Holiday, Home Improvement

Happy Mother’s Day — and the start of a new project!

Happy Mother’s Day to all of the moms out there! My Mother’s Day was fantastic — I got to see all three of my moms and hopefully made each of their days special. Oddly enough, you will see no photos of my moms in this post because during the time I got to spend with them yesterday I completely forgot to take pictures! Oops.

We started out our morning in Annapolis with my mom (who did remember to take pictures, phew!). It was a beautiful day for brunch on the Chesapeake Bay and we had a wonderful time.

It was also a beautiful day for a duck selfie. Sorry ladies. This goofball is taken 🙂

Duck Selfie

After brunch, the hubby and started on our new project: replacing our outdated brass closet doors in our living room. You might think it is odd that we chose to replace these doors in the five hours between brunch and when our guests would arrive for dinner. Well, we actually started this project on Saturday. … or, I started the project. I wanted to move our more modern (if you can call them that) sliding mirror doors from our guest bedroom to our living room to replace the brass doors from the ’80s.

The only picture I could find of the doors is here, from when I was painting the living room gray. It’s crazy how much in this one photo has changed! (The TV lived in that spot for maybe 2 weeks, we have a new front door, curtains, paint. That’s a lot for the front area of the house…)
Brass Doors

Anyway, you can probably see where this is going. The brass doors were a bitch huge pain to remove and we ended up breaking the mirrors in both during the process. There was no turning back, which ended up being unfortunate because the replacement doors didn’t fit… which of course we learned after I spent 20 minutes hacksawing the frame down so it would fit in the opening. Grrrrr. Oh well!


So we took everything to the dump and planned on putting up new doors in between our Sunday engagements.

Here’s how the closet looks without the doors. Honestly, it looks way better without than it did with haha. You can see at the foot of the closet the strip of missing carpet and our hardwoods underneath! Someday I would love to rip up the carpet and refinish the floors 🙂 Call me a dreamer because it will probably never happen.


We want our doors to eventually look like the closet in our office:

Closet Doors Painted

We got the doors hung up, but there is currently no hardware, no paint, no reinforcing the bottom of the doors from the parts we cut off…. we have a little bit more to do! But I’ll save that for later.

Brian’s mom and my step mom came over for dinner as we wrapped up our door project. Thankfully I spent the majority of Saturday cleaning the house, setting up for dinner and prepping food because it was all ready to go when they arrived.

Check out my fancy table 🙂

Place Setting

I got to use my pretty teal napkins for the fist time and a lot of our wedding stemware! So fun. I even set up a “gift station” because I had to move our table from our dining room into our living room so the eight of us could eat comfortably. This chair and table were the only things in our dining room haha. Temporary solution!

Rem and the presents

Even though there are no moms pictured in this post, we had a wonderful day celebrating with our three leading ladies. Brian and I are fortunate to have been raised by wonderful women.

Happy Mother’s Day!


Holiday, Life

Mother’s Day

I am one of the most fortunate people on the planet because I have not one, not two, but three wonderful mothers that I get to celebrate each year on Mother’s Day.

This weekend was a fabulous celebration of my three moms, starting on Saturday with a dinner for my step mom, Jill.

We had the family over for chicken kabobs on the grill and we played a new game, Swish, until the power randomly went out. You’d think that would have ended the fun, but instead we all gathered in our dark living room and played Name That Tune from songs on my dad’s phone. It must be in our genes, because Emily and I are way talented at Name That Tune. We sometimes know the song from one note only.

I didn’t take any photos because we were super busy preparing for our dinner, and then we lost power. Oh well.

Sunday morning Emily, Brian and I headed over to mom’s house to give her a fancy, new ice cream maker! We all hopped into the car and drove to Annapolis to have brunch on the water of the Chesapeake Bay.

Mother's Day

Mother's Day

Mother's Day

Brunch was DELISH! If you live anywhere near the Chesapeake Bay, I highly recommend trying out the Severn Inn. It was a beautiful place to celebrate my wonderful momma.

Once we finished with brunch, the hubby and I hurried home so I could start making homemade pizza dough for dinner with his momma. I’d never tried it before, but using my handy dandy bread maker, I put in all of my ingredients and it did the hard work.

Two hours later, and we had some fresh dough!

Homemade Dough

The pizza was delicious — we covered half of it in pepperoni and half in tomato slices. I was too excited to eat it and forgot to take a photo, but it was super yummy. I’ll do a post next time I make it detailing all of the ingredients and steps because it was way easier than I anticipated.

Mother’s Day was great this year and I hope all three of my moms feel loved and a little spoiled. They are all amazing people and I am lucky to call them all my moms.


Wedding album and just life

Guess who finally gave the approval to have their wedding album printed — we did!! I can’t wait to see what Stephanie from Angelina Photography created for us. She was an amazing photographer and I would definitely recommend her if you get married in the D.C., Maryland or Virginia area.

Check out her site here – she also takes amazing family photos, which we will definitely be calling her for down the road 🙂 But not quite yet! And if you want to see the fun post she did about our wedding, you can check it out here!

I’ll definitely snap a photo of our album when it arrives because I know it is going to be stunning.

Other than wedding album excitement, it’s been a busy week for me. Between the wedding last weekend, having both of my sisters in town, work this week, and helping out with family stuff…. well, there just hasn’t been much time for crafting! I guess that is how life goes, though.

I did want to wish my step mom a wonderfully happy birthday — we celebrated last weekend and her actual birthday was Tuesday.

The hubby and I are going to a pumpkin carving party tonight, then I plan on crafting my heart out this weekend. I’ve got a lot of projects in the works that I can’t wait to share! One involves an old dress, another involves an old game, and another involves marbles!

Have a great weekend!