June Superlatives: Northern & Southern Fun

Since it’s a holiday here in the US (America’s birthday, no less!) we’re spending the day with our family, but we thought we’d take a minute to look back on the month of June (once again we’re late with our little recap – sorry guys!). But in an attempt to TOTALLY REDEEM OURSELVES (name that movie), we’ve also linked to a bunch of Fourth of July related posts of yore for ya (here, here, and here) and we snuck a few never before seen things into this recap – like a new family portrait that the lovely and talented Katie B snapped for us while we were in Atlanta (how is no one crying?!). If you’re feeling especially sentimental, you can also browse all of our monthly superlatives dating back to January of 2011 right here (it’s almost a year and a half of projects crammed into just 17 posts). Happy Fourth of July everyone!

Most Refreshing: The new view of our house, now that the bush fence has officially become grass. It’s nice to look back at this picture now that the summer heat has since made things a little bit browner…

Biggest Surprise: How easy it was to demolish the balcony that stood in the way of our new deck. Still kinda crazy to think how easily it came off. Glad we didn’t try to use that sucker!

Most Worth The Wait: Our new scalloped rug in the kitchen, which we found at Urban Outfitters after a pretty extensive rug search.

Biggest Pop (Indoor): Finally putting some color on our kitchen stools – they totally add a little cheer to our peninsula.

Biggest Pop (Outdoor): Introducing a new accent color to our patio – tomato red! – courtesy of these new Adirondack chairs that we saved up for (literally, cash-in-a-jar style).

Biggest Tearjerker: This plate, which we had custom made as an anniversary present to my parents. When my mom saw our family’s simple dinner grace emblazoned on this platter she (and maybe a few of us too) got a little something in our eyes.

The “Never Thought I’d Do That!” Award: Taking a power saw to the brick exterior of our house. This was the first step in deck construction, so while it felt a bit weird, it was exciting to finally dive in.

Messiest: The floor of our master bathroom after demo-ing out the sketchy tree border tile that we were less than loving.

Most Worldly: This little jaunt around our local World Market so that we could share all of the colorful and fun items that caught our eye.

Most Sparkly: The shiny new glass subway tile that we installed in our master bathroom to replace the old tree tile border that we demo-ed the day before.

Most Technical: This post about some of our favorite Photoshop tricks for adjusting photos. It was a little nitty gritty, but we loved sharing our process and learning some new tips from you guys in the comment section!

Most Sentimental: The little arrangement of frames that we put on the wall in our bathroom with pictures taken on each of our four wedding anniversaries. The 5th one comes up on Saturday, so here’s hoping we get a great decent picture for that empty frame. Update: Just as Sherry predicted, those flowers died well before they could reach our fifth anniversary- oh well, at least they were free from the backyard.

Heaviest: The auger that we rented to dig holes for our deck posts. It was pretty hefty, but definitely not as bad as my face in these pictures would indicate.

Shiftiest: The furniture in our bedroom, which got shifted around when we finally broke up our crazy symmetrical arrangement for a new layout that gave the room more flow. Only took us a year and a half to figure that out. Haha.

Biggest Risk: Cutting the posts off sweet Ed The Bed. But it was a risk that totally paid off with a much improved and airier vibe. Thank goodness.

Biggest Sourpuss: Me, after learning that we failed our first deck inspection and that two days of work appeared to be totally wasted (that is, until we got some good news last week).

Shakiest: The cameraperson at the helm of our most recent outdoor tour video (this means you Sherry). I’d say she needs to quit it on the caffeine, but there’s not even caffeine in her diet to blame it on!

Most Well-Rounded: The new rug in our office (but definitely not the two workaholics making cameos in the background).

Most Helpful: Clara – or at least that’s what we tell her, especially when it comes to keeping her occupied at the home improvement store by asking for her assistance when we’re pushing the cart (she’s happy to dive in – even for large loads like the wood for our new bedroom headboard).

Most Improved: Our bedroom, which is totally on the up-and-up (if you ask us) thanks to the addition of this new upholstered headboard.

Most Unresolved: Okay, so I’ll admit that blogging about our little tiff over an accidental (and totally well-intentioned) trip to Goodwill with a towel bar that was not supposed to end up there was partially motivated by hoping you guys would all say I was right. Many of you did, but many of you didn’t. Case officially not closed.

Most Likely To Make Situations Awkward: Us – well, Sherry in particular – at the Haven Conference where we gave the keynote address, but also grinded on other bloggers, let our kids (that included Burger) run amok, and generally had a blast while doing it.

Most Disappointing (To Some): That our post entitled “The Vow” wasn’t actually about Channing Tatum, but instead featured some 4th of July tablesettings that Sherry whipped up just for fun.

Friendliest: These “Twenty Northern Friends” that were part of my Father’s Day gift. Sidenote: In high school, I actually was voted “Friendliest” a couple of times (although that was just in band superlatives, so maybe I shouldn’t boast that much).

Smiliest: The three of us, who Katie Bower miraculously caught all smiling in this sweet little family portrait that she captured during our visit. Thanks Katie B! Total miracle worker. And yes, Sherry is totally pinning Clara’s hands down (she’s a flailer just like her mom).

So that’s what our June looked like (along with some pretty hefty book proofing stuff that goes off to be printed in less than a month!). It’s always fun to take a break from adding things to the to-do list for a second, just to look back and appreciate the things that are done-zo. We totally think it helps keep our momentum up – especially when it comes to tackling things like our big deck project, some more master bathroom and bedroom updates, other outdoor projects, and everything else at the top of our list. What are you most proud of accomplishing this past month? And what are you looking forward to checking off in July? Is it just us, or did it feel like 2012 just started and suddenly we’re halfway done with it? Oh where has the time gone…


  1. says

    well, to answer you first question … in Dumb and Dumber the line is “You know, Lloyd, just when I think you couldn’t possibly be any dumber, you go and do something like this… And totally redeem yourself!” Happy 4th!

  2. says

    I have to say that your post on your go-to photo editing techniques was awesome! I’ve been using them (with Gimp) and they really make a difference! Thanks 1000 times for posting them!

    Oh… and your Goodwill conflict is unresolved in this house, too. Kevin agrees with John and I have to agree with Sherry!

    Happy 4th!

  3. Annalie says

    Dumb and Dumber! Your headboard is awesome! This is why I love the monthly roundup posts because I must have missed the post about this so I wouldn’t have seen it otherwise. I was thinking of doing something different in my daughters room and this has given me a great idea, thanks! Wow, I just used way too many exclamation points! :)

  4. says

    I got just three extra clear storage bins (on wheels) from IKEA and TOTALLY transformed our very large hall closet. Not only are purses and tote bags on hanging hooks, I can wheel out gardening/painting supplies without having to beg the hubby to lift everything for me. I am so proud and smile every time I open the door!

    And, I painted a stool yesterday. A really lovely fern color. Double points: used latex paint this time around (unlike spray paint for kitchen table and chairs) and managed to NOT paint the stone or living items on our patio. Score.

  5. Meredith says

    I was just doing some bedroom rearranging last night thanks to you guys! Looking at the updated pictures, it looks pretty close to being finished. Besides re-doing the floor, possibly the dresser, and doing something with the botanical prints wall, what is left on your bedroom to-do list?

    • says

      The entire other side of the room is blank- so we need some art/furniture for over there. We’d also love to build out and repaint the sink cabinet, paint the ceiling, possibly repaint the walls, etc.


  6. says

    Great pic of the 3 of you!! Such a miracle to get the little ones to smile at the same time that everyone is actually looking at the camera. I’m sure Jeremy and Katie were doing some serious antics behind the camera to get that kind of reaction :) Happy 4th of July y’all!

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