Tuesday, November 15, 2011

An Icon Falls

...but not without a fight.

Our "red" bathroom was beloved. It was familiar, comfortable, and all we'd known in this house. Jeremy painted it a few days after we had moved in (6 years ago). Crazy how time flies.

I had been throwing around the idea of repainting for a while, but I hesitated. I knew exactly what I wanted to do, but I also knew it would be a big undertaking. I wasn't sure I was up for it. And then there was the nagging doubt that my vision would be a lot better in theory than on actual walls and that maybe, just maybe, I didn't have the skills or the patience to pull it all off.

But the paint sale over Labor Day weekend at Lowe's lured me in.
Jeremy left town for a week and I got to work.

First up, covering the RED.
Valspar high hiding paint with primer.
It was pricey but worth every penny as you see how great it covered.

Base Coat: Pam's Lace (has a pearlized quality to it).

Love it.

Two coats and I called it good.

The kids were not happy.

They went so far as to tell me they couldn't believe I would do this to them. They loved the red bathroom and they weren't going to use it anymore now that I took the red away.

I'm telling you, there were some strong ties to this color.

But I pushed ahead, secretly hoping they wouldn't use this bathroom.
Maybe I'd have to clean it about 10x less often.

The next step was to tape.

That was a big step.
Took me almost 48 hours.
Partly because it's hard, partly because I wanted it to be perfect, partly because it took a lot more math than I had anticipated, partly because I was mothering 3 children single-handedly while doing it.

You get the idea.

I had a few pictures of the taping, but those were lost in the Great Hard Drive Crash of 2011.

Adding the accent color, Valspar's Beach House.

Pretty easy painting. Just stay in the lines. Sometimes I forgot which
line I was supposed to be painting and so I stared writing "white" and "blue" in pencil.

And it turned out.... OK.

4 days of work and I'd be lying if I didn't confess that I was just a little let down with the result.

To me, it looked like a bad polo shirt had exploded in my bathroom.
At 11pm I was less than thrilled.
UGH. Too late now.
There was nothing left to do but pull the tape.
So I did.

It looked better.
I could live with it.

Nothing prepared me for what it would look
like when I got it all put back together.


And I think I loved it even more just because I did it!

Nothing feels better than a project that turns out better than you expected.

The bathroom is awesome.
It feels bright, I dare say it is brighter.
At least it has lost the cave-like quality it had with the red.

You should come try it out, for real.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Sometimes I Like to Blog

Since August we've:

*started school
*had 3 birthdays
*hosted lots of family for Kaden's baptism
*lost about 2 1/2 yrs of family photos after the most recent computer crash... boo!
*added two casts to the family
*welcomed lots babies (friends and family)
*learned the about the arrival of many more
*spooked it up for Halloween
*removed a 6 yr old's cast
*changed my cast a few different times
*stressed about and finally enjoyed the Primary Program
*started walking in the wee morning hours (loving my free therapy)

The next few months are sure to bring us a few more adventures. Stay tuned. I may, or may not, blog about it. You know how I am.

First day of school - 2011

Remember how the computer crashed?
This is the only shot I have of our family at the baptism.
I'm embracing the fact that I have ONE photo, even if my eyes happen to be closed.

Asking them to stand still for approximately 4 seconds when there is a
carnival raging in the gym is like torture.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

A Sweet Epiphany (or three)

Wedding cake.
I was a little skeptical when the bride told me the color scheme but I actually love the way it turned out.

Jeremy was out of town so the kids watched Ponyo (one of the lamest movies ever- a fish that wants to be human... fail) like 7 times before I got all those hand-cut leaves and vines created and placed around all 4 sides.

My good friend was expecting baby #5 and so of course we've gotta have some cake.
I thought it would be funny/clever to have a question mark for the baby's initials since they hadn't decided on a name... turned out they had decided on the name and no one told me.
Jokes on the baker.

I'd been wanting to try out some argyle patterns.
Turns out hand painted stitching sucks and takes forever.
At least it looks cute.

5-tiered wedding monster.
I seriously was having heart palpitations assembling this cake on site.
Having an audience didn't help the stress level either.

Classic, beautiful and not falling over.
I call it success.

What have you been up to this summer?

Thursday, August 11, 2011

I'm Itchy...

.... probably because I have approximately 58 mosquito bites from last weeks trek, but also I am partly itching for change.

I'm itchy for some structure (and maybe a little peace?). School is right around the corner which means fall is trailing not far behind. Time for schedules. Time for kids to learn and grow up right before your eyes. Summer has been good to us, but I know there are great things in store for us.

I'm itching to know what and where we'll be come next spring. Most of me hopes right here in our quaint little house surrounded by all our friends and family, but then some days there are parts of my brain that think a fun adventurous move might be intriguing.

I'm itching to know why my friends have decided to purchase vans like they are going out of style. Seriously, like 4 in the last month have gone the way of the Caravan. What the what?

I guess I'm just itchy.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

I know a girl.
A wonderful girl.
A thoughtful, loving, unbelievably generous girl.
The thing about this girl is that once she get her mind set on something she doesn't quit.

She's had cancer in her sights for a while now, and she's determined.
She's making a difference.

Wanna help?

Thursday, May 19, 2011

It's A Special Day...

and I'm celebrating with a post!

Recently I've....

* managed to explode the microwave while attempting to hard boil an egg. {apparently all of modern civilization knows this shouldn't be attempted. Well, of course, except for me}

* not been blogging.

* been maintaining an awesome looking garden. For real, the best we've had in a few years.

* gone to a slew of baseball and t-ball games and loved almost every minute of it.

* kept some semblance of sanity while Jeremy learns all about fire stuff and disaster stuff. Cue Adam Sandler: "Back to school, back to school...."

* prepped myself for one more Spanish speaker to grace our house by fall. Kindergarten people, no announcements here.


* stayed married to the best man ever for the last 11 years. I'm not gonna lie, I'm one lucky girl... even though on our wedding day he kept me waiting and the officiant repeatedly asked me if I was sure he was showing up I'm glad you came through Jer.

{He claims he stopped at the gas station for pop beforehand. Awesome, I know. He'll tell you he was on time, but don't believe him. Temple workers don't lie, or worry poor innocent brides for no reason, do they?}

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

My Valentine-lovin Baby

She gets those big blue eyes from her mama.

Her sweet affection for chocolate...
that's my contribution too.