Archive for August, 2009

Any Takers??

August 30th, 2009

Got another teaser for you guys…



Anyone want to guess what Mr. vB and I were up to today?

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Home Improvement, Kitchen Makeover


August 30th, 2009

So Mr. vB and I finally got to meet our newest nephew on Friday evening and boy he is a cutie!


DSC_0250The jury is still out on who Philip most resembles.  Some people say he looks like Mr. vB, but I think he looks a lot like his big sister did at this age.


Mr. vB has already started to play football with him- literally!


And Big Sister Maddy is being extremely helpful and gentle with her new baby bro!


Mr. Philip ended up being about a week early, but is healthy and happy!  His Momma and Poppa are doing well too, just lacking in the sleep department!  Mr. vB and I are VERY excited that he is here and can’t wait to start spoiling him rotten.

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Life’s a Beach…well atleast for a week it was!

August 29th, 2009

Mr. vB and I have spent the last week down in the Outer Banks of North Carolina playing in the sun with my parents, brother, sister in law, nephew, and Grandmother.  Oh and I can’t forget Boots and Bailey!

We had an amazing cottage right on the ocean and like that wasn’t enough, we also had a pool in the back yard!



The hardest decision we had to make every morning was if we wanted to go to the the pool first or to the beach first?!?



And thankfully we also had WIFI so I could keep up with my bloggin’.  Bet you guys didn’t even notice that I was blogging away with a drink in one hand and a pool float in the other.  Gotta love technology!

Here’s a breakdown of our fabulous week:

Day One… Let the relaxing begin!


DSC_0082Baby Travers had his pool routine down.  He would jump in, swim to the edge and then do it AGAIN and AGAIN and AGAIN...It made me tried just watching him.



t pool

Day Two…Hurricane Bill came though town.  Luckily he was far enough off the coast and all we got were some cool looking waves and clouds.  We weren’t allowed to go swimming in the ocean due to the rip tides, so we spent most of the time in the pool, which was fine with us.


Other people, not naming names, Mr.vB played on their computers!


But everyone was happy and relaxed no matter what we were doing!




These crazy clouds rolled in later in the afternoon.  You couldn’t tell where the ocean ended and the clouds began.  I almost thought Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze were going to jump out of a helicopter and start surfing.




We decided to play if safe and go inside for a game of Scrabble.


Day Three and Four were much of the same (minus the hurricane part).   We played in the pool, the ocean, read books, took naps, pretty much whatever you wanted to do!  We also hit up the pizza shop where my brother worked one summer during college.



DSC_0360We kept pushing Travers to throw around his name and see if we could score some free pizza.  I mean who wouldn’t remember the name of that amazing dishwasher they had back in the summer of ’97.


We capped the night off by sitting outside to see the sunset.




Day Five… The “young” adults went on a Jeep excursion and then had a rib eating contest.


DSC_0479These are the wild Spanish Mustangs that have inhabited the most northern part of the Outer Banks for almost 500 years!  They roam freely and are protected by local laws.  My brother wanted to lasso one and ride it home for the Baby T to see.  I told him I would not pick him up from jail, so he opted to take a photo instead.




We worked up an appetite sitting in a jeep for 2.5 hours.  Luckily it was the vB’s turn to cook that night.  We made our famous baby back ribs and Travers bet us that he would eat 2 racks all by himself…


I don’t think he made through a full 2 racks- but he got darn close.  Here you go Travers, bask in the limelight.

The Winner of the Rib Eating Contest- Travers Edwards


Day Six.. more beach and pool time.


The Dolphin came out to play that afternoon as well.  They were riding in the waves and jumping through the air.  It was so neat to watch. (Now why couldn’t they do that when we went to visit them with the Eubanks?)


Later in the evening once it cooled off we went to Jockey’s Ridge.  Did you know it is the largest “living” sand dune on the East Coast?  I think I read that it contained 350 million gallons of sand.

No wonder Baby T needed some help from his momma to get to the top!


I love this photo because Travers is like, “Now that you got me here, what do you want me to do?”



Day Seven.. back to the real world.  Uncle vB and Baby T watched Sesame Street while we packed up the cars.



A BIG THANKS to Honey and Cece for making this vacation happen.  I do believe it was the first Edwards’ Family vacation in about 15 years!  We are looking forward to keeping this tradition going!

**Thanks for sticking with me to the end.  It was hard to condense a week’s work of activities and photos into a post.  If you are a glutton for pain interested in seeing the rest of the photos from the week- click HERE.**

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August 27th, 2009

Remember back in July when I posted about the surpirse baby shower for my bro and sis in law?

Well Philip Justin vanBlaricom II has finally ARRIVED!

Here are his stats…born Tuesday August 25th…6 lbs 15.8 ozs…19 inches


Welcome to the World Baby Pip…I can’t wait to meet you!

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Things you didn’t know you needed, but want as soon as you see it!

August 23rd, 2009

Have you guys been surfing the web and come across something you didn’t know even existed, but as soon as you saw it you needed it?  This just happened to me.

I thought all my earrings and necklaces were quite content sitting on a shelf in my closest.  Once I got a look at these cute jewelry stands I was having second thoughts…

How cute is this?  A Spinning Bird Jewelry Stand $32.00

jewlery standor…

jewlery 2Yes Frills Wall Jewelry Holder $24

My jewelry and I might have to have a serious conversation about relocation.

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Shoe{s} of the Month- August

August 22nd, 2009

If the stores are dying to get rid of all their summer wares, I will gladly take them up on their sales. And you should too!

I found these cute shoes at and they are both under $20 BUCKS!

shoe 1Rope Trim Sandals

Sale $15.00

shoe 2

Fringed Suede Sandals

Sale $15.00

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Green Oak Farm

August 16th, 2009

Mr. vB and I spent another fabulous weekend with good friends at another amazing location!  On Friday afternoon we packed up the car and headed down the road to Providence Fordge, VA.  Destination- GREEN OAK FARM.

This farm has been in my friend Christian’s family since 1687.

Yup- you read that correctly- 1687.

green oak farm sign

This was our 4th Annual Trip to the farm and this year did not disappoint.  

Here’s a tour of the farm.


Here is the main farmhouse. The land was patented to the Christian family around the late 1600′s by the King of England.   And the original structure consisted of just a cellar because Indian’s still inhabited this land. For safety, the Christian’s had to hide below ground. Over time, the family added more rooms and a second floor.  Today the main house consists of a living room, a dining room, a kitchen and four bedrooms.  Many of the door frames in the house are about 6′ tall, where the standard one today is about 7′ tall.  Mr. vB tends to forget about the height difference and has clunked his head on them several times.

DSC_0135Here is the lane that leads up to the farm.  During the Civil War Union soldiers camped out in these fields.  And surprisingly the house survived the war as most homes that the Union came across were burnt to the ground.

DSC_0131Here are some of the original barns that are still being used today.

DSC_0148This structure used to be the farm office and now is the guest cottage.  There are 2 bedrooms that are connected with a bathroom in the middle.



And here is the Pool house!


We love going out to the farm because it it so quiet and relaxing.  We spent most of the day Saturday lounging by the pool reading magazines and napping.  It was awesome!  And we never skimp on the food or drink.  For dinner on Saturday night we changed it up a bit.  We normally eat either in the main house or the pool house, but instead we decided to eat under the stars. We first started with a cocktail hour out under the 200 year old Ginkgo Tree.





And then we moved around to the front of the house for dinner.


I felt like we had walked onto a movie set- it was absolutely gorgeous!  And once the sun finally set you could see every star in the sky.  (Us city folk forget how dark in can get out in the country.)

DSC_0201 It would take your eyes just a bit to adjust to the darkness and then you could see.  Unfortunately the camera didn’t adjust so easily.  Here is Mr. vB trying to take a photo without the flash.

DSC_0205 Can you barley see our outlines??

DSC_0207Ah- there we are!

Thanks again Christian for an awesome weekend.  We thoroughly enjoy ourselves every time and can’t wait for next year!

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A Drum Roll Please..

August 11th, 2009

To my loyal readers.. a drum roll please.. we finally have photos of the New Bathroom!  I hope it lives up to all the hype!  I’m not sure where to start so I am just going to jump in.  (For a refresher of what it used to look like click here.)












Shew.. It feels good to get that out there!  Now the pressure starts with catching you guys up on what we’ve been up to in the Kitchen.  As we speak Mr. vB is busy drawing up some new ideas.  I feel a trip to Ikea in our very near future!

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Fun in the SUN!

August 10th, 2009

I apologize for the lack of posting last week Marty.  After a whirlwind of putting our kitchen “somewhat” back together, both Mr. vB and I were off and running for work.  I spent half of the week out in Western Virginia and Mr. vB was up in DC.  But by Friday we were together again and headed down to Virginia Beach for the DAVE MATTHEWS CONCERT! And the best part was that we were making a weekend of it and staying with our friends, Toni and Mike Eubanks.

Here’s a break down of the weekend:


What a great show!!

DMB Concert

They played both of my favorite songs, Two Step and Grey Street.  We almost got up close and personal with the band as Mike had a few “connections”.  He gave it his best shot, but all the seats were taken in the orchestra section and we were DENIED.  No worries though- that didn’t stop us from singing and dancing back in the nosebleed area.

This photo was taken after we left the concert and were sitting in front of Chanello’s waiting for our pizza.  Apparently Mr. vB was the only one that was prepared for the photo.  It cracks me up every-time I look at it!

A Classic


We headed down to the Redneck Rivera aka Chick’s Beach for some Cornhole.  Yes that may sound dirty- but it is actually a really fun bean bag toss game.  Toni and Mike are VERY competitive so it was going to be a good game.  Girls vs. Girls as I called it.  And guess who won?  Team TNT..  The boys wanted a re-match, but Toni and I wanted to revel in our win for awhile so we talked them into breaking for lunch.


After lunch we headed to Mike’s parents house for a boat ride.

boat ride

They live in a great house right on the water down at Broad Bay.  Our great hosts’ were originally going to take us out on the Big Ass Boat (not sure how else to describe it- it was huge) but due to a lighting strike the boat lift was out of commission.  That did not stop us though- we just jumped in the Little Ass Boat and we were off.

boat ride 2

Our first stop was to find the group of dolphin that hang out right where the ocean meets the bay.  Those suckers didn’t let us down.  They were everywhere!  Toni said that sometimes you can get them to play with boat and swim beside you, but apparently these dolphin were not interested.  They did get pretty close though…


Here we thought it we didn’t pay attention to them they might come closer.  It didn’t work but made for some good group shots!

vBs Dolphin Watching II


After plenty of coaxing by saying “here fishy, fishy” we gave up on them actually getting close enough to touch.  I think I insulted them by calling them fish when they are actually mammals.  OOPS.

Next stop was a boat tour of some of the million dollar homes back in the Bay.  They were all so amazing!!



We all agreed that we would drop everything to move into one of these gorgeous homes!

Totty and Dave on the boat

This last house was supposedly inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright’s Falling Water House.  This one sure did look like it was going to fall right into the water.  And we can definitely say these people do not own a set of curtains or blinds.  We looked right into their bathroom window from the water and could tell what kind of soap these use.  Good thing that is all we saw!


By the end of our boat tour, we were all a little sunburned, a little drunk (minus our favorite Captain Mike), and ready for some good seafood!  We capped the fabulous weekend off by a great meal at a local seafood restaurant right on the water.

THANK YOU so much to our fabulous hosts- The Eubanks.  You might have been joking about us moving into the guest room but I think Mr. vB is seriously debating on taking you up on it.  I think you might have also got us hooked on Cornhole, the only problem being that we have no place big enough in our yard to play it.

We look forward to next vB/Eubanks Adventure!!

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How Rude of Us…

August 2nd, 2009

Mr. vB and I have already delved into another house project and we are still leaving you guys high and dry on the photos of the new bathroom.  We are not doing it on purpose- I promise.  I am just waiting for a piece of artwork to be framed before we start the photo shoot.  It should be done this week…and then ready to hang!

So while we are waiting, Mr. vB and I thought we would get started with another “little” project- our kitchen!

Months and months ago, Mr. vB started to hand make new cabinet fronts for all 32 cabinets in our kitchen.  Only 6 have actually made it onto their hinges.  I have also been pushing to get a new stainless steel hood to go over the stove.  I’m not sure what was in Mr. vB’s coffee this morning, but when I showed him a few sketches I had done of what I envisioned our “new” kitchen to look like, he was off and running.  I took some great photos of the demo that we did.  There are a ton, so I am going to upload all the still shots and make them into a little movie.  Watch for that later this week.

But for now I will leave you with this..

Our Kitchen this morning at 11am


And at quitting time…


Any guesses on what we are going to do??

PS.  I have the bestest husband in the entire world.  He worked his butt off today and I appreciated every minute of it.  It’s not every day you wake up and say, “let’s renovate our kitchen today.”  He is a very talented man and he continues to surprise me with how HANDY he really can be!

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Home Improvement, Kitchen Makeover