Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Quick tour through the house.

I know that both Mom and Grandma had intentions on taking photos of the house decorated for the rest of the crew to see...............but we got busy. So I took some shots last night for them.

This isn't a complete list, but these are the semi-clean rooms in the house that I could take photos off.

My bathroom upstairs is decorated in the very girly, "powder room" sort of way. I have soft pink paisley shower curtains and pink and green decorations.

This is considered the "parent's room" for right now. Both my mom and Ben's mom have claimed this room as their's when they stay....so hopefully we can get an arrangment worked out when they come at the same time. It's hard to take pictures of the rooms because of all the nooks.....I'll have to do another update once I finish my large list of curtains for the house. In the meantime................enjoy the old curtains I still tote around with us since Sophomore year of college.

The green room is the other upstairs bedroom. As you can see from both photos, the floors are hardwood - which I love. I'm having a hard time putting alot of effort into decorating the walls because we hope to have to repaint and decorate for little ones sometime in the future. So we had fun strategically placing decorations we already own in each of these rooms.

Downstairs, we have yet to commit to wall-furnishings. Mostly because our contractor is supposed to be hanging sheet-rock up the stairs as I type this post. You can see our new sitting area chairs and the couch/loveseat set we spent months debating on. Again, once things settle down - I'll get back to work picking out fabric for curtains.

This final picture is just a sneak peak at the dining room. I'm not ready to show everyone yet - because we are still in the middle of painting.....but I did get my red wall. My beautiful, deep, rich and did I mention beautiful red wall? I love it.....maybe this weekend I'll get the rest painted and then show you.
I'll take you on another tour later, there are another handful of rooms that needed a good dousing of cleaning before they are featured on film.

The gifts my family came bearing......................

We just finished one of the best, most productive weekends Ben and I have had since we bought our house - my mom, dad, Kait, and Grandpa and Grandma Godsey made the 10-hr drive up to visit.

Here's a brief re-cap:

Mom knew I had been in search of a pitcher and bowl set for my next big purchase (dry sink) that would match my "country" decor I had envisioned for our near 100 yr. old farmhouse. Since my search hadn't been going so well - she commissioned a local potter to make one for me.

It seems to fit in that corner of my pretty-pretty pink ladies room quite nicely. And I love that it doesn't look new (even though it is) and the rose decals match almost perfectly with the girly pink and green decor already in that room. See an upcoming house tour post for more photos.

We also got the itching, based on another gift my parents came bearing, to do some landscaping. Since I had three extra sets of expert gardening hands, I took advantage of the mum and mulch sale to get the house looking "homey".

Our yard looks SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO much better since Ben removed the 8-ft. tall lilac bushes (don't worry, they'll grow back). So much so, that it's fun to mow and they potted plants my mom put together can actually be seen and not hidden. If you look closely - you'll even see the sparkly blue butterfly my sister made for me to put in the plants!

We even (thanks to Grandma) got a color-coordinated scheme of mums leading up to the porch of the house. It's amazing how some cheap re-charging solar lights and red mulch can really make a flower bed look nice.

Also, I have an affinity for clamatis flowers, and since it was too late in the season to find a Jack Dandy version - I settled for the pink (I can't remember the exact name) one. We relocated a white gate from somewhere else on the property and planted this bed that is directly out from our kitchen window. That way, I can smile and think of my family every time I see it (and cuss a little because I forgot to water my flowers ;)).

The entire landscaping movement was inspired by this last gift my parents came bearing. They had wanted to do something for us as a house-warming gift (and anniversary). So with our help picking out the orientation of the stone and the font - they did the rest. What an awesome market lamb right?

So we decided it needed to be highlighted with some flowers - including the KS sunflowers and a couple of lights. Dad helped us configure the potted plant so the lamb would stick out from the back-splash brick around the house. Mom and Grandma helped me plant the flowers and Grandma/Grandpa wanted to purchase flood lights for us so you can see the stone in the evening.

More on their trip later, but I wanted to show family and friends all of the outside work we did and the new rock! We are so excited - and it makes it look like someone actually lives at our place.

Monday, August 16, 2010

North Dakota 'Bois'

This parody, like many others, has been gaining popularity on YouTube. We chuckle a little every time we see it - but you have to listen to the words even more than watching the video.


Monday, August 9, 2010

The places we will go!

We are back to reality after a few fun weeks on the road!
Check out our blog post about our recent travels on the Owen's Family Blog.