Hammocks, Birthdays and Summer…

Well by now I think it’s safe to say I suck at this whole blog thing…I’ve just been too busy working hard at enjoying the summer…

Once again there has been a lot that has gone on since the last time i posted…

I turned 26! Yeah that’s my birthday cake. Go ahead and be jealous. It was beyond awesome.

The 4th of July…

And apparently my name has been changed to Trish. I know I mumble but come on…how do you get Trish out of Gretchen?

As far as the house goes, it has had some major changes as well this summer. Especially on the outside.

A few pictures of the house when I moved in…

And the back before a little demolition…

West enjoying his patio one last time…

My backyard looks huge now! It also looks like a petting zoo currently. Waiting for a little cooler weather so I can start growing some grass.  Right now its just a bunch of dirt and hay.

And for the front…

This single picture says it all. The landscape is still not 100% complete. Still have a little bit of planting to do but it’s definitely made a HUGE difference so far!

As always, our hearts are anchored in this little cottage we call home…


I found the easter eggs…and the bunny

Happy Easter to all those who celebrate it and for those of you who don’t hope you Sunday was relaxing, enjoyable and spent with loved ones. Even though it was Sunday and a holiday there was no resting for me. I started the day off at one of my favorite places in the world, the dog park. It’s always a good vibe filled with the best creatures on earth, the dogs that is, not the humans.

West decided to play with the largest dog I have ever seen. That dogs head came up to my breast. He was insanely amazing.

After the park we came home ready to work on this lovely day. My parents brought over a chain saw and cut down a bunch of dead bushes and what not. Anyone who knows me knows I don’t need to be anywhere near a chainsaw so I spent the majority of the day wandering around the back yard discovering new things. It was a successful Easter because of these two discoveries…

I found real easter eggs and…a moment of silence please…

the easter bunny. poor fellow. R.I.P.

After those exciting and tragic discoveries I was done with yard work for the day.

Next step was starting to paint one of the bedrooms which will be the office. Yes, there was plenty other things I could do but my ADD had me starting on the office…

One quick tip I’ve learned from painting: line your paint tray in foil it makes for a much easier and quicker clean up. That is the one down fall to painting…the clean up takes for ever!

This is the office before. white on top and go figure, a shade of blue on the bottom. At least the navy was better than the blue downstairs.

I’m painting the office white again minus this wall. I put chalkboard paint on top and white on bottom. I’ll post a better picture when it’s light out and the paint tape is down. Eventually my desk will go against this wall and the chalkboard paint will work great for an inspiration wall!

Another successful day down.

I will leave you with this sweet face and crooked paw…

man he is cute!