Monday, March 22, 2010

Hello! Hello!

I'm back! And hopefully this time I'll be able to keep up with some daily posting. :) My goodness, we have experienced a lot of changes in our family since I last posted. First off, we're expecting a little bundle of joy to join us late this summer. We found out right around New Years and have been adjusting to the news ever since. A couple of weeks ago the baby was around the size of a navel orange which prompted this photo:

At the end of February we packed up all of our belongings, said goodbye to our house in Los Gatos, and moved up to our lovely Bellingham house. It was a long drive in a very large U-Haul.

When we arrived, our ornamental plum trees were blooming. Woodley took this lovely picture of one of the blossoms.

I was also thrilled to discover that many of the daffodils I had planted last fall were up and blooming. My favorites so far are the adorable Snipe tulips. They have been putting on a great display for a few weeks now and are still going strong. 

In addition to watching the garden and my ever expanding waistline, we've been trying to get a lot of work done around the house. Woodley installed an amazing pot rack recently: 

He also found us a new portable dishwasher so that I wouldn't have to spend so much time at the kitchen sink. Trying to figure out how to fit it into the kitchen prompted us to completely rearrange everything and, ultimately, to banish the bulky refrigerator to the entryway. There's a nice spot for it there and it isn't too out of the way. The updated kitchen is so much roomier and there is a lot more counter space. Yay! 

Our other big project has been fixing up our bedroom. My mother sewed us a beautiful quilt for a wedding present that we want to use on our bed. It is navy blue and portrays the night sky and the milky way as it appeared on the night of our wedding. She designed it all herself and it is amazing! Sadly I don't have a picture of it yet because she is still finishing up the embroidery work (adding more stars!). 

I was at a bit of a loss for awhile as to what color scheme would go best with a navy bedspread. I've always had lighter colored duvet covers in the past. We had also been planning to paint the room some shade of green and I wasn't sure how well that would work with the navy. However, after thinking about it a bit we settled on a color scheme of navy, kelly green, and white. I've seen several room designs online in those colors and they always look very sophisticated. The color combination reminds me of summer days by the ocean. Our first task was to pick out the perfect shade of green for the walls:

We tried out quite a few and we finally settled on the shade that is on the far left in the photo below. It was a mixture that Woodley made from several of the other paint colors we had tried out. 

Since I'm not allowed to help with the painting, I've been working on organizing the house and sewing baby clothes. The organizing is a bit overwhelming, but the baby clothes are so much fun!

I've also been trying to clean the house since much of it desperately needs it. I'm not sure if it was a nesting instinct that made me do it, but I spent a couple of hours today washing all of the walls in our small bathroom. They appeared to be growing a bit of fuzzy mildew and I just couldn't stand it anymore. Now they are shiny clean! Yay! I also mopped all of the hard floors in the house. They were so dirty! I am so glad that job is done for a couple of weeks! 

My clean but still pink bathroom.