Friday, May 16, 2014

{DIY} Fence Gate

We put up our fence gate two weekends ago and are pretty pleased with the results (if you missed our DIY Fence project post, click HERE).  We opted to build the gate out of the same materials as our fence and have it look more like a panel of the fence than a gate door for a more uniform look.

The hubs has already started to dig holes for our fence posts that will run parallel to our home, so I am looking forward to getting this project wrapped up within the next few weeks.  Nothing like a busy schedule to draw out a pretty quick and easy project!

Once we have the fence completed, we will work on sanding and staining the cedar boards.  So let's keep our fingers crossed for some decent weather in the next two weeks!

{Week 18} The Boys

Kingston, Week 18*: Practicing in the backyard with daddy (he got a new bat and now requests to practice a lot).
Cole, Week 18*:  Even though it was raining and not all that warm out, this boy wanted to run around the yard in only his diaper.  He may even be telling me "no" in this photo.  Ah, the joys of an almost-two-year old!

{Following the 52 Week Photo Project... taking one photo each week of our boys in 2014.}

*{Sorry this one is nearly two weeks late... whoops.}

Friday, May 2, 2014

Almost 2-year-old Photo shoots are the pits.

Now that it is May, I am trying to get our summer calendar organized and finalize plans... which includes this nearly-two-year-old's birthday in June.  So today I decided to order Cole's birthday party invites.  I guess I failed to remember that he is nearly two... so things didn't go quite as planned.  But, I did still come out with a pretty great photograph to use for his invite (not included above).  Hooray!

Monday, April 28, 2014

{Week 17} The Boys

Kingston, Week 17: Enjoying a 'toon on the living room ottoman after church.
Cole, Week 17: Continuing to play the ever-active role of "mama's shadow" by drinking his sippy cup in the kitchen while I unpack groceries and start dinner.

{Following the 52 Week Photo Project... taking one photo each week of our boys in 2014.}

Friday, April 25, 2014

{DIY} Front Yard Fence

We are currently in the process of installing fencing in our front/side yards.  Mostly to keep the munchkins in our backyard when playing outside, this fence also helps add to our fabulous landscaping (ha!) too.  With the way our home is positioned on a hill, we don't really need a fence for privacy purposes.  So, we decided to go for a non-traditional look with a cedar board + hog wire fence.  Partly inspired by the hubs's uncle's fencing, partly inspired by Pinterest... and we're definitely sold on the look.
We started our fence by installing four pressure treated boards with cement as our fence posts.  And by we, I mean the hubs.  He used a post hole digger and dug about two feet down.
All of the lumber and fencing staples were purchased from our local hardware store and we found the hog wire at a local farm supply store.  It is a thicker gauge wire, which comes in sheets (not rolled).  We borrowed a pair of wire snippers to cut the wire panels down to the size we wanted.
The cedar boards were added to finish the look... they hide the snipped wire ends and the fencing staples.  We plan to stain the cedar and are thinking of using a clear finish.
This weekend we will finish building our gate door (to go between the two panels we currently have installed). Then, we are going to build this fence down the side of our home toward our backyard approximately 12 feet or so. We won't build it to fully enclose our yard, but just enough to create a more finished look.

As I mentioned, we are pretty pleased with how this fence is turning out.  So far it seems to be doing it's job.  The boys haven't tried to run around to the front yard with it up... which helps me have more peace of mind when they are playing outside.

We will also add this type of fence on the right side of our home, which will connect our already existing standard wooden fence to our home and enclose that side of the yard.  And, if we ever decide we want a little more privacy than what this fence currently provides, we may take some of the ivy we have abundantly growing around our home and weave it through the wire in the fence.  But for now, we will keep the wire exposed.

This fence is a pretty easy answer for our needs -- and relatively inexpensive too.  The most difficult part of the whole process was leveling it all.  When your home is built on a hill, you get that added bonus of trying to decide how to make everything square and in line.  So proud of the hubs and his patience on this project.  I'm hoping to share an updated photo of our fence progress soon!

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Easter Extras

Just a few leftover Easter photographs to share.  Our Easter was relatively traditional -- boys got to play with their Easter goodies first thing in the morning, we got all dolled up and went to church, had brunch at my parents' home, visited the hubs's grandma, and then spent the rest of the day enjoying the decent weather (no rain!) in our backyard together.  That's a win in my book, friends.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

{Easter Re-Cap} The Bunny Goodies

The holidays are truly so much more fun with little ones around.  This Easter was no exception -- Kingston was really into Easter egg hunting and, of course, excited to see what the Easter Bunny would bring this year.  We re-used the boys's baskets from last year (see HERE) and found a few goodies we knew they would be sure to enjoy.  In remembering how Kingston was so very literal with our Elf on the Shelf, I made sure to explain to Kingston that we needed to set out their Easter baskets the night before Easter, in hopes that the Easter Bunny might leave surprises for them to play with in the morning.  Worked like a charm.
Inside Kingston's Easter basket, he found:

  1. Easter Bunny ears
  2. Orange-flavored Jelly Belly Jelly Beans in the shape of a carrot
  3. Robot water bottle
  4. Bunny Pez dispenser + two SpiderMan eggs filled with Pez candy
  5. Bubbles 
  6. Skylander SwapForce character Freeze Blade
And, inside Cole's Easter basket, he found: 
  1. Plush lamb
  2. Frog water bottle
  3. Easter Bunny ears
  4. Orange-flavored Jelly Belly Jelly Beans in the shape of a carrot
  5. Planes Airplane
  6. Bunny Pez dispenser + two SpiderMan eggs filled with Pez candy
The result?  Two pretty happy Easter Bunny-eared boys!     

Monday, April 21, 2014

{Week 16} The Boys

Kingston, Week 16: Proudly showing off his colored Easter eggs (complete with silly face)
Cole, Week 16: In his great-grandma's backyard on Easter Sunday, after eating a few M&Ms.

{Following the 52 Week Photo Project... taking one photo each week of our boys in 2014.}

Coloring Easter Eggs

Coloring Easter eggs is fun, but sometimes I think plain white hard boiled eggs are almost just as pretty.  I can't be the only one who thinks that... can I?  Well, we were sure to color these eggs up right with a store bought kit.  I had originally planned to use food coloring instead of a kit, but the hubs thought Kingston might have more fun with the traditional wax crayon.  And, he was right.  Kingston loved to scribble all over the eggs -- no rhyme or reason to his scribbles.
The blue was Kingston's favorite.  He constantly wanted to check it and see if it was done.  I made sure to set our kitchen timer so he wouldn't have to keep asking "is the blue ready yet?!"
 And, I may have distracted him by giving him one of the plastic eggs a day early.  He was happy with the one he chose... and the yellow peep inside.
Yep, I think these are the best eggs we have colored so far... wax crayon scribbles and all.  Just one small part of our Easter weekend traditions, but so very much fun.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

New-to-Us Kitchen Stools

So excited about these stools, friends!  Last Saturday, the hubs and I spent an adult day away from our kiddos in Portland visiting my sister and brother-in-law.  The guys got to go golfing while my sister and I got to spend some time shopping... and shopping we ladies did!  We hit up nearly a dozen stores in a span of five or six hours, one of which was a Goodwill my sister suggested we stop by.  This particular Goodwill has been known to have pretty decent furniture in the past... and this time, these two beauties were there.

I have been eyeing this style of stool for awhile now, but didn't want to pay the price for two of them. Plus, our kitchen island wasn't really set up for stools because I never really thought I wanted that style of island.  But after seeing the boys sitting at them off and on this week, I am sold.

Although these stools look worn and have the aged-schoolhouse shop-kind-of-stool look, they were both brand-new with the original price tags still affixed to the top of each stool.   Kind of exciting to bring these babies home for less than half the cost of just one brand new (or even more savings, depending on which store you find them at).  I think we'll use them and our island to color Easter eggs today.  Happy Easter weekend!