:: Old House New Look ~ Part One ::

:: I've decided to start a new series on my blog. We have been working on our house since we moved in at the end of April 2007. Most of the major work was done in the first 6-8 weeks of ownership but since then we have polished and made the finishing touches to the place we call home ::

:: So here is the first of many posts - the Living & Dining Room ::

:: This is the original state the Living & Dining was in when we walked through it in February ::

:: This is what it looked like on Saturday night before the finishing touches & in the middle of us (aka: Paul) putting up the drapes ::

:: And here is the living room pretty much finished ::

:: And dining room again pretty much finished ::

:: This is our new table (as of April) that we found on Craigslist for $300 - such a steal as it's an original Broyhill (don't ask me, but I've heard it a great brand). Still don't know if I'm going to paint it or leave it original. At any rate, I love the style of it...my one thing I wanted was tall ladder back chairs for the tall boys I'll have in this house and the many meals we'll get to share around this table ::

:: And here is the view from the entrance to the dining & living room ::

:: So all together from the original pictures we made the following changes ::

~ Removed carpet and replaced with laminate flooring
~ Painted walls (touching up took longer than painting)
~ Painted baseboards
~ Replaced blinds
~ Added curtains
~ Painted railing black instead of the white it was originally

:: Happy Birthday Lise! ::

:: The other night we had Lisa along with her family over to celebrate her birthday ::

:: We had a great time hanging out eating her favorite type of cake {Lemon - you know the kind of lemon that gets you right in the back of the mouth} drinking many cups of coffee and playing Apples to Apples & Mad Gab ::

:: We laughed so hard during mad gab that I drooled, yes drooled all over the table. I was trying to say "George & Barbara Bush" and apparently I sounded hilarious cause we were all laughing our heads off! I was laughing cause everyone was laughing at me and I just couldn't hear what I was saying! ::

:: Thanks for turning another year older Lise and giving us a reason to get together, celebrate and eat cake! ::
:: FYI - this was my second birthday cake I made within a week. I made one for my friend Cathy's eldest baby Cameron - His choice for cake was also lemon! You can see his cake featured on Cathy's blog ::
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:: Flipping Out ::

:: Okay, so here is a confession...I am ADDICTED to the show Flipping Out ::

:: I'm talking the world has to pretty much blow up for me to miss watching this show. It is about a design team that works with Jeff Lewis and I LOVE IT!!!! ::

:: The actual business is Brown Design ~ their design taste is oh so lovely and I wish...if this life were a perfect one and I had pillows that needed to be fluffed {my pillows are all fiber fill not feather...I'm not at the feather place yet ;-)} I would get Jeff & Ryan to help me design my home. Oh and another small problem would be the money, but if life was perfect money wouldn't be an issue! ::

:: Sowing Little Seeds ::

:: My girlfriend Trista has started a fabulous new business just for little people. It's called "Sowing little Seeds" ::

:: Trista has been a pre-school teacher for years and is now Mom to one beautiful little girl and thus doesn't want to work outside the home. So, she has overhauled her home to accommodate a multi-purpose room so that she can teach little people right in her home! ::

:: This is her course line-up for the Fall ::

{Programs includes: Music, Stories, Crafts and so much Fun!}

Monday AM :: 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Mommy & Me :: 16 - 30 months
10 Sessions :: $150.00
Session Start Date :: September 22, 2008
Session End Date :: November 17, 2008

Monday PM :: 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
2 & 3 year old class
10 sessions :: $160.00
Session Start Date :: September 22, 2008
Session End Date :: November 17, 2008

Wednesday AM :: 10:00 am - 11:30 am - 3 year old class
Wednesday PM :: 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm - 4 year old class
10 sessions :: $160.00
Session Start Date :: September 17, 2008
Session End Date :: November 12, 2008

Thursday AM :: 10:00 am - 11:30 am - 4 & 5 year old class
Thursday PM :: 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm - 3 & 4 year old class
10 sessions :: $160.00
Session Start Date :: September 17, 2008
Session End Date :: November 12, 2008

:: If you are interested in Trista's program and would like more information please contact her directly at sowinglittleseeds@telus.net ::

:: So much to blog...so little time! ::

:: Hey Ya'll! ::

:: I hope you're having a great summer thus far. We have been having quite the busy season in our house - Life just seems to be taking off on us. It's all good, but it feels like such a balancing act and sometimes I don't have control over it and that bugs me! ::

:: Picture take @ Cultus Lake two weeks ago ::

:: Anyway, as I prepare for my week I'm going to try and post a whole schwack of posts that I have written but have yet to publish ::

:: Hope you have a wonderful week and enjoy wherever you are at in your life ::

:: xo - Shawna ::
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