Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Door to Headboard

Parker's grandfather passed away last summer and we salvaged this door from his 80 (ish) year old farm. I knew right away that I wanted to turn it into a headboard. I looked all over the internet and put together several different designs to come up with the finished look. We had some trouble figuring out what color to do the headboard. I wanted to leave it the original paint color (3rd picture down is the most accurate coloring), it was a great turquoise color (which I love!) I was thinking we would clear coat varnish over the top. That bubble was burst when Parker mentioned there was no way to tie in the new wood with the same aged look.  We began the debate as to whether to stain it or paint. I wanted to stain it dark brown but, with the age of the door and the combination of me never staining anything in my life, we decided to paint. I think there would have been a strong contrast of color between the old wood (I think it would have SOAKED up stain with it being so old and dry) and new wood had we stained it. We left the door as big as possible; we want to have a California King sized bed some day. In the end, I am really happy with how it turned out. It's nice to know a piece of grandpa will be traveling with us wherever we go! 

The door straight from off the farm.
 Loved, loved, loved this aged look. Sad it had to go. 
 Adding in some trim after sanding. Sanding is a labor of love!
 The door knobs are super cool. I think I am going to stick it in a shadow box.

 Our handy helper. He couldn't keep his hands off the tools.
 Painted and ready to go.

 Now, to get some new bedding that I like...

Monday, April 18, 2011

Potty Training

Colton turns three in June so potty training is long overdue. I have asked a lot of people how and when to potty train a boy and I have to say, I picked a perfect time. Colton may have been a bit older, but he picked up on potty training immediately. Because of his age, he has only had 2 accidents and we are going on day six. The first time he went potty, he got an ice cream cone and of course, he went at 8:30 in the morning so it was an early sugar rush! He is doing great and stays dry at nap time which is super. I still keep him in a diaper at night... not sure how to tackle that. I am super pleased with my little man.

Rocking his new underwear!
Loving the early morning ice cream!
We all celebrated the first time he went so Paxton got an ice cream cone too!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Utah, Round Two

We went to Utah a second time (back to back weekends) for the presentation of Lamb of God, a phenomenal oratorio about the life of the Savior. My dad introduced us to Lamb of God in December and when we heard there was to be a live performance in Utah, we had to go.... even though it fell on the same weekend as graduation. It was a busy trip to Utah!

I decided to be a cool aunt and bring sugar cookies for the kids to decorate-- I think I won some cool points! 

 Nicole loved having someone to play duets with.
 Grandpa Lybbert insisted on buying huge lollipops for his grandkids (L to R: Max, Paxton, Colton, Ben) after an early lunch. Grandpa won cool points for that!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

A New Job

Parker is officially a college graduate! Graduation took place last weekend (pictures coming soon) and almost more exciting than graduation, is the news that Parker was offered an INCREDIBLE job from Avery Dennison! You may remember me posting about the same company back in December... he interviewed with them a second time and got a better job (well, more fitting to what Parker likes) and we couldn't be happier! He will be joining several others in the Gold Leadership Development Program in just a few weeks. We are not exactly sure where we will be moving to (they have plants through out the country) or when, but we don't care because we are so excited that the has such an AMAZING job! I will keep the blog posted on where we end up!
A Weekend in Utah

Shelly called to tell me that she was headed to Utah for  General Conference weekend and insisted that we come down-- so we did! It was great to spend time with her and my brothers family. The adults enjoyed a date night to Cafe Rio (which included Shelly and I telling ever single funny story of Austin we could think of) and the messages our church leaders shared.

Costco trip before dinner!
 Nicole made sure the kids had fun activities to do during conference.
 Aunt Shelly makes a great pillow... Nick and Andy passed out during conference!
 Colton and Paxton loved going outside and riding bikes with cousins!

 The whole gang of kids!