Friday, February 26, 2010

Happy Birthday Ethan

Its hard to believe that its been 5 years ago today that this little guy came into the world and changed all of our lives forever. Little did we know that day, what a blessing he would be to us all. 2005 was the most difficult year of our lives, and having Ethan to help soften the blows that we would all live through, was truely a gift.
Little did we know at that time, what a wonderful Mom Jaryn would become. We use to tease her that she had never even taken care of a house plant before, and now she would be responsible for this living breathing little human being. In the blink of an eye this little bundle changed her forever.
Seeing your child become a mother is one of the most wonderful and rewarding of all experiences. I know now that this is why they say how amazing it is to be a grandparent. Not only because you blessed with this new baby to love, but you get to experience a change in your own children beyond anything else that has ever happened to them before.
I think it was little surprise to anyone how much his Papa would adore him.Or that he had decided his grandson's name should be Cooper, not Ethan, so no matter what Jaryn and Justin decided to name him, he would always be called Coop by his Papa. And still is...5 years later.

This is one of my favorite moments the next day.
Jaryn and I were alone, waiting for the car to be brought around to the hospital. I asked her if she would have ever believed she could ever love something this much, in less than 24 hours. She looked down at him as I took this picture and began to cry...and said she no, she could have never imagined.
Happy 5th Birthday Ethan! (Coop)
We love you

Friday, February 19, 2010

cyber shopping

Im so glad that HGTV has picked up the canadian show, Sarah's House. 
Its one of my favorite shows of the week. I recently did some digging and found they have been showing Sarah's house in Canada for two seasons now. The third season starts in March and they are doing a farmhouse. I cant wait!
But, in Season two, one of the episodes was on the bathroom. Sarah did the bathroom in grey/white with my favorite marble countertop and floors.  She had this mirror over the vanity... Im in love!
Its called the Cyrus Mirror. Sadly I found that it use to be available at Target of all places.  Wish I would have picked it up from Target. But, I found it at Neiman for $199.00.
I think it makes an awesome statement so I think I need to order this for our master bath remodel.
While I was cyber shopping at Neiman Marcus I found some other cute things...then I found them both on
Did you know you could buy a soft serve ice cream maker?
In pink?
that little thing on the side is a condiment dispenser, for sprinkles :)
I think its on sale for $100. at Neiman

and how cute is this bento lunchpail?  very cute, I think. I have a thing for lunchpails since I take my lunch every day. I like to have a lot of them, just to keep it from getting boring. This ones called the Vivo Lunchbox and its only $20

Wednesday, February 17, 2010


I probably should have done this blog post in December, or just after the new year but I never got around to it. Its about resolutions, or lack there of.  I don’t necessarily make New Year’s resolutions, but a few years ago I started choosing one word to focus on throughout the year. The chosen word sort of helps guide decisions about just about everything during the year, so it needs to be pretty general and so I can apply it to whatever is going on at the time. Each year I think I’ve been pretty successful with my words, much better than I think I would have been with specific resolutions and I guess thats partly because the words I've chosen are pretty general. The words are more of a guide than a specific goal. I cant tell you how often when Im trying to make a decsion, the word pops into my head and I instantly know what I should do. Pretty cool the way that works.

Two words I’ve used in the past were Simplify and Less. Similar words but I think I really tried to use them consistently through the year. Whenever I wavered, I just errored on the side of less...
and I think we made pretty good progress cleaning out and getting rid of a lot of old stuff. We’re not done, by any means, but we had a huge garage sale last summer and at the end of it, nothing came back into the garage. Paul called a guy and they came out and picked up everything that was left over at the end of the day. This year we’ve dug a little deeper into the closets and shelves and we have even more stuff to haul away. We even sent 15 pairs of shoes to Haiti. That made some room and felt pretty good at the same time!
This month we switched the guest room and the craft room and I really tried to use the move to clear away as much stuff as possible, resulting in several trips to the dumps and the goodwill. Still a work in progress but I think a couple huge pushes and we’ll feel a lot better about our efforts.

This year’s chosen word is FOCUS.
Focus on the projects and get them completed. Focus on our life, our home, our family, our relationship, our hobbies, and on our diet.
That’s a lot to focus on. I hope I do as well this year as last year.

Monday, February 01, 2010

cookie of the month?

The only thing that equals my love for pasta, is cookies. Unlike pasta, I avoid them like the plague. No cookie is safe in the house and its just torture to have them in the house and not eat them.
Last weekend PW requested that I make him some oatmeal cookies for his lunches. Clearly it doesn't take much to talk me into "having" to make cookies for anyone, and I wouldn't object if it became a monthly treat.
And I only ate a few...

This was a "one of these days" weekend ....

I got so much done last weekend and it really does feel great to have made some progress on a few projects along that have been on my "someday I really want to get that done" list. I tend to let things build up over time, then dive in with both feet, much to the annoyance of PW. He likes advance warning when Im going to tear up the house.
I have wanted to move my scraproom into the larger of our two extra bedrooms for quite some time. When I first began scrapping, the smaller room was just fine. But then, as we all know, it just grows and grows. Before long my little room was overflowing and driving me crazy, to the point where I had no room to move, much less put things away.  Besides scrapping this room holds all of my many hobbies, including sewing and knitting and its the home for my treadmill as well.
There is a LOT of stuff in that room, and it was making me crazy.

Right next door to it is a spare bedroom that sits virtually empty save for a few times a year when Jennifer comes to visit. It was a waste of precious real estate I could be putting to much better use.
It would be wonderful if there was enough room to just move everything at the same time, but we had to do this move in stages, first moving the larger items one at a time swapping space for space...then moving the small items.
Also, my 4 bazillion pound desk had to be disassembled moved and reassembled with the help of PW, which he wasn't too happy about...but he got over it.
It doesnt look that heavy here, but let me just say that its solid wood butcher block, 6 feet long and 4 feet deep with heavy steel support legs and a shelf under it held on by about 40 hefty screws. This is an industrial workbench that Paul brought home from work one day because they were throwing it away. We sanded the top and sprayed the steel grey legs black. It makes a perfect scrap table, as long as you dont have to ever move it. Seriously, I cannot even lift a corner of it off the ground but maybe a half inch or so.
Eventually we got it moved then I started piling it up with stuff..
I got about this far before I decided I wanted to paint the wall back there. I knew PW would NOT be happy if I asked him to help move this again, so on Friday afternoon I moved it myself, painted the wall, then moved it all back.

There happened to be some IKEA floating shelves right above the desk that will work perfect for holding buttons, paint and all kinds of baskets full of stuff.
This corner doesn't look all that bad, but trust me when I say this is the neat corner...You should see the other side of the room...Im embarrased to photograph it. What a mess.
To save my our backs I stopped off at Linens and Things and picked up some of those Sliders. You place them under furniture and things glide easily on really helped me move that desk and this monster of a treadmill all by myself, and the Ikea bookcase with some help from PW, for help steering aournd the corners.

Now that everything is in the right room I can start organizing it and putting it away, but it already feels so much roomier.
The extra bedroom is pretty much put together now, and I have found the top of my scrap desk again.
I put the bulk of the things away, but one side of the room is piled with rubbermaid totes filled with stuff Im not so sure I need to keep. I'll be going through those totes, purging as I go.
Eventually I'd like to make the closet into a sewing table with shelves for storage. I guess thats a new item on my "someday Im going to get this done" list.

Not to leave any room out from my plan of destruction, I got my paintbrush and painted the accent walls under the kitchen cabinets and behind the stove while PW watched Transformer 2 on Saturday evening. The paint is Valspar Gypsy Leather and we think it looks really good with the lighter maple cabinets and dark countertop.

Our plan is to finally install that tile backsplash you see leaning up against the wall there. We remodeled our kitchen about 10 years ago and I've finally found some tile that goes with our countertops. But first we wanted to paint the walls. So, now two of the three walls in the kitchen have this lovely Milk Chocolate color on them.
So thats a few "someday we need to get this done" projects completed.