Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Noises

There's something in our attic again. This time it's big. Like, really big. Big enough to eat ALL of our blocks of rat poison and not die. This thing might be next of kin to Chuck Norris.

Justin and I were eating dinner and watching NCIS and all of a sudden it sounded like someone was walking on our roof. He ran outside with the flashlight to see what it was then ran back in and said it was in the attic.

Guess who's getting a call from us in the morning? Yep - the Wildlife people that we paid $600 to seal up our roof so nothing can get in. Clearly that worked. Sheesh.

I'm just so glad Justin heard it too because if I had called him and said, "there's a person walking on our roof right now" I'm not sure he would have believed me.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Halloween

Justin and I were Juno McGuff and Paulie Bleeker from the movie Juno for Halloween this year. How'd we do?

Here's the DVD cover:
And here's us:


Not too bad huh? Just so you know, I painted Justin's socks, shirt, sweatbands, and the orange stripes on my shirt. It took hours, but turned out great. I thought so at least. :)


Halloween was super low key this year. We went to the May's and hung out for the evening with some other friends. Here's Micah as Charlie Brown and Isabella as Little Red Riding Hood:Crappy picture - they were so NOT into pictures that night. But they were adorable.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Before and After: Our House

OK peeps, here's what you've all been waiting for - HOUSE PICTURES! Because I am lazy and blogger is acting weird right now, I'm just putting them all on here in no particular order. The "Before's" are first. Also, I didn't edit anything. Again, because I am lazy and it already took me 2 days to get this post ready.


Back of the house
Kitchen looking towards Master Bath

Kitchen looking towards dining room and garage

Kitchen - notice the weird counter top piece hiding the back of the stove

Kitchen

Kitchen

Water heater in Garage




Back of house

Wallpaper in Master Bath


That's all the "before" pictures we have. We started working on the house before it occurred to me that I might want "before" pictures of everything. Oh well.


Here's what it looks like now:
Dining Room
Stone plates from Hobby Lobby
Kitchen - We removed the cabinets from above the stove and replaced the weird counter top piece hiding the stove with a larger piece of wood and shelving

The little shelving unit is from IKEA

New flooring and lighting in the kitchen and dining room

We painted the kitchen cabinets a dark brown. The actual color is Sarasparillo. The turtle in the window is from Senegal, West Africa. Zach thought he needed to look out the window and that is where he's staying. :)

New French Door refrigerator. The wall color in the kitchen is Vanilla Brandy.

Living Room - wall color is Martha Stewart Brick Hearth

There will eventually be more things on the walls.

I love our fireplace. The mantle was natural cedar when we bought it - we painted it dark brown.

The window on the mantle is from my paternal grandparents house - the house my dad grew up in. They still live there, but they replaced the windows a while back and DD let me have them.

The djembe (drum) is from Senegal, West Africa too.

Master Bath - I made the curtain. That fabric was $46 a yard at JoAnns and I found it for $5.99 a yard at OHCO in Covington. That was a good day.



We painted the vanity the same color as the kitchen cabinets and bought a new counter top, new sinks, and new faucets. We got new lighting too from Lithonia Lighting.

Justin installed a shower door.

And he did a little landscaping in the backyard.

He and Daddy built a cover for the water heater.

Justin added shelves to the side for shoe storage. Since living in Korea, both of us are in the habit of removing our shoes when we get home.

These are the cabinets that we took out of the kitchen. Now we have excellent storage in the garage.

Well that's it for now folks. We haven't done anything at all to the upstairs yet, and our Master Bedroom is next on the project list.

I want to know what you think so PRETTY PRETTY PLEASE leave me some comments!

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The paint on the kitchen cabinets is Sarsaparilla by Olympic and the finish is gloss. We sanded the cabinets, did 2 coats of primer, and then 2 coats of paint.

If you have any questions please email me at moonpie.designs@yahoo.com



Saturday, October 18, 2008

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Writing Prompt - A Time I Hid from Someone

This is a writing assignment given by Mama Kat. Want to participate? Head on over there and check out the other prompts!

*I apologize in advance for the lack of paragraphs and any run-on sentences. I tend to write how I talk. :)

One of my favorite memories of my college days has to do with hiding - and breaking and entering, but does it really count as breaking if you just opened a door that was already broken?

Several friends and I decided it would be fun to break into the old barn at the insane asylum a few miles from my college. (This is what happens when you go to a Christian school - you have to find unconventional ways to have fun and/or get in trouble. But that's another post for another time.) The "barn" (we're aren't really sure what it was exactly) sat atop a steep hill and looked like something out of a horror movie. We parked at the bottom of the hill, off the main road, but still under a street lamp. After climbing the hill, we found a door that was off its hinges and snuck inside. Of course we didn't plan ahead and bring a flashlight, so the only light source we had was one of those little red LED lights you can keep on your key chain. Yeah. Think creepy place, the middle of the night, and one tiny little red light. Red lights make everything scarier. So we are walking around and the place is pretty much empty except for a bunch of boxes all stacked up and the occasional bed frame. So naturally, we open the boxes. Well, the first one we open just has like old calenders and some paperwork and stuff. Bor-ing! So we open another. And another. Then we each start opening our own boxes because up to this point we have all been moving as one big blob -- everyone holding on to someone else. So I open my box and pull out what looks like a cloth rag of some sort. Excited that we found something other than paper, everyone gathers around my box with the light. I hold up the rag thing and for a beat there is silence. And then there is screaming. And then there is mass chaos as the guys try to hush the screaming. I finally get a chance to look at what is causing the commotion and I realize that I am not holding a cleaning rag, I am holding a white t-shirt with what appears to be huge bloodstains on it. Bloodstains! Suddenly I hear everyone saying "shhh shhh" and we hear voices coming from outside near the door. Not good. So quiet mass chaos ensues again as we try to find a way out without going back through the door. There's no other way out (all the windows are nailed shut) so we end up sneaking up to the door and then running full speed to the other side of the building - the side nearest where we parked the car. When we look down the hill to where the car is, we see a cop walking around the car and writing down the license plate number. We had already made it half way down the hill when we saw the cop so now we are all hiding behind a big oak tree - the only tree on the whole hill. Before the cop gets back in his car, he walks to the base of the hill and picks up my friends shoes (moccasin slippers) that he left there because he didn't want them to get wet. The cop takes the shoes with him, gets in his car, and leaves. As soon as he's gone we jet to the car (because the whole time we can still hear voices up the hill and it sounds like the groundskeepers or whoever are looking for us) and drive to the river and park under the bridge. Jaimi (the only other girl and the owner of the car) starts freaking out because she thinks the cops are going to be waiting for her when she gets back on campus, so we sat under the bridge for most of the night, scared out of our minds, pumped with adrenaline, and starving. We eventually ended up at a friend's apartment to crash for the remainder of the night. The cops never contacted Jaimi and we never heard anything else about it.

What I can't figure out is, why did the cop take the shoes?

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

There's a Wocket in my Pocket *UPDATED*

Do you remember that Dr. Seuss book? It was one of my favorites and it comes to mind this morning as I am dealing with my very own zattic in my attic. Or maybe it's just a squirrel, but still. I'm not a fan of things going bump in my walls - day OR night.

I'm upstairs in our bonus room trying to get some work done for both Moonpie Designs and the World Mission Team at CCC and suddenly there are lots of bumps. And then there is the pitterpatter of little feet. But they don't sound so little. And then there was scratching on the access door to what's left of the attic. This is terrible. Did I mention I'm here ALONE?

Normally these things wouldn't really bother me, but this is a new house and I haven't even been in the attic and the thought of something running out at me and getting loose in my house whilst I am here by myself is not really something I want to entertain.

However, there has already been a request that I get all of it on video when I manage to remind myself that I am much bigger and smarter than anything living in my attic, so maybe in a bit I will have a little footage for your viewing pleasure. Just know that there will probably be screaming and girliness and the fact that I am willing to let you see me acting girly should prove how much I love you. I'm cringing just thinking about it.

Of course - now I don't hear it anymore so maybe it scampered away and I can forget it was even there.

**UPDATE**
As I was pulling into my driveway 3 minutes ago I watched as at least two squirrels crawled into my roof (yes, INTO the roof - by going under a loose shingle). This is not good. They are building an army. They are going to sneak into my room at night and pelt me in the head with their stockpiles of acorns. I just know it.
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Now for some pictures that I have been needing to post:

We were blessed beyond words when 9 people showed up to help us move (since Justin's back was still messed up and he was on strict orders not lift anything off of the ground). With all those people it only took 2 hours to haul everything down three flights of stairs, load it up, drive across town, and unload it in the right rooms at the new house. Right before we took this picture, Steve prayed over us and our house. One of the things he said was that he was grateful for the 8 guys and 1 lady that were blessed with the physical ability to be able to pass on that blessing and help us. We really are "blessed to be a blessing" (Read Genesis 12:1-3) and Justin and I were certainly blessed that day.

So a HUGE thank you to Zach May, Steve Merritt, Steven Miller, Ben Heskett, Jeff Rutherford, Greg Coniglio, Dick Mulloy (aka Granny Clampett...ha!), and Tommy and Nancy Moon. Y'all are truly the best!
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Bella and I at my birthday party at Tava's.

Now you know you're tired when you fall asleep at the table! How precious is she!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

She needs your help.

A friend of mine, Nicki, is moving to Romania to do mission work - but before she can go she needs to sell all of her stuff. She's having a Garage Sale this Saturday so if you live in the metro Atlanta area please come help her get on her way. Below is the flyer she sent out with the address and a list of some of the things for sale.

EVERYTHING MUST GO!!!!

GARAGE SALE
Saturday, September 27th
8:30 a.m. till Everything is gone!!!
50 Mountain Way, Covington, GA 30016

Make an offer – all funds will go toward move to Romania for mission work.

Some items are on website, but not all – http://godsjourney.weebly.com/selling-it-all.html
Bunk Beds
Twin Bed
Table and 6 chairs
Washer
Big Round Chair
Red Dishes
Blue Dishes
Wall Clocks
Inspirational Pictures
Christian Books
Christian Music cd’s
Baskets
3-CD Stereo with speakers
Filing Cabinet
Lawn supplies
Dog stuff
Linens (bedspreads, sheets, pillows, etc.)
Misc. Kitchen supplies (knives, utensils, etc.)
Microwave
Toaster
Can Opener
Canister Set
Bathroom curtain, rugs, towels
Games

If you need more info or want to know how to support Nicki financially please let me know.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Knock Knock

Who's there?

Yeah, not me apparently.

Well, I'm here, but my brain flew the coop and I'm not sure when to expect it back.

I have things to write about, lots of things actually, but when I sit down to write them I can't. The words have gone the way of the Dodo. Sorry to all 12 of you who read this blog.

Oh yes, and hello again to Mableton, GA. I still don't know who you are, but you are a very faithful reader and for that I like you - you know, as long as you aren't plotting my demise in your basement or anything equally as creepy. And if you are wondering if you are the Mableton lurker and you are from Mableton. . .YOU ARE! I know this because there is only one person from M-Town that visits. So there ya go.

Now for the main reason I worked up the energy to come upstairs and post anything...

Mama Kat is giving away a Hoover vacuum cleaner!

So you just skidaddle on over there and follow her instructions for entering the contest. Don't lie - I know you love free stuff as much as I do. And tell her I sent you. And then tell her she's pretty. She'll like that.

So...that's it. I know, this was a lame post. But hey- maybe you'll win the vacuum and then you'll be so happy you read this boring post that you won't care and you'll keep coming back.

I'm going to do better. Really, I am. (It just took 5 tries to type "really" correctly. Relaly.:P) So please don't give up on me.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Honey Bug

So I get to play with THE MOST precious girl everyday - sweet Isabella. Yesterday I told her she was my "Honey Bug" and she kept saying that all day. It was too cute so today I got it on video:

video

Is that not the cutest?!

*Sorry for the rough editing of the video - I'm still figuring this out. :)

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Give me Your Eyes

You know that whole World Mission Team Leader thing I mentioned? This is my prayer for the people of Christ Community Church - that we would bring our hearts so that we can see God's and that He would give us His eyes to see what He sees.

Dave (our pastor) sent out this video link yesterday and the timing was perfect - it is my prayer for us.

http://www.reunionrecords.com/brandonheath/preview/video/ I had never heard of Brandon Heath or this song before, but you can bet I'll keep my ears open for more of his stuff. :)

Leave a comment and tell me what you think of the video. What kind of thoughts does it provoke?

Also, if you want to hear an amazing sermon on The Blessed Life, go here.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Random Updates

Hi all.


Here's a brief rundown of what's been going on with the Moon family over the past 3 or so weeks:


*Justin threw his back out. Apparently he has a bulging disc in his extreme lower back. This put him on the floor for several days. Literally - the man was on.the.floor unable to do much of anything. Getting to the bathroom was at least a 10 minute ordeal and it's only about 10-12 feet from the living room. I was pretty scared. I'd never seen him like that and I didn't like it. He spent his 28th birthday laying on the floor. Thankfully, our wonderful friends came over later that weekend and surrounded him on the floor for a make-shift birthday celebration. He's much better now, but still having to be super careful about how he moves and still wearing the brace a good bit.


*We celebrated our 4th wedding anniversary this past Thursday. Justin was sick. He had a terrible cold and couldn't breath through his nose. His throat was also super sore and his voice sounded like he had sandpaper for vocal chords. It made my throat hurt just listening to him. But he took me out to eat anyway, and we got dressed up and went to one of our favorite places in Atlanta - Rock Bottom. Let me say now that it is not a dress-up place, but I didn't care because I wore the dress I bought while we were at the beach and still hadn't worn it yet - so I was determined to wear it no matter what. Justin was pretty miserable all night, but he did enjoy about 1/2 of his fish tacos so he was happy. I very much enjoyed my BBQ chicken pizza, and we took leftovers home and shared them on Friday. So yummy.

@ Rock Bottom

*The house is still coming along. Justin and his Uncle Buddy installed our new sliding glass patio door on Saturday. It looks fabulous. The kitchen cabinets are finished. The living room, kitchen, and bathroom walls are painted. The bathroom vanity is painted and the hardware is on, but we still have to decide what to do about the countertop. I'm not sure I want to tile so we just have to decide. We bought two new sinks and two faucets that are ready to install as soon as we figure out the countertop. Mary's husband, Chad, works at a flooring place and he's coming this afternoon to measure for our new flooring in the kitchen and dining room. Hopefully that will be installed this week. So - we still have several things to do, but we are so close to being done! Yay!

*I'm the new team leader for the new Global Outreach Team (aka Team World and World Mission Team) at Christ Community Church. So.super.excited. More on that soon.

That's all I've got night now folks. Time to put Bella down for a nap.

Toodles!

P.S. I should have a new camera soon. Yay! So maybe then my posts won't be so dreadfully boring.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Yummy in my tummy!

Two words: RAMEN NOODLES.

I just added about 5lbs of water weight to an already bloated body.

But OH MY were they so scrumdidilyumptious!
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In other news, the house is coming along (our stove is here, but waiting for us at Lowe's) and it is my goal to be moving in the house on Labor Day weekend.

T minus 18 days. {what does that really even mean?!}

That might not happen for many reasons, one of which is that it's a holiday weekend so there may not be any one around to help us move (since Justin can't really lift anything) and I certainly can't carry all of our crap down three flights of stairs all by me lonesy. Savvy?

But still. It's my goal.

Friday, August 8, 2008

La Dee Da

So yeah. Two weeks. That's a long time. Too long, in fact. I apologize to all twenty of you who actually stop by on a regular basis. And I would just like to say Hi to my lurker from Mableton, GA that stops by numerous times a day and stays for quite a while each time. I have no idea who you are and to be honest I am really hoping that you are a friend and I just don't realize it. Because if not, I'm tempted to think you might be a stalker. And that's a little creepy. Ok, really creepy. Not that anyone would ever have any reason to stalk me, but still. It's creepy.
So how bout you leave me a little ol' comment and clear that up for me. Thanks.

And YES, I keep a close eye on who visits everyday. Hey y'all!

So anyway - there's been a good bit going on the past two weeks. I'll be back later today or tomorrow to fill you in on that.

Right now I have three orders to fill, an adorable little girl to play with, and I am working on a new face for the blog. I think it's time.

Oh yeah, and my 1 year bloggy anniversary is coming up this month so I'm coming up with something special to celebrate. Stay tuned!

P.S. If any of you happen to have extra money laying around and want to bless us with a new digital camera (since ours has gone absolutely caput and blogs are pretty darn boring without pictures) and/or an island range hood that'd be great. I'm just sayin is all.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Oh happy day!

We are off to IKEA for the morning! We're making progress with the house -- the living room is painted (but not the trim) and the bathroom has been stripped of wallpaper, sanded, sealed, mudded, and sanded again. The kitchen cabinets have been sanded and half of them have been primed. The doors have new locks and deadbolts. We have a swing on the front porch. We have decided on bathroom paint colors and bought flooring. Oh yeah - and we have new bathroom light fixtures (yay for hubby working at a lighting company!). There is still so much to do, but we figured since we have been working our butts off that we deserve a break -- so we are introducing my parents to IKEA and The Varsity. :) Should be fun.

P.S. for Sarah - I tried to call you to see if you wanted to come. You didn't answer. But I forgive. :P Love you!

Saturday, July 19, 2008

I thieved it.

I have been wanting to change the music on here for weeks now but just haven't had a chance to do it. For the past two weeks I have been listening to the music on Emily's family blog and it has been making me happy. So I thieved her playlist. Well, not the whole thing, but parts of it. I wish I knew about these songs of my own doing, but I didn't. I am so glad that Emily did.

Hope you like them!

P.S. My parents arrived yesterday afternoon with a truck full of stuff for us and the house (The Clampett's came to town! Ha!) and they are staying all week to visit and help us work on the house. I am so excited they are here! If you are lucky you'll get to meet them. :)

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Need stuff to think about?

Hi.

Go here.

and here.

But only if you can handle sarcasm and are willing to really, truly think about some stuff.

What's that you say? That's not enough information?

Ok ok. Calm down.

The first link is to a fabulous blog called Stuff Christians Like. I love it. But I will warn you - don't even bother going there if you can't appreciate sarcasm. I have no doubt that you will go there anyway, but consider yourself warned. If you go and leave with a little different perspective on the church (hopefully better) or a better understanding of the Gospel, don't say I didn't tell you so. Because this is me telling you so. There's a post on there today about Christians and drinking. As in, drinking alcohol. Yep. It's wonderful. Go see. Make sure you read the comments.

The second link is to a blog called Ragamuffin Soul. The author is Carlos "Los" Whittaker who is the "worship leader" at Buckhead Church in Atlanta. Los usually has interesting things going on on his blog - but if you head over there today you will see some very heated and interesting conversations about worship and "worship leaders." I hope that it will make you think and...well, I'll just leave it at that. That is a subject that has really been on my heart/mind/soapbox lately and so maybe it won't mean anything to you, but then again, maybe it will.

I hope that if you ever learn anything new or if you are ever reminded of something you had forgotten that you'll come and tell me about it. I might need to be reminded or learn something too.=)

Friday, July 11, 2008

Thank you!

Well it's official - Justin and I are homeowners (again). We closed this morning in what was probably the smoothest closing in the history of closings. Yay! Thank you Lord.

Thank you thank you thank you to everyone who prayed with us through this! Y'all are amazing and we are so blessed to call you friends and family.=) Love y'all!

*P.S. You'll have to excuse me if my posting is sporatic over the next couple of weeks. I'm going to do my best to keep it up, but I'll most likely be painting and cleaning and moving and nannying. But feel free to comment and tell me how much to you miss me. That would be nice.=)

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Friendship Part II

Ok - here's Part II of the Beach Trip pictures. I hope someone actually looks at these since it took a ridiculously long time to get this on here. You're welcome. =)

Seaside - sunglasses on
Sunglasses off

Seaside

I love pictures like this - -natural and un-posed.

Funny hats! I think I tried on every wide brimmed hat in the Florida panhandle that week. Seriously.

M & M still at Seaside

The Chapel at Seaside

We spotted this monstrosity somewhere between Rosemary Beach and Seaside. I mean really - what do you DO with a house that big (and ugly)?

One morning the boys got up really early to go fishing. They didn't have much luck, but Justin did catch this thing.

The Mays

The girls

The Moons
At Baytowne Wharf in SanDestin - the coolest little place ever.

Justin made me put this one on here -- he thinks it is hilarious. I have no idea why he looks like that.

Perhaps my favorite picture -- but you probably could have guessed that. This is at Baytowne Wharf on the dock.

This looks like a photo-shopped picture it is so pretty. I didn't touch it I swear!

Preciousness.

Yay! I'm just so happy that Sarah and I actually have a ton of pictures TOGETHER now!

Being silly.

Love this. And really - could my husbands eyelashes BE any longer? Gorgeous.

Zach's postcard picture
The biggest chair ever - notice the *warning* on each side. Ha!
Love the pink loin cloth.

And the ankle grass skirts.

So somehow my husband never flew a kite as a child. I know right?! Shocking! So we bought him a Osprey kite named Fluffy/Oscar (we were divided) and he "flyed" a kite for the first time our last day at the beach. Fun times.
You can't really tell from this picture, but Fluffy/Oscar was WAY up there. We ran out of string. Sad news though -- he didn't survive the flight back down. But at least he went out with a bang!

Don't ask me why - but this is what Justin chose to wear for our lunch movie hour. I think he makes a pretty good merman.
My little feetsies.

I love profile pictures. Notice the expression on Justin's face. ???

This was our last night in Florida. We ate at Uncle Ernie's - a fantastic restaurant right on St. Andrew's Bay.

Final group pic. What an amazing week!

There were dolphins in the bay right behind us as we ate dinner. Dolphins make me happy.=)
I am still completely unable to put into words the utter amazingness of this trip. Hopefully the pictures will speak for themselves. If you want to actually READ about the trip - go see Sarah.