We are at the 100 day mark in the countdown for Baby #2’s arrival! The next three months will go fast. I know this because my life always seems to be whizzing by me. I blink and days, weeks and months vanish. Where does the time go? With the next three months being on the full side, Jeremy and I are pretty much done with our baby prep. This has to be some kind of record. We still have a few things like diapers to stock up and a name to pick… Some minor and major things… but overall, we are ready. At least in the “baby stuff” department. A lot of our preparedness comes from having a lot of the stuff already thanks to Owen. Having two boys in a row means no new wardrobe is needed. Recently, I took down a few boxes of baby clothes and started to wash them and put them away. It’s crazy the memories these little outfits have attached to them. It’s also mind blowing how small these little humans start out as. And how dirty they are! I had to sort through quite a few stained items and get rid of a few pieces that were too far gone. For small creatures, babies are messy! Moving on… The nursery took shape quickly. Once we had the penguin theme set in place, all the elements came together easily. I was surprised at how fast a room can be assembled. Again, it helped that we had pieces like the dresser, changing table and glider already in place. Getting ready for Baby #2 way less overwhelming than preparing for the first baby. I am enjoying the creative side of things without having the doubts and worries of a first time mom. The list of things they tell you to have when you are a first parent is insane. Of course, every item that you don’t have makes you wonder if your baby will be able to survive without it. This time, I know exactly what we need and what will get used. It’s nice going into round 2 with more confidence. I’d been holding off on posting nursery pictures until we were finished and I guess we are at that point! Enjoy the preview!
Weekend Projects June 6, 2015
Our little family has been looking forward to some time around the house this weekend. Owen is doing a lot better, but his mood and appetite are still a bit affected by his tummy bug. We decided to stay around the house and give Owen just a little more time before he re-entered the real world. This did mean that we missed a few opportunities to celebrate with some high school graduates, but I’m sure they appreciated us not bring our screaming toddler to their parties. With two days fully at home, we went into project mode. As always, Jeremy and Owen had plenty of time outside to work on yard stuff. On Friday, while the boys were outside, I took on steam cleaning our carpets. It’s never an easy task, but it’s so worth it. I find it rewarding to pour out that dirty water and know that the dirt isn’t in my carpet anymore. I love it! With our office now cleared, we set work on moving things around. Owen got a new chair (relocated from our room) and a new dresser. Toby moved in our room where the chair had once been. We moved Owen’s old dresser, glider and changing table into the new nursery. It’s no longer an office. I know it’s a bit early to set up the nursery. We still have a long way to go before we have everything we need. We assumed that switching things up in Owen’s room might take a bit of adjusting. We would rather go through a slow adjustment period before the next little Scott arrives. Jeremy assembled Owen’s dresser this morning. It’s an Ikea product, so of course, there were many pieces and screws. Owen helped and hindered as his mood preferred. I tried to keep Owen from relocating important screws all over the house. Once the dresser was complete, I spent a good deal of time this afternoon rearranging things and sorting them as I tucked into their new homes. I love organizing and this puzzle was just the challenge I was looking for. I really like how things turned out. Owen’s new chair now has his raccoon lamp by it and the corner looks like a reading nook. The new dresser and the new chair really give his room a more “big boy” look. The funny thing is Jeremy didn’t want to move the glider’s ottoman out of the room until we find a replacement ottoman. The look isn’t quite cohesive, but I’ll try to fix that in the near future. Overall, it has been a busy weekend for the Scott family. Lots got accomplished and now we are looking forward to a day of rest! That is what Sunday is for, right? (After church, of course!)
Going Gray and Other House Projects July 29, 2014
I mentioned in my book blog that I just finished a book called The Nesting Place by Myguillyn Smith. It’s a book all about how home decorating doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful. I’ve never super interested in home decor. I don’t have a Pinterest account or anything like that. My decorating style is practical, functional and not a lot of frill. I like clean lines for the most part. I’m also partial to the colors blue, brown, cream, gray. And that about sums me as a decorator. However, this book got me thinking about my home. I decided to read it based on the recommendation of some of my favorite authors, but also because I’m spending a lot more time at home these days. It seems like now is the time to take some risks and do projects that I’d been contemplating. Here is what Jeremy and I have been up this last week.
It all started with a trip to Home Depot to pick up some paint swatches to put on the walls. For a long time Jeremy and I have been waiting to change the color of our living space. Back in the day when we had cream carpet, the brown wall in our kitchen/dining space worked for us. But… we added a back splash with blues and grays and the brown didn’t quite go as well. Then we changed our carpets out for laminate floors that are brown and suddenly the space at a lot of dark brown in it. When we first painted our house, we painted everything in the front room Toasted Cashew. It was a tan/cream color, but I’ve always wondered if it had too much yellow it in. I’m not a huge fan of yellow. The tan/cream neutral was marvelous when we had all dark brown furniture. But then… we got cream colored furniture that blended with the wall. We also got a set of cube bookshelves that came with cream colored bins. The cost of replacing the bins with a different color was too much, so the cream bins stayed and added more cream to the room. Thus, you now understand our decision to repaint. We wanted to paint the walls all one color again and get rid of the two tone we had going with the brown and cream. We also wanted a color that wouldn’t blend with the floors and furniture. This led us to Gray Mist – the new color of walls. After having the samples up on the wall for a week, Jeremy decided to go for it. I didn’t expect to paint this last weekend, it just happened… Jeremy tackled all the painting while I kept Owen out of everything and alive.
You’d think painting was enough, but we also did other projects around the house this last weekend. We have started to childproof our cabinets now that Owen is on the move. We added safety latches to the bathrooms because of the chemicals that we store under the sinks. Next will be the kitchen, but because of the hassle, we are waiting just a little while longer. Right now Owen doesn’t know how to open cabinet doors, but we know it’s only a matter of time.
I also had a few design changes I wanted to make to our front room. First, the bins I was talking about earlier have a plastic covered pouch on the front of them. I’m assuming it’s so you can label the bin with the contents inside of it. I, however, didn’t want to label my bins. I like to keep the insides a mystery to my guests. I wanted to add some visual interest so inside of using the pouches for labeling, I just filled them with scrapbook paper that matched our walls and rug. I really like the pop of color the bins now add to the room while still maintaining their warm, creamy color.
We also removed a piece of artwork that has been on a random small wall. We had a picture of the ocean which we loved in our small apartment, but really didn’t have a place in our home. In it’s place is now a framed white board that is also magnetic. I think we’ll use this board a lot in the future and it gives the wall a sense of purpose.
And for an added cuteness factor, here is a picture of Owen “helping” during the painting project. There was lot of gunk to get off the floor after we moved the furniture around. The Swiffer was Owen’s best friend. He might be like is mama in that regard! Swiffer love!
Spring To Do List – DONE! May 18, 2013
On March 20th, the official 1st day of spring, I sat down with my laptop and made a list. It was a list of projects that I wanted to do around the house. The list included items like rearranging furniture, selling furniture, reorganizing closets, creating under the bed storage, etc. It was a pretty good list. I knew that I would have to get my hubby on board because I can’t really move furniture or sell it without his help. I shared my list with him and he was gracious enough to join my quest.
The first project came in the form of reorganizing our closets. The back guestroom has really been my domain to store my stuff. While I have slowly purged over the years I still had craft supplies, wrapping supplies and all my photos in that closet. This lead to us The Container Store to find the right sized under the bed storage. It was very exciting to get that closet cleared! The first step! After that I went through our closets and consolidated a lot of our stuff. I also got rid of a ton of college homework that I’ve been storing, but haven’t look at in many years. I kept all the important papers and most of my assignments are saved to my computer, so it felt good to finally lessen the paper load around here.
My hubby very kindly moved my bookshelf into our bedroom. He has also been helping me meet up with potential buyers on Craig’s List to sell the furniture in our guestroom. Thursday night we sold the last of our items and now the space is completely cleared! I was super jazzed because our very wide computer desk sold. Now I’m able to get a slimmer desk that will accommodate more space in our office. I love creating space! The funny thing is that we’re without a desk for about a week while we wait for the other to be shipped to us. When in need, card tables work great! Okay, not really, but it’s keeping our stuff off the floor.
Which leads me to our final to-do list item! With all the furniture cleared out, I wanted to steam clean the floors before we put new furniture over those spots. Today was spent doing just that! Now the floors are cleaned and we’re ready for the next phase. I told myself I wanted these “clearing” projects finished by the time we left for Hawaii next month. After Hawaii, we’ll focus on refilling the areas that we cleared. I’m content with a job well done and completed. I know that making the back bedroom into a nursery will be lots of fun, but that is a summer project, so right now I’m happily going to enjoy the fact that my Spring To Do List was conquered! Hurray!
The Final Result! February 23, 2013
After a long week and a whole lot of saw dust, we’re finished with the flooring project. Well, almost. Some small things will need to be done tomorrow, but for the most part it’s finished. In fact right now I’m watching Toby try to jump up on our chair and a half. With the loss of traction, he doesn’t always make it. Poor doggie. We’ve really turned his whole world upside down. Here are the pictures of the final results!
Adventures in Flooring February 21, 2013
It’s been a busy week here at the Scott Household. On Sunday, we tore up all the carpet in our home. This revealed that the carpet and the vinyl flooring were two different levels. This gave us two options – buy more sub-flooring or try to remove the vinyl with the extra layer of sub-flooring. During Growth Group (which was hosted by my mother-in-law), my father-in-law came over to my house to survey the situation with Jeremy. They decided to buy more sub-flooring and raise the level of the floors to match our kitchen and entry way. Jeremy was anxious to get the project started so he started to lay the new sub-floor on Tuesday evening. This meant moving our dining table into the kitchen. Good thing we have a big kitchen, but I still don’t think it was ever meant to be an eat-in kitchen. It’s a little strange when I sit down at the table. The location is just a little off. Preparing food is also fun as we skirt around the table. It’s a person at a time walking space, so you got to know the flow or you bump into people! Tonight, my father-in-law and brother-in-law will join Jeremy in adding the rest of the sub-floor. Furniture pieces will scatter all over my house so that they stay out of the way. The dog and I are going to take off for the evening and hang out with my parents. I would just be in the way and frankly, Toby would be as well. They’ll have the door open as they bring in pieces of plywood and Toby is sure to escape if given the opportunity. I’ll be less of a wreck if we just avoid the construction zone all together. Tomorrow will hopefully be the beginning of laying down the final layer of flooring! Saturday and Sunday will be reserved for finishing things up and putting everything back together. Monday afternoon I plan on deep cleaning since the boys should be done. Then I do believe I will let out a deep sigh of relief. It’s been fun to see the different phases all unfold, but I’m really ready for that final reveal! I can’t wait! More updates to come as things shape up around here! Exciting times!
Good Bye Carpet! February 17, 2013
Having a major sleepover wasn’t enough to fill this President’s Day weekend. Oh no! Jeremy and I thought we would tackle something else as well… pulling up all the carpet in our main living space! I will admit that I wasn’t much help in the pulling up department, but I pulled my weight in cleaning up the wreckage. The carpet left a nice thick layer of dust EVERYWHERE as a parting gift, so I spent most of my afternoon/evening deep cleaning and trying to get the general feeling of grime out of my house. Currently, I’m wearing hard soled slippers around the house because the floor is a bit… rustic… I’m not really sure the best way to put it. Our new floors will be installed next weekend by my very handy family members. I think this week without flooring will make me even more grateful for the new floors to come. It’s a little weird to be without carpet, but now that things are tidied up a bit, I don’t mind it all that much. This part of the project was what I worried about most – the destruction – once Jeremy took that razor to the carpet there was no going back. Now that it’s done I feel better and I’m ready for the next and final phase. We did hit a small speed bump, but I think it’s solvable (with a little extra cash, of course). Originally I thought I was cool with having company over tomorrow, but mid-project I decided to take my mother-in-law up on her offer to host our Growth Group for this week. It probably would have been okay, but it’s now one less thing to worry about. I did, however, make the decision to move the group after cleaning my bathrooms… Oh well. I guess I can’t complain about clean bathrooms.
The sleepover is over – check! The flooring is pulled up – check! The house is clean – check! All materials are ready for Growth Group – check! Looks like I’m dominating this crazy big, crazy busy weekend! Oh yeah! It feels good! More updates to follow the adventures of Jeremy and Amy in Home Improvement Land – hopefully a happy ending to follow!
Entering Project Mode February 11, 2013
Last Thursday, Jeremy and I drove down to Oregon to fill up our truck with a pallet of new flooring. I guess that would have been the official beginning. The flooring is now stacked in our computer room just waiting to come out of its plastic home and meet my floors. However before the new floor can go down, there is lots to do. Tonight begins our first altering of the house. Jeremy is currently removing our trim from the walls. It’s official. It’s started. We’ve entered into project mode. Later this week/weekend Jeremy will pull up the flooring and make sure that it’s safe for walking on (with shoes of course). It’s been a bit of a pickle doing a home improvement project at the same time I’m hosting a Growth Group. Yes, next Monday when our group gathers they will be walking on sub-flooring. Oh well. I’ve lived in homes with just sub-flooring before on multiple occasions (not a permanent basis but during remodeling times). The first would be when my home flooded in 1996. For a while we lived in a 5th wheel trailer in our front yard and once we were able to get all the bad stuff out of the house we moved back in despite it being mid project. The second time would be when our washing machine decided to overflow in December of 2003. April and I were both off in our own worlds – I was filling out college applications when I heard my mom screaming. As I ran out to see what was going it was obvious that we had a lot of water in our house. So up went the flooring and everything had to dry out. New flooring was eventually put back in. For my 18th birthday party, the kitchen looked like were remodeling. It didn’t bother me. “In Progress” means new things are coming and exciting times are around the corner. I can relate to “in progress” because I’m right there. I’m in progress. Just like my house, God can peel the layers off of me and shine up my rough spots. I sympathize with the inconvenience. Being in progress isn’t always glamorous, but it’s leading down a good road. I’m excited for this new phase of my little house. I’ll just have to ask my Growth Group to pardon our dust!
Coming Back February 1, 2013
I finally feel like I’m coming back to life. My entire week was derailed by a head cold… Yes, the sore throat morphed and I went down hard. There is nothing like going through an entire Kleenex box by oneself. My nose isn’t thankful for this fact, but oh well. What can I do. I spent the week watching stupid movies on Netflix. We keep getting these come back emails from them and a recent one included a free month. I’ll take advantage of a free month. It’s given me something to do other then drink a lot of liquids and blow my nose.
Before I went down, Jeremy and I started a very exciting project. Last weekend, we drove around all the local Home Depots and Lowes’ to collect floor samples. We finally made the decision to switch to hard laminate floors in our front living space. I’ve never like having carpet in the dining room and I think that hard floors will be better with owning a doggie who occasionally has accidents and a few family members have allergies. I think this will help with the doggie dander or what not. After collecting a billion samples, we have made a decision and ordered tonight! This means that at some point this month, all the trim and flooring will be pulled up in my front living space. This will be interesting for sure. Jeremy has been great with Do-It-Yourself projects. Between him and the help of handy family members, I’m sure it will be snap. Hopefully!
In other news, my hubby requested cookies tonight. He very rarely wants me to make him anything sweet, so how could I refuse? After dinner I set about making Thumbprint Cookies with Jeremy’s homemade strawberry jam! They are very tasty, but I learned the hard way to let the jam cool first before eating them. It was like lava! I’ll chalk that up to a no-brainer-learning-expereince. Even at 27, common sense isn’t always working. Maybe I could blame the remnants of my head cold. Yeah, that sounds good!
I know this is sort of random blog about this and that, but I’ve been soooooo inactive the last few days I just had to write something. It’s hard to believe that I spent the last week of January on the couch and now it’s a whole new month. A very full month I might add! Between family gatherings, starting a new Growth Group, planning the biggest sleepover of the year, redoing the floors in half of our house, the usual social and mentor gatherings, I’m going to be one fast paced chica! Pray for me as I recover from this bug that I would not go down again. Who has the time!?!? Not me! Too much life to live!