1.27.2015

Headboard Makeover

When we built our house almost 6 years ago we were not shy of color. Our kitchen was red, our master was orange with the bath a peach color, the hall bath was a grayish purple color, office had a striped wall accent and Hannah's room was pink and green and the living room a grayish teal color.

As the years have pasted we have slowly repainted almost every room. The master bed and bath got repainted a grey color, the kitchen to a nice taupe/tan color, the hall bath and the office (which turned into Colson's room) a dark taupe brown color. 

The only rooms that still have the same color as when we moved in are the living room and Hannah's old room.

Even more recently though, I have been on a lighten and brighten our home kick.

Brown curtained got replaced with white ones and tan ones. Colored shower curtains got replaced with white ones. Rugs got more neutral. Accent pillows got lighter and brighter. Some stained furniture has been replaced with white furniture.

I have just become overwhelmed with the dark in our home and I want thing more light and airy. When we are able to build again, I would love white/cream trim and doors and kitchen cabinets. No more dark stain.

But the latest project in my lighten and brighten kick, was to recover our black fabric covered headboard in the master with a lighter fabric.

After reading many great things on Pinterest about using a drop cloth, I finally just decided to give it a go! 

I must say, the $10 was awesome and so was the outcome!! I couldn't be more pleased with it and bonus! the hubs loves it too! :o)

Here is the bedroom transformation through the years:

When we moved in (yikes!):

After painting:

Adding a headboard:

And finally, with the recovered headboard:

I finally feel like we have an adult bedroom. It still needs some details though. We want to get nicer lamps for the side tables and new or recover the accent pillows. We'll need to change out the curtains. And one day we will get rid of my childhood dressers that we are currently using and replace the black end tables with something lighter. 

But I am happy now that the heavy and dark black headboard is gone. One day, I think I will add nail head trim around the edges of the headboard but for now, I love the result!! Best $10 ever!!!

1.20.2015

Sledding!

Last Friday, Hannah did not have school so we headed out to my parents house to go sledding and play in the snow before it melted.

We only had a couple inches but it was enough for them!




These kids...they love sledding! 



Hailey, grandma, and I did a lot of watching.


But Hailey did go down the "hill" with papa and her brother and sister one time.

I just love this photo!! Sums up our afternoon perfectly! Pure joy!!

1.06.2015

The Shedd Aquarium

We started off 2015 by taking the two older kiddos to the aquarium up in Chicago on New Years Day.

It was a bit chilly (10 degrees with the windchill) and we were not expecting to have to stand in line outside for almost an hour in that weather so that part of it was not fun. It was to the point where the kiddos were crying because their toes hurt and it just broke my heart. :o( But once we got inside and got our tickets, the tears quickly went away and we had a blast!

My favorite part was the jellies exhibit.





I think Hannah enjoyed seeing the sea lions the best and Colson loved the stingrays.





We just had an all around fun time! :o) I'm glad we were able to take the kids.

12.31.2014

Goodbye 2014!

2014 is coming to an end...and boy did it fly by!

Do you remember the 365 photo project I was doing with the kiddos? Well I posted my last photo--day 365--about an hour ago. 

Holy moly, I can't believe I took a photo of all three kiddos together everyday for an entire year. I honestly never thought I would stick with it butI am so glad I did!  It was such an awesome project and I can't wait to put all 365 photos into a book.

Here is Day 1:

And here is Day 365:

They kids have changed so much and that makes me sad. :o(

I am not doing the 365 day pics again in 2015 but I am going to try to do more 'life' pictures....with not necessarily of all three kiddos in the pic. We'll see how that goes. :o) Be sure to check out my IG!

So goodbye 2014...you were good to us!










  


I wish you all a very Happy New Year!!

12.30.2014

Christmas Day!

The kids woke us up around 7:00...which was awesome since we told them when they woke up to come get us. I thought we had made a huge mistake telling them that and we were going to get a 5am wake-up call. But 7 wasn't too bad. :o)

The kiddos were very excited to open gifts. This was the first year they were truly ecstatic and jumping up and down saying "Santa came, Santa came!". It was pretty awesome.

So we wasted no time and tore right into stockings and presents.








Christmas really is way more fun with kids! :o)

After we were done opening gifts at our house, we headed to Nick's parent's house for breakfast and more presents.





We have toys and boxes all over our house. It is a complete mess and needs some major organizing, but the kiddos are loving every minute of the toy explosion that is going on in our house. :o)

It's crazy to think that it's already over though. It makes me sad. We have ready taken down our tree and decorations and our house looks so...boring. :o(