board and batten

Saturday, April 30, 2011

We spent our Saturday, a beautiful sunny Saturday, in the bathroom. That is the LAST place my husband wanted to be, but he did it for me. As we were working away I remembered back to when we first moved into this house. It is by far the nicest house we have ever owned. Upon purchase, Darren was so excited by the fact that we wouldn't have any projects to do as it was only 2 years old. Poor man. Little did he know that no matter where we live there will ALWAYS be projects to do. I am so grateful for his help and willingness. This bathroom is going very slowly, but it is going. Today we got all the molding on the walls, and I even sanded all the edges. It is really for caulking and paint. There is still so far to go, but we checked 1 major thing off the list. 

And it will be so nice to have this pile gone from our bedroom.

Thank you Darren, for all you do!


Thursday, April 28, 2011

As I am sure countless mothers have done before me, I have sung this song to each and every child of mine. And 1 by 1 as the children came along, together we would sing this to the new baby on the way. This song becomes personal. It is a mothers ballad to her children. Each 1 claiming it as her own, as if for the first time. Her individual expression of her love for her child. 
No one else was there as I sang this to my babies. In those moments it belonged to us, and us alone. The world outside ceased to exist if only for a moment here and there. Nothing else mattered. 

Thanks to Debra and her vinyl magic, I was able to make this for our home. The only problem is where to put it. I want 1 in every room of the house. It makes he happy just to look at it - like a spot of sunshine on the wall, forever reminding me of the most tender moments in my life.

Thank you Debra.
I {LOVE} it.

Delta Ocean Point

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Thanks to wonderful family and friends Darren and I were able to get away for a whole 24 hours in celebration of his 36th (not 35th) birthday! 

Happy birthday Darren - I love you.

change in course

We started reno's on our bathroom and soon after realized that we were going in the wrong direction. We want to spend as little money as possible, but if we are going to do this we might as well be happy with the end results. So we had to stop and re-think. This has taken weeks. I have never had such trouble with a room before. I think it is because the fixtures in a bathroom are pretty permanent. It is not quite like re-painting a room if you don't like the color. If I don't like the cabinet, or the sink, or the faucet that I buy and install, I am out a lot more than $30. 

I thought that I had finally figured it all out for a 2nd time and began again. Then I started to panic, what if I don't like it when it is all done?, or what if it doesn't come together like it does in my mind?

{Below are some pictures I have used for inspiration}

I think I want a vanity like this...
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or maybe something like this...

{source: Ana White}

1 of these....

walls like this...

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a sink like this (already purchased)...

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and a faucet like this.

I, even I,  am having my doubts. I love all white bathrooms in pictures, but will I love it in reality?
Sincerely, Creatively Confused.

the lake

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

No winter lasts forever; no spring skips it's turn.
~Hal Borland~

Spring is taking it's time getting here this year. We wimpy west coasters are feeing the need for warmth. The other day the sun came out, so we decided to enjoy it. 
1 step outside my parents back yard there is a beautiful hike up to a lake. In the summer time you can hear the beavers slap their tails in warning as they sense you near - you can't see them, but you can see the evidence of them. 

Nya collecting rocks. 

 I don't think she really even knows why she is doing this. It is just in her genes. 
Her Grandpa is a rock hound, and like her brother Bergen she seems to have inherited the same obsession.

It is so peaceful up here. It is the perfect hike for little ones.

Here's to springs late, but assured, arrival!

Happy Easter!

Monday, April 25, 2011

We had an egg hunt with the cousins.
{Tracey, we missed you. I hope you are better!}

We made a gingerbread bunny cottage.

Noelle made us dinner using foods that would have been eaten in Jerusalem at the time of Christ. 
Bergen set the table and added the bouquet of wild flowers from our yard.
They both did such a great job. It was fantastic.

 It was all too much fun for Tate and he put himself to bed.... on the stairs.

Happy Easter!
Love the McCullough's