Friday, September 28, 2018

Five on Friday and a Little Surprise!!!

It's Friday and, wow, has it been a busy week!

Every evening during this past week I've been out and about;  Little Ninjas, Girls Night, Dance Class, Wonder Night for Eliza's school and tonight is our Homecoming!  But, it doesn't stop there - tomorrow we're heading over to a friend's house for a fun fall gathering.

On top of it all, Jon has been super busy at work and he's away visiting with friends for the weekend.  Not complaining at all.  I'm sure I'll just be in need of a back rub come Sunday evening.

Let's get to all the Friday Fun before I have nothing left to give!  Ha!
Homecoming week has been a blast this week!

Henry and Eliza go to separate schools.  We no longer have neighborhood schools.  That means that all of Young 5's to 1st grade are in one building, 2nd and 3rd in another building and 4th and 5th in their own building.

I'm not sure how the schools have done things in the past, but for this year it meant that Henry and Eliza would have different spirit days.  I was at first, a little frustrated, but it ultimately all worked out and the kids were totally on board for all of the fun!

Monday:
Henry - Fourth of July Day
Eliza - Mismatch Day


Tuesday:
Henry - New Year's Eve Day (Dress Up Day)
Eliza - Tie Dye Day


Wednesday:
Henry - St. Patrick's Day
Eliza - Disney Day


Thursday:
Henry - Halloween Day
Eliza - Decade Day


Oh this little lady!!!


Friday:
Henry - Valentine's Day/Spirit Day (We chose to keep it simple with our red school shirt)
Eliza - Cardinal Fan/Spirit Day

Henry was feeling tired today (Friday) and a tad grumpy...hence the forced smile.  Eliza, on the other hand, was loving another day of dressing up and rocking another side ponytail!  LOL!

Our bathroom is coming together!  WooHoo!!!

Now it's just a matter of Jon finding time to get a few other things done so that we can call a plumber to get the sink all hooked up.  I also recently purchased some organizing bins for this vanity and I CAN'T WAIT to put them to use!

If you want to see our bathroom plans, you can find them here.  Let me know what you think!

I've been volunteering every Tuesday in Henry's class.

At one point it was his turn to come out to the hallway with me for a little assessment.  I couldn't not grab my camera to snap a few pics, it was after all, New Year's Eve Day, so we had to have a little bit of fun!  ;)

My love for this boy...it's immeasurable...



My organizing is slowly, veeeeery slooooowly coming around.

I've now started in on cleaning out my "Monica closet" in our guest bedroom.  It's been a long time coming and it continues to accumulate more and more stuff...stuff I've either forgotten about or stuff I just don't use.

This closet also houses all of our wrapping paper, gift bags, gift boxes, tape, etc.  Which means that I'm now on the lookout for a wrapping paper organizational solution...which I'm kind of excited about!

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This.

One of my friends on FB posted this meme this past week and I love it!

Okay - so are you ready for the little surprise bonus?

Hidden waaaaaay down here at the bottom?

Are you ready??????

ARE YOU SURE?

I'M SO NERVOUS!!!!!

Here we gooooooooo!!!!!

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SURPRISE!!!!!!!!!


Yup!  It's true!!!!!

Another little one will be joining our family in March!!!

We're incredibly excited...........nervous, but excited!!!  My sickness has finally, FINALLY subsided and I'm ready to have some fun with this pregnancy!  Bring on all the maternity t-shirts!

So, there you go!  Happy, Happy Friday, Friends!

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Thanks, as always, for stopping by!

Marie :)
XOXO

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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Kids'/Guest Bathroom Makeover Plans

Hey there friends!

I thought I'd go back to my love of home decor for a tick-tock-second and share with you guys a few changes that are in the works over here.

The current state of the kids' bathroom/guest bathroom is and has been...errr...less than welcoming...


Here's the countertop space we had to work with - yeah, it just wan't cutting it.  Jon and I loved this vanity nine years ago.  It was so sleek and cool.  Heck, we didn't have kids and we just wanted an ultra clean space.

Fast forward nine years and this space no longer accommodates our storage needs.

Like, not in the least!

P.S. - I'm super embarrassed to be showing these pics...



It was time.  Time for a solution!  I give you - our Funky Farmhouse Bathroom Makeover Plans!





While on the quest to giving our bathroom some much needed attention.  We figured we'd begin with enhancing the water flow.  We also wanted something that wasn't going to rust.  So, we started with this trim kit...







Next up, this light fixture from Wayfair.  You guys, I ordered this yesterday while eating lunch and it arrived today while I was eating lunch!  Eek!  It needs to go up ASAP!  I can't wait!


Our vanity did come with a pretty chrome faucet, in fact, it's very similar to this one.  Buuuuuut, we decided to keep everything matchy-matchy, so over to Overstock I went and I purchased this pretty vintage faucet.

Those faucet handles...

Those...
Faucet...
Handles...




As much as I love, love, love this Pottery Barn mirror I was having a hard time imagining it in our space...


Just when I was about to throw in the towel, my awesome friend, Kristin, sent me these mirrors.  You guys, I was all, "YES!  YES!  YES!" ...."YES (one more for good measure ;) )."

If you need me I'm sure you'll be able to find me in the coming weeks perusing aisle after aisle of every antique store for anything that'll resemble one of these beauties...

All.  The.  Heart.  Eyes.

I tried to follow these links, but they all seemed to end at Pinterest.  If anyone knows the original source, please let me know.







After what seemed like months, I finally found the vanity that'll fit our needs.  Length, depth, width, storage, counter space, height and color.  Check, check, check, check, check, check aaaaaaaaaand check!

This vanity is stunning!  It's really pretty in this picture, but I was blown away with how pretty it is in person.



Our shower tile needs a little bit of a scrubbing.  We may also be able to darken up the grout by either removing the old grout and replacing it with new grout or by using a product that dyes the current grout color.

Fingers crossed I can talk Jon into doing one of them.  If not, we'll just give her a good scrubbing, spruce things up a bit and call it a day.

I'm still considering adding beadboard, but haven't made up my mind as of yet.  I love this stuff and I desperately want to incorporate it somewhere in our home...kitchen backsplash, perhaps????


Beadboard.  Source unknown.


I tried out all three of these paint colors and ended up going with Accessible Beige. 

We don't have a window in this particular bathroom, so it's the perfect warmth for the space without it feeling too dungeon-like.  Honestly, any of these paint colors would look lovely in other well-lit spaces or larger bathrooms...Accessible 


SW - Repose Gray Source


SW - Accessible Beige Source


SW - Sea Salt Source


I still haven't made up my mind about these hooks, but I love how informal they are for a kids bathroom, but then how funky they are for a guest bathroom.

What to do, what to do...




This shower curtain is as pretty in person as it is in this picture.  It's a tad of a splurge, but BELIEVE me, it's B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L!




Thanks for stopping by today!  I'm looking forward to sharing more of our bathroom with you guys in the coming weeks.  It's been so fun to dream!  Wish me luck on finding one of those mirrors!

Marie :) :) :)

I'm linking up with Nicki for Totally Terrific Tuesday!

Monday, September 24, 2018

Life Lately

Another September week is in the books and somehow it started off with another fever.

Girlfriend was excited for the week to begin.  She donned her newest cat ears, Ariel earrings, a pretty necklace and her University of Michigan shirt.  She was dressed up and ready for a day of learning!



I dropped her off at school.  She didn't seem sick or hot or bothered at all.

After drop-off I decided to treat myself with a trip to Hobby Lobby.  I spotted this gorgeous rainbow in the sky (this is the second time I've seen one  of these in this exact spot in a year - kind of crazy)!


I've gotta say it - while at Hobby Lobby I was loving all the Christmas goodies.  I love me some fall, but all the Christmas decor definitely got me excited!








Buuuuuut...just after my impromptu HB trip, I settled in back at home and received a phone call from the school informing me that Eliza had a fever and that she wasn't looking too happy about it.  I ran up to the school, grabbed her some drive-thru lunch and we came home and watched some Moana.

Jon came home at lunch and heard Moana playing in the background.  I was laughing because I hadn't had time to text him to let him know that I had Eliza with me.  In my head I thought it'd be hilarious for him just to see me sitting on the couch in the middle of the day watching Moana all by myself.  LOL!  But he ended up seeing Eliza.  Oh the things I think are funny.  Haha.


Poor girly just couldn't cut her fever.  Jon came home just in time to watch her and I had to leave to take Henry to his first Little Ninjas class.  

You guys, Henry LOVED Little Ninjas.  He was a hot, sticky mess after class.  So fun!




Right before Henry's class ended Jon had texted me and informed me that he had given Eliza bath and that she had passed out at around 7.  Jon snuggled with her...and I was sooooo jealous of all the snuggling.  Eliza has never been a cuddly kid.  Sure, I got a little bit of cuddles and snuggles earlier that day...yeah...that lasted for two minutes.  Jon got the the entire snuggle/cuddle-fall-asleep deal.  I'm happy for him, but I craaaave those moments!  I was happy she ended up sleeping though and, I must admit, Jon is a nice snuggle buddy. ;) 


I saw this at Aldi and it took everything in me not to buy it for my neighbor.  It just cracked me up...


I wore this to the school pick up lines.  Classy...


My new Anthro shower curtain arrived!


Henry's homework has been to read throughout the week.  This particular picture is of him reading to Nubs and all of his stuffed animals.  Henry thought it was hilarious that Nubs had to "listen" to him read.  We had to pick a quick book because there was no way Nubs was going to stay for long...  ;)


MY.  FIRST.  PSL. (off the season) :0


Jon and I went on a date on Saturday to go see Jim Gaffigan in Fort Wayne, Indiana.  We made it a point to go to Golden Corral for dinner.  LOL!


My one friend said to me, "Out of ALL the places to eat in Fort Wayne..."  Yup, we chose the "Corral."  LOL!


Carb loading...


I think I used a fire hydrant to snap this pic.  I'm happy it didn't fall because it was windy!  Also, that's Jon's car behind us.  She's getting old - she's an '07.  I lovingly refer to her as our "sports car."  On our last date Jon had to bring oil to keep help keep her going.  It was incredibly romantic.  Hoping she has a lot more life to give us!  LOL!


At the show.

We had to enter the venue from a different location because we didn't have six dollars (yes, cash) to park.  I brought money, but we had left a tip at Golden Corral.  We thought for sure parking would have some sort of credit card option.  It didn't.  We had to go park in an abandoned parking lot (with a few others who either, also didn't have cash or who just didn't want to pay the six bucks - ha!).  We crossed our fingers in hopes that our car would still be there when the show ended.  I mean, we were told to go park over there, so it seemed legit.  It was.  The car was still there when the show ended and we could get home.  But again, in my mind I thought it'd be kind of funny if we DID have to get a hotel because our car had been towed over six dollars.  I guess I was already trying to make the best of the unknown.  



The next day we took Grandma and Grandpa and the kids to breakfast as a thank you for watching the kids while we were away for the evening.  After breakfast my in-laws left for home, Jon had a lake association meeting and I decided to drive to a new store that had opened a few towns over...



Loved everything about it...







Later in the day the Michigan game was on (we won!  WhooHoo!) and Jon got to work on our bathroom.  The picture I'm going to show you is not pretty.  I'm sorry....


Jon went into town to grab a gallon of "Marie approved paint" and as I was sitting in the living room I heard a rolling sound and little voices go down the hallway...


Apparently the neighbor boy and Eliza were moving in together.  LOL!  My neighbor, Amy, snapped this picture of Eliza and Warren just before they came over.  These two.  I just love them so much!


A bit later I was scrolling through my IG and found this gorgeous picture!  I was all, YES!  I want my house to look like this.  Wow!  Gorgeous!!!!!



Then I looked up and saw my actual living room.

The kids and the neighbor kids had made individual "rooms" in a "hotel" out of several couch cushions in the living room.  That picture above may not be happening any time soon, BUT I loved the kids' creativity and imaginations!!!  Perfection can wait...


New paint color!!!  A mess in the hallway (don't look - you looked didn't you?), but look - new paint!!!


Henry was suddenly wanting to set out milk and cookies for Santa.  He said his cousin, Christian, did it and Santa came and drank some milk.  Henry left a note for the big guy and put an ice pack over the milk to "help keep it cold."  Oh my heart.


By the next morning the cookies had been eaten and the milk was gone!  Santa had made an appearance!  Not sure how that happened.  ;)

The lake had a few boaters soaking up the sun and some chillier temps.  It was a gorgeous day!


We took the kids on their annual fall scavenger hunt in the park (I should have included this in my Fall Bucket List).


It wouldn't be a scavenger hunt without showing off some mad biking skills!




Henry was winking at me as he went by.  He loves to wink and is known for winking at his teachers at school and blowing them kisses.  This kid...  Hahaha!




A run down the sledding hill...



Eliza said she was just running for herself and NOT racing, but when Henry took off for the bench before her she lost it.  Like, lost it.  Girlfriend did a full twirl, whined the loudest whine in the history of whines and fell to the ground.  You can see her there lying in the  middle of the grass and Henry can be found quietly sitting on the bench.  Now, normally Jon and I would discipline this, but we just started laughing because it was sooooooo dramatic.  Oh man.  It was something else.  Just this picture cracks me up...it shouldn't, but it does........................


Once we were "over" the nonexistent race drama we headed to grab some doughnuts and cider.  Yum!



We headed over to Home Depot and picked out some mums.  Jon had to run into the store for a few more things, so while he did that I took the kids and went to the coffee shop and picked up a coffee for him and a HOT apple cider for me.  You better believe I took off the lid and ate all the whipped cream and caramel as soon as I could!


Once we were back home I opened up the packaging to our new bathroom vanity.  Oh my - I just love it.  It's been sooooo needed.  I can't wait to organize the drawers for the kids.  No more hair ties, brushes, toothbrushes, toothpaste, etc. falling on the floor.  It was driving me batty!  I have an entire mood board I plan to share with you guys tomorrow regarding our mini bathroom remodel!  Stay tuned.  :)


Thanks soooo much for stopping by, you guys!

XOXO,
Marie :)

I'm linking up with Lindsay, Heather and Johannah for Hello Monday!




 
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