another day home

another day home

Today was a usual day in the way that it was not usual in any way. Normal has sort of packed and left, not that normal was a huge contributor around here. But it had a routine, albeit a small one. We got up, pushed two kids out the door, daddy’s been working from home for a while now so even that had become normal. But now we keep our bigger nerdlings home. We all work together to make the day work, we’re just still trying to find out when it becomes normal, at least for us, again.

Today went all right. We didn’t finish everything on the list, but I’m trying to take that in stride. We DID finish things on the list. That’s moving forward. I can handle that. I even got the valances and remaining curtains hung in the family room and kitchen. Cameron, as usual, came to my rescue helping me construct DIY valances without having to actually buy separate valances and their software. I saw the valances on Pinterest – of course, right? Unfortunately, it looks like one of our curtain panels was stamped crooked. That’s an entirely different story though – so long story short, I’ve got some fiddling to do with the valances.

Tomorrow it’ll be on to more school, definitely more cleaning, and invoicing too! Go go Paparazzi! Now for some Chocolate Peanut Butter Almond “ice cream”.



Just a quick note before I get my butt back into gear this morning – I’m typing this from Duncan’s new room! On the PC that has not run properly in… over two years? YAY for mommy [insert: FINALLY.] getting things up and running. The kids, of course, are thrilled that their little “puter” is back in service. I’m just thrilled that the house is almost starting to feel normal again! Want a little excitement in your life? Don’t rip out all the carpet in the upstairs of a 2,000+ square foot house and install flooring with four children underfoot. You’ll bite off more than you can chew. Well, you will if you’re anything like my-obsessive-compulsive-self. Next time I feel like I need excitement, I’ll mop the floor or do the laundry while blindfolded.

Regardless of the doom bringing chaos, it has been absolutely amazing seeing the transformation. I’m excited to finish up in Duncan’s room and tackle Liv’s pack-rat nest – and get some photos posted! Shocker, I know! I’m not thrilled with a few things (the floor is definitely NOT one of them, GORGEOUS!) but overall, I’m happy to have a little color, personality, and unique LIVED-IN characteristics going on here. You think it takes me a long time to post photos? Imagine how Cameron feels with how long it takes me to HANG photos on our walls…

We’ve managed to install all the flooring in the upstairs of our house, minus our master closet that will also be hardwood after we finish the upstairs, and Cameron has officially made his way down both flights of stairs. After some paint on the risers, the stairs will be ready for their own photo shoot! So many projects… so little time.

Which reminds me… I don’t think I’ve posted the kitchen counter photos yet. Oi. Baaaaad.

Regardless of my virtual lagging, the real-time house progress continues. Wish us luck! And feel free to share any ideas for gallery walls or storage miracles for paper-loving preteen girls! Onward and upward!

DIY Lightbox

DIY Lightbox

Disclaimer: I know I said I was going to post the new countertops… except, I can’t find the photos! I might need to take new ones. They’re coming, I promise, just need to find them or take new ones!

Today I’d like to share a quick little project that I did during my youngest’s nap time on a Friday afternoon! It wasn’t too in-depth and I managed to get the majority of it done while not only Chuck was out for the count, but Rach too!

I found the directions here, from a pin (on Pinterest, of course!) I’ve still got practice ahead of me with my photography but this is kind of a fun change for individual items that I’m trying  to get shots of.

Like this!

How cool is that shot? No distractions or random photo-bombing laundry baskets – pure owl. This is one of my sweet owls from my kitchen cabinets. I’ve mentioned my owl obsession before, right? LOVE. OWLS. All right, drool over.

So when you see this, what you’re really looking at from the big picture, is a little different…

The tissue paper lines the sides and the top of the lightbox. This allows the light in, but mutes it a bit too. The white thing draped from the top back side of the box to the front bottom side is just white poster board.

I used a box we had from moving – no, not recently, ha! We moved back in October of 2011 but we have a few things in boxes for storage and a few boxes that are flattened that we use for things like painting or just to put underneath projects we’re working on, etc. Plus –  we all know how OCD I am about organization – every time I get a new plastic rubbermaid-type tote for holiday decor, a new box moves into the box pile, ha! Anyway… I stole a nicer one and got to work with a small craft knife/box knife.

I took my pictures outside thinking that I would get the best light that way. I definitely got the best light in comparison to what I had inside. But! I found that outside, even in all that light, the sun still moves… some of my whites are lighter, others are darker. I’m sure there’s probably a way to solve this with either external light helps or settings on your camera, and so forth. But, alas, I’m not there just yet.

And, of course, the REAL reason I made the light box! We (the girls and I) love going through my jewelry! But for less than $2 you can make a nifty box like this – so why not make something that can get you some great shots of such a fun product!

So excited for my upcoming parties! DIY lightbox for under $2 and fun jewelry for just $5. Win win.

PS: My new Nikon D5100 + my new Prime lens = BOKEH!  I’m in love! Bonus points if you know what this means!

Monday Monday…

Monday Monday…

After two days of puke and laundry still coming out of my ears (or literally resting in my upstairs tub in the kids’ bathroom) I’m exhausted. We also painted the laundry room, hung the cabinet, put the bag holders on the wall, and I’m scheduled to spray paint tomorrow before a week of rain. Needless to say: I’m beat.

I kept Facebook up to date and really REALLY don’t want to retype. Here’s how our weekend went:

Status Update #1, Sunday: This is so incredibly depressing. I worked so hard this morning to throw this huge planned activity together for my Primary kids (we’re out of paper for the printer so I thought I was going to have to wing it entirely, but then I found some old scrapbook paper this morning that was a normal size with only one printed side that I could flip and use!) I put all the goodies into my Leprechaun hat – as bad as my Sunday was going – I couldn’t wait to get up in front of those kids! We piled into the car, and started to head out of the neighborhood when Charlotte threw up ALL. OVER. THE. CAR. The seat, the car seat, her dress, her jacket, down the door, on the door handle – LITERALLY. ALL. OVER. We turned around, bathed her in the kitchen sink, grabbed a different dress and jacket, got back in the car, went to church, sat in the foyer. She throws up AGAIN. I caught it IN HER DRESS and practically yelled at Cameron to open the door so I could take her out in the rain. Thinking she was done – I mean SERIOUSLY, where else could anything be stored in that little body? – I tried to comfort her from afar at which point she nearly throws up all over me. Poor Cameron, who has a very weak stomach, was scrambling to help but not get sick at the same time. We sent Duncan to get paper towels, I stripped her naked with a diaper – still in the rain – and walked around the outside of the church to meet the family at the car. We drove home with the windows down because of the awful smell, and I bathed her for the 3RD time this morning. Cameron left about 20 minutes ago to go teach his lesson. FACEPALM. I don’t think St. Patrick’s Day likes me. Ultimately? I’m really bummed that I don’t get to see my Primary kids with this beard and Leprechaun hat. 😦

Status Update #2, Sunday: Wow. *exhales* Rant over.

Status Update #3, after 1am Monday: Ladies and Gentlemen… We have a bug. Just cleaned off a hysterical 4-year-old covered head to toe. Stay far far away…

Status Update #4, about 7am: Ooh, and again this morning. Piled right on the carpet. The large plastic container I gave her last night? “It’s okay, mom, it’s not dirty.” Oh, GOOD! :-/

Status Update #5, again, around 7am: I feel like my cold is rearing its head again. Couldn’t get to sleep last night after Rachael woke me, then when I finally did Cam woke up because of a neighbor’s dog. This is gearing up to be an… interesting… day.

Status Update #6, about 1:30pm: We’re still alive! So far no more projectile incidents. Cleaned the upstairs carpets, painted the laundry room, and trashed the kitchen by emptying the laundry room into it so we could have room to paint, ha! Next up, watching the paint dry, filling the room back in, and then cycling through the new masses of laundry. I need to spray paint my displays but this sky is looking like rain. I guess I could spray and then move them… durnOregon.

Status Update #7, literally five seconds after I posted Update #6: UGH. I had to tempt fate. Good thing the bucket was nearby. She’s now contently watching “the Bob show” (Bob the Builder).

Wow. What a day. Night? Weekend? Afternoon? Wee hours of the morning? Call it what you will… it’s been a long one. Photos tomorrow of the kitchen counters, and hopefully I’ll be starting an apron for my Paparazzi parties! Must must get through laundry though. And spray paint displays before the good ol’ rain is back. Ahh, even when sick and when dealing with sick babies… life just keeps on going…