Friday, June 18, 2010

AC, Ants, & A Redo

So we are now on day number two of waiting for the AC guy to come and grace us with his presence. The upstairs unit is on the fritz. It is reading 6 degrees higher than what it is set at so yeah, definitely issues there. After waiting all day yesterday I began to make dinner and I noticed over in the breakfast room we were blessed with the presence of uninvited house guests. They have stopped by every year in every house we have owned. I swear they single me out just so they can watch me go crazy! Well not this time ya darn ants! I kept my cool and just made sure to clean up every teeny tiny crumb that there was on the floor while smooshing each and every one of them with a vengeance. Such a bad hostess I know but I just could not resist. I then proceeded to vacuum out the seat cushions on the chairs and coach. Yeah, that was a little bit much but trust me well worth the peace of mind. They had not been cleaned out in oh say a year and in our last house the darn things went from the dining room all the way to the living room couch looking for a snack. I did not even know we had them till Littliest came in and told me he had ants on him. Mind you he was only two at the time. I was hysterical seeing as we had only been in our home a week. You had never seen such a crazy lady but I digress. I kept my cool this time around and am under a vigilant watch today seeing as we are again waiting for the AC guy to come sometime between 12-4 like yesterday. Monday we will be playing the waiting game for the pest team to come and spray . I found the darn pests making their way in from outside the breakfast room door to the patio. I sprayed and everything yesterday but apparently there are a few that did not get the memo to move on.
With my high hopes dashed of a trip to HomeGoods which I have not been to in 3 weeks and am going thru with drawl along with bribery of popcorn and a slushie at Target afterwards I sat and pondered what to do. Then it came to me. There was a project sitting on the dining room table for like a month and half now. It was the perfect keep me busy so I do not have thoughts of pulling my hair out while I wait project.

See these here wreaths? I just loved them. I made them for our huge double doors back in Baton Rouge. Since moving last year they have been patiently waiting out in the garage for their turn to reign again. The white berries had turned black and well I certainly did not need two anymore so there they sat till I happened upon this here wreath by Lindsay over at Living With Lindsay. She makes the prettiest wreaths and well this wreath reminded me about those there wreaths that were again patiently waiting out in the garage. I already had the makings to the next great wreath do!

The wreath went from sitting out in the garage to sitting in the dining room for yes I will say it again a month and half.

I started to dismantle it and as you can see without even having to look closely the berries were just well plain gross!

A fresh start is all that it needed.

After adding the vine and magnolia garland back on top with florist wire I just started adding in my extras that I purchased at HobLob for half off. I think I spent like $10 on the redo.

The one thing I HATE about working with grapevine wreaths is the mess. It was just too hot to do it outside on the patio though and good grief if I had missed the call from the AC guy I would have been livid. Apparently somehow he called at 7 pm last night. Had the phone with me but somehow someway we missed the call. It lasted all of a minute so not sure he even let it ring to be honest. I have a feeling he just called for a sec and hung up so he could go on home.

Here is the wreath I am replacing. It is from WM from Better Homes & Garden.

I loved all the pink and it was very springy but now it was time to go.

Here is the replacement. I think it fits in nicely don't you?

I used fern, sticks, and some white flower thingys to fill it out.

I think it seems to still be missing a little something. Maybe a nests or something. I have a moss bunny like the one on Lindsey's wreath but it screams spring to me so yes, maybe a nests will be good.
Okay now off to see what else I can busy myself with and to see just how hot it is upstairs. Wanna place any bets!?:) Hope your day is going well and thanx for stopping by!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Our Florida Vacation

Last week we were away. We were away on our vacation that I had planned since December. After three reservation switches one of which happened just a day before we left we ended up in West Panama City Beach. We were not sure what to expect since we have always been to Perdido Key/Gulf Shores. Sadly we were not able to vacation there due to the oil spill reaching the shores just days before we were to leave. My heart truly goes out to all those involved!! We were lucky enough though to out run the oil. We were not sure for how long but if we could just get a few days of oil free beach in we were considering it a major blessing. We wanted to see it just one more time.

We watched several storms roll in which was truly a site to see!

We did some Pirate Cruising which was wayyyy OVER crowded and wayyyyy HOT but enjoyed by the kiddos. I highly recommend it if you go. We also saw some dolphins while out there so there was no need for a dolphin cruise.

We sadly watched somebodies beach home go up in flames. We were on the 14th floor but really the 18th since there was four levels of parking underneath the complex. This home was across the street from us. The Hubster busted out the zoom lens. It took them pretty much all day to get it taken care of. We thought that we had just seen it happen but when The Nana went down to have the front desk call 911 they said it had been on fire for an hour already.

We did ...well the boys did...a lil' bungee jumping.

We did some tilt a whirling which by the way was not a fave of mine.

Then we did some Ferris wheeling which again was not a fave of mine but like a good mommy does I sucked it up and went. Littliest has been asking to go to a carnival for ever and a day ya know like the ones they set up in The Sams parking lot?! We always say no but when we saw a small carni that was permanent we figured why not. It was a dream come true again not for me but the boys. I can live the rest of my life without doing any of those rides ever again really trust me when I say that. Did I mention I was the lucky one to partake in the festivities well because I am The Mommy and well my boys do nothing without me. Gotta love um. The Hubster and The Papa got to sit on the sidelines which really in all reality was not that great since it was sooo freaking hot out.

Attempted to stuff one of these into my purse as a souvenir but sadly enough it would not fit. The Nana attempted one in hers as well since I needed two but again it did not fit. I wanted them to hang in my baskets on the sides of the garage. They were just gorgeous!
Did some four wheel dreaming....

to include the big boys while we stopped at none other than The Bass Pro Shop. Yes, my boys have some red neck in them. They get it honest with their parents being from Georgia. Well The Hubster's side any ways. I am technically a Yankee to The Papa's dismay! Ha!

We were so grateful and thankful that we were blessed with an entire week of crystal clear water and white sand beaches! We just knew by Wed that it was going to be over with but the winds changed and pushed the oil back towards the west.
If you are wanting to still head to the gulf before the oil hits I say go for it! Just keep checking the updates on a daily if not several times daily basis. It was a lot of work and rather stressful but in the end well worth it! We love the gulf and have dreams of one day owning our own condo on the coast but for those people who live there now and are affected by this huge mess already please continue to pray for them and all the wild life! A miracle is truly needed!!
As for my thoughts on West Panama City Beach, it was different from what we are use to. LOTS and LOTS of people and the atmosphere is different. We loved our condo though and Ms. Kathy the owner was just super sweet! If WPCB is spared we will definitely be back there next year. The condo was gorgeous and not crowded at all nor was our portion of the beach. I am guessing that all the people every where were at the larger higher density complexes at least that is all we could figure because again there were people EVERYWHERE! If you are looking to go that way and need a three bedroom condo let me know and I will give ya Ms. Kathy's info! She actually has three condos in the same building with openings still.
Hope your week is going well! No new project posts. I have had tummy issues since we got home Saturday and am just now starting to feel better. We actually were able to make a short trip to the mall today for a little shopping since we did not get any in on our vacation. Bath & Body is having a HUGE sale and there are coupons floating around. If ya need one let me know!

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