Friday, March 20, 2015

Laundry Room Triumph

I would be kidding myself if I didn't say that I feel like I deserve a medal at this very moment for my laundry room. You see. I am a habitual procrastinator. Combine this with being a creative decorating minded person and you have piles and piles of laundry. It is always the first household task that I forgo in the midst of busy life, and getting caught in other projects. We have just returned from spring break vacation. Prior to leaving we spent 2 days doing nothing but laundry. Before we left all the laundry was completely done. To commemorate this joyous occasion I took pictures. To celebrate even more I am blogging this to ensure the event does not go undocumented. That would just be a waste of a good thing. Without further is my laundry room:
The entrance

Lockers from a friend of mine who owns a store called Affected Interiors. They just had their grand opening this past Saturday. The lockers house all of our cleaning supplies, trash bags, toilet paper, paper towels, etc. Plus side if you have little kids and want a safe way to keep cleaning supplies out of harms can put a padlock on any of the doors. I bought these lockers from them in raw original form. However, they usually refinish their lockers in beautiful fresh colors!

My message center used to be in my kitchen. On a decorating challenge from a group that I am a contributing administrator for, we were challenged to move some furniture around. piece of furniture being moved usually starts a snowball effect in this house. I believe 5 area of my home were affected due to the moving of 1 piece of furniture. My Mid-Century Modern hutch is now in my kitchen, and my message center (aka paper piles) have been moved to this little area in my laundry room. I love it here as it is out of the way and I don't have to stare at all that paper.

Our sock organization system. The system works great when all of the socks are matched and put away.

A little craft project I did a couple of years ago. I love it when my laundry is sorted in all the right baskets. Which is rare. I do live with 5 boys.

This ladder rack is something I made and had used at my store for display. When I closed my store it was one item I couldn't bring myself to liquidate. It make a great drying rack.
Vintage ladder and vintage wrought iron corbel.

Our laundry room has great storage above the washer and dryer. However it is too high and too hard to get to above the machines, so I don't use them for every day items. We added the shelf on the right and the hanging bar when we renovated our home. The shelf above houses our extra booster seats and cleaning buckets. 

The color of the room was a mistake. It was suppose to be the same custom color that I created for our master bedroom which the paint company called "Aqua tint". However the day I showed up to the house and saw this I was in a bit of shock. It is true, pure Aqua. It was an accident, but it couldn't have been more right for the room. Our laundry room is small and narrow, this bright, clean, and happy color is just the refreshing color needed amongst piles of dirty laundry.

To the left is our list of house projects/fixes that need to be done. A list that is always kept up. I love to cross those items off!
My favorite part of the room is the growth chart on the back of the door. I now have to stand on a step stool to measure our oldest son who is 5'10".
So there you have it. A once in a lifetime event. If you happen to stop by on a random day, don't expect a tour of this room. I will non-chalantly point in the direction of the room and say "oh...and over there is the laundry room".

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Sawyer's Monthly Cuteness

When I took the first photo I didn't realize this was going to become a "thing", but by the second photo it had officially become just that. As a mother of all boys, there is a bit of nostalgia as I set up my baby next to my babies from my childhood. Playing house was my favorite thing ever. Cabbage Patch dolls, Barbie's, etc...I loved it. Now I get to live it every day.
On August 29th, 3 weeks early, Sawyer was born at 6 pounds 7 ounces. He quickly lost weight and was 5 pounds 14 ounces the day we went home. Just 1 ounce above the weight that he would have had to stay in the hospital longer. So for the next 4 weeks we nursed a lot. Finally at just a few days shy of his first month he was back up to his birth weight. We never supplemented once through it and he is perfectly fine.
2 weeks old
5 pounds 13 ounces
1 month old
6 pounds 7.5 ounces
Umbilical cord came off on September 22nd.
Still wearing preemie clothing.

2 months old
10 pounds 3 ounces
22.5 inches long
At week 5 Sawyer started intentionally smiling.
On October 4th our church ladies threw a surprise baby shower for us!
At 6 weeks we took our first vacation with Grandpa Bryan and Harrison to Aunt Mindy's in Ohio. Sawyer was a complete dream in the car both ways.
On October 26th Sawyer was dedicated to the Lord at Christian Life Church by Grandpa Bryan. I sang him a special song called A Mother's Prayer.

3 months old
12 pounds 2 ounces
Cousin Bella Rose was born November 2nd!
At week 12 you started babbling a lot more.
You enjoyed your first Thanksgiving at Grandma and Grandpa Bryan's house in Oskaloosa. You were a hit!

4 months old
13.4 pounds, gaining slowly but surely!
24.5 inches long
On December 10th you rolled from your tummy to your back.
You started tagging along with mommy to all of Xavier's wrestling tournaments. You are a complete dream and never cry. You pooped on Uncle Tim in Bondurant the first time he met you, but he didn't care because he was smitten.
5 months old
You are 16 pounds even.
First of the month you really started grabbing things that you want. You REALLY love mommy's long hair!
Speaking of hair, you have lost quite a bit of your baby hair and have a fuzz all over now from new growth. You have a few long hairs left in the back and on the top of your head. You have the most unique hair line in the front. Different from any of your parents or siblings. It has also gotten a lot lighter.
On January 17th we heard your first full belly giggle at Aunt Becky! You are still very selective on when you will let your giggle go. You love to be tickled but you just won't let the giggle release. You smile really hard, hold your breath, and suppress it.
You aren't rolling over very much yet, but then again you are barely ever put down because everyone loves you so much! You love your play mat. You have been a hand chewer since the beginning and life to gnaw on your thumb the most.
Your are the apple to your 3 brothers eyes. Xavier is busy but when he gets ahold of you he melts. You light up whenever any of your brothers are around. River runs to the van every day from school and goes immediately to see you in the car seat. You absolutely love it. Harrison loves you a smothering in your face kind of way. We can't turn our backs much when Harrison is around you...especially since he tried to pull you through the railing of your crib. Just a little bump on the head...but you survived. I am sorry to say that I am sure this will not be the last of your brother induced bonks.
Sawyer, it is so much fun to watch you grow! I can't wait to see who you are and where your place is in this family. How your disposition will interact with your brothers and what adventures lie ahead for you. However, if you could slow down just a tad, I would really appreciate it.
Love, Mom