Sunday, January 18, 2015

A Busy, Fun, Exhausting Weekend.

I spent the weekend with my daughters, and their families.
Kayla had a gymnastics meet in Toledo, Ohio.
She scored her highest in three events, and placed second in all around.
Needless to say, we were VERY proud of her!
Ethan had a soccer game. His team tied. Ethan had an assist on one of the goals. He played very well!
We did Charlotte's birthday on Saturday.
It was a busy weekend, and I am exhausted.
The drive, one way, is about two and one half hours.
While I was at Melissa's house, I took a few, some, lots of photos to share with you.
Melissa is my youngest daughter.
She loves antique's, and a bit of a "farmhouse" look.
Her family lives in the country, and they raise chickens for the eggs.
Melissa made these cute valances for her kitchen windows....I just LOVE them!

Kevin, and Melissa have gutted the house they are living in, and are in the process of redoing it from the studs to the drywall, and out.

They've come a long way from where they started.

When Kevin tore the walls off, there were mice skeletons stacked up over a foot high between the studs!!
It was disgusting!

The place was in horrible shape!
You wouldn't believe it now.

They pulled up the floors, and tore out bathrooms....if you can rip it up, or off...they have done it!

The kids are still in the process of re-doing the basement, and another bathroom.
They have plans to do the laundry room, and side entry.

They will be "in the process" for a while.
Just like the rest of us.

They've come a long way, from when they began.

In the meantime, as they finish a room, Melissa adds her touches here and there.
They are using an old wooden work bench as a work island in the kitchen.

Porcelain hooks for towels, pretty baskets, and crocks dress up the old work bench.

Adding little flourishes to a bookcase help dress up the front entrance.
Giving the clown back to Charlotte as a birthday present (sitting on the books on the shelf) was fun, and made everyone laugh!!  Especially since she hates clowns as much as I do!!!

By the way...this is Charlotte. She is wearing a pair of glasses that belong to her American Girl doll. I told her she looked like Harry Potter.   But, she could care less. As long as Charlotte thinks she looks cool, Charlotte would wear those glasses until they would turn to dust....because that's the kind of girl she is.
Anyway....that was my weekend. Busy, fun, exhausting, and way too short!
Have a good week everybody!


  1. Love the photos of your daughter's home!! Charlotte looks too cute in those glasses! Kids will kids!! LOL...

  2. You spent a lovely week end with your family. Your daughter' s home is wonderful, i love her touches here and there.Charlotte is very sweet.

  3. Your daughter definitely has your flair for decorating. Glad to hear you had such a nice weekend. xo

  4. Like you I had a busy weekend with family. Doing different things, but from Friday till Sunday evening I was busy. Exhausted today but a good tired for sure. Family times are the best.

  5. Debbie,
    I can't begin to tell you how much I enjoyed this post. Thank you for sharing your weekend with family, your pride showed in your words. Congrats go to Kayla, Go Ethan! Happy Birthday to Charlotte. Who wears the American Girl glasses well!!!
    Melissa's home is so self expressively pretty and unique. Debbie we know and see she inherited your flair for decor. The mice skeletons -YIKES! Sure do love the work bench island, brilliant use. I applaud Mellissa and hubby for the hard grunt and gut work ... Their eye for style and arrangement is amazing. Take any pics of the chicken coop?
    My Dad's parents were commerical chicken farmers in NJ. As a little kid we would pack up the car and go help out on Sunday's. My job was gathering the eggs - Hens don't like giving up their eggs! Any way I find interest in the design of coops. A friend of ours has Hens for eggs and he put up a solar panel on the roof that raises the door so the hens can go out in their fenced area during the day. Our friend is very ingenious and he has happy hens.
    Is the clown a gift that changes locations? I personally find them creepy, I guess I've watched too many bad clown movies and shows!
    Have a wonderful week, stay warm.

  6. Bravo to the happy you got to see it all!
    Melissa's house is so pretty ~ I think my fave piece is their island!
    Have a wonderful week Debbie!!

  7. Hi Debbie, Your daughter's home is wonderful. She and hubby have done so much and I love her decorative touches. Just love the workbench island. Charlotte is a cutie and Happy Birthday to her. Great job by Kayla and Ethan on their accomplishments at their events too.
    What a great weekend you had. Now you can rest up till the next time.
    Hugs for a wonderful week.

  8. Hi Debbie, it's so fun to share family members homes, and travels, as well as family fun. Your daughters home is fun and full of family charm. Love Charlottes imagination as to warring her dolls glasses, I think we have all done silly things like this when wet were young, in fact I still crack my daughter up with doing theses kinds of things and her doing them to me.

    Thank you for the share, and your daughters center island feels like mine in my kitchen yet mine much smaller in length. Love her style!

    Will see you soon.


  9. Melissa's house looks beautiful! She must have inherited some decorating skills from her mother. The mice skeletons in the walls do not sound fun to clean out. Some of my friends remodeled a barn to live in--they had about a dozen *live* racoons in the walls if I recall correctly! We helped them clean up the place.

  10. I'm so glad you got to spend time with your daughter and her family, Debbie! What a beautiful home they have! I am drooling over that gorgeous antique buffet, and the workbench turned island is so cool! All those dead mice, ick!! I can tell she got her decorating talent from you:) And Charlotte sounds like a real ham!!

  11. You know I love you, but won't be back- hurts too much.

  12. I really enjoyed seeing your daughter's home...the apple doesn't fall far from the tree, I know you must love it. How did she make that valance, I'm not crafty but I would love to do something like this. So glad you got to see everyone and thankfully, you don't have to make that drive often.

    Sent you an email. love.

    Jane x