Category: Harris Home Improvements

banana hatin’

I hate bananas. HATE. Despise. HATE. Gag. I don’t remember ever liking them.

But since I am SUCH a good mother, I decided that I should give bananas to Rory. Even if I gagged just thinking about feeding them to her. Even if I gagged soooo badly when I opened up the jar. I sacrificed my well being for the sake of my child. (helloooo dramatic!)

I decided that I shouldn’t hate, I should participate. No hatin’, just appreciatin’. You get the picture?!

Her reaction to the bananas????

I didn’t catch it accurately on camera, but it was a full body gag. I mean her shoulders went up, her neck poked out, and she opened her mouth while making an awful noise. She HATED it. I gave it to her several times and she gagged everytime.

Am I a bad mother for secretly being glad she doesn’t just love them????

So I cleaned her up from those awful bananas and she was happy.

Have I told y’all that her new favorite thing is to blow bubbles and spit with her tongue??

Its especially wonderful with food in her mouth!

So Rory’s old bedroom had this beautiful window:

As soon as we saw this house and fell in love, we knew her bedroom would be in this room. It was a princess room, afterall.

Except that it is so bright in her room in the mornings. The sun rises on that side of the house and it GLOWS in there. So Rory woke up EARLY.

And so we decided to switch bedrooms because she was sleeping in when she wasn’t in her bedroom. (Sleeping in = 7 am instead of 5:30) We actually like her room even better now! All the stuff fits in there better because its smaller and the scale works better with her decorations.

Now I’m sure you all are wondering what in the world a snowboard is doing up in her room… (as was I).

I actually won the snowboard (which is so ironic because fact is, I am the worst snowboarder ever and I hate it so much). And since Andy is amazing at snowboarding he decided we should keep it for Rory. I thought that meant putting it in the shed or in the attic. Apparently not. But I will leave it because I think its so cute that he thought it out enough to put it on display.

And here are a couple of pictures just because she’s cute. I love these little shorts/tshirts sets.

oh the difference a few things will make

As I told you in my previous post, Andy and I bought a new bed for our anniversary present to each other. Well we got it in yesterday and it is GORGEOUS! I’m so happy with it! Here are a few pictures of our new bed.

wait! is that a baby on the bed?!

yep! little stinker loves to sit in the middle of all the pillows!

I also got this mirror for our room for only $22!

I’m pretty sure I haven’t posted a picture of Rory’s room so I thought I’d do that today! In our house in Pineville we painted it so cute and absolutely adored her room. Then we had to move and it was so sad. We love her room here too and maybe one day we’ll get around to painting it. I personally think its a beautiful room fit for a little princess!

This was her room before we added curtains.

And here are the new curtains- definitely needed these to add some color and to block out some sun.

here’s a pic of the bow holder I made on the wall

weekend update: wonderful weekend at home

*Warning: Lots of cute pictures to follow. This might be a rather long post.*

On Friday morning I woke up to laughs, squeels, and lots of “talking” over the monitor. I go into Rory’s room to find this:

Thats right. She’s turned completely around from the way I put her and is holding a baby doll. Who knows how this happened, but she sure was happy about it.

“Hey Mom, see what I’m doing! I’m playing! I love mornings!”

Rory and I ran errands and played at home all day on Friday. Andy came home early and we went on a family date! Rory is so good at waiting on us to get ready- especially when Disney is on!

Then on Saturday morning we went shopping! Our 6th anniversary is coming up, so we decided to get a new bed for our present to each other. (I will post pictures when the bed comes in!)  We decided that Rory should debut her new Osh Kosh overalls. Well she just looked so cute we had to have a mini photo shoot!

“I know Mom’s going to post this on the blog, so I’ll smile real big for everybody and show how cute I am!”

Anyone else think I’ve got a mischievous little stinker on my hands?!!!!!

“you talkin’ to me?!”

“Hey, y’all!”

After we picked out a bed and were done shopping, we came home to wash cars and do some yard work! Rory slept most of the time, but when she woke up she hung out with us outside.

“Y’all need to pay attention to me over here!”

“I love being outside!”

“Okay, I’m over it. Its SO HOT out here!”

After another nap we headed out to Walmart and a couple of other places. Andy dressed her and she looked so cute/so hilarious.

“Okay, I’m going to try ignoring them again to get them to stop taking pictures.”

I picked out the colors for our bathroom and got all excited… so I had the bright idea to see if the wallpaper would come down easy or not. Why did Andy allow me to start this project? (Thats right, its Andy’s fault!! ha!) Anyways- we are almost done with taking it down now. On to painting this week! Here’s the before picture with the wallpaper:

Tore down that wallpaper only to find…

More wallpaper! Oh it just can’t be easy, can it?!

I believe Andy deserves some praise right now for putting up with my impatience and helping out with the bright ideas I have.

And Rory is just happy to play on the bed looking at the fan and sometimes watching the TV.

What a wonderful weekend! Now to watch the LOST series finale!

Have a great week!

The Big Reveal: New Kitchen

Finally, finally, finally! We are done! Are you ready for this?!!!!

I’ll start by refreshing your memory of the old kitchen. I thought I had better pictures and am mad at myself for not taking more before pictures of the kitchen. These are pictures from our home inspection that we took before we moved in.

And here is the new and improved, oh-so-beautiful kitchen!!!!!!

How do you like it?! Any comments, suggestions, etc are more than welcome! I’d love to hear what you think!

here we go again

Andy and I enjoy moving and starting new adventures. We’ve done it a lot so I’m guessing its a good thing we’ve enjoyed it, ha! The one thing that IS hard though- actually its THE hardest thing about moving- is finding a new church. So here we go again on the Great Church Hunt.

I’ve been brought up as a pastor’s child so I realize I’m extremely picky. Andy points this out everytime we go to church and afterwards I say things like “I wish they did this or that like my Dad”. Yes, I know its wrong. Yes, I know my Dad is a super star preacher and its extremely hard to find someone as amazing as he is. Yes, I realize I’m a little biased to my awesome dad. Yes, I have to just get over it and learn to enjoy other pastors and churches and not compare. I mean, come one, I’ve been out of my dad’s church for almost six years- you’d think I’d be over it by now! But everytime we move and start looking for churches the same thing happens and I start to compare. Even though its wrong. I’m trying to change, I really am.

Let me tell you something though. Even though we didn’t really like the church we went to this past Sunday, I realized how nice it was to leave Rory in the nursery. I know, I know. Call me a bad mom, I don’t even care! We have ZERO babysitters here and when we left her with three grandmothers in the nursery it was wonderful. We went into the sanctuary and sat down in the pew and both sighed and just relaxed. Andy put his arm around me and said, “Well, this is kinda like a date.” HA! How pathetic are we?! It was fantastic to sit for an hour and a half (yes it was long.) and not have to worry one bit about her crying in church or about the quality of care. Sigh. Just Wonderful.

Here is me and Rory all ready for church- her dress is way too short for church but she had to wear that dress before she grew out of it! 🙂

sorry its the best picture we got- she was busy looking at the ceiling fan

In other news- the wallpaper in the kitchen is GONE! What’s that?! Y’all want a picture of the pink hearts so that you can cringe a little???

Goodbye pink hearts and pink plaid! This next weekend we’re going to be painting and I am SO ready. Next week I’ll reveal the new kitchen! We’re also painting the living room and office, but we aren’t doing those until the kitchen is completely done.