Archive for the ‘DIY’ Category

Picking Strawberries

Saturday, May 12th, 2018

This morning, we took the kids out to Elliott Farms in Lizella to pick strawberries.

Rilianne is at the perfect age for this kind of stuff. She LOVES animals and she LOVES strawberries!

Did I mention that we also LOVE fresh strawberry ice cream?

We took home over 3 pounds of fresh strawberries, which were mostly gone an hour later.

Pool Lights

Saturday, June 3rd, 2017

I recently completed a small backyard upgrade — string lights over the pool. These are not the $15/strand lights you might see at Target. These are commercial-grade string lights.  They look awesome at night!

I know the HOA isn’t happy about them, but we’ll see how that goes!

Landscaping Update

Saturday, August 20th, 2016

Remember my 2015 landscaping project (pre-baby)? The curbing is finally installed and painted and that side of the house looks great again!





Playhouse Staining

Sunday, March 6th, 2016

This weekend, I tackled the much-deferred project of staining the playhouse. Yes, that playhouse.

My stepfather constructed the playhouse as a gift for Tristan’s second birthday. Over the last 10+ years, the condition has deteriorated. I’ve been working to restore it so that Rilianne can enjoy it.  The weather has been perfect for the last two weekends so last Sunday I pressure-washed it and today I stained most of it. I still need to go back and do a little touching up. Hopefully by her first birthday it will be back to its original glory!

The left side in progress:


The right side before:


The right side after:


The Rube Goldberg Project

Thursday, February 25th, 2016

Mackenzie and her friend Jenna have been working on a Rube Goldberg project. Basically, they build a contraption out of simple machines (like levers, screws, pullies, inclined plane, etc.)  The goal was to open an umbrella.

They did a great job and scored a 100 on the project!  This morning, I met them at the Museum of Aviation so they could show off their contraption to other schools.



Some of the kids had a lot more parental assistance with their projects. Obviously these contraptions were not created by 4th graders!


Fence Painting

Saturday, July 25th, 2015

Over the last few Saturdays, I’ve been working on staining the front sections of my fence.  I hired Tristan to power wash about 50 linear feet or so. It was a challenge because Tristan lacks the attention to detail, but he eventually got the job done.  And, he had fun playing in water!





School Desk Rehabilitation

Thursday, May 7th, 2015

A few years ago, a small movie studio decided to shoot some scenes in Macon, Georgia. They sent several props to an old garage, including a room full of old school desks. The studio went bust and the movie was never filmed and the props were never retrieved. Now, the garage is closing after over 100 years in business. I knew they had several old desks remaining so I asked for a few.


The desks were fairly clean, but underneath there was lots of 30+ year old chewing gum. I wanted to restore one of the desks as a gift to my niece.  Removing the chewing gum was, by far, the worst part.


I didn’t take many pictures during the process, but this is the finished product. The desk top is painted with chalkboard paint, so she can write directly on it.  The desk has been sanded and repainted and I gave it a U.G.A. theme since both my sister and her husband are alumni.





I think it turned out pretty good!  I have two more desks to do. Kimberlie wants me to refurbish one for Rilianne, but I’m pretty sure I can procrastinate on that for a little while!

Baby Bed Purchased!

Sunday, January 25th, 2015

On Black Friday, Target had all of their gift cards for 10% off. I knew at some point we would need baby furniture and about three times each year Target runs a baby sale where you get the mattress for free when you buy the crib. I bought lots of gift cards and waited for the next cycle. I knew it would be sometime in January.

This morning, I opened the newspaper and there was the sale I was waiting on!

So, after church we went to our local Target. Of course, they didn’t have the crib or the mattress in stock. So, we drove to Macon to purchase a set.  Unfortunately, after getting to my car, we realized the box was too big for the car!  Now my unlucky CR-V has been in three accidents and even left me stranded a mere 24 hours earlier, but I have never found anything that I can’t transport in the car.  After trying to find someone nearby with a truck, we decided to unbox the bed and get it in somehow.

The bed took up the entire back of the CR-V and there was no room for the kids to ride home! I couldn’t leave them in Macon so they basically squeezed into the floorboard.  On the way home I tried to calculate how many tickets I would receive if I were to be pulled over: 2 kids not in seats, 2 kids not in seat belts, the back window being completely blocked, and of course whatever the reason I was originally pulled over for.

When we got home, I decided that I might as well put the stupid bed together since it was already out of the box. It occurred to me that I had never put together a new baby bed before.  Tristan and Mackenzie used the same baby bed that my sister and I used. Unfortunately, it was damaged about 5 years ago when we had a plumbing catastrophe at the old house.

Mackenzie snapped this photo of me putting the bed together. Then, her monkey spent a little time snoozing in it.

More Painting

Saturday, July 20th, 2013

Just when I say I’m never painting again, I decided to coat my garage floor at the new house. It didn’t take too long and it looks awesome. Check out the before and after pictures below.



More Moving

Friday, July 19th, 2013

We had the last big items moved to the new house today: the kid’s playhouse and train. Due to the size and weight, we had to hire a local company, Backyard Basics, to come in and help. The only other item we have paid to have moved so far is a piano. This move was 90% do-it-ourselves.

It was not fun. It was hot and as soon as we got started the building at work lost power. Of course, I was stuck at the old house with no internet or any way to help bring things back online when power was restored. Their trailer, however, is awesome. It’s remote-controlled and can shift, bend, lift, etc. I want one!

You can imagine what this looked like going down highway 41. I’m sure it got some stares as it made its way through our new neighborhood as well!

I’ll post some pictures of the backyard once we get everything situated. I need to build a new track for the train to sit on because over the last few years the old one has succumbed to the elements.  Hopefully I’ll have it all done soon.