Guess who got a puppy!!??!!

OK, OK, it wasn’t us — but our neighbors did! (So jealous :p)

Meet Winnie.

Isn’t she so stinking cute? She is a Wheaton Terrier and our next-door neighbors brought her home about a week ago. She is the sweetest little thing.

Winnie and Remmy are already best buds. They look for each other at our shared fence line each morning.

It turns out that our neighborhood is quite the dog scene, and with Winnie around we are surrounded by pups on each side.


Remmy thinks it’s awesome, too. Here is a photo of him jumping for joy (or just because he’s crazy) because he has a new friend. I’m convinced that he’ll make it over the fence soon… lord help us all.

I’m still trying to convince the hubby that we should get a second dog — Rem needs a brother or sister — but if that doesn’t happen, at least we’ve got a new buddy next door.

Enjoy your weekend!

Home Improvement

Why don’t crabs give to charity?

Because they’re shellfish! — Joke brought to you by the hubby, who thinks he is very clever and told this joke at least five different times this weekend.

Speaking of this weekend, we are both so tired it is unreal. I don’t even know how I am typing this post. But, this weekend was incredibly productive.

First and foremost, we had our fence installed. Now we can bring our crazy pup over to the house! The guys at Mid Atlantic Deck and Fence Co. were at the house bright and early on Friday morning and didn’t leave until after 6 p.m. And the fence is beautiful.

Here’s the yard before we cleared out the lower limbs in the back tree line.

Here’s the yard cleaned up a bit.

And here is our sweet, new fence!

It’s glorious!

Aside from the fence, we bought more supplies for our family room, including a new door and a steel support post for the center of the room.

And I painted. All. Weekend. Long. I finished painting the office with the help of my step dad, who was able to cut in beautifully around the molding without having to tape! It was very impressive. I painted my craft room with help from my best friend. And I painted the first coat of paint in our bedroom. So. Much. Painting.

Our office looks amazing. It is so classy. I love it.

The white looks very nice with the blue. AND, the hubby and Dad installed shelves in the office nook! Look at our built-in bookshelves!

Here’s my super bright craft room (it’s really hard to take a good picture of this room… but it’s a teal accent wall surrounded by a light teal). I didn’t think I would ever be finished painting this room. It took ages, but it was well worth it.

And here’s our bedroom. We couldn’t figure out what color to paint it…

And we chose…. none of those haha. We ended up going with a shale gray, which is a very bluish gray color.

I think the plan is to go over after work tomorrow… and paint some more. One more coat in the bedroom, and then I think we’re done painting until the family room renovation is complete.

Family room update: Floors should be in tomorrow, granite should be ready to pick up on Thursday. We have most of the supplies. Our electrician comes Thursday to figure out the wacky wiring in the house.


Now, I’m going to sleep. Hope you enjoyed all of the pictures!

Home Improvement

A few updates on the house

I finally remembered my camera AND the memory card! So, as promised, here are some updates on our house!!

Kitchen Cabinet Hardware

I mentioned earlier in the week that we added handles to our kitchen cabinets. Look at how nice they look! Glen had a great way for installing the handles on the same spot on each cabinet. He took a piece of cardboard and cut it into an “L” shape. He then pressed the handle into the cardboard to make an indent where the holes needed to be drilled. You drill holes in your cardboard and line up your cardboard stencil the same way on each cabinet, and voila! Perfectly spaced cabinet handles! It was a neat trick that will certainly come in handy in the future.



Ahhhh, so much better. Now we can actually figure out which way the cabinets open, which is especially nice since the Fannie Mae people installed some of them opening the wrong way. Oh well! Problem solved.

Basement Renovation

Now, on to the basement. I showed you a picture yesterday of the entire basement torn out. Glen finished that yesterday while Brian and I were at work. It looks huge!

The debris seems to be never-ending. Check out all of the bricks from our rounded fireplace hearth. This will be fun to remove.

Our fireplace looks a little sad now with no hearth, mantel or molding. But I know it will look so much better when this whole reno is complete. I’m going to pick out a granite hearth after work today. We are getting a black hearth will sparkly, gold flecks in it.

Glen also started ripping up the carpet in the room. Look at the lovely flooring we had underneath!

But wait, there’s more!

We have three different types of flooring in one space. I think we should leave it like that, except that we already bought new flooring last night. We also bought recessed lighting kits for my craft room, the family room and our kitchen. I can’t wait for all of the light!


So I have a confession to make. I picked out paint last night, and I’m already concerned that I picked a bad color. I bought a can of Valspar Sprinkle for my craft room and two cans of Olympic Caruso for our bedroom… I am second guessing myself though. Bad news bears.

Valspar Sprinkle - Craft Room
Olympic Caruso paint – Bedroom

So what do you think? My craft room has no windows, so I think the bright blue will be OK. But I’m less sure about the Caruso color for our bedroom. And we bought two cans… ugh. Silly hubby, I told him we should buy the $2.50 samples!

A secret room?

My last update is that we discovered we have a secret room in our house! Well, sort of. When we looked at our house we noticed a little cubby underneath our stairs that I joked was Brian’s timeout room. Well, it turns out this mini cubby is another long storage area! Glen found a hidden light in the cubby yesterday, and I was incredibly excited!

Once you get past the stair cubby, you can stand up back there (just be careful of the nails poking through at the ceiling from the floor above). Of course, I had to test it out.

Bahaha. I love our secret room! It’s so sneaky :p And the pink carpet is just oh so nice.

Tonight, Dad and the hubby are planning on dragging all of the debris out to the  car port so Brian can load up a U-Haul tomorrow and take it to the dump. Meanwhile, I’ll be taping and spackling so I can paint this weekend. AND!!!! Tomorrow we get our fence. So excited to have a large cage for our crazy beast of a dog.