And a Partridge in a Pear Tree


1 box of doughnuts

12 gallons of paint

7 people

2 pizzas

9 hours


Our house is freshly painted! (partial view, because well…this is the Internet!)


Wowza –  painting a house is people!! I’ve never done it before so I didn’t really have any expectations as to how it would be – but let me just say, it takes a lot out of you! Reaching up high for hours at a time, going up and down ladders – I am one sore lady this morning :(

We started yesterday morning about 9:30 with some sugary encouragement…doughnuts! I had a glazed because I just learned via the “Eat This Not That” game, that cake doughnuts contain more than three times the saturated and trans fat content of a plain glazed…


After our sweet nourishment, we all grabbed our brushes. We had a radio outside so we could listen to the University of Northern Iowa (my alma mater) vs University of Iowa game…UNI blew it – BLEH!


Part of the crew: My Dad, Mom, Ben and me. We also had Ben’s Mom, Dad and little brother with us all day. We were SO lucky to have the help of our families – this literally would have taken us DAYS without them.

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After 5 hours of work, we broke for some pizza. Taco Pizza to be specific. :D Eh, eats weren’t too healthy yesterday, but we had a crowd to please and I feel like we worked HARD for those pizza & d’nuts!


Back to work :)


Finishing the final details…


Ta da!!! 9 hours later – we were done!


I think Ben’s body posture pretty much sums up how we were all feeling…BEAT.


I’m SO glad we finally got this job out of the way – our house seriously looks a million times better. That said, I never want to paint a house again. It was hot, tiring, buggy (too many encounters with spiders to even tell), and well, it was painting a house! Either way – Thank You from the bottom of our hearts to our families that helped us knock this job out of the park in ONE DAY!! Yeehaw!

This morning I slept in, which was amazing btw, and made Apple Crisp Oatmeal for breakfast!


In the mix:

  • 1/3 cup each old fashioned oats, skim milk & water
  • 3/4 finely chopped apple (I just munched on the other 1/4)
  • dash of cinnamon & vanilla
  • toasted almonds & coconut
  • swirl of sugar free maple syrup


Ooooo, this was my best batch of apple crisp oats YET! I followed my stove stop oatmeal directions, but cooked it on medium-low so the apples would get really soft – it was the perfect consistency.


Mmmm sweet, cinnamony and crunchy. This was bomb!


Well tonight the whole painting crew + a few more family members are coming back over for a “Thank You” BBQ – 10 people in all. I’ve got some menu planning to do and some grocery stores to hit up.

Also, hello, it’s Labor Day weekend which means mega sales at all my favorite stores…a detour to the mall might be in order!

Have an awesome Sunday everyone!

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