Monday, January 12, 2015

{Family Vacation} Part 1 - Springfield

After Christmas, my family (my parents, Doug, and the kids) took a trip. This year, due to Nate being more challenging (and young), we stayed close to home. Although in years passed, we've gone to Florida and Alabama. We do plan on going to Florida (possibly) again next year so if you have any recommendations and good beaches, I'd love to hear it!


So this year we stayed close to home. We went to Springfield for one night and my dad watched both kids while my mom, Doug and I went on a tour of a supposedly haunted castle, known as the Pythian Castle. Now, we thought we were actually going on a haunted tour. We got more of a haunted history tour in a group that was way too large. The place was beautiful and we'd love to go back to do a real haunted tour as a lot of things seem to happen there. It was interesting to say the least!


Below are two rooms in the basement. The first was once a gym type area. The second is the tunnel that lead to the boiler room and laundry that were housed in a separate building. The tunnel is supposedly haunted of a man who roams the area. Although we didn't see anything, I definitely felt like I was being watched in the tunnel! It is closed off now but you get an odd feeling down there. 









Below is what used to be a bowling alley. Nice orb, right?! 

If you read the blocks from the other side, they say "ICUDIE" .. I read it as "I see you DIE" … scary, huh? And let's just take a moment to look at the creepy doll. These were both in a room that used to house various kids of different ages. "Petey" is supposedly still there. This is also the room that my mom was poked in and no one did it.





Talk about creepy!! 

Be sure to check back for Part 2 - The Fantastic Caverns and Part 3 - Branson.

Friday, January 2, 2015

{House} 2015's Plans

The past two years (well, more, but those are documented), I wrote down plans I'd like to accomplish. So… instead of adding more to the list, I'm going to continue with what I have yet to finish. Maybe this will be the year!

I will say one thing… 2014 saw the idea of moving and/or building a new home for us. That put a big change of plans in our heads so we're rethinking a few things we had originally planned for our house. But I'd still like to do a few things…

2014's list:
1. Redo steps to our upstairs
2. Remove holly (the only surviving bush in our front yard)
3. Remove grass in Lily's Garden and replace with rocks/pea gravel
4. Paint shed
5. Work on the Backyard Playground (reuse stepping stones, add rock box, fence it in, anything else?!)
6. Add more fruits and veggies to our garden
7. Add shelves to my office
8. Possibly do the bathroom and/or work on the kitchen instead
9. Paint stairwell to basement

And well, only a few got finished… #2 and #3.

So, 2015's list:
1. Redo steps to our upstairs. 
2. Paint shed.
3. Work on background (simplified to include many things, not just the playground)
4. Add more fruits and veggies to our garden - this will be yearly, although some did get accomplished as we planted blueberry bushes
5. Add shelves to my office.
6. Bathroom and/or kitchen
7. Paint stairwell to basement

OK… so I'm adding more things..

1. Paint all exterior trim white (window sills, etc.)
2. Paint front porch floor, possibly ceiling
3. Paint back porch floor - hopefully the same color as front porch, possibly even the shed's walls to tie all three spaces together and to minimize amount of paint purchased
4. Paint trim around door (this may go with #1 unless I choose a different color). 

Other people use buzz words for their year, but mine should just be one word that'll cover the majority of my tasks… PAINT! 

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