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The Best Two DIY Projects I Ever Made

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I wanted to share with you 2 of the best DIY projects I have ever made.  I started working on them many years ago.

I can’t take full credit for how wonderful these two projects have turned out, as they have been a joint DIY effort that I could not have completed without the able-bodied assistance of my hubby, Ed.  He has been at my side since both projects conception.

The Top 2 DIY Projects

I can’t say these projects were easy, as they are still on-going and have come with many of the usual DIY glitches, mistakes, and frustrations.  We didn’t  have a step-by step tutorial to follow, we just followed our gut – tender loving care and lots of time and attention.

You may be working on one or more of these projects yourself, as they are a common do-it-yourself project.  Yours may not be as far along as mine, but the steps involved to complete them is still the same.   Working on these projects can be exasperating at times, especially when you have been working on them for about 13 years, but I think in the end you will be just as delighted with how your projects turn out as I am with mine.

The Two Best DIY’s I Ever Made


When I think back to when these two projects were still pretty new, I  laugh and cry at the same time as they change so fast – one minute they are your real life little dollies that you can carry around with you where ever you go.

But they keep growing.

The Best 2 DIY Projects to make

Wait rewind, stop the clock!  I can’t .  These projects are perpetually moving forward.

Then in what seems like a blink of your eye – they are pretty much complete… all grown up.

The Best 2 DIY Projects to make

It seems like yesterday they were playing on toy horses.

two little girls on an outdoor rocking horse in a garden.

Then before you know it – they are  riding the real thing.

Young girl equestrian going over a jump.

When they were still sort of new.  My 2 projects could not be left in water alone and had to wear “water wings“.

Then blink – they can fly through the water with no wings at all.

Bucknell rowing

They used to drink formula out of baby bottles.

Now they belly up to the bar for Mardi Gras – tasting beer out of bottles.

Mardi Gras

She used to love driving her Barbie car

Barbie Car

 Or getting to drive on the bumper cars on the Ocean City, NJ Boardwalk

Bumper cars

Then blink – she is driving the real thing.


They used to love getting dressed up.


And had many dresses…. worn only once.

Prom Dresses

The first day of school …

First Daty of School

to graduations from Pre-school

Preschool Graduation

High school


and College.


Crooked teeth, years of orthodontist visits and thousand’s spent –


But worth every cent!!!

Mandy and kelly at lunch Kelly's Graduation

The next thing you know, you are saying goodbye with tears in your eyes at the station as #1 embarks on a 27- month journey across the globe with the Peace Corps.

30th-street Station

And just this week, Ed and I helped move  # 2 into her first college apartment outside of the dorms.  She won’t be home this summer as she will be working in her college town.

Lake Champlain

You only have one chance to make these projects turn out beautifully.   Tomorrow will be here before you know it.  Enjoy every moment you can because in a blink of your eye – your yesterday’s are gone, your memories will be sweet, and your nest empty.

The house is quiet now.  It’s just Ed and I.  None of their friends coming through the house – saying,   ” Hi, Mr and Mrs H, how ya doing?”  No more speakers up to full volume, or junk food in the refrigerator and pantry.  No more pool parties with their high school XC team trying to create a world record to see how many of them can  fit into the hot tub.  There is less laundry,  practically none.  Their rooms are like museums, empty of life – but exhibits of their childhood.  The house is no longer filled with their presense, laughter, and goings-on.  There is a stillness about that I am just getting used to.

I could not have made these 2 projects come out as well as they did without giving my hubby half the credit.  He has been the best hands-on dad  ever- so thanks honey   x o

Green shirts
Bucknell Rowing

A fun new adventure… time for me.  When most of you are having to adjust to your project’s being out of school for the summer, I am on the other end. My first summer without #1 & #2 around.   I now can read a book on the beach without having to worry that I will lose sight of one of them, no more carpools, or teacher conferences, homework to help with, recitals, dances, bag lunches to make, etc.   I will enjoy this new time in my life as it is nice to see them all grown up and happy, but in my heart they will always be like this – my precious real life little dollies.

Halloween Costumes for Kids

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  1. This post makes me cry. My oldest will turn 11 this summer. I am SO not ready for them to grow up! Already it has gone too fast.

  2. What a perfect tribute! I am so right with you! Although, I do have my 21 year old baby home for one last summer, the other two have launched….

    1. Hi Blarney-

      Those teen years can be tough, very tough at times – but remember they don’t last forever, it is only a temporary situation. After going through it myself I now know that – If God didn’t make teenagers -we would never be able to let them go out into the world as they still would be our cute, precious little ones.

      I saw the quote below on a sign once – it made me laugh out loud.

      “Hire a teenager, while they still know everything”
      Keep at it – and try to enjoy even the tense moments they too are fleeting.

  3. it sure goes by in the blink of an eye doesn’t it?! I sent my 3rd “project” off on her own this past May. Starting all over again with my grandbaby, that’s been so much fun. Enjoy getting to know your hubby all over again too, it’s great!

  4. What a beautiful and poingant post. I was just thinking how big my little boy is heading to his first swim lesson tonight….isn’t it funny how we are in the same place, and not at all? Will say a prayer for you right now…for the safety and prosperity of your babies and for some quiet time and ( great sense of accomplishment) for you! Have a great evening! -shaunna :)

    1. Hi Shaunna-

      I hope the swim lesson went well. Did he jump right in or hold onto the sides of the pool. How precious. Did you get any pictures?