Tuesday, May 29, 2012

new lights and a trash to treasure project

 Hi Friends! We had a great weekend.  I bought a new laptop so I am in the process of moving things and getting used to everything. I like this new blog format on blogger.  I feel like a big dummy not knowing I could have made pictures larger for some time now.  You can hit any picture to make it larger but I did not know I could post them larger without special coding. I took this picture a while ago and have since changed out the shaded to white and moved these sea grass shades above the dining table. I wanted to go with more of a chandelier look even though I wanted to keep my coastal feel.  So I found some fake crystals at Lowe's and decorated up my Ballard lights a bit.  I am really happy with the light fixtures they turned out exactly they way I had envisioned.  Nothing to heavy, to girly, to modern, to country, to glamorous.  Just something classic, I love them.

 The off white shades glammed up a bit

 Better view of my counters. I really love the counters!! I love how easy they are to clean and how durable they seem to be. 
 The back splash is coming next week but I painted it anyway. I had to get rid of the horrid mustard yellow. I can not believe how much I love this oven. When we first moved it came with a glass electric top.  I kept burning food and it never cooked even.  My new stove is a dream!!
 Found this piece of junk at the Goodwill one day. It as $80 marked down to $40. I asked them if I left the mirror would they take anymore off.  The mirror was in great shape but I didn't need the mirror and the mirror would probably make them more money then the beat up dresser.  I don't know why but I liked this dresser even though it was rough.They said yes, $15!!  Oh ya!
 Lots of wood filler putty.This stuff is great. If your painting you can just fill stuff in including huge missing chunks of finish.
 This was a bit tricky, the dresser had lots of beat up spots. There were pieces of wood veneer that were chipping bad.  I had to rip some of that off in order to get a even look. There was also bubbling on the sides and front that needed repaired. 
 Not perfect, but I like it.  I painted the top my favorite gel stain in mahogany and then painted the rest Dover White.  I used the original hardware except the middle drawer it was missing. 
Fun!  You never know what will find me next. I am finding that I really don't need anymore stuff but the fun of finding vintage items is so rewarding.I love to find treasures. 
 Busy night of baseball and I still need to stay up and get some things done.  Thanks for all the prayers for Drew and notes from friends. I really appreciate your comments and concern.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Catching Up..Kite, Baseball and summer

 Catching up a bit here. I have so many pictures.  I love to take pictures!! I have been thinking lately about getting back  into photography. It really is enjoyable to me, even if I just take pictures of my kids and nature it is very relaxing. We have the best yard ever for photography. I may even start taking some family shots here and there. In Columbus I was starting to get some work and it was fun money. It is time consuming but theraputic. I am not the best or anything but seem to have a eye for it. Mostly I just like to have fun!! These are from a month or so ago but Lauren really enjoyed her Easter basket kite. She was running full blast laughing and giggling the whole time.  She is so mischievous and spunky. You can't help but love her even though she keeps me on my toes.
 Here she comes!!
 She did a great job and it was a nice windy day to help
 My beauty
 Jaden's baseball team.  I think it is going to be a his last year.  My scientist is just to interested in finding his next specimen to study or rocket to build. I am so happy that he loves reading, science and history.  What a brain on this kid.
Miss Reds Model Lauren Grace.  We went to the Pirates game here a couple weeks ago.  We are Reds fans although we like the Pirates we defiantly went for our Reds that day. 
 Lauren even got a ball but then threw it back on the field, ha ha.  We had a police officer go retrieve our special game ball.

 Beautiful Stadium. Pittsburgh is a very neat city. Gone are the days of the dirty city stereotype.  They cleaned everything up and it is a very trendy place with lots of restaurants and shopping.
Jaden even got a few signatures from some Reds Players
We were walking around a bit to get out of the sun and Fox Sports stopped us and a few other kids. The kids sang America The Beautiful and Take Me Out To The Ball Game.  I thought I might see it on the big screen but as I was videoing with my phone I receive a text from my friend Alison in Ohio telling me my kids were on TV.. How neat!!
This picture cracks me up.  They let the kids run the bases after the game. My husband who is a die hard baseball fan who almost made it to the big leagues (sadly for us he didn't ha ha, to bad) He wanted to run the bases too. Since Lauren is so unathletic she needed help running around the field.
Drew is my little sports man.  He loves Baseball!!  He is his fathers son. Since he is feeling better he wants to play catch day and night. I think I will have many more baseball games ahead of me.  I can't even get started on Lauren.  She will be starting some sports soon and is very athletic. The girl runs as fast as me and loves balls.  We shall see.  So neat to see the kids become who they want to be in life.  I love that they are all so different.
Drew had Pig Day at his school last month. I have never heard of Pig Day but what a fun day he had.  First of all I love the kids school.  They have so much fun and have great teachers!!  The whole day they celebrated all things Pig. Along with Pigging out all day long he brought home his feed sack and hid it in his room.
I never knew how beautiful Pennsylvania is. There are so many tree and hills. I love our street. This is looking up our road and this is from my driveway.  These pictures are from a few weeks ago today  it is even greener and fuller now.
This is the side of our house.. That is where our kitchen is. I really love our home it is very unique and one of a kind. One other neat thing about the Pittsburgh area is that there are many older homes that have character. There are not a ton of cookie cutter houses.  The older homes are kept nice and everyone around here seems to keep there yards up. We have a large older population here as well and I love to walk the neighborhood and look at all the beautiful flowers and landscapes.  Below is the front of the house close up. I am loving all the bushes and trees.  We may need to have a few trees taken out and trimmed that is the only problem is that we have lots of shade and it makes it hard to grow grass and the trees require lots of up keep from fallen branches, and debris. I feel a little caught up now more adventures to come....

Monday, May 21, 2012

He never said it would be easy

 Since this blog is real life I don't want to paint a perfect picture.I have had many emotions and one of them being that is seems that in blogland, facebook, and at church everyone seems so perfect. I need to take a break from the blogs because I am wondering where all the real people are?? From the magazine like pictures of their homes to the model like kids and husbands that excel in every area of their lives.  Perhaps I am feeling a bit jaded and angry because my life isn't a fairy tale. As much as I would love to say that my kids are perfect, I'm perfect, my husband is and we are just so happy that would all be a fantasy. The place that I am in is not where I will stay but I am sure looking around my perception is off. It is true when you face saddness that your eyes develop blinders to the beauty of everything else going on. Some days I am okay and other days I am not so okay. You see my little boy Drew has already been through some stuff as a baby and God took care of this little man and for many years all has been well.  On friday he almost fainted at school and I received the dreaded call that no mother ever want to get. They didn't know what was wrong but he was going down hill and he was very pale. I needed to come right now. These are the moments that frighten you to the core and you react to move but you really feel like your life is flashing in front of you.  We went from E.R locally here to Pittsburgh Childrens. At this point we felt better that it was nothing life threating but his blood work was showed him as being severly anemic. I had no idea he was sick but looking back hindsight is 20/20.  I can look back now and say he has been really tired and didn't want to play outside or take walks. His stomach has been huring him on and off for about a year.  I have taken him to the Dr. twice for this and they though it was IBS. We were at Childrens for a few days and found out he has Crohns. I have cried my eyes out and I have felt every emotion you could feel but we are accepting that we now know so now he can get treatment and feel better.  I often ask God why? Why my son and why do certain people seem to have to go through so much where others not so much.  I often wonder if others are good at covering up problems or others get the easy pass?  Out of all things in life seeing your child in pain is the worst thing ever.The pain of your child being sick and you not being able to help them or take it on yourself is crumbling. As time goes on we will be okay and Drew is already feeling better.  That is the silver lining to this story. Since he has been home from the hospital he has played all day long!!  No complaining or siting out because of exhaustion. His quality of life is much better and for that even with a diagnosis he is healthier for it.  So making lemonaide out of lemons he is going to enjoy more mommy hugs and once again I am reminded how precious life really is. He has a wonderful Dr. and in due time things will calm down and life will move on. If you could keep us in your prayers that would be great. Drew also has to drink 3-4 Pediasures a day and take a lot of medicine it is hard to explain it all to him when he just wants to go back to normal life. It all could be so much worse but I spent Mothers Day at the Childrens Hospital and although life is not all rainbows I am glad to be a mother. That is what motherhood is all about loving your kids through all times and being there to take care of them. My mom was there that day for me too, she was there taking care of me and so I could be strong for Drew. Thank you mom!
 It feels so good to be home. There Is No Place Like Home.
Yesterday we went to the Zoo and we had a great time.  Things are going to be okay(: All the kids had a great time. Drew looks healthy and he had energy the whole day. 
My life circumstances might not be perfect but I am forever greatful for my family and that is as true as true can be. So as I write this blog post I am feeling better. I want to be the kind of person that can help others and use all the junk good and bad to turn the tests into testimonies.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Updates...and some fun projects

 Hi Friends,
I feel like I am getting behind a bit on my blog. I turned my blog into a book a couple years ago and it has worked out really nice. I want to remember everything about my kids and life but just like most things you tend to forget all the details of where you have been and what changes have taken place. 
First is a big change above. Our master bathroom wasn't so master. It is still a bathroom off our bedroom which is nice in any regard.  My old house had a huge bathroom, I mean huge!!  To big it was crazy you could put furniture in the bathroom and a area rug.  I miss it at times but this new bathroom is more practical and I really don't mind it, less to clean. Compromises of olding a older home with charm, love charm..Hard to get it all...
The floor was horrible!!! It was gold with glitter flecks!!  I love glitter but not in my floor (:  The cabinets were poop brown, seriously disgusting.  I didn't want to spend a fortune and I actually like the way the space is used.  If we put in a new vanity it would be hard to put in two sinks without taking up lots of space plus Rob is up earlier then me so it really doesn't affect us.
 A little paint in Sherwin Williams Dover White and new tile that looks just like wood!!!  I was more then thrilled with this since I love wood but know it is not the most practical for bathrooms. This was a great change alone, wow.
 I added a chandelier and of course the paint made a huge difference.  We left the counter tops at this point. The template for granite was $2,000 for this small space. So eventually we will probably raise the vanity and add something new but the 80's lamanite is not to bad for now. I am just going for cost effective methods in this room at this time not a major over hall.  The stress of construction is for another post. 
 This is my new small walk in closet.  Much smaller once again but still nice. I did have clothes hanging on both sides but it made it very hard to actually walk in.  So I removed the rack to the right and Rob added more shelves this was so easy and now I can walk in.  I fold lots of my clothes, jeans etc so worked great for me. Adding shelves is so much easier then buying those wire rack things.  You just buy end pieces of wood, screw them in the wall and add shelves balanced on top.
 I hung tons of my jewelry on these towel racks.  I simply used shower curtains hooks and it works out really well for chunky jewelry.
This living room is always changing.  I have since moved the little table.  I am constantly moving stuff until it feels right. Sometimes it is hard to balance a space correctly with furniture and color.  The rooms in this house are longer so that adds some challenge.
I painted the entry way Agreeable Gray by Sherwin Williams.  I intially painted it tan and it felt to dark.  My house has huge trees covering and adding lots of shade which is nice but can make the house feel dark at times.  So I went with this gray which is very light but looks coastal.  For now I like it, I especially love it with white crown molding. Can't wait to remove this carpet from the steps!!
The boys are sharing a room in this house so that we have a extra room for family and friends. At times they love each other but other times constant pestering. Before I know it they will be making a line down the center.  Other times I find Jaden reading to Drew or the two of them laughing and talking in bed together, melts this moms heart.  I even find Lauren sleeping on floor many nights between them.  They all love each other.
I love the baseball bedding, One is the National League and the other American.  I also added some baseball pictures.
This was what I consider a fun little project.  I love Pinterest and I found a link on how to hang up things in much easier way.  I am so sick of measuring and remeasuring this works out accurate enough.  Just use painters tape to measure your distance on the back of whatever your hanging.  This bath needed a bigger mirror.  I found one at Kirkland's for $15 sounds good to me.
Remember the lamp in the first picture, I wanted something new. I have never been a fan of that fuzzy stuff hanging off but thought the lamp was cute.  I removed the fuzz added some bling. I will brag that I am resourceful even though my husband says I would make a good Hill Billy  You have to be when you love to decorate and want a look but can't find that magazine look without searching the universe for the perfect lamp.  I wont even go to the money aspect. So I am proud to be creative!! 
A little spray paint in cream, a diamond jewel from my old sandals and some seashells glue gunned to the bottom= cute little lamp
I have more to come just some updates and fun.  
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