Thursday, May 12, 2016

Living Room, Kitchen, and Bedrooms

I'm gonna finish this up.

This is the view of our front door from the living room and view of the living room from the front door.

Coat closet on left, right leads to master bedroom and bonus room.

I love our entryway table... I have big plans for this for Christmas.

A couple of favorites.

A couple more views

It's an open floor plan so living room and kitchen are all open.

Best part of living with my mom was the ability to redecorate.

Since we don't have a basement we had some extra space where the steps downstairs usually go, we added a small office nook. We can keep it closed with pocket doors or open it up.

Moving on to the kitchen.

I knew I either wanted white or really dark cabinets.  I ended up going with dark cause I didn't trust myself to keep the white ones cleaned.  Every picture I pulled up that had dark cabinets had light countertops.  We really liked the dark ones and since our walls are light we took a change.  Even though all other hardware in the house is bronze, we offset the kitchen with stainless hardware.. combine that with the stainless appliances and the pantry door with the rain style glass, I love how it turned out.

My mom got this for me a couple week ago, it's a candle tart warmer.. goes perfect with all my mason jars, like our pendant light fixtures.  If you follow me on Instagram you know all the trouble we had with one breaking and one falling down, happy to say we have finally replaced it and it's been up for over 24 hours now without a problem.

Our dining room is a little smaller than I had thought it would be.  Especially now that we have the raised bar and have added stools.  One day we will get a round table and I think it will help.

Close up of kitchen wall.

I didn't realize the when I took this the yellow jars flowers we messed up and no this bugs me... but I love, and I mean love our center piece.

Dining room fixture that matches entry way and stairway fixture.

Off the kitchen there is a small hallway that leads to the boys bedrooms and bathroom.

This is outside their bathroom, another thing my mom showed up with one day that I think is super cute.

I didn't really do anything with their bathroom, it's the same stuff we had in our old bathroom.  Maybe later this year I'll change it out and add some... you guessed it... mason jars! 

This is Cameron's first time having a big boy bed.  When looking for him  a bed we had a hard time finding a full size so we ended up getting Cooper a queen and gave Cooper's old bed to Cameron.  

I was worried with a bigger bed that Cooper wouldn't have a lot of room.  His room ended up being bigger and you can tell even with a large bed he still has plenty of room.

Well, that's it.

The lighting probably does't show well but we used three paint colors
Sherwin Williams Ellie Gray for entry way and hallwys, living room and bonus room
Sherwin Williams Mineral Deposit for master bedroom and bath and guest bath
Sherwin Williams Silverplate for kitchen, dining, and boys bedrooms

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Catch Up Post

Before I move along with house pictures, really I just need to clean it up, I'm gonna give a catch up post from my iPhone photos.

In mid April we went to Camp Kindergarten.  These two are something else.

Class of 2029.
Truth be told Cameron didn't need to even go to this.  He could have given the tour as much as we are in the school.

Cooper has had some late Friday night games that don't even start till 8. Why not give the little one some Big Red.

This popped up one day on Facebook, I love it.

Cameron had a field trip to Chuck E Cheese a couple weeks ago.  They earned a trip for learning their address and phone number.  They had our old address on file, we were leaving with my mom, but memorizing our new address.  

We need to take this kid to the boat.  He kept hitting the 25 ticket jackpot that day...

a total of 5 times.

This was our last field trip with Wee Ones.  Can't believe my time at home with this little one is coming to an end.

That same day we picked up my packet for the mini, he left me a note.  Go Mommy!

I came home from the min and Steve made me an early birthday present.  He made a homemade chocolate cake with homemade icing.  Guys... it was unreal delicious.

This is the look of a boy last week on a Monday who realized he only had school Monday, off Tuesday, school Wednesday, field trip Thursday, and off Friday.

The field trip was back to the Science Center.  

We got to see an IMAX movie this time, Journey to Space. Cooper is all about space these days,  A couple weeks ago he checked out a bunch of books on planets.  He told me he didn't want to go to Mars but wanted to man the mission on the ground.  We are hoping to go back to Disney in Oct 2017, we are checking out how much to go to Kennedy Space Center for the day.

They changed the Kids Zone but still have the water.  I remember when those coats were too big.

I'm gonna try and get more house pics up by the weekend.  It's busy one... Booster Day for baseball and celebrating someone's 40th birthday.  I won't mention anyone's name but lets say it starts with a T and ends in a Y, last name is Reid.  Did I give too much away :)

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

KDF Mini Marathon 2016

I really should title this post reason # 12933094 I can be an idiot sometimes.  I'll just keep it as it and maybe it will make me look good.

You may remember my posts from last year when I decided to take up running and did the Louisville Triple Crown and KDF Mini. I was great, I had good endurance, I trained really well, I never once wanted to quit, I wasn't sore, it was awesome.

When I signed up again I had a goal to beat my time.  I'm a slow runner and all I wanted to do my first race was finish.  I had more left in me so I knew I could do it.

Back in fall I tried to start running more and getting myself back in the comfortable 5 mile range so I could begin training.  It was difficult trying to pack up the house and move into my mom's house but by Christmas I felt good again.

I could give you lots of excuses but it comes down to not getting the tine in to train.  I was working at Wee Ones while Cameron was there and Steve was seeing patients on Saturday mornings and it was dark when he left for work and dark when he returned.  I didn't want to ask my mom 4 days as week to watch my kids so I could run and I didn't put the effort.  Between December and the day of the race I ran a total of 2 times, each no more than a mile at a time.

I came very close to backing out but Laura assured me she wasn't in shape to run the whole thing and we could just do run/walk intervals.

I thought I can do this, I'll run when I can and walk when I have to.  I didn't want to leave Laura do it by herself.  Amanda, another JJ mom I've gotten to know, was doing it for the first time but she had trained and wanted to run it.  At the beginning of the week the forecast looked good and I thought maybe we can enjoy it and take fun pictures.

Day before the race at packet pick up.  Honestly I was still on the fence, weather had taken a turn and was going to be be rainy, heavy rain, possible thunderstorms.  My pride kept me from backing out, I thought if I got down there and I would get motivation to get back out again.  I've been a little down on myself for my lack of exercise and diet while being in between homes and it's shown.

With some complaining I pulled myself out of bed at 5 am and met up the rest of the gang and off we went.  We parked in Jeff and took the walking bridge over, it gave us almost an extra 4 miles total for the day, that's important.
We walked past the finish line to get to the start line, every runner's favorite!

A couple of dry pre-race selfies. Laura's husband Scott also did it with us. As we crossed the start line we lost Amanda and told her to just go.  She did awesome and finished around 2 hours and 20 minutes or so with an 11 min/mile pace.  That is my goal one day.

We started dry and it stayed dry longer than it did last year but around mile 5 or 6 it really started to come down.  Heavier than last year, then it let back up again.  We started out running  a mile and walking a mile for the first 8 miles.  We were around mile 8 1/2 inside Churchill Downs when Scott caught up with us and I was beginning to hurt so we but it back to walk a half, run a half.  Even then I was struggling, really struggling.  We got to mile 11 1/2 when we stopped to walk and Laura suggested we go ahead and walk a full mile so we can finish the last .6 miles, sounded good.  However, even then I could barely do it. I walked most of the way until we made our final turn and a downhill to the finish.  What a difference a year makes.

We finished in 3 hours and 11 minutes.  Like I said I was in pain and we still had almost a 2 mile walk back to the car.  We found Amanda, got our post race food and made our way back.  It began to pour again, we were freezing, and I had a death grip on my food.  I still laugh when I see this picture. I had puddles in my shoes, but thanks to Body Glide, no blisters.

I was hurting most of the rest of the day, I mean I just put 17 miles on my body after 4 months of nothing.  As far as soreness, I'm just now feeling better.  However my foot not so much.  It's not terrible pain but does begin to hurt after more than 20-30 minutes of being on my feet.  If I rest it at all I start to feel better.  So when I wake up in the morning I feel fine but by the time we leave for school, after 2 hours of being on it, it hurts again.  I'm gonna give it a few more days, I think if I'm intentional of staying off of it I'll be fine.  We've all talked about doing the Monumental Mini in Indianapolis and I would love to get myself back into the shape I was in last year.  It's a little depressing reading my post about last year's mini by the end of the year I can go back and read this be proud of myself for getting back.