Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Haden’s Room Makeover

Taylor’s room re-do sparked another fun project!  Marc’s been wanting to makeover Haden’s room for awhile now.  He’s had pretty much the same room since he was a baby, minus the crib of course, so it was time for a more mature room.  Haden loves to fish and loves baseball – a pretty typical boy!  So, we wanted to incorporate that into his room, but I wanted to also give it some style and continuity. 

I got the main inspiration for his room from a Pottery Barn Teen bedding set, and it developed from there:

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You can find the links on my board here.

His room before was a hot mess!  It needed some serious work!  He’s what I like to call a hoarder collector… He needed to purge, organize, and his room needed a design.  His whole room makeover was a surprise.  We did it this weekend while he wasn’t home.  The week prior, he helped by just getting rid of toys and books that he didn’t want any more.  I am kicking myself for not getting any before pics!!!  Guess you’ll just have to trust me, because this was a huge transformation….

 

I used the same type of idea for his focal wall as I did in Tay’s room, but did horizontal lines instead.  More manly, don’t ya think?

I used a light gray (Silver Bells) as the main wall color and a navy blue (Admiralty) as the accent horizontal stripe color from Porter Paint.

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Haden is one lucky boy to have a new bedroom set of furniture too.  I ixnayed the whole matching bedroom furniture idea, and encouraged him to just go with the bed and a dresser.  The rest we’d coordinate together and make the room look less “matchy matchy”.

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The shark bedding is on backorder, but here’s how it turned out without the comforter…

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I added this Ikea (Besta cube in black/brown) cabinet across from the bed with orange accent bins for more functional storage.  Those cubes can hold a lot!  He’s got some empty space for room to grow now.

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The curtains where navy blue panels from Ikea, mounted high to accentuate the height of the ceiling and window.  They are also black-out, so when they are shut, not an ounce of light gets in.  I’m jealous and want these for MY room now!

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Some of the fun details of the room include… an ocean painting canvas from Home Goods, more miscellaneous fish art work over the doors and a new updated lap shade on his pre-existing lamp from Lowes. 

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And another fun detail, is the under-bed storage!  I love this idea!  More drawer space and open bins for toys or whatever!  Definitely some functional storage that can grow with him throughout the years!

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Oh, and this fun candle holder that I found at Home Goods – thought it tied in with the room nicely, so I couldn’t resist!

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It was so fun doing this whole project for Hades – but the best part was the reveal!  He was shocked, speechless, and ever so grateful for the great room makeover!  I even got a handmade thank you card from Haden today that was all his idea.  So sweet!

Okay…what room can I decorate next?!?

Monday, March 31, 2014

Taylor’s Room Re-do {Chevron Wall}

I stumbled across this DIY tutorial on how to do an “easy” Chevron accent wall here.  I was a little nervous how it would turn out because I am not the best at attention to detail when it comes to projects.  I don’t have a lot of patience, but I decided to give it a try anyway.  It’s just paint, so worst case, I would paint over it and pretend it never happened… right?!

So here was the inspiration for Tay’s accent wall:

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Here was her room BEFORE

The bed was against the wall and the room had 3 lighter walls and one darker, accent wall.

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You may recall, I made Taylor’s headboard shown above.  Instructions for that here.

The Chevron Wall instructions were really simple and easy to follow.  The part that takes the most time is measuring out the wall.  This has to be precise and down to the inch or else your lines will be off.  The tutorial explains how to measure it out.  Then you connect your measurements with painters tape.  One challenge I had that was not covered in the instructions is what to do if you have a window on the wall you’re painting.  This made measuring a little more difficult, so keep that in mind if the wall you have has a window or door.

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Now for the fun part… painting!  The first step of painting is to re-paint the base color in the sections you plan to paint the accent color.  You only need to paint over the painters tape and this seals it so your accent paint does not bleed under the tape. 

Paint colors I used:

Alpine Valley 355-4 by Porter Paint (base color)

Turquoise Mist 355-3 by Porter Paint (accent color)

I lucked out because I had both colors left over from when I originally painted her room.  I had about half a can each and that was plenty. 

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I applied this coat, then took a nice long nap while we had a huge rain storm.  It was glorious!  When I woke up, it was time to apply the accent color!

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While the paint was still wet-ish, I carefully pealed off the tape to reveal perfect painted lines!  I was thrilled to see it turn out so well. 

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Sure, there are a few little imperfections, but that was due to taping issues.  If I do this again, I will be even more meticulous with the measuring and taping, but overall I am still really pleased how it turned out!

When I put the room back together, I decided to rearrange the furniture a little too.  I found a great mirror at Home Goods that I think looks great over her bed.  I definitely recommend using the DIY instructions that I followed.  It was fairly easy and makes a huge impact!  I can’t wait to see the look on Taylor’s face when she sees her updated room for the first time this afternoon! 

I am already thinking of what other accent walls I can paint in my house!  Happy decorating!

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Island Time!

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Spring time in Florida is here and we kicked things off by heading to 3 Rooker Island this weekend!  Taylor hasn’t been since last summer and she loved it this time even more!  Even though the water was still in the 70’s (cold for Florida!), the kids didn’t mind…  They were out there ALL day playing in the water.

Packing up the car with all our gear left little room for Haden and Taylor to actually fit!  They got a kick out of it though and were good sports!

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Having the option to hop on Marc’s boat anytime we want is such a treat!  Haden and Taylor were jazzed up to go; egger to put on their life jackets and hit the open water!  I was a little concerned if Taylor would like being on the boat, but she had so problem with it at all!  In fact, she’s quite the daredevil… every bump or big wave, she’d yell “woooohooo”!!

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Taylor even got the chance to drive!!  AHHHH!

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On a little side note, Tay is sporting one of her new baiting suits for 2014.  She went though a serious growing spurt lately and I had to buy a 5T!  **sniff, sniff** When did my baby turn into a 5 year old?!  I just love the swim t-shirts with the bikini bottom look.  It’s so handy with kids and keeps them covered up with an SPF 50 top.  Here is her new Oshkosh suit:

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Miss Queen of the Island was difficult to lure out of the water until I pulled out the bag of Cheetos Puffs!  She was in her happy place all dry, under the tent, snuggled up, and eating her snack!

Despite the entire bag of Cheetos being consumed somehow, we were busy burring it off with building sand castles, ball games, and playing in the mini-boat.

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We all look forward to going back as often as we can all Spring and Summer long! 

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Happy Spring!!

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

40 Days

Some people give up potato chips, or alcohol, or meat, but this year for Lent, I am giving up Facebook.  I am going to try my best to replace Facebook for the next 40 days with a You Version Bible Devotional.  I find Facebook so addicting; if I have a free second while I am on my laptop, I just go to the website and mindlessly scroll.  Just to feel annoyed and unproductive.  It’s wasted time and I want to break the habit.  I am not against Facebook or anything; I really enjoy using it to share pictures and life moments with my friends and family, but this is just a good time to break it from being a daily habit. 

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I removed the Facebook app from my phone, so that should help prevent me from just clicking on it when ever I am just sitting around.  Instead, I put the You Version app right on my front page and have the daily devotional ready to go.  I chose the “Re-Think Life: The 40 Day Devotional”.  It is a quick read, verse, and prayer.  If I have time to mindlessly scroll through Facebook 10 minutes each day, I certainly have time for this, and I’ll actually get something out of it! 

Here’s to hoping I can stick to my goal! 

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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Fifth Anniversary

As the Green Beans’ 5th anniversary quickly approaches, I am feeling good and happy!  I am looking forward to their day and to enjoy all the blessings I have with me today here on Earth.  I am so abundantly blessed and have living proof of so many answered prayers from God.  This year, the whole family is getting together to have a fun day at SeaWorld – Marc & Haden, and Josh and his gang.  I am happy to be sharing the memory of my Green Beans with Marc and Haden this year.  This is the first time that I have ever involved someone other than direct family on their day, so it feels good to be expanding and letting others in to know my Angels. 

It warms my heart to see Taylor beginning to understand that she has 4 siblings waiting for her in Heaven.  She knows their names now and knows that we are honoring and remembering them.  To keep true to our tradition, we will bring balloons to SeaWorld and release them up to the heavens.  Like we did on Heidi’s Day too…

 

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I am so grateful that God has used my loss and grief to increase my faith and trust in Him.  The Green Beans’ Day is a happy day and a reminder of some of God’s great promises to us:

  • He has promised to supply every need we have.  "But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus". Philippians 4:19
  • God has promised that His grace is sufficient for us. “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 2 Corinthians 12:9
  • God has promised that all things work together for good to those who love and serve Him. Trust me, It may be difficult for us to see and understand how this is accomplished at times, but God has promised it. And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28

Friday, January 31, 2014

Heidi’s Story

Today is Heidi’s 5th heavenly birthday.  So to commemorate her day, I thought I’d re-post her story…

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I've been struggling with this post about Heidi a little because I didn't get a chance to "know" her like I did the other 3. I PPROM'd with Heidi at 17 weeks and then I had her at just 19 weeks gestation. 

What I do know about Heidi, is that she is a very special girl. She came into this world a few weeks before my other 3, and when this happened I was of course very sad to lose her, but I felt in a way that was meant to be. I felt at peace with it and trusted in God’s plan. She made the ultimate sacrifice to give her brother and sisters more room to continue to grow and be strong. It was a really courageous thing to do. After I lost Heidi I got a cerclage and then spent a few weeks at home on strict bed rest.  During those weeks, I was feeling really good and just focused on eating, sleeping, and doing everything I could to allow Lily, Paige, and Rylan to grow!  The weeks after I lost Heidi while I was still pregnant with the others, I felt like God had given us our own personal angel to watch over us. Heidi, you are our first angel and will always be remembered for what you did.

Heidi was first know as my little "Baby A", but she was named Heidi Michelle because of a couple reasons.  First is because of her demeanor; she was the first of the quads to be conceived, and was very active and determined.  It seems silly, but I even thought her profile shot at her 16 week ultrasound resembled me a little, so I felt that she was best suited to be named after me; so we passed my middle name on to her. “Heidi” was a name that I've just always loved. For years, I've talked about my girls, "Heidi and Paige" that I'd have one day. I just knew those would be their names. I always pictured Heidi having blonde, curly hair and big blue eyes. I knew that they would be my daughters one day, I just never imagined that they would be angels...

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I never really saw Heidi, and the only picture I have of her is of her little tiny hands. Honestly, I was a little nervous of what a 19 week gestation baby would look like, but I imagine her being just as perfect and beautiful as the others. Heidi, you were always meant to be an angel. You did a wonderful thing by giving your siblings a better chance at life. You will never be forgotten. I am ever so grateful for the time I had with you.  I miss you more than words can say... And I look forward to the day when we all be reunited together in heaven.

 

Looking back after these 5 long and eventful years, I am at peace with this.  We’ll never know WHY or understand God’s reasoning for this, but I trust in his plan for my family and I.  His ways are not our ways.

“My plans aren’t your plans, nor are your ways my ways, says the Lord.  Just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my plans than your plans.” (Isaiah 55:8-9)

Heidi was too perfect for this world and gets to spend eternity in heaven.  I am at peace knowing that Heidi is in Jesus’ arms. 

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Read more about Heidi from the previous posts:

Monday, January 6, 2014

So Much To Blog About; So Little Time!

First off… Hi!  Happy New Year!  I’ve missed you!

I don’t do New Years Resolutions, but as I am kicking off 2014, I do want to vow to make more time for blogging.  I miss it!  The more time goes by without blogging, the more pressure I put on myself to come out with some spectacular post, but it shouldn’t be that way, right?  I blog for me; to record my life, to share pictures and info to my family and friends, and to have a way to look back on our life.  So much has happened that I haven’t documented and that stresses me out too!  I am very hard on myself and put a lot of unnecessary pressure on me.  Oh well, no one is perfect, right?

So let’s see, what have we been up to??

In early December, Taylor celebrated Christmas by having her best friends over for a Christmas party.  They made a huge mess; I mean, decorated sugar cookies and exchanged Christmas gifts. Since we all keep multiplying – we decided that all the kids would pick a name to buy for and do a gift exchange instead of buying for everyone.  I made Pioneer Womans PERFECT Pot Roast (YUM!) for dinner and had a fun pre-Christmas celebration!

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cookie decorating! 

Getting 7 kids to sit in a row and smile is a tough task, but I think we did pretty well!

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Managing the time-share schedule and the holidays was tricky.  We ended up having a very UN-Traditional Christmas this year.  It was very hard of me not having Taylor with me the days leading up to Christmas due to our schedule, so we had to improvise.  Marc, Haden, and I went to Taylor’s Dad’s house for Christmas Eve dinner.  1524862_10151824335764117_1406479009_n

I know that may seem weird to a lot of you, but trust me, a happy functional/dysfunctional family is SO much better for her than the opposite.  I am happy that we provide that for her.  You know the saying, ‘When life gives you lemons?’  Well, I tried my best to make lemonade!  We get along well and I am so grateful for Josh’s girlfriend, Erika.  She’s great to my Tay Tay and loves her like her own – can’t argue with that!  Taylor is just a very loved girl who has a very large extended family who cares for her.  I am really just trying to trust God on this one and do what’s best for Tay.  Given the situation we were dealt, maintaining a good relationship and co-parenting is the best possible option.

Anyway, back to our UNtraditional Christmas… Christmas morning was tough for me, as Taylor was not with me, but I tired to stay positive about it and know that our fun trip was about to begin the next day!

The day after Christmas we flew to Austin, TX to be with all my family!  We had been looking forward to that for MONTHS!  Taylor had been counting down the days until Texas with a paper chain we made together:

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This was Taylor’s first plane trip since she’s turned two, so that meant her OWN seat on the plane!  This is big time, folks!!  She was pumped to fly on a plane again and requested a “pink” one.  We flew Southwest, so we actually lucked out with a purple-ish color plane :)  She was happy with that!

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The evening we got there was our ‘Christmas Eve’ where all the kids each opened 1 gift – their Christmas PJs! 

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When we returned home from Texas, Taylor finally got her biggie Santa gift!  I had it set up in the middle of the living room for her to find the next morning!  She was speechless!  Santa did good, but now what to do about this obnoxious toy in my living room??!

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Though it was not a traditional Christmas, we made the best of it and made wonderful memories!  That’s what matters!