Addy being pretty interested in the deer skull
September 5, 2014
My little helper, Addy
White washed background and stained wood
Very tired after a long few days of work
This project was super quick and easy and has seriously transformed our very neglected kitchen. From the linoleum cabinets and counter tops to the tiny sink, the kitchen seemed unsalvageable so I focused my projects everywhere else. There was a large 4ft x 8ft empty space of wall that I had contemplated doing something with for a very long time but I had no idea how to use the space. I finally saw an industrial pallet at work this summer and quickly set my heart on a kitchen storage/beautification project. I brought it home hoping that I would be able to take it apart and build some really unique storage. After several hours of trying to pry slats of wood free and breaking several I finally gave up on the disassembly plan. I was extremely lucky though because the intact pallet just happened to fit perfectly in the space! I stained the front half of the wood and white washed the back panels. Once everything was dry (about 12 hours later) I added two Ikea Fintorp rails for hanging pots and pans. I'm incredibly happy with the result but admittedly a little sad that I didn't get to use my tools.
August 23, 2014
Hudson River Valley is among my favorite places to visit because of the immense natural beauty and long history as an artist community...but adding the Tuthilltown Sprits [Hudson Whiskey] into the mix quickly doubled my love.
Tuthilltown is small and intimate distillery with a true craft spirit. They take locally grown ingredients and combine them with ingenuity and style.
Hudson Whiskey swag
Each bottle is hand marked with the year, batch, and bottle
All of the tastings were incredible but I think Baby Bourbon won my heart.
August 19, 2014
Lauren, Addy, and I headed up to Catskill New York to celebrate Lauren's 26th birthday. We are huge fans of airbnb and the Hudson Valley area so after a little searching we settled on the beautiful and charming Cottage School House by the River. The renovated school house sits on a five acre plot along side the main house. The atmosphere was perfect and we were so at happy and home to be tucked away in the mountains again. The mountains and the crisp air brought back so many great memories of Williams College in late summer (before preseason)!
Main house & shed
Teepee & backyard
School House with original wood floor and panels
Wood panels from the 1920s complete with kids names etched in
Addy the doodle lounging around
Amazing wood burning oven
My girls sleeping in
patterns & texture
Coffee table books
This is one happy little hiker (below)! We have always enjoyed hiking but since we got Addy the hiking has become a weekly tradition. It has been a great way to put studying on pause and be outside doing something healthy. So naturally it would not have been a complete trip unless Lauren searched for the best possible trail. We hiked up North Trail for a round trip of six miles in perfect weather. In total it took us about four hours with a breathtaking lunch break at the top. The trail was manageable with a couple of steep rocky portions for good measure.
Obligatory mom and pup pics
Working hard and getting muddy
The view from above
I was obsessed with these mossy roots
Addy met some very interesting new friends upstate including a frog, wild turkeys and falcon.
August 10, 2014
July 5, 2014
Danny & Sydney at the Philly Fourth of July Jam
The whole family made it down for America's 238th birthday
the lovely mom
Addy sporting her Colombia Yellow, Blue & Red for the World Cup match
Bananagrams was played
Alyssa getting ready and being patriotic
Dave & Alyssa
Looking forward to this double date
Then things got weird
loving the windy weather
Late night snuggles