Thursday, January 29, 2015

Loads of Fun ~ Our Laundry Room

We have lived in our house for about 10 months now and overall we are pretty settled.

However, being the project person that I am (insert my sweet husband's patience here)...I have a list of things I still want to do regarding the house.

There are items I want to purchase, crafting to be done, furniture I want to paint or replace, pieces I want to build or make, planting and landscaping to be added, areas to organize better, a garage sale to prepare for - whew!

When we moved in, I made a room by room list as well as one for outside projects.  We have made a lot of progress and crossed a lot off, but more yet to do.  It doesn't help that I keep adding to the list.

I've been wanting to share pictures of each room, but I keep thinking I want to wait until the room is completely done.  Well, the reality is, that may be a while.  Life is full to the brim right now so I can only work on said projects here and there.

So I thought as time allows (hopefully over the course of this year), I would post pictures of different rooms in the house and also add what still needs to be done to the room.

Are you on the edge of your seat yet? This is riveting stuff people!

Let's start with the laundry room - a simple, but good place to start.

I kept with the teal and black theme simply because that's what we had in our previous house.  I changed things up a bit, but kept the same colors.

Shall we enter? 
I made this for our old house with scrapbook paper and an old frame I wasn't using.  

Looking back into the little hallway - a good view of our cross collection wall.  
My sweet friend Susie, that I used to work with, painted this sign for me for my birthday a couple of years ago, 
My Mom bought me the clock after we moved in and then found the fun chalkboard.  She's always finding the perfect stuff.  I broke out my chalk and made a little sign.  




I made this canvas last summer.  It's a good reminder as I feel like we are always doing laundry.  For a family of three, we keep the washer and dryer going quite a bit! 

Our dryer is close to 15 years old - old faithful.  We keep thinking one of these days it will just stop working, but he's hanging in there.  Thank goodness!
We had this little vintage laundry sign in our old house as well for our dog Calvin.  After having him for 10 years, we had to say goodbye to our beloved beagle about a year and a half ago.  I still miss him so much and having this in here brings back fond memories.    
This storage closet is one of my favorite things about the house.  It houses so much stuff - cleaning supplies, paper products, decor items, kitchen appliances (ones that I don't use as often), serving pieces - lots o' stuff.  

And the cutest part of the laundry room - the happy helper!  He LOVES to help with the laundry...and I will take it while I can.  
This room is pretty much done.  I do like the idea of a "laundry" rub-on/decal to go on the door as to show where the laundry room is.  Hopefully I can order or buy one soon and get it put on the door front.

Well there you have it folks - now back to your regular programming.

Hope to share more pictures of the house over the next several months - incomplete and all...Eek!

Until we meet again...
Riley

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Christmas Day 2014

This should be the last post to close out 2014 and then I can get back to catching up on life lately and various things going on around here.  I feel like if I could ever get caught up, I can maybe, get on track to blog every week or two (or three or four - ha!), but only time will tell.

I digress...let's go back and revisit Christmas Day! 

With us being in our new house this year, we decided to spend Christmas at home rather than travel. As it was with Thanksgiving, we did miss our families, but we sure enjoyed our time at home.  It was a sweet and special day.  

John and I woke up and drank a little coffee while we went through our stockings.  We each stuff each other's stockings with a card, a bit of candy and usually 3-4 fun stocking stuffers.  About that time, Parker woke up.  

We had told him on Christmas Even night that Santa would be coming during the night and leaving a special surprise for him, so when we went in his room Christmas morning he sat up in bed and whispered "Santa" - I'll never forget it! 

Our elf Jolly hung out with Parker's goodies from Santa.  Santa brought Parker a Thomas the Train potty (we are trying to get Parker potty trained so we thought this might help) and stuffed his stocking with a few little toys and some candy.  He also brought Parker a playhouse for the backyard.  He was so excited about all of his fun stuff.
  


After Parker enjoyed all of that for a little while, we let him open his three gifts from us and some gifts Mamaw and Gramps had sent.  We decided when Parker was born we would give him three packages to open since that's how many gifts Jesus got. (I didn't do too well taking pictures of gift opening because I was too busy watching him). Trust me though, he had a ball.  
After gifts, we had fruit turnovers and powdered sugar donuts for breakfast - the donuts were a hit with P.  

While Parker napped that afternoon, John and I exchanged gifts from one another.  Always a good time! 






After Parker's napped, he wanted to play outside in his new play house and with some of his toys.  

I made us a Christmas dinner for supper that night - ham, a few vegetables/sides and rolls...and of course there was pie - mmm!  

It was a quiet day at home with our little family of three, but it was a day full of memories and so special.  I'm grateful for another year with these two boys that fill my life with joy.   

Here's hoping 2015 is a fantastic year!

Until we meet again...
Riley

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Christmas Fun

We are continuing to play catch-up on the ol' Ussery blog so let's carry on shall we?

These pictures are a smorgasbord from Christmas - they illustrate some of the fun we had between Thanksgiving and Christmas during the season.

Parker and I made a paper chain to countdown to Christmas.  We actually have a couple of different countdowns, but this was fun to make.
What a cute little reindeer we had running around the house!
 
Parker had some cute holiday duds, so we tried to wear them as much as possible.
Here's Parker last Christmas (Christmas 2013) wearing the same outfit as above -growing boy!
Parker had fun helping me go to the post office to mail all of our Christmas cards.  We sent over 100 to 11 different states and even one overseas. 
 
For an early Christmas treat, Mamaw (my Mom) sent Parker a Build-a-Bear gift card so we took Parker one Saturday and he made Rudolph.  His nose even glows - it was a fun morning (thanks Mamaw)!

We had some new neighbors move in next door to us a couple of weeks before Christmas.  When you are new to the neighborhood, you get homemade chocolate chip cookies from the Usserys.  Parker helped me make them after church one Sunday. He loves to help me bake - sweet times!
Speaking of baking, we made sugar cookies.  We had a lot of fun making the dough, cutting it into shapes, baking and decorating.  It made a beautiful mess.  This will become a yearly tradition! 








The week of Christmas, we made some goodies and divided them up between all of our neighbors.  We included our Christmas card and letter in the sacks.  The weather was pretty yucky on delivery day, but we enjoyed spreading a little holiday cheer!   
The weekend before Christmas, my Dad and step-mom, Kristin (aka Granny and Grandpa) came for a visit.
They got Parker a new Thomas the Train set so Grandpa helped Daddy get it put together - he loves it! 
We had fun on the Saturday morning they were here (hence our pajamas).  We had coffee cake for breakfast (my Grandpa's recipe - my Dad's Dad) and opened gifts from each other.  We took lots of pictures, but I am just sharing a few highlights.  









That evening my step-brother Neil and his family came over for a little family Christmas party.  We ate various snacks and played some fun games - it was a great night.

Parker with his cousins - Seth and Alyssa.
My Dad and I doing a little cooking for the evening.

Parker's favorite gift was a stuffed animal cat that looks just like Granny and Grandpa's cat Madeleine.  He adores her so this gift was a hit! 
I'm sure I missed a few pictures, but these hit a few of the highs throughout the Christmas season.  Next up, we will document Christmas Day at home and then hopefully get on track with things currently going on around here.  Although I'm still having a hard time saying goodbye to Christmas - we were sad to see it go!

Until we meet again...
Riley