Our new Verona

Our new Verona

Monday, March 3, 2014


Monday, March 3, 2014
I can't believe that  2 days ago, we celebrated one year of being in our new home. Where does the time go? It seriously feels like we just moved in. We are settling in nicely but can't wait for Mother Nature to get this snow out of her system so that we can plant pretty things and watch them grow.  The best part about our new home has been our neighbors.  Everyone is so friendly, baby girl has tons of friends and we feel a real sense of a cohesive community here. 
Ryan is in phase 2 of development since ours has been sold out since November.  Before the weather go real bad, there was lots of ground breaking activity about a mile away from our house.  We should see a few of the new homes going up in April.  I love that they are not very close to our house yet we will still be able to see them.  The prices have gone up by almost $70K!!!! Thank God for his  time, grace and mercy. Be well everyone

Sunday, February 23, 2014


Sunday February 23, 2014

Happy New Year everyone!! I have been off the radar for a while and for that I'm sorry.  Life has been a hamster wheel but we are safe and blessed so I really can't complain too much. I'm probably stating the obvious here when I say, "ENOUGH WITH THE SNOW ALREADY!!!" I'm so over it I could scream.  Between the shoveling, school delays,  school cancelations, and cabin fever, I've just about had it.  When spring is sprung if I hear any complaints about allergies or heat I will scream.  Just suck it up and enjoy the coming of spring and that's all.  

Yesterday and today bought unseasonably warm temperatures so we were out and about trying to get crusted salt off our cars so I thought I would take some pics of our latest projects.  We had the deck expanded, added a fence around the perimeter of the yard and a rail for the porch.  The company did a great job even when they worked in below freezing temperatures. Because of all the construction, pardon the dirty driveway, mud and dust.  They will have to stay put until spring has sprung and I can get out the power washer.  I love all the new additions and can't wait until we can actually get outside long enough to really enjoy them. 

Deck expanded to 20X15 bring on the BBQ!!
Pardon the furniture piled beneath...ugh
Other side of the house is in full view

New Fence; Right side
Left side from the rear of the house
Front of the House


Porch rail

Sunday, September 22, 2013


Thursday, September 19, 2013

Hi there bloggers.  So sorry for the lengthy absence.  The summer has been insanely busy and the start of the school year has not slowed down one bit.  With baby girl starting kindergarten, it's never a dull moment around here.  Wanted to share the latest addition, the kitchen back splash.  Enjoy.

Attempt at a panoramic shot

Tuesday, June 4, 2013


Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Hello Ryan blog family! It's been a while since my last post. All is well and we are enjoying our home. We've spent lots of time in the yard since the end of April. We dug up some of the shrubs we hated and added some annuals and rose climbers.  We also added some lavender for sweetness. We'll see how they blossom throughout the summer.  We have grass...weeeee. Now is it perfect? no; is it all the same color? no; do I have patches that need help? yes.  We cut the grass for the first time this weekend and, it's coming along.  I have been a watering, seeding, fertilizing fool.  Hopefully I can get some more garden soil and seed out on the trouble spots this weekend.  Here are some pics.  Side bar...my neighbors put up a wall...I mean fence.  Comments please :)

Can you see where Comcast dug through the lawn? I'm still in recovery

Glimpse of the fence

Those shrubs were originally in the front of the house....transplanted

Ok, yes....I know it's streaky but it's coming. My spreader is on crack

This patch needs some love for sure


Sunday, April 28, 2013


Sunday, April 28, 2013

It's hard to believe that we are creeping up on our 2 month mark that we have been in our new home.  We are still settling in, meeting new neighbors, and getting used to new commute times and routes.  I sympathize greatly with M's posting about the lawn. Our lawn was seeded a couple of weeks ago and we are just beginning to see new growth germinating. Time will only tell if we'll get enough coverage to block out the rocky ground beneath. We had a rock hound come through but there's still a huge amount of rock imbedded in the ground.  I planted some flowers in front of the house, just praying they'll transplant well and not get the rock choke out.  

There are now 12 homes going up at different stages in the neighborhood.  So far, all the different models and elevations are blending in with one another beautifully.  There's one more Verona that we can see going up...yay, we are not alone.  The home going up in front of us is Courtland Gate. They are usually huge, it'll be quite entertaining to say the least watching them put it up. 

We have a water overflow pond beside our house.  The view is quite lovely and now we have a family of geese occupying it.  They are so cute (6 babies).  Somehow, I'll try to get a bit closer to get a shot of the babies.  They follow mother goose foot to foot and mama is no joke, she'll beat you down if you get to close (I witnessed a goose beat down on Friday...not pretty).

We had our ceiling fans and other light fixtures installed yesterday.  We went back and forth on whether to put a ceiling fan or not in the morning room.  We finally opted for the chandelier.  Everything turned out nicely. Happy building.

View from the deck, Mother Goose and the gang; lawn trying to grow

Master BR ceiling fan

Bonus Room ceiling fan

Baby girl's ceiling fan and her new pink accent wall (by persistent demand)

Pendant light

Pendant and chandelier

Morning room chandelier 

Sunday, April 21, 2013


Saturday, April 21, 2013

Today we had more crown molding extended into the family room and kitchen.  I think the results are wonderful.  We even had a bookshelf installed and will have the matching one done next week.  All turned out wonderfully. Excuse the hungry and sleepy men in the pictures. LOL! 

Molding in Family room into the foyer
Family Room
Molding into the kitchen
New Bookshelf

Saturday, April 13, 2013


April 13, 2013
Today we had our crown molding, chair molding and columns installed.  The gentlemen who installed everything were amazing and really worked it out.  The results are everything we had hoped:

Dining Room Before

Dining Room After

Living Room Before

Living Room After