Tuesday, December 23, 2014


Charlie had his 1 year doctor appointment and all is well with growth and development.  He is in the 90th percentile for weight (25 lb, 4 oz), height (32.5") AND head circumference (19.1 cm)!  Big boy! Trey better be nice to him!

When Charlie isn't eating, he is: thinking about his next meal, drinking milk, looking for food, playing in the dogs' water, tormenting Trey, squealing, jumping, climbing stairs, or playing peak-a-boo.

In general, this dude is happy just to be alive.  He is super smiley and loves to be the center of attention.  He loves to be a "big kid" and imitates EVERYTHING that Treyman does.  He loves to be held and can get quite upset if you put him down or are unwilling to pick him up.  Apparently, he missed the memo that he weighs 25+ lbs!!!  

Charlie is starting to walk. He takes a few steps independently and then plops to the ground.  He definitely gets where he wants to go (quickly) with crawling, so that is his continued preferred method of transportation.

Charlie is quite vocal.  He seems to focus on volume more than articulation at this time.  And, he likes to be heard.  This kid has the shrillest shriek I've ever heard.  He loves to sing and imitate noises.  He has a few words- mama, byebye, hello and more.  He knows the word "no" but thinks it's funny to ignore it and do it again and again.  The undesired behavior is always followed by a sinister laugh.  I guess we will have to work on that.

I'm catching up on my picture uploads so be prepared for a million... and don't say I didn't warn you.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Home Improvement Projects

It's amazing how a little paint can transform a room.  Here is our guest bath in the basement.  I painted the walls, the vanity, and spray painted the previous crome hardware to a brushed nickel.  I also took down the mirror and installed a new light fixture and new mirror!   Pretty good update for around $100!  (I already owned the paint). I still need to get some decorative things/art and shelving for above the toilet, but for now it's good...







We are also doing another little project... Adding a 4th bedroom!  While I take credit for the bathroom, this one has been 98% Phil.  He took out carpeting, moved a vent, built the wood frame, added insulation and put up the drywall practically by himself. I was there for standby-  hold this, move that, spacle this.  He couldn't have done it without me. Pretty sure I nailed it.  

I have put in my fair share of spackling and sanding.  Oh holy sanding!  It's a never ending job.  That's my 2%.  

Here are some pics of our progress:

Now, if you're wondering what those cabinets are doing, let me explain.  I am full of fabulous ideas... My current fabulous idea (as if we weren't doing enough...) was to add built in bookshelves on the outer wall of the guest bedroom.  Thankfully, Phil was on board with this suggestion and didn't put up too much of a fight.  ;)

Here is my inspiration: 
Instead of the navy backing, we decided to use beadboard planking like seen below.  I like that it provides a little texture without being too in your face. 

I think I'm going to stick with the two tone look in the first (white wood, dark stained wood countertop and dark hardware).  I'm so excited! 

I'm also excited about the doors to the guest bedroom. We've opted to do sliding barn doors.  It's super trendy right now, which I usually try to avoid-  stick with the classics... But I think it will look beautiful. 

Here are some examples: 

Now the tough question:  white or wood?  I can't make up my mind!  So many choices for this indecisive lady!  Would love to hear your input.  

Stay tuned for more updates :)