FINISHED!

My first bathroom remodel is complete!  I’m very pleased with the wall color and how well it looks with the natural light from the window.   *whew* It’s over!!

I’m pretty excited about the curtains I made! Don’t they look great?

Here’s what the paint contrast looks like.  I took a picture of the new beige/tan while I painted over the primer.  Just a subtle little color and makes the white cabinets stand out a bit more.

 

 

 

And now, on to the next project:  My 1st Garage Sale!   YAY!

Bathroom Remodel – UPDATE!

Many people have asked how the bathroom update is going.  The answer,….it’s going!  There have been a few hiccups here and there, but for a first time DIYer, and attempting this alone, I think it’s going pretty well.

Just to refresh your memory, here are pictures of the bathroom before the remodel started.

Taking down the wall paper was a pain in the rear.  How was I to know the dry wall was so old that it had changed colors and would start to peel off?   Still, I powered through and got it taken care of.   There were definitely some moments when I considered quitting and calling the pros to come and save me.  But no!  I was determined to finish this out.  (Plus we don’t have the money to pay anyone to finish this, so I’m sort of stuck.)

Just taking down the wall paper made a HUGE difference.  It was dark before hand and had little natural light.  Check out what it was like without the wall paper:

The next step was to texture and prime.   I’m not a fan of texturing walls in general, but I understand why it must be done.  So I applied a gentle and subtle texture, primed the walls, and this is what it looks like now!

Now I’m working on painting the walls with the great new color!   I’ve already sewn the new curtains and I’m looking for a few new pieces of art to go on the wall, just a basic look to add to the space.   The next post on the bathroom remodel will show the final product.  Can’t wait!

Texas A&M Tailgate

College holds such a special place in my husbands heart.  We both loved our universities and wouldn’t trade our time at each respective place for anything!  I went to Dallas Baptist University and Robby went to Texas A&M.  We didn’t meet until after our college days were long gone but share the connection of loving Texas A&M.  I had always dreamed of going there, but God had different plans for my education.  Lucky for me, I married one of the biggest Aggie fanatics in the world and now I can tag along with Robby when he goes back for games!

This past weekend we traveled the 6 1/2 hours to Aggieland (College Station, TX) to watch the Aggie’s 1st game in the SEC and do some tailgating with friends.  The tailgate was fun, food was incredible, and the game a nail biter!  We can’t wait to head back for the next games this season.

Below are pictures from the weekend.  The pit/grill was made by the Grind House Into. tailgating group and was the talk of the town.  LOVE those guys for bringing it!

Grind House Into Pitt.

The sides open up to serve food and have lights on the inside.

Gig 'Em!

Gig ‘Em!

Great group of guys

The Aggie Band spelled out SEC for the 1st game.

So until our next game (A&M v Arkansas) Gig’em and God bless!

FRIENDS!

Laughter is not at all a bad beginning for a friendship, and it is far the best ending for one. -Oscar Wilde

Robby and I are so thankful for our amazing friends.  I could post tons of pictures with stories to go with each about friends and the silly things we have done and the memories we have made.  One of the things that we really enjoyed was making our slide show of pictures to show friends and family at our rehearsal dinner before our wedding.  So many inside jokes, smiles, and winks were sent silently across the room as those pictures flew by on the screen.  Where would we be without our friends?      Here’s a short post on some of our latest pictures with friends.

A big, Texas sized ‘Thank you’ goes out to Hawley for helping us move the big heavy furniture out of Irving and Jenn for helping me clean up the apartment.  As the Beatles sang, “I get by with a lil’ help from my friends.”   Of course, the boys had to enjoy the day and found some time to have fun.  Here they are enjoying the rolling carts and pushing each other up and down the halls of my old apartment.   They might be men, but I adore the little boys at heart!

Hawley

Hawley on his scooter ride down the hallway.

Robby and Hawley, enjoying moving day.

 

This is an oldie but a goodie from this summer with Jenn at the pool.

 

In Midland/Odessa, we’ve had fun getting to know some of Robby’s high school friend’s and their spouses.  For Meredith’s birthday we went to a hibachi grill, Texas Country Concert, and more!  So fun!

The group at the Randy Rogers concert.

The ladies

We look forward to all of the new memories to be made while tailgating at the Texas A&M football games (Gig ’em, SEC) as well as all the road trips we have planned out for the next few months!   Hope to see some of you very soon.

Bountiful Baskets!

A friend recently told me about Bountiful Baskets.  You pre-order your basket of fresh produce at the beginning of the week and then pick it up at a given time on Saturday morning.  It was only $15 for ALL of the produce!  AND, but wait…it gets better, you can also get home made bread, granola, and local honey!!!!    I was curious so I participated this past week and look at all the food I got!

Bountiful Baskets

fresh produce from Bountiful Baskets

So once I got all the produce sorted out, I needed to cook with everything.  It felt a bit like Iron Chef.  You get your basket, not sure what items you are getting, and then get to plan recipes based on those ingredients.   Robby enjoys hunting, and I’m trying to clean out the freezer with last year’s venison, so I used that to make some delish meals.  Here’s what I’ve come up with so far:  meat loaf, venison chili, venison picadillo, mock mashed potatoes with cauliflower, roasted brussel sprouts, pluot jam (if you haven’t had a Pluot, you need to!  They’re pretty good!), and brown-sugar cherry cakes!    And now a few pictures of the yummies!

Venison Picadillo

Brown-Sugar Cherry Cakes before they were baked.

Brown-Sugar Cherry Cake after baking. YUMMY!

Fresh cherries. Are they so pretty!

Pluot Jam

It was ALL so good and worth the 10+ hours of cooking I did in the kitchen in 24 hours.  My husband was so nice and even fell asleep at the kitchen table so I wouldn’t be alone in the kitchen.  Isn’t he so sweet!?!  I have an incriminating picture of him passed out, but I promised not to release it to the public just yet.