Words from the mama…

I want to remember the smell of Norah’s hair and the way she pulls on my leg every time I am at the sink. Or the way Lane makes Norah laugh hysterically when they play, the way he asks me in his sweet little voice if we want to play a board game. And all the in between moments of them being stinky.

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2016 | 11.23

Barfield’s Home Improvements

As many of you know, we purchased a house this past August. It has been a labor of love ever since. My dad, David, and I did most of the work, so there was plenty learned along the way. As a side note, but defintely deserving of much more, my dad was amazing and we simply could not have done this without his help!! When we took ownership, it landed on David’s work stretch on. So my dad, along with one of his workers and I spent two full days demoing (it’s a word, right?!?!?). Wow…talk about a huge amount of work. Insert another side note here…our dear friends, Nicki and Bo (which luckily are now our 2 houses away neighbors) watched the girls countless times. We would not have been able to make the progress we did in the amount of time we did without them! Not to mention we were without a kitchen for two weeks, and they made so many meals for us. Thank goodness for wonderful friends!

Anyhow, so two days of demo followed by hours upon hours upon hours of work. We hired out the kitchen cabinets and countertops, and some of the painting. Other than that, David, my dad, and myself did the rest. We still have loads of work to go, and we haven’t even touched the bathrooms…but that’ll come when we have more time and money.:) We are pretty burned out, so there is some finishing work that still needs to happen, but like I said…that’ll come.

I’ll stop blabbing on and on and just show you some befores and afters!!

First up, the kitchen and dining/living room. We took out a wall and bar area that opened up the place tremendously. Then added an island.

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I’m still working on the fire place. But the main panel opens up to reveal the TV. I still need to finish painting the inside of it…

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And we still need to put the stair skirt on the outside and plan is to put some sort of stainless steel railing up. We added that pony wall, and it’s a great storage for toys. You can see the entry way from here, but we plan to put a nice modern fan/light where the existing light is and change the door and sidelights. So I’ll post on the entry way when we finally have that done.

The stairs above lead to our room/bathroom. Before…

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My fave is the avocado barn door leading to the bathroom. And as you can see, we haven’t done anything to the master bathroom yet…

The transformation has been pretty awesome! I’ll post on more of the house later.

Until next time…

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Words from the mama…

Everyone says, “They grow up so fast. Cherish this time while you can. You’re going to miss this.” I call them liars… but reasoning would tell me the odds of everyone being liars are slim. But it’s hard for me to trust them. Right now my life is a little hectic. There’s never enough coffee, my house is always a mess but yet I’m always cleaning, I hate cooking meals my picky eaters wont eat, there’s ALWAYS pee everywhere in the bathroom (boys are the worst), the days are long when Jesse works 24 hour shifts, and some days it feels like my anxiety is in control over my life instead of me. But I try and trust those liars and focus on all the good things. On my Pumpkin Elliott who is so creative, artistic, strong willed, and well mannered. My sweet Easton who is wild, has an attention span of 30 seconds, and is the MOST sweetest kind hearted boy I’ve ever met. Then there’s Owen who is still trying to figure out where he belongs in the mix just happily running around in his undies. I want to make this video and capture these memories to look at on hard days. Because as much as I hate it, some days I love it even more. I want to be able to remove myself from the stress and just watch them be kids. Climbing on the counter talking to birds, spilling their milk just about every meal time, fighting over toys, rummaging through the fridge, peeing on the floor, jumping on the furniture, terrorizing the kitten, and making messes everywhere they go. I know all these things that drive me crazy are the things that make them happy kids. And I desperately want to remember their childhood happily. And even if I find out everyone really was lying at least I’ll have proof that we survived.

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Words from the mama…

We did our first daily life shoot with Tiffany a little over a year ago, when she sent us the video I cried my eyes out and then watched it 10 times in a row. It was so beautiful, so us.  Every time I watch it I find some sweet little detail I missed when watching it the previous times, that is why I love it so much… those sweet little details that seem ordinary become so extra ordinary because our babies grow and change so quickly. This year I was on the fence about documenting our daily life because quite honestly, our daily life is HARD. It’s messy and loud and there is screaming and crying and fighting over toys and sometimes I spend an entire day on the verge of tears because there just isn’t enough of me, and I’m so afraid I’m doing it wrong and I’m SO tired. But even on the hardest day there is LOVE, so. much. love. There are so many beautiful moments mixed into the madness, SO many things I want to remember. The way my girls bounce into our bedroom in the morning crazy hair and Pj’s and toys everywhere in a matter of seconds. How they giggle and run through the house with my husband chasing after them. The way my youngest needs to be near me ALL of the time and is under my feet and attached to my legs even while I’m cooking breakfast. I want to remember the sticky finger prints everywhere and how soft, impossibly soft their hair is. I even want to remember the tears because right now, a hug from me can still make it all better. Some day my house will be clean and quiet and I’ll sleep through the night without waking up to a three year old standing next to my bed in a halloween wig at 2am requesting ice in her water.  As glorious as that sounds right know, I know I’ll miss this. ALL of this.

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