Monthly Archives: May 2012

Kicking off summer

Hope everyboday had a great Memorial Day!  We packed as much fun as we could and made the best of the 90+ degree days here!

We kicked off the weekend with our good friends the Sarvers and their newborn Ben and little girl Ella, Claire’s BFF.  We had a yummy breakfast and hit the farmer’s market near our house.  We had some time to chill…

And play in the mulch…

And of course get in lots of hugs…

We came home with some yummy veggies from the local farmers too!

Because it was so hot we had some fun running through the sprinkler too…

On Monday we went to the little Memorial Day parade in our town. Lots of saluting the vets and dancing to the marching bands. Oh, and it was at least 400 degrees. When the city council member came by handing out popsicles, I’m pretty sure she had everyone’s vote.

Claire just looks unhappy and hot here but she actually really liked the parade and has asked to go to one every day since…

And here she is with that oh-so-good popsicle.  Mmm, purple.  Her favorite!

Add to that a few things that we didn’t get pictures of including a graduation party for our sweet neighbor Kieran (who is headed to OU, our Alma Mater, in the fall!) and a Memorial DAy BBQ at our place…which I totally failed to get pictures of because it was PACKED at our house!

Happy (belated) Memorial Day to all! We hope you had a swinging good time…


Sorry we’ve been away…

…we’ve been stopping to smell the flowers. And visit family.  And host book club.  And keep up with general life.

We have a weekend planning that should be filled with fun and some potential crafty house updates, I’ll have those posts soon.  Have a great weekend!

Taking it outside

Spring is in full swing here at the nest and we were busy over the weekend getting things planted and cleaned!  This is the first spring in the new house so we’re still kind of figuring out what we need.  And we started with this out front:

As you can see, we have hostas.  Lots of hostas.  We tried to count them all and gave up around 75 – they are everywhere.  We were going to try to just pull them out and replace them, but honestly, they actually look fine and are low maintenance so we decided to just do it little by little each year – so the hostas stay for now and we’ll replace when we can and when we know exactly.  New plants are spendy!

One of the only things that I really miss about the old house is the landscaping.  We had a whole side of our house blooming with hydrangea that we babied each winter so they were getting pretty big.  But we’ll get there with this house too!

After a lot of planting, mulching and cleaning, here’s what it looks like now:

And the back deck too…











And we can’t forget pictures of our favorite munchkin enjoying the updated outdoor space…

Peek a boo!


Hope you are having a great week and enjoying your own outdoor spaces!




Bathroom Face Lift

Our little downstairs powder room got a tiny bit more personality with a little leftover paint from our bedroom update.  It’s going to look great once we update it with white woodwork, but that’s a ways down the road.

It’s not a huge change, but the new color on the wall definitely updates it and makes the space look a lot less cold.  The old color was a very faint gray in a super cheap flat paint.  The new color on the walls is Behr’s Graceful Gray and the print on the wall is from an Etsy shop called Papermoth.

Great to have a nice simple update!

Bathroom Before:

Bathroom after:

Hope everybody had a great weekend!  We enjoyed the nice weather with a trip to the zoo, a barbeque with good friends, visited with THREE different adorable newborns and did lots of work outside this weekend!  Pictures of the deck work and landscaping to come this week!

Giving an old lamp a new life

Just popping in with a quick post on a little DIY project I did over the weekend.  I was wanting a fun lamp for my craft room, and when I saw this brass lamp base at Goodwill for $7, I liked the shape and knew that I could dress it up with a little paint:

After some spray paint (Lagoon by Rustoleum) – it looks like this!

It took one coat of spray primer and about 5 thin and even coats of the Lagoon color to get good coverage.  I waited about 1/2 hour in between coats.  I love the way it looks and it really highlights to cool shape of the lamp base.  I bought a fun lamp shade from Target and now my new lamp is living happily on my craft desk, waiting for the rest of the room to get done!

Anyone else turn trash into treasure lately?