Caleb’s “Big Boy” Room!

Baby girl Felkeress is evicting Caleb from the baby room, so he got to level up! 🙂 We transitioned him last Wednesday, and so far, so good. However, taking away his paci this coming weekend is going to be a whole different story…really not looking forward to that. Here are some pics of the final product:

We debated whether or not to do a theme in the room, but finally decided to do a jungle theme. I’m glad we did, because Caleb loves it! This is the view from the doorway. He also loves his “big boy chair”…so far, Caleb has found it useful for reading, sleeping, turning it upside down and using it as a cave to “hide”, and of course, using it to climb up onto the window sill.
Apparently it makes no difference which way the book is facing at this point 🙂
Fast asleep
We got the dresser, storage shelves, bed, and rug from Costco and have been really pleased with the quality so far. We got a really great deal on the bunk bed/dresser because they were being discontinued.
We transferred the wall photos and “Caleb” letters over from the nursery. I’ll probably update the photos soon…and by soon I mean within the next 10 or so years.
We painted the walls a light blue – a nice color for a boy or a girl since Caleb’s sis will most likely join him in a couple years.
Twin over full bunk bed – great for those future sleepovers! …Or for jumping from the top to bottom bunk.
Jungle bedding from Target…Caleb loves to point out all the animals! Oh and there’s the “safety” rail which prevents Caleb from falling out of bed…which has also proven very useful as a climbing apparatus for Caleb to attempt hoisting himself up to the top bunk. We have learned that we can try our best, but there is just no baby proofing Caleb.
The bunk bed has a staircase attached instead of a ladder…which seems cool in theory, but there is no way to remove the staircase to stop a little climber. So, Sean had to build a gate to keep it off limits when we’re not present.
The bed has some convenient storage for books at the end, as well as a drawer and cork board.

The Bible verse we picked for this room.
Sean installed six recessed lights and we purchased all the jungle wall decals from amazon.

Right after Caleb saw the finished product…he loves it! And I love that crazy boy 🙂

The Transformation of our Family Room

We finally finished our family room after four months of extensive remodeling (alliteration not intended)! It was a ton of work and we’re hoping the rest of the rooms will not be quite as time consuming. This is what it looked like before we moved in:

Yes, that is a jet black wall…
…And a dark brown wall…
…And a salmon colored wall…yep, 3 different colors

Since I’m a southern California girl at heart and grew up 15 minutes from the ocean, we decided to go with a coastal theme for our home so I can trick myself into thinking I’m warm up here in freezing northern California 🙂 I’ll give you one point for detecting each aspect of the room we changed in this first picture of what it looks like now…kinda like the game “I spy.” There may or may not be a prize for the winner 😉

Sean installed all three of those wall lights himself (one on the left, two on the right), and connected them to the switch so we wouldn’t need lamps. We also painted the room blue, but that’s pretty obvious.
See that awesome crown molding up top?? Sean did that too (with some help from our brother-in-law, Jake)
Does the fireplace/mantle look different to you from the original photos? It should. We (tediously) painted it because we hated the red brick. We painted the brick white, and the mantle/mortar beige. A much more coastal look.
First TV we’ve ever bought, got a great deal on Amazon
First couch we’ve ever bought new – so thankful we didn’t need to spend hours and hours cleaning pet hair off it after we got it (like every time in the past)! It fits perfectly and maximizes seating in the room.
Put up some bird decals to seal the deal on the beach theme
We swapped out the ugly black curtain for some nice white blinds
We just attended a parenting class at our church last week, and one of the speaker’s suggestions for keeping our kids God-focused was to put up visual reminders around our home of our faith. I can’t think of a better way to do that than to put Bible verses in each room! We chose this verse for our family room because both adults and children need constant reminding of this truth 🙂
We don’t have cable and when we (rarely) watch TV, we watch it via hulu on our computer. You can see all the electronics Sean hooked up on the second-to-bottom shelf. It was actually a lot of effort to get everything working correctly between the computer and TV (we ran into a lot of obstacles).
We will eventually build a fire pit in our backyard so we decided not to use our family room fireplace for fires. Instead, we decorated it to go along with our beach theme. Driftwood, sand, shells, and candles to set the mood 🙂 Before you start envisioning toddlers throwing sand in each other’s eyes and all over the room, Sean installed plexiglass in front of the fireplace with a latch that locks. Good thing Grammie Christie and Auntie Allison gave Caleb a toy with six different latches on it (including the one Sean put on the fireplace), so he can practice unlocking it :/
Got two matching cream-colored bookshelves (also on amazon)
A sand-looking rug to go with our theme, cottage style coffee table, keyboard/mouse to operate the TV, and of course, gotta have the board games for those crazy nights of competition with family/friends
We really like decorating with photos because it makes our home feel cozy and personal to us. The left frame has our Christmas 2011 photo, the middle frame is the signature frame from our wedding with an engagement photo, and the right frame has a photo of Caleb from the wedding we just went to a couple weeks ago.

Whew! That was a lot…the only two things in the room left untouched were the ceiling and flooring. It’s such a great feeling to post this on our blog because it solidifies that we are actually done (done!) with this room!! Yeah!!! Oh and here’s a link to Caleb’s completed nursery if you haven’t seen it. Now onto the guest room…

Caleb’s Nursery – Our First Completed Room/Project in our New Home…go us!

5 months after moving into our house and 9 months after Caleb was born, we finally have a finished nursery! All you pregnant mamas who are stressing over finishing your nursery can now rest assured knowing there are others (namely me) who are far tardier than you – ha!

This is what the room (blindingly) looked like before moving in:

After much deliberation, Caleb decided glossy hot pink was not quite his color…so 3 coats of primer and 2 coats of paint later, here’s what it looks like now:

Sean even installed recessed lighting…I knew there would eventually be a payoff for marrying a nerdy engineer 😉