April 18, 2011

Coming Down from the Mountain

Last week we decided to take our spring break.  I know it was a week earlier than the rest of the world, but we just needed it.  One of the clues that we might be ready for some time off to enjoy the great outdoors was this:
 Two full size tents set up in my living room and foyer.  Complete with rock campfire.  Notice that my 11 year old camps in style.  She has a loop/shag rug, matching quilt, small chair and blow up mattress.  That's how we roll.  Comfort and style, baby.

The kids and I took a road trip to the NC mountains to enjoy some fresh air and time with my parents.  See?  We are accomplishing both:
 Isn't my mom cute with her grands?

 It was a week of rest and refreshment for me.  I checked off everything on my list (except for scheduling a photo session and doctor appts ... too much work for break).  Speaking of work, my sweet honey stayed home to work so we could play.  Little did I know that he was working day and night.  He stayed up each night working on this:

 Squeal!!!  We needed to replace the carpet on our stairs, but it was either a family vacation or new carpet.  So we racked our brains and decided to pull up the carpet and paint the subflooring.  Since it was going to be a summer project, I was shocked to come home to it already done.  I love my man!!!  Pulling off all of the carpet staples almost sent him to the looney bin.  It was a labor of love that turned out beautifully.

The dishwasher fairy visited while I was gone, too.  No, she didn't come in and wash all of my dirty dishes.  She dropped off a dishwasher.  I know it's totally lame to post a picture of my new dishwasher, but when you have to spend that kind of money, you want to show it off.  No?
My kids think the blue lights are so cool.  Not so cool when they found out it doesn't put the dishes away for them.


Sandy said...

I totally agree on that last point... think I'll do a blog on heating/air conditioning so I can post pics...

Megan said...

Such a great surprise from your hubby! I'd love to see how you transitioned from the black painted stair to other flooring at the top. I'm thinking about doing this, but the top step becomes a hardwood landing, and i am not sure what to do there.

Amanda said...

Not silly to post a dishwasher! These are major components in the life of a mama:)

Love your blog header!

Gretchen said...

Oh, I'd keep him around! The stairs look like they've always been that way (in a they fit in great! way). And re: the dishwasher? Holla.

Kellie said...

That is awesome! Glad you enjoyed your time in the mountains and what a wonderful surprise of the stairs when you got home! Steve has done things like that for me before and it is a treasure when they surprise us like that. Love your new dishwasher, too! :)

Bugs and Sunshine said...

Your stairs are GORGEOUS! What a fantastic job your man did, that is such a gift!!! And the kids are right, those blue lights are fuN!