Thursday, May 22, 2014

Introducing Brasilia - The Big Reveal

Everyone remembers this post right? What about this one? No? That's okay, I forgive you ;)

I have obsessively hunted for a dresser, credenza, hutch, ANYTHING from the mid century Brasilia line by Broyhill. The problem? These pieces are the equivalent of the holy grail in the world of furniture. They are hard to come by, and hugely expensive (think $800-$1300 in my area) when found. Being the craigslist whisperer that I am, I refused to give up hope that one day I would stumble upon one for a reasonable price. I religiously searched not only thrift stores and estate sales, but my craigslist, and the craigslist in any city where I had any connections what-so-ever (if you have never used and you are an obsessive weirdo like me, check it out. You're welcome.) Aunt in LA? Best friend in Texas? Friends in Washington? Cousins in Oregon? The list goes on and on.

One day during one of my routine nation wide searches, I came across the ad I was waiting for. There she was, in all her glory- an entire Brasilia hutch, covered in government issued green paint, mine for the low price of $80. I couldn't stand it! My heart was racing, my palms sweaty... I had to have it. I didn't care how much restoration needed to be done, someone had to save this beautiful iconic piece! I anxiously typed out an email to the seller offering to buy it site unseen if she would hang on to it for me while I arranged for shipping. Fifteen minutes later she responded with a firm "no." She just wasn't comfortable with dealing with a buyer she couldn't see in person. I begged, I pleaded, nothing would change her mind. The next day as I was whining to my mom about the situation, she looked at me (totally understanding my insanity because, well, let's face it, I inherited my crazy from her) and said "you know you have a cousin in Oregon." The rest as we say, is history. A HUGE thank you to my cousin Brian and his wife Debbie who were willing to rent a trailer and drive an hour to pick up this piece, and then stored it in their garage while we waited a month for the shipping company (thank you!) to pick it up and haul it to me.

Being as excited as I was, it may come as a surprise that once it arrived, the Brasilia sat in my garage for a year before I attempted the restoration. To be honest I was intimidated. At that time I had never once restored anything, and I was somewhat terrified of using the Brasilia as my experiment piece. So it sat, while I worked on other projects and learned what I could along the way. Now, a full year later, I can finally say it's done. Well, the bottom half is done. I may need another year to gather the willpower to restore the hutch portion. The Brasilia was by far the hardest piece of furniture I have restored to date. It very near killed me. The sanding... oh the sanding... and the chemical stripping... it just never seemed to end. The day I could finally slap on that first coat of stain was fantastically rewarding. Even more rewarding was the day I could move it into my house!

Without further ado, I give you my very own Broyhill Brasilia :)



Drumroll please...


How can anyone resist this hardware?

Home at last :)

Monday, May 19, 2014

Happy Birthday to our little M-Dog!

For whatever reason, it feels like Maddox never ages. Like his birthdays don't come as often as the other two kids'. Obviously that's ridiculous. Seriously though, the kids seems like he's been three for three years! I remember feeling the same way when he was two. And yet here we are, at his fourth birthday. On the one hand I can't believe it was four whole years ago that he came into our lives, yet on the other hand (in part I'm sure to his maturity level)... he's only four?

I say this about every kid, at every birthday, but I'll say it again- It is impossible to celebrate Maddox's birthday without thinking about his birth, and the trials that surrounded it. The nerves... the danger... the unknown. He was my first treated NAIT pregnancy. We battled my body together, and he not only survived, he kicked my immune system's tail! This little boy gave me hope. Hope that I could do it again (without that I never would have dreamed of Lola). Hope that NAIT could be beaten. Here we are four years later and there is a legitimate NAIT vaccine headed to clinical trials later this year. It has taken the hope, the determination, the persistence, and the downright obnoxious inability for those of us affected to stop talking about it, to get the attention of the medical community. And yet here we are... in less time than any of us had imagined, about to obliterate NAIT for our children. OUR CHILDREN won't have to deal with this. OUR CHILDREN will never have to cry over something so horrific. And that makes it worth every second.

When I found out I was carrying a second boy I couldn't picture him any differently from Jax. Jax was all I knew at the time. Now as I look at my two boys I see complete opposites. Jax is all fire and destruction, Maddox is our little lover. Jax races everywhere he possibly can (I'm fairly certain he has forgotten how to walk anywhere), Maddox prefers to stroll slowly. Jax is blonde haired and blue eyed, Maddox is dark haired and has the deepest chocolate brown eyes I have ever seen. I love them both completely, with my entire heart... I'm a lucky, lucky mom.

To Maddox- I am so proud of the little man you are becoming. You are gentle, and sweet, and adoring. You're sense of humor and intellect seriously dumbfounds me. Honestly, for a four year old you are wise for your years. I love you more than Bumblebee little man. Happy 4th birthday!

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Boy Parts

Tonight we are eating dinner and Maddox is standing in his seat, I look down to see his underwear is pulled to the side and his boy parts are hanging out.
I tell Maddox to fix his boy parts, he looks down and says "oh."
He put them back in his underwear and does a couple gentle taps on his boy parts and smiles.
Then Jax says, "daddy, my underwear always poops my boy parts out...all the time!"
Sounds like a personal problem to me.

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Sunday, May 4, 2014

Weekend Fun

We had a fun weekend, here are some picture from our new g:
Crazy haired Lola
Pants to his nipples always
Eating watermelon on a warm Saturday
Maddox loving his new pool
Kite Flying at Jax's school
The boy's while I flew the kite

Started our small garden.