Wednesday, June 30, 2010

New Camera Bag

This was my old camera bag. Ugly but functional for me. Sometimes I have to carry my camera and my purse is too small to put it in so I always hope people don't think that I want to use this camera bag as a purse.

So last night I ran to GAP to return a few things and I saw this little purse

And thought it would be perfect to hold my camera when I just needed my camera, not the accessories to go with it. And my DSLR fit perfectly into the bag! It does have front compartments so I could carry my battery and cords if needed. Or I could fit my point and shoot camera and video camera (non existant) into this little bag.

Now it isn't padded so I don't plan to always use this purse to hold my camera but it will be perfect in some situations.
And best part is was on clearance for $7.99!

Ok now my old bag looks really ugly

Monday, June 28, 2010

Beach Trip 2010

Well I'm back and I wish I wasn't because I've been on vactation in Panama City Beach, FL and it was wonderful!!

So it started out like this.........
Eric's brother, sister in law, and niece were also at PCB so we met them and my family for some putt putt golf when we got into town Thursday night at 10. My nephew and Eric's niece are just a few weeks apart and are good little buddies (they live in the same town), but this was their first date.

Baron was pretty serious about playing all the holes, he was still going strong when we finished up around midnight.

The next morning we woke up to this

I sent this photo into the news to show how good the beach looks and they had it on but didn't tell me they were going to show it. But since our last name is unique and there aren't too many Vanessas around we've had a lot of people tell us they saw it!

I've never seen the beach so beautiful. The water was crystal clear and no algae or seaweed. The sand was extra white and the waves were perfect. The water was really warm at 86 degrees. Some may think 86 degree water is too hot, but perfect for me!
We spent lots of time out at the beach. As bad as the oil spill is, it did make us appreciate each second we could spend in the ocean.

People look at that water!

Baron carried his shark around all the time and asked me over and over if I had met "his brand new friend, Herman"

Angie, Joe & Brooks flying his shark kite
Me, Eric, my Dad and Baron watching

I love the ocean and spent many hours playing in the waves. I love to ride the waves in and wash up on shore like a crazy 28 year old lady.

Since it was our anniversary weekend.........
Eric and I had taken off of work Friday planning on going somewhere quick for our anniversary but we decided to invite everyone and make it a family trip to the beach, how romantic. But great decision!

We have always eaten at The Treasure Ship but it burned in April boo! But we did make it to Pineapple Willys.

Angie (newlywed), me, Hollie (2 kids)

Brooks talked all weekend about onion rings on a stick. And he even gave money for the tip. It was so sweet - he took out his wallet and put his $1 with the rest of the money, all on his own!

And Sunday morning we squeezed in a few pictures then packed up and headed home.
How perfect was this chair just sitting on the beach!

How sad is that girl floating in the ocean at 8 in the morning. I had a good excuse, it was right before checkout and I had to catch a few more waves.

We didn't see any tar balls (Eric wanted one as a souvenir) but these GI Joes, as Brooks calls them, rode up and down the beach all day looking for oil.

And they found none. Nope not even one tar ball. So the moral of the story is if you are planning a trip to the Florida or Alabama coast come! Or even if you aren't planning a trip, plan one now. There were a lot more people at PCB than I had expected. But since the media won't stop showing scary oil pictures we were able to get a great rate last minute at one of the nicest condos we have stayed in at one of the most beautiful beaches ever. If you want the info let me know and I'll gladly give it out!

Friday, June 25, 2010

Married: Day 1,825

Today marks day 1,825 of mine and Eric's marriage.

5 years. I remember our 1st month anniversary. I didn't want the months to pass because I loved saying I was married for x month, but now I love to say we've been married for 5 years.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

How You Can Help: Oil Spill

Just about every summer my whole entire life here on planet earth - 28 years I've taken a trip down to the Alabama or Florida coast. In less than 4 hours in the car I can have my toes in the most beautiful sugar white sand.

Me on the beach eating a banana.

Look at the beautiful water. The worst thing we have to worry about is seaweed, not nasty oil or tar balls.

I will be taking a trip to Florida in the near future to do my part. If I have to support the Gulf Coast by taking a trip and getting some sun, having fun family time, eating great sea food for a few days, then that is just the thoughtful woman that I am.

But if you can't go down to the Gulf Coast there are other ways to show your support. This little project is great opportunity for kids to get involved.

Craft Hope's newest project is collecting rags and soap to help organizations on the coast with the cleanup of animals affected by the BP oil spill. All the info you need is in this post, (faq's at the bottom of the post).

In the post it says that cotton, terrycloth, or knit would be great so I was planning on getting some old sheets from the thrift store to cut up. Yesterday when I went to the thrift store they had everything 1/2 off so I picked up some knit fabric for 50 cents! I was able to cut 30 10"x10" squares out of the fabric. Pretty good deal for a lot of rags.

Throw in a bottle of Dawn and you are finished!

(To keep from cutting for 2 hours I just folded the sheet in half and cut 10" strips then stacked those on top of each other and cut.)

My sister made rags with her kids out of their old towels. The kids were very excited to be able to help!

Brooks was the master cutter

Bear cleaned up the mess and stacked the rags in the window

Hollie sewed cute appliques on the rags - too cute for oil!

Hopefully someone will get things under control and our rags will just need to be used to clean windows!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Eric and I are trying to decide where to take a short vacation this summer. Our choices are :

Eric's brother is temporarily living in Farmington. Never been on my list of places to visit but it is really beautiful and different. In Farmington we can go hiking, white water rafting, take a train trip and visit some Native American museums and ruins.

It will cost quiet a bit more to fly out to NM and we will have to rent a car. But we won't have to pay for a hotel and our meals will be cheaper.



I have always wanted to go to Chicago. I want to stay in a hotel and ride a taxi in a big city. I want to go to Millennium Park, take an architectural boat tour, go to the top of the John Hancock building, eat lots of hot dogs and pizza, visit some museums, shop, go to Wrigley Field.

Chicago will be cheap on the flight but the hotel won't be. We aren't really fine food people, I could be happy eating pizza and hot dogs the whole trip, but 3 meals a day will add up.

So have you ever been to Chicago or Farmington? Which would you choose? Opinions please even if you have never been to either!

Friday, June 18, 2010

DIY Dry Erase

A few weeks ago I saw a dry erase board made out of a picture frame. Not only was it cute but genius.

Sooo the other day a neighbor had this sitting out with their trash and I made it mine.

I took out the picture and glass and spray painted the frame using some leftover spray paint.

While the paint was drying I took a profile shot of Eric and he took one of me.

My orthodontist was right, I do need a chin implant!

Can you tell how excited Eric was to do this

Since I wanted this to be a totally FREE project I used wrapping paper as my background because it was what I had and it is easy to fold!

Just tape it up and done

Then I just printed out our "silhouettes" and cut them out of the end of the wrapping paper I didn't use to wrap the picture.

Tape those bad boys to the background, put in the glass and you are done.

They aren't hard to read like it seems in the photo, but it wouldn't hurt for me to get a fatter marker.
Oh and if you are serious about this project make sure to have the same focal length on your lens so one person's head doesn't appear ginormous to the other person!
we are babysitting tonight so that is why my chore involves a baby and daycare.

Total $ spent $0!
These would make the cutest gifts and they are soooo cheap and quick to make (I made mine during my lunch break)!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Summer To Do

If you asked my husband what his favorite thing about me was he would say I am a great list maker. Let me tell you he LOVES my lists. I am always making and updating lists and he is always just so excited to get his hands on the newest one. Let me tell yall - of course I am being sarcastic but I saw this summer to do list last summer and thought it would be fun to make our own.

I tried to hide the work along with fun stuff, but I think he caught on and saw the unfun stuff first. But cute fonts make everything better, right?

I made this a couple of weeks ago and we have already knocked off some of the non fun stuff: finish side yard, new irrigation heads, water spicket in front yard, stain adirondak chairs. I think the list is too cute to mark through, but marking off tasks is the best part!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Staining Adirondack Chairs

Eric designed our little side yard where we could have a seating area as well as some beautiful plants. For the seating we bought some Adirondack chairs on sale at Home Depot that fit the space perfectly. They came unfinished so over the weekend I finished staining them.

The first chair I stained I used a paint brush to apply the stain. It took forever and was messy with drips. We had company and other things going on so I didn't get around to staining the other ones until this past weekend in the heat index of 113 degrees. I was really dreading staining the other chairs because the first one took so long until I started using a paint edger to apply the stain instead of a paint brush.

It was a life saver. I finished 2 chairs in the time it took me to do the one with a brush. Plus there were no drips and I didn't have much excess stain to wipe off the chairs.

The paint edger I bought was a little different, Shur Line brand but it was made of styrofoam not plastic. For under $3 it was WELL worth it!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MY MOM! Today she turns 39 again.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Father's Day Gift Idea

Father's Day is soon approaching. If you are still looking for something to get your Dad keep reading. If not then have a nice day!

The Best Gift:
Eric received one for Christmas and we gave my Dad one for his birthday, the best tool ever:

They had both been talking about a tool like this they had seen on tv. I don't even remember the name of it but it was several hundred dollars. The Craftsman version is only $99.

I'm not sure about my dad, but Eric uses that thing all of the time.

He used the Multi Tool when he built our stove hood cover. The stove hood cover was an after thought so we already had molding around the areas where the hood would go. Instead of having to rip all of the molding out, he just cut what he didn't need.

The cap above the beadboard ran all the way under the cabinet, Eric just cut the molding with his tool.

When Eric put up gutters this area in the back of the house he used the tool again to cut the gutters. It made the process go much quicker.

When we installed the tile in our shower last spring we were in a huge hurry and didn't really know what do do about the fact that the bathtub wasn't level so our bottom row of tiles wasn't level with the tub. For the time being we just ran the tile level with the other tile and had a caulk line that varied in width.

When we had our tub reglazed Eric thought it would be the perfect time to take that bottom row of tile out and redo it where it is level with the tub and we don't have a big to tiny caulk line. Eric used the tool to cut through the grout leaving a clean line and an undamaged 2nd row of tile.

Those are just a few of the things that the Multi Tool has helped us out with. Even if we had only used it once on the stove hood cover it would have been worth the $99 in trouble.

Hope your special man agrees!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

This is the first weekend since January that we don't have plans, work or obligations of some sort. After Eric having AU baseball 24/7 for the past few weeks I've got a major case of cabin fever. I am really wanting to make it down to the beach before the oil takes over, needing to go to Atlanta to pick up my kitchen lighting, and have a few things that need to be taken care of around the house now that my husband is back. But I really just want to go to the lake. We went over Memorial Day weekend and had a great time.

My family has had a cabin on the lake since the lake was made. It just stinks because we have to walk really far to the water, at least we can use the elevator to get to the ground floor.

Ok just kidding this is really our cabin. It is a tiny cabin that we cram a lot of people into. Like tiny and a lot of people with only 1 bathroom. But it works.

And the best part we don't have to walk far to the water!

Everyone loves watermelon at the lake. Just jump right in and rinse off

Claire decided to eat the fish on the hook but just really got the hook. I was in a panic. Look at Brooks' face. haha. Now it is funny, at the time not so much!

After girls ruling the lake there are finally some boys to fish with

Eric being a good uncle and trying to keep Claire away from the fish hook

Rhett the lab has nothing on Claire, she loves the water!

After throwing the ball 1,293,784 times to Claire Eric makes her work for him and catches a ride back to the dock

One of our summer goals is to visit the lake on weekends other than holidays. But it looks like this weekend won't be one of them. I suppose I will be slaving away in the 98 degree sun staining Adirondack chairs. Dreaming of jumping in the lake.

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