September 24, 2012

Lucas @ Five Months

Lucas is now five months old. 
Where has the time gone?  

Denny wanted his picture taken too. 

Too cute for words. :)

September 23, 2012

Revamping the master bath

As most of you know, this summer my Husband and I purchased our first home. Over the past couple of weeks I have been planning, making lists and faithfully flipping through home decor magazines in search of inspiration. I choose to start in the master bathroom. It needed a serious makeover, and I felt that the bathroom was the least intimidating. Although our home is at least fifty-years old, the previous owners did upgrade/updated the bathroom fixtures...the sink, shower, window, toilet and the lights.

Before: please excuse the mess. 

Blah, blah, blah!                                

The original walls were a light beige/off white color. After digging around in the garage, I discovered that the previous owners had left a gallon of paint that would work well in the master bathroom. The color wasn't labeled, but it looks like a dark beige or maybe Straw Basket ( I painted four walls this color. I contrasted this color by painted two walls Chocolate Swirl; also by Behr. I choose to paint the "hidden" walls the dark chocolate color. The idea was that the dark color was hidden from the outside view, and would be a surprise once you were inside of the bathroom. In addition, I thought that the dark paint above the sink would really bring out the white trim around the mirror and white counter top. I love the initial decor above the toilet. At first my husband thought it was weird to highlight the I think it grew on him. The lettering I bought at Michael's craft store and used left over chocolate swirl paint to match the color with the walls. The curtains I bought on sale @ JCPenny. I took one curtain panel, cut it in half and sewed a new seam on the outside panel. I'm very happy with the results. 

What do you all think??

I still have a few more things that I'd like to do, however, overall I am really happy with how everything turned out.

Up Next: The Master Bedroom :) 

September 2, 2012

The Joy of Teaching

I found this while I was cleaning out my old school binder.

Then Jesus took his disciples up to the mountain and gathered them around him. 
He taught his disciples this saying:    

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 
Blessed are the meek. 
Blessed are they that morn.
Blessed are the merciful. 
Blessed are they that thirst for justice. 
Blessed are you when you suffer. 
Be Glad and rejoice for your reward is great in heaven. 

Then Simon Peter said, "Are we suppose to know this?" 
And Andrew said, "Do we have to write this down?" 
And James said, "Will we have a test on this?" 
And Phillip said, "I don't have any paper!" 
And Bartholomew said, "Do we have to turn this in?"
And John said, "The other disciples didn't have to learn this."
And Matthew said, "May I go to the bathroom?"

Then one of the Pharisees who was present asked to see Jesus' lesson plan and inquired of Jesus, "Where is your anticipatory set and your objectives in the cognitive domain?" 

And Jesus wept. 

 Oh the joys of teaching...

September 1, 2012

Home Life

Camp is over, we are back from vacation; it is time to get back on schedule. Last weekend after we got home, my husband and I decided to adopt a three month old Queensland Healer puppy. Denny is now the newest member of our family. He has an abundance of energy, enjoys chewing of socks, chasing rubber balls and exploring the backyard. Queensland are smart dogs. They need mental stimulation, or else they will become board and will cause trouble. I have been working with Denny on and off the leash. I'm hopping for a well behaved future running buddy.

I had several interesting conversations this week. It is frustrating when family and friends make ignorant assumptions about me. Most of the time, I don't know or understand the logic behind their assumptions. One friend assumed that I was going to let my husband vote for me in the upcoming presidential election. Someone else assumed that because I am Seventh-Day-Adventist, that I wasn't going to vaccinate Lucas. I enjoy wearing jeans. This resulted in someone assuming that because I enjoy wearing jeans, that I should sell my car and buy a mini-can. Lastly, it was assumed that I would be decorating my home in a "stereotypical Indian style." Apparently, because I married an Indian, my home now must reflect a stereotypical Indian home. I am not sure what a stereotypical Indian home looks like. Hindu gods? Elephants? Incenses? Bright colors? Gold and red with lots of ornate objects? I'm not really sure.

Speaking of home decor, last night I spent hours hunting for inspiration on pinterest, deign blogs and web sites. My goal is to create a home that is inviting, cohesive and functional. Due to budget restrains, this project will develop over time...I am patient...and a firm believer that good things come  to people who wait. Hopefully, by Christmas time or sooner I'll have at least the living and kitchen finished.

For my birthday I was given a sewing machine. It is similar to the one I used at camp. I foresee many fun projects in the near future. Look out wardrobe. If it hasn't been worn in at least 6 months its fair game for a little refashioning. :)