Bye Bye Spiders

My family starts to arrive tomorrow to celebrate Dax’s first birthday! I still am in such disbelief that he is going to be one.  This year has been one of the craziest of my life and I really think that I deserve a celebration more than Dax does- sorry Daxy!

Before all of the chaos happens, I thought I would share a basement update.  With the weather changing to 95 degrees and humid- we are seeing a lot more bugs around here. Specifically- spiders. I absolutely hate spiders, and it’s shocking Eli does too since “Itsy Bitsy” is his favorite nursery rhyme.

My friend here has serious arachnophobia, so she told me about this man who apparently is a bug guru. He can smell your house and tell you what bugs you have. He came over last week and he is quite the character. I kind of want more bugs just so I can hang out with him again. He walked through our entire house and sprayed inside and out in all of the places where Dax wouldn’t be able to get to. When he took a look at the basement he commented on our open wall.

We had a flood in our basement around when we first moved in. We got everything fixed properly, but David decided to save money and patch up the dry wall himself. Go figure, right? We obviously have had so much going on, so fixing the wall just didn’t seem important and we have had opened walls ever since. The open walls also mean many spiders according to the bug guy. He informed me that he could spray and spray and spray but until that wall is closed off, there’s no way the spiders will stay away.

David got a ton done this weekend- all of our closets have doors now yay!!!! There’s obviously still major projects and minor details too but we thought it was time to finally close up the basement walls. It didn’t take him long, and I feel so much more comfortable knowing the spiders will stay away for the most part now!

Obviously we still need to mud, sand, paint etc, but the most important part is done so that’s what counts- for now!

Organizing the Pantry

Our pantry was built a couple of months ago. We loaded the shelves but we never actually organized them. It was starting to become really chaotic- especially for Eli. He couldn’t find anything and then would put things back wherever he felt like it.

If I had my perfect pantry- everything would be in bins. Everything. There would be no boxes, no bags. It would look so clean and perfect. Unfortunately, spending $1000+ on bins just isn’t in our budget at the moment. Instead, we purchased a few just for items that often are out of place. It is hard to tell which items are in bins because they are clear, but it looks great.

The shelves are looking 10x better and they are already so much easier to navigate. Hopefully we can keep the cleanliness up. There’s still a ton to do in here. We need to finish painting, moldings and trim, switch out the lights, and go to Costco to buy even more to fill those naked shelves. If we get enough done this summer- maybe we can start on the second part of the pantry- the planning center! We are currently using our basement and kitchen island to store junk so the planning center will come in handy.

We have family coming in next week to celebrate Dax’s first birthday, which also happens to be our one year anniversary in this house. Time sure does fly. I’m hoping there is lots of progress during this long weekend, but I most likely won’t be able to share it for a little while, I’ll try though!!

Have a great weekend!

Officially a Big Boy

And just like that, Eli is all moved in to this big boy room.  Well, not all moved in.  His clothes aren’t in there yet, but he has been sleeping in there since this past weekend!  He is doing great and absolutely loves his new room, and he loves telling us over and over what a big boy he is!

On Saturday, David kind of blew it and asked Eli if he was wanting to sleep in his big boy room that night.  Of course a 3 year old is going to say yes to something that exciting! Even though it was definitely time to move him in to the room because of his ripped mattress, the room wasn’t 100% ready.  We were working on it during naps and after the boys go to sleep at night, but now that Eli is in his room, this causes a slight problem for finishing it.

The closet still needs to be done, there are some minor paint touch ups, we need to hang his book shelf, install some more shelves, and decorate decorate decorate! It might take months before the room gets completed now that he’s moved in, but oh well what can we do?!

I am just thankful that he is staying in his bed until I tell him it is time to get out.  I guess I won’t need that padlock for his door any time soon.  Kidding!

Ghost Chairs

I have big boy news for you all but that will have to wait. Let’s talk ghost chairs!

When we built Owl Lane, we hired an interior designer to help furnish that giant home.  We thought we were going to be living there forever, so I really feel sick about how much we spent on her.  It was 4 years ago and I still can’t get over it.  Anyway, one of my favorite items we purchased was a new kitchen table and really awesome chairs.  To make a long story short, we ended up having a lot of issues with the chairs, so we decided to return both the table and the chairs.

In comes Compass Pointe

We loved the look of the Owl Lane dining set, so we looked long and hard for a similar one that was either better quality (which is shocking since we spent an arm and a leg on the entire set), or less expensive.  We ended up finding really inexpensive upholstered chairs which was also a bonus because the company David used to work for sold them.  However, we not thinking about the repercussions of our naughty cat Cheers.  While the new dining set looked great, the chairs were destroyed within a year.  The cat literally ripped them to shreds so we promised never to get upholstered anything again.

So, we didn’t hold up to that promise, but we did finally purchase chairs for the kitchen table that are not upholstered. In fact, they are ghost chairs, and I am in love.  The only issue we came across, is that the new chairs don’t work with our old table.  And by old I mean our 2-year-old table.  Yikes! We ordered a new table as well, but that is backordered until forever.  So, for now, we have beautiful new ghost chairs (minus one because it arrived damaged).  I think that they look great in the new kitchen and they will look even better when that new table arrives! The biggest bonus is that they are super easy to clean, and as uncomfortable as they look, they actually are really freaking comfortable.  Win win!

Wallpaper Dilemma

Before our contractors were finished here, they started working on Eli’s wallpaper in his big boy room. They noticed that it was bubbling up a bit, so they decided to stop until the weather became warmer.  Apparently freezing cold walls can mess up wallpaper installation, who knew? Our contractor told us to call them once it got warmer so they could finish the project.

I mentioned this week, that we decided to make Eli’s new room our next priority, and that meant finishing up the wallpaper install. Instead of calling our contractor, we decided to look for a professional wallpaper installer since there were more projects in the house that will eventually need wallpapering.  This way we could test them out and see if we wanted to hire them again in the future.  After receiving a few quotes, we were shocked with how much it would cost to do a tiny portion of a room.  I looked on Thumbtack and TaskRabbit, that was a no go.  So, our next best option was…David.

David thinks he can do everything, and he can, but that doesn’t necessarily mean he can do everything extremely well. Cough cough closet cough cough. He was convinced that he could do this project too.  So after searching Pinterest, watching some YouTube videos, and reading some articles, he decided to do it himself.  I was super nervous considering wallpaper isn’t cheap, but if he thought he could do it, I trusted him.  Oy.

After we purchased the materials, it was time to get to work.  As David was setting up, he noticed that the contractors completely screwed up the wallpaper. They didn’t cut correctly- you are supposed to leave an extra two inches on the top and bottom. They didn’t line it up well according to the pattern, and the seams didn’t look good (which could be weather related).  David had to work some magic to make the remaining wallpaper fit properly. He had some issues with creases, and the seams, but overall it looks really good.

Because of the botched cut job, there wasn’t enough wallpaper to cover both the top and bottom.  We had to choose if we wanted the top of the wall to have “wall” showing, or the bottom.  We decided to leave room at the top, because we can always add crown molding to cover up the cutting flaw. Yes, this will take up more time and is essentially another project, but I think crown will look so good in this room!

Besides the top having some wall showing, you would think that a professional installed the wallpaper, so that is great.  Would I allow David to do it again, eh probably not, but it saved us some money in the meantime, and now Eli’s room is that much closer to being completed!

Priorities

I mentioned before that I had no idea how we would prioritize our punch list. It’s really hard to decide what is most important when everything is equally important, just in different ways. That being said, we kind of naturally just started finishing Eli’s big boy room. The room that was supposed to be done in September (or November- we have conflicting memories in our household).

Lately, Eli has been asking about his “big boy room” and he visits it 1826733 times a day. The kid is almost 3.5 and is still in his crib. To be honest, I’m totally cool with him being in a crib still. I’m all for the “cribs for life lifestyle”. I mean, who wants their crazy threenager getting in and out of bed all night? The second they are done with the crib, they have control. They can leave their bed or worse, leave their room and join ours. No thanks!

Our thoughts were to finish the big boy room and move the crib in there next to his new bed- just to get him comfortable with the idea. However, plans change obviously.

When we found out we were pregnant with Dax, Eli wasn’t even two yet. We didn’t like the idea of making him transition to a bed just because a baby was coming, so we let him stay in his crib. Eli’s mattress is very expensive. Like embarrassing expensive. It pained us to purchase another one for Dax, not knowing how much longer Eli would be in his crib. So, we decided to purchase a cheap mattress for Eli, and give Dax the expensive one. Problem solved, except for Eli is a jumper. He doesn’t climb out of his crib but he jumps. And jumps and jumps and jumps. His cheap mattress is finally falling apart because of the jumping and we really have no choice but to get rid of it. I refuse to purchase another cheap mattress for him, and that’s ok because the other day he woke up from his nap and said “ok mom, I’m ready for my big boy bed now”

So there you have it it, our next project is the big boy room. David worked long and hard on it last weekend and it is looking amazing. We definitely had some hiccups (I’ll share about those later) but I am so happy with how it looks and I can’t wait for Eli to use his new room because after everything he’s been through in 3.5 years- he deserves it more than anybody!

Master Bedroom Reveal

Happy Monday! We got tons done this weekend. It looks like Eli might have his big boy room ready really soon. Fingers crossed. But guess what??…

Here we go…another room to check off of our list! Our master bedroom is complete. Well, actually, the entire master suite is complete, which is such a relief! Because we have moved so many times, our styles have changed and our furniture has changed which means we have accumulated a lot of crap for our house- especially our master for some reason. I hate to admit it, but I am acually over our bedroom decor and furnture yet again, but David refuses to get new stuff until we are in a forever home and I really don’t blame him.  So, until then, we will make what we have work.  I think it looks really pretty and bright, and it is just a peaceful and comfy place to relax and sleep.