The count down begins!

What a crazy week! We official have 20 days until moving day…where is the magical fairy that comes and packs all my stuff?  There just aren’t enough hours in the day!

The big thing B and I accomplished this week was finally settling on, and purchasing a couch!  We looks at all kinds of couches, furniture shopping is quite the process.  Unfortunately you all will have to wait the 3 weeks until it is set up for pictures.  Currently it’s sitting in the garage…covered in plastic.  Managing to get it home, in one piece, in the rain, was quite the…adventure.

Easter was really nice this year.  B’s parents are in Aruba (jealous!!) celebrating their 30th wedding anniversary, which meant for the first time in a long time we didn’t have to celebrate a holiday in 2 places.  Fortunately our families live relatively close, but driving back and forth for 2 thanksgiving dinners…2 christmas celebrations, etc. gets difficult.   Easter was nice and relaxing, just my immediate family (minus my sister who is tackling finals at college).  My mom cooked a lovely meal as always…and I swear my dad (always the photographer) was actually there…despite what the picture indicates 🙂

The bathroom is coming right along…despite the lack of time I have to work on it.  Here’s a quick sneak peek at the one wall I’ve actually had time to paint.  The first one is without the flash, and the second one is with a flash, I’m loving the subtle robins egg look:

 More to come, hopefully by this week!

And clearly, since I’m the master at procrastinating (aka…doing anything other than packing) here’s a quick tutorial on the small project I’ve been working on.

I started with a trip to the dollar store.  I bought 2 sets of votive holders and 4 candle sticks:

Because the dollar store loves their stickers oh so much, this quickly became my best friend:

After everything was cleaned up and dried, I busted out the Krazy Glue.  This stuff works wonders, but always makes me nervous.  I’m afraid I’ll drip some on my finger and get seriously glued together!  But I do like how the little bottles have a handy dandy pin to stick in the end when you’re finished, best way to prevent clogs!

 I followed the directions on the bottle, added small glue dots to the top of the candle stick, and centered the votive holder on top.

 Then I added a heavy book/magazines on top to add a little extra weight and prevent things from sliding around:

 I followed the glue directions on how long to let it dry…and then sat back and enjoyed the finished product!

I’m excited to add small candles or other decorations…but that will certainly be waiting until after the move!

Now it’s off to shower, finish some grad work, and then perhaps pack a box or two.  Let’s be real…I’m off to shower, finish some grad work, and then go to sleep.  Packing will be put off for yet another day!

If anyone finds that magical packing fairy, sent her my way!

Simply Living

A couple little things

One of the biggest perks of being a teacher, are the school vacation weeks.  I get a built in week of no work…without needing to use up sick days, personal days, vacation time, or anything like that.  This is one of the first April Vacations I haven’t had a trip planned, but B and I were planning to use the week to go apartment hunting.  Since we got that finished ahead of time, we have plenty of time to relax!

After a hair raising day at work Friday, I kicked off vacation at the nail salon with sister #1.  A manicure was the best cure for a long work week, and a much deserved vacation!  Things only got better when I came home to find a package in the mail, with the ring I had ordered from LittleMissMomma!  So pretty, I just love it!

Saturday B and I got to spend the day together just hanging out.  It was lovely, after not seeing each other all week long!  We cooked a delicious dinner, which was ended by the most amazing white chocolate mousse ever…if I do say so myself 🙂  That recipe is definitely a keeper!

Sunday was the usual Nursery at Church, followed by taking pictures of all the kiddos getting pony rides.  How exciting!  Then we were finally able to escape for our mini-getaway in Rhode Island.  We stayed at this adorable little Inn, in this adorable little town.  We enjoyed the sunny, but windy, weather and took a walk around town and through one of the gardens.   It was really peaceful and nice to just enjoy some time away for just the two of us.

The Inn had this amazing jacuzzi up on the roof, so we took a little dip before dinner.  I had the most incredible Finnan Haddie for dinner, and B had an equally delicious steak.  After dinner we took a quick power nap, and then it was back up to the jacuzzi.  It was a full moon, and all the stars were out.  The roof deck was circled with cute little twinkle lights, and there was nothing nicer than hanging out in the hot water while the air surrounding us was cold and crisp.  It was quiet, peaceful, relaxing, beautiful, and so romantic.  I couldn’t have asked for a better night away.

The next morning we packed up, enjoyed breakfast at the Inn, and then headed off.  We stopped a couple times for some window shopping and ice cream.  Even though it wasn’t the typical school vacation trip, we both had a blast, and would do it again in a heart beat.

Now, it is back to reality!  With only 26 more days until moving day (insert slight panic!) I have to spend this week cleaning, organizing, and getting ready to pack things up.  We will also be looking at couches, and new washer/dryers.  So our vacation will be relatively jam packed…and it’s already Tuesday!

I’m embarrassed to say that there are still boxes that never got opened after my last move, just over a year ago.  So the first order of business was to open up all those boxes, and make spread sheets of what I have, and what I will need to get.  First up…the kitchen!  I made it through 5 boxes last night, but I’m pretty sure there are at least 1 or 2 more left in the attic:

Doesn’t look like I will be purchasing ANYTHING new for our kitchen…I’m afraid our pantry will be so jam packed there won’t even be room for any food!

In other news, we finally picked a color for the bathroom!  I’ll post more about that later!

Have a great week everyone!