Spring Weekend Fun

(Un)Happy Monday, everyone! Because let’s be honest. Nobody who works a typical 9-5 likes Mondays so why do we event pretend? Most of my Mondays are spent reminiscing about the weekend before and that’s exactly what I plan on doing right now!

Friday night we headed downtown because OAR was playing on 4th Street Live. Little did we know, it was to help celebrate the opening of a new bar, Tavern on Fourth. Since we arrived at the show early, we decided to pop in and see what the fuss was all about.

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And I sure am glad we did because they had free drinks and appetizers until the concert started. OKAY! The bar also had a ton of games like corn hole, pool, ping pong, shuffle board, etc.

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We didn’t stick around too long because I really wanted to get a good spot close to the front so we grabbed another beer and watched the opening band for a few minutes before OAR finally came out!

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I saw OAR when I was like 14 with 311 and Something Corporate (also known as Jack’s Mannequin and now Andrew McMahon). My mom took me and two friends to that concert and from what I remembered, we had a blast. Then, Kev and I saw OAR again last year at the Andrew McMahon concert. I knew one thing: I like their music and they put on a gooooooooood show.

Friday night was no different!

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And getting there a bit early paid off because we had a great view.

Until, two people who were AT LEAST 7 feet tall (perhaps I’m exaggerating) somehow maneuvered over RIGHT in front of the four of us.

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Gee. Thank you.

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Regardless, we had a blast.

Kev and I slept in soooooo late on Saturday and it was glorious. Then we took Grace out so I could pick up on the Couch to 5K app where I left off and my toe felt great! Hooray!

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Sara came over and we took Grace for another looooong walk around the neighborhood because it was so nice out and we just wanted an excuse to be outside. Then we ran some errands together and ended up eating dinner at Genghis Grill while Kevin and Danny were at work. Yum!

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Once Kev and Danny got off work, we all headed back to our place to relax on our deck, drink some margs and munch on some snacks.

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We slept in again on Sunday and it was yet again, glorious. Sleep may be my favorite thing ever. Eventually, we got moving so we could make it to his soccer game. Danny and Kevin joined a local team and Sara and I have enjoyed the mimosas we make while we watch thoroughly. Gracie tagged along this week and loved it! (Yes their field is that bad.)

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The rest of Sunday included changing FIVE lightbulbs on the outside of our house. FIVE. Two garage lightbulbs and all three of our outdoor house lights were burned out. And then, I kid you not, when I walked into bed last night and turned on the hall light as I made my way to our bedroom, that light burned out too. Stupid side story, I know, but really weird that they all burned out at once.

Tomorrow I head to Florida for work (as Louisville gets snow…no joke) and I’m hoping I have a nice, quick and nooooo issues with air travel time and am back to my little family before I know it!

 

DIY Backyard String Lights

How is Wednesday treating all y’all?

This week is kicking my fanny. I haven’t looked forward to a Friday like this in a loooooong time.

Because today was so much more hectic than normal, I really really had the itch to get out of the house, enjoy the nice weather and do another day of my Couch to 5K app. Except, I am supposed to stay off my toe for two weeks and it’s only been one week. However, I’d been taking such great care of it and it’s felt really good lately so I decided to go for it. I only lasted about 10 minutes before it started rubbing and I felt like I should turn around and not rub the scab off that’s currently there. I have to remember that part of my toenail was ripped off and new skin has to fully grow in its place, but because it doesn’t hurt anymore, its hard to remember to be careful around it.

Regardless, Gracie enjoyed the quick walk/run around the block!

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I came home and caught up on Scandal while cooking dinner. This was the ultimate husband-is-at-work-I’m-on-my-own-for-dinner setup.

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Okay now for the good stuff!

DIY Backyard String Lights

Here are the materials that we got:

  • 3 boxes of these string lights from Target – on sale for $10/each
  • 2 1×2 pieces of wood – $4
  • 1 15/16 screw eyes – $3
  • 25 ft. outdoor extension cord – already owned
  • 1″ screws - already owned
  • Cordless drill - already owned

(Our) Total project cost: $37

DIY String Lights

Aaaaand here’s how we did it!

My inspiration came from this pin on Pinterest. As soon as I saw that, I had my mind set on some string lights for our deck. Like I said in my earlier post, we needed additional light in our backyard just as much as we wanted it!

I explained my “vision” to Kevin and he helped me make it come to life. Well, that and my chicken scratch on a notepad. ;)

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We hit up Target and Home Depot for our supplies.

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The first thing we did was screw in the eye screws to the top of each 1×2. I used a pair of pliers to open them slightly so the light cord would fit in there.

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Then, Kevin screwed in the 1×2 to the back of our fence after we determined how high we wanted it.

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After those two were in, we measured the center screw eye on the house side so it was directly in between these two posts. From there, we measured how far we wanted the screw eyes on either side. So on the house side, we had three screw eyes and on the opposite side, we had two screw eyes. Make sense? A little bit? If not, see: amateur drawing above. This picture may help make it clearer.

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After we had the poles and screw eyes in, we measured our string lights to make sure it would work out perfectly. Turns out, it did. We got super lucky with our measurements and the shape of our deck, but I’d highly, HIGHLY, recommend measuring 2-3 times before starting this project. We ended up wrapping the extra string lights across the side of the house and ended it right where out outlet was. Again, worked out pretty perfectly!

Here are some more process shots:

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And here’s the final product!

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Now I need to paint the wood to match the deck and get some additional furniture/decorations out there and we’ll be done!