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Maggie Style

I “girlied” up the bottom bunk of Burke and Maggie’s bed yesterday.

New curtains

I found shiny curtains and tassel tie backs at the local discount store. I also purchased a new curtain rod to put up under  the bed. The “valance” is actually the tie backs that came with the curtains.

The View While Sleeping

(Okay, okay…I know that if she’s actually sleeping the view would be, well, black…but this is the view if she’s in bed AWAKE. 🙂 )

I stapled the flat sheet of a princess sheet set to the support planks under Burke’s bed. The fitted sheet and Cinderella pillow case will be used on Maggie’s bed – she usually tosses off the flat sheet anyway 😉

The verdict? It’s “Maggie Style!!”  🙂

(25 seconds)

Maggie was so happy she was singing … and she wanted to have a sleep over with Burke and Logan in her bed. Cute 🙂

(Burke is now working on thoughts for his own “Burke Style” – which, surprise surprise, includes a Cars theme…but also includes pictures of the family 🙂 )

Saturday Snapshot: To Keurig

Our awesome coffee maker broke last week, so I posed the question, “To Keurig, or not to Keurig?” on Facebook and Twitter. The overwhelming response was “TO!”

We did a little research and some calculations and found a GREAT deal at Costco.

WOW. The answer is definitely “To Keurig.”

Cheryl over at Twinfatuation hosts this one. Go over and have a look at what others are doing on this lovely Saturday.

Something’s Missing

Can it be possible? Are we really a gate-free house??


Note the superyard and the gate on the stairs in the background


Stair Gate: Removed!

Superyard Around TV: Removed!

Those were the last two gates up in the house. We removed the stair gate so that the delivery guys could get the king sized mattress up the stairs. We removed the superyard so the cable guy could get to the TV. The stair gate has been down for 2 days and seems to be going okay. The TV has been “free” for about an hour now. We’ll see how it goes. 🙂

And…there will be a point in time when one more gate goes up. We used a gate across Burke and Maggie’s door when they first moved to toddler beds. Since it worked well, I’m pretty sure that we’ll put one on Logan’s door when the time comes.

Next up: Diaper free house! (whoooo boy.)

I Can’t Believe My Kids Got a Bedroom Suite Before I Did…

BUT … they needed it more 🙂 (Poor kiddos – almost 5 and still in their cribs-turned-toddler-beds…)

For Christmas, we got Burke and Maggie an entire new bedroom suite. Including BUNK BEDS!! The whole set was delivered today. To say they are excited about this is an understatement. (I can hear all 3 kids playing in there with Nanny Jessica right now, actually!)

All 3 Kids on the Top Bunk

Going Up the Steps!

(This bunk bed has stairs instead of a ladder. Each step is a drawer as well!)

The Entire Suite

We got them: a tall dresser (Burke’s), a wide dresser with mirror (Maggie’s), the bunk bed with stairs, and a desk with hutch and a chair. (The desk needs to be pushed over a little in this picture…)

Merry Christmas Burke and Maggie!!

Way Back When-esday

Cheryl over at Twinfatuation hosts this one. Go on over to see who else is playing – and join in too!

Waaaaaaay back before yesterday, I had these two old things:


These two beauties (my birthday present from Mike!) were delivered yesterday afternoon…and have already gone through 4 loads of laundry. Woot!


The delivery guy mixed up the hot and cold hoses and my favorite wool socks are now a wee bit snug…but Mike swapped ’em back and hopefully I’ll get some new socks for Christmas! 🙂

I think I’m in love…

Fx4: New Dining Set

For all of my efforts with Fishful Thinking, I received a very nice gift card that made it so we could purchase a new dining room set! (I love Bob’s!)

Logan seems to like it…


Candid Carrie sponsors this one – head over to her blog and find LOTS of links for bloggers who’ve joined in! (You can join in too!)

Friday’s Foto Finish Fiesta

Candid Carrie sponsors this one – head over to her blog and find LOTS of links for bloggers who’ve joined in! (You can join in too!)

If you’ve been following along with our kitchen renovations, this is Step 5! (Step 1 was new curtains. Step 2 was painting. Step 3 was staining the window. Step 4 was refacing the cabinets.)

We had the tile backsplash installed this week!!!


(waaaaay) Before

(For more before pictures, check out the refacing the cabinets post.)


After (a little fuzzy - sorry)

A little less fuzzy...

A little less fuzzy...



Behind the Stove

Behind the Stove

Other Wall

Other Wall

As you can see, it’s still a little dusty – I have to wait until tomorrow to wipe it all down because the grout is still drying. I couldn’t wait to post pictures though 🙂

The guy who did the refacing said this is the BIGGEST turn-around he’s seen in a kitchen – ever. And he’s been at it for a while. tee hee 🙂