Strawberry Patch

Every summer, the girls and I tag along with my mom to go pick strawberries at the local strawberry patch.  This post was from two years ago and looking at it now, I would say the girls have a few similarities between them!  Grandma does most of the picking while the ones I pick go straight into hungry little mouths.  The girls were mostly just interested in the tractor rides and farm animals and we couldn't think of a better way to spend a beautiful June morning.  


The Basement

Today I wanted to share the final room in our home-our basement.  When we moved in, the space was completely unfinished.  With the help of our neighbor, Cody finished the room off in order to make a little more living space.  We had some trouble picking out the color for the basement, but eventually we settled on Benjamin Moore Simply White, which is the same color we have in our master.  It's amazing how much creamier it looks down here with the lack of natural light, but we like that it still feels warm despite having white walls.  Through the years, we have done a lot of rearranging of our house in order to make room for extra people/stuff/hobbies.  The basement started to become a catch-all, and at one point was a guest room/craft room/family room/workout room/office/toy room/storage room.  Obviously it didn't all fit, so we decided we really need to pare down our stuff and figure out what was really needed.  We also wanted to add a space for the girls to store their toys since we don't have a lot of space for toys in the rest of our home.  I like having my craft table to keep all my stuff organized and Cody needs a desk for work.  Everything else had to go.  Once we painted the walls and eliminated the clutter, the room suddenly became so much more bright and inviting.  The girls love playing down here and head down on their own whenever they can.

We bought Cody's office desk off Craigslist for $20.  I switched out the hardware and fixed up a few spots that were damaged, but we love the filing drawers and it ended up being a really great find.  This little nook would otherwise be unused, so it is a perfect spot for his desk.  Unfortunately it is the first thing you see when you walk down the stairs and isn't always this organized!

When I first started decorating down here, I had a large gallery wall filling the staircase.  I took it all down to paint and Cody suggested not putting it back up, haha.  He was right though and I like how much more simple it is now.

The clock was something Cody and I made together back when we had time for that sort of thing. 

My favorite part of the basement is the play area.  I used some of the decor from Evelyn's old bedroom to cheer it up a bit.  Now that I look at this photo, I feel like this post should be sponsored by Ikea.  What can I say, they have great stuff for organization.

I don't think I ever wrote a post about my craft desk, which is so unlike me.  It was an easy project we did years ago that involved some cheap bookshelves and a desktop from...Ikea.  It houses my sewing machine, Silhouette cutting machine, fabric, cardstock, and other craft supplies.  Even though it takes up a lot of space, I just couldn't part with it when we were clearing out the basement.  Evelyn loves to climb up on the stool and color where Hazel can't reach her now, so I'm glad I kept it around.

If we have toys that can't fit in any of my many baskets around the house, then I know it is time to purge.  I really try to pare down our toys often, as I find the girls enjoy their toys much more when they aren't overwhelmed with options.  The toys aren't always picked up and perfectly organized, but when we do clean up, every toy has a home.

It has been over six years since we moved into our home and for the first time, I feel I can finally say every room is finished.  It isn't perfect, but I love how each room has progressed over the years to meet the needs of our growing family.  If you would like to see the rest of our home, head over here.  We love this little farmhouse with all of our hearts and feel so lucky to call it home.


Girl's Bedroom

Ten years ago on a warm summer evening, my then-boyfriend took me to a little old farmhouse his parents owned.  We walked through the house that was between renters and pictured it as our own. We went upstairs to the attic where the sun was bouncing off the buttercream walls.  The room was huge, but it felt so cozy with the sloped ceilings, original doors and little nooks and crannies.  I couldn't help but picture a little crib tucked in the window nook and babies playing in the corner.  Ten years and two kids later, our babies are enjoying this room as much as I had imagined.  Hazel's crib is tucked away in the little nook, as was Evelyn's before her.  The walls have been painted, but the sun still streams in from all directions making it the happiest room in our home.

Their little closet fort is a favorite around here.

This room if full of dreams of the future, but we also wanted to bring in bits of the past.  The room has been filled with my old monogrammed rocking chair made by my uncle, a floral quilt my aunt made for me many years ago, hand knitted blankets made by their mama, a vintage rocking chair complete with many layers of fabric from years past, an old teddy bear picked out by daddy on our first date, books my mom saved from my childhood, a dresser that has been passed down, and an old framed "sweet dreams" postcard my grandmother thought was worth keeping.

We don't keep many toys up there in order to make it a peaceful place for sleeping.  It is filled with stuffed animals, books, and their wooden dollhouse they received last Christmas, which they love to play with as they are winding down for bed...right after they run laps from one side of the room to the other ;).  Cody and I were really dragging our feet when it came time to move Hazel out of our room.  I wasn't sure how a baby and toddler would do in a room together and for the first couple weeks it was pretty rough.  Hazel wasn't sleeping through the night yet and anytime she would make a peep, Evelyn would wake up and yell at the top of her lungs "Mom! You need to feed her!".  We reminded her each night she had to stay quiet when Hazel made noises and she quickly caught on.  After about a week, I was able to go upstairs and nurse Hazel without Evelyn saying a word.  As soon as I would put Hazel back down and try sneaking out of the room,  however, I would hear a little voice say, "hey mom, over here".  It happened every night and still made me laugh each time.  Hazel now sleeps through the night and both of them have become much deeper sleepers.  They love sharing a room and I couldn't imagine it any other way.


Master Bedroom

Of all the rooms in our house, this room has been through the most changes.  It started out as a guestroom/office when we first moved in, turned into Evelyn's room, and is now our master bedroom.  We always knew the girls would eventually move upstairs since there is so much space for them to play, which meant we would be moving into the only other bedroom.  It was a fairly easy switch that required no painting and only a couple thousand trips up and down the stairs.  Our king size bed fits just perfectly in the space and the white walls keep the room looking airy and spacious even with the large bed.  I love how calming and cozy it is, and it is even more relaxing now that our whole family is sleeping through the night!