Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Our Thanksgiving

Last week I got up our Thanksgiving wreath on the door, only to take it down yesterday. Thought that counts? 

I also got to enjoy Thanksgiving feast at E's school! I'm so thankful for a job that has super flexible hours. I couldn't have ever done this if I were still practicing law 60 plus hours a week. 

Evans' teacher made all the kids costumes to wear. Adorable! All the parents were asked to bring side dishes or desserts. The food was actually really good, and of course Evans had to have seconds. 

They sang a few Thanksgiving songs for the parents. Evans was more interested in Mommy being at school and wouldn't let me leave her side for the performance. So me and my big pregnant self got to stand in front of an audience while they performed. Oh joy. That's us to the back left...

E with her school mates Hunter and Ellie. So stinking cute! 

On Thanksgiving, we always head to Bluffton to my aunt and uncle's house. It's the perfect place to gather our family. With all my first cousins having babies, we just keep multiplying. Not everyone was in attendance this year (spending Thanksgiving with spouse's families, sick, etc), but it was still so much fun. The kids all play so well together.  My uncle's house has loads of entertainment for them- tire swing, play ground, Noah's ark, corn hole game court, etc. Evans was exhausted by the time we left for home. She had no nap that day and fell asleep on our way out the driveway to head back to Isle of Hope. 

The annual cousin picture! Sadly this was taken after we had already left that evening. Evans was in meltdown mode, eek! 

Uncle Jim took the kids for hayrides throughout the day. They had a blast! 

Thanksgiving is easily my favorite holiday. Best day of the year!

On Friday we headed out on our "babymoon". We decided to do a staycation since we live in Savannah and there's plenty to do here. 

Evans stayed in Bluffton with my parents and had a big ol' time. 

We stayed at the Hilton downtown. Our view from the room was gorgeous. 

It was so nice to be just Mark & Ashley for a weekend. I felt like we got to catch up with each other, as crazy as that may sound. I'm sure parents understand though. When you are home with your kids, everything is about the kids and you really don't have time to yourselves. 

I didn't really take many pictures over the weekend. Having too much fun I guess! 

Friday we ate lunch at Tequila's Town (which I'm totally pumped to be getting one by our house in January!!). I highly recommend it. Upscale Mexican food with table side guacamole? I'm in! After lunch we just walked around Broughton Street, did some shopping, and strolled through City Market. 
That night we were still pretty full from a big lunch, so we decided to just get something small from Wild Wings. 

Broughton St. lights @visitsavannah 

On Saturday morning, we had breakfast at Collins Quarter and then I had a spa day scheduled! 

Gift from my sweet husband for my birthday this year was a prenatal massage, pedicure, and tea time at Spa Bleu. It was amazing! My back gets so messed up during pregnancy and the therapist went to town on me. I felt like a new woman afterwards! 

Saturday was more shopping and people watching, and we grabbed pizza at Vinnie's (best pizza in Savannah).  We watched the Carolina/Clemson game and then went to The Grey. If you haven't been to The Grey yet, GO. We sat at the bar since we didn't have reservations, but it was fun talking to the bartenders and learning more about the restaurant. We decided to get several of the "middles" which was sort of a tapas sized amount of food. That way we got to try several menu items. Country pasta, seafood boudin, sizzling smoky pig, and the smoked collards made their way to our table. My favorite was the smoky pig and the collards, but everything was amazing. The bartender also made me the best mocktail I've ever had. We'll definitely be heading back! 

After stuffing ourselves, we strolled around town a bit and saw the boat parade of lights on River Street. It's a fun Savannah tradition and got me in the spirit. 

So much so that yesterday I started decorating our house for Christmas! 

The porch is about done aside from a couple things. It was 75 degrees yesterday, how's that for a low country Christmas??! 

The tree is almost done except for the tree topper and of course the presents! More on that later. 

Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! As Evans would say, gobble gobble. 

Monday, November 23, 2015

Picket Fence Progress

Our picket fence started going up on Saturday thanks to my handy hubby and my builder daddy! I was thinking they would only get the post holes dug, but to my surprise they finished the entire front portion of the fence. Crazy! Hubs was worried beforehand that a picket fence would make our yard look smaller, but I think it does the opposite. I like the fact that once this is done the kids can't just run out the door into the street.  A little less mommy stress is a good thing.

I chose to go with dog ear pickets. I like the straight edges a little more than the actual points. Just a personal preference. Honestly I'd have been thrilled with either, never thought I'd really be getting a picket fence house!

The posts will be cut down and capped as well. I chose to go with these post caps. They are from Lowe's. I think these will help give the fence a more finished look.

Construction resumes tomorrow and Wednesday. They'll finish up the side yard and the driveway. The driveway will get a gate so that I can shut it when the kids want to ride bikes or scooters, etc. in the driveway. Again, the less mommy stress the better.

After snapping these pictures, we immediately set out to Home Depot to buy heavy duty mildew cleaner made for shingles. Hopefully it works to rid our roof of these mildew stains because the roof is not very old!

Evans isn't all that interested in the fence, but she's been Papa's shadow since he got into town. I've been able to distract her just long enough with play-doh and trail mix snacks for Papa to be able to work. :) Hopefully Wednesday all the construction will be completed. Next week the fence will be painted white! I'm already dreaming of landscaping in the spring. Can't wait!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Embracing What's Old

I shared our guest room/nursery's most recent updates here. I'm back today with another new feature in the room. 

Our house is circa 1953. Also the year my mom was born (sorry for the out, Mom!). So, naturally, she has some old features. The house that is, my Mom still looks good (wink). 

Would you believe our house in Atlanta had walk-in closets in EVERY bedroom? So, moving to this Savannah cottage has forced us to get creative (and donate lots). I've never liked the closet doors. They just feel totally dated (60+ years, to be exact)  and well, cheap.

The best advice I can give if you find yourself in a similar situation with a similar budget, embrace it. I'm a firm believer in mixing the old with the new in every room. By doing so you'll achieve a collected look rather than a catalog sterile feel.  Whether it be mixing antique furniture with new accessories, new furniture with vintage oil paintings, or aged brass lamps with fresh funky patterned wallpaper, the balance of old and new is sure to give your space big personality and a timeless style. 

My plan of attack in embracing these old doors? Make them look even older. Chalk paint to the rescue. In order for the old doors to live in their skin, I wanted the old bumps and wrinkles to come through. Rather than leaving them stark white with a smooth surface, why not allow for them to be cracked and aging? Perfect way to bring in more texture to this space as well. 

I'll probably do more sanding and throw on another paint color in a few days once this dries completely. The colors are Annie Sloan duck egg blue and paris gray. Savannah locals, you can get all of your Annie Sloan products from Lily Bay downtown. They are very helpful and will guide you on your chalk paint journey. 

Another look at the before. 

And one last after. A little paint and sand paper will get you places! 

Working with what you have does not always mean settling for less. 
Have you embraced anything old in your home lately?

Linking to Savvy Southern Style for Kim's Wow Us Wednesdays party!