growing up

It’s summer. I am feeling sentimental. My babies are growing up way too fast. When I look at my eldest, who is already 9,  I just can’t understand how it all went by so fast. I keep thinking “only 8 to 9 more summers with this amazing boy, I better use them wisely”

Here is a recent shot that I took of myself and my two amazing boys (well, it’s not that recent, but November 2012 recent):

And in honor of my boys and the memories, I dedicate this post to them and say “SLOW DOWN MR. TIME, I WANT THEM TO BE BABIES FOR A LITTLE LONGER, PLEASE!!”

Here are some from the past few years… my favorites.

These are just from the past few years… I really need to go back to the baby days… but that’s for another day, and lots of Kleenex.

Here’s to all the moms out there who’s babies are growing up too fast.

Hugs,

Heidi

boys room done

The finishing touches are finally done and this room is FINISHED (for now)! Holla! It feels good to be a gangster completer (is that a word?)! Again, HOLLA!

*For more posts on the boys room go here, herehere, here, here and finally here

Here is what was the #1 ugliest item that we HAD to get rid of:

The fan! Oh gosh, it is, was, so dang ugly! Such an eye sore! Thankfully, it’s loooooong gone. It has been replaced with this:

Such an improvement if I do say so myself! And we are loving the simplicity of this great ceiling lamp from Ikea (plus the price tag was great too).

Some further improvements were finishing the baseboards (painting and caulking really bites) and installing the mini bookshelves for the boys (by their beds) and the new reading/task lamps, also from Ikea.

We also put up those glow in the dark stars that I promised we’d do (from the mood board here)

And to top off the glow-in-the-dark-funess (and to hide the poor cutting-in paint job that I did, making dark grey marks on the white ceiling…shhhh) I took some glow in the dark duct tape and went around the perimeter of the room…. fun stuff that glow in the dark duct tape!

I think the boys love this new room as much as I do! Gasp, it’s fun and totally functional!

And one last shot of the room, without that hideous fan….

That’s all for now folks!

Enjoy your day!

:) Heidi

b-day boy

** This month is a busy month here. AND, to top it off I am having “bandwidth” overload on my site,… my apologies for that! Ugh. Please bear with me while I work it out and know that I will be back in full throttle for June (hopefully)… taking it slow for May, and a little bit of June, to focus on family and what’s really important. Thanks for understanding!

My oldest boy turned 9 this past weekend. NINE! Oh my gosh, I can’t believe I have a nine year old. The time really has gone by fast. We partied hard in celebration of the new nine year old.  All the buddies met us at the theatre for a boy move, then we headed home for a sleep over extravaganza. The next morning we headed out to the Flagstaff Extreme Adventure Course (and that was such a blast).

Here is my boy, the morning of his Birthday, before heading out to school. Opening a few gifts from the family.

Brotherly love… ahhh, makes my heart happy to see this:

And the yummy Birthday breakfast, thanks Dad!!

Later that night, after the movie and back at our house, dressing up and playing (this was adorable, I seriously could not take enough pictures of these boys all dressed up, pretending and having such a great time. I know that all too soon they won’t want to pretend play anymore.)

And a group shot (the b-day boy was pouting… but it didn’t last long)

And the following morning, after waffles & fruit… we headed off to the main event, the outdoor extreme course! Holla!!!

That’s my boy!!

Silly Ben… looks like he’s going to do the splits!! Ben was so brave.

This is Carson, our oldest friend. His mother and I were pregnant at the same time. We were also friends in high school and college… we go waaaay back.

And one last one of the Birthday boy! xoxo.

Make it a great day and a great month!

vintage trailer love

I dream of one day owning a vintage camp trailer. An Airstream or maybe a Shasta. I just made a new Pinterest page for my “dream” trailer. You can check it out here.

Every summer we head to Lake Powell and camp on the beach or at the camp ground. We go out in the boat, soak up the sun, play in the sand and basically live the good life. We have been fortunate enough to have my mom’s diesel pusher RV, it’s newer, has A/C, a lot of space and all the amenities of home. Recently my mom has been talking about selling her RV (cry, cry). hence my not-so-serious craigslist search for a cute fixer upper, something we can afford vintage trailer. The more we look the more we see and we could possibly afford!  The big question would be… do we really want to take on yet another project (I say sure, why not… but then I don’t know if that’s my brain talking or my heart).

Here are some favorite vintage trailers I found on the internet, just poking around for fun:

source: www.vintagetrailercrazy.com

source: www.snailtrail.co.uk

source: http://www.isuwannee.com

source: www.designsponge.com

Aren’t these trailers adorable? It makes me want to throw on an apron, put some rollers in my hair and bake all day. I am totally smitten with the idea of getting a vintage trailer. of course there are a lot of things to consider before we ultimately decide to purchase a fixer upper, but I like to think we can do it. See a great article/post here about whether or not purchasing a vintage trailer is right for you.

In my craiglist search I found this beauty for $4500.00.  She’s in “excellent” shape and ready to roll as per the current owner. How cool.

Call me crazy but I really like how this sweet vintage trailer already looks. The interior is in good shape too (it’s basic and boring but would suit us well until we had time to do some of our own design touches).

Here is a cheesy mock-up of how this trailer would look on the beach:

I had to add the flamingo! I think I would just carry a flamingo to stick in the sand because what’s a vintage trailer without a yard flamingo? Holla! I think red and aqua would look really great. But I am also liking the paint combination from the aqua and yellow trailer (pictured earlier in this post).

For now it’s just a day dream but I don’t think it’s too far off into the future. It would look super retro behind our big-ole 1994 F350. Now that’s some style!

hanging bed “how to”

Lets touch base on how we did those phenomenal hanging beds in the boys bedroom makeover (see more post and photo’s here, here, and here).

Here is a photo of the loft style hanging beds that we made (quite simple actually):

Here is the “basic” stuff for a hanging bed shopping list at your local hardware store:

This next photo pretty much sums up where we used all the items from the shopping list (however, this is only ONE corner of the bed. Each bed has two corners that attached to chain, and the other two corners were fastened to the wall studs). There are 2 items not pictured below. One item not show in the photo below are the hex-bolts. We used the hex bolts on the back side of the bed, underneath the bed on the frame, and drilled thought the 2×4 frame into the studs into the wall. So our beds aren’t actually hanging, they are the “illusion” hanging beds. No way we were going to have swinging beds in our boys room… that would have been a real disaster! The second item not show are the bolts used in the ceiling (crown/eye bolts) were used in the ceiling (as well as the bed), for the chain.

The beds were super easy to make. Two adults to hang them (find and mark your wall studs first). We were so excited (and so were the kids) to get the room finished, we hung up the beds before sanding and protecting them (shame on us). We still need to fill the nail holes, for a finished look , lightly sand and clear coat (for protection). We love the pine look and how it ties in with our wood floors, so we are not staining or painting any of the wood. Au’natural!

sweet kids

I thought this poem was fitting to the picture I am adding this week.

OUR CHILDREN
© Shelley R. Davis
I sit and wander, where time goes
we try our best to teach them right,
as times change and our children grow,
We love them with all our might.
It’s not easy to raise a child
at times, we don’t know what to do
we weren’t given any instructions
It’s a challenge that’s all new.
Our children, are our lives
and our most important goal,
to love and to guide them
and to place them in life’s role.
Our children are our future
and time will only tell
the job we’ve done as parents
and if we’ve done it well….

I hope my kids will always want to hang out with me, be proud that I am their mother, entrust in me with their worries and happiness. I love them more than life itself and I would be a dull woman without them in my life.

Make it a great day! Hug your kids, love them extra and brag a little more, after all… our kids are awesome! xoxo

hanging beds

Yipee!!!! The boys room is finished almost done… the beds are hanging and the boys are sleeping in them! I am so happy with how they turned out and the boys are over-the-moon excited! The hanging beds make the room feel so much larger and give us a ton of additional space. I will post more detailed photos next week. Here is where we’re at so far:

We still need to do all the “detail” work. Getting a new light fixture and ditching that ceiling fan is our first priority (can you say gag?). We’d also like to hang up a few pictures and we need to seal the pine ladder and the beds (to give them a finished look.

The baseboards are painted and caulked (whoo-hoo), beds are fastened down and hanging and the room is clean, we are making LOTS of progress!

On last photo until next week:

Have a great weekend!

**UPDATE** For more post on the boys room and these fabulous beds follow these links:

How to make an Hanging bed (so easy)

Mood Board for the boys new room

Painting the room

Final Details

 

adding baseboard

The new boy bedroom is starting to take shape. The boys will actually be sleeping in their new beds tonight! So exciting. Everyone has been working away and giving their all to make this room a reality.

Late last night we added the baseboards and base shoe (a.k.a. quarter round). It’s all installed but the real work begins after installation (IMO) when it comes to baseboards. They will still need to be painted, the nail holes have to be filled filled then lightly sanded, caulked and repainted… soooooo much work. So much detailed work. But enough complaining, here is where we last night right around bed time.

These pictures are super yellowish, the room looks like it has a bad case of jaundice! Like I said, it was late so there was no natural light. Here is the handy hubby installing the new baseboards and quarter round (try not to sneak a peak at that plumber crack!! lol).

Just looking at these photos makes me cringe, I really dislike caulking and painting baseboards and quarter round… boo-hoo… I’m just being a lazy butt!  Once it’s all done it will be well worth it. Finished baseboards really add that professional touch to a finished room. I love the way baseboards complete a room/house. Yes, I am a baseboard snob. I would notice your baseboards if you had me over!!

And… {drum roll please} here is

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sneak peak

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of whats to come!!!!!

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look ya’ll!! a hanging bed!!!!! Holla!!

More to come soon… I promise!!

Make it a great day!

the room is painted

This week is dedicated to the new bedroom for our boys. We started with the mood board, then on to the clean out and now it’s painted! Everything is moving right along and looking pretty great.

Here is the current state of the room:

We picked out this grey color at Home Depot, it’s Glidden in the interior eggshell, paint and primer in one. I am am not real big at dwelling over paint, it took about 10 seconds to find the paint swatch I liked and 10 more minutes for the nice gentleman to mix up 2 gallons for me (and 2 gallons was 1 gallon too much). The paint went a long way, I was very pleased. I only needed one gallon but since I bought two I’ll be painting some more rooms in the near future (I think the little quarter bath downstairs may be my next project).

I especially love the way the white from the closet doors pops against the darker grey. The white baseboards are going to look sweet next to this dark grey. So far so good. Looking a little outer space-ish I think… the boys are thrilled, so I am happy too.

I think we will need some of these for the ceiling, so fun for this modern ‘space’ room:

I would love to see your modern bedrooms. Or rooms with hanging beds. Maybe even rooms with a space theme. What do you love about your kids bedrooms?

Make it a great day! More room updates to come!!

boys room *part2

The new bedroom for the boys is fully underway and moving right along! SO exciting! We’ve cleaned it out (whoa… I think there were more than two kids living in that room, we have enough pillows for 4-5 kids, there were candy wrappers from at least 50 kids and there were socks under everything).

Our first step in this renew was CLEAN OUT!

Does it count if “clean out” really just means “move all the crap to another room”? Essentially that’s all we did.  Sure, there was sweeping and throwing away trash (mostly wrappers from when the boys were not sneaking candy), but other than that, everything else was moved into MY bedroom! Just lovely! I know it’s temporary, at least that’s what I tell myself. And looking at all those stuffed animals and pillows… I think we need to do some purging & giving, fo’ sure!

Here was what we started with (and this is a clean room photo, such a rarity):

Pretty much this is how the room has looked for almost three years.  That adorable PB boat bed has been with us since our oldest was 20 months (and he’ll be 9 years old in 2 more months – gasp). I don’t have much of an attachment to the loft bed other than the fact that we built it (modified the plans from here).  We were proud to have built a bed that coordinated with the boat bed, it felt good and it looked great. The boys were happy & so were we.

Now our youngest (the bottom bed guy) is 6 and he’s tired of being ‘down below’, he want s a high bed too… I guess it’s only fair, but how do we incorporate two “high” beds in one room?  Hang them, of course!

My only dilemma was what to do with the beloved family heirloom boat bed. It’s not small, it’s actually quite long (& a bit awkward in shape) and it only fit in this room one direction (so I won’t miss that,… the bulky size & decorating a room entirely around one bed). I am a little sentimental about this bed as it was both the boys 1st bed right after the crib years. It has also been to three homes with us, through our moves and carries a lot of memories with it. Our eldest dog, Elliot, has always slept with the boys on this bed, from day one with baby Collin on up through the 6 years with Noah. Elliot never slept on a bed until the boys were sleeping in one (so sweet & fatherly of him).  Elliot is now 13 years old, he’s stiff, nearly blind and hard of hearing, it breaks my heart to take the bed away from him. It also makes me sad that he can’t sleep with the boys anymore (unless he gets a cape and flys). But, change is good (and I have to repeat that to myself) so we are movin’ on {chin up}! And maybe Elliot will get a ‘new’ bed when this is all said and done.

One last shot of the beds in all their glory. We are taking them down and they will no longer be part of the family after today. Good by beds, it’s been real and it’s been fun but we are done! lol.

Looking better!

The boys were super excited to help with their “new” room. I must also mention that they let me pick out the paint color and well,… pretty much whatever else I wanted. They didn’t have a lot of say in the new room (they don’t like shopping and they aren’t interested in ‘looking’ for stuff on line), they are boys, they just wanted some “outer space” stuff and hanging beds! They are SO easy and I love it!

Tune in tomorrow for more photo’s! TTFN.