Friday, June 28, 2013

The dining room before and after {real life redo!}

Whew. 
Sometimes the before and the after pictures of a redo are a long time coming. 
Let's just say this room took us forever. 
It was a very boring room. 
I was putting nothing in it decor wise or even curtain wise.. because i wanted to redo it someday :)


{the room the night we had closing}

Anyhow, but a lil over a year ago my friend told me she would help me paint the dining room. 
Ok, so I was fairly large and pregnant and had no desire whatsoever to tackle a job like this.
But the floor was carpet and needing to NOT BE carpet very, very soon... 
Carpet in dining room is not cool. 
Anyhow, so we were like it really should get painted before the floor gets put in.. 

{our redneck looking Christmas meal we had one year}

So yes, one Saturday afternoon we painted the top part Barn Door Red. 
Then we waited. Give or take a few months later.. and the bead board got put up by our trusty trim guy- Brother in law Calvin. Another month or 2 more or less.. and the flooring got put in, by my hubby's cousin. 
Soon after this there was the baby that came along. 
Seriously during this time i was in the not care mood.
Whatever happened was fine.
Whenever it happened was fine. 
Eventually trim got put up around ceiling by trim guy again.
Hubby installed the floor trim.
And last but not least the hand rail trim was done by BIL.. 

{Last year's birthday party-- one year ago exactly!}

And then there was the caulking done by hubby. 
The painting, touching up, etc. 
The curtains were found on clearance from Target (of course :)) and hung somewhere in there too. 
So here we are about 5 months later give or take a month or two. :)
And last week i came across a big fork sign thing (clearance at Hobby Lobby this time!) to hang on my wall. 
Last night it was hung by the wonderful hanging guy.. aka Hubby.

{Christmas 2012- Mostly done,, just waiting on the trim around chair rail}

And finally (yes one year later) I can say i think we are done with the room. :)

{As of today-- as good as it will be for now! Still some issues we need to deal with, with the window trim and.. Maybe a new light fixture someday??}

It amazes me really how much better it looks. 
And can we say it is quite l.o.v.e.l.y having a floor that wipes up easily!??!?!? 
I 'm not sure why, but the room suddenly seems bigger.. 

 Hope you have a great weekend!! 
It's party time at our house! 
Curtis and Carter have their birthdays today!! 
More on that later..

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Recent things and stuff..

Just some stuff that's been happening around here..
Well, the stuff that I'm taking pictures of. 
Don't worry.
I didn't snap any of the yucky stomach bug our whole little family just came through. 

You know how sometimes your life seems so exciting and fun..?
And then other times it feels kinda like not fun and exciting??
Mine was feeling the latter the last couple of weeks. 

But really. 
It's summer time people! 

Time to be:
swimming at the lake
going to a friends pool
visiting the beach!

Not cleaning up puke and other gross stuff. 

:) 
Please notice i have sarcasm in my voice. 
Please don't just think I'm whining. 
(because I'm trying not to whine)
:)

Anyhow so this month has been a weird month rain wise. 
We've had rain and more rain.
I'm talking 7 inches in 4 days kinda rain!
So there was mud puddles! 
Something we don't have much in the south.. since the sandy soil dries up quickly! 
The children had fun one morning..

It was an extremely humid morning. My camera kept fogging up.. :)
Sister was slightly freaked out about all the mud on her arms.

On one rainy day Carter went with his daddy to work. Brooklyn was a little bit sad so i told her we would have a tea party while they were gone. 
The rest is history. 
She fell in love.
Ahh, yes a 3 yr old is not hard to please.
Everything was so grand and wonderful to her.. :)








Big brother can now tote baby brother around.
Big brother thinks it is so great.
Little brother loves it most of the time.


I just look at it and wonder where my little boys went? They are both getting so big!!

And, of course, Jamison has got the whole crawling around thing down pat now. And now the fun of getting into stuff has begun! Really, who cares about toys...? Lets dig out all the magazines! Or find out what's in the cupboards! Or better yet discover whatever i shouldn't reach in the bathroom!!

I *almost* forgot what this stage is like! But trust me, it's all coming back pretty quickly..:0

Hope your week is going great!
:)




Tuesday, June 11, 2013

When i'm with you...




Love this song..
I've dedicated it to me and my babies...

:)
Carter
 Brooklyn
 Jamison
Yes they fill up your life with not so fun stuff sometimes..
Yes, they can make you want to pull our your hair sometimes.

But above all they make heart melt, and swell up at the same time.
They are mine and i would do anything for them!
They changed my life, yes---but for the better!


Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Fun times up north...



So I'm sure that if you are a frequent reader of this blog
(And it's perfectly fine if you aren't by the way)
But anyhow, if you happen to be..
I'm sure you are wondering as of late-
"Whatever is happening in this lady's life(meaning me) that she isn't blogging nearly as much as normal?!"
Well, there is alot of things actually.
And of course, me being the "keep things on the light side" blogger, i won't go into any details.
But there has been a whole lot of life happening lately!
And to be perfectly honest being a mommy to 3 got me kinda busy at the moment.
Like right now baby has started crawling and getting into stuff.. and not sleeping the best.. and then.. whats this? Oh, yay! Running a fever! So, yes, life.

And then there is the fun...
We've been having lots of fun in this life lately! :)
Like a whole week in my wonderful home state of PA!

I took my camera and didn't snap a single picture,, But thankfully my mom and sister did some..
And I'm wishing now i would gotten more.
But, Oh well!

We always love to go visit the grandparents!
It's fun when the children remember and love to visit them too! 

Don't have a picture with my other grandparents.. but we had fun there one evening and they served us a super delicious supper! :)


We stopped in to see my newly married cousin's cute place..
Some other cousins stopped in as well.
I think we all look related.. Don't you think?
I also think my children are acting not too photogenic...
No nap alert!


It just happened that my one cousin graduated while i was there so i got to get in on that too! :)
She was the valedictorian and gave a very nice speech..

Carter loves to kill the flies with the awesome fly gun they have...
My baby and me...

Just chillin' in the stroller..

Having fun with Lincoln Logs..
Brooklyn being all sisterly..



The week was full and fun! But we were very ready to get back home to the hubby/daddy...



Baby on the move!






Later!