A coffee table for the lanai

I’m kind of in shock that I actually finished the coffee table for the lanai. Do you remember the first time I posted about it? It was January 23rd!

old bench and table

I went back and forth with myself on what to do with the furniture. I even briefly considered painting it white. But I wanted it to blend with the table and chairs I already have on the lanai. My mom bought these for me almost ten years ago when we were living in Montgomery, Alabama.

m tabl

In the end I decided not to do a drastic change but to try to return the furniture to it’s original glory. I took off the rusty grates.

rusty iron grates

After cleaning them with white vinegar,

cleaned grates

I spray painted them with Rustoleum’s spray paint in oil rubbed bronze. I was a little sad to paint them but knew they’d be better protected with the Rustoleum.

spray painted grates

The table got sanded, stripped with CitriStrip, and cleaned with mineral spirits — twice.

stripping lanai table

lanai table stripped once and washed

Finally, it was ready to stain. I used Minwax stain in Dark Walnut that I had on hand. It took two coats to look rich and beautiful:

lanaitabletwocoats

The last step was to protect it from the elements since it lives outdoors on the lanai. I applied three coats of Spar Urethane waiting a full 24 hours between each coat and very lightly sanding after the 1st and 2nd coats.

Here’s how it looks now with the grates re-installed:

Lanai table complete

Lanai table different angle

Lanai table grates close up

Lanai table close up

You can really see how far it has come when you see it paired with the matching bench that has yet to be touched.

Lanai table with bench

And just for fun…

Before:

Lanai table before

After:

Lanai table complete

I’m so excited now to refinish the bench and put the rest of the lanai together. I can see a beautiful outdoor living space in my mind. It only took seven months to complete the table. The bench will be done in no time. Right?

Baby steps…

Goals for the week

Even though I didn’t “finish” anything last week, I made progress on nearly everything on my to do list. With six kids and a busy life as priest’s wife, that will have to do!

Here is the list I posted last week:

  • Finish lanai table
  • Sand and paint side of the road nightstand
  • Blog about new furniture arrangement in music room or master bedroom
  • Paint with the littles and create new art for the master bedroom
  • Begin decluttering clothes

I talked a little on Friday about my progress on the lanai table. I thought I could get two steps done on one day by painting the third coat of spar on the bottom and immediately flipping the table and doing the first coat on the top. When I flipped it, though, I found a dried drip right on the top of the table. Being the perfectionist I am, I tried to sand it off.

lanai table drip

Which led to me having to apply a little more stain. I didn’t work on it at all over the weekend so the whole three coats of spar are ahead of me this week. Three coats on each side seems annoying (and time consuming!), but outdoor furniture in Florida lives outside year round so I know the effort will be worth it!

The next thing on my list was to sand and paint my side of the road nightstand. The nightstand had some water damage which I originally thought I could just sand down and paint over. It sanded down fairly well but when I added a coat of primer, I realized it wasn’t going to be that simple.

drawer with primer

After some googling, I think the best way to go with this piece is to cover the water damaged areas with wood filler, sand again, and then paint. It will take some time and effort, but I’m willing to try. The water damaged areas are particle board but most of the table is heavy solid wood. I’m super anxious to see this piece finished. Patience, patience!

I blogged about the master bedroom here. There are still plenty of things I want to do in that room but for now I’m just trying to maintain it and not let it get cluttered again!

Paint with the littles. I got this project half done. I painted with the two littlest, one of the middles and even one of the big boys joined in the fun! We had so much fun that we decided to move the art supply cabinet to the kitchen. Why is it in the school room where we never use it?!?! I didn’t finish my painting, but I did get the background done:

master bedroom painting progress

I didn’t touch the clothing decluttering at. all.

This week will be interesting. Dd11 has ballet camp every evening plus we have a day trip planned for the middle of the week. I’m making a list, but I’m keeping my expectations low!

  • Finish lanai table
  • Sand nightstand and add wood filler. Prime and paint if time.
  • Move craft closet to the kitchen
  • Paint again with the littles and finish artwork
  • Do some little things around the house like hanging shelves, “quieting” one of the kids rooms, hanging a stuffed animal net in the girls’ room
  • Maybe work on that decluttering the clothes job!
  • Work on getting the upstairs ready for the new school year

That may be a bit much to expect from this busy looking week. We’ll see what happens! What are your plans for the week?

Slow going in the Florida heat!

I have made some progress this week but it’s been slow! I have a window in the mornings from the time I get up (around 6:30 a.m.) until about 9:30 that I can paint. After that, it’s really too hot. Unfortunately, I waste the first hour and a half sitting around drinking coffee and checking e-mail. Oh well. It’s summer. On Monday, I thought the only thing I had left to do on the lanai bench was put weather protection on it. I bought some outdoor poly at Lowes. If you’re looking for something good for outdoor furniture, the outdoor protection is called Spar Urethane.

Minwax Spar Urethane

The bench looked a little unfinished to me when I got ready to apply the spar, so I put another coat of stain on. I didn’t want to get too dark but it didn’t look done.

lanaitableonecoatstain

And there were a couple of areas that didn’t look great at all…

lanaitableonecoatcloseup

I quickly applied a second coat and wiped off the excess so the finish wouldn’t be too dark. That was Tuesday morning.

lanaitabletwocoats

Much better!

Wednesday morning I put one very thin coat of spar on the bottom of the bench.

lanaitableupsidedown

Thursday morning I lightly sanded and applied the 2nd coat. That brings me to this morning. One more coat on the bottom then I can flip it over and spar the top. This time next week I should be done.

I’m planning to broaden the scope of the blog a little bit. I love to paint and decorate, but I don’t have time for a lot of it during the school year. During the school year, teaching is my full time job and then some, so it only makes sense to talk about it on the blog. I’m going this afternoon to the library to do some planning and will share soon what I hope a typical day will look like next year with kids in 10th grade, 9th grade, 6th grade, 4th grade, 1st grade and 4K!!

Have a great weekend, everyone! I’ll be back on Monday to report progress on this week’s list.

What I like to do on holiday weekends

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What do you like to do on summer holiday weekends? Relax? Head for the pool? Hang out with friends? I like to do those things. But I also like to stay home and rearrange rooms of furniture and somehow rope the male population of my household into helping me!

On Saturday my oldest son and I picked up a Craigslist chest of drawers. I’ve had my eye out for a dresser or chest for the master bedroom since we moved. I had only CL dressers in NY so I sold most of them when we moved. I kept the two white ones for the girls and one small one for the little boys and one four drawer chest for the big boys. The boys don’t have nearly enough space for their things but we’ll work on them another time. At least their unmentionables have homes.

Dh and I were making do with shelves and rubbermaid bins in the closet. It was working fine so I haven’t felt pressured to find something quickly. Patience paid off because I found something I love for an amazing price!

curvy chest of drawers

I seem to be drawn to curvy legs these days and was thrilled to find a chest with legs! It isn’t an antique but is still solid wood and was only $40!! The best part is that dh loves it, too! We’re often on different ends of the spectrum with our furniture/ decorating tastes, so the fact that he likes it was icing on the cake!

Recently I took the desk that was behind the bedroom door…

Desk with reveal bulbs flash

and put it in the music room. (I’ll show you the music room soon. I promise!) That spot had stayed empty so when I brought the chest of drawers in I stuck it in the empty spot.

But isn’t it funny how one little new addition can create the inspiration for a whole change? I didn’t love that chest hiding in a dark corner behind the door. I thought about putting it on the wall near the bathroom where the orange chair was…

Orange rocker bar stool

but that idea didn’t feel right, either. I got Nester’s decorating book, The Nesting Place: It Doesn’t Have to Be Perfect to Be Beautiful, for my birthday last month and just finished reading it. One of the best pieces of advice I took away was to “quiet” your room before you start moving around the furniture.

Believe me, the master bedroom NEEDED some quiet! It had become a major dumping ground. Here is what happened when I moved out the desk:

messy orange chair area

And dh and I both seem to junk up our sides of the bed!

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As Nester advised, I pulled everything out of the room except the furniture and the pictures on the walls.

Quieted bedroom 1

Quieted bedroom 3

Quieted bedroom 2

Quieted bedroom 4

Suddenly I could see exactly what to do. Quieting the room really works. I needed to move the bed! The thought was a little scary. When we moved here the bed was in pieces and took a lot of reconstruction work by a very generous friend from church to even be functional. He helped us set it up in the room and suggested that we may not want to move it — ever. The bed itself isn’t at all heavy, though, so I figured if four people lifted simultaneously it should be fine. Dh was a little concerned we wouldn’t have enough space between the foot of the bed and the door of the bedroom. I used frog tape to show him exactly where the bed would be and eased that concern. (Should have taken a picture of that part. Sorry!)

Once he was convinced, he and the boys helped me move the bed. One kid lifted a little too high on one corner and I was afraid everything was going to fall apart. But it was fine and the new arrangement is so. much. better!! Would you like to see?

new master arrangement 1

The bed is now opposite the door to the room. I’ve always avoided that position because I read somewhere years ago that putting the bed opposite the door is the “coffin” position. I would never have considered it except that the day before I quieted the room, I read a little excerpt in a magazine about the most peaceful way to set up a master bedroom is to put the bed in exactly that position.

And I love it because it gave me room for a seating area in front of the window!

new master arrangement 3

Please don’t look too closely at my poor still un-upholstered arm chairs. I’ve been watching youtube videos. I’m getting braver. Really. I’m going to rip that old fabric off any day now.

It will be a little harder to junk up my side of the bed now that it is right next to the bathroom.

new master arrangement 4

And perhaps dh’s side will stay cleaner, too, with the sitting area next to it. We are already loving that sitting area. It’s been three days so far and I think we’ve had coffee together in that spot every day since the set up!

new master arrangement 6

My mom’s cedar chest is behind the door where the old desk used to be.

new master arrangement 5

I’m not sure it will stay. My white and silver desk would look nice in this room. Although I think putting a desk in the bedroom is supposedly not peaceful…

I’m not sure this room will ever be “done.” I keep tweaking it. Right now I need to adjust some of the portraits to work around the new furniture arrangement and re-upholster the arm chairs. Dh really wants me to add some tiny little pops of red here and there. I’m not sold on the idea but it’s his bedroom, too, so I’m on the lookout. And there is that crazy nook near the ceiling. I’m still getting used to that whole Florida concept of design!

Sharing at the following fun parties:
The Turquoise Home / Embracing Change / Miss Mustard Seed

I’m back and I’m armed with a plan!

I’m ready to try the plan for the week method again. I only have about 5 weeks left of summer break and so many projects I want to tackle! This week should be relatively quiet at our house — only a couple of things scheduled outside the home. Of course, we’ll probably try to go to the pool a few times.

After a long hiatus, I started working on the lanai furniture again. I finished stripping the table, applied wood conditioner, and stained it. I also spray painted the iron side grates. The only thing left to do is seal it for outside use. Here is what it looked like at the beginning of last week:

lanai table stripped once and washed

I’ve also been doing some crazy furniture arranging. I’ve got a completely new arrangement to share in the music room and the bedroom. My ever faithful oldest son has been on a couple of furniture runs with me lately and I have a beautiful piece to show you for the master bedroom plus a cute little nightstand that was a side of the road salvage. Side of the road finds are extremely rare in my new neck of the woods, so I was am very excited. Here’s a sneak peak:

nightstand sneak peak

Look at those beautiful curvy legs! I nearly squealed when I saw it!! I have a lovely vision in my head of what it could look like. I hope to sand it down this week and make it happen!

Lastly, I saw a cute painting idea I plan to add to the master bedroom. It should be fairly quick and easy but also sweet and meaningful. Plus, my 5 year old will love me to pieces if we paint together!

Oh yes. And I need to start going through all of our clothes. I really want to pare down our overabundance in this area in my quest to reclaim the garage. Part of the reason I haven’t painted or refinished any furniture this summer is because I’ve been working on a massive toy declutter. The kids and I sorted every single toy in the house. We’re slowly looking through each bin and pulling out broken and no longer loved items.

Mainly for my own reference, here is a neat little bullet point list of goals for the week:

  • Finish lanai table
  • Sand and paint side of the road nightstand
  • Blog about new furniture arrangement in music room or master bedroom
  • Paint with the littles and create new art for the master bedroom
  • Begin decluttering clothes

That should keep me busy for a while! What about you? Any goals for the week or just soaking in the lovely lazy days of summer?

Happy 4th!

Happy 4th of July!! I hope everyone has a safe and fun day today. We decided to stay home, broil some hamburgers and relax!! People seem to be a little firecracker crazy in Florida, so I honestly believe we’ll be able to see plenty from the back yard. Our back neighbors have been enjoying them every night for over a week now!

I haven’t done a whole lot of decorating this summer. I thought I’d be able to jump right in when school let out, but I’ve spent the last five weeks sorting and decluttering toys. It feels great to have them decluttered!! I’m on to clothes next.

The approaching holiday gave me a bit of a decorating itch, though. That and I kinda neglected some of my porch flowers. Here is how the front porch/ entryway looked the last time you saw it:

Spring front porch

After I took these pics, a sweet friend from church gave me a pot of flowers for the other side of the porch. I did pretty well with keeping them alive for a while. Really, I did. Especially for me!! I’ve probably mentioned my inept at gardening before…

So this happened…

springfrontporch

Can you see them? No?

Let me zoom in…

deadflowers1

deadflowers2

Ahem.

Dead flowers coupled with an impending red, white and blue holiday gave me the push I needed to get back in the game. I almost derailed looking for the 4th decor I bought on clearance after the holiday last year. Thankfully, I found the right box! The update was quick and easy. I took the spring wreaths just as they were and added a string of red, white and blue beads that were 80% off last year at Hobby Lobby.

4thwreathsupplies

Then I made a couple of bows out of ribbon I got at the same 80% off sale:

4thribbonroll

I love how they turned out!

4thwreathcloseup

I put white bedding plants in a couple of matching pots I had on hand (managed to get caught in a pouring down rain storm while I was potting them!) and swapped my spring pillows for a couple I found in Lowes in patriotic colors. I was so excited to find the pillows, as they were exactly what I had pictured in my head. I had looked already in three places and found no outdoor pillows in patriotic colors! I paid full price for the ones at Lowes, but happily I had enough money in my personal fund to cover them and the flowers. I also added a couple of pinwheels to make the 5 year old happy.

4thentry

4thentrycloser

We had so much rain yesterday evening that the sidewalk was still wet this morning! One more shot just for fun:

4thbenchcloseup

I’d love to add a big Americana-type star above the bench and an American flag by the garage. Baby steps, though. Maybe those can be added next year. Now I’m off to help my oldest daughter make a spring breeze cheesecake. Yum!! Have a great day, everyone. I’ll be back next week with some progress on L – O – N – G overdue projects plus a couple of new ones in the works.

How to remove red kool aid stains from carpet

Remove Red Kool Aid 2

Maybe not such a catchy title. But seriously, if you are having a red kool aid emergency, you are not in a joking mood! My preschooler and kindergartner recently ran through the house with a glass and sprinkled red kool aid dots through the entire length of the house of light beige carpet. There are times when I have gotten upset over kid messes. This time I was calm. I had a bit of a warning as it happened right before I arrived home from running an errand and my husband told me over the phone before I walked into the house. I just observed as he led me through room after room after room of now red polka dot carpet.

Red kool aid

more red kool aid

The big kids were already on duty cleaning up what they could with plain water and rags.

kool aid clean up

My husband had already used up the small supply of Folex that we had on hand so I sent him to Lowes for more of that plus some heavy duty stain remover for our Bissell carpet shampooer. While the kids scrubbed, I stripped the white duvet cover off the bed (yes, that got sprinkled, too) and stuck it in the washer with the ottoman cover from the above pic.

Over the next two days I tried roughly sixteen different methods to extract the stains — to no avail. The best I could get was pink polka dots instead of red. The two rooms the kids worked on first were a lot better than the last two rooms. Getting to the stain fast is definitely key. But if you didn’t, don’t lose heart. There is hope!

I was pretty discouraged but kept looking on google for new ideas. I finally found something I hadn’t tried and it sounded a little crazy. But at this point I had nothing to lose! I found it on Yahoo at this link. I tried it and IT WORKED. IT REALLY REALLY WORKED. CAN YOU TELL I’M A LITTLE ECSTATIC!?!?!?!

To extract red kool aid out of carpet (even old kool aid as the link describes a year old stain being removed):

1. Dip a white rag or hand towel in a bowl of warm water and Dawn dish washing liquid.

Hot soapy water

2. Place the sopping wet rag on the stain soaking the stain.

soaked spot

3. Place an iron set on low to medium (the link says a steaming hot iron but I set mine on the lowest setting. You don’t want to burn your carpet!) on top of the wet rag. I started with low but eventually bumped it up to medium to speed things along. The carpet wasn’t damaged by the higher heat.

spread out the rag

iron on rag

4. Wait 15 minutes.

set timer

5. Rinse out the rag and repeat until the stain is removed. This may take 5 or more times. You should see red on your rag when you lift it and that lets you know the method is working. Also, be careful with the rag when you lift it as it will be hot!

It is a time consuming process, but so worth it not to have to live with a polka dot carpet (and not to lose the security deposit!). For visual proof, here are the before and afters:

Before the heat method –

kool aid by the bed

After the heat method –

kool aid cleaned up

I cannot tell you how relieved I am to find something that worked. Thank you, thank you, thank you to the Yahoo contributor that shared her success! I still have a lot to clean up but at least now I know it is possible. Looking back over all the methods I used, most of them were completely useless. The problem with red kool aid is that it is not organic like red wine or grape juice. That dye is totally artificial which makes it so hard to get out. If I had known and been able to act quickly, I think Club Soda would have gotten the stains out better than anything else.

End of school!

I had to jump on here and apologize for being MIA for a couple of weeks. The end of the school year is crazy crazy busy and I haven’t had time to post or do any projects. Two and a half more weeks and I’ll have the whole summer to de-clutter and paint furniture to my heart’s content! I’ve also been spending a lot more time in the kitchen lately so I suspect I may have to add a few recipe posts here and there.

Hope everyone is enjoying the fabulous spring weather. I’ll be back as soon as I can!

Book Review: Best 100 Juices for Kids

Best Juices for Kids

I meant to get this review done within days of receiving the book. But in reality it took me a couple of weeks to try enough recipes to give an accurate review. We were having so much fun trying recipes, the kids were disappointed when I told them I really needed to get the review written before the end of April. I think I’ll come back with a review update in a month or so because there are still SO MANY recipes we are dying to try!

About a month ago, Jessica Fisher from Life as Mom asked via facebook if anyone with a juicer and a blog would be interested in reviewing her new book, Best 100 Juices for Kids: Totally Yummy, Awesomely Healthy, & Naturally Sweetened Homemade Alternatives to Soda Pop, Sports Drinks, and Expensive Bottled Juices. I jumped right on that bandwagon! My husband has juiced for years and we even have a pretty high quality juicer. Reviewing a kids cookbook might be slightly odd for a decor blog but I think it’s actually a great segway into blogging about more than just home decor.

When I received the book in the mail, I also received a little packet of fun striped paper straws. I loved that extra little touch! Jessica has six kids herself so I bet she knew even the most reluctant taste tester would play along just to get to use the fun straws!

To give you some idea of the variety of recipes included in the book, here is a quote from the press release:

“Fisher offers parents super-nutritious alternatives to cheap juices loaded with junky ingredients — and also to healthy but pricey store-bought gourmet juices. Seventy of the 100 recipes are for juices, 45 fruit-based and 25 vegetable-based. The remaining 30 feature luscious smoothies, including several dairy-free recipes, and “sparklies,” which are club-soda-based carbonated drinks that are great ways to replace artificially flavored and sugary soda pop. For the hot months in which kids are most likely to reach for unhealthy drinks, there are recipes for icy slushies and refreshing juice-based ice pops.”

You see why I am anxious to try more? There is a fantastic variety. I tried four juices and one smoothie but I can’t wait to try the “sparklies” and the ice pops!

I have permission to share one recipe with you. I actually got to choose one recipe from a list of twelve and I was very tempted to share the Chocolate & Banana Nut Butter Blast as that was my kids’ favorite, but since I’m reviewing a juice book I thought it made more sense to share an actual juice recipe. I chose the Kids’ Choice Juice and it was overall a huge hit with most of my six kids — even the picky ones. Here’s the recipe:

Kids’ Choice Juice

Makes 15 to 20 ounces

2 medium apples
1 1/2 cups strawberries
2 cups seedless red or green grapes

1. Core the apples. Remove the hulls from the strawberries.
2. Juice the apples, berries, and grapes according to the directions on your juicing machine. Whisk to combine.
3. Add water to taste if you or your children prefer a milder juice.

The first thing I did was pull out all my ingredients:

Juicer and fruit

As you can see, I have a Champion Juicer which is on the very pricey end of juicers. I actually found mine on Craigslist a couple of years ago for $50. But none of the recipes in the book require a high end juicer. The press release states that “Fisher tested all the recipes on both low-end and high-end juicing machines and she provides expert guidance on how to get the best results from any model of juicer.” My husband used a $30 model from Walmart when he first started juicing and it worked fine until we cracked it during a move. Even then, he still used it until we found the Champion.

The next step is to prepare your produce for juicing by cutting it up into pieces that will fit into the juicer. I threw everything into a pitcher to make it easier:

Juicer and fruit 2

The juicer does produce some waste. My kids like to call it “juicer poo”. One thing that I absolutely loved about Jessica’s book is that she even includes a muffin recipe and two cake recipes that incorporate the discarded pulp!

Juicer poo

Finally, whisk the juice and serve!

Fresh juice 1

goofy kids with juice

I tried to get a decent picture of the kids but somebody was looking goofy in every. single. shot. Oh well. You get the idea.

I had the kids give me a review. Here were their responses:

ds15: “Tastes like a sweet juice. I didn’t know it had apple in it.”
ds13: “The apple was more prominent than I thought. I loved it. It got better the more I drank.”
dd11: “I think it’s good; I can tell its got the apple right away. I can taste the grapes but not really the strawberries.”
ds9: “It didn’t taste so good in the beginning but it got better.”
dd5: “Yum.”
ds3: “Not yummy.”

So 5 out of 6 of the kids gave it a thumbs up. And I’m not convinced ds3 wasn’t just trying to say the opposite of what his sister said. He seemed to enjoy drinking it just fine:

jesse drinking juice

One thing we learned is that the juice isn’t very cold straight from the juicer. On our next try, I put it in the freezer for a while before serving it and everyone agreed that it was better colder. Our second juice was called We Got the Beet and was largely a veggie juice.

fresh juice 2

I used to laugh at my husband for taking pictures of his produce before he juiced and posting them to facebook. But now I understand! How could you not want to take pictures when you have all this beautiful produce laid out:

cut up produce

This one got mixed reviews from the kids but I think as their palates adjust they will enjoy it more. Jessica has the book arranged so that you gradually introduce more vegetables to the juices. The first section is all fruit, the second is fruit and veggie combos, and the third is mostly veggie with a little fruit thrown in for sweetness.

I wanted to try a variety of things before posting the review so the third thing I made was from one of the non juice sections and is called Chocolate & Banana Nut Butter Blast. This one was amazing! All the kids loved it and ds3 even begged for more.

choco banana

Here’s a close up just to make your mouth water. I might have to go make some right now!

choco banana up close

The other two I tried were Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah and Gingery Orange-Mango Juice. Didn’t she come up with fun and yummy sounding names? The kids weren’t super fond of the Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah and found it a little heavy on the carrot flavor. Again, I think they just need to get used to it. I personally found it very refreshing and couldn’t taste the carrot juice at all! The Gingery Orange-Mango Juice was a hit with everyone. By the time I got to this juice I realized I could just pour it over ice to get it super cold and not worry about losing any of the nutrients by waiting for it to get cold in the freezer.

The kids are anxiously waiting for me to try some more recipes like Minted Apple-Blueberry Juice, Orange Cream Smoothie and Cactus Coolio, which has added club soda so should be a yummy replacement for sugary pop. They are also after me to buy some ice pop molds to try the Banana Fudge Ice Pops or the Yogurt Peach Ice Pops.

Overall, we give the book 5 stars! My personal opinion is that this little book is a fantastic introduction to juicing for kids OR adults. My husband and I enjoyed the drinks even more than the kids did! If you’ve been curious about juicing, this is the book to buy!


*I received a free copy of the book, Best 100 Juices for Kids by Jessica Fisher, in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Links within the post are affiliate links. If you click on the links and make a purchase, you will not pay any extra but I will receive a small percentage of the profit. You can, of course, go directly to amazon or your favorite bookstore to order.

Checking in

I hope you all had a blessed Easter. We certainly did at our house! I was so happy that all my kids cooperated and let me take Easter pictures on the front porch before church:

Easter 2014

I have inadvertently taken this week off from blogging. I think we’re all worn out from all the holiday prep and extra services last week. I do have a couple of things in the works. I’m working on a solution for the red kool aid stains and I’m testing out recipes for my book review post. Have a great rest of your week and come back to see me on Monday!