Saturday, August 1, 2015

Painted Garage Doors

Today's project was a family affair! We had fun painting our garage doors and house numbers. What a difference a can of paint makes...our house instantly feels more updated!

Our garage doors are 15 years old. Over the years the doors have gotten scuffed and dented (but still work perfectly fine thankfully):

The doors were starting to show their age. However, new doors can be expensive, so Tal and I decided "if it's not broke, don't fix it."

Instead, we used some leftover paint from when Tal painted our bay windows a few weeks ago:

Tal and I used a 4-in foam roller for 95% of the painting and an angled brush for tight spots and touch-ups. 
It was an easy project that took 3 hours from start to finish: 

Previously, our aluminum doors were white, but today we painted the trim and doors a cream color that complements the siding on the side of our house. 

(Hadley took a nap in her stroller while we were painting)

To most people, the change is probably subtle. To us, however, our garage doors look brand new! 

Today Tal and I also updated our gold house numbers:

With some leftover spray paint, I painted the numbers and nails black:

Now our house numbers are more visible from the street:

The best part is that our garage door makeover was FREE! We had all of the paint and supplies in our garage, so this project didn't cost us anything!


 This was the first time Tal and I worked on a DYI project with the girls since Hadley was born 9 months ago...and we loved spending quality family time outdoors!

Savannah's First Week of 1st Grade!

Savannah just finished her first week in 1st grade...and it was a success!

Savannah picked out a new backpack and lunch box from PBKids:

Savannah said that purple and turquoise were two of her favorite colors...

...and that she liked the sparkly hearts because she's a girly-girl:

Before school one day, Savannah wanted me to take a picture of her and Hadley wearing their 
NC State shirts...and this is what happened:

After school, however, Hadley was in a happier mood:

Savannah and her friend Caleb 
(who has been in her kindergarten and 1st grade classes) 

Hanging out with me in the library after school:

Last Thursday was Meet the Teacher Night where we learned about the 
curriculum, homework, procedures, etc. in Savannah's class:

Savannah introduced us to her teacher Ms. Allen...

...and her friend Aiden:

She showed us where she sits in her classroom...

...and some of the work that she'd completed this week:

All of the students in Savannah's class:

Hadley's 9-Month Old Stats

Last week Hadley got a great report when she went to the pediatrician for her 9-month check-up! Our baby girl is tall and lean (just like Savannah). Hadley is 29 inches long, which puts her in the 90th percentile for her height. However, she only weighs 17.8 lbs., which is in the 10-25th percentile. Hadley's head circumference is in the bottom 5-10%. (Grandma Barbara said that Tal had a small head when he was a baby, too.) Hadley will be 10 months old on August 10! 

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Savannah's First Day of 1st Grade!

Savannah started 1st grade yesterday! When I asked Savannah what she liked most about 1st grade, she said, "playing on a new playground that has monkey bars." Ha!

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Lap Full of Love

Grandma Barbara and her 3 Grands: Harper (2), Hadley (9 months), and Savannah (6)

Day at the Lake

Yesterday we spent a fun family day at Falls Lake with Grandma Barbara, Uncle Benny, Aunt EJ, and Cousin Harper. Falls Lake is about 20 minutes from our house and has a family-friendly beach that includes swimming, grilling, and playing areas. It was a beautiful day in a beautiful setting with our wonderful family. It was the perfect way to wrap up Savannah's last summer weekend before she starts 1st grade on Monday!

Falls Lake

Brothers Tal and Benny

My beautiful 2-year-old niece Harper:

Our family

Savannah and her noodle:

Hadley loved kicking her legs and splashing her arms in the water:

What a beautiful setting!

Our family

Uncle Benny and Savannah

Tal and Savannah:

Savannah wanted to show me that she could swim to the yellow line 
(where the water is over her head)...

...and she made it!

Savannah was so proud of her accomplishment!

 We grilled hamburgers and hot dogs for lunch...

...and relaxed while we waited for the food to cook:

Aunt EJ and Harper

Hadley (9 months) fell asleep on Grandma Barbara:

Here are some cute candid photos of  Harper playing with her bucket on the beach: