On Wednesday evening, we welcomed our first official house guest.
Michael and Shawn have been friends since 3rd grade and have stayed close through the years. If you were at our wedding, you may remember the incredibly beautiful prayer he wrote and read to begin the service. It is always such a privilege to spend time with him (especially 4 and a half days!) and we feel just like family.
First on the agenda was the rope swing. But not just swinging. Jumping off of a 6-foot ladder onto the swing. Boys will be boys.
Aren't they adorable? I loved how they were matching. :) And everywhere we went, people asked if we were in a band or if we were famous (to which we always responded "yes").
A band shot. They really do sound great together when they play guitar and sing.
We roasted marshmallows in the chiminea on two nights.
We introduced Michael to our favorite family and watched a couple soccer games in perfect weather.
The boys played tennis.
And last but not least, they became manlier by the minute as they rewired our dining room light fixture and created a new one!
This was the view for an hour or so.... poor Michael.
But it WORKED! I flipped on the light switch and the outlet they installed totally worked! Can you see the testosterone levels rising?
And here's the finished product which we just adore. It was under $30 for everything!
(Kirra, this room needs your help. Badly. I don't really like how I made the bed and I just want it to feel a lot more cozy. Ideas, please?)
Michael, thanks so much for coming to see us and for your hard work in helping to make our home even homier. We love you so much and can't wait to see you in a month!
While Michael was in town and staying with us, our good friend Cherry was also visiting from Michigan and staying with Mom while Dad is in Argentina.
She brought down the most amazing wedding gift for us... a china cabinet!
It's from the 1920s and is just perfect.
And see all this gorgeous china? $15 at a yard sale in Leiper's Fork. Can't beat that!
(Kirra, I'm needing your help again. This is probably the best place for the china cabinet, but I don't think I like having china in it. Maybe books? It just looks a little grandmotherly for my taste.)
Anyway, Cherry was so sweet to also buy me this gorgeous bird bath and Mom bought the gourds (they're dried gourds that look like pears!).