Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Landscape Lighting and Can Lights

Reporting back in on landscape lighting.  Since these pictures were taken, the large hollys have been trimmed substantially so you can see the middle light on both sides of the house a bit better. We had three installed on each side. I really love how it turned out!  We sit on a large hill and pretty far from the road so we always need bigger wreaths, bigger lights and bigger landscaping.  It's really coming together!

While our electrician was here, he hid cords behind the TV in our room so none show. I'll have to take a picture of that. It looks clean now.  We also had them add four dimable can lights in our room.  This made quite a difference in the appearance with having light finally!  Next up, painting our room...on Thursday.  Can't wait!

Spotted: a pooch on his bed and a pumpkin pooch toy on our bed.  ;)

Tomorrow I plan to show you all my fall decor!

Monday, September 29, 2014


Here's a glimpse of our weekend!

Girls lunch at Village Tavern!  

Friday night pizza night at home.  

Saturday night we had plans with Brad and Shauna for Scarowinds!  Carowinds amusement park turned scary!

I rode my second roller coaster ever and it was just as awful as when I was 10.  Thankfully Kevin put his arm around me and I just closed my eyes and huddled for that 2 minutes of my life.  Glad I went out of my comfort zone but I think I'm good for a long time now.  It was Thunder Road.  The boys rode The Intimidator and that bad boy is crazy freaky it's so tall!  


Sunday consisted of this and getting my act together for the week.  Homeboy is one spoiled rotten golden retriever!

Friday, September 26, 2014

Lazy Blogger

I've been an extremely lazy blogger the last few weeks but I'm busy dernit!

Here's what I've been up to:

1.  Work!  Traveling multiple places in a week and getting it done.

2.  Sold my car and trying to buy a new one.  Let's stop right here for a shout out to the best father in law in the world.  He has negotiated and negotiated for us and got us a steal!  But then they called us back and told us it was priced wrong on their website.  NIGHTMARE.  So today is my fifth day without a car.  This story isn't over.  He is on a rampage with these cats!

3.  Back to the in-laws - we went to dinner with them the other night.  We actually go to dinner with them about once a week and it's really nice that we can do that.  They truly treat me like I'm their daughter.  Nice to have parentals-in-law in town since my parentals are in Maryland.  

4.  House stuff...
Electrician - we had an electrician over yesterday hiding wires behind the TV in our room.  He also installed landscape lighting on the front of our house.  I'll have to figure out a way to take a picture of that.  
Painting - we have the painting scheduled for the master bedroom next week.  
Irrigation -  we are close to having irrigation installed in our yard as well.  I'm working on coordinating that now.
Landscaping - we had the bottom two beds at our driveway ripped out last week (I told you all about this) so now we're working on what to plant back in there.  

Nothing like a big family shin-dig at your house in early November to motivate us to get things rolling at la casa! 

5.  Still attempting to exercise a few times a week.  Tough to fit it in sometimes but must do it for my mental sanity.

Happy Weekend!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Paint Choices

Paint colors from a swatch they give you at the store are hard to tell what they'll look like in your room.  I've spent my fair share on the $7 samples from Sherwin Williams.  So much that Kevin said do not buy another single one of those, haha!  And our bedroom wall looks like patchwork at the moment with all the different colors.  

Anyway, thanks to all of your help and my neighbor Lisa, I think we've decided on SW Passive.  This below is not our bedroom but the color on the walls is what we are going with.  This actually makes it even look a little purple, it isn't.  It has green undertones and is a firm gray.  

Kevin really liked the Passive versus the color of the room below - Nebulous White.  They're on the same color swatch or whatever you call those things.  He just thought we may as well paint the walls white because it was so light.  

And dear friends, if Kevin has an opinion about something then by golly I better take advantage of it and use it!  It's not often he has a real opinion especially about fashion or decorating so I'll take it and run.  Quite frankly, I like the Passive as well.  Still neutral enough but is more than white.  

I'll be sure to post after pictures of our room when it's done in a couple weeks.  Need to get cords hidden behind the TV before painting!

Now we are working on irrigation, landscaping, landscape lighting and a new patio.  Lots of projects happening this fall after a summer of fun and being lazy house-wise!

Monday, September 22, 2014


We went out this weekend to celebrate one of my neighborhood girls!  She's in the front in the black shirt and jeans, blonde girl.  Anyone want to take a guess of how old she turned?  Go ahead, guess!  I bet you'll be shocked!

And she has had TEN children!  All with the same hubby!  ;)

We had two weddings this weekend but ended up not going to either.  We had declined the Greenville, SC wedding because we had received the invite for the Charlotte wedding before.  Well, the Charlotte wedding didn't happen because he called it off the morning of.  CAN YOU IMAGINE?  I feel absolutely terrible for the girl because she got her heart completely broken on her wedding day.  So sad.  

Kevin and I ended up just going to dinner down the road and took it pretty easy.  

We played with little Mills and hung out.   

Oh and I made a chicken pot pie from scratch on Saturday.  When Kevin walked in from work he said it was the worst smell he's ever smelled.  Haha, so clearly he won't be eating any of that.  It's the Pioneer Woman recipe and it tastes so good.  His loss!  

Sunday I made some pumpkin bread.  I was so busy last year that I didn't make it once.  I'm glad to have found the time this Fall.  I also decorated the house in all of our Halloween and Fall decorations.

This pooch is our fav!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Bottom Landscape Beds

This is what the bottom two beds at the base of our driveway have looked like. 15 years of overgrown crazy high maintenance bushes. 

This is what it looks like this week!

And soon we will have beautiful new bushes and plants in the next few weeks!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Bedroom Paint

Major motivation to get our bedroom painted.  We are having a family reunion at our home in 6 weeks.  We want a light gray I think.  Any colors you all love?

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

New Restaurant Open

Last night Kevin was invited to a new restaurant's soft opening. They invited all of the business owners in his lil hometown...I thought that was really cool of them.  His parents also got invited because his Dad serves the Town on a board.  So, we all went together!

I had just gotten off the plane but I did have time for an essential shower prior to picking him up at his office. 

His parents celebrate 43 years this Friday!  

He found his car in the parking lot afterwards!  

Everyone having a good week?

Monday, September 15, 2014

Shower and Birthday

Some scenes from our weekend!  McGee's baby shower!

Kevin's cousin Ron's surprise party!

She and I have the same first and last name!

There she is with sweet Seth. 

Worked on paint colors. 

These overgrown beds at the bottom of our driveway will be history this week.  

We went to Pike Nursery to pick out some new plantings. 

Then we decided to get some wings and pizza from Hawthornes to bring home and watch the game with. 

Mills enjoyed cleaning off a few of the bones. 

Afternoon naps on the couch...the best. 

Back on the road today friends. Chat soon!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Salt Lake and Park City, UT

I'm sure you probably know that I've been in Salt Lake City this week.  I plastered it all over Instagram and FB.  Ha!  I just had the best time!

It was my first trip to that part of the country and it is simply gorgeous!  My next pictures will probably be all white from the crazy amount of snow but this was a perfect time to visit for the first time!

I flew out Monday night and crashed.  Tuesday we had site tours all day and drove the market.  That evening - dinner at Market Street Grill.

Most amazing oysters.  Kosshi (sp?) were our favorite - they are the smaller ones below.

Wednesday morning I got up for a small trot around the city.


We toured the market some more and then headed out toward Park City.  We had the ultimate tour guides (our brokers!) who know everything about the area.  They took us to all of the good spots.

Check out the fly fishermen in the bottom of this picture.

Yes, this is the United States of America!  I was in aw!

The Park City slopes!

We went on this coaster that pulled you up to the top of the mountain in your own little cart and then you went down at your own pace through the gorgeous trees that are already changing colors.  It was so cool!

You can see the trees in this picture but that isn't the track we were one.  

Such an ugly picture but funny.  I was going about 25mph in this picture around a huge curve.  

Downtown Park City.  

This is another area where the Olympics were held.  On the two slopes on the right is where they go down a really steep hill then jump in the air.  You all know what I'm talking about.

This is the view that skiers have when they go down those steep hills and jump!

We went to a place called The Bayou for dinner that night in downtown Salt Lake.  Then they took us to the Mormon Temple.  

And the mall that the Mormon Church built.  It's two blocks of center city and the roof is retractable.  So when it's a good weather day like it was when we were there, the roof is open.  See below.  Isn't that crazy?!!   There is also a natural creek running through the middle.  So cool.  My civil engineering mind was OBSESSED.

I came back last night very excited about SLC!  Looking forward to going back often!

Happy Weekend to yall!