I didn't put up the bead board. If you remember, my awesome husband did that a few months ago. What I did was paint it, and the baseboards leading into the bathroom, and the bathroom baseboards. I know, doesn't sound like much, but bead board is a thirsty material, and paint is a major kid-attractor.
I am not sure about the clock with the plates. I do need a big visible clock and the one in the living room totally doesn't count. What do you think, keep the clock or relocate it? Also, I don't love the curtains, but needed something there, as the afternoon sun shines directly in our eyes while we eat dinner. Suggestions on window coverings will also be taken into consideration. Ideally we we would have new french doors with built-in blinds but hey, life isn't ideal. If it was, the computer wouldn't be in the dining room, which is incidentally where school takes place every day.
So the moral is, when you skip out on your oldest daughter's softball game and force your kids to use their imagination, painting can occur. Incidentally, there was an incident at the game wherein an irate dad threatened Howard because he perceived that his daughter wasn't getting enough playing time. I always miss the good ones.
As an added bonus for reading this, you get to see Annie in her trial run outfit for graduation. Yes, her hair is curled!