A few nursery pics

January 17, 2009


I can’t believe that I get to post pictures for our nursery.  Our little boys’ room.  Seriously…there were so many moments so many months ago where I thought I would never get to do this, so it’s a little overwhelming.  So many times in the last few days where Jeff and I have stood (yes, I occasionally take standing breaks, don’t yell at me – I get two hours a day!) in our boys’ room, holding each other, reflecting on just how damn lucky we are.  This morning was one of those moments, because this is what I was looking at (the room is pretty small, so you can’t really see it all together in photos)…







What does everyone think?



Woo hoo!!!!!  I cannot believe I’m this happy over carpet – just imagine how crazy ecstatic I will be when we get the nursery set up!!!!

Before (with the new paint color, but it looks A LOT lighter in person) –


After (this is more what the paint color really looks like) –


What do you think?!?!?!?  Isn’t is pretty?  Here are a couple more before/after photos…

Before (media room, look at all of those stains on the carpet where we walked from the garage to upstairs – yuck – and please ignore Rex’s Satan eyes, LOL!) –


After – 


 And now I’m off to go buy a new vacuum – yippee!!!!


December 17, 2008

So, after my little freak out on Monday night, it turns out we didn’t really have much to worry about.  A new plumber, a snake, and $100 later, and we are all set to get our new carpet installed tomorrow.  The plumber recommended buying some sort of water gauge to put on the floor in the laundry room – it sounds an alarm when water touches it.  Fantastic idea, and even more fantastic, it’s only about $20.

For those of you who think I may have been overreacting about this whole situation, I probably was – BUT – you probably don’t know about the plumbing massacre of 2006.  It was my 30th birthday party, and the downstairs toilet started backing up (when there were probably 35 people in our house) – good times.  Well, after they tore apart our front lawn and excavated part of our driveway, oh – and charged us $4500 – we were all set.  It was horrible.  And I was terrified that we were going to have a repeat of three years ago, and that’s why I went nutso.  I don’t think the double dose of pregnancy hormones helped much…

Anyway, Jeff and his brother, Marty, are downstairs right now, moving the large furniture into the garage for the night, and earlier Marty’s wife, LeAnn, and our favorite little nephew, Asher, were helping move stuff, too.  Thanks, guys!!!!  I keep going downstairs to look around, and I can’t believe that we are finally getting new carpet – something we’ve wanted to do for the past four years.  The main reason we are getting the new carpet now is because we were already tearing apart the old spare bedroom/future nursery, so we figured “why not”?  But this will also help with the resale value of our home when we outgrow it very, very soon.  Anyway, I’m sure you all don’t care about that, so I’ll shut up now.

I mainly wanted to update that the plumbing issue was no big deal.  Oh, and that we may have a prospective new home for Freddie (and yes, she knows all about his bite history and still wants to give him a chance).  Things are definitely looking up!


Sorry Mom.  But JESUS.  I’m going to lose it.  Between stressing about getting the basement ready for the carpet installers on Thursday, trying to find a new home for our stupid ass dog who likes to bite and attack me, and worrying about my usual two hour commute to work now being a four hour commute because of this weather, I really didn’t need something new to “deal” with.

The drain in the laundry room just totally backed up all over the place, and we discovered it happened when the washing machine drained.  Fucking fantastic.  Now we get to use the money my parents gave us for nusery furniture to pay for a fucking plumber.  Or we use the money for what it’s meant to be used for, and put the plumber on a credit card (not like we’re even remotely close to paying any of them off…).  Either way, this sucks ass.

I seriously don’t think I’ve cried as much in my whole life as I have this week…

As excited as we are to be painting our children’s nursery, it’s kind of a drag, and I’ll tell you why.  We moved into our home four years ago, and up until this spring, the spare bedroom (that will soon become our nursery) just sat vacant, other than a bed and a couple of nightstands.  When we moved in, we painted the walls a pale blue color, with hopes that one day soon we would be moving a little bundle of joy into it.  Well, after dealing with infertility as long as we did, I just couldn’t take it anymore.  That room was supposed to be our nursery, and it was nothing but a depressing reminder that we had no children or baby on the way.  So…I got a wild hair up my ass and went to Linens n Things to pick out some fun bedding to replace the drab quilt on the bed.  Then, I took that fun bedding, and matched it with a fabulous ocean blue color of paint for the walls, and a few hours later I had this –


It was such a relief to have a fun new bedroom to focus on, rather than a sad reminder of something that was supposed to happen, but hadn’t so far.  Everyone who walked in this room was, first of all, automatically blinded by the brightness of the walls – but secondly, they were happy.  As was I, which was important for me, as this spring was especially hard on me with new pregnancy announcements, new births, etc.  And now, as much as it’s going to be a drag to repaint this room for the third time in four years (and second time in eight months), we are so completely excited for the reason behind making this room absolutely perfect.

We chose a pale blue color (again), but this one is more cheery, and more meaningful (as meaningful as paint can be anyway) than the paint we originally chose four years ago.  It will match the brown, blue, and white crib bedding that we chose for our boys last weekend, and will just be the beginning of a beautiful, perfect, soothing room for the BoGo (can you imagine our boys waking up to that ocean blue color above – talk about sensory overload!).  Tomorrow, we will be going to look at carpet, as our downstairs carpet needs to be replaced anyway – what better time than the present?

I am done taping off the floorboards, doorway, and windows, and am all ready to start painting.  Jeff had to run off to the dentist for a tooth emergency (he had a toothache that kept him up all night last night), and I don’t know if I can wait for him!!  I think I may just start, and worry about the upper wall for when he gets back.  Don’t worry, I have my painting mask in hand, and the windows will be open. 

Our cribs, glider, and ottoman should be here in a few weeks, and by then the room will be painted, the new carpeting will be installed, and Jeff will have set up the dresser and changing table/dresser combo.  I cannot wait to show you all what the finished product looks like!