2017-2018 Meet Season Complete

It’s been a month since I’ve had time to fill in this journal!  Ugh, that makes me feel awful and sort of sad…a lot has gone on!  Starting with the most recent events, Reece finished up her first meet season as a competitive gymnast!

Kansas State Championships – Heskett Center, Wichita State University, Wichita KS

You just never know what activities/sports your kids are going to love and heaven knows we’ve tried just about everything in this family.  If there was infinite time and money, these kids would do everything possible.  When I took Reece through the doors of KGDC (her gym), 2 summers ago, I never dreamed she would develop an obsession over the sport of gymnastics.  I never realized that December through April was gymnastics meet season and that it would take over our lives.  Ok, that’s a little extreme, but it has been difficult to throw that into our family schedule.

This little one practices 7.5 hours a week and would go more if she could.IMG_5786.JPGIMG_5788.JPGThe meets are important to show all of her hard work but I must admit, I’m so happy this season is over!  It is mentally exhausting to deal with a little 7 year old that is constantly unhappy with her performance…always wants to do better…never good enough…never enough medals or the right position on the podium.  I’m not kidding!  This little lady is her own worst critic and intensely hard on herself.  I think I’ve said this before…I lasted 1 week in gymnastics as a kid before I quit.  It’s way too much pressure.  These little girls are amazing!

PRI – UMKC 3.3.18

We spent the first weekend of March setting up, tearing down, and working shifts for the Pink Ribbon Invitational which is a very large meet hosted by our gym and takes place on the campus at UMKC.  It completely monopolizes the weekend.  The girls wear special leotards, paint their hair pink, and wear pink ribbon stickers on their faces while their parents work like dogs.  Kidding (sort of)!  These girls train so hard, and these meets don’t run themselves!  It’s a big deal for KGDC.  I had to work the admissions table on Friday evening and got the wrath of crabby gymnastics parents who don’t want to pay $15 to get into the venue.  I get it.  But seriously, give me a break, I’m just a volunteer!  I don’t make the rules!  Here are a few photos from the PRI–don’t be fooled by any smiles…they’re all fake!  She only smiles if she has to for a split second on the podium.IMG_5792IMG_5796IMG_5800IMG_5804IMG_5807

Most of us hold our breath throughout the entire competition and find ourselves gasping for air and rushing for the door as soon as the girls put their warm up jackets on.

This might be the worse fake smile yet!!  She’s probably only looking at my camera because she feels bad that we had to work all weekend at this meet!
She is happy about these giant blooming tulips!  Whew…at least we got a real smile!

This past weekend we traveled to Wichita so Reece could compete in the final meet of the season, the Kansas State Championships.  Morgan did the driving on the way there…her first long distance highway experience!  Woo Hoo…way to go Morgan!  She did awesome!  Particularly since there was more traffic for the KU game and St. Patrick’s day.  We spent the evening laughing at our unusually large room at the Courtyard – many gymnastics passes could go on through there!IMG_1773.jpgWe laughed to the point of tears telling riddles during dinner and proceeded to stand in the elevator forever talking before anyone pushed the button to move!  Maybe you had to be there, but out of 4 of us, you would think at least one would clue in that 5 minutes had passed and we still weren’t moving.  Dummies!!  We cracked up on that one!!  Before we called it a night, Reece gave Nanny strict instructions on playing “Rollers.”  She takes her game playing very seriously and her uncle Scott has taught her a lot of bad unsportsmanlike habits!

These girls are fun to travel with!  Until it’s time to get up at 7 for a gymnastics meet, then it gets a little rough.  Let’s just say that Reece is not a morning person, even when it involves gymnastics.  She achieved a personal best on beam and we were so proud of her!

An uncharacteristic smile with Ms. Billie just before competing on Floor.

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IMG_1798Reecie, we are more proud of you than you will ever know.  Your determination and work ethic are incredible!  The hard workers will eventually end up on top.  You go girl!!

Reece’s twister sister, Makayla, spoils her with gifts before every meet and we spoil her right back.  They always look forward to it!

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Morgan’s Quail Hunt

Who can actually look this cute in such an outfit!?  Well, Morgan and Collin are totally pulling it off.20180219_093613These cousins spent their President’s Day off school hunting quail today.  After their occasional clay pigeon shooting practices, we were sure they were going to be successful today.  It turns out that Papa, Uncle Greg, and the dogs are taking all the glory for this hunt!20180219_12321220180219_123231A lot of birds, a lot of shots fired, a lot of cold fingers, and a whole lot of fun.  Thank you Papa and Greg for including Morgan in this experience.  I know she will never forget it!20180219_09160520180219_091516This place seems to be a taxidermy paradise.  I, for one, am very thankful to not have any of those animals adorning my walls!  I will let Greg and Collin strive for that decor.

Looking forward to the next hunt!


WPA – 2.17.18


Many of you probably know what WPA stands for don’t you!?  I didn’t.  Morgan had to tell me.  It stands for Women Pay All.  Or back in the good ‘ol days, it was called Sadie Hawkins.  So, this beautiful freshman asked her friend, Zach, to go with her to the dance.  We had about 2 seconds to find a dress in between family activities and Shauna came through with a pair of shoes and a top notch make-up job.  Thank you Shauna!1.31.18 MoMo WPA Dress Shopping (1)

She did her hair herself, because she’s just so talented!  She doesn’t get that from me AT ALL!  I can barely put in a pony tail!

Morgan, you are gorgeous!!  Even with bruised up legs from basketball and soccer!

We aren’t exactly sure that asking your ex-boyfriend’s good friend to a dance is the best idea, but we’re rolling with it…

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Our cutie neighbor, Olivia, stopped by our pre-party (minus a few front teeth!)

IMG_5776We hosted dinner at our house – they requested chick-fil-a nuggets, cheese puffs, and cheese dip.  Hey–at least they didn’t ask for lobster tails…we would’ve been in trouble!IMG_5779IMG_1069It’s so much easier this way!  No fancy dinner reservations, long waits, figuring out the bill, etc.  I vote we do this every time!

It’s just not cool to have your little siblings hanging around so they spent the evening at grandma and grandpa’s apartment playing an intense game of Monopoly.

Brian and I chauffeured them to and from the dance and hosted the after-party in our basement til 12:45am.  Way past my bedtime – clearly I’m not a teenager anymore!  The girls slept over and they spent the next day, well, doing nothing.  That’s the beauty of being 14!  I spent my day at Crown Center at a gymnastics meet and Brian at a BB tourney and coaching baseball practice.  We need naps.  And maybe some leftover cheese dip.2.18.18 Reece Cupids Classic_6Pl All Around 35.4.jpgWe adore these sweet girls!!IMG_5769.JPGAnother high school dance in the record books!

Sweetie Day

Meet Sweetie, this is my new baby given to me by my sweet 10 year old, Drew.2-11-17-drew-bought-this-giant-bear-for-me.jpg

When he realized that Valentine’s Day was coming up, he made a special request to Brian to take him to Target to get me something he just knew I would love.  He was more excited than I’ve ever seen him to give me this gift.  More excited than Christmas morning, more excited than a big soccer tourney win, more excited than getting permission to play PS4 all weekend long.  Ok wait, maybe not that!  I can tell you one thing for sure, I will be keeping this giant bear for the rest of my days and smiling from ear to ear.  Thank you Drewy, for absolutely making my Valentine’s Day AWESOME!

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We went to Ash Wednesday service at church–the first time since 1945, that Ash Wednesday has fallen on Valentine’s Day

Reece and Morgan had also made special requests to get Valentine gifts so I found myself scouring the Valentine aisle at 8pm Valentine’s Day Eve trying to fulfill their requests.  All the while I was preparing for an extra special Valentine’s breakfast complete with pink heart-shaped pancakes and lunch sandwiches cut into the shape of hearts!

I made it to both Valentine’s day parties at school on time and parked in my usual illegal parking spot.  Shoot, I said I was going to drive an alias car, and forgot!  Oh well, I made it out unscathed.2.14.18 Drew's 4GR Val Party (2)2.14.18 Drew's 4GR Val Party (3)2.14.18 Drew's 4GR Val Party (4)2.14.18 Reece 2GR Val Party (1)2.14.18 Reece 2GR Val Party (2)2.14.18 Reece 2GR Val Party

And now you see why I looked like a wreck by Valentine’s day night!  It’s a busy day!  But, I truly love this day because it’s the best excuse to spoil my kids and eat a bunch of yummy sweets.  Like these gorgeous cookies our sweet neighbors brought by!  It’s a Valentine’s explosion of awesomeness!

Morgan came out ‘most popular’ receiving two boxes of chocolate from two boys and a special valentine from Reece.  And a family pizza dinner…I’d say that’s a great day!2.14.18 Valentines Day! (8)Reece stayed up late writing these amazing heartfelt letters to our family (and watching the Olympics).  Of course she stayed up late, because that’s just the way things go around here at bed time!!  Thank you Reece!IMG_1096IMG_1097IMG_1098.jpgAre the rest of you caught up in the Winter Olympics like we are!?  I mean who isn’t mesmerized by Shaun White and Jamie Anderson’s snowboarding skills!?  We can’t stop watching and our bed time has been slipping later and later.

2.13.18 Winter Olympics_R&D S.White Gold!.jpgAnd finally, I can’t help but include these flashback photos from Aunt Jenn, she always makes my day by sending me these!



Crap, the stinkin’  groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, saw his shadow so we’re in for 6 more weeks of Winter.  I’ve already been living in my North Face coat…right kids!?  I rarely take it off and they make so much fun of me!  I detest being cold.  Luckily, I have a lot to occupy my time so I get distracted and forget I’m constantly chilled to the bone.

This month, Morgan made a weekend trip down to Dallas to guest play in a soccer tournament.  Yay MoMo!  Despite the long drive, it was an opportunity she did not want to pass up.  So the Sassy Dads (see previous post on Justin Beiber/CO trip!), Morgan, and Emma hit the road…

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Road trip with Emma Coad and the Sassy Dads

2.2.18 MO Dallas Soccer Tourney (1)They came home with one win, one tie, two losses, and massive blisters on their feet.  So maybe life on the soccer tourney circuit is not all that glamorous!?  Thank goodness for Mom’s that pack good snacks…right!?

2.2.18 MO Dallas Soccer Tourney (4)I was holding down the fort here with the rest of the crew.  Jake competed in a BB tourney here in KC.  Despite the obvious size difference, they did win some games and had a lot of fun.  These 6th grade boys are fun to watch!2.3.18 Jake Panthers 6GR BB_Drive 5 Tourney (7).JPGJust when I thought he was looking so much older and more mature, then he steps up next to this guy looking like a toddler!2.3.18 Jake Panthers 6GR BB_Drive 5 Tourney (4)2.3.18 Jake Panthers 6GR BB_Drive 5 Tourney (5)2.3.18 Jake Panthers 6GR BB_Drive 5 Tourney (17)Jake’s Panthers BB team has been playing in a bunch of tournaments this season and traveled out of town for the first time for a tournament in DesMoines, IA.  They faced some very stiff competition there!

Friends, Sports, PS4, Candy, and Gatorade…the best combination for 6th grade boys!

In the meantime, we didn’t have a gymnastics meet, so Reece and I worked on school Valentines and boxes.  So fun!  Luckily Reece shares in my love of arts and crafts.

And we made our own little Superbowl party…


Wow – who knew the Super Bowl could be so entertaining!?  This is the first time I’ve watched it from beginning to end.  And we loved watching Justin Timberlake in the half time show as you can see here by Reece…

This is very typical behavior in our house.  Reece is always putting on a show of some sort (generally gymnastics is involved!).  And Drew decided to wear this cute wreath that we made at a NYE party as a hat to watch the superbowl.  I think he is pulling it off pretty well!2.4.18 Drew watching superbowl.jpg

Meanwhile, Morgan and Brian were watching it on an iPad in the car ride home from Dallas.   Not the most ideal scenario, but it worked!

And we had to welcome them home with a poster and treats.  That’s just what we do!

2.4.18 Mo Soccer Tourney (2).jpgMorgan is continuing to entertain us by playing on the freshman basketball team at her high school.   It’s a sad state of affairs when going to high school sports is your main source of entertainment isn’t it!?  We love watching you play, MoMo!2.9.18 Mo 9GR ONW vs OS (1)2.9.18 Mo 9GR ONW vs OS (2)2.9.18 Mo 9GR ONW vs OS (3)

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She played a LOT in this game which is why she is looking shades of red/purple!

And we beat my Alma Mater, Olathe South!  Woo Hoo…go Ravens!2.9.18 Mo 9GR ONW vs OS (8)That same week, Morgan also played in an Orchestra concert at school.  As usual, we all filed out of the auditorium envious of the talent and raving about the concert.  It’s truly amazing!2.6.18 Morgan 9GR ONW Fright Night Concert (2)2.6.18 Morgan 9GR ONW Fright Night Concert (1)2.6.18 Morgan 9GR ONW Fright Night Concert

1.18 Morgan 9GR Orchestra Pic.jpgMorgan ONW Freshman Orchestra2.JPGHow does anyone have time to sleep with all of these sports, playing instruments, and homework!?  And they still make time to snap chat, watch netflix, make signs and find dresses for school dances!

High school can be a touch complicated sometimes so luckily I still have Reece and Drew to keep me in the fun world of little kiddos!  Drew tried out for the Math Wings team at school and recently competed in the regional competition.  Or should I say, he watched his partners compete as he doodled on his paper!?  We didn’t see a lot of math being computed.  Not even my dad, a math wizard, was trying to do the problems.  They’re way too hard!

IMG_6924He’s been playing some basketball with his 4th grade buddies – they have some snazzy new uniforms!  Go Lenexa Elite!1.13.18 Drew 4GR Lenexa Elite_GABL BB (5).JPGReece completed her 2nd grade biography project on Clara Barton!  She was so interested in learning about her and dove full force into this school project.

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Just in case you are not aware, Clara Barton started the American Red Cross!
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Their classroom is SO COLD that many of the kids wear their coats all day long!

Reece handles school with as much intensity as gymnastics.  And for that, her teacher, completely adores her!  Sometimes I think she loves Mrs. Anderson more than her own family 😉  Here is a video clip of Reece presenting her biography project to her 2nd grade class today….job well done Reecie pie!  So Cute!

So that pretty much wraps up a lot of what has been going on in this mid-winter time period!   It’s been a mess of activities…we even cancelled a CO ski trip because we just had TOO MUCH going on!  When your high schooler would rather not miss school than go skiing, you know that it’s time for the family to chill out for a bit!  One more thing on the schedule, and we were going to lose our minds.

Spring Break can’t get here fast enough!

Reece-Level 3 Gymnastics Meet Season


2.11.18 Reece Level 3_GAGE Dragon Meet (8).JPGEvery Sunday night I want to write about Reece’s gymnastics meets but somehow I’m always exhausted and can’t get it done.  There’s no reason for me to be exhausted really because all I’ve done is sit for hours!  Perhaps I’m just mentally exhausted because watching your 7 year old compete, all alone, in front of tons of people is killer.  The mere sight of this…

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Gage Gymnastics, Blue Springs MO, home to many Olympic gymnasts

Immediately makes my stomach turn.  Clearly I’m not cut out for this.  How is Reece cut out for this?  Where did she come from?  How is she so brave?  How are all of these little athletes so mentally tough?  These are the questions I ask myself every weekend as I’m loading this cutie pie into my van to go to another unfamiliar gym in another city.2.11.18 Reece Level 3_GAGE Dragon Meet (4).jpg

We are now 6 meets in, and she knows exactly how to prepare, rocks it every time, and I’m completely failing at my job of documenting them in my blog.  So, here we go.  Here’s a summary of the 2017-2018 gymnastics meet season so far!

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You’ve learned by now that I make a spreadsheet about everything! 😉

This last meet was held at Gage gymnastics in Blue Springs and she received 3 of her personal best scores and still isn’t satisfied.  I would be jumping for joy but Reece is fiercely intense.  She just wants to be the best.  Honestly, the ride home from these events is not fun.  I can never say the right thing.  Next time, I may have to call a taxi.

She earned first place on vault and her highest score ever.  Way to go Reecie!

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She got 2nd place on Bars

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There was a long delay between competitors which caused this look!

3rd place on Beam

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This is one of her coaches, Tracy.  She tells me frequently that Reece is one of the hardest workers in the gym.  You go girl!

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9th on floor.  Her routine looked amazing to me but apparently she had multiple deductions…what do I know!?

2.11.18 Reece Level 3_GAGE Dragon Meet (19)2.11.18 Reece Level 3_GAGE Dragon Meet (20)2.11.18 Reece Level 3_GAGE Dragon Meet (24)She took 4th place all around.
2.11.18 Reece Level 3_GAGE Dragon Meet (26)and her team took 3rd place overall.  Way to go KGDC Twisters!2.11.18 Reece Level 3_GAGE Dragon Meet (29)We have more medals coming home and if this keeps up we’re going to be forced to put on an addition to the house.  Maybe convert the dining room hutch into a trophy cabinet?  That’s Drew’s brilliant solution.  Remember from my last post, we can barely store a thumbtack at this point and I’m not kidding!

After this meet, she worked her tail off in an indoor soccer game.  Many of us are mesmerized by her ability to expend so much energy and barely look winded!2.11.18 Reece 2GR Legends Indoor Soccer (5).JPGShe finally crashed on the way home!
2.11.18 Reece 2GR Legends Indoor Soccer (1)And this was Reece on Friday night blowing it up with her 2nd grade friends in a victorious basketball game.  This is one busy little lady!2.9.18 Reece Pink Thunder BB Blowing it up.JPG

Don’t worry…we managed to squeeze in some fun in between all of this!!  A little bit of shopping and dressing up in 80’s garb at my sisters.  I mean, why not!?

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Ok, back to gymnastics!!  Here are some photos from the other meets this season.  And 1st up are two of my very favorites that my photographer friend took at the meet in Union Station…050_level3part1051_level3part1

Make a Wish Invitational – Union Station, KC MO
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This Christmas, our basement said goodbye to Barbie houses and hello to a gymnastics bar!  We don’t have room for all of it…something had to go!
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KC Princess Classic, Riverside, MO

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A VERY proud big sis!  KC COED Classic, KC MO

We are so proud of you Reece!  Keep working hard and great things will continue to happen!


Come see our main floor remodel!


IMG_0334Several weeks ago (on 11/17/17 to be exact) I proposed to Brian that we do a little update on the main floor of our house.  I had a very detailed list of items I wanted to tackle (in a spreadsheet of course!)11.17.17 Main Floor RemodelHe didn’t immediately say no, so that was a good sign!  I’m kidding, he was very receptive to it.  Not much scares him really.

As of November 2017, our house turned 15 years old.  Time flies.  We love this place (or maybe it’s just me), so making it the best it can be is always on my priority list.  Brian and I made all the decisions together in building it and we brought all 4 of our babies home from the hospital to this place we call home.  We could certainly use more storage space as we have converted almost every square inch into living space.  We can barely store a thumb tack at this point!

I distinctly remember coming over to check on the building of our house on a very regular basis as we were living at my sister’s nearby.  Thank you Shauna & Scott for taking us in!  All of it was so exciting (and stressful), but in the end we were thrilled to be home owners of a brand new house.   Even if every smell inside made me want to throw up because I was pregnant with my 1st baby and nauseous 24/7.   Insert the green throw up emoji here…

This is what our house looked like then…10.28.08 Old House Paint.JPGand here it is now…

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2017 – new paint color, new garage doors, and new decorative shutters

I don’t think any of our neighbors are the same ones we had when we moved in.  Which is not surprising, really.  Some of them have been around for many of those years though and they are like family now.  Here is our current neighborhood crew rolling out of Falcon Valley in style for a Christmas lights tour together.  So fun!IMG_2519.jpgIMG_036720171230_184314Over the years we have made updates in our house from time to time like changing out our formica countertops for granite, switching out our stair spindles from painted wood to wrought iron, new kitchen appliances, a couple new light fixtures, a recent remodel of our master bedroom, adding in an outdoor kitchen, and some furniture updates.  Of course the kids rooms get changed from time to time.  The boys are really pushing for an overhaul in their room.  I’m not up for that quite yet!  No question, this recent remodel is the biggest endeavor yet!

If you walked in today, you may not recognize the place.  On 12/28/17 a crew came in and moved all of our stuff to the garage and demolished our flooring.  Bye bye dining room carpet and super easy to clean tile floors that were an upgrade at the time.  We had fun leaving our personal messages on the subfloor…IMG_0331.jpg


We lived like this for several days during the New Year holiday…

Not the best venue for a New Years party but Morgan and her friends weren’t scared away.  They still rang in the new year in a pile of dust.

Oh these girls make me so proud putting up a backdrop and gathering decorations for a party.  They are definitely taking after me 😉

Over the course of 3 weeks, we spent many hours cooped up in my room playing monopoly and just trying to stay out of the way.  It’s not an activity I really recommend.

Jake was the big winner.  He’s a risk taker!

Honestly, I felt a little paralyzed and confined during this process.  Our normal life was put on hold.  In a nutshell, I have eaten out way too much and gotten nothing accomplished for weeks.  Hence the reason you have seen very few additions to this blog lately!

During the process we discovered our dining room floor wasn’t level and needed repairs and our master shower needed a bit of an overhaul.IMG_0565Master Shower before_afterThe temperatures outside were dipping into the single digits, icy conditions were compromising the ability of workers to get to our house, kids were home for snow days, Brian was in Vegas for the week, and our fridge was in the family room.  Not the most ideal conditions and I was on the verge of a breakdown a time or two, but we made the best of it!IMG_0566.jpgAs of 1/19/18, our renovation is complete and we couldn’t be happier!  You wouldn’t recognize it if you walked in today.  Morgan had snap chat friends asking her if she had moved!

Here are the before and after photos!

Before…IMG_9942.jpgIMG_9958.jpgI remember being enamored with the beautiful dark stained cabinets when we moved in and all of the sudden one day, I looked up and wondered why they were looking orange? Weren’t they dark walnut before?  Are my eyes playing tricks on me or am I just bored of looking at these cabinets?  Or perhaps I have watched too many Fixer Upper episodes?

Here we are now with a fabulous change…
IMG_0806.jpgIMG_0825.jpgMy dad installed under cabinet lighting and up-lighting for me (he is an electrical engineer by the way) and I’m loving it!  Thank you dad for putting up with my hair-brained ideas.  I’m certain he wants to slap some sense into me most of the time.  But this time, I think I’m ok because now he’s installing it in his own house.  See, not all of my ideas are bad ones!

Kids are loving it too and Reece left this sweet note for Papa for working so hard at our house…1.13.18 Thank you Papa!.jpgWe also got him this personalized tool belt for his birthday.  When he showed up with a tattered tool apron and supplies in a plastic wal-mart sack, we were a bit concerned.  We’re trying to spiff him up a bit so when he makes house-calls, he looks the part! Isn’t he cute!?
IMG_0835.jpgBrian’s home office has lost the burnt orange color that was popular in 2002 and become a much more streamlined dark gray.  I have many pictures to hang up still but I’m trying to give my poor dad a break.  He’s my picture hanger!IMG_0851.JPGWe have a new look to our fireplace…Fireplace before_after.JPGAnd freshly stained hand rails and stair end caps…IMG_0856.JPGand no more carpet in our dining room…hallelujah!


After…IMG_0579.jpgIMG_0813IMG_0814Quite different, right!?  I think our family is really going to enjoy these changes!IMG_0826.jpgIMG_0805.jpgAnd no more brown bathroom…IMG_0855.JPG


We had quite a lot of work getting everything put back together.  Stop making fun of my paper plate and napkin collection right now!  I know it’s bad!  This is a collection from years of parties and I’m working it!

My dad missed the last step heading downstairs and this crash happened.  No worries…he’s fine and the shelves have been repaired.  They could fall off if you sneeze near them but for now, it’s fixed!IMG_0547Apparently I was harvesting an unsafe work environment 😉

We hope to make many more memories in this house and we are really excited to show everybody what we did in a very short turnaround.  Listen, I don’t mess around.  When my dad spoke at our wedding reception, he mentioned my determination and my ability to go after what I want.  I guess this is no exception.  I’m starting 2018 with a big project already crossed off my list!

Come on over anytime…you’re all invited!IMG_0335