Our Serious Dipper

Hailey saw us dipping our French fries in ketchup so she wanted to as well. :o)

Ketchup in one hand. French fry in the other.

She actually did rather well and didn't make as big of a mess as I thought she would.


CAUTION! Colson's Construction Birthday Party!

So I am a little late in posting about Colson's 4th birthday party but better late than never, right!? And these photos are all from my phone because I have yet to upload the photos from my camera. :o/


Colson wanted a construction themed birthday party so we ran with that idea. 

I made some construction signs.

And we brought out Colson's fleet of construction trucks to decorate the party.

For food we did a 'construct' your own nacho bar and boy was it a hit!! Everyone loved it!!

And Colson was absolutely in love with his cake! :o)

He got more toys than we currently have room for but they were all pretty awesome toys! He was very excited! :oP 

He had a great time and we are so blessed to have such awesome family and friends!!



At 4:16 today our little man turned 4 years old!

4 years ago we headed to the hospital one day before my scheduled induction, to avoid an impending snow storm. We ended up getting 2 feet of snow. Anyone remember 'snowmagedon'?

4 years later, we celebrate Colson's birthday with another snow storm. A storm so bad we had to cancel our plans of taking the kids to see Frozen On Ice. A snow storm so bad that they issued a blizzard warning. 

We were bummed about not being able to go see frozen, but we still had fun. We bundled up and headed outside before the winds got too bad. 

We made a snowman.

We also had cake and opened a few presents.

I think he had a pretty good birthday and wasn't too disappointed!

It's still hard to believe he is 4...it just sounds so old. 

It seems just like yesterday that I headed to the hospital to meet our little man and now, here he is... A 4 year old who loves teenage mutant Ninja turtles, anything car related, and the color blue! He can spell and write his name, is super excited to start school in the fall, and is just now rocking 3t clothes. 

Time flies way too fast and I realize I say that with all of my kid's birthday...but it really does. And it's not fair!

Happy 4th birthday, sweet boy! You are our little man and we love you more than you will ever know! We can't wait to celebrate again next weekend at your big construction birthday party! :o)


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!!!



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!!