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Kitchen color palette

Over my Christmas break, I painted our kitchen. Much of our house is painted the same creamy neutral color (except for our bathrooms and bedrooms). It’s a fine color, but I was sick of looking at it and I was sick of the yellow tones it gives me in photos in the kitchen. It is now painted a warm gray.

Before

After

I’m ready to paint some canvases and get new kitchen towels and perhaps paint some of our items on our counters (spatula holders, etc.) But I’m unsure what colors to use as accents. There’s a built-in accent: red. The counters and floors have red in them.

Counters and floors (before painting the walls)

I’ve got some ideas but I just can’t make up my mind. Care to share your thoughts?

Feathered brights

Cranberry tones

Plum fresh

Thankful harvest

Ian Pollock

Though it’s not technically a stage of art development, I would say Ian is “pre-scribbling”.

Dinos everywhere!

dino one colored dino two colored dino three colored

Preliminary sketches and color exploration for paintings in the nursery.

A Winter Video Treat

The trailer for our life in movie form – for 2009.

MilesRauschFamily.com

(Video will start automatically, crank up the volume.)

Decorations Still Hanging

I’m only writing because it’s been a while. Not really because I have much to say. Unless you read this and see that it’s super long – then I guess I thought of something.

The holidays came and went fast. We spent the actual Christmas Eve/Day with the Rausch and Miles families. Christmas Day night, my family came up for our kinda-sorta-annual Christmas Day movie tradition. That weekend we spent Christmas with some of the Greggs and Leaders. Two of my high school friends got married that weekend at home, so that worked out convenient for us.

New Year’s Eve we spent in Hawarden again, playing board games with my family and my sister-in-law’s family. Played: Squares, Pop 5, Buzzword, Apples to Apples. It was fun to just hang out and focus on strategy and playing the games.

I’m almost done with what’s been published of the Twilight saga. My sister’s friend is letting me borrow her copies. While it’s not the most well-written piece of literature I’ve ever read, it is an enjoyable story and somewhat addicting. I feel like my HS-age sister and sister-in-law. I don’t go crazy when Twilight is mentioned, but I can see why they like them so much. I’m almost done with the last book and it’s much more maturely-written than the previous three. I even blush. I am considering seeing the movie, though I know it won’t be as good – might have to wait until the library gets it in for rental if I don’t go soon before it leaves the theaters.

In a couple weeks, Miles and I will be celebrating our one year anniversary. We’re going to spend the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend at my grandparent’s timeshare in Okoboji. It’s something we’ve been planning since November, but now I feel like we need a weekend away even more. My family used to stay at this timeshare quite often in my pre-college days. Miles has not been there before and I think he’ll like it.

We’re well into the new year and I still haven’t written a check or anything that will force me to change my 08 habits. I don’t anticipate it being too difficult. So many things happened in 2008 (good *and* bad, but it’s easier to remember the bad) that I’m ready to move on.