Thursday, September 30, 2010


Margo loves to sing. Lately she has been singing the B-I-B-L-E. When she sings, she actually says, the B-I-B-I-B!!!! I've been trying to get it on video for a few weeks now. Finally, I captured it on my phone, so the quality is not that great, but it's still cute. Pause the playlist on the right sidebar and enjoy!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Bathroom Makeovers

Over the past six weeks or so, we have slowly been updating our bathrooms. Here is a picture of our newly updated master bath. I really wish I had a before picture to share, but I don't! When we moved in eleven years ago, this bathroom had floral wallpaper and those vertical movie star lights! We lived with the wallpaper for a while. Over the years, this bathroom has been painted by yours truly at least three times. This time, I obsessed over paint swatches for a few weeks and decided we needed to change more than the paint color! We ditched the Miss Piggy lights and got some simple sconces. I got this mirror on a super-duper clearance at Lowe's and decided it would look a little nicer than the boring builder grade mirror that we had. Again, I wish I had a before picture, but you'll just have to trust me...

David replaced the faucet. WOW, what a huge improvement over the big round crystal ball faucet!

We also replaced the hardware on the doors and drawers. The brushed nickel looks so much better than those porcelain ones we had.

The new shower curtain, roman shade and rug complete the new look!

Now here's a BEFORE picture. This is the hall bath or the girls' bathroom. This bathroom has also been through several paint colors over the years. The pale pink walls with purple hydrangea wallpaper border was done about a year before Madeline was born. So after close to ten years of this....of course, I was getting the itch to paint and update!!!!

This time I had helpers who were more than willing to paint!

I only let them paint a little bit on this one wall.

They loved it and kept asking if they could paint more.

And here's the newly painted and updated hall bathroom. We used the same hardware, faucet, and light fixtures in both bathrooms.

I had a hard time finding a shower curtain that I liked that went with the paint color. So when I found these curtains at Wally World, I just sewed them together to make a shower curtain. I even had just enough fabric to make a window treatment. I love the polka dot rug that coordinates with the stripes. It reminds me of the game Twister!

Guess who these three bathing beauties are?

David cut some molding and I framed it around the mirror that was already there. I got the idea from a DIY blog. It really gives it such a finished look!

The girls love their new bathroom! I think this bathroom definitely went from drab to FAB!!!
Now......what to paint next ?????

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Camping at Lake Gaston

Last weekend we took a little road trip up to Lake Gaston for a weekend of camping. We even took Annie!

We got there just before dark on Friday evening. As soon as the camper was popped up, Annie made herself at home on her bed.

These three played hard until about 10 0'clock and then they were OUT!!!!

The girls loved playing on this wooden fence near our site.

This was the view from our campsite.....beautiful!

Our pop-up and Annie on her tie out.


Feeding the fish.

Annie met some new friends. We saw a side of her we've never seen. She was really playful and seemed to enjoy her doggie play date.

Time for a little swimming.

And we found out that Annie can swim. She wasn't particularly fond of it though.

Margo on the merry-go-round. They had the "good" playground equipment that David and I remember playing on when we were kids.

Lydia being.....well, Lydia!

Sweet Annie enjoyed her first camping trip. We plan to take her on our next mountain camping trip in a few weeks.

Roasting marshmallows for s'mores with our little neighbor friend.

Family pic and of course, Annie is not looking at the camera! Oh, well...better luck next time :-)

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Margo's Favorite Book

"Say hello to someone really special. Say hello to Grover's mommy!" Those are the first lines of Margo's favorite book, Grover's Mommy. She has loved this little book for quite some time now. It's always on the bedtime story top three, or five, or however many little books we read each night. Lately she has taken her love for Grover's Mommy to a whole new level:

Yes, a bedtime buddy. See her book tucked under her arm. Poor George had to move over, but at least he's still in the crib! She even walks around first thing in the morning with her top three: her paci, her blankie, and her book! I really need to get a picture of that!

I wish I could say that this used to be mine or David's book, but I actually bought this at a children's consignment shop when Lydia was a baby. Lydia loved it too, but not as much as Margo. I think we've definitely gotten our money's worth!

Thursday, September 09, 2010


Madeline joined Girl Scouts and is officially a Brownie.

She had her first meeting a few weeks ago. Here she is with her fellow Brownies and her troop leader, Mrs. Ridout.

I just got their schedule of events and boy, are we gonna be busy! Not that we aren't
already :-)

Lydia is still waiting to be placed in a Daisy Troop. She wants to be in Girl Scouts so badly. Hopefully, there will be enough interest generated in our area....
She and Margo helped me make brownies the other night.

She loves to stir.

Taste test by Margo

I think she approved!!!

I just had to include this picture of Margo from her first day of MMO for the fall. She requested piggy-tails and insisted on carrying her fishie pocketbook! Before I know it, she'll be in Brownies!