Friday, June 28, 2013

Frame Spruce Up

This project has been a long time coming, but yea! It's finally finished!

I have this beautiful painting my dear friend painted for me (along with some help from friends and relatives) for my husband and I when we got married. It's had a prominent spot in our living room since, but it looked a little naked. I've been wanting a frame for it, thinking Nick would have to custom build one, but one day I cam across one at a local thrift shop that was (mostly) the perfect size!

I got it for $5! It even came with a painting in it, but I didn't need it.

Close up of the original finish.

Primer coat.
I actually had plans to do a distressed look, but forgot that I shouldn't prime it to do that particular method.

This is what I ended up with. Just plain orange. The picture makes it look more yellow-orange than it is in real life. It's the same color that I have painted in my kitchen.

Oh it looks so much better! My painting now looks complete!

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Peach Orchard

On a whim, we woke up this morning and decided to drive up to a local-ish peach orchard. I've been wanting to get some good peaches for jam and drying purposes, so we made a little family outing of it.

They have all these cool tractors and other vehicles around for decoration. Ryder was so excited.

Efurd Orchards
Their place is like a large, fancy produce stand, with all kinds of things to buy and look at.

Lots of unique items, like this bug turned bench, make up the decor of this "stand."

They also sell homemade ice cream! Ryder's enjoying some with Daddy.

Peach flavor, of course.

We got a good deal on our peaches by buying the "overripe" ones. In reality, they're flavor is now perfect and they still are a little firm in the middle. This pictures ours and my mom's. We'll be drying some this week.

Looking for some good peach recipes? Here are a few from my blog that are excellent to use some tasty peaches.

Fresh Fruit Sauce

Fresh Fruit Crunch

Peach Jam

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

7 Months

Okay, so it's more like 7 1/2 months, but at least I'm here now! Things are going well, the baby continues to grow and so do I! I still have a ways to go, and everyone's letting me know it. I can't tell you how many people say, "Oh you must be getting close huh?" and I respond, "Um, no I still have 2 months (month and a half) to go," and they give me that, "Ohhh, wow."

Really? That makes me feel greeeat. The funny part is I've gained less weight this time and the baby is measuring smaller than Ryder did. My advice: if you can't say something nice to a pregnant woman, don't say anything at all.

Struttin' in my swimsuit at the lake.

We got to spend a lovely day out at the lake this weekend with family and friends. The kids had a blast tubing and swimming. Ryder got quite attached to the boat, loving to ride on it and play on it even when it wasn't running.

Ryder had to try on Uncle George's hat.

These pictures were from a couple of weeks ago on Memorial Day.

Our next boat driver.

This one was loving every place but the water. Go figure. Hopefully he'll get through this scaredy cat phase quickly.

On another note, my garden is yielding squash like crazy.

My first harvest of squash (believe me, I've had much more since. Those suckers can produce a lot).

My onions! This is the first time I've ever had onions bulb out at all. They're still curing on the porch.

My little garden helper. Well actually, he's been the opposite of help in the garden lately, but he's out there with me.

I finally got to harvest my spinach seeds.

Yea! Seeds for next year!

Ryder recently was given this tractor by Uncle George. He's in heaven.

Hangin' with Bruce.

There's only a little time left until the new baby comes! There's going to be a lot going on between now and then; canning, visit from the twins, Summer Reading, and Ryder's birthday. Well, we'll see if the baby makes it to Ryder's birthday. He might get a little brother or sister for a birthday gift. Looking forward to holding this baby outside of my tummy.