Friday, July 9, 2010

July...the month we'll become parents

With baby on the way we've had some extra motivation to finish up a few home projects since we know our life will just get crazier. Most of these projects have been inside (reorganizing EVERY nook and cranny, the big office overhaul, and of course the nursery---see below for pics). The biggest project has certainly been the back yard. The yard has actually been a continual project since we moved in 5 years ago. I wish I had a picture from when we first moved in, it was so messed up and gross, and one of each summer after. Each year we save up money to do something to make it look a little better. We feel confident that as far as aesthetics in the landscaping go we are finally DONE (except for a few fun extra plants or cute decorations! I won't be able to help myself!). Keith has worked SO HARD on our yard this summer, and I've been a great supervisor...he he he! I'm so proud of how it's turned out and so proud of Keith! Our next yard expense will most likely be a sprinkler system, but that may have to wait for another year so we can save up again. Either that or a swing set! We'll see how irritated Keith gets moving hoses around this summer, could move up that project date.
We have a place to sit and visit, a place to eat, a place to lounge in the sun, a place to play in the grass, and most importantly a place to roast marshmallows! Notice the little fire pit area in the far corner? We're glad it's finally getting warm so we can use it!

Other July pics:
A beautiful rainbow for Erik & Laura's wedding up at Schweitzer.
Early morning up at Deer Lake on the 4th of July.

The nursery is complete! I can't wait to put a baby in it!
The culminating nursery project:

As I was searching the web for the perfect nursery wall quote, I found some very fun wall art which inspired THIS cute little branch and birdie. I spoke with my friend Kara, who is a wall art goddess, she gave me a few tips and she loaned me her projector.  I found a sticker that was just perfect, and simple enough that I felt confident I could actually paint it on the wall. I went to work---never mind the odd hours that this project just had to get done in or the panic in my voice when I was told it would have to wait! I"M NOT CRAZY, I"M JUST NESTING.
Last week Keith and Marissa were worried about what other crazy ideas might pop in my head that I just couldn't deny...there were quite a few, but I think the nesting has slowed down a little this week and they can rest easy I won't be recruiting them for any more heavy lifting,  furniture building, or complete reorganizing 
(at least not today).


Erin said...

Love, love, love the nursery!!! I can't wait to hear the news of your sweet baby's arrival.

The Boggs Family said...

Everything looks soooo good you guys! Wow, your yard is an inspiration - love all the different spaces & their functions - it's like, the ideal yard for sure! :) (well, minus of course that swing set you were talking about once kids are playing back there) :) So fun! LOVE your nursery too, and am smiling at your wall art... that is totally what I've been hoping to do in Maggie's room! A fun branch with a birdie sitting there. A year has gone by (almost) since we've moved in & still, no branch on the wall. I found some cute ones on etsy, but after seeing your hand-painted perfection, it might be more fun to try that route?! :) GREAT, great job & I cannot wait to see/meet your newbie! Way to go you guys!!

McMurrays said...

love love the birdie and branch and the yard looks amazing! the fire pit is my favorite. . so fun!
excited for this new baby to arrive!

Emilie said...

The nursery is perfect-I LOVE the branch!!

Amy and Jonathan Hook said...

I love how all your projects turned out! Way to go on the backyard - you are an inspiration! And the nursery is fantastic :). I'm excited to hear if it's a boy or a girl!!