Monday, October 24, 2011

The Pumpkin Patch

I hope you enjoyed my Kitchen Remodel. I LOVE my new kitchen and the functionality of it! I am working on my photography skills, so I don't think my pictures really give you a good picture of what it really feels and looks like in my room! Anyways enough about that.

As I said I have been working on my photography skills, so when we went to the pumpkin patch on Friday I thought I would try to take a few shots that weren't on auto!! I know it's sad I have an amazing camera and I keep it on auto. I just haven't had a lot of practice without it outside of auto!

Another thing I tried to do is not take a single picture with the flash on! Enough about photography let's look at the pumpkin patch!

We had SO much fun at the pumpkin patch on Friday. Kendall has been a bit under the weather, but that hasn't kept us from enjoying fall break! I loved her little dress that I made her Wednesday night! I was suppose to make it last year, but time gets away haha!

Kendall loved the patch. As soon as we got off the wagon she took off! She was running all over the place picking up weeds, leaves, grass and even a pumpkin or two!! She didn't want to get back on the hayride she was having so much fun!

We got a good chunkle out of her trying to pick up pumpkins as big as her, but she never gave up trying haha! She's a mess that's for sure:)

One a little more her size, but still a little too heavy!

The perfect one!! The weather was also perfect for the patch. Look how blue the sky was:)

This picture is a little blurry, but I LOVE it!! Her face just shows every bit of this sassy girls attitude!! And boy does she have one ever:)

Just relaxing on all the pumpkins!

There was a big wagon of pumpkins at the restaurant so I threw Kendall up into them! She thought it was funny, but then wanted down!

I think I got some great shots of her at the pumpkin patch for sure. We had a good time and I am so glad Chris was able to take the day off and go with us!

Only downfall? It took us over 2 hours to get home. It should have taken us no more than 45 minutes, but one of the bridges on the river is currently closed and traffic is insane (the bridge connects Kentucky and Indiana) A lot of people commute from both sides of the river for work. I have no patience for traffic and would definitly have to get a new job if I was in this situation!

Hope your enjoying your week. And on a sidenote I am still without at computer:( Chris has been so kind to bring his work laptop home for me to work on at night, but hopefully we will get ours fixed soon and won't have to deal with this anymore!

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Sunday, October 23, 2011

Trick or Treat at the Zoo!

Last weekend we took Kendall trick or treating at the zoo!! We had a lot of fun:) Kendall
especially had a lot of fun!

This year I decided to make Kendall's costume. I knew I wanted her to be a scarecrow and I couldn't pay the amount of money that the costumes were that I saw! I just couldn't stomach it haha especially when I could make something just as good!!

It cost literally 20.00 dollars or less to make her costume! All I had to purchase was straw, burlap, the shirt and a sunflower!

While walking through the zoo Kendall kept saying more, more after getting candy! She used her manners too and said thanks:)

I love her sitting on this barrell already going through her candy after just three stops. Doesn't take much to keep her happy!!

This picture is a little blurry but I love it! Such a cute picture of Kendall and Daddy!

She was more interested in looking at the pretty princesses than getting a picture with them!

I LOVE Wizard of Oz and wasn't going to miss the chance to get our picture taken with them! Kendall wasn't too sure of them though!

My sweet little scarecrow and I!! She was so funny, but when we got to the playplace that we usually play at she was a little upset because they had it closed! She got over it quickly when we got to more candy!

We had so much fun and I can't wait to take her trick or treating tomorrow!

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Kitchen Remodel FINISHED!!

OK, I am hoping you made it through THIS post and are now here to see the finished product! I really wanted to do this in one post, but it wouldn't let me because of all my pictures. So, here we are!!

So, remember I was telling you about that wall and the holes that it left. Well, here is the wall all mudded up and ready for us to sand and paint! I said we because I did this too you know?

And here is my floor completely finished. I think it looks really good next to our cabinets! I love the colors in it. I am pretty sure I have already said that, but I just wanted to make sure you knew how much I LOVE that floor.

And here is the dishwasher and the two new cabinets/drawers we added to our kitchen. One of the cabinets now stores our trash cans and I can't tell you how much I like this. The trashcans were in the hallway in the pantry. It was a pain plus we didn't really like the thought of the trash and the food together! This has worked out for us perfectly!

Just another picture of the wall missing and the new cabinets!

And a view from the "kitchen". I love all the space we made for ourselves. I must also mention that we decided to keep the bakers rack out in the family room. Another room that isn't often used, but is part of our house:) We thought it would be a better use of space if we were to move that rack out into the bigger room as you walk up the stairs. It's worked out really nice for us as well!

And here is the front of our cabinets. The one on the left has our trashcans and the one on the right has our pots, pans, and lids.

We now have two trash cans, which can be a pain, but hasn't been too bad so far. We knew one little can wouldn't be enough for all the trash we have everyday so we went with the two.

And here is that shelf organizer I was telling you about again. The bottom holds the pots and pans and the top holds the lids.

The lids all nicely organized!! Did I tell you how much I LOVE this drawer!! So so easy when cooking dinner at night!

And the FINISHED product!! We purchased our table at IKEA and we absolutely love it! So nice and roomy. We didn't know what to do the first night we ate supper on it. There was so much room and we weren't sitting on top of one another!! Even Kendall had plenty of room!!

The view from the "dining room" I love my new counter space. It's so nice to unload dishes here, to prepare meals here, and just have that extra space for other things. I can't tell you how much I LOVE my kitchen. It ALMOST makes me not want to ever move out of this house. Just Kidding we are slowly, but surely outgrowing our sweet little home. But, this update gave me a good few more years left in this home:)

And the bakers rack that no longer stores my crockpots and my salad bowls. I love how simple it looks with just a few fall decorations and other small items!

Just one more look at the counter so that you can see the corner round that Chris laid around the bottom of it. A little detail that made a big difference.

And here is your finall look at all the before and afters of this kitchen remodel. I hope you enjoyed the pictures as much as I am enjoying my space:) Have a great week!

Linking up to Between Naps on the Porch: Metamorphosis Monday

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Kitchen Remodel The Start Picture HEAVY:)

First, I have to say if you make through this post than you deserve a cookie:) And if you just want to look at my pictures really quickly I totally understand! But, my husband worked EXTREMELY hard on this project (that is an understatement!) and I don't want to miss a detail so here goes nothing!

Once upon a time we had a dining room that looked like this. I have lived in this house for almost 5 years and I can count on 1 hand how many times we have used this space. Such. A. Waste. The rooms in our house aren't very big, so as you can imagine wasted space in our home is not an option.

Not only was this wasted space, but the kitchen table was about to fall apart. It was a hand me down and all the chairs were near their end.

My mom got Chris and I this baker's rack for our first Christmas. I love it, but it quickly became a storage space for all the extras in our kitchen that we didn't have cabinet space for. And we didn't like that. Who wants to see your pots and pans out in the clear open?

Remember, this wall, OK, don't forget this wall!

So, this is my kitchen. The flooring was outdated and I couldn't tell you how old it was. I should say that this was a remodel that has been a long time coming. Chris previously did the backsplash and a new countertop. So, that part of the kitchen is updated along with the stove and the fridge.

What was I thinking when I thought this red-orange color would look so good in our kitchen? I don't know!!!

Here is the table in the kitchen. So little room that we actually had to push it up against that wall. Oh yeah that wall, you still remembering it? Well, that's the same wall so don't forget it OK? We also had to take out a chair so that we had a spot for Kendall to eat once she started using her highchair.

See, all those dishes? See, the three drawer cabinet? That USE to be a half dishwasher, that burned out long before Kendall came around. Meaning that for the past 2 years or so, I have been HAND washing all of my dishes, including every. single. bottle. I know it sounds a little foolish to say that, but have you ever thought how much time we waste washing dishes? Far too much time. We are all about saving time around here, because we don't have a lot of it with Chris and I both working full time outside of the home. When we get home from work, cook supper, and eat we are not interested in washing dishes! You get my drift?

This is a view from the hallway. Can you see how squished we were in this kitchen? Now imagine Chris, myself, and Kendall all walking and working around in this kitchen while trying to cook supper at the same time! Not easy:)

One more look at the wall. Don't forget it!!

Remember that wall I told you not to forget? Well, you can forget it now, because it's GONE! Chris tore that thing out of the house and I am sure he had a lot of fun doing it! We thought how can we make the most out of this space. The first thing we thought was tearing this wall down. It wasn't being used and we could think of a million different ways to utilize the room behind this wall if it was all connected to the kitchen. We also knew that we needed two kitchen tables no more. We don't sit at both of them so why would we need them? So, the remodel began!

After tearing that wall down, Chris moved to the floor. The floor definitely needed some updating and I knew I wanted tile laid. My dad does an amazing job of doing tile, so we asked if he would help Chris lay the tile. Of course he said yes!

One last view of the floor before it gets pretty!

And there it is! My new floor. I love it! I am really happy with the color tile we choose and I think it turned out great! See those wires hanging up from the floor. Guess what??? I am getting a dishwasher!! Thank the goodness!!!

A close up view of the floor without the grout. Isn't it pretty? I love neutrals and I couldn't imagine going with any other tile;)

And the view of the whole floor after Chris grouted. We went with a darker grout, because I knew it would get dirty if not!

And another view! I just can't tell you how excited I was at this point for the finish of our kitchen! We were living in a mess. But, we all know it takes a mess to get to clean!!

The first look at my new dishwasher!! I LOVE it and couldn't be happier with where we decided to place it in this room!

This is another one of my favorites! I love to keep things organized and what better way to do it with a rack that holds pots and pans! No more picking up the stack to get the biggest one off the bottome. It also holds lids at the top. So, we no longer dig through the drawers to find a lid either:)

Remember that wall? Well, of course it left a hole, so Chris had to drywall, mud, and sand the holes on the ceiling and the wall!

Because I have so many pictures to share I have to split it into two different posts!! I hope you have enjoyed part 1 of our remodel and will be back to see part 2!! I am going to post them both immediately because I don't like to wait and I am sure you don't want to wait either. And if you don't care just humor me:)