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(01) Because I'm Norwegian, and I think mushrooms are cute but not tasty.

(01) Because I'm Norwegian, and I think mushrooms are cute but not tasty.


(02) Kitchen

(02) Kitchen


(03) Sugar, Flour & Powdered Sugar

(03) Sugar, Flour & Powdered Sugar


(04) Most often used cookbooks

(04) Most often used cookbooks


(05) New light fixtures

(05) New light fixtures


(06) Messy fridge

(06) Messy fridge


(07) Dining Room

(07) Dining Room


(08) China Hutch

(08) China Hutch

Another gift from Jason's grandma's estate. I keep all my teacups in here, since I only drink tea from coffee mugs!


(09) Bowl from Jason's grandma

(09) Bowl from Jason's grandma


(10) Time-out chair

(10) Time-out chair


(11) Sippy Cup & Playdough

(11) Sippy Cup & Playdough

Constant fixtures on the dining room table.


(12) From Dining Room to Kitchen

(12) From Dining Room to Kitchen


(13) View from my kitchen sink

(13) View from my kitchen sink


(14) Guest Bedroom

(14) Guest Bedroom

A corner of the room that's perfect for reading or watching TV. And the multi-colored squares on the wall was inspired by an article in Better Homes & Gardens. I picked the colors...Jason did the painting.


(15) Hospitality Fairy

(15) Hospitality Fairy

...also known as the Mean Fairy who fell on my laptop and broke two keys on my keyboard.


(16) Corner of guest bedroom

(16) Corner of guest bedroom

I used that desk all growing up, and when we moved into our house it moved with me.

To the right of the desk is the TV and fridge, and on the opposite side of the room is the microwave and computer desk.


(17) Guest bed

(17) Guest bed

We slept on this double-sized bed for the first eight years of our marriage. It got a bit cramped after Sydney was born!


(18) Tiny guest bathroom

(18) Tiny guest bathroom

An eight-foot square that holds a sink, shower & toilet.


(19) Hand-carved bed

(19) Hand-carved bed

Jason's ancestor carved a whole bedroom set with this airplane propeller theme, but we only have the bed, dresser and foot stool.


(20) Entry

(20) Entry


(21) Antique Table

(21) Antique Table

One of the coolest wedding presents we got...from people we didn't even know!


(22) Family Trees

(22) Family Trees

My mom is a genealogist, and so for our wedding gave us two beautifully framed family trees complete with pictures of our ancestors.


(23) My Ancestors

(23) My Ancestors

Pictures of my Swedish and Norsk ancestors who immigrated to America.


(24) Jason's Ancestors

(24) Jason's Ancestors

Harriet Catherine Rush is a descendent of Benjamin Rush who signed the Declaration of Independence. When Jason was back in Philadelphia last summer he got to visit the grave of Benjamin Rush. Pretty nifty.


(25) Vaulted Ceilings & Windows

(25) Vaulted Ceilings & Windows

When Jason and I were looking at buying a house we walked into this living room and said, "This is the house." We loved the vaulted ceilings, the exposed beams, the wood paneled wall, and the fabulous view from the windows.


(26) Bookcase and Fireplace

(26) Bookcase and Fireplace

The bookcase gets plenty of use; the fireplace hardly any at all. If only it were a woodstove or a gas fireplace...then it'd be the perfect corner for reading.

The mantel is unexciting...I have grand plans for it...someday.


(27) I love red glass.

(27) I love red glass.

Wondering what to get me? Red glass. Love it.


(28) Room with a view

(28) Room with a view

Our windows are extremely non-efficient, but give us a great view. The chairs are new...and they recline! Super comfy.


(29) Loves me

(29) Loves me


(30) The Couch!

(30) The Couch!

There it is, in all its leathered glory. We are loving it.

As for the pictures above the couch...Jason doesn't like them at all. But I got tired of just having them sitting in the closet waiting for a place to go. So up they went, and though they aren't amazing, they are organized.


(31) Where I keep all my marbles...

(31) Where I keep all my marbles...

...otherwise I'd lose them.


(32) Sydney's Room

(32) Sydney's Room

Because Jason's dad is an avid kite flyer and collector, I decided to decorate Sydney's room in kites. The hanging kite is the same one my in-laws have hanging at their house.

The little night light is the same one I used as a child.


(33) Bright colors

(33) Bright colors

The bedframe used to belong to Jason's grandma, and now Sydney has it. The butterfly pillow is one of Sydney's favorites.

Someday I'll paint that side table...eventually.


(34) Growing Up

(34) Growing Up

Found this growth chart in some cute little shop an hour outside Reno, Nevada. I scoured the Internet to find another growth chart by the same illustrator for Baby Sister's room. Found it!


(35) Snuggle Reading Corner

(35) Snuggle Reading Corner

I couldn't find the right shade of red to cover the bean-bag chair, so I used a fitted bed sheet. Perfect!


(36) Many many friends

(36) Many many friends


(37) Toy Box and Book Shelf

(37) Toy Box and Book Shelf


(38) Fun with Shapes!

(38) Fun with Shapes!


(39) Family Kite Tree

(39) Family Kite Tree

My mom made this family kite tree with childhood pictures of Sydney's parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents. The caption at the top of the tree says, 'Jesus Loves the Little Children.'


(40) Girls' Bathroom

(40) Girls' Bathroom


(41) For Two Sisters

(41) For Two Sisters


(42) Toothbrushes

(42) Toothbrushes

My great-aunt got this little vase at the beach years ago, and gave it to me when we moved in to our house. I love the fish on it.


(43) Baby's Room

(43) Baby's Room

Right outside her window is a lilic tree. It smells wonderful in the summer!


(44) Little red bird trees

(44) Little red bird trees

Rather than make realistic looking trees, I wanted to draw trees out of shapes. I used acrylic paint.


(45) Built-in bookshelf

(45) Built-in bookshelf

The wall opposite the window is the same shade of blue as behind the bookshelf.


(46) Christmas red bird

(46) Christmas red bird

Her little uncaged birds to inspire her to fly.


(47) For growing

(47) For growing

The artist of the growth is Melissa Sweet.


(48) Bookshelf

(48) Bookshelf

The framed paper butterfly and fish are from my sister (who lives in China).


(49) Baby Be Loved

(49) Baby Be Loved

I got this 24 week activity book when Sydney was born. It's wonderful! It has all sorts of activities, information, and nursery songs that help you bond with baby. The author is Susan Ann Stelfox.


(50) Built-in dresser in closet

(50) Built-in dresser in closet

No lack of storage space in this room! The drawers pull out, just like a dresser. It's already quite full--just with clothes from when Sydney was a baby!


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