Step 1 is Done

Amidst the gazillion home repair and remodeling projects we have for our house, we have successfully settled on our next room to do. It just so happens to be the living room, the room where most relaxing and family gathering happens (aside from the dining room table).

Of course, our living room is somewhat of am awkward space. When you walk into our home, the powder room door is right behind the front door (when it’s open), and you enter directly into a hallway. About 4 feet down on the left is the entry for the kitchen, and another foot or so is the stairs to go up on the right. Approximately 3 feet later, the hallway opens into the dining room, with the wall from the stairs remaining on the right hand side. Beyond that is the living room, with only a railing separating the dining room from the living room.

That is where the awkward comes in: the living room is pretty much the same room as the dining room, with only a railing and 2 steps down separating them.

So, the 2 rooms have to kind of ‘go’ together with colors, but without being all matchy-matchy. (I am very NOT matchy-matchy).

On to the photos, all but one were taken in the middle of the night, that’s the only time I can paint walls around here (would love comments, be honest…).

First here’s our horrible before:

Followed by our somewhat better after (the wall that the fireplace is on will also get painted, it just needs some drywall repair after we move the TV), with my now ability to see how much better it will look:

Hahaha, can you tell the only box of books I have opened and put on our new shelf is my husbands church books along with his missionary plaque. Too funny…

Mind you, the TV and couch are the permanents that we have to work with. Also, the darker of the 2 bookcases (the new one) is staying. We are going to buy enough dark bookcases to cover the length of that one wall. We may get some doors for the bottom halves of the bookcases, not sure yet. And, the TV will be moving to the wall that my sewing table is against (which will go downstairs after our attic access door and a few outlets go in this weekend).

This means that I will officially have a designated sewing area!!! We are going to buy either some nice, solid room dividers or make a half wall with a little half door to block off the area from the play room. It’s kind of a little nook area already. Exciting stuff.

The best part about the whole thing is that my Dad wants to make us a mantle!!! A big pretty mantle!! Oh, I am so very excited. I also have 2 large mirrors to choose from to hang above it. Man, I finally get to have a living room that doesn’t feel like it’s a dorm commons room… SCORE!

It is so very exciting to have decorating projects, am I right??

Where has time gone?

I thought that things were supposed to be calmer, a little less stressful, and far more productive after your kids start the school year.

Well, I feel like I just managed to get out from under the proverbial rock.

Mind you, I have been less stressed, there is two less monsters to reek havoc around the house all day, and, yes, I have been much more productive (especially during naptime).

But I feel like I haven’t done anything since school started…

We have been doing lots of this:

And I have gotten a lot of this done:

I am cutting pieces for I-Spy Bag Service Project at Church, as well as cutting my scraps into 1 1/2″ & 2 1/2″ strips and 2″ squares (so I can actually use them… haha).

I have added quite a few things to the “To-Do” list, and am trying to reorganize a lot.

We have officially lived in our first house for a year now! And… I’m looking around at everything that hasn’t gotten used or even unpacked yet, yea.

Granite, most of the unpacked boxes are books. We have accumulated quite a few books since both my husband and I love books (at least we have collected all the ones we want to read, with 4 young kids it’s kinda hard to fit in some peace and quite…)

Thankfully, bookcases are a part of re-doing the living room. Finally decided on a paint color for the living AND dining room (they are kinda one big room with a railing and 2 steps between), and even bought it too. YES! I really want more definition between the two, what do you think (both colors are from Sherwin-Williams):

Hep Green- Living Room Color
Vanillin- Dining Room Color

The Vanillin is a little more yellow than is pictured on the Sherwin-Williams website.

Another completely awesome thing that happened lately was that my mom gave me her buffet since she got a new one! Ohh, it’s so nice to have more storage for kitchen/dining things. But, the best part of it is that I finally have a place to put decorations and my chachkies!! oh yea…

Now I have something to make a table runner for, cause making one for my actual table would just be silly (haha). But, no, my kids would wreck it if it were on the table, between the food and projects.

We Make A Mean Team

My husband, Wes, and I that is.

I feel like all I’m blogging about is my King I’m working on, so here’s a little more about something else….

My husband and I bought our first home this last September, and we have been steadily working on it (bathroom and flooring-you can see the floor unfinished in this photo…).

I was so excited to get a yard and be able to have my first garden. So, last fall I built a raised bed about 2 feet high, I know a little much, but I have 4 kids 7yrs and under. The middle two kids are boys, and I just know they would accidentally trample it if it weren’t obnoxiously obvious. I love it. I think my green beans are mocking me, each time there are some to pick it’s only about 5. And, then there’s me standing by my garden wondering what to do with only 5 green beans… I’ve thrown them in a few things. The tomatoes are going to be coming on soon with lots and lots, hopefully I planted enough Romas that I can can a bunch. Got a few zuchs and see more coming, looking forward to some muffins, mmm,

Oh, don’t let me forget one of the most awesome projects that the hubs has done. Now, I love my husband, and I think he’s extremely talented, and I think the dilemma is that he is just like me in this aspect: he had like 4 or more unfinished projects (I have tons more (like 20-30 at least), but mine don’t stick out on a day to day basis…).

Sorry, back to his project. Wes built these racks for storing firewood, see:

And, he managed to find tons, at least 2 1/2 cords, of FREE wood to fill them. Now, it’s he just amazing?! Last year we went through quite a bit of wood trying to offset the cost of our oil. But with the original single pain windows that are from when the house was built in 1977, I’m not sure if anything we try to do will really help. Fun times. Bring on the down comforters!

Each morning, when I look out of our back door, I have a sense of accomplishment. Outdoor projects have a good way of doing that since your results are both immediate and long-term at the same time. Above all, it just feels good to have a tiny little bit of land that’s finally “ours” (even though I am constantly dreaming of our farm we will someday have).

The Weekend and so on…

This weekend, my sweet hubby decided it was time to redo the powder room downstairs. Mind you, he just started his fall semester about 2 weeks ago, and we are trying to finish potty training our now 4 year old. Perfect timing… I think not. Here’s what my view was most of Saturday:
Monday rolls around, a nice rainy Monday, and we are home from school sick. Nothing like homemade soup for lunch on a sick day. Why did it take me this long to realize I could put tortellini in Chicken soup instead of just noodles? Seriously, it was good.Doesn’t she look so much more sad with her little cast on?? I think it’s quite cute actually. She severely sprained her thumb playing with a yoga ball. The bruise on her hand 2 days later was really cool looking, her palm was blue and the lines where your hand creases were purple. The only reason I can talk this calmly about it is because it stopped hurting her the morning after she did it, and it hasn’t hurt since, thankfully! She was pretty excited to get a cast too, and everyone decorating it for her made it even more fun for her. The only thing she doesn’t like is how her hand stinks now.