Thursday, February 18, 2010

Happy, Happy Snail Mail Day!

I think virtual communication is awesome, but don't you just love a "Happy Snail Mail Day?" I had one a couple of days ago. Let me start by saying that our old house had a cute little mail box on the front porch, and I anticipated the little squeek that signaled the mail had arrived everyday. When we moved into our new house I had to say goodbye to a cute box on the porch and hello to a community mail box on top of the hill above our house. Needless to say I don't get the mail everyday, especially when it is cold.

So you can imagine my surprise when a cute little postman arrived at my front door with the days mail in tow. I should tell you that there are only two spots for packages at our mailbox so if someone doesn't empty their package after a few day the mail carrier brings the mail to your house so you don't have to wait for the other person (this has only happened twice).

Hand delivered mail already signals a good mail day for me, but it doesn't end there. We only had 2 pieces of "junk mail" and 1 bill. Again a good mail day. But wait, I'm not done.

This book arrived. I ordered it a few days before and have been anxiously awaiting it's arrival.

Cassie's phone, which she has been calling us about everyday around 2:00, finally came (It took forever.) We didn't mind hearing from her, but we know she has been antsy for a replacement to the phone she lost, and I am sure Ramona will be happy to get hers back, too.
We also received a cute card and pictures from the Martins.
And, a little something from Ryan in Guatemala. You may notice my letter is in Spanish which equals a little extra work for me, but more exciting I think.
Is it silly that this was so fun for me I am actually blogging about it?
I hope you all have a Happy Snail Mail Day, too once in awhile.
P.S. Today is Ryan's birthday. I hope he has a happy one.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Love List #3!

Like last year and the year before this is a list of a few of the things that make me happy right now.

I love these little animals I have scattered around the house. I think they are all so cute. However, I think all of them might scare me or gross me out if they were real. Weird! The turtle is the newest addition to our house, isn't he cute? I love him!

These little wooden accents are so cool. I have a couple of projects in mind for them. I'll post them when I am done.

I love homemade fabric flowers. They are so fun to make and there are so many different techniques for making them.

I love ribbon. I think it makes almost everything better.

I can't believe I have had 3 of these lists without putting our piano on one. It was a pretty big expense for us when we were first married, but it is definitely one of the things in our house that I really love.

Hope everyone had a Happy Valentine's Day. We sure did!

Monday, February 8, 2010

We can kind of laugh now,

But we haven't gotten the bills yet.

So that's a kidney stone, huh?

A couple weeks ago Tyler was in the E.R. passing a kidney stone. It was one crazy morning. At one point the P.A. asked Tyler how he was doing and through clenched teeth, and what sounded like his last breath, he murmered, "I want to die!" As soon as the stone passed he was back to his old self. We were laughing and sending texts while he finished his I.V. We also got to listen in on the prisoner in the room next to us, who seemed to be on vacation. When Damon got home from school and heard the story he felt like he missed out on a fun time.

Monday, February 1, 2010

I love DIY,

But sometimes it is A LOT more work than I expect.
This is a little glimps at our bookshelfs in the making.

Lucky for me Tyler was the brains behind this whole operation. He worked really hard and I did my best to be a worthy assistant. If it hadn't been SO cold it would have been a lot more tolerable. I would sneek in the house once in a while just to warm up.
I tried to get as much done as I could before Damon got home, but he did get in on the action a little bit and he couldn't have been more thrilled. Notice the shorts. He wasn't out there very long.

Since we aren't carpenters we had to make due with the tools we had. This did cause a few problems; everything took much longer, there were a few "difficult-to-fix" mistakes, and we had to use tools in pretty inventive ways. But it all turned out ok in the end. And thank goodness for an insulated garage or I don't think this would have even been possible this time of year.

Here they are installed. I am still working on filling them. It is a little hard to tell, but they are HUGE. So it is taking me awhile. They are another one of my steps toward better flow and organization in my house. I am having a little bit of a problem being practical and still pretty. Any advise. I will put up some pictures of our family room after I finish a few more projects: recovering an old couch (hopefully), finishing some cute pillows, finding some old, but sturdy chairs that I can give new life to.... I will paint if I have to, but after the shelfs and this room I am pretty tired of painting. I went through almost 3 gallons of paint in 2 days. This was one part of the project that Tyler would have no part of. I guess I can't have it all.

I love them!