Sunday, April 17, 2016

DIY Pool Towel Rack

We are on the home stretch with our screened porch/deck addition!  Here's what's left do do:

  • Contractor to install railings outside of screen (we'll be taking these off just as soon as we pass the inspection)
  • Concrete work to marry pool patio with new deck stairs
  • DIY skirted server/buffet/storage
Here's what I'm thinking for my server...

via Dixie Delights
We'll have shelves underneath for beach towels, sunscreen, and pool toys, and it will all be concealed with a burlap skirt!  Kev and I will be working on this today, and fingers crossed it will be a quick and easy project!

I worked on a little towel rack for the porch--a little spot for the kiddos to hang wet beach towels and such after getting out of the pool.  This was a super easy project that was less than 3 bucks with a scrap of 1x6, some coat hooks, and leftover chalkboard paint.





I cut my 1x6 to 23'' with the miter saw.



Then I measured and marked where the center of the board was so I could cut an arrow on one end.









On the opposite end of my board, I traced one of the triangles that I cut off above to make the tail of the arrow.



I used the jig saw to cut the triangle out of the tail.



Once that was done, I had an arrow!  I used 220 grit sandpaper and sanded that board in a flash!



Wiped it down with a tac cloth.



Then I marked where I wanted to secure my hooks and predrilled those holes.



After that, I slapped on a coat of chalkboard paint.



This is what Davis did while I worked!



Then he helped me with the second coat of paint.




Once everything was dry, I seasoned the board by rubbing a piece of chalk all over then erasing it...




I drew "POOL" on the board with a chalk marker and attached the hooks!  Done!



We've already put this little rack to good use.  Olivia and her friend next door got in the pool today (crazy! It's still way too cold!) and the hooks caught some wet towels and bathing suits!!  



Not bad for a few $$.

Sincerely,

Leigh

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

It's Personal, But It's Not Private


"Baptism is an outward reflection of an inner connection with God."  PN



Source

We got to see 1,463 people take their next step in baptism at NewSpring on April 3rd!

Over fourteen HUNDRED people.  It's just so crazy good!

I'm so grateful to have a front row seat in what the Lord is doing in the church I love!  I never get tired of seeing people taking next steps in their walk with Christ.  And there's just something extra tender about seeing little ones be baptized.  

I cry every time.

Every.  Time.  

I can't help it.  It feels my heart up to the point that my eyes overflow with tears.  





I think it's because this Momma wants nothing more than to see these two kiddos dunked in the water one day!  

Y'all, when that day comes, my heart just might explode!  In all honesty, I can't think of anything better than knowing my children love the Lord and getting to see them take that step in baptism.  Nothing better.

I constantly pray that for Olivia and Davis both.





Jesus, I pray that everyday You are preparing their hearts for the day that they will fall in love with You.





And from that day forward, may they find their TRUTH, GUIDANCE, and IDENTITIES in only You.  Amen.






We played around with my camera yesterday.  Something I hardly ever do anymore.  Sad.

Bailey was NOT in the mood...hence the stink eye.  




He repeatedly ignored me on this one until I said, "Treat!"  Boy that shot his head around!





Davis taking a potty break off the front porch.  It happens.






Davis actually took these two pics of Olivia.  Go Little D!









Olivia took these two of D.  This is him playing dead...






And, you probably can't see it, but he's showing you an "inchie" worm on his stick.  Kid loves to find "inchie" worms (and put them in cups and bring them inside, and then they crawl out and escape to who knows where.  #InchieWormsInDaHouse.  Gross.)




Sincerely,

Leigh

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Olivia Turns 7!!

It seems we celebrate birthdays forever around here, and Olivia's was no exception!





We started the weekend before having some friends over to play and going to see Zootopia.  








Sarah spent the night Saturday night.  On Sunday after church, we went out to lunch at a fave little place downtown!






And on her actual birthday, we had a little family party out on the porch with cake and presents!












 And the next day, Nana came and brought yet another cake and more gifts!  This was one celebrated little girl (and we wouldn't have it any other way!)

And this past weekend, Olivia beamed with excitement to be a flower girl in friend Kennedi's wedding.  We all love Kennedi as part of our crazy little family and couldn't be more thrilled that she had such a lovely day.   These are just a few pics I snapped on my phone...
























Pics of Bridal Luncheon...








Sooooo, as you can see, we've had lots and lots to celebrate around here for the last several weeks!  It's been a blast!


Sincerely,

Leigh