Our Family

Our Family

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

House sketch

Give, and it will be given to you. They will pour into your lap a good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over. For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return. Luke 6:38

John and I are gearing up for a remodel on the front of the house. If you know what the front looks likes well then you understand! We like to do all our own work to save money, and to have pride of accomplishment. But…. There are just some things that we can't do our selves. And with strict city codes and all, well we need help. So we googled a local contractor who is also a designer, looked at his website, and noticed many of the homes around our neighborhood that we have been admiring, all were his work! So we have meet with him a few times, and he drew up a sketch from what we had floating in our minds. The front of the house is very confusing, no symmetry, just kinda a mess! WE wanted to do a different stair system since it is a second story entrance, but city codes wouldn't allow us to, so we have to stay in the same blueprint of our excising one. But we are redoing it all, using concrete, wood, steal, and cable. Then we're changing the roof line, to be flat, we have two other homes near us and we all have the same roof line, looks silly. We want to be different. Tongue and groove underneath, with inset lighting. The main attraction will be our huge steal wall window. So excited to start hoping very soon, seems like construction has picked up, thus everyone seems to be booked for months, hoping to pull some strings. 
We will have tongue and groove ceilings on two balcony's with three LED lights similar to this house.
 Stair system kinda like this
Or this
Or this….
 Using these same materials, wood, concrete, steal, and glass.
 Didn't know I was a modern type of girl, but I find that this style really appeals to me.
Alright my time alone is coming to a end, gotta pick kids up, homeschool is going wonderful, kids are still so busy with school work, that it's not as much time as I thought it would be hanging out, we all have things to do. But I love our mornings, Sage, John and I drink coffee, eat together, then we go to the gym to workout. After the gym they do hours of school work, next we make a big, yummy lunch together. It's working for our family. Love you all, Shirley

Saturday, February 15, 2014

House Ideas

But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19 

I'm completely in love with Patrick Dempsey and his wife Jillians home in Malibu. I called John while at the library and in a hushed tone and said, "I found exactly what we've been talking about in the new Architectural Digest". 
Our backyard has three levels, each with quiet a bit of space, but only two of those levels are flat, so we're carving into the hillside of the second to flatten it out to gain a lot of useable land. In this new spot we are going to make a eating/fireplace, area, like this one
 Love everything about the entrance, the wood floors, white walls, the antique rug
 In our entrance right now you enter into a tiny mudroom, we will be sealing this area off, and putting in a fireplace there, SO I've been on the hunt virtually to see what style I like, I'm leaning towards smooth stucco, with a old/ weathered piece off wood as a seating area
 A pool that looks so inviting, reminds me of a boat dock
 Now on the bottom level, we want to do a raised vegetable garden, we go through a lot of vegetables, and think it's a valuable lesson for the kids to learn how to garden, I grew up with my momma always tending, picking, watering, her gardens.
Some fireplace ideas
 I love this idea as well, but think I may tire of it, so just by incorporating some weathered wood into it, I'd get my fix!
 So imagine this, with a wood seating area
 And we went to price out our huge window, 9 feet wide, and 6 feet tall, can't wait!

I think wayyy to much about home design, and drive aimlessly to check out a few construction sites, monitoring looking at the progress. I'll admit I've almost caused a few wrecks, pulling over for a open house here and there:)) Off to the rock yard hoping to get some pavers ordered today. Love you, Shirley

Wednesday, February 12, 2014


My son, keep my words, and lay up my commandments with thee. Proverbs 7:1

My first born, turned 17!!! Such a surreal age, he said it best, "Mom 17 is getting real" Yep son it is.. in one more year he will be able to vote, go to war, go off to college. Love him so very much
 His birthday morning, we went to a favorite cafe, both are now drinking coffee, (getting real), ugh were did my little, wild, carefree kids go, now were chilling drinking coffee talking about world affairs.
 Daddy was in Canada, so we had a special little dinner at home, with cake, ice-cream, and presents.
 The Slee kids
 Next up Sadie and Coco had a school valentine dance, they dreamt it up all week, shopping for their dresses, thinking of who they might dance with….. So cute

 Walking by bathroom, I had to get this shot

 Photo booth
 Sage and her friend came along to dance with the girls
 Food truck, the school went all out

 Yep the principle dancing the night away with the girls

 Looking forward to a four day weekend, doing some fun projects around the house, love you, Shirley

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Hardest job in the world

Hardest job in the world
Click on the link above this video really touched me.