Yes, I’m still doing this. Part 4 will be the last one (August). Blogging is hard, ya’ll. I’m thinking of maybe doing a “blog every day” challenge for myself in October to really try to get back in the habit. I was wrong about July having less photos, however. This will be much, much too long. Just skip this one, as fascinating as it may be. I’m sorry if it locked up your computer trying to load.
Stuff that happened in July (not necessarily in the order in which it happened):
I finally got the dining room cleaned out enough that we could have our first family meal in there together.
We had a Fourth of July party at our house.
I hosted a girls night in.
My friend Paula gave me this adorable dolphin wind chime as a housewarming gift:
My neighbors have a gorgeous house with a gorgeous pool and cabana. After describing it to my friends they had to climb our barbecue grill and check it out for themselves.
My neighbors totally busted them and were looking out the window at the ladies spying on them. I guess they weren’t offended because they have still been nice to me.
The boys and I went to Linger Lodge with our friends Ali and Molly.
Do not visit Linger Lodge if you hate taxidermy.
We went to the beach with a bunch of friends, stopping at a bait store first to buy Mack a new net.
Around the house, we finally got the blinds installed in the living room.
I made curtains for our living room window. This is probably my largest sewing project to date. I am very proud of these curtains.
I had the grout and tile in our kitchen professionally cleaned, and they did an amazing job (Groutworks…highly recommend). Before being cleaned, this grout was a dark grey color and the tile was also dark grey in all of it’s textured spots. It’s over 20 years old but it honestly looks brand new now.
Chad had the pool table refurbished. Chewie supervised.
I’m kind of obsessed with these GIFs that Google+ automatically creates when you take several photos of a similar scene.
I did a bunch of antiquing and shopping for the house and had fun decorating.
(chair from Target, now in the living room)
(chair from HomeGoods, also in the living room, serving as Chad’s desk chair)
(bird of paradise flower from our yard)
(lamp from an antique shop in Tampa, side table from Target, desk from my favorite vintage furniture store, Furnish Me Vintage, in downtown St. Pete)
The house continues to be a work in progress but the living room is now my favorite room and where I hang out most of the time.
We had a couple of swim meets.
I finally decided to sign up for Gwynnie Bee. It’s like Netflix for clothes (sizes 10 and up). Check it out. Tell them I sent you.
The boys and I went to the Cool Art Show at the coliseum (wearing a Gwynnie Bee dress).
We got to meet Mark Noll, the artist who did Chewie’s portrait, in person. He was displaying some of his amazing carvings and sculpture. Why didn’t I take a photo of that? Click here to see more of his work.
The boys went to Eckerd College All Sports camp.
They got their free Slurpees on 7/11.
Cal went to sleep-away camp for a week with his buddies.
We got Mack registered at his new school. When we moved we changed elementary school districts. Cal’s school program is a county-wide magnet, so he didn’t have to change schools.
The boys and I had a little photo shoot at Coffee Pot Bayou park.
I had a fun night out with my friend Ali. We started off with sushi at Ichiban.
(wearing another Gwynnie Bee dress)
Finally we went to a fashion show at ARTpool. This time it was Trashion Fashion, where all of the ensembles were created from upcycled materials. My friend Charlotte (of Charlotte Smiled) and her daughter were both artists and models at this show.
Good job ladies!
The models were all spread out throughout ARTpool giving us a preview of the show.
Ali’s daughter had a dress that she created on display in the store.
Of course we had VIP tickets…
with seats right at the end of the runway. That’s how we roll.
And now wayyyyy too many photos from the fashion show. Start speed-scrolling now.
Charlotte and her daughter take the runway…
There were so many artists at this show! It went on quite a long while. Just keep scrolling.
Whew. And that wasn’t even all of them! It was a great show. Afterwards we hung out in the ARTpool courtyard for a while.
Holy cow. That took forever. Here’s hoping that I didn’t take so many photos in August.