Friday, May 31, 2013

From My Front Porch ~ May 31, 2013

from my front porch

Welcome back to my new blog series, From my Front Porch, where I share weekly updates from my home and family. My hope is that you'll fix yourself a cup of coffee or tea, or perhaps even a glass of lemonade, and imagine us sitting together on my front porch, chatting about life and catching up on the latest news!  I hope you'll join me each Friday on My Front Porch!  

Around the House

Alan and the boys tackled the garage last weekend. What a big job!  They really worked hard sorting through stuff and did a fabulous job fitting everything in and getting it all organized!  Want to see a sneak peek?  Here's the garage:

Yes, we have a whole family of bicycles!  ;)

And here's the storage room. Alan and Josh designed and built a platform and have stored boxes and furniture from Tiffany's old apartment on top and have organized all the lawn equipment underneath!  Brilliant idea, if you ask me!  :)

Unfortunately, while cleaning/organizing the garage, they found several boxes of stuff for me to sort through, which all got stacked in my bedroom, of course!  :(  It felt like a major step backwards, but of course, progress is sometimes like that!  I've been working my way through those boxes, and have found homes for some items, filled the dumpster with others, and taken some loads to the thrift store/consignment shop.  I hope to finish sorting through those extra boxes this week!

Now it is time to resume our house tour with the "heart of the home" -- the kitchen!  The kitchen is definitely the "star of the show" in this house with its high-tech induction cooktop, two dishwashers, double ovens, breakfast area with bay window, and beautiful plus functional design!  I am so blessed to have this amazing kitchen!!  I absolutely Love it!  :)  

Well, that's it for the kitchen!  What did you think?  Next week we will hang out in my family room for awhile, as we continue on the tour of my new house!

Family News

If I thought I was busy when all of my children were young, I had no idea what the future held!!  Last weekend was one of those weekends that only large families can really relate to! Our house was bursting at the seams with people coming and going and bubbling over with activity! 

First of all, Tay's friend, Jimmy was here visiting for the weekend. Then Tyler returned to get ready for summer school, after being at his house in another part of the state for the last couple weeks. We attended special meetings at our church on Friday and Saturday nights, plus we squeezed in a big birthday bash for Taylor after the church service on Saturday night! We also worked on projects around the house, squeezed in a couple beach excursions, invited some friends from church to join us for our celebrations, and said good-bye to Joe!!  Whew!  We sure know how to pack a lot into one weekend!  :)

Here are some pictoral highlights of our jam-packed weekend:  

This handsome guy is my oldest son, Taylor, who was celebrating his 23 years with a delicious birthday meal of grilled steak, baked sweet potatoes, sauteed cabbage with bacon and a huge salad, served on the red You are Special plate, of course!  :)

This is Jimmy and Me, celebrating our victory over the cheesecake pan, after it put up quite a fight!  ;)  (It didn't want to let go of that cheesecake!)

Tay giving some perspective to the situation!  ;)

Finally  -- the moment Tay had been waiting for since last May!

Ahh! Nothing more delicious than this amazing cheesecake!  :) 

This is Josh and Joe "singing" George Washington's Bridge as off-key as possible!  (A long-standing family tradition started by my father and heroically carried on by Tay, Josh and Joe!!)  

This was the moment I dreaded all weekend -- having to say good-bye to Joe, who went ahead and moved to Florida to find a job and start establishing residency in FL before his wedding in June.  He is living with Abby's brother until the "big day."  Very. Sad. Day. for. Me. (Don't let that smile fool you!  I wasn't smiling on the inside!)  ;)


Not only is Joe a "handsome hunk," he is also easy-going, FUN, smart, gentle, patient and the resident higher Math, Chemistry and Physics experts! He has literally spent hours patiently explaining difficult Algebra concepts to Hannah and Chris! So, you can see why he has left a gaping hole in our house! We are all missing our "Jones!"  :(

In other news this week, Tyler took the kids fishing at a nearby pond and Bethany caught her first bass!  She was so excited!

Matt hooked several bass of his own, before getting hooked himself!  Yes, he ended up with a fish hook embedded in the top of his head!!  :(  

I took Matt to get a tetanus shot, after spending 3 frustrating hours with Hannah at the Department of Driver Services, wading through red tape so she could get her Learner's Permit!  


It was a LONG and STRESSFUL morning, and we came home to this:    

One of Tiffany's piano students plowed into the boys' special and highly-prized basketball goal, while backing out of our driveway, and pretty much destroyed it.  :(  Can it be fixed?  The jury is still out on that question.  

Well, that was my week -- the good, the bad, the happy, and the sad.  How was your week??

If you have time, please drop by my dear friend, Lori's blog.  She blogs from the front porch of her cozy little log cabin nestled in the woods of the South Carolina mountains.  You will enjoy her warm and witty writing style!  Tell her that Elizabeth sent you!  :)

Please join me again next Friday on my front porch!!

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Carol said...

Hi Elizabeth - Brandie once said after coming home for a long weekend while she was away at college, "Momma, I don't like coming home." I was sad to hear her say this. "Why?" She replied, "Every time I come home, I have to leave. I hate leaving!" So true.

busymomof10 said...

My kids have said the exact same thing when they have come home from college. They saying coming home is hard because it just makes them miss home more! That's a good thing really!

Christin Morris said...

Sounds like a busy weekend!! Glad you got to enjoy your precious family. I know I'm not really ready for mine to move away, unless they plan to move next door (that's what Micaiah has planned when she grows up). And I'm totally down with that!! I enjoyed our visit, looking forward to next Friday :)

Christin Morris said...

Sounds like a busy weekend!! Glad you got to enjoy your precious family. I know I'm not really ready for mine to move away, unless they plan to move next door (that's what Micaiah has planned when she grows up). And I'm totally down with that!! I enjoyed our visit, looking forward to next Friday :)

Elizabeth said...

Thanks for stopping by Christin!!

Laura Lane said...

How on earth do you keep everything looking so picture perfect?

With a wonderful family like yours, too!

Harvest Lane Cottage

busymomof10 said...
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busymomof10 said...

It's a constant battle . . . and I clean it up before taking a picture, of course! ;)

Gena at said...

Those bikes look great. We have GOT to do something about ours. We have the same number as yours and they're just lying on the garage floor! :)

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