Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas...

...from our family to you!!! May you remember the reason for the season and REJOICE!!!


Tuesday, December 1, 2009

NEWS

Well friends, we are going to be in need of a new name for our blog address. Guess why? We are no longer going to be the "Douglas Family of 4"!!!

Yes, that's right. We do, in fact, have one more reason to be thankful. Baby Douglas #3 will be here in July. Big sister Mary Margaret is already consumed with the thoughts of having another sister. I tried to prepare her that it just might be a brother, but she would have nothing of it. "Mommy, I'll handle it. I'll just have a talk with God."

We are overjoyed and are praying for a healthy baby!

Friday, November 13, 2009

Mary Margaret's 6th Birthday

Here is MM making the goody bags the morning of her skating party (she's still in her PJs). Not only did we celebrater her 6th birthday last week, but she got glasses. She loves them!!!


The biggest surprise of the week was the one below. It was a complete surprise to us all. A close family friend, Carson loves to spoil the girls AND they adore him. I mean, ADORE him. He surprised Mary Margaret by putting her on 2 billboards in our hometown. MM was so excited. When he revealed them to MM, she said, "Hey that's me up there!" And then the next morning, she looked at me and said, "I think I might be famous!" This was a once in a lifetime event! Here is a picture of one of the billboards at night:

MM wanted to have "The Wizard of Oz" birthday party this year!

The birthday cake

MM was so excited when she saw her cake!

Harper Jane had a great time at the party!
Here is a picture of Emma and MM. Emma's mom, Amber and I have been friends since we were 6! She is my oldest and dearest friend!
Grandmarmie came to visit us yesterday. She brought lots of goodies. She loves to spoil our sweet girls!!!


She brought the girls matching Pottery Barn Snowgirl PJs. They will so be wearing these soft snuggly pajamas Christmas morning (and many other mornings in between)


She also surprised Mary Margaret with a gift that both she and her little sister will enjoy. The Pottery Barn play tent. How cute is that!!! The girls moved right in and loved "peering out the windows"! What a fantastic surprise!!!!

All in all, Mary Margaret had a wonderful birthday week-long celebration! I hope she will treasure these memories forever! I certainly will!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

The Master Bath

BEFORE







DURING:
Removed tile with sledgehammer. Took out tub, toilet, and sink. Removed lovely blue carpet. Created linen closet. Opened doorway into bath area. Removed 2 wall heaters.



AFTER:
New light fixture, new jetted tub, new linen closet, new tile flooring, new toilet, and new blinds.
DRESSING AREA OF MASTER BATH
DURING
AFTER:
New light fixtures, new mirror, new countertop, fresh trim paint, fresh wall paint. We also had the sink moved to this dressing area.

Monday, November 2, 2009

GO VOTE!!!

Leigh at Bloggeritaville is throwing her 2nd Annual Halloween Costume Contest! Head over there and vote for my sweet, Mary Margaret as Strawberry Shortcake (Halloween 08)!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Happy Halloween!

Halloween 2009 was a huge success. We started trick-or-treating around 2. We visited with family first. Then we went to a Halloween Party held at the Simmons' household. It was oh-so-fun. Chassey is the ultimate hostess. We went on a hayride and all the children LOVED it. Halloween was indeed a fun night!





I love the above picture. Harper Jane had had it with all the pictures!




Mary Margaret wanted to be "Annie" once again this year (yes, for the third year--she was "Annie" when she was 2 and 3 years old). Her first "Annie" costume was too small. It was made by one of my gifted students at the time, "C". "C" was in the 4th grade when she made it. Seriously. This little girl has talent! It runs in her family (C's mom was the one that painted MM's nursery). MM needed a new "Annie" costume so we got in contact with "C" and her mom and a new precious costume was created. Check out C's mom's blog --- Yelli Kelli. Both C and her mother, Kelli, have Etsy stores and are highly talented and creative. You'll be amazed!!!
I hope Halloween 2009 was a memorable one for you and your family!

Saturday, October 31, 2009

The Living Room

Here is the living room. We had the wall heaters taken out all over the home (there were 15 total--wow). We kept the fireplace mantle but did have new tile installed. We also were able to keep the cornice boards, though I did not use them in the living room (I painted one and am currently using it in the dining room). We also added an overhead light fixture. The floors were chipped up and the hardwoods underneath were restored and refinished. The walls, ceiling, and trim were all painted.



BEFORE


DURING


AFTER

AFTER



FIREPLACE -- BEFORE

AFTER

Friday, October 30, 2009

Home Renovation---The Kitchen

I am going to start back showing the renovations in our home. We are no where finished with everything, but I'm really proud of what we have accomplished!
BEFORE
DURING


AFTER
BEFORE (KITCHEN/BREAKFAST AREA)
DURING
DURING (TRAVERTINE TILE DOWN)
AFTER


BEFORE (WASHER/DRYER IN KITCHEN)

DURING
AFTER (WE MOVED LAUNDRY AREA TO SUN PORCH)

We are still not finished in here. I would like another set of cabinets (including a pantry) where the washer and dryer once was located. We also don't have crown moulding installed yet. It is just a process!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

My Latest News

I am now a representative for Orient Expressed children's clothes. They have precious, fine children's clothes (including smocked items). Please check out the website and let me know if you would like to order anything. I'm at your service!!!

www.orientexpressed.com

Friday, October 16, 2009

I'm thankful....Part II

Harper Jane trying on my Uggs.

Harper Jane is so glad that her "Mimi" is on Fall Break (2 days off).



The first fire of the season

Roasting Marshmallows

S'mores

Monday, October 5, 2009

I'm thankful for....


A little girl that loves to go to pre-school.




Two daughters that love to snuggle.




A sweet little one that secretly enjoyed the many M & M's that she found in the pantry (and she is wearing her Build-A-Bear's Halloween shirt).



A husband that loves to bake everything from scratch (including the crust)!



Little girls anticipating the completion of cupcakes!