The Making of the ‘Lounge’ – Part 1

Down in the basement, there was a large-ish ‘bedroom’ tucked in the back behind what is now our bar area.  We had originally planned to make this a large guest suite and workout area.  First, even though we wish we could, we don’t have time to workout.  We have a toddler.  That is a workout…

Maddie’s 1st Sledding Experience

Sledding is SO MUCH FUN! On Friday, the winter weather warning said we could expect 4 to 6 inches of snow.  Based on the reliability of the weather forecasting so far this winter, we took that to mean we MIGHT get 3 inches.  No.  We were wrong.  The forecasters were wrong.  One day and a…

Living in a FROZEN world…

So its been pretty cold here lately.  Actually, not so much cold as blisteringly frigid.  Like “I just got nervous of frostbite forming on my face during the two block walk to my building from the parking garage” kind of frigid.  And, it’s actually considerably warmer in the city (at all of 8 degrees with…

Maddie’s half birthday!!!

First off, so sorry for the long break!  The last few months of 2014 were complete chaos for DJ and myself with work, as it was for most of you I’m sure.  Between that and getting what we needed ready for the holidays, I didn’t have much spare time to dedicate to posts.  But I’m…

On to the ‘Big Kid’ Class!

The past two weeks have been rough on Mommy and Daddy.  We have had to face the fact that our little baby is not a baby… she’s a big girl now (at least she thinks she is).  She currently is the size of a 2.5 year old – if you take her current measurements and…

Our Custom Etched Bar Mirror and Tutorial

In my post about the completion of our new bar, The Groggy Gator Tavern, I mentioned we still had to complete our custom bar mirror.  Once the bar was finished, DJ began the intense search for a cool bar mirror to put over our bottle risers.  I thought it would be really awesome to have…

15 Months of Joy

Last week our munchkin turned 15 months old!  We can’t believe how quickly she is growing up.  Next month, she will be moved from the ‘crawlers’ room to the toddler room.  Her teacher asked me just the other day about whether or not they could move her, not even realizing that she wasn’t 16 months…

The Groggy Gator Tavern

After we moved into our old house, I bought DJ a new bar to put in the basement so he could make his man cave tavern.  We loved that bar.  It was the center of entertainment for our house.  One day, we found a hanging sign that read “The Groggy Gator.”  That was it.  We…

Labor Day Picnic

I know its a little late, but I wanted to share the pictures from our Labor Day picnic.  As I mentioned in a previous post, we joined the Vintage Club at Doukenie Winery in Hillsboro, VA.  Most of the wineries and breweries have membership packages that allow you to buy a certain number of bottles…

Eggplant and Pasta Incaciata

Recently, we’ve become really fond of Extra Virgin, a show on the Cooking Channel hosted by Debi Mazar and her husband Gabriele Corcos.  It is not only adorable watching the two of them interact with each other and their two daughters, the Tuscan food on it just looks amazing. The way they cook is just…

Mom, Dad, Aunt Treasure and Uncle Ron come to visit!

Again, I’ve been slacking on getting my blog posts up and running.  It really has been just absolutely crazy the past few weeks after returning from our vacation in the OBX.  Work is in full gear for both of us – the busiest time of the year for me – and Maddie and I have…

Maddie’s 1st Beach Adventure

At long last, we have gotten our baby girl to the beach!  We were able to sneak away for just under a week to the Outer Banks (OBX) where my father-in-law and his wife have a vacation home.  We love it there and are very lucky that they gave us keys to use it as…