Friday, February 12, 2016

Savannah's 7th Birthday Interview


Today is February 12, 2016. I am 7 years old!

Swimming is my favorite thing to do.

My nicknames are Savannah Banana, Pumpkin, and Banna Banna.

I want to be a teacher when I grow up.

Swimming is my favorite thing to do with my family.

My best friends are Caleb and Liza.

Playing with Liza makes me happy.

I like to learn about math and reading.

It makes me sad when people kick me.

One thing I do really well is study for my spelling test.

My favorite thing to do outside is jump on Liza's trampoline.

My favorite food is pizza.

Pink and purple are my favorite colors.

My favorite TV show is H2O Mermaids.

Golden Grahams is my favorite cereal.

My favorite place to go is Liza's house.

McDonald's and Chick-fil-a are my favorite restaurants.

One thing I like about school is playing outside at recess.

I love swimming and playing with Mommy.

I love playing word searches with Daddy.

I love playing on the carpet in the living room with Hadley.

One thing I love to do with Grandma Barbara is to go see Harper Grace.

One thing I love to do with Grandma Judy is go see Mr. Duane and ride his motorcycle.

Happy 7th Birthday, Savannah!

Happy 7th Birthday to our precious Savannah! She is our cheerful, outgoing girly-girl with a big personality. Savannah loves gymnastics, swimming, and writing, as well as putting on make-up and wearing high heels. We love you, Savannah Banana!


February 12, 2009

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 We love watching Savannah grow up!

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Happy 5th House-iversary! (Plus a Round-Up of 25 Projects)

Tal and I moved into our house five years ago! In December 2010, we bought our foreclosure fixer-upper at a bargain price in exchange for some sweat equity.

Over the last 5 years, Tal and I have been slowly updating our house (which was built in 2000)...one project at a time. It has been a labor of love to transform our house into a home that reflects us and our decorating style.

In honor of our 5th house-iversary, I thought it would be fun to take a trip down memory lane, so here's a round-up of 25 of our house projects from the past 5 years (in no particular order):

1. In 2015, Tal ripped out our 15-year old deck, laid the boards for our new deck, and then stained it:

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2. In 2015, we updated our scuffed garage doors by painting them a cream color that matches our bay window and siding:



3. In 2013, Tal and I yanked out all of the bushes in our front yard and planted new ones, as well as cut up the grass and laid 90 rolls of sod:


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4. In 2014, Tal (along with some help from his family) built Savannah's play area. Then, we put down landscape fabric, spread 4 truckloads of mulch, and installed plastic landscape borders:

5. In 2014, Tal and I transformed our backyard by laying 48 rolls of sod and spreading 7 truckloads of mulch around the exterior of our house:

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6. In 2016, Tal ripped out the carpet on our stairs, and then we painted the risers white and the treads black:


7. In 2016, Tal removed our kitchen desk and built a mud room that includes a bench, coat hooks, and shoe cubbies:
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8. In 2015, Tal and I updated our worn front door by staining it mahogony and spray painting the gold hardware:

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9. In 2015, Tal and I made our entry more colorful and inviting by hanging art and family photos along our staircase:
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10. In 2015, we used gel stain to transform our stair banisters from honey oak to black:


11. In 2013, I made our garage entry door more colorful and inviting by painting it golden yellow, adding a welcome decal, and hanging a wreath: 


12. In 2013, Tal and I gave Savannah a turquoise and pink big girl bedroom that will grow with her until she goes to middle school:

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13. In 2014, Tal and I finished Hadley's nursery/big girl bedroom before she was born in October. We created a girly turquoise and pink bedroom that will grow with Hadley for the next 5-10 years:


14. In Hadley's nursery/big girl bedroom, I added some whimsy by hot gluing turquoise pom-pom trim to some simple, white Vivan curtain panels from Ikea: 

15. In 2013, I made no-sew curtains for our gym using Waverly's Groovy Grille fabric, Heat 'n Bond, and curtain clips:


16. In 2015, Tal and I hung some artwork in our gym:



18. In 2015, Tal and I added some artwork, including our custom home portrait, in our dining room:




19. In 2015, Tal and Uncle Kenny ripped out the carpet and tile downstairs and then installed hardwood floors in our living room, kitchen, and master bedroom:



20. In 2015, Tal ripped out the carpet upstairs and laid hardwood floors in our loft area and hallway:

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21. In 2012, I updated our brass fireplace by spray painting it black

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22. Tal and I made our home more personal by hanging gallery walls upstairs and downstairs

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23. In 2014,  I made no-sew chevron curtains for our living room and kitchen: 

24. In 2013, I made no-sew curtains for Tal's man cave: 


25. In 2012, I relocated our medicine cabinet from our master bedroom to an upper kitchen cabinet. I made our medicine cabinet functional and pretty with labels:

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