Thursday, September 12, 2013

Ivory or Brown? Discuss.

We figured out a way to grow our littlest cutie! yeah, it's an awful picture.  But, he was so happy!

He prefers chocolate, and then hugs it.  Don't even try to sneak a taste.  Good thing he doesn't finish it..there's always someone to help him out.
We go by the house to check things out, and then to Sonic..mmm...milkshakes!  We're all putting on pounds!  haha ; )  Seriously, I've stopped getting ANYthing.  It's really tough, but then I look down at the stress weight I've put on!  I eat to relieve the pressure.  Reese's when the big boy yells at me for not going straight home after school.  Coke as I'm exhausted making dinner.  Coco Loco yogurts at midnight as I push through more choices.  You get the weighty idea.  I'm not exactly using up as many calories as I'm stuffing in.  (Like worse than a bear storing up for the winter.)

So..less about me, more about the house.  We are watching it transmogrify right now!  Brick is done, sheetrock is finished and textured, and we met with the trim carpenter yesterday to plan all the trim.  He is excellent, so I can't wait to see it all finished!

He walked around and drew what we wanted on each wall in pencil.  He is amazing! (It doesn't hurt that he isn't that much taller than me, so um..we kinda bonded I think.)  (Short people stand together!)

Dining Room.  I want a coffered ceiling..and the choices are endless!  How wide are the beams?  How deep, anything you want, he says.  That makes it hard!!  I did decide on 9 squares.  That is totally something. ; )

Soo..the living room.  I dreamed up these beams that come down from the ceiling, but return since I can't go wall to wall since it's so open.  I just explained it, and I think we had a meeting of the minds.

Carter's bathroom window (also the guest bath).  Love the drawings!  I'd kinda be okay if they were drawn onto my paint.  Really.

We also walked through each closet and described what kind of space we needed.  This is the west wall of our closet.  Shelves, and rods, and shoes, and drawers.  Awesome!

Our bathroom mirror and sconces have been a huge dilemma.  I had large framed mirrors before (they were kinda beautiful and a hard act to follow), but this time I'm using all chrome lighting and bath fixtures and I couldn't decide what kind of frame to get..wood?  Not quite.  No to bronze.  Chrome would be too much.  Too tough!  So, I've decided to let him back it all with moulding and crown moulding around the mirrors and sconces.  This bath is all white and some grayish veined marble, so tans wouldn't really work.  Make sense?

Locker area.  Added dividers so no one gets cooties.  Or knocks someone else's coat down.  We at least aim for sanity and friendliness.

Ches decided post-walk-through to add some cabinets and a counter to this garage space.  Think I can take it over too? haha!

..and today was TEXTURE!!  Trim and paint coming soon.
I'm excited to see it coming together.  Sometimes I feel anxious and worry if we are doing it right (and if we'll be happy with our choices in a few years).  The brick is much more colorful than I thought it'd be so I'm deliberating over shutter color now.  Ivory to tone it down?  Dark brown (stained) to bring out the trim and make it more serious?  Remember the inside and back are all beachy colors.  Not so much serious.

My baby is feeling quite at home in the bricky, concretey, nasty yard.

So this is how you paint a stairway!

The brick is finished!  See how the side porch has a nice, gentle slope on the arch?  The front porch was supposed to be that way too..but not so much. : (  Still checking on how we can change it.

He had so much fun in the brick nastiness.  He even asks for a bath every night when we come home!  (I'd call it a success!)  So..what do you think: ivory or chocolate shutters..or another color?

I hope they play outside this much after we move.  Totally in love with sand and pallets and chicken wire.  And broken up brick chunks.

Dirty boy.  Love him.

We picked up some of the whole bricks they threw to the side, but I have a feeling a lot of this will be in our driveway and under our yard.  I hope I'm wrong. ; )
Slowly but surely.  We are still managing in the rental.  It's been kinda tight, and I'm missing some of my stuff.  I'm sure it's good for me..and character-building and all that.  I made meatloaf in an 8x8 last night.  But they ate it ALL, so it can't be too bad. ; )  My big, long barbeque tongs live in my bedroom (even after they are dishwashed), I finally found my iron, but the ironing board is in storage (maybe a good problem to have?), we don't have a ladder out to change the bulb in the front porch light.  I feel like one of those rental houses.  (And I'm reluctant to admit it's kinda freeing!  No responsibility.  No guilt over the dying ferns on my back deck, and the patio furniture sitting on in the driveway, boxes of bath fixtures in the living room get the idea.)

Which reminds me!  We got our pedestal sink in the mail yesterday, and I love it!  I try to pretend I'm country, but I'm borderline traditional.  It kinda shows in the sink. ; )  Only thing is..that cool IKEA faucet?  It's kinda got too big of a neck on it.  I think it'd splash the hand-washers (and I pray we have at least a few!).  So..back to the drawing board.  I ordered a new faucet tonight.  Praying it works better!  It is shorter front to back (4.5"), and I never even thought of checking that at IKEA, I just bought it since I loved it.  Learn from my mistakes: carry measurements, my friend.  Oh, you need a beautiful faucet?  For $50, I can set you up! : )

Part of me eating less, is sleeping more.  I eat sometimes to stay awake.  (Wrong, I know.)  so..this is me saying goodnight!  hugs! 

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