1. After living here for 8 years, we’re finally starting to decorate our master bedroom. It was beige for a long, long time. We’re painting it a deep teal color called “Ocean Voyage” by Valspar, which is way more daring than I usually am. I was in the mood to make a big change, though, so I’m taking the leap.
We’re doing a total overhaul of the room with a new bed, lamps, window treatments, flooring, you name it. We’re working on the master bath, too. Both rooms are disaster areas at the moment, filled with ladders, drop cloths, tools, and all that stuff. Can’t wait to get it all done, but it might take a while!
Snapped this photo in the middle of painting the room that shows what a dramatic change the new color is going to be (wish me luck!):
2.My mom adopted a Yorkipoo puppy (!), which has been the cause of much excitement in the family. She named her Reese (after the Cups, not Witherspoon). Her first day in her pen, she escaped when we weren’t looking. We couldn’t figure it out. One minute she was inside it. The next she was outside, but the gate was still closed.
The next day, Mom caught her in the act–she was actually scaling the bars of her pen and falling over the side! We couldn’t believe it. You can see how tall it is in this photo–and how tiny she is (about 2.5 lbs).
We thought she may have gotten a concussion from the fall. When we went back to visit Reese two days later, she just wasn’t herself. We took turns holding her and trying to get her to eat or drink, but she was lethargic. You can see in this photo (below) how pitiful she looked that day. When I was holding her, my nephew Jack asked me, “Is she dead?”
After a trip to the vet we learned she had a parasite. She’s been treated for that and is now a happy, active pup again. Just look at that face! Adorable. We’re all in love.
3. We finally replaced our old white fridge, which hadn’t been working well for months. Some days we’d find our milk and lettuce frozen. Other days nothing seemed cold enough. It was 16 years old, and it was time. But still, I kinda hated to see the old girl go…
After doing lots of research and shopping and agonizing over what to replace it with, we ended up with the Whirlpool Gold model with French doors.
Pros: We got the fingerprint-free type of finish because I didn’t want to worry about smudges all the time. So far the fridge itself works great and has plenty of storage–I especially like the “deli drawer.” Most of all, it’s nice to have the water in the door–I don’t miss refilling that Brita water dispenser every day, that’s for sure!
Cons: I’m still not used to having all of my frozen food in a drawer on the bottom. It’s hard to keep it organized and to find stuff down there. Anyone else have trouble with that?
4. We discovered a game called Settlers of Catan and have been having late-night tournaments around the kitchen table. It’s kind of addictive. Here’s a picture I snapped of my son Jake and his girlfriend Callie during one of our marathons:
5.We celebrated my birthday at my parents’ house this week. My aunt drove up from St. Louis, and it was great to see her. My brother and his family just moved back to town from Pittsburgh, so they joined us, too. That’s my sweet niece Emma at the table next to me and my daughter Lily, ready to help blow out the candles if necessary.
Finally, I can’t resist slipping in a photo of my dog Maizie. (What good is having a blog if you can’t bore people with pics of your pets and kids now and then? Ha.) She looked pretty jaunty in her Easter scarf, didn’t she? She’s doing great, although she isn’t quite sure what to think of that energetic new puppy yet…
So that’s what’s been going on here lately. How was your April? Any house projects you’re working on? Do tell! -Julia