Monday, August 4, 2008

{long overdue}

such is life

Yeah, yeah, I know, I know. It's been almost a month since my last post. Yikes! Time really does fly. I have lots of good excuses, and I intend to explain them as quickly (and interestingly!) as possible, since SOMEONE (I won't mention names... *ahem*Amy*ahem*) thinks I need to update :D

  • Pool Progress:

    Lots of stuff has been happening with the pool! I think it's real close to being done now. My backyard looks like a blasting zone right now, but I'm so pleased with how everything is coming along!

    July 15: Shooting gunite:


    Finished gunite:


    From another angle:


    July 25: Tile Installed:


    July 28: Begin Stacked Stone Wall:


    July 30: Finish Stacked Stone Wall, Install 2 Sheer Descent Waterfalls, and Capped with Bluestone:


    July 31: Install Bluestone Coping:


    After Completed Wall and Coping:


    I am just thrilled! It is gorgeous so far. The tile, stacked stone, and bluestone all go together SO well. We put up huge, 120 year-old salvaged beams for the posts of the gazebo this weekend, and today, they started digging the patio. The patio and plaster are pretty much all that's left. Hopefully we'll be swimming real soon!

    And just for fun, here are some fun photos of Jessie posing in the pool in her new bathing suit ;)




  • New Stove:

  • A couple weeks ago, the control panel went out on my stove. Even though the stove and oven are gas, the oven won't turn on without the control panel. Rather than spend a couple hundred to fix a stove that I wasn't all too happy with, I decided to splurge a bit and get one I loved, the Electrolux Dual-Fuel Built-in Range.


    It's gorgeous, oh-so-cool, and cooks FABULOUSLY! I went all out for my first meal on it and made Tortilla Crusted Pork (this turned out soooo good!), along with the homemade Pico de Gallo and Tomatillo Salsa:

    Cheesy Potato Casserole, garlic bread, and Texas cake, which I can't share here because it's a secret family recipe ;) Yum!

  • Fun & Games

  • Are we the last people on the planet to get one of these?


    We have been having sooo much fun on this thing! Even little 3-yr old Alex is a pro at bowling! I can't wait to get my hands on a copy of Mario Kart :)

    I think that sums up the last few weeks. I'll try to pop in more often with updates!

    shoppe talk

    I've finally gotten my WST products moved over to my shoppe, so be sure to grab them here if you've been looking for them! I have a ton of new and exciting things happening behind the scenes, and I'll share those as I am able to. In the meantime, be sure to run over to ScrapArtist and check out the guest designer of the month! Yup, me!!! We got together for a beautiful collab, and I plan to have some exclusive product over there soon as well.

    latest layouts

    Here are the rest of my Prima projects for last month. I got to play with the new CHA releases, and it is some fun stuff!!

    Here's to swimming, cooking, and playing!! Cheers!!!!


    momy4him said...

    ha ha! it looks busy at your house! but in a good and fun way!
    good to see you back!

    Brittany said...

    It's like Extreme Makeover Home Edition at your place! WOW! I am so jealous of your pool. So I've considered putting one in between the rhododendron and a/c unit on my small slab of rented'll be about 1x1x1 ;) I can't wait to see pics of the finished pool!

    My Life and My Loves said...

    the stone was is just gorgeous!!!

    and i am so jealous of your new range. it's beautiful as well. and GAS!! what i would do to cook with gas again.

    can't wait to see what you have up ur sleeve for designs chica. didn't know you left wst.

    Heather said...

    I love the layouts! You have such a pretty style :)

    Catherine said...

    I am also jealous of your pool and even more jealous of the weather you have that will enable to swim in it over the next months! lol! your food pics are so yummy, congrats on your new range!

    Love your Prima LOs, the new stuff seems fab to play with!

    Rita said...

    Stop it! That pool is going to be GORGEOUS and I love jessies bathing suit! Girl, you are non stop...those layouts are just too wow. ahhh, I so want to hang out with you IRL.

    Amber said...

    We got the Wii not too long ago Amy, and my parents just bought *ME* the Wii Fit a couple days ago for my birthday! I am in love with that program!!! If you don't have one--it's awesome!!!