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Something Different for Jane’s Birthday – Halloween Party

Jane’s Birthday is at the beginning of August and she has always been disappointed that she has been unable to invite her school friends to her party (timing or just plain getting a hold of people during the summer).  This year we postponed her party until after school had started.  Jane decided on a Halloween theme and I am busy gathering the items she has asked for.  Luckily since it is Halloween, I am just blending the Birthday decor and Halloween decor that I have saved over the years.

Halloween Birthday Party
 Dave and I have a few projects on deck that we were hoping to get done before her party….but that is not going to happen.  Dave’s work is going to extend through the weekend and well into next week.  I am thinking we will see him next Thursday or Friday.  Oh, Well.  I’ll get the house cleaned up and decorated.
Follow along on Instagram to watch my progress on the decor and projects.  Or my non-progress on projects hehe

Friday Wrap Up 9

Movement happening on some of our home projects. Yeah!  I will be updating the House Tour tab with the pictures below.

Jules asked to make some changes in her room.  When Jules and Jane split rooms, this is what it looked like:

the happy crazy house little girl room red black and white

Jules picked out the bedding and pillows herself, but a few years down the line, she was not happy spending time in her room.

Here is where we are right now.  Still a work in progress, but Jules is much happier.

the happy crazy house Jules young girls room shabby chic floral

  • Toy chest went from a bright red to a denim blue.
  • Bedding changed  from the red and white polka dot to a shabby chic floral.
  • Art changed to reflect the new colors.

the happy crazy house little girls room

The one thing we are not sure about is her Art Cart.  All of her art supplies are housed here – but it is very awkward.  It does not really fit anywhere in the room.  This will probably change in the future.  hahahaha – silly me.  everything changes in this house.

New Artwork:

the happy crazy house art

the happy crazy house art

Both prints were instant downloads from Etsy

Our walkway from the driveway to the house has also been improved.  Here is the before:

the happy crazy house exterior

Winter is coming.  hehe  I did not want to have another winter where I needed to pick my way through the rocks to my front door, so Dave made it a priority.  Goal – get it done before the first snow flies.  We loaded up and headed to Home Depot to get our supplies.

the happy crazy house front walkway supplies

End result:

the happy crazy house front walkway

Archer photobomb

We are still working on the finishing touches.  If you look in the above photo the first stair needs to be completed and trimmed out.  Outside of those small details –  the Goal was met.  Snow came this week:

the happy crazy house

Have a great weekend Peeps!

Updating pics for the House Tour

I have made some slight adjustments in each room over the course of the past months. After seeing my recent images in contrast to what I have on the House Tour tab……I need to get those updated. So here are some of the things that are different.

Living Room

the happy crazy house living room entry way

Archer photobomb!!!  and I still haven’t gotten Dave to help me with the corners of our entry – fail.


The Dining Room

the happy crazy house dining room

The Kitchen

teh happy crazy house white kitchen

The Master bedroom

the happy crazy house master bedroom with map

and seeing the curtains I have up in these pics, just convinced me to change them out.  Seriously!

the happy crazy hosue white bedroom ikea

The Library

the happy crazy house library

Here is a sneak peek at the changes I have made in Jane’s room.

the happy crazy house gold dot shabby chic little girl bedroom

I have a bunch of small items to touch on going forward: master bedroom curtains, entry paint touch up, library clean up and art revamp, replace black fridge with a white one, etc.

That should keep me busy for a bit.🙂


First Family Trip – Hawaii

Here are some pics of our first for realsies (i.e. get on a plane and go someplace together) vacation.  There is no real reason why we haven’t done this in the past – we just haven’t.  Dave travels relentlessly for work, so we tend to do the same things year after year.  We take the kids camping almost every weekend in the summer, go to the lake for a week in the summer and then Dave and I take an adult weekend vacation in the spring (maybe) and then a Denver football game in the fall.

This year has been far from normal.  We haven’t taken our camper out yet.  can you hear my heart breaking?  And we went to Denver instead of the lake over Fourth and our fall football game is a no-go.  With routine thrown out…..this for realsies vacation with the kids was such a treat.

Although the ‘getting there’ portion was not a treat.  Janey started complaining of an upset stomach, I didn’t think much of it as Janey frequently has aches and pains that she uses for hugs, kisses and carrys.  It wasn’t until her face drained of all color that we panicked.  I was sitting with Janey 2 rows behind Dave and Jules when the puking started.  And it WAS.HORRIBLE.  Dave couldn’t hear me trying to get his attention….so the mom sitting in front of me had to grab his arm and state in no uncertain terms “Your wife NEEDS you”.  A few hours of pukey-ness down and then a few hours of sleep put Jane right again.  Seeing her the next day, you wouldn’t even know she had been that ill.

The first time they put their feet in the ocean:

Exploring a lava tube

thehappycrazyhouse in Hawaii

Perspective on the plant life

A pool heated by the lava activity underneath and fed by the ocean

Turtles on the black sand beach





I took a short, dark video of what it sounds like at night.

Hilo is the largest town on the Big Island, but I would not classify it as a tourist town.  I enjoyed it immensely.  We wandered all over the island (nothing is very far away) and the kids had a blast seeing all the sights that we fit in.  We were careful not to over-schedule ourselves so we were able to see what we wanted and even go back to the kids favorite activity….the hot pool.

Here is a brief look at where we went:

Hawaii map

If you follow me on Instagram, you already know of my graceful accident.  During the last hour on the island, I broke myself.  Oops!  That flight home wasn’t amazing.

leg pic

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