Saturday, January 30, 2016

The Kitchen yet Again

Corey and I have not done any major home improvement projects lately for a variety of reasons:

1. contentment
2. paying off student loans (which are done April 1!)
3. saving for the right projects

However, I've been sick of the red color in our kitchen for over a year now. It's a fun bold color, but it will be too much with the floors we are hoping to get this summer (the project we've been saving for).  I thought the red was super pretty on its own, but it seemed to make the main level look too "primary colors" or too 90's. Thankfully painting a room isn't a major endeavor...especially when there isn't too much space to be painted!

Although paint is easy to change, I really deliberated over which color to choose. I was pretty sure I wanted a blue since hues of blue are spread throughout our main level of our home.  But I wasn't sure if I wanted the same blue in the living room, and if not, how many shades lighter? 

I searched the interwebs for tips/pictures, thought it over for a quite a few months, and decided to go with one shade lighter than the living room (Sherwin Williams Refuge) color when putting it up to our backsplash and kitchen curtains. We ended up with Sherwin Williams Whirlpool, and I love it! The pictures don't do it justice--it really brings out the blue in our backsplash and curtains.

Here is the before & after...


Another fun and inexpensive project was recovering our kitchen chairs. Our neighbor, Kelly, put vinyl on hers and it was brilliant! Especially since ours were covered in food, playdoh and who knows what else from Will. Here's a close up of them now:

Hopefully I'll have an update this fall of new flooring--we are looking at medium-to-dark oak-colored luxury vinyl and laminate. Any recommendations?? We've also got a really simple tan rug picked out which will be perfect for the kitchen.

What big or small updates have you made recently?

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Will: 21 Months

Will is 21 months today!

He is talking SO much and getting easier to understand each day. There are definitely plenty of words we still can't recognize, but we get the gist. And he's now trying to say multiple words and phrases at a time. His tantrums haven't been lasting as long since we are quick to ignore him. He is also quick to say "please" for help or when reminded to use "nice words". It's amazing how he can switch it on and off :)

Will loves going to church (specifically running around with buddies from his class afterwards), and he typically screams bloody murder whenever we get his coat on to leave. He absolutely loves music, cars/planes/trains, eating, running, jumping (or trying to jump), doing laundry, helping with everything (cleaning, dishes, cooking), books, snuggling with blankets, Elmo, the fish at Meijer, and playdoh to name a few.

He can count to 10 with help and says every color is either blue or yellow. He can identify MI, TX, CA, LA, FL, ME and AL on his map placemat consistently. He can identify a boatload of animals and tell us their sounds. And he's really loving a book about feelings lately which makes this social worker happy (ha!). We're working on letters...he mostly just wants momma to sing :)

This month we also finally got his hair cut short! I love that I can see his entire face now!

He continues to learn and grow so much over the course of a month it just amazes me. I'm so thankful for our healthy, sweet, silly and rambunctious little boy!

Friday, January 1, 2016

New Years Resolutions

In the past few years I have come to appreciate the celebration of a new year so much more than ever before. I am a forward thinker, so rather than reminiscing on the past year, I get geeked about what's to come. It amazes me that each year I'm given the opportunity to grow, change, and celebrate the Lord's faithfulness. There was a lot of pain in 2015 for our I'm freakin' glad that our journey is not over. 

The past few years I've made resolutions and stuck closely to most of them. My goals typically revolve around my health physically, spiritually and/or emotionally. Although I attempt to set realistic goals, there will be many days or weeks that I fail. 

And failing is so good.

Failing, or making mistakes, is a reminder that I am not in control, that not being in control of everything is a good thing, and that I should not be relying on my own strength. Moments or seasons of difficulty and weakness help refocus my soul to who and what matters most. So I'm looking forward to completing and messing up these resolutions this year:

1. Workout at least 3 days a week every week of the year. I have created a workout schedule that involves lifting (the Starting Strength program and my own system), running, and cross training (walking and stair stepper). I want to continue living a healthy lifestyle no matter what season of life I am in since my mental health craves it, as well as to set an example to Will.

2. Use myfitness pal consistently. This will be a month-by-month goal. Corey and I have a competition going where we earn points for each day we log and each workout we do. At the end of the month, the loser has to make the family a yummy breakfast and clean up. I hope I win because Corey's pancakes are better :) I'm thankful Corey has been so consistent at eating well (600 days in a row of logging!) as he is often an encouragement to me and my stress-eating habits.

3. Sacred readings. I am part of a weekly Bible Study, and there are 5 "sacred readings" or ways to further study after each meeting. I want to do at least 3 a week. This will continue until summer at which point I will pick a book of the Bible to study on my own. I have also picked this verse as my focus for the year and have it displayed in a prominent part of our house: 

4. Celebrate others. Comparison is so easy and too often filling my mind. I want to celebrate others' joys rather than being consumed with what I do not have. Because really? I have more than enough. This will be done through focusing on Psalm 19:14, the quote below which is displayed in my bathroom, and gratitude lists.
There are other things that I plan to do as well: work on being a better mother, wife, friend. Pray more--especially in front of Will. Continue with Stella & Dot and set at least 15 trunk shows for the year. These are more fluid and ever-changing plans.

So there you have it. Some years I did better at writing posts throughout the year about my resolutions. Last year I accomplished the running goal which I was proud of, but I found myself in too many overwhelming spaces to blog about anything other than summer plans and Will's monthly posts. I hope to write more often this year.

Cheers to new beginnings, friends...
Welcome 2016!