Wednesday, April 23, 2014


Hi all!  We had a wonderful Easter this year!  My parents and little brother got to visit for the weekend!  I have a lot of pictures to share, so I tried to put them in order!  On Good Friday, Aaron and I drove to the Wichita Airport and picked up the crew.  We had to make a pit stop at Braum's for an ice-cream snack!  Friday was a beautiful day so we decided to grill out!  I have the best grill-master around!!!  He made delicious teriyaki chicken and asparagus.   

Friday evening we got out the song books and did some guitar pickin' :)  The mandolin and electric bass made an appearance as well!

My family loved meeting Casey Boy!  He also loved all of the attention and extra walks (2 a day)!  We walked around the Hesston Arboretum a few times over the weekend.

My little brother has a hobby of climbing trees, so of course, if we couldn't see Phil anywhere we could just look up!

Saturday we woke up, had breakfast, and jumped in the truck to tour Hesston and Newton.  We bought Marigolds at the Nursery, visited my Preschool, stopped at Walmart for curtain fabric, checked out the Hesston and Newton library (Hesston was the favorite by far!), had Wendy's for lunch by the river, and toured some of the Billings' properties. Vesper was a hit!  Good job Billings men!

I had to add a picture of our Sugar Snap Peas!  Ahh!!!  I am so excited to eat these!

Phil found the painting supplies in the office, so Aaron joined him and we now have 3 new paintings in our home!

I put mom to work on hemming our guest room curtains and making new curtains for our newest guest room.  I had the tiniest tape measure and sewing machine (that was missing pieces) and so we had to borrow a machine from a friend in town.  Thanks Rachel! :)

My classroom door!  

Tiny furniture! ha!  Do you see the hand-print bumble bees in the background??  They are so cute!

Easter Sunday we attended Whitestone Mennonite Church.  We enjoyed seeing the church's newly renovated sanctuary and letting dad play the "Mennonite Game".  

Oh, we did a lot of baking and cooking!  Mom made us two loaves of bread, cookies, cake, and she helped me make Easter dinner!

I had to add a picture of the front of the house with the pot of Marigolds and the pretty bush that is blooming!!  We love Spring!

On Monday morning my Mom came to help me out at school!  The kids just loved mom and had her read books during center time, and she was so kind to hold their hands and love on them a little!  They asked about her on Tuesday.  "Where is your mom today?  Why didn't she come back?"  Melted my heart!  My  dad and Phil studied at the Hesston library Monday morning, on their own will.  Phil had exams this week and so we thank him for traveling even though he was busy with the books!  Dad always has history projects, books, or school work to work on.  I think libraries are his favorite place to be :)

Needless to say, we LOVED having the Yoders here and wish we could have visitors more often!  Happy Easter everyone!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Final Kitchen Remodel Pictures!

It turned out just like we imagined with new appliances, countertop, sink, and finally our AWESOME backsplash! Check out the UGLY wallpaper that was hidden in our kitchen.  The stone is called, Air Stone, and it is just applied with adhesive.  We liked this option because it really does look like real stone, and we didn't have to grout it!

It was like putting a puzzle together.  
The goal was to keep the seams from meeting, and we succeeded!  

My husband is an excellent carpenter, electrician, plumber, and all around handyman.  I'd say that he could come fix up your house, but I'm gonna keep him around here :)

Monday, April 7, 2014

Guest Room Remodeling

Hi everyone!  We have been really busy getting our guest rooms ready for the Yoder family to come visit us!  Upon the purchase of a new bed spread, we decided to paint!  I'll first start by showing you the old pictures of each room.  Here's the old guest room.    

Casey's room (the blue room) once stood empty and lacking attention, and has quickly become a cute little room!  Casey's room was very blue and the picture on the left didn't do the color justice, so I put the picture on the right up so you can see more of the blue color. ha!  We desperately needed to spruce this room up!

We decided to paint both rooms light gray, named "nimbus cloud".  I love how it turned out!!!  Aaron picked out the beautiful art piece above the bed.  It fits so perfect!!  The sunflowers add the perfect color of yellow!

Next up is Casey's room remodeled!  I seriously can't decide which room is my favorite!  

Here's a close up on the art in Casey's room!  DIY maps of each of our home towns - Hesston & Harrisonburg.  We love these maps!  

A special thanks to the Billings parents for some great looking furniture that we found in the B & B garage :)  We were looking for ways to cut the budget a bit and this totally helped!  Also, new curtains for each room are coming soon!  My mom will hopefully whip something up when she visits at Easter.  Stay tuned for pictures of the new (stunning) backsplash in the kitchen!! 
-The Happy Home Owners :)