Friday, January 29, 2010

Adventure time!!

FRESH OFF THE JET!! Donut of Misery has started...and I am ready to go on an adventure with my girlies!

Adventuring will start after we get paid, lol. We're in a new place, surrounded by new things, and I hope we can take advantage of that. I'm making some lists (checking them twice?) and trying to map out some different things for us to experience, keep us busy, and keep us sane.

If you would like your own DoM, check this one out...It is an excel download. :)
Donut of Misery

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

So much to decorate, so little time?

Almost fully moved in to the new digs. I left some things in the garage, because they aren't totally essential, and I want to see if they even need to come inside. We tried to move in a little at a time. Loading in the bed, bath, & kitchen necessities. Then the living room & office...and my craft room (yippee!). Even though we have about 100 square feet less than the old place, things seem much more sparse. Sparser? I had done little to no decorating at the last house. We had intended to rent for a year or so, and ended up there 5 years. It's not like we could paint or anything, but I had a handful of things on the walls. Here, I've already hung a lovely shelf for the entry. I've picked out paint for a dining table project...and might even use the paint to brighten a wall in the kitchen. It's post housing, so we have to return it to it's original shape. Which is cream & beige. Everywhere. Seriously...EVERYWHERE.

I'd like to go with a citrusy orange theme in the kitchen. To get me started, my thoughtful husband bought me my first orange item - a Brita water pitcher! I also need dining chairs. I don't plan on making them match. Whatever I get will be stripped and repainted to match the table. I thought getting some different types of chairs might be a fun touch.

The downstairs bathroom is devoid of all personality! I actually saw some really pretty bamboo bath items, a lovely shade of brown, that I will pair with a soft green. It's a half bath, so I don't need a lot, just a trash can, some hand towels, etc. But I do want it to be inviting to guests.

The bedding in the master bedroom is dark brown. I have a striped, light blue chair for my room...and I think I will try to match that light blue to some paint, and do an accent wall. I might also paint the whole thing, I'm not sure yet. I'm a fan of accent walls...and really it seems like it might save me some money & work later, when I need to repaint to return it to it's original creaminess. I have no bedside tables...I would like to find some, and also a little bench for the end of the bed. The tables will need lamps, I think...maybe.

There is a dining room downstairs that we've converted to a play area for the girls. I'd like to block it off with something like this. Just to keep their area separate from the rest of the room. We have some chalk paint that we're going to use on that! We're in the process of procuring one of those play kitchens. It's taken a while to find exactly the right kind. I want to set it up with little stations like they do at school. I just got them a book case to hold books, among other things.

The living room...oy. I own a love seat...and right now my striped blue chair is visiting downstairs to give us some extra seating. I would really like a big couch in there. Maybe one that has a chaise on one end! Eric says he wants it to look "like a palm tree". ...Green & brown? Coconutty? He's not sure, but he thinks it would be cool. :) So...I will do what I can to make my living room look like a palm tree. And even though we decided no major purchases while he's deployed, I'm going to put my doula money towards getting him a fabulous TV. I dunno what that means right now...I only know ours is "so outdated" (it really is, I agree with him!)...and if we get a new TV, we'll need a new entertainment center...and our DVD player is acting up. We should just switch over to Blu-Ray if we're going to upgrade, right? Just some thoughts. Nothing concrete right now.

I really would like to make this place seem more homey. ...And also park my car in the garage. :)

Thursday, January 14, 2010

New Year...

The new year always feels a tad anticlimactic. You're sort of waiting for something to change or feel different...sort of like when you were a kid and you had a birthday. You thought for sure you'd feel taller or smarter or something.

I am in a new place for the start of this year, though. My family successfully made it to our first duty station with all limbs attached! I think we really survived so well because we split the kids up. One rode with dad in the big Penske, one rode with mom in the little SUV. Being in such a new place has been a struggle. Getting used to the snow, the cold, the inescapable feeling that with your next breath you're going to officially replace your entire body with cold air and drop to the ground all blue and icy-like. With a new place comes new routines...Oldest now gets to school by bus. I was very nervous for her, but she seems to do okay. I *might* have forgotten to meet the bus two days in a row, but I think that's sorted out. Heh.

This is the first time in over a year I have lived with my husband while he's had a *job*. Haha, that sounds awful, but he left for Basic last February, and I never had to deal with the early morning wake-ups or the return in the evening, just in time for dinner. It's a hard routine to get back in to. And since we've only been living as a family again for a few weeks, it's hard to adjust to the FOOD. The girls and I ate whatever...PB&J, soup, fish sticks, eggs. Now I'm cooking man sized food again! Making actual meals in a kitchen! And last night was a kitchen FAIL. I tried to make bread, but wasn't sure what to do to let it rise in the arctic temperature. Well, whatever I did, didn't work.

Our garage is still full of things that need to be put away...and quickly, since we have a freezer arriving soon. (You may wonder why we need one with 2 feet of snow in the yard...but ...we just need it OKAY?) ...In order to put things away from the garage, the house should be a tad neater than it is right now. ::sigh:: Which means I should publish this and go on!