18 December 2013

Deployment Happenings

No, the hubs is not currently deployed. He was gone this summer, and I just wanted to share a TON of updates, a lot of firsts for Camdin, and events that took place while he was away. I know I shared them all with him, but it will be kind of neat for him to look back at it all in once place.

Warning: This will be an overload of pictures and video. If you don't like pictures. Please skip this post.

This is the morning that he left. Camdin and I were sick and kind of sad. 

The new fire pit that Dad and I built in the back yard, next to the one we originally constructed (out of materials laying around the house) very shortly after moving in.

Helping Opa fix our gate.

 First chocolate malt. She loved it and yelled for more.

Getting very efficient at using her spoon!

First ponytail.

First time meeting Cy at Iowa State. 

First tornado warning, hiding in the closet... the same night she first got sick all herself. Poor baby. Luckily she felt better by the time we had to hunker down together. 

First goose egg. She was bending over to inspect a bug in the street, and fell flat on her face. 

Enjoying watering all the plants.

Enjoying conversation with Pop and Nana when they visited.

I caught her "getting dressed".

First of MANY popsicles outside. This was our ritual after nap time in the afternoon.

I hung a planter hook by the front door.

And created a chalkboard to help fill in the blank space. 

This is what I wrote... and is still up. I'm hoping to get something Christmas-y up tomorrow.

Camdin's (not first) crazy balancing tricks. Oh not challenging enough to just stand on the arm of the couch? Why don't I do some toe raises while I'm at it. 

This is a good example of how she said 'please' for a while. "More". 

First time at the circus.

Playing with mommy in her wedding dress. Side note: I hosted a Wedding Dress Wine Night at my house the night before Chris came home. It all stemmed from conversations about who had/hadn't gotten their dress cleaned and packed away after our weddings. This will be the topic of my next (extremely delayed) post.

... And then Daddy came home and everything was perfect again.

Stripey Stripes in the Loo.

Last year (as you can already see how much detested that tan color by my previous posts), I painted the master bath a light blue. It turns out... I forgot to post about that. Oops. So here I am catching you up, and showing additional changes I've made.

This is how the bathroom looked when we first moved in. Not horrible, but not great by any means.

This was mid-cutting-in... and no I don't tape anything off anymore because I'm good like that. Let's just say I've painted a few rooms in my day. The only time I use tape now is to minimize splatter when I roll the walls. 

We installed the fancy curved curtain rod to maximize that shower closet. 

This is how the color looks now, still with the original shower curtain I made when we moved in. I'm getting over it now, and I want an all over pattern. More on that later. 

So after I updated the color in the main part of the bathroom, I wanted to spruce up the 'ole WC. Or the toilet room. Whatever you want to call it. I didn't ever take a picture of it when we moved in, because, well... it's a room with a toilet. Nothing to see. 

My idea for this lovely postage stamp of square footage goes back to a post I read on Young House Love. I loved the idea of subtle-ish stripes in a tiny space. 

Since I have no before picture, here's what the room looks like after I painted the cream (same as the woodwork) stripes. In between you can see the original tan that I'm covering up. Warning: I apologize in advance for the heinous yellow hue cast on the following pictures. I'm terribly at using white balance on my camera. 

And here's one coat of white painted stripes. Almost finished.

...And the end result.

I was obviously so geeked about capturing the finished product, that I didn't clean up a speck of project mess strewn about.

One final gem that I wanted to add: shelving. My inspiration photo came from Pinterest- originally posted on BowerPower. 

I loved the addition of a shelf to help cozy up the small wall.

Here's my take on it.

Oddly enough, it makes the small room feel bigger because you'd never expect those shelves to fit in there! And I think the stripes help out a bit, as well. 

So there you have it. An updated toilet room. Yay. The next update for the bathroom will hopefully include new lighting, a new shower curtain, and framing around the mirrors. Fancy schmancy.