Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Finally catching up

Hi, friends and family! After more than a few not-so-subtle hints from friends and Danny, I realized my blog was long overdue for an update.

Summer has set in and it’s wonderful. Swimming lessons in the mornings followed by relaxed days of not having to rush from place to place is my kind of thing. For the boys, this means more time for Legos and Star Wars. For me, it means painting all the baseboards that have taken 5 years of abuse from little boys and their little boy toys.

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Wyatt graduated from preschool. Naturally, I cried. It was really hard to say goodbye to friends and teachers we’ve loved for the past four years. And I’m not at all ready to accept that my little one is not so little anymore.


I relish the fact that when he’s sleeping, he’s still my baby. He still has those sweet soft cheeks that I love to kiss. I snuck this next photo last weekend when he cuddled with me in our bed while Danny and Adrian were camping. 

He’s still my little guy.


He tells me often, “Mommy, I love you. I will never hate you. I hope you never die.” He asked Danny last week if he could marry me and was disappointed when Danny broke the news that he’s already married to me. He told me sadly, “Daddy won’t let us get married.” I told him of course we can get married.

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Adrian is officially in 2nd grade.

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He’s taking kung fu and loves it. We love that it teaches discipline and concentration.


Seven is a good age, I think. Seven has brought maturity and a desire to be more helpful. He has a particular fondness for lists and clear expectations – just like his mama! With this in mind, I made a laminated chore list for each of the boys. Adrian delights in crossing off each chore on his list as they are completed - in order, naturally. 

When they’re playing together and little brother gets bothered by something, Adrian is quick to respond with, “It’s ok, Wyatt. It’s just a game. Don’t get so upset.” A far cry from a few months ago, when we often heard, “Don’t be such a baby, Wyatt!”

Despite this new, more mature stage, he still willingly holds our hands, loves to cuddle and give us hugs and kisses. It’s pretty awesome.


Friday, August 24, 2012

Insta-Update + a Birthday Message

Here’s a little of what we’ve been up to for the past week {via Instagram}...


1. Adrian requested that he and Danny wear match shirts for our date with him.
2. Wyatt’s first day of pre-K.
3. Picking out a special book at Barnes and Noble.
4. The super awesome chandelier we found last weekend.
5. Daddy’s home!
6. Fall/Halloween décor is out at the stores!
7. Wyatt reading with Grandma.
8. Waiting in front of the line at school pickup for Adrian.
9. Wyatt comforting Sophie at the vet.
10. Before our date with Adrian.
11. Simon after lots of catnip.
12. It’s official : fall décor is out at my house.
13. Another date night photo.
14. Band of Horses: ♥
15. Wyatt with his teacher.
16. I have a love/hate relationship with my treadmill.
17. Getting ready to make a wish.


To my wonderful Dad -

HAPPY BIRTHDAY! You’re the coolest 71 year-old I know. We love you! ♥



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Thursday, August 23, 2012

Boys Dresser Redo + Wyatt’s First Day of Pre-K

Hello everyone! It’s been a whirlwind of activity around here as we’ve acclimated to a new school year. Getting back into a strict schedule of early mornings, homework and rushing around makes for a slightly stressful adjustment period for everyone.

Amidst all the crazy, I worked on a dresser for the boys room. It was a leftover Refreshed Décor piece that just happened to be the perfect size for their tiny room. 

I liked the sweet original pulls, so I decided to paint them along with the rest of the piece. I used some leftover ASCP Louis Blue and did a little distressing (I figure the boys can take care of any additional distressing!) followed by some clear and dark waxes. I had to add more dark wax than I originally intended due to some stubborn bleed-through, but I’m pretty happy with how it turned out.

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{please excuse the poor lighting} 

Here’s the before:

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I think it turned out pretty cute and fitting for two little boys.

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Now, if I can just finish the rest of their room...

{Details: ASCP Louis Blue + ASCP clear/dark wax}


Yesterday was Wyatt’s first day of pre-K. He has Adrian’s old teacher and several friends in the class, so he’s very excited about school this year!

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{Wyatt with his cousin Alex and some crazy sun flares}




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Friday, August 17, 2012


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Hey guys! It’s Friday and boy, am I glad! It’s been a long week.

I have been just terrible about taking pictures with my “real” camera lately, but thank goodness for my iPhone. At least I’ve managed to document a few of our adventures!

Next week, Wyatt starts preschool and for the first time in almost 7 years, I’ll have time to myself 3 mornings a week. I’ll probably spend the mornings crying for the first week, but after that I plan to get lots of projects completed around here!


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Saturday, August 11, 2012

Movie Night

dinner in front of the TV.
nobody fighting.
cats eating popcorn.
lots of cuddling.
everyone relaxed.
happy boys.
happy parents.

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This weekend, our excessive heat warning continues. So naturally, we’ll be completing a few furniture projects and going out on a date, while trying not to melt. (Thanks for watching the boys, Mom!)

Is it weird that I’m already contemplating putting out a few fall decorations to counteract the heat?



Thursday, August 9, 2012

1st grade


I've been a jumble of emotions these past few weeks as I tried to prepare myself for sending Adrian off to school for 7 1/2 hours each day. Seriously, guys, this is hard. I told myself it would be fine – after all, this is part of a natural progression. First preschool a few mornings a week, then morning kindergarten and now full-day 1st grade. And he’s ready for it.


But me? Oh man, I was sad yesterday as I left his classroom. And today. And probably for awhile as I adjust to the quiet house. One little boy by himself doesn’t make nearly as much noise as two little boys together, and Wyatt is really good at entertaining himself. The house has been peaceful, but definitely empty. We’ve been acutely aware of Adrian’s absence – this afternoon before we left to pick up Adrian, Wyatt asked, “Mommy, why is it so quiet?”

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Knowing Adrian loves school and being with his friends helps to lessen the string of his absence at home. Both days he’s been in school, he’s come home with stories of frightened little(r) ones he’s helped to find their class and new friends he’s made as a result of his attempts to make scared new classmates feel more at ease. I love my little guy’s kind heart.

I may be a sad mama, but at least I’m a proud mama.


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Friday, July 20, 2012


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It’s almost the weekend! Tonight is “Indiana Jones” for movie night and tomorrow we've got a garage that needs to be cleaned and organized and an office that needs to be reorganized (anybody want to come help?).  I’m itching to paint something, but haven’t yet decided what to work on – if I can overcome my indecisiveness, I’ll be sure to share next week!


July collage

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Happy weekend!


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