Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Yesterday afternoon I had Oprah turned on as I was cleaning the house. She had Nadya Suleman, aka Octomom, on the show. In part of the interview they showed some video of Octomom at home with her 14 children, eight of them babies less than two years old. It was a pretty chaotic, noisy video clip, and Henry and Owen were glued to the screen. When I noticed how interested they were, I said to them, "Wow, look at all those babies!" and Owen says, "Oh, I wish we had a house full of babies!" Then Henry, in a voice that sounded like Sloth from Goonies, screams, "BAAAAABY!!!!"
Monday, April 19, 2010
Shortly after Tim and I were married, I worked at the electric shop on the campus of BYU. I was a secretary for most of that time, and my favorite part of the job was answering distress calls from people stuck in campus elevators. I really loved that job--I had a radio, so I always knew what was going on around campus. One semester instead of working as secretary, I worked on fire alarm systems. I learned all kinds of stuff about how to do electrical work and lately, my knowledge has come in handy. Take a look at the change I made in my entry lighting.up for sale on Craig's List in case anyone reading has just gotta have it. It wasn't really terrible, it just wasn't my thing.
I found this used chandelier at the local Habitat for Humanity Restore. It cost 15 bucks. I covered the lampshades with some craft paper, mod podge and bias tape for the trim. I covered them while listening to general conference. Before the last conference talk was over, I had myself a pretty cute light fixture! The biggest problem was finding a bracket to fit underneath the cover to attach it to the ceiling. Luckily my awesome dad came to the rescue and welded one for me.
This is the finished light! Isn't it cute? I love it.
Sunday, April 11, 2010
I've got some house pics to share. There's still so much to do, but we are moved in and the decoration has just begun. I haven't hung even one picture yet, and the walls are bare. This past week I was just enjoying walking around barefooted and not having to do anything! So here are some before-and-afters of our new house.
We removed carpet and tile and installed new laminate flooring in all of the living areas, kitchen, hall, and office. We removed the built-in in the great room and replaced it with a craigslist oak thing I rescued from a trailer park that will soon be black and have a renovation of its own. We removed wallpaper, painted the walls beige with white ceilings and white trim, and put in new baseboards. While all of the doors were off, we painted the hinges and knobs with some oil-rubbed bronze paint for a more updated look than the old gold color. I LOVE my floors. I can't wait to do some window treatments and make things look a little more home-y.
Check out the crazy paint in the master bedroom. Who would do this? I just don't get it. It was so ugly. When I wonder why no one else bought this house before we did, I just have to think about this room and it all comes back to me. This room was painted completely brown, vaulted ceilings and all. Someone painstakingly painted and sponged everything--even the doors, except they were too lazy to move their bed and paint behind it! Once we painted this room, it was unbelievable how much bigger it looked. You have to have seen it to really understand how much the room is transformed.
So, that's about all I have to show! I've got lots of plans and am I the only one who wishes she could just get rid of all of the old mismatched furniture and get all new?!?! It will come with time, I guess. This past weekend we were doing our best to eradicate the dandelion population that has taken over the front and back yard. Honestly, I'm not sure there is any grass left.