Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Fall recap

Now that Christmas and winter are almost here, I thought I would do a quick recap of fall.  
This is one of my favorite fall pictures and captures our boys personalities pretty well...Garrett, mister serious and Trigg giggling in the background.
 We did make it to the Pumpkin Ranch again this year.
 Trigg got to jump on the trampolines...
 and ride a pony!
 Our little pumpkin in a wheelbarrow
 This was the best smile we could get out of both of the boys!
 The other pictures looked something like this one...
 Halloween with Dusty Crophopper's Pilot!
 Our "Thankful" chalkboard sign
 Our mantel with a "Give Thanks" theme.
Happy Fall...here comes Christmas!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Halloween - Dusty Crophopper

Trigg really wanted to be Dusty Crophopper for Halloween, well, at least Dusty's pilot.  I love a challenge, so I got to work.  For those not familiar with Disney's movie Planes, here is a picture of Dusty Crophopper.
 I started with a box, I taped in shut and cut holes for Trigg to fit through.  Then I modified the back to look like a planes tail and rudder.
 Next I added some wings...
 and then had Trigg give it a test run to see if we were headed down the right path.
 Next I added orange, white and blue tape.  Made a propeller for the front...
 With such a wing span, Trigg couldn't "fly" inside very well so we had another test flight out in the driveway.
 Lastly, I added the "7" to the wings and to the tail.  Heather found this great pilots hat, with goggles to complete the outfit!
And we flew around our neighborhood gathering way too much candy!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Hello Fall

Fall is in full swing and we are loving it!  It is my favorite season, the colors, the cooler temperatures, the crunchy leaves, I love it all!  Heather has our house decorated for fall, so let's take a little tour.  
The tree in our front yard is looking awesome right now, green to bright red!
 We made these pumpkins out of 4x4 posts and then some white and orange paint and added some sticks for stems.
 Our chalkboard sign got an orange pumpkin...and that went up on the mantel
 Ta da...our fall inspired mantel.
 I also built a frame out of pallet wood and painted a leaf on some burlap
 Close up of those wood pumpkins
 "Welcome Fall"
 Heather saw a wreath like this on Pinterest and made her own for our front door...it turned out great!
 Our mums are starting to pop and we got two pumpkins ready for carving jack-o-lanterns!
And that's the tour!  Next thing you know, we will be getting out the Christmas decorations!

Monday, October 13, 2014

3rd birthday!!!

Birthday's are a big deal in our house, we love to celebrate birthday's and make the day awesome!  We also have a standing rule that we don't work on birthday's, so we all took the day off to celebrate Trigg's birthday!
We wanted to surprise Trigg, so we rigged up a bunch of balloons...
to fall when he opened his door in the morning!
He loved it and has been playing with the balloons since!
Trigg requested Casey's donuts for breakfast
3 candles for this 3 year old!
After breakfast, Trigg and I headed to SkyZone for Toddler Time!
 We were 2 of 15 people there and had a blast jumping on the trampolines!
We stopped at Chick-Fil-A for lunch and then Heather and Trigg ran some errands in the afternoon to get Trigg's cake topper for his party (Dusty Crophopper!).
We had a "plane" themed party, complete with our own pilot!
Heather did an awesome job planning and preparing the party.  It looked great!
All set up and ready for the party
Beverage table
All set
The tables had cloud place mats with airplane center pieces.
The birthday boy!
Our "in flight" meal
Sign for "Check-In, Arrivals & Departures"
Trigg loves story time, so we read the book "Planes Fly"
Followed by a game...pin the propeller on the plane!
We got some pretty close...and some no where near the mark!
The whole flight crew after we landed safely!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Bathroom Re-do

Behind that sliding barn door was a powder bathroom that was in need of some updating, so that's what we did.  Heather found an inspiration photo on Pinterest, so I ran with it!
I usually get really excited at the start of projects and forget to take "before" photos, it happened again with this project, I already started pulling down the lighthouse wallpaper when Heather reminded me "did you take photos?"
So these are my two before photos.  There was green and maroon light house wallpaper boarder and a sponge paint effect on the walls...
Here is the old light fixture and vanity...(mirror already removed).  Step 1...remove everything
Step 2...replace with new stuff: additional sub floor
...and piece in new floor.
Next, add "planks" to the wall and a barn light fixture.  We found this light on Amazon.
Prime the planks
Next I added the counter top.  This I built out of pine, two 1x10's for the top and a 1x4 for the front.  Stained with Rustoleum "Kona" stain and sealed with Minewax Helmsman Urathane
It is somewhat of a "floating" counter top
Closer look at the finish
Then I added the sink and faucet, mounted on top of the counter
almost finished...
And done, mirror installed...
 Added a fun rug and an old ladder for little boys to climb up to wash their hands after using the "big boy potty!"
 On the other side, I built these floating shelves out of 1x4's and 1x8's, stained with the same Kona finish.
 ...and a gentle reminder to "wash your hands"
There you have it, a re-done bathroom with a barn inspired feel.