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2012, whaaat?!?!

21 Jan

The title pretty much sums up how I felt when I realized I haven’t posted since August.  Whaaat?!?!  I’m so bad!  Well, I thought I would just pop in to say it was a great year, and I am really happy to say I crossed a lot off my insane resolution list and I am actually happy I did that.  However, I tried to write a new list and fell short.  I guess I just don’t need too much improvement after all my hard work last year! lala!  Totally kidding.

Here’s my list and I’ll try to match some pictures and be suave like that, but no guarantees.

1 – Obviously, lose 20 lbs.

  • Failed.  But not miserably… happily failed.  I baked and ate as much as I pleased and still managed to lose a solid 9 lbs that stayed off even through the holidays!  I didn’t actually think I lost weight either, it wasn’t until I whipped out this list in January that I realized I DID, in fact, weigh less than last January!  Woo-hoo for the anti-diet!

2 -Paint the wall in LVRM behind the bookcases that I don’t want to move.

  • Crap. Did I seriously put that on my list?  Did I seriously go a whole year without painting that wall?  Oh well – I’ll just roll that one over to the 2012 list! :)

3 – Read my book list

  • Double crap.  Apparently I  no longer read.

4 – Finish this granny square blanket already!

  • Hmmm.  This list has a depressing start.  No, it’s not finished…. but I did work on it!  It’s bigger this year than last, and it has all it’s ends woven in.  It sits pretty on my chair in the living room.  Folded.  So no one can see the un-finishedness of it all.  And for kicks, you can see me laying on it as I seamed it together (photo by a small boy) –

5 – Get new doorknobs

  • Blurg.  Didn’t do.

6 – Organize my linens and laundry room

  • Ah ha!  I did it!!  DIIIIDDDDD ITTTTTT!!!!!! Don’t believe me?  Check out this post of yore.

7 – Actually decorate my office nook shelves and paint the shelves.

see it for reals here.

8 – Get a hair-do

Done, and not done.  I need to actually up-keep said hair-do.  But I think I’ll call it my Anna Wintour bob.  You know, the one you might always have because it just feels right….

I don’t take pictures of myself.  You’ll have to deal with Anna and her crossed arms.

9 – Learn to do make-up (not joking.)

  • I made a valiant effort, and I can officially say I am the wearer of lipstick now.  (I wear eye make-up, but still don’t understand foundation/powder or any “fancy” eye shadow techniques!)

10 – Get glasses

  • Done and done.

11 – Get all my art framed properly

  • Not done.  But started.  I think I have 2 more small etchings to be framed.

12 – Teach my dog some agility tricks

  • Oh, ya right.  Of course I did that.  Top priority!  Tip-top!

13 – Jazz up the master suite with some new bedding/lighting/side tables (Like this minus the poster bed.)

  • Kinda in the middle of that still.  I did change my vision for the decor.  Going with Navy, greens and white.  Grey walls, dark brown furniture.  Check out my pinterest board for my bedroom here.  Love this vibe

14 – Install wood floors!!!

  • Oh baby!  I love them!  Lumber Liquidators Praline birch pre-finished engineered wood.  I worried about how they’d hold up because lots of people are snobs about pre-finished, and others are snobs about the engineered, but it’s been a dream!  It’s in the kitchen, and I spill all the time on it – no prolls!  Dogs wildly running and fighting on them? check.  Three insane boys running, shooting, pushing furniture all over it? check.  Still awesome looking?  check!  There is my review in a nutshell.  I can’t remember exactly what we paid per sq. ft. but it was something stupid cheap like $2/sq. ft. What’s not to love?!

15 – Redo the bathroom

  • Done!  We kinda had to do this sooner than planned, and I’m so glad because it’s done and tiled.  Our first time tiling.  We used white octagon and dot tile from Home Depot and charcoal grout.  New vanity, new toilet, new tile = LOVE!

Here’s an install shot for ya:

16 – Grow grass in the backyard

  • There’s always next year!

17 – Get or make some dang throw pillows for the couch

  • Done, but strangely still need new ones.  Mine have made a few too many forts and fought a few too many battles.  :)

18  – Re-finish the dining room table (liking this style – found here.)

  • DID IT!!  However, I don’t love it and am scheming how to be back in fellowship with my table, but the fact remains that I did it.  So There!

19 – Try a fish recipe (maybe Tilapia?)

  • I did eat fish this year.  Surely that counts for something, right?

20 – Get a good family photo

  • You be the judge –

21 – Sew myself a skirt

  • I did!  And I hated it and never wore it.  :)

22 – Organize my computer photos and files

  • Husband did! score!

23 – Go on more dressy dates with the hubs of my youth

  • Well, we did actually go on some dressy dates, but we need to step it up a notch in the fun category – dressy is fun, but fun is funner.

24 – Be able to do the Tracy Anderson Mat DVD all the way through (I’m just gonna say that is one wicked hard workout!)

  • I am the champion!  I so totally did it!!! *cough-once-cough*

25 – Take each of my boys to dinner and a movie.

  • Nope.  Didn’t.  I’m lame.  But don’t worry too much for their souls, their daddy takes one every week on a night date.

Well, there you have it – In addition to these things, my favorite accomplishment  this year has been painting my boys bunk bed orange.  It’s hilarious and awesome.  We spruced up their room, moved Seth to a twin bed, and I finished the first of the three quilts I have planned for them.  I felt crazy painting with such a wild color, but I’ve grown to love it, and they certainly think it’s the shizz.  Maybe that’s for another post though!  Hopefully it won’t take me 5 months!

Check out the things I knit this year over on ravelry – I finished that teal sweater, and made everyone slippers to name a few!

Happy New Year Everyone!!


the view from here is nice

18 Apr

Just here to show you some happy scenes from our house this weekend.

I’m going to try to post again today to show you my Easter tree… so go find some tree branches and get your glue gun hot and ready!  :)

This caterpillar was with us all week!

Made these streusel-topped muffins… and the ranunculus!!  I LOVE them.

*(If you try that recipe, I highly recommend reading some of the suggestions in the reviews.  I added cinnamon and vanilla to the batter and also tweaked the streusel a little bit with flour and some cinnamon and white sugar.  They were delicious!)*

Do I even need a caption?  The long-awaited birthday present has arrived…. my floors!  :)


Can you spot our new tree?  It’s an Autumn Blaze Maple and it’s supposed to grow 3-5 feet a year and the foliage turns fire-red in the fall.  We planted it in honor of Levi‘s 2nd Birthday. (Thanks Mom & Ro!)

Yes, the view from here is nice.  Lily thinks so too.

I’m alive and busy

8 Nov

Bullets are a must on this post.

  • Too much going on
  • No time to eloquently word anything
  • Here we go!
  • Three (adorable) Ninjas

  • Ina Garten’s basic chicken stock recipe
  • Because soup season is upon us!

  • My littlest has graduated car seats… holy smokes!

  • More drywall patching!

  • Advent Calendar making

  • Closet cleaning… before shot:

  • ya, it’s a weird closet
  • and yes, that’s a ninja sword shooting across the picture
  • Closet after cleaning it all day long:

  • I put a microwave cart in there to help organize
  • worked like a charm


  • How do you like that over the door gift-wrap station?
  • I love it, but Martha might think it’s a bit ghetto.
  • Finally some coats hooks!

  • Now we just need a bench to sit on to take off our muddy boots!
  • hmmm… now scheming to get the hubby to make one…
  • I found these old photos of my dad and his parents (Mamoo & Dadoo) in my closet purge

  • I heart old family photos

  • Seriously, how cute is my dad?!
  • The back says, “Happy Mother’s Day!”
  • I would die if my husband staged this as a mother’s day gift!  So funny!
  • And I re-arranged my living room the moment I posted those pictures of it.

  • So, this table got moved to this corner to store and hide my internet cable and router.  Can you spy them?
  • That might sum it up.
  • OH!  The bathroom!
  • We found a secret room
  • And it is a nasty mess
  • We didn’t plan on a remodel until next summer,
  • Now we’re in a wee little predicament
  • Floor painting might be in my future (which I am pumped about)
  • Will post a separate post on that later!
  • Bullets are about to kill me
  • Hope you have a fabulous week!

Bathroom Inspiration

4 Oct

I just showed you our one and only bathroom here at the Hicks Casa, and now I thought it might be fun to show you some of my internet finds that will be the inspiration behind the future updates we mentioned.  All that jazz is tentatively scheduled to go down summer ’11.  We will be replacing the toilet, sink and vanity, tub, shower faucet, and re-doing the floor and shower wall with tile.  It’s going to be epic getting the tub out of there, maybe we’ll saw it in half to get it down the stairs?  Seriously though, I have no idea how it got up the teensie stairs in the first place!

I gotta start the inspiration photos with the tile floors that I will NOT be getting.  I love them, but alas they are wicked expensive!  Marble hexagon tile… LOOVE!!!  Photo found here.  And another gorgeous shot found here.

I will instead be getting something plainer, which is fine because it’s like 17 times cheaper.  seriously.

Although I’m not planning on taking our bathroom this direction (not big enough!), I do think this one is gorgeous.  Note the plainer hexagon tile. Photo found here.

Here is the square pedestal sink I have my eye on.  Not sure the faucet is my fave, but I love the light fixture and the mirror with the little glass shelf.  It’s pretty charming. Photo found here.

We want to tile the shower surround with white subway tiles, and update the faucet and shower head.  Pretty basic really.  Photo found here.

I’ll leave you with this deluxe bathroom.  If there are ever more females in my house to balance the powers within, we will definitely be wallpapering a room in this!  :)  Soo Pretty!! Photo found here.

So there you go.  Lots of bathrooms.  Anyone else planning a little (or big) bathroom spruce-up?  What do you think about that girly wall-paper?!


Updating the Bathroom

30 Sep

So I’ve posted on this before, but in the spirit of showing you my house, I’m posting it again and in more detail.

Right after we moved in my mom and her hubbby gave us a visit and helped us spiff up the bathroom.

Here are the before shots:

In short, it all needed to go.  Dated laminate, tan toilet, and cheap hotel towel bars are not my style.  Or anyone else’s that I know of.

What about the mauve paint?

And why is the shower wall… what exactly is going on with the plastic shower-wall all over?!

We didn’t have the money to update everything, so we really did high impact, inexpensive updates.  Which leaves us with the big updates yet to come (read – new toilet, sink, tub and TILE!!)

Here’s the after:

Beadboard was installed over the weird shower half-wall, vanity was painted white, walls a minty-teal, towels are Martha Stewart (found at Macy’s last summer and they matched perfectly to the paint!), the cheap hotel hardware was swapped out for something classic, but retro.  The house is as old as the hills, so I figure I’m at liberty to go a little retro!

Cute, right?

The flooring we used had been left in the garage and we just slapped it down.  However, it is not recommended for “moist” areas, and we are more than just “moist” (three boys in a tub = flood city, USA) so these floors have totally given out on us.  Not to fear, we’re looking to install tile when we replace all the major items.  More on that to come!

Fun tidbit: we picked a paint color that was very similar to a color this bathroom had previously been painted!

And my Grandma’s art always seems to fit right in.  This particular painting was in my room all through high-school and could look perfect in every room in my house!  It’s definitely a fave.

I guess we’ll eventually get around to switching the electrical to white plates instead of cream.  I’ve gotten quite used to this “look” though!

If you’d like to read the first post about our bathroom re-do, you can find it here.  More details on the next phase of the bathroom update to follow!


I can see clearly now the walls are gone!

27 Sep

I just took you on my home tour from last August when we purchased this place, and now I’m back to show you our most recent progress.

Previously our living spaces were three distinct rooms (living room, den/nook, and kitchen/dining) all connected by small doorways.

We knew right away that we needed to bust down some walls to make it a lot more functional for our family.

Let me tell you – our house just got 100 times brighter and about 75 times bigger!  We widened our normal sized doorway between our living room and our den to a 4 foot opening.  It’s glorious!  It lets a lot more light into the room too.

Tiny doorway before shot:

During construction, we lived in a bubble:

And the glorious after shot:

Thanks Larry for helping take on the project with us!

We had also removed the wall between our kitchen/dining area and the den about 3 months ago.

Before (pardon the move-in day picture!):


Crazy wood wall and crazier wall paper!

Lead paint, anyone?  And what in the world was that fake duct-work on the far right?


And we are almost done with the drywall on the fridge-side of the opening.  It previously had wood paneling but now was one random piece of paneling, so we drywalled right on over that stuff!

The ceilings still need to be re-done and obviously the floors, but it’s on its way!  Now the entire layout is open rather than 3 separate living spaces.



I gotta say, as messy as fixing up the house is, I love it.  It’s such a thrill!  But now you know why I haven’t had you over for dinner!  Soon we will be having parties though, and that makes it worth the trouble.

Anyone else addicted to house projects like me?  I know I’m not the only one because I read their blogs! I’m addicted, I tell you!

One Year Ago

23 Sep

One year ago we bought our little 110 year old beauty.

We’ve been doing a lot of work on it, and most of it ourselves (with help from family and friends!) So I thought it would be fun to take you on a tour of our house one year ago.  I’ll be posting the progress we’ve made on it through next week and you’ll know more about me and my house than you have ever cared to by the time we’re done!  :)  Aren’t you excited?!

Without further ado…

The living room!  It was painted white, not pink, by the time we moved in, and this is really only half of it – the other half is on the other side of the door and looked the same as this side, just in reverse.  Got it?  Good.  Because this is my only picture.

The den/nook in all it’s ugly brown trim glory:

You can see the wood floors of the living room through the doorway… walls no longer pink!

yellow paneling + chocolate brown trim + yellowish wood stairs = fugly


Here’s the dining area (and laundry nook), although I scrounged for a picture that showed the wall we removed, so pardon the horrible pictures of our move-in day…

my cute child giving me a photo-tour…  You can see how all three living spaces connect with small doorways…

… They all have different flooring, different trim colors, and different paint colors!  It was clean though!!


Seriously dated… but clean!!

The two bedrooms are upstairs and they had been updated!  Hooray!  And painted the exact grey I previously had in my bedrooms, so it was perfect!  The hallway on the other hand still had the brown trim…

Looking from hall into boys room:

Master Bedroom, brace yourself, you are about to covet my closet…

Extra closets we use for the boys and coats and such:

Left side of my walk-in:

cedar-lined his and her closets and massive shoe rack with it’s OWN light fixture.  Not common features for a 110 year old farmhouse!

Let’s look at the other side of the closet shall we?

I’ll take it!!

So, this house was easy to move into, but definitely had some updating to be done.  We haven’t touched the bedrooms, and I still love them just as they are.

Have I showed you the awesome old five-pane doors?

Love those!

To the outside:

This is the old backyard fence, taken from the side porch (door off of den):

backyard and garage, lovely grass…

back patio area between the house and detached garage:

I wish I could say the back looks better… but, it doesn’t.  It is bigger though!  We moved the fence to enclose the side-porch.

We honestly haven’t made too much effort back there, after all, it’s dominated by a crazy vizsla puppy and three toddler BOYS.  So, lots of holes are dug, and all sorts of garbage is brought out there to house “pets” and worms and bugs.  It’s definitely their terf!

That’s all I have for you.  Hope you enjoyed the tour!  I’ll be posting our progress to-date next week!