As my school vacation is quickly coming to a close,
I thought I'd share with you a few of the things that I've been busy with over the break.
First there was Christmas!
We had a lovely, low key day with family.
The only bummer was that my son who works at a local grocery store got a shift mid day.
He was a real trouper about it though and went with a smile.
We worked around it so as not to dampen any of the day's festivities.
(Let's just say I'm not a huge fan of things,
besides the hospital being open on Christmas Day...
I mean come on, you've known it was coming all year long...but I digress)
We all got some fun new things to play with, which is always a nice treat.
My son who works and earns his own money surprised me with this...
I'm a huge fan of The Mentalist and just knowing that
he worked for it and came up with the idea all by himself makes it that much more special.
My husband has been wanting to try his hand at home brewing, so I got him a beer making kit!
First we steeped and boiled.
Then a quick improvise to cool down the wort when we realized
that the extra large pot didn't fit in our sink!
Thank goodness for a wheelbarrow and lots of ice!
So now it's nestled in a corner busy fermenting away.
Fingers crossed we did everything right.
We should be ready to bottle in less than 2 weeks!
Then....yippee, yippee...home improvement project for the New Year!
Between dogs, kids and just regular wear and tear our bedroom carpet had seen better days.
Bring on the laminate floors!!
Bye-bye stinky old carpet!
Get the sub floor ready.
Hello Allen & Roth
And then there was this score.
A fab mid century dresser with a $29 price tag at Goodwill.
All it needed was a little love and some Danish Oil and she was as good as new!
So pleased with the way it turned out.
And those shelves in the background...another DIY
that we tackled.
Instructions via here.
While I still have a little styling and finishing touches to do, I can't believe what a difference a couple hundred dollars and some elbow grease made!
A wonderfully fresh way to start off the New Year!
So while I may not have spent as much time in the kitchen as I had hoped for,
I sure got a lot accomplished.
I hope that you all enjoyed a wonderful Holiday season,
and may the New Year bring all kinds of great things!