Thursday, July 22, 2010

disney world

Danny and I just returned from our trip to Disney World! It was the first time we have been back since our internship there in 2007. If you haven't read our story before check it out here. We actually met at Walt Disney World in the summer of 2007 - we were both doing college internships there and we lived there for 7 months. It was one of the happiest times of our lives. When we pulled into Lake Buena Vista, Danny actually started tearing up (he would kill me for sharing that! haha). I felt the same way - it was so special to revisit the place that brought us together. We chose to drive from Mississippi instead of fly and it took us 10.5 hours each way. I thought the road trip was super fun and would do it again in a heartbeat. We talked and listened to music and just enjoyed one another's company.

So without further ado, please enjoy some pictures from our little vacation:

We went straight to Epcot when we pulled into the park.

Danny in front of Test Track - this is one of my favorite rides in Epcot.
One of my best friends from the Disney College Program, Obie, still works at the park! I haven't seen him in 3 years and it was SO good seeing him again!
How appropriate are the bride ears since Disney is the reason we are married?
Danny in front of Disney's Hollywood Studios. This is the park we worked at during our college program, however back then it was still called MGM Studios.

In front of the Tower of Terror - that ride is still as scary as ever!

We went back to Epcot to visit all the countries. This is Danny in front of Mexico.
About to watch Illuminations at Epcot - my favorite light show!
Magic Kingdom
The Castle


Look at those crowds! It was crazy.
In front of Thunder Mountain in Adventureland.

Futureland in Magic Kingdom
My favorite park - Animal Kingdom.

In front of the Tree of Life.
Mount Everest
We got fast passes!
Right after riding Mount Everest - it was so fun! I love that ride.
In line for the Kilaminjaro Safari
Kilaminjaro Safari
About to ride Kali River Rapids - we got soaked.
Winnie :)
The fireworks show at Magic Kingdom.

We had the best time ever and cannot wait to go back! Have a magical day!

Friday, July 9, 2010

4th of july

We had so much fun for Independence Day weekend this year! We went to our neighbors house for ribs, baked beans and fireworks on Saturday night. We love meeting all of our new neighbors! They bought $200 worth of fireworks that we shot off in their backyard...a little scary but super fun! :)
On Sunday we spent the day at Matt & Jessica's house. The boys were playing football and some bag game in the backyard and the girls were inside helping Jessica cook some delicious BBQ. The weather was beautiful (but so hot...95 degrees).

I was playing the bag game for a little bit until one of the bags hit my cup and spilled my wine all over me. Whining ensued. Good times! ;)

Sarah and I helping drinking some wine while Jess and Jill cooked.

Watching the fireworks later that night from the Lowe's parking lot in Madison.

Great fun with great friends! Oh how I love hot, southern summers!

Friday, July 2, 2010

antique cabinets

We decided to buy our first house around this time last year. We wanted a starter-home knowing we would upgrade in five or so years. We also decided to build our first house, which was so fun because we were able to pick out colors, tile, light fixtures, the layout of the house and all those other things. So now I'm a little embarrassed that I'm already wanting to change a few things since I was able to pick everything out from the beginning! That's just my personality - I will always find something that needs updating/changing.

This is where my kitchen cabinets come in. Here is a picture of our kitchen before we moved in. I love our kitchen, but I am not in love with our off-white cabinetry. When building the house I couldn't decide on stained or painted, and I went with painted because there were just too many stain options.

For the last few months (we've been in the house 8 months now) I've been thinking about painting our cabinets. I really want them to look more antique.

I'm thinking about a creamy faux finish, something that looks a little french country-ish...

...something like THIS! This is my ideal kitchen cabinet color and my inspiration photo. I love the cream faux finish - it looks so chic and vintage to me!

I've priced out getting this done professionally, and the bids have all been around $750-$1000 for the entire kitchen and island. I really don't want to spend that kind of money, especially since our house is brand new. Danny and I have talked and I think we are going to try to tackle this project ourselves! After reading online and asking around, I don't think we will have to sand the entire cabinets (just the edges and corners). We will have to clean them thoroughly and then stain/glaze them, put a sealer on and voila! I know that is the abbreviated version and it will not be that easy. But I love house projects and am excited to start this in a week or so! Wish us luck!