Thursday, September 29, 2011


Nana and Papaw and Honey were here for an afternoon earlier this week. I nabbed a few cute pictures to share. :)




Annie is learning to drink from a cup. Which is cute, except every time you have a cup in your hand, she thinks she should get a sip!


Wednesday, September 28, 2011

The First Finished Rooms

I finally have some house pictures for you. I was waiting till a few rooms were completely finished (for now). The garage is also cleaned out and organized, but I didn't take any pictures of that.

Dining room: before

Dining room: after
(You have already seen some of these but the finishing touches have been applied now. Honey and I recovered the chairs and finished putting up the moldings under the chair rail last week.)

The walls look baby blue in the photos because of the flash. It is a much more sophisticated blue in real life. :) Actually, all my downstairs rooms and several of the upstairs ones are different shades of blue and I LOVE IT. We used light to dark shades on the same paint sample card and it turned out beautifully. Blue is actually a pretty neutral color and I am able to use lots of different accent colors.

The artwork was my great-grandmother's. I've always loved it so Honey passed it on to me. I think she is reading Persuasion. Poppa thinks she is reading a James Bond novel.

All furniture purchased on Craigslist at fantastic prices!


Aunt Tessie made the fall centerpiece, she's so creative.

Master bedroom: before

Master bedroom: after
(this is the view from the hall door)

This chair is on loan from Honey and Poppa. I found the rug on (love that site).

The closets in our old house are tiny, so we maximized the closet space for the Gent and bought this wardrobe (Craigslist, of course!) for me. The coat rack for my purses is from an antique shop. I stole the idea from Emily - thanks!

Our room is long and narrow, so it was a bit tricky arranging the furniture. But I think the layout works pretty well. There's no room for bedside tables, so we hung shelves instead. At least it is a place to put your water glass, book, and cell phone. I thought about installing wall sconces but now I'm thinking no on that? Bedding is from Target. We plan to install crown molding someday, but other than that this room is complete.

This dresser was also my great-grandmother's and was in my room when I was growing up.

The Gent's dresser - $140 on Craigslist. With the money we saved on the dresser we bought a new tv (bye, bye tube).

"Master" bathroom: before
(It is a little half bath that is tucked into the space between the master bedroom and the nursery.)

"Master" bathroom: after
New vanity, mirror, light, and towel ring. Much, much, much better.

This is at the top of the stairs (Craigslist - $100!) and holds the rest of my clothes.

Stair landing.

Aunt Tessie's room: before (the walls were so yellow they glowed)

Aunt Tessie's room: after
This will be Annie's someday, hence the pale pink walls. :)

Downstairs bathroom: before

Downstairs bathroom: after

Love the light fixture. Not sure if it is original or not, but pretty nonetheless!

The shower leaked because it was not installed correctly, so we had to have all the tile jack-hammered off the floor and redone. Big project, thankful for Eddie the tile guy.

More pictures as I get rooms completed. Still working on the nursery, play room, guest room, hall bathroom, entry way, office, kitchen, dining room, sunroom, basement, and basement closet. Most of the rooms just have one or two little projects left - throw pillows to make, furniture to paint, shims to saw, etc. I'll keep you posted as I make progress! A special thanks to Honey for all her help!

Monday, September 26, 2011

Annie: Seven Months



Giving her baby doll kisses, so cute!


Annie is finally getting some hair! It is blonde and wispy for now. Maybe by her first birthday she will have enough hair for a teeny tiny hairbow?

Seven months got here fast. Annie has had an exciting month, doing lots of projects on the house and going to football games. Her sleep patterns were all out of whack with the move, but we have settled back into routine now. She sleeps 8pm-6:15am, then nurses and goes back to sleep till 8am or so. She naps from about 10-noon and 2:30-4:30. I LOVE NAPTIME. But of course I love it when she is awake, too. She is so much fun to play with! She loves "talking" and reading books and playing with toys. I love making her laugh and squeal - too adorable for words!

Annie is in between 3-6 month and 6-9 month clothes, and still wearing size two diapers. She is having fun with solids. So far she has had sweet potatoes, butternut squash, apples, pears, bananas, avocados, oatmeal, and rice cereal. We're going to try carrots next. She likes everything except the rice cereal. I have to mix it with fruit to get her to eat it. When we finish up the box we have we'll just stick with oatmeal and maybe try barley, too.

She is doing a little better in the nursery now. Last week I took her with me to worship and then took her to the nursery for the sermon and she wasn't crying when I picked her up. SUCCESS!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Prom Pose

Guess who finally went out on a date last night?

Annie got in on a photo but she stayed with Aunt Tessie.

Wonderful to enjoy an evening out with my hubby! I can't remember the last time we had a two-hour dinner. We should do this more often. ;)

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Our Weekend

Bebe and Papa Rick came for a visit. Along with Honey and Poppa, they helped us with a big, big project! (see before and after photos below)





We dug up old and/or dead trees and shrubs, transplanted boxwoods and monkey grass, spread topsoil, tilled it in, and laid sod. The yard is looking fabulous! The Gent and I are working on cleaning out flower beds, too. Then we just need to mulch them and that will be all until spring.










Friday, September 16, 2011