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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

long overdue

Crazy to think it's been exactly one month since the last time I posted about our somewhat crazy life.  I hope you all had a great time ringing in the new year... we stayed home... and have been enjoying the month of January.  No snow and mild temperatures doesn't make it feel much like winter around here.  It makes it hard for the girls to want to go outside and play too.  But, we did get four or five inches yesterday and they both went out and got some fresh air.  They came inside with rosy cheeks and thoroughly enjoyed their hot chocolate.


open wide...

I wanted to share with you a Christmas gift that Scott made for the girls.  I saw the original design on Pinterest, and knew Scott could pull it together quickly.  I found the sheet at Saver's, trimmed it to size, and sewed on the elastic.  


After Scott built the frame, I draped the sheet over the top and wasn't happy with how it was laying.  It kept sagging into the center, so Scott attached to wooden dowels to each side.


And because the tent wouldn't stay upright on the wood floor, Scott decided to put to wooden pegs into the tops of each X.  They're removable, so putting the tent away is still easy to do.



Unfortunately, they haven't been playing in it as much as I thought they would.  Not sure why.  Either way, it's cute to look at!

Last weekend Scott removed the cabinets that my parent's installed nearly 15 years ago.  They worked well for them, but they just weren't our style.  We are planning to re purpose a few of them elsewhere in the house, one as a TV cabinet downstairs and another in the upstairs bathroom.

The room will one day become our dining/sitting room, but until we add some wood floors and remove carpeting in another room, it will just be a sitting room.  Besides Maria's room, it gets the best light in the house and make a great knitting room.  We're hoping to get the entire downstairs (besides the kitchen) painted in February... we'll see.


Scott and I are planning a very important trip down to Minneapolis on Friday.  We're dropping the kids off at Grandma's and then making our way to into the city for a one night stay and a whole lotta shopping!  We're going to make a stop at Hunt & Gather to see what vintage goodies we can find for our home, as well as a much needed trip to IKEA to pick up this, maybe this, and some other things. I also love this idea for using spice racks as bookshelves.

The cabinets and bookshelves are going in the playroom upstairs.  I am anxious to get that room organized and decorated. 

I gotta go get the kids in bed, so hopefully I can get around to sharing more later.

Enjoy the rest of your week!


  1. I have that exact tent saved in Pinterest, as well - thanks for sharing your tips on how to make it better! :)

    Have a safe trip!!

  2. Have a safe trip and a wonderful time at IKEA :)
    Love all the ideas you have to make your home cozy and wonderful.


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