Friday, December 30, 2011

toddler approved

Finally, the kitchen is revealed to Lael!

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She tests out all of the bells and whistles...

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and whips up some...
well, I don't know...
but something. :)

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Ruthie girl checks it out...

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... and GramPatti and G-Daddy stock our pantry and fridge!

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Aunt Meg fulfills her life long dream of playing kitchen without a bossy big sister pushing her out of the way.

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Lael loves her new kitchen.
Ruthie is oblivious.
And we can now go to bed at night at a decent hour...

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All is well with the world. :)

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Thursday, December 29, 2011

the kitchen: revealed

From this:
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Came this:

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Sunday, December 25, 2011

merry christmas!

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Saturday, December 24, 2011

Ruthie girl is SIX months old!

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My, how you've grown!!
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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

a fun run and then some

Saturday night we participated in the Santa Fun Run here in Greenville with the Miller family. It was a 5 miler, and I actually surprised myself and ran a good bit of it.
Ahem... um, I haven't gone running since Lael was RUTHIE's age.
I think my body thought I was trying to birth another baby.

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The run was complete with lights and music as we ran through Cleveland Park, and Lael and Julianne enjoyed saying "Merry Christmas" to everyone we saw. :)

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Please do notice the fabulous time we made.

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I bribed Lael with an eggnog covered almond to get her to pose for some pictures with her sister.

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I am filled with joy as I prepare for Christmas with both of them this year.
They are all the Christmas present I could ever want.
No car, no house, no jewelry, no kitchen appliance, handbag, electronic or vacation could ever come close to the blessing that they are to me.
Children cost money. They consume, they use, they need, and they want. Thus, as parents, we make sacrifices.

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And sacrifice I will,
for I know full well how greatly undeserving I am.

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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

downhill from here

Refrigerator, freezer, microwave and oven handles and doors are functioning! Also, notice the ledge that we added above the sink to give it more of a finished look.

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Plexiglass is in the oven window, knobs and microwave door are painted!

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Inside of the oven is painted as well!

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This is the fun part. It's all downhill from here!


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Monday, December 19, 2011

wet paint

Trey got the stove knobs installed in two nights a jiffy.
Any part of this kitchen that looks as if it probably took about 15 minutes to do...
add about 2 hours to that. ;)

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Painting begins and miraculously I found a paint color that I like on the first try!!
It's Glidden paint from Home Depot in Antique Beige.

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I'm a fan of little ceramic heaters.

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I'm also a fan of "Friends" on Nick at Nite.

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First coat of paint done...

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and done!

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Friday, December 16, 2011

a box-o-trouble

We started with this...

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and arrived at this...

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Oh, this box... well, a picture's worth a thousand words.

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Finally, the box-o-trouble, also know as the oven, is constructed.

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The microwave door has a window. :)

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So now the priming begins...

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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

it has begun: take two

Food, glorious food! That's what I'm talkin' 'bout. Go see take one here.

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That about sums it up.
The end.

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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

get some minerals in your life.

Another one of my "favorite things" is Bare Escentuals mineral makeup. I love the way it feels on my face, it's light and airy, quick and easy, and it provides great coverage.

Ladies... I neeeeeeed my makeup. It just makes me feel better.
It wakes me up and revitalizes me.
There are many (many) days that I spend in my house. All day long. Like, inside of it from sun up til sun down. Don't judge. It's easier this way.
On those days I usually don't put a stitch of makeup on. About 15 minutes before I know hubby is going to walk through the door I go put a lil' bitta this powdery prettiness on my face, and I wish that I had done it hours ago.
The hubs comes home and thanks to these miracle minerals I don't scare him back out the door.
Getcha some minerals. You'll be glad you did.

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pictured here: Medium Beige mineral foundation,
Tinted mineral veil
"Lovely" blush
"The Truth" eyeshadow compact

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Monday, December 12, 2011

hi-ho, hi-ho, it's off to work we go

I feel like singing this every night when we go down to the workshop. As soon as we get both girls down for the night, we look at each other and one of us says...
"You ready?"

Someone asked me if it's as jolly of a good time as we make it look in these pictures...

Ahem... I just laughed. My man is a pretty even tempered guy, but give him a piece of wood, a drill and some screws and that fiesty red head that's buried deep down inside rears its head. :)

Honestly though, we really have had a lot of fun. We've learned a lot, too.

Check out some more progression...

Refrigerator and freezer doors on the left, and microwave door on the right.

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Counter space, sink, faucet, and knobs successfully installed.

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Here it is ready to be rebuilt!

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