Color Scandal

Okay, calling it a scandal is a little extreme but still… Remember that color swatch I posted for colors in our main room?

Well, we went to Lowes and purchased some little test paint containers and this is how they dried on the wall:

The two colors on the left on the swatch are the two top colors and boy do they look like glowing hyper colors! Yes they do “match” the sparkling lake we have on the wall but not what we were going for… It’s looking like we’ll stay with the colors slightly darker and lighter than the sparkling lake. The good news is that we already bought the darker shade, that is the color I thought we didn’t need anymore.

I don’t know… let’s be real, we’ll probably try a few more. We really do want some sort of complimentary color for our sparkling lake rather than just a darker shade, just don’t know how to figure it out. Guess and check?

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Let the Yard Work Adventures Begin!

Christopher and I learned a lesson today, that sunny weekend days do not equal grand hiking and camping adventures anymore, but instead pulling weeds and trimming plants. I am itching for a good hike but this was fun nevertheless.

Look how messy that bark looks around the tree!


Yep, those are my pasty white legs sticking out from under the Japanese Maple. That tree was long overdue for a prune job!

Notice the rock covered runoff area. Chris spent several house removing the weeds from this area! On the left you see the rocks without weeds and on the right you can hardly see the rocks! HUGE difference! Chris is a rock star! Ha, oh puns.

Weeds in the bark and rocks are gone, and the tree is trimmed! Loving our progress!

Clark and Mikaela gave us gardening tools as a house-warming gift, so fabulous!

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[A 4th Grader’s Life] as a Musical Instrument


Once upon a time a guitar named Guitar would wake up every morning to strum to the birds. Often the birds sang with her, but one day Guitar never got up to strum. The birds were worried so they told everybody in the forest. They all gathered at Guitar’s house with new strings and flowers. Then suddenly the door swung open and out came the nasty witch of the forest. “Well, well, well,” she said in a rough, dark voice. “All the animals got some things for me.” She let out a cackle and POOF! She was gone. They all scampered in and they saw a horrible thing. Guitar was sawed in half. They tried duck-taping her back together but nothing happened. They tried glue but she just fell apart again. Then a bird saw something gleaming in the bushes and picked it up. It was the witches wand. She pointed it to Guitar and said, “hocus pocus” and streams of light in different colors zapped guitar. She was back to normal.

Written by an anonymous student 

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Well Hello Morning!

As I was reteaching myself calculus (from senior year of high school) upstairs last night, apparently Chris was doing more than just touching up the walls…

Below is a picture of our kitchen from Monday morning,

And here are pictures of the kitchen I woke up to this morning! And yes, we do get up before the sun… Let’s not talk about it.

What a fabulous husband! My goodness. We are very pleased with the color choice. The blue in the black granite really pops now! Cannot wait to paint the cabinets and trim white! Oh, and crown modeling?! Swoon.


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And The Never-ending Project Begins!

Painting take one:

The first room to get paint is our breakfast nook/kitchen/dinning/living room area. The color I had in mind was a clean, calming, blue color that also worked with the blue and grey color in our black granite counter tops.

After testing some colors the specifications we had in mind brought us to ‘Sparkling Lake’ by Valspar (in the first test paint picture it’s on the left and in the second test paint picture it’s the top right).

This color was also inspired by a white cabinet kitchen I stumbled upon online.

I was in charge of rolling and Chris took on the tedious responsibility of the edging.

The edging, though time consuming, proceeded without headache and frustrations thanks to a handy tool Christopher picked up! To do the edging along cabinets, trim, ceiling, windows, and doors Chris used the Shur-Line Edge Pro.

It’s Chris’s new favorite painting tool because it’s quick and doesn’t require taping! 

We want to use some accent colors but have never ventured into this before. I’m afraid we will wind up painting some walls a couple of times… oops. So far I think we’ve determined we have bought a quart of paint that we will probably not use in the main room now, however we’ll put it to use somewhere else in the house! Here is the palette we’re thinking of right now, need to get some sample paint soon!

We picked colors for the master as well. I’ll be sharing those when we get there.

Have any advice for colors? Maybe some expertise? Don’t be afraid to share!

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Stuffed Green Peppers (Beef and Turkey Options)

Tonight was my first time substituting ground turkey for ground beef. Of course I only did it for my portion though, don’t want to rob my husband of his red meat! Boy, was I pleasantly surprised! After eating half my pepper I tried a bite of my husband’s ground beef, and guess what, I preferred my turkey version! The amount of salt called for ground beef seemed a little on the salty side for the ground turkey so for the recipe I noted half the amount for turkey. Enjoy!


  • 2 medium green peppers
  • 1/2 pound ground beef or 1/2 pound ground turkey
  • 1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes, divided
  • 1/4 cup uncooked instant rice
  • 3 tablespoons shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1 tablespoon chopped onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (1/4 teaspoon salt for turkey option)
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 egg, beaten

Directions: Cut tops off peppers and discard; remove seeds. Blanch peppers in boiling water for 5 minutes. Drain and rinse in cold water; set aside. In a bowl, combine beef (or turkey), 1/3 cup of diced, rice, 2 tablespoons of cheese, onion, Worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper and egg; mix well. Stuff the peppers; place in an ungreased 1-1/2-qt. baking dish. Pour the remaining tomato sauce over peppers. Cover and bake at 350° for 45-60 minutes or until meat is no longer pink and peppers are tender. Sprinkle with remaining cheese; return to the oven for 5 minutes or until cheese is melted. Yield: 2 servings.

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Well Hello!

Where has the time gone?! I’d say I don’t know, but that would be a tad bit of a lie. What hasn’t happened?! I’ve put in my first couple weeks in my long-term position, went to a wedding (heading to another one this weekend),  I signed for our house, joined a group at our church, friends helped me move into our house, Chris went to Japan and returned, and tonight we got internet and I just got home from an open house at our school where I danced in front of a crowd of students and parents. Yep, only a few things going on. 😉

Enough about me! What have you been up to?!

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