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We are putting the final touches on 2016 and now it is time to look forward to 2017. I have so many ideas in my brain, that I hope my pocket-book can keep up!

This is the project I am most excited about:

Our daughter’s wedding in August 2017!

Okay, so it’s technically not a “project” but we are DIYing a lot of the little things to personalize their big day. The closer the date gets, the more posts will be wedding-themed and the bigger my proud-Mom crocodile tears will become.

Another dream I have been milling around is tearing down this rock around the fireplace.

The ideal design would be to move the entire fireplace insert to the right, put a mantel above it and then mount the TV above that.  I would love to then place a window on the back wall making an entire wall of windows looking out onto the lake.


I like the stone fireplace wall but I don’t love the funky angle it sits at and how it is finished across the top. Plus the fact that putting the fireplace in the middle of the wall will allow for more furniture arrangements.

You know how I love to move furniture around!

(Quick story: Last night Wade went to bed to read a book and relax. Our bedroom wall and the family room wall are one in the same. I wanted to try a new furniture arrangement but to say that Wade doesn’t like to change the furniture around would be an understatement. So, I pushed our two lightweight love seats to where I wanted them and then clumsily wiggled the big bulky leather recliner into its new spot. I must not have been as quiet as I thought I was because an anxious yet wanting-to-be-supportive voice from the bedroom says, “Do you need help?”)

26 years of marriage….he gets me. 🙂

I am looking forward to 2017 with so many more things to share and all that life throws our way!

Have a safe and Happy New Year,