Dax’s Big Boy Room: Paint

How is it already Monday?! Did you all have a good holiday weekend? Since the 4th was on a Thursday this year, David took Friday off and we headed to the city for the day with the boys.  We are trying to take in everything we can before this baby arrives here soonish.

Obviously, the other reason I love long holiday weekends, is because David gets stuff done.  He finished painting Dax’s room and it looks so clean and bright.  I am really happy we decided to do moldings instead of wallpaper and keep it all white.  I know white can be boring, but I think it looks super cool in this room.

We went with Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace and I really think this is my new favorite white.  We are going to do our entire basement in this as well, but more on that later.

With the painting being done, all that is left to do is clean up and move Daxxy into his new room! He is so excited, but it is definitely bitter sweet for me since it means he is that much closer to not being my baby anymore.

Dax’s Big Boy Room: Accent Wall

As you all know by now, I am a huge fan of wallpaper. If I could, I would have some in every room of this house.  Right now, we have wallpaper in Dax’s nursery, Eli’s room, and the laundry room.  I eventually want to have some in our half-bath when we redo that, and potentially the kids’ playroom- but we would wait until we used it as a office. I really wanted to put some in Dax’s big boy room, but even though we are moving him out of his black and white nursery, we are sticking with that color scheme in the new room too. Well, it will be more of a white room with accents of black.  That being said, I thought it would be too much to have two black and white rooms- actually three if you count the boys’ newly renovated bathroom. So, we decided to not use wallpaper this time around, and to do a cool accent wall of moldings instead.

Fortunately, moldings are much cheaper than wallpaper, and a lot easier to install. So far they are looking really good, and I can start to see the room coming together. I am in my third trimester now, so we are on a strict time crunch to get this room ready.  I want Dax moved in and settled long before the baby arrives. I don’t want him feeling like we are kicking him out of is nursery to make room for the baby, even though that is totally what is happening, let’s be real!

Once the moldings are sanded and perfect, we can paint!

Dax’s Big Boy Room: Flooring

David actually completed the flooring in Dax’s room before our babymoon, but things have been so crazy since we got back, that I haven’t had a chance to share the progress.  We used the same flooring we have throughout the entire house, so it was pretty easy and familiar for David to install.  This room is really small, but the flooring makes it look a bit larger which is nice.  Most importantly, the toddler of the house approves. He checks on his new room every time he walks upstairs!  Next up, moldings.

 

French Drain

Pregnancy brain is real. So, I have a bunch of progress updates on Dax’s big boy room- starting with his floors being completed, but I forgot to take pictures of the floors. David has moved on to painting, so the floors are completely covered with paper which means I can’t take pictures. You’re just going to have to wait a little while longer. David does have until July 1 to complete the room, so hopefully that means I can take the pictures this weekend!

Moving onto another topic…we had some rain drainage issues with our last patio, and David has talked about getting a french drain put in for months. I was a little surprised that  he didn’t mention it to our contractor when we put in the new patio.

Of course, once the patio was completed, we had some major rain over here and we started to notice how much water was building up next to the patio.  David said “Well, we need a french drain put in”. No sh*t!! I reminded him that he mentioned that before, multiple times and was confused why he didn’t have one put in while we were building the patio.  His reasoning was that he wanted to see where they put the patio, the elevation of it, and if it made a difference with the water problem.  So, now that the patio is done, it apparently is time to get this french drain in, or else we will get this mini pond every time it rains.  No thanks!

Babymoon 3: Cayman Islands

We decided to take a trip to the Cayman Islands to kick off summer, celebrate Dax turning two, and to have one last hurrah before the baby arrives. We did a “babymoon” in Maui while I was pregnant with Eli, and Kauai while I was pregnant with Dax.  Hawaii is just a bit too far from Chicago, and flying with a 4 and 2 year old for that long sounded miserable.  Everyone we talk to seem to love Grand Cayman, so we thought it would be fun and different to try it.  We absolutely loved it, and are already counting down until when we can go back! We stayed at the new(er) Kimpton Seafire Resort and Spa and it was not only clean, gorgeous, in a great location, and have unbelievable service, but it was so beyond kid friendly that we were actually feeling like we were on vacation and not just a trip.  I highly highly recommend this property!

Now that we are back, reality is setting in and this baby is coming a lot sooner than we are prepared for.  It’s time to buckle down and get sh*t done! hopefully there will be plenty of updates coming soon.  Until then, enjoy these pictures of paradise

HBD Dax!

Happy second birthday to our Daxy boy!!!! You are wild, strong, stubborn, persistent, brave, hilarious, and smart, yet you still happen to be the most sensitive and sweet boy.  We love you more than words and can’t wait to celebrate with you all week…island style!

Dax’s Big Boy Room: Bye Bye Carpet

I mentioned earlier this week that the carpet in Dax’s big boy room would be the first to go.  This carpet wasn’t the original, but it was dirty, stained, and smelled like pee. David took such pleasure in removing it, and I swear the room smells 10x fresher with it being gone. We decided to go with the same floors we have throughout the entire house (main floor, hallways, and bedrooms), and I think that it will make the room look a lot bigger.  Now, if only David could take the same amount of time putting in the new floors as he did ripping out the old carpet…stay tuned!