We FINALLY were able to have time to get us all together and dressed nice enough that we could take our first ever real family photos with the three of us. I hope that by now if you’ve read enough of my posts that you realize I’m a very real and down to earth kind of person. I try to be as honest as I can be while protecting some privacy boundaries but overall, if it has to do with my life, I tell y’all like it is. I don’t leave out the hairy details and make it all sound nice and pretty because that’s just not how life is, especially with a toddler. And that’s exactly what you get to see in these pictures.
William would not stand or sit still long enough for our ever so patient photographer to take a dang picture that wasn’t more like an action shot! I kept telling our photographer, “girl, if you can get the three of us in one picture that’s good enough. We don’t even have to all be looking at the camera at the same time,” and honestly she did such an awesome job. Our photographer, luckily, is a newer mom so she had an idea of what it’s like trying to catch a little one’s ‘good side’, which for Will is usually his backside because he runs away from the camera.
I will admit though that the whole time I was so worried for J because I know in the back of his mind he thought that we were going to be able to get at least ONE too-perfect-for-real-life type picture where we all stand in a boring pose and look like a ‘normal’ family that has a robot for a child. Well that just was not the case, honey. J did pretty well though and quickly realized that his expectations were not the same as Will’s and that we were just going to have to hope for the best.
I, on the other hand, actually love how they turned out and am very much okay with the fact that these are REAL pictures of our REAL family. I don’t know how the hell people get their toddlers to sit still long enough for a family photo but my bribes just aren’t as good as theirs I guess. I love seeing Will being himself and acting crazy like he always does. That’s our family. These pictures show us for how we really are and that’s why I think these are more special than any super pose-y type family pictures that some people have. I love how my family is messy and all over the place. William keeps our lives so interesting (not saying I always love how ‘interesting’ he likes to be) but we are always being kept on our toes with him. I love my family just the way it is.
I’m brave enough (or dumb enough) to try to take pictures again that I’ll do for Will’s second birthday. We even got the same brave photographer to take the pictures for us! Fortunately, Will didn’t scare her away! I can’t wait to show you guys how those will turn out but that’s still not for several weeks. His birthday isn’t until December! BUT THIS TIME THERE WILL BE SNOW!!!
*Not a sponsored post but if you live in the Anchorage area and would like to check out our photographer, her business is called A Silver Lining Photography. She obviously has patience with children.
So this project that I’m going to talk about was made for the Master Bedroom which the color scheme is gray and yellow. I’m also obsessed with the ampersand (ampersand is this sign &, don’t worry if you didn’t know what that was called because I didn’t know until just last year haha) since getting married because, to me, it signifies how it’s the both of us. Like Jack & Victoria, Mr. & Mrs., husband & wife, etc. The ampersand is the symbol that we are both a part of each others lives and that we are living our lives together; he & I.
Now that might be just super deep for no reason but that’s what it symbolizes to me and I think it’s beautiful. So what I did with this project is super simple.
- 5-10 minutes to paint
- 30 minute wait for it to dry to apply second coat
- 5-10 minutes to apply second coat
- hour dry time (okay, I did it late at night so honestly I just went to bed when I finished it and it was dry in the morning but I’m sure an hour would totally be good enough)
Step 1: I started with this awesome pine wood cutout that I bought from my favorite store, Target and you can get your own by clicking this link and order one yourself! It already came pretty smooth so there was no need to sand it down before painting (thank you Lord). I didn’t feel like this project needed to be painted outside because the paint I got wasn’t smelly and it wouldn’t take long. I just painted this bad boy on my dining room table! Just make sure you put something under it or else you’ll get paint everywhere. I used just your regular parchment paper (which was also bought at Target lol).
Step 2: So as you can guess, this is the step which you start the fun stuff, painting! I used a simple 2 inch foam brush because they’re super cheap and I can do whatever I want. The paint I got is the Valspar brand called Devine Color and the paint color is called Oar. I just got the small sample size because it’s still 8 oz which is more than I’ll use probably. I bought this also from Target and you can get yours here.
I made sure to paint in upwards and downwards strokes so that if any lines showed, they would at least be in the same direction. Now by using the 2 inch foam brush, it was a little tricky trying to get inside the loops to get the paint all over but it wasn’t impossible. If I weren’t so lazy, I could’ve used the 1 inch foam brush and had a much easier time but I’m planning on using that brush for another project soon and didn’t want to go buy more. True story.
Step 3: Let it dry for about 30 minutes and then apply a second coat, if you’d like. Honestly, the paint was thick enough that I didn’t have to do a second coat but I decided to do it anyway since I was there, the paint was there, and it just happened.
Step 4: Go to bed and look at your beautiful creation the next morning because it will definitely dry by then and you’re probably exhausted because you had to stay up super late to be able to do this project anyway since you had to wait for your kid to go to bed… Or that’s just me.
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In Alaska, we go through months where the sun literally is out until after like 10 at night and it’s so bright it’s really hard to fall asleep. I’ve done research and I’ve seen a lot of blackout curtains (curtains that block out all of the light from the outside) and the prices easily can go up to like $40 or more PER PANEL. I wasn’t desperate enough to blow $80 per room on curtains.
Luckily, I found these amazing curtains from Target and I spent about $12 each panel (they were on sale) and they are amazing! The colors are so vibrant and the material is nice and thick and does just as it says; blocks out light! I have some in every bedroom.
Here is what they look like in the packaging and the color is the same for my guest room and Williams bedroom. I have the same brand but in a shade of gray for my bedroom. I highly recommend this curtain for any home, not just those in Alaska.
*I’ve included the link so that you can order them yourselves if you’d like! Just click here and you can pick the length and color you need for your own home.
Here’s also the curtain rods I used which are simple but they worked for all of our bedrooms aswell and guess where they are from…Target, duh!
And if you’d like to check this out, here’s the link for that too! Just click here to see it for yourself!
So here is the room before:
Simple project but makes such a huge impact on a room by adding curtains. Especially when you need them for blocking out all the light at 10 at night!