Friday, March 5, 2010

My excuses for not posting...

Here's what I've been spending my every free moment on for the last little while.
I've never painted before and I've been surprised at what a HUGE job it is! I think the fact that I'm doing it around two little boys probably makes it seem more huge than it should be. Although I loved the yellow walls when we moved in (yellow is my favorite color), now it's time for a change and to make it mine! Ever since we bought the house last July, that color yellow has been screaming at me. The three bedrooms are each a crazy color too (bright coral, dark purple and turquoise), so I've really wanted to neutralize and tone the whole place down a bit. I'll post the finished pictures if--I mean when--I get finished.

So after a week of hard work on the walls it was time for a getaway. We had to leave Darren at home, but the boys and I drove down to Eugene for a visit with Grandma and Grandpa Jolley.

We even saw some Mangums down there. My Uncle Tom and Aunt Kaye are Mission Presidents there in Eugene and we had a great little visit. They played with my boys and fed us a delicious lunch and it was so great to catch up with them. They are doing great work!

My sister-in-law, Emily, was also in town from Vegas for a friend's wedding with her two little cuties so we took advantage of the opportunity to see them.
See? I told you they were cute. I admit, this little girl was my main motivation to make the drive and she was worth it.

So then my brother-in-law, Marc, made it a bigger family reunion by coming down from Portland on Saturday with his family. Woo hoo! Joseph refuses to go to Oregon without seeing Kellen! We had the obligatory jump on the Mitchell's trampoline.And we ate at Papa's Pizza where my boys thoroughly enjoyed the ball pit.
Here's the whole boy crew together:And Grandma and Grandpa too!What a great little trip. We love you all!

Now it's back to my walls. Wish me luck.


Courtenay Beth said...

just keep painting, just keep painting...oh man such a huge project! Good for you Jill!!! I love all the pics of the boys all together, and that scrumptious Carly, can't get enough of her right?
I can't wait to see the finished products, I hope you have before pictures too...I AMWAYS forget to do before pictures!!!

Carol and Bruce said...

I'm so proud of you! When I paint it motivates Bruce immediately to take over the project, he doesn't trust me to do it right. I can't wait to see the finished product. It looks great so far and feels like it is going to look bigger with the lighter color. SO FUN!

Love the picture of the boys with their suckers and toys that was such a fun time, thanks so much for coming.

Emily said...

HOW FUN!!! It makes me want to paint more! I need to do my bedroom and bathroom big time. Those boys look like good helpers.

Thanks SO MUCH for making the trip to oregon, it was so much fun to see you guys!!!!! Tell Darren we missed him though!

LeAnn said...

It was so good to see all of you! Good job with the painting--I agree it is a huge job.

Jonathan and Michelle said...

YUCK! Good luck with painting, it is a huge job! But it will be worth it and I can't wait to see the finished pictures! Cute pictures of Oregon, we are extremely jealous of the Jolley's for getting you guys, but I will try and let it go!

Jenni said...

Well at least you've got those cute helpers with all of the painting! i LOVE when you post pictures. Keep them coming! Your boys are getting so big! I can't wait to see them! And I did love the yellow in our house, but I'll be excited to see the finished product.

and I'm SOOOO jealous that I missed that fun weekend with the whole family!!

Jennie Minor said...

GO JILL! I am a little shocked that you choose to get rid of your yellow walls. I do remember yellow being your favorite color! But I am sure that what ever you do will be AMAZING!
Love the fun pics of your trip. And I can't believe that Joseph is old enough to lose a tooth! Man where has the time gone?
And I might have to steal your wards "Blast From The Past 80s" party! SO FUN!