Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Just like Olive Garden

Hello, there! Are you enjoying these every "two-day" updates? I feel like I'm going to run out of things to say, but alas, my camera chip always has something to say.  : )

The chevron painting episode of 2011 has been a success! I'm sadly, though, not ready to show her off just yet. David works really long hours and has just not had time to do the touch up needed to really finish her off. He works 6:00 am-4:30 pm, Monday through Friday, and every Saturday, 6:00 am-2:30 pm. He is a really hard, loyal, committed worker. When he comes home, I just really want him to feel that his time here is peaceful, so I try not to "push" too much on him. Tonight, he tackled the office space and tons of paperwork that needed sorted and filing, so I think tomorrow will be a better day for ol' Chevvy.

The process involved some ludicrous measuring. David uses Excel in his sleep, so it is always his go-to when he needs some exact measurements. Once the lines, widths, heights, rows, and angles were all sorted out {you know, the easy part}, he was ready to get started! 

I'm feeling sorry for him at about this point.. he had just come in from mowing our shoebox in the city and was already tired {but not hot! Remember, we stay in the 80's here! Ha!}

So... technically, we are way past this point. The paint has dried, the tape is down, and dining room decor and drapes are hung. It is a bit wild and I know super trendy {which will deter many of you from doing something so wild as this}, but I never regretted doing our harlequin wall and, quite frankly, it single handily sold that house. She said she and her husband would never be able to do something like that on their own and it was worth it to her. And then they made a full price offer. Now, I'm not saying paint will sell your house, but it could make you happier while you cook!

Speaking of which, I made a new recipe that I thought was worth sharing. It is called "Hamburger Soup", but I am renaming it in my cookbook file. We are calling it, "Just Like Olive Garden." No lie. This tasted just like Olive Garden's Minestrone soup. I served mine with french bread and David said more than once how he couldn't believe the similarities. You should try it! It made a big batch with enough for another dinner of leftovers.

And because I just had to share this with my family... I set up the tripod for a few pictures of Harbor and me on Wednesday. Sadly, we just weren't positioned correctly on the couch and I blocked his little body and almost didn't get him in any shots. Poor kid. Ahem.. for example:

Yes, this is the Jessica show. Shameless. and a total accident.

But alas, I found a little gem. I almost skipped right over it. Just look at those eyes and that dimple! I think he loves me in spite of my hogging the camera.  : )


  1. wow! look at the awesome chevron wall! and who cares if it's trendy....if you get tired of it in a few years, how hard is it to roll a wall :)

  2. The wall looks so good, I know David is so good at helping you do whatever you ask of him but all that measureing would me a girl go crazy in sane, but he does it & doesn't even think about it, his so good with #'s. Makes my brain hurt just looking at the chart of #'s ha!!!! I love that last picture of Harbor William, he is so cute & so happy that you just let him be in the photo too,ha!!! He has his eyes cut around looking at you, I love it, Love & miss you guys, Gigi

  3. It's looking great! I cannot wait to see the finished product!!
    That soup looks so good! We will have to try it this fall, once it's a little cooler here in NWA! :)

  4. I can't wait to see the finished wall!! That soup looks so good!
    I did the coffee filter wreath! I will be posting about it later today. It turned out so cute!

  5. Cannot wait to see the finished wall! I firmly believe in paint selling a house... I sold a house that was about $15,000 more than a house a street over and the same size. The house had a real modern feel because of the paint, decor, and furniture! Amazing how a little hard work and bucket of paint can make a huge difference!
    Soup looks so good! I like your name better for it! :)

    And That pic of Harbor looking up at you has to be my fav! So cute!

  6. I love what you all have done in that room! So fun and bold! I love Harbor's expression in that last photo. So cute!

  7. I can't wait to see the finished wall! All those numbers just made my head hurt so you're lucky your hubby is so into it! :)

    And love the last picture of y'all. He is too sweet!

  8. We don't know each other at all and I honestly can't remember how I found your blog years ago, but I love reading it! I've been reading your blog since before Harbor William was born. Your new *old* home is gorgeous! Thanks for letting us strangers into your your life! I enjoy every post and picture.

  9. Love those photos! I've done the same thing when I'm using self timer ;)

    Love that wall!