Sunday, August 24, 2008

dresses & desserts

This weekend Randall and his dad worked on our house. I, however, was told that it was "guy stuff" and that I wouldn't be much help over there. SO.... I spent the weekend doing "girly" things like sewing, cleaning, and cooking (two of the three I enjoy)! I haven't sewed anything in about 5 years and even then it was just a simple blanket. Most of my sewing experience is made up of sewing vests, yes vests, when I was in the 3rd grade (I will try to dig up a picture of this). I never quite had enough patience for sewing, but I thought that I might now that I'm older. Also, I thought sewing would be fun because I have a few niece's that I would love to make little dresses for and I figure it will be good practice for when I have a daughter of my own! So this weekend my friend Meredith and I went to Joann's, picked out patterns, picked out fabric, and tried our hand at putting a few things together. I picked out a pattern for a cute little sun dress with a criss-cross back. I am still not quite done with it, but I think with a little more practice it will turn out pretty cute. No pictures yet of our sewing projects but here are some wipes cases that Meredith and I also made this week (I the smaller, and Meredith the larger one).

This weekend was our turn to host our church small group. I couldn't think of anything to make for dessert until I remembered this easy but delicious recipe that my Grandma makes. Fruit Pizza! Now, if you have not had the pleasure of tasting this treat you should try it. It's super easy as all it takes is a sugar cookie crust, cream cheese & sugar frosting, and fruit to top it off. This is a good summer recipe when fruit is at its best, and good for company because it's easy and fun to decorate

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Lainey Jean Foster has arrived!

Okay, I know in my last post I claimed we were going to "attack" the house this past weekend and get a lot done, but.............. something more important came up! Our niece, Lainey Jean Foster, decided it was time to make her appearance! We got the call at 3 a.m. Saturday morning that Randall's sister was in labor. So Randall, his parents, his sister and I all packed as quick as we could and headed up to Edmond, OK. We managed to make it there just before she gave birth. My sister-in-law asked if I wanted to be in the room when she had her. I said, "Yeah, but you better make it look easy so I'll still want to have a baby someday!" Well she sure made it look easy- she didn't even have to push! The nurses were trying to wait until the doctor arrived before they told her to push, but the doctor was late and Lainey just couldn't wait and came right out! The miracle of birth is amazing, and it reminds you of what an amazing God we have! We are so happy that mama and baby are both doing great!

Friday, August 15, 2008

The mess only worsens...

Well things at the new Roseberry residence are only getting worse... Everything we are doing to the house right now only makes a bigger mess. I am ready to start putting things back together, but we still have some more "mess making" to do before things will start to look better. This week I am feeling like the final result is nowhere in sight. Randall has been working extra hours at work trying to close out a project and I just didn't have the strength to face the mess alone tonight. Don't worry, we have big plans to attack it this weekend!

Monday, August 11, 2008


say goodbye

So almost all the popcorn has been scraped from the ceilings of our house. We are only lacking the kitchen and laundry room. What a MESS! In case you have not experienced the pleasure of scraping popcorn off ceilings, I will enlighten you: First you spray it down with a bug sprayer type thing until the ceiling is pretty saturated. Then you take a scraper, and scrape it off. If wet enough, it comes off quite easily because the popcorn when mixed with water turns to a kind of mud-paste that just sloughs off and drops to the floor. So the floor turns into a slippery obstacle course and then you throw in some ladders just for fun. Actually, it went quicker than I had expected and I didn't really mind doing it. However, I will not recommend that anyone do this while there is furniture in the house. We have not cleaned any of the mess up yet, and now that it has dried it looks like it snowed inside our house:

Thanks to our friend Meredith who wasn't afraid to get dirty and come help us! It's always more fun working with a friend!

Friday, August 8, 2008

demo day 1

If you ever need to get some frustration out.... demo is the way to go! I was impressed at how fast it went and how much we got done. Randall, his dad, and friend Kevin ripped up all the laminate flooring and ripped down all the wood paneling throughout the house as well as knocking out a half wall, part of the shower, and part of the ceiling in the bathrooms. What did I do you might ask?........ I unscrewed and took off all the light switches and electric sockets (there are more of those than you might realize in a house until you start taking them all off!). Oh and I also made a Sonic run (very important). Well here are some pictures of the guys having fun:

as promised:

Here are just a few pics of the house as we bought it. I have to say these pics don't look too bad, but in person all the surfaces are much dirtier than they appear here.

guest bath

master bedroom

master bath


kitchen, lots of cabinets - yay!

dining room


Thursday, August 7, 2008


As soon as I find my camera cable there WILL be pictures of the house.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008


Welcome to our blog! I must first post a disclaimer: I am not a writer and never have been, so please excuse any incorrect grammar. (Hopefully this blog will be filled with more pictures than words.) Also I have been told that I write extremely long sentences, so instead of taking time to correct this flaw, I will just let my thoughts freely flow here on the web without hindrance. With that out of the way I must also say that I am new to blogging and this blog will be a work in progress.... just like our NEW HOUSE! Now... when I say "new", I really mean built in 1982 but new to us. After a 3 month long ordeal, the wait is over, and we are official homeowners! Let the work begin!
The house is exactly what we were looking for. A fixer-upper in a good neighborhood with lots of potential for us to add our own personality into every inch of it! In the upcoming months I will keep you up to date with what project we are currently working on and how thing are coming along. Also, I love good advice, so if you experienced "remodelers" out there have any send it our way!
"Before" pictures coming soon!