Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The Pumpkin Patch 2014

We loaded up Avery and Colbi and headed to the beautiful pumpkin patch at the Dallas Arboretum! Complete with matching pumpkin outfits made by our talented mother...the girls were pretty cute. My mom had been talking about going down there for a couple years. I am glad we did. There is really no other pumpkin patch I've ever seen with more pumpkins (I'm talking THOUSANDS of pumpkins) or places to take such great pictures!
 









 
Here are her measurements from other years at the pumpkin patch...
 
 
And here is this year!

 
Happy almost Halloween! I really cannot believe it's that time of year already.
 

Monday, October 20, 2014

Fort Lauderdale!!

Jason was going to be going to Fort Lauderdale in October and so we planned on me tagging along. This weekend, I got to spend two nights in a gorgeous hotel on the beach in Florida.
 


 
The water was blue, the beach was white, and the air was warm, yet cool. We got to eat at this outdoor restaurant and watch the cruise ships set sail.





 
I spent Sunday hanging out by myself for a while because Jason was working. It was lovely having some alone time.



 
I know this seems so silly to write along with this post, but I can't help it. God gave the Israelites Memorial Stones to help them remember all of the things God had done for them after He delivered them from slavery in Egypt. He did this because as humans, we have a tendency to forget the great and wonderful things God does in our lives, especially when we constantly live in the next emergency or hard situation. This blog are my memorial stones. I remember this blog post more than any other...I remember writing it and I remember the feeling I had, of sheer and utter despair. I remember the feeling of being broke, of feeling like our lives were hanging on by a thread. I remember feeling like God was never going to answer our prayers. Answer our prayers, He did. I am not saying that if you are faithful, God will give you a trip to Florida. I am just saying that God heard my prayers. I don't know what tomorrow holds. I don't know what God has in store for our life. But I know that things are happening in ways I could have never dreamed. It never escapes my mind, the way the God has moved in my life and in my life with Jason. Never. I never take one single, solitary blessing for granted. Ever. I am glad I have these memorial stones to remember what God has done in my life.
 

Saturday, October 11, 2014

A Day at the Fair

There are so few opportunities as a parent just to say "yes" to everything. I wouldn't want to all the time, even if I could. But - yesterday was one of those days that we got to say yes. A lot. And we loved it. If the kids wanted a particular food, they got it. If they wanted to see a show, we did it. If they wanted a fake tattoo, sure! No problem! Sometimes, it's nice to just be able to say "yes" to your kids in a world of "no."
 
Here is our day in pictures! Enjoy!
 



 










 
 

Monday, September 29, 2014

The Evolution of Decorating

When I first started living by myself, I would say that I could put a room together and have it look decent. It would flow and it had a theme. My "style," if I had one, consisted of easy and safe colors. Lots of wood, maroons, greens, browns, and darker blues. Neutral colors were definitely my go-to. Don't get me wrong - I have always loved where I lived and felt it was cozy and homey and neutral colors are always a great way to go.
 
Things started to change when I discovered blogs. Blogs changed my life because they taught me how to do things I would never have tried before. They also taught me about products I would never have known existed because I hadn't ever stepped foot in a home improvement store before, at least not for things like chalk board paint or painter's tape.
 
The first thing I ever tried was a gallery wall.



It turned out OK. I remember staring at the wall - it was nothing special looking at it now-but I remembered thinking, this is so cool. it has so much style! From that point, I started off painting small things like vases and lamps. (I was pretty proud of this last one, actually).



Once I started buying the paint, I would have paint leftover from a project and I would say, "What can I get my hands on to paint now?" I started painting old picture frames and cookie jars. Then, people started asking if I wanted their old furniture because they had seen I had been learning how to redo things. I always loved getting hand me downs (still do). I love breathing new life into something someone has used and now I get to love it and use it. Every single room at my house has something someone has given me or something I've purchased at a garage sale and redone. Over time, the projects became larger and I started taking more risks with color and style. Really, all of this started because Jason and I had no money and I wanted some new things but couldn't afford to pay for them brand new, so I started visiting garage sales. I still love visiting garage sales. I don't think that will ever change.
 
I used to think I could never have been a decorator and I could never do what they did. But the more I painted and the more I came up with ideas, the more that started to change. One of my bigger projects was redoing the dining room table and chairs my parents gifted to us. It was the first time I had used wood stain. This was still one of my most favorite "afters" I've ever had. It took me days and weeks to get all of that finished and after I was done, I had this feeling of such accomplishment. It really looked great in that house.




 
Anyway, over time, I've been more willing to take risks and use colors and patterns I would never have used otherwise. My navy blue room is a great example of that - it was a dark color to choose but it worked out so wonderfully.



Well, I've another vision for my living/dining room -

 
Yellow!!
 
It will really be gray with splashes of yellow but I just can't wait to get started. These rooms need TONS of attention.
 
Something like this...
 
 
Or this...
 
 
I am just feeling the inspiration now.
 
I guess I wrote all of that to say - my, how things change. I get told constantly, "I could never do that!" Anyone can do that, but not everyone likes to do that. I used to think I couldn't so I just never tried. Now, it's one of my favorite thing to do. Not so much painting, but after it's over, it's great.

I can't wait to get started on this one though - I am excited to see where it will take me!

What's been going on?

It has been a super busy few weeks!
 
I have been overwhelmed with positive feedback on my room and it's so encouraging! I appreciate all of the great comments. I am working (mentally) on the next space in my home that will be redone! It's going to take some motivation to get going on it, for sure.
 
Let's see - what else has been going on lately?
 
Donut Day...
 
 
Shopping...

 
Loving our hat...

 
Working at the office with mom...

 
Pajama day at school....

 
Flight of the Monarchs with Colbi...



 
And first time singing in Kids Choir at church!

 
Probably the most notable event was this...we have an elevated flower bed in our front yard and Jason accidently left a soaker hose on in it overnight. I showed up the next day around noon to this....
 



 
The whole front yard had water everywhere. I didn't really think anything of it because by the end of the day, it had dried up. The next morning, by sheer luck, I walked into Jordan's room to squishy carpet. Apparently, the water had saturated the ground so much (the flower bed shares a wall with his room), that the water came up through the cracks in the concrete and completely flooded his floor. So, we spent a whole day doing this.





 
Thank God I walked into his room when I did. And thank God we have a steam cleaner that was able to vacuum the water up. There was so much of it. The smell was pretty bad that next day and since we caught it fast, we don't have a mildew problem to deal with! I am also borderline excited because I learned how to rip up carpet and now, I will learn how to install laminate. So, as a DIY girl, there are worse things that could have happened!! Right now, it's just concrete. Just tearing up the carpet took us all day, installing laminate is another large job that we just haven't had time for.
 
Have a great week everybody!