Native Texan Livin': October 2014

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Refurbishing an old Table

Let me begin by saying that I am in no way an expert on refurbishing, refinishing, repurposing or painting furniture.  I just have a lot of BIG ideas in my head & sometimes it's fun to experiment...especially if the cost is low!  Sometimes they work...sometimes they don't.

I got this find from a local online "garage sale" site for $10!!!  Not only was it $10, but when I went to pick it up from the lady, she was gonna throw away a coffee table that no one bought, so she offered it to me....for freeeeee. (Said in the voice of Adam Sandler in Bedtime Stories)  :-)
(yeah yeah, not technically free...I got both for the $10 I was already gonna 
pay her, so you can do the math however you'd like.)  :-)

I had been looking for a table to use as an end table in my living room but this was gonna be too big.  I was also looking to replace my glass breakfast table, so maybe this would do the trick.

The table top was pretty beat up when I got it.  I called my mom in for reinforcements & we got to work!  I sanded the top only since the pedestal was in pretty good shape.

Once again, we used the Annie Sloan Country Grey chalk paint since we had some leftover from the wine rack project we did.

Bottoms up!  Working on the legs first with the table upside down made the project easier so we didn't have to hunch down under the table to work on that area.

The legs looked pretty splotchy after one coat of paint, so we added the second coat before flipping it over to work on the top.  (We were also fighting a love bug invasion so that was fun trying to keep them off the wet paint!)
1st coat
2nd coat

Time for the top.  This part was trickier because there were so many chips, humps & bumps where each plank connected, etc.  Like I said before, I'm no expert, even in sanding, so I didn't really sand off as much as I should have in the beginning.  Once painted, you could still see way too many of the wood imperfections through the paint, even after the 2 coats.  So once it was all dry, we took a fine grit sand paper & just rubbed it across the problem areas.  It seemed to do the trick!

My mom mixed Minwax with some black stain & applied it all over until it had a good color to it. This was just a homemade wax mixture instead of buying the real Annie Sloan stuff. (did I mention I'm cheap?!)

This table now sits in my kitchen breakfast area & already needs to be redone.  Note to self: Explain to children who are used to a glass table that a wood table doesn't work the same as glass.  You can't color with marker...including permanent marker...or get acrylic paint on it, and expect it to be removed with Windex or a sturdy finger nail!

Monday, October 13, 2014

BirthdayPalooza 2014

It's officially the end of our Birthday Season, which I lovingly call BirthdayPalooza!  All 5 of us in our family were born from July-September, so it makes for a BUSY 3 months.

We started our birthday season with Maggie's 4th birthday in July.  She chose to have a Frozen pool party (big surprise)!  I took the easy route & made sugar cookies for the goody bags.  Simple is better  for me, so I went with snowflake cookies with blue crystal sprinkles on top. (Had nothing to do with my complete lack of skills to make super cool Frozen character cookies.) :-)  The cake was from HEB but I made the chocolate snowflakes to add to the cake, along with the Frozen characters.

And what party would be complete without glitter EVERYWHERE & fireworks in the street at the end of the night?  Not this one, that's for sure!  Bo & the girls poured glitter all over the driveway, patio...well, everywhere.  There was glitter for days!

The fireworks were simply because we have some leftover from 4th of July.  We couldn't resist!

My birthday was next, in August & I got S-P-O-I-L-E-D!  Becca (aka - girl w/ a job) surprised me with some FABULOUSly FANCY gifts.  She got me a pair of Kendra Scott earrings (got herself a pair too while she was at it) & a pair of Tory Burch shoes & a Tory Burch wristlet.  Bo & the girls got me a Coach writelet.  What did I do to deserve all this?!?!

No birthday (or any day) would be complete without my girls...and a bloody mary!

Here's my birthday loot!  And Bec & I showing off our Kendra Scott earrings.  
Seriously, this is all the fancy stuff I own...all received in 1 day!

I chose to have crab legs & shrimp!  OMG, don't these look delicious?!?!  
I want more RIGHT NOW!

We finished up the night with a flat frozen oreo ice cream cake.  Not sure how it got so flat since it was in a prepackaged box, but we ate it anyway!  (like there was any doubt!)

September actually holds 9 birthdays in our families & 3 of those live in this house!  Rebecca's 17th birthday was next.  WHAT?!  How did that happen?!?!  She didn't really want to do anything spectacular since she had just come home from cheering at a football game, but did want to do steaks & crab legs at the house.
I picked up some cake balls from a local bakery which quickly got devoured.  You can't really tell from awesome photography skills, but Bec got an iphone for her birthday.  Well, she got an IOU for an iphone 6.  What she actually received was an old flip phone with an "I" taped to the front of it.  (I know, I'm so clever!) ;-)

Bo's was next & we FINALLY got him the bike he's been hinting at for the past 8 years.  (In my defense, there were other things he wanted/needed that came before the bike.)  I made a bunch of enchiladas & had dinner at the house.  My family & Muffy's family came over to help us celebrate!

We had a couple cakes to celebrate with.  I'm always paranoid about not having enough food, so I got 1 marble cake, assuming the kids would like that & I got 1 tres leches cake, figuring Bo would enjoy that one.  They both got dug into & both were yummy!
Bo even shared the candle blowing duties with the kiddos!

Izzy put a big bow on it by turning 8 & had an "end of summer" pool party.  She invited 20 of her closest girl friends...since she decided she wanted a girls only party (except dads & Christopher!).
Grilled hot dogs & sliders were on the menu along with tons of chips & dips & fruit.  All the kids had so much fun jumping & flipping off the rocks...normally a big no-no here but we let it slide for the party. :-)

I am officially birthday'd OUT & have 9 months to save up for the next celebration. ;-)

Until next year!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Carnival Magic - Day 7 (&8) - At Sea to Home

Day 7 - Saturday, 7/12/14 - At Sea

On our last day at sea, Maggie & I took advantage of the early morning & empty decks to check out the ship's wake.

Scenes from our brunch & dining table...
And while we were eating, this one was snoozing on Christopher's bunk!

After brunch, we went out to the Splash Zone to play the pounds away.

 Izzy's action shots with the underwater camera as she came down the water slide! 

Here comes the rain!  We cruised right through the rain storm, but once it passed, we were back out on the Splash Zone.

After enough fun in the sun, the kids went to Camp Carnival during the afternoon to play games & have fun OUT of the sun.  Bo, Julie & I went to play bingo & I won 1 game.  Well, I was a partial winner of a $100 pot.  Had to split it 3 ways so I ended up with $34! :-)

We had dinner in the dining room & watched our final sunset on the cruise.  Afterwards, the kids went to their last night of Camp Carnival.  The kids were having a Farewell Party where they got to decorate shirts.  We didn't do much during this time...just went shopping, bought more pics, etc before picking the kids back up.

After we got back to our rooms, we all packed our luggage so we could get it out into the hallway before 11pm so they could get picked up.

Day 8 - HOME

Home again, home again, jiggity jig.  Let's go to the brunch & get stuffed like big pigs!

Technically, we're still on vacation, so technically, we can keep eating like this, right?

Somebody's sweepy!  What an amazingly exhausting trip!  

To top it off, we got home, unloaded all the luggage & I started making piles for laundry.  I asked Bo to bring in Maggie's duffel bag.  



Uh, we forgot her bag in the luggage terminal in Galveston.  Bo had to go back to Galveston, talk his way into getting back into the building & had to describe Maggie's bag to a worker so they could go find it.  Whew, they found it!  All is well with the world!  :-)

Great family vacation!  Until next time...