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Just like little Harper is now, we’re on the move! Well, not us…the blog is! No more wordpress.com for me! It’s coming along nicely, and I’m so excited!!
If you’re reading this, sneak a peek over at our new home: lindsaychristensendesign.com/blog!
Us at the county fair, 2007.
I have been with my husband for 8 years now, and as the girlfriend and wife of a wildland firefighter (he is an Engine Operator for the BLM, so he drives, runs the engine and the crew), I am used to the summertime when he has to go off-district and can be gone for 2 weeks at a time. Well, it is a million times different this summer for me. I miss him terribly this time, and he has only been gone for 4 days!! This is because of a few reasons; 1) we live in Likely — small and isolated (although only 20 minutes from the “big” town, where many of my friends live) so it can get a little lonely! Thank you to my Twitter and Facebook friends for the chats! 2) I’m not working at my dayjob (I work part-time at a school so we’re out for summer), only from home right now so I rarely leave my house! 3) We have our baby Miss Harper for the first fire season, and without Glenn coming home at night it’s only the 2 of us 24/7 — which I love, but it’s nice to let daddy take over for a little while, and it’s nice to have visitors.
I’m writing this post for Melissa’s “A Beautiful Life” blog party at The Inspired Room, and so I just want to publicly shout out a big “thank you for all you do for us” to my husband, Glenn, and to let him know how much we miss him around here! He works very, very hard for us and me, and his entire family, are so proud of him. But his off-district fire is actually perfect timing as his birthday is coming up, as is Harper’s first birthday (I’m surrounded by Leos!!) so he will be home for his birthday, and her party!!
At my Grandma’s birthday party, 2007.
At my best friend’s son’s first birthday party, 2007.
He is the funniest guy I know (we laugh every day), we have a relationship that has grown amazingly (with our ups and downs, but it has all made us stronger), and it all gets better and better every day. I love you, honey!!! Be safe and come home soon!! Here are some of my favorite pictures of him and us.
Our wedding day, October 18th, 2003 (this is my favorite picture EVER!)
Mexico cruise, 2005 — the black hair phase. 🙂
My 10 year high school reunion, 4th of July 2009
In Costa Rica, April 2009
At a friend’s wedding, 2007.
Camping at West Valley Reservoir — using our camp trailer for the 1st time, 2006. It snowed a lot, good thing we had a trailer!
Wow, I’ve had a lot of hairstyles over the years… 🙂 Love ya’, babe! Thank you for giving me our beautiful baby girl, and thank you for being my handy-man around here! You are the best!!
Because every home needs a pet, and every blog needs a dog, I thought I would take some time to introduce you to the rest of the Christensen family — meet Keno and Molly, our adopted mutts that we love so much and think of as our oldest children!
First is Keno, our eldest. We adopted him from the local animal shelter when he was 4 months old. A small little puppy…if we would have only known HOW HUGE he was going to get! I kid…but he is really a big (GIANT) teddy bear.
He was born in January of 2002, and we adopted him in May of that year. We told the animal shelter we wanted a puppy, so they brought us to where they kept the puppies. There were 5 of them; 4 girls (all sisters) who were gorgeous gray hound-looking dogs, and then this little awkward male with big feet. I was gawking at these shiny-coated sisters, who were huddling with eachother in the corner of the pen they were in, when I felt something on my leg. I look down and this little black puppy with big feet and even bigger brown eyes was up on his hind legs with his front paws on my shins saying “Pick me, pick me!” So we did. We took him home and he immediately took over our bed and has been there ever since. He is part lab, maybe part Rottweiler, and who knows what else, but he is a sweetheart who loves to spoon (seriously!) and loves to get his butt scratched. He can eat chocolate and rat poison and live through it, and will eat anything else that you give him — can’t you tell? Yes, he outweighs me at 140 pounds!
Next is our middle child, Molly. By the way, these are not original names. My husband has had 2 other Kenos and 1 other Molly. We originally named them Rocky and Maggie, but it just didn’t fit, and I guess we’re not that original, ha! Or at least his family isn’t. 🙂 Anyway, Molly’s birthday is October of 2002, and we adopted her over Superbowl weekend in 2003. Nobody wanted Molly because she had a fungus on her face, but we saw through the skin spots to see what a sweetie she was, plus she was on medication and it was supposed to go away (which it did!).
We got her from the same animal shelter that we found Keno at, and when we arrived she had just gotten a bath because she had been rolling in cow manure. She still likes to do that. We told them we wanted a little dog that likes to play with big dogs, and the first time we saw her she was standing on a big sleepy dog and biting his ears. Keno and Molly became instant best buddies and I am scared for them for the day either one of them goes because the other one might die of a broken heart.
Molly is part Sharpei, maybe part Border Collie and who knows what else! She sleeps a foot away from the heater while panting like she’s going to pass out and she trims her own nails. She will also lick you to death, so we have to watch her around Harper! Especially because Harper will lean into the dogs, open her mouth and let Molly go to town. Gross! But a funny story to tell when Harper’s in high school.
And as the headline says, these two are the main reason that I cannot allow myself to buy white furniture, or even a white slipcover! Especially now when it’s hot and they shed like crazy…you can tell by the discolored fur on Keno’s back leg. Don’t get me wrong, I love the Young House Love and decor8 look, but I just CAN’T. Between the mud and the fur and the drool, my furniture would look like a New York City sidewalk. I need some colored camoflauge, people!
Here are some of my favorite pictures of the dogs, plus some for scale to see how giant he is!
We have this one framed in our “reading nook” in our living room.
And here we are circa Christmas 2005 in our old rental house, before Harper! Our original children. 🙂 There were a lot of funny outtakes trying to get this shot since we used a timer. Pretty funny!! And why did we leave the TV on in the background?? Haha!
I hope you enjoyed meeting the rest of the Christensen family! They would love to meet you…and let you take them on a walk! 🙂
Exactly 1 year ago today, my husband Glenn and I became first time homeowners! We were living in our camp trailer out on his parent’s ranch (hee hee!) until we got the keys to our new home on July 1st, 2008! And the inside was so ugly and disgusting and un-livable that we still lived in the camp trailer in our driveway for a couple weeks, especially because they were tearing up ancient carpets, which is not good for a pregnant lady to be around. Our daughter joined us in our home a month and 3 weeks after we moved in, which was an early surprise (Glenn painted half of her room the night before I went into labor – a month and a week after moving in) and while Harper and I were in the hospital for 2 weeks Glenn came home and worked his butt off to get the rest of it ready for us!
On first glance the house was a little scary, old and dusty – it had been sitting on the market for almost 2 years! – but we could see it’s potential through the smoke residue and dirt. It’s a great first home for us, and we are enjoying being homeowners…except when you’re trying to move 7 tons of gravel one shovel-full at a time! 🙂 I kid, I kid…the main thing I’ve learned is how much time it takes to get to where you want to be. I still don’t feel like a single room of the house is “finished” and I don’t know if I ever will, but I think we’ve made a lot of progress over the past year! What do you think??
Our living room and kitchen before:
And this was taken about 5 months ago…the dining room is different now and we have different living room furniture.
Another mid-work shot:
And here are some new details behind the pool table (but I really want to get some new white (but light blocking) curtains:
Living room with flooring down:
Kitchen and Laundry Room:
Looks the same (no paint yet) except for my pretty new washer & dryer set:
And here is how it looks today…project is still in progress (new shower curtain, towels, mirror and light):
Like all the other rooms, a work in progress, but it is definitely a livable bedroom!
Remember, though, I have new side tables! No more baby bassinet in there!
A room I’d really love to “finish.” But it’s low on the list and has to wait…
1/2 Bath in baby’s room:
It pretty much looks the same, except for new flooring.
I’m always looking at magazines and websites, wishing I had a bazillion dollars to spend so I could finish the house exactly how I’d like it, but after reminiscing over these photos today I’m pretty proud of how far we’ve come in a year, and I’m actually very thankful that we even have a roof over our head at all. I’m actually very, very blessed in so many ways.
So happy anniversary to us, and feel free to leave a comment letting me know what you’re thankful for and celebrating today! That reminds me…I’m celebrating my high school reunion this weekend, too! Happy Independence Day, everyone!!
Here is the new “reading nook” in my living room. The walls are Ashley Gray by Benjamin Moore.
Someday I’d like to paint the kitchen a color called “Sulfur Yellow” by Benjamin Moore, but that has to wait until we get new countertops. We have the fake blonde wood laminate right now and it won’t go together, but I really, really love Sulfur Yellow (#1).
The dining room stripes are using the Misted Fern from the kitchen and the Acadia White from the living room in two different finishes. The green is a semi-gloss and the ivory is a satin, which gives it a wallpaper feel.
The bathroom is painted “Pumpernickel” by Ace Hardware paints. If you’ve been reading lately you’ll know we’ve been very busy on that project!! Click the link for more pictures of the surrounded-by-earthy-brown bathroom.
The bedroom’s upper 1/3rd is painted “Pilgrimage Foliage” by Benjamin Moore, and the lower 2/3rds are in the Acadia White (like the living room and dining room. We have a TON of it!)
My daughter’s bedroom is painted in “Everlasting” by Benjamin Moore and the bottom is..you guessed it! Acadia White!
My very unfinished office is painted in one of my very favorite colors: Old Salem Gray by Benjamin Moore. It depends on the light, but it can look beige, gray or green. As you can see this picture looks very green, but if you choose this color you won’t be sorry! It’s so pretty! I wish I would have gotten the office painted before the kitchen because I would have picked this for the kitchen instead of the brighter green.
And Melissa at 320 Sycamore showed a wall that she painted “Danville Tan” by Benjamin Moore…I had a client choose that color so here’s another shot of it paired with “Branchport Brown” by Benjamin Moore as well.
And there you have it – all the colors of Casa Christensen! The next room I’d like to paint is our laundry room, which I want a very light, barely there robin’s egg blue or light sage-y green like this photo. Mmmm…you know how I love pretty laundry rooms! And paint!
Have a good weekend, everyone and thanks for stopping by for some color inspiration!!!
If you’d like your very own paint color consultation, then feel free to contact me (lindsay @ lindsaychristensendesign.com) or click here for more information!
Above is a link to the super inspiring website “Kindred” – a collaboration between Ez at Creature Comforts and Holly at decor8 (two of my blogging heroes!). They’re bringing together some super amazing talent and offering gorgeous computer wallpapers and printable note cards- all for my favorite price – FREE! It’s also a place to communicate in some very friendly forums – what else could you ask for??
I love the inspiration, ladies…thanks! And for the rest of you – check out The Kindred Site! Love it!
Hello out there!!
So I’d like to post a little apology to you all. I really do love writing on this blog (and I love the comments and seeing my stats rise!!) so I feel bad that I haven’t been able to keep up with it lately!! I am really working on taking photos of all of our DIY projects to post some fun “how-to’s” but I feel like I’ve had one thing stop me after another!! My brand new camera is in the shop (it doesn’t read memory cards so I can only take about 7 pictures at a time – ANNOYING!!), I had to go out of town for a training, and then when we got back our internet was down! So I’ve been gone for about a week – and I’ve felt like I was missing an appendage without my internet or camera!! But I’m back, hopefully my camera will be soon, and I have about 30 draft posts waiting for the finishing touches – so check back soon for some fun stuff!!
I’d also like to say thank you for hanging in there with me!! And don’t forget – if you’d like any design advice or have a room you’d like to be redone, don’t hesitate to visit me at my new website: http://www.lindsaychristensendesign.com or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Thanks again for reading!!! xo, Lindsay (& Harper!)
Yes, yes…we all hear about how the air inside of our homes is waaayy more polluted than the air outside. But what do you do about it??
The folks over at “Inhabitots” have a handy little post about the benefits of adding houseplants to your indoor decor. Not only do they bring the outdoors in and add some gorgeous life to your house (especially with some amazing planters you can find out there – check back for my “Favorites” list of great planters!) they help combat “Sick Building Syndrome” by sucking up the harmful chemicals in your air (carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, etc.) and recycling it into clean, fresh oxygen – sooo good for the lungs.
They also round up the top 5 plants that NASA and Parent Center list for air purifying, but are also child-safe.
1. Chlorophytum Comosum aka Spider Plant
2. Sansevieria aka Snake Plant
3. Dracaena fragrans `Massangeana’ aka Corn Plant
4. Epipiremnum Aureum aka Golden Pothos
5. Aglaonema Modestum aka Chinese Evergreen
So there you have it – an easy way to green up your house (in more ways than one!) for very little green! Now head down to your local nursery/home depot/grocery store – wherever you might snag a plant, and don’t forget your list!
Check back soon for my favorite indoor planters!