Monday, August 29, 2011

Weekend Recap

Dave and I, along with my parents, headed out to Pierre this past weekend for my cousin's wedding.

I have only been to Pierre once so it was fun to go the capitol building and look around at the grounds.

We also went to the Oahe Dam and spillway to see all the water that was still flowing through from the releases earlier this summer.  Even though the flow was lower than earlier this summer, it was still quite impressive.

I didn't get very good pictures at the wedding...and I kind of forgot about my camera at the reception.  The pastor had a very good message during the ceremony.  He spoke of not relying on feeling love, but making the choice to love....that even when the feeling isn't there, you can make the choice to love.  Much better message than some I've been to that have talked about divorce and other topics that I really don't think belong in a wedding ceremony.

Anyway, my cousin is the groom.  He was my favorite cousin when we were growing up.  He's such a funny guy and is just a lot of fun to be around.

Now all the grandkids on my mom's side are married except my brother.  I think it's going to be a looong time before that changes too. :o)

Hope ya all have a great week!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Weekend Recap

We spent this past weekend in Yankton.  Dave ran the 5k Saturday morning.

Just starting out (Dave's in the red with the yellow hat, his friend James is next to him in blue)

Crossing the finish line

This was the fourth 5K Dave has ran.  He finished with his best time yet,  27:59.

After the race

How awesome is this lady who also competed in the 5K?!

We spent the rest of the weekend hanging out with the family.  :o)

Friday, August 19, 2011

Befores and afters

Last week I made a list of all the things I'd like to get done before we head back to school.  One of the things on the list was to do something about the blank wall in the kitchen.  I really didn't want to spend any money since I have plenty of things around here to use.  Problem was, nothing I had really worked on the wall.

So, I dug out this shelf and tried to find a way to make it work.

I wasn't overly thrilled with the way it looked (I just hung it on some nails that were already there as I tried to decide if I could make it work).  I thought with a little makeover it might just work.  I bought the shelf at a rummage sale when I was in college for $1 (I think) so I wasn't afraid to experiment with a different look.

So I took a hammer to it

and sawed the legs down (legs? I dunno what to call them).  Yup, I sawed it right on the living room floor.

Here is the after

Ignore the decorations please.  I'm not sure what to put up there yet.  Soon I'll have holiday decorations up there to take me through the next few months so I'll be set for awhile.  Oh, yes, the autumn plate.  I knew I wanted something on the platter so I cut some vinyl with my Cricut. Since it's almost fall, I figured why not?  I got a Christmas one ready to go too :o)

(I got the idea here.)

I finally found some brown zebra fabric at Hobby Lobby last week.  I recovered some lamp shades with the fabric. 


and after

My hair before

and after

Okay, one last before and after.  I got this idea from Pinterest (you can find the original post here).

Before (sort of, forgot to take pics before I started spraying)

and after

So easy...just glue two frames together to make a chunky frame.  Love it!  Really love that it was free since I already had the frames and the paint.  Now I just need to get a picture that actually fits the frame in there....and figure out what else to put on that shelf....oh yeah, and finish that to do list!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011


Because I'm too lazy to get some of my projects done..
Because I'm too lazy to load the pictures onto my computer of the projects I have completed...
Because I'm going into labor having horrible cramps this week (TMI? sorry) and don't feel like doing anything...
Because I want to post something but don't have anything to write about/show you due to the above reasons...

I'm going to share a few of my pins from my Random stuff that makes laugh and/or smile board.

Source: via Nichole on Pinterest

Maybe tomorrow I'll be more motivated to show you some things I've done lately.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Miscellany Monday

Miscellany Monday @ lowercase letters

- David and I went to The Help yesterday.  As I told my mom, you know a movie is good when the credits start rolling and no one gets up to leave.  I liked it, a lot.  I loved the book, but I felt a much wider range of emotions during the movie.  I had to fight back tears quite a few times.  I'm not a public cryer (or I try really hard not to be at least), even when in a dark theater.

- I went to Hobby Lobby on Saturday and got a few fall pieces.  I'm so excited to put them out!!

- I'm getting my hair cut on Wednesday.  I can't wait!  I'm thinking about going fairly short so maybe I'll actually fix it for school this year.  We shall see what the stylist thinks.

- David will be running a 5K this coming Saturday.

- I've been working on a list of things I want to get done before school starts.  Nothing like waiting until the last few weeks of vacation to do what I should have been working on all summer.

Thursday, August 11, 2011


Towards the end of May I planted a bunch of zinnia seeds.  I picked up a few different types of seed this year, some I've never planted before. 

I think I might have planted too many seeds in too small of an area because they aren't doing much.  I cut over three fourths of what's open and this is all I've got

the Giant Cactus (so far this is the only one I've gotten to bloom of this variety)

Violet Queen

Lilliput (these are cute, tiny flowers)

I think these are suppose to be Enchantress though they don't look like the picture on the package at all..

I think these are Purity though they don't look like the package either (just not as full of a flower)...

Anyway, that's pretty much what has bloomed so far.  I'm hoping more of the Giant Cactus will open...I think those are pretty fun!

I would show ya all the flowers on our patio too but my petunias look like crap.  They are all spindly and my sweet potato vine is being eaten like crazy by some kind of bug out there. 

That's ok though...I'm ready to move on to fall decor  ;o)

Monday, August 8, 2011

Miscellany Monday

Miscellany Monday @ lowercase letters

- I had an AWESOME weekend.  I rode home with my brother Friday afternoon and spent the whole weekend at my mom's.  I got in a lot of family time and friend time, which makes me a happy girl.  Some things I did while home:
  -- spent some quality time with my brother.  I laughed a lot and learned some things about him that I maybe didn't need to know ;o)
  -- went shopping with my mom
  -- went out for supper with my mom and dad Friday night
  -- had Sunday lunch and supper with my family
  -- visited my Grandma H. and listened to her interesting stories she had to tell that day (she has Alzheimer's)
  -- spent time with my friends Tasha and Trisha

-I took my camera home with me so I could get pictures while I was there.  It sat in the camera bag the whole weekend so I have zero pictures from the weekend.

- My flowers were looking pretty sad today since they hadn't been watered for three days (forgot to ask Dave to do that for me while I was gone).  So, I spent a good half hour watering them only to have it rain an hour later.

- Halloween candy is on the shelves :o)

- I ordered some shoes last week.  They arrived today and they are too tight :o(.  I have the hardest time finding shoes that fit right.

- That's about it.  Nothing too exciting around here.  I'm just enjoying the last couple weeks of summer break :o)

PS - I found out about Misc. Monday over at This Southern Girl's Nest and thought I'd start joining in too :o)

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Bedroom makeover...need your help

So I'm wanting to makeover our bedroom a bit.  It's never really been "done".  Mostly because I didn't want to spend much money it.  And, I still don't so I'm going to have to get creative.

Right now we have chocolate brown and a little deep red in there.  I'm thinking I want to add some chocolate brown zebra in there just to jazz things up a bit.  I have no idea if zebra prints are still "in" or are on their way out.  I don't care.  I like it.

I'm not going to go all crazy like this:

I'm thinking just recovering our lampshades with zebra....if I can find chocolate zebra fabric anyway.  Living in a town where Wal*Mart is the only "fabric store" makes it difficult.  Ohhh..and if I could find some scrapbook paper with that pattern I could makeover a few things for super cheap.

Ok, anyway, here's where I need your help.  We have just a basic metal frame on our headboard or anything.  I really want to raise the bed up 4-6 inches but don't want to buy those bed risers at the stores.  We'd need two sets which would be around $40 and that doesn't equal cheap.  So what I'm thinking about doing is taking the wheels off the frame and setting the legs on bricks.  I read about it here.  So, have any of you tried bricks or anything similar?  Did it work?  I'm thinking this sounds like a cheap, easy way to lift our bed up a few inches.  But, I really don't want our bed to fall some night when I'm sleeping either.

Any thought, tips, or suggestions would be appreciated! :o)

Monday, August 1, 2011


Woo hoo it's August!  Finally!  :o)

Some things I'm looking forward to this month:
  • soooo excited to see this movie!!

  • watching this show again
  • Ok, I fully admit I watch a lot of stupid TV.  This show probably wins the award for the stupidest though.  What can I say?  Its stupidity sucked me in. 
  • heading to Yankton to watch my husband run in a 5k and do some shopping at the arts/crafts show (in the air conditioned much better than outside!)
  • attending my cousin's wedding
  • school starting!  I'm a little nervous because I have to teach a class this year that I've never taught before {language arts}...could be interesting!  :/
  • getting a little closer to fall!!  Fall makes me happy  :o)