Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Dear Noah...

Dear Noah,
7 years ago today you made me a mommy. When I saw you for the very first time, I had never felt love like that before. Fierce, blissful, wonderfully perfect love. I was forever changed from that moment. I was a better person simply because you were there. I know we have our share of hard times together. I can tell that sometimes you can feel me missing your sweet innocent baby days when all you knew how to do was snuggle me. Back when your tiny voice only knew how to sing and giggle. Noah, you are so smart...sometimes too smart. I know we battle it out from time to time and I can tell that you know it is out of love. Wonderfully perfect love. I want you to know, on your 7th birthday that I am SO proud of the young boy you have become. You are kind, thoughtful, smart, funny, warm, curious, stubborn, and so very unique in the best way. Please never lose your amazing spirit and always stay true to who you are. You are a bright shiny star in this universe and the future holds great things for you. Happy birthday my sweetest boy. I love you to the moon and back. XOXO

(and because no post is good without pictures, here are a few throwback pics of my #1 baby boy)

I love you my BIG giant boy. Make a wish!!!


Thursday, April 4, 2013

It's the little things

Hi friends! I'm back :) It has been a while, huh!? I have my little miss on Spring break this week, and Noah's is next week. Josh's gramps passed away :( and my boy had the stomach flu last week (my very least favorite illness on the planet) and we have been busy busy with life. One thing we (by we, I mean my husband and father in law) have been up to is drywalling our icky garage.

Back story: My grandparents moved in to this house in 1982 and not one thing was done to the garage (except it was filled with the hoarded goods of ALL of my relatives). Ever since we moved here 3.5 years ago, Josh has been dreaming of having a nice garage. I am happy to report that we have accomplished phase one. Drywall. Ooooh, sounds exciting huh? Lol, well, it is for us :)

Before: EEEEW!
The first step was to add some electrical outlets. Eventually my hubby wants a work bench and possibly an energy efficient deep freezer so we needed to add these prior to drywalling.

After the electrical was done, it was time to drywall, mud, and paint :)
I didn't take too many "in progress" pictures, but here is what the after looks like:
Oooooh, ahhhhhhh! So clean and pretty! Love it!

I told my hubby that I wanted to make the laundry area "cute." He wasn't too thrilled with my gold polka dots suggestion, so I decided to keep it simple. My first addition.....
Chalkboard :)
Next, Josh added a cabinet for all of the laundry detergent etc...
My favorite feature that he added was this Martha Stewart hanging bar (from home depot I think). Lately I have been buying clothes that require "hang drying" (typically, I shy away from high maintenance laundry items) so this is going to be PERFECT!

(hang dry and iron. really, sweater!!? ugh)
LOVE love LoVe!

It is definitely still a garage. Cords, junk, water heater etc.
But still, it's definitely a HUGE improvement from where we started. I am sooooo lucky that my hubby is so handy and that my father in law was able to help him execute this big project. I'm still lobbying for gold polka dots and a cool light fixture. Baby steps. Pick my battles. Enjoy the ride :)
Happy almost Friday everyone!