7.02.2015

We Painted the Office!

Thank you everyone for all your kind words regarding the birth of Miss Merritt! We're definitely still making lots of adjustments - feeding, naps, dropping/picking up Zoe, sleeping at night, playing with Zoe - it's been a full time job adjusting to a new one in the house. But she's a great little baby, and super adorable of course, so that makes it easier. And it certainly helps that Zoe LOVES her baby sister


Okay, but now on to some house stuff, and....hooray! The office is painted! No more electric green! I've mentioned it before: I love BRIGHT green in my favorite sports teams, but not so much on the walls in my house. You may remember that in April I painted the built in nooks where we keep all of our books





I had a list for myself of about 20-30 tasks I wanted to try and complete the last 3-4 months of pregnancy, and getting this room painted was one of them. And although I'm finally writing this post AFTER the baby came, we did get it painted before, yay!

Before I got to painting though we had one last patch from an old outlet that needed to be fixed. Chris worked on it one night


And naturally Zoe decided she had to come help








That kid is cute. And I love that as soon as the tools come out she is ready to dive in.

After Chris (and Zoe) patched that last hole and Chris retextured it, it was finally time to get painting.

The crappy thing about painting this room was that holy fucking shit there were SO MANY cut ins. There are 4 doors, 3 windows, 2 built in bookcases and a fucking curved fireplace. I was really, really not looking forward to those fucking cut ins. Can you tell? But, alas, that task needed to get done. So I buckled down while just about 39 weeks pregnant and boxed the paint, primed a couple of spots and got started




I was SUPER lazy with this paint job and didn't even remove the curtain rods or wall sconces. I just wanted to get this DONE. So several CDs were played and I spent 1:45 painting allllllll the cut ins. Then I was going to get ready to do the roller coat only to discover that Chris had all the roller cage covers in his truck. Damnit! So I painted the second coat of cut ins instead. Cue another round of CDs and 1:30 of cut ins


isn't this blurry photo great?


I will say I was really proud of myself for getting the cut ins in this room painted while almost 39 weeks pregnant, but let me tell you, my body was not happy with me that night - I felt like my back was about to be split in two. It was my plan to roll the color on, but Chris came to the rescue the next day and did that for me - thank-my-pregnant-body-god. And of course, Zoe had to help again, duh







"I painting." She's very happy to help out :)

Of course it took Chris about 15 minutes to get this room painted. Seriously. He's a fucking speed demon with that roller. It probably helps that he was a painter in college or something...

He got the second coat up at one of my last days working at the A's before "maternity leave" and let me say, I LOVE the color. Chris isn't as in love with it as I am - he thinks it reads a little purple (which I can give him) and he doesn't usually like dark colors as much as I do, but I LOVE a dark office and me and dark colors are having a love affair lately. And hey, he told me to just go pick it and he didn't care, so, ya know :)






What do you think? I love it! And it's great to not have the electric green in here anymore. I'm even thinking it might be time to - GASP - hang something on the walls!

6.23.2015

Meet Merritt

Yesterday morning at 10:11am we welcomed our 20 1/4", 8lbs 6oz baby girl Merritt Davis Miller to the world






Zoe LOVES her little sister and loved kissing her when she she met her and was very curious as to why she didn't talk. We're lucky to have such a good big sister on our hands.

The c section went well and I'm healing a lot better this time around, which is so amazing because my recovery was rough the first time around. The surgeon told us after the surgery she was very happy with our decision to schedule a c section because my uterine muscle was very thin and likely would have torn in conventional labor and resulted in another emergency c section. So we're even happier with the decision we made.

we'll be at the hospital with our new lady for another day or so and then we'll be very excited to make our way home and spend time with both of our girls.

HAPPY TUESDAY!

6.17.2015

Before & (More "In Progress") After: The Long Awaited Post of My Parent's House

OH MY GOD I'M ACTUALLY WRITING THIS POST RIGHT NOW! Or, actually, I'M PUBLISHING THIS POST RIGHT NOW! It's been a long time coming, I apologize you loyal readers!

I held off for a while because I really wanted my parent's house to be DONE. I wanted to do it full justice and have complete "AFTERS" to show off. And while we're not totally there yet, I would say things are about 90 - 95% done, which is really good. There are still things that need to go up on the wall here and there, books to be put on bookshelves, a room that is serving as storage for the time being, and you know, just little stuff about (and Wendy was mortified that I wouldn't let her run around and put everything away - but I insisted that things be on the counter, etc. because that's how we all live people!) But for the most part things are complete and my parents are happily living in their new house. My dad loves that he can ride his bike to work each day, they go out to eat on The Town all the time, Wendy has Zoe girl time on Mondays...it's pretty awesome. I am a really, really lucky girl to have 3 of my 4 parents live within 15 minutes of me. Now we just have to convince my step dad to come over to this side of the Bay...

Okay, okay, okay, let's get to those pictures. Yeeee! I'll be doing a post later (probably in a month or two when I'm better able to get my life together after baby) with all the sources of paint colors we used, tile references, etc. So this post is really just about the Before & Afters of the interior (exterior B&A post to come later also - we still need to put up that address plate...)

There are SO MANY angles of photos I took. But these B&A posts honestly take about 90 minutes for me to write (and go through all the photos), and my parent's house is fairly large, so for most spaces I'm just going to do the best one B&A angle. For the rooms that underwent the most I'll include a couple more angles. Also a note, the Before shots are all from when we were doing our "inspection" of the house while the previous owners were in the process of moving out, that's why things look so disheveled.

I think I'm going to start with some of the less exciting transformations first. So let's start with the plentiful bedrooms.

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And then the grandkid room. Before


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We still need to get blinds for this room obviously, and we'll set up some fun kid stuff as well.

My dad's office Before


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The Master. I'll include a couple angles of this one.

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Now, how about the hallway downstairs. Before


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And the hallway upstairs. Before


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Phew. We're only about 1/2 there!

The laundry room. Before



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The foyer and stairwell. Before


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Okay, here's the most fun stuff, at least in my opinion :)

The main floor bathroom. Before


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The upstairs second bath. Before


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And the master. Before


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The Dining Room. Before


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The Living Room. Before


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Aaaannnndddd, the last "room" of the house? The Family Room/breakfast nook/kitchen area. This one will have LOTS of angles. And some pictures of Zoe ;) And Wendy, hehehehe :)

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And one last more. This cutie ;)


She insisted that the photos of her family be sitting around her while she ate her breakfast Monday morning ;)

Alright folks, there you have it! That was a lot of photos. Phew. I hope you like them! And I hope you like my parent's house - I can't believe it's (basically) done!!! :) :) :)

I think my next post will be next week - either in the morning on Monday before we head to the hospital, or a couple days later...after Little Football has arrived. Ahhhh!!!!! :)