Changing the wallpaper in our dining room has been on my mind for a couple of years!
I spent all of the fall - from September to early November - looking for new paper! I would fall in love with something and after ordering it, discovered it was 'out of stock!' How discouraging those words became! Finally I chose a second choice and ordered enough for the entire room PLUS I bought the two double rolls of the one I LOVED!!! They coordinated very well together so I used the 'plain' one on the vintage photo wall last November before Thanksgiving, knowing I wouldn't get back to papering until after the holidays. I MEANT to do it in January but THAT didn't happen! I'm good about going on to plan B - or C, D.....I knew it would get done sooner or later!
I took this picture Thursday afternoon before I started tearing the old paper down!
It was good paper that lasted a LONG time. I put this up in August of 1983!
By day's end it was down! I was so tired! I told Louis Dean, "Well, no one is coming over so I am just going to leave it all on the floor until tomorrow! Who's to see it??"
Meet my youngest son, Benjamin!!!
He called first thing Friday morning and was in the area!
We had the BEST visit!!!
Not only is he handsome - he's also STRONG!!!
Benjamin graciously pulled the HEAVY buffet away from the wall so I could get back there and paint the paneling! That buffet holds art books and supplies and weighs a ton!
I do have these lifter things with pads to put underneath the furniture so you can slide them.
STILL! It was a lot of work and he did it all by himself!
By Friday night I had the wall sized for paper and the paneling Kiltzed for paint!
We celebrated by watching On Golden Pond - one of my favorite movies!
I have been there once and Louis Dean and I are planning on visiting that area together this fall.
There may be some resemblance of us in Norman and Ethel!!
I am very grateful LD and I are growing old together!
Saturday I got with it and got it papered!
I didn't take pics of it after I painted the paneling but I 'Got 'R DONE!!!'
We were so tired we went to bed at 10:00!!!
Sunday I was SO ready to go to church!!!
What with one thing and other, we had missed several Sundays as of late.
It was wonderful to be back in the pew and since it was the first Sunday of the month, we observed communion as well. I have loved going to church all my life and I cannot imagine not having a church home and or attending services on a regular basis,
The perk of being members at the same church as family is Sunday lunch!
We do love Dickey's BBQ!!
The kids request who sits by whom!
Logan got one side of Granddad!
Kailey got the other!
Trystan got MeeMaw Points for wanting me to sit by HER!!!!
That's just the sweetest little girl right there!!!
Of course, all the kids have MeeMaw's number!!
Kailey loves to look at my 'pishurs' and uses that little thumb of hers to scroll down like a pro!
She noticed the photos of the dining room!
I think one of the best things to share with grandchildren - or children for that matter - is LAUGHTER!!! We laugh a LOT!!!
Mike is seldom in the limelight but he IS a real STAR!!!
A GOLDEN star at that!!!
My beautiful daughter and her Miracle Boy Baby!!
We will never forget how close we came to losing Harrison on June 10th, 2012.
During the service Sunday morning, we were reminded how God DOES give miracles and we are grateful for Harrison!!!
He is already Mighty in Spirit!!
God has a plan for this young man - as He does for everyone!!!
I am excited to be able to watch how God uses this family for his honor and glory!
We all parted ways after lunch and I went back to the DINING ROOM!!!
UGH!!! I stained trim and painted trim and cleaned up debris - and baked a cake!
It was SUPER Bowl Sunday and I live next door to the best neighbors in the world!!!
I baked up the cake and took it over to join the party!
Poor Louis Dean was tired from me working him so hard that he stayed home!
Stephanie made sure I took him home a plate of brisket and goodies, though!!
How fun is THIS???
Love the ref costume!!!!
Stephanie ( on the far right) and her husband have the BEST back yard EVER!!!!
While we love our gazebo - Stephanie had one first!!!
We love our fire pit! - Stephanie had one first!!!
See that round one up there on the left? That was the very first one.
I got one just like it after Louis Dean and I married!
They really know how to entertain and have fun and that was exactly what we did Sunday!!!
It was a great football game and we were all rooting for the Broncos!!
Although, I DID root a little for Michael Oher on the Panthers!!
Blindside has always been a favorite movie and I was so happy to see Michael Oher doing so well!
It was a great party but I went home at halftime to finish watching the game with Louis Dean!
Speaking of Louis Dean.....
As I was taking down, cleaning and putting back up all the photos....
I paused to take some pics of them.
I'm bot sure how old he was here - but he has always been handsome!!
I believe he was 12 years old in this one.
He looks like Clark Kent here!
Louis Dean at 16 years of age!
I am so blessed to be his wife!
Then I have photos of Deanie and me.
I was 6 and she was 3.
I was 4 years old here and she was just nearly 1!
I think I was third grade in this school photo!
I put the room back to rights - all polished and cleaned!!
I just love this pretty wallpaper!
Looks very elegant to me!
I do not have 'plain' switch plate covers anywhere - but I put this one in the dining room.
Then I decided - NAH!!! I don't do PLAIN!
I spray painted the old one (which was cream) white and switched them out!
The dining room is DONE! NEARLY!
I am loving it!
You can't really tell - but the area behind the China cabinets and those baskets on top of them - still has the old wallpaper. My sweet Summer volunteered to come over and help me unload the china, pull the cabinets out and paper and paint that wall - next MONTH!!!
This dining room has truly worn me completely out!!!
Every evening I would think about writing my journal post and then be too exhausted to do more than sit in a stupor for a few minutes before falling into bed!
It wasn't just the dining room project! Doing that seemed to trash the rest of the house!!!
While things are not all neat and tidy at the Chapman's tonight, it's NOT the mess it was!!!
Sabrina posted this on Facebook the other day and tagged me in it!!
I totally agree!!!!
I close tonight with this verse:
"The desire accomplished is sweet to the soul."