Friday, January 31, 2014

Master Bath comple[tion]

Yes, you read that right! Completion!!

And let me start by saying that I couldn't wait for a sunny day to take these photos. I wanted them NOW, which happened to be at 10pm on a Thursday night. Not the best time for taking photographs. Also, I realize now that I totally should have taken the time to iron the shower curtain. My apologies!

UPDATE: Finally a sunny day in Charleston! So most of the photos have been updated from the darker ones. Also, I added a few more! Couldn't resist!

I actually can't believe it myself. And honestly, this has upped my hygiene beyond belief. I find ANY excuse I can to take a shower. It is magnificent.

Thanks to my dear husband Brian who labored over this room for what seemed like a lifetime (Matilda's anyway!). He did shopping for fixtures, waterproofing, stressing out, constructing of benches and curbs, plumbing, tiling, grouting, sealing, stressing out, installing fixtures, cleaning, painting, trimwork, more painting... and low and behold, he. is. done.

D-O-N-E, done.

And it is truly awesome.

I am in love.

It feels like a spa. There is so much room in the shower, and it's clean, and it's huge, and it's modern, and it's big, did I mention how large it is? I love it.

The only thing I did in the whole room was style the shelves, and I later came back to find they had been rearranged (for the better). But I do love having these shelves for sure. Again, spa-like, especially when I can take off my jewelry and place it in the little dish, and have the candle burning. It's the little things.

I picked up the Better Homes & Gardens shower curtain from Wal-mart, as well as a little white dish and silver vase. It's pretty simple actually, but here's the shelves, from the top down...

Toilet paper on the top shelf. Can I just tell you that we got a Costco membership for Christmas (thanks Mom!), and we have enough toilet paper to last us til 2016. This displays about an 1/8 of it.

The next shelf holds that cute basket (which I bought in a set, and have had for years, scattered around the house), and it currently holds extra bars of soap, extra razor blades, and various other bathroom necessities.

Then comes the first of my favorite shelves... the 'spa-like' shelves. That silver vase I mentioned, our Neti Pot (which is rarely used, but cool to look at? <-- may lose this, just had it lying around and thought it may get more use if on display), and one of our pictures from our family photo session.

Next shelf below that one, has canisters for cotton balls, q-tips, and hair accessories, as well as the the small dish, which holds earrings and matches.

And some light reading and a candle for those matches.

Then the two bottom shelves are for hand towels, wash clothes, and towels.

That about wraps it up. We decided to go with some paint that we had leftover from the front bedrooms of the house. Actually one of my favorite paint colors ever, called Window Pane by Sherwin Williams. It's so calming. It also ties in well with the bedroom paint color, which is a darker blue-gray. The shower curtain really pulled it all together, since the tiles have a subtle stripe, and are more off-white/beige than the trim.

The floor tile that we went with was from DalTile, called Fabrique in Creme. We used 12x12 tiles on the floors, and mosaic on the shower floor and bench. The walls of the shower are the same matte subway tiles that we used on our kitchen backsplash.

And just for fun, here's a little 'before' of the room, which is actually when it still had plywood floors and was basically storage, along with the 'after'.

So, a VERY big thanks to Brian for sticking with it, and getting the job done! You DID it!! It was worth the wait, for sure!! 


Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Month 14

Dear girl, where did you go?
You are a different kid, and it seemed to happen overnight!
You've become a connoisseur of sorts, 
picking and choosing what you like and don't like to eat.
Sweeping food off your highchair tray when you've had enough.
You throw full-on tantrums on the floor, kicking and screaming!
You have developed a personality, my love.
And I love it (most of the time)!

It scares me, 
but I love it!

Not to mention exploring places you wouldn't normally go...

Now on to the past month...

Granddaddy brought you this kangaroo back from his travels to Australia.
We've named it Joey, after a character in one of your favorite books... Pouch!

Christmas was a whirlwind week of travel,
and surprisingly you did great!
We kept you on schedule for the most part,
and sleep didn't seem to be affected.
Between Monroe, Spartanburg, and Santee,
it seemed there was sickness everywhere we went,
but we managed to avoid it for the most part
(except for daddy, who had a cold most of the time,
and then I had some kind of stomach bug on the day we returned home).

While in Monroe, we were able to sneak down to Atlanta for an afternoon
to spend some time with your Great-Great-Aunt Stella (and her dear friend Jean).

The holidays were certainly fun, and I know they will only get better the older you get!
Someone said it best... that for a month we tell you 'no' in regards to messing with the gifts
under the tree, and then all of a sudden we don't understand
when you won't rip into them when you are supposed to!
It must be so confusing sweet girl!
You were showered with toys, clothes, shoes, and books from all the family,
and Santa was very good to you as well, with the major gift being your Wheely Bug mouse.

New Year's was quiet,
and we rang in the new year with the Johnston's,
watching the Duke/Texas A&M game,
followed by the ball drop.
You and Carter were asleep well before midnight,
but it was great catching up with old friends,
and we all agreed to see more of one another in 2014!

And now for some other developments over the last month...
We have finally ditched the formula altogether,
straight milk it is!
And for the most part it's out of a sippy cup,
although you still have a bedtime bottle.
Food is rather random, you occasionally still eat Stage 3 baby foods,
but you love pouches, puffs, cheerios, yogurt,
and just about anything 'real' we put in front of you (usually).
You love carbs! And had your first mac & cheese just after Christmas.
Eggs & biscuits, tacos, beans, peas, etc are all faves.

You had mac & cheese for the first time on the day after Christmas!

You still aren't walking without assistance,
but you are starting to climb on things more,
and you are curious and exploring all the rooms in the house,
opening every cabinet (we'll be latching them this week).
We devoted one cabinet in the kitchen to you, stocking it with plastic cups,
plastic pitchers, and tupperware, all things you can't break!
You'll sit there forever, pulling every last thing out,
and stacking to your hearts content.

'No' seems to be a joke to you,
since you laugh every time I say it.
And your new form of communication is hitting.
Hopefully this is a phase that won't last long.

On a positive note, you are starting to enjoy the bath more again,
and the hardest part is trying to get you out.

You went on your first bike ride,
and you LOVED it! You smiled the whole time!