Thursday, August 26, 2010

This is my mom's kitchen. Its been this way for... well as long as I can remember, but I know at one point the walls weren't burgandy. But the cabinets and appliances have been there since we moved in.

Since doing my own kitchen cabinets, my mom has thrown around the idea of painting hers. So, we decided that while I was out in VA after going to Canada, we would tackle it and just get it done. She wanted it to be bright, airy and seem more spacious. She gave me a budget and off we went!!
She had less cabinet doors to take off and paint, but there was 30 years of grime and dirt on them that we had to soak and scrub off before we could even think about painting. So that was an extra step that we had to do to hers that we didn't do to mine.
We used a Behr paint & primer in bright white for the cabinets and a mistint pale yellow that was also a Behr paint and primer in a pale yellow.
We cleared the counters, pulled the refrigerator and oven away from the walls and got to work!
It was quite the transformation!!! It made the room seem so much bigger, cleaner and brighter!
We threw away the old hardware and bought brushed nickle handles and knobs as a replacement. The cabinet doors used to have a handles as well and we decided that knobs would look better, so we filled one of the holes with wood filler, sanded it down and then placed a knob there as well.
We replaced the hinges as well - and at 9pm the night before my baby shower, we were drilling new holes in the doors and hanging them!! But the job got done and it looked fantastic!
Yay for a $300 new kitchen!!!

Friday, August 20, 2010

Good grief, its been practically another lifetime ago that I updated this blog. I am so sorry. Really. I know there are people who love us and have longed to be apart of our lives and know what is going on, and I have just been so unmotivated to blog. I'm hoping that now, with no job, I will get better at it and back into the swing of things.

This is the lowdown of what has happened in the past 5 months!!!
We went to Virginia and told all our family and friends that we were having a baby - and the morning sickness took off at full speed.:) We got to watch some very dear friends of ours from college get married. Joe and Rachel are perfect for each other and it was so fun to celebrate with them.
All the JMU Dukes at the wedding. I miss them all so much!!!
Went to Virginia Tech to visit John for his birthday. We rarely take a normal sibling picture.:)
Went to L.A. to watch Levi, my brother in law, get his Masters. He is getting his Ph.D at Biola University and has worked SO hard during his time in school. It was a fun sibling trip, Rachel and John came out as well, and Eric got to experience LA for the first time. I got a horrible cold and of course was throwing up the whole time.:)
Phoebe and Max with Uncle Silas, Levi's brother. I miss these kids like crazy.
I went to Tulsa to see Alex, one of my Biblestudy girls compete in the Miss Oklahoma Pagent. She did wonderfully and we were all completely hoarse from yelling so much by the end.
All the Biblestudy girls that came out to support. Alex placed 5th, or 4th runner up, out of over 75 girls!!! We were SO proud of her!
Mom's rose bush grew tons and tons of roses this summer.:) I have loved having all the color in our house and being reminded of her.And definitely the highlight of the summer - we found out Britt was a GIRL!:) Totally shocked but completely overjoyed, I have grown so attached to the fact that she is a girl, it would be a hard pill to swallow if she popped out a boy.:)
All our friends who came to celebrate with us. Notice all the blue.:) There were so many that thought she was a boy!:)
I threw a baby shower for Whitney, a dear military friend. Her and her husband Mike are expecting their first, Lydia Nicole on September 16th. We had such a good time. We had a hat party instead of a conventional all baby themed shower. It was so fun.
Two different kinds of quiche, recipes via the Pioneer Woman, 4 different types of scones paired with lemon curd, raspberry jam, and cream cheese. It was such a yummy party!
I bought Britt's bedding!!! I'm so excited about it. It has been on sale for the past 5 months at Pottery Barn and thank goodness it still was when I ordered it! I have been so indecisive about how to do her nursery that it took me forever to buy it.
My two best friends, Sam and Lindsay, came out to Oklahoma to visit. It was soooo refreshing and even though it was short, completely what I needed. I miss them every day.:)
Brandon, Lindsay's husband, who Eric lived with during college was able to come as well. They didn't have any fun at all together.:)
Lindsay and I got matching running shoes. No big deal. You can start to see my belly here.:)
Eric bought me tickets to a Rascal Flatts concert down in Dallas and night at a hotel. We had a fun date just being together. It was so fun! This was up in our cowboy boots and get up.
Eric wouldn't stop taking pictures.:)
I grew a baby.:)
I redid my mom's kitchen, (entire makeover to come). Cabinets, walls and all. This is the before shot. It looks SO great now!
I went to Canada with my family to our cabin on Aylen Lake. It is always relaxing and a great place to get away - although I was really missing Eric since he wasn't able to come.
There is no other place that I know that is as peaceful and calming as Aylen.
Whew! And that about wraps it up folks. I am really making a point to get back into my better blogging habits - so now that I'm basically "caught up" we can move forward.:) I love you all - and thank you always for reading.