Thursday night was busy at out house! Jeremy took Jackson and Parker to Howell Graves Preschool, where Parker will be going to kindergarten in August. They had an open house and the kids got to explore the school. Sadly I have no pictures of this because I was busy taking Mia and Everett to the high school where Mia's class had a performance. The first grade does a Spring concert every year and most of the songs are about friendship. Grandma, Nana, Pop, and Carley all came to see her perform. Jeremy and the boys came over after the kindergarten thing too. They also had a slide show from all the activities they've done this year. I can't believe 1st grade's almost over!
Maria and Mia getting ready backstage
Kaylee, Bella, and Mia. These 2 have been her best friends in class this year!
Jeremy and I tagged along with McBride's 4th graders to the Birmingham Zoo today. Jackson had to be in class at 6:15, so it was an early morning for all of us. A couple of hours later, we pulled into the zoo lot like true Griswolds and promptly parked here.
Yep, first ones there. And we beat the traffic that afternoon when we headed home. Thanks, Clark. When the buses finally arrived we split the kids up and roamed around looking at all the animals. We had about 7 boys with us and it was all we could do to keep up with them. There were several other schools there, and we heard an employee telling another parent that they were expecting around 3,000 kids. We checked Jackson out right before lunch and grabbed a sandwich Which Wich. They had the most fabulous chips ever, made fresh with salt, pepper, and lemon zest. Next we window shopped a little and got dessert. Jeremy got cheesecake and Jackson and I got Yogurt Mountain. So good!
Cameron, Jess, Jackson, Briar, Elijah, and Hunter
This field trip has been brought to you by Grandma (who kept Mia and got her to school this morning) and Nana (who kept the Parker and Everett and got Parker to and from school today). Without them none of this would have been possible!
This past Friday I got to tag along with Mia's class to the park and the Children's Museum. Not only were Webster's 1st graders there, but Highland Park's were too. Mia was so glad to get to hang out with some of her pals she misses from kindergarten last year. I didn't stay for the entire field trip, but I love being able to go when I can.
Nevaeh and Mia
Cami, Mia, Bella, and Kaylee
Kaylee, Mia, and Cami
Friday evening we celebrated my dad's birthday out at "The Property". I guess we need to think of a better name, but this is just what the kids have always called it. We were going to camp overnight, but the rain was supposed to come in later, so we just made a late night of it. Our favorite neighbor Ms Margo came out when she got off of work that day, and we grilled burgers, fished, and just hung out. And she was so kind to take a picture of us all together. It's a hard job to get 14 people all looking at the same time! This is every grandkid's favorite place to go. Pop usually takes turns asking 1 or 2 of them to ride along with him when he goes out there, and they love it. I hope we have many years of this to enjoy together.
Well, our long lost window finally found it's way to our dining room and the bricks have been laid. Our front door has also taken it's place. The sheet rock is up and being finished and we are on the brink of ordering interior doors and trim. I also have all my colors pinned down. After much anticipation, Mia finally chose her room color. I'm proud to say it's neither pink, nor purple! I'm really getting excited now!
Everett likes to "walk down" from Nana's to explore his new house.
Any time we start to go he starts saying "walk down, walk down".
The "lean-to" behind Jeremy's detached garage.
It's a mess, but it's bricked and all the windows are where they should be.
My color grid. Partly for your enjoyment, partly in case I lose my master list!
Today was one of those days. You know the ones I'm talking about. There's a project that's calling your name, but the supplies aren't 50% at Hobby Lobby this week. I went ahead and bought the stuff. I did have my 40% off coupon on me, so I convinced myself that was good enough. Plus I had to be in Florence this morning anyway, so why not stop by while I was out? I've seen these cardboard letters on several websites this past month, but the one that caught my eye was the "WASH" for the laundry room. Why I chose to decorate the room of my sworn nemesis "The Laundry" I do not know. Maybe because I spend so much time there so it needs to look cute. So, I brought home my goods and got started.
After the brown
After the gold
After the green
The finished product
I started by sponging on the brown, then the gold, then the green. I think it turned out great and I can't wait until our house is finished so I can put them up on the shelf! My pictures aren't the best, but that doesn't surprise anyone anymore. It was tricky trying to photograph metallic paint because the flash reflects off of it and makes it look shinier that it really is. It actually looks more like stone or granite to me, with just a little bit of shine. This was the easiest and fastest project I've done in a long time. I guess now I have time to fold that pile of laundry that's been glaring at me all morning.
I love this time of year. Everyone is Spring cleaning and I get to pick through everything they're getting rid of! There's a yard sale on every corner, some even during the week! Yesterday my husband and I went on a little road trip, just the 2 of us. We ordered a table and hutch from a place near Nashville, Tennessee a few weeks ago and it was ready for pickup, so I dropped 3 kids off at school, 1 kid off at Nana's, and met Jeremy back at our place. He had the truck and trailer all ready, so off we went. I can't tell you how blessed we are to have a Nana that's willing to help us out when we need some kid-free time. It's so nice to have uninterrupted conversation and just be Leah and Jeremy instead of mom and dad for a while. Not that we don't spend most of our time talking about the kids, but we still enjoy each other's company. Anyway, presenting our new table and hutch. My very favorite color is green, so I fell in love with the hutch as soon as I saw it. And I couldn't pass it up with those spindles in the doors! The table top is made of aged white oak barn wood, and I love it too. We found the ladder back chairs at a furniture consignment sale in Florence a few weeks ago.
If you're anything like me, then you always wish you were dragging a trailer with you on road trips so you could really load up on all the great deals you find. Well, yesterday we just happened to be dragging a trailer, so I took full advantage. Jeremy doesn't have the passion for "junk" that I do, so when I find something I know could be tweaked into fabulousness he tends to roll his eyes. But, I'm also very cheap just like him so he's usually helping me load the "junk" as the eye rolling commences. Between a couple of stops yesterday and a few yard sales I hit this morning I was pretty pleased with my haul. I even took pictures of everything, which I usually forget to do. I paid little to nothing for all my "junk". The 2 little brown cagey things on the right I got at the Salvation Army for $3. The Hunger Games-esque clock in the back just needed a battery and it still worked! I found it at a yard sale this morning for $4.
I got the window for FREE from the lady who made the barn wood table. I just loved the little gold handles still attached to the front. I got the chandelier from a yard sale last week. I'm thinking I'll paint it, take the electric wires out of it, and put real candles on it. I may hang it over my tub in the new house. I'm sure Jeremy would love to come light 10 candles every time I want to take a bath (sarcasm intended). Not sure yet, but thought it was pretty.
This is my very favorite. An antique card catalog I found this morning for $15. It needs some work, but I fell in love with it. It even has the original screws still in it. My kids had no idea what I was talking about when I told them what it was. Then Jackson said, "It's the thing they had to use in the old days to find a book. Kind of like a computer but on little cards in drawers." How old am I?
So, we are now full blast into the weekend. I should have a house update sometime soon. Our front door is in, the bricks are being layed, and the sheet rock is being hung. I also bought most of the bathroom mirrors last week. I can't wait to get into this house and start making it a home!