Monday, July 21, 2014

It's All About the View

Our first home had a tiny deck.  We could barely fit two chairs and a table on it.  The grill made it impossible to turn around without bumping into someone or knocking their plate clean off of the bistro table.  It was all we needed at the time because our view was one of the main roads that ran through the town and we didn't spend much time out there.  But with a little more acreage and a pretty pond in our back yard, a nice deck was super important to us.
 
I can't wait to drink coffee out here cuddled up under a blanket while I read my devotions.
 
Or grill some chicken wings with the sweet sound of a good football game floating out of the opened French doors. 
 
You can't tell I've been dreaming about enjoying the Fall in our new home at all can you? 
 
We would have loved to go with composite decking, but to be honest it would've completely busted our budget.  So we stuck with a wood deck and upgraded to iron balusters which gave it a nice fresh look without breaking the bank.  I'm very happy with it!
 
Can't wait to stain this bad boy to match the house. Ahem, or should I say...I can't wait for Devin to stain this bad boy to match the house.  I'm not sure staining is my thing.
 
There will also be a concrete pad underneath the deck so I'm sure we will put that space to use too.
 
 
The sheetrock is done (I just forgot to post pics, oops!) The hardwood floors are being installed right now.  Eeeek!  And the tile is supposed to be coming in tomorrow and that installation will begin also. 
 
Yay yay YAY.
 

Friday, July 18, 2014

Cute Stuff My Kid Says

Sometimes Kollyns speaks and my mouth drops because I can't even begin to process the cuteness that just escaped hers.  She cracks me up on a daily basis and I never ever want to forget the adorable phrases that make her the most adorable kid ever.

"Mama my eyes are zausted and I think I need a nap."
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Kollyns:  "Hey where's my Daddy?"
Me:  "At work Kollyns."
Kollyns:  "Aww I like it when he goes to wurt so he can buy me some toys."
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"Kels can you hurry up please?  It's sixty o' clock and I'm gonna be late."
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"Hey mom can we go to Mexico and get something to eat like a cheese quesadilla?"
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"Mama I'm just tired and I don't have no patience and I don't like these leggings."
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Me:  "Kollyns do not run up the driveway you will fall."
Kollyns:  "Mama I just exercising hurry up you just ate that ice cream and you need to wurt out too."
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Kollyns:  "Hey Mom I want a Sisser in my belly."
Me:  "A Sister would go in my belly Kollyns, not yours."
Kollyns:  "No...my belly, then she can drink my ba bas like I used to drink yours and then we can put her back because I don't really want a Sisser."
(And apparently breastfeeding for almost three years was a bad idea.)
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Kollyns:  "Hey Mama when I go to preschool can you sit in the car and wait the whole time til I come out in the parking lot?  Or I'm not going.  And I need a McDocStuffins backpack."
Me:  "Kollyns it's Doc McStuffins."
Kollyns:  "Yeah I said that...McDocStuffins."
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Kollyns:  "Mom I'll be back I'm gonna go pee in the yard."
Me:  "What?  Why?"
Kollyns:  "FinLee and BroDee do it, and I want a treat when I'm done."
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"Mommy I love you more than everything.  And your hair is so long I love that too."
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Me: "Kollyns say your prayers okay?"
Kollyns:  "Dear Lord, thank you for everything. I love my mommy and my daddy and Jesus and Mary and Joseph and God and myself.  Amen."
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Kollyns:  "Mommy where we going tomorrow?"
Me:  "Work baby tomorrow is Monday."
Kollyns:  "I hate dat."


Happy Weekend Y'all. :)

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Exterior Stone and Choices on Choices

 While we're waiting on the drywall finishers...which feels like it's taking forever because they keep mudding and sanding and mudding and sanding over and over and over again even though it has really only been a week, I figured I'd update you on what's been going on at the Almond casa lately.
 
We have stone finally.  I wasn't thrilled with my choice at first because the color of the rock turned out differently than I had envisioned.  But I've grown to love it.  Word to the wise...don't pick your stone based on a photo of an itsy bitsy portion of the stone coloring in a stone book.
 
I learned my lesson.
 
Although now that I look at it, I think this color actually ended up for the better because the other color would not have been enough of a contrast to the siding color.
Our front door is not going to be that weird tan color...it will be stained dark brown.
 
Our gutters will also be dark brown which I'm pretty excited about because I think it's cool looking.  And that I have seen in person, so I'm confident about that choice.
 
Our latest dilemma is brown garage door vs. white garage door.  We are leaning towards white.  But only because it's cheaper and I'm not a huge 'garage door person'.
 
We picked out our light fixtures last week and I'm pretty pumped about those.  I also love our paint colors.  These are the only three that will be used throughout our home.  Our last house was bursting with color and this one will be so pretty on its own I didn't want to outshine the beauty of the home with cray cray paint. 
 These are a few of our light fixtures to give you an idea of the style we picked.  I love them. LalalaLove them.
 
And I finally broke down and bought a dining room table.  It only took me like 3 days to convince myself we needed it.  But now I'm so glad I took the plunge.
This beauty right here will be a part of our fam for years to come.
 
Anddd a close up...
 
The top is zinc metal.  Drooling over here.
 
Can't wait until it arrives at my doorstep.
 
Reallyyy can't wait until it's in my new dining room and I can use it.