Bookshelf Project – One Room Challenge Week #2

Welcome to week #2 of the One Room Challenge!

Last week I shared my design board for Emmie’s room.

girls room mood board {athomeinthenorthwestblog}

The pink walls are now gray.,


So today I’d like to share my bookshelf project with you!

Below is a picture of her current bookshelf.

girls room at home in the northwest

It’s too short.  Can you see books shoved under the bookshelf?  Lack of space means it’s time to upgrade to a bigger bookshelf.

I bought this simple bookshelf at Target with plans to give it a facelift .



And after all my work,  here’s the bookshelf now!

BOOKSHELF 1  at home in the northwest

It was fun to watch the simple bookshelf transform. And as always, the project took longer than I’d planned.

First, I assembled the main structure.

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I left both the back and top off so that I could add my own decorative touch.

Lowes carries great wooden planks, which I cut to size and spray painted white.

painted planks for the bookshelf at home in the northwest

The bookshelf came with the cardboard type backing.  But by adding wooden planks, it made it a more solid structure as well as gave it tons of character.

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For the top of the bookshelf , I had a larger pieece of wood cut.  Then I cut crown molding (and re-cut it because I haven’t mastered cutting crown yet).

adding crown to a simple bookshelf at home in the northwest

Once I got my cuts right, I attached the crown molding with my nail gun.  {I’m not sure if the pro’s use masking tape to hold the crown in place, but it worked for me!}

Here is another closer look at the finished top:

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I also added decorative trim to the base of the bookshelf:

Here is the before:

BOOKSHELF BASE BEFORE  at home in the northwest

And a glimpse at the after:

bookshelf 2  at home in the northwest

I so thrilled with how it turned out.  And am so thankful for more shelves to hold all of Emmie’s books and knick knacks!

Let’s take one last look at the after:

BOOKSHELF 1  at home in the northwest

Make sure you come back next week for more progress on my ORC!


To read week 1 of the ORC, click here.

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One Room Challenge – Week 1

I mentioned yesterday that I am participating in the One Room Challenge {ORC} hosted by Calling it Home.  This is a 6 week challenge to makeover a room.  There are no winners. Just bloggers sharing their progress.

So today I get to share with you which room I’m making over!

Any guesses?

If you follow me on instagram, you will know I’ve been SLOWLY working on Emmie’s room. {You could argue that I got a head start on my one room challenge….but I haven’t blogged about it yet. So I’m hoping that counts! My goal now is to FINISH the room during these next 6 weeks.}

Here are a few before pictures:

girls room 3 {athomeinthenorthwest}

girls room at home in the northwest

girls room 2 at home in the northwest

The pink walls will be painted {ahem….or already have been painted!} gray.


And here is an inspiration board for the direction that I am headed with her room:

girls room mood board {athomeinthenorthwestblog}


I’ve been building the bed for, well, um, years now!?  But it’s almost done. I swear.  So you will most certainly be hearing more about that bed!  And several of the accessories have been purchased as well.

So make sure to come back each week to follow my progress! And in 6 weeks, you can see the finished product! {Did I hear an “AMEN” coming from my husband?!}


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Fairhaven District in Bellingham

Every year for Christmas, my dad and step mom give Dan and me a night away.  They watch the kids and pay for a hotel for us to have a 24 hour getaway.  Of course it’s been 9 months since Christmas, but this weekend, we redeemed our gift.

On Friday, we dropped the kids off at the grandparents.  And Dan and I headed to Bellingham!  We stayed at the Chrysalis Inn, which is in the Fairhaven district in Bellingham.

The hotel was lovely.

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While I was busy taking pictures of our room, Dan had fun with the sliding doors between the bathroom and bedroom.

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{Isn’t he cute in his hat!?}

And the view from our room…..incredible.

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It was just a quick walk to the main strip of stores from the hotel.

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Everything was so quaint!  I couldn’t resist taking pictures!

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We walked by this restaurant….

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….which holds a special place in my heart.  Exactly two years ago, we sat on their outdoor patio and Dan challenged me to finally start writing this blog!!

We enjoyed walking around town, treated ourselves to some coffee, took pictures  and walked back to the hotel when we were done.  And if you were in the greater Seattle area this weekend, you’ll be amazed to know we did all that with no rain!

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Thank you to my dad and step mom for a fun 24 hours away!

If you ever get the chance, take a stroll through Bellingham. You won’t be disappointed!


A day at the farm

My dad lives a few hours north of here.  They have several acres which translates into lots of open space for the kids to run and play.

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My step-mom has a beautiful garden full of both veggies and flowers. Today, we got to enjoy some of the fruits of her labor.

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And their pumpkin patch is quite impressive too!

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Even though it was 80 degrees today, it’s starting to feel a bit like fall!


First Day of School 2013

I keep trying to think of a fun way to start this post.  I’ve written and re-written my opening sentence.  But I’ve got nothing!

All I can come up with is…

“Today was the first day of school!”

I guess that says it all.

While today was the first full day of school,  yesterday we got to go see their classrooms and meet the teachers.


The kids got to drop off their school supplies and find their desks too.



But they got to leave with me when they were done!

And then there was this morning….the first official day of school.

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And in good ol’ northwest fashion, it started to rain as we waited for the bus.

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But the kids had a great first day. And I spent my day running errands kid free!

Here’s to a new school year!

{to see the first day of pictures from past few years, click here}

Praying For Mercy

Last week we found out that my dads cancer has spread.  And unfortunately, it’s spread to his bones.  So to say that it’s been a sad week is an understatement.


He’s currently in the hospital recovering from surgery.

The other night, Dan and I prayed for my dad.  As I prayed, I specifically asked that the Lord would have mercy on my dad.  After we were done praying, I thought about the use of that word…mercy.  It’s not a word I use very often. It’s not something I pray for often, if at all.  But it seemed appropriate at the time.

The next day, I drove to the hospital to see my dad.  We chatted for a few minutes until two nurses came in the room.  The first nurse walked over to the whiteboard and erased her name because she was going home for the day.  As she wrote the new nurses name, I wasn’t sure weather to laugh or cry…..


I kid you not. Her name was Mercy.

Have you ever met anyone named Mercy before? I haven’t.

I know God was telling me that my dad was in His care…that He heard my prayer.

Do you ever wonder if God hears you?

I know, without a doubt, that God heard me that night.

Thank you, Lord, for listening. And for showing me in such a crazy way that you heard me.

God is good. Even when life stinks…when life throws you a gut wrenching curve ball….when things don’t go as you planned…. God is still in control.



I was at a baby shower yesterday and saw the sweetest two year old boy sucking his thumb. I so wanted to pick him up and snuggle him!

It reminded me of my kiddo’s….we had two thumb suckers.

First there was Jack….

jack thumb

And then Emmie….


But today, we had a major reality check from those cozy, snuggly years of thumb sucking….

Our first visit to the orthodontist!

jack ortho

ems ortho

Jack starts tomorrow and Emmie starts phase 1 in about 9 months. So at least that will spread out the expenses of having two kids in braces! {I’m trying to find the silver lining in all of this!}

But was it all worth having two sweet thumb suckers?! One could argue that they probably would have needed braces anyway. So maybe it was worth letting them have their thumbs. After all, I did get tons of snuggles out of them!


Back to blogging after vacation….

Sorry for my absence!!  Dan and I went on vacation!   Nine days away….and it was divine!  We took a cruise to the Caribbean with 8 of our friends. No kids. No cooking. No laundry. Unfortunately, there was also no sun and no flights!  Ok, maybe that’s being a bit dramatic.  There was sun.  But there was also rain.  And while there were flights, ours were canceled…on BOTH ends of our trip!  Though with a group of positive and fun people, we really had a great time and made light of a few crazy situations.

Since I’ve been MIA on the blog lately, I figure I owe you some pictures of our adventures!!

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Here is the entire group!

at home in the nw mexico ruins

And here is Dan and me….in the rain!  We saw some ruins in Mexico, which were far more interesting than I had anticipated!

at home in the nw mexico ruins pyramid

In this picture, we are making a pyramid at a pyramid! {Hey, when it’s raining on your tropical vacation, you have fun when you can!}

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The above two pictures are both in Honduras….where it also rained!

But yes, we did have some sun….

at home in the nw grand cayman

And like I said earlier, despite the stress of canceled flights and rain, we still had a great week.

at home in the nw cruise 2

Now it’s back to reality. And back to blogging!!


Advent Tree

Every year I come across advent calendars of one sort or another. Cute ones in catalogs or in people’s houses. I always think it’s such a fun idea….. And it always feels like too much work.   So for my nine years of parenthood, I’ve done nothing.

Then a few days ago, I saw the perfect advent tree at It’s Overflowing.  It’s a simple table top tree with star ornaments numbered 1 to 25. Then on the back of each star is a bible verse.  What a perfect daily reminder for the kids {and me!} about what this Christmas season is really about!

So with my new found inspiration, I got to work on my advent tree {which really wasn’t that much work at all}.

Here is my version…

The tree is from Ikea.  And the stars are handmade.  The kids wrote the numbers and I wrote the bible verses on the back of each star.  You can see the bible verses over at Amy’s blog, It’s Overflowing.

Today we read our first bible verse from the star numbered ‘1’.

The kids loved looking the verses up.  They are both really into highlighting in their bibles right now too, which made it extra fun for the kids.

Only 24 more stars to go!  Thank you, Aimee, for a great Advent Tree idea! I hope to use it for years to come!


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What a weekend!

On paper, this weekend probably looked dreamy.  Cozy days at home. Hanging Christmas lights. Homemade comfort food for dinner.

But the reality was a weekend of strep throat, whiney kids and a meatloaf dinner that didn’t turn out.

Friday night Jack came down with strep throat. And I think Emmie kicked into high whine mode from the attention Jack was getting. Then the new recipe I tried tonight was a bust so we had waffles instead.

The highlight of the weekend was definitely the Christmas lights….

Despite being sick, he got all bundled up and helped Dan out with the lights.

And Emmie lost her front tooth during the festivities {which was fun until the tooth fairy forgot to visit last night! Oops!!}

 Yes, we are blending holidays {you can see my corn stalks AND Christmas lights both on our porch}.  But the lights will stay off until after Thanksgiving.

Thankfully tomorrow is a new day. And it should be a day with healthy {and hopefully not whiney} kids.


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