Thursday, October 6, 2011


It's that time :) Although with Louisiana weather, we don't get much of a 'fall'. We go from having to have the AC on to having to turn the heater on. Haven't had to turn the heater on quite yet, but there have only been a few days where it's been cool enough to turn the air off and open the windows. 

But how awesome are those ghost gourds? LOVE EM!

I think this is a great idea, mums in pumpkins. I've never seen this before. I can't wait to go to the pumpkin next week :)

I really hope we get into the new house before Christmas ;) so that I can do this. I may need to get A LOT of pumpkins next week.

Source: via Jenna on Pinterest

And this just makes me smile :)

Sunday, October 2, 2011

13 days and counting

I'm obviously not a good blogger. At all. Because good bloggers, well, they actually BLOG. I know, right? Who-da-thunk-it?! 

So updates since last post. We sold our house! YAY!! WOOHOO! We (actually, I did it, because the hubs was at work) closed on it on September 14. I was so happy to have something finally finished. It was a load off of my shoulders. So we could finally close on the new house, the people that we're buying from can close on their new house, they they can move out, we can move in our new house, and my friend can move in her new house (my old house. I know, it's confusing.) things were moving only.

And then it all went to crap. There's a minor problem with the title to the new house (long story, it's not a big deal. There was one signature missing from when it sold last. So they're having to track this person down. And it's not going well. 

So as of today, we have 13 days to close on our house, the seller to close on their new house, the seller move out, and us move in. This is not realistic. At all. I'm thankful that we sold our house to my friend, I know she won't kick us out in the cold, but I still want to get out of her house, and get into my new one.

I've told my banker and our real estate agent if they don't hurry up and make this  happen, I'm going to move in with one of them. And they both know that I'm crazy enough to do it, so they're scared ;)

First thing in the morning the banker is supposed to call. So we'll see what he has to say, hopefully we'll be able to close tomorrow afternoon.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Almost there

Sorry that I've been out of touch, folks.

I had a medical scare and am still recovering. I've had pelvic pain for over a year and a half that was believed to be ovarian cysts. My doctor decided a few weeks ago that it wasn't cysts but she didn't know what it was, and wanted to do laprascopic surgery to go in and look. It shouldn't have been a big deal, but she accidentally nicked an artery and started bleeding a lot and they had to cut me open. I was really scared, but it's all ok now. I have a long road to recovery, and my husband has to leave for work in a few days, so I'm not sure what I'm going to do.
But I have good news! We close on our house next week, and my best friend since forever is buying it! For the first time we will live only 5 minutes away from each other, it's always been a 20+ minute drive to see each other. And after we close on our house, a few days later... we close on the new house! Our old, ugly "new" house! I'm so excited! I can't wait to get started remodeling the whole thing, and to document it all on here!

And, more exciting news... we're getting an inside cat! I'm so excited about that too!! While I was in the hospital, the kids stayed with a friend who has an inside cat and it didn't bother Jonah's asthma, so I think maybe he's out grown the cat allergy. 
Lots of awesome things going on! Not so awesome though -- we now have to pack all of our stuff... boo!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel

It's a very dim light. And by dim, I mean, you can KINDA see it, if you squint. And turn your head to the right at a 45 degree angle. And hop on one leg.

Things are moving full force ahead with the house buying and selling. The new house has been appraised, and did well. My current home was supposed to be appraised today... but the guy never showed up, never called anyone to say he was, or to call to say when he is coming. Slightly aggravated about that, but hey, not much I can do. But this guy is slowing up progress.

As of right now, we still have a few weeks before we close. It's roughly set for the 18th for our house and the 19th on the new house. (but if this appraiser doesn't hurry up and show up... anyways) The lady we're buying our new house from has asked for about a week after we close for her to move her things out... so we should be moving around the end of August.  And right now that's all I want. All the buying and selling to be over and to be in the new house. Once we've been there a little bit, then we'll start the remodel.

Oh, did I mention that? The house was built in the late 70's... and nothing has been done to it since then. Paneling, blue bath tubs and toilets... oh lord have mercy. It's a lot. I'm trying not to focus on all the work right now (even though I've been pinning away on pintest ideas for things to do to the new house), and just focus on  getting in the house.

Oh, and we're going to live in the house while we do all these major remodels. 

Yeh. We've lost our minds.

HGTV, DIY, if ya'll are reading this, feel free to offer us a show, I promise this is going to be an entertaining experience. 

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

No end in sight

After finding out that our credit had all types of bull mess on it, we were angry. There have been many phone calls made, and we're now disputing them. But, this takes time. Time that we don't have. We need to have financing worked out for the new house by next Thursday. Or else our contract will be void and the house will go back on the market.

I'm trying to be positive, maybe we'll work this all out some how, or even if it does goes on the market, around here it takes a while for houses to sell.

But I'm also trying to be realistic. The chances of not getting the house are higher than I wish.

I don't do well with waiting. It's eating me up. I just want it to all be over with all ready.

Monday, July 11, 2011

At this rate, we won't have to sell the house...

Our daughter has a goal. A big goal. And she's doing really well to met said big goal.

To burn the house down.


And it's happened twice in the past two days.

With three kids running around, our house sometimes gets funky smelling. Especially since we're potty training "The Baby" (um, he's 3, doesn't really count as a baby any more, huh?) So there are lot of smells going on right now, and I've been burning a candle in the kitchen.

Yesterday, she tried to heat up an uncrustable peanut butter and jelly sandwich, on a plastic plate, over the candle.


Then today, she held a rubber band with a clothe pin (I guess so she wouldn't burn her fingers? I don't know), over the flame of the candle. 

OMG, the SMELL of a burnt rubber band is awful, people. Like worse smell ever, I couldn't go in the kitchen for several hours because it was so bad.

I don't know what has gotten into her, but I'm sure I'm going to have to check into a mental institution soon. 

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Really, Check your credit report people.

I'll try to keep this short and sweet.

  • We found a cheap 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom fixer-upper.
  • We made an offer on said house.
  • We put our current house on the market.
  • Our offer on bigger house was accepted (yay!)
  • My best friend decided she wanted to buy our house (yay!)
  • She made an offer (Yay!)
  • We accepted it (well, duh)
  • We've been denied financing.
Wait. What? I'm sorry? I don't understand? We pay all of our bills, and we've been paying everything off. All that's left are my student loans, which we're currently working on. But we were denied because of our credit score.

whyyyyyyyy?!?!?! what did I doooooo??

*complete nervous break down rocking back and forth*

Oh yeh, was going to keep this short. So. There are things that shouldn't be on there. Like one said we haven't been paying. When I called, there response was "oh. You HAVE been paying, huh?"

It took everything in me not to snap. My eye started twitching. I then asked how long it would take to take it off. Oh, 30-60 days.

I don't HAVE 30-60 days.

I called another one, and they couldn't find anything (a supposedly medical bill collection company) in our names. OH REALLY?! Then why in the world is it on my credit?! You're ruining my life!

I may be a little dramatic. 

There's a pretty good chance that I won't get this worked out in time. And I won't be getting my big house.

And the first person (actually, they would be the second, my mother in law has already said it) to say "everything happens for a reason..."

Oh, it's gonna be ugly.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

thinking about it

Hi! I know, it's been a while again, I'm bad at this posting on a regular basis stuff. Forgive me.

We've been crazy busy. Joey has been home a lot, so lots for fun little trips here and there, fishing trips, shopping, eye doctor, and Blythe made all stars, so LOTS of ball. Oh, and last week, the older two kids took an art class and LOVED it. They painted some soooo cute little canvases that i can't wait to hang.

Oh, and there's an awesome new fridge, with french doors and freezer on bottom, exactly what I always wanted. 

So, anyways, that's what's been going on.

I'm one of those people that can tell you every house on the market in our area. I love me some So easy. Put in the town and state, you can even narrow it down by how many bedrooms and baths you want, and it shows you all the listing in that area from all real estate agents. All in one place. 

I've been doing this for.... oh.. I don't know... say... 2 years? But I can't find the house.

But I think we kinda have now :)

I guess we'll see where this goes. 

I'm actually loosing sleep over this now, just like when we were trying to buy the house we're currently in.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Wash away

We have a "laundry closet." I dream of a nice huge laundry room some day. But for now I have to work with what I have.

I absolutely love my Electrolux washer. It was a big purchase and I did a lot of research before buying it. I recently organized the whole laundry closet during a bowl full of lemons' 21 day organizing challenge. You can see that post here.

The dryer is shoved all the way over so that the drawer on the pedestal can open, and so that the detergent/bleach/softener tray will open all the way. The problem is that when I get the matching dryer, they won't be able to both fit in there and both pedestals be able to open, because of the bi-fold doors. The guy from Lowe's that delivered it suggested putting a  curtain up. 

I looked at him like he had lost his mind.

But then I found this picture on Pinterest.

Isn't that just lovely? Gee, I'm loving Pinterest!

Monday, May 30, 2011

watching the grass grow

Well, it wasn't so much "fun" for my husband, after he had to do the work, and he had to fork over the money for it...

But today he fertilized the whole yard for me :) I've been begging him to for weeks now. The grass used to be wonderful here, but last year it wasn't too great, but this year... oh, I just can't stand it. You can't walk across the yard barefooted because of stickers, there are parts where the grass has just decided to not come back at all, and it makes no since what so ever. When I mow, I feel like I'm just mowing dirt, not grass in some spots.

So we loaded up this morning to get the supplies. And oh boy... I didn't realize how much this little project would cost. No more than $150, right? 

No, ma'am. Way off.

He had to have a broadcaster to hook up behind the mower. $40 after the gift card we had from the store. I'm not complaining though, because at least he agreed to fertilize the yard. 

(In our 7 years of marriage, I've convinced him to fertilize the yard once before. ONCE. At our old house, and he then gave me go-to-you-know-where looks all summer, when he had to mow every 3 days. But now that we have a reliable mower, I've taken over the mowing, so he just fertilized to get me to shut up)

That store was out of fertilizer, I've boycotted the local feed store, so I refused to go there, so that left one option. 

Wal Mart.


I picked out a fertilizer that also had bug poison in it too, to kill ants, fleas and ticks. Perfect for the "farm" (ticks are so terrible this year. The dogs keep coming up covered in them, the horse had one in her ear... oh lordy, I'm itching thinking about it.) Joey also decided that I needed a soaker hose and timer for the flower bed. I don't know what bit him and made him decide to do this, but you don't look a gift horse in the mouth. Or a husband that's doing nice things ;) Also got a better, big sprinkler to water in said fertilizer.

I then nearly had a mini heart attack at our total. $350. 


I change my mind!

I don't need a pretty yard that bad!

I'm working on the Dave Ramsey plan. I'm pretty sure that a pretty yard is not on his list of how to get out of debt.

But... we went on and did it, because I can't have my babies walking through stickers.

Hey, have you ever noticed that kids will run HALF WAY across a two acre yard, THEN realize hey! I just ran the whole way through stickers, and this mess hurts, so I'm gonna stand RIGHT here and scream until some adult comes running, also barefooted, to try to save me, and watch them do the "I have stickers in my feet dance but I have to save this kid."

Kids. They're evil.

So. Now I'm sitting here watching the grass grow. Hopefully going to watching the stickers disappear. And watch the bugs disappear.

How long does this take? How long until I have to start mowing every other day? 'Cause I'm ready!!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

girl gone crazy

This week, I nearly drove my self crazy. With a decision I needed to make.

I lost sleep over it.
I went back and forth. Just couldn't decide.

Couch pillows.
Yes, seriously.

My pillows have issues, keep coming unsewn (geez... is that even a word? I'm not sure.), and I kept resewing them, but they would just ravel some more, and the same thing. So it was time for new pillows.

Pottery Barn
 These were the first that I found, automatically fell in love. Had to have them, they're prefect! Guess what. The one on top is sold out.

That where all the problems started. I found about, oh, gee, i don't know, about 50 more that I liked on, but none were as great as these and... ugh. 
I finally just went back to Pottery Barn's website, and ordered these, in ivory. And guess what?! They're on back order! Until the middle of June! AGH!

Later, I'm going to get some accent pillows, but for now, I need a rest from thinking about pillows. I think I've found a few grey hairs.
So I've moved on to the next "drive me crazy" thing. Jonah wants me to redecorate his (and Peyton's, since they share) room. We've done absolutely nothing to this room since we've bought it. The things that I know we have to do, and are easy:

New closet doors. They're the bi-fold kind, and one half of them has been missing for a while.

Also, new blinds. We're going to go with the faux wood ones. We have them in Blythe's room, and we love them. The only problem, we have freakishly narrow windows (old house). One set, each window is 25 and 1/2 inch wide. The other set is 22 inches wide. The smallest ones on Lowe's is 27 inches, so I guess we'll have to get custom ordered ones, and I don't know, that just screams expensive.

And they need a new ceiling fan. It's about the only light fixture that we haven't replaced. I've picked out this one:
Source: via Jenna on Pinterest


I also want to find some sconces to put on the wall over both beds, that are little lanterns. I think it would be supper cute.

As far as bedding and wall art and rugs... omg, I can't make any decisions!

But Pinterest makes it easier, I swear it does! You've got to check this place out, I'm in love with it too!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

One of those afternoons

I'm usually running in 15 different directions at once.

Blythe is doing home work, "Mom, how do you spell...," Peyton is tugging on my shorts holding a sippy cup, "Mo! Mo!" Jonah is over there having a complete emotional break down, about only Lord knows what. While all this is going on it the background, I'm thinking about how I still have to feed the horse and donkey, and the ducks, and the 5 dogs (dammed things are multiplying, and new ones randomly showing up. It's like people drive by and say, Hey! That house looks good! They already have 4 dogs, what's one more?!), and 8 cats (my momma cat, who's the best mouser ever, and the black ones are the only ones that are supposed to be here. We then had 5 kittens. And yet again, another randomly showing up animal, a yellow tom.) Oh, and don't forget to water the flowers. And this is all just while I'm cooking supper.

It's usually even worse during supper. This is how it goes:

*I take a bite* (+10 calories)
kid: momma, I need a spoon.
*I go get a spoon* (-15 calories)

*I take a bite* (+10 calories)
kid: momma. You forgot my drink
*Get drink* (-15 calories)

*I take a bite*
kid: momma. I think Peyton pooped.
*Throw spoon down, mumble words that shouldn't be said in front of small children, stomp off to the bathroom with the child, slam a few doors for good measures* (-100 calories)

*I take a bite* (+10 calories)
kid: momma. 
*ignoring kid, take another bite* (+15 calories)
kid: momma.
*still ignoring kid, take another bite* (+15 calories)
kid: MOMMA! I don't like this.
*I pitch a total fit* (-200 calories)

You know, give or take. 

So tonight I decided that I would fed the kids before I dropped them off at church, and once they were gone, I would then come home and eat with out having to hear "momma". 

Perfect plan. 

I came back home to the (outside) cat, sitting on the kitchen island. In the middle of all the food.

You know, with food hanging from her whiskers.


I just opened the back door all the way and pointed and she moseyed on out.

Bowl of cereal it is then.

Oh well, at least it was enjoyed without hearing "momma."

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Vacation 2011 - Part One - Swamp Tour

If you've never been on a swamp tour, you have no idea what you're missing out on. This was my third time, and I swear it gets better each time. This was the smallest tour I've been one, only 10 people total on the boat, where as the other times, the boat was packed. This makes a difference, because if you're sitting on one side of the boat, and the gators are on the oppisite side and the boat is packed, you can't just get up and walk to the other side to see it. You have to wait until the gators are on your side of the boat. But since this time it was only a few people, we could get up and walk around.

Cajun Pride Swamp Tours

 This was our first stop on a three day vacation. It was a nice trip, wasn't too far from home (about 4 hours) and we love staying in our state. Louisiana has so much to offer.

Tour boat. Trust me, if  I  got on it, it's safe. I don't do boats.

Riding along

Two of the kids and a gator... scary

On the tour, the guide feeds the gators chicken parts, and also... are you ready for this?...


Yes, that's right marshmallows. They usually let the kids throw a few, but since my kids were the only kids on the tour, they got to throw a bunch to the gators. The guide told us that they tried several different things before the marshmallows. They tried biscuits and toast, but neither really worked that well. Then they started using Cheetos. Which worked great, the gators loved 'em... but then the coast guard pointed out, "Hey, man, you're teaching the gators to come to bright orange, that orange means food. Dude. What color are the life jackets?" So they tried the marshmallows. Don't worry, marshmallows are safe for all the swamp animals.

Jonah spotted a gator!

Alright! This is what we were waiting for! The guy behind Jonah had no idea that this was going to be part of the tour. For a minute, I thought he was going to jump off the boat.

Peyton - "give it to me. give me give me give me..."

He was so happy to have the gator! They all got a turn, and Peyton kept steeling the gator.

We had a great time, and we plan on going back soon! This was our first family vacation with out dragging back up with us (aka, grand parents). I was nervous about keeping up with three kids away from home, but we kept up with all of them and no one was fed to the gators :)

Part Two of Vacation 2011, The Audubon Zoo.


Wednesday, May 11, 2011

I'm loving...

We haven't done much the last few weeks, so I don't have much to blog about (well, we did go on a short vacation, which I will have to tell you about at a later time...). So I'm just going to share some things I'm really loving right now from the internetz.

House of Smith's Gallery Photo Wall
Oh my, the love I'm having for this! I'm so inspired by this, but it's kinda intimidating. I actually love the whole room. The two chairs, the little blue table, love it ALL! And those yellow lamps! I've been thinking about doing a gallery photo wall for a while, and this just may have given me the push to do it :)

Nesting Place - Process: Slow Decorating
I don't think there's much I can say, but this was exactly what I needed to hear. Sometimes I just want to get things done, NOW, yesterday even. But honestly, it'll never be "done" I'm sure. I'll always be changing something, it's never going to be "perfect." And It's ok when there are toys every where, and children every where, and the scratches and dents and color marks on the wall... and so on.

Censational Girl - $25 Writer's Desk
This one got me to thinking about painting furniture again, mainly the dresser in the master bedroom. And I just love this desk, I'm really needing one. I'm feeling the need to go to the flea markets and thrift stores to look again. (on another note, WHY are they called flea markets? Hum...)

I've fallen in love with Etsy again, which can be dangerous for the husband's wallet...

I absolutely adore this. Thinking of trying to make my own version of it, we'll see how that goes... 

And all of these pillows! LURVE them! I want one of each from this shop!

These peacocks make me happy :) I'm really digging the frame it's in, I really need to find something like that. This print is something I'm going to purchase, no doubt.

This is something else that I'm going to make my own version of. It's lovely, with New Orleans street names and locations, and I love anything Louisiana-ian (yeh. making up words now. 'Cause that's how I roll.) 

I just love Etsy. Even though most of the time I'm like, "I can make that..." but other times I'm just lazy and buy it ;)


Friday, May 6, 2011

Couch hunt starts...

It seems like everyone in blogland is on the hunt for the perfect couch. And everyone is trying to decide between the same two brands: IKEA and Pottery Barn.

Well, guess what? Me too. 

Our couches are old, and smell funny, and are starting to fall apart. I've decided that it's time to invest in new ones.

But, I don't want to invest too much. I do still have small children in the house, and it's going to get pee-ed on. It's just part of life around here. My kids pee on things. (And then the dog smells the pee and thinks hey! I need to pee here too! This is why the dog has been evicted from the house. Too bad I can't evict the children too. Then I wouldn't need new couches, because they wouldn't have been pee-ed on a million times. Anywho.)

And I'm loving the idea of slip covers, so that I can wash them. The only thing holding me back, is even though they're custom fit slip covers, they still slip and wrinkle. So they don't always look perfect. I'm not sure if that's going to bother me or not.

Still a lot of thinking to do.

Thrifty Decor Chick and The House of Smiths both recently went through these hard choices too.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Front Door Makeover

This is what our house looked like the day we bought it, 3 and a half years ago. But this picture was taken just a month ago. I hated the dark door and shutters, the oval trim was painted a tan color, for reasons I don't even know. I wanted to paint them since we bought the house, but we just couldn't ever seem to find the time.

But while Joey was home for that long period, we went on a shopping spree to Lowe's. The morning before we went, I finally picked out a color for the door and shutters. That's another reason that we hadn't done it yet.

Along with the paint for the project, my hubby bought me a new toy...

 It's an airless paint gun sprayer thingy! Yeh. I'm not even going to pretend like I had any idea what that thing was. 

(How about this chippy paint porch? Maybe I could use the airless paint gun sprayer thingy on them?)

So, this was totally MY project, all me me me...
Until I realized the shutters had to be sawed off..

Oh Honey :)

(Seriously, is there anyone in this world that
thinks that I should be trusted with
a saw? no? I didn't think so.)

They had to be sawed off because they were installed with shutter-locks, I believe they were called. They're meant to be for permanent installation. That doesn't mean you can't remove the shutters later, it just means that you have to buy brand new shutter locks.

(I do believe the first dirty look I recieved during this
makeover was when I told him he had to
saw the shutters off.)

So. Now. Totally MY project.
me me me me
We now wash the shutters...
And look, there just happened to be a 7 year old girl that wanted 
to wash them for me! Who am I to deny her?!

 (my sweet girl scrubbing the shutters.
she also did the door.
and yes. I took this picture from the front porch
swing. where I was sipping sweet
tea, watching everyone else do the work.)

So if you're keeping count, I still technically haven't done anything. Besides go to Lowe's and buy the paint. But that's was hard work!

I went on and bought a new door handle while we were at it, and got rid of the ugly brass one. But it wasn't exactly the same size as the old one, the holes didn't line up, so Joey had to send me back to the hardware store (2nd time that day), to get some type of epoxy. So he fixed that all up for me.

We (he) started painting. The sprayer worked really well, and the project was moving along quit nicely, right until we accidently touched one side and messed up about a quarter of the door. And until I looked at the color of the paint I picked out at Lowes and realized... this is almost the same. exact. color. of the siding on the house. It was supposed to be green-ish. This was tan-ish, with no hint of green at all. Great. Just great.

At this point, we had ran out of day light, and one of the kids had a ball game. 

"Joey, what are we going to do about the door?! It's not done?!"

In true roughneck fashion:

he rigged the door opening up with....

trash bags and duct tape.

Oh yes, several neighbors called me that night, "Jenna? WTH?!"

So day two starts of the door project. Started late, because we had an early Easter at my mom's.

(I'm not sure if you can tell, but he's giving me
a really bad look.)

After he fixed where we messed it up the day before, and I went and bought more paint, we (he) finished painting it. When then waited for it to dry REALLY well this time, went and ate crawfish with the neighbors, and at 12:45 am, I finally had a front door again.

I'm very pleased. The shutters still aren't done. (That's them laying on the right side of the porch.) And I'm not about to ask Joey to do them after all the trouble we had out of the door. So I guess that's up to me. And we need to repaint the porch AGAIN. I'm really getting tired of painting the porch. It's getting old. Maybe I can just say that's the look I'm going for, ya know? Old? Rustic? Do you think anyone will fall for that?

Very please. Also, we (he) removed the glass from it when we (he) painted the door. I do believe that it was much easier than trying to tape it off.

We (um, again, he.) replaced the out side lights with those little lantern ones when we bought the house. I loooooved them in the store, but when we got them home and put them up... I didn't. But now we the new door color, and the new door handle, I love them again!

And it only took 3 and a half years :)

Sunday, May 1, 2011

A Problem...

We bought a massive 55 inch tv about two months ago.

(yes, it was the best day of my husband's life. You know, aside from our wedding day and the the days our children were born. Tv day comes right after those. At least I hope.)

(And, a pat on my back, we paid cash for it. A year ago, I would have never thought we could make a purchase like this without a loan. Funny how things change, and how quickly.)

It's great. The picture is so clear. I had no idea that Jason Aldean had piercings until watching CMT on the 55 inch. Big difference in it and the 20 something inch tv we had before.

Here's the problem: what to put under the tv? For the time being, I stuck a little cedar table cabinet thing I already had that was short enough to go under it. And it looks tiny. I tried to do some research as to how to decorate around a large tv, with no luck. 

 (oh look. I found an iPhone picture.)

But, I'm thinking, and I may be wrong, but whatever I put under it, should be as wide, or wider than the tv, correct? Yes. I do believe that's the correct thing to do.

Now to find something. I found something at Paul Micheal's back at Christmas, but I haven't been back to see if they still have them. I really hope they do, because it was so awesome.

Now I leave you with a picture of a sweet little boy playing in the dirt at the ball park a few days ago.

(edited with Instagram for iPhone. Awesome stuff)

Monday, April 25, 2011

Hello again!

I know, it's been a while. Like, a really really long time. Joey came home for a while, and we spent a lot of family time together, and several date nights too. It was awesome, we also got A LOT of home improvement projects done while he was home. As in, things we've been meaning to do since we bought our home. (3 and a half years ago.)

We finally replaced the master bed room ceiling fan, the one that hasn't really worked in over two years. (You can see a picture of the old one here.) The old one on high, was like most fans on low. I know some people hate ceiling fans, but we believe in them here in the south. It's so nice to lay in bed now and to be able to actually be able to feel the fan when it's on now.

We replaced the ugly builder's grade brass light fixture in the hall when the cutest, sweetest, most darling little chandelier you'll ever see. It's completely changed the look of the hall, and I'm loving the light, light grey on the walls even more now. It's came together very nicely.

I then talked Joey into painting the front door and shutters for me. That was one of those projects that we thought would be finished in a few hours and be done with. We were wrooong. Very very wrong. I plan on writing a whole post on that experience at a latter time. 

Joey was a happy camper because he bought new power tools, I'm not even going to pretend that I know what they are. But he tells me that they're awesome.

While Joey was home, my laptop finally bit the dust. I just replaced it yesterday, because I couldn't ever make up my mind (I was torn between a Mac or Dell. Went with what I know, and that's Dell.) So now the great fun of transferring files and pictures and music. That's the husband's job there.

And still, no new camera. For the same reason that it took me so long to replace the laptop, I can't ever make my mind up

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Oh I found it!

(I saw this over at Pink and Polka Dot,
she wasn't exactly sure of the source, but if she post it,
I'll link it here too.)
Isn't it  L.O.V.E.L.Y?!
My wing back chair isn't going in the kitchen, although that's a great idea. Mine will be
living in my bedroom. It was in the living room for a while, over in a corner where no one ever sat. I've moved it to my bedroom, and it's been great to have some where to sit to put shoes on. I used to sit on the bed to put my shoes on, but I'm really short, and the bed is really tall, and it just wasn't the ideal situation.
But right now, I try not to actually look at the poor chair. It has the ugliest floral print ever, I mean, I don't even like thinking about it. It should be a sin to have that in your house. I've been dreaming of making a slip cover for it for a while, and had an idea in my head of exactly what I wanted. I wanted white, with a pleated skirt around the bottom, that reached the floor. Then Kristi posted this picture.
I'm not nervous at all about it being white, that's why it's a slipcover. It can be washed. Now, to reupholster it in white, that would just be nuts, with three kids and a husband.
The other idea in my crazy head, was to do more of a ruffle around the bottom for a skirt, that reaches the floor. I think I may try out both and see what I like more. Still not sure.
Either way, I have my awesome new ruffler foot for my sewing machine, that also does pleats, that I'm just itching to try out.
What I am nervous about, is making a slip cover. Never done it before. And to try it for the first time on a wing back chair? Seems crazy. But I think I can do this :)
If nothing else, it'll be entertaining for people to watch this project fail :)

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Something that I hate to admit.

Today is March 6.

Spring is in the air (ok, not right now, but last week it was. Right now, it's freezing again. I know that spring is getting closer.)
The kids and I started some new flower beds, that I've been meaning to do since we moved to this house.

(Three and a half years ago.)

I finally cleaned off the front porch.
(There was a dog house with a heat lamp in it for the dogs on the front porch. You know, the first thing people see when they come to my house. Seemed like a good place for it at the time.)
I've completed the "omg must organize the house because it's a new year"

I'm feeling the need to start spring cleaning.

The kids' spring break is only a few weeks away, at the end of this month.
The yard needs to be mowed, another sign that spring is near..

The grass is starting to grow in the pasture, so soon I won't be having to worry about getting hay to the pony and donkey.

Spring is so close, most days I can nearly taste it.

(Again, not today, I'm freezing. Stupid Louisiana weather. Make your mind up.)

Christmas day was 71 days ago.

Seventy one.

Ten weeks ago.

I can't even type what I'm about to say...

My living room Christmas tree...
is still in my living room.

I only have one living room, it's not like I have two, and this is one that people don't usually see. Everyone sees the Christmas tree that is still in my living room.

In March.

My bedroom...

still has boxes and boxes of Christmas decorations piled up.

I have excuses, and I think they're pretty good ones.

The Christmas stuff usually goes in the attic. Our attic access hole thingy is pretty small, and it takes at least two men to get the stuff up there. My husband hasn't been home for any long periods of time this year. The longest was 6 days, but that didn't count, the man had the flu. Other than that, there has been two other days that he's been home.

I've threatened to go buy a shed.

I've threatened to burn all the Christmas stuff. (The husband isn't worried. He knows that's never going to happen.)

I took the decorations off the tree a few days after Christmas. So when my husband came home and had a chance to put the tree in the attic, it would be ready. 

So I have a naked Christmas tree, in my living room, in March.

All my friends think it's just the funniest thing ever, and keep asking when am I going to decorate it for Easter.

I don't even notice the 8 foot tall, 5 foot wide Christmas tree any more. What tree? What are you talking about?

I swear, this stuff is going somewhere before next Christmas.
But I have a feeling, that by the time we put it up... it'll almost be time to get it back out again.

I just want my living room and bed room back. I'm not asking for much, people.

Please tell me I'm not alone...

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Blythe Anne, 8
Jonah, 7
Peyton, 4

My husband and I have been married for 6 years, and I spend my days being a stay at home mom while he's a driller on a land rig. So for six months of the year (he works a week on, a week off), I'm raising these kids by myself. I would write more, but I hear children screaming :)

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