Friday, March 28, 2008

Mini Progress

Here at Team DeBoer's house, we are blaming the lack of house improvement progress on the winter. That's not to say we haven't done anything but yeah, we haven't done much. Here are a couple blog-worthy happenings though.

We finally bought a buffet! It stretches the length of the wall in the entry of our house. Thanks to neighbor Sara, we were in contact with a woman who refinishes pieces and resells them at a very reasonable price. This is a solid wood piece with classic lines and a traditional feel. It actually sits on wheels so it's easy to move, the middle door opens to reveal three more drawers and it's a beautiful color that matches the shelves and frames above it perfectly. Sadly there's just a lone candle decorating it for now but we'll add to it soon enough. Here's a couple different views of our favorite new find!

And here's our kitchen window frame. Unfortunately I don't have a before picture but to help you create a mental one, the previous owners had cut into the sides of the frame so as to fit the cabinets on the wall. Shawn and I ended up tearing out the old frame completely and starting from scratch. We bought some oak wood from Menards and painted it white. We also bought a miter saw from Home Depot (hallelujah for those gift cards we got at Christmas!) and got to take our first crack at angle cuts. As the saying goes, we measured twice and cut once. Well actually I measured like 16 times because I'm kind of neurotic and well, an OCD freak. We were surprised and actually quite impressed with our work. We have yet to fill the nail holes, sand the edges and touch up the paint but you can't tell all the from the picture so no one is the wiser.


This past Easter weekend was one of firsts. It was our first time driving the Camry to Iowa and it was also the first time Shawn and I got to meet Natalie Marie. In honor of these firsts, this posting will be our first to break away from Team DeBoer's house. Shawn and I took off Friday and spent the weekend grazing, celebrating my birthday, playing cards, doing the "March Madness" dance and all around having a great time with our families. Below are some of my favorite photos and yes, most of them are of the Cornstuble chitlens. They're just so darn cute!

The first is the newest, Miss Natalie Marie! She's such a good baby! I mean, I don't have anything to compare her to but she's the kind that make you want to have babies of your own... someday. Here she is as her usual happy self, smiling away!

Here's Miss Payton Rae. At six years old, she's grown up so much - literally! She'll be taller then me soon - but that doesn't take much. We haven't seen her in so long it was great to have her here with the whole family!

And here's Miss Ainsley Lee at three years old, taking on the roll as big sister! Speaking of roll, that's what she did, all weekend long! She was a somersaulting phenom and showed off a lot of her acrobatic skills.

Here Shawn's teaching Natalie how to play 500 - startin 'em young.

Okay so we weren't quite dancing in literal terms but fans of all ages were watching the tourney.

Here's all three girls in their beautiful Easter dresses, just after the big egg hunt.

Here's more girly girls in their matching outfits and matching smiles.

And here's my favorite picture because I'm a sucker for odd angles and black and white photography. Perfect.


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