Sunday, November 28, 2010

It’s About That Time

Today is my last day to enjoy before heading back into the working world.  A couple weeks ago I decided that it would be in my best interest to go back to work especially since this great opportunity more or less fell into my lap.  So, tomorrow morning I will get up with the chickens and head into my new job.  I have orientation tomorrow and I will find out tomorrow what the rest of the day holds for me.  So, I guess we will see and learn more then.  I am a bit nervous, but I am ready.  I worry about my little man, but I am sure he will do just fine to be honest with you or at least I hope he does.


This past week was spent packing away my Fall decorations and pulling out my Christmas decorations.  I didn’t get all of my stuff out.  I went with a more simple, but elegant look this year.  I only got out a few things here and there and used more greenery and lights.  It looks so warm and cozy to be honest with you.  I am definitely pleased with the way it turned out.  Here are some pictures that I thought I would share with you.


I thought that looked great in my half bath.  It added just enough color and the right amount of Christmas cheer.  Here is what I did in our bedroom….






Here is my entry way…….


My family room…..

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I also decided to do a little with my kitchen and here is what it looks like in the dark.  The picture is of poor quality, but it gives you an idea.


Doesn’t it look warm and cozy?


Do you all remember this picture from my previous post?


Well, this is what I did with that cloth.


Yep, I thought that since I did my stenciling that I definitely needed some curtains that would pull out that red.  So, I changed my curtains out and put these up.  I love the new look.  What do you think?  I even thought that they would look great in the family room so I pulled them into the family room and took out all of the mini blinds.  Ugh…… I hate those mini blinds.  I had tons of holes to patch up and luckily I still had some paint so I just fixed it right up.







So, did you all have a nice Thanksgiving?  I always enjoy getting together with my family.  There is nothing better then spending time with your family and enjoying some yummy food.  We had some great “family food”.  What is “family food” do you ask?!?  Well, it is food that we always use to eat with my grandparents.  Food that we have enjoyed for years and years.  Here is a look at some of the foods that we enjoyed.


Talk about starchy foods.  One item missing from this plate was green beans.  Once some of that food was gone, I went back for some of those and boy oh boy were they good.  To be honest….. I could have ate more of the sides and none of the turkey (lol).  Yep, I am a major side dish kinda gal.  My hubby and Cameron made the homemade noodles, I made my family favorite cracker dressing and I also made a yummy sweet potato bake.  Yep, I think I could have hate the whole sweet potato bake…… it was so yummy!!  Here is a closer look of the noodles while be rolled out and cut and also a closer look at the sweet potato bake.






Lots of noodles ~ huh?  That would be a dozen worth of eggs and lots of flour!!  Here is my sweet potato bake….


I thought I would leave you with this picture of my little family that was taken on Thanksgiving Day.  Hope you all enjoyed a wonderful day of thanks and enjoyed your family time as well.  Hope you all have many more.


Until Next Time ~ Blessings Always!!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Inside Projects

Well, I start my new job on the 29th of this month.  I am pretty excited about it, but I am sure I will still worry about my little man.  Between us ladies or maybe I should say “us Moms” don’t you feel like no one can do as good of a job raising your children?  Don’t get me wrong….. I think my hubby is an outstanding Dad, but sometimes I just feel like I am the only one that can make my little guy happy and safe.  That is totally not the case at all, but that is how I feel.  Why do I feel that way?  Anyway, it will be a difficult day for me heading back into the working world, but I am going to embrace it with all that I have and try my best to be strong.  Oh my….. I can’t talk about it for too long or else I start to get emotional (lol).  Silly ~ huh?


So, with my start date around the corner, I have been tackling alot of indoor projects.  I finished painting my family room and even stenciled the walls myself.  During my last post, I shared just a small peek of my stenciling, but today I thought I would share some more.  I even changed some things around and decided to give a few of my prim things a rest.  So, without further delay I say we take a look at my newly painted family room.







So, what do you all think?  Like I had mentioned…… I changed things around a bit and added new things and decided to give old things a rest.  There are still a few areas that need work, but they are coming along.


There is one area that I KNOW needs improvement and that will be coming real soon.  I suppose I could give you a little hint if you are interested.  Here is the hint……….


So, do you have any ideas?  What do you think it could be?  Well, once those changes are made then I will be sure to post pictures again.  Stay Tuned!!  Hope you are excited because I know that I am.


Speaking of indoor projects.  I bought myself a dehydrator at Wal-Mart the other week. 


I thought it would be great to dry some oranges and use them on my Christmas tree this year.  Not only could I use them on my tree, but I could make some garlands too.  I just love how they turned out.




I just love the look and they will look even better on my tree when Christmas rolls around.  Here is a garland that I made.  I thought they looked great next to my dried green beans and okra.


Well, that is all that I have to share with you today.  Hope you all are enjoying some indoor projects as well.

Many Blessings Always ~ Lisa


Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Before & After

Do you all remember this piece?  It belongs to my Mom and she wanted me to paint it.  She wanted it red to match her couch and chair in her family room.  Here is the BEFORE picture.


Well, I found the perfect color and painted it a little while back.  I just remembered that I promised that I would share after pictures and I never did.  So, here is the AFTER picture of her cupboard that I painted for her.


I decided to give it the two tone look and after seeing the picture, I am glad that I did.  I changed the gold knob to a wood knob and then gave it 2 coats of paint.  Yep, I think Mom did a great job decorating it.  It looks beautiful and it matches her furniture perfectly.

Until Next Time ~ Blessings, Lisa

Missing in Action ~ Where are you? News to Share with you…

I have so much to share, but really have no idea where to start.  I haven’t been around blog land in awhile due to so many things happening in my life at once.  I am recovering from yet another round of bronchitis and laryngitis.  This round was pretty bad because I was without my voice for 3 days.  Talk about difficult.  I love talking so when I don’t have my voice, it makes it quite difficult.  My hubby on the other hand was probably enjoying it (lol).  The doctor put me on prednisone (steroids) and a nasty antibiotic that has made me so nauseated and sick.  The medicine works great for my chronic bronchitis, but the steroids create some nasty side effects.  I have been hot and sweaty, down right evil and eating everything in the house that I can lay my hands on.  It is just a really hard drug for me to be on.  I just hate how it makes me feel.  I am definitely NOT a mean or evil person my any means, but when I am on that stuff, I find myself snapping at my poor hubby and just going off for no reason.  So….. after today, I have decided to stop both meds and get back to my normal jovial self.  Trust me……. I have missed being myself.


I also thought that I would take this moment to let you all know about a very important announcement.  Nope, I am not pregnant, but I am set to start a new job at the end of this month.  It was a hard decision, but I am sure that it is the right move.  I spent alot of time with God, I prayed alot and I searched my heart and after alot of soul searching, I decided to head back to work.  I have enjoyed being a stay at home Mom for almost 4 years and I couldn’t be happier and more blessed that I had the opportunity, but I am sure that this is the right step for me and my family.  With the way that the economy is today, I am positive that this is the right move.  Cameron is enjoying school, he loves going and seeing his friends and I think that he will fit in perfectly with the daycare as well.  Talk about pulling on your heart strings!!  I can’t imagine him being in the care of someone else other then me, but I need to trust God and pray that he will stay safe.  He does wonderfully at school and I think he will be just fine.  LOL ~ Yep, I sit here and type this post and my eyes fill up with tears.  It has been such a hard decision for me.  I can’t believe that I will be going back to work!!  I am excited about the job…… don’t get me wrong there, but I am also a bit nervous.  Heck, I worked for over 10 years with one job, quit to stay home with my son and now I am heading back into the working world.  What is a Mom to do?  I guess I will make money and buy prims (hahahaha).


What else has been happening in my life?  Oh, all sorts of stuff.  I have been busy making changes to my home and finishing alot of unfinished stuff before I start my new job.  If you have followed my blog for awhile then you probably remember me painting my entry way and hallway not too long ago.  Well, I decided to carry that same color into my family room and it turned out great.  I feel like I have been going 180 mph while on these steroids so I took advantage of that energy and painted and stenciled.  Yep, I did it all with a little help from my hubby.  I can’t really say that I would be interested in stenciling again anytime soon, but I am definitely pleased with the way it turned out.    Here is a peek.


Do you remember what my walls use to look like?  They were painted a mustard color called Buckskin Pony.  I absolutely loved the color, but since there was one wall painted and stenciled coming into my family room…..well, it just didn’t look finished.  So, now it looks complete and boy oh boy does it ever give it a different look.  It brightened up the room that is for sure, but it brightened it up in a good way.  The stencil that I ended up doing just kinda softened it and with all my prims….. it looks good.  I did make some changes here and there as to where I put my prims and those pics will be coming soon.  So stay tuned!!

Until Next Time ~ Blessings, Lisa