Saturday, April 19, 2014

easter egg hunt 2014

A beautiful evening for the annual Easter Egg Hunt at the Parsonage.
They were all so sweet!
Brooklyn, Aubree, & Daniel

*helping her little cousin*

Nelson took this very serious! 

....that hat! :0) 

our little cousin lacee

Parker & his mommy, Leigh

 Lilly

sweet sisters- Peyton & Madi

Later this evening......again, from my kitchen window....
the colors of the sky were amazing! 
I can hardly wait to see the sunrise in the morning.....


Thursday, April 17, 2014

DIY Painted Canvas Project

My friend Wanda and I finally got together tonight for a little catching up {well, a lot of catching up...like 4 hours worth!}. We also worked on a fun project that turned out even better than we expected. I've been wanting a sign with my blog name on it, and almost bought one from etsy, but decided to get a little crafty and paint my own instead. I asked Wanda if she was interested in doing one too, and she soon found her inspiration on Pinterest. I picked up our supplies at Michael's last week, and was happy to see their nicer canvases were on sale 3 for the price of 1...score! Most of the painted canvas projects on Pinterest were done with stickers that were painted over and peeled off, but we decided to stencil our quote and then draw and paint our own design.




Here are the finished projects........

Wanda's Canvas


and mine!!



We are so proud of the way they turned out and already have the perfect spot for them in our homes!

I'm linking up for "Inspire Me Please" weekend blog hop.

#tbt stories week#1

I'm linking up with Jessica for Throwback Thursday Stories Day!

This is one of my favorite Easter pictures of the boys together!
{the look on Nathan's face pretty much sums up the stage he was at......}

2003
This was the last year they humored me and dressed somewhat alike. Logan always loved to dress up and went through every style growing up. Nathan wanted to wear a team jersey to everything {still does}. This was probably one of the years that their seven year age difference was most evident. They hardly had anything in common at this age, they loved each other and definitely had their moments of laughter and fun, but they were at completely different stages in life. Logan was a teenager, and having a seven year-old around was annoying! Nathan knew exactly what to do to drive his brother crazy! Nathan's energy was endless!

Logan was always busy....busy with work, or friends, or activities and had no schedule or sense of time. I've said thousands of time over the years {and still do to this day} that Logan wishes there could be 2 or 3 of him, so that he could be in several places at once so he'd never miss anything. Nathan was like Logan, in that he loved being involved in things, but his passion was sports, especially basketball. Their big difference was/is that Nathan is a very scheduled person. He has been this way since birth! This can be a great quality, but can make things very hard at times. I have said to Nathan "just go with the flow" so many times over the years {and still do}.

Fast forward a few years......somehow the seven year gap filled in, and not too many years after this picture was taken, these two brothers became the very best of friends. Today, they have a bond that is so special. Bub will always be the big brother that Nathan can look up too, but now Nathan is that closest best friend that Logan can confide in. They now ask each other for advice, laugh together, reminisce about their younger days, and since Logan moved away, have special "brother" days together. It was no surprise when Logan asked Nathan to be his best man.

I am so happy that they have each other and I am so glad that seven years helped form a bond instead of a barrier between these two amazing brothers!


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

book club- update

I posted yesterday about joining Kelly's book club. I started last night on our first week's assignment to read the first four chapters and I couldn't stop reading! I {{love}} this book!!!!! I love the humor she writes with. Actually, Peter {once again} thinks I'm crazy, because I laughed out loud as I read through the first ten chapters {as he tried to watch Chicago Fire}.
There is still time to join in! I can hardly wait for the discussion on this!


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

book club

I made a New Year's Resolution to read more this year! I set a very reasonable goal= 1 book per month...no big deal right? I mean, I now had a Kindle and could easily download any book I wanted in a matter of minutes. Well, so far this year my total reading= 1 book! :0(
You see the problem with this easy access Kindle is, I tend to spend all my book reading time on blogging, Pinterest, and email instead!

I was very excited to see that Kelly, from Kelly's Korner blog, is starting a book club {meeting every Wednesday}, and was even more excited to see her first book choice.

source: Amazon

The Antelope in the Living Room- {The Real Story of Two People Sharing One Life} by Melanie Shankle { a fellow blogger!}


Week #1 assignment- read the first four chapters. Next Wednesday, Kelly will post questions to discuss.

Can't wait to get started! :0) Check it out and join in!

Monday, April 14, 2014

coffee table makeover {weathered wood}

It all started with an old weathered section of fence that Mom and Dad was about to take to the dump......

Turns out it was "perfect" for my coffee table makeover project!

Dad did a great job! It turned out even better than I imagined!..{even Peter loves it!!!}



For the base of the table, I had thought about trying a chalk paint, but went ahead and painted it with the same grey/beige paint that I used on the armoire in the bedroom. It looks sooooo good!

Before: oak finish
 a coat of bonding primer.....

a coat of paint with/primer....



I had thought to stain the top of the table with a dark brown stain, but Mom found an awesome blog, Crisp Interiors, and after reading her post about finishing weathered wood, I decided to use finishing wax on it instead. Peter is actually the one who suggested not sanding or staining it, but leaving it it's natural weathered color.

I ordered a can of Briwax Liming Wax from Amazon,  to finish the top and here is how it turned out......


Easy to use: just rub wax on with a dry rag. Rub off as much as you want to get the color you want. Mine turned out kind of white/ grey.....I love it!!!!

The can suggests putting a coat of clear wax on top, just to give it an even more finished look. I ordered a can of Briwax Clear Wax which I'll put on next. I love the finish the wax gives. This wood top was very rough and weathered. The wax gave it a smooth, polished finish. 

I am now on a search for a pretty tray for the table. I think that is just what it needs!


weekend catch-up

Last week was supposed to be a not-so-busy week, but guess what?.......it was pretty busy! I wonder if there is even anything not busy about my life anymore. It's just a fact of life....

-Along with my usual daily routine stuff, I cooked the last goose dinner of the season for everyone on Monday, spent Wednesday getting our taxes done...ugh! Peter and I did have a fun day together though, doing a little shopping and having lunch at Olive Garden......mmm!
I found lots of great stuff at Marshall's......I've been working on styling the bookcases.I'll post pictures soon. Found this mercury glass piece at Big Lots for $5.00!
for a pop of color- love turquoise glass!

I also bought an end table from Marshall's that I liked. It isn't near as awesome as the first one I saw there, but it fits in with the style I'm going for.


I really miss my mantel for decorating! I took all the Easter stuff off the bookcases so I could display my new stuff. I did keep a few decorations out....

Here's a picture of my Easter mantel last year.....

-On Thursday, I helped decorate for a wedding shower. It looked so pretty!
I got them a Pioneer Woman cookbook off of their registry/wrapped it in a dish towel {Pinterest inspired of course!}

beautiful cookie favors
- speaking of weddings......I have my dress....the dress!!!! I found it at David's Bridal, and after much difficulty finding the right size {sizing was wayyyyyy off!} I love it!! I bought my bag and jewelry, but still need shoes.....

Also, I got the prettiest bridal shower invite.....

Lindsey's S-I-L, Angela is hosting the shower on May 3rd. She is very crafty! I can hardly wait to see what she's doing for the shower.

-Update on my 52 Week Money Challenge! I tried doing this challenge last year and failed to stick with it. I really wanted to do a weekly savings plan of some sort, just to have a little extra money set aside for some unexpected buy, or a jumpstart on our next vacation. I posted here about my plan for saving. I am over halfway through the challenge and have $355.00 saved!! :0)

- More grey paint....I painted the little black stand I bought at Ross last month....I like it so much better!!