Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Checking in on the "To Do List"

It's been almost a month since I posted my 2012 to do list, so I thought it might be time for a little update.  The list was (and is) quite overwhelming to me... and even still, immediately after posting my list, I thought of at three or four additions to it.  So, not all of the things I'm going to mention that have been done are actually a part of my original to do list, but they are still big accomplishments.

My hubby reads my blog.  So, yes... he saw the list.  I'm not sure if he felt a sense of guilt about some of the things that needed to be done (I hope not!  It wasn't meant to be a gigantic honey-do list!) or challenged to see just how much he can get accomplished around the house before little girl arrives.  Either way, he has cranked out a few jobs in the last few weeks that may not be big projects, but nevertheless needed to be done.  

So, Andy accomplished 3 things that have been on the to do list since we moved into our home (two and half years ago...).  Come on... you all have projects like these, right?  A drawer in our kitchen has not worked right since we got here.  It was constantly falling off the track.  Andy tried to fix it a while back and realized it was going to be harder than he thought.  Well, it's fixed and we can finally open and close our "junk drawer" without fear that it's going to completely fall apart on the kitchen floor.  The other 2 projects he tackled were replacing the light fixtures in both bathrooms.  Both are older and, in my opinion, needed some updating, but the one in the full bath had never worked right.  So, for a grand total of $40, both fixtures were replaced and look awesome!  It's amazing how something little like a light can make a huge difference in a space!  

Now onto some things that were actually on my to do list!  

A big thing on our minds has been to convert our guest bedroom into a nursery.  The first step toward doing this was to get new wall-to-wall carpeting.  When we moved in, the carpeting was in rough shape and so we made the decision to rip it out and put down a temporary area rug until the church was ready to replace the carpeting.  We don't use the room much, except when we have company, and even then it was still useable.  But, since we're changing everything all around to prepare for the baby, we felt like this was the right time to finally replace the carpet (and the church agreed).  It was even more exciting when - yup, you guessed it - we got a great deal on the carpet because we were able to select a remnant piece that they had leftover in the warehouse (resulting in just over 50% savings)!  Here are a few pics... unfortunately I must be a terrible blogger because I totally forgot to take before pictures... Oh well!

Jadon enjoyed testing out the new carpet, and insisted on having his picture taken in the "baby's new room"
The new carpet... so soft... and so clean!

 The nursery will still double as a guest room, when necessary, so we've kept the full bed in the room, but have it in a corner to make more space for the baby furniture and "stuff".  

Walking in the door, the bed is on the left and the closet is on the right. 

All the baby's furniture is straight ahead when you walk in.

I'm a little concerned that Jadon may love this bed so much that he wants to sleep there after his sister is home!  (FYI, the glider will be moved if ever we have guests sleeping in this room.)
So, the process is well underway.  There's still lots to be done and decisions to be made, but we've gotten a good jump on the process.  Over the next month or so I'll be shopping sales and looking for bargains to decorate the room.  I have so many ideas rolling around in my head, but have yet to come up with a clear concept of what the room will look like... 

In addition to figuring out the nursery, I've been doing some reorganizing, shopping on Craig's List, and compiling more yard sale items (yup, something else on the list!).  I've also finally begun scrapbooking Jadon (now that his 3rd birthday is less than 2 months away!).  I'll wrap up with a few pictures of what I've done so far...

"Special Delivery Due to arrive on April 2, 2009"... and that's when he arrived!

It's a BOY!
 And so... until the next to do list update!

~ Carrie ~

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