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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas

From baby proofing the tree....to hanging our new personalized stockings..and dressing up like a reindeer...our house is finally starting to get that Christmas feeling. It's about time, there are only 12 days left! When you have a baby to take care of even the fun things get put on the back burner. We'll have to get in gear sooner next year.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Faux Hawk



Yep, that's my son. You can thank my husband for that, oh, and a dollop of Aquaphor.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Trellis-ed out?

I know that trellis pattern is so 2009, but what can I say, I still like it. I try not to decorate using something that is super trendy for fear that in a few years it will look dated, but when I stumbled upon orange pillows, I had to buy them. I stopped my search for orange pillows or fabric to match our "new" chair
a while ago simply because I couldn't find anything. I was at good ol' Home Goods looking for a new lamp for the living room because, er, someone broke it. Okay, it was me. I was moving William's exersaucer, and as I did, it pulled the cord and the lamp came crashing down. When it happened, I couldn't help but think of the scene from A Christmas Story where the mom breaks the leg lamp. And yes, I did say "You used up all the glue on purpose!" out loud when it happened.
The yellow lamp didn't really match with the orange chair anyway (you can see it in the back of the photo above). But back to the story of the pillows, I was looking for a lamp when I spotted orange pillows. And the orange was just the right orange to match the chair, maybe it was meant to be.

The pillows are having a test run on the couch for now. They definitely make the chair seem to fit in the living room better, but they don't seem to go with the rest of the space. I think it is the painting above the couch that's really only there because we have yet to patch up the AC unit hole. So maybe down the road we will be able to hang some art that has some more complimentary colors. The pillows were only $20/pop so it's not like they're breaking the bank. What I really wanted were these, but these designer pillows would have cost about $100 a piece. No.Thanks. What do you think? I figure $40 for a pair of pillows to tie in the chair isn't so bad. Now I'm on a hunt for a new lamp.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Going Up

Our second floor, that was once lovely paneling and stick down orange carpeting is under renovation. Hopefully by the spring we'll have a functioning second floor. We hope to have an entertainment room with built-in shelving to house our huge tv and a third bedroom.
Here's what it looked like when we moved in:

And here's what it looks like now:

Big improvement huh? Dave's finished insulating the crawl space, rebuilding the frame around the crawl space and is in the process of ripping out the old floors and putting new ones in. So, yah, it's got a long way to go, but Dave has made a lot of progress already.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Time Flies

when you're having fun. Though, Dave may beg to differ. He's successfully re-wired 1/2 the house.
This is what William's room looked like in the process.
In the first six months in our house we got a whole lotta projects checked off the list, including painting, refinishing floors, replacing all the doors and building a set of stairs. We were told to get everything done on the house before the baby comes because you'll "never get anything done once you have a baby." Well, the advice was correct. At first, Dave needed to help with a newborn and now he's slave to William's nap schedule. No hammering and sawing can go on when a baby is sleeping.

In the (almost) six months since William was born little has changed in the house, but a lot has changed with our little man!
He's starting to sit up and is rolling all over the place. If we leave the room for a minute we'll come back and find him across the room from where we left him.
He tried cereal for the first time! He's not too sure about it just yet. But if he's anything like his mom and dad, he'll be a good eater!
In the normal scheme of things, six months is a short amount of time. But it's amazing to see what six months means in the life of a baby.
Coming home from the hospital... and now... Yep, that's the same hat!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Welcome to the world of cloth diapering

Yes, we use cloth diapers. And, no we don't go around hugging trees for a living. We are using them to be "green," but it also saves us some major dough, wards off diaper rash and are cute to boot! The only time we have diaper blow-outs(moms you know what I'm talking about) is when he is in a disposable. And, come on, who doesn't like a baby with a big butt?
In the first few years you have a kid, diapers are probably the biggest expense. William is only 5 months old, and the diapers have already paid for themselves. Before William fit into the cloth ones, we used disposables, either Seventh Generation or Earth's Best (to avoid the chemicals that can be found in other diapers). He was using about 10 diapers a day, meaning he would go through a pack of 40 in less than a week! The cloth diapers we bought,Fuzzi Bunz and BumGenius, are one-size-fits-all. So the supply we have will last him until he is potty trained! It's a big expense upfront at $20 a pop, but after that you never have to buy another diaper again. We have about 20 diapers and found that is the magic number. That way we don't have to wash them all at once. How does cloth diapering work you ask? We toss the wet ones into this hanging bag.If the diaper is dirty, we spray it clean using our diaper sprayer that is attached to the toilet. When we toss them in the wash they are just wet. We wash them every two to three days and then hang them to dry. We got a new Samsung washer and dryer which are amazing. The spin cycle on the washer rings them out so that they are almost dry!The new washer makes using cloth so much easier. Before, with the old washer that we inherited with the house, we would have to throw the diapers in and put it on a rinse cycle. Run back down to the basement to put it on a wash cycle and run back down for a second rinse cycle. The new washer allows you to program the wash cycle however you want, so we just push a few buttons and it rinses,washes, and rinses again without having to go down to the basement. I'm in love. Never thought I'd be so excited about a washing machine, oh how things change.
William even helps out with the laundry once in a while!

I was pretty hesitant to jump on the cloth diapering train before we had a baby, but now it is just part of our day-to-day baby routine. It's also pretty great that these diapers can be used for kid #2 (don't get any ideas now, this is a loooong way down the road).

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Small Updates

No major projects are going on right now in the Roache household. Though, Dave has been re-wiring a big portion of our first floor. Back in 1960, when the house was built, they thought it was good idea to put all the lights on one circuit. For instance, the light in William's room is the power source for the bathroom, our bedroom and front hallway. So Dave has to wire new circuits (or something like that, I have no knowledge about this stuff what-so-ever, I just take photos of it). In the process of fixing the bathroom wiring, he had to take out the medicine cabinet. And we decided why would we ever put that thing back up after taking it down.
And in its place we put up a simple black-framed $20 Homegoods special. The bathroom has a LONG way to go, but something as simple as taking out the old mirror makes it look a tad more modern. A new light fixture will spruce things up a bit too, though unfortunately nothing can make that green tile look any better.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Orange you glad I didn't say banana?




Do you remember that knock knock joke? It was my favorite when I was little and my niece Libby loves to tell it now. Yes, there is a elephant, er, bright orange chair in our living room. This chair has been a running joke in my family for some time. They (there are two of them) were purchased in 1978 and matched a lovely orange and yellow floral sofa in our formal living room growing up. We never really used the room but my brother and I loved each taking a chair and spinning around in them till we felt sick. Yes the chairs swivel and rock! So back to the joke, they ended up in my Dad's basement because they were "expensive chairs and too good to throw away." But of course, they are an ugly bright orange and my dad didn't want to use them in his house. My dad and step mom ask my brother and I every time we move if we want the "perfectly good" chairs. We always laugh and say no and so they have sat in the basement, until now. Our lack of chair in the living room made me think of the orange chairs. You couldn't believe how excited my dad was to get the chair out of his house and probably more in disbelief that I asked for them.
My first idea was to reupholster the chairs, so I headed to a small reupholstery shop in town to find out it would cost $650 a chair plus the cost of the material, uh no thanks. I can buy a very nice, not-made-in-1970-chair for $650. I told my dad to bring the chair anyway and we would see how it looked, and you know what? I don't hate it. (I am sure you do, I hated them for years) The chair definitely does not work in the space as-is. Right now it looks like I am going for a fall theme with the yellow lamp, yellow throw pillow and yellow-border rug. The wall art does not go either, but that is a temporary covering for the wall AC unit, which someday we'll patch over. So some new wall art, a throw pillow or two with orange accents and a new lamp and I don't think it will look so bad.
What I like about the chair is it's retro feel, it's comfortable and it swivels and rocks which is nice to have when holding William. We already have some orange accents in the room that tie in the chair. These C&B prints hang in the entryway and over the book shelf behind the chair. So now the search is on for some throw pillows and a new lamp. We won't keep the chair forever, so I plan on spending the least amount of money possible when shopping for these items. Think "design on a dime," plus I love getting a bargain. It's a good thing William is a good shopping partner!

Monday, August 8, 2011

Welcome to the Day Care


That's what our living room looks like and we only have one kid! I found a (pretty boring) rug for the living room play area and moved all our kid related items onto it, instead of having them scattered about our living room.
You can see the rug better in this photo, it has a brick-like pattern. An off white rug would have looked the best in this space, but I knew that was not a good option for kids! A new chair for the space is still up in the air. The flowered chair had to return to Homegoods (sniffle, sniffle). It really wasn't comfortable and just wasn't right for the space. So the search continues.
William has had his share of fun in his new play area. His girlfriend Isabelle came over to play!
Izzy was trying to teach William to roll over, but he just wasn't having it. They are already good at sharing! And William tried his exersaucer for the first time. Do you think he liked it?

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Redefining Space

I love the open feeling of our living room/dining room combo but part of the living room area is just wasted space at this point. I've been trying to figure out what to do with it since we moved in but never really had the motivation to do so.
See the whole area near the window? It's a blank slate.
Since William has come into our lives, so have a lot of baby items. We have a rocker, an exersaucer, two bouncy seats and a play mat. We need some room for these things since right now they are scattered everywhere from the kitchen to the dining room. I envision this part of the room to be a play area, lined with a soft rug and baskets of toys.
Along the wall in living room we have a bookshelf that I added baskets to for storage. Some of the baskets are filled with toys already. The leaning shelf on the other side is just asking for things to be ripped off of it once William is mobile. So, I emptied off the bottom two shelves and replaced the breakables with baskets for more toys. Does it look as nice? No, but it makes it more functional and pretty soon all the "pretty" decorative items in our house will have to be removed anyway.
One problem with the space is the chair. It's kinda ugly and takes up a ton of space. It matched our old sofa but the people who bought the couch did not want the chair to go with it. So, here it sits. Last week I moved it out of the room and realized how much space that thing took up and knew it was time for something smaller and prettier to go in its place. So the search has started for a chair and I ended up with this..Though, I'm not so sure about it. I love the retro fabric and the casters. But an armless chair is not exactly comfortable and I think it may be too small for the area. The space could probably hold two chairs but a. there was only one and b. it would be twice the money. I apologize (yet again) for my poor photography skills. I really need to figure that lighting thing out. So for now the chair stays. Dave has yet to see it, I'm sure he'll veto it right away. Maybe you will too. I do realize that it doesn't "match" the room and I'm okay with that. Just not sure if it even goes. It may be back to the drawing board.