Sunday, April 13, 2014

No more cold!

We are so thankful for the warmer weather! I hate being cold and even more hate cold weather! So ready for it to be warm for good!

We had a fun day at our friend, Webber's house enjoying some sun on Thursday! 


We spent the majority of the day yesterday in the garage building things! Ryan updated the light fixtures so he can woodwork at night and see better. While he was working, I built some boxes out of some scrap wood we had. I stained them and put them under two lamps in our living room to give them some height behind our couch! Ryan was impressed with my wood working skills! I have been learning through all of his hard work lately! Mae and I snuggled while we watched daddy work. 



Ryan built this awesome gate for our back deck so Mae and I can enjoy outside without Eli all over us. Plus, she is stuck with me and can't escape!


I took a quick trip to Old Time Pottery and got a new umbrella for 20 bucks! I was so pumped! I spent way too much a few years back on a Pottery Barn one, and it ruined quickly...so I figured if I can get a cheap one each year it turns out just as good!

 

After our long days work, it was nice to unwind and relax with our new neighbors! They pulled their TV outside for the Master's and all the kids played in the cul-de-sac. Love our new friends and neighbors!


This morning, we all got up at 7:40 a.m. and made the executive decision to try the 8:00 service. We were there dressed and ready at 8:05. Super family powers. We have been struggling with which sermon to go to each Sunday, with Mae's morning nap schedule, so we thought we would try it! It was perfect and we all napped when we got home! Made for a long afternoon of Master's watching!


When we woke up, we headed to lunch nearby, and now are relaxing watching golf in our Master's gear daddy got us! Ryan went this year and last so we have lots! 





Perfect weekend if I do say so myself, warm weather and all! Ready for this week. We will be getting ready for my parents to come for Easter weekend! Hurry up Friday!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Don't Mess withTexas

This past Thursday, we had a quick small, surprise celebration for Ryan's 30th, a week before his real birthday because his mother was in town to watch Mae!


We had a blast in Texas for our dear friend from high school, Derek and his new wife Ashley. Friday night we went to Derek and Ashley's house and had a fun night with their family and friends playing cornhole, eating dinner, and catching. We snuck away at the end for a drink out on the town with the bride and groom!

Then we met up with my cousin Philips. He went to UT and now lives there!


Philips left and Ryan and I partied like it was 1999! We pretended we were in college still and stayed out until 3 am. Sounded like a good idea at the time, but were exhausted the next day!

Saturday, our friends Kyle and Glen joined us and we had a day of fun and drinks in downtown Austin, after brunch and a drive around town. We then headed to the rehearsal dinner. 





We then took a pedi-cab to hit the town again!


and had fun again on a night on the Austin town with the bride and groom. 


Saturday was yucky weather so we rested most of the day, after lunch downtown. The wedding was beautiful and we are so happy for the new Mr. and Mrs. Sain!




So thankful for a fun weekend with my hubby and for our in-laws who watched this little nuggest while we were gone!



and we had to bring her back a tacky prize!














Thursday, April 3, 2014

Filling up fast...

Our days have been filling up so fast here in Charlotte...Ryan is working his little hiney off, Mae and I are just letting the good times roll! We have been going to the park often...there are tons all over Charlotte, but my favorite is in our neighborhood! It is my favorite because it is walking distance and Mae is not a huge fan of the car seat these days, so anytime we can take a wagon or stroller, Life is GOOD!

We have met wonderful neighbors with kids, so we meet them lots at the park!








We love hanging out in the front yard...hoping this warmer weather will stay!

We have also have been to lots of play dates...some with neighbors, there are 5 girls that we get together with about once a week. We have also met up with a friend from college and her kiddos recently too! Play dates at our houses, and more recently, a play date uptown! We went to Imagion and for lunch afterwards! Emily and I worked at JH Ranch together, too, so it's fun to see how the Lord brought us back together!



Today, we are waiting for the IN-LAWS to arrive! We are celebrating Ryan's 30th early with them tonight, and then headed off for a mommy-daddy getaway to Austin, Texas! 
Mae will be spoiled rotten when we return! 


Sunday, March 30, 2014

trash to treasure

I have been searching high and low for an old antique high chair for Mae. We use a plastic portable one that has been great, but it has to be on a wooden chair (our dining room chairs, not kitchen which are upholstered) so food does not get in the fabric. Well, like I said before, we are not formal people, so we eat most of our meals at the kitchen table not the dining room table. I have found several antique high chairs since the search but some didnt have a tray, some didnt have straps, and some were just more than I wanted to spend...aka $100 plus. 

Last weekend, in Atlanta, I found this high chair that needed a major facelift at a local church rummage sale. I spotted it from across the way and bee-lined for it! Nothing some sanding and paint cant fix! 


I joked with my friend, Sarah Neale, that the bargainer in me wanted to negotiate the $15 dollar price. I should be condemned for even letting it enter my head, because the money was for CHURCH for crying out loud! So I went happily with my money to check out! And you wouldnt believe....

everything in the sale was HALF OFF! $7.50 baby! God knew he had to show me He was in control not me!

So after I lugged it in my car home to brag on myself to my hubby and him roll his eyes....we have this beauty!


I used a coupon for a free 8 oz. size of the new spring line paint at Lowe's. Color: London Coach
Ryan added a polyurethane coating to it today and tonight it will be in use for dinner! 

And for a final last look, Before and After:


As my friend Rachel reminded me today, one man's trash is another man's treasure...in this case baby's treasure!


Monday, March 24, 2014

First room re-do

So the first room we HAD to tackle ASAP was our front living room. In my opinion, it is made to be a formal living room, but let's face it. Ryan, nor I, are FORMAL people. So we made the family room Mae's playroom (pics to come) and decided to make the formal living room a family room! This will be where we hang out when we have company, when Mae is asleep, etc. It is not really child friendly for Mae, so we will continue to let her primary area be her play room.

We started off with a blank slate. This room was BY far the hardest to decorate, because of the layout. Two doorways, and 3 random placed windows, made for some constant reconfiguring...Here are some before's, sorry for crappy pictures from my phone:





We knew our first step was to repaint. We are over tans, and are loving grays, so we went with that! Not too light and not too dark:

 


After the painting was finished, we put everything back together with a few new purchases:

A new couch, in a different color, thank's to Haverty's:

Here is our actual one:

A new chair thank's to Home Goods:



Some new framed pieces, thanks to a local antique store and Hobby Lobby Framing:



This brick is used for our door stopper, it is a brick from Sewell Hall in Auburn, AL. Ryan's company tore the building down to build the new athletic hall and dorm. We snagged some brick's when we lived there and had the labels made for Ryan's dad, since he played football at Auburn. We kept one, too!


I love this little area and think it came together well. My friend Webber, came over to help rearrange this room, and she did this area! I LOVE it! (This piece of furniture was Ryan's great aunts, and I re-did it on a previous blog post)




I think TV's are the most unattractive piece in any room. It is so hard to work around them. This Pottery Barn TV stand we got right when we got married in our first house. I added the two baskets for Mae's toys, the few times she will be in this room. I also added this little antique wooden chair that I snagged from my mom. We call it "Mae's chair."
(PS I love the french doors going into this room...however they will always stay opened)

An end table with some knickknacks:  

These lamps, both me and my bestie Amy have. I love having them because they are beautiful, but even more because I think of her each time I look at them! Ryan is about to build pallet wood boxes to go underneath them to give them more height behind the couch: 


Here is the room at a glance: 

Hey Mae Mae!



The only thing missing is this Ballard Design's beauty, the Marchesa Rug in a 8x10 size, which is ordered and on it's way to the Harbuck residence! HURRY UPS!


I am loving our new room. Ryan and I have enjoyed actually living downstairs more, rather than in the bedrooms and bonus room upstairs. Plus, it is the first room that guests see when they come in, and we all know a first impression means the most! Hope you like our new room! More extensive renovations to come! I am slowly coaxing Ryan into tackling the guest bath reno. this weekend. Fingers crossed!