Friday, January 20, 2017

DIY Carpeting- The Boys Room

MJ's carpet was gross. It was beyond needing just a shampoo to refresh it. It needed a total overhaul in order to clean up his room.

The carpet was stained from when I painted the room and accidentally dropped the entire paint roller on the floor... whoops. The worst of it though was a spot in the closet that, no matter what we did, the cats decided was their own private bathroom. It soaked through the carpet into the carpet pad and the baseboards. His room just smelled and no shampooing, cleaning, spraying could get it out. New carpet was the only way to go. 

We eventually want to recarpet the whole house and being that MJ's room is the smallest it was the "test room" to see if we could actually do this.

So, up came the carpet and the carpet pad, revealing concrete underneath and the tack-strips that needed to be replaced. We also had to replace about half the baseboards.

We went to Lowes and bought our carpet and padding. We had already made a trip earlier to get the tack-strips, baseboards, knee kicker and carpet tucker. We had to get a carpet strip that was 12 X 14. The only way to get it home was to strap it to the top of the van. Don't you love the rainbow shining over our freshly purchased carpet?

Here is Michael, nailing in the baseboards. He had to do all the hammering by hand since we don't own a nail gun and for some reason I just couldn't seem to hit the nail and the angle needed to hammer it in. So that job was all Michael's and he did great!

Next we had to hammer the tack-strips into concrete... It was the worst part of the whole night. Nails were bending and not connecting. Something that seemed like it should've taken maybe 45 minutes of work took hours of hammering, over and over again. There was a lot of frustration with this one single job. Hammering tack-strips into concrete is an evil practice. By the end of it my hands were banged up and bruised and ached. Michael's too. It was rough. It was almost enough to throw in the towel but we kept progressing so very slowly.

After we finally... finally... finished the tack-strips we layed out the carpet pad. We trimmed it to the edges of the  tack-strips and all the was next was to lay the carpet. I didn't get any pictures of us actually laying, trimming, stretching or cutting the carpet. By this time it was 1am and we just wanted to get it done.

But in the end, there was beautiful fresh smelling new carpet that looked great!

It made a huge difference in his room and he loves it. I love it!

We got all his furniture moved back in. He has a clean place to play and a room that is great to be in. Even his sisters spent a good chunk of the day hanging out with him in his freshly made up room.

Soon we will be venturing into working on the girls room and eventually the rest of the house. It was a lot of hard work but completely satisfying once the work was done and I could see the difference (and smell the difference). It has the feel of a whole different room. I can't wait to finish up the rest of the house!

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Bible Journaling: Psalm 19:14

Anger and bitterness can seep into our lives and take over our minds. When unexpected life troubles come the first thing damaged is our minds. The thoughts and feelings that we hold can suddenly become so negative that there is no escape from the pain that we continue to hold one to.

But there is a choice to change the way we think. It comes with a concentration on God's word and his presence in life. Learning how to be grateful for the good and moving past the bad as it comes. 

When I find myself in a spiral of negative thinking it effect my entire day and spreads out to others around me. It changes the dynamic of the day. But I have to change my mind. It takes practice but I have been learning how to change the way I look at the world. I purposely seek out good thoughts and great memories to change how my day flows. I concentrate on the words I say to be uplifting and encouraging instead of a downpour of negativity.

What can help is remembering that God is here and to look at this verse:
          "May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart
                   by pleasing in your sight,
                   Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer."
                                                                  -Psalms 19:14

If my thoughts are surrounded by anger or bitterness or sadness they are not pleasing to God. My thoughts effect my words and my prayers and if they're anchored in negativity I'm doing a disservice to everyone, my family, God and myself. Instead I'm trying to stick to a positive outlook and view the good and be the good on hopes that my words and prayers will be pleasing to God.

Sunday, January 1, 2017


Every year I set goals for things I would like see happen or have accomplished during the upcoming year. While I don't always seem to be able to complete all of them, having something in mind to strive for is always helpful for me as I go through my year. I try to focus more on having goals than having resolutions. Resolutions from the new year always have the feeling negativity for me. The goals that I set are more of something to look forward to giving me the encouragement to complete them.

When I look back at my goals from last year (which you can see here) I am able to see all that I have been able to accomplish.

I exceeded my reading goal of the year (this helped that I was back in school and one class required me to read 9 different books).

I was able to write 28 blog posts, which isn't much over the course of a year, but I'm so happy for every one that I was able to sit down and write.

I was able to date my husband a lot. Michael and I spend time together and it's a great joy to be with him and see how much we've grown in just the last couple of years. I even was able to crochet the blanket I've been promising him for forever.

We also were able to finish Dragon Age: Inquisition. Throughout this year we went back and played all the other Dragon Ages and are currently back in the middle of Inquisition. It's just some easy fun that we can have together.

I also spent everyday reflecting on what was good about that day and I wrote it down. I have a notebook full of good things that happened everyday for the last year. I needed it to remind me that no matter what kind of day I have there is always something good. It helped with my focus and perspective on my life. There is always good happening I just can't let the bad stand in the way of it.

This year it's time to set my new goals. I have some things I want to see happen throughout this year for me and my family. So, here they are:

  1. Read 24 Books
  2. Drink 100 oz of water everyday
  3. Bible Journaling once a month
  4. Blog posts 2 times a month
  5. Try one new recipe every month
  6. Do a project with Michael
  7. Paint master bedroom and bathroom
  8. Go on a date with each of my kids
  9. Go on an anniversary vacation
  10. Take a trip to the San Diego Zoo
This list is shorter than the ones I've made in the past. Many of my goals are to spend time with my family and be healthier. My hope is that this year I will be able to cross every item off this list by December 31, 2017. 

You can always see my goals for this year and years past by clicking the Goals Tab at the top of the page, I try to keep it updated after I complete it,

What are your goals for this upcoming year? Do you have big plans or fun ideas? Share them with me, I would love to know!