Tuesday, August 30, 2011

because 100 projects at once wasn't enough...

...we decided to make it 101! When we first moved into the new house, one of our first projects was to remove the flower wallpaper in the hallway. We replaced it with beadboard and painted it a caribbean blue.

A year later, the hubs decided he wasn't feeling the blue anymore (and he was the one that originally picked it out!). He wanted a color that fit better with everything else in the house. We decided to go with a sage green that matched our couch. 

 a couple hours later and we have a freshly painted hallway

the green looks a million times better

I also purchased new throw pillows. My homemade ones were beyond tattered and torn looking. 

The new pillows are from Walmart here and here

Monday, August 29, 2011

nursery progress

Most people spend lots of time and effort creating the perfect nursery for their little one. This normally includes clearing out a room, painting, finding the perfect crib bedding, and maybe even creating some original art. 

We are doing all that...and then some. The hubs saw this as the perfect opportunity to completely remodel the former guest room. Below is what we started with.

Nothing special really. The first step was to remove all of the furniture from the room. I didn't want to lose our guest room in the process though so I moved all of my craft things to the room in the back and then the guest room into the former craft room.

The hubs tore out the carpet next. Our first plan was to have it re-stretched when he was done with everything else, but now he is going to put down a hardwood floor instead.

The walls were covered in textured paint. Instead of trying to sand the texture off, the hubs ripped off all the sheet-rock.

After the sheet-rock came down, he rewired the entire room. The guest bath electrical was tied into this room so if you blew a fuse while blow drying your hair, half the outlets in the nursery went out.

The popcorn ceiling also had to be scraped. Fortunately it was not put up correctly and easily peeled off. The only room left in the house with the popcorn is now the back room.

New sheet-rock went up!

The bathroom had built in shelves that we decided to get rid of, mainly because if you wanted to hang a picture in the nursery the nail would come through the other side of the shelves in the bathroom.

The hubs mudded all the screws and seams.

Three coats of mud and sanding later, he primed the whole room.

Now the walls have the first coat of paint! The color is Eloquent Ivory by Glidden but Candy Apple Red will be added soon.

I have to say I'm feeling much better about this very large project seeing how quickly things are moving along. In the meantime, my mom is helping us by painting the crib and dresser that will be the changing table. Hooray progress!

Sunday, August 28, 2011

pregnancy confessions

I keep reading that this is the point where my hair (all of my hair) becomes thick and luscious, as in, bust out the razor. I've always had thick hair on my head so it doesn't feel different in that area and I haven't noticed any need to increase my shaving habits, but I have noticed that my hair hardly ever looks oily. My confession: I've gone up to 4 days without washing it. Gross, maybe, but I'm completely ok with it.

Source: None via Desiree on Pinterest

I've mentioned before how being pregnant is not my favorite. I don't find kicks and movement magical. I really don't think I'll miss this special time where it's just me and Q. I have even started feeling some of the pregnancy ailments such as back pain. My confession: even though this is how I feel and I stand behind my own opinions, I've started lying to people. Lying and saying that everything is great is just so much easier. People expect a happy girl who loves being pregnant, so that's what I give them to avoid the weird looks.

I went to the grocery store during my lunch break to buy klondike bars. What would you do for a klondike bar?

I crave sweets all-the-time. I think I could eat nothing but until my teeth fell out. I know I should be more careful about how much I consume, especially since my mom had gestational diabetes. I also should make an effort not to gain absurd amounts of weight during my pregnancy since it'll just be that much harder to get it off later. They're just so yummy!

Everytime I look down at my belly I can't help but think people see me as fat and not pregnant. I know this is a bit ridiculous because when I look in the mirror I can see the roundness of my prego belly. The view looking down is just so deceiving.

Speaking of bellies...here are my last two weeks of bump pictures.

27 weeks

28 weeks

Thursday, August 25, 2011

happy 3rd birthday eric!

Last weekend the hubs and I went to Clemson to celebrate our nephew's 3rd birthday. Hard to believe the little guy is 3 already. Time sure flies by. I'm sure it'll go even quicker when we are celebrating Q's birthdays. 

the hubs cooked a low country boil and hush puppies for the party

of course Ella and Shiloh wanted to help

note: it's not a good idea to give a bunch of 3-year-olds wooden croquet mallets

Danny and Kevin dumping out the goods

all the guests loved his cooking

Eric loves Thomas the Train

the birthday boy

Danny's godfather, George, helped Eric put on his party hat

Danny's sister, Kathy, with her big boy

George couldn't get the cake in his mouth fast enough, ha!

opening gifts was all about speed this year

looking at the presents isn't as fun as tearing into them!

Uncle Danny helped open some of the toys

Eric with the fire truck we gave him

such concentration

I think the hubs is getting excited about having a boy and all the fun toys in our future!