Friday, September 21, 2012

Disney Favorites

Here is a short list of our Disney Favorites!

O'Hana for dinner- yummy!
Tower of Terror- even our 4 year old rode it!
Carrot Cake Cookies at The Writer's Stop at Hollywood Studios
The Kilimanjaro Safari early in the morning
The queue for Space Mountain
The Barnstormer- so sad it's gone!
The Finding Nemo Show
Disney Cardholders Meet and Greets
Turtle Talk with Crush
Princess Meet and Greet (fast passes are awesome for this)
Thunder Mountain- my favorite!
The Dole Whip Float

Makes me want to go back now!

Thursday, September 20, 2012


If you know my family, then you know just how much we love Disney! Some people think we are crazy.  Some people have expressed this, especially recently as we have shared that we are considering going to Disney just before Christmas of this year.  That in and of itself is not crazy, but the fact that we are going to have a newborn in a few weeks means that this trip will be with a 7 year old, 5 year old, 3 year old, and 2 month old!  I actually think these are perfect ages for Disney! Disney is very young family friendly.  It is infant friendly too!  There are a lot of rides an infant can ride with mom or dad, there are plenty of places to sit and rest, lots of shows to see (perfect for nursing or a cuddly baby) and there are actually designated baby areas throughout the parks that provide a quiet semi-dark area for mom and baby to sit, feed, get supplies, etc. 

My kids LOVE Disney almost as much as their parents.  They love the rides, characters, shows and accommodations.  They talk about our precious trips to Disney frequently.

Of course Kyle and I have a special attachment to Disney too! It all started with getting engaged there, and I think we can all admit that it is such a magical place- where dreams really do come true.  Okay that may be a bit cheesy, but it is a lot of fun!

Disney is great at any age.  We have been blessed to travel to Disney twice with friends and family.  It is even better when you get to share it with others!  Want to come with us?  We would have a blast!

The only thing better than going to Disney is going there free.  Wouldn't it be amazing to win a trip?  I'm entering to win a trip here.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Please Excuse the Mess: Painting

I made a to-do list last week. Every single room has painting that needs to be done in it, yuck! Today, I decided to start working on painting the basement. Check the post below for before pictures (when everything was fairly organized and put away). Anytime I craft or do a house project I make a huge mess as you can see. I need one of those signs they post at the grocery store when they are renovating (and moving every isle around every time you go- Love you Kroger).

I chose to use a color called "Banana Cream." It is slightly yellow. It is the same color that my mom used in her basement. It should go great with the gray and yellow pillows and ottoman that I made last week. You will also see in the pictures that I decided to paint the column that is in the middle of the room. I think it looks so much better painted the same color as the walls!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Make Me Beautiful (Basement Edition)

We have a basement. Some people are surprised when I say that because most new construction in Richmond does not. Our house was built in the 20s though and I really appreciate that it has a basement. Up to this point the basement has served as storage, a play area, my craft area, and the laundry room and extra bathroom.

While a play area is great it does not show off the true potential of this space! So, we will add a tv viewing area to the basement. And we don't own a tv, we'll have to borrow one. The basment is going to be painted a cheery yellow called banana cream- thanks to my mom and leftover paint. The color scheme will be yellow and gray. The chairs will go where the fire station was, by the stairs, and the tv will be in the area where the cart sits.

So far I have bought two dark gray ikea chairs and today I made two pillows and recovered the free ottoman that came with the chairs. Here they are, enjoy!

More to come in the near future!

Big Changes Coming

We are growing out of our house. Life on Lakeview has been amazing, but with three kids and basically 2.5 bedrooms, it is getting a little tight. Oh we would make it work if we had a lot of money or didn't plan on having a 4th. Kyle has always dreamed of building another floor upstairs (he doesn't do the laundry regularly- in the basement). There is also the factor that we feel called to live near our church. So, after years of talking about this day, we are getting ready to put our house on the market this Spring.

What does this mean? It means I better get to work. There is painting, organizing, purging, cleaning, staging and so much more to do! I have been keeping a journal of all the things we have purged to date (mostly to goodwill) and we are at over 500 items! I have also been working on some staging projects, specifically for the basement which needs to show well. We have bought trim paint to repaint all of the trim in the house and plan on touching up some of the other paint as well.

I will try to post some of these projects as they happen, and possibly a list of projects that we are going to do in the next couple of months!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Beach Book

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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Disney Vacation

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