A day in our life

I want to do a monthly recording of a day in our life. This means I basically carry my camera around my neck most of the day and photograph things as they happen. We have plenty of pictures of us all dressed up, with our hair combed (for those of us that have enough to comb), faces wiped and “we have got it all together” smiles on. Don’t get me wrong, I like a nice picture as much as the next person but the truth is that some days I barely run my fingers through my hair, my kids stay in their PJs all day and then sleep in them again that night and there is a not a serene “all together” moment to be found. I want to capture the reality of what our lives are right now. Life is punctuated by big events where we would never dream of not toting our camera. But strung in between are normal days made up of little moments. Those little moments are what I really live for- the moment when I am cuddled up reading to Hayleigh and I can bury my head in her and just inhale her unique sweet scent, the joy-filled smile Braxton gives me as he sees me for the first time each morning, the sounds of uncontainable laughter coming from the living room as they and Daddy play on the floor with wreckless abandon. So, because these moments are so wonderfully warm and sustaining and because they are as fleeting as they are wonderful, I really want to document them as best I can. I want to be able to look back and say “oh remember how much she loved that shirt?!” “Remember when he would make that face!?” I want to look at pictures and hear their laughter as it is now. Years from now I want to be transported back to the ordinary days. What you can expect from these posts is a.) lots of pictures of my family, b.) an ordinary day in our lives-nothing newsworthy or spectacular here. We probably won’t even leave the house. c.) No staged pictures or “cheese” faces, but there might be some runny noses. d.) The unedited chronicling (as best I can. I am no professional by any stretch. Please don’t expect high quality pictures.) of our life as it is right now, on a normal day. e.) If we are lucky we may get some small, magical moments. So, here goes: A day in the our life the first edition! (I got a bit of a late start in the day, 9amish, but for the first try it will have to do.)

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dancing to "markable" cows CD
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Hayleigh’s quote/s of the day:
“My birthday party is really soon. I so excited! But it is for B too. I have to take deep breaths. I will take deep breaths so I don’t so too excited.”
(When she was giving us a hard time about going to bed) “But I can’t help it if cries come out of my eyes!”
(When I had finally put away the pile of laundry from the window seat) “Oh no! We don’t have any clothes anymore! They were stolen!”
Braxon’s quote/moment of the day:
“Mama” !!!!!!!!! Smile

B at 11 months

I realize that no one but me will probably be interested in this post but I find this the best way for my scattered brain to chronicle life as it whooshes past me. So, because this information is only exciting or pertinent to Braxton’s mama (and because this is definitely a co-out of a post) I am letting you opt out of reading further right now. If you continue, be prepared for gratuitous pictures of my kids. You were not without warning.
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Busy. Smiley. A profession bottom lip sucker. Explorative. Recently infatuated with Daddy. 5 teeth and working on 3 more. Babbling all the time. You sing along with Hayleigh. You think peek-a-boo is the funniest thing on the planet. Love to hug. Sitting better for stories. New words: up, dog, vroom. Finally sleeping well without reflux meds. You are weaned and take formula from sippy cup, except in the evening when you still want a bottle. Working on a pretty sweet mullet. Can throw a ball almost as far as Hayleigh. You love to play with cars, especially your ramp set. Into everything, as in destroying/throwing everything you can find. You are so strong. The other day you were in your feeding seat and one of Hayleigh’s plastic chairs was next to you and you leaned over the edge of your seat and picked the chair up off the ground with one hand. You idolize Hayleigh and want to play with her all the time.  Still crawling but you can stand on your own and you walk holding onto just one of my fingers until I let go and you get so excited you fall/dive.
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Oh, how I love you, my sweet boy!
And just two of sissy because I can’t resist.
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Bathroom facelift: stage one ($0!!)


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Our bathroom was/is desperately in need of some TLC. It is embarrassing how bad it was when we moved in 2 1/2 years ago and how long it has taken us to spruce it up. For anyone who does not know and who isn’t sick of hearing it yet, we rent. So we are limited as to what we can do obviously. But I am determined to make the best of our situation and make our less-than-perfect rental house as pretty as I can. For this project, at least this stage of it, I was also determined not to spend any money. That’s right, my budget = $0. It was actually pretty fun and challenging. So, as you look at the pictures of our progress, keep those two things in mind: we rent and we are spending zilch on this project. The idea here is “better not perfect”.
Hopefully you will agree that its better. Here are a few before pictures.

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The walls were a lovely sponge paint job. (Again, I hate to admit we lived with that until now. Why??) I also had black and white décor, which was fine. I was just ready for a change. I had already taken most of it down for painting before I remembered to snap a few photos, but these give a general idea.
And here is our progress so far.

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We painted the walls with some leftover Taupe colored paint we found in the basement. We also painted the trim white instead of the flesh color they were. What a difference! We also replaced the black and white shower curtain with a brown one that we had in our bathroom before. Why do my tastes change so much?
Then I made some wall art for a gallery wall. This is the wall right when you walk in. I found the Keep Calm printable for free here. I used some fabric I had to put in frames and wrap around some wall art that used to hang in our bedroom. I love re-purposing! I also framed some scrapbook paper in a plastic ceiling medallion that I found laying around the basement from a previous tenant. Then I made a couple pieces of art myself: the “brush well” sign and the “men, women and children’s room” printable.

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I used some vases and bottles that I had previously found at garage sales and thrift shops to decorate the table. I also made some (very poorly done) decoupage balls out of scrapbook paper and Styrofoam balls and wrapped some yarn around a few smaller ones. I put them in a bamboo bowl I had gotten this summer at a garage sale for $1. 

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I really enjoyed the challenge of spending no money and only using what we had around the house. I am pretty proud of myself for not breaking down and spending even a few cents. Stage one has already made the bathroom look much better! I can’t wait to finish the next simple projects I have. It is refreshing to me that although we can’t change out fixtures we don’t have to resign ourselves to a totally ugly bathroom. Its better not perfect but I am enjoying making the best of what we have. It’s the little things.Have a great week and thanks for stopping by!

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