Saturday, February 12, 2011

What the? An Award?!!!

So, I have 3 followers...woot woot, just a newbie blogger, but my dear sweet friend Shelley gives me a shout out...totally undeserved - but I'll take it!  She awarded me with the Versatile Blogger Award...whatever!? :)
I would like to thank Shelley from The Westerman Family for passing the award on to me! Make sure to check out her blog!




RULES OF THE AWARD

1. Thank the person who awarded you and link back to them in your post

2. Tell 7 random facts about yourself

3. Pass the award on to 15 new found bloggers

4. Contact each blogger you want to pass the award on to and let them know you've done so, and let the giver of your award know you accept it.





SEVEN THINGS ABOUT ME

1. When I see things that might make others feel faint...you know, someone hanging off a ledge, or someone cuts their finger...my FEET feel heavy.  Weird, huh?!  It's like all the blood rushes to my feet!

2. I love shooting shotguns (skeet)  with my dad and brothers.  I even have my own shotgun!

3. I have a weird bone that sticks out on my heal, which my husband refers to as my due claw (like on a dog - no idea how to spell it). Nice, huh?

4. My hubby does most of the cleaning, because I REALLY hate to clean.  He complained so much about the way I did it that it became his job.

5. I have an English Literature degree, yet work in banking - go figure!?

6. I cry every time I hear the song "Proud to be an American" by Lee Greenwood.

7. I  feel like the worst mother in the world most of the time!  (Even though I'm sure I'm not, I have major insecurities about the way I am as a mom!)



15 NEW BLOGS (some are just new to me)

1. A Penny Saved

2. All Things Thrifty

3. Beautiful Inspirations

4. Beneath My Heart

5. DECK out my HOME

6. Everything LEB

7. Finding Fabulous

8. Give a Hoot (After but Before)

9. It's the Little Things that Make a House a Home

10. Our Suburban Cottage

11. Paint In My Hair

12. Pink and Polka Dot

13. Pretty Handy Girl

14. The Hand Me Down House

15. Thrifty Decor Chick





Thanks to everyone out there in Blog Land for all of the awesome inspiration!

Friday, February 11, 2011

OK, OK, OK...the new house...

I am going to show several before pictures...and I wish I could say there are a lot of after pictures, but there aren't a lot yet.  The after pictures I have now, are really just working pictures...as nothing is finished.  Here we go!

The Kitchen:


I don't know if you can tell that the counters and backsplash are a hideous lovely turquoise blue color?


We have original 1965 matching brown appliances: double wall ovens (which is awesome even if they're brown), dishwasher and electric coil pushbutton range.


This is the room off the kitchen.  There is a wall separating the two rooms that I would like to eventually remove.  The potential is totally there for an open floor plan.

You can't tell from this picture, but the staircase is rounded, and the wrought iron railing is AWESOME!!!  It has a black finish with turquoise rub, which is amazing!  One of the first things I noticed when I walked in the front door, at which time, without seeing anything else, I decided I must have this house.

This is the reverse view from the picture above.  I'm standing at the bottom of the stairs looking through the entryway vestibule (sounds much more grown up) into the front room.


The two pictures above are of the powder room off the entry.  Technically next to the "Mother In Law's Suite" that is shown below.  We plan to use it as an office until the girls are grown, at which time we might use it as a master suite.


Don't you love the wallpaper?  There is wallpaper on almost every wall on the main floor.  Luckily the only rooms upstairs with wallpaper are the bathrooms and master bedroom. 


Built In shelves in the dining room.  They sure loved yellow, I don't know if you can tell, but the glass in the doors is yellow.  Did you notice the wallpaper in the picture above?

Ollie's Room

Harper's Room

Master Bedroom

Master Bathroom



4th Bedroom Upstairs...not sure what we will do with it.

Hall Bathroom (Girls' Bathroom)

So there you go.  That's a decent look at the first and second floors in the before stage.  I didn't want to overwhelm you with the basement, that's waaaay down the road at this point, but this is our forever house (if there is such a thing) and we plan to take it slow and easy. Which is easier said than done, but when the wallet's empty, it helps slow you down...  Oh did I mention there is a pool in the backyard?  I'm in heaven, albeit 1965 heaven!

I hope you will follow our progress!





Big News In Our House

My little princess lost her first tooth...I can't believe she's old enough to lose her baby teeth.

Before:


After:


Is she losing her "babyness" too?  On one hand, I can't wait to have her lose her babyish ways, you know, the crying drama queen act that she's perfected...on the other hand I don't want her to grow up.  Any time I tell her how big she's getting, she looks at me with a coy smile and says "but, Mommmm, I'll always be your baby girl", that is when she's not sarcastically saying "what, are you gonna cry"...you have to know her little personality.  She is the smartest, most precocious (not sure that's spelled right), most outgoing yet shy, lovable, sarcastic, at times foul mouthed, beautiful baby girl you ever will meet.  How time flies...

OK, I know you're dying to see the new house...it's coming next!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

It's Beautiful Woman Month

Below is a wonderful poem Audrey Hepburn wrote when asked to share her 'beauty tips.'  It was read at her funeral years later... 
For attractive lips, speak words of kindness. For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people. For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry. For beautiful hair, let a child run his/her fingers through it once a day. For poise, walk with the knowledge that you never walk alone. People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; never throw out anyone. Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you will find one at the end of each of your arms. As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands; one for helping yourself, and the other for helping others.

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