Getting into the December Mood

You guys are the best. Literally, the absolute best. I’ve had so many family members, friends, and complete strangers reach out to me and offer words of comfort and support. Some of the emails and messages that I’ve received over the last couple of weeks have brought tears to my eyes. And not sad tears either! I’ve been completely blown away! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Complete strangers reached out to me just to let me know that they were thinking of me and I wasn’t alone. I’ve said this before, but you guys really do hold a special place in my heart.

Today I don’t wanna chat about my feelings or any of that stuff. I just wanna share some pictures, because… well, why not?

I recently joined the Mac family and have been spending lots of time editing my pictures using new, fancy, and super fast software. I’m in love! What used to take me twenty minutes, now takes me less than two. It’s absolutely wonderful. I still need to learn the ins and outs of my new toy, so if you have any Mac tips for a previous Windows user — feel free to pass them along!

Anyway, let’s get to the photos.

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We’ve also been lucky enough to have one of our best friends, Joe, come down from New York to stay with us for a bit over the last month. Let’s just say that Alex has been in absolute heaven. They’re inseparable. It’s been fun to watch them. And kinda cute.







Those two even worked on our Christmas lights together!



And now the outside of our house looks like this!



While the guys were outside hangin’ the lights, I rid the house of all our autumn decorations, cleaned, and started decorating for Christmas!

This is embarrassing, but guess how man strands of autumn garland we have…



Answer: 26. That’s not too many, right? I might have a problem.



Bye, bye autumn. See ya again next year.

This guy helped me out. As you can tell. He was so enthusiast!


I’ve also been playing around with the manual focus on my camera.



Here’s a better picture of our tree



Alright… I think you’re pretty much caught up. Here’s a couple pictures of the puppies. Just in case you forgot that we have doggies. 🙂





Have a wonderful Sunday!

P.S — is anyone still reading? If so, we’ve got some fun news to share. We recently received an exciting email from HGTV asking if we wanted our bathroom remodel to be on TV! Yay! I’m in the process of getting everything ready for submittal, but as soon as I know more information I’ll be sure to let you know!


Planting in a Whiskey Barrel

I know, I know. We haven’t chatted in awhile. We’ve been up to so much lately. Our days have been so full of family, friends, parties and (you know us) house projects. By the time we crash on the couch at the end of the night, I’m asleep and snoring on Alex’s chest in 0-minus-no-seconds.


Oh and I have this small reading obsession right now. I always say that I’m not going to jump on the book bandwagon just because everyone is talking about it. Not surprisingly though, I always end up reading them. I don’t know what it is, I guess I just get the urge to see what all the hype is about.

So, yes, I am reading the adult version of Twilight. And yes, I read the first one in 48 hours. NOBIGDEAL. And yes, I immediately bought the second one. And yes, I’d like to be reading it right now. And yes, Fifty Shades of Grey has a lot of nudie scenes in it. But, we’re all adults here, right? No? Well.. don’t read them then.

Anywho, tonight I’ll give you a glimpse in one of our many, many projects that we’ve been working on. If you remember, we stopped at the Jack Daniel’s Distillery while we were on vacation. Well — we made the 10 hour trip home with a backseat full of empty whiskey barrels.

One of the goodies we brought home was a barrel cut in half.


We had big plans for this unsuspecting lil’ guy. First, I sanded it down —


And got my stain out – here’s what I used.


And got to work!


One coat..


Two coats…


I even stained the bottom for extra protection. The stain works as such a great sealer too! And since this bad boy is outside, it needs a little extra oomph.


In went our plastic liner…


And it was ready for PLANTS!

We went from this….




Can you tell that I’m excited??

We also picked up some deliciously beautiful planters at HomeGoods. We bought four and each was only between $12-$17. THAT’S A STEAL.



We love how our backyard is turning out.. It’s becoming the perfect hang out spot!!


ps. look how big Jake is getting