In honor of our 9 year wedding anniversary today, I put together a little collage of the last nine years of marriage. Here's a little look back at a picture of Jake and I from each year that we've been married. We've had lots of fun times together and I am so happy and proud to be celebrating nine years with my best friend.
We had a wonderful 4th of July, despite the fact that it rained ALL WEEKEND LONG!! We made the best of it and thankfully, the rain stopped long enough for us to enjoy the evenings. Sunday we spent the evening with friends at the Stanfields house. We had lots of yummy food, fireworks and time spent with friends. It was a lot of fun.
Then Monday, we went to another friends' house for their second annual 4th of July party! They live right down the street from where their city does their fireworks display, so it's just a quick walk and you're there. We went last year and had so much fun and had just as much fun again this year. The rain stopped just in time for the party and stayed dry the rest of the night with just a few sprinkles during the fireworks. Both kids loved the fireworks again this year!
For the 4th of July party, our friends supplied the meat and soda and we each brought a side or dessert. My mom found this super cute and yummy recipe on facebook. It's a taco dip. The bottom layer was re-fried beans, then a layer of salsa, followed by a layer of shredded cheese and then the top layer was sour cream. Then for the flag you use black olives, cherry tomatoes and then Tostito Rolls. It was super easy and a crowd-pleaser for sure. :-)
We finally got our flag pole hung, just in time to hang our new flag for the 4th of July!
And since the rest of this post has been about the 4th of July, I'll
share these super cute pictures I took of my nephews for the 4th.
In years past, Spring and Summer have been pretty slow when it comes to my Photography Business. Fall is always my busiest time and I'm sure that won't change this year. However, this Spring and Summer have been my busiest yet and I'm loving it. I've always thought Spring and Summer would be so pretty for family pictures and I'm so happy to have gotten some past and new clients who've decided to have Spring/Summer sessions. One of my very favorite and repeat clients recently added to their family and decided to get some family pictures taken last month. It was a hot Saturday evening, but they rocked their session and we found some beautiful backdrops for their pictures!
Such a sweet big sister!
The new baby was a perfect angel. She slept the entire hour we were together! Isn't she precious?
I haven't updated you all on any of our recent home renovations but it's not because there hasn't been a lot going on. There definitely has been. These are just cell phone pictures, I'll take some better pictures when it's all finished!
Our most recent project has been the downstairs family room. It started out looking like this when we bought the house back last September...
Then we tore out the wall in-between the family room and the downstairs bedroom. We also tore out the paneling around the windows and tore out the bar and used that space to turn the 1/2 bath into a full bath and that's where it stayed while we gutted the kitchen and rehabbed it.
Once the kitchen was done, my dad moved the door going into the bedroom down closer to the stairs so that it wouldn't be right in the middle of the family room. Re-drywalled the wall into the bedroom and replaced the outside door. He also foam insulated around the windows because there was 0 insulation, you could acutally see clear to the outside around the windows. He also added can lights and then gutted the basement bedroom and re-did it and also gutted the half bath and made it a full bath (which I still need to blog about soon.) And then it became a catch all room for all the tools and stuff we needed to work on other projects around the house. That is until about 2 weeks ago when he started framing in the wall of windows and around the fireplace!
He then dry-walled around the windows and fireplace and then mudded, sanded and painted all the walls in the basement to match the gray we have upstairs! He also stippled and painted the ceiling. Then he hung the t.v. over the fireplace and built a new hearth on the fireplace. Monday, we moved the sectional in and yesterday my dad painted the fireplace insert black, as you can see in these pictures above, it was a bronze color. Today he's laying tile in the hallway that leads to the bathroom, laundry room and garage.
The short term plan for the rest of this space is to add built in shelves on either side of the fireplace, add an exposed beam style mantle and tile over the brick around the fireplace and on top of the hearth. We will also be laying ceramic tile from the outside door, over to the stairs and down the hall to the bathroom, laundry room and garage door (which will hopefully be done soon since he's starting on it today.) Then eventually we want to tear out the carpet that's in there now and add something else whether it be new carpet, carpet squares or tile we aren't quite sure yet and of course new baseboards. I'd also like to add a plank wall or ship-lap to that back wall and we'll need new faux wood blinds up on the windows for a little privacy. I imagine we'll have them open most of the time since the windows give us so much natural light and such an open, airy feeling. They look out onto the patio so it's nice to have them there. We will also get a sofa table to go behind the couch and an end table at some point soon too.
So that's what we've been working on lately. I haven't really updated much because it's a little overwhelming with all the work that is going on. I'm hoping to do a post about the downstairs bathroom next. It took on quite a major transformation and looks really amazing now!
We spent a fun day at the community pool, celebrated Father's Day at Busch Stadium, the kids started another gymnastics class and we saw Big Foot smash some cars. We also had our church picnic and enjoyed more evenings outside playing!
It was a great month full of Summer fun and we're already off to a good start with July!