Saturday, March 10, 2007

New bathroom anyone?

Ryan and I decided to go remodel our master bathroom. I don't think that anything has been done to it since 1980 and it needs a little love. We got some bids and feel like the time is right to pursue this project. It is exciting and we're eager to get going with it. We've been making decisions about what will be in the bathroom and are currently determining the flooring. Decisions, decisions, decisions! Here are the items we've already decided on:






You'll have to picture the light fixture without those shades. We found some at Lowe's that we both agreed on and think will be pretty cool. (If I can find the shade I'll post a link to it.) We'll be adding the same light fixture in Quinn's bathroom too.

I think we'll be painting the bathroom a green (click the Behr link and go through the steps to "select color by name", type in "asparagus").

This process has inspired me to do a few things in Quinn's bathroom too beyond changing the light fixture. I'm going to use some of the "sticke 'em" tiles to change the flooring, painting the cabinet base of the vanity white, adding black knobs, painting the mirror frame white, and potentially painting the formica counter. We'll see about that one. We'll paint the walls blue (click the Behr link and go through the steps to "select color by name", type in "pale sky").

I found a really fun shower curtain and bathroom items at Target (isn't Target the best?) to use in Quinn's bathroom. Safari animals and especially monkeys will be the new addition. Very cute and I think Quinn (and all our guests too) will really like it. I can't wait to get started!


Quinn's sixth haircut

Quinn had his sixth haircut today. Ryan holds Quinn and distracts him while I cut Quinn's hair. This time we had to pull out a DVD on the computer to keep Quinn occupied. I think it turned out pretty well--this kid's hair grows so fast!

Thursday, March 8, 2007

Quinn and me


Quinn woke up from his afternoon nap with some sweet hair!

What!?

The results are in...and I am shocked, surprised, astounded, dumbfounded, and in disbelief by the American Idol results. My predictions were off by two and I said "What!!! NO WAY! How? Who paid AT&T? WHAT!" multiple times during the show tonight.

Haley and Sanjaya are in.

Sabrina and Sundance are out.

What!! What!! What!!

Unbelievable! Seriously. No way...I feel terrible for Sabrina and Sundance.

Haley and Sanjaya are seriously behind the eight ball. What can they do?

Until next Tuesday...



Wednesday, March 7, 2007

I do watch...

American Idol. Yep, once the competition between the 24 began I was hooked. When Quinn was in the hospital we used to watch it because it was a normal thing to do in the midst of so much that wasn't normal. Now I watch it because I really want to watch it.

My predictions of who won't
be in the final 12 when announced on Thursday: Antonella Barba, Haley Scarnato, Sanjaya Malakar, and Jared Cotter.

We'll see if I'm right or not!

sheep in austria


I've wondered what it would be like to live in the mountains in austria where sheep cross the dirt roads when you're driving into town. And if the sheep got in your way, you'd just have to wait for them to mosey across the road until they found the right patch of grass. A place where you would have to get milk before the store closed at dusk otherwise you would wait until morning.

I think the sheep in the road is my way of thinking about slowing down. Life has been full, fast, and busy for many years. Do we have to move to a mountain town in austria for life to change? Do I need to hire a sheepherder to hang out on our street to help us slow down?

On the phone the other day, a sweet friend said: "we're busy, you're busy--everyone is busy." I thought about it later and we really aren't busy. When Quinn and I are at home and doing things around the house together, we aren't frantic or overwhelmed. Some days have more going than others but my mind doesn't feel stretched to the max and I can see space and margins in my day. I thought margins were an illusion but they really do exist.

Sometimes when individuals ask each other how they are, the response may be "busy" or "stressed". Isn't it interesting that when people say they're doing well or are relaxed or are calm, we can feel a little skeptical or irritated? Like those people need more to do! Or that they need some of what I'm doing! Ryan and I have talked about busy-ness as a mindset. It can become a way of life. I think I'm living with less busy-ness and more sheep...if you know what I mean. For that, I'm thankful.

Monday, March 5, 2007

Direction

So it has been over a month since my last post! I've been reading the blogs of other people but never going to mine. On this beautiful Monday afternoon, while Quinn naps, I decided to see what I was missing and write out a few things.

I was wondering about blogs and using this form of sharing rather than talking with people face to face. I was thinking about why I enjoy reading the blogs of others--even people that don't know me. I think it is because I like to hear their stories and read about their experiences. My life isn't overwhelmingly busy but it isn't as simple as it once was to meet up with others to talk...thus the help of the blog. I've debated about how much I want to share personally on a blog and I think that sharing more about my thoughts, feelings, and experiences is less broadcasting into cyberspace as much as it is opening up about my journey. I can be less concerned about what other people are going to think and more willing to use the blog as a way for me to share about life as I know it. Not as a journal but as story-telling. Some of the story is funny and some of it sad and some of it scary and some of it tender, but always unfolding and discovering and learning and growing.

Some of the things I think I'll be sharing more about: life as a mom, living out faith, family, Quinn stories, current questions, thankfulness, life outside the residence halls, and maybe a few house projects thrown in for good measure.

As always, my opinions are my own and do not necessairly reflect the opinions of others on this broadcast network :)