Tuesday, June 28, 2016

A Framed Magnetic Chalkboard

Happy Tuesday!

I wanted to be sure to swing by today to share this little big project of mine that I've had finished for a couple of months now...


Long story short, Henry needed a place in his room to practice his letters and words, draw pictures, more specifically to draw out his "garbage machines," as he would call them, all while being able to hang up his original works of art.

I immediately thought to myself, "magnetic chalkboard!"  The idea originally came from my sister's house, who, in her dining room, has half the wall painted with magnetic chalkboard paint.

It's pretty awesome and her kids love it!

I decided to make Henry a framed magnetic chalkboard so that we can move it around his room, especially since I have a slight case of OCD when it comes to furniture arrangement...in all rooms of the house...including his...I have problems...

Ahem.

Seriously though, I love this thing.  The kids love it, too!  It's so fun and soooo easy to make!

First of all, pick a size for your board.  I went with a 3x4 piece of plywood.  
There are smoother and lighter options out there.  Although, I needed specific dimensions and I wanted it to be large enough so that both kiddos could be drawing at the same time without have a sibling brawl for coveted space in front of the chalkboard. <insert nervous laughter here> ;)

Once you have your board picked out, be sure to check for staples or knots in the wood.  Find which side you plan to use.

You are now ready to paint - I highly suggest painting outside.

Like I said, this is a magnetic chalkboard, so I primed first with Rust-Oleum's Magnetic Primer Paint. I knew I'd be stirring quite a bit, so I put on safety goggles in case I stirred too quickly and some paint splatter got in my eye.  Safety first, right!?

This paint, after lots of stirring, should resemble the appearance of tar.  So stir, stir, stir.


I applied two coats of the Primer and let it dry.


After a couple hours, I applied the actual chalkboard paint, which was, Rust-Oleum Chalkboard Paint.  I was lucky to have some on hand over here, so I shook the can like I was preparing a martini, stirred it (despite what James Bond would have me do) and painted on two coats.


I needed a frame, so off to Home Depot I went.  While there, I spotted this barn wood.

Have you seen these?  

Have.You.Seen.These?!

Oh my stars, I was pumped - PUMPED, I say - to have found this barn wood in the store.  I knew I wanted these to be the framing around my newly painted plywood!

I had them cut to size by an employee at Home Depot.

Easy Peasy.


Luckily, Jon had bought me a nail gun for my birthday, so I had these boards nailed down in seconds.  Oh and can I just say how scary/fun it is to use a nail gun?!  It was intimidating, to say the least, but once you get going, it becomes exhilarating!  I'm sure Jon saw a side of me he's never seen before...

Think Tim the Toolman Taylor, with a ponytail.  Yeah.  Totally me.

Grunt and all.

Haha!

Okay, so - here it is!

Ta-Da!

What do you think?


Oh and here's some proof of my "nail gunning skills."  <---Yeah, it's a thing.


Stay tuned for a tour of Henry's bedroom, featuring this magnetic chalkboard!

Thanks for stopping by today, guys!

Marie :)

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Summer Home Tour - 2016

Hi guys and welcome to the Waterside Home Tour!

Today is an exciting day, because it's the first home tour that I've ever been asked to join as a participant of a week long home tour series!  Yay!  You guys, I couldn't be more thrilled...and not to mention, nervous!  I must say though, Emily, blogger extraordinaire over at Table and Hearth and designer/planner/architect of this amazing home tour series, has made me feel soooo comfortable amongst this amazing group of talented women.

Please be sure to join us throughout the week as we share our coastal homes, believe me, you'll be happy you did.  Oh and just to warn you, your Pinterest account will have several new pins...I can promise you that.  ;)


WATERSIDE SUMMER HOME TOUR - A tour of 16 gorgeous homes inspired by their neighboring coasts and shores!

So, if this is your first time visiting my blog - Welcome!

I'm Marie - Wife to Jon and Mommy to Henry (5) and Eliza (3).  We live in Michigan and come spring, when the snow and ice finally thaw, we're outside and out on the lake.

We like to ski, wakeboard, tube and swim.

As for our home decor - we like to mix the old with the new.  It's a lakehouse/farmhouse/cottage vibe going on in the inside and a nautical theme on the outside.

So, wakeboard to our dock, park your boat and come on over!

Waterside Summer Home Tour - 2016 - Family and the Lake House - www.familyandthelakehouse.com

Waterside Summer Home Tour - 2016 - Family and the Lake House - www.familyandthelakehouse.com

Welcome to our home.  Come on up!

Waterside Summer Home Tour - 2016 - Family and the Lake House - www.familyandthelakehouse.com

Take a seat and enjoy the view.

Waterside Summer Home Tour - 2016 - Family and the Lake House - www.familyandthelakehouse.com

Care for some lemon water?

Waterside Summer Home Tour - 2016 - Family and the Lake House - www.familyandthelakehouse.com

Waterside Summer Home Tour - 2016 - Family and the Lake House - www.familyandthelakehouse.com

I love these happy paper straws.  I buy them all the time - they're just too fun!

Sidenote:  Am I the only one who currently has a cute paper napkin and adorable straw collection?

Please tell me I'm not alone...  ;)

Waterside Summer Home Tour - 2016 - Family and the Lake House - www.familyandthelakehouse.com

Oh, and of course, our Michigan summer wouldn't be complete without our Michigan cutting board being put to good use.

Waterside Summer Home Tour - 2016 - Family and the Lake House - www.familyandthelakehouse.com

Come on out of the sun and let's walk over to our covered deck.

I love drinking an afternoon cup of coffee up here in this shaded space.  It's so relaxing and it's a blast to watch all the boat traffic go by, especially on the weekends!

Waterside Summer Home Tour - 2016 - Family and the Lake House - www.familyandthelakehouse.com

Welp, I suppose we should head inside and I'll show you around...

We have a little command center/mudroom/office off of the deck.  I call it our "moffice."  It's a drop center for everything...and I do mean, everything.  Hence the fact that I'm going to skip right on by this area and move on toward the kitchen.

Just close your eyes as you walk by and try not to step on a Lego...mmm-kay?!

Hey, just keeping it real here, folks. ;)

Waterside Summer Home Tour - 2016 - Family and the Lake House - www.familyandthelakehouse.com

Okay, so past the "moffice" is the kitchen.

Our vintage wooden oars stay up all year and for good reason.

A couple years ago I looked everywhere for these bad boys and when I eventually found these oars - while on vacation and at an old antique shop - I had decided I wasn't leaving without them.  While wearing a long maxi dress I carried both oars as I made the mile long journey back to our vacation rental.

It was no easy feat.

So, there they are - proudly displayed for all to see!

Waterside Summer Home Tour - 2016 - Family and the Lake House - www.familyandthelakehouse.com

Waterside Summer Home Tour - 2016 - Family and the Lake House - www.familyandthelakehouse.com

Next up is our dining space and it's the first place you see when you walk through our front door and it's the most frequented room in our home.  It sits back from the deck area, but it still makes for great lake viewing.

So many wonderful memories are made daily while gathered around this table.

Well, that is until Paw Patrol comes on the tv, then the kids beeline it to the couch...sippy cups in hand!

Waterside Summer Home Tour - 2016 - Family and the Lake House - www.familyandthelakehouse.com

I painted and stenciled these chairs about a year ago and I still loooove them!  They were inspired by, who else, but the amazing Joanna Gaines.

You can read more about these chairs here.

Waterside Summer Home Tour - 2016 - Family and the Lake House - www.familyandthelakehouse.com

As for our summer decor, nothing fits our home better than lots of lanterns and small vases to finish off the light and airy lakeside feel that I tend to lean toward when decorating this space.

Waterside Summer Home Tour - 2016 - Family and the Lake House - www.familyandthelakehouse.com

As we all know, dishes need to be washed and put away.  Luckily, we get a nice breeze that comes through the house from the lake.  It makes doing chores seem not so bad.  :)

Waterside Summer Home Tour - 2016 - Family and the Lake House - www.familyandthelakehouse.com

Let's venture on into the living room, shall we?

This space is currently my happy place.  I ordered this piece of furniture about four months ago and it just arrived this past weekend, so I'm beyond thrilled to be sharing it here on this home tour!  I literally just blogged all about it on Monday!  Feel free to read more about it here.  :)

Waterside Summer Home Tour - 2016 - Family and the Lake House - www.familyandthelakehouse.com

Waterside Summer Home Tour - 2016 - Family and the Lake House - www.familyandthelakehouse.com

I was able to style it a bit for this tour, although, I can tell you that the shelves already look different.  It's so fun to move around decor and change the look of this unit.  I've loved displaying our propeller, that scale, those baskets and some of our favorite books!

I'm obsessed.  Obsessed, I say.

Waterside Summer Home Tour - 2016 - Family and the Lake House - www.familyandthelakehouse.com

The lower cabinets are currently housing games, puzzles, photo albums and baby books.  It serves not only as an entertainment center, but also as a larger than life storage unit!

Why not, right?!

The more storage, the better!  Who's with me?!

Waterside Summer Home Tour - 2016 - Family and the Lake House - www.familyandthelakehouse.com

As for our mantel, I'm keeping it simple for now.  Yeaaaaaah, we'll see how long that'll last! ;)

Waterside Summer Home Tour - 2016 - Family and the Lake House - www.familyandthelakehouse.com

Waterside Summer Home Tour - 2016 - Family and the Lake House - www.familyandthelakehouse.com

There you have it!

Thanks so very much for stopping by my Waterside Home Tour today!

This tour was so much fun to put together!  

Happy summer, stay cool, breathe in deep and don't forget to enjoy a sunrise or two...

Waterside Summer Home Tour - 2016 - Family and the Lake House - www.familyandthelakehouse.com

Thanks again.  :)

Summer Wishes,

Marie :)

Monday, June 20, 2016

She's Here - Welcome Home, Sliding Barn Door White Entertainment Unit!

That's right.  We have a new addition in our lives, that of which we affectionately and otherwise refer to as, Bertha.

Welcome home, Bertha!

Sliding Barn Door White Entertainment Center Unit - Family and the Lake House - www.familyandthelakehouse.com

Let me give you a little history on this lovely lady...

Sliding Barn Door White Entertainment Center Unit - Family and the Lake House - www.familyandthelakehouse.com

About six months ago, Jon gave me the green light to order an entertainment center.  You guys, I'd been begging to get one fooooorever and it was finally time!  My mind was racing with ideas, especially after staring at the area and previous tv stand night after night while watching everything on Bravo PBS. ;)  As much as I wanted to order one from Pottery Barn or from somewhere off the internet, I just couldn't get a particular image out of my head.  

I drew up a quick sketch, thought about it some more and then drew up a couple more sketches.  By February I had finalized my sketch and had decided to take it to a woman named, Darci, who had just opened a "pop-up" shop in our downtown.  I had originally met her at a festival last September and  I remembered her saying that she worked with an Amish man who could build custom furniture for half the cost you'd pay elsewhere.

I was sold.

I eventually marched my booty into her store and nervously showed her my drawing.  My sketch wasn't the prettiest, but Darci could see it.  She saw my dream and she made it a reality.

Sliding Barn Door White Entertainment Center Unit - Family and the Lake House - www.familyandthelakehouse.com

Four months later, my small little sketch is now sitting in my living room, all thanks to an amazing woman named, Darci, the man who built it, Reuben, and his horse, Dory, who helped make the tools work.


All built by hand.  So cool.

Sliding Barn Door White Entertainment Center Unit - Family and the Lake House - www.familyandthelakehouse.com

Sliding Barn Door White Entertainment Center Unit - Family and the Lake House - www.familyandthelakehouse.com

I'm loving this piece and I can't believe it's mine.  I can't believe it's in my home.  It adds so much character and warmth to the room.  I'm in love.  In looooove with this furniture.

Stay tuned for my summer home tour coming this week.  I'll show you how I've styled her...so far.  ;)

Sliding Barn Door White Entertainment Center Unit - Family and the Lake House - www.familyandthelakehouse.com

Thanks so much for stopping by, Bertha says, "thank you," as well.

Talk to you soon, friends!

Marie :)

Monday, May 16, 2016

Knock Knock - Who's There? Barn Door!

Hey guys!  I'm here today to share with you our new barn door!  If you follow me over on IG, then you know by now that I won this amazing barn door by entering a contest hosted by A House and A Dog.  I remember showing Jon my Instagram entry and telling him about how much I wanted to win this door - something I don't normally do when entering online contests.

I wanted this thing and I wanted it baaaaaad!

A few days later, while checking out at Home Depot, of all places, I happened to glance down at my phone and saw lots of messages containing the word "congrats."

  Oh, my gosh, oh my gosh, oh my gosh!!  Had I won the door?!  

We hightailed it out of there, don't worry - we paid first ;), I checked my messages and wouldn't you know it, I won the barn door!  It felt like Christmas all over again!  Oh. EM. Geeeeeeeee!  I was pumped.  Jon was pumped...and the kids...well, I may have scared them with my over abundance of joy.

Anyhoo, thanks to Rustica Hardware and A House and A Dog, we are now proud owners of this lovely barn door!

Rustica Hardware Barn Door - www.familyandthelakehouse.com

Now I just need to figure out if I want a design in the bottom portion, an "X" or a "Z," and I need to research what kind of handle we should get.

 Hmm...decisions, decisions.

Suggestions?  What do you think?

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Winning this piece of happiness has also made me home in on our entryway.

That lonely light fixture, the blank wall, the lack of decor...  Yeah, I think we need to add a bit more pizzazz to the area.

So, stay tuned for an entryway overhaul...........it'll be done by 2025, I'm sure of it!  ;)

Rustica Hardware Barn Door - www.familyandthelakehouse.com

In the meantime, though, let's just sit here and stare and talk about how pretty that door is...mmmkay...

I'll be sitting right here...staring...just staring...

*sigh*

I'm in love...

Rustica Hardware Barn Door - www.familyandthelakehouse.com

Oh and just for fun, here's what it looked like before the install.  Check out my fun sunburst cedar shim mirror!  Guess I'll need to find a new place for that diy project!  

Sunburst Mirror - www.familyandthelakehouse.com

...aaaaaaaaaand back to the door...

;)

Rustica Hardware Barn Door - www.familyandthelakehouse.com

Thanks for stopping by today, friends!  If you need me, you'll know where to look.  ;)

Marie :)

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Henry turns 5.


This past Saturday, our little Henry turned five.

Our first born, our pride and joy, our sweet little 8 lb 6 oz bundle of joy is five...FIVE.

You guys, I have so many mixed emotions about this, but it is what it is and I tried my very best to not become the crazy/sad/happy/emotional mom last Saturday.  It was tough.

We tried for over a year to get pregnant with our little guy - lots of emotions, medication and a blighted ovum (another story for another day), but in late August of 2010, we found out we were pregnant and Jon and I were over the moon excited!

The pregnancy, labor and delivery were all a dream.  I'd do it all over again in a heartbeat.

On May 7, 2011, the best thing that had ever happened to us had occurred.  Our little Henry had arrived and boy-oh-boy, he was, and still is, amazing.  Sure, becoming a mother for the first time had its challenges, but my goodness, I wouldn't trade it for anything...ANYTHING in this world.

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My Henry,

I'm so proud of you.

You're a dream of a little boy and I'm so happy I get to be your Mom.

You have the kindest heart, the best hugs and the silliest jokes - although, most jokes usually revolve around poops and toots.

I can honestly say that I know that you're going to grow up to become a phenomenal man.  You're already learning that girls go first, you hold doors open for strangers and I'm sure you'll woe somebody someday with your pancake makin' skills.

But let's not jump that far ahead, yet.  Okay?  Please take your time growing.  I'm not finished snuggling with you yet and Eliza needs her playmate to stay young and busy.

Speaking of which, you're amazing with, "Ziza" as you often call her, and you're always trying to help her.  You encourage her and she encourages you.  Daddy and I are beyond thrilled that the two of you are together in this big ol' world.  We're so happy the two of have each other day-in and day-out.  You can be the best of friends and sure, at times you bicker, but it never lasts long and the two of you are always quick to forgive and back to being the best of friends.

Gosh you love her.

We call you our little, "Project Manager."  You're always telling us to build something.  Most times you're involved, but there are times when you watch over our shoulder and tell us, "good job" or "NO!  You're not doing it right!"  We try our best, baby boy...we try our best...

It seems as though your most common question is, "How?"  You're so intrigued with how things work and we must always provide an answer.  You always try your darndest to work out a problem in your head.

Your solution?  "Mom, I know!  We need scissors, cardboard and some tape!"

Whenever I go to the grocery store I always try to buy tape.  You looooove tape.  We've built so many things out of tape and cardboard.  We've built a huge cardboard RV equipped with a table, windshield wipers, a window, headlights and a steering wheel.  Still, you wanted more.  We've built cardboard slides, cardboard marble runs, a huge hardboard mailbox (including one that involved the shop vac), and even a cardboard car wash.  Cardboard for days!  Never in a million years would I have thought that I'd be building so many things out of cardboard, but Henry, you make it so fun!

You love playing with your sister, building forts out of the couch cushions, Legos, Paw Patrol, PJ Masks, driving the Barbie Car, funny jokes, a good magic trick, putting underwear on your head and socks on your hands and dancing naked while your little sister does the same.  You guys are nuts and Daddy and I LOVE it!  You love pancakes, bacon, sausage, the crunchy tips of asparagus.  You love chocolate milk shakes, chocolate doughnuts, chocolate steamers, chocolate candy...anything and everything chocolate.  You'll do anything for chocolate!

My hunny bunny, you're full of love.  So much love.  You love your sister, Mom and Dad, both sets of grandparents, cousins, aunts, uncles and friends...you love them all so very much.  You get along with everyone so well.  You're gentle and soft.  You always have been and I know, I know you always will be.

You're the best little boy.  You're the sweetest little boy.  You're my favorite little boy.

You're my beating heart.

Oh, how are you five already?  Gone are the infant and toddler days.  You are ending your pre-schooler days, and while I'm not ready...at all...I must say that I'm anxiously excited for our next chapter together.  The chapter you'll be entering as a school-aged boy.  Oh my Henry, you have so much to offer and I can't wait for the the world to see it.  You'll move mountains...I know you will.

I love you so much it hurts.

To the moon and back, hunny...to the moon and back.

Forever and always,

Mom

Sunday, May 1, 2016

The Monthly Meet Up

Happy first day of May, everyone!  I'm back from a week long blogging hiatus and I must say it feels good to be back on the ol' blog again.  :)

As many of my fellow bloggers may know by now about two weeks ago one of our favorite bloggers had some issues regarding her blog content and privacy being comprised.

It pretty much freaked me out and I've since been very quiet on this bloggity blog of mine as well as over on Instagram.

So, here I am with a few new plans for my blog on this month's edition of The Monthly Meet Up.



This month...

...my blog will likely see more diy/home decor posts and less of the kiddos.  I'm still hoping to provide updates on our daily lives somehow on here.  I'm trying to figure out how to incorporate our day-to-day into this little space of mine without jeopardizing my comfort level.

After all, this Saturday will be Henry's fifth birthday and how do I not blog about that - right?  It's a milestone!  I've already not blogged about his Kindergarten registration and my blog feels a little sad because I didn't post anything about it.

Does anyone want to start a weekly, "Real Life" type of link up?

Perhaps once a week would work perfectly?

Thoughts?

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... I'll be starting a weekly home tour in the next couple of weeks similar to that of the amazing, Lindsay over at Lindsay's Sweet World.  Seriously, check out her house, it's amazing!  

I figured this would be a great opportunity to show all ya'll more of my home as well as get some new content up on my "Home Tour" page.

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...I'm going to attempt to blog 2-3 times a week in hopes to place myself on an intentional schedule.

We'll see how that'll go - but by golly, I'm going to try!

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Have you changed the way you're blogging these last couple weeks?  Please, do tell.  :)

Thanks for stopping by, guys!

Marie :)



Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Weekending

Hey guys!  I hope you had a beautiful weekend.  Ours was busy, fun, and not to mention - exciting!

See this photo right here?

This is the official picture of spring at our house and it happened last Thursday!

This is a picture of our lift and dock being put in the water, which means "lake time" has officially commenced!

Woo-Hoo!


Okay, so now back to the rest of the weekend!

On Friday afternoon the kids and I met up with another Mommy and her little boy, Reid, who we've known since he was 18 months or so, to celebrate his 5th birthday.  The awesome Sara, from The Hayes Homestead, and her adorable kiddos were also there to whoop it up!

We met up at Pizza Hut for pizza (obviously) followed by super hero cupcakes and matching rings!

Great start to the weekend if you ask me.


After meeting up with some friends we headed to my sister's house for our nephew's 5th birthday celebration!  Oh yeah!  Two parties in one day - which also meant two different cakes in one day!

Yes!

Henry and his big cousin, Christian, (who's only about one month older ;) ) have been the best of friends since birth and I can't believe they're both five this year...

My-oh-my does time fly...



After some delicious ice cream cake we headed outside to burn off some energy.

Lucky for us, Captain America, the goalie, showed up.


The next morning ended up being absolutely beautiful (a complete 180 from the weekend before) and we had another birthday party to attend.  We had a little time to burn before the party began so we ventured over to the cutest little town in the middle of our state, Frankenmuth.  I grew up relatively close to this area and it's still fun to go and visit every so often.  

Have you ever heard of Bronner's Christmas Wonderland, The World's Largest Christmas Store (located in Frankenmuth)?  If not, it's a sight to be seen and you should definitely add it to your travel bucket list!
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Oh and don't even get me started on Eliza's shoes.  We bought them for Disney and as fun and cute as she is when she wears these shoes, I'm over them - especially when I have a cute little outfit for her to wear, but she demands on wearing these shoes.

Grow out of them already...  Sheesh...



We walked around for a bit and kept ourselves entertained...and if you know me at all, you know I'm easily entertained.

Oh my gosh, her little face...


Oooooh and look at these cute "hamburger" chocolates.  I may have to attempt these.


While walking around the downtown Jon and I spotted an adorable coffee shop and decided caffeine was in order.  We happened to find this cute little play area under the steps for the kids to play in...isn't it awesome?!

Shouldn't all restaurants have something like this?

Where do I sign a petition?


Birthday party time!

My brother and sister-in-law threw a dinosaur themed birthday party their son, Jack, and I must say, it was on point.

Check out this cake her sister made!


...and this watermelon dinosaur!

Cute, right!


After filling our bellies with yummy food, we then played for a bit while we waited for everyone to finish up eating.

Time to be adorable...





Cake time!  ....aaaaaaand a photo bomber....


After some delicious cake and opening of presents, Jon and I packed up the kiddos and decided to go out to dinner...yeah, we're pigs.  Seriously.  I feel like we're always eating.

We drove for about an hour to one of our favorite Middle Eastern restaurants in Flint, yes, Flint...

Trust me, the food is sooooo good and we always end up eating waaaay too much - it's pretty much the best food EVER!

After dinner we did our usual routine of putting the kids in their pajamas and brushing their teeth in the restaurant parking lot before our long ride home.
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On Sunday I attended a painting party with some of the best company ever, one of which was my girl, Sara.

I was, as usual, probably too loud and overly excited to be amongst other woman for three uninterrupted hours.

They put up with me.  They have to.  I know where they live...

#kiddingnotkidding

#kidding

#maybeI'mkiddingmaybeI'mnot

#nowIjustsoundcreepyanddesperate


This is me pretending to be awesome...


Look at that focus...that concentration...


...........aaaaaand this is what really went down.

I ended up a little frustrated at one point and not knowing what to do, so I gave in to a cookie.

Anyone else out there eat their feelings?


FYI - the sign turned out (whew), in fact all the signs were fabulous and I can't wait for our next painting par-tay!
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After three hours of eating cookies painting I returned home and Jon asked if he could go for his first ski ride of the season, you know because it was snowing last weekend and now it wasn't.  I mean, who cares that the water was probably something like 40 degrees, but whatevs, I was an awesome wife-y and took that man for a ski ride!

Marie for the win!


The kids were excited to watch Daddy!

Well, Eliza couldn't really see at first, but no worries, she re-positioned her hat!


Happy Husband, right here, folks.

It was the perfect ending to a busy weekend and a perfect beginning to a long week!


Happy sunny days, friends!

Marie :)

I'm linking up with BLoveBoston for her Weekending Link Up Partaaaaay
 
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