Find Good In Every Day

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Big Blue And A New Living Room August 25, 2014

Filed under: Daily Blog — Robin @ findgoodineveryday @ 11:26 am

The one thing on my checklist for the summer was to redo the living room. (Ok, I had way more on my checklist, but this was the biggest one.)  We’re narrowing down to the final rooms of wallpaper, and with the kids gone for two weeks, I knew we could keep the house a mess while we finished the big task.  It was the perfect time for a makeover.  My arms had finally recovered from the bathroom, our paint brushes were dry, and my steamer was itching to get back to work.

So let me remind you of what the living room looked like before…

The living room on closing day...

The living room on closing day…

Also from closing day...

Also from closing day…

The living room right before we started the redo...

The living room right before we started the redo…

The perfect corner (before made even more perfect!)

The perfect corner (before made even more perfect!)

We started with a great space.  We absolutely love the corner windows!  A great perk of this 60’s style ranch.  It’s a big room with the fireplace on one end and built-in bookshelves on the other.  The current furniture layout in the above pictures seemed to be the best arrangement to take advantage of the view and wall space.   We certainly tried other arrangements including having the couch right in front of the windows (leaving the big wall open for a large screen TV?), but ended up back where we began.  The other great feature of the living room is the brick fireplace.  Before Christmas, we had put up the reclaimed wood mantel, but knew that wasn’t enough to make it pop.  I had wanted to go white, and while Jeremy was a little nervous about it, he finally agreed.  So the only thing left to decide on was the wall color.  Oh!  What a process!  From a dark blue to gray to white to light blue…  Just too many choices.  In the end, we chose a blue-gray called Nantucket Fog from Benjamin Moore.  Seems appropriate considering we live in Rhode Island and love Nantucket.

And so it began…

Wallpaper removal - my "favorite" part.

Wallpaper removal – my “favorite” part.

And living among a mess for almost two weeks.

And living among a mess for almost two weeks.

My back and shoulders were definitely feeling the pain after all the wallpaper removal, but I forged on.  Nantucket Fog finally went on the walls, and then it was time for decorating.  The wall behind the sofa is the biggest wall in the room and therefore needed a big piece of art.  We struggled so much with what to put there.  A triptych?  A large canvas? Multiple pieces?  But then, as if the heavens opened up and light shone down, we found a big whale bookcase.  We were shopping in Towson at one of my fave stores, Su Casa, when the whale spoke to us.  In the store, he was more distressed teal, and we decided he could go in our basement if the color didn’t work in the living room.  But we loved it so much, we just decided to spray paint him to match.  He is now a nice navy blue, and looks perfect against the Nantucket Fog.

Big Blue!

Big Blue!

With Big Blue and some other new items (mostly found in our basement among other home decor that has been “on the bench”), it was time to put the room together.  Finally, what you’ve been waiting for…

AFTER!

AFTER!

Love, love, love the fireplace with the beech wood mantel!

Love, love, love the fireplace with the beech wood mantel!

The green of nature still pops in the big windows.

The green of nature still pops in the big windows.

There you have it!  Another room checked off.  Next up will be the hallways, but we’ll wait until winter when there is nothing to do outside anymore.  For now, it’s back to the yard for a little outdoor TLC.  Summer is just about over and life starts getting much busier.  But I’ll still try to keep everyone up to date on the fam’ and our fall fun.  Next on the blog will be some posts on how we ended the summer.  My how time flies!

 

 

The Six-Letter Word July 31, 2014

Filed under: Daily Blog — Robin @ findgoodineveryday @ 7:26 am

Yes, that’s right… we’re already talking about the dreaded six-letter word around here.  SCHOOL!  It doesn’t start here for another 4 weeks, but it seems like the end of summer for me as the kids prepare to travel and visit Meema and Cousin Camp and then Camp NanaPapa.  We did our school supply shopping over the weekend, and I’m finally starting to focus on the summer reading requirements. (Mason has been reading all summer, but before she is out of my daily care for a bit, I need to make sure it’s officially done.)

The kids have been at camp all summer here in our town.  They’ve been enjoying “Playground Camp” in the afternoons with their friends.  And during the mornings, they’ve been learning about everything from tennis to magic to baking to woodworking to Lego engineering to yoga to science.  And then our evenings and weekends have been filled with pool time with friends or beach time or yard work or visitors.  It’s been a full summer!

I thought it would be fun to highlight some of my favorite summer moments so far through pictures.

We've been trying out new beaches this summer.  Water was chilly, but the kids had fun at Second Beach.

We’ve been trying out new beaches this summer. Water was chilly, but the kids had fun at Second Beach.

My favorite part of Second Beach was the scenery, though.  I just love the Rhode Island coastline! (and my beach babe!)

My favorite part of Second Beach was the scenery, though. I just love the Rhode Island coastline! (and my beach babe!)

We got out for our first (and so far only) canoe ride.  Looking forward to more...

We got out for our first (and so far only) canoe ride. Looking forward to more…

Nana and Papa came to visit for Fourth of July.  A very rainy holiday, but we still partied it up in Hingham.  Kids swam in the rain, Cooper played some whiffle ball with the big guys, and Jeremy and I enjoyed a couple of Jello shots.

Nana and Papa came to visit for Fourth of July. A very rainy holiday, but we still partied it up in Hingham. Kids swam in the rain, Cooper played some whiffle ball with the big guys, and Jeremy and I enjoyed a couple of Jello shots.

We've spent a lot of time in our front yard.  Playing badminton, resting in our new Adirondack chairs, and rousing games of Uno on the blanket.

We’ve spent a lot of time in our front yard. Playing badminton, resting in our new Adirondack chairs, and rousing games of Uno on the blanket.

Like I said, lots of activity in the front yard...  or lack thereof...

Like I said, lots of activity in the front yard… or lack thereof…

There has been a lot of car time this summer (and more to come).  At least it gives the kids a chance to nap after all the excitement.

There has been a lot of car time this summer (and more to come). At least it gives the kids a chance to nap after all the excitement.

My little butterflies!  Kids and I got to the zoo one afternoon and did an alphabet scavenger hunt - looking for something that started with each letter.  This was our "B."

My little butterflies! Kids and I got to the zoo one afternoon and did an alphabet scavenger hunt – looking for something that started with each letter. This was our “B.”

We took a day-trip up to Portsmouth, NH.  I loved it!  We walked all over, and the kids did great.  The promise of ice cream can really help with their stamina.

We took a day-trip up to Portsmouth, NH. I loved it! We walked all over, and the kids did great. The promise of ice cream can really help with their stamina.

During Meema's visit, us girls went to a kids' theater production of High School Musical that a friend was in.  It was so fun!  A girls night wouldn't be complete without a stop at Sweet Indulgence.

During Meema’s visit, us girls went to a kids’ theater production of High School Musical that a friend was in. It was so fun! A girls night wouldn’t be complete without a stop at Sweet Indulgence.

Another new beach - East Matunuck.  The boys got settled in the shade pretty quickly.

Another new beach – East Matunuck. The boys got settled in the shade pretty quickly.

Mason, on the other hand, was ready to hit the waves.  Papa had gotten the kids new boogie boards when he was here.  This beach had nice waves for the kids to try them out.  Cooper asked if we could go back every day.  I'd say that was a hit!

Mason, on the other hand, was ready to hit the waves. Papa had gotten the kids new boogie boards when he was here. This beach had nice waves to try them out. Cooper asked if we could go back every day. I’d say it was a hit!

We took Meema to her very first WaterFire!  It was a beautiful night, and Meema loved it. (Can't say the same for the kids who have grown bored with the event. Oh well!)

We took Meema to her very first WaterFire! It was a beautiful night, and Meema loved it. (Can’t say the same for the kids who have grown bored with the event. Oh well!)

I know tomorrow is just the start of August, and there is another month left of summer before SCHOOL starts, but it’s been a pretty good summer so far.  More adventure is to come, including some Robin and Jeremy time which will definitely include removing wallpaper and painting the living room.  Maybe we’ll take some time for fun as well.  If me, as the task master, allows it!

 

 

Summer’s First Visitors July 9, 2014

Filed under: Daily Blog — Robin @ findgoodineveryday @ 7:50 pm

I love Rhode Island summers.  And I love showing them off to visitors.  Summer is a great time to visit the biggest little state, so I was more than excited to have Jen, Scott and the boys visit us in June.  With so much to do, we had to narrow the itinerary down to just a few things that would still allow naps, down time and family hang out time.  

It was a crazy weekend, but fun to create new memories together.  Some of my favorites:

  • Rhys walking all over the house and loving the old school light switches.
  • Hayes being a big guy with Cooper playing Legos and picking him up from the bus stop.
  • Mason teaching Jen how to make a rainbow loom bracelet.
  • Walking around Cambridge with everyone.
  • Hearing the kids “quietly” play together each morning before the grownups fully woke.

Since our times together are few and far between with my sister’s family, I struggle with enjoying the time but also documenting the memories.  Here are some of my fave pics…

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IMG_5322A super fun visit!  And as soon as they left, we started counting the weeks/days until we get to visit them in Charlottesville.  Just under a month away at this point.  We can’t wait for more cool memories!

 

Moving On and Moving Up July 8, 2014

Filed under: Daily Blog — Robin @ findgoodineveryday @ 7:49 pm

The end of the school year always brings special shows, ceremonies, parties and emotions.  For the kids, they are happy to start summer vacation and end nights of homework.  For the parents, we are sad to accept that yet another year has gone by and that our kids are actually getting older.  We talk to other parents while sitting in the muggy auditorium asking, “Where does the time go?”

For Cooper, it was his time to “move on.”  His year of kindergarten ended with an Alien Parade and an Ocean Show.  The Alien Parade was his chance to show off his hand-made alien named Gooey and cap off the Solar System curriculum.

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And then finally during the last week of school, Cooper officially graduated kindergarten at his Ocean Show.  They sang some very cute songs about ocean life and got the blessing from their teachers to move on to 1st grade.  And I said, “Where does the time go?”

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For Mason, it was her time to “move up.”  While it may seem weird to have a 2nd grade graduation, it is the norm here in our town because they split the elementary schools up into a K-2 school and a 3-5 school.  So at the end of 2nd grade, the students move up to the next school, and the PTO and teachers helped to make a big deal out of it.  Hence the Moving Up Ceremony – complete with slideshow, yearbook distribution, walking the stage for a certificate and even a special t-shirt.

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All smiles and laughter for these two amazing kids and their accomplishments.  Like “they” always say…  Time flies!  I now have a 1st grade and a 3rd grader.  They’ll be at two different schools this year and next, and I know that time will fly by as well.  Before you know it, Cooper will be having his Moving Up Ceremony and Mason will be heading off to middle school.  Ok, I can’t get ahead of myself.  That’s just way too crazy to even think about right now.  Instead I’ll just enjoy the here and now and some summer fun!

 

Bathroom Talk June 22, 2014

Filed under: Daily Blog — Robin @ findgoodineveryday @ 9:27 am

We are one more room down in the fight against wallpaper at our house.  Us – 6; House – 4

Back in February, I got inspired on a cold snowy day (of which we had a lot this winter!)  I looked at the flowery wallpaper in our bathroom and thought, “This is a tiny room. I can knock this out in a weekend if I pushed through.”  So I started tearing wallpaper down.  I got 2 walls done, and it was so refreshing.  The walls still had plenty of residue on them, but they were white, and that felt good.  Then life happened (as it usually does.)  The reality of a winter without much real estate business hit.  And since our bathroom update was going to require more than just paint (new mirror, new towel bars, potentially new floor), we had to put it off.  My dream of getting the bathroom done before our trip to Disney didn’t get realized.

But once May came and before our weekends were taken over by yard work, I knew I had to put the pedal to the metal (or porcelain as the case may be in the bathroom!)  Jeremy and I went back and forth on colors – from bright green to blue to gray and back to green.  We went back and forth on mirrors – frameless to white-framed to black-framed.  So many decisions, but we finally agreed and went for it.  It feels so good to have it done, and I smile every time I walk in the bathroom now.  A small update, but a big impact!

BEFORE - Flower overload!

BEFORE – Flower overload!

DURING - it wasn't a pretty job.

DURING – it wasn’t a pretty job.

AFTER - light and airy.

AFTER – light and airy.

AFTER - It feels so much cleaner too!

AFTER – It feels so much cleaner too!

AFTER - We're so happy to finally have this room done.  I'm ready for the next wallpaper fight!

AFTER – We’re so happy to finally have this room done. I’m ready for the next wallpaper fight!

 

Hello? June 20, 2014

Filed under: Daily Blog — Robin @ findgoodineveryday @ 8:34 pm

Hello?  Is anybody out there?  I wouldn’t be surprised if not considering I have been quite absent myself from this here blog.  Where does the time go?  And how is it possible that our big vacation is already almost 3 months behind us?  I’m trying to catch everyone up on the blog here, and this seems to be the oldest bit of information.  I have a mental block that won’t let me write about anything else until I share our New Orleans and Disney fun.  I think I kept feeling that it would be such a big post that it would take forever to write, so I just put it off.  But then Jeremy reminded me that my readers probably only care about the pictures.  So be warned…  This is a lengthy, photo-heavy post about our 10 day vacation in April.  Sit back, have your scroll finger ready, and here we go…

First stop! New Orleans for a grown-up weekend celebrating the wedding of our dear friends, Andy and Cory.

First stop! New Orleans for a grown-up weekend celebrating the wedding of our dear friends, Andy and Cory.

Of course I had to try beignets.  I didn't think it would be at 1:30am, though.  That's me!  Wild and crazy!

Of course I had to try beignets. I didn’t think it would be at 1:30am, though. That’s me! Wild and crazy!

See that awesome couple behind us?  That's Andy and Cory.  And we were so honored to be part of their wedding.  Such an awesome weekend!

See that awesome couple behind us? That’s Andy and Cory. And we were so honored to be part of their wedding. Such a wonderful weekend!

Next stop - Orlando!  Reunited with the Lake side and kiddos to enjoy a week of sun.

Next stop – Orlando! Reunited with the Lake side and kiddos to enjoy a week of sun.

The Barnstormer is always a hit, especially to get our roller-coaster blood flowing.  Coop decided he doesn't like the ride anymore, though.

The Barnstormer is always a hit, especially to get our roller-coaster blood flowing.

Waiting in lines should be its own ride - we certainly did a lot of it.

Waiting in lines should be its own ride – we certainly did a lot of it.

But lines are worth the wait when the ride is so fun.  This Chima water ride at Legoland would have been worth a longer wait!

But lines are worth the wait when the ride is so fun. This Chima water ride at Legoland would have been worth an even longer wait!

Everything is Awesome at Legoland - a big hit with the whole family!

Everything is Awesome at Legoland – a big hit with the whole family!

Mason conquered Everest this time but probably won't try it again for awhile.  Still proud!

Mason conquered Everest this time but probably won’t try it again for a while. Still proud!

 

 

The weather was perfect all week, so the kids enjoyed some pool time as well.

The weather was perfect all week, so the kids enjoyed some pool time as well.

A trip to Disney is not complete without sampling all the treats.  Mickey cookies are always a good choice.

A trip to Disney is not complete without sampling all the treats. Mickey cookies are always a good choice.

Just hangin' with Minnie - no big deal!

Just hangin’ with Minnie – no big deal!

It was a great week, and we're so thankful to Nana and Papa for sharing this vacation with us.  Another year of creating more wonderful memories!

It was a great week, and we’re so thankful to Nana and Papa for sharing this vacation with us. Another year of creating more wonderful memories!

 

 

Reason to Love Rhode Island May 13, 2014

Filed under: Daily Blog — Robin @ findgoodineveryday @ 5:03 pm

My mom came for Mother’s Day, and we had a very productive yet relaxing Mother’s Day weekend.  We celebrated Mother’s Day Eve (to avoid some crowds) by having breakfast out on Saturday at our favorite place, T’s.  Delish!  Then off to the library and the nearby nursery to pick out plants.  My Mother’s Day gift was several plants to help us fill in one of our beds in the front of the house.  It makes me so happy to see fresh new plants and mulch when I pull into the driveway now.  We have a long way to go, but this was a good start.  A big thanks to my mom and Jeremy for the plants and even bigger thanks to Jeremy for sweating it out for several hours Saturday afternoon to get the front bed looking great after a big delivery of mulch!

On Mother’s Day, we knew we wanted to see the water.  That was my mom’s only request.  Mine was to see water, but also to have no whining.  Can’t get everything, though, right?!  Living in Rhode Island, there is water all around us.  But we chose to drive to the opposite corner of the state to a quaint area called Little Compton.  We had never been there but had heard wonderful things.  We drove by amazing farmland, past beautiful homes, through quaint towns and finally arrived at the lower point of Rhode Island.  The beach we walked on ended up being private, but since it was windy and chilly and not quite busy season, we took our chances.  Everything about these pictures is what I love about Rhode Island.

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What a wonderful Mother’s Day!  What can be better than a beautiful beach with rocks to climb on, rocks to skip in the water, and a lighthouse in the background?  Gotta love Rhode Island! We then enjoyed yummy sandwiches at a cafe in Tiverton, then relaxed at home before our amazing steak tip dinner (my all-time fave!) and capped it off watching Frozen and eating ice cream.  Yeah – pretty awesome!  Thanks for my hubby for treating me so well and loving me no matter what.  Thanks to my kiddos who assure me every day that I am the best mom for them.  And thanks to my mom for teaching me how to be a great mom by example!  Love you all!

 

 
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