Happy (belated) Halloween!

Sorry the Halloween pictures are a smidge late! Claire asked to go as Rapunzel this year, so we obliged, complete with super long wig and chameleon buddy Pascal (part of the movie, for those of you who haven’t seen it!)

The festivities kicked off last weekend at the Worthington Rec Center Halloween party, where we got to play games, learn the Thriller dance and meet a princes. Busy night, and Claire got over her fear of the big people in costumes pretty fast (especially when she realized that she won little candy and prizes for playing games!)

Then it was the annual pumpkin carving party at Aunt Micheale and Uncle Keith’s house! I brought some washable poster paints for the little ones this year, since they can’t carve, obviously, and Brian or I usually end up carving some elaborate template for two hours. Claire had a blast painting her pumpkin, and as you can tell, has a soft spot for her cousin Luke 🙂

Claire also made some cute pumpkin art at school that we had to show off!

And of course, trick or treat. We started out as Rapunzel, but it was raining, some after a few houses and the neighborhood party, she came home, warmed up, and we let her change into one of her dress up costumes to hit a few more houses of our immediate neighbors.

All in all, a great Halloween! I’ll be checking back in later this week with some fall snapshots too.

Oh, and psst – guess what we’ve been working on this weekend?! Dining room progress update (flooring!) is on deck.


I’ve watched over the past year or so as some of my favorite blogs hosted and participated in a “Pinterest Challenge” – but have never gotten off my butt to make anything.  I’ve had good intentions, but just never get around to making my craft in the week allotted.  The Pinterest Challenge was created by Katie Bower and Sherry Petersik to inspire readers to take some of those cool/crafty/inspiring images that we’ve pinned and actually DO one of them.  So this time when I read Pinterest Challenge had rolled around, I decided I had to hop on board.

I looked through one of my Crafty Ideas boards on Pinterest to see what a) inspired me b) was something I needed and c) wasn’t too time consuming.  I came across this picture that I had pinned ages ago


Source: Ashley Ann Photography

I loved the colorful birds, and I think that’s why I originally pinned the image, but I started thinking about all the other things I could do with this concept.  I have tons of scrapbook paper and I actually had an extra 16×20 art canvas that I picked up on sale, knowing I would do something with it.  I decided to do something for a wall in Claire’s room.

I thought about doing some butterflies on it to go with her room, but there’s a limit on “Theme-iness” – and we’re reaching it.  So I decided to do a book quote from a book called “You are my I Love You”.  It was a gift when Claire was born.

So, I grabbed my canvas, chose some scrapbook paper, hooked up my cricut, dug out the modge podge, and got to work. I just chose some subtle patterned paper from my stash that I thought went well together, cut out the letters on my cricut machine (4 inch size) and then used modge podge to glue them to the canvas.










And here’s the finished product!

It’s not perfect, but I love the handmade quality and the quote. The line in the book reads “I am your dandelion – you are my first wish”. Love that.

Have a great week, everyone!

September 27

So I’m a little late on this one…and pretty much have been neglecting the blog….I’m trying to get better about that….

But I wanted to stop in with some pictures from September 27, a very special day around here.  We celebrate it as a second birthday for Claire.  She was born on July 21, but spent 10 weeks in the NICU and finally came home on, you guessed it – September 27.  So since her first year, we’ve tried to mark the day by doing something special just with our family.  This year we took Claire to Build-A-Bear.  I have to say, she wasn’t as thrilled about the bear as we thought she would be.  In fact, the fuzzy purple bear has been laying in our office since we came home, ditched in favor of her new favorite toy – a stuffed chameleon named Pascal.  Oh well.  We had a great night and loved spending a little quality time with our special little girl.

Picking out her purple bear…

Watching the purple bear get stuffed by the machine…

And now for some September 27 flashbacks…

September 27, 2009

September 27, 2010

September 27, 2012

Oh how far we’ve come! And since I was doing flashbacks, how’s this one?! Taken at the same spot at the zoo – circa 2010 and just last weekend:

Columbus Zoo – October 2010

Columbus Zoo – October 2012

New York City – via Instagram

I was in New York for a few days this week and found myself with a little bit of daylight left after walking out of the office.  Beautiful weather for the time I was there and I thought I would share a few images I caught and edited with Instagram.

New York is fun, work is exhausting, and I’m glad to be home.  Have a great week!

Dining Room Progress

We made some progress on our dining room update over this past week and weekend – finally!  I’ve been staring at this open room for more than a year since we moved in and it’s just sadly sat there empty.  So I finally got around to painting the trim and crown molding white and the walls a posh shade of gray/beige (Sherwin-Williams Perfect Greige).

Still to do:

  • Install wood floors in the same wood that runs through the kitchen and hallways to tie the space together
  • Paint and install board and batten wainscoting on the bottom of the walls – that’s why I only painted to the current chair rail
  • Rip out said chair rail
  • New lighting or chandelier
  • New table & chairs

I would love to have it done this fall!  Without further wait – here are the progress pics:

Dining room progress


Dining room progress


Close up of sharp white trim with new gray color
































Oh, and we got this guy cheap on Craigslist a couple of weeks ago:


It’s going to look great with the table and chairs I have in mind! Hint on that – I’m not planning on having the table and chairs bought as a set, nor are they going to be the same finish. I think it will bring a fresh twist to what could be a stuffy dining room – not what I’m going for! Looking forward to seeing how it comes together.

Claire’s Room Reveal

We’re back in action on the blog and I hope to post more often!

Here’s the long-anticipated re-do of Claire’s big girl room.  There are definitely a few things I still want to , like get more art for the wall, and maybe even a rug, but for now we’re calling it done.

To recap – here’s the mood board I put together a few months ago with the concept of what I wanted her room to be:

And here’s the finished room! I think it definitely does the mood board justice!

























We don’t have any overhead lighting in the bedrooms (weird), so I found this super cute chandelier from pottery barn that is just different color paper butterflies to hang from the ceiling, and requires no electricity.









We ripped out the old skinny dark wood baseboards that were in really bad condition, and replaced with thick white baseboards. I love them! We also repainted the closet door and installed cute pink glass knobs that I found at Hobby Lobby.









So – a reminder of what the room looked like before – I only have the empty room picture form the day we moved in! (It did have our guest bed in there before, we we hadn’t done anything with it yet. The current guest room is Claire’s old room, and will get a makeover at some point!)



Hope everyone is enjoying the holiday weekend! We’re making the most of our time enjoying some good times with the neighbors and fun with friends 🙂 oh, and psst – we’ve started on the dining room makeover! The trim and crown molding is primed and ready for some paint soon. More pics to come!

Three Years Old

So, it’s been a month since Claire turned 3, and we finally had a little time this past weekend to take some pictures to mark the milestone.  The past two years, we’ve hired a photographer to capture this, and she did a good job, but we just weren’t sure it was worth the money this year, since Claire really refuses to stand still most of the time.  So we took our trusty DSLR camera out to a place called Jeffrey Mansion in Bexley to snap a few pictures.  We’re happy with how they came out, and its even better that they were F-R-E-E.  I think we’ll start doing this more often!

Hope everyone is having a good week!