Raffia Cream, Surfer and Indian Paintbrush

I wonder who gets to come up with paint color names… it seems like such an easy gig, but in reality, I don’t think I could be nearly that creative.

So, the before pictures are really just to show the old colors… which is why you see corners and not big room pictures of the present disarray our house is in. 😉

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And now, here is the awesome.  We still have to finish getting furniture in place, but aren’t the colors pretty (not that the camera and evening lighting really do it justice).

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Week 26

Well, aside from one active little mover and shaker, not much else is new as far as Baby Girl goes. We are, however, getting closer to starting on her room. Today we had painters come and paint our entryway/living room/dining room/kitchen and we’ll have them come back and do the bedrooms and bathrooms.  While we could probably do the bedrooms and bathrooms ourselves… we decided to spend the extra money to save on time and sanity otherwise we’d have to paint when Enzo is asleep and we’d be lucky if we got one room done a weekend – if that, with the way things tend to work.  Plus, this way we spend fewer days amongst paint fumes and it’ll take painters 1 day rather than the several weeks it would take us.

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I’m really excited to make the house look more like ours and even more excited to get the kids’ rooms all decorated.  Eventually we’ll probably repaint the office downstairs and the guest/game room, but for now we’ll leave them as is.   I’ll post the before and after shots later… hopefully I can get the books back on shelves for the after shots, but it’s really more about the color of the walls than the décor, right? 😉

Pinky, are you pondering what I’m pondering?

It’s March and the husband and I have been pondering a lot.  The neighbors across the street just sold their town home, and according to our Realtor, now is the time to sell…

Which means we have to make some decisions pretty quickly, and it really hasn’t been easy. We’ve made lists of pros and cons and somehow they still manage to come out kind of even.

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Sometimes I think it’s a matter of being afraid of the unknown… it’s so easy to stay where one is comfortable, and even if the situation isn’t perfect, you at least know what to expect for the most part.

I’ve never enjoyed making big decisions. They stress me out and I worry that I’ll make the wrong choice.  It also doesn’t help that in this situation, as soon as we get close to deciding something will sway us back to the middle again and leave us second guessing what the right choice is. Like today… my 6 month review in my new position went well, so I get the second part of my raise.  I can pretty much guarantee you it’ll take me another 5 years or more to make the same amount if I leave this job.  However… it’s not really my ideal job, and I’m not as happy as I’d like to be, so is it worth the money?

It’s questions like this that make my brain want to shut down and not think about anything… procrastination for the win!  I know we have to make a choice, though… whether it be to stay or go; or for me to stay at a job that pays well, but isn’t really fulfilling in any other way or to stay at home.

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I admit, I’m not good with change and I worry about making huge leaps into the unknown. As for Josh… I think he’s leaning more towards staying, but me… I don’t know. I look at it from a logical standpoint and an emotional one, and I truly don’t know what the right choice is.  I want what is best for our family, but I think I need to figure out what that really means. Is financial security more important or one of a handful of other things?

I think it’s Friday night and I’m going to think about it later.  I know it’s silly to wait for a sign telling me what to do, but holy crap that would make it so much easier, wouldn’t it?

In the meantime… maybe I’ll go give the cat some attention. He’s been exceptionally needy lately, and I really haven’t been giving him much in the way of affection. Besides, cat purrs are known to reduce stress!

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The smell of new furniture…

Well, we’ve got our bedroom mostly put together now, and the office halfway there as well.  We’re going to pick up a small cube shelf for our bedroom to hold some extra shoes and to have a place for the humidifier and air purifier to sit, and then that’ll do it.  We don’t have nearly as much room in our bedroom now, but eventually we’ll be getting a bigger house, and do you really need a lot of floor space in a bedroom anyway?  I think we’re all much happier with the new arrangement.

Although next time we should probably actually measure things to make sure they fit so we don’t end up losing half our closet space as well. 😉

  

So with that done, we just need to move a few more things around in the office and it’ll all be complete!  I think Enzo will be glad when we are no longer spending half our time putting together furniture, and can more fully focus on him once again. He’s growing by the day it seems, and he’s started to laugh – real laughs, though they do take some coaxing.  He’s learning new things every day and is enjoying Peek-A-Boo, even if it scares him at first when his dad covers his face with a blanket – you get a lot of these faces, so maybe it’s just excitement and not “Oh crap, the world is ending!” Ha ha

Also a new first – he noticed one of the cats for the first time today. Usually he just doesn’t seem to notice them at all, but today he was playing and happened to look over at Ziggy who was on the floor taking a bath and he was completely enthralled.  He started reaching his hands out to her, but of course she didn’t want him touching her. I told her she’d better watch out because it’s only a matter of time before he’s chasing after them.

Changing it up… Before Shots!

Since we decided to postpone our move to Colorado, we decided we should at least make a few changes around the house.  We’ve been spending more time at home, for one thing, and will probably continue to do so as we save up money, or attempt to. (Why must there be so many irresistable cute baby things that I can’t help buying??). I digress.

So, we finally decided to buy matching bedroom furniture and matching desk sets for our office.  Josh works from home frequently and needed a better set up, and I couldn’t stand mine either, so for functionality we decided we might as well change up everything. Because we can’t afford anything super nice right now, we decided the IKEA route would be best, as eventually we do plan on replacing things with items that are higher quality and will last longer.

So, let’s start with the before shots (notice everything is extra messy and disorganized so it’ll look twice as awesome when the new stuff is in).

Ah the bedroom… the bed (and mattress) have seen better days and considering Josh got it used… I have no idea how old it is and don’t even want to think about the amount of allergens and who knows what this thing is holding.

We will be upgrading to a King Size bed as the Wonton is outgrowing his bassinet and our bed is getting small for the three of us plus two cats.

The dressers are mismatched and have seen better days.

Then there are our nightstands. Cheap. Cheap. Cheap. Plastic bins are great and all, but not really in the bedroom… granted we used these when we were in a room that had no space for nightstands, but that’s really no excuse now.

 Now for the office… everything mismatched, and neither of our desks really functional for what we want/need.  We each have two computers… we discovered our new computers won’t run some of the software on our old computers and right now it just makes sense to keep the old computers. Granted, I don’t use mine that often, but until we need a new scanner/printer  (my new computer doesn’t utilize the scanning feature very well – something to do with a 32bit/64bit difference, which annoys me to no end) I have to use my old computer to scan in photos so the quality is awesome and it separates them all out. Once again, I digress.

Another thing we want to do is move our giant elliptical into the office, so that means moving some furniture around, getting rid of a few things, and probably a miracle.

 

So there you have it!  Tune in, in a few days for the After shots!