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Our House, part 2

November 18th, 2011 | Posted by Brinestone in Uncategorized - (1 Comments)

 

I’m finally getting around to posting the rest of the photos of our new house. This time we’ll focus on the boys’ room and the bathroom. Our master bedroom is . . . not ready to show off, and I’m not sure it will ever be in this house. I’m just feeling pretty uninspired regarding it. Anyway, on to the main event!

Note: If you click on the photos, you’ll see them bigger.

This is what you see when you walk through the door into the boys’ room: a whole wall of drawers. Well, the bottom half of a wall anyway. Warning: my boys insisted in slipping into each of the photos as I was taking them. At first it kind of made me annoyed, but as it went on, I found it increasingly hilarious.

The boys’ bunkbeds:

Note Lego hurrying to get into the picture. I love the two huge windows in this room. I need to remember to open the blinds and curtains more often than I do. The above picture is the only one that kind of shows everything at once: the drawers on the left, the bunkbeds in the center, and the crib on the right. Here’s a shot of the crib itself.

At first I thought this was the only picture where the older boys didn’t get into it, but then I noticed Duplo in the mirror playing with the globe. Can you spot him?

I absolutely love the two afghans that are draped on the back rail of the crib. The zigzag one was done by my friend Ambrosia, and the one behind it was a gift from my new sister-in-law (or maybe her grandma? I don’t remember the specifics). I dread the day when El Guapo gets so big that he pulls them down constantly and I can’t put them there anymore.

The white door to the left of the crib is the door to our extremely tiny laundry room. Still, it’s a room, with a door, and our laundry can mostly be contained in it. I consider this combination mostly a total win. The door with a mirror on it to the right of the crib is the door out of the room.

And last but not least is one of my favorite features of the room: a comfy armchair. It ain’t pretty, but it’s great for nursing, for reading books, and for just sitting in while the kids play or do their morning chores and need assistance. I have wanted a comfy chair in the kids’ room for five years now, and this one was $10 on Craigslist. It may be the best $10 I’ve ever spent.

Since taking this picture I have hung up a couple more pictures on the wall behind the chair. Oh well. If you want to see them, you’ll have to come visit. ๐Ÿ˜‰

One thing I didn’t get a good picture of is the rug in their room. I love our floors, but they aren’t soft enough for little boys to play on, so I spent some time at yard sales looking for a rug. There’s a guy in our hometown who sells new stuff at his yard sale every single week during yard sale season. I’m not sure why he does this or how much money he makes doing it, but whatever. I bought this rug from him for $40 soon after we moved in, and it was new in the shrinkwrap. It’s nothing super exciting, but it’s pretty and it brings the room together.

On to the bathroom! You’re on the edge of your seat, I know.

I have mixed feelings about our bathroom. First off, the lack of baseboards bugs me almost constantly. Second of all, the toilet nook at the back right of the bathroom almost always smells like pee, no matter how much I clean it. Third of all, the mirror/medicine cabinet is ancient and totally beat up. But, you know, the pinkish 1960 countertop is pretty groovy. I was a little scared of pink at first, but I’ve tried to make it more classy with some red and sage green accents. The wreath on the far wall was free at a yard sale, and I kind of love it.

A closeup of the countertop and backsplash tile:

Also, I had to laugh when we moved here because a while back, a lady in our last ward gave me the pink bath salts and rose-petal soaps. I never knew what to do with them because, really, who decorates their bathroom with pink? But at the same time, who actually uses stuff like that to bathe with? I almost just threw them out or gave them away, but I couldn’t bring myself to do it.

One of my favorite features of this house, as I’m sure I’ve mentioned before, is the plentiful storage. The bathroom has 16 drawers under the countertop, plus this little door/drawer combo beside the bathtub. This bathroom has about five times as much storage, at least, as our last bathroom did. It almost feels indulgent.

There’s another large closet with shelves built in in the hall that links the two bedrooms and the bathroom, and a set of drawers and a door built into the wall in the master bedroom. There’s also a coat closet and a little pantry thingy in the kitchen. These built-in storage spots double as great hide-and-seek lairs for the boys. The one in the above photo has an added bonus: there’s toilet paper in there to sit on to make your hiding time even comfier.

Anyway, that’s more or less everything in our new house. A lot of family is coming to visit in the next week or so, so they/you will get to see it firsthand. I’m really excited to be hosting Thanksgiving this year. We’ll be eating in the living room, and our large kitchen will be great for all the preparation work and the cleanup. My entire family will be coming for that, but my sister Kenneren and her new husband will be up in Idaho for Thanksgiving Dayโ€”at least we’ll see them the day before for a few hours. And then next Sunday my husband’s family will be joining us for the blessing of El Guapo, so both families will be in town at once. I hope it all goes well.

I’m losing it.

November 12th, 2011 | Posted by Brinestone in Uncategorized - (1 Comments)

And by “it,” I don’t mean my sanity, though that might not be far behind. Stay tuned.

No, “it” is my hair. This happens every time I have a three-month-old baby, but this time is a bit different. I’ve been growing my hair out long again, and so when I’m in a stage of losing hundreds of strands a day, it looks like more because each one is so long.

I brush my hair in the morning and end up with a fairly large pile in the sink. I brush over the sink so I can find the hairs and gather them up to throw away. I then put my hair up to contain the hair loss as much as I can during the day. At night, I take out my updo and comb through my hair again, ending up with another large pile. It’s, quite frankly, gross. I’m so ready for it to be over.

To make matters worse, El Guapo is learning to grab things, so he thinks my long hair is a perfect handhold made just for him to stabilize himself while I’m holding him. He often ends up with five or six hairs wound all around his fingers, and I have a terrible time trying to untangle them.

So I’m in a situation where I need to put my hair up every single day, both to minimize mess and to keep El Guapo from pulling on the hairs that are actually still attached to my head. I can’t do a simple ponytail because my growing-out bangs are not quite long enough to stay put in it all day.

I’ve been twisting my bangs into a barrette and then putting the rest into a low ponytail, which is fine. It’s a good everyday style, even if it isn’t super great looking. But I’m interested in any suggestions my readers might have for what else to do with my hair that will a) contain my bangs, b) not take all day to do, and c) keep my hair far from El Guapo’s grasp.

C’mon, Internet! Do what you do best: present me with a deluge of information. ๐Ÿ™‚ Ready, set, go!