New House Update (we have stairs!)

OH my word.  This week has been nonstop!  I have been rocking a pony tail for weeks now and things just don’t seem to be slowing down.  I’m feeling the need to do a time management post in the near future because I have really had to work to figure out a way to manage my schedule so that I can fit everything in.  Like time to shower.  Building a house is so much work!  My mom keeps saying “I tried to warn you….”  :)  But honestly, even though we’ve reached a new level of crazy around here I am loving the process.  It is so amazing seeing something that was all in my head actually come to life!  Here is a peek of what things are looking like so far…
 The gate into our little neighborhood – I was standing in front of where our driveway will be.
Nothing to do with the house, but I think the view is pretty so I’m sharing it with you.  :)

Things on the outside haven’t changed much.  I can’t wait for the second floor to go in so I can start to see the personality of the house.

The window that is popping up high on the left of this picture is the window over the stairs.  We have a playroom and a “future” theatre room for Kenny that will go over the garages.  I just changed things up a bit and added a closet in the playroom.  I had to take some space out of the upstairs laundry room to do it, but I’m so excited to have a place to organize all of the kids’ toys.  I’m already dreaming of storage options for that closet!  I’m going to have to spend a lot of time at The Container Store after this house is built.  Darn!  :)

This is the formal living room you will see right when you walk in the front door.
This is the right wall of the living room.
Addison dancing around the hallway in her Smurf pajamas.  The kids clearly already feel at home.

This is our main living area – the family room.  I’m putting in a fun oval window in that square up high and then the TV built-ins will be below with a fireplace in the right corner.

To the left side is our outdoor entertaining area.  There will be french doors along that left wall leading outside.  I’m sure the kids will be in and out and in and out 20 times a day and I’ll never be able to keep them clean.  But I bet I will be so happy that they have a yard to play in that I won’t even care.  Actually I bet I will care.  Because I can’t help it.  :)

Next to the outdoor space is our breakfast nook.  I debated over and over if I should put in windows along the wall of the nook leading to the entertaining area or french doors.  Windows are on the other nook walls so it would have looked more symmetrical, plus the doors will be slightly blocked by a table and chairs.  Plus we already have the doors off the family room.  But we finally decided to put in doors anyway.  We figure if we have people over it might be nice to set food up on the table inside and open the doors up outside so people can go in and out to get food.  What do you think?  Did I make a mistake?  Actually don’t tell me if I did.  Only comment if you are going to say – good idea.  I would have put in doors.  ;)

Now we are entering the kitchen!  Woot Woot!!  This picture shows my bay window.  We basically turned the whole house the way we did so that I could have my bay window.  And I am still debating how it is going to look because it pops out so far and didn’t turn out quite the way I pictured.  I’ll share more details once I figure things out myself.  Or I won’t because I’ll remember that nobody but me really cares about this bay window.  Or I will because Kenny is so sick of hearing about this bay window and I need to talk to someone about it!

Here’s the kitchen layout.  Bay window on the right.  Oven and cabinets along that back wall.  Behind that wall you can kind of see the food pantry.  Butler’s pantry to the left (the formal dining room is across the hall).  The work bench is close to where my first kitchen island will be.  We decided to go with two smaller islands vs. one big one.  I hope I like it!

Fridge/freezer and cabinets along the left wall.  I am still debating minor kitchen details.  Like how many clear cabinets vs. closed cabinets, what the counter tops will be (leaning towards quartz), etc.  I can’t wait to be hanging out in my kitchen!  Toasting Eggo waffles and microwaving frozen pizza for all!  ;)  Speaking of microwaves, we are leaning towards getting this built-in microdrawer:
Do any of you have a microdrawer?  Love it?  Hate it?  I would love to hear what you think if you’ve used one before!  Because I never have.  And the microwave will be the most used appliance in our house so it’s pretty important.  :)
We have stairs!!
View from the top.
 The girls were so excited to finally be able to walk up the stairs and see where their rooms will be.
The girls’ rooms are connected by a bathroom they will share.  Their two rooms have french doors leading out onto a balcony.  They haven’t put the floor down, but in this picture you can see how the balcony is framed.  We have such pretty views so we included balconies on the front and back of the house.  Kenny felt like Kole wasn’t getting a fair deal since his room is on the side of the house without a balcony with views so we added a fun pop out window that will have a bench seat for Kole (with organized baskets below for me! – ha!).

Hot air balloons are always flying by our house so we thought it would be fun to have balconies to sit on and watch them.  And I could write posts all day long on how I’m planning to decorate the front balcony for Christmas each year!  Building the house is only the beginning!  :)  Now if I can just find time for that shower…

Everyday pics

The girls and their “friends” enjoying afternoon pasta and tea.  
More friends making themselves at home in my closet.  
And in the bathroom.  
And in the backyard.  
 Guess those trucks come in handy after all!   

What my trash looks like after a trip to the grocery store.  
Ditching the bulky boxes and tidying up my pantry always puts me in an instant good mood.   

Girls headbands were driving me nuts so I moved them to a new location.  
Temporary fix.  
The new house stuff is completely taking over my current house.  
Every where you look there are plans and brochures and sketches and samples.  
I need an office!  So I’m designing one.  Hence the mess that is making me feel the need for an office.
My boy is up to his usual tricks pulling everything out of my cupboards.  
Bowls are always a hit.  
Moving the pillows all on one couch never gets old.  
 And pausing only briefly for a favorite part of Toy Story 3.  

There is just something about a sleeping toddler.  PEACE.  :)  Kole cracks me up.  Every night I go in to check on him before I go to bed and every night he is in this same position – sideways in his crib with his feet on the wall and one arm over his forehead.  And yes I know he is getting too old for his binkie. It’s not a crutch for him.  It’s a crutch for me.  :)  With everything going on lately, I just don’t have the strength to deal with taking it away.  When Ellie was 2 1/2 we tossed all of her pacifiers and told her that the binkie fairy came and took them and left a toy instead because she was such a big girl.  Worked fabulously.  One tough night with a few tears and she was over it.  I have a feeling things might not go so smoothly with my little buddy so I’m admittedly procrastinating.  And yes, I know he is in Christmas pajamas in September.  I just couldn’t resist.  :)

 But I’m not completely overlooking Fall.  Picked these up at the grocery store yesterday.  
The mini white pumpkins are my favorite!  
 I’m going to use them for my hutch like I did last year.

Kenny bought me the new iphone 5.  I’ve never had an iphone before.  I got this phone and started a Facebook page for my blog all in the same week.  I feel so…  2012.  :)  
I’m sure it’s amazing but I haven’t had two seconds to play around with it.  
Kenny asked me how I like my new phone last night and I said “I love my new ringer!”  He said – “I buy you the iphone 5 and your favorite part is the ringer?”  
But it’s the song Call me Maybe! 
“Hey I just met you… and this is crazy, but here’s my number… so call me maybe….”  
 Perfect ringer, right!? 

Kole loves my ringer too.  Whenever the phone rings we both get so excited and start to dance.  
But then I answer the phone and the music stops and the party’s over and mom’s occupied and Kole is NOT happy.  So we turn the song on my ipod after my call and dance some more.  I’m tempted to give all of you my cell phone number so Kole and I can dance the day away.
But for some reason I don’t think Kenny would be as amused as Kole and I would be.

 The girls currently have secret “pass codes” on their bedroom doors.  You have to place one hand on the hand drawing and type the code in with your other hand to enter their rooms.  

Not just anyone can enter and I had to block out the code to post these pictures.  
It’s top secret.   
I’d share it with you but then I’d have to kill you.  
Love my girls.  They’re always good entertainment.  :)  

Kenny took these before church one Sunday.  He said “smile” and the girls both popped their knee up in an identical pose almost as if it had been rehearsed.  I swear they share a brain.  
Let’s hope it’s their daddy’s.

Q & A

Thank you thank you for all of the fun comments and Facebook love everyone!  You all made me feel very “liked.”  :)  I really appreciate all of the support and I’m truly honored that so many of you include Sunny Side Up in your daily routine.  I’m answering a few of your questions today so grab some chips (I could go for some Baked Lays right about now) and read on!

Thanks for the inspiration!  Question:  Do your girls play in their good clothes?  Where do you store their shorts – maybe I missed them?  My girls are 7, 3, and 1 so I get lots of ideas from you!

Three girls!  Triple the fun!  And the drama.  :)  Those are good questions.  About a year ago I completely stopped buying my girls shorts.  They have never liked shorts or pants much (not stylish enough for Addison and not comfy enough for Ellie.  Ha!  See what I mean about the drama?)  They always want to wear dresses and skirts so I buy a lot of skirts with the shorts sewn in them and a lot of leggings and tights to wear under the dresses/skirts in the winter.  It works for us because it never gets too cold here.  As far as the girls playing in their good clothes, I have totally changed my way of thinking about that.  When they were little I bought them so may cute outfits and then hardly let them wear them.  I kept “saving” them for a special occasion and before I knew it, they had grown out of the outfits completely.  I dressed them in their $5 Target tops day after day and the more expensive outfits sat untouched in their closets (a waste of money to only wear a time or two!).  So now I let them wear their good clothes.  To school, to the park, everywhere we go.  Because school and the park is their life and they grow so fast!  And yes, the clothes get dirty and trashed, but then I feel like I really got my money’s worth out of those nice outfits!  So aside from a few fancier dresses for church, my girls wear their “good clothes” every day.  :)  I’ve adopted the same way of thinking with my clothes.  I used to not clean up much because I’d think “I’m just going to be cleaning, at the park, and running kids around all day.”  Well yeah.  That’s my life right now and I don’t see it changing anytime in the near future!  I can do mom stuff in sweats or wear some cute jeans and a belt and at least feel better about myself while I clean and run kids around all day.  And feeling better about myself makes a world of difference.  K – that last part really had nothing to do with your question.  Bur you know I tend to ramble.  Ask me a question and you will get an answer times three.  :)

I was wondering how your girls do in dresses at school?  My daughter also loves wearing them but I can’t picture her playing on the playground without her undies showing or getting her dress all dirty.  

Ok – this was a major problem for us that I just solved last year!  I mentioned above that I try to buy skirts with the shorts sewn in them, but a lot of my girls’ dresses and skirts don’t have them.  Ellie loves the monkey bars at school and I knew she was toppling upside down daily flashing her underwear for all to see, so I started looking all around for some shorts that would be good to wear underneath dresses.  And check out what I found at Target!

They are called Monkey Bar Buddies (how fitting!) and they are perfect little light weight spandex shorts made for girls to wear underneath dresses/skirts.  They run a little small so Addie (who is usually a size 6) wears a 7/8.  I found them on-line here, but check your local Target first.  I bought a pack of two for around six bucks in the girls’ clothes department.  PROBLEM SOLVED.  :)

Totally silly question here!   My two oldest kids are the same ages as your girls and I am wondering what kind of hangers you use in your girls’ closets?   I still have the baby/toddler hangers but they are getting too small for their clothes.  However, the adult plastic hangers are a bit too big.  Which plastic hangers are you using?  Only an organization freak would worry about such things!

Not a silly question at all!  In fact, I’ve been asked this question a lot.  Here are a few pics of the hangers I use for my kids…

 Pink for the girls.  
Green for Kole.  

I bought these hangers at Babies R’ Us.  I bought the pink ones when Ellie was a baby.  They work great for baby clothes and also work great for older kids’ clothes.  They have held up so well and a pack of ten is only three bucks.  A great solution to your hanger problem – from one organization freak to another.  :)  (You can find them here.)

Question about the dividers.  I have a couple sets of them (I think?  Or something that looks the same!) and I love how they divide drawers but the ones I have are always coming loose.  Not sure if I am doing something wrong… it sounds like you are happy with yours and they are not an issue?

The dividers I use in all of our clothes drawers are the Dream Drawer dividers.  You can find them at Bed Bath and Beyond, The Container Store and of course, on-line (here).  They are my favorite dividers and I’ve never had any problems with them. 

They adjust to any size of your drawer and even come with black felt tabs that go on the sides of the spring so your drawers don’t get scratched.  I tried another brand once (Martha Stewart I think) with dividers that went horizontally and vertically and I didn’t like them at all.  They didn’t stay in place and just felt flimsy and cheap.  I took them back and got more Dream Drawer dividers!

I love that they keep things organized without taking up a lot of drawer space.  I have them in almost every clothes drawer in my house.  They divide my exercise clothes and swim suits, pajamas tops and pajama bottoms, and yes – even my white socks from my dark socks.  The possibilities are endless!  :)   (It’s true.  Dividing socks by color is fun for me.  Admitting it is the first step.)

Ok – I hunted all over Target this past Sunday trying to find this cute little notepad and NO LUCK!!  Any idea which section it was in?  

Man!  I feel bad!  Several of you went to look for my favorite new Target find and couldn’t find it.  I found mine in the office supply section.  Same place they carry file folders and paper clips.  There was a section of organization products and this was there among other things.  I couldn’t find it on line but I found these by Real Simple that are the exact same thing.  Hope that helps!

I just discovered your blog and love love love it!  Your organized home makes me drool!  I have two girls under 3.  My 3 year old has a huge collection of kitchen play stuff which she plays with every day.  I tidy up and re-arrange her kitchen play stuff every night but I still feel that the many cups, saucers, etc.  creates a lot of eye clutter in the playroom.  Any suggestions on how to store the kitchen stuff?  

First of all – thank you!  Very sweet of you to say.  :)
Ahhh!  The kitchen collection.
 Yes.  I know a thing or two about that.  :)
Our play kitchen is in the corner of our playroom.  

The main thing I focus on with “kitchen” accessories is to not have too many of them!  I have taken countless toy dishes, food, etc. to Goodwill over the years.  I like to store all of the accessories inside the kitchen.  As soon as things start getting too cluttered, I clean it out and only keep my girls’ favorite kitchen toys.  
 I keep the food in a basket next to the kitchen.

Favorite bowls, plates, pots and pans on top.  Easily accessible and easy to clean up.  A goal for any kitchen!

 Utensils are just tossed in the sink.  

 A few random bowls and tea sets are stored inside the “fridge.”  

Toaster is stored in the oven and cakes in the dishwasher.  Maybe not the goal for any kitchen, but it works for us.  :)

If you have more kitchen accessories than you can fit inside the kitchen itself, another option is using nearby baskets or bins to contain everything.  We have loved these bins from Target for miscellaneous toys in the playroom.  This picture was from a couple of years ago.  Currently the bins are full of trains and trucks.  :)  Still shows some clutter, but I think it’s important in the kids’ space that they can easily see and reach and clean up their own toys.  Hope that helps!

I’m only half way through the questions I was going to answer tonight so I’ll answer the rest another night this week.  If you have a question for me, ask me in the comments.  I’m still working on getting my email button linked to my email address.  The last to-do for the new design!

I should go to bed but I need to finish watching my latest obsession – Property Brothers on HGTV.  Nothing like a good before and after!  Or handsome brothers creating dream kitchens.  I’ll take them both please.  (The before/afters and the dream kitchens, not the brothers.)  Actually… on second thought…  You can throw them in too.


A new look!

Hi everyone!  So sorry about the lack of posting this week!  Forget the face lift.  We went for the full body makeover!  :)  Which ended up being a bit time consuming.  You all know that I love to make my own blog headers.  And I love to switch them out with the seasons.  (You can see past headers and how I make them here.)  You also know that things are so busy for me right now that I don’t have much time for making my blog headers and switching them out with the seasons.  But I was getting tired of the Easter Eggs.  They just seemed so… Easter.  :)  So I called my darling friend Haylee who is an amazing graphic designer and enlisted some help.

This picture was taken this last 4th of July with Haylee and her cute sisters (and kids).  These girls feel like my sisters too.  Our families have been close friends forever and I love them!  They are all so beautiful and talented and FUN.  One of my favorite things about visiting my hometown is getting together with these girls.  I told Haylee my plan for the blog – yellow and blue and sunny and happy.  :)  Then I sent her the pictures and she went to work.  She did an amazing job putting it all together.  Then we spent the past few nights staying up way too late getting everything uploaded and working just right and now YEA!  A new look for Sunny Side Up!   

And a button!  Can you believe that I’ve been blogging for almost four years and have never had a button?  I’m dedicating this button to my blog friend Katrina who kept asking me over and over if I was going to make one and then finally gave up and made one herself to put on her blog.  HA!  Now that’s a loyal reader.  :)  Katrina – this button is for you!  And for anyone else who wants it.  :)  (code is on the sidebar)

I’ve also decided to join the party (albeit a bit late) and get a Facebook page for my blog.  I’ve told you all before that I don’t tweet and I’m never on my personal Facebook page.  I’m rarely on my computer during the day (aside from monitor/answering emails) and the blog takes up most of my computer time at night.  But I’ve had many requests for additional ways to follow this blog so I set up a Facebook page to make it easier for those of you who prefer to follow blogs this way.  I don’t know how often I’ll be posting on Facebook.  My plan isn’t to pop in every 20 minutes and bore you with what I’m eating for lunch.  Because if you’ve read this blog for 5 minutes you already know that I’m eating a turkey sandwich.  But I do promise to always update my Facebook page when I publish a new post.  And I may include an occasional picture of what I’m up to – kids, projects, shopping, new house stuff.  The everyday.  Ok.  Maybe I’ll be boring you with pics of my turkey sandwich after all.  :)

Didn’t Haylee do a great job with the Facebook header too!?  Love it.  And I would love for you to “like me.”  But only if you want to.  I asked Kenny if he would “like me” last night when the page was up and running and he said he’d have to think about it.  So you can think about it too.  But in the end I hope you do.  :)  You can find my new Facebook page here

Haylee – I can’t thank you enough for giving my blog a new look!  And we finished just in time for you to start working on my Christmas cards for this year!  ;)  (Haylee has designed my cards for the past two years.  Once Kole came along I was done making them myself.  No explanation needed.)  

2011 Christmas Card:

Kole was such a pill last year!  Cried the whole photoshoot.  Remember this post?  :)  
2010 Christmas Card:

Haylee is amazing and does such a beautiful job.  You can check out her fun website Hey Hay Designs if you are interested in having her make your holiday cards this year.   As soon as she is finished making mine.  :)

{Thanks again Haylee!}

SO happy to have a new permanent look for my blog!  Now I can focus on the posts.  And new house stuff.  I made lots of decisions this week!   Kenny called Tuesday afternoon to see how my morning had been and I informed him that we were upgrading our toilet seats.  Who thinks about toilet seats?? Someone who is purchasing multiple toilets, that’s who.  Always a good time around here.  :)  
Enjoy your weekend everyone!  

Under Construction

My blog is getting a facelift.  California style.  A nip here, a tuck there, a little botox on the side.  ;)

Things are TOTALLY under construction right now so please excuse the mess!  It will take a day or two before I get everything up and running the right way since I can’t put life on hold for my blog design.

But oh how I wish I could.  
Enjoy your day!