Friday, September 19, 2014

Dining Room Redo

I know it has been a while but I finally am getting around to posting some pictures of our new dining room.  I am so excited at how the dining room turned out.  I never really loved our old dining room.  It just didn't fit our style and the colors just weren't us.  The new dining room is beautiful and calming and fits well with our family.  It turned out nothing like I thought/planned it would but it is so much better! Here is the view from the foyer.  I don't have much up on the walls yet but I still love it.  
 I painted the small antique sideboard.  It was a dark wood before and I thought it would look good with a little update.  The cream looks really well.  No one ever noticed the piece before but since I have painted it everyone that walks in the room notices it.
 I took the chair covers off the chairs and let the beautiful wood and scroll work show.  Our table is from the 60's we think and I love that the design is now back in style.  We looked high and low for the perfect fabric to recover the chairs.  Nothing was just perfect until I found this fabric on  It was not at all the colors I was thinking but I just loved it.  So I totally changed the plan and decided to paint the walls gray.  Gray was the one color I said I would not do.  I really do love it though.  It is cool calming.  I also got a new rug since I totally changed up the colors.  I found this perfect one at Target for a great deal.
 My splurge for the room are these lamps.  I did get them at Home Goods so they weren't too expensive just more than I would normally pay for lamps but I do have to say that they make the room for me.  I love how they are glitzy and fun.  I still need a few more things on the sideboard and on the walls around the mirror but I am loving how this area is coming together!
 I spent literally hours searching for curtains.  It is really hard to fine 108 inch curtains that are not crazy expensive.  I thought I might have to get them custom made.  At the last minute I found these beautiful cream faux silk curtains at Pier One.  They are perfect.  Just what I was looking for.  They make the room seem bigger.
 As we were putting the finishing touches on the room I remembered a really special picture that I had that would look great in the room.  When my grandmother passed away last year, I got this picture of my great grandmother.  It was taken around 1900 and this is the original.  The colors could not be more perfect for the room.  It is a beautiful picture with great history.
 And one more view of the whole room.  I just love it!!!  Still lots more stuff to go up on the walls but even without it it is great!
 And just for fun this is what I thought the room was going to look like.  Ha!!  Doesn't look anything like this but I'm so glad as it is way better!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Family Pictures

We got together with Kelly and Andrew and got my mom some new family pictures made for her birthday.  It had been almost 2 years since we had pictures of all of us (and we have added a new family member).  We had a friend, Ashley Turnbull, take them and she did an amazing job!!  They turned out awesome.  There are quite a few of them so I will take several posts over the next few weeks to share all of them.  They make me smile just to look at them all!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Cedar Mountain Lodge

It is finished!!!!  Matt came home a little early from work today and finished up the new play set.  The kids were so excited.  They have missed having a play set over the past few months.  The new set is great because it has some fun areas for imagination.  We are all excited for hours of fun playing outside!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Cuteness Overload

I know I am biased but this little girl just took my breath away today with her cuteness!!  She can frustrate me at times but she is also so sweet and lovable!  So thankful for her and the fun she brings to our family.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Parent Trap, Pictures, Pool, Playset & Pageants

Well that alliteration sums up our weekend perfectly.  It was a weekend of P's I guess.  We had a nice relaxing evening Friday night in which we watched Parent Trap with the kids.  They thought it was really funny.  I love getting to show them movies we grew up with.  

Saturday morning we had family pictures.  Always a fun ordeal.  Gotta make sure all the clothes coordinate and everyone is in a good mood.  We actually got the pictures for my mom for her birthday so it was the big family of 9.  I think they turned out great (at least we hope).  
 Saturday night we had a pool party at our neighbor's house to welcome some new families to our street.  It was so much fun to see all the kids playing together and having a great time!
 We did s'mores which is always a hit with the kids.  We are so thankful for our wonderful neighbors.

 All the extra time between all the activities was spent working on a new playset for the kids.  Our old one got messed up in the storm so we got a fun new one.  Matt's about 3/4 of the way done so hopefully it will be all done next weekend.
The weekend wrapped up with the Miss American pageant on Sunday night.  My friend Natalie got me watching the pageant with I was a teenager (it is a Mississippi thing I think) and I have enjoyed it ever since. There were some crazy talents this year including the winner who "played" cups.  I think I will start teaching Kate that skill so one day she might be Miss America!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

More Soccer

It's Ben's turn for some fun soccer photos.  Ben is having an AWESOME year with soccer!  We are so proud of how hard he has worked this summer to get better at soccer.  He did soccer camp and also has spent lots of time playing in the neighborhood.  It has helped him get so much better.  He is so aggressive getting the ball.  He is also running all over the field.  It is so much fun to watch him.  We watch him and he is not the same kid that played last year.  

 He had a couple of cute little fans cheering him on Monday night.

Kate found a dirt patch and had fun playing.  She was covered from head to toe.  It was so Kate!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Wordless Wednesday