Tuesday, February 27, 2007

My Head

....is pounding.

Please pray.

Sunday, February 18, 2007

So Long In Coming...

My brother sent this video of my niece to me months ago. I always wanted to share it with you all because it's just too darn cute to sit in my inbox. I have finally taken the time to do what needed to be done so that I could post it on my blog, and here it is... My sister-in-law, Anissa is filming and the voice you hear.

Ok, so the funniest part of this whole video is Anissa's singing and commentary. Leith is so adorable, but Nis just makes it belly-laughing fun!

Powder Room After

So, I just realized that I never posted pictures of our powder room after it was painted. That was the first room to be totally finished. It's been done for 4 months now. Thanks for patiently waiting. :) I didn't put the before pictures up because it was just a white room with a sink and toilet--not blog-worthy! Here's what it looks like now. It looks really purple in the pictures but it isn't. It's a dark plum color. I think the color was Plum Wine or something like that. Terri Lowe would remember. This is the only room with a distinct theme and it's still pretty understated. It's my beach room. If I could, I would have put sand down, but the thought of the mess was more than I could handle. I have been looking for a beachy print to put in there, but haven't found the perfect thing yet. Maybe this summer I'll take the perfect picture and have it blown up and framed. Anyway... back to the powder room...

Notice the nightlight? I took a regular nightlight and hot glued shells onto the cover. The shells were ones that my Grandma had picked up on the beaches of Florida over the years. (They wintered in FL for years.) It was fun to be able to use them finally.

So I think that this rug is what makes the whole room. It's my favorite part! If I can't have sand, this is the next best thing.

Friday, February 16, 2007

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Kitchen Before and After

Here are the long awaited before and after pictures of my kitchen! It truly is a beautiful space now. It is warm and just waiting to be filled with friends and family!!!

I have an amazing picture that is getting framed that will go right where the flash is on the red wall. It is Vincent Van Gough's Cafe Terrace at Night. It's getting framed in the most incredible frame too. My dad found it in a junk pile and had it buried in the back of his garage. At Christmas, we cleaned it up and refinished it. Now it is so beautiful. Anyway, when I get it back and get it hung, I will be sure to take a picture of it! For those of you who may not have ever seen the print, here it is. It's been sitting in my closets for 4 years now, just waiting to be framed and hung in a place of appreciation. This painting was the inspiration to much of my kitchen design and color selection. I love the feeling that it envokes. Ok, so anyway...

Monday, February 12, 2007

Fun In a Box

Natalie and Scott were playing after dinner tonight. Oh my goodness!!! It was the funniest thing I've every seen. Natalie was sitting in a box and Scott was pushing and pulling her all around the house. They were both laughing soooo hard! I couldn't resist taking pictures.

Saturday, February 10, 2007

Jim Beaton

For a while now I have been bugging Scott to get a dog. He has resisted with great force. I came to the realization that FOR NOW it's better to let it drop than to keep pressing the issue. When we have a house with a yard...

But to prime him for that day, I decided we were getting a fish. He was totally on board for it, too which really kinda surprised me. Yesterday we headed to Petsmart to get ourselves an aquarium. We had this great 10 gallon tank in the cart, but then realized that if we found that fish aren't our thing, what were we going to do with all the stuff that went with the fish? We could always sell it on ebay, but that can be more work than it's worth. So we decided to put the aquarium back and start with a betta in a fish bowl. We found the most beautiful betta and bought a cool bowl that could be used for flowers in the future if the whole fish thing didn't pan out.

All the way home we talked about what to name him. Natalie wanted Nemo, but I wanted something more original than that. When we got home and I got the newest member of our family all settled in, Natalie told me she wanted to call the fishy Kitty. I couldn't believe it! It was so clever! Scott and I loved it. Well, today she came home from the Pinewood Derby and told me that she had re-named the fishy, Jimmy. Well, that was what Scott and I wanted to call him all along. His full name being Jim Beaton, Jimmy for short. You see, Jim Beaton was our State Farm guy in Wausau. For a long time Scott used his name as his passwords. So we thought it would be appropriate to name our fish after him. (When we were going to get the bigger tank and 3 goldfish, we were going to name them Jim Beaton, Gerry Nelson (our guy at the Wausau Saturn dealership), and Nemo for Natalie.)

So I'd like to introduce the newest member of our family, Jim "Jimmy" Beaton, a Siamese Fighting Fish. He was adopted on February 9, 2007. (We are registered at Petsmart and Petco.) He has an irridecent emerald body that can change to a sea blue, and even appear purple from different angles. His front fins are a deep magenta. Jimmy is quiet and sleeps a lot. He doesn't like his picture taken, nor does he like to have his bowl tapped. (He flares his fins up for both.) He is a good eater and loves to relax near his grass.

As you can see here (sorry about the blurry), he wasn't too happy with me for taking his pictures. I don't think he liked the flash much.

By the way, here are pictures of our actual accumulation the other day. They closed schools for that!? Seriously people!!!

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Let It Snow, Let It Snow!

Last night it snowed with some accumulation...FINALLY!!! Nothing like waiting till February for winter to start. Here are some pictures...

Ok, so that's not really North East, MD, but I did have you going, didn't I? Those pictures were taken in 2005 after a huge snowstorm hit Le March, Italy. Actually we only got about 3 inches, but I can't find our camera to take any pictures, hence the above. Can you believe that I am actually watching a ticker tape of school closings as I write? For 3 inches?! And MD is not unfamiliar with snow. Every so often they get huge Nor'easters that can have feet and feet of snow. It's just snow--no ice--just snow. Anyway, just thought I'd share my wintery wonderland with you... sort of. :)
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