that time we finished half of a project

Things are moving right along in true start-of-the-year fashion. The hideous yellow walls in the office/play-craft room are now gone after my awesome husband primed and painted a nice clean and crisp white yesterday. We have to do one more coat on the walls, freshen up the trim and the doors and paint the ceilings and we can mark that off of our to-do list. Once the paint is dry, there are just a few more things to do before I can start moving in. So. Excited! I’ll do a post with our progress once the painting is done.

One of the items on my 2013 to-do list was to basically make a mini mudroom on this really awkward wall right inside our front door. My vision was to hang a shelf to display whatever my current obsession was, add coat hooks underneath that and build a bench with baskets that would hold hats, scarves, toys, etc. I would post a link to the original post, but I’m not entirely sure that I did one because I can’t find it. Oh well.

Anyways, it took us awhile to get around to it but we finally got the shelf up right before Millie’s birthday. It turned out exactly how I pictured it would, but styling it has proved a little harder than I expected. Which is silly that I thought it would be easy, because I have no idea what I am doing and my idea of decorating is throwing a bunch of stuff together.  I’m having problems adding enough items to add dimension and height without looking cluttered. It’s a work in progress, for sure.

IMG_5153I found these lights randomly at Target one day and fell in love with them. My only issue with them is the extra long cords that hang down, and I’m not sure how to disguise them. Any suggestions? Right now, we still have a bit of a winter theme going on. Mostly because I wasn’t ready to say goodbye to Christmas, but also because everything else I have screams spring and summer. Although, I think Cupid is whispering sweet nothings in my ear because I have been randomly picking up Valentines Day decorations the past few times I’ve been out and about.

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The print was a Christmas gift for Sean purchased here and the frame was another awesome Target find. Seriously, I have a Target problem.

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{please excuse the candlesticks that are screaming to be polished}

I have had the picture of Amelia framed for a long time and couldn’t quite decide where to hang it. I’m a little bit of a crazy person when it comes to putting holes in the wall to hang things. I know how much time and energy we spent cleaning, repairing and painting so I have to be absolutely SURE that whatever I hang is going to live there for a long, long time. This picture of her just makes me happy. I just picked up another frame that I am going to swap with this white one to fit better with my “theme”, whatever that is.

IMG_5159There you have it. Half of the project we started last year. I will spare you the bottom half of this wall, because right now it is bad. A random coffee table that has turned into a catch-all for basically everything we want to ditch. Hopefully when the weather warms up, we can finally build the bench! And kitchen table, and craft table, and…

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new year, new dreams

Joining the other millions of bloggers wrapping up 2012 with a look back at the past year and plans for the coming year…is little ol’ me. 2012 was most definitely an exciting year for everyone, and although I know there was enough heartache and loss to last us a million years or more, I hope that the New Year brings peace and happiness to those who need it most.

2012 was a great year for my family and I. We welcomed new additions to our families, started new jobs, traveled and generally enjoyed life. At the beginning of the year, I wrote about my New Years “promises” instead of my New Years “goals”. Regardless of what I called them, I wanted to take a minute to go over them…more as a way to hold myself accountable and laugh at the ridiculousness of my promises.

  1. Walk/run/bike/elliptical at least 10 miles a week. I actually did really well with this for the most part. I wasn’t able to do as much towards the end of my pregnancy (because of the whole sausage feet/legs deal) and it took me longer than I care to admit to jump back on the treadmill after Millie was born, but I am happy with what I accomplished.
  2. Take advantage of at least 1 solid uninterrupted hour of relaxation. I gonna go ahead and call this one a win. Even if it meant stealing some couch time when Millie went down for a nap, I was able to have some “me” time everyday.
  3. Finish at least 1 bedroom from top to bottom. Alright, I have to admit…I cheated on this one. I knew I was pregnant when I wrote this one, and I knew we would have to completely renovate the nursery. But – we still did it, so it’s a win!
  4. Be less cell phone dependent. This one is a bit of a win/lose. I have stopped constantly checking Facebook, Instagram, texts, etc. but I do always have my phone with me so I can take pictures or videos of Millie at any time. What can I say…I’m a sucker for technology.
  5. Learn sign language. This one is pretty much a loss. I did learn a lot about baby sign language and still plan to use this with Millie, but actually learning to sign didn’t happen. That being said, I do plan to keep this as a long-term goal!

I can’t help but think back on the past year with a smile and think towards 2013 with the giddiness of a child on Christmas morning. 2012 was about knowing what I wanted to accomplish and planning for a new baby. 2013 is about dreams. It’s about capturing hopes and aspirations and exploring paths less traveled.

Here’s to 2013! It’s going to be a great ride.

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