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Pictures of room updates…finally

22 Feb

I finally took some pictures of Lydia’s new play room and big girl bed.

The bed was Dustin's when he was little. The bedding is mine from college. Lydia loves it!

I still have some things to do. I want to paint the little kitchen and the table and chairs. My grandpa made the kitchen for my mom when she was little. My dad made the table and chairs for my sisters. I used them both. I'm also in the process of making a play canopy.


Back home with a new furnace

12 Feb

After spending 4 days in the hospital, Dustin got to come home yesterday!  He is doing much better, but still has to take antibiotics for his infected lymph nodes for several days.  The doctor still doesn’t know what caused the infection in the first place though.  I’m just so thankful that he is doing better and is home.

As I mentioned a few days ago, our furnace went out over the weekend.  A repair man was able to get it running again, but said it really should be replaced.  Well, I woke up two more times this week to a cold house, so today we had a new furnace put in.  We are really excited about it because it is a 95% efficiency furnace and we had been told ours was probably running at about 50 or 60%.  I’m looking forward to lower heating bills!

Lydia and the carpet

4 Feb

House Projects

1 Feb

It’s been a busy couple weeks at our house.  

Our Christmas present to each other and from our parents was new carpet for our downstairs, so a couple weeks ago we started moving everything out of our lower level and ripped up all the carpet.  We got the carpet installed last Saturday and I LOVE it!  We got the best pad on the market so it’s nice and squishy and I love having one kind of carpet throughout the whole level.  It makes it seem like a new house.  After that we moved everything back.  Our two bedrooms on that level are now a playroom and an office/craft room/guest room.  We had already painted before we got the new carpet.  Lydia loves her new playroom, and so do I.  It’s so nice to have one room with all her toys in it, instead of having toys in every room.

So if that wasn’t enough for a pregnant woman with a two year old to handle, we also decided last week that Dustin would start building a Man Cave in our basement.  (For those who don’t know the layout of our house, we have a 4 level split, so our lowest level is an unfinished basement at this point.)  Dustin has talked about wanting a man room for a long time and I am excited for him to have this space.   Basically we are splitting our basement in half.  One half will be laundry, utilities, and storage, and the other half will be Dustin’s Man Cave.  So far the framing, electrical and insulation are done. 

Well, after all that, on top of dealing with losing my dad, we needed to get away.  So Dustin and spent this last Friday night at a B&B.  It was wonderful!  I love B&B’s and this was a really good one.   Then on Saturday we ran lots of errands together.  This probably doesn’t sound too exciting, but it was so nice to just be together and not have to deal with taking Lydia in and out of her car seat all day. 

Saturday afternoon we set up Lydia’s big girl bed, which is the twin bed that Dustin grew up in.  We want her to be used to sleeping in it for a while before the baby comes home.  It’s been two nights, and so far so good.  She seems to really like it.  

I WILL be posting pictures of all the new changes, hopefully this week sometime.

I hung more stuff on the walls!!!

31 Jul

Remember back in February when I decided to take on one room a month and do something to decorate it?  This was my plan.

  • February: Entry Hallway
  • March: Family Room
  • April: Master Bedroom
  • May: Dining Room
  • June: Kitchen
  • July: Living Room
  • August: Basement/laundry
  • September: Upstairs Bathroom

Well, its summer and I got busy and that plan went out the window.  But I have done some stuff over the last few months.

My friend Amanda painted this for us! I love it!

We hung this old church window over the steps. I still feel like it needs something else around it, but that will have to wait.

I found this cabinet at a garage sale in May. It needed some love. It was really dirty, had some mold, was falling apart, and had really ugly wallpaper on the back. I cleaned it, fixed it, and got a new back for it. Now it hangs in our kitchen!

I added some old books and plants (shhhhh their fake) to our mantle.

I hung this old window over the couch and I'm still trying to decide what else to put with it. I love the bubbly glass.

shelf for couch

This isn't my house, its Pottery Barn (oh how I love PB), but I like the idea of the long shelf over the couch. I'm thinking about doing something like this over our couch under the window.

Ok, so lets see what rooms are done.

  • February: Entry Hallway    DONE
  • March: Family Room    Still Need Shelf
  • April: Master Bedroom
  • May: Dining Room  DONE
  • June: Kitchen      DONE
  • July: Living Room    DONE
  • August: Basement/laundry
  • September: Upstairs Bathroom

Once it starts getting cold out again, I’ll hopefully do something to the last few rooms.

Busy Weekend

7 Jun

First of all, I promise to write about Cali soon, but you can see dome pictures of our trip on our flickr page.
It was a busy, but good, weekend. Friday I went out to lunch in Minneapolis with my family to celebrate my nephew’s colllege graduation. After lunch we walked down the street to see a building that used to be a restaurant where my grandpa worked during the depression.
Friday night D’s uncle put in an irrigation system for us!!!! We will finally have a nice lawn!!! We finished installation at 11pm. We were out in the yard with flashlights finishing up.
Saturday was cold and rainy but we still decided to head to the Edina art fair. We didn’t stay very long though. Then we starting helping D’s cousin and his wife move into their townhouse. We are super excited that they will be so close to us. That night we watched a movie.
Today we finished the cousins move and I made some more nursing covers and burp clothes for some friends who will be having babies soon. This is becoming my go to gift for baby showers. Here are some pictures.

February Decorating Updates

11 Mar

Here are my decorating updates from February and some new lights!  I went a little over my budget, but not much.  The coat rack was $15, the mail holder was $13, and the grass was $6.

I found this coat rack at a local shop. I'm so glad we finally have a place to hang our coats!

I've always wanted a place to hold our keys and outgoing mail. I finally found this magnetic key/mail holder from Umbra. I love that it doesn't take up much space.

Here is a better shot of the key/mail holder

I got these pots of grass at Michaels for 50% off. I love the gree they add to the entryway and kitchen.

This is the old light in our entryway. I never really liked it, and it didn't give enough light for the space.

Here is our new light that we got with Christmas money. Much better!!

This is our new dinning room chandelier that was a Christmas present. I love how much better the room looks now!