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“I mean, what do you do all day?”

So…about once a week I take the girls to Target. I know, it’s a big deal.  We split a popcorn (except Sailor, she’s a baby) and walk around for about an hour looking at all the overpriced, useless, yet somehow couldn’t possibly live without, objects – oh look, a $45 brass oval to hang from the wall! It’s one of Ella’s favorite places because she almost always gets to pick something from the $1-$3 toys in the front of the store.  It’s also a bit of a break for me. Well, on our most recent trip she was spending her tooth fairy money ($2).  She picked out a $3 fan that had My Little Ponies on it.  I let her go to the check out by herself and give the lady her money.  When she was done I walked up to pay the difference.  The lady asked me if I stayed home with my kids. I happily said Yes!! Then I got it…that question that I hate…”So, what do you all day?” What? Besides walk around Target buying cheap fans? Nothing. Obviously.  I watch TV.  Paint my nails.  Drive the kids to a sitter’s house and meet friends for lunch.

Not.

So…what do I do all day??

5:30am: My alarm goes off. I turn it off. Come on people..it’s 5:30.

6:00am: I actually wake up and sneak to the bathroom hoping no one hears the change in wind that someone is up walking around.

6:01am: Damnit – wind shift heard.  Go and get the littlest out of her crib and feed her a bottle.

6:10am: Start the coffee maker.

6:15am: Pee.

6:17am: let the dog out. with supervision so he doesn’t eat the hose, or the fence, or the pool

6:30am: Make myself a cup of coffee.

6:32am: Other 2 are up- go get them dressed/changed

6:40am: stick a sippy cup inside the toddler’s mouth so she stops screaming and sit her in her high chair.

7:00am: Breakfast – argue with the 4 year old that as good as it sounds we cannot have cake for breakfast. No, can’t eat pretzels either. Stop the toddler from feeding all of her breakfast to the dog.

7:30am: Stop the dog from sitting on the baby.  Clean up from breakfast. Stop the toddler from eating the dog’s food. If husband is home, I go for a run. And I go as far as I can. If he doesn’t have to leave for the airport I take my time and picture myself on a beach. Or binge watching Pretty Little Liars all day.  In my pajamas.

8:00am: Wipe myself down with a baby wipe and change. A shower would be too exciting this early in the morning.

8:15am  : Heat up my coffee from this morning that’s still sitting on the counter.

8:20am: Stop the toddler from putting dog food in the baby’s mouth.

8:30am: Put toddler down for a nap. And feed baby – put baby down for a nap. Pull a toy out of the dog’s mouth.

8:30-10:30: I work from home (yes, an actual job – not a sales thing) while playing dress up/crafts/hide and seek with my 4 year old.  Luckily she’s really bad at hide and seek and I work for about 20 minutes before finding her in the middle of the floor under the blanket…same spot she hid 20 minutes ago.

10:00am: Toddler and baby are up. Snack for the toddler.  Answer the 10045th question from the 4 year old about how yes, I am sure that a skunk will not come into her room in the middle of the now (or am I??)

10:30am: Take a walk get dragged around the streets- with 3 kids and a puppy.  You’re welcome for the laugh neighbors.

11:00am: Go to the park.  No, I don’t sit on a bench while my kids play.  I’m helping Addy (the toddler) go up the stairs and down the slides and not fall off the playground.  Sailor is either being worn or asleep in her stroller.  Although, she might be awake – I guess I don’t really know.

Some days we have playdates at this time.

12:00pm- pack everyone to go home. leave something behind – a shoe, a bottle, a sippy cup…something always gets left.

12:05pm – listen to “I DON’T WANT TO GO HOME!! THIS IS A HORRIBLE DAY” the whole way home

12:20pm: lock the kids in the toy room so I can make lunch and check my voicemails

12:30pm : Lunch for the children.  Feed the baby.

12:45pm: Take 3 bites of my lunch. Pull a toy out of the dog’s mouth.

12:50pm: Let the dog out – supervise no eating of non edible objects. Clean up from lunch.

1:00pm: Lay Addy and Sailor (baby) down for a nap.

1:01pm: Take another bite of my lunch.

1:03pm: Rock Sailor and reswaddle – go into Addy’s room and lay back down with a night night song.

1:10pm: Re heat my coffee.

1:11pm: Beg Ella to watch TV for an hour so I can work .

1:30pm: Win battle with a promise she can finish whatever she’s watching later if she doesn’t finish before babies get up.

1:31pm: Shove my entire lunch in my mouth.

1:35pm: Play hide and seek while on hold on work calls because she’s bored of the TV. Or Pretty, Pretty Princess, or Candy Land – whatever floats her boat.

3:00pm: Addy wakes up.  Bring her downstairs for milk and a snack.

3:05pm: Make a work call and try to disguise Addy’s gibberish in the  background as just a co worker on the other line (“I know, she is talking loud isn’t she? How rude.”)

3:30pm: I realize that Sailor is awake. Go get her and feed her.

3:35pm: Come downstairs to see the dog ripping up a coloring book and Addy has thrown her snack all over the floor.  Cry. Clean up.

4:00pm: Go outside.  Yes – please. Go play in the street.

…or go spend $3 on Target for a fan that breaks on the way home and hear about it all.day.long.

5:30pm : Set Ella up with some school work – trap Addy in her highchair and strap Sailor to the Ergo. Make dinner.  Listen to Addy grunt and whine and thrash. Listen to Ella whine about wanting to watch TV.

6:15pm: Watch Addy throw all her food on the ground and cry about it. Answer Ella about what everything is and why it’s on her plate. Dinner.

7:00pm: BATH. Get soaking wet.

7:30pm: Contain all the kids to my bathroom while I shower. And sing the ABCs, Old McDonald…Answer the 4 year old’s questions about why colors are colors. She’s so deep.

8:00pm: BED. Brush the girl’s teeth. Stop Sailor from rolling down the stairs. Stop Addy from trying to walk down the stairs. Get the girl’s into jammies. Stories, songs, rocking, kisses.  An extra kiss for each one.

8:22pm: Close both doors and skip walk down the stairs. Dump my coffee. Reload Keurig  and hope for tomorrow.

8:30pm: Drink all the wine. Have a polite glass of wine and catch up on work.  Was that a cry? The wind? No..my stomach.  Eat my dinner.

9:30pm: Watch 1 episode of Pretty Little Liars…what is this show anyway?

10:15pm: Hit the pillow and sleeeeeeeep.

There ya go, cashier lady.  That’s what I do all day. Plus diaper changes. And I LOVE IT.

 

 

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A DIY Kitchen

My husband and I bought our house in July 2012.  We spent a month before we moved in changing, well, everything.  We repainted the whole house, ripped up all the floors, ripped out the  baseboards, painted all the doors and window trim, and even gutted the front and back yards. Clearly we bought for the location….and the awesome cathedral ceilings.

We started with some small projects, adding tile backsplash to the half bath and painting the vanity. I knew the kitchen was going to be a huge project that would take a lot of time.  But..we wanted to be simple about it. We weren’t sure of when we would start it, but we knew we would.

Soo…it all started in March 2013.   My husband came home from work to find this.

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I had enough of the outdated blue whatever this is. You can see we had a two tier breakfast bar, which I hate. So that had to go first.  We set out to our local granite shop, “The Granite Guys, ” and picked our slabs.  I really enjoyed that we could pick our own slab instead of just the color, because then there were no surprises in the pattern. Also, it’s always best to shop small business…it was less expensive, we got a free edge upgrade (large Ogee), and a free sink. Yay!

Obviously we couldn’t have granite countertops with the outdatedness of the cabinets.  Before we closed on the house I bought a cabinet refinishing kit from Rustoleum.  I picked an antique white finish with a brown glaze.  John got started on the bottom cabinets first…

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It was actually really easy to follow the instructions.  And the finish looked really great.

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Next we needed a backsplash.  After much looking and discussing we decided we wanted to do a natural stone look.  As much as we loved the look of glass tile it was just too busy for the granite.  Plus, after speaking with several realtors and carpenters we were told glass was a fad and would fade out. So, stone it was. We chose a cream color.  We really wanted the counters to be the focus in our kitchen.  We installed it ourselves of course, which was actually extremely easy. We did not use thinset, but instead used this adhesive paper sold at The Home Depot.  It was extremely easy to use and mess free.  Grouting of course was messy, but really was easy.

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LOVE!!

So, the kitchen looked like this…

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Ehhh…it was better.  But still wasn’t fabulous.  That soffit haunted me.  Finally, I convinced John to take it down. The ceilings would appear taller and we could add cabinets above the existing ones.  So, with the help of a neighbor (Hi, Jason!!), the soffit came down with little to no damage.  Almost…kitchen6

As you can see someone thought it was brilliant to put a soffit up that had absolutely no function.  No pipes, no duct work, no electricity….they simply thought it was beautiful.   It left very little damage to the ceiling…expect for 1 spot.  One 2″ spot that would be covered with crown moulding later on…so as you can see below, John had to fix it.  He began by screwing in a peice of drywall ….into the main water line.  It took us 10 minutes to find our water shut off…in the crawl space…where we’ve never gone before, ever. But we found it and John welded the pipe back together beautifully. And the 2″ spot turned into this…

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So now the kitchen looked like this…

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Ehhh…better.  Our original plan was to add 12″ cabinets above the existing cabinets and paint them to match. But, no one sells those in the widths that we need. So…we made the decision…a whole new project…new upper cabinets.  We purchased them on New Years Eve 2013 from TheRTAStore.com for basically 90% off.  They were ready to assemble, meaning we had to put them together ourselves. No big deal. And that actually went very smoothly.  Purchasing them online was a huge risk as we could not see the color or material in person. The sale was ending that day so we had to buy or pass.  We bought. And we loved! The quality of the cabinets is unreal…way better than the ones we’ve seen at the big box stores. We ordered the exact size cabinets we already had so it made it even easier. John got all the cabinets put together in less that 2 hours.  Hanging them was also a breeze. We just had to find the studs and there ya go.  At one point John broke his measuring tape and had to use Ella’s toy measuring tape.  He also put a cabinet on our oven while it was on, luckily it was on the back side.  Oh boy.

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So, the cabinets were hung…and they were completely different than the bottom cabinets,  but they were beautiful!  We chose Vintage White. I love them.

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Next came the hard part…matching the bottom cabinets.  We played with the idea of buying the base cabinets anyway, but would have to have someone come and take the granite off and put back on. It was just too much hassle and money.  The bottom cabinets were in perfect condition and were very sturdy.  So we decided to reface.  The biggest problem was the wood grain.  We didn’t want to see it through the paint because it still wouldn’t match.  John found a solution online called “Brushing Puddy.” It’s basically very thick paint that sticks in the grain of the wood after you sand it away. And it worked like a charm.  We John literally had to sand for 2 weekends straight, 10 hour days of sanding… But you can see where it stuck inside the grain to give a wonderful smooth finish.

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Next we had to match the paint.  Thank goodness for Karen down at Sherwin Williams.  She matched it. Spot on. Perfectly. Then of course adding a piece of trim around the outside that matched the trim on the top cabinets. We John glued and nailed them into place. Then sprayed with the matching paint.

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Besides filling in all the wood grain…the hardest part was finding the color marker to match the detailed lines drawn in on the top cabinets.  We finally scored big time with a stain marker from Home Depot.  The color matched perfectly if we went over it 3 times..and luckily for me it didn’t dry right away so if when I made a mistake I could just wipe it off real quick.  It took going over the lines 3 times to get them to the correct dark brown.  It was really just following outlines and groves, so it wasn’t too difficult but it added a nice detail.

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That was it!! 🙂 🙂 We also did the end caps as well to match.kitchen15

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Soo..after all that….viola!!

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There’s still a tad to do. We have to finish the crown moulding in the corner by the entrance to the dining room and finish painting the ceiling.  Here’s a quick before/after for you! 🙂kitchen19

Thanks for reading!!!

Until the next project… 😉