Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Wedding Season Continues.

This past weekend we went home to see my best friend from high school, Kendall Pfeifer, get married! The nickname I gave to her in like 7th grade is Piff, so if I refer to her as Piff, you now
know who I'm talking about.
We went to Oklahoma City on Friday night to see Amanda and Garin and their new house! I LOVE IT!!! It's a super cute old little gingerbread house - the kind that the floors creak when you walk on them...basically the kind of house I've always wanted to live in. The house right next door to them is for sale and when we drove up I flipped! "Bryce we need to buy it!!" His response was typical Bryce: "If you're going to be like this all night, I'm staying home with Garin and you and Amanda can go talk about how we're NOT going to buy that house." So, we're not buying the house.

We had a GREAT time with them and I forget how much I miss both of them until we get together. I'm thinking we'll get to see them again pretty soon:)

Saturday morning we got up and drove home for Piff's wedding. We spent the day with our families and then headed over to the church later that evening. Kendall looked absolutely gorgeous. Everything was just beautiful, and the cake was yummy! She had a layer of funfetti (classic Piff), vanilla and chocolate from Harmony House...so you know it was awesome! It was great to see her and I've got to start being a better friend...she lives in Dallas and we never see each other. Sad, I know.
Kendall (Pfeifer) Bowles
Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame
all decked out!
Funfetti, Vanilla, Chocolate!

The beautiful Piff in all her bridal glory:)

Sunday we went to Fusion (Dwayne's church) and then came home and cooked out. The weather was actually awesome, believe it or not! Apparently all it's done in Oklahoma lately is rain, rain, rain. I guess Sunday was a mini-birthday celebration for me because I got some bday presents and Mom made me a funfetti cake:)

Bryce's Nanny gave me a really cute dress and Mom gave me - much to Bryce's dismay - MORE THROW PILLOWS FOR OUR BED!! I was pumped, but Bryce gets really annoyed because I won't let him lay on "the pretty pillows." He says "if they're pillows on my bed I should be able to lay on them!" Our bedding is cream and black, so I FREAK if anything gets on it or near it, especially Moose because he sheds. I spend a lot of time trying to get his dang hair off our comforter.

This next weekend we're going to Houston for another wedding and then we're done for a while...whew! We love going to weddings of people we love, but we are definitely ready to be home and stop traveling for a while. Right now, our schedule is booked all the way til June, so I'm definitely looking forward to next month so we can have a break and spend some time at home...hopefully our house will be done soon!

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Our Humble Abode!

Finally, the long awaited house posting!

We have been working our booties off trying to get this house finished. It's coming a long as well as can be expected seeing as this thing was DISGUSTING when we closed on it. Here are some before and after's:
kitchen before.  NEVER IN MY LIFE have i been in a house
that was so disgustingly dirty.  yuck. 

kitchen before, looking from living room.

kitchen after, the first time.  new light fixtues and hardware.

I didn't like the yellow of the original kitchen, so we decided to color wash it with a tan to add a little depth. Well, I didn't like that either and since the kitchen is a smaller space, I felt that we needed something bright and soft...here's what we came up with:

***UPDATE:  a lot of you asked how we did our cabinets, so here's what we did:  light hand sanding, coat of dark red and dry brush ONE coat of chocolate.  we used foam brushes, latex paint (that's what we had laying around) and then finished with a layer of poly. 

kitchen after the second (and final) time.

breakfast nook.
looking in from the living.  please excuse the HUGE mess, dust on the drop lights
and lack of trim around the pantry door (which is magnetic and chalkboard, btw!)

"Baby's Room" not because we are preggo, because the previous owners had some nasty little baby stencil on the walls. (This is also Jackson's room. He's going to spend a week with us in the summer like I did with Jackie growing up.) 

***UPDATE:  since this post, we obviously have had a baby, so this really did become the nursery and the office was repurposed into a guest room/office. 
stencils.  barf-o.

after!  new carpet, paint, and trim. 
orange quilt/shams, blanket from west elm
duvet/shams from pottery barn
the throw pillows and sheet set is from target

This is the "smoker's room." Not because we smoke in it, but the previous owners did. It was the MOST DISGUSTING room I have ever stepped foot in. It's now our office/Bryce's man room.

We are also repainting the stair rails. The white looks much cleaner and fresh. Here are the before and afters. By the way, if you're ever considering doing this, be prepared with LOTS of patience and time. It takes forever and is super tedious...unless you can tape everything off and spray those bad boys.  DO THIS FIRST if you are going to do this when remodeling.  if you are even considering doing it, DO THIS FIRST.  trust me.   

we still have a TON left to do, but i think what we've done so far is pretty fantastic!  hope y'all like it:)

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Matt's Wedding!

We've been super busy the past few weeks, especially last week! My cousin Matt (Julie's son) got married on May 2nd and I was in Tulsa for the pre-wedding festivities. We had a BLAST! Being the only girl, I've always been a little skeptical of the girls my cousins bring home, but Matt definitely knocked the ball out of the park with Tara. She is absolutely fabulous and I LOVE her. Seriously...love her!
They met in Virginia...Matt was Tara's surgery resident and I always tease him about hitting on the boss lady! Turns out, Tara's family teases her about being a cradle robber. It was great getting to spend so much time with Matt and Tara. Her family is amazing and everyone fits together so well! We're hoping to do a cousin/sibling scuba trip in the next year.

I can't wait to hear about their honeymoon...they went to Grand Cayman and it was a surprise for her and she didn't know where they were going until they got there. My cousin's pretty sweet:)

Julie and Tara

Matt and Tara

Bryce and I at the reception.
Tara asked me to be a bridesmaid and I was so honored, seeing as how we had only "met" each other via phone. She is absolutely wonderful and I am looking forward to making memories with her!


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