Sunday, April 26, 2015

Den makeover....

Last year we started our den makeover by
having new cabinets and
bookshelves made and covering up the old red brick
of the fireplace. 
And now we have finished by having the carpet removed
and wood floors installed.
First the fun of removing everything from the den

we were able to stack and cram all of the furniture in to the living
room and foyer.

they sealed up the doorways which kept the dust to a minimum
but didn't keep the smell out ... haha!

below with just the stain

and now with the first coat of poly.
they put 3 coats on

and here it is with the furniture back in
we can't put a rug down for 30 days but that's fine,
I haven't been able to find what I want anyway :)


Thursday, April 23, 2015

Little Feets Meet ....

Today I had the honor of watching
my grandson participate in our county's event which is
a part of the Special Olympics in Virginia.

These events are for special needs children who are enrolled
in our county's special education programs.
Our grandson Maddox has been in this program through our school
system since he was 3 years old. And it's one of the best parts
of his life, he loves it and thrives in school.

Today's program was so sweet to attend. Your heart explodes with 
love, happiness and joy for these children. Your heart also breaks
for the challenges these children have.

Maddox loves to people watch.....

Our daughter Nicole

Maddox receiving his first ribbon

love this guy just so much

the races are his favorite....

Our son participates in the Polar Plunge, jumping in to 
the ocean in February to raise money that supports this event. He does
it to honor Maddox

If you ever have the opportunity to attend one of these you should do it. It doesn't matter whether you know someone there or not, you should go. It's's heartwarming and you've just never seen so many children so happy that they are given the opportunity to do things
other children do.


Sunday, April 19, 2015


Grandsons.....oh man I love these little guys
I just cannot get a good picture of all of them looking at me
like below, great pic of Maddox and Declan but Gabe is hiding his
face and John is looking away with some weird eyes! haha

Then Gabe is looking but Maddox is no longer smiling and
John is looking down!

still trying to get a picture.....haha

 Then this happened....Declan leaned in to Maddox and smiled so big

Then I just kept snapping and Declan look to John and smiled

then he leaned back to smile at Gabe
these pictures were taken just seconds apart
So maybe I didn't get them all looking at me and smiling but I believe
I captured love.....I captured the cousin love that Declan
was feeling for Maddox, Gabe and John

So then I tried again....and Maddox decided it was time for
funny faces....haha

I also love this picture below....2 little cousins

just imagine, next Easter we will have a little girl, Avery Grace 
in the middle of all of these boys!

Saturday, April 18, 2015

More Easter....

The boys had an Easter egg hunt in the front yard
(because grandma did not poop scoop the backyard)

they all love the egg hunts!!

below are their small little baskets of candy
I just didn't do much because they all get big baskets
from the Easter Bunny

Just had to include a picture of the beautiful front yard
yay Johnny!!

here they are all waiting for the eggs to be hidden