Callie’s Room – Completed

I have been dreaming about Callie’s room for a while now so when we officially got word that she was indeed going to be our daughter I began putting my plan into action.

First I had to get the boy’s room in order so that Luke’s former room would be available as Callie’s room. You can see their finished room here.

Callie will likely be sleeping in our room for quite a while after she is home in order to help her feel safe. Even so, I wanted to prepare her room ahead of time. This way I wouldn’t have to transition Luke to a big boy bed, teach the boys to share a room and introduce Callie to her new room all in a short period of time; all while still getting adjusted to a new family member.

When planning the boys room and Callie’s room I tried to use what we had on hand when possible, source inexpensive decor and furniture, but also purchase items that will grow with the room; saving money on replacement and changes down the road.

Here is her what I came up with. I hope you like her room.








Source List:

Crib Sheet: Land of Nod – Well Nested Crib Fitted Sheet
Crib Rail Protectors: Already owned, CribWrap Rail Protectors
Under-crib Basket: Ikea (purchased years and years ago when I was in college; it is no longer available for purchase)
Rug: Pottery Barn Kids – Sweet Flower Rug, Pink
Bookshelf: Ikea (moved from Eli’s former room) – Kallax Shelving Unit
Baskets for Bookshelf: Ikea (moved from Eli’s room) – Branas Basket
Dresser: Hand-me down from former co-worker. My sister Kristin painted it for me before Eli was born.
Rocking Chair: A gift to me as a child from my Grandma Faye and Grandpa Lars
Curtains: Ikea – Matilda Sheer Curtains
Artwork: (above bookshelf) Etsy – Butterfly Art – Custom by FernOriginalArt, “Callie”, 5×7 Heart Art, You Are so Loved – by PaperCanoePrintables, Watercolor Heart – by OutsideinArtStudio, Isn’t She Lovely and Monogram Print by ButterflyWhisper.
Artwork: (above dresser) Purchased in 2008, on a previous trip to China, from the very city that our daughter is living in.
Light blue wire bin: Marshall’s (gifted by my sister Kristin)





Boys Room – Completed

A few weeks ago I shared with you my plans for Eli and Luke’s shared room. After doing a bit of shopping at ikea, paint touch ups to the walls and trim, painting the bunk bed, and buying a new mattress and bedding for Luke I put it all together. If you’d like to know the sources of the different items, visit this previous post “Boys Room” or send me a message.







March In Review

Whoops. Time got away from me a bit this month and now that we are into April I am realizing that I forgot to recap March! So here goes…

March was a HUGE month for us! We’d been patiently waiting for our daughter Callie’s file for quite some time now and when we heard the news of its arrival on the morning of March 8th we were completely overjoyed. Most of our time this past month has been spent preparing for her arrival but we’ve also squeezed in time for some other every-day fun.


Sadly, we began the first days of March with sickness again. That seems to have been a theme this winter; sickness to start the month. This time Luke was sick first and then Eli a few days later. The poor guys had Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease (Coxsackievirus) this time. What started with an upset tummy, fever and exhaustion ended with blisters, bumps and a rash. The first day of the sickness was rough and then they recovered quickly after that. Thankfully the rash and bumps didn’t seem to bother the boys much. It looked far worse than it was, or at least worse than they let on. Between the two boys being sick we spent nearly a week laying low at home.


We spent much of our month watching in awe as our plants came back to life. We enjoyed searching our yard for new life, new leaves, new buds. Here is one of my favorite hydrangea bushes leafing out.


Andy purchased this lego cabin for a little Lego building stress relief as we awaited our daughter’s file.


The boys and I visited Perch n Play in Bellingham. It is one of their favorite rainy day activities.


Luke transitioned to a crib with no side rails (and then later a big boy bed). For the most part he did a great job staying in bed and going to sleep. Although, one day during nap I found him and all his blankets, pillows and stuffed animals tucked into the corner, fast asleep.



As the weather improved we headed out to some local parks. Seen here is Squalicum Creek Park; a relatively new park that we love to play at!




We spent a wonderful weekend away with our friends Erik and Jane on Lopez Island.








Andy built me a beautiful desk for our office!  I still need to do some touch up painting as well as the touch up painting for the baseboard trim from last spring when we replaced the flooring. I’ll get to it someday…




Enjoying the sunshine.


Lola walking Luke…Or…Luke walking Lola?


My parents watched the boys all day one Saturday so that Andy and I could drive to Seattle to visit Ikea and a few other places for bedroom furniture and supplies. We stopped to enjoy some Chinese food for lunch in University Village at Din Tai Fung.



Eli and Luke enjoyed painting their very own banks; a gift from their Grandma Connie and Grandpa Jerry for Easter.


Another fun day at the park. This time at Blaine’s new Marine Park. This park is another favorite; so many fun places to climb, run and slide. Plus a path to walk, beach to explore and a beautiful view of the islands, Tofino, Blaine and Semiahmoo.



We celebrated Easter this year with my family at my parent’s house. The boys loved to hunt for eggs and they especially enjoyed the time with their cousins!


I’ve spent a considerable amount of time preparing bedrooms this month. Here is a peek at the boy’s shared room.


Here is a peek at Callie’s room.


The weather this past week was so wonderful. We played outside every single day and enjoyed riding bikes to preschool.

The yard is starting to come alive and we are enjoying its beauty.

We are looking forward to the month of April. We can’t wait for more warm weather and sunny skies. We are also looking forward to the next steps in our adoption process and getting closer to bringing Callie home to join our family.

Thanks for following along.


High School Sweethearts

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High School Grub Tolo – 2002

Approximately 14 years ago Andy and I started our relationship, but we have known each other for even longer than that. I am assuming we first met when I was in 7th grade. We had originally been foes and then friends. We started dating shortly before Andy graduated in the Spring of 2002.

Andy and my older brother were good friends, so he’d been hanging around my house for several years and I was not a huge fan of him. Andy and my brother played tricks on me and teased me often so I didn’t grow fond of his visits.  As time went on, my older brother went to college. By now Andy and I were in youth group with one another and attended high school together so we saw each other regularly. We learned just how much fun we could have together and we realized that we actually enjoyed each others company. And now? We’ve been married for nearly 10 years and I wouldn’t change a thing!

And now for some pictures of us as babies…



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