Every year I always want to do something awesome for New Years Eve. I make last minute plans and then by the time the next New Year comes around, I can't remember what "awesome" thing I did the last year. Except for ringing in 2010 (or was it 2011?) at Tawny & Travis Willson's house in KC- I remember that! This year we went to Larry & Angie's house and had the BEST time. When I think of New Years Eve I think of sparkly dresses, streamers, glitter, and fancy parties. This party was absolutely none of those things and it was very fun! We literally played games the whole time. I love games. Good food, good conversation, lots of laughing - I don't remember the last time I laughed so hard I started crying and had a hard time breathing (people were worried I'd go into labor, haha). We talked about a few of our New Years Resolutions... here are a few of mine:
1- I want to be back to 130 pounds by May 1.
2- I want to be able to jump the wake and do a backroll in the air on the wakeboard.
3- I want to read my Bible and actually read it well. It doesn't have to be every day, I'm more interested in quality over quantity. I'm excited for our Sunday school class over 'reading the Bible well', our preacher is teaching it and I think it will help me learn how to do this.
4- I hate making resolutions that aren't things you can measure (yes I did this, no I didn't) but I really want to be a good mom this year and every year after this. I know that I will make mistakes but I hope I can learn from them. I'm excited to have an awesome husband to share my life with. I know that sometimes I'll have no idea what to do and just rely on God to get me through things. That sounds cliche but God has been so evident in other areas of my life (career, in the classroom, my marriage) that I know he'll be working in our relationship with our little boy.
On Tuesday Tyler and I slept in and just enjoyed each other's company, it was grrrreat! That night we went to Larry & Angie's again for Kate's birthday dinner/blessing. I love the family I inherited! Wednesday morning I cleaned the house a little, then Jess and Kate came over to paint the nursery stripes (Tyler worked a double today). The rest of this blog is about said stripes. On Thursday we had our first baby class, it was incredibly boring. They didn't tell us anything our doctor hadn't already told us. I'm sure it'll get more informative since there are 5 weeks of classes. On Friday we just chilled and got the house more organized (I am on an organization kick for the house), and on Saturday I got a massage at noon (a-mazing, just what I needed) then that night I saw Les Mis for Kate's birthday. I have always wanted to see the play but never have, so I didn't know the plot or anything else about the movie (except the song that goes "I dreamed a dream..." that the America's Got Talent lady sang). It was incredible!
So- stripes! - here's my inspiration from Pinterest (pinspiration, if you will):
I had no idea how to begin doing this so I'm thankful to have family who are handy with tools! We (by we I mean Jess and Kate, mostly) used measuring tape, a chalk line (LIFE SAVER!), painter's tape, brushes, and rollers. The window/door/closet are all at different heights in Mason's room so measuring from the floor was difficult. We decided to measure a foot from the ceiling and start the stripes there. We made a chalk line a foot from the ceiling. I knew the pattern of colors but wasn't sure about the width of each color so we just used the width of the painter's tape. White- 2 inches, Navy - 1 inch, White- 2 inches, Yellow- 4 inches, White- 2, Navy-1, White-2.
We taped it all off so we wouldn't paint where we wanted our navy lines to be, so then it looked like this:
Then we painted white between the 2 widest lines. That was day 1. Day 2 - when we took the tape off, some of the white had gotten onto the navy lines so we all had tiny paintbrushes in hand, touching up the navy. It was hard to make straight lines on walls that are textured! After all the stripes looked fabulous, we taped off where the yellow should be and painted it. The key to not getting paint under the tape was to brush (with a paintbrush) away from the tape, then rolling a paint roller over that same spot so the brush marks don't show. It looks like this:
We were so anxious to take the tape off that we didn't let the yellow dry all the way, but that's ok because it turned out FABULOUS! I am so excited to finish this room!!!
More pictures of the nursery will come. While we were painting in the room, Tyler was making shelves (another pinterest project) out of wood that I had bought at Lowe's the day before. Talk about feeling out of place - me, pregnant, walking around the wood section of Lowe's with men all around. I had no idea what I was doing... anyway, that's another post. This one is a novel!