Friday, March 26, 2010

house beautiful

During an energetic morning yesterday Brad came over and put some finishing touches on the living room. Touches like new chairs. :)
So, here's a tour:

We took our old tv cabinet and voila- made a bar inside!View of the dining room from the living room.
Kitchen with new shelves.
Looking into the kitchen from the back door.
Thank you once again to Brad Russell for working his MAGIC at my house. Mwah.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Spring? We are trying. . . .

Despite our FOURTH SNOW (a flurry 2 days ago) this winter, we are starting to feel a little breath of spring on Winburn Drive.

For instance, I found this leprechaun stealing some gold from our playroom on St. Patty's. Gloria helped us make an Easter egg tree-

And our daphne has bloomed. Have you ever smelled the blossom on this plant? Fresh luscious lemony fabuliciousness! We have placed it throughout the house to make every corner delicious. :)

Here is a great shot of the new shelves in my kitchen expertly installed by Team Haynes. Thanks mom and dad!

Speaking of mom and dad, their house is greatly underway! We visited it on Saturday.
At the front door-
Inside, downstairs.
From the front-

Saturday, March 13, 2010

And I . . . I went to Rhode Island

See the two people pictured above? Well, they are my fabulous in-laws. And, if you ever run into them INSIST on hanging out with them. You will have a great time. I guarantee it.
I already knew that they were a lot of fun (it's been almost 10 years people), when my husband made arrangements with Delta for me to attend Steph and Larry's baby shower, at said in-laws home.
The shower took place on Saturday afternoon. Steph and Larry didn't know I was coming so I popped up in the kitchen when she walked in. Happy glee followed. And a LOVELY shower.
Presents in a Radio Flyer wagon. Love it!The beautiful Jen (my other sister-in-law) and Rebecca (my niece) Hague.

The expectant couple unfurl a beautiful handmade quilt.A clothesline of clothes for the baby!

Liz Jackson and her daughters, Annie and Grace.
Steph and Jen Remick.Steph with Patty Downing (who flew in for the afternoon from Delaware!)

Rebecca and a fun tea party game I got to play with her. :)

Tired puppies, Dickens and Winnie.

Getting pretty toenails.

Did I mention the food?
Auntie Steph with a beautiful baby bump and a beautiful niece.
Other happenings on my trip: Big Daddy and Little Mama (the in-laws) treated me to a yummy dinner at Boston Logan on Friday night after I arrived. BD and I explored a labyrinth at St. Luke's on Saturday before the shower. What refreshment! And a lovely Sunday service was followed by a warm lunch with one of the St. Luke's staff, Jeffrey, and an advocate for Youth Pride Rhode Island, James. Ahh.
And my crazy Big Daddy drove me back to the airport in his convertible with the top down! It's a good thing I had my accessories!

So, to close, THANK YOU LM and BD for an incredible weekend, THANK YOU Steph for getting pregnant so you could have a shower I could come to and SMOOCH XXOO to Rob for sending me!

p.s. If you haven't seen The Reader watch it ASAP. I viewed it on the plane and I was riveted.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

An Art Party for Esther's 5th Birthday

An art party! We started around our dining room table that I had transformed into a colorwheel. Of course! Each child got to make a bracelet out of candy strung onto licorice. We made a rule, if it falls off or breaks, you have to eat it.
Piper and her bracelet in the works.
Esther models hers.

Elise and Esther, lifelong friends.Hanging with Papaw.
Next up, painting on canvasses outside.
Things got a little messy. No worries, I bought washable paint. :)
Scott and Rob look on while the young artists work.

Gloria makes a statement by leaving her canvas blank. OOOOOh.
Back inside, we decorated birthday cupcakes with yet MORE CANDY.
I thought the table looked really pretty all covered with a spectrum of artificial colors.
Emma is very proud of her cupcake.

Like the paint chips in the middle?
Somebody got an umbrella to match her raincoat and boots.

Thanks friends and family for a fun party!