Monday, March 30, 2009
Michael told me he found a field service truck for cheap that he really wants so we have decided to just refinance the house and buy him the truck instead of moving into a new house. I am behind him 110% and with this it means kinda starting his own business but we will see how it all goes. Eventually, if we do move I would like to move somewhere other than where we are now. Maybe someplace prettier...
Sunday we had to get up extra early becuase it was our week to bring donuts for Sunday School. I was excited to go this week becuase as most of you know I have been batteling my own personal demons hearing the lesson was just what I needed. After SS we stayed for service which was good because we hadn't been in a loooong time! It was a good sermon and I am glas that we stayed. We will be going from now on! I saw several people I hadn't seen in a long time and that was good. Then for dinner we had over Lance and Courtney and we grilled up some steaks. We all had a good time and will be doing it again soon i'm sure. And I have re-opened my boys blog... but I have a lot of catching up to do on that one and will mainly post here.
I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!!!
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Friday, March 13, 2009
I found this bowl set at an estate sale for a whopping $5. I thought it would be great for a summer fruit salad or the bowls could be used for summer sorbet...
I found this old wooden birdcage at the same estate sale for $5. I thought it would look great in my garden with some flowers in it.
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Laney looking all purdy in her furry pink jacket!
Tyler trying to pet Laney's jacket. He thought it was great that it was fuzzy.
Right now we have 2 grills until Hubby takes the older one to his work so they can grill up there. And we still have a hole to fill with concrete so we can move the other grill over there. And the bush that you see will be dug up next week (there are 3 more in there). And I think that getting rid of the dog house makes the patio look so much bigger!
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Talk to you soon!
Here is my little Budda sitting in the backyard while I work.
If you look closely you can see dirt on his mouth...that's right! He was eating it!!!
Here are my strawberry plants that I got in Saturday. I can't wait to see the stawberries that they produce!
These are some of the flowers I got. I am not sure what they are but there is one tulip.
These are the other flowers that I got. I love them!
I am not sure what this flower is but they said it will bloom lots of flowers. And the pot I put it in was only .50 cents at a garage sale!
Here is a pic of all my flowers and my back porch. I still have work to do on it but it is going to be amazing when it's done!
Here is the fence where the trumpet vine was....it's gone for good!
Here are some herbs that I am going to plant in my garden. I have basil, cilantro, jalepeno peppers and bell peppers. I am going to get tomato plants this week.
Friday, March 6, 2009
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
I currently have a red kitchen/dining area and I am now wanting a neutral area that bright and I can decorate with many different colors. I also have these awful wood cabnits that are all beat up and really need to be refinished....but we don't have the money for that at the moment so I was thinking about taking the doors off, sanding them down and painting them white myself. I know it would take some work but I would really like to give it a try. The hard part is going to be convincing my husband. I am also wanting to tear down the backsplash and replace it with something that doesn't look like it popped out of the 70's (it's yellow!!!).
Here is my kitchen. We need to replace the vent hood above the stove (it's that nasty yellow color too) but we are wanting to modify the cupboard above the stove so we can put a microwave up there. And I would love to put the lighting under the cabinets. Eventually we will get new countertops...but there is nothing wrong with mine so no hurry on that. I think that it would brighten up the whole kitchen and make it look bigger. Sorry I couldnt get the whole thing in...I have a L shaped kitchen with a breakfast bar on the right side which makes it a U shape. The fridge is over on the left side that is going to have to be replaced with a side by side. Right now it is just too small for all my cooking needs. And I want to get new bar stools for the breakfast bar. Mine are from the 80's! And I would love too replace the cupboards above the countertops so that they are more functional...we will see.
And here is my dining area. Don't get me wrong...I love my red walls but I am thinking that something more neutral would be better. Plus I think that it would make it feel bigger. The dark walls make it seem so small sometimes and I feel like they are closing in around me. And I am wanting to get the round table (as you may remember from Ready for Spring: Part 2). I can't forget window treatments! I don't even know where to start!
Here are a few that I found as inspiration...(I got all the pics from Cottage Living)
The only thing I liked about this picture was the color on the walls.
In this photo I love the fact that they used a dresser as a china hutch. I have been looking for a dresser to refinish and put in my kitchen. I can find one at an estate or garage sale a lot cheaper than I can buying one.
And in my last photo I love how it is so bright! That is what I want in my dining area (just on a much smaller scale). I would love to have that much space. I have two big windows that lets a ton of light in and when you have tons of sunshine you just feel happier.
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Here are a few pictures of my backyard today. I have started working on it becuase you can see how bad it looks. There is so much junk back there that I feel like the biggest pack rat. I can't wait to have a backyard that the kids can play in and a porch that I can relax on.
This is a picture looking at the porch. I have a new screen door sitting in my garage that I am going to try to put on myself before I ask my husband to do it. We have 2 grills...so one of them is going in the garage sale or to one of his friends. The dog house is going to be torn down and thrown away since we do not have any dogs anymore. The stove is going to go in the trash. It's been almost 6 months since I got a new one. There is some firewood on the side that you can't see that I will be moving further back. I am going to trim back the trumpet vines that are hanging over the fence from the neighbors yard. There is another small spot in the far left corner by the door that we are going to concrete in and put the grill over there. And where the grill and the dog house are is where I am going to put my patio furniture. And eventually I would like to screen the porch in...but that is for another time.
These are the bushes that blooms really pretty purple flowers when it rains or it is going to rain. They just need to be trimmed back since there is no way we are going to be able to pull them out anytime soon. Maybe we can find a clever way to get them out.
This is the trumpet vine that I have been working on today. Granted, it is really pretty in the summertime but I really want to plant a garden in this little area.
This is what I have done so far. I had to stop and wait on the neighbors to get home becuase I have to see if it is okay to cut down the part that is on their side on the fence. I do not want it to grow back and I am hoping that they won't have a problem with it. It was a ton of work becuase there were so many vines inertwined that it was hard to find where one began and the other ended. Then I have to water the roots so we can dig them up. After this I only have one more to cut down! Yay!
Monday, March 2, 2009
Sunday, March 1, 2009
Now that I have a few minutes since the kids are down for a nap I can finish my thoughts from earlier.
With the weather around here warming up quickly and it reaching almost 90* on most day it has me thinking of spring. I love the spring becuase the flowers bloom and we usually get rain which is a welcome site in these parts. It also means that it is time for my bi-annual cleaning mission. Every spring (and fall) I go through all the closets and cupboards and clean out the stuff we havn't used or don't need to make way for all the things that I will end up buying and to hold a yardsale to make a few extra bucks.
This year my #1 main goal is to make my backyard beautiful! We have always had dogs and our backyard has always looked like poop. So since we don't have any dogs anymore I have decided that this is the year to have a beautiful yard (front and back). We laid sod last year so now all I have to do is get it to grow back and the grass situation will be good. We have a few trumpet vines that I am going to cut down so I can plant a garden where they are. I think this we are going to plant blackberry and raspberry bushes. I absolutly love fresh berries! We also have this monstosity of a dog house that I can't wait to get rid of...then I will have a patio again (it's small, but better than nothing) that I can put a sitting area so we can enjoy being outside too.. I would like to get the boys a sandbox this year. I know they would love to have a place to play that is not indoors. There is so much I could just go on and on...so I will just post pictures as I go!
This year my other main goal it to finish my kitchen. Since we painted the walls red I am wanting to do a whole country type theme. I love idea of having fresh flowers and fresh baked pies and lemonade all around. I've always wanted to live in the country, but for now this is the closest i'm going to get. I want to trade in my square kitchen table in for a round one. We always have friends over and it would be nice for us all to be able to sit at the same table and eat. A round table just makes everything flow better. I found an idea in Better Homes and Gardens and fell in love with it. I also want to hang up some shelves to put little nick-nacks on, I would like to get pretty window treatments bacuse I don't have any at the moment and lastly I really want to get a microwave that goes above the stove...but that will take some work. I will post pictures of this project in the making as well...
Well I am going to get off of here now so I can get started cleaning my house today before my dear hubby gets home from work.
Just a little background: We bought our house just after we got married 4 years ago and with 1 boy born shortly after that and the 90 hour work weeks and then another baby we really havn't had time or money to much of anything with it. So we have started on the little things.
The weather is warming up nicely here so my friend and I are starting the whole 'spring cleaning' thing. I have to get fertalizer and grass seed to spread throughout the front and backyard to help fill in the dead spots and make it green and luch again. And since we dont have a dog anymore I am getting rid of the dog house that takes up half the porch. Then the bushed need to be trimmed and the trumpet vines need to be cut down so I can plant my garden.
We love to grill so I am going to fix up my porch so we can sit out there and then get a sandbox for the kids. But those are my visions as of now...Oh ya, I can't forget we are going to finish painting the living room!
After the store we went to eat and ended the night at our friends house having a heated re-match of monopoly. The guys ended up winning....again! And i'm not sure how because we had so much money...lol But I have to say there is nothing like a few beers and a game of monopoly with friends!