Sunday, July 19, 2015

Summer Antics

The last post I wrote was May.

The beginning of May to be exact.  That sucks in bloggerville.

But this is the first time in seven years that I've worked in the summer. 

Up until last September, I worked for the school system so I had summers off with the kids.  It was great. 

Since I changed jobs I work throughout the summer.  The kids are old enough to handle things on their own, but my garden and house cleaning, and other projects have suffered greatly.

Hence the fact that I haven't written a post since the beginning of May.  My days off during the week are spent running kids to practice, having doctors appointments, getting groceries, or just handing those things that come up.

Ugh.  Such is life.

So, to recap in pictures, this is what has happened to us since the beginning of May 2015.

Evan graduated from 8th grade and is now a high schooler!

Our 4-H pigs require our time everyday, and have grown considerably since this picture, and fair is right around the corner...(THIS Friday to be exact.)

Jake has taken NUMEROUS naps on this chair on the porch, and at the beginning of June I picked LOTS of strawberries from the garden and made jam and froze the rest.  The rest of my garden has been slow going this year.

Grace's social life has taken on a life of it's own, and we had a visit from my sister and her family in June (all the way from South Carolina.)

I celebrated a birthday, Grace decorated my cake, started a new love of cupcake decorating, and got her drivers permit!

We've had a lot of rain this summer and have been blessed with several of these beauties.  Sometimes two at once!

And just a couple weeks ago, Grace and her bestie since kindergarten, Rebekah, and Evan and I headed uptown for a photo shoot.  They turned out great, but Grace has since cut her hair, and needs some new ones of her alone.


Our summer is FLYING by.  After next week when fair is over, the kids have two weeks and then school starts again. 

Bear with us.  We might be recapping every season in pictures!

Sunday, May 3, 2015


Grace has always been full of contradictions.

With her future career choices that is.

The way the school diplomas are run these days, kids have to have their future career choice made by the end of 8th grade when they make their schedules for high school.


With Grace, she's flip-flopped between Graphic Designer, Fashion Designer, Cosmetologist, and Interior Decorator.

She'd be great at any or all of those, but it's a hard decision to make as an 8th grader.

This year she has taken some introductory art classes for high school.  Drawing, Painting, and Into to 2D/3D Design.

I'm so glad, cause those are subjects I can understand.  I LOVED them in high school and college, and came out with a job as a graphic designer for my first "real job."

Every year Fairfield has a creative arts show in the spring to showcase the best of the kids art from all the art classes.  At the end of the show, awards are given, and new inductees are made into the Art National Honor Society, based on grades.

This year, Grace had many projects in the show and she was also inducted along with some friends into the Art National Honor Society.

I'm SO PROUD of her.

(back row, third from the left.)
 She thinks she's decided on Graphic Design as her career choice, but she's also going to go through the cosmetology program at Fairfield as a Junior and Senior as a backup choice because that would be a great skill to have to use in life.

Grace and her friend Danielle got gesso brushes when they were inducted.


paper mache

She's such a goof!

One of my favorites!

Good job Grace!  Keep it up.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

The metamorphosis of a nightstand.

I'm usually searching for ways to not spend full price on anything. 

Call me frugal, or even call me CHEAP, you'll be right either way.  (And remember, Grace and my newest obsession with the Flea Market Flip show has got my juices flowing!)

For awhile I've been searching for a nightstand for Grace's room.

For awhile we had a wire, (and very cute) clothes hamper from Target, turned upside down, and she used that as her nightstand.

It was fine, but not great. 

Since we recently painted her room a cement gray color, and her bedding and curtains are aqua with white and orange mixed in, I decided to go "shopping" in our own home for a nightstand to go with this color scheme.

Evan had a great nightstand that was oak that I had gotten at a garage sale when the kids were young, and he needed storage space by his bed for stuffed animals, etc.

He has used it for YEARS, and it matches his oak bedroom suite.

I did, however have an old school desk with no chair attached in the living room that I was using as a side table.  It worked perfectly beside his bed, still had the open desk for storage of his comics, and even gave him more room on top.

That freed up the oak nightstand he was using, for a project for Grace's room.

Here is what the nightstand looked like before, minus the white handles.

Definitely well worn, definitely workable.

I had seen these great pictures on Pinterest (of course), of furniture with graduated colors of drawers.  I KNEW this is what I wanted to do.

I already had two cans of aqua spray paint in two different shades, so I just got more, in two other shades of aqua.

I was a little hesitant, however because we had painted the rest of Grace's furniture black last summer.  This piece would stick out slightly because it was going to be aqua, with no black on it.  I went ahead with it anyway, and this was the result.

I loved it, thought it was great, so I took it up to her room for her to have the last say.

Since it sat by her bed, and was very close to her all black desk, it really did kinda STICK OUT unfortunately.

Grace suggested I paint the outside black and leave the drawers the different colors of aqua.

Of course SHE suggested it, I was doing the work! (LOL.)

So I did.  I used the same black paint we had painted her other furniture, which happened to be a shade that was both black and a little gray.

So, this morning I brought up from the basement, the newest version of the nightstand.  The Metamorphosis was now complete.

It's still cute.  Maybe not my favorite, but it matches the rest of the furniture much better.

Now, we just have to finish putting up the white lights above her bed, etc. 

Grace is definitely my child.  We change her room up color-wise about every couple years, and we rearrange it every couple of months. 

That's ok.  I like doing it, and she's got a great eye for design herself.