Monday, April 14, 2008

Nursery Progress

Hi Everyone -


I hope you all are doing well out there in blog-land!
I have been working on Kaelie's nursery - it is going to be so beautiful when it is finished! The dresser is coming along nicely...all the demolition work is finished, the new shelves are in, the insides of the drawers are primed. The only construction work that needs to be done is to turn the dresser upside down and add some supports under the new shelves (to prevent the middle part from sagging) and to add some molding to the front. Then the fun part: PAINTING! I think it's going to look really nice when it's finished.
See the corner hutch? It's on sale at Pottery Barn Kids for $449 (including delivery surcharge) instead of the original...hummm, I think I found one for $899 that I liked. So, I bought it (the $449 one!). This and the crib will be the centerpieces of the room. I also bought a storage bench at Lowe's for $60 that will go between the hutch and dresser. I'm going to purchase some baskets from Pottery Barn Kids for storage on the bench. I'm really excited that it's all finally coming together. We've had the crib for over a year and it's been so lonely! I have so many of Kaelie's things displayed in the crib, and now I'm looking forward to putting them away in her dresser.
I had Directv come out on Saturday and install two new receivers, so the boys will no longer be watching TV in Kaelie's room. I'm planning on getting a small TV for Kaelie's room, but she won't be watching it much. Developmentally, it's just not appropriate for children under the age of 2. As the boys have gotten older, they've been able to watch more and more TV, but Shelby and Jeremy both are very interested in playing outside, building things, etc. It's just not good for kids to spend their days sitting in front of a box!
On another note, I contacted my homestudy agency and we are now getting started on our homestudy update and new USCIS approval. I hope to have everything done by the end of May, have our visit the first part of June, and get our I600A in, be fingerprinted and have our new 171H in-hand by the end of July before I go back to school. This approval will be good through the first part of 2010 and I hope we'll be back way before then. I really want to get this done so that I don't have to worry about it when we get Kaelie's referral. I sure hope this process goes smoothly!


11 comments:

Tonya said...

That corner piece is cool. I hope you post more photos as you get each part of the room done. It sounds like it's going to be beautiful.

Tonya

Tonya said...

When is your LID?

Karen said...

Hi Tonya - We are LID 2/17/06! We are getting closer and closer!

Diane said...

Karen, The dresser sounds like it's coming along great! I think it will really add something special to the room when it is finished. Can't wait to see pictures!
Hugs,
:)Di

prechrswife said...

Can't wait to see the room! I know you are having fun decorating for a little girl. :-)

Dusty

Jen Talley said...

Hi Karen,
I love the room!!!! It's going to be wonderful. It looks like a very girly nursery and i know Kaelie will love it!!!

Karen said...

Thanks, Jen! How is everything going in your neck of the woods? Is Mei adjusting well? I need to get over to your blog and check things out!

NorasMommy said...

Kaelie's room looks so pretty! I love how you painted the scalloped border. Wish I'd thought of that! Maybe a wave top in the playroom .. hmmm....

Jennifer

Karen said...

Hi Jennifer!

I WISH this was Kaelie's real room...I stole this picture from PBK's website to show ya'll the corner hutch! I'm going to post some pics of the nursery soon...it's almost finished!

NorasMommy said...

Really? It's from the catalog?? Cheater! jk;) Are you going to do a scalloped border? Seems like it would be hard to do, but it looks really pretty

If you figure out how to do something like that let me know - I've got the wave in my head now and can't let go!

Have a great day!! :)

Jennifer

Karen said...

Hi Jennifer!

No, I'm not doing a scalloped border. The walls in the nursery are a dark khaki with bright white trim. I am going to custom order the "red thread proverb" from www.wallwords.com (custom order)and transfer that to the wall opposite the crib near the ceiling. It's going to look so pretty. I am also ordering a ladybug photograph from www.art.com which will be mounted on canvas. Then, just some other little doo-dads to hang up and "Voila!" the nursery will be finished!