This past weekend we went downtown to take some family pictures. They came out great!
As the Barrows look back on our year, a lot has changed! Adrienne Louise Barrows came to us February 3 and we have been blessed to have such a good baby! We have just loved being parents and are looking forward to what the future holds for us!
Jamie just started his 3rd year at Columbia Sothern University in November. He has been making the long drive to Orange Beach, Alabama (work) and back to Milton, Florida (home). He carpools when he is able to, so that cuts back on the cost. He is a software engineer and has been really enjoying his work. Sometimes he has long hard deadlines to meet but other times it’s a little slower. Though there is never a time where he has nothing to do! Jamie is involved with our church by occasionally leading our Bible Study when our leader is out of town.
Kierra is still at home with Adrienne. And time is flying by! There is always something that needs to be done around the house and there is never a time that she has “nothing” to do. She enjoys every moment of being a mom and being able to be home with Adrienne everyday! Adrienne does keep her busy especially now that she is more mobile!
Adrienne…well she is growing up so fast! It is hard to believe she will be one very soon! She loves to play with things she is not supposed to have…such as cords, dad’s computer, the TV remote, & eating plants! Her favorite is getting into the cords to play!
Jamie lets his girls travel since he is unable to get a lot of time off. During the summer the girls had the opportunity to travel to Indianapolis, Atlanta, Norfolk, Suffolk, Lynchburg, & Dover to visit family members. In August, the whole family went to Ohio for a Taaron (Kierra’s brother) & Tiffany’s wedding in August. This put our traveling to an end until Christmas.
As the year comes to an end, we are thankful for God’s greatness to us. We look forward to hearing updates on you & your family. Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
If you want to see all the family pictures we took for our Christmas card, check out this link.
We’ve got little Adrienne home now. So here are a few more pics to enjoy.
Yesterday we celebrated Adrienne Barrows’ birthday. She was born by c-section after 29 hours of labor. And she was perfect. I’ve posted just a few pics below. We should have more in the coming days.
We celebrated Christmas here in Florida with the Barrows. We had a lot of fun and took a whole lot of pictures.
Kierra picked out an amazing color for our house. And we just finished painting it. So we are posting some before and after pics here for your enjoyment.
The white walls are from before we painted, and the green is after we were done.
As part of our continuing remodel/redecorate efforts, Kierra and I decided to repaint the Kitchen. Kierra chose a navy blue that accented the natural finish of the cabinets. It looks great!
Below are some before and after pictures of the Kitchen.
Over the last two weeks we finally finished redoing our deck. That is, staining it and adding deck furniture. It came out pretty good. So we thought we would post some pics for people to see.
Pics taken on Easter Sunday.
So here is the thing.
Kierra convinced me to sign up for a Netflix account last month. Aside from the DVDs in the mail every week, it also has a great instant watch feature. So a lot of movies and TV shows are available to be watched in a browser on your computer. Which is really nice, except for the whole having to be on the computer thing.
So I did the typical geeky thing and hooked up a computer to my TV. And it worked great. Now I could watch all of the things available on Netflix, as well as current TV episodes on Hulu. The only problem is that the PC I used was an old one. And it looked awful in my living room. The huge Desktop stuck out like a sore thumb and totally ruined the look of the room.
I didn’t really want to spend any money on a new desktop that would look better (Though Dell has some nice looking ones). And I didn’t want to just leave the PC in the living room looking ugly. At the same time I didn’t want to give up being able to watch Netflix and Hulu on my TV. So I decided to make my own case.
I bought a decorative chest (You can find them at stores like Hobby Lobby and Michaels) that would match the room and cut the appropriate holes in the back for ventilation and port access. Then I gutted the PC I had for parts. Putting everything in the chest. It’s a little cramped, but it all fit and the ventilation is working to keep it from overheating. Ended up modifying a doorbell switch as a new power switch, and even cut a hole and mounted the DVD drive out the side. The end result is a decorative chest that sits on the shelf under my TV. And best of all, it doesn’t look anything like a PC.
Oh, and then I went ahead and installed a custom RainMeter skin for the PC. Which gives us a clean interface that we can run from across the room. With a wireless mouse and keyboard, or an iPhone app I can easily run the whole PC. Anyway, all in all I am pretty pleased with the result.