Thursday, May 31, 2012

Raggedy Ann & Andy

Yesterday I mentioned I collected Raggedy Ann & Andy in the Wednesday Hodgepodge.  I went around the house taking pictures of them, not realizing how many I really had.  Our first home had the country version of Red, White and Blue theme.  I loved it!  When we moved to our present house, we opted to go for a more modern country look.  I had a difficult time finding places for my dolls.  

Entering our home.  
In the hallway to kitchen and living room.

Shelf near front door.

Chest in living room.

Downstairs in our finished basement we painted the walls a brick and tan color.  The dolls looked at home here than upstairs with green and yellow.
Yes. I am one of those people who leave a Christmas tree up all year round.  It's a tall skinny one that has all my patriotic christmas decorations on it.

Is there something you collect? Something that your house is over run with?  Post about it! It's a cute way to show off your style!


Monday, May 28, 2012

Remembering Poppop

My Grandparents were married in 1942.

My grandfather served our country during WWII.

He passed away in 2008.

I miss you Poppop.

Justin Bieber hairdo

I recently found these 2007 pictures on a camera card.
Zachary's hairstyle was cool before Justin Bieber debuted in 2009.

I think Justin Bieber stole his hairstyle from my son.

Dang it!  We should have rights to that hairstyle!
What do you think?


Friday, May 25, 2012

Garden Helpers

This week I've been planting new flowers around our patio.
My favorite flowers are Star Gazer Lily's and Cone Flowers.
The Star Gazers were our wedding flowers (they haven't bloomed yet). 
Cone Flower

I also like any other flower that is purple.
While trying to plant some new flowers I ran into a problem.
The roots from our birch tree was in the way of where I wanted the flowers to go.
So I asked my doggies to help!

For that extra garden help call Ellie and Teddy Excavators!

Sample of finished work.

Head over the Mrs 4s at Half-past kissin' time to see how everyone's else's week was!

Happy Memorial Day Weekend!


Thursday, May 24, 2012

DONE! well, almost...

This is going to be my scrapbook room.  I love purple (I guess you can tell by the color of my blog, right?).  The new carpet was installed on Tuesday.  I put purple curtains up but they didn't match the walls.  The walls remind me of a pastel girly color. The curtains were something you may find in an Austin Powers movie!  Guess I will be going shopping for new curtains.. (oh darn!) The next set of pictures will be when all the scrapbook supplies and furniture is in.  It's been a slow process…. Yes I am a 40+ old woman with aches in her bones and cricks in her neck.  The body doesn't move as fast as it did when I was a 20+ (and all the energy in the world) year old.

Brandon's room has one wall painted 'brick red' the other three walls are gray.  I got new gray curtains that do not fade and block out the majority of the sun.  They are supposed to help conserve energy too.   My impatient son (I wonder where he got that trait from? AHEM!) began moving his stuff into the room before I could get a picture of it empty.  The TV has to be mounted on the wall.  His bed will be on the right, where the picture ends.  Do you see Teddy? He follows me around everywhere I go.


Sunday, May 20, 2012

The painting begins

Step #1 - Buy the products
Step #2 - Patching

Step #3 - Primer

 Step #4 - Hire a helper

Step #4 - Be careful  where you put the outlet covers.
Stay Tuned for more!

Friday, May 18, 2012


 So much has happened since last week. 
I didn't have much time to post - so here it is in a nutshell.

~I GOT A BLOG MAKE OVER.  "Happy Dance, Happy Dance"  Not Just A Hockey Mom has changed to Pretty Purplexing.  You can go to this post to see the reason why.

~My oldest son moved out last weekend.  We helped him sort thru what he wanted, what he didn't and what was trash.  Amazing to find that 5 trash bags full were trash!  My son is either a hoarder or just plan to lazy.

~We ordered new carpet for son #1 (the movee) and son #2's bedrooms.   We tried prices from Lowe's and two smaller business'.  We chose a smaller business. Although it was a few $100 more, we thought the quality of the installation would be much better.

~We are playing musical chairs but with bedrooms instead. Son #3 has claimed rights to Son #1's room. Son #2 is moving into a room we have in our finished basement.  My scrapbook room will go into Son #2's old room and hubby's office will go into Son #3s old room.  Did I confuse you?  

~We are getting an ADT system installed today.  (It has nothing to do with Son #1 moving out. LOL).  We've had a few break-ins in our neighborhood recently and I feel much better having a security system.

~ I finally got some pepper and tomato plants and planted them in my garden.  I planted lettuce, spinach and cucumber by seed about a month ago, but it's been so dry I didn't think they would make it. Thanks so much needed rain, the lettuce and spinach are now thriving and the cucumber has sprouted.

~The waterfall in our pond wasn't working.  It was dripping.  I could not figure out why.  I tore apart the pumps and hoses looking for a leak or blockage.  Finally it dawned on me to clean the filter!  Egads! That was one nasty task!  

~Hubby and I will be painting the two bedrooms this weekend and tearing up the old carpets.  Hopefully one of us will be alive by Monday.


Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Not quite an Empty Nest

A few weeks ago my oldest son, who is 22, told my husband and me that he was moving out of our home.  Our son has a friend who inherited his grandfathers house and is looking for a roommate to help pay the inheritance tax.  The economy has been hard on our son.  He has a full-time job and yet he isn't able to afford a place on his own.  I'm sure many young people are in the same position our son is in.

Todd and I are proud of the maturity Ahren has shown in the last year.  He has come a long way since graduating high school.  We are going to miss having him around. His sense of humor, his obnoxious way of annoying his brothers and his dirty laundry.  Ok, maybe not the laundry.

Over the weekend we helped him move.  So far no tears have fallen from me.  He didn't take a bunch of things from his room that he doesn't want anymore.  I have no idea what to do with most of it.  I am thinking a yard sale.

My youngest son has claimed dibbs on his older brothers room.  First we have to tear out the carpet and install a new one.  My sinus' are not going to thank me from the dust. Oh, and it needs a good scrub.  The oldest wasn't the cleanest boy in the world. But what boy is??

Even though our oldest has moved out, we still do not have an empty nest.  Two more boys are in 'da house!

Sunday, May 13, 2012