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hey y’all – long time no post…again

Good night, its just really hard to keep up with this blogging in the summertime, isn’t it?

Although I don’t know how that really applies to me, since none of my kids are in school yet.


Another project, yes?

oops, he’s still a work in progress :). Can you believe he’s almost 1 year old?

I finally tackled the mantle! Umm, actually I did this a couple of months ago, but whatevs.


Here’s the how-to:

  1. Pick a night when you don’t feel like painting furniture outside due to extreme heat/humidity/bugginess
  2. Open up the windows in the living room – remember to ventilate!
  3. Slap on a coat of no-sand latex primer
  4. Sand lightly
  5. Add 3 coats of olympic premium no-voc white paint (I can’t remember if we used semi-gloss or satin), sanding after each coat
  6. After the last coat, sand more to add a little character
  7. Then apply 3 coats of safecoat acrylac, sanding after each coat
  8. Wait a few days before setting anything on top of the mantle

Now, what I wish we would have done but didn’t is to really sand the mantle first – I don’t care if the primer says no-sand, I think it always pays to sand, and when we do the kitchen cabinets we will definitely sand first to let the primer adhere more to the wood. That being said, I’m really happy with how it turned out!

Oooh, and notice the big wooden H thing on the mantle – that was my mother’s day present. My guy did really good this year!

Whadya think?



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Its only been a week this time!

*overheard during quiet time today: the boys playing “oil spill” with their playmobil guys. So sad

Thanks for the comments on the chalkboard, y’all! I LOVE the way it turned out…sometimes I just sit there and gaze upon our big black wall…sigh.

And I’m back with another project…this one much more subtle, I promise!

It started with a trip to the seashell souvenir store. They sell their imperfect seashells for 88 cents apiece! So Sawyer and I picked out a few to bring home.

Then the bigs and I painted them with acrylics (in beachy colors) and took them outside to spray on a coat of poly

Ok, maybe we picked out more than a few.

After they dried, I brought them back inside and put them up in all the transoms in the house

I don’t know if anyone who comes to our house even notices them…but I notice, and they make me smile. Plus the bigs got a kick out of getting to help with a project – it kept them happily occupied during the witching hours (4-6pm at our house). And that really makes me smile


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i know, i know

…I’ve been absolutely HORRIBLE about blogging lately.

I’m sorry.

No really, I am.

And I have no good excuse either – we’ve been busy but what else is new.

But I’m back!

And I’m ready to share some projects!

Remember the kitchen?

Well…a while back Mike went out of town, and I got a little bored. I wouldn’t say he was thrilled when he got home, but, because he’s such a fabulous husband, he didn’t make me change it back.

I haven’t let the kids draw on it yet – I’m just loving the blankness that is the clean chalkboard wall. Yes I did it. But I did take into account all the warnings. To avoid the dust, I’m planning on only using chalkboard markers.

When I break down and finally let the kids draw on it, that is.

Not that you would ever want to do a chalkboard wall, but iffin you did, here’s how I did it:

  1. first I taped with frog tape (the green gap at the top will be covered by crown moulding…eventually)
  2. then I did 3 coats of magnetic primer (from lowes)
  3. followed by 2 coats of chalkboard paint (also from lowes)

easy peasy lemon squeezey!

So do you like it or hate it – I’m pretty sure its gotta be one or the other?


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an almost great day

Mom and I did end up going antique shopping. Can you believe that I didn’t even buy anything? And neither did mom. But I have some possibilities 🙂

We had a great time tooling around Pensacola while Mike watched the kids. He calls today his mother’s day present to my mom and his belated valentine’s day gift to me.

So that was the super-awesome part of the day.

Unfortunately for us, my mom had to head back to Madison this afternoon. I guess its time we hand her back over to my dad.


And then Riggs started running a fever – boo.

And then it looks as though Emmett may have had a tiny seizure while he was in the pool with Mike – he’s okay though! But still boo.

And then Emmett and Riggs cried for the rest of the day. Boo.

But eventually all the kids went to sleep, and Mike and I moved some plants inside and put some stuff in the attic and watched some tv.

A good end to a good day (with some not-so-great moments).

{have i posted this one before? i love this picture}


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I’m feeling pretty proud of myself. Two projects completed! No pics yet – but Mike is back with the laptop so soon enough…

For now you’ll have to be satisfied with one of the boys:

{i believe i’ve mentioned that these two are goofballs, right?}

I think I’ve got Mike convinced to watch the kiddos tomorrow…so mom and I can go antiquing! So excited.

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our weekend…and a (tiny) rant

{definitely not taken today – it has been cloudy and rainy all week here}

We’ve had a busy weekend…started on Friday afternoon with a squadron social at a local restaurant. The fun continued on Saturday with a trip to lowes and work on the house (plant planting and picture rearranging for me, programmable thermostat install and yardwork for Mike). Then today we had church, another trip to lowes (for more plants and a different programmable thermostat), and a party for a friend’s kid who had her first communion today.

Mixed in with all that was Emmett’s pediasure leaking out of his tubing and onto him and his bed two nights in a row. You know, there’s nothing that smells better than a pediasure soaked little boy and his pediasure soaked diaper.

I jest. Really there is not much that is more stomach turning, and I have seen A LOT of grossening things in my day.

If anyone out there has any ideas about how to 1)prevent Emmett from writhing around in his crib all night, which causes the medicine port on his tubing to pop open, releasing gobs of stinky vanilla-flavored grossness; 2)prevent poor emmett from crying so loud when he has to get his sopping wet clothes changed that he wakes up his deep-sleeping little brother, who then wants to party in the middle of the night; 3)interest Emmett in, I don’t know, ACTUALLY SLEEPING AT NIGHT, please let me know. Like ASAP, before we lose our minds.

Can you tell we’re a little frustrated with this leaking tubing/middle of the night bathing and sheet changing/no sleeping/pediasure stinkified situation?

Good, I’m glad I’ve made that clear.

*note: we have some melatonin, which we haven’t started yet because I have to find a way to grind the pills up small enough so that they won’t clog the g-tube. But Dr. Bedpan says melatonin is better at getting people to fall asleep, not stay asleep. And the staying asleep is the problem.


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now on to us

Sorry for the absence folks – we’ve just been busy with doctor’s appointments, arguments with tricare, and life!

{a big part of what keeps us busy over here – even when he’s stuck in his cage room}

I’ll try to do better, but you know our life and how crazy it can get!

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