Saturday, February 25, 2012

Preschool Praying

***I love Addie's little peek to see what Ella was doing.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Best Friends

And since it's been a while, let's take a look back to the day these gals met. Ella was ripe ol' 9 days old and addie less than 72 hours.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

100,000

I so love the fact that my hubby isn't vain and could care less what kind of car he drives. While many people would be shopping for a new car, Blake is so proud to have reached 100,000 MILES on his 2007 4Runner. He had been talking about it coming up, for the last few months but I really didn't give it much thought.  But when he told me we needed to leave a little earlier to go down town for a party Sunday, I knew something was up.

See, he remembers the old Toyota commercials where people got out of the their car to jump up when they reached such milestone! However, since we were on 281 South at Hildebrand, that was not happening but we managed to snap a photo.




I document this milestone because I know Blake will talk about this achievement and just in case he still has it at the 200,000 MILES, in four or so years, we can compare how much Blake has aged!!!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

First Ferris Wheel!

We told the kids, they could choose one ride to do and surprisingly, they were both up for the FERRIS WHEEL!
We waited patiently in line doubting our decision to ride with the gusting winds that had just blown in. But there was no going back now...
 We couldn't ask for a better first experience. Addie's face said it all!
 Carter was just as excited taking it all in.
Mission Accomplished!!!
 With a short turn around, it was time to grab the older crowd and head back out to the rodeo to see Daughtry.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Rodeo San Antonio!

A rare and special day to have all five cousins together! Carter (5), Addie (3), Marshall (7), Macy (8) and Ainsley (4)

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Miss Addie

Since we can remember, Addie has been in love with all dogs. I wanted to take a moment and remember how this strong affinity to four legged friends has continued. Each and every day, Addie feeds Smokey. Mostly with out needing to be reminded or even with much help any more (except to open the door.)

No matter what she is doing, if Smokey comes with in two feet of her, she completely stops what she is doing, pets him and talks to him for a minute and then carries on with what she was doing before. She gets a total kick out of allowing him to lick her entire face. After three years of this, I have almost given up asking her to close her mouth.
 Most of the time, she sits out there with him while he eats and tries to hand feed him.

Addie and I got some one-on-one time at one of her friend's birthday parties at the Witte Musuem. I know somewhere exists the very same pictures of me 25+ years ago on this same elephant. This is a San Antonio staple.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

EIGHT

That's how many days this project AND how man coats of PAINT it took to go FROM THIS....
Step One: Carter first had to prep it for me and remove all the hardware (which he LOVED) and lightly sand it to rough it up some.
Step Two: We had to apply the primer and 2-3 heavy coats of it. This Zimmer stuff is awesome because you don't have to heavily sand all the old lacquer or paint off.
We ended up using the spray version to do the fronts of the drawers.
Then it was time for 2 coats of paint. Now the KEY to this project, besides the Zimmer, was this amazing paint conditioner called Floetrol. Basically it slows down how fast the paint dries therefore greatly diminishing the ability to see the brush strokes. You just mix a few ounces into the paint and get to painting. So cool.
Carter concentrated on the back.
After 2 full coats which tool forever, I took a drawer inside to see it in the living room. I was shocked to see it was a different shade/color than my original paint sample. YES... I know what you are thinking, "how did you paint to coats before realizing this?" Well, I was freezing in my garage for those several late nights and the lighting was horrendous, so I just didn't notice it until inside. Long story with the paint mix up but after a early morning trip to the paint store to fix the error, ONE more coat of paint was applied.
Then it was on to the not ONE, not TWO but THREE coats of protectant.
With the hardware back on, it was finally in place.... as a reminder of what it looked like before...

AND NOW...
I never had "HAND PAINT A PIECE OF FURNITURE" on my bucket list. But I have quickly added it just so I can cross it off. Wow.... am I glad that's done.
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