More Dining Room Updates

The dining room continues to see more progress.   With the wall down, there was painting to be done, a chuck of flooring that needed to be patched/repaired, and other repairs to come.  We really wanted to do a happy dance when we went to Home Depot and they still had the flooring in stock.  We don’t necessarily love the flooring, but it saved us a ton of money to just fill in the gap instead of replacing all the flooring.  IMG_1237

This is the progress of the paint and furniture placement.  Still have to do the trim painting around the ceiling (not my forte!).


I had no clue what the process would be to fix the floor, but it was way more detailed than I thought it would be.  First Ryan had to put a layer of plywood down.


Then he found some cheap peel and stick tile to get the floor level because of all the layers of old linoleum under the current floor.IMG_1258

Then he had to remove the cut out tiles, and put in the new tile.IMG_1323IMG_1321 (1)Can’t even tell the difference at all!  We still have wall patching to do and some beam work that we are going to add for detail.

IMG_1246 IMG_1245It is a slow process, but super exciting!  I can now have a family Thanksgiving in my new dining room with room for a good 20 people if we get cozy.  I will do another update with lighting soon.  I am so thrilled about my new pendant lights…old style Edison light bulbs.  Exciting!!FullSizeRender




Spring Fever

I don’t know about the rest of you, but I have spring fever.  I am looking forward to hearing the birds chirping in the early morning hours, the green grass, tulips in bloom, and a nice spring rain shower to wash away the dirt left from the winter melt.  Since today is officially the first day of spring, what better day to do a little spring inspiration post!

1. I love this idea from Offbeat Home & Life!  What a great way to recycle!

no-drip-watering-0710122. I really would like to try my hand at an herb garden this year.  This one from Homestead Lifestyle is great!

herb garden3. I have been eying a rustic indoor terrarium like this one at TJ Maxx.  This makes me tempted to head over there!

Spring In The Dining Room -TITLE PAGE-stonegableblog.comHappy First Day of Spring!

It Really Was Awesome!

We went to The Lego Movie last night and it was great!  I am not generally a movie lover so for me to say that a movie was great, it is a big deal.  Since Luke is the ultimate in Lego collectors, he has been itching to see it.  I was hesitant thinking that it might be sort of cheesy.  And it totally was in a totally awesome way.

There was a good mix of humor to keep kids and adults entertained.  It had a really good storyline.  It kept me (the ADD type) watching.  It was a feel good movie for the whole family.

Lego Movie

If you have been thinking about taking the kids or grandkids to a cute, cheesy, feel good family show, check it out!  You won’t be disappointed.  It is not going to be an Oscar winning film no doubt, but it sure was fun!

Joy Jars

JoyIt is a practice to find the joy in each and every day.  In the mundane of life, we tend to forget that there really is joy in each day even in the midst of hardship.

For this reason, we decided to keep Joy Jars for 2014.  January was our practice run.  The goal was to write something everyday that brought us joy…a kind thing we did for someone, something that we were thankful for, a Bible verse or other saying that resonated with us that day.  I say it was a practice run because I think more often than not, we all forgot.  But, at the end of the month, we had many joys in our jars to share with each other.

jarsOn the first of every month, we plan to empty our jar and read our Joys.  Then I am going to write them down on a notebook paper to keep track of each month and will start with an empty jar again.

Here is a sampling of our January Joys:

  • I was nice to the new kid at school
  • Spending time building with my dad
  • The hot tub on a cold winter night
  • A quiet weekend at home
  • Quote: Be who you are not who the world wants you to be.
  • Isaiah 26:3-4; You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you because he trusts in you.  Trust the Lord forever, for the Lord God is the everlasting rock.
  • Warm, bright sun on a cold winter dayjoy


A Short Break


Hi All!  Just wanted to let everyone know that I am going to be on a short break for about a week.  We moved into our new house and I have LOTS of work to do.  Plus, we have no internet at this point and won’t for a little while.  Hopefully I will be back on schedule with my posts very soon! 

Elf on the Shelf — Day 19

Elf Day 19You may be wondering what happened to days 15-18.  I got a little busy (with the end of the semester) and didn’t have time for any pictures, but Mr. Elf spent some time stuck in a candy jar, hanging from the Advent calendar, and a few other places that right now have slipped my mind.

Mr. Elf is back and not really enjoying life much today.  The Lego guys thought we had an intruder and tied him up with some dental floss.  It took quite a few Lego men to get Mr. Elf all tied up!  Good thing he is still smiling!!