go ’round and ’round

go ’round and ’round

Hi friends.  If you’ve noticed me being a bit sporadic in the blogging department, here’s why: I have a newborn and he is kicking my butt.

Also, did I mention we’re building a house?  I don’t think I did.  I’m sorry about that. I didn’t mean to keep you out of the loop. But we’re building a house! It’s not a crazy custom home or anything to wow you with the details of, just a nice house in a nice neighborhood, which I’m very excited about, and it’s way ahead of schedule, which is freaking me out because I just found out that we will be moving in in less than 40 days and I am 0% prepared. Did you know that moving is the worst?  I think I once compared it unfavorably to being in labor while having a root canal.

But I am really looking forward to being back in our own home and get my creative juices flowing again.  I haven’t done any fun projects or makeovers or anything in a long time, mainly thanks to that butt-kicking newborn, but also because our current living situation is temporary, which is a motivation killer for me.

Man, one year ago I had exactly no plans to sell my house, build a house, and have a baby.  It’s crazy what can happen in one short year. Sometimes I feel like I’m trapped on a speeding bus, watching life whiz by faster and faster, and I just want the bus to slow down! Slow down! And there’s a bomb on the bus! And Sandra Bullock is driving the bus! No wait — different bus.

In short: life is great, and kind of kicking my butt at the same time.

So … enough about me.  Tell me something going on in your life.  Because we’re all on this crazy bus together. The bus of life.  That sounds like the name of a song.  The Bus of Life.  It’s probably a really romantic ballad.  I’m going to shut up now.

Believe it or not, I do have a makeover to share! It’s a stunning kitchen with butcher-block counters, vintage light fixtures, and a dreamy aqua backsplash. From Kaylor at Fisherman’s Wife Furniture.

A beautiful kitchen makeover with a pop of aqua at betterafter.net

A beautiful kitchen makeover with a pop of aqua at betterafter.net

Here’s a wide shot:

A beautiful kitchen makeover with a pop of aqua at betterafter.net

A beautiful kitchen makeover with a pop of aqua at betterafter.net


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  1. April 15, 2014 / 6:18 PM

    The bus o’ life. I love it. And each successive verse is sung faster (and probably with a higher rate of mistakes and off notes.) So true. My life tonight is filing taxes, but in general, I feel like being a mom is kind of kicking my butt, too. I have five kids and so much is great and fun, except the parts that drive me so crazy that I cannot stand them at all anymore. I’m trying to stay patient with reading with my little ones but it can feel so tedious. C’mon summer break! And kids fighting with each other? I’m so tired of problems! Hopefully I’ll find a way to regroup and be able to handle it because I know the kid problems are not going to disappear. And lastly, exciting news on your house building! Packing and moving are always super hard, and an extra trick with a newborn. Good luck! (And gorgeous kitchen makeover, btw.)

  2. April 15, 2014 / 6:29 PM

    Ahh, thanks for that, Sarah. Sometimes it’s just nice to commiserate! I say if being a mom ISN’T kicking your butt, you’re probably doing it wrong. And I’m totally dying at your description of the bus o’ life song, hahaha, that’s perfect.

  3. Deb-IL
    April 15, 2014 / 7:19 PM

    Reading this brings back some fun memories – yes fun! I’m way past your stage of life and can only tell you this Bus o’ Life you’re on is the sweetest ride ever – enjoy it!

  4. lyndsey
    April 15, 2014 / 7:42 PM

    This kitchen is gorgeous. My kitchen might be three times as big, but I think I’d prefer this one.

  5. April 15, 2014 / 7:51 PM

    Yeah, having a newborn = crazy busy/tired (or so I’ve heard). Building a house = insane stress. Moving = worst thing ever.

    Frankly, I’m surprised you can put words together in the right order much less do a blog post. Hang in there, sounds like lots of excitement though.

    Love this kitchen makeover too. I love the combo of white, seaglass blue and dark butcher block counters.

  6. April 15, 2014 / 10:14 PM

    Congratzzz on the house in progress, Lindsey! I know there will come a time when your butt-kicking bebe will calm the heck down and you will get to do some fun decorating. It’s great that your house is ahead of sched – no, really, it is!

  7. Rosie S
    April 16, 2014 / 4:33 AM

    Congrats on the new house! I think everyone understands why you are really busy and butt kicked! 🙂 Kids and moving…wowzer….I just had to move without kids about 1 1/2 years ago and it drove me crazy! LOL Good luck and enjoy the ride as much as you can!!!! Love your blog!!!!

  8. Chris
    April 16, 2014 / 4:42 AM

    Moving stinks, but the new house is going to be lovely! And the day will come when you get more sleep – don’t worry. You’ll make it. 🙂 My littlest one has just started sleeping through most nights and it’s a wonderful thing!
    Love your blog – all the fun projects and your great sense of humor. Hope your day is going well. 🙂

  9. April 16, 2014 / 5:12 AM

    Congrats on the new house and good luck with finishing up the build and moving.

    Thank you for the feature! We are loving the space and can’t believe it is ours or the attention it is getting. I have a professional photographer coming to the house to take pictures of the kitchen and dining area in a few weeks. I can’t wait to show everyone the small touches and accesories we have added.

    Thanks again!

  10. April 16, 2014 / 6:36 AM

    What a ride you’re on! 😉 That butt kicking bomb *baby* will turn out to be the sweetest little firecracker ever! And Big Congrats on the new house. Building a house is exciting, wonderful with a quite a bit of horrible thrown in. But it makes the perfect home in the end. Blessings to your family as you “Move” through this crazy time.

    My sister has a saying when her plate if full to overflowing and it goes like this, “The song is playing faster than I can dance”. To which I usually reply, Then you need better dance lessons. Then she’ll say, Be my dance teacher? Which is her sweet way of saying, Get your lazy ol’ backside over here and help me. 😀 I always do. Hope you have lots of help.

    btw…I love! the butcher block counters. And that tile? Beautiful. They did a great job at bringing in the light, too.

  11. Jessica H
    April 16, 2014 / 7:06 AM

    Beautiful kitchen makeover. Were those old ugly kitchens ever considered beautiful when they were new? Ugh.
    My daughter is in college now, so she’s not kicking my butt anymore, but kicking me in the wallet. Graduation in May means no more tuition bills!

  12. April 16, 2014 / 7:40 AM

    I love the trim they put up above the cupboards.

  13. April 16, 2014 / 7:57 AM

    What a beautiful makeover! It looks so much more light and open now!

  14. Jane
    April 16, 2014 / 9:26 AM

    Night and day. What a transformation!

    So bright and airy now and a great save with those cabinets. In the “before” pictures, they look like they’re in great condition, just too brown. White and bright now.

  15. Janet
    April 16, 2014 / 9:46 AM

    This is pretty much the color scheme of my dream kitchen. Gorgeous!

  16. April 16, 2014 / 1:34 PM

    Aww, thanks so much JaG! I’m going to start using that quote. 🙂 Wish my sister was closer and could help with the crazy too, although it’s not any less crazy when she’s here, just a better crazy!

  17. April 16, 2014 / 1:37 PM

    Ha, well, I definitely don’t have it all together, I recently walked around for an entire day with a coffee stirrer unknowingly stuck in my hair, and I don’t even drink coffee.

  18. MUMZY
    April 17, 2014 / 11:32 AM

    LOL! You brighten my day!!!!

  19. roberta
    April 17, 2014 / 5:53 PM

    Life is certainly busy for you at the moment, things will improve as baby grows! How exciting, your own home to decorate! We have just moved into a new (to us) house and have been bringing our old house up to speed to rent out. It will be finished this weekend when we finish clearing out the shed. It has been fun painting brown cupboards white, front door white etc. to make it a little more appealing. It is a 1960’s house in Australia (I wonder what your 1960’s houses are like??) We do plan to renovate same house one day and live in it. I read your blog every day and love seeing the pics and reading your entertaining posts.

  20. April 17, 2014 / 11:02 PM

    Thanks so much Roberta! I hope you are taking lots of pics of your home as you fix it up, I’d love to see it! I wonder what the differences between Australian and American homes are too!

  21. April 21, 2014 / 1:02 PM

    Bless you and that coffee stirrer! That made me laugh. I’m pretty sure that will be me before long. And don’t I know about what can change in a year. Exactly 11 months ago, almost to the day, we found out I was pregnant. Surprise! Exactly 5 weeks after that, we found out I was expecting twins. Holy mother of WHAAAAAAT??!!??!? Shock of my life. But now they are here, my two sweet little girls, and life with twins is more awesome than I could ever have imagined. Even with their crazy 3-year-old brother thrown in the mix, we manage to have some pretty good days. Hang in there!!! You’ll hit your stride with your new little one and things will get better. Your blog (and your hilarity) always brightens my day, so thanks for keeping it up even with so much going on!

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