Piglet’s First Fireworks

Happy belated 4th of July! Piglet is finally at the age where we felt like we could let him stay up late enough to watch the fireworks. We found a place that had a 3rd of July showing, since Match had to work on the 5th. We went to Devil’s Lake, a place we had never been.

We expected it to be kind of crowded, but we lucked out with a great spot with an awesome view of the lake and the fireworks show. Piglet was thrilled with the playground, and he was so excited about the fireworks.

I loved experiencing the show through his eyes, watching his awe.

 

For the 4th, we went to a car show with my friend L

followed by a game of disc golf at the park and a picnic. Piglet insisted that we cheers with our sandwiches.

Hope you all had a great 4th of July!

New Concrete Counters

Keeping this DIY bug rolling, we finally got our counters replaced. We have been wanting concrete countertops for years, but we didn’t want to deal with the hassle of making them ourselves. We found a guy who did it for super cheap as a side business, provided we do our own demo, and Match had help from our neighbor friends for the install. They were beasts!

Here’s a lovely reminder of what it looked like when we moved in. Brown, leaf print formica. Why, just…why?

Also, remember that floor? And that cabinet color? I do not miss either of those.  While I waited for my counters, I used a laminate contact paper for a super cheap temporary fix. It looked good from far away, but up close it was pretty hideous.

I am so in love with them! I finally have my dream kitchen!

I think eventually we might do a true backsplash, but for now I’m happy with the blue color under the cabinets. I am also super happy with the sink. It’s HUGE! I could probably fit my five year old in it. I love the single sink, and the larger sprayer. It even has a strainer grate, so I don’t have to look at the dishes drying on the counter anymore.

 

New Exterior House Paint

Well, we got bit by the DIY bug again. We decided with two back to back family visits coming up this month, we’d better do some home improvement projects. We decided to paint the exterior of our house by ourselves. What are we thinking? I guess since it’s a one story we figured it’d be relatively easy, but that depends on your outlook. It’s going to take forever! Here’s the before. It’s a faded yellow, with light green upper peaks.

 

 

I’m so excited for the color. It’s Sherwin Williams Gray Clouds, which I find very fitting for our Oregon home. We are no strangers to clouds around here!

The task of painting a house by ourselves is more than a little bit daunting. We’ve broken it up into phases. We’ve finished phase 1, which is the front of the house, but not the upper peaks. It’s subtle, but I LOVE the color. I can’t wait until it’s all finished.

 

The Coop and a Rooster Called Dotty

I’m so behind on my posts! Did I mention we finally finished our chicken coop? I’m so proud of Match and all the work he did to make the chicken coop, aka Chicken mansion. He did a wonderful job, and of course I did help quite a bit, but he was the mastermind of the whole endeavor. I love the Sherwin Williams School Boy Blue color we went with for the coop. I need to add a sign and we are hoping to add a chicken swing and some other whimsical touches in the future.

Some sad news: our favorite chicken, Dotty, turned out to be a rooster. Match was in complete denial and insisted on keeping him for awhile, but that adolescent crow became louder and louder. We were able to rehome him to a family that will not cook him, but instead give him a harem of 9 chickens to watch over. We miss him, but we’re glad to not be public enemy #1, waking the neighborhood up at 5am anymore!

So long Dotty. You were a great chicken, and we will miss you!

Memorial Weekend, 2018

Last weekend was our 2nd annual campout at my parents house with our extended family. It was another fun weekend, though a bit tamer than last year. I managed to go to bed early, and not party quite as hard, for which I was grateful. I had a great heart to heart with my favorite aunt. Piglet had a great time with his cousins:

and Match got to play horseshoes to his heart’s content. Highlights included a night glow walk, and singing songs around the campfire. Looking forward to the next campout!