Saturday, February 18, 2017

Projects From Months ago

Saw some ideas on Pinterest, you know my favorite addictive hobby. Rob offered to make a counter top for the art room so we could add more places to paint. Drew was asking for a mini bedroom makeover with stuff he liked. Less sports as he has gotten older although he still loves to watch sports he doesn't want everything baseball anymore. He also needed a headboard for his bed.
Found these old filing cabinets on Craigslist. I think I got them all for $60. I painted them and they became the base of our paint table.
We added a counter top to the top of these filing cabinets. We made everything out of Pine. I picked out the best straight boards I could find and we used a thinner piece of wood on the back to hold the boards in place. I sanded all of it, and stained it in a drift wood color.
Turned out great!! So now we have two places to do art work and lots of storage. I'm still not done with the shelving decor but getting there!
Drew's headboard was so simple and cost around $40 or less to make. We used the same Pine boards found at Home Depot and cut them down. I used a couple different widths to find the size I wanted and just used nail gun to attach everything. After sanding and staining we hung it on the wall.
We also made a long shelf, super easy!! It's a long pine board hung up with shelf brackets. Super easy!! $30 maybe and looks perfect for the look he wanted.
He asked me to paint him a Boba Fett picture. I took a chance, I have never painted anything Star Wars. I kept looking at pictures he sent me and it turned out! He loved it!
I had a store credit from Home Decorators from months ago, and decided to buy there two wreaths on Black Friday they were half off. They came and they were a lot more aged and white then I had hoped. I love paint so much, you can do anything with paint. I took out my paint brush and fixed the wreaths to my liking. So many times I see stuff at the store and think that concept isn't bad but the paint colors or fake looking greenery ruined it. That is when I wait for clearance and get creative.
Love!! Just what I wanted now
Lauren got a new bed!! My big girl is to tall for a twin. This bed is awesome it even has a drawer that goes under it, not pictured here. This was a Craiglist find too!! Now it's not perfect but it's heavy and works perfect for her. I looked into getting her a new bed and just for a headboard it was around $400. So I got this awesome bed for a little less then that and it's perfect for her. I no longer have every bed size in our house, praise the Lord. 
I love her room!! I would love to have had her room when I was her age. 
A new couch, this was my Christmas present. So far I really like it!! The white isn't to hard to take care of, I just wash the cover. Today is going to be a beautiful day! I just love Texas in the Feb/March everything is starting to bloom. We had a really hard frost back in January which is unusual so I know I lost some plants but I am hoping not to many. I will post outdoor pics soon. I want to work on my garden. I love flowers and plants but sadly I am not to talented in understanding what grows well. I need to do more reading on gardening.
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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

February Happenings

Lauren is enjoying Girl Scouts, mom and dad  She did a great job with cookie sales (: We are enjoying cookies around here!!
Hudson is doing well, still a little ornery but a real sweet dog! He loves to dig holes and get muddy, only real frustrating activity. Oh and he loves to open the garbage and find tissues, food scrapes. Dog acts like he is starving.
A couple weeks ago at our favorite Pizza place!! A normal weekend activity for us
A couple weeks ago some of my friends and I went and painted. It was so fun, if you haven't done this go. No talent necessary and I am amazed how every ones pictures turned out.
My boys are the best, they make me laugh daily. I actually love this teenage stage except for the thinking they know more then me part. They are just so much fun. They know everything going on in the world including every meme and trending topic. They really are a wealth of knowledge. I love hearing their opinions on everything. I am quite impressed that they are making their own decisions and have opinions. We have informed them and shown them two ways of thinking and they watch videos and read. They are both very level headed smart boys!!
Dexter thinks he is so funny. I was watching TV only to find him on the roof meowing and looking in the window.  Last week Rob brought home the flu, then I got it and Drew too even with the flu shot ): Thankfully the other two didn't. It was awful both being sick! During this lovely time Dexter climbed a 40 foot tree and was stuck. We tried all kinds of things to get him down. Rob with a fever threw a rope with a weight perfectly on the tree limb where he was. We hosted up a laundry basket tied to the other end with food inside. We thought he would climb in, nope!! Luckily we had gutters put on the house and I asked the gutter guys and they were so awesome and got him down. I am so thankful!! He was up there for 35 hours!! Dexter is so happy to be down do you see him?
Trying to get him down thinking he might scale down the tree, not going to happen.
Thankful we are all better now and Drew seemed to have a mild case. We were in bad shape. My wonderful Jen showed up with homemade soup, brownies, salad, and stuff to make lunches!! Can you say Texas has blessed me with some great friends!! I have to post pics from projects and everyday stuff soon I will get there!!
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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

So far behind...catching up

Where has the time gone? I can barely keep up with everything lately. We are going full speed ahead in 2017.  Lauren just finished selling her first round of Girl Scout cookies and is enjoying Girl Scouts. She once again got all A's this 9 weeks! She is also doing Soccer on Saturdays. Jaden joined a acting class/school. He has a hidden talent of singing and can act, who knew. So far he goes just once a week and they teach him how to read scripts etc.. Some of the kids have agents but he just wanted to  learn and have fun. He may join the drama club next year so I thought this would help build some confidence. Drew is playing flag football on Saturday's and Rob is coaching, once again they are having a great time together. Drew even got a touchdown last Saturday. So needless to say we keep plenty busy with all of this and a big furry dog.
I want to continue to blog and need to make the time. I love to look back on the years and see all that we did as a family and see how the kids have grown and changed.
This year we started a new tradition on Christmas Eve to open Gag gifts. We all drew names a week before and made a trip to a local thrift store. The limit was $5 and it could be anything to get a laugh. The kids had so much fun and absolutely could not wait to open these creative gifts.
Here is a sampling of every ones gifts.
Rob and Jaden had each other and they both had really funny gifts. Rob got Jaden two books that we all died laughing over. One was Winnie Cooper (The Wonder Years) on how to do algebra. The cover was very well...funny it did not look like a cover about math. He also go a book on a guide to the male body (: Rob got a spiritual guide book on Angels.
 We had so much fun over break, watching movies, going out to eat, coloring. I had poor Rob working his butt off too with some home projects. I will post more about that later.
The kids had fun picking out gifts for each other. Drew bought that Vader picture for Jaden. I truly think they had more fun giving each other gifts this year.
Finally the gift she has been waiting for!!
Ipad!! her very own
Jaden loves Tesla, I found these prints off of Amazon and framed them. They are all his drafts of his inventions. They are pretty cool. The boys are getting really selective with their rooms. They both are starting to personalize their rooms with exactly what they like, I love it!!
Every New Years we have the Ball Of Fun. New Years is kind of a dud holiday for kids. So I started doing this tradition last year and so far they love this one too!! It gives them something to look forward to. I add candy, snacks, gift cards, little stuff. It's a whole lot of fun!!
This is Lauren getting ready for her Christmas Party at school.
Of course we saw Star Wars over the break, kids loved it. I love this movie theater!!
 A little shopping, we have a Tesla store close by now too!!
 We even went ice skating. It was the kids first time. We meet up with my good friend Jennifer.
 Hi Jen!! Such a nice break filled with fun, friends and laughter. I hope everyone has a safe and blessed 2017!!

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