Monday, October 5, 2009
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Did a walking tour of Downtown Chicago in the cold. Got lots of cool pics. Also, Ellen had her first trip to the Field Museum.
The main reason for the trip was for my grandmother's 90th Birthday!!! Happy Birthday Grandma, and here's to many more!!!
Couldn't go to Chicago without staying with my brother. So here is a good summary of our time at their house... The blur in the above picture is Taylor as she swoops by to turn the roomba back on because someone had the audacity to turn it off!
Monday, August 31, 2009
Everyone with a 4.0 stand up!!! Yep, that's right, it might not look like she is standing up, but she is. Way to go Ellen!!!
Don't worry everyone, she said she would still cheer for Mizzou if they played the Sooners!!
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
That is when we went outside and noticed something very peculiar. We are still finding out things about our house that we like, but this one was unexpected: Magic Grass!!! Apparently snow/ice/etc will not stick to the grass in front of our house. As you can plainly see, every house on our street has snow covered lawns except for ours!
Some of you might be thinking, surely they shoveled their grass to just look like that. Really? Why would we shovel our lawn, that makes no sense. The real travesty here is that our driveway is not so magic and that will still need some wintertime maintenance when frozen precipitation starts falling.
Ellen tried her hardest to make a snow angel, but with only a thin layer of snow on top of ice, she just did not weigh enough to make a lasting impression.
Unfortunately in her efforts to make the snow angel, she had some frostbite issues and lost her left hand. She will quite possibly never be the same, but just as you would imagine with Ellen, she still had a smile on her face!
Monday, January 19, 2009
Initially very impressed with the ability of this camera to catch the details in the dark, also a shot of the first time we had ever put up Christmas lights!!!
Just took a couple of pics around the house...
Saturday, January 3, 2009
The hardest part was removing the glue that the wall paper left behind. It was gruelling!
We primed the wall with a gray primer, because you could still see a dark red seeping through the white primer.
Next we painted the walls. We actually painted the walls two different color greens. We had a vote with our friends and family on which color to paint the walls. The lighter green (Ellen's favorite) won out initially, but the first coat left little to be desired. We then went back and put the darker coat (Mark's choice) over the the lighter coat. The blended colors were a perfect match!
At Christmas, my parents gave us a beautiful Tunisian rug. They bought it at a cool rug shop in Tunisia when they went to visit my mom's cousin! So the dining room is a complete masterpiece!
I also had a Junior League "Ugly Sweater" party that weekend. Below is a group of us decked out in our ugliness. It was one of those situations where it seemed like everyone else made their "ugly sweater" look cute and I just kept it ugly. Thankfully the picture is not a close up!