Wednesday, July 23, 2014

vacation: part I

we just returned this week from our first official family vacation.  we went to charleston to drop off boo with brian's parents (thanks again Ed and Vicki!), stopped in charlottesville to see our friends (thanks Jeff and Robin!!!), and then headed to the beach. my family has been going to sandbridge in VA for years with our "beach family"...a couple of other families that we have grown up with and are our best friends.  all of us in my age range used to be the 'kids', but now we all have our own kids.

in charlottesville, we hit up our favorite spots...bodos, the orchard for some fresh peaches (that Will LOVED), campus, the corner...the last time Will was here, he was only 8 weeks old. it was so much fun to see this little guy experiencing one of our favorite places.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

secret, silent language

Will is a funny little dude. he generally lets me pick on him and goes right along with me when i'm being an idiot. this has led to the development of our secret, silent language.  i wish i could share what we are talking about, but it's between us.

Monday, June 30, 2014

iphone photo dump v5

boo isn't as excited about Will's kisses as we are.

i heard hysterical laughter from the other room and walked in to find shreds of magazine flying in the air.  as far as Will is concerned, Boo is hilarious.

the previous owners had some lovely rose bushes...possibly the only thing i'm thankful for that they left at this ole house of ours.

this explains the blue paint between Will's toes after school one day.

watching every move dad makes...especially when he is mowing

this is an awesome new face.

i am doing a 40 day organizing challenge. so far so good, as long as i let Will help. i found five bags of (unopened) croutons when i cleaned out my pantry. five!?

this kid loves making faces. he also loves ice cream sundaes.

when is the last time you had an open mouth kiss this good?

my little blondie. not sure where the blonde came from though.

Will also helps load the dishwasher.

A teething baby will try anything.

my dad got me a foldable citizen bike. why? well, it is a long story that involves an electromagnetic pulse.  it is mint green and so cute. and i desperately need a tan.

Aunt Dee Dee made Will a box of rocks to take home from her pool. These are worth hours of fun.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

(like)new steps

well, this little house of ours is starting to come along. we took this picture on the day we closed in october of 2012. we've done a lot since then, but there is still plenty to do.  since we are both out of school, we are tackling projects head on.


the front porch steps have always really bothered me...look at them...they are a complete mess. my cousin beth suggested tiling the fronts.  i was 100% in to this idea and even wanted to include our house number on one of them.  however, i have never tiled (though i'm ready to learn), we don't own a tile saw, and that was going to be a little too expensive for ye ole budget.  so we just tried to clean them up for the time being. my dad loaned us his power washer, and we went to town.  scary how much junk it cleaned off.  i was still not happy with the results... though cleaner, the steps really just needed to be resurfaced. ugh!

i can say with complete confidence that we had been to lowes 33 times looking at rustoleum's restore product for decks and concrete.  originally, we were going to cover our back deck with this stuff but decided it just might do the trick on the steps...and not even all of the steps...just the risers, the treads were in good shape after a good cleaning.  brian was worried that the color wouldn't match close enough, but as usual with this house, i took the "how could it look any worse?" approach. so we slapped some top n'bond on to even out the holes and big cracks, and during nap time, we got busy.

granted this is still wet and dried a little AWESOME is this color match (fieldstone)!???  we only painted the risers, and it surprisingly matches the treads almost perfectly. this picture is after one coat. i edged and brian worked with the roller (which is specifically made for this product). we finished the second coat after Will went to bed. 

 this is the finished product after drying for 24 hours. i am in love.

for the front of the house, we really want to get rid of that white storm door since it doesn't fit the opening and the rest of the trim on the house is, well, not white!!!!  however, we have priced doors to fit what seems to be a rather large opening, and we are looking at >$700 for a storm door.  good grief.

we also would like to paint the red portions of the house so that we no longer look like a bob evans. leaning toward a grey or dark blue right now.  i'm loving the inspiration picture below for a color option...but i could go either way.  until the next project.....
Exterior paint color  pratt and lambert wendigo

Monday, June 9, 2014

water baby

Will had his first "pool" experience this weekend.  my mom and dad got him a little plastic pool for hot days around the house (which will go in our arsenal of "outside distractions" for him while we work on house projects). so we greased him up and flopped him in. we were pretty confident he would like it, but i'm sure the mickey mouse on the bottom helped. i think my mom had as much fun as Will.  so many fun things to do with this little guy this summer.

the two front teeth with the gap in between....our favorite....

a waterlogged diaper sure does mess with a guy's balance.

if i had a nickel for every time i said "no, don't eat that".....


Saturday, May 24, 2014


every Memorial Day weekend for the last 38 years, Vandalia has taken over WV's capital. Vandalia is a gathering to celebrate WV's appalachian heritage....amazing musicians, pickers, and dancers gather to play...whether it is on a big stage or under a tree on the capital lawn.  there is good food, amazing music, and even more amazing people.

brian took me to vandalia when we were dating, and it has sort of become a tradition for us. we took Will today with nana and pawpaw. Will loved it. we absolutely love it.  however, it always puts me in a bit of a pickle.

i grew up clogging....mountain dancing...from grade school into high school. i went to clogging workshops with my friend sarah. i wore a crinoline (for real). i really loved it and was pretty good at it...but i get SO embarrassed to do this in front of people these days. this is a problem, because my husband thinks it's awesome (really).  you know how some people can blow milk out of their nose and that is their cool party trick? i am brian's party trick. he'll pull up "rocky top" on his phone and prod me to get my feet my face turns blood red. i can't ever get too mad at him...he really thinks it is cool. so every year at vandalia, as the old folks in their overalls and clogging shoes gather on the dance floor, he is dying for me to get out there.

this year i caved to the pressure...sort of. brian got out there with me and we did some square dancing/clogging. but we had no idea what we were doing. so i danced with fred, and brian danced with maxine. they knew what they were doing and didn't want us screwing everything up. unfortunately, there is video evidence. that's ok. Positive evidence that my husband has danced with three women that were not me  ;-)
and maybe i'm missing my calling. because afterward, a world champion clogger (easily 75?) gave me his card and asked if i would join his dance troop.