Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Injuries? Maybe. But it's tradition.

The Christmas Eve Jammie Pyramid!

Surprisingly, we've had very few injuries these many years.

But the 2012 pyramid seemed crooked from the start.

And we lost our top almost immediately,

leaving the tiny one in kitty pajamas in a precarious spot,

doomed to a squashing between two sisters.

Poor thing.

But in true Cholita fashion, she wiped her tears and quickly rallied.

And speaking of rallying......

Do you see the ancient labrador retriever watching the whole spectacle?
The cancer-ridden one who was supposed to be gone many months ago?

Well,  he's not only managed to witness his 13th jammie pyramid,
he's somehow thriving.
Climbing stairs again.
Gobbling tasty morsels.
Going on walks.
The vet has no words.

We all agree.
It's a Christmas miracle.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Some people decorate with wreaths.....

Or swags.
Or lights.
Or reindeer.

It's only us lucky folks who decorate their front porch with a discarded sink.
And a roll of gross linoleum.
And an old cabinet.

there is progress.
Mostly it's progress in the planning department, but progress none-the-less.

This project was started so spur-of-the-moment that I hadn't really thought about what I'd like to see in a bathroom.......besides a closed toilet lid and towels off the floor.

So I've been scouring Pinterest and trying to find a style that appeals.

I love pedestal sinks.  They're classic and timeless, but probably unrealistic for this work-horse of a bathroom.  We need storage and counter space.

As much as I adore this bathroom, where is the blow dryer going?  Where do you set your makeup?  

We found a beautiful antique cabinet that could accommodate a vessel sink, which I love, but would I love it in reality?  Because in reality, there would be toothpaste spit down the front of that gorgeous vessel sink onto the beautiful wood countertop, which probably isn't very easy to clean.

Now something like this might fit the bill.  The built-ins are gorgeous and the vanity is stunning.  The marble countertop is timeless.

I know we need storage and as much of it as we can cram into this teeny bathroom, but I don't want the boxy vanities that I'm finding in the stores.  So, it looks like Lyle's building a custom piece.

It will have storage that can be hidden away, but hopefully have a furniture look.  We've ordered the countertop--a gray-flecked granite and are trying to think through our kid's morning and nighttime routines to help with order and cleanliness.

There will be a built-in cubby for Sonicare Toothbrushes, so they can be off the counter (in theory).

There will be a pull-out drawer of some sort for blow dryers and straighteners, already plugged in, so you just have to remove them from the drawers, use them, and put them back (in theory).

But, no matter what we do, 
the toilet lid will not close itself and the towels won't put themselves back on the rack.  
We do what we can.

Monday, December 3, 2012

If you have a broken cabinet door....

And you tell your husband about it....

on a rainy day,
when he can't do outside projects,

and in addition to the broken door,
he notices the peeling linoleum,
and the swelling MDF baseboards....

and he reflects on how he's never liked the cabinets,
or the layout,
or much of anything, apparently.....

you might be well on your way to a new bathroom......

which will hopefully have fully functioning cabinet doors.