Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Our Master Bedroom

When we started looking for our house, we decided that once we moved, we were definitely going to get a king sized bed.  We would get a whole new bedroom set in fact.  The pieces that we had included a dresser, bureau and two nightstands that I bought about 8 years ago from Target, and a queen sized mattress that I bought literally when I was 18.  All of it had at least been partially damaged by our former dog and numerous moves over the years. It was time!

We spent a small fortune getting our bedroom in order.  We bought a king headboard, dresser and mirror and bureau from Bob's furniture.  We got a King sized Sealy Posturepedic mattress with Coolsense.  We spent $170 on sheets.  Clearly we had to buy a new comforter.  And little did I know, regular sized pillows just don't cut it on a huge bed.  I don't want to add all that up really, I'm sure I'd weep a little, and I'm not done yet. I didn't opt for the matching nightstand tables that went with our set, because I thought it would be too matchy.  So I bought those elsewhere.  I needed new curtains, and new lamps.

I know it sounds like a lot and it really is.  When you are coming from what we had before, you need a total overhaul, and that's what we got.  I couldn't be more pleased with the outcome.

Is it weird that THIS is what makes me feel like a grown up?
Mike painted the walls so obediently even though he was miserable about it.  It's a fairly small room but there are two colors in there.  Both colors come directly from the comforter.  Slightly darker on the wall behind the bed.

My dresser is fantastic.  It's pretty large and I find it humorous that I wonder if I should put a stool up to it to see into the mirror.  At 5'2" large furniture makes you feel even smaller.

I couldn't help but buy a little basket for all my odds and ends so that it didn't look like a complete disaster on top of there.  I also bought some new candle holders and new lovely smelling candles.  I am a complete candle whore!

On Mike's side of the room resides the only piece of artwork he brought into our relationship.  I thought he'd enjoy seeing it every day when he woke up. It's also currently the only thing hanging on the walls in the room, so I need to work on that....eventually.

I mentioned that I purchased some new lamps and shades.  I am in love when them.

And the only thing you haven't seen.  Our nice big closet.

As you can see it's not a walk-in but a vast improvement over what we have had in the past.  Beside the closet you can see my full length mirror.  Mike couldn't fathom how I needed another mirror when I had just got the new one on my dresser.  Ladies, I would be shocked to know that every one of you doesn't have a full length mirror.  For me right now it's totally necessary for the baby belly shots too!

You might expect that we are sleeping better these days.  Truth is, Mike still falls asleep on the couch a lot since he is working on the apartment upstairs after his day job, so he only gets a few hours in the bed most days.  As for me, I wake up about 3 or 4 times a night to pee, but that would happen even if I was literally sleeping on a cloud.  I do wake up pretty happy to look around my pretty room, and have made my bed every day since we've had it as I'm eager to keep it looking nice all the time.

This is the first room that's been finished in our new house.  It kind of feels a little selfish but so be it.  Our living room is mostly done, but Evan's room is next!

Monday, September 24, 2012

September 21

Weird title for a blog post huh?  Well, I thought about what to write up there to describe what I was going to talk about, and it seemed like I would need to put half of my post up there since there has been so much going on in the 3 months (gulp) since I've bothered to write anything here.  So I figured I would give a brief overview of all of it and maybe try to catch up.. We'll see, no promises!

To start of with, the last post I wrote was when Evan was 18 months old.  Today he is 21 months old.  Really getting up there, I know!  He has been such a great kid through all the crazy changes we have had going on around here.  That is not to say that he is not a challenge.  He is incredibly active and hard to keep up with, but it's worth it.  I know that his mind is working so quickly and I love to watch it.  He is in a stage of not saying much right now.  It's a tad frustrating at the moment, since he was saying so much a few months ago, but I figure there will come a day in the not to far future that he will be blurting out full sentences out of the blue.

Evan's first trip to Parker's Maple Barn, a staple for Autumn breakfast in NH as far as I'm concerned

Next up, Today I am 29 weeks pregnant with our twin boys.  Everyone tells me I look great.  Well most people....Some tell me I am enormous.  A lot of people seem to have pity on the lady pregnant with two babies.  For the most part, folks, I'm doing just fine.  Yes I look like I'm past full term with one baby, and I still have quite a few weeks to go, but that's to be expected, No?  Mike and I have not agreed on a single name for these boys, and we have not done a single thing to get ready for their birth.  This leads me to my next item up for discussion.

I think I look a little larger from this side... yeah, lets go with that!

It's been 22 days since we closed on our new house.  
So far I am completely in love with it.  Of course, there have been a few bumps in the road and there will most certainly continue to be, but all in all it's a great thing.  We bought a two family house with a rental unit on the second floor.  

Haha, look at Evan at the door!

It just so happens that our new tenants as of October 1 will be my husbands brother, best friend, and another good friend.  I continue to tell my husband that I'm pretty sure he is the luckiest man on the planet.  He can't disagree.  I am just thrilled that we will not have strangers in the same dwelling as my family.  Additionally, I think we have made a fantastic investment for our future and for our current living situation, since we have a supplement to help pay our mortgage.  Financial security has never been something I really thought we'd have, but it feels like we are one step closer anyway.

Last up, I've been working my tail off getting things in order for my online shop.  For anyone who doesn't know about it, Hazel Love is my Etsy shop, where I sell baby bibs, burp cloths and blankets. 

Rainbow Chevron Bib Set

I became extraordinarily motivated when I saw how well one of my competitors was doing.  Maybe that sounds a little odd, but it helped me to realize that I will only get out of this endeavor, what I put into it.  It spiraled into my participating in a local event this coming weekend, that I am equally nervous and excited for.  It will be the first time I am face to face with my customers.  It will (hopefully) be a good thing to see reactions to my items in person for a change.  I have gotten great feedback from my online customers so I hope it goes well!  For anyone who is near enough, and has children that would enjoy the event, come check it out.  I will be at Nini-Palooza, an event to raise money for High Hopes Foundation of New Hampshire

That's a brief recap, and yes I realize that I am going to be publishing this post on September 24th as opposed to the 21st as the title may indicate.  Here's the thing.... it took me that long to get my rear end outside to take a picture of my house, which I felt I could not do without!  The only reason I got out there, was because my husband called and told me the insurance company needed the picture.  Two birds with one stone..Yipee!  

I hope to see you again soon!


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