Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Weekend Snapshots & Paint Colors

My weekend started off on Friday with a nice hike through Valley Forge with Puddin'.  I'll seriously miss having this trail in our backyard when we move.  I took P for a walk one of the nights we were at the new house last week and although there's a park nearby, you still have to walk on a busy road to get there.  It will definitely take some getting used to.

Afterwards, Dave and I spent some time battling traffic into the city.  We met Michelle and Alex for dinner and some drinks at a local pub and then headed to the TLA for a show.  The first act was a Jimi Hendrix cover band and the main event was a Led Zeppelin cover band.  Both bands rocked but let's be honest, nothing can compare to the originals!  I'm also getting old because my feet and legs were seriously in pain by the end of the show and my hatred for crowds is getting pretty serious.

The rest of our weekend looked a lot like this.

We're going with the bottom color for our kitchen, it's called Southern Breeze (and I can't stop singing make's me feel fine afterwards).  Things are moving along in the house!  We have the kitchen, living room, and spare bedroom all primed and ready for color.  The next two weekends are pretty booked for us, so we'll be trying to sneak in all the work we can on weeknights and we'll be accepting all the help we can get for the first weekend of October.  Once we finishing painting these rooms and doing a bit more cleaning, we'll be all ready to move in!  So crazy!!!!

Speaking of painting, I really want to do dark gray walls in our living room and so far the responses have been mixed.  I'm thinking an accent wall would be a good compromise and the lighter walls would keep the room from being too dark.  This is my inspiration, what do you think?

In between days of painting, I also had a football game to coach at and we had dinner at our friends Jeff and Arley's place while watching Penn State win a nail biter.  I need to see if Jeff will share his amazing Thai curry recipe with you guys, it's so good.  Overall our weekend was a nice mix of productivity and fun, although I will say it was a bit exhausting!

So tell me what you guys think about dark accent walls!  Love em?  Hate em?  Any tips?

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Labor Day Weekend Fun

Dear Cape May,

Despite the numerous cloudy days you've given me this summer, our love affair continues.  The cajun catfish from your seafood market melts in my mouth.  The beach at Second Avenue is somehow never crowded.  The people watching at your preppy bars never fails to entertain.  I look forward to many more long birthday weekends with you.


PS Thanks for the amazing show of almost two dozen dolphins jumping out of the water and riding waves!  Let's make that a birthday tradition ;)

It's always so hard to leave, right Puddin'?

Did you have any Labor Day traditions?  Do anything fun to wrap up the summer?

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Spill the Beans!

Most of our family and friends know by now, but we did keep it a secret for quite some time.  And now it's finally time to let everyone know...

We're moving!

Dave has lived in our little old house for over 7 years (since he graduated college) and I moved in 2.5 years ago.  It was a perfect spot for a bachelor and then a young couple plus a pooch.  But now that we're married and our 30th birthdays aren't so far away anymore (yikes), it's time to move on.

Photo cred goes to Megan!

Our new house is about 10 minutes away from where we live now.  Although Valley Forge National Park won't actually be in our backyard anymore, it's still super close and we have a creek that runs along the edge of our yard, so we can pretend.  The house is huge with 5 bedrooms and 3.5 baths!  The storage space is unreal.  We have a wood stove and a fireplace.  There's a huge back deck.  The school district is awesome.  There's a nice park and a local trail right down the street.  It's an amazing house (minus the often soggy backyard and super steep driveway - yes, we'll be investing in a snow blower)!

Courtesy of googlemaps - hence some of the weird glitches in the photo.  I owe you a better one!

The house belonged to Dave's grandparents.  His grandfather moved into a gorgeous retirement community about 2 months ago.  Although the grief from his grandmother passing in February is still present, I know that her love will live on in the house.  I think of how unique it will be to create memories with our own family in the same house Dave grew up spending time with loved ones and celebrating holidays in.  Although I can't say we're sticking with the ivy wallpaper themed kitchen, there are plenty of details and decorations in the house that will continue to remind us of Dee for years to come.

We're slowly but surely prepping the house for our move in, but we've been so busy that it's sort of been on the back burner.  We're currently removing wallpaper, picking out paint colors, and doing lots of cleaning.  We're also working on meeting with a contractor to redo the master bathroom (goodbye tile & stand up shower).  Our goal is to move in sometime in October.  It sounds so far away, but there's plenty of work to do and my weekdays are currently consumed with cheerleading!  Did I mention I've never painted a room before?

At some point I'll have to do a house tour, but in the meantime...

Do you guys have any painting tips?  What's your favorite living room wall color?

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