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The Fireplace Redo

The Fireplace Redo
So when we moved into the house one of the major things that was frustrating and really a bugger was the fireplace— I mean a Sheetrock mantle?? really? Who ever thought those looked good? and the hole for the T.V. didn’t fit Dave’s “man” T.V. :) So I knew I wanted to change it- but I didn’t know what into? I didn’t want to spend to much money either or do any major floor plan changes– So needless to say it sat there forever – I couldn’t figure out a way to make it look better– well a way that both me and Dave could agree on too :)

Here’s the Before:

I did immediately paint the walls and trim when we moved in so it looked a little better :)  but I don’t have any pictures of that- or how horrible it looked when we had our tv just sitting on the ledge– with the wires hanging everywhere– It was great- let me tell ya. :)

Here it is Now:

This was the first project that I didn’t really have at least a vague plan for– We really just flew by the seat of our pants on this one— One day still looking at the eyesore the next demoing it cuz’ I couldn’t stand it anymore :)

gotta love a sexy man with a saws-all :)

When we finally figured out kinda what we were gonna do there was some major angle math figuring involved– all I can say is that I am glad Dave is so smart cuz’ I would have never been able to figure it out

We did live with it like this for awhile– while we tried to figure out how we were gonna finish it :) Fun times- fun times.
 But hallelujah– It’s done– I like it- Our T.V. fits– and really we spent only about $100 to do it–What do you think yay or Nay on the redesign? :)

Linking to these parties
Fingerprints on the fridge
Shabby Nest
Tidy Mom
Remodelaholics
Just a Girl

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BasFosFam Olympics

Welcome to the first ever BasFosFam Olympics
The sky is blue, the wind is warm, and it looks to be a great evening for this lovely competition. 
So let’s bring out the competitors

First off to compete is The ninja-
For those just joining us here’s a refresher on the first round course—–

 They must toss a ball 10 feet into the gigantic bucket, than somersault to the barn and back, than 3 spins round the bat, run to the barn and back, followed by 10 knee slaps.
Looks like the ninja is off to a great start– amazing ball throw got it in on the second try and just look at those somersaults— Amazing!
But he may have got docked a few points for not keeping the bat touched to the tee– :(
But I think the judges were fans of the huge smile during the knee slaps– may have got a couple bonus points for that.
Next up is our amazing Speedy–
Check out that throw – WOW
and I now know where he gets his name speedy from. 
I believe the judges had a hard time keeping track of the blur that he was– way to go speedy!
Next up to bat is the legendary Hopps,
She started out with some great throws but when she got to the somersaults there was quite the hesitation- we soon learned that she had never done a somersault– Say What?!
needless to say she pressed on and of course caught the judges attention with her amazing knee slap hops at the end.
Round 2 consists of doing amazing leaps all the way across the lawn, followed by 5 spins around the tee– batting the ball past a certain point, running like an animal to the barn and back, finished up by having to bounce the ball into the bucket.  Let’s check in with the contestants.
Here’s our Leapster Contestant
Looks like she’s getting serious and stretching out those joints
We’ll see if that helps 
She’s started off to a great start with the leaps- Really covering some ground there
Oh though that batting the ball has really messed her up, I don’t know, she may get some good points though for her amazing bunny hop to the barn, we’ll have to see.
Next up we have Mr. Insane– he did very well in the first round we’ll see if he has the same luck here
Yes– I believe he will look at that form– and definitely that ostrich run will get him points
The Ninja may just give everyone a run for their money though
Check out his amazing ninja skills showing through in his leaps
look at the air he has caught
Yes I do believe he is going to be a strong contender in this round.
But we can’t count out the Hopps either
She had some great airplane form going on.
Yes I’ll say all the contenders did wonderful- They even earned a smile from the hard faced mini ellie-simon
but we’ll see it looks to finish off this contest everyone must compete in a Chicken fight-(one hand in your pocket one knee behind you and you must hop and knock over your fellow contenders)
It looks like…
It looks like…. well…
It looks like were all Nerds, being super silly but having the greatest BBQ yet! :)
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been doin

Wow– Life has become busy but slow :) makes total sense right— and I’m sick of my blog design but haven’t had the time to delve into code and change it up :( so I’ve not really wanted to post until I changed it but alas after weeks I figured I prolly should.

I really have tons of stuff I could post and show you– our house is pretty much finished– well finished as much as were going to make it since it’s on the market now and were wanting to move, so I have some great before and afters I could show, and also this week I’ve sewed three new dresses for Ellie and I’m in the middle of sewing her blessing dress so I could show you those–

but– well I won’t till later– instead I’ll show you random pictures of our summer so far :) Sweet just what you always wanted right? O- well– sometimes I just have to show off my cute little kiddos- especially for the grandparents to see :)

First off we went and enjoyed a sweet summer night going out taking pictures in an amazing, beautiful location.— ran out of light though cuz’ well getting anywhere on time with a little one is a little challenging :)
Than of course we have the BBQ’s— 
and parks–lots of parks– gotta get that energy out of the kids somehow (“Hey Payton I have a great idea- why don’t you run all the way around the park and I’ll time you and see how fast you can run” “Ya it’ll be great– you’ll love it” :)
and lastly just watching this little cutie chunk up— Love it!
 (and I’m also really enjoying the smiles now– they seem to make it all worth it )
Life is great and man do I feel blessed with so many many blessings plus its SUMMER!!! who isn’t happy during the summer? huh? huh?
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Three.

Three is hard.
I love it- but it’s hard– I’ve not been able to keep up on everything and sorry to say my blog has been kinda, well really, low down on the list lately-

So to all who’s asked questions- I’ve heard ya and I promise I’ll reply soon, and those who have featured me– thank you thank you so much– I’m trying to get there and post what I need to post. Soon I promise :)

Anyways back to three :)
I swear I’ve lost all my memory- I can’t even seem to have a conversation where I don’t lose my train of thought at least once while having it. Anyone else experience this?
And the postpartum rollercoaser– Come on!– I swear one day I’m to the point of being insanely giddy and chatty cathy, to the next being so depressed that I don’t want to hardly talk and nothing seems worth doing :) I’m waiting for the normal me to return– so’s Dave :)
But so far the hardest part of having three is the learning not to be the Mrs. Control it all.

See I make lists– Lots of lists– lists all over the place– we’re list happy over here—come join the makin lots of lists party..

and for some reason I receive such satisfaction crossing off those little bullets– It’s my secret addiction– I can’t wait to cross them off– Oh the sweet bliss I get when I slowly cross out that line :)
but well having three has made that list crossing off so SLLOWWW– if I get one or two done a day it’s like hallelujah let’s do the happy dance :)

And the house cleaning and staging( cuz’ we’re trying to sell our home now)–

well it’s taken awhile– (Dave left this for me in the dust one morning :) to my defense I had just sanded all the doors in our house to paint them when this occurred :)

Than there’s the dressing and care of the kiddo’s

Brynley for sure has had quite the unique choice of outfits lately, and I’ll admit the lunch meal has pretty much been replaced with “Just eat whatever you want and can reach” and Dave of course has had to help a lot lately– course he’s just amazing like that and always helps usually.

Of course these are the joys of motherhood– and really the blessings. I’d say they far outweigh the cons,
but when your feeding the baby and you’ve just cleaned the house spotless, (and I mean cleaned- cleaned all day and all night so that there is not a speck of dirt or clutter) and you hear your kiddo’s whispering in the kitchen “shh- don’t touch anything– don’t tell mom” Your patience is really tried—

cuz sure enough you’ll find this– and mud and dirt everywhere :) 
due note they are still alive– I didn’t kill them– I remembered that having them is more meaningful to me than a clean house– but it was touch and go there for a moment :)

Oh the joys of three– please say I’ll get the hang of this eventually :) cuz I haven’t even mentioned the shopping– we won’t go there on this blog– it’s a very very dark place- and this blog is very PG :) eventually though right? Right?

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How to Paint Doorknobs

How to Paint Doorknobs
The Easy & fast way to Paint Doorknobs
First off you need some beautiful dated gold doorknobs to paint

aren’t they all nice and shiny and very much gold– not really my cup of tea

The Supplies
Auto primer
Brushed Metallic- oil rubbed bronze
Protective non yellowing clear finish
total supply cost– around $8
Step 1
    - Lightly sand the doorknobs-  (It really is pretty easy to scratch the lovely gold finish so this step isn’t as painful as you’d suppose except when you have a lot of doorknobs than it gets pretty darn boring)
Step 2
   -Spray Primer
Step 3
   -Spray color
 
Step 4
   -Spray protective finish
Yep it pretty much doesn’t get any easier than this
plus $8 isn’t bad for all new doorknobs-
Also since I did some test knobs 8 months ago I can tell you that they hold up great and still look like new.
This post brought to you by the so challenging
“typing and mousin it up with the left hand cuz’ i’m holding and feeding the baby” position
You should all feel very special :)
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