Friday, August 17, 2018

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday Friends! I'm so happy it's the weekend.  We have one weekend left before we move back home and classes start again for the fall.  I am going to try and soak up and enjoy every second of this weekend.  Before the craziness of packing and moving next week.  As always I am joining up with Erika, Narci and Andrea to share my Friday Favorites.  

1. The BEST thing that happened this week was having Brock home.   It was so much fun-we laughed, ate good food and celebrated his 21st birthday.  We even went to NYC for an overnight trip to see the Yankees play a game.  It was a great week and it went by way too fast. I'm so happy that he's happy.   He LOVES Arizona and is working really hard at his full time job at State Farm and going to school full time at Arizona State.  It's crazy to me that he's all grown up.  He is doing great and we couldn't be more proud of him.

2.  My dear friend Stephanie had a birthday this week and we celebrated by going out to dinner Sunday night.  We went to an Italian place in Cooperstown that had the most amazing homemade pasta.  We each ordered something different and shared them all. It was a night of fun, friendship and delicious food.   Happy birthday Stephanie!!

3.  Last week Rachael and I taught a small group of women who were at a week long camp for adults (how fun would that be?) how to make mercury glass.  These are so easy to do and we had such a fun time.  I hope to do a full tutorial on DIY mercury glass votives soon.

4.  In August I love canning and freezing fruits and vegetables for the winter.  So far this year I have made freezer corn.  I used this recipe.  I just left out the sugar because I thought the corn was sweet enough without it.  The corn is from my Father-in law's garden and it is SO good.  We all love it!  I hope to make some strawberry freezer jam this weekend.  

5.  Tonight I am going to hear one of my favorite authors-Margaret Atwood-speak in Cooperstown.  She wrote two books that I read ( The Handmaids Tale and Alias Grace) both have become TV shows in the past couple of years.  I have been looking forward to her talk all summer and I can't wait to hear her speak.  

I hope you have a great weekend!

Monday, August 6, 2018

Weekend Update

Time flies when you are having fun!  Oh my goodness I can't believe we are already in to August. Where has the summer gone?  We've had a lot of fun times and have spent a lot of time working on our rental house

We have a few more fun things planned this summer...including Brock coming home tomorrow-yay!! 

Friday was my sister Shelby's 40th birthday!  I hate that she lives in Texas and we didn't get to celebrate in person but we face timed so that was nice.  Happy birthday Shelby!!

Ava and I went with my friend Sabrina and her daughter to a waterfall and swimming hole about an hour away from our house.  We like to take little adventures with our girls in the summer and this was so fun!  We went here for local peeps :)  We spent the afternoon exploring and swimming and just having old fashioned summer fun. 

Ava and I took a quick trip to our small county fair.  I loved taking our kids when they were little and I am glad Ava wanted to go this year.  We got a funnel cake and a lemonade walked around the floral and food exhibits (my favorite!), toured the animal bars and rode a few rides. We took a pic on the Tilt-a-Whirl.  

Saturday at I helped my friend Stephanie get ready for a surprise 50th birthday party for her husband.  She had the party in their backyard and it was the perfect setting for his party.  

The best part about the whole party was that he was so suprised!  I am so happy she was able to pull it off.

It was a great night-lots of good food (catered from Moe's!) and good friends!

Sunday afternoon I went to an outdoor concert to hear my friend Julia's son play.  He has just started singing live (this was his second show and the first one Julia has seen) and I wanted to go and listen to him and support Julia.  I can't imagine how stressed out she was for him-omg!  Every summer a couple of families host a series of concerts on their land where a tornando came through about 20 years ago.  People bring picnic baskets and just listen to music.  I have never been before but I definitely want to go again! 

 I hope you had a fabulous weekend!!

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

What's Up Wednesday {July}

Today I am linking up with Shay, Sheaffer and Mel What's Up Wednesday.  This summer has flown by I can't believe it's almost the end of June. I am trying to soak up every.single.minute end enjoy my free time with friends and my family. I haven't done this link up in a few months but you can see my past What's Up Wednesday posts below

What we're eating this week...I'm still chugging along with Weight Watchers. I have lost almost 25 lbs so far.  It's an easy program when you stick to it. There have been a lot of parties, dinners out, social events, etc and I don't always eat as healthy as I should.  We grill out chicken breasts almost every night and I eat those with salad and grilled vegetables a lot.  This summer for breakfast I have been having watermelon with feta cheese.  I bring it almost every day to work and it is delicious. I love the sweet and salty combo.  

What I'm reminiscing about...all the fun I've had this summer!  I have had some great times and I am so thankful for this slow season to hang out with my friends and family in the sunshine.  

What I'm loving...staying up late sitting outside with G after a long day.  We sit in chairs in our front yard and just talk about our day and it's really nice.  

What we've been up to...last week Ava and I went on a road trip with our neighbors and we drove to Cleveland to see Taylor Swift.  That was so much fun!  Also my dear friend Melany and her daughter and son visited our town last week. They moved to Florida and I miss them so so much!!  

What I'm dreading...Thankfully nothing right now-ha ha!

What I'm working on...our rental house!!  See yesterday's long post all about it here.  

What I'm excited month Brock is coming home for a week!  He came at the same time last year and it was perfect.  I am looking forward to hanging out with him and just enjoying him being home. We are going to take a little family trip to NYC to watch a Yankee game while he is here which I think he will love.  He also turns 21 while he is here so we are planning a cookout for him on his birthday.

What I'm watching/reading...One of my favorite shows, The Handmaid's Tale,  just finished a couple of weeks ago.  The season finale was intense.  OMG I can't believe I have to wait a whole year to find out what's going to happen next.  

I also just finished reading The Sound of Gravel about a girl who grew up in a polygamist family in Mexico.  It was one of the best books I have read all year and I can't stop thinking about it.  The writer who is about my age shares stories and memories from growing up in that unique environment.  Her stories about growing up in extreme poverty,  being sexual abused by her stepfather, caring for family members with mental and psychiatric issues and taking care of her young siblings broke my heart.  

What I'm doing this bff Rachael and I are hosting our annual summer soiree on her porch.  We have had this party for three years and it's always so fun!  We are going to have lots of delicious appetizers and good drinks.  It's going to be a great night.  I will also be working at our rental house.  

What I'm looking forward to next month...Brock will be home for a week next month and I can't wait!  He's turning 21 and we have some fun things planned while he is home.  

What else is new...that's it...I am just trying to soak up every bit of sun and summer fun.  

That's it for me today.  I hope you have a fabulous Wednesday!

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Rental House {Before Pics}

In May (or was in June?) we bought a rental house.  We actually owned this exact same house and sold it in 2006.  We sold it  in 2006 for two reasons 1) our kids were 4 and 9 and I didn't want the stress of a rental house on top of working full time and spending time with our kids and 2) because it was at the height of the real estate market and we were able to sell it for double what we paid for it so we were able to put a nice chunk of money in the bank.  

Fast forward 12 years-the house came back on the market and we decided to take a look at it.  G fell in love with this house all over again so we decided to buy it and fix it up.  He loves having a project. 

When we sold it in 2006 it was a cute house.  It was freshly painted inside and out and we made sure that it was maintained.  The person who bought it from us in 2006 had done nothing and I do mean NOTHING to it for 12 years so we have a ton of work to do.

This is our second rental house.  We actually live in our first rental house during the summer and rent out our "real" house to baseball families who visit our area in the summer.  We want our rental houses to be clean, safe, comfortable for our tenants.  Three college students live in our first rental house during the school year.    The house has two-2 bedroom apartments.  The bottom apartment has a long time tenant and right now that apartment will not be renovated.  We are going to renovate the upstairs apartment and have two tenants moving in to that apartment in late August right before school starts.

I took some before pictures and I will share updated pics as we start getting things done.  We are just starting and this is going to be a long process but we excited and happy to be taking on this project.

Outside-G power washed and we started scraping the paint off in order to repaint.  There is going to be a huge job because the house has been neglected for so long.  As you can see we have started scraping the front.  G does the upper parts with the ladder and I do closer to the ground.  I don't like heights or ladders!

Back porch-This house has a three-car garage so our tenants come in the back door.  The upstairs apartment has a small back porch.  In this area we need to replace screens in the windows, paint the walls and replace the flooring.  

Back door leading to kitchen 

Kitchen-We have a lot of work to do in here.  We are going to paint the cabinets, scrub the appliances, replace the flooring, move the refrigerator to the dining room, add a new counter and bar area for kitchen seating, new windows, add new countertops. 

I really love this original sink that is in the kitchen.  I hope that we can scrub it out and keep it because I think it's just beautiful.

Dining Room-paint ceilings and walls, redo wood floors, new windows, new light fixture

Bedrooms-paint ceilings and walls, redo wood floors, new windows, new light fixtures

Bathroom-new tub, new toilet, new vanity, new light fixture, paint ceiling and walls, new flooring.  We ripped out the shower surround before we took this picture and we found a hypodermic needle in the vanity which you can see in the vanity pic-yikes!

Living Room-paint ceilings and walls, redo wood floors, new windows, new light fixture

Front porch-new screens in windows, paint ceilings, walls and floor.

This little front porch is my favorite spot in the whole apartment.  I think it will be so cute and cozy when it's done!

This is the view from the windows.  A few of the other houses on this crowded street have second floor front porches.  I just love it! 

Front of house- scrape and paint, new driveway, plant grass, paint porch and ceilings, new driveway

As you can tell we have a ton of work to do on this house and this will be a project that will take some time but we are excited to get to work!  Happy Tuesday!