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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

our new pad

I've been MIA from the blogging world for the last week (I'm sure the 6 of you reading this, took notice), but it's only because I've been trying to get unpacked from our move.  Which is no excuse...not a good one anyway.  Mostly because in all honesty, we are completely unpacked...with the exception of my bedroom which looks like a tornado has has hit. 
Although we're unpacked, things are not totally put away...I'm sure that won't happen for months.  However, I am going to post some really poor quality photos that I took last night (with no sunlight, and a flash).  The pictures are awful, I'd like to just throw that out there. 
I did take a few more this morning that are equally as craptacular...because it's raining here.  Are you shocked?  I am (that last comment was dripping with sarcasm, in case you couldn't sense my tone through the computer).
First off, as promised, here is a picture of my wretched haircut...one word: mullet.  Keep in mind that I had NO layers when I entered the salon, and asked for a T-R-I-M.  Instead I received a 'nice framed face'...aka mullet and tons of layers, starting at my cheekbones.  Awesome.
Don't judge:

Also, please note the look of joy on my face.  I can't stress enough how awful my hair looks. 
PS: I'm slightly dramatic, but if you know me at all you already knew that.
Oh and it's been raining for 2 weeks straight.  Which makes my hair frizzy. 
But on the bright side (not literally bright...remember, no sun), I woke up to these this week...:

...courtesy of my sweet husband, who was trying to brighten (again, not literally) my life day.  So beautiful.
Now on to the house pictures:


kitchen 2

wall between kitchen and entry hallway

living room

dining room...look at those cute kiddos

always in our entryway
sitting area in living room

above coat rack in entryway

hallway, taken from entryway
entryway (taken from living room)
A few things: first off, note the 'new' carpet.  Although it looks like it's straight from the '70s, it's actually very fluffy and soft and lovely.  And new...it's the first time I've ever had new carpet.  I'm pretty excited about it. 
Also, the humongous storage shelf is new to us since moving....we bought it for the wall between the kitchen and entry hallway, and then realized it did not fit once we moved.  We need it to store Dylan's 18000 school books and very expensive eyeball equipment.  So for now it's living on the same wall as the television...just taking up lots of space.  Until I make it to IKEA for some natural fiber bins, I am storing all my various treasures in the spaces instead of books. 
It was fun to pull out some of my favorite things and finally have a place to put them (for now at least):

cast iron keys...these literally weigh 20 lbs and we hauled them all over s. california...that's how much i love them

cast iron jacks...yellow, red, and green

vintage tins

bird candy dish

a gift from my sister jen...skeleton keys that hang on my front door. one of my favorite things.
these also double as an alarm when my children are trying to escape.
All in all, we're settling in.  The kids all slept through the night for the first time last night.  Which makes for a happy mother.  And because of my new-found energy, I actually cooked a real meal tonight.  As long as pancakes count as a meal.

ps: I'll post upstairs pictures soon.  promise.


  1. Yay!! Thanks for the pictures!! Your place is DARLING...but no surprise. You have incredible taste and can make any space look good. I'm so happy you guys were able to get in after patiently waiting for two years...looks like it was worth the wait. Can't wait to see upstairs - I'm sure it's just as great. And cute hair pic, by the way...you look thrilled with life ;o) It's not at all like I was picturing...kind of like a grown-out "Rachel" cut from the 90's. It'll grow. :o) xoxoxo...

  2. There are so many things I want to say... your hair is not a mullet! It looks cute, like always, and its getting so long! My kids have the exact same rain boots from target. I found them in clearance for $4. Steal! I love your new place. I am so impressed that you have unpacked. Now it's time for me to visit before you give away your middle child ;)

  3. I love your place! It looks so great. I LOVE all your yellow accents. Where did you get the yellow thing behind the clock? Is it wood? Your hair doesn't even slightly resemble a mullet! You guys look great! Is your new place still in Forrest Grove?

  4. so excited to come see you! i love the way your house is coming together. can't wait to see the upstairs! love you xoxo

  5. Lets go to Ikea!!!!! seriously. I haven't seen your hair straight since Jo cut it. You're so cute.

  6. Alright. Only you can make a what would be a nasty 'free' apartment look amazing! I love all your beautiful colors and keys. BTW. Your hair looks cute. I know, I know, no one can tell you that and make you like it, it only matters what you think. I get it. love yoU!

  7. thanks for all the kind words. despite them all, it's still a mullet :)
    jen-i couldn't wait for clearance, i was just desperate for boots. $4 is a steal. rainboots never go on clearance here. lame. and i hope i win the giveaway on your blog! oh and please come soon.
    jess-the yellow thing is wooden. i got it at a yard sale for a quarter, sanded it and painted it. i've fallen in love with yellow lately.
    betsy-hurry up and come sooner! i can't wait. i am mapping out a thrifting route RIGHT NOW.
    debbie-maybe ikea when the kids all have a break from school? we can cruise in the new van :)
    jack-you're so sweet. and i do have lots of keys, huh? i didn't really notice it until this post, and that's not even all of them.
    stace-i wish you were here to help me figure out how to redo my hair. i love rachel, but already had that look in 8th grade, and i'm not ready to re-live it. yet.

  8. Hey cute girl! Love your new pad. Your decorating is awesome! You have such great style. Your hair looks sooo not mullet, and believe me I know mullet, because of personal experience :)