*Month 18*

11:08 AM
April 2016

This month has been a rough one to say the least...  Whew!  As I stated in our last month, Juliet had an unexplained fever in March.  The doctor said it was probably allergies seeing as her right ear was a bit infected.  Being sick has thrown her eating and sleeping out of whack.  Foods that she usually would scarf down, she's now turning her head from and we were having to rock her to sleep again at night.  Most nights she will wake up between 2 and 4 and from exhaustion and illusiveness we just bring her into bed with us.  (Ever been there?)  HA!  

   We also celebrated my 30th 2nd 29th birthday this month, the end of spring semester for Daddy, and simply the fact that warm weather is now upon us!  We're loving all the beautiful flowers at the grocery store and bright red strawberries!  This time of year is just gorgeous.  The warm weather has also allowed us to do a bit more work on the house, but more on that later.  Right now, here's a summary of our girl's 18th month of fun.  


Age:  18 months

Stats: 22 lbs 3 oz

Sleep:  Waking in the night a couple of times & co-sleeping a couple of nights. There were nights when her fever would come back or one night she had an episode that resembled an asthma attack.  It put my mind at ease to have her next to me on nights like those, so she slept in the middle.  The transition back to her normal sleeping routine took about 3 nights.  

Clothing:  It's finally warm enough for her to wear her rompers and bodysuits.  I can't get enough of chunky bare legs in the sunshine!  I just put away all her 12-18 months clothes this past week and took the tags off her 18-24 month things and a few 2T dresses.  How can this be happening?

Favorite Foods:  We've discovered that she love maraschino cherries, which honestly- who doesn't?  She would eat an entire jar if I would let her.  Other than cherries, she's been eating a lot of raisins, peanut butter crackers/toast, maple & brown sugar oatmeal, tortillas with honey, carrots, & mangos. Since we don't have a functioning kitchen yet I don't cook the way I usually do so I've had to give her  Gerber 2nd foods pouches to improvise for "veggies" in some meals.  Hopefully that won't last too much longer.     

Words:  Hi/Hey are still the easiest two words for her to say.  However, her first phrase to say is "I did it", which sounds more like, "I diiiii"!

Favorite Things:

Favorite Activities:  Walking from one end of the house to the other with her push toys.  She has yet to take more than 5 steps by herself but she will book it down the hall and through the house on wheels.  Also, we can't keep her out of the kitchen cabinets and since they're still empty, they are the perfect place for hiding.  The days of reading to her are few and far between because she loves to turn pages.  The only books we can get through successfully are books with one word on each page.  (The only way to read a story book to her is if she has a cookie in each hand, but that's how I like to read too so......)
   
Funny Things I do:  Her mean face/eyes are just too much.  You don't know when they're coming or why, but occasionally you will get the stink eye and it is absolutely too cute!  She also likes to feed you and it doesn't always have to be food- it could be hangers, paper, or crayons.  After she offers you a bite she always takes a "bite" herself and then smacks and says, "mmm-mmm-mmm" while shaking her head!

Other Milestones:  We are using a fork regularly now and she does a great job controlling it.  We're still working on the spoon.  We are now officially have temper tantrums also.  She completely goes limp and bursts into tears.  It's pitiful.  She's found her belly button and of coarse she likes to find everyone else's too.  She likes to scribble/color and she personally signed everyone's Mother's Day cards this year. 

Highlights:

Walking with Daddy


2nd haircut











Have a wonderful weekend everyone!




Shutter-Be-Gone

7:58 AM
Sharing a quick update on the house that we Joey did over the weekend... Sunday to be exact.  We were discussing our plans for the house on the way home from church and decided that now is as good a time as any to rip down those unsightly shutters.  The house has 10 black louvre shutters on the front of the house and 4 down the right side.  They definitely make the house look smaller than it is... but not anymore!  It took him about an hour to take them all down and the house looks so much bigger.  It definitely has given it more of a mid century vibe, which is what we are wanting.
Here are a few before and after photos!






And to get the job done, all you will need are these tools...


Just kidding.  All you need is a crowbar, well and probably a ladder.


Now to decide on a paint color for the brick.  Enjoy your Tuesday everyone! 
(And if you're in Charlotte, your "rainy" Tuesday.) 







Fireplace Preparations

12:32 PM
We're in the beginning stages of our fireplace (area) makeover.  We're getting rid of the red brick and desk area.  The fireplace has not been touched in years it seems; the mantel, bi-fold glass doors, hearth... ashes.  All original.  (Just kidding on the ashes part.)  However, we were a little afraid that of what we would find while cleaning out the foot of ash that was left behind in the firebox.  It's a working, wood-burning fireplace but we are closing the damper and plan to install gas logs next Fall.

Yesterday morning the area looked like this: 


What?  You don't love the orange-colored paneling desk?  (Please excuse the coffee mug, random vacuum, and paint roller.)  The horse picture will eventually find another home, but for now it needed something to help it feel cozy.  

So our plans for the area is to:

rip out the desk and white shelves
clean and paint the brick 
take the glass door cover off and clean out the firebox 
paint the inside of the fireplace and install gas logs
remove the crown molding around the top
possibly sand and restain the mantel

We're tossing around ideas on how we want the fireplace to look and here are a few of our favorites! 


White brick
via emily henderson

Dark gray brick with natural wood features on each side
via one kin design

Sand colored brick... this one looks similar to our decor so this one might be the winner!
via popsugar

I like the legs on each side of the mantel.
via retro renovation

Two-toned <insert a thousand heart eyes!>
via jennifer weiss architecture

So it looked like this last night...  
Joey demo-ed the desk & shelves yesterday afternoon and then we "roped" off the desk area because we found wires that might be live. He also ripped out the glass doors on the front.  Progress!


The steps to cleaning out the firebox and prepping it for painting:

1.  Shovel out ashes
2. Use Shop-Vac to complete ash clean-up
3. Spray a product called TSP on surface and scrub with wire brush
(you may have to scrub several times with tsp to get all the residue off)

(we bought the liquid version of TSP and just diluted it then put the mixture in a spray bottle)

4.  Closed damper so that it's inoperable and ready for gas logs
5. Caulk any holes or cracks in the mortar and/or brick

*we're waiting a day in between clean-up and painting*

6.  All that's left to do is paint.  We went with Rust-O-Leum's High Heat in black


We will share the finished product next post! Stayed tuned!