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Five on Friday

Happy Friday, y'all!
When you're scrolling through Instagram one night and see that your photographer has posted one of your very favorite pictures {and moments} from your wedding day...

If your groom is anything like mine and doesn't want to do a first look with you before the wedding, you can absolutely do one with your girls.
I'm only showing y'all these pictures so that you can fully appreciate how much better this one room basement of ours will look once we get it updated. But here it is, in all of it's glory:

Yes. Two different shades of paint over real wood paneling & two different types of sticky tile on the floor.

Y'all. It's so bad. It actually looks a lot better in these pictures than it has in the 9 months that we've been in our house because we finally {& by we, I mean Patrick did 99% of the work} got all of our random tools/paint/wedding gifts with no home/boxes from my apartment days/etc out of here.

The good news is that it's looking even better today! We hired out and we're getting someone to paint the ceilings, prime the walls, and get the walls painted. I'll handle painting the stairs & that fire engine red railing {both colors TBD} and Patrick will get the blinds hung up in the windows.

Flooring will come later this spring but y'all, having this room painted with new blinds? I cannot wait.
Just because we all need something pretty to look at after seeing that basement...

I love, love, LOVE snail mail and I certainly don't send enough of it. But this week? This week we got a letter from our friend in boot camp, we got a postcard from Patrick's sister Amy's travels around Europe, and we're sending out a card of our own.

{yes, that's a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle card for our friend who's turning 30...}

New goal? Send more snail mail!
What's not to love about the weather forecast for next week? Are we done with "winter" around here? Because I'm totally ok with seeing this type of weather for the next couple of months until summer!

Have a great weekend!

Linking up with April for another edition of Five on Friday.


  1. Can't wait to see the afters of your basement! (Also wishing basements were a thing in Texas...) And yes to the weather: please stay!

  2. That first look picture is just so awesome - love all the looks on their faces!!! I love snail mail, but definitely do not send it out enough to others! Always such a treat to receive something other than bills and junk in the mail. We are supposed to be seeing a bit of the 70's too and I don't mind it at all. Although I still wouldn't mind one big snow...although with our luck it will be in April or sometime crazy when it's supposed to be the temps it is now!

  3. I cant even deal with your upcoming weather forecast - majorly jealous over here!! Have a great weekend! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

  4. What fantastic weather that's continuing here in SC!! Love it! I LOVED that first look picture with your ladies. Have a great weekend.

    Meg, Borrowed Heaven

  5. I cannot wait to see the after of that basement! Are you keeping the paneling and painting it? Have a great weekend in that gorgeous weather!

  6. I cannot wait to see how the basement turns out!! Im sure it'll look fantastic!

  7. I love that photo of your bridesmaids and I can't wait to see how the basement turns out - you guys do the best home projects!

  8. That picture of your bridesmaids is fantastic!! I'm so disappointed with our photographer and our first look... and that picture is EXACTLY why. Those emotions are so beautiful and so amazing when captured by a camera!! LOVE!

  9. I want your weather! I'm a little burnt out on all of the rain we've been having.

    Love the wedding picture, too! Happy Weekend!

  10. Woof! I can't wait to see how the basement turns out! I love the bridesmaid first look :)


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