August 10, 2016

Camille is Nine!

Nine is fine! My sweet Camille turned nine last Sunday. Whoa....how the time flies. She wanted to get her ears pierced for her birthday and after some discussion Michael and I decided to let her.



On Sunday, we hosted a party for her and Paint 'N Play RVA came to lead an art project. Our instructor, Ian, was so great with the girls and our only boy, Clyde. It wasn't a traditional paint by numbers canvas painting, he instructed them step by step so each painting was a little different. It was a fun experience and I definitely recommend this company. 
 



After painting, we had pizza, donut cake from Sugar Shack and then we played a couple games! 

 





Such a fun day!

July 8, 2016

4th of July Weekend!


I started this post on Tuesday and here we are on Friday when I find the time to finish it up. We managed to find some sun on a mostly rainy 4th of July at the beach! Here are a few pictures from our trip!



 











We are looking forward to another beach trip to Hilton Head later this summer. My mom, dad, sisters and I went all the time growing up but that was many, many years ago. Any suggestions for restaurants or activities that are kid-friendly? We are staying in Shipyard Plantation near the Sonesta.

PS...They were putting out the school supplies today at Walmart....sigh...I feel like summer just started!







June 8, 2016

What we've been up to!

I am definitely out of practice on my weekend recaps & menu planners. I did make this salmon, asparagus and orzo salad this week for dinner. It was tasty...a good light summer meal!

And here is what we have been up to the past few weeks...

We made our first trip of the season to Sandbridge, VA! Michael's parents live there and we always enjoy our visits! 





Michael's mom, prepared a lobster feast for everyone! It was delicious and we got 3 out of 4 children to try it! 




My great new listing went under contract first day on the market!

We bought a king size mattress! Not the one in this pictures but a Purple one! I can't wait for it to arrive! Does anyone have one of these new mattress that comes folded up in a box!?

 Camille had her gymnastic show yesterday! She has been working so hard and just mastered her back hand spring. She loves it!

We have a week and half left of school...I can't believe I am saying this...but I am ready for summer. Seems so late this year! No more lunches and homework...I need a break too! :)

May 23, 2016

Updating our Deck

It was a big project but we completed our deck renovation this spring. 

We have a second level deck off the back of our house as well as a lower deck that covers a county drain. Both were in horrible condition...the top deck swayed when you walked on it...it was scary. This spring we finally had them resurfaced. Our contractor was able to tighten the underneath boards and just replace the top surface boards and top of the handrails. It is so much better and safer!

Here are the before pictures....
  

And now the afters...



One of my favorite features of our new deck space is the lighting. Michael figured out to how use these poles from Home Depot to string lights around the space. They are also removable if we ever decide we want to take them down.







Source List:
Table & Dining Chairs: Target
Throw Pillows: TJMaxx
Side Chairs: Target
Planters holding Ferns: Walmart
Table Planter: TJMaxx 
Umbrella: At Home
Oil Cloth For Chair Bottoms: Fabric.com
Lights: Hometown Evolution

It has basically been raining in Richmond all month long so it was hard to get the best pictures! We have managed to eat dinner out there a few nights and hosted a nieghborhood party on Saturday night and thankfully the rain ended and people could be outside. I think we are going to really use the space this summer and fall!