Wednesday, September 23, 2009

The 8th Month

These days time is flying faster than I thought it ever could. In the first 6 weeks of Carter's life a week seemed like a day and a day could seem like a week, I was adjusting to a whole new world and it wasn't easy! He has changed so much over his 8 months of life. And I can now say I'm a pro at being a mom. Boogers- no problem. Poop - not that big of a deal if it gets on me now, it washes right off ;) Holding him and 5 bags of groceries, diaper bag and unlocking the car -just another day in the life. Changing a diaper to a boy who won't sit still for one second - simple.
He now flips to his belly the minute I lay him down to change it. It seems like years ago when he couldn't roll over, or even lift his head.

He's no longer a tiny baby, he is a person with real emotions, not just hungry and sleepy. He will get devistated when we shut a bedroom door right before he crawls in. He is happy to see me when I get home from work, with swinging arms and a huge smile.
He has been crawling for a couple months now, and let me tell you he is fast. I see him across the room turn away, turn right back around and he's at my heels, AH! Like a scary movie when someone shows up out of no where. lol
He loves everything he isn't supposed to have, like in our guest room, aka, my storage for future "projects"
oh hi mom, should I not be in here?

He is his own person, saying "uh" "mmm" and other grunting sounds. He lights up when its time to eat. He knows his name and understands what I am saying I just know it. :)
He has 6 teeth and another one coming in on top.

He can stand alone for long periods of time, and he loves to watch... the weathermen? yes his favorite thing is Rick Mitchell our local weather guy. Before he could even crawl when his theme song came on Carter would stop and stare for the whole thing, then go right back to what he was doing. Its pretty hilarious.
Still watching... just can't get enough..
He is such a big boy now, everyday I don't think I can love something that much, but everyday I just love him more! The months are going by faster and faster, I hope I never forget how special this time is!


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Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Finally! Done with the my table and chairs

This is my table before, (can you tell I have a baby?) it is just solid wood, clear finish, very sturdy, and I like the look of it so I thought it would be easy to just refinish it. Then I decided to just paint it. Little did I know it would take me about 3 months to finish!



This is the whole dining area before, the blond wood with the yellow walls all faded together, and was very drab, the picture on the wall added nothing but boredom also. Everything was exactly the same color. ugh it needed an update.


The first thing I did was sand it all over, not even a hardcore sanding really only enough to rough it up, it was very hot that day back in late May. I wasn't a big fan of the sanding part.
Then we did 3 coats of brown paint, I wanted the brown to show through the black like aged a little. This was the most time consuming part because of the dry times.


It turned out like this. I like it, although it doesn't show up in real life very well, so for the chairs I skipped the brown and just did black, it was a little too much work for not enough results.

So I got done with the table and then I had to do the chairs, I was just going to have them recovered and paint them, but I couldn't find any fabric I liked and I was very ready to get this project done. The chairs set around the table primed for about a month. So little by little I carefully painted around the fabric. But finally it is done! I'm still working on the wall decor in this area. I love that star, but haven't come up with a solution for what to put with it. I also spray painted the tacky gold light fixture. It looks completely different and really adds to the table I think.

Before, Yuk! a little dusty

After MUCH better, cleaning it alone made it look different! lol

So here it is the whole dining area, it took forever, but I'm SO glad I did it, I feel like it really brings a new feeling to the space!

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Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Before and After Party

I have really been wanting to make something with chalkboard paint ever since I found out about it. It comes in spray paint even. So when I found this thing at the Goodwill I saw its potential.
A dark blue frame with a rose tinted flower bouquet. The frame didn't even match the print inside? Oh well I knew it could be my chalkboard Ive been looking for. Only $3!
Here is how it turned out!

Much Better!

I just took the glass from the print and scratched it up with sandpaper then put about 4 coats of spray chalkboard paint on it. Sprayed it white and then used tan paint I already had to paint the lattice part inside. Now I just need to find a place to hang it, its just sitting on a bench in our living room for now. So I think the total for this was about 10 bucks, with the spray paint.

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