Monthly Archives: February 2011

What’s wild, fast and spotted all over?

Okay, well, yes, but in this case, the answer we’re looking for is “Knox.” Poor little guy seems to have come down with a case of Roseola. Last week, we took a trip to the doctor because he had a fever and was very irritable. He was diagnosed with a virus, of course, because he never gets anything that can be cured with an antibiotic, it seems. The next day he sprouted a light rash (doesn’t this always happen after you’ve left the doctor’s office??) over his belly. I called back the doctor, and they said to call back if it didn’t go away in a couple of days. The next day: holy cow. It was everywhere! All over his back, belly, behind his ears and across his forehead. Today, it’s faded slightly, but could last up to a week. He seems to feel just fine, though, thankfully. Look how pitiful he looks.

I'm not so sure about being photographed in this condition...

Despite being heavily speckled, Knox had a great weekend and took his first steps last night! Woo hoo! We knew this was coming soon because he was getting very brave when cruising along the furniture and would let go and stand alone for long periods. It seemed to be bravery issue with him- he just didn’t want to let go! He definitely did last night, though, and chased after a little book we picked up in the Target dollar section. Great investment, if you ask me! Here it is, all caught on video (about the 0:20 mark is where he gets going!):

On the move

Tonight, I played with Knox. Yes, I play with him every day, but I feel like a lot of times, we’re busy corralling him or rushing around finishing one thing or another, and don’t just sit back and enjoy the moment. He’s been sick this week, so we came home early from work today when he got inconsolable. Turns out, just like a grown-up, he just wanted to come home.

I got on his level, followed him around, and just fell in love with him all over again. We are so blessed.

“I prayed for this child, and the LORD has granted me what I asked of him.” ~ 1 Samuel 1:27

My Dirty Secret

In the spirit of full disclosure, here it is: I have a very dirty secret. Upstairs in my normally tidy house, there is a door.

If you come over to my house, this door is almost always closed. There is a reason for that. The first being that when it’s open, I break out into hives of nervousness and get generally stressed out. The second being that I don’t want you to judge me when you see what’s behind it.

Well, I like to think that I am generally pretty honest with you guys, my favorite internet buddies, so here you go: my dirty secret.

Behind door #1 is….

The Guest Room of Doom. I can’t believe I am showing you this. This room collects all of the junk, crap and stuff that we don’t know what to do with, don’t have room for, or can’t/won’t/don’t feel like dealing with any given moment. Every couple of months, we go in, clean up the whole thing and it looks great for a couple weeks. Then, slowly but surely, the junk creeps back in. I blame Trevor for this. Why? Because he’s not here to defend himself. :)

Seriously, it generally starts after my sweet husband takes out his much-loved camping stuff from the attic or closet. He inevitably won’t feel like putting it back up, so it “temporarily” goes into the guest room until we get motivated to move it. The real villain in this story is the attic- it’s such a pain to stick stuff up there so we shove it in the guest room until we get motivated. Anyway, once one thing goes in, it’s like the floodgates of junk open up and swallow up the room. I feel like once it’s a little messy, it’s okay to shove everything I come across in there and ignore it. It doesn’t help that it’s one of only two rooms in our house that still has the hideous forest green carpet (we’ve replaced the rest) so I generally shut the door anyway. A closed door is like an invitation for me to hide things behind it! It’s a sickness, really.

Just because, here are some more pictures of the room detailing exactly what kind of junk is filling it:

I just realized that I am just like Monica on “FRIENDS” with her crazy messy closet. Oh no.

I do plan on cleaning this room this weekend. But while we’re sharing, do you have a spot where you shove all your junk? Or is it just Monica and I? Oh, the shame.

Projects Snowballing

Do you ever feel like when you finish one project, another springs up from the depths to irritate you? Case in point: I finish the laundry room this weekend. Trevor starts painting some trim around the interior of the house. We FINALLY paint the baseboards in our half bath that someone (certainly not me… okay, maybe me) spilled paint all over three years ago. And this morning? Our toilet paper holder falls off of the wall. Darn it. It wouldn’t be so bad if the dry wall hadn’t split when it fell out. Have I mentioned the half-bath is already riddled with patched places in the walls? I think something is wrong with that dry wall, personally, because nothing manages to stay anchored for very long. Hand towel holder? Fell off of the wall. Original TP holder? Falling out before I ripped it out to replace it. Current TP holder? We’ve been through this. It’s on the floor. And yes! I used special dry wall anchors. They aren’t so special, it turns out.

I like doing projects when I choose to do them, not so much when they’re forced upon me. Drat. I guess I know what I’ll be doing this weekend… nagging my husband to install another fixture in the bathroom. Ha!

Laundry Room Before and After (plus a decor giveaway!)

Phew! So glad that’s over with! After a LONG weekend and many hours of painting, the laundry room re-do is complete! You wouldn’t think painting such a teeny room would be so tiring, but those darn shelves about killed my shoulders! I mentioned before that our new machines didn’t fit so well in our laundry “room” (aka closet) because of the dryer vent and the fact that the detergent drawer is on the left-hand side of the washer (it gets in the way of the door opening), so we took the doors off. I am sure that eventually we will re-do the venting so they can go back on, but in the mean time? It looked like crap. The shelving was yellowing, you could even seen the knots on the wood coming through the paint. The walls were scuffed to oblivion and there were a good ten hooks screwed into various places for unknown reasons. Here are some “before” shots:

BEFORE: the view coming up the stairs

The previous owners screwed this shower caddy into the wall. Why?? It's not like there isn't shelf space, oh, right there. Weirdos. Then again, we have left it there for three and a half years...

Hooks. EVERYWHERE. Again... why?

Okay. Now for the very dramatic (humor me, okay?) and refreshing AFTER:

AFTER: from the stairs

"Old Barn Rescue" vinyl lettering... LOVE it!!

And look how orderly my new WHITE shelves are now! Woo hoo!

There you have it! I actually like walking by the laundry room now, which is a welcome change! I absolutely love the color in here. It’s called “Dewy Blend” by Dutch Boy, and it was only $15 for a gallon at Wally World because they’re not going to carry that brand anymore. What a great deal! And don’t you love the vinyl word art? I have coveted people’s laundry art for far too long, so now I have my own! It was super easy to put up (a lot easier than the tree in Knox’s room, let me tell you) and only took me about five minutes from start to finish.

And guess what??? One of you is about to get a $32 credit to “Old Barn Rescue” so that you can get your very own piece of vinyl art! All you have to do to enter is just leave a comment telling me what you’d like out of their store if you win (I won’t hold you to it, you can always change your mind). They have a ton of cute stuff there, and it all comes in a variety of colors to match your decor. Plus, all of their designs are hand-drawn, making them unique and different from the designs you normally see that “everyone” has. They shipped my vinyl out to me incredibly fast, which is always a plus. Here are a few examples of what they offer:

Cute, right? I highly recommend checking them out! If you’d like to win, you have until Friday to enter, so don’t miss out!

Have a happy Monday!


Our winner of the Old Barn Rescue decal is comment #3 (chosen by, Ashley Paige! Congrats!!

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