Monday, August 22, 2016

Our dollhouse project!

Remember that easy project I mentioned last week? I keep forgetting to blog about this one..

A coworker of Alan's gave our girls this dollhouse. Apparently, someone built it for her when she was little. Well, she got married recently and was cleaning out. She thought our girls would enjoy playing with it and told us to fix it up how we wanted.

I didn't get a picture of it before I ripped all the flooring and wallpaper out. It is in great shape and even has electricity! She included a huge tote with accessories. You name it, it's in there! Most of them are wood and pretty delicate and I don't let the girls play with them. I'm hoping to buy plastic furniture that they can tear up if they want. If we ever give it back to the original owner, I want to give her back the furniture in one piece!

My plan is to:

-repaint the outside, including the trim and shutters. Sage green or gray with white or black shutters.

-replace damaged cedar shingles on the roof or completely replace them with asphalt shingles.

-possibly make new curtains for each room

-buy all new people/furniture/accessories

I will post some pictures as I go along..

Friday, August 19, 2016

Five on Friday

-Preschool starts less than a week away! This will be Madison's last year of preschool before big school next year! How is that possible?! It's been a great and fast Summer! The girls have played together so good. It seemed relatively easy. I'm loving this stage of their lives.

-Preparing for Madison's party. This one is low key! Renting a water slide inflatable, easy food/drink and decor! Finishing up getting everything this weekend hopefully! How is she almost 5, ya'll?!

-Alan and I had date night this past weekend to celebrate his and my birthdays combined. It was really nice to get away and I don't think there was a quiet moment the entire 4 hours we were gone. We even ordered sushi and liked it! :)

-made some freezer meals yesterday for this week. I forget how quick and easy they are! I used to do lots of freezer meals before the kids but after doing 6 meals in 30 minutes today, I think I may start adding some in every week! The recipes are HERE

-tackling these two at the salon later for hair cuts! Madison is in desperate need and I'm not sure what Riley will look like yet.. depends on my mood, I supposed :)

Back door painted!

After finishing up the landscaping rocks/mulch, we moved on to the next project - sanding, priming and painting the backdoor! Alan painted our front door black last summer or the summer before.. So we decided to paint the back door black to match!

all sanded and ready to be primed

all primed and white trim painted

all done! We wanted some white trim to match the window panes

The next couple of weeks we will be preparing and having Madison's 5th Birthday and party and then September holds our 10th anniversary which includes a weekend trip plus Alan is taking Madison on her first tent camping trip, so I'm not sure how many house projects will get done in September.. Maybe some small things. October is just as busy!  The Fall/winter we will focus on the inside and planting privacy trees and  fruit bushes/trees. Love getting projects done!

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Landscaping, done!

Ya'll, we finished a project! We now have landscaping mat, black mulch and landscaping rocks all around the house! With the exception of flanking the sidewalk with them and working under the deck overhang, we.are.done!

 It is on the list to add a border to the inside of the sidewalk..

now to pressure wash that stain ..

 Yes, it's supposed to not be a straight line....

Maybe a new sandbox should go on the wish list...

And now the wish list to finish up right around the house.. because I love a good wish list.

flanking sidewalk rocks(only on the mulch side)..

and a/c cover of some sort

a hose holder for both sides of the house

Projects on the immediate list:
- painting the back doors black and the trim white. Hopefully starting this week.
- working on wallpapering the dollhouse that we have. More on that to come :) 
- getting ready for Madison's 5th(!!!) birthday party.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Five on Friday - House things and a busy Summer

A lot going on! This is a long read ;)

(one) I can't believe preschool starts back in right at a month. This Summer has flown by! We have had lots of play dates, library/splash pad meetups and the girls are all around getting along and playing so well together. They will go play in the playroom for bits at a time so I can get stuff done!

(two) We finished up Bloodline Season 2. It was really good and I'm so glad they decided to make a 3rd Season. If you're looking for a Netflix show, watch it. It does have cussing but the plot is great! Season 2 was so very stressful and a nail biter! When the last episode was over, we both just sat there and looked at each other like "Well, what do we do now?!" While we wait on Longmire to return for Season 5 in September, we started 24. With 197 episodes left, I think it may get us to September ;) It's pretty good and has picked up some action.

(three) We have been working hard on our yard! Adding landscaping fabric, new mulch and putting in landscaping rocks and river rocks has made a huge difference. It may be taking us forever, but we are aiming to be completely done by next week! Then we will be working on painting the back door black!

Been working on this side of the house for the last couple of weeks. You can't really see them, but there are 3 pink plants behind the Iris. I'm hoping they grow thick enough to cover all of those boxes on the house!

Going from this...
hard to believe this was less than a year and half ago!

to this is a drastic change..We just put down river rock under the a/c pipe and the gutter spout. Now to get a hose holder and this side will be complete!
The green bushes in the back are all gardenias and doing very well.  
The little ones in the front are pansy.

(four) We have started party planning for Madison. We decided that since she had so much fun on a water inflatable slide that a friend had rented(she slid for 3 hours straight!), we would go that route this year. She's been begging for another Pump it Up party but we made the decision for her. I mean, why have one 2 hour party when you can rent this for 3 days?! She mentioned it again and we finally told her and she was excited! Whew! She's also requested the theme be PJ Masks(a Disney Junior cartoon that has 3 superheros on it)

(five) I have recently fell back in love with Pinterest. I've always loved it but now I'm on it at night pinning yard/house ideas, PJ Masks party ideas and whatnot. It feels so good to pin something, do it and go back and delete it. Maybe that's just the OCD in me ;) Also found my love for Amazon wishlists again. I'm constantly adding things to our House wishlist. Easy to add when I'm thinking about it and that way I can go back when I want to buy it and it's there!

Friday, July 8, 2016

Tennessee Summer Vacation 2016

We left Wednesday, June 29th and headed up early. Stopped by our usual Waffle House, had breakfast and took the long way to TN. We stopped by Cherokee, NC and walked in some stores there and stopped to get ice cream at 2 Crowes.

We got to our hotel around 2:00 and were able to check in. The girls wanted to get in the pool for a bit..

We went to The Island that evening and walked around, played games at the arcade and had supper at Mellow Mushroom.

Madison wanted to do this obstacle course so we let her do that. She was so proud of herself and we were too! This girl loves adventurous and outdoorsy things. She is her daddy's daughter for sure!

..and Riley got to ride the Merry Go Round

Waiting on the dancing fountains at The Island

Dollywood Day 1

Her favorite ride

Me and Riley took a break while Alan and Madison rode rides

Waiting on the train

She loved the fireworks!

Riley, not so much.

 Hotel life suits this one..

July 2- went to Splash Country for half a day(the girls didn't seem to enjoy it as much as we thought they would). We got in the truck and Riley fell asleep. Alan was able to move her into the room and she took a 2 hour nap!

That evening, we rode the trolley into Gatlinburg. Walked the main street, ate at Crawdaddy's and rode the chair lift.

Got some ice cream and a few great pics while at the top.

I am the worst panoramic picture taker, ever. I don't know how you people don't have lines in your pictures.

Real life..

Got my stars and stripes and we headed home on July 4!

We decided to buy a GoPro after our first Dollywood day. We used to have a camcorder but it messed up a few years ago and we never bought another and our phone quality isn't the best. Here's the movie I made with our footage! It was a lot of fun putting this together. 
(CLICK HERE in case the video doesn't show up)