Friday, May 21, 2010

I'm moving!

Blogs that is. I haven't been happy with my blogger blog for a while now. I really don't know code and how to change the appearance. So now you can find me at Wordpress.

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Thursday, January 14, 2010

Kitchen:Before and After

I've been a bit busy this week working on a project that I've been wanting to get to for a while now. When we first bought our house (It will be a year of living here next week!), I really liked the red walls that were in the living room and kitchen. The thing about red though is that one can tire of that color pretty quickly. I believe we painted the living room a few months after moving in and now I have finally painted the kitchen.

I don't have a great pic for the before. I thought I had a pic I had taken when we first moved in and that is why I didn't take a "before" shot. Luckily I was able to grab a screen shot from our house listing's virtual tour. It actually didn't look much different than this before I started painting! The sellers had left us the table and the the pictures on the wall when they moved.

So, as close to" before" as I can get....

And here is what I did!

The green is "Stem Green" by Benjamin Moore and the gray is "Edgecomb Gray", also Ben Moore. There was a little drama with the paint because both colors were lighter than they appeared on the swatch. The green is actually very close, but the gray either looks almost exact or very different depending on the light it's being viewed in. After agonizing over it, I decided to keep least for now. My lesson learned is to try out the sample paints that they now sell! Lighting makes ALL the difference! Even on the paint swatches!

So, aside from the paint, I also recovered the fabric on the chairs. This fabric was my whole inspiration for the room. I LOVE it! The stainless frames were bought at Target several years ago. The prints inside are pics of grass that I had taken last summer. I love they way they look in the frames and against the green wall! I also bought a new and rather large scale Thomas O'Brien clock on clearance at Target to fit on the small wall by the basement stairs.

This pic shows off the fabric better. I wasn't quite done with the chairs when I took the pictures (that is why there are only three chairs at the table), but wanted to take pics while the light was good.

This shows off the gray and the new clock a little more. I still want to replace the brass door knob for a stainless knob on the basement door.

This is the actual kitchen area. The change isn't very dramatic here since there isn't much wall. Just the area above the cabinets. And yes, my kitchen really is as tiny as it appears! LOL! Someday, I would love to get stainless appliances. That is probably a long way down the road though!

It feels good to have another room under my belt! I love how much brighter and airier it feels now! My next blog entry will most likely be from my next project, which is Addie's big girl room. I can't believe we're about to get rid of the crib!!!!!

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Christmas 2009

So another Christmas has come and gone. I think it's safe to say that the kids had a GREAT one! My house now looks like a toy store exploded and keeping the toys contained has become a never ending battle. It's so worth it though. Aidan told me numerous times that he had the "best Christmas ever", and that makes all the craziness go away and spreads love across my heart.

So, here are some total snapshots from our holiday. Nothing fancy. It's very hard to take pictures of kids in a room that is dark and about 12 feet wide!

We celebrate Christmas Eve by having dinner and then the kids open the presents that their Grandma and Grampa Hosking send them and the presents from us.

Aidan was VERY excited to get this Imaginext castle.
Believe it or not, Addie was excited about new clothes!
Aidan wasn't as excited about his new pajamas.
Addie loved her new books.
He's such a goofball!

Then we open presents from SANTA on Christmas morning...
Addie LOVES her new baby crib. LOVES IT! She's feeding one of her new dolls while wearing her Dora Backpack.
Aidan loved everything.
We also went to my parents house where they got even MORE!!!! The kids had such a great day. So much fun and so much to keep them busy!
Here was Addie earlier today playing with her Kai Lan doll.
And Aidan, as I often see him...

Merry Christmas to all of our friends and family!!!! Hope you all had a wonderful holiday and wishing you a fabulous New Year!!!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

My Addie Joy

This girl is so funny. Last week she came into the kitchen dressed like this...

According to her, she was "Glamorous Princess Kitty Cat Addie".♥
The funniest part is that AIDAN is the one who set her up with this ensemble! LOL!

And for a new pic of her that I LOVE! I had taken this one a while ago. It's been sitting here waiting for me to get to it and I'm so glad that I did! I remember the two of us were hanging out on the floor of the family room being silly. I remember the way she was looking at me and took a picture. This is SOOOOOO Addie.
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And because it looks equally nice in B&W..
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Monday, December 14, 2009

Christmas service

Yesterday was Aidan's preschool Christmas service. Those little kids singing are so cute! Aidan did much better than last year. He actually sang! Here is a snap all the way from the back row!

Afterward we got a photo opp for the kids in his classroom...

Addie and I even got a pic together!

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Baby Chase, 6 days old

Look at this cute little guy! I got to meet sweet baby Chase earlier this week. His mom is the beautiful Jenny who's pictures I took here.

This little cutie definitely gave me a run for the money! Hard to believe when you see this sweet little face!
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The little guy couldn't help it. He just wanted to sleep without me messing with him. I can't say I can blame him one bit!
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He was his happiest when he was with his mommy and daddy. They just love him so much.
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Congratulations to Jenny and Jerry. The three of them make such a beautiful family!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Five Years

First off I want to apologize to family members for not posting many pics of my kids lately. Things have been so crazy busy, especially these last 6 weeks that I can barely keep my head straight. I promise to catch up with some back photos soon! To make up for that I'm about to get real sappy. haha!

Five years ago I became a parent. My sweet Aidan made his way into the world via C-section on a cold November day. When I arrived at the hospital, I remember feeling excited, scared, happy, unsure and a bit overwhelmed by what was going to happen when they wheeled me into the OR. Well, I've been through those feelings and more over the years.

I don't know what it is about your child turning five. It's definitely a bittersweet milestone. It seems just like yesterday that I was holding a little baby in my arms. Then he started crawling, then taking steps, then talking. Was it really that that long ago? And more importantly, how am I old enough to have a child this age? :WINK:

Now I look at him and am so proud of the boy he's becoming. He's long since been a baby or toddler. Gone is the Preschooler, he's a kid. A KID! The thought just baffles my mind. He's such a great boy too. So loving and sweet. So smart and funny. My heart swells when I think of him and I love him with every breath I take.

OK, enough with the sappy thoughts. Here is a little slideshow of the last five years I put together. Mind you, most of these are from the old point and shoot camera days, a couple studio pics, and a few fumbles as I learn photography. I laugh and smile looking through them, because no matter what, he's my boy. ♥

Happy 5th Birthday Aidan!!!!



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I'm a stay at home mom of two kids. Life is sometimes quite busy to say the least! In the little spare time I have, I've been learning a bit of photography. I have sooo much to learn, but I really, really enjoy it. I also enjoy my time at the gym. Not only does it help keep me centered (as possible), I'm slowly getting back to my pre-pregnancy weight! I am married to my wonderful husband, Jim. We've been married for close to five years! It's so hard to believe how fast these years have flown! We all live together in suburban Detroit, along with our dog, Zoe and our cat, Telly!