresh DIY decor. 

I better get going...we're off to watch the UFC fights tonight with all the guys and their girlfriends/wives from my husband's shop. Should be a fun time & Shayne's favorite fighter, Anderson Silva, is fighting. He's going to be so anxious all night hoping that his favorite guy wins! He's so funny :) That's why I love him!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend & have fun!

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Finally moved in!

Friday, August 26, 2011

I'm alive! 
It's been 3 weeks since we moved in & I have been without internet access this whole time. Can you believe that? What a hassle it's been...that's all I can say. I was rescheduled numerous times & then the tech who came out to install the internet said that he couldn't access the pole because there was a shed in the way. Long story short, it turns out he was probably just lazy & wanted to go home. I was ranting about the internet company on Facebook & my oldest best friend from high school reminded me that she works for them! (She lives in Arizona, I live in Washington, so I was surprised that she worked for the same company). 

Isn't she gorgeous? We've been BFFs since middle school.

She called me from work & apologized for all of the hassle I've been going through & hooked me up with a new tech who came right out & installed it with no problems at all! So a big thank you goes out to my amazingly beautiful & awesome friend Alicia...thank you for saving my butt!!!! I owe you big time :)

So here I am, in my new house...right across the street from my old house. Kind of weird, huh? I've had so much work to get done since we got moved in. Aside from unpacking I also had to scrub the crap out of every nook & cranny in every single room. It amazes me what some people's idea of "clean" is. I could definitely tell that a middle aged bachelor had been living there for years because he pretty much just moved all of his stuff out, vacuumed the carpets, and called it good. Gross. Also, I've spent almost ever single day painting. I had to repaint all of the walls in ever room & I'm not even done yet. And then I had to paint the trim too because it was supposed to be white but it was so dirty that I couldn't just leave it like that after putting a fresh coat of paint on all of the walls. The living room & dining room were yellow & brown when we moved in. I don't know about you but when I think of yellow & brown together like that I don't exactly think "Ooooh, pretty!" My mind goes directly to the toilet humor. 

Anyhow, I made sure to take before pictures so that you guys could see the progress I made. I have just a few more things to do before I can take after pictures, so I can't post them right now. Sorry. But for now I will leave you with some pictures of the yard. It's gorgeous & I always envied it when I lived across the street. It reminds me of a park. It's a lot of work to maintain, but man, it's pretty to look at. Enjoy!

Btw, you can click on the pictures to enlarge them!

The view from my slider going out to the back yard.

Standing on my back patio looking to the left.

 Looking out to the right

Looking all the way to the right, out to the street. There's a little gravel driveway too.

Some of the garden. Strawberries, all kinds of herbs, flowers, shrubs, and trees. 

That large bush is a bunch of grape plants. There's also tomatoes, brussel sprouts, zuchinni, and garlic growing in there.

That little dinky tree on the far right is a peach tree! Believe it or not there were like 50 large peaches on that little thing when we moved in & the kids ate them all already.

We found the perfect spot for the swing set! It's in the shade for most of the day.

I love this bird bath. So pretty.

This is a view of the whole yard standing from the little gravel driveway.

 This is one of the coolest parts. Behind the swing set there is a thick tree line with an opening that leads to a "forest"

See? This is the forest in my backyard. You wouldn't even know that it's there!

A little secret opening in the forest that leads back out to the yard. It's hard to tell but you can kind of see the kids pool right there.

See? That's what the little entrance looks like from the outside. Cool huh?

Here's the entire view of the backyard standing in the far left corner.

I love the little covered patio, the bricks, and all of the plants going around the patio.

The side yard leading out front....tons of roses! They smell so good

They go all the way around to the front of the house

The front yard is pretty dang huge. That giant shrub next to the house is bamboo! I love it.

 Home sweet home! Isn't it cute?

The front yard is pretty dang huge. That giant shrub next to the house is bamboo! I love it.

So what do you think so far? Do you approve of the outside of the house? I hope so! Pictures of the inside coming soon! I'm so happy to be settled in & able to catch up on everyone. I was getting pretty lonely.

Hope everyone is enjoying their last few days of summer. My oldest, Ayden, will be starting first grade on Tuesday! I hope I don't cry. Or maybe it will be tears of joy so that me & Lily can have more mommy/daughter dates! hehe, just kidding. But girl dates will for sure be happening either way. She could use some one on one bonding time with mommy while big brother is away. Excited for those but sad to see my boy gone for 8 hours a day. 

Enjoy this weekend!

xoxo, Melissa
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