Meg's Memo

. . .writings from Wilmington.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

6 months & cereal

This happy boy turned 6 MONTHS yesterday!
We all wore our Notre Dame shirts yesterday for the big game.
Go IRISH! way to BEAT DUKE

#babyB also celebrated turning 6 months by starting cereal. He loved it & ate like a pro.


We did this for our girls too. 6 months = cereal


Thursday, February 26, 2015

SnOw DaY

We had a SnOw DaY on Tuesday.  Jake was off school & then he had a 2 hour delay on Wednesday morning.  It was so nice to spend the day together as a family. Here is what we did:

The girls woke up early, very early, & saw the snow falling.  They were too excited to sleep.

In order to keep them inside, before 7 am, we made banana bread for breakfast. Lily mashed the bananas, while Ella & I put the other ingredients together.  You can't beat homemade banana bread fresh (& hot) out of the oven.  The girls did the sprinkles on their mini muffins.

The boys slept in while the girls finished the banana bread. I caught Jake in the act of buttering pieces 7, 8, & 9 of his banana bread.

We played outside twice.  Our kids don't last too long in the snow & cold. It doesn't help that we don't have proper (waterproof) snow gear in North Carolina.


We warmed up with hot chocolate.


We watched Swiss Family Robinson, took naps, played Monopoly & created with play dough.

 Ella is eating apple while playing with play dough.

The snow was fun while it lasted.
We'll probably have to wait another couple of years for more snow.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Valentine's Day & 5 months

This sweet & happy boy is 5 months old today.  

He sure gets A LOT of Ella love (& sMother).

Lily absolutely adores #babyB too!

These THREE keep me busy & I love them SO much!

Happy Valentine's Day!
from our family to yours

"We love Him, only because He first loved us."  I John 4:19

Friday, January 23, 2015

#babyA (now #babyB)

Tuesday evening (1/20) a 4 month old baby BOY joined our family.

We got the call about #babyA at 4:36 pm. I called Jake. Jake was almost home. He walked in the door; we talked; we called back DSS & we were in the car headed to pick him up before 5 pm. That was fast!

I wish I would have recorded the conversation in the car ride.  I don't think Lily or Ella quit talking the whole trip. They love being big sisters & they are really excited about this baby.

Today we found out that #babyA is actually #babyB. He goes by his middle name.
I am thankful to report that having a baby again is just like riding a bike.  We are back to diapers, middle of the night feedings, and formula. I've never done formula before so that's new. #babyB is so sweet and little. He is such a peanut!

Monday, January 19, 2015

a room for TWO

Since we moved into our MASTER SUITE two weekends ago, the next phase was to move the girls into our old master bedroom (see this post for the original before pictures). Lily & Ella have been sharing Lily's room since early this summer so they have already been experiencing the fun of sharing a room. This was always the long term plan - for them to share a room & eventually be in our old master bedroom. The girls moved in the middle of this past week & they're super super excited!

I spotted these multi-colored stripes almost 2 years ago & I knew I wanted to do this once the girls were in this space.  The picture even had the colors I wanted to use.  The stripe colors were in Lily & Ella's baby quilts that Mom Flaming made.  We also already had the paint from previous rooms & projects. We added the pink stripe for fun (and Lily loves pink)!

A little reading area

I just love having their clothes organized & in one spot.  Since this summer, Lily's clothes were in her room & Ella's clothes were in her old room, which became #kboy's room from October thru December. It was a crazy mess & hard to find things.




Saving money....


Jake just finished framing this art today.

We had this picture blown up for the girls birthday party.  We've been saving it ever since their party for their new room. This post was our inspiration for making this art.

I'd say it turned out pretty cute!


Looking for more posts in my Before & After Series?
Before & After - Hall Bathroom
Before & After - Dining Room
Before & After - Ella's Room
Before & After - Kitchen
Before & After - Kitchen Pantry
Before & After - Playroom Bathroom
Before & After - Playroom
Before & After - Master Bedroom
Before & After - Living Room
Before & After - Lily's Room
Before & After - Patio
Before & After - Painting the Exterior
Before & After - Master Suite
Before & After - Girls Room

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Before & After: Master Suite

It's been a long road of remodeling to get to this point (and that's a huge understatement).  We are finally almost "done" remodeling our home. The laundry room still needs some love.
Jake has been working so SO hard to complete our master suite. He has come home every day after school, since early October, and headed to the back to work (mainly to tile). I am so thankful for him, his hard work ethic, his desire to learn, his fearlessness when it comes to trying something new & doing it.  Our master suite has turned out amazing!  Yes, there are still some little things that need to be done (touching up wall & trim paint, caulk in a few places, etc...) but we are moved in!

 We snagged these chairs & the above art on our IKEA trip.

Jake is planning to build us a pallet bed in the near future.

Remember these night stands? So glad we are finally using them.

The ceiling Jake did is so beautiful.

Remember this dresser?


We also picked up these wardrobes at IKEA.
Notice the step up into the master bath on the other side of the wardrobe. Ignore the can of stain.


 This bathroom turned out AMAZING!

We used the existing cabinetry.  We revived them with a fresh coat of paint in a great color & glass hardware. 


This fan will be fabulous on those hot summer days when you start sweating as soon as you step out of the shower (especially after a hard workout).

Our butcher block countertop & backsplash.


More pictures of the awesome shower that Jake built. 
We exposed the exterior brick wall & painted it with pool paint to prevent moisture & mildew.


Linear drain & river rock floor

Toilet Room

We also got this sink & vanity on our IKEA trip.


We still have a few WANTS on our list to cozy it up back here (drapes, a rug under the seating area, throw pillows on the chairs, possibly new bedding, art & accessories)....but those are wants, not needs. We are loving our new luxury get-away.

Master Bedroom Paint Color - Valspar  Swiss Coffee  7002-16
Master Bathroom Paint Color - Valspar  Azure Snow 5001-1A
Toilet Room Paint Color -  Valspar  Woodlawn Silver Brook 5001-1B
Bathroom Cabinet Paint Color - Valspar  Blue Twilight 5001-1C

Where are the Before & After pictures, you asked? I guess I should warn you before I post all the BEFORE pictures....this area was an addition to the original home.  At some point, the previous owners added a 2 car garage, then they transformed the 2 car garage into a master bath (entrance from one of the bedrooms in the house) and a hair salon (with an outside entrance). Here are the before & after pictures:

BEFORE (the salon and notice behind me & Ella is the door into the half bath for patrons)


AFTER (the master bedroom)


BEFORE (to the left was the time machine tub; I can't locate that picture)

AFTER (this is the same corner)

BEFORE (the toilet room; we put a doorway in to the left)

AFTER

Looking for more posts in my Before & After Series?
Before & After - Hall Bathroom
Before & After - Dining Room
Before & After - Ella's Room
Before & After - Kitchen
Before & After - Kitchen Pantry
Before & After - Playroom Bathroom
Before & After - Playroom
Before & After - Master Bedroom
Before & After - Living Room
Before & After - Lily's Room
Before & After - Patio
Before & After - Painting the Exterior
Before & After - Master Suite
Before & After - Girls Room