Wednesday, June 25, 2014

A mostly Finished Girls' Bathroom

Eureka!  It is complete...well mostly.  We have been enjoying an updated bathroom for Viv and her future sister for several weeks now and it is fabulous.


To recap, here is the before...

and here is the first coat of primer after the cabinet had been removed, new tile installed, new toilet installed and new baseboards installed.  


I honestly can't remember if we did one or two coats of primer...but then the white paint went up.  With my NO-LADDERS allowed law with pregnancy, Devin did the cut in at the ceiling and around the top of the tub tile.  Must be nice to be tall...thanks hubby!


The most exciting part was getting the new vanity and sink top in.  We went from a single sink to a double sink thanks to this little bargain from IKEA.  We happened to stumble upon our ideal sink cabinet and sink top in the AS-IS department of IKEA for $114.50 and the sink top for $20.  Yup total cabinet for $134.50!  It was meant to be!



The plumbing was a little tricky, but nothing the dynamic trio couldn't handle.  


I took the opportunity while we were working in there to re-caulk the bathtub as it was in dire straits.  Getting all the old stuff out was torture but well worth it!


I'm pretty much in love with the final result and so happy to have sparkling clean new bathroom for my babies!  The final step is to get the frame for the mirror built and installed.  Maybe that will be finished before baby #2 arrives...wishful thinking!






Next up...Viv's big girl room and a nursery face lift.  The clock is ticking!


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

The Girl's Bathroom Has Begun

Remember back in September when I was planning a renovation of Vivienne's bathroom?  No?  Well let me jog your memory.  

Girls BR

Since it is official that we are having another girl, we can move forward with having a hint of pink in the girl's bathroom.  Some things have changed since I did this color board, but the main functional parts are the same like the tile on the floor, the sink and cabinet.  

Before we get to the details, let me remind you of how the bathroom looked before.  We did nothing to this room when we moved in other than add the shower curtain and accessories.  

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My mom came to town a couple of weekends ago to help start the project as I am not able to do all I want in my "delicate condition" :).  But before she arrived, Devin started the demolition...with a special helper.



As you can see from the above photo, there is a little moisture on the wall behind the cold water shut off valve.  Well, we had a little snafu when taking the cabinet out.  In order to remove the cabinet away from the plumbing, we had to cut out the back of the cabinet significantly.  During the cutting, Devin nicked the copper line and a small geyser erupted.  No worries, because Devin superbly soldered and repaired the pipe and installed a new shutoff valve.  I was thoroughly impressed, and relieved.


Mom arrived just in time to complete the demolition, toilet removal.  Yay mom!  


With the toilet successfully removed and the floor swept and cleaned up, mom and Devin put the Hardiboard down.  The first piece was relatively easy with precise measuring for where the toilet drain went.  The next piece required a template the mom ingeniously created out of some butcher paper we had.  


It fit like a glove, so they glued it down with construction adhesive and screwed it to the sub-floor with Hardiboard screws.  



Don't get me wrong, this all sounds straight forward and simple, but getting the backer-board down is probably the hardest part of this project so far.  This picture illustrates that the best.


We then were able to start tiling...finally!  We used the Daltile white mosaic tile from Home Depot that I talked about here.  It was the look I wanted for the price that had me at hello.  


Mom knocked the tile laying out of the park!  I assisted by saying move it this way and move it that way and offering moral support.  That's how good of a Project Manager I am ;)!


It was late into the morning hours when all the tile was down and we could call it a night.  It already was looking AWESOME...


The bummer was that we had to wait until the following afternoon to grout.  But Devin got in there and grouted like a champ, again with me cheering him on and rinsing the sponge.  


What a difference a little grout makes!  I am in love with our newly tiled floor and new dual flush toilet.  You can see here the beginnings of the new baseboards going in.  


I finished up the baseboards and got them caulked and pretty with a little helper of course.  Vivienne will be a little handy ma'am soon and that makes mommy very proud.

Next up:  Vertical surfaces!  Some priming and painting is happening my friends!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Baby #2- It's Official

Baby 2

After multiple doctor's visits and several ultrasounds, we are officially have a baby girl.  I am beyond ecstatic.  I would have been happy either way, but to know that Vivienne will have a sister makes my heart warm.  I'm sad that Devin won't get his son, but sometimes these things happen for a reason.  I know he will be a great father to two daughters and I think Vivienne agrees as she thinks he hung the moon.  #2 will also I know!  

We have begun the exhausting task of deciding on a name, and it is proving to be extremely difficult.  We knocked it out of the park with Vivienne, now the pressure is on for the sequel.  Sequels are always difficult.  We will find something equally great I'm sure, but the clock is ticking.  July will be here before we know it!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Round Two

I have been busy working on our latest project.  It is coming along nicely and we can't wait to unveil it in at the end of July. 

In the mean time, much preparation is needed before then.  We look forward to welcoming baby 2 to the family and sharing our plans with you!


Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Vivienne is 1 Year Old

Vivienne celebrated her 1st birthday this last weekend and it was a beautiful day filled with joy and love for our little girl.  I will share the details of her party in a later post, so you can consider this the closing of her weekly photo series.  I feel extremely fortunate to have been able to capture our baby girl as she has grown every week and will cherish the images for a lifetime.  

On her first birthday Vivienne was 28.5 inches tall, weighed in at 21 pounds 6 ounces, and had 0 teeth.  We think those little teeth are coming though!  Her favorite things to do are: bath time, peek a boo, and "petting" the cats.  Her favorite food as you know from the last post is grapes.  Her favorite toy is her little red piano and her favorite book is The Very Hungry Caterpillar.  

We look forward to what this next year will bring for our little family and are excited to watch Vivienne grow and learn everyday.  We are truly blessed to be called mom and dad!

      Year 1

These outtakes are her taking off with her birthday balloons...

Year 1A

down the hall.

Year 1B

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Vivienne's Weely Photo #51

This is our last weekly picture!  Tear.  My baby is growing so fast I can't stand it.  She is doing big girl things like drinking from a sippy cup by herself and getting upset when she can't continue to try to eat my deodorant in the bathroom.  Alright, I don't know if the latter is actually a big girl thing but she is most definitely expressing her opinion.  She is very independent and can play for a long time by herself focusing on the task at hand.  She loves her daddy.  ALOT!  She squeals with excitement when he walks into the room and loves to scale Mt. Daddy when he is laying on the floor.  She tries to put her own shoes on her feet, is good at holding things by their proper handles and loves eating grapes.  I mean seriously, she needs a 12 step program for the grapes.  She is becoming and expert in the bathtub.  She loves to "help" me fill the bath and watch it as it fills and excitedly waits to be placed in the water.  She also loves to help me with the laundry and is an expert at closing the washer and dryer doors.  She loves to watch the clothes spinning inside.  She is a professional cat herder.  An expert dog toy squeaker. A skilled bell ringer. A virtuoso on the toy piano.  She is loved by mommy and daddy with everything we have in us.  

Week 51

This week's outtakes are typical of our photo sessions that last about 30 seconds to 1 minute typically, then she's out!

Week 51A

This is her telling me something extremely important. 

Week 51B

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Vivienne's Weekly Photo #50

I can't believe we are at week 50 with 2 weeks left in Vivienne's weekly photos.  Time has certainly flown by.  Vivi had a big week 50, she started "school".  It took a few days for her to get acclimated to her new environment but is now exploring with the best of them.  She is not crying when we leave her in the morning and is even napping better during the day.  The school has been great and they enjoy daily buggy rides outside if the weather is nice or to the indoor play ground.  It was a little hard to leave her in a new place the first day but we get to watch her progress on the cameras they have in the room.  It's amazing to watch her interact with the other kids and play.  

Week 50

This weeks outtakes are pretty tame...

Week 50A
  if you consider her hair tame!

Week 50B

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Vivienne's Weekly Photos #47,48,49

What can I say, the holidays took over and I didn't get baby girl's pictures posted!  Better late than never I guess.  I'm now in the throws of planning a first birthday party for baby V.  I'm so very excited for her to celebrate the big day!  Since my last post, we traveled to my sister's house for Christmas.  Viv made out like a bandit like we expected.  So many new toys that we have to rotate them out so she isn't too overwhelmed.  Even though Viv received so many nice things for her first Christmas, the best thing at Christmas were my sister's cats.  She LOVED them and would squeal in delight when she touched them.  Vivi gets closer and closer to walking every day.  She is feeding herself like a pro and pretty much will eat anything.   

 Week 48

Week 49
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