Saturday, April 30, 2011

Our New Floor

When we moved into our new home, we had moved from a 1930's "filled with charm" house to a cookie cutter house.

For various reasons, two being more space and better layout, we bought this house. I have been working on this home from the get-go to give it some charm and an older home feel.

This summer alone plans include: creating new balustrades (5 of them), refinish the stairs, paint the existing staircase (w/ new balustrades) , makeover the powder room (new floor, sink, wall treatment), a new sitting area fora fire pit and adirondacks in the backyard, a swingset and a sand box.

And finally, a post about my installing our new floors. This post is long in coming. We ordered 12 inch wide southern yellow pine tongue and groove planks.
The existing floor was a mix of laminate, carpet and some old hardwood. We decided to floor the kitchen, living room, mudroom, foyer and dining room with the new hardwood. Here are some pictures of the process:

laying out the paper on the subfloor

dining room

finished kitchen floor (excuse the absent base moulding on the kitchen cabinets)

And here is a picture of the hallway leading into the living room this past February (with some valentine cuties) and the board and batten
I applied to some of the rooms (another post all together).
This process took about three to four days including two applications of a clear coat.

We love the look and feel it gives to our home.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter Everyone!

The big girls drew the line this year and it was WIDE. They no longer wanted to dress like the "babies". This sad mama asked if she could still color coordinate...and they said..yes! I am so lucky=:)

The "Babies".

I made a pineapple bake today. As I was cutting through the loaf, I think I noticed a bunny shape in the bread. Do you see a bunny shape?

We had several egg hunts!

And made our first annual bunny cake. This is actually the second one..truth be told the first one fell apart! I am hopeful that as our Easters progress this becomes a tradition for my girls.

We also saw real Easter eggs!

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday!

Saturday, April 23, 2011

The Night Before Easter...

Twas the Night before Easter..

and as of 9pm..the minis are STILL awake!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Do you Dye Easter Eggs?

I was at the doctors' office this past week and my appointment happened to fall the day after our family dyed our Easter eggs. Unfortunately, I came away from the experience a little scathed and the result was one green finger. (Don't just happened).

So upon the doctor spying my one green finger, I blurted out .."oh..we were dying our Easter eggs!" She looked at me a little taken aback, then said, "I am so glad to hear that. I didn't think anyone did that anymore." Really?

I guess with the ease of plastic eggs maybe this tradition has moved to the wayside.
This has been a favorite childhood memory of Easter time. Oh.. the magic of watching the colors take shape as you dipped and re-dipped the eggs. We have dyed eggs every year since the children were born.

As the children have gotten older we have moved onto making a bigger event. This year we had the cousins over for lunch and to dye the eggs. Even my 17 year old niece joined in the fun.

So the question is does your family dye eggs for Easter?

We were crazy for adding glitter to our eggs this year.

Everyone busy.

My little one had a thing for pink this year. She dyed all of her eggs pink.

I hope you all have a great weekend!