Garage Makeover

I cleaned out and reorganized my garage today. I spent 10 straight hours in there and the process was hot and sweaty and definitely not fun but it’s DONE and it feels AMAZING!! Here are some before and after pics. It isn’t glamorous but for some reason it just makes me feel better about my life! Lol

Here are some before & after’s:

Every time I open the garage door I feel a sense of peace now. Ahhhhhhhh….

Happy Birthday, Chloe!

Chloe is 10! I can’t believe it! Of course I had to make her a cake. She requested something with soccer and puppies:

She also requested Buc-ee’s for her birthday meal. Request granted!

We had to get creative with the birthday party this year. We decided to have a party on Zoom with her friends and family. It was a little awkward, but unforgettable! She wanted to have the party in her new room:

Happy Birthday, baby girl!

Chloe’s 10th Birthday “Experience”

Behold! My latest design project! Every year for the kids’ birthdays I give them a birthday “experience” vs. gifts. Well this year it was hard to do a cool experience because, well… it’s hard to experience anything fully these days. So Chloe asked if she could have a bedroom makeover. She helped me paint and then slept in my room until I was done with the rest of the transformation. Voila!

The last time I redecorated it was 5 years ago, when she was five years old (and I couldn’t believe she requested a pink room back then!). When her dad died last fall she brought over a bunch of things from his house and her room just ended up a big “hodge podge” of styles and STUFF. Needless to say it was in need of a makeover so I was more than happy to do it! Before and After:

It was definitely my biggest design challenge to date. Her room is small so space is always an issue. She has wanted a desk for awhile so I had to get creative with that. She also loves STUFF so storage is always an issue as well. She just HAD to keep the fuzzy turquoise blanket from her dad’s house so I had to work everything around that. In the end, I am super proud of how it turned out! She loves it, too, so my heart is very full right now.

The bed solved a lot of the storage issues:

I had to highlight some of her memorabilia from her dad’s house. The drawers on the wall are drawers she brought over from her dresser there, because they used to write notes to each other on them. I filled the shadowbox with special items that held memories for her:

I solved the space issue and the need for a desk with this cool thing, which Chase helped me install:

And the rest was just designed around the things she loves:

Happy Early Birthday to my baby girl!

Happy Birthday to Me!

I had a nice quarantine birthday today! It was all about ordering food: Duck Donuts and Starbucks for breakfast, Urban Picnic for lunch, and Nothing Bundt Cakes for dessert! (Once again, the kids wrote the card.)

My mom and I did our annual “Happy Birthday to Both of Us” FaceTime…. It was a good day. 🙂

My colleagues at work pooled together to get me a Visa gift card and I was soooo excited because I used it to buy myself some headphones! Let me explain.

Since becoming a 100%-of-the-time working mom, there are some parts of my life that are gone. One seemingly small thing I have missed is my TV time. When I had them 50% of the time, or even 75%, I had some weekends/nights to myself to relax. Once I had my kids all the time I realized all my favorite shows were not kid-appropriate. If I did have the energy to watch a show after they went to bed (rare), I had to hold a finger on the mute button just in case something popped up on the screen that I didn’t even need the kids to hear. Know what I’m sayin’? Anyway, a friend of mine gave me the idea of getting bluetooth headphones so I could watch without worrying about what the kids would hear upstairs. This gift card from my coworkers gave me the freedom to sit back and enjoy my shows without worry. Ahhhhhhhh…. It’s a beautiful thing.

Kids’ Bathroom Makeover

We decided to make the most of our time at home and do some home makeovers! First up: The kids’ bathroom! Chloe helped a lot and we are very proud of it. It was in desperate need of some TLC! Cool story: I found the 4 pictures on Amazon and asked the kids what they thought of them. Apparently their dad had the exact same ones at his house. They thought that was really cool. SOLD.

Here are some before and after shots:

Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day was weird this year. Usually school coordinates a Mother’s Day art project or something, and we couldn’t go anywhere for the kids to try to do something else. Chloe surprised me with a cereal breakfast in bed, and I ordered us cakes and let the kids type in the message for the card. I can explain their names on the card: A substitute once pronounced Chase’s name “Kahsay” when calling roll (made me think of the Key & Peele substitute teacher video!) and Chole is a common misspelling of Chloe’s name (for reasons none of us understand)!

Me as a Pirate

I scratched my eye or something. Felt like I had rock salt in the back of my eye. Chloe and I made a makeshift eye patch out of a headband and old fabric to keep pressure on it. I asked the kids, “Do I look like Nick Fury?” They were not supportive.

I was hoping it would get better on its own but it wasn’t long before I couldn’t take it anymore. I had to go to the eye doctor. It was quite the ordeal getting there. I took off the eye patch contraption before I left and found some gauze to hold over my eye instead… so I wouldn’t look totally insane walking in. I geared myself up with the mask my mom made me and headed to the car to drive there. But my garage door didn’t open. Ugh. “No problem, I’ll just pull the release cord and get out manually.” Except the cord wouldn’t release. And I couldn’t see it well enough to figure out why. I immediately started crying. Like… SOBBING. I headed back inside to call an Uber. Couldn’t read the screen between my bum (and holy PAINFUL) eye and my tears. Had to look up the address because I had never been to this (or any!) eye doctor before…. Chloe walked downstairs to find me sobbing in the kitchen and was like, “Uhhhhh…. Mom?” Anyway, I finally got the Uber and I probably looked very diseased and terrifying but the driver was nice about it.

At the eye doctor I was poked and prodded in ways nothing can prepare you for. Remember, this was my very first eye doctor experience so I was unfamiliar with all the things. The doctor was very nice and helpful, though. She tried super hard to find whatever was in my eye that was scratching it all to hell, and eventually just did a big eye wash and got whatever it was flushed out. Now I’m just on eye drops to treat the scratches it left behind but I can SEE!!!!!! It’s a beautiful thing. But Chloe has to do my eye drops for me because I’m still a big wuss.