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Eating room

Ha! My phone auto mis-corrected “dining room” for the title. Still appropriate, so it stays.

Before the dining room, aka eating room sees any changes from the work on the deck, namely switching out the windows for patio doors, I wanted to grab some “before” pictures.

The plan is to paint, replace the uuugly ceiling fan, trim room with arch way, doorway, and crown moldings, and add wainscotting. And maybe a picture rail. The husband only knows of some of these plans. ๐Ÿ˜‰ The budget, or lack there of, will determine how much if this gets done soon. And the husband’s level of excitement. Me thinks we may just paint.

So guess what costs Five THOUSAND DOLLARS? French doors. Seriously. Our windows are huge, so getting 8′ doors or shorter ones+ transom in anything other than vinyl is insanely expensive. Thank goodness for craigslist! We found a set of solid wood 8′ tall inswing French doors with no center post (exactly what we were looking for) for $300. Much better.

The Cargo desk was a $40 score at one of my favorite thrift stores a few months ago. Not sure where it will live long term, but for now it’s in here. The table was Joe’s. The chairs are mis matched free ones we’ve been lucky to find or were given. Matching, or at least coordinating ones, might eventually happen. The door is beautiful and I want to refinish it as art, but I don’t think I’ll ever get around to it, so it’ll likely get craigslisted. The table against it is just there to keep anyone from knocking the door down and being hurt since it weighs a ton.

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Hanging art also gets tacked onto the to do list.

Nursery update… the actual one

So sweet Violet is three months old today. As always, time flies. I’m rocking her to sleep for a nap, and figure it’s time to document the completed nursery. There are still things to hang on walls and a door to paint, but the actual construction is done in this room (the only room in the house that can claim that honor!).

The purple walls and pink ceiling are so darn charming. The wooden child’s rocking chair/cradle is adorable and sweet. My mom painted a wooden bench with storage in it purple and blue for my old room at their house, and it works well against one wall without interfering with closet access. Also from my old room at mom and dad’s, a little chest with hydrangeas works well beneath a window. And, bargain alert!, the big comfy chair was a steal at the Pottery Barn Outlet.

Seriously, it would’ve cost more to buy all black get up and hire get away drivers and what have you to steal it. $80 for the uncovered chair, $60 for the slip cover. Both in perfect shape! The trick is to find the un slipcovered pieces during an extra 20% off upholstery sale.

This room is by far my favorite in the house. Having a nursery at all is such a blessing after having only 1 bedroom to share with the first two girls. Two adults, 1 toddler, and 1 newborn in my old bedroom at my parent’s was… cozy. This nursery feels like pure luxury in comparison!

So obviously it’s no longer the 19th. I had to come back to this post another day because, well, I have 3 kids. CD and a house to renovate. Things rarely get finished right away!

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Photo courtesy of the awesome Nonnie Bella Photography. Crooked picture hanging courtesy of me. ๐Ÿ˜‰

And the real star of the show:

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In the long long ago

known as pre kid #3, we changed up the playroom. Can’t call it finished though since one might actually need to install their baseboards instead of just laying them against the wall for a room to be considered complete. But details, whatever. So yeah, we changed it up. With a toddler who loves to eat/throw/rip/jump on anything in reach, we needed storage out of her reach to keep some thing safe.

Thanks to a new neighbor, who is super crazy nice (they baked a lasagna for us after Violet came home!), we inherited a wooden bookcase. It’s like the real wood version of the ever popular Ikea “insert Swedish crazy name here” square bookcase that’s ubiquitous in kids patrons the world over. She did it on the side of the road. People are crazy with the things they want to trash! Anyway, it needs a fresh coat of paint, but yeah, that’s not going to happen. “Lived in” is my most effective decorating strategy around here, do a beat up bookcase fits right in.

We also rearranged the room, stacked our two shorter Container Store bookcases, and cleaned. A lot. Oh,ca note about the container store bookcases. We obviously bought them pre kids. Because if we’d had kids, we’d have known they were just ladders. Toddler definitely climbs up the side to the very top. Yes, they are screwed into studs in the wall with a metal bracket. Didn’t even trust any strap with this. So, advice to fellow toddler proofing parents with tall bookcases, metal bracket + screws into studs. Better and cheaper than kits with fabric strapping. My mom also kindly hemmed the curtains so they didn’t puddle on the floor. Somewhere around here are two more for the from Windows, but I have no idea where they hid themselves. Surely it wasn’t that I lost them.

So, pictures! And obviously it no longer looks like this. We have what I’m told is a set up of a dinosaur family with human, lion, and bear children. So yeah, watch your step. Dinosaur toys hurt almost as much as Legos when you step in them in the middle of the night.

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Treasure Hunting

It’s no secret that I’m captain of the S.S Cheapskate. I love me a bargain! I’m also super nostalgic. So when I stumbled upon a Cargo desk with huge hutch at the terrify store today, I did the happy dance. When I saw the price, I nearly knocked over the little old lady with blue hair to find my mom and share a happy dance. $40! Which is a steal. How do I know? Because this desk’s twin is in my bedroom right now. Non identical twin since mine has the small hutch & the thrift store one has a big one, but twins non the less. My parents bought an entire Cargo bunk bed/desk/dresser set when I was a kid. I very clearly remember climbing over all the display furniture in the store in Ingram mall, right below the elevator where they filmed the mall scene with Jennifer Lopez in the Selena movie. I’ve put that poor set through the paces. The bunks were given to other family over the years, but the desk & dresser are still mine. I can’t believe the luck in finding another desk, so both girls can have one! Especially since Cargo went out of business a number of years ago. Ours even more awesometastic because I need a place to store all of the preschool things we are starting to collect. This fits the bill perfectly for that. This is definitely a thrift store score!

Happy dance!

Saturday we went on a hill country tour for my big birthday adventure. It was awesome! Like ten chocolate cakes worth of awesome. Our first stop was Bandera. In an antique mall I found the prettiest light. It was hanging in the corner of the basement with no price. The wiring, while functional, was far from modern… or safe. Because it needed rewired, they sold it fit $17.50. Did I mention it was pretty? Painted glass shade in gold. Lacey cut outs on the metal fixture. Love it!
Love it so much I made us stop at home depot after we got back to San Antonio & buy a pendant light kit. A little tinkering by the husband later, and we have a new (old) light!
Sure it might have made sense to hang it in any of the numerous places we don’t currently have a light, but that would be too normal. I decided to switch out the fixture in the hall outside our bedroom. There used to be a boringย  globe light. Functional, but ugly. Now the new one hangs lower, de-emphasizing the ugly ceiling. Nevermind the unfinished walls. He did a great job with the wiring & hanging. I love having a handy husband. ๐Ÿ™‚ Before rewiring and after hanging in hall photos below. Details of Kerrville, Fredricksburg, and my actual birthday to follow soon.

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Freeeee

I love good bargains. The best bargains are, of course, totally free!

Free, freeee, free. I looove you freeee. Freeeeeeee!

That’s my made up song. I love free so much I made up a whole song about it. It’s also proof that up late with baby + up early with baby + time change doesn’t do good things to my sanity.

So, obviously, we got some free stuff. The water company held an event yesterday & Joe headed down to get the little free plants they were giving out. He picked a rosemary, which we’ve heard can help ward off mosquitos. And makes yummier spaghetti sauce. We didn’t know there would be a billion other groups there giving things away. His haul included:
Rain gauge
Thermometer magnet
Gardening gloves
Book about what to plant & when
Shopping bags x 3
Spray nozzle for the hose
Chart about how the aquifer works
Bookmarks (my phone tried to auto correct this to “boomer”…. not.allowed. Gig ‘Em!)
Water moisture measure with a frog on top
Low flow shower head

There were a few other odds & ends,ย  but those were the highlights. Awesome, right?! The train gauge is already getting a work out, & the rosemary plant and moisture meter will get in on the fun in the yard later today.

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Back to”normal”

Normal gets quotes because it’s not like I can pretend to actually be normal. I’m weird, & so normal is a completely relative thing. Speaking of, I blame my relatives for my lack of normal. ;p Oh, look. I went off on a tangent, see? Normal.

Lets try a real post now.

Joe is back to work! Having him home for 3 weeks was awesome, but those pesky bills kept coming. So back to a real job it is. It’s a really good one & I’m so proud of him! Things for the rest if us are getting back into a routine of playing, cleaning broken glasses off the floor, paying, laundry, cleaning, playing, eating, unpacking (still. Probably forever.), playing, blogging, playing. I love being home with my girls. We have a good time. Currently, it’s Lincoln Logs time. Joe got a best set if all wooden ones from my Grandma for his birthday. My patents had saved my olds set from the 80s, so now we can build quite the village. Also on the birthday present train came an awesome map with each country decorated with it’s flag. Ok, do I sold it to him as a birthday gify, but that was mostly my excuse for splurging on it. It was 10ย  whole dollars!ย  We all know I’m queen cheap. But, as a birthday gift, well, that makes it totally fun to splurge. It’s big, so I’m thinking of hanging it over the sofa in the playroom to take up the empty space on that wall. But thats so boring. Must contemplate more. Anyway, three guesses where I got it. Guessed Goodwill on the first try? I’m so predictable. I love me a Goodwill. I actually did a happy dance on Monday in another Goodwill. I found Joe’s exact hard to find size khaki pants in like new condition, which was exactly what I was there for! And? They were the color of the week! And?! It was a Monday so it was $2 off instead of just $1 off. Que happy dance!

Here are pictures of the Lincoln logs & map. Extra credit if you find all of the out of date flags on the map. ๐Ÿ™‚

post script: I’m signing Patsy up for pre school today. Nuts!

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