Saturday, May 30, 2009

Fun on The Lake and Lake Homes

For the first weekend in a long time there is NO RAIN forcasted!!! Yippee! Today it was 90 degrees and not a cloud in the sky...perfect for a day on the lake! The girls and I enjoyed being pulled on the tube by hubby who was driving the boat. Fun, Fun!


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I told hubby to boat by some of the pretty houses so I could show all my blog friends. I know I love seeing all the gorgeous lake homes and knew you would too. I have alot more to show you, but wouldn't you know it...my camera battery died before I was done taking all the pics I wanted to take. So here is just a sampling of some of the homes for now.



Yes, this is a single family home! LOL
My daughter loves this home below.

I love this one!
Here's a modern home...see the waterfall
Here's a huge English Tudor
Ok, that's the tour of lake homes for now. We are going back out on the lake after church tomorrow...so I'll take some more pics for you.
DON'T FORGET: Tuesday is "I Love Summer" linky party!!! Please spread the word and come participate on tuesday!
Darlene




Thursday, May 28, 2009

It's a "I Love Summer" Party!


Today is the last day of school for Callie who is in 6th grade, so that officially starts our SUMMER!!

YEAH!! It's time to throw a PARTY!!

On Tuesday June 2nd I am hosting a "I Love Summer" Party.

We all enjoyed doing this during the fall and listing reasons we loved fall along with photos...but you know my FAVORITE season is SUMMER! So let's CELEBRATE!

We’ll all link up on Tuesday, June 2nd for a fun "I Love Summer" party.

Come party with me and share with blogland what you LOVE about summer, summertime recipes, favorite summer vacations, favorite summer decor, activities, etc...

Please spread the word and let’s make this a great party!!
See you Tuesday June 2nd!!
Darlene

Outdoor Evening Tablescape

It's Thursday...that means it is time for another Tablescape Thursday. Susan from
Between Naps On The Porch is the host for the Tablescape Thursday linky party and the best tablescaper ever in my opinion!

I thought I would share a few pics of our outdoor table set for an evening meal after a day on the lake. I can almost smell the food cooking on the bbq..yum!






Now go check out all the other amazingly creative tablescapes at Between Naps on the Porch.

Have a Terrific Day!

Darlene

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

More Work on Our Kitchen

Did you all have a wonderful long Memorial day weekend? While others around the country celebrated the holiday weekend at the beach, on the lake, having get togethers with friends and family, and having cookouts........we or should I say hubby worked. He worked installing our tumbled marble backsplash in our kitchen. It took both saturday and sunday to get it all installed. We do still need to grout the backsplash, apply the sealer and install the outlet covers, but I can say I LOVE IT!!













I'll be sure to show you the whole kitchen as sure as we have the backsplash grouted and all the outlet covers on.

Do they make a tumbled marble outlet cover??
Take Care
Darlene

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Memorial Day


As we stand here looking
At the flags upon these graves
Know these flags represent
A few of the true American brave
They fought for their Country
As man has through all of time
Except that these soldiers lying here
Fought for your country and mine
As we all are gathered here
To pay them our respect
Let's pass this word to others
It's what they would expect
I'm sure that they would do it
If it were me or you
To show we did not die in vein
But for the red, white and blue.
Let's pass on to our children
And to those who never knew
What these soldiers died for
It's the least we can do
Let's not forget their families
Great pain they had to bear
Losing a son, father or husband
They need to know we still care
No matter which war was fought
On the day that they died
I stand here looking at these flags
Filled with American pride.
So as the bugler plays out Taps
With its sweet and eerie sound
Pray for our country
The great US of A
Take with you a sense of pride
on this Memorial Day.
Celebrating the way Americans should
On this solemnest of days.




Thank you for fighting for my freedom!!!!

Darlene

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Oh How I LOVE My Kitchen...Now!!!!!!

I am doing the happy dance!! I was going to wait until tomorrow to post this, but I am so excited I just couldn't wait to show you all.
I am in love with my kitchen!!! I love the New Venetian Gold granite...I'm so glad that I didn't go with black Uba Tuba granite. The whole kitchen turned out even better than I imagined!! I wish I had it looking like this for the past 16 years that we've lived here! Oh well...better late than never!!

We still have to do the following before it is truly complete;

1. install the tumbled marbled backsplash
2. paint trim around upper cabinet by sink
3. touch up paint
4. install light switch/outlet covers
5. trim out undercabinet lighting
6. install knobs on lower cabinet doors

Just to remind you......this is how our kitchen use to look:



This looked better in person...I promise. I never showed you this photo because I was too embarased.

Now take a look at the updated kitchen!

Hubby built this pedestal/bookcase for the breakfast nook.
Beadboard on the sides and on the inside of the back of the shelves.


Here are the rattan chairs I recently bought for the breakfast nook. Oh and of course, can't forget the "Farmer's Market" sign that I made.
Here's the basket I bought at a garage sale a couple weeks ago.



Even my monogrammed towel that my friend Laura made for me looks great in my new kitchen!
Beadboard was added to the sides of all the cabinets...and check out those sexy cabinet feet!


I added this pretty detail to this sink cabinet.
LOVE my new cafe brown silgranit sink...it's huge!
This is my Price Pfister Marielle Stainless Steel Faucet, sprayer, and soap dispenser.
You can see a sample of the tumbled marble listello that will go at the bottom of the backsplash. Then a brick patterned tumbled marble will be placed all the way up to the bottom of the top cabinets. Hope to get that started this weekend.
Excuse the blue painter's tape...still painting the trim hubby just installed.

Love the baskets, so handy and adds visual interest.
More baskets for otherwise hard to reach area.

Here's a close up of my venetian Gold Granite






Hope you enjoyed your tour! I'll be sure to show you when we have the backsplash installed and all the little things that we need to complete.

Now you'll have to excuse me.....I need to go make some brownies in my beautiful new kitchen!! I think they will even taste better in my new kitchen!!

Darlene

The Family

The Family