Friday, August 26, 2016

A Birthday Celebration for our Boy

They say the more children you have, the quicker time seems to travel. I totally feel that is the case as we celebrate the birth of our youngest today. Today he turns 1 and we really cannot believe that. I wanted to write a quick note to our boy in celebrating his big day!

Dear son,

Today you turn one. Wow! We can hardly believe it. 
As I write this, I can hear you cackling with your sister as you two play in a big empty cardboard box together next to me. You take such delight in having your two sisters around...they are your biggest fans and I have no doubt that you think the world of them. When we first brought you home from the hospital last year, we were unsure of how they would react to you; however, they both took to you right away as if you had always been a part of their life. Now theses girls can't even think of what life was like before you became their little brother. I think you rest easy at night knowing you have two caring sisters who love you so much and, of course, who wear you out by the end of the day. ;)

I know parents say this often about their kids, but you, my son, really are an easy-going, laid back little boy. You have such a sweet demeanor and a calm personality that is hard to ignore. When you laugh, it makes us smile- your laugh is unlike any other baby laugh I've heard. It's hard to describe that laugh in words so I've taken video of it to show you someday. 

You take delight in the simplest of things, like rolling a plastic ball on the floor or throwing blocks and Legos down the 4 steps of the play room. For whatever reason, you think that is the funniest thing in the world to do (or maybe you're just laughing so hard because you know mommy has to clean it all up at the end of the day). ;)

Like your older sisters, we hope you grow to know that God loves you much more than you can ever imagine. It is by his grace alone that we experience his mercy and love. We want you to trust in Him someday and pray that we, as your parents, lead you to know Him personally. We don't want you to just believe there is a God out there, but we want you to walk with Him. You will know the difference in that someday I believe. 

Happy birthday, sweet son. May this be one of many, many more we all celebrate together!! We love you!!!!

Friday, July 29, 2016

Guest Room- A Chalkboard Accent Wall

Our guest room is now complete, so I'm ready to post some pictures of the space.

But before the reveal, here is how the room looked before adding the chalkboard wall.

A few months ago, I had gone ahead and added some wrapping paper to the back wall- which wasn't a bad idea originally, but I didn't like how the overall pattern created this business to a very small space that just didn't work. So I decided to take down the wrapping paper and save it for it's original use (yes, wrapping things). Go figure. :)

After making the decision to use chalkboard paint on the back wall, I went out and bought some and taped the sides of the wall that I didn't want painted (the prep work always seems to be the most tedious part about any project).

Then it was time to paint...I had to do 2 coats, but it didn't take too long since I was only doing one wall.

This wall isn't technically "finished" because the directions on the paint can say to cover the entire wall with chalk and then erase it before writing on it. Doing so keeps anything from becoming permanent on the background when you are ready to write, but I never did that yet...haha! I'm sure I will get to it soon, but I just really wanted to get this post up, so I quickly wrote down "Be Our Guest" for the photos just so I had something up on the wall. 

As an aside, this room was really hard to photograph because it's small and doesn't get much light from the one window we have, so the pictures might not be the best quality. Anyways, I think adding a darker accent wall to this smaller space helped create some drama and fun to an otherwise small and cramped space!

Friday, July 22, 2016

Doing Something A Little Different for the Guest Room

I don't think I have posted a lot about our guest room, but since we only have a few visitors each year, I haven't really done a whole lot to this space. It's gone through a couple of phases over the past couple of years, but now I think my vision for the space is finally coming together and is almost complete! It actually happened on a whim too!
Sometimes I think that is the best way to design/ don't always have to think too hard about it.

Here is a sneak peek of the room.

Hoping to have my girls help me finish the accent wall you see here and then I can start taking photos of the room!