Fortunately, we made it through the hurricane last night without losing power.  It flickered twice (that we know of), but that’s it.  My parent’s house (up in PA) lost power, so we feel lucky.

However, Sandy left her mark in our living room by way of the leaky windows. 😦 Boo!

First, we were just using towels to collect the water and we changed them for fresh ones when needed.  But Bob constructed an “apparatus” to collect the water so we could just dump it when it filled up.The water was coming in through the top of the window.  So he taped a trash bag to the wall/window so that it caught the drips.  Then cut holes in the bottom of that bag and taped another bag (also with holes) to the bottom of it.  Then he just put the bag inside something to catch the water.  A trashcan, a bucket, and for the biggest leak – a cooler.  Essentially, the trash bags acted as funnels.  Worked like a charm!

How smart is my hubs?  The whole thing reminded me of a Voyage of the Mimi project or something!  Anyone remember that educational science video series?

Clark enjoyed watching the storm out our new doors!  He thought it was so cool that he stayed up 2 hours past his bedtime!

I know not everyone fared as well as we did.  Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by Sandy.




Not long ago I posted about how I decorated our front door for Halloween.  However, the massive amount of trick-or-treaters that go through our neighborhood will not get to see my mad spider-webbing skills.  Because…..


Before I get to the after photos, let’s talk for a minute about the old doors.  First, they were not cute.  I’m really not a fan of the dated scalloped edge storm door.

Also, they were pretty busted up.

I didn’t even get a picture of the trim around the back door that was ripped off the wall from when Bob tried to come in not knowing the chain was on.

Let’s move on to the exciting part.  On Tuesday morning, the guys came to install the new doors and got straight to work.  I was able to creepily stealthily snap a few “in progress” shots.

This is where things started to get exciting!!Even though all the racket they were making meant this monster refused to nap.And now for the before/after side-by-side comparisons:

Front door interior

We went with a door with a view!!  White interior and oil-rubbed bronze hardware.  Just like I wanted!

Front door exterior.

We chose Enzian Blue which is sort of a greyish blue.  Not quite as cheery as my beloved yellow, but more sophisticated.

Storm door and view from the front porch.

Love, Love, Love, Love, Love!!!  So long dated storm door.  You will not be missed!

Back door from the inside.

Bad lighting in both pictures but this door is also white with oil-rubbed bronze hardware.

Back door from the outside.

It’s a bigger difference than you can see in these pictures.

Clark misses his “doggie door” but loves being able to make sure all is well in the back yard and supervise Daddy when he’s mowing the lawn.

We are so glad they are finally here!

(Now I only have a few days left to figure out how to decorate them for the trick-or-treaters.)

Weber’s Farm

Last year I wanted to find a place for Bob and myself to get pumpkins to carve.  So I googled around and decided on a place called Weber’s Cider Mill Farm.  What a cool place!

There’s a farm market with fruits and veggies, fresh pressed apple cider, baked goods, and more.  Plus, in the fall, they have Harvest Festival Days with some great family-friendly activities.

This year we knew we wanted to go back with Clark to pick out pumpkins again.

Apples, apples, and more apples!  SOOO YUM!Some pumpkins were as big as Clark!Daddy and Clark picking the perfect pumpkin!

You can’t go to Weber’s Farm without trying an apple cider donut.

How cute are my boys?

We had so much fun.  The weather was perfect and we left with a lot of fresh produce.And of course we each got a pumpkin.  We haven’t decided if we’re going to paint or carve them yet.  Maybe both?…

How is it possible that October is almost over?!?!

Deck: Furnished

After revealing the newly stained deck last week, we had time to move the grill and deck furniture back up.  Here’s what it looks like now.  (Don’t mind the junk in the background.)

I absolutely love how it turned out.  Somehow it makes the deck feel bigger too!

And because he’s such a cutie, a picture of the boss man around here:

A Webby Welcome

Halloween is going to be here soon!!!  WOO!  I’m sooooo excited!!  I LOVE Halloween!  Costumes, candy, pumpkins, spooky decorations…

So let’s talk about decorations.  I don’t go “all-out” when it comes to decorating for any holiday.  I wish I could, I just don’t have the stuff.  But I like things to at least look festive so I work with what I have.

I saw some really cute ideas on Pinterest with ways to decorate your front door like this one:

Or this one:


So I came up with a little something of my own.

What you’ll need:

  • a door
  • black vinyl electrical tape
  • scissors
  • a spider (I got mine from the dollar section at Target)

I started with 5 support lines.  I made mine off center.Then I made the web by cutting smaller pieces of tape, starting in the middle and working my way around in a circle.Basically I kept working until I ran out of tape.  I ended up having to cut that bottom support line shorter.Then I just taped the spider I got to his web.  I just laid the pieces of tape right over the tape that was already there.  I also made sure to keep the peep hole uncovered. (One time I got reprimanded by our contractor for covering it with a wreath.)Finished product:View from outside:It was so simple and I love it. (minus the dated storm door)

And it kind of matches the spider web on our mailbox.Yes.  That is a real spider web.  Gross, I know, but we figured it fits the whole Halloween theme so we don’t have to clean it off until November, right?!?!

**I used the electrical tape because it’s black but also because it won’t chip the paint off the door when I take it down.  If you have a black or dark colored door, frog tape would probably look really cool.

Now I need to get our costumes together.  Clark’s first Halloween!!!!  Did I mention I’m excited?!?!?!


Hitting the Deck: Part 2

We last left off with the deck stripped and ready for stain.

And almost 3 months later we finally got down to it!  We had already decided on the Solid White for the rails/posts so a couple weeks ago, we used a beautiful Sunday afternoon to get the first coat on.

THIS PART SUCKED!  It took forever!

Don’t be jealous of how good I look gettin’ my stain on!

We tried to tag-team it with Bob on the outside and me on the inside, but Clark was awake and the exer-saucer only kept him entertained for about 20 minutes.
So we tried putting him on a blanket in the yard with some toys.  

That worked for a little while, but he got bored and kept crawling over to us.

Luckily, our neighbors were outside playing and volunteered to watch him while we worked.  He’s such a social butterfly!  He loved all the attention!Hands-free, we were able to work much more quickly and by the time the sun started going down, we had all but the last few rails covered.  What a difference already!  I was getting so excited!We called it a day but we knew we would need a second coat before we started on the decking.

Which brings us to this past weekend.  My little sister came up from Bethesda on Friday night and watched Clark on Saturday while we slapped up the second coat.  Again…pain in the arse…but necessary.

Since Ellen was here, we even had enough time in the day for Bob to get the built-in bench and steps stained.We ended up going with the Wood Chip.  It’s what Bob preferred and I am so glad we did.  It has a little bit of red in it that plays off the brick so nicely.  (The picture above was taken around dusk so the colors in it sorta have a blueish tint.)

Sunday my parents came down from Pennsylvania to go to church with us and brunch after.  When they left, we got to work again.

The decking went so much faster than the rails.  Clark was awake so Bob set him up in the yard with an awesome fort.

Clark had mixed feelings about it, but it kept him busy and entertained long enough for us to get the job done.

We worked on one plank at a time from the outsides in.  When Clark didn’t need us, we were able to work at the same time, meeting in the middle.When we got to the last six planks, Bob started working his way towards the steps.Bada-bing, Bada-boom!


The deck is right off of the kitchen and when I’m standing at the sink, I can look out the window at this beauty.  It makes doing the dishes a little bit better.

Oh, and we did use stain, not paint.  (even the white)  It’s just solid as opposed to transparent.

For comparison sake, here’s the before and after side by side:

We haven’t moved the furniture and grill back up yet and we need to hang the flagpole.  When we do, I’ll take pictures and post them.  I have this great outdoor rug that my mom got me for my birthday and I’d like to put some mums in pots flanking the steps or in the corner of the built-in bench or something.

What do you think?  Come on, Fall, stick around for a while so we can squeeze in some more bar-b-ques this year!

Outside the Box

Saturday I went to a bridal shower for a really good friend from college.  When I was wrapping her gift, I wanted to do something different.  Something…cute!

Here’s what I came up with:

And here’s how I did it…
First, I wrapped the gift in brown paper.  I had a whole bunch of packing paper from our Amazon Subscribe and Save shipment this month.  (I always save it to use for stuff like this)  You could also use paper bags from the grocery store turned inside out.

I knew I wanted to spell out “Happily Ever After”, so I cut out triangles from my bag of paint swatches for the little flags.  I cut from a whole bunch of colors and laid them out in the order I liked before writing the letters on them.

Before glueing them to the box, I laid down the yarn and taped the ends to the sides of the box.

To cover the taped ends, I wrapped the box with ribbon.M+J for Mariana and Jeff

…Or as we lovingly refer to them: Spanish and Redbeard!

Cute, right?!?!

Love you guys! Can’t wait for the big day in November!!


Babysitting (x2)

Some friends of our’s recently moved to Colorado.  A couple weeks before the move, they were in need of some childcare and I volunteered to help them out.

Sweet Ainsley was born just 12 days after Clark.  So obviously we arranged their marriage.  I was so excited to get to spend 2 long days with the love birds.  Even if it meant a 6am drop off.  🙂

Ainsley has this adorable “swimsuit model” pose where she kind of lays on her side.  It cracks me up.Bob couldn’t wait to get home from work to participate in the “play date”.  

The kids must have also had fun, because the second day, they were both wide awake for the 6am drop off.This picture is hilarious!  HeheOh my goodness!  These kids are so cute!  It was exhausting keeping up with them all day, but so worth it!

Brittany, Andrew, and Ainsley – we miss you guys already!  Can’t wait to plan a trip to visit!