-A mostly true journey of a girl, her man and their three kids; all trying to live harmoniously in a house somewhere in Utah. Names and exact locations may be changed in order to protect the grouchy.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Day 19 of Forty- Grateful Sunday :)

Hello friends! Here are my five thank-yous for the week:

1. The man and I ventured all the way to IKEA yesterday. (It's about an hour away, so you have to know ahead of time that the whole journey is going to take up a good chunk of your day.) After walking around forever and two minutes, I found myself exhausted and sitting in the middle of the cafe, checking out the treasures in my over sized yellow bag. I found those cute little lemonade bottles with the stoppers and metal clips and was pretty excited, since I'd been eyeing them in another store for quite a while. When I looked up from the bag-o-goodies, I saw that man of mine, soda and silverware in one hand and my steaming hot coffee cup in another. Right there walking toward me is my grateful number one. Yeah, he's my husband. Sometimes he's my shopping or DIY-ing partner. But lately, he's been what I've needed most; a really good friend.

2. The eldest came to help me teach a class of first graders on Friday. It was amazing to be teaching in my very first classroom (circa 1996), with not only my youngest in the class, but with my daughter who also had attended first grade in the very same room. Her teacher was the person who adopted my family when we moved to Utah. The world is an extremely, wonderfully small place sometimes. Memories flooded back and helped me to relish blessings both in the past and in the present.

3. A bunch of students on Friday noticed that I colored my hair and didn't even laugh or point at me. Sure, their ages range from 6-12, but every little kind thing counts. Especially when a fifth grader tells you, "Wow. You don't look so old, Mrs. M."   Me: Winning!

4. Me, writing this blog to you at 7:30 p.m. and STILL seeing daylight!

5. We have most of the "theatre-like" room done. The walls are bare and the sofas are in large need of some pillow-love, but it is the man's baby, and he's pretty happy. I think it's because his office is currently cotton candy pink, but that's another story for another time.

I told you I'd leave a few pics, so here they are. Remember, everything is a work-in-progress :)




Before: Here is the very messy playroom, peppered with a ton of teaching stuff.

After: It might look as if IKEA has taken ownership of the room, but that's okay. The storage is wonderful!

Before: The back wall, full of miscellaneous toys. P.S. The room was a blue/grey color.

After- The "Concession Area." We thought it would be fun to have a place to store drinks and snacks. We are still those strict parents who make the kids ask before consuming any of that; if only to make sure they're not eating mama's stuff :)

Before: Here is the only window in the room. It makes for a dark place, which I guess is why it's the theatre. This was the only source of light I had when teaching.. Ack!

After: You know, if you're going to complain about lack of light, you really should go out and buy yourself a pair of black curtains..and then close the blinds ;) Here is the apex of excitement for the man and me. An air hockey table. We have been known to push small children out of the way at Chuck-E-Cheese to play this game. The kids get a chance to enjoy it if we're not around.

Before: Here is a pic I'm using as an example to show you the careful measures I take when painting. Push everything into the middle of the room, open the paint can and GO!!!!

After: Here is the same view with our IKEA couch and Target game chairs.  We assembled it all and only had a handful of screw left over ;) This arrangement works well because the game chairs are much shorter. We can all watch a movie and be able to see the screen. Notice the eggplant wall, bare as a baby's bottom. I need to hang some pictures...soon. It's kind of driving me crazy. Notice that the boys could care less about decor issues...

After: Here's a view from the sofa on the back wall.
That's the room. (We are still contemplating hanging that TV.) What do you think?

Happy Sunday, friends :)

20 comments:

  1. You left out the most important detail: I beat you at air hockey! Anyways, good work on the theater room - it is almost there. We'll get something on the walls soon so it's not so bare. Thanks for all the kind words!

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    1. I'm not counting that as a win. I was distracted by CNN. I told you, no playing when Anderson or Don Lemon are on. :)

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  2. Love it! Now you can come fix my basement! From your favorite loser friend.

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    1. Char anything for you. I hope your bench cushions haven't fallen apart yet. ;) Speaking of basements, it's about that time..for our boyfriend: SPIDER man :) Ick.

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    2. I know. My sister told me about a town in Austalia that is being overrun by wolf spiders. Nightmares!!

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    3. Noooooo! I've always wanted to visit Australia, but now? We need to see a hypnotist for this spider fear, girl. Then, we need to go on a trip!

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  3. I love it! I wish I had space for a room like that....and I say hang the TV! This inspired me to hang ours: http://www.houseofhepworths.com/2012/01/10/mounting-your-tv-to-the-wall-and-hiding-all-the-cords/

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    1. Christie- have you already hung your TV? I'm so nervous! Let me know, I'd like to try it with out knocking down a wall...by accident. :)

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    2. We haven't hung it yet. We still need to spring for the mount, but it is in the plan. I love the clean look of it.

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    3. We saw the hook-ups for them at IKEA and Target. They're not cheap but I agree, they look awesome. I saw your pin on Pinterest of the wall mount- Gorgeous! (As gorgeous as a TV can get)

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  4. How awesome! I love the room and your "thank-you's" for the week. #1 was truly touching, what a sweetie Mark is, but it was #2 that made me tear up. (LOL!) I miss those teaching days so much! So extra cool to have the oldest and youngest there together. <3
    I think you might have inspired me to put my substitute teacher papers back out there.... We'll see. :)
    Have a WONDERFUL week, Marriott family!
    Your FF

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    1. Nickie, Thanks, so much. Just a piece of advice..don't get back out there. Remember the old days for what they were. Teaching is a different animal all together these days. It would make you cry :( Everyone is trading in play for performance. :( Give your family my love and again, thanks.

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  5. I love the new room!!! I was at Ikea yesterday as well! You look just beautiful in the above photo. I miss you all.

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    1. Ki, I miss you too. The man and I were trying to figure out where IKEA was in Ann Arbor. Where did they build it? I love that not-so-little store :) Thanks for the compliment. I was crying during that pic after losing to the man... :(

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  6. So, can Gavin and I come over for a movie night soon? Yes, I did just break that cardinal etiquette rule, by trying to invite myself over...

    Thanks for letting me stop by unannounced last week (yikes-another broken etiquette rule!). I really enjoyed getting to visit with your whole family!

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  7. Nicole, You are always welcome at our house. Definitely come for a movie night; we now have a huge list to choose from! I'll have to red box or netflix or whatever one does to actually get the movies :) No etiquette needed. Ever. How long have you known me? <3

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  8. Beautiful room! I'm sure that took you forever. You are so talented when it comes to designing rooms.. Not counting-out the phenomenal support and help I'm sure your awesome boys provide. It's so awesome that you have a room where you can: play video games with your boys, share shamrock shakes with them, watch movies with them and Mark, play a never-ending tournament with them (winner buys shamrock shakes), sing along with them in an unrehearsed, but undeniably-good trio while Mark plays the guitar, lean your head out the doorway only to find your two best sons admiring the awesome drapery you created for glass doors, build forts with your boys and share a few shamrock shakes and card games with them, and to ultimately cherish each moment you're blessed to spend with them so that you can reminisce in a later blog post. May I suggest gold plating their names on the wall of this stunning room? I think it would most definitely add that finishing touch, and bring an overall prestigious air to the room.
    Oh, and touching story about the eldest, Alice.. Betcha she's never built a memorable fort, or held a tune longer than the boys, huh?
    Lovely blog post, truly!
    Cheers to the most original, creative blog out there! :)

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  9. Dearest Alice, Is it sad that all I took from this very-lengthy comment was the multiple times you mentioned Shamrock Shakes? BTW, I think the gold plates are a magnificent idea. I will get right on it..In fact, I will have my eldest do the engraving. SHe doesn't seem nearly busy enough these days, with her wordy-yet-very-clever comments. I DO love her so... Ps. Thanks for that last line. When you get your own blog, you may use it as a template. By that I mean exact replica. <3 you, Mamacello.

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  10. What an awesome transformation! I am totally jealous as I tread down the stairs to my very boring, beige basement, which is probably on the bottom of the list of a billion home improvement things that need to be done around here. Top of the list: Get rid of ugly wallpaper in D's room and in my 80stastic kitchen. Keep posting, girl. Your ideas rock!

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    1. Thanks, Shan. Our house needs so much work, as well. I just seem to focus on the non-important things, probably because the big needs aren't any fun. Air hockey is a lot more interesting to me than say, plumbing. :)

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