Friday, January 10, 2014

Basement Happenings

When we moved in the basement was completely unfinished.  It was big but needed some love.  The first thing up was was expensive and not fun but it was a must before we could move forward in finishing it up.  By no means is the basement done nor is it perfect.  It is however a wonderful place for us to go as a family.  The family room is huge and we put it to much use in the winter months.

The room allows space for a large sectional, two over sized wing chairs, a piano, and  toy area.  For your viewing pleasure I removed the mini trampoline, tumbling mat, and 7 riding toys....

Below is the before...we used to use this room for riding bikes in the winter.

The laundry room is still in need of a floor but we again ran out of time.  We had the entire room painted and then just did a little decorating.  I salvaged the sink from a friend and am in love.

The laundry room is the first room you walk into when entering the basement so it needed some love.

I love my sink!

My Dad found the lockers and they work great for storage and as a room divider (my storage room is beyond the curtain)

Below is the lovely before our laundry room and the old sink.

Lastly is the bathroom we remodeled.  It's nice and spacious and is intended as the boys bathroom!

Thanks for stopping over.  My plan is to finish up the decorating of the family room.  It's quite sparse right now and not fully done.  Since the tour I have already added somethings and moved a few things around.  I'll keep you posted!

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

The Tour!

Happy New Year!

I realize I am late to the game on the whole Christmas Decorating BUT I just received my pictures from The Christmas Tour of Homes!  The lovely Rachel Boe was kind enough to come over and document this "epic" (it was a big deal to me" day.

Here is a little back story....back in July we were asked if we would allow our local Historical Society to show our home on their annual Christmas Tour of Homes.  It happens to be their largest fundraiser and a lot of fun to attend ( I go every year).  Since I am crazy I thought it would be no problem at all to show our home, with 3 small children, a dog, a full time job, and only a two page list (back to back) of things that MUST be done.  I'm going to be honest....I can't do it all nor did I get all of my "MUST HAVE" things done.  I had sick kids, life, Thanksgiving, Christmas shopping, birthday preparations....the list goes on.   At one point I decided our home is ours and we love it and it will never be perfect.  It is what it is and to be honest we love it that way.  I realize these pictures may look like CHRISTMAS OVERLOAD.  I do adore all of the images on pinterest that show clean, simple, natural Christmas (check out my boards here and here)  But I used what I had and I went with it.  We are loud and eclectic and I think that shows.

This is getting too wordy and there are many pictures....ENJOY!

I collect ornaments...can you tell?  I have many  many more.  When we travel rather than purchase a  tchotchke I purchase an ornament.

I am addicted to Christmas ornaments and I am fully aware this tree is too large for the space.  Each year my husband picks the largest tree he can find and we jam it into that corner.  It's what we do and I wouldn't have it any other way.

I fully intended to purchase all new dishes and do something BIG on the table.  I ran out of time and couldn't find what I wanted so I used what I had on hand.

Mr Deer is my only purchase for "The Tour"  I had ordered another but it just wasn't right.  I went downtown the week before and picked up this lovely.  He is staying up all year long.  Renee painted the print of our family in an old truck (my dad used to have) picking out our Christmas Tree.  I'm in love with and truly don't want to take it down.

Thanks for stopping!  I hope you enjoyed a snipet of the day.  I'm so lucky to have a great family who put up with the CONSTANT projects and chatter of "The Tour".  Thanks to Renee for driving all the way down to help me with 1 million tasks (and listening to me carry on and on and on about decor).  Thanks to my Dad for coming a day early so I didn't have to stay at home alone.  Thanks to my hubby for packing up the kids and shipping them to the inlaws.  Thanks also to my friends who gave up their weekend to help me!  I really do appreciate it (you all know who you are).  Thanks to Rachel for packing up her newborn to come and take pictures of our home.  Make sure to visit her website.  She does a great job!  Thanks to my Mom for always making Christmas such a big deal and for paving the way by having her home on a  Christmas Tour of Homes years ago!  It really does take a village and I am grateful for all in my life.  It was a fun ride but I am certainly glad "The Tour" is behind us!

P.S. Stop over again to see the basement transformation.  The basement isn't 100% done (is a home ever truly done?)  But it looks quite nice if I do say so myself.

P.P.S. I love to hear from you! 

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Happy Birthday Mr. Jude!

My baby turned one.....sigh

Right after the dance recital we threw a little birthday bash for Mr. Jude.

As you can see the girls were quite excited!

He was of course showered with gifts and love.  Lucky Boy!

It's really hard to celebrate your siblings birthday......

Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 20, 2013

Winter Dance Recital 2013

We made it through our first recital with two dancers! 

Two times the make up......

Two times the hair....

More running for this momma for costume changes!  It's ok...I survived and only sweat through one shirt.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Santa Baby

We did it!

Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Church Christmas Program 2013

I'd like to start off this post with the simple fact that I LOVE our church and they do such an amazing job with all of the children's activities.  The Sunday school program was wonderful!  This was actually our first program since last year we were in the hospital having a baby and there was a HUGE blizzard that canceled the entire thing.  Avery sang and Julia also sang from her pew :)  She can hardly wait to participate next year.

The program happened to be held on Jude's 1st birthday.  I'm not sure if it was the fact that my baby was one or that I was just emotional but I cried throughout the entire program.  Avery asked me afterwards why I was crying while she sang.  I told her my heart was so full.

Merry Christmas!

Winter Dance 2013

Last week was parent visitation at dance.  I love being able to sit in the studio and see what the girls have been up to!  This is Julia's first year of dance!  For the past year and a half she has begged to go to dance.  On her first day of class.....she refused to go in.  I was a bit upset to say the lest.  Now she LOVES it and actually does a nice job.

She was very excited to show me all of her new moves.

Miss Avery is in her third year of dance.  She really does love it and is doing a great job.  She is doing tap, ballet, and tumbling.

Wish me luck at the recital....I'll be the mom sweating from running back and forth between costume changes!