Friday, August 21, 2009

Flea Market Finds

I found several things I fell in love with on this trip and have always regretted never buying anything on our honeymoon to remember it by, so I decided early on I wasn't making that mistake again, and was on a mission from the beginning to find some special things to commemerate our trip. I love this unique globe filled centerpeice with seashells I found in South Carolina. They are local shells although I didn't find them. Mine will show up in another post.

I came home to these pretty babys and thought they looked so nice in one of my cannning jars.

Loved.This.Platter. And can I just mention it was under $12?
The bowl on the other hand is a marked amtique, but I talked that lady down!! OR maybe she just wanted me and my kids out of her store!
More fun finds later. I've had to find a place for everything which requires dusting, which requires time, which means I'm not done yet!

The Last Hurray (In WVa.)

On our way out of town, we drove by to see my Nana, (my Grandma) one more time. She's a firecracker and we even remembered to get a generations picture. She lives right across the street from my old high school. Go Beavers! I remember many a lunch sneaking over to Nana's for a grilled cheese sandwich with tomato soup. I think she enjoyed our visits as much as I did. So many good memories from the year I spent there with family...

Sorry, the pics are a bit out of order I realize, but my Aunt Caroline made an awesome Southern meal for us our last night in West Virginia. We had cabbage rolls, corn on the cob, sweet potatoes, and man do they know how to make those! (Butter and brown sugar baby!) It was really most appetizing and even Jared loved the meal. Of course it was made complete with sweet tea and fresh warm peach cobbler. I'm getting hungry just thinking about all this again!
We ended the night with dancing in the living room with live music from Madison on the piano. We had such a great week with my mom's family and are already looking forward to our next visit.

Is it just me, or do I look like my Grandma here?!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Pipestem Park Continued

At the bottom of Pipestem mountain, there's a nice little beach area complete with seashells and stones the kids collected. They sit on their dressers now. They have fond memories of Daddy teaching then how to skip rocks acrss the water and the fun park area we played at till the heat got to us and we headed back up the tram. Man, was it humid there! Here the clan is all holding up their rocks proudly.

Monday, August 17, 2009

The Girl's Room At Last

But not least of course, the girl's room has come together slowly, but surely. We're still missing the actual bunkbeds as their mother has ridiculously expensive taste on a small budget, so we're pinching pennies when we can. You know how that goes...
Anyhow, I just decided to go ahead and let you see it since it may be awhile before they are off the floor. Since the girls were gone last week we cracked down on some projects and this was one of them. We hung pictures, did touch up paint, reorganized, and so on and so on. Here are a few pictures of my favorite improvements.
The bedding: Target clearance $20 per quilt
Wicker chair: $2 at a garage sale / $10 in spray paint - This was super easy and I know I spent more on the paint than the actual chair!
White shelf: $2 another garage sale - perfect shape, I know these things sell for 40 plus brand new.
New dresser flower pulls: $1 per flower at Walmart. They dress up their knobs soooo much. I love the look!
Painted canvas from Hobby Lobby: $7.50 I thought this fit the girls to a T. Their growing up so fast.

I never would've chosen these colors myself, but this has since grown to be a favorite room of mine. It's so cheery and the girl's personalitites shine through here. Other than the bunkbeds, I'm just waiting on one peice of personal art to complete the room. I can't wait to show you her work. She's phenominal, and I'm almost giddy just thinking about it.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

My Poor Baby

Don't you feel sorry for my poor baby? He apparently got into some poison ivy at Grandma's this last week, and by Friday, he was looking pretty pitiful so we had Grandma bring him in to the clinic in the Cities. He's on five different medications including a steroid so I'm hoping this is as bad as it gets. He's such a good patient as he never complains. My heart just about broke in two when I sam him for the first time in almost a week, and I ended up buying him a stuffed frog. Me, buy a stuffed animal! That's like a parental sin! Well, instead of going to Bismark with Daddy this week, Mommy will play nurse to Brady and hope that Maddie's suspicious rash goes away before it gets well, like this.