Friday, April 29, 2011

Royal Wedding Friday

Me and my girl watched the Royal wedding this morning.  She was surprisingly into it.  As long as she could sit on the ottoman and watch.  weirdo.

Glad I DVR'd that sucker because it was loooong. i was able to fast forward through all the BS to the good part.  Kate Middleton was absolutely beautiful.  Her dress was stunning. How cool it must be to just wake up one morning and become a princess.

What a fairy tale.

and yes Im aware of what a total sap I am.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

living room - sneak peak

We still have some work to do in the living room. At the top of my list is curtains and an area rug.  At the top of Mr H's list is builtins and crown molding.  (actually thats at the top of my list too - Mr H is hoping there is no list)
But here is a sneak peak... I moved the picture wall from the wall by the side porch to the wall under the stairs.  Not gonna lie - this picture wall was a b*tch to put up.  I tried a few different methods- pinning newspaper up, tracing the frames, arranging on the floor and moving to the wall-  in the end I just started hanging pictures and cussing a lot.   (there are about 10 nail holes for each picture)

A quick side note- I have been eyeing this lamp at Pottery Barn for months.  I love it.  I want it.  However, I cant justify spending $279 on lamp...EVER.

But then I walked into TJ Maxx a couple weeks ago and spotted this guy.  The best part -the $50 price tag. SOLD!

Lastly, I want to give a shout out to Mr H, who can now add moderate HVAC worker to his resume.  He saved us a buttload of cash by fixing whatever was wrong with the left phalange of our AC unit.  (Phoebe Buffay ref)

We went from this...

To this...

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

15 months!

Has it really been a month since the 14 month post?  This chick is gonna be off to college before I know it. My homegirly tuned 15 months old today.  These monthly photo shoots are getting harder and harder as her attention span is getting smaller and smaller.

She is such a wild woman lately.  She wants to climb EVERYTHING.

Especially the stairs...

Her favorite obsession of the moment is talking on the phone.  It doesnt matter if its a real phone, a cell phone, a toy phone, whatever- she has it up to her ear and is yelling "HIA" to the person or dead air on the other end.

She's no longer allowed to play with the iphones because she is also going through a throwing stage.

Happy 15 months baby girl!!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Happy Easter Weekend

The weather is going to be RIDICULOUS this weekend (yes thats a good thing- kinda like bad is good or whatever).

I can't wait to get Ms Thang in her Easter dress on Sunday.  This was her last year-

I cant even believe she was ever that small!!

Hope you all have a fantastic weekend.

Dunzo...for now (and lots of pics)

We have come to a break point in the kitchen reno...there's some more stuff that needs to be done, (backsplash and new counters) but we ran out of steam. Big thanks to Mr H for all his hard work - I am super impressed with all his skills - that man can work a power tool...(TWSS)
Im posting some before pics too so you can see what we were working with...

The biggest changes we made were the floors and new appliances.  It already seemed like a whole new kitchen when those were replaced.

We added crown, sanded all the cabinets down, removed the top doors, installed a vented microwave, and painted.  We also added some beadbard backsplash (to later be replaced with white subway tile)


We have exhausted ourselves with all the work we have done around the house lately so we will be taking a few weeks off to lay around and get fat and stuff.

Friday, April 15, 2011

i give it a C at best

I took my first stab at furniture restoring/painting/whatever you call it.  I had this mini bookshelf i wanted to put in the playroom.  I cant really remember where it came from or how long we have had it.  Its been in the garage holding weights and dust and cobwebs. you know, things we use daily...
So -here is what i was workin with...ugh

I sanded the you-know-what out of it.  

then a soft coat of yellow, when it dried, I ran the sander on the edges to make it look old-er-ish

and TA-DA (or as LA says, daaahhh)

I did touch up the bottom of the legs post photo...


Wednesday, April 13, 2011

have you seen the remote?

Since having a child, I can never seem to find the TV remote.  It is by far LA's favorite toy....I have found it in all sorts of weird places, under the couch, in the playroom, on the steps, under the wine rack, etc...

This morning, I found it here...the trash the kitchen...
If I wouldn't have noticed it while throwing something away - it would have been lost forever.

I think its time to put a leash on it.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Weekend Recap

2 of my best friends had baby girls this year.  We made a trip up north so we could get all our girlies together for the first time.


We spent the weekend catching up with friends and family.  It was a nice to take a break from being a slave to our home.  We spent the whole weekend sans painting, sanding, drilling, or sawing anything.  Believe me, it was much needed!

BUT- we are back home now, and living in a home with about 20 unfinished projects. So its back to work...well...maybe tomorow. Its 80 degrees here today so we are taking full advantage.

and by full advantage, I mean mowing that jungle that is our front yard.
Happy Monday!

Monday, April 4, 2011


I can see a very very faint light at the end of the tunnel.  We made major headway in the kitchen this weekend. We still need to finish some molding and casing around the cabinets, and some sanding around the windows, but its coming along.   We decided we are going to go with open cabinets.  I think it will open up the kitchen a lot.

and yes, that nasty light fixture is going away...
We were able to get the living room painted this weekend.  I suckered convinced Justin into helping me paint on this one.  I am so over painting.

I finally got my prints in the mail for the playroom.  I am going to get them matted and framed this week.

We're getting there!!  

Friday, April 1, 2011

Friday and this and that...

Happy Friday!  This week sure has flown by.   Ive got this little one here as my coworker today so it should make the day fly by.
check out those cowlicks?  poor kid

I am ready to get the weekend started.  We dont have a whole lot on the agenda. Hopefully I can get my kitchen out of the dining room and put back together at some point.  This scene is making my skin crawl every time I walk into the house...Hopefully I will have some "after" photos of the kitchen next week.  (hopefully)


We celebrated my mamma's birthday last night!  Happy Birthday Mom!!

Hope you all have a great weekend!