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Almost a year and a half ago, Nick and I both had a “man, our kids (especially the boys) are growing up so fast all of a sudden!” thoughts. People warned us. When they get into school – watch out! Time will really fly then!

People weren’t kidding!

When we realized we’d had virtually the same thoughts at the same time, we brought up the dream vacation to Disney World in Florida. We’d only been talking about it for over 4 years. Every time we’d brought it up in the past, we would half-heartedly deposit some money into a savings account, and that would be it. We had saved a whopping $500 so far. Hmmm…. that doesn’t buy a family of 6 much fun at Disney!

We knew we needed to get serious, and we needed to do it now. So we set up a plan, and saved, and scrimped. 15 months after starting our plan, we woke the kids up and whisked them off!

I’m so glad we kept this a secret the entire time! It involved not telling many people at all about our trip (we were too afraid the cover would be accidentally blown), and our four kids didn’t even know we were traveling anywhere, let alone Disney World. The looks on their faces made it all worth it though!


The trip was amazing, and we’re all wishing we could have stayed longer and/or go back again soon. We were asked this morning to please start saving for another trip today, so that we can go back again in 18 months.

Fun pictures will be blogged very soon, but for now, watch this video of us surprising the kids with their first visit to Walt Disney World! 

  • November 5, 2015 - 8:26 pm

    Lisa - That’s so much fun! I hope you had an amazing trip.ReplyCancel

Yesterday was the boys’ 8th birthday party (their birthday was on Thursday). We had a ball climbing and playing on an awesome playground, and then we all (15 second graders, plus some siblings and parents) gathered in a gazebo for some amazing pizza (pizza so amazing I wrote about it on my photography blog), cake and presents.

A funny thing happened during the cake part…. No, not that the song turned into a big jumbled mess when everyone tried to list off 3 names – that always happens (file that under the hashtag #TripletProblems). This funny thing was courtesy of the boys’ 2.5 year old cousin.

Amazingly enough, I was actually taking video instead of still pictures, so now all of you can experience the silliness! Pay close attention to Jackson (far left) and his little cousin….

Ah, goodnatured Jackson! She really picked the best cousin to do that to. I love how he just looks at her, and then looks around to see if anyone else saw what she’d done (and I don’t think many had), and then smiles. What a guy!

Don’t worry – we re-lit his candles so he could blow them out and have his wish {wink}

We’ve now been in our house for just over 8 years. We outgrew it about 4.5 years ago, when Lily was born, but the housing market has not yet rebounded in our city, so here we stay.

A house that has seen this much craziness and chaos over the last 8 years is definitely showing some wear, so Nick and I have decided it’s time to start fixing things up, slapping on new coats of paint, figuring out how to fix our yard, etc. If we’re going to be in this house a while longer, we might as well make it into something we love again! Right?

So you know what I did? I decided the time that my husband was leaving the country for 9 days (he went to England for work) would be an excellent time to go ahead and tackle a bathroom remodel. Cause really, what better time is there than when you’re single parenting 4 crazy children and trying to balance a small business?

Yeah, I’ve lost it.

Know what though? By doing little bits each night, within 6 days the bathroom had totally transformed and I LOVE it! It’s like a whole new bathroom! I waited to post any “after” pictures online until after Nick got home and could see it, and considering he flew in last night and was wowed by the bathroom, I can now share with you!

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Huge change, isn’t it?! The best part, is the whole thing cost me about $80 last week. Now, as a disclaimer, the price was a little lower because I was using some leftovers from previous projects…

1. Spray Paint – I found some “brushed nickel” spray paint at the store, and I used that to paint over the ugly gold hardware!

2. Rust-oleum Cabinet Transformation on the vanity and medicine cabinet/mirror – this was one was a “leftovers”, because I had used a small portion of it on some new floor/backgrounds at my photography studio, and it was a color (chocolate) that I knew I’d love in the bathroom. It’s a lot of steps, but the result is gorgeous!

3. Paint – this was another “leftover”… sort of. It’s the same blue color that I used in the boys’ bedroom a couple of years ago, and while I had some left over I didn’t have quite enough for the whole bathroom, so did have to go buy a quart more.

4. Grout Cleaned – the grout in the shower and the floor was getting nasty! While I’d love to replace the flooring altogether (especially considering some of the tiles are cracking), I knew I didn’t have it in me to take that on by myself, so I did the next best thing – a thorough grout cleaning. Gross, but a definite difference maker when it comes to the overall look of the bathroom.

5. Rug and Shower Curtain – these were an IKEA find! The old monkey curtain was in sad, sad shape, and I was all too happy to toss that and the nasty rug.

So there we go – not only did I survive 9 days without my husband, but I also managed to make-over our main bathroom! Now that Nick is back home, we’re going to sit down some night soon and prioritize a list of projects we want to take on, in order to make this a house we love again. Stay tuned – I’m sure this is not the last of the DIY posts!

P.S. Trying to paint behind a toilet is not fun.

  • August 3, 2015 - 1:12 pm

    RoseAnne - Looks wonderful; I can’t wait to see it in person! It is now time to get going on a facelift to our first floor bathroom and several other places. I too want to remake our house into a place we love again. :)ReplyCancel

    • August 3, 2015 - 1:24 pm

      Helen - Thanks, Mom! I’m excited for you to see it too :) Can’t wait to see what you guys do – I’m sure it’ll look awesome!ReplyCancel

  • August 4, 2015 - 5:50 am

    Yvonne - I need to check out that Cabinet Transformation stuff. I have some cabinets that need updating, too!ReplyCancel

    • August 4, 2015 - 8:55 am

      Helen - It really is so fantastic, Yvonne! It’s quite a few steps, but SO worth it!ReplyCancel