Saturday, August 25, 2012

Show Us Your Life: My Laundry Room

Now that I am a SAHM, I spend a lot of time in the laundry room during the small amount of time I am home.  I drive a kid taxi for a living now!.  When we built our house, I thought I was getting a big laundry room but quickly realized once the washer and dryer were installed, my space wasn't so big after all.  If I were building a house again, I would make a huge mud room at the garage.  When you walk into the garage, you walk in to a massively huge mudroom with a sink, folding table, place to hang wet clothes, and nice built ins for storage of backpacks, etc.  We will not be building anytime soon, so I will keep what I have!

My laundry room used to be a catch all from the garage.  It was terrible.  We've been in our house seven years and the laundry room has been neglected.  I started my laundry decorating project back in the spring.  I did a little bit at a time and I still have several things to do.

This was my inspiration and color pallet.

I loved the reds and turquoise.  I bought this mat at Lowe's.  It is very squishy so it feels good on my feet while I am loading and unloading laundry!

We bought this bench at Target and originally had it out in our hallway.  I moved it into the laundry room and squealed a little when I realized it was a perfect fit in our small room.  This is where I would love to have built ins but this works for us.  I use the red fabric bins from Target to store seasonal supplies and my microfiber cloths for cleaning.  We also store Caylee's ballet bag and random pairs of shoes here too!  The hooks are used for backpacks and coats.

 I purchased the curtain from Target.  It hides cleaning supplies, laundry baskets and other random stuff.  Oh, and the closet also houses one of my favorite things in the house- a laundry chute from the kids' bathroom. If you are building a house or considering building, the laundry chute is the greatest thing ever!  The kids' bathroom is above the laundry room so their dirty clothes come directly to the laundry room (most of the time!).
 This is the area behind the door.  Not pretty but necessary.  I would love to hide my ironing board (or get rid of it.  I hate ironing!).
 These are the finishing touches.  I covered cork in solid red fabric and will use the area to hang special things- like my friend's baby shower invitation!  I never thought of adding a lamp in the laundry room, but it gives it a relaxing feel.  I need to relax in the laundry room I guess!

 I got the idea of hanging pictures over the machines on Pinterest.  A mom had taken pictures of her dirty kiddies and printed them in black and white and displayed them above her washer and dryer.  I loved the idea so I did it too.  They make me smile while I am doing laundry!  I am not crazy about the white basket but it does corral my Purex crystals (MUST. TRY) and other things.
 Finally, my laundry organizer.  Before we purchased this, I would sort my laundry in the kitchen and hallway.  It was just plain ol embarassing when someone came over and would step over the laundry.  Nothing says welcome to our home like a pair of dirty underroos!    I  consulted Pinterest again and with some modification, Chad bought and built me this.  Thank you Closetmaid!  The top drawer is for lost socks, the middle is lights and darks (with a cute label!), and the bottom is towels and whites.  Now, our dirties are hidden and no  one steps on my Victoria Secrets as they enter my house!
 This has nothing to do with my laundry room but Caylee's kindergarten teacher bought her class canvas bags this year.  She is amazing.  She felt like backpacks were too tough for kindergarteners to maneuver up stairs.  These are much easier for them to carry.  She let them decorate them on the first day.  Her class is the only ones that does this so you know which children are koalas!  Great idea!

I still have some things I want to add to this room including Subway Art that needs to be framed then some more accents for the walls, maybe letters that spell out wash or laundry, and maybe even cover the cushion on the bench in fabric?  I am open to suggestions!

Thanks for stopping by!

It's Bristol Carson!

It's race week at Bristol!

We are incredibly thankful that we have been able to experience Bristol in one of the luxury boxes.  Chad's former company, Avisco, owns a box and we have been able to visit several times.  Chad still stays in contact with many of the Avisco employees.  I think it says a lot for Chad's character that Avisco still values him.  That company was a great company to work for.  He left because we knew that Upper East TN was home to us and we wanted to move back and start a family.  They were very understanding.  I am still very thankful for Avisco and their employees.

When Mitch called Chad about coming up to the box for the Nationwide race, we decided that Carson should go.  It was a shorter race and if Avisco doesn't keep the box (which may happen), Carson will still have the opportunity to experience Bristol before they sell it.  Carson had an amazing time last night and still is smiling!

Chad said the thought he sat in every seat in the box.  I told Chad he wanted to make sure he got every vantage point!  He liked the step on the bottom row the best!

 There was a rain delay (lots of empty seats too) but they didn't have to worry about getting wet!
What a better way to spend a Friday night than hanging out with Pat!  When Chad sent me this picture, I let out a little scream.  I was overjoyed for him.  Look at the smile on Carson's face!

Saturday, August 18, 2012

The Boys of Fall

I love me some Kenny Chesney!  When the song The Boys of Fall came out, it was quickly added to the iPod playlist.  It rings so true about high school football in our area!

I've mentioned this before on my other blog, but we live close to our hometowns.  Chad grew up about 5 miles away from our home and I grew up forty five minutes away in a neighboring county.  The town we live in is full of cross town rivals.  The school that we "support" (more on this in a minute) is the school that everyone loves to hate.  In fact, when I was in high school, we had a "burn the teepee" bonfire party.  The Falcons didn't like the Indians.  Neither did Chad's cougars for that matter!
No Maroon and Gray on us!
My favorite waterboy and me!  One day, he said he want to be on the "field crew" for D-B- that's the fancy name for waterboy!

Fast forward seventeen years and here we are supporting the Indians.  The kids attend a school that will feed into Dobyns-Bennett and Carson is the water boy for D-B's freshman football team.  He does love the Indians!  His parents, on the other hand, is still adjusting to saying "Roll Tribe Roll."  Chad still hasn't said it!  He told Carson that if he played football for D-B, he'd wear maroon and gray to all the games but not before!  haha!

Last night was D-B's first game and of course, the Macs attended (without ponchos, might I add. We left at halftime).  We wanted to see the kids' babysitter dance with the dance team and watch the band.  We did that but didn't get the picture of Madison and the kids we'd hoped for.  The kids proudly wore their D-B shirts and I even wore gray and black.  I do have some D-B shirts given to me by my MIL (a former teacher there) but can't bring myself to wear them, yet!  I will be spending most Thursday nights in the stands while Carson fulfills his waterboy duties (for the third consecutive year!).  I will also be prepared and will leave a bag of weather related gear in the car!

It's a great way to spend a Friday night!

So I guess all that's left to say is:


Thursday, August 9, 2012

First Days of School

For the first time in ten years, I walked into school on the first day of school and was just a parent and not parent/employee.  It was a surreal feeling but a good one.  It is going to take me a while to get used to a quiet house and the fact that my children are growing right before my eyes.  The worries I had with Carson are the same with Caylee.  Will she know her lunch number?  Will everyone love her just as they love their own?  Will she make progress?  Will she make friends?

First up, the second grader in the house.  He is an old pro now at going to school.  He got in the car on Monday and said, "this was the best first day ever!".

 I gave Carson the task of helping Caylee learn her lunch number.  Within five minutes, she had mastered the task.  She even rattled it off to me this morning.  I am so proud of Carson for his help!
 Today was the first day for Caylee due to staggered enrollment.  We didn't have to buy her a backpack because Mrs. Krantz makes canvas bags for them.  They are easier to tote around than backpacks.  She is super excited about her lunch box though!

Her hair looks red in this picture.  Maybe becuase it is wet?

The house is really quiet this morning.  I think I'll go turn on cartoons to drown in my sorrow!  ;o)