Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Projects (NOT the House Kind)

As I've been known to do, I'm looking ahead to Christmas again... in July... don't hate me. This holiday season promises to be more hectic than ever and I'd loose a little joy in it all if I didn't make it through at least some of my homemade/handmades list. I've also had this creative energy in me that hasn't been satisfied by the home renovation work that's been filling all our "spare" time, so as an opportunity arises here and there I've been goin' for the holiday projects.

Today I made Audrey's Christmas Eve nightgown. Henry's pj pants will be next. There's also a few lovely ornaments I've been wanting to make, but I never get around to it. Maybe this year will be the year!

So what if it feels like 103 outside? I've got snowflakes in my hands and a stash of wool felt at my fingertips. Bring it on, Summer!

Sunday, July 17, 2016


This weekend has been quite a weekend- while the kids were at their grandparents' house, Mama and Daddy worked and worked on the backyard... then went out on the town and slept in past 9am! Now the Littles are back home, laundry is everywhere, and we're settling back in for a slow afternoon and some early bedtimes.

Good stuff.

Happy weekending!

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Before and After :: New Paint



The first interior space our attention has focused on since the weather sent us in to the air conditioning has been the kitchen. Since moving in we've been working toward making our kitchen light and modern, and today we put one of the major finishing touches on the room: fresh, light new paint.

It's amazing how much brighter and more open the kitchen feels now that it's not boxed in by that dark greyish-blue! Now all we have to do is put all the books and stuff back and this room is nearing that beautiful thing that is "FINISHED"!


Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Lunch on the Porch

This weekend, while Mama and Daddy finished laying the pavers off the back patio (finished!), the Kiddos cleaned out their playhouse.

On Sunday morning, while Daddy was getting the brick-cutting setup up and running, I got out a ladder and tied up the new honeysuckle growth that was hanging down over their windows. It had been bugging me for weeks. My brief attention to their playhouse was enough to kindle theirs, and once the windows could open without being restricted by vines, they descended on their neglected space.

Audrey pulled out all the launder-able things and we did two loads of rugs, towels, and play bedding. They both helped each other sort though their dishes, Audrey being the "faucet" with her squirter thing and Henry being the washer. Then they swept their house out (with a little help), and moved all their stuff back in.

Today they begged to have their lunch out in their clean playhouse, so I put together some finger-type foods and brought it out to them. They were so pleased with how clean their house was, though, they decided to eat out on their front porch rather than risk making a new mess (which made me chuckle because honestly!).

Now I'm left wondering exactly how long they'll wait before they start hauling in fresh dirt and pebbles- after all it is a playhouse, there will be new messes (which is ok!), and when the time comes we can clean it out again!

Monday, July 11, 2016


Pavers are down, pavers are down! We are finished laying pavers, y'all!

Today is the three-year anniversary of our move-in/first night spent in our house here. We were reminiscing about the move over dinner last night, and everyone can agree- we are in a way better place today than we have been for any other houseiversary. What a difference three years makes!

I took a little walk down memory lane (this one too) and it felt so much more sweet than bitter this time around. The past three years here have been a whirlwind of precious moments mixed with incredible struggle and stress, but that light we were chasing at the end of the tunnel is shining brightly now, and we're finally lifting our faces to it and soaking it in!

And it's not just the big stuff lifted off our shoulders that's making us feel so good about Our Place- it's possible that by the end of this month we'll have almost everything crossed of our Phase One To-Do list.


That means all the "We need to..." stuff will be D-O-N-E done and we'll be on to the "I want to..." stuff, and we all agree that list is way more fun.

So today I'll be overseeing some work on a few unfinished projects inside and lining up a few more for this weekend... but for now I think I'll take my coffee and head out to my patio for a bit before everyone is up and at 'em.

Happy housiversary to us!

Sunday, July 10, 2016


Hooray for leftovers! We will absolutely be seeking out these giant 4-foot-long sparklers again next year.

Hope everyone's weekend had a little sparkle! Happy weekending!

Friday, July 8, 2016

Shifting Inward

We have begun our seasonal shift into air conditioned spaces as consecutive heat indices rise above 100 for the foreseeable future. From within our cool, shadowy places we watch as the grasses start to brown, the birds all start to pant, and the heat waves make everything in the distance dance in shimmery waves.

We dash around outside in the morning and early evening hours, trying to accomplish chores and projects before the sun fully rises or sets. Everyone perpetually smells faintly of coconut-scented sunblock. Egg production drops off more severely than when the daylight hours dwindle, and the mister stays on out in the coop pretty much all day. I pity my plants and my creatures, but there is nothing to be done except monitor water supplies and count down the days until Fall.

I can't help my wandering eye when we all end up inside day after day avoiding heat stroke- the gears start turning and we all start wondering: What if we moved that table? Changed out those curtains? Painted that room a lighter color?

Looks like a revampin' is in our future! If we're all stuck inside for the the majority of a season we might as well make the most of it, don't you think?

And so we shall!