Kids are funny. Sometimes when they are in trouble or being rude they come up with the most hilarious things. No one prepared me for the straight faced, trying not to laugh, moments that come along with kids. Whatever you do, don’t make eye contact with your spouse, or you will both lose it.
Micah spends all day mispronouncing “Truck”, “Fork”, and “Frog” (they all sound the same, and very inappropriate) and he pronounces bulldozer as “Booty”.
Harrison and Micah were going back and forth today.
Harrison: You can’t say f**k. It’s truck.
And on and on. Try not to laugh at your kids during that one!
Harrison has a sense of humor and he doesn’t even really know it. He’s a silly kid. First of all, the poor boy thinks Disney = School because that is the only time he has been on a bus. We’ve explained it to him several times, but he still doesn’t quite get it. He’s a pretty smart kid, so I think he is just in denial.
Harrison: I’m so excited to start going to school to see the storm troopers!
Mom: You mean Disney?
Harrison: Yeah, school. Where the buses are.
Harrison: Remember the time we went to school and there were palm trees?
Mom: Harrison, that was Disney. School will be much different.
Harrison: Can I ride an airplane to get to school?
Mom: Did you see Santa?
Harrison: Yeah. I told him I what I wanted, but he just gave me this monster truck and escaped me, again!
Harrison has struggled with sleep lately and always ends up in our bed. We bring him right back upstairs, but he had a different idea.
Harrison: I could sleep better in my room if it was green and had a train.
Mom: *Paints room and builds train book shelves that same day*
Harrison: I can’t sleep in my room.
Mom: Why not?
Harrison: It’s too different.
And last night, getting ready for bed:
Dad: Tell mama “It’s been real.”
Harrison: (Grumpy) Mama, it’s been pretend. *Leaves room*
It’s that time of year again! We’ve pulled out all of the Christmas boxes from the basement and added to it from Black Friday sales. I’m excited to show off our Christmas decor! You have probably already seen the playroom decor and the kitchen wreaths, but here is a look at the rest of the house.
We went a little crazy with our tree this year. We always get a real tree because you just can’t beat that fresh pine scent and the natural look. We had a little argument about how big our tree was last year. Was it 10′ or 12′? We settled on a nice skinny 11′ (compared to the others) and it has pretty much eaten our living room right up. Ryan says, “I guess we are more of a 10′ tree kind of family.”
The tree in our living room is always the traditional colors of red, green, silver, and gold. We have some sentimental ornaments, including Harrison’s hat and bracelet from the hospital, Micah’s ultrasound and hospital bracelet, and yearly family photos.
We also have an all white tree in the loft. This is the tree for the fun blue and purple decor. It’s just a fun artificial tree that have wanted for a long time. The ornaments are all shatterproof and the kids can touch them if they want. It just brings a little life to a usually un-decorated space.
Back in the living room, I made some simple pillow covers to match the holiday. I got this fleece fabric from Joann’s and it is soft and cozy. They are just envelope pillow covers that can be removed when the season is done. With just 3 lines of sewing these are one of the easiest projects there is.
The mantle has a little bit of old mixed with a little bit of new. I love large our mantle is, but is gets a little bit difficult to decorate without some large scale items.
I found the silver trees at Hobby Lobby along with the grey and white box, which is even more gorgeous in person. They fit in nicely with the birch trees and white pine branches from the backyard.
The snowflake garland was put together with the extra red bead garland from the playroom and some silver glitter snowflakes. I put ornament hooks on the snowflakes and pinched them around the garland. It’s easy and pretty, exactly my kind of decor.
I also found these cute white houses for sale at Shopko on Black Friday. I love them so much. They are so simple and beautiful, but they also light up.
The piano has just a few decorations. The candle set is from Kohls (last year). It was part of a pair but….kids. I also found this cute barn advent calendar (Tractor Supply) which is a new addition. Harrison loves checking to see what candy or activity he gets for the day. The tree could easily be replaced with a great big wreath, but it just isn’t in the budget this year. Maybe next year!
Lastly, the coat rack! This is just an extra little space I love to decorate with the changing seasons. I kept it fun with blue and silver this year. The jar on the end is full of jingle bells and the other decor is from Hobby Lobby.
I plan to have a beautiful table centerpiece as well, but I will wait until closer to Christmas. We use the table every day and it just isn’t practical to have it all decorated for a month with the kids. When I have it all finished, I will post a little update. Until then, make sure you are following along on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest!
We have lived in this house for nearly 3 years now! It’s hard to believe it has been that long. Harrison was just 8 months old when we moved in. We didn’t have much time between closing on the house and moving in, so his room never got much as far as paint and finishes. We painted an orange stripe on the wall and added his name. Over time, we have decorated his room (mostly in a woodland theme). When Micah was a baby and moved out of our room, the boys shared a room. All of the baby supplies were in there and the recliner/rocker too.
Micah had some major issues with reflux and didn’t sleep through the night or night wean until he was a year old. The disruption to Harrison’s sleep wasn’t working, so we moved Micah into his own room (also not finished at the moment). With him we moved the cube shelves, crib, a dresser, and some of the wall decor. Suddenly, Harrison’s room is looking close to empty.
Recently, Harrison has been coming into our room in the early morning (5am). I have been encouraging him to stay in his own room, but he keeps telling me he doesn’t like it. I know he is just saying that because he wants to be with us. After some talk, we decided it was time to change his room to a “big boy” room and let him help design it. The paint is showing some wear after 3 years. The company that sold us the house had the entire place painted brown before we moved in and didn’t leave a sample for touch ups. We are hoping if Harrison has a chance to help design and paint, he will love his new room.
I want to keep the dresser, curtains, and comforter, so blue needs to match. Harrison recently got a great antique Jenny Lind bed, so that will definitely stay. We are going to drop the woodland theme, and the gallery wall has been lopsided since we removed Micah’s name, so that will be changed too.
Harrison has requested a green room with trains. We always have projects going on, and I have extra green paint from a previous project. I also have a gallon of gray paint leftover from our first house, so that will go on the other 3 walls. I think green would be too much in the whole room. We definitely need more book storage, so that will be a goal of mine too.
I have decided from browsing Pinterest that a “Planes, Trains, and Automobiles” or “Oh, The Places You’ll Go” theme will fit exactly what Harrison wants. I’m hoping to fill the room and walls with maps, vehicles, and signs. I have already started the process and I am so excited about how it is turning out so far. Stay tuned for the reveal and follow along on Instagram for sneak peeks!
If you have been in the holiday section of any store, I’m sure you have seen some gold hoop wreaths that are beautiful. It seems to be a new trend this year, but before you go out and buy a $10-$20 wreath, check out this quick and easy DIY.
With just a macrame ring, a cheap bouquet of greens, and a little ribbon you can make this wreath. It is perfect for a door, wall, cabinet, etc.
I find that craft rings are incredibly easy to find at rummage and estate sales. I bought a giant box of these gold rings in all different sizes (this one is 12″) and embroidery hoops for $5. It is the gift that keeps on giving, because they have been a big part of my crafting. The bouquet of greens I purchased a while ago on sale at Hobby Lobby and it was $3. I was able to make 3 wreaths with 1 bouquet. Since you will only need a little bit of ribbon to tie a bow, you can use some leftovers.
I literally only takes 5 minutes and some hot glue to put this together. You can make it as fancy as you would like, but I found that 4 little sprigs makes the perfect coverage for this open wreath. Some red berries would also look great, or add whatever embellishments suit you!
These made the perfect addition to our kitchen cabinets for the holidays. These wreaths would also look great on a window or door.
I also want to add, we refreshed our cabinets with some lemon oil about 6 months ago. It was such an easy job and the cabinets look brand new. I will do a full kitchen reveal some time in the future now that our new countertops and backsplash are complete, but for now, enjoy this sneak peek…
What holiday DIYs are you taking on this year? I would love to hear your ideas! As always, thanks for reading and stay tuned for more!
Last week, Ryan was traveling for work. I quickly ran out of entertaining things for the kids to do, so we ended up pulling out some Christmas decorations, including a cute little tree from Target and some shatterproof ornaments. I recently saw an idea on Pinterest that involved gluing little pom poms to pine cones. A project that will entertain both kids and will keep the little in his highchair? Yes PLEASE!
I put the glue on Micah’s pine cone (leftover fall decorations from Hobby Lobby) and Harrison did his own. Each kid got a handful of mini pom poms. It was a very entertaining project and each of the boys made a few of them.
Now, what to do with these cute little pine cones? I love to stock up on clearance decor at the end of the season and last year I got some red bead garland from Hobby Lobby. With a little hot glue, we have a cute little garland perfect for the kid’s playroom!
The garland costs $2.99, but I was able to get it 75% off last year. I also had enough to make a cute garland for our fireplace, but I will share that another time. With just a tiny budget and a little bit of time (and help from the kids) you can make this garland too!
We recently finished the playroom in an extra room above our garage. This garland fits in with the woodland theme perfectly. It also adds a little bit of color and fun.
The kids also fell in love with a singing reindeer at Target, so he is hung up on the wall (where they can’t push the button every 20 seconds). He is another great addition to the playroom and the kids think he is so fun.
With that, I think the playroom Christmas decorating is complete for this year. We will have another fake tree (all white) in the loft and we will get a real tree for the living room after Thanksgiving. I typically try to wait until after Thanksgiving for Christmas decorations, but it has been so snowy and cold here that the winter decor just fits much better than fall decor right now. As a bonus, we’ve been able to keep the kids busy and helpful with all of these little projects.
COMING UP: Have you seen the new Hearth and Hand line at Target? They have a wreath that I just love. As it turns out, I had everything I needed to make my own without spending a penny! Later this week I will post a tutorial so you can make one too! Stay tuned.
Ok, to be fair, it is half way through November. Ryan has been traveling for work and the upcoming holidays are making things CrAzY around here. I didn’t want to miss the opportunity to share the highlights of October though, so here it is. Better late than never!
We are lucky to live in a place where people travel to see the beautiful fall colors. This year was a little bit strange, as the colors didn’t change like they normally would. The warm autumn temperatures caused the color changes to be delayed and then a cold snap changed them all at once. While it was difficult for visitors and tourists to time it right to see, we are fortunate that it is just outside our door and we can enjoy it whenever it happens!
We finished harvesting the garden, which included several pumpkins. Harrison planted these as seeds in April (indoors) and was so excited to watch them grow and eventually cut the vine to free his pumpkins. We will definitely try again next year, because these were really fun to watch and grow.
Around here, fall = cranberries. We have a big celebration called Cranberry Fest and it is a fall tradition. The festival includes Cranberry foods, drinks, cranberry bog tours, and craft vendors. This year it rained (a lot!) on Saturday, so we enjoyed the festival on Sunday after it dried out a bit. I took this picture of Harrison and I just can’t believe he looks so grown up. I know every parent feels this way, but sometimes it just hits you.
We celebrated my brother and his soon-to-be wife at a bridal shower this month too! I made these end tables from Ana White’s free plans, and you should definitely take a look. They were a labor of love, but you can make them too with just a few tools and a bit of time.
Ryan was able to fix the in floor heat for the rooms above the garage this fall. That meant we gained about 500 square feet of space! We added a bedroom for Micah and a woodland themed playroom for the boys. It was worth every bit of hard work, because the kids use it every day, it has moved the mess out of the living room, and it is the best looking room in the house. I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out and how much the kids use it.
We finished out the month with Halloween. Complete with carving pumpkins, trick or treating, and some fall crafts, we really enjoyed Halloween this year. Micah’s costume was bought from Target, with a last minute hat addition because it was only 36 degrees F! I made Harrison’s spider costume with a black shirt, Ryan’s socks, and fishing line! He also got a last minute hat. We went to a local church for Trunk or Treat, which was nice considering the weather was so cold.
I hope you had a great October too! Remember to follow along on Instagram, including the story feature. I post a little every day about our adventures and would love to share with you too! We have a lot of projects in the works, so I hope you will stay tuned. Thanks for reading!
I recently saw some metal barn quilt squares for sale and would have brought them straight home, but the price tag made me pause. When driving through farm country, looking at the barns, each with their own square, always makes me smile. I would love to add some to our chicken coops, but first I had to try it out on a small scale. It turns out, this classic pattern is very easy to make with just a few materials and an hour or two.
The pattern is just lines and angles split into 4. By making a grid of 4×4 you can easily draw this pattern out. I have made a handy little reference for you in just 4 steps:
For my square, I used a piece of 3/4″ lumber 12″x12″. This makes it easy to draw out the pattern using markings horizontally and vertically at 3″, 6″, and 9″.
The frame is just 4 pieces of 2×2 (2 of each cut to 12″ and 15″). You don’t need to add a frame, but if you have a finish nailer or pocket hole jig, it is very simple. Once you have your square and frame, add pocket holes to the square with one on each side (but don’t screw together yet).
This will allow you to easily attach the frame one you are finished painting. Remove the square from the frame and paint or stain the frame as you would like. Next, you can paint the square the lightest of the colors you have chosen. In this case, I chose yellow. Allow to dry.
Next, begin marking the square with the pattern you prefer. I used a pencil to show the pattern, but chalk may work better so that it doesn’t show on the completed project. If you chose to use pencil, make sure the darker paint covers the lines.
Begin painting with your second color choice. I began by using painters tape, but it was actually easier to use a straight edged foam brush. This way, you don’t have to worry about paint leaking under tape and you don’t have to wait for wet spots to dry before moving on.
Once the paint is dry, you can simply attach the frame using your pocket hole screws. If you don’t have a pocket hole jig, you can attach the frame using finishing nails. Just fill the nail holes and touch up the paint. It is as simple as that!
I chose to display it on our new DIY coat rack. Eventually though, I think this will get a twin (maybe with a different pattern) and get hung up in Micah’s nursery. We are planning on adding a bit of a farm theme to his room and this would fit in perfectly.
If you haven’t seen it yet, be sure to check out the kid’s new playroom! After a weekend of hard work, we are so excited to see the final project. Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more!
We are lucky to have an abundance of space in this house. Between living in a low cost of living area and getting our house at a great discount (it was a foreclosure) we have the budget to slowly make the house exactly how we’d like it. We have a good amount of living room space downstairs, but the toys always seem to be the center of it. We have added some toy storage and try to keep up with the messiness, but it was really time for a separate play space.
We have 2 rooms above the garage that are just used for storage and weren’t even counted in our square footage with our listing. It has a bit of a strange set up. Both rooms are connected in-line and you have to go through part of the upstairs bath to get to them. When we toured the house we had no idea what we were going to do with the space and it slowly became storage. The rooms have drywall and flooring, but were never cared for the way the rest of the house was. One of these rooms has become Micah’s nursery and the room on the end has become the playroom.
On Saturday morning we started to tackle this project. We emptied out the brown and green room and Ryan worked on removing the baseboard trim and pulling up the carpet. We took a trip to town and purchased new laminate flooring and a few accessories. Believe it or not, this makeover only cost about $450 and we will be getting $75 back in rebates. That’s a great deal for gaining about 300 square feet. That square footage adds a little bit for everyone. The room includes a seating area, a toy area, a teepee, an art spot, play kitchen, and music stage.
We love our laminate flooring in the living room. We originally wanted to put that in the playroom, but the price tag was just too much. The laminate flooring we chose for this room was only $.89 per square foot (Maple Leaf Lamisol, Northland Collection). While it may not be the toughest and most durable flooring choice available, the floor in this room is going to take a beating and will likely need to be replaced when the kids are grown anyways. The flooring seems to be more durable than some cheap laminate and the color will likely hide scratches well. We hope that area rugs will protect most of it and we will replace if necessary years down the road. We could not justify spending $2+ a foot just to have the kids scratch it over the next few years. The store we bought the flooring from had a promotion for free foam underlayment with a laminate flooring purchase, so we will be getting that amount refunded. We also purchased an area rug, paint and accessories, wall decals, and some other decor items.
Let’s talk paint. It is beautiful. I want to paint my entire house this color (Dutch Boy Frosted Silver)! It is a great grey color with just a hint of blue. The white trim makes the color pop and the room looks fresh and clean. I love painting and the change that comes with just a little bit of work. It is an easy DIY job that can change the entire look of a room.
We decorated the room in a woodland theme. The pillows were already covered from our lumberjack brunch and the rest of the decor came from Hobby Lobby. The table and chair set came from a garage sale for $20. With just a little bit of paint it has become a whimsical toadstool table. It fits right in with the decor and was such a fun project. I will definitely share more details of these projects soon, so stay tuned!
Meanwhile, we will be relaxing and enjoying our new playroom! The best part is that there is a space for everyone, including the adults. Micah and Harrison are already loving on it. Make sure you are following along on Instagram, where you can get a sneak peek of projects in our stories! More to come soon!
Anybody else have kids acting a little demonic lately? No, just Micah? Hmmm, ok…
Anyways, we carved pumpkins tonight and it was an adventure for all of us. Micah was just so excited someone gave him a marker to draw on his pumpkin and Harrison was completely grossed out that we wanted him to scoop out the seeds. Eventually, I managed to clean out and carve both pumpkins without too much of a mess, and some help from my wonderful husband. Carving pumpkins is such a classic family event, and I’m happy the kids were excited about it.
Of course, Micah wore his Halloween costume to match his pumpkin. I always free hand carvings, we don’t do fancy stuff around here. Micah wanted a bat, and he had bat wings to match. (Target had this shirt with removable bat wings for under $8!) Having an 18 month old is a handful. I don’t remember Harrison being quite this adventurous. Micah is a sweet but energetic kid. He is almost always smiling and having fun.
Harrison drew his pumpkin face all by himself and I cut it out for him. He thinks it is the greatest thing ever. Of course, he won’t touch it, because it’s yucky. Maybe next year?
Overall, tonight was another classic, fun adventure. We put the pumpkins on the porch with candles, but before long they will be chicken food. We have some other fun Halloween plans coming up that we are all excited for. It has been a fun, but short fall. We have already seen our first snowflakes and should have some snow on the ground tonight. Bring on November and all of the fun winter weather!
This weekend we celebrated my brother’s beautiful wife-to-be at her bridal shower. The couple had registered online for a set of end tables similar to a coffee table I built a couple of weeks ago. I knew there was a matching end table plan and decided it would be extra special to have solid wood tables built by hand. The plan came from Ana White and is called Rustic X End Table.
After looking over the plans, I decided to make the table just a tad smaller. By making the tables 27″x24″ the materials can be cut with less scraps. I recommend checking out the plan on Ana-White.com, but for reference the plan requires the following lumber for 2 tables at the smaller dimensions:
4 – 2×4 @ 8 feet long
1 – 1×12 @ 3 feet long
4 – 2×2 @ 8 feet long
3 – 2×6 @ 8 feet long
You will also need 2 1/2″ and 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws, wood glue, and corner bracket hardware if desired. In our area the lumber cost $60.
The cut list for each table:
8 – 2X4 @ 22 1/2″
4 – 2X2 @ 13″
2 – 1X12 @ 13″
2 – 2X2 @ 26 1/2″ at 50 degrees, Long point to short point
4 – 2×2 @ 13 1/4″ Long point to short point with 50 degree and 10 degree angles
5 – 2×6 @ 24″
In order to keep the X feature without changing the angles and measurements, I only changed the width of the table. The overall result is a rectangular table, rather than a square. The X is the hardest part, but I found it easier to hold the 2×2 up to the table and mark the measurements instead of measuring point to point. They all fit perfectly that way. All of the directions and diagrams can be found at www.ana-white.com/2012/08/plans/rustic-x-end-table
After purchasing the lumber, I wondered if there was a way I could monogram the tables for the couple to make it more personalized. I have a wood burner from when I was younger and decided to give it a try (on a spare piece of wood of course). It has been a while, but it was easier than I remember. Both tables have the monogram on the front corner, on opposite sides.
I am so happy that the engraving turned out well! With the stain I put on the top (Minwax Red Mahogany 225) it turns out to be subtle, but the subtle details are what makes these tables so beautiful.
The corner bracket hardware were a last minute addition. I purchased some 4 packs of L brackets and some spray paint. Totaling less than $15, it was worth every penny.
If you poke the screws into a piece of cardboard, you can paint everything all at once. Then the screw heads will match the brackets perfectly.
Of course, I had a helper for priming and painting. I used a fast dry primer and Dutch Boy paint in Antique White. It is the same color of the dresser I just refinished and our farmhouse bed.
Overall, I could not be happier with the results. Now I think I have to make myself a set, because I am in love. The tables themselves only took about 3 hours each to build. The primer, paint, stain, and poly are what take the most time. Between the lumber, hardware, and pocket hole screws I purchased, the project only cost $100, but would be more if you also needed to purchase primer, paint, stain, and other painting supplies. We keep those on hand in bulk, so it is hard to predict how much extra you should budget, but I would guess about $25-$30 in supplies. If you have a miter saw and a kreg jig, you can make these too!