Trent and Julian

Trent and Julian

Thursday, July 29, 2010

New look!!!!

Here are photos of the house being painted!!!!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Power wash

We finally made the decision to paint the house instead of adding siding.So off we went to rent a power washer. We rented it for 4 hours and all I can say was that thing really works!!!!!! Our younger boys where gone for a few days with their grandpa so it was just Trent ,myself and our oldest son here doing the work.We rented the more powerful power washer that takes off any loose paint.Lets just say in some spots we will have to replace some wood trim because of how hard that water hit our house.It was a messy job!!!!!! After we returned the power washer we went to Menard's to buy paint.At least we had already picked out our paint color in advance. It is Burgundy Red by Dutch Boy. While waiting for our house to dry we had to prune a rosebush in the front of our house so there would be room to paint. I love roses but this one didn't do it for me!!!! It was ugly so I hope it doesn't grow back.We will have to dig out the roots eventually.Back to painting, we finally started painting and it is looking great!!!!! The darker red has made our house look bigger!!! It seems weird because I thought white made things appear larger. Anyway,I am hoping we can finish painting this week or weekend (we are ambitious like that!!!).Then we have to decide on the paint color for the trim. I will post photos later today ,they are on my laptop.Pray it doesn't rain here in Wisconsin!!!!!!!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010


My office that is in the basement got moved to another part of the basement.It is more of a nook.I really like it .I am still in the process of organizing but am enjoying my new spot.I am loving my new chandelier too!!!!! The boys took over my office and it will be their toy/ music room.I am hopeful we will have that room organized by the end of the summer.I am mostly in my office when I am doing laundry since that is where our washer/dryer are.Today will be one of those days!!!!! I am off to do laundry!!!!!!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Hello Kitty Bike

I added Hello Kitty stickers to my new(old) pink bike.I am a HUGE Hello Kitty fan!!!! I just need to get my new tires and maybe a new seat and then I am set!!!! Today I put a cute pink dog pillow in the basket and took my little dog Lola for a ride.She loved it!!!! I am loving riding around with my hubby and kids.I am getting a great workout too!!!!

Monday, July 19, 2010

Vintage bikes

About 3 years ago I wrote a post about my vintage bike that I found at a yard sale.I paid $10 for it.I really loved it but my kids trashed the chain and it needed a tune up. Yesterday ,I was at a thrift store and found a similar bike for my hubby!!!! I was happy because it was $14 and looked in good condition. His bike ended up needing new inner tubes and then it was good to go.My bike was another story!!!!! It had to be taken completely apart and then I painted it pink!!!!! I have wanted a pink bike forever. I still have to do a few touch ups because I was spray painting it at about 11:30 at night outside with very little light. It is working great now.I am still buying new tires that are thicker .They are hello kitty tires and very cool.I am also blinging out my bike with Hello kitty stickers.Today my hubby and two boys took a two hour bike ride by the lake.It was so much fun.We first stopped at a coffee shop that is right on the lake.Here is a before and after photo of my bike.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Spring cleaning again!!!!!

I am in the middle of scrubbing my house!!!!! I have had terrible allergies this year.I have never had that before so I am vacuuming and mopping floors.I will wipe down walls too. Tomorrow we are picking up another ionizer/air cleaner for our main floor.We have one in our bedroom and it really makes a difference.I will be so happy to feel normal again!!!!!!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Living room

Just found new pillows at Hobby Lobby for 80 percent off!!!!! Here are my victorian sofas with new pillows. Now if only the dogs would stay off of the sofas.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Victorian sofa

I picked up the new treasure!!!!So excited.Mostly we are happy it is comfy to sit on!!!!!! So it was a real pain getting this sofa thru our front door,at first I was getting worried that it wouldn't fit.Some how we made it thru the door and it is in the spot where it will stay .The colors match my living room perfectly but eventually I will reupholster .For now it is funky!!!!!!!!

Monday, July 12, 2010

New Craigslist find!!!!!

I am soooo excited I found another great Victorian style sofa for our living room!!!! I have been searching all year for a second sofa and thought I found the one but the deal never quite worked out.So finally I found one that wasn't too far from the house (an extra) and it was the right price!!!!! This sofa was at an antique mall so I was really surprised that the dealer gave me a great price!!!!! I will reupholster some day but for now the colors are funky and are the exact colors of my living room. It is a blue and green print .I will post some photos later today or tomorrow .Now my living room is complete!!!!!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Painted back door

I painted the back door after we put in the window.What a difference paint makes!!!!! I added a cute metal sign and now all it needs is the trim around the door to be painted.Here is the after photo.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Paint colors

Yesterday we went to Menards to look at paint colors.We chose two reds to sample for the outside of our house. The first is a barn like red and the second is a burgundy red. We thought we would really like the barn red from the swatch but when we painted a section of our house the second color stood out to us.It is really hard picking out paint colors for the outside because you really don't want to repaint if you hate it. Here are the samples on the house.The first photo is the garage it hasn't been primed yet.We think we might paint the garage the barn red.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Fourth of July

We had a fun day on the fourth of July!!!! We bought some fireworks and had a BBQ with our neighbors.The day before our city had a big parade.We are really lucky all we have to do is walk down the block from our house to see it!!! Other people from all over town put up chairs the night before.It is a big deal for this parade.The only thing that would make the parade better would be if they threw candy for the kids!!!!! Here are a few photos from my phone.