Monday, October 6, 2014

Pumpkin Patch.

In October Papa's Pumpkin Patch is a must! We love this place. Small, quaint and FREE!
Slides...
And digging...

record weight of pumpkins this year...



cool crazy pumpkins!...



Cai finally discovered the slide and giggled everytime he went down. And then threw a big fit when he had to be done...




Tractors! He was in heaven...


Our annual family picture (with one unhappy camper. lol) 2014, 2013, 2012



This little boy was more curious about pumpkins and straw then pictures (a boy!)





And there was the fit throwing...going limp, being dragged...thrown over a shoulder. this boy wears us out. lol

...oh and running away and trying to hide...

AND more tractors!










Marin wanted this pumpkin, BUT i told her it would break our piggy banks :)

Another year done! Yay for fall and pumpkin everything!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

VolleyBall.

Neither Collin nor I are any good at sports. Coordination is just not there. So, we've never really pushed or mentioned playing to Ava. This year she begged me for Volleyball, so i thought $20...a fun coach...let's see what she can do. And you know what? She isn't half bad! Maybe the tide has turned... :)
Its too hard to take pictures during the games, so we had a mini shoot at home...











On a side note. Bleachers and two year olds don't mix well ;)

Monday, August 25, 2014

The After.

This summer was a whirl wind! Moving with 3 kids will do that to you :) I finally took some 'after' pictures, but lets start with the before...

Family Room...this is the previous lamanent flooring. It looks nice, but it was really scratched up. What better time to replace it with REAL wood when the house is empty? It was a big project for Collin, but i loved the results...


Kitchen...


Downstairs...

Upstairs bathroom...

Ava's Room...


Our Bedroom...


Malacai's Room...


. Honestly, I thought about making everything look perfect and then I thought 'That's not the real us'. One thing I've struggled with in a new and bigger house its 'letting the messes go.'  I'm a better person and mom when i allow messes and the house to look 'lived in'.
I have had so much fun redecorating, shopping at thrift stores and flea markets. I was ready for a change and fell in love with the country look. I was blessed with family and friends to help paint and remove wall paper (not an easy task!!) and it completely changed the look...
 AND now the After...( with the new floors!)


The Kitchen...
We have plans to replace counter top and sink at some point.
 Just ordered new handles. These are spray painted in the picture, but reviews were wrong in my opinion-the paint did not hold up to sticky fingers :)



The Family Room


View from the front door to the french doors that lead to the deck...


Front Entrance...

I discovered these book end globes and old hymnals at a flea market in branson. love them.

I have this sign above the piano.  Love it.

I saw this little bird in Branson, but didn't buy it the first time, but i went back :)

Another view of family room...

My favorite little space...

The lower level (we officially have 6 levels in this house-that's ALOT of stairs. lol)

See that monstrous tv? It is SO heavy and was such a pain to move. Some day we'll  join the real world and get a flat screen :)



Behind the bifold doors is our teeny tiny laundry space. Collin has plans to tear out that wall and build a laundry room in the basement...

These stairs lead to the upstairs...
To the left is the bathroom and Ava's room. On the right is Cai's room and straight ahead is Marin's room. The stairs to the right lead up to our room.

Ava's Room from the doorway. Its hard to get an overview of the bedrooms, but this picture is deceiving. Her room used to be the master before they added our room in the attic, so its huge! She also has her own door to the bathroom, which she thinks is pretty cool! We are still figuring out how to decorate like a 'big girl' room :) I found a used day bed frame and we painted it white. Oh how i love paint ;)

Marin's room from the doorway...

Malacai's Room...


The upstairs bathroom. I didn't paint in here yet-still trying to decide what to do. I'm thinking a grey-ish. In all of the bathrooms the vanity, trim and tile needs to get replaced. This is our 'stay here a long time' house, so we have many projects for the future!
I saw the Rise and Shine pictures on pinterest, so I sent it to my wonderful friend Cheri and she made me an exact copy of it! I love it! I told our girls they had to sing that every morning. Marin was excited, Ava just rolled her eyes ;)


 Picture above is the guest room...
The picture below is the stairway to our master suite.
This is another room I didn't get painted, but that's a winter project :)


When you come up the stairs, right to the left is our bathroom (didn't get a pic) and then into the room our bed and fireplace is straight ahead.
This room is huge, but its hard to get a good picture of it. This room was added on (using attic space) later.


(above picture) This is what is to the right (and a walkin closet) when you walk in the door...
Love that i have a 'me space'.
 
 I had a gal make the Mr and Mrs. sign for me...there was something missing in that space, but now its filled!


And that's the tour!

There are still lots of personal touches we want to do, but i think its a good start. I'm ready for a project break :)