Saturday, October 31, 2009

A Delish Dish: Halloween Cute


Photo, idea, recipe, etc. all courtesy of Southern Living.

Happy Halloween! How cute are these festive treats? I think they are officially called "Harvest Moon Lollypops." They will definintally be on the agenda next fall to make and decorate the house with!

You Will Need:

12 (10- to 12-inch-long) lollipop sticks
1 (24-ounce) package Chocolate Flavor MoonPies
1 (14-ounce) package orange candy melts
1 zip-top plastic bag
Scissors
Wax paper
Halloween candies
Halloween sugar cake decorations
Decorator icing
Ribbon (optional)

How To Make:

Step 1: Insert 1 lollipop stick 2 to 3 inches into marshmallow center of MoonPie.
Step 2: Microwave candy melts in a glass bowl at MEDIUM (50% power) 1 minute or until melted, stirring once; spoon into plastic bag, and seal.
Step 3: Snip a small hole in 1 corner of the bag; pipe melted candy around where stick meets MoonPie to secure. Lay flat on wax paper, and let stand until firm.
Step 4: Pipe fun border of melted candy around edges. Attach candies and/or cake decorations with decorator icing. Tie ribbons around tops of sticks, if desired.

Southern Living, October 2002
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Thursday, October 29, 2009

Hobby Lobby

Words cannot express my love for that store. 

I went on a small shopping spree there ($55 worth) and stocked up on all sorts of decor for fall and the Christmas season! Most everything in those two categories is 50% off and I just couldn't get enough. Since we don't have the room to store it all, I restrained myself, however I did pick up these cute little wooden Christmas decor items to help pretty our home come December 1. 


I think their 50% off sale runs through the end of October, so if there is one near you scoot out and pick up a few things! They always have picture frames, and oodles of other stuff on super sale too. I was just focused on house stuff so I didnt check out their other sale items.

...in other news, some of their sewing patterns were on super cheap sale. I have never sewn from a pattern before so I am not going to tell you what I hope to make just yet. See, that way if its a flop I wont have to embarrass myself and write all about my failures. Hehehe! Don't hold your breath on the new sewing projects - I have to get through the semester first, so it will be early December before my sewing machine and I even have the chance to reunite. 

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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Friday Date

Hubby and I had the afternoon off and he took me out on a date! We grabbed lunch at one of my favorite local restaurants and then headed to this pumpkin patch and corn maze for and afternoon of fun! 

We basically just hung out for the afternoon, walked through the pumpkin patches and the corn maze and closed out the day with delicious treats from the Lane Packing Company local store. It was a wonderful fall afternoon and a fun date with my man! 











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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Finished Porch

It is completed!! ...Actually, it was completed last week and I have just been negligent in my posting!! 

I absolutely LOVE it and have already spent many hours in my new bug-free zone. In fact this weekend I spent almost 3 hours Friday night, 4 hours on Saturday and 3 on Sunday outside reading and writing my paper. The cool fall breeze was delightful and it was a pleasant change of scenery from our office and of course with no TV outside, my distractions were limited! 

I wont tell you what a wonderful job my handy man did, I will let you judge for yourself as you see the pictures. P.S. I cant decide how I like the furniture in it? Opinions please? In a few of the pictures, the chairs are both on one side, where in others one is on one side and the other is on the other. It is more spacious with them each on the same side of the porch, however it looks lopsided to me - therefor I kind of like them on opposite sides for balance sake. 

Finished, with door installed

View looking at the back of the house (Note: chairs spread on either side of porch)

Third angle of completed porch

Chairs on the same side

Random decor

So far the last pictures shows the only decor I have out there - and its currently neatly placed in the corner. We will order a rug soon and then hope to get a few accent pieces. We are in no rush for that though, so it may be a few weeks until I update with the 'outdoor decor post!'

Come over and check it out sometime! Who knows, we may even ask ya to stay for dinner! 
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Monday, October 26, 2009

Workouts

I have a confession. While I have been working out fairly decently of late, there just aren't enough hours sometimes in the day. That said, I have purchased two workout videos and on the nights I cant get out for a run or make it to the gym, these instead are what I do. 


Yup, the trainers from the Biggest Loser, Jillian and Bob in our household, kicking my butt. So far I have only done Jillian's, but I plan on integrating Bob's in soon enough. CT3 stands around and laughs at me, but whatever, I can out sit-up him any day, so I am okay with it. Jillian's is called the 30 day shred. I am only doing it every other day, sometimes with runs in between, so I guess that would technically make mine the 60 day shred. Regardless, I am about 5 days in and enjoying it. I will let you know if I get "shredded."

Meanwhile, I have a little work out buddy. He specifically likes my weights, likes to lick the sweat off of my legs and quite frankly just gets in the way! 

First, he helps get the weights out. 

Then he lifts the weights. 

Next he runs around the house with weights. Some would say he's running from me. I prefer to say he is just adding some weights to his normal routine. 

Once I finally catch up to him and get my weights back, he lays on them and slowly tries to pull them back as if they are his - of course hoping he wont get caught! 

{Excuse my sweaty-ness and awkward pose here!}
This is what the munchkin did as I finished my sit ups today. He flopped right down beside me and had his legs in the air. I was laughing so hard and when I called for CT3 to come take a picture, of course Champ got distracted and looked at him. He is such a wonderful little companion! 
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Sunday, October 25, 2009

Last Weekend

Wow. I am WAY behind on the ole blog! Good news though, is the house is relatively neat and my paper that is due later this week is already finished!! Now I have time to catch up on the blog, finish the housework, get in a few workouts and maybe even go grocery shopping!! 

All that to say, be prepared for post overload from me for the next few days - at least til I can catch up! I am going to try and post in chronological order, for my own memories sake! I apologize as well if some are lengthy as I try to combine multiple together. So, here we go! This post will be about last weekend (Oct. 16 - 18). Its probably good I waited a week or so to post about it cause I was so worn out from our numerous activities, I probably wouldn't have been coherent anyway....

Friday morning we packed the car, tidied up and headed to Atlanta. Our first stop was to meet our new nephew. We arrived at 3:30 and the little man was wide-eyed and alert and just as sweet as he could be. I just love babies and their little noises, so I definitely had my turn holding him!

After leaving there, we headed to meet up with my parents to go to dinner. I had put in a request for California Pizza Kitchen (CPK) which is one of my all time favorites. I get the same thing EVERY TIME I go {chicken waldorf salad, no celery and feta instead of blue cheese, please}. Dinner was delish and Dad treated - which of course made it that much yummier since we weren't paying! After dinner, we went home and parked ourselves comfortably on the couch to watch America's Funniest Videos. After 30 minutes or so of that, we couldn't stand it anymore and busted out our own home videos. 

CT3 had fallen asleep by now, Dad was upstairs on his computer and Mom, K and I just howled as we watched. Kristin sucked her thumb like it was going to fall off, we both couldn't carry a tune in a bucket, and we were both quite advanced at trying to "wink, whistle and snap" all at the same time. My favorite one of the night was the one where I shoved Kristin down the slide...apparently she was going too slow for my liking. Anyway, I love watching those old videos and we are lucky cause Mom put them all onto DVD for us! I am pretty sure in the weekends to come, we will be plopped on the couches watching more of our home videos and reminiscing on old times!  

Before you knew it, the time was late and since CT3 and I had to get up early in the morning, we said our good nights and scooted off to bed. 6:30 came awfully early as we rolled out of bed and got ready for a fun-filled day! By 8:05 we had pulled into the SIX FLAGS parking lot and were making our way into the park. Let me pause here as I tell you it was freezing and I don't ride any of the rides (read as I hate them and they make me feel like I am going to puke and pass out). This means I was trying to be a cold, happy camper, in the wee early hours of the morn. 

Basically, CT3's company had paid for the park and a few of the big roller coasters to open a few hours early for the employees to come in and ride, before the general public was allowed in. I think CT3 rode the Georgia Scorcher six times. Long story short, we stayed at Six Flags until  around 11 and then headed back to my parents house to shower and pick up the dog to turn around and go back downtown to Georgia Tech to tailgate! 

The sun is hardly up as we arrive at Six Flags...not kidding. 

The park was totally empty except for company folk! 

CT3 is waving from the 3rd row back. Sorry, poor lighting. 

Us on the only ride I would ride, the swings. Ha. 

Us with the man dressed up for Fright Fest. 

We arrived downtown, parked at were at our tailgating spot by around 1:30. We had a blast catching up with friends and just hanging out. Champ was in heaven too. He is just the best dog and loves people. I really enjoy taking him along because he gets socialized and exercised all at once! 

Post tailgating, CT3 walked me and Champ to the car along with our stuff and bid us farewell, as we headed home and he headed to the stadium to meet up with his Dad. I was SO thankful that his Dad wanted to go to the game with him. Not that I didn't want to go, I just knew I would be tired from the already eventful day, and I didn't want to ask people to watch the dog so I was thankful Mr. T stepped in and rescued me! On top of that, the boys said they froze the whole game, Lord knows I would have not been much fun to be around had I been cold AND tired! 

CT3 borrowed someones grill to cook our meat cause ours was running late! 

Younger frat brothers and their creative way of bringing the tailgating supplies.

Champ, the 70 lb lap dog. 

While tailgating, everyone needs a solo cup. Champs beverage of choice was ice. 

Elated fans rushing the field. 

Final score

As you all know, Georgia Tech beat Virginia Tech and Alabama won. That made for one happy husband and one happy wife. We all reconvened at CT3's parents house and I think that night we were in bed by 11:30. Thankfully, we got to sleep in til about 10, which allowed us to catch up a little from the previous day. We got up and Mrs. T had cinnamon rolls made that we munched on as we got ready for church. 

CT3 always enjoys going to his home church. After that, we joined his parents for lunch at Olive Garden - another favorite if you read my last post. His parents treated once again making the meal that much more tasty! Post lunch, we went back to the church to pick up our car and to peruse the pumpkin patch and sale that the Youth group was doing. We took a few pictures, picked out a few pumpkins and headed back home. 

Cute pic!

...I always feel the need to stick my head in these things. 

Back at the in-laws house, we napped and relaxed til it was time to once again pack the car and head home. A great fall weekend was had by all. 
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Friday, October 23, 2009

Memory Lane

I was tagged a few weeks ago by Jamie and forgot about it! Since I am at a loss of things to write about, I figured I would take a trip down memory lane and get my brain going again! I am gonna tag a few of you too (Caitlin, Jessie, Megan and Misty), so write about yourself and then spread the blog love!

What are your middle names?
Before I got hitched it was Rose - named after a great aunt {I think??!}. CT3's name?? If you know him, you know its too long to post. Lets just say I had to keep shrinking the font on our wedding invitations to get his full name to fit!

How long have yall been together?
We officially started dating around Labor Day (September) of 2006. We got married in April of 2008, so together for 3 years + and married for just over a year and a half.

Who asked who out?
That depends and is an on going joke as to who put on the moves first...if you consider me asking him to coffee that morning to save him from "having" to talk to my parents {Story Here} then I did - I don't see that as a real date though. I was fresh out of bed and wore the T-shirt and Nike shorts that I had slept in. No make up, looking good.

A few weeks later after talking on the phone here and there (he had to tell me it was okay for me to call him-HA) he officially asked me out, came to Birmingham and took me out on a fun dinner date. I consider that our official first planned and intentional date, therefore meaning that he asked me out.

How long did you know each other before you started dating?
We met back in the summer of 2003 and occasionally saw each other between then and September of 2006. We knew each other for a while, however hadn't kept up.

Who made the first move?
CT3 did. I was awkward {awkward = normal for me} the weekend we reconnected. Awkward meaning getting too many plates at the dinner, having to stack stuff on top, flinging food across the table as I cut it and then feeling stupid so not eating. Apparently, CT3 liked the awkward type and still asked me to dance. I said yes, then managed to avoid him like the plague and still not dance with him...see, I told you I am awkward.

How old are each of you?
I am 27, CT3 is 28, knocking on the door of 29!

Did you go to the same school?
Nope, hence why by marriage I am a Tech fan and he is an Alabama fan.

Are you from the same hometown?
Eh, pretty much. It depends on your definition of the Atlanta area. We both are city kids.

Who is the smartest?
Most definitely my chemical engineering husband. That is why I am getting my masters. I am trying to keep the brain juice going so I can think like him. Though I may not be smarter, he will have to call me Master Lauren. Good plan, huh??

Who majored in what?
Me - Bachelors: Business Admin with a concentration in Marketing; Masters: Public Administration
CT3 - Chemical Engineering

Who is the most sensitive?
Do I even have to answer this question? I don't want to embarrass CT3 by telling you all how much he cries. I mean, comparing him to a baby doesn't even do it justice, screaming, wailing, crocodile tears....okay fine, I am queen of the waterworks. My middle name should have been sensitive. Just look at me funny and I will cry. If its that time of the month, watch out and bring your floaties.

Where do you eat out most as a couple?
Hmmm, ours are all boring and standard. Olive Garden is most definitely a staple, and lately we have been into Japanese steakhouses (I order their salad with the ginger dressing, veggies and fried rice - mmmmmmm). Mexican is on the agenda at least once a week. Heaven forbid me missing out on my cheese dip calories. We partake in Subway at least once a week too.

Where is the furthest yall have traveled together as a couple?
We are the travelling type! Together we have been to Miami, the Bahamas, Texas (twice), and Belize. We are heading to Europe and the Middle East here in a few months!

Who has the worst temper?
That definitely depends on the subject, who is more passionate about it and who is the most tired. The more one of us cares about something, the more we react to it and vice versa, the lesser we care, the less we react. If either one of us is lacking sleep, that person would win in the temper contest. If it is something to do with the dog, don't mess with me and my child.

How many children do you want?
Given the fact that we have none, this is to be determined. We always have said we would like 3, however that will be determined after one. If we survive that, then a second may come, and that a third!

Who does the cooking?
Me mostly. I clip the coupons, do the store runs and cook accordingly. That said, I don't do it regularly. Sometimes my cooking consists of picking up Subway and letting him know its in the fridge.

Who is more social?
Most DEFINITELY CT3. He will do anything with anyone at anytime. I just want to be at home with the dog vegging out. I don't like doing my hair, I cant ever find anything to wear, and if all the details aren't 100% planned I would rather just do my own thing. CT3 is much more laid back and spontaneous.

Fact: CT3 is ALWAYS dressed one step up from me. If I consider jeans and a cute top casual, he is in khakis and a button down. Recently we went out to dinner and I wore my 8th grade basketball team sweatpants, a GA Tech sweatshirt, my running shoes and no make up. He had on carharts, and a polo. I don't think I had showered that day either - of course we ran into people from my work. Ha ha.

Who is the neat freak?
Neither of us are neat freaks, however cleanliness habits totally depend on the day. I will leave a mile high pile of clean laundry (as will he). I don't like dirty-ness though, so dishes overnight in the sink with soggy wet food in them make me want to gag. CT3 tends to straighten and pile stuff more often and I tend to go through like a mad woman and just trash it all. When it comes down to it, he is a better dish washer and vaccuum-er and I sweep, do the bathrooms, baseboards and dust more frequently. He always takes the trash out too.

Who is the most stubborn?
I think CT3 wins this one. He is stubborn, I am strong willed.

Who wakes up earlier?
Is this seriously a question? Seriously. Getting up before 8:30 is killer for me. CT3 normally has left the house by 5 AM. Most days I don't even remember him waking me to say goodbye and I set 3 alarms just to get me up by 8. On weekends we don't have anything going on, I try to get up by 10. I am still a grumpy gus in the morning.

Where was your first date?
A restaurant in Birmingham that I cant remember the name of right now. Our waitress asked if we were on our first date and said that by the way we were chatting we would be together forever...little did she know that her words were prophetic!

Who has the bigger family?
We have the same number of siblings, however my extended family is much bigger with 8 cousins, plus their spouses, plus their children for a total of 22, not including aunts and uncles!

Do you get flowers often?
Yep. We keep fresh flowers in the house ALWAYS. Most weeks CT3 picks them out and buys them. If I am at the store and need them, I grab them. They make the house look so alive and pretty!

How do you spend the holidays?
Our families are close so on holiday weeks there is quite a lot of driving back and forth. CT3 loves spending man-time with his dad, so he always tries to work that in at some point too. We have only been through a Thanksgiving/Christmas season once married, so some of that we are still figuring out.

Who is more jealous?
I don't know? Jealous about what? Neither one of us are really.

How long did it take to get serious?
I think I knew before we even started the whole long distance thing, that if I were going to put that much time and effort into the relationship that it would be for the long haul. CT3 knew he was serious, his was more about timing. He did lead me on by telling me that we would just "get to the same city, date a while and then go from there."...we were engaged before I moved.

Who eats more?
Duh. Me. CT3 will not eat and not think twice about it. If I miss a meal I think I am starving to death. {Can you see what a jewel I am?? Emotional, sleep, eat and messy. Poor CT3! HA!}

What do you do for a living?
I work for a college.

Who does the laundry?
We do our own. I hate hanging clothes and CT3 doesn't like how I fold my t-shirts. He also has certain clothes that go on certain hangars that I cant seem to get the drift of. Maybe if he draws me a flow chart I could start to do it for him??

Who is better with the computer?
Depends on what programs you are running. Photo editing software (InDesign, Photoshop, etc.), me, most others, him. Excel I could give him a run for his money on!!

Who drives when you are together?
Depends what car we are in and who is most tired. Since CT3 has a crazy work schedule if we are getting on the road after a long day for him, I usually take the wheel. Otherwise, he drives.

What is your song?
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Thursday, October 22, 2009

Ambitious

Jessica Watson is a 16 year old Australian who's goal is to "become the youngest person to sail solo, nonstop and unassisted around the world."

Can you imagine?? 16 years old and first off, being bold enough to leave your family for 8 months, not to mention alone, on a boat, that you are in charge of, with your only friends nearby being the fish and the birds and your surroundings being the vast blue ocean. Talk about amazing!!

I have no clue how to even turn on a motor boat, much less navigate the seas of the world. Heck, I get lost in downtown Atlanta with a map and two GPS systems! Some people just get homesick going to camp for a week, Jessica will be at sail for 8 months! I still get my latitudes and longitudes mixed up. She has to cross certain points and follow a specific path to set the record. This chic is out to complete one amazing feat!!

Jessica is blogging daily about her experience aboard "Ella's Pink Lady" as they make their way around the world. You can follow her HERE. She left on Monday, so go read her past few posts and keep up with her as she sails. Make sure to comment so that she will know of all of her fans cheering her on from the good ole U S of A!!

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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

62:8

Start praying yall!! Here's a list of running requests that I have. Some of them I have linked to sites and fellow bloggers, if you want to read their stories. Please post comments with requests, verses, encouragements, and anything else. Add your own categories or names to the lists below in the comment section.

Lets stand in agreement for the Lord to do amazing things and send testimonies to encourage us all as He does! Don't worry if you don't know what to pray for, just enter His courts with thanksgiving and praise and let Him lead you in the words to say. If nothing else just unite your heart with His, read the list, stand in agreement and let Him do the rest!

Weeklies

NOW: China

COW: Bethel


USA: President Obama, our leaders and our military

Requests
  • Katherine's healing
  • Babies on the way! {Jessica, Jamie, Shellie (who was recently put on bed rest), Jen (expecting twins), Anna, Leigh, Erica, Liz W., May, Liz E., Rachel}
  • Deployed military members and their families: Scott
  • Baby Leya and her upcoming leg surgeries. She is 1 years old and was born with one leg shorter than the other. I think eventually they will completely remove her foot and fit her leg with a prosthetic.
  • Those who are sick {Insert your list of friends that need a touch from Jehovah Rapha our Healer!}
  • Those with new babies {Jana, Lindsay, Christina}
  • Friends in upcoming marathons: Natasha, Emily, Abby
Unspokens

The unspokens are people who have mentioned that they have a need and would rather keep it personal and away from the eyes of the world wide web. The Lord knows their needs and so please lift up those with heavy hearts and those who just need a touch from Him.

Testimonies
  • Heather J.'s Israel trip was phenomenal. Her connections and meetings with Israeli leadership could not have been better and the projects are moving forward.
  • Megan got the job! Praise the Lord!!
  • Christina delivered a healthy, happy, huge baby with no complications.
Again, add your own categories below or names to the sections I have already mentioned. Post comments if you pray, verses and answered prayers!!

...May He bless you and keep you always. Amen.
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Around

I am still here. I have pictures to post from last weekend, more fall decor to show you, finished porch pictures, and images of Champ lifting weights. Yes, you read that correctly. I also have a few Israel posts I have been working on and have yet to post our 62:8 for this week. Please forgive me.

I don't know what my deal is, but I have had a headache lately (I think I am just sleepy) and looking at the computer to blog has not been at the top of the agenda. I have also been in a cleaning and purging mood and when that comes {once in a blue moon} I have to run with it, thus again taking my precious computer time away.

The plan as it stands is to get caught up by the weekend, or at least get a post or two in. I have a book to read, a paper to write, and have to work an event on Thursday night so no promises. We will be in town for the next few weeks. THANK YOU LORD!! I love road trips, but I love being at home too. Hopefully we can hit up the corn maze, pig jig and a few other local fall festivals.

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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Happy Fall, Y'all

A few of my other blogging buddies have recently posted about their fall decor and it has inspired me to do a little of my own! When it comes to home decor, I am more of a minimalist. I like bright vivid colors, but not a ton of it. I prefer seasonal flowers, and the like. That said, I kept my decor simple...or maybe I just suck at decorating, so I figure that the less I do, the less I mess up?? Hmmm

Anyway, I enjoy updating my table decor and tend to change it frequently. For the rest of the month and into November, it will stay with the fall theme. 

Centerpiece

Place settings

Napkin rings (that I am in L-O-V-E with) please excuse the sideways picture.

Some dish towels to bring the fall colors into the kitchen and to tie in with the table decor

And lastly, a few pumpkins

That's all for now. I may scatter a few brown and orange {with raffia tied around them} in the bathrooms and around the house. If you have any more simple but stunning ideas, please send them my way!! Happy Fall, Y'all!
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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Antiquey

On Sunday while CT3 was at work, my sister and I went shopping. She found a few masks...


Frightening, I know, but don't worry, she's harmless. Anyway, I was looking for a few things for the house and for the porch and lets just say it was a successful day. I didn't find the rug or the blanket I was looking for, however we did score big time on the accessories at a local antique store. 

I think I am going to decorate the back porch with old lanterns, bottles and insulators. The one thing that I could have killed for was this pie safe:

It was gorgeous, old and in great condition. It was priced at around $300 and I just couldn't spend that amount of money. Instead, here is what I bought. 

A milk jug from 1917, a bottle that I don't remember what it says on it, and 3 different insulators. 

Two awesome lanterns! Just the style I was looking for! 

And lastly, I had to snag a few finds for my hubby. The first one was just for fun, and the second {due to its costly nature} is an early birthday present that I just couldn't wait two months to give him. 

A Coca-Cola from 1990 when Georgia Tech won the National Championship

An old copper fire extinguisher. My parents have one that is a lamp...we call it the "fire extinguisher lamp." The ladies at the store say with a special solution that plumbers use and some elbow grease, the copper extinguisher can be polished good as new. CT3 says he likes it how it is, but I may sneak it and give it a good shine. We have already found a great place in our house to display it! 
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Monday, October 12, 2009

Building: Day 4 & 5

We {meaning CT3 along with my moral support} have made lots of progress. I think when I previously left off, he had put up two of the 2 x 2's (vertical white poles). As of now, I am excited to say that they are all up, the L-brackets are all installed and the screens are fully up and secured on 5 of the 9 panels - with the other 4 up, just not fully secured! 

All we {CT3} has left to do is finish the spline-ing on 4 of the panels and install the screen door. At the rate it is going, we will have a fully finished, functional screened in porch by the weekend. I am excited and have already spent a few quiet moments outside. The bugs have been substantially less, thanks to the screen and have made the outside air much more enjoyable! 

As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words!! Here are the shots from days four and five of the building process!

Where we left off on Day 3

Day 4: CT3 finishes putting up the 2 x 2's

At that point, I moved in the new furniture!

This is how we are leaving it for now...may get rearranged once the table gets in, we'll see. 

Day 5: CT3 has begun to install the screens

A picture of the screens from the inside 

We got all of the screens hung from the top and CT3 is going around doing the spline part.

Spline-ing {not a technical term!} Here is is working on the 5th panel, with only 4 more left! 

All coming together! 

Stay tuned for Day 6 which will consist of finishing the spline-ing, installing the screen door and putting together the table. 

The plywood that you see has no functionality other than protecting the new screen panels from our out of control, hyper active, sweet and cute as can be puppy. We are leaving it up for a few weeks hoping that it will help to curb the screen destruction. Champ is SO used to going tearing straight out the back door at night to chase his laser pointer that this new obstacle course will take some adjusting too. At some point we hope to put in a doggie door, however I think its safe to say we are just getting porch finished first!

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