Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Before, After...and the chaos involved...

Decided to surprise Greg this weekend while he was away and re-painted the kitchen, dining and living room. Now, I was babysitting my mom's dog, Rose also. So...that means, 1 toddler, 2 shelties, a wiener dog and an overweight, slow moving cat in 1 tiny house with no place to keep "extra" items while painting. The following pictures will depict how the toddler portion of it went. Shiloh, the wiener is another casualty of the painting marathon, but no photos of that issue. After the naughty baby picture is the before and afters...
You can tell by the look on her face that she knew she was in trouble :)


BEFORE:

AFTER:

I am absolutely in love with this new paint scheme. The blue is called "Aqua Bay" and the cupboards and walls are "Primitive White". Kind of hard to tell from the photos, but the cabinets almost have a yellow-ish tint now that they are next to the blue backsplash, but I love the way it turned out. I was never happy (as anyone who knows me) with the old way it was painted. I disliked it from the day I finished it almost 5 years ago. So, this new paint was a long time coming. I have been tucking away a little training money for the last few months so I could pay cash for all my painting supplies. Mainly, so I didn't put any more strain on our bill paying money and but I also really wanted to surprise Greg. Since he's a "bank Nazi" I knew he would know if I spent even one dime on anything that wasn't pre-approved!
Amazing what a little paint can do for a room! I had accessories laying around in other rooms that go well with the new theme. I am going to find some cool fabric to make some art and new pillows for the couch. The little vases in the above photo are from Menards and hello... $0.89 each!!! Seriously.
All together I spent around $54 on the whole project and about 22 hours of labor. It was truly a painting marathon. I stopped long enough on Saturday to go feed horses and throw some food at the kid. I do need to go buy one more gallon of the Primitive White for the other two walls in the living room and I really want to paint the wooden "beam" that divides the dining from living room. I painted the beam in the bathroom white last year before Delaney's birthday and I really liked how that turned out too.
Big heart hugs to everyone...



Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Monday, March 23, 2009

Delaney spent most of the afternoon (after her nap, of course) playing in her sandbox and in her car (in the background). Beautiful day yesterday. Fairly warm, nice breeze and lots of sunshine! While Delaney was playing, I divided and conquered my irises that had gone awry in one of the smaller flower beds.
She understands the concept of sand in the bucket...but, that doesn't mean she actually does it. As you can see from the sand that has "escaped" from the sandbox.
Bustin' some moves on the dance floor. She gets her moves from me, not Greg. Although, I might have caught her trying out a moonwalk?
We went to Maple Syrup Days in Lagrange on Saturday morning. Absolutely would not believe the amount of people there. Crazy...
We did pancakes with fresh maple syrup, sausage and milk for breakfast. My first time of having REAL maple syrup. I was impressed enough to spend $8 on a pint of fresh syrup. Did you know it takes 30-40 gallons of sap to make 1 gallon of syrup?? Maybe you did, but if you didn't, there ya go. Some useless knowledge for the day. We did a tour (and a story) in the sugar house where they make the syrup, then a horse drawn wagon ride through the woods was our last event. Delaney and I probably enjoyed that more than my brothers or parents did, but it was great. It was a chilly morning, but beautiful. Next year, we need to make sure Greg goes with us.
Delaney and my dad (Papa) on the wagon ride. Dad is looking a bit like the Uni-Bomber in this one. What's with the sunglasses Dad? No sun.... My dad is the sunglass King! He ALWAYS has sunglasses on. Even in our wedding photos...but, we'll let that slide since it WAS Jamaica.
Tammy (Nana) and Delaney at breakfast.
My youngest brothers, Alec & Evan, with Delaney. We were waiting in line to eat breakfast here.
The baby burrito...love her face in this one. Contemplating something I guess....
One of my oldest (not her age, the time we have known eachother) and dearest friends from school, Livvy. We met her and her husband, Dale, for dinner on Friday night. Had such a great time. Reminded me of what great times we use to have together. We had not been out to dinner with friends in such a long time, I almost forgot how to socialize (well, sort of) ;)....