Monday, November 2, 2015

Basement Renovation

We've been a little quiet about our latest house project because we weren't sure of the timeline. But now that it's (mostly) finished, we are happy to show the before and after (and in progress) pictures! First I must give most of the credit to our amazingly talented friend (and interior designer) Amy Gallo. She did the design for the whole room, helped us with picking out the cabinets, appliances, counter, lights, floor, and even the little cabinet knobs. Of course it helps that she knows us well and understands our style (Bowlin Beige), but she was also the voice of reason that we needed anytime we were having a hard time making a decision. There were a LOT of showroom visits, text messages, frantic phone calls, random questions, and somehow she still wants to be with us at the end of it. Thanks Amos! 

So if you've been to our house you know we have two large rooms in our basement. This picture is taken standing at the sliding glass door that leads to the screened porch. To the right (behind that sheet of plastic) is the 'TV room' with the couches and TV. I forgot to take a picture before they ripped up the carpet, but you get the idea. Just a big empty room (that used to have carpet).

Lots of behind-the-scenes work had to be done first, including running plumbing and electrical all through the room. Luckily the room behind this wall is our unfinished storage room, so it was easy to remove the drywall from that room to run most of the lines.

Here we added a knee wall that serves as the bar counter area. 

Check out our awesome new floor! It looks like real hardwood (shhh - it's not!)

Cabinet installation

Lights on the walls!

Countertop installation

Appliances are in! 
Three refrigerators (beer, wine, and soda)

Dishwasher and ice maker

The official 'Hanging of the Antlers'

Moving all the furniture back in.

Aren't these the best drawer pulls ever?

Bar stools arrive! We have places to sit!

Pictures are hung!

Still waiting on the chairs for the table but otherwise WE'RE DONE!

So mark your calendars for Saturday, February 20, 2016 for our Ninth Annual Wash Away the Winter Blues Party. You can help us break in the new bar (but hopefully not by actually breaking anything)! We've successfully managed to keep the ice maker a secret from the kids (who would otherwise be in the basement all day long playing with ice), so hopefully it will still be working by the time February rolls around.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Homecoming 2015

As most of you probably know (if you've been on Facebook or read any college football news), JMU was the host for ESPN's College GameDay broadcast on October 24. It also happened to be Homecoming weekend, and we were playing in-state rival (and my former employer) University of Richmond. My DH was playing in an alumni golf tournament on Friday so we headed to the 'Burg on Thursday night to take full advantage of our visit. 

A little chat with James Madison. 

And a quick stop at the Kissing Rock

Took a tour of the new performing arts center and had fun yelling in the tunnel.

And of course, checked out the GameDay stage and set-up on the Quad...

...while Parker pouted under a tree. 

My DH played in the golf tournament and forgot that we had sponsored a hole until he arrived. Meanwhile, the kids and I joined another family at the Massanutten Water Park (indoors) for some fun water slides and a lazy river and swimming hole fun.

That night we were invited to a friend's condo for dinner. The kids made their signs to take to the GameDay broadcast the next day. 

Up bright and early on Saturday for tailgating and to catch the start of the show on the Quad!

It was madness even before 8:00am!

But somebody was not very impressed...

Let the tailgating commence! 

Lee Corso's prediction

Lots of future Dukes!

Can't you see we're busy??

Parker's favorite thing to yell:  "First Down! J-M-U-Duuuuuukes!"

Although we lost the game, it was still a fabulously fun weekend. It was great to see so many people come to campus to support their alma mater. Go Dukes!

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Fall Festivities

Fall is one of my favorite times of year, although it also tends to be the busiest. The days are a little cooler, the humidity goes down (which also means my hair goes down), the leaves are changing, and there are lot of fun activities to do with the kids. This year was no different - lots of fun times outdoors!

This year the kids were required to CARRY their own pumpkins. Parker was a trooper and somehow managed to carry, roll, or drag his 10 lb pumpkin to the cart. He was so proud of himself! 

This little beauty lost her second tooth!

Enjoying SpartaFest with friends! This is our school's annual fall festival with food, rides, and games. 

Melanie has been my best friend since I was three years old. We don't get to see each other that often these days since she is still in Maryland and I'm over here in Virginia. But we found a Sunday when both the hubbies were occupied and we met halfway at a farm with all the kids. They had a great time playing, sliding, running, and picking pumpkins! 

Such a good big sister - she went down the big slide with him until he was comfortable going by himself. 

Ainsley (6), Ian (5), Parker (3) and Hannah (2)

When moms are taking pictures, it's impossible to get all the kids looking at the same camera...

'Look at all that treasure!'

They gathered quite a collection! 

Me and all my little pumpkins!

 A very entertaining end to the day.

As usual, Ainsley insisted that she was not tired when we left the farm. And she was absolutely, positively NOT going to take a nap...