Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Summer Projects and a Surprise

One of our summer projects has been to tackle the garage.  Now that I think about it, this has the our summer project every year since we've been married (10 years) and every house we've lived in (3).  But this is the FIRST year I feel like we are actually going to accomplish it.  Thanks to a little handyman organization.

This is not our garage.  I forgot to take a picture of it before we started - probably because of the shear embarrassment of it.  While it wasn't this "bad" this summer, at times, this is exactly what it looked like.  So you get the idea of why I "hated" working on this project every year.

But this year, this move, we've decided to put in some organization into the garage (insert "Hallelujah Chorus" here).  And thanks to my brother who recommended a great handy man to help us, we are finally there  - almost!

Welcome to our new garage!  These photo's are OUR GARAGE.
Custom built storage shelves for all the "garage-y stuff"
Overhead storage shelves above the garage doors to maximize dead space - LOVE!
Sports equipment storage area for the clubs, bike gear, balls, bats, etc.  Plus overhead shelves for ice chests/chairs and stuff.
Tools on the wall - not original but original to us and very functional
Best of all, this is all that is left on the floor.  Small yard sale pile, bikes that will be on a wall mounted bike rack soon (on order) and my scooter which now has a place to park.

What a great feeling to have both cars in the garage and plenty of room to walk around and actually find what you are looking for.

I love this handy man - if you are interested and live in the Tri-Cities area, send me a message and I'll pass on his info.  He was so pleasant to work with and reasonably priced.  Another amazing aspect of this guy was that he set up an idea board on Pinterest for us.  Yes, can you believe a handyman uses PINTEREST?  LOVE!

The Icing on the Cake!

A special package I found in one of our boxes that is priceless.  Here's a sneak peak - if you know my family, you will know immediately "who" this is from.

Be sure to check back for the next post on what was inside.  It is truly amazing!

with love,

Wednesday, June 6, 2012


Around here, there have been lots of projects and activities....but everything stops when THIS happens....

Yes, one of my best friends had her first baby....and the anticipation for this birth was almost too much for me.  To say I'm happy for them is an understatement.

Just like me, she knows what its like to have to wait for God's promise of a baby.  And when this little "beginning" happens, there aren't words to express the love that overtakes you.

Even Jarrett was in awe with this baby.  He was so gentle "petting" his face.  He was amazed at how soft he was.  (Isn't that amazing?  I still think my little 4yr old's skin is baby soft and yet it doesn't compare to a new baby).  On the ride home from our visit, he tells me, "Mommy, I just love that baby!".  Yes, we are all in love.  I mean, who couldn't love a little boy as special is this.

So as always, with the birth of a new little one, the knitter in me kicks in.  So I've been up all night working on yet another project.   And it's finally done - and I can't wait to try it on his sweet little head.

I think he'll like it - don't you agree?

Happy Birth Day, Baby Trenton!  We can't wait to see how you grow in this first year of beginnings!

with love,