Third grade!

Today is Natalie’s first day of school as a third grader!! She’s nervous and excited, but we know she’s going to do just fine!┬áHere she is…..sometimes it’s just all happening so fast…..



Milwaukee Zoo!

I took the kids to meet some friends yesterday and we spent the afternoon meandering through the Milwaukee County Zoo! We headed back to their house afterwards and the kids were unhappy to say goodbye, so we’ve made plans to see each other much sooner than the five months it had been since we saw them last. We had a lot of fun though and here are some pics from yesterday!

Something blue

Our mudroom table has gotten dinged and scratched and had a weird (possibly nail polish?) stain on it, so I busted out some paint that we have and gave it a quick and easy update. I actually like it better! It’s subtle but it really sort of makes it pop. Check out the before and after:

I’m really happy with the results!

I love the thrift store

Because it presents such gems to me….like this marble slab for $30! Complete with a stamp on the back that says, ‘Made in Italy’!


Isn’t it gorgeous!?! It will go in our nook and be our baking surface and while this was our ‘five years from now’ plan, it looks like the universe has other ideas. I love our thrift store!


A while back I hurt my right hand….it hurt to grip, so I couldn’t paint for a while. Thanks to yesterday’s basement project, my right hand is a bit swollen and I am unable to grip anything (this makes dinner tricky since I also cannot cut/chop). I am REALLY proud of myself because I got this little table off (one that was bolted to a support post) and it opens up that side of the room a lot more. However, using the hammer (so tightly gripping it and using force…) did my hand in and now it makes my hand throb to use a q-tip….so projects will be on the back burner. I will take some pictures of the basement Hint: I did a major purge!

I plan on painting down here (I already started priming) and rearranging some things to make this space look more consolidated, but it’s contingent on some other things working first. I’m also looking for some creative ways to cover the support poles….and I do not want to frame them out, so I’m putting on my creativity hat! The blue area is their art area and they love working over there. It’s getting there!