pinterest challenge.

Way back when, I participated in the YHL/BowerPower Pinterest Challenge (you can find my cheap snowflakes here and my burlap wreath here). I love Pinterest, and I am quite the ‘pinner’. I have lofty, lofty goals, and I have good intentions. But most of my ‘pins’ don’t make it past my computer screen. Case in point: my ‘fitness’ pins. I can pin those “Carrie Underwood Leg Moves” and the “Victoria’s Secret Model Workout” like nobody’s business. Have I worked those abs or legs yet? Not quite. But it’s a nice thought. In fact, it makes me feel more fit by just pinning them. That counts as something, I’m sure.

At any rate, I like to join in on these Pinterest Challenges ever so often, so I can ‘put some pins into practice’ and make something. I’ve got a dear friend who is due to give birth any second now, so I knew I wanted to make something personal for her for my challenge. I decided on making some personalized wooden blocks for her son’s nursery. Here is my pinspiration:

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My best friend made me a set of these wooden blocks for PB’s nursery, and I loved them! I’d never seen them before. They were so adorable, and matched his room perfectly. I love the flexibility of these blocks. You could make them for any occasion or any room. And, they were really easy to make! That’s always a plus.

I did not take any pictures of the step-by-step process this time. Heck, I barely had time to make it. I’ve got a 2 year-old who doesn’t think we should do anything but play outside (and I am perfectly okay with that). But I will tell ya’ what I did.

First, I scouted out a good 2×4 piece of wood. I looked for a piece with minimal cracking and flaws. Then, I sawed off several 2 inch blocks. I alternated the height of the blocks as well. I used my new table saw (just because I had an excuse to use it), but this would have easily been a job for a regular Skil saw. After that, I wiped the blocks clean and let them dry. I had an older piece of wood I swiped from the barn, so this was a necessary step for me. Then, I used some acrylic paint and painted each block. I alternated the colors. I used three colors to match my friend’s nursery. I applied two coats of paint, and then let them dry. After each coat and block dried, I traced (in pencil) the letters for the block. Then I painted over each letter. Finally, I gave a rough sand to the corners and ends of each block for a distressed/weathered look. Once I had cut the blocks (which didn’t take long), this was a ‘naptime’ project, meaning it was easy enough and quick enough to get finished during PB’s naptime. That’s life now- project feasibility is based on nap duration 🙂

The blocks matched my friend’s nursery colors perfectly. They look so sweet sitting on her elephant shelf. I also painted several of the letters differently on both sides, that way she could switch out the look if she wanted (I used lowercase and uppercase A and O).

Have you finished any Pinterest projects lately? Do you find yourself (like me) as a habitual pinner, yet have trouble making ‘good’ on any pin? Do you pin workouts as you eat ice cream?!?! Tell me I’m not alone!

Have a blessed Wednesday 🙂

some news.

I have some exciting news.

We’re pumped.

And no, I’m not pregnant (MOM).

We are in the very early stages of building a house!

EEEEEEEEEK!!!

Ben and I have always planned to build a house together. When we first got married and moved into our current fixer-upper, we said we’d be here 2 years, tops. And then reality hit. And by reality I mean bills. So we said we’d wait until we felt comfortable with the idea of building or until we ran out of room in our current living situation.

And we have arrived.

About 5 months ago when Ben and I were thinking of adding to our family, we started assessing our living situation. We live in a two bedroom house. And PB’s bedroom is really small. We also have ONE closet. Yep. One closet in the entire house. And currently, that closet houses my clothes, Ben’s clothes, our shoes, and lots of PB’s clothes/shoes/blankets/accessories. We also have only two interior doors in the house. Yes, two doors. One in our bathroom and one that separates PB’s room from our room. We have a ‘painter’s drop cloth’ curtain for our door, and PB has no door on the front of his room. His room, coincidentally, is just on the other side of our closet. And in a tiny house like ours, his room is essentially ‘in’ our closet. So when he makes even the slightest peep, Ben and I wake up. With no doors in the house, the sound carries too well.

So why don’t you just put doors on your rooms?

That sounds simple enough, but the major problem we have is that we have no central heat or air (no heat pump). For air, we have two window units. And for heat, we have a gas log fireplace. In order for the heat/air to circulate throughout the house, we have to keep the doorways open. If we shut (or installed) doors, someone would freeze to death. We already have a small heater in PB’s room to supplement the gas logs, since his room is further away from the fireplace. We keep that running, along with our fireplace and I still worry about the temperature in his room.

So when we found out we were pregnant in November, we immediately started panicking about our living situation. We would obviously need to keep the new baby in our room for a while, but what would happen when that baby was ready for a crib? PB’s room is SO small, there really wouldn’t be any room to put a crib and a baby bed in the room, along with the drawers we MUST have since PB doesn’t have a closet. We then thought about putting the crib in our room. We could do it, but nobody in our house would sleep. EVER. Since we’ve got the door/heat problem, we’d have to keep the closet door to PB’s room open (like we already do). That would be the equivalent of having two parents, a toddler, and a newborn in the same room. Any cry or peep made would wake the whole house. Plus our storage is already out of control (who knew babies needed so much?), and with one more, I can’t imagine what we’d do. So we felt like the time was right to look into building.

And then I had my miscarriage. Gosh, that still seems like only yesterday.

We stopped talking about a house for a while after that. We needed time to heal and focus on our family.

And then about two months ago, we reevaluated our housing situation. We know we want to build. The only question was ‘when’. We realized when we were planning for our second baby that our house would be at capacity soon. It would only be a matter of time. We need more space. Lord willing, we would like to grow our family. And when that time comes, we want to be prepared. Financially, we finally feel comfortable to build. Do we have the money to build a house right now? Well, no. We don’t have that amount of cash in our pocket or in the bank. But would we ever have ‘enough’? If we waited until we actually had the money to pay for our house, PB would be almost grown. I want him to be able to enjoy his home. So after several months of crunching numbers and analyzing bills and potential payments, we finally felt comfortable with the thought of building.

My parents have so graciously given us land to build on. The land is only a mile from where we live now, and it’s at the end of the road we currently live on. We just had it surveyed a couple of weeks ago…. two beautiful, secluded acres, with a great view and a nice yard. We just got our septic and well permit, and will (hopefully) get our deed this week.

standing in our front yard with 282174 dogs.

I had no idea that building a house would be such an enormous job. There has been so many little things (and expenses) I would have never thought about. There’s also too many decisions to make! We’ve got a floor plan that we like. We are leaning towards doing a modular home. We found a ‘site-built’ plan that we liked and we ‘modularized’ it. We haven’t etched it in stone yet, so I’ll wait to share.

I hope to document this journey as much as I can. We are so excited, and I hope to share more ‘happy house’ news soon!

Have a blessed Monday 🙂

off-days.

I can’t even begin to describe how thankful I am for my new work schedule. Due to our fair share of flooding and snow, I’ve really not found my groove yet. Ben has had several ‘snow days’ on my off days, but for the few days PB and I have been on our own, we’ve certainly made the most of it. Here’s a glimpse of our days…….

Eclairs, dangit! This was the 4th time I tried the recipe. They were good. I don’t love eclairs, but for some reason I was heck-bent on making some. I may share the recipe, I can’t tell if it’s a keeper yet.

That’s my apron. I never wear it. I always forget to, and most times, the clothes I cook in need to be ruined. But for some reason, I really dig it on my off-days. It makes me feel all ‘home-make-ry’.

That’s typically what the kitchen looks like at the end of the day. Scratch that. That’s actually better than what it usually looks like. I’ve been using nap time to try out some Pinterest recipes, among other things. And by ‘other things’, I mean watching soaps, eating ice cream, and pinning new ‘workout’ ideas. I love to pin different workouts on Pinterest. I don’t actually do the workouts, but it’s the thought that counts. I’ve got good intentions!

Guilty as charged. I get in my son’s crib after he wakes up from a nap and we snuggle. And I ain’t gonna apologize for it. It’s one of my favorite parts of the day.

Potty training. Said NO ONE ever. That’s right. I’ve done everything I can think of, took every piece of advice, and nothing has worked yet. So in the mean time, we take bear to the potty. And PB does a great job of wiping him and flushing him. I guess that’s better than nothing.

Did you know there are bears in my closet? Neither did I. But, according to PB, there are bears. Multiple bears. And we are on a daily mission to hunt for them. Notice the ghetto holster. Yep, this is life with a little boy.

What I’m not doing on my off days is blogging, cleaning house, and bathing…just kidding on that last part….kinda. And right now, I’m totally cool with that. I’m sure I’ll appreciate a little more structure and routine later, because I’m a routine-kinda-gal. But for now, this is good. He is growing up way too fast, and pretty soon, he’ll figure out there are no bears in my closet, and he’ll want privacy in the bathroom. WAHH! I’m holding on as tight as I can.

Have a blessed Tuesday 🙂