Thursday, April 30, 2015

{April Happenings}

Addison and Trevor worked on her pinewood derby car for about a week prior to the ward Activity Days Pinewood derby.  Trevor is a pro at making these cars now...he knows little tweaks that make a big difference.  

Addison designed the shape and really wanted to have BYU car....so she went with navy paint and BYU stickers.  Easy.  


The group of Activity Day girls in our ward is so sweet!  
 It was a close, close race between Addison and Ainsley Madsen for the top spot, but Addy just barely edged her out!  She was pretty darn happy!

 Because of the amazing spring we've had...the plants were all overgrown so soon this year!  I took to the edger (even though I'm 7 months pregnant) and worked my way around the yard. And even pressure washed the entire deck!  A little baby bump not slowing me down!
I hosted a bridal shower for one of our favorite prior babysitters and the daughter of a dear friend.  We love Sam!  She was going to BYU-Hawaii, so we had to squeeze in her shower the week of the wedding. The weather was glorious!  Simple decor and yummy salads from friends.  



 And a personal favorite...build your own fruit pizzas.  Such a simple dessert and everyone loves these!

 My friend, Jen let me borrow these gorgeous, glass trays for the occasion.  Love using real dishes!  However, about 5 minutes before the shower was going to start, the container of lemonade fell off the stand I was using and spilled all over the trays, broke a couple of my glasses, and made a sticky mess everywhere. Ah!  Thankfully, I just pulled the hose out, sprayed off the deck, grabbed another table cloth and had friends rinse all the trays...we were back in business in about 10 minutes. Phew!  A little nuts!  
 A few of the lovely ladies that attended.  

Another indication of how wonderful our spring was....swimsuits and sunbathing in April!  

And we finally got a chance to use one of our Christmas presents on the lower part of the deck! The fire pit!  We invited the Carvers over for smores on one of the lovely evenings.  

And then at the end of the month was Sam's wedding.  She looked stunning in her unique wedding dress. We attended the sealing and Addison was a flower girl.  



So happy for these two!
 I loved the Polaroid photo booth they had at their reception (in a darling barn!).  
And that's a wrap, April!

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

{Making Room for Baby: Remodel!}

 As soon as we found out baby was a little girl, my mind began to spin with solutions on how to make the bedrooms work.  We have 4 bedrooms including the master.  The little boys were sharing the smallest of the 3 kid bedrooms.  

So the options were: 
a) move in baby with her big sister.  But the age gap would be hard since Addison uses her room for homework and a baby would be sleeping at random times and in bed early in the evenings. 
b) move Rylan down to share a room with Carson and put the baby girl with Miles.  But again, just the sleep schedules make that difficult.  
c) remodel Addy's bedroom and closet to make a second bedroom.  But no outside window. 
d) convert the bonus room into a supersize bedroom for the little boys and give their old room to the baby.  But that meant giving up the play room and the pool table.  

After debating for a long time...we finally decided to give up the bonus room.  It made the most sense for the next 5 years or so.  The problem was the bonus room is at the end of the hallway upstairs, just open. No doors or closet.  So I knew it was a decent sized project when we needed to add closets, a hallway, and a door.  It was our first time hiring a contractor and we ended up being very happy with their work.  

 First up...sell and remove the pool table!  As luck would have it, the contractor actually wanted to barter for it.  Win win!  So he took the pool table and I took the value off my bill to him.  He brought in professional movers to take it out.  
 Felt like a new room without that in there!  

And then it was removing everything out of the room. We did a lot of de-junking as we boxed up the wall of toys.  We still have an incredibly annoying amount of toys that we stashed in Addy's closet/dance room for the next 6 weeks.  (And actually didn't miss them all that much!)  

The framing always goes up super quickly.  In just a day they had framed out my wall of closets and the new french door frame.  (If the toys had to be in the boys' bedroom...there had to be a way for them to be behind doors).  

And within 3 days there was sheet rock up!
 We elected to save $ and do all the painting (including the primer).  Oh man this was a huge job.  Covering up that red was a beast.  They had a professional sheetrock guy come in and skim the entire 'coke' wall because there was a texture/grit as well as some plastered parts.  That added a week at least. But man, he new what he was doing. The texture and finish work on all the walls was fantastic.  

Here's my cart after one of our MANY trips to home depot.  Mid project we decided to add new lights (you can see those old nipple lights in the picture above.  Hated them and not enough light).  We added 7 LED can lights and I absolutely LOVE them. So worth the extra cost to wire it all and paint the ceiling.  

With the carpet is out it was easy to enroll helpers! Here they are adding primer to the walls one evening.  

And then we took a whole weekend to finish the primer and add the paint/wall color. Painting ceilings totally stinks!  


I must've bought 10 paint samples!! (We chose Sherwin Williams: Sea Salt for the bedroom)


We also decided to remove the built in desk from the hallway and move it into the boys' room.  They would get way more use out of it if it was in their room!  Removing the desk left the perfect spot to add a hall closet(see pic below of framed out hallway closet.  I had visions of moving my craft supplies from the 3 random areas of my house to a central location.  


And here are the gorgeous french doors with reed glass.  So so happy with them!  And I love this new hallway gray paint! (Sherwin Williams: Repose Gray).   See that old beige on the right?? Yuck! SO glad we decided to change the color all together.  




Ok...the finished products....  Here is the organized craft closet in the hallway.  It's a dream!  I designed the shelf and configuration and Trevor installed all the shelving.  I love, love it!  

And here is the finished bedroom without furniture.  Ahhh!  So, so good!
I really wanted to do two sets of bunkbeds.  I saw several "bunk rooms" at some homes on a recent trip to the beach and thought this would be so great in this supersize bedroom.  They each get their own bunk bed and both get to sleep on the top!  Also a necessity was the drawers on the bottom. Since the closets were 90% filled with toys, I wanted clothing storage without adding a dress to the room.  I love these massive underbed drawers.  
 The relocated hallway desk now inside the room.  

All the toys behind those doors...all tidy (for about 2 days anyway).  



And because who doesn't love before and after shots....  


I am so, so happy with how it turned out!  Just the change in color scheme alone totally updates it!  It is perfect for our family while still preserving the room for adding back in a pool table someday.  Lots of shopping and details (bedding, curtains, art work, decor, etc....). It seemed like a huge project, and I didn't even do any of the construction.  The boys are over the moon about their new room.  And it makes cousin sleepovers so much fun!  

Friday, April 17, 2015

{Cookies & Milk Baby Shower: It's a Girl!}

Here I am pregnant with our 5th...got that? FIFTH baby.  I'm practically on auto pilot with the ups and downs, joys and woes of pregnancy.  I love the 2nd and 3rd trimesters (except those last 2 weeks before delivery!).  It's a joy to prepare for the arrival of a new little one. 

Because I always thought baby number 5 could be a possibility, I hadn't purged any of our baby gear. We had all the major items and just had to upgrade our carseat/stroller.  I also still had all of Addison's baby clothes safely boxed in bins in the attic.  We certainly didn't NEED a thing for this baby.  


But, my friends were so eager to shower this baby with love  (practically forcing me to agree to the party!).  I said to keep it low-key, low-stress, maybe just lunch out?? But Jen and Vivian were behind the scenes working some incredible magic to treat me to the most adorable baby shower.  Jen is the queen of small touches and delicate details and a professional event/party planner extraordinare.  Vivian is an amazing cook and also has an incredible sense of party styling.  Oh my goodness...the pictures will speak for themselves. I felt so treated! It was something that I will never, ever forget.  I was in awe of the kindness and generosity of others...the 15 amazing friends that cooked up baked goodies, and the others that brought the sweetest baby gifts.  I was just blown away in every way.  






















Loved having my right hand girl with me to celebrate and help me open the gifts.  

Here's most of the crew.  Gosh I love these ladies! Each one has impacted my life in a different way.  

And extra special to have my sweet sisters there too!

And I can I just gush over these two??....Viv and Jen, you absolutely spoiled me and baby girl in the most amazing way.  I can't even imagine the sacrifices and time that went into pulling off a shower this glorious!  You two are beyond talented and I'm so, so blessed to call you dear friends! Thank you thank you!!  Now we just need that baby girl to come!
 More fun details and a write-up about the shower here.  


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