home in progress: the bath

As part of our new goals for our new home, and for record-keeping purposes, I’m going to write a few posts about the updates (mostly painting) we’ve been doing on our little house. I thought I might as well make the posts public so you can see what we’ve been up to. Keep in mind, these are pictures of an in-progress rental home that we are working on with limited time and budget, so please be kind in your critiques! 

The first room I’ll share is the smallest: our bathroom. There wasn’t much to be done in this bathroom, as we’re not changing any of the fixtures, mirrors, etc. The orange color cast really strange glows, so that was what we changed.


This room gets pretty light most of the day, so I wanted a light color that would make the space seem bigger. I had a more difficult time choosing a color for this bathroom because every swatch I painted in the room looked really strange next to the bright orange, and after debating several shades of gray, taupe and even a blue, I went with a creamy white. It took us quite a while!



The worst part of this room was the trim behind the door (not pictured). Instead of a closet door, this room has deep open shelves that go from floor to ceiling. Even on a stepstool, I couldn’t reach the top shelf, so Aaron did that and the trim (since my pregnant belly couldn’t reach over the granite counter). I am thankful for the newness of this bathroom; the surfaces are all new and nice, which is a huge bonus in a rental home.

In the above picture you can see the trim isn’t all done; we’ve since finished it, but I haven’t taken updated pictures! What’s left for this room is some sort of art and a new shower curtain. Almost completely done! Yay!


There’s been so much happening around here that I haven’t taken the time to blog. Since August is halfway complete, I wanted to check-in and record what we’ve been up to. I’ll just stick to some basic stuff. It’s nice to look back on what I’ve done and feel progress! 🙂

This has been a busy month! We had fun celebrating Levi and Jayne’s wedding at the beginning of the month, and in between I worked on projects around the house. I painted our bathroom, and then the next weekend Aaron and I painted our bedroom. The next two rooms will be our guest bedroom and Shepherd/baby brother’s nursery. We have a proper guest bed, so that will be nice in time for football season. The Nix Hotel is open, but the room is pretty sparse… I’m working on it! It’s so hard for me to pick a paint color.

My garden has been producing a bumper crop of squash and zucchini, so we have a lot of fruit ready to eat. I have been pinning a lot of recipes, so if you follow me on Pinterest and are tired of seeing the nine thousand ways I plan to use up our squash, I’m sorry! Next year I’ll plant just one zucchini and one squash plant so we don’t have so many. My zinnias are finally coming up, too! These make me so happy. I bought a $10 bouquet from the farmer’s market last Saturday (which is a major splurge for me) and the flowers were dead by Tuesday night. The zinnias I cut from my own garden are still as pretty as the day I cut them, ten or so days ago. Next year I’ll plant lots more flowers. I blame pregnancy for making me feel so lazy/lousy and only doing a few rows. Also, cucumbers are flowering and tomatoes are green but there are a lot of them. There are four melons that are a little bigger than softballs (which I’m most excited about). The basil did exceptionally well, especially because I read that it can be tricky to grow from seed. I think I planted seven and five came up. It will be good for the pesto I plan on making and freezing this weekend.

Hi, Bunny Pie:
I’ve been working on football door hangers, too. You can check those out here if you’re interested.

After a really slow summer, my writing and editing work has picked up a lot in the last few weeks. Let me tell you, when it rains, it pours! But that’s a huge blessing to us at this time, so we’re just dancing in the rain over here. 🙂

Gosh, I love this little munchkin. We have the best, worst, longest, hardest, funnest, strangest, most routine and unpredictable days together. He’s talking a lot, saying more words, communicating with his whole body, making us smile by being silly, and pushing boundaries like a pro. He tells us yes and no all the time; my favorite is when he will point to something, mumble “mm hmm!” and nod his head. I am trying so hard to decipher his language, but it’s frustrating for us both when I can’t. He’s patient, though, and I’m working on it, so we will keep getting better. He loves his daddy more than anything in the world. He runs around the house finding pictures of Aaron and pointing them out to me, yelling “Dada! Dada!” It breaks my heart in the sweetest way. He says “dada” about 1000 times a day. “Up,” “chair” “kicat (kitty cat)” are other favorites right now. He turns 18 months old next week, and I can hardly believe it. He points to all of his body parts, points to my stomach and kisses it when we ask where brother is, and points to his heart when we ask him where Jesus is. It’s seriously the best. When he’s not crying for more food. Always hungry, that child is.

Life is good, and we are thankful.

Five on Friday :: no. 2


Here we are again! Welcome to August! I’m not posting any pictures due to mid-pregnancy fatigue/summer sleepiness.

Something we’ve been meaning to do since we finished painting our living room was move my desk up to the dining room so I could have a place to work and keep an eye on Shep as he plays nearby. We finally did it, and I’m again wondering why we took so long to just haul the dang thing up stairs.

We have three rooms left to paint upstairs: the bath, master and nursery. I wish paint colors looked normal in our house. The strange lighting makes everything look a lot more blue on the walls than on paint chips, which means lots of driving back and forth to Home Depot for paint samples to try and find the right colors. I have six sample containers that haven’t worked out so far, and as of last night, our bedroom looks like it’s been graffitied. I may have lost my mind and started writing words on the wall in paint.

This week Shepherd has been obsessed with his dad (even moreso than usual). Aaron was at a bachelor party last weekend, and in addition to the almost three weeks we’ve been away in July, Shepherd just really miss him. He walks around our house pointing at pictures of Aaron and saying “Dada.” It’s the sweetest thing, although he also calls his mustachioed sippy cup and the portrait of Teddy Roosevelt on the book on Aaron’s bedside table Dada. It must be the facial hair.

The aforementioned bachelor party was in honor of Aaron’s college roommate, whom we will celebrate (in addition to his beautiful bride, of course!) tomorrow. They even got a front-page feature in the newspaper and a shout-out from Tim Miles this week. Congratulations, Levi and Jayne!

OK, so this one is a complete mom thing to post, but it’s noteworthy for us, so I’m writing it. This week Shep decided he wanted to use the potty. We didn’t prompt him, so, bewildered, I went out and bought him a potty ring. We went with Cookie Monster and Elmo in the sea, because that’s what Shepherd kept pointing to and clapping about, and it’s the only kid show he watches. Basically, I’m winging semi-potty training. Perhaps we’ll call it… baby-led pottying? (Weird I know.) I’m not doing any training, per se, but Shep is really interested in communicating when he needs to go, and the whole “experience,” so we are running (eh, light jogging) with it. We haven’t given up diapers yet, and I’m not sure we will for a while. I do have to give him props, though, because he’s impressed us a lot this week. We’ll see where it leads.

Hope you all have an excellent first weekend of August. Enjoy the first weekend of the last month of summer!