Sunday, October 25, 2009

To Paint or Not to Paint That is the Question?

As we move closer to closing on our new house, I am spending many a sleepless night mulling over interior paint colors.
We are being given a blank canvas of fresh white walls and this ugly brick fireplace. I like brick don't get me wrong, but I much prefer it on a patio or on the exterior walls of a house.
Not standing out like a sore thumb in the middle of my living room.

I think I've decided to paint it, but I have color commitment issues. I want my house to flow and feel warm and inviting. I'm also trying to work with some of the existing fixtures in the house like the hard wood floors...

...the black granite in the kitchen and ...

...the tile in the foyer.

I love warm earth tones and I like traditional mixed with a touch of clean modern style.
My first inclination was to paint it white, but with three kids white is not the most practical color and it's, well BORING.
Then I thought black, or gray or creamy beige. I also have to keep the living room walls in mind.
Do I pick wall colors for the walls and then a color for the fireplace or do I pick a fireplace color and then choose the wall colors?
Since the fireplace is so large and is the main focus of the room and I want it to stand out, but not in a bad way.
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Once I settle on colors the next thing I have to deal with is this...

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Pink Week

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness I Heart Faces photo theme is Pink.

This little pink face is T the miracle baby of my good friend B a breast cancer survivor.
B was diagnosed with Her2 positive Breast Cancer when my youngest son was not much older than T.
A mother with a young daughter, who had struggled for years with infertility.
Only to be told her chances of having a second were slim to none after the aggressive cancer treatments.
She mourned, but accepted the fact that her beautiful daughter would be the only child she'd ever have.
At the beginning of 2009 what she though was the beginnings of menopause turned out to be the beginning of life for this beautiful little guy.

T was born almost exactly four years after diagnosis and we are all tickled pink!

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Thursday, May 21, 2009

On the Market

We are in the process of selling our home, in order to find a more suitable one for our family of five.

we moved into our beautiful little house (and I do mean little) with a 2 year old and a newborn, and quickly outgrew the space. We have endured living in a little over 1000 sq. feet and sharing one bathroom for all of these years and it isn't getting any easier.
The kids keep getting bigger as do their shoes, clothes and messes which inevitably end up EVERYWHERE!

I need some private space. I need adult only space. I need space for the kids to spread out. I need to be able to sit quietly an read a book. I need to be able to shower in peace without someone knocking on the door yelling "mom, I've got to go pee!".
In the last year I've nearly lost my mind, we are on top of each other and I can't endure it any longer.
As quoted by E "I need space!"

My newest challenge is keeping or little home spotless with three kids. So far so good, but stressful all the same.

Take a look at my beautiful kitchen!
I do love my kitchen!
But it's small

...and, It hasn't been this clutter free since we moved in.

...and look no toys shoes, backpacks or jackets in the living space either!

We've found a few houses we like but nothing we love.
My biggest fear is that we'll sell our house and have nothing suitable to buy.

Hopefully everything will go smoothly as planned and we will be in a new home sometime this summer.

But... as we all know life is unpredictable and we can only hope.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

I Heart Faces - Hats

The theme this week at
is hats.
Heres one of E on the beach in

Gruissan, France.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

"I know", not "No"

I had an interesting conversation with my 3 year old E the other morning.

E: "Mama, can I have bwekfast, I want pancakes."
Me: "Sure can I finish loading the dishwasher?"
E: "I want pancakes"
Me: "I know, you need to wait a minute"

E emotions start escalating, and I'm not understanding.

E: "Yes, I want pancakes!"
Me: "I know that E, you already told me"
E: "YES!"
Me: "E, I know!"
E: "YES!!!"

The light bulb finally goes on.

Me: "Oh! OK, I'll get your pancakes"
E: "Thank you Mama"

E can be exasperating at times, but this little mix-up of words made my day.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Eggstreme Sunday

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We had a wonderful Easter Sunday full of Family, Friends, Food and Fun!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Monday, March 30, 2009

Pouty Face

O starts to pout every time I try and get her to wear her hair down.
In this photo she was upset not only because her hair was down, but because I brushed it out into a full fledged Afro as well.

Check out all of the cute pouting faces at
I ♥ Faces-Kids.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Another Trip to the SF ZOO

We took advantage of the warm January weather and took a trip to the SF Zoo with Uncle C. and Cousin A. We decided to use the trike instead of the stroller and it worked out well for the most part, except when our daredevil E would take off like a "Bat out of Hell". After a while he didn't want anyone to hold the handle on the back, and had many near misses (or near hits) with other Zoo visitors. He has amazing agility and steered his way out of trouble every time. I on the other hand spent the whole time on edge yelling E. watch out! E. be careful! E. pay attention!

HMMM, maybe the stroller's not so bad after all.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Nine Years and a Reconcilliation

We took a huge step in our lives on 1/22/2000 and nine years later on 01/22/2009 our first born took a huge step in his life.

Today we celebrated our nine year anniversary. Nine years ago we walked down the aisle and said our vows, promising our selves to each other and committing to a life together for better or worse.

Today we walked down the aisle with our seven year old son in celebration of his first reconciliation (confession). There was a feeling of nervous anticipation in the air, there were tears, and trepidation, but once it was over all of those feelings were replaced with joyous relief.

Although our lives have changed immensely in the last nine years I feel as if our life is starting to circle around and we can now celebrate life through our children and their accomplishments.

Although it wasn't a romantic anniversary it was a special one.
Happy Anniversary J. I love you!