Friday, April 11, 2014

Small Smatterings: April

Enjoying our April so far...

Enjoying our neighbors. And the afternoons where we all find each other yard hopping. 

We have some more super fun friends who will be joining us in a few weeks!!! So excited to have more friends a few steps across the street. 

Had to include the one below, because it's a common view for me these days. 

"Rockstar" by Annette 

Oreos on the way home from Kroger always seem to help him stay content til we arrive ;)

Visiting Annette at recess 

Sorting buttons and making bracelets with Charlie. Love that he sticks his tongue out to concentrate. 

We dyed some eggs

Isaac and I went to Hot Springs for a work meeting, and some races /homegoods/centralparkfusion/etc.

I've been working on putting some things on the walls around here...

Found these 50 dollar frames for 10 a piece. I got 12 of them. Had some mats cut and put some vintage prints in them to hang as a grouping in our front room. (More on that later)

Also had my pal Sarah help me finish up our den. She found a coffee table for us, so we now have a place to put our feet while we watch American Idol;)

Set got a hold of the succulents already. 

Found these fun finds the other day at a thrift store. 5 bucks a piece. 

While the kids play in the playroom, I've been slowly attempting to make a slip cover for this chair. We'll see.

And we had our 7th wedding anniversary. 
We kept it simple and went with Cantina. I heart cheese dip. 

We've got birthdays and Easter and a gala and a dinner party all lined up for the rest of the month. Should be wonderful. 


Monday, March 31, 2014

Table redo

Back to house stuff for a bit. I'm trying to make this place feel complete. Which is not that easy for me. I love the process. And starting projects. And ideas. But finishing out my visions?! Not my strong suit. 

We have been so so pleased with our remodel. The added space (closets!! Playrooms!! Laundry room!!) has felt like the biggest luxury ever. 

I have been extremely slow in getting things set up. I'm talking furniture and hanging things on the wall and bedding and all the extra things that make a house feel so personal. I have analyzed over every detail to the point where I am just about where I left off... Two weeks after we moved in. The boxes are finally all unpacked (well, aaactually, there are a couple in a few closets :/ ). I have hung some curtains, but I still haven't decided on a coffee table, side tables, or a single lamp. How many times do I feel like this,,, First world problems really are redic. 

One problem is I like to find pieces that I fall In love with. Like, they have a special story, or they are one of a kind.... To a fault. 

I have had one success early on that i decided to post about in hopes that I'll inspire myself to make some more decisions.

 I found this big 8 ft table at a resale place in nlr. 8 chairs and the table for $200. I'd been dreaming of a huge table like this for awhile. And looked online a lot and saw how costly this piece of furniture could be. I love a good find, so I bought it before anyone else could scoop it up, hoping it would look just right in our new big eating space. Which is pictured below, premove. 

Here she sat in our rent house carport for a couple months. 

And here the chairs sat in our remodeled house for a few months before I decided what to do with them. 

So pleased when the table and chairs were just the right size for the space. And I love the cane backing on the chairs. AND it was all very sturdy.. Hugely important with my three rough kids. 

My talented friend, sarah, is great at completing projects and she helped me figure out what to do to update the table and chairs. 

We paid someone to sand it all. Cut the top decorative pieces off of the top top of the chairs, and paint the chairs. Now I just need to put some wax on the chairs maybe, and work on the chair seats. Which should take me another year at the rate I'm moving. 

But I'm very happy with where they are now. Isaac says this is his favorite spot to sit in the whole house. And I agree. 

It was a really big deal to me to have a big table in here. A place for neighbors and family to eat with us at any time. 

The rest of my house is very uncomplete. Here's to finding my motivation to complete the rest of the spaces! 

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Spring Break @Great Wolf Lodge

We drove to Great Wolf Lodge on Tuesday. Spent two nights there, and wore the kids out. 

Great week for an 84 degrees indoor water park, since the weather outside was chilly and rainy. 

Charlie couldn't part with the tickets he won in the arcade. So we brought them home as souvenirs. 

I should have taken a pic of the mini log cabin area in our room. (Complete with bunk beds:) You can kind of see it on the right in this next pic. 

Annette loved the American Girl store. She can shop as long as her momma. Which is dangerous. I did squeeze in a trip to Zara and ikea, but it about killed me that I didn't have time to shop the rest of the Galleria. 

Such a fun trip with our big kids. Headed home from Dallas now, and ready to hug and kiss ole Settie boy.