Monday, October 27, 2014

panera and hoosier cabinets

oh man, i've been away awhile.
i assure you, we're alive!
we've been having tons of fun this season, as well as some challenges.
such is life

in september, my husband's work took their employees to an amusement park. 
for the first time, asher was big enough to ride more rides. 
and he's already pretty animated to begin with, so add in the whole "i'm feeling like a big dude because i can ride fast and tall things" and he was a force to be reckoned with.

at the log ride, i waited with the baby while the boys went first, then they came back around and asher wanted to ride again. the entire first half of the ride was just him yelling in pure excitement about what would happen on the ride. he was pumped!

then in october we headed to the state fair. 
it was awesome.
dog shows, free samples of pickles, a bmx stunt show, and fried foods. 
--not to mention that my parents' power was out for the first 48 hours of our stay there. i'm not gonna lie, it was lovely. the only thing that was difficult was the whole no-hot-shower thing. but other than that, the lack of electricity was actually pretty wonderful.

a few weeks back, asher's school went on a field trip to a local museum.
this picture was after several attempts at a serious picture. 
he likes to make weird faces.
i have to admit, so do i.

then my in-laws were in town visiting and one of my sis-in-laws wanted to take my MIL and i antiquing. i found a lovely hoosier cabinet. i fell in love. but i thought we didn't have room for it in the house. i had been looking for one to be a craft cupboard for the boys with the intention of making our formal dining room a crafting and creating room.

i debated. 
i loved the colors and original pulls and such but the three bottom compartments were actually pull out drawers like a flour bin and although it made it different and fun, it wasn't super practical for my purposes. 

forget practical.

i spent a whole day cleaning and rearranging the house so we could buy it.
and i talked the guy down more than $100.
and here she is.... my beautiful crafting cupboard:

the boys have loved having a space to spread out and work. 
there's a table in the room too, so they can grab their supplies and leave them out if needed instead of the mess being all over our kitchen table.

then yesterday was my birthday.
i celebrated with the fam.
i ate panera on friday.
i went to a fall festival on saturday.
i ate mexican on sunday.
i drank yummy coffee on sunday.
i think i might have a food issue.

it was a beautiful day complete with a lemon-filled cake that the boys and i made.

the baby is doing great. she's crawling now and hates being alone. she wants to be in the middle of everything. i was the same way as a kiddo.
we are enjoying our little girl.
court is coming up next month but it's still early and it's quite possible nothing of any importance will be decided then. 
we are praying for her to be safe, no matter where she ends up, and that she would grow up learning about the love the Savior has for her. 

so there's the update. over a month of fun activities.
i left out all the discipline issues we're having and children refusing to take responsibility for their actions and what not.
who wants to read a post about children being belligerent?
i live it every day.
let's pretend life is full of panera food and hoosier cabinets where kids clean up their messes. 
ah, that would be the life.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

her cute room

i have like 17 blog posts in mind. 
there are several i never got around to.
like first day of school, our 10 year anniversary trip, our family reunion, and i think i made up a post about a family camping trip and never put it up here. 
so i'm super on the ball.

today the stars aligned and we have a longer day with the boys in school, and it's just me and little miss at home. and it's raining. this day is amazing. 
she's awesome.
but right now she's screaming in her crib. 
she's tired but won't admit it.
besides that and pooping up her own back, she's a doll!

i painted her room and decorated it before she came. although she won't sleep there until a few months from now, it's ready for her except her crib, which will be moved once she's ready to be upstairs and sleeping wonderfully all through the night. 

so this is the before picture.  
i never remember to take these. 
i start out thinking about a project for months and then when i finally decide to do it, i'm rushing to get it done. 
white walls, a bed, and a bookshelf are in the room. nothing else. the room wasn't functional because there was no surface area to put stuff. 
the room also started out with forest green and cream curtains and matching pillows. very hunting lodge. and while they were nicely done, it wasn't our style.

i found a can of paint in our shed from the previous owners. it's a light aqua kind of color.
i tried it on the walls, i liked it. the hubs got me some more. and now this is the room:

 bed: estate sale
bedspread: my mom-in-law
wreath: homegoods

 below is my splurge! i always wanted a dollhouse when i was little but never had one.
i found this one on etsy and fell in love!
it's tin, vintage, and is so precious. i will start accumulating furniture and people for it soon.

hat box: my grandmother
painting: my sweet friend amanda jo. she's super talented. and should open an etsy shop to sell stuff like beautiful paintings and cute things she finds at garage sales. *HINT HINT, amanda jo!*
crochet elephant: my dear friend stormy
and the rest was stuff i just had lying around.

below, the room looks super green. it does not look like that in real life. 
pennant banner: etsy (with reds, aquas, and blues)
print: katy daisy on etsy
white curtains and rod: homegoods
toy box: my great grandfather actually made this! it's been in our family for quite awhile

dresser: my sweet mother in law
lamp: target
art: hobby lobby
and the picture: my grandparents' wedding photo

so the biggest purchase was the paint and the rest was kind of pieced together. 
i wanted the room to be fresh and vintage. 
i love how it turned out.
i hope we get to raise little miss so she can have fun growing up in this room.
we will know more about her case in november. 

next project: i'm thinking gray. 
i'm wanting to paint our powder bath and a wet bar area in the living room.
and the hubs, who usually has strong opinions on how things should look, is saying, 
"you can choose. it's up to you." 
--which i think is some sick kind of joke he's playing on me. i'm totally second guessing myself on colors. i think i see him secretly smirking at me. 

Sunday, July 27, 2014

little miss is here!

she came early this week, our little miss.
and she is a jewel.
i mean, truly.

she's sweet and grunts and snorts when we change her.
she wakes with a delightful smile on her face.
she spits up a lot and poops like a champ.

the boys love her.
they make faces at her.
they are sad when she cries.
they nicknamed her "gum ball."
--i guess because she's round and pink.
they fight over who helps with bath time and feeding.
no one fights over helping with dirty diapers.

we are in love.

and while we know this little angel might not be with us for a very long time, we are her family for as long as she needs us.
we hope and pray we get to have her join our forever family. but we also know God might have different plans for her.

pray for her biological family. they need healing.
pray for her. that she will grow up knowing God's love.
pray for us. that we will remember God has this whole thing in the palm of His hands.

we are overjoyed!
she is such a blessing.
thank you for your prayers, sweet friends!
you are a gift to us.

*there won't be pictures due to foster care rules and confidentiality issues, but just picture this: the cutest  little thing ever... multiplied by 14. so stinkin' cute.*

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

family camping, from like, years ago

i was looking back over my previous posts and i think i wrote this one but never posted it.
so here's a post from summer time. 
we can pretend that if it's all cool and crisp in your neck of the woods that i'm doing this as a nostalgic post. --something like, "hey remember when it was summer?" when in actuality i'm just really unorganized. 

when the hubs was growing up, he and his extended family went to garner state park. 
during the last few years, the family has started going annually again.
so we join them.
we only stay for a day because camping is a lot of work for us.
maybe next year we will go for a weekend or so.

we had lots of adventures.
we hiked, went in a cold cave, swam in the river, and played with family.
it was awesome. 

-this is our hard core face. --where we climb hills and are wildly rugged-

--brotherly love--

during our hike, we stumbled upon a group of students heading up to the cave who weren't familiar with how to get there. so the hubs led them. they were so nice.
when we got to the cave, i noticed it smelled a bit drugs...and it turns out the students were meeting friends who were smoking in the cave. we took in the sight and feel of the cave (it's truly cold in there) and then promptly left. 
what a classy family moment, right?
it'll be a nice memory for the scrapbook:
hiking, icebox cave, and strangers doing drugs. 

blog stalking, coffee, and inventions of the greatest caliber

i don't know if i have mentioned this lately, but i enjoy a good blog-stalking.
--now that's a great way to start a post, people.

i read every post by ashley ann and recently she went on a month-long camping trip with her whole family. they updated a vintage travel trailer and the pictures were so cute!
 later when i was on etsy, i saw this print and i thought of her. 
that's how much of a stalker i am... i see things and want to buy them as gifts for people i don't know.
--this in no way seems creepy, right?

(the print is from noodle hug

gabe is my inventor. he likes to build things.
at chick fil a, i'm not sure why, he decided he wanted a taller cup. 
so he built this stacking apparatus. 
nothin' says "fancy" like stacking styrofoam.
--setting the bar HIGH, people. 

the boys are obsessed with legos lately. the older boys tend to lean towards building jets and star wars vehicles but asher isn't quite there yet.
"here mom. look at this super long stick of legos. i stacked them myself."

i went for coffee a few weeks back with my dear friend lauren whom i hadn't seen in years.
we finally got together for some delicious coffee at crosswalk coffeehouse. seriously, the cup was bigger than my face and was so creamy and delicious. 

it was so wonderful and encouraging to see her. she truly delights my soul! 
she really is one of those friends you don't see for years and pick up right where you left off. 
my time with her was so refreshing! it felt so peaceful sitting still, with coffee, and no interruptions, just listening and talking about how God is teaching us. 

--so i took this photo of the boys so she could see how they've grown.
being off facebook does have its perks, but some friends still need a cuteness update. 
eat your heart out, friends.
the cuteness is here. 

Saturday, July 12, 2014

the fourth...late

so this post is late.
fourth of july was a blast here and i just haven't gotten around to posting about it.

we not only got to celebrate the fourth, we also celebrated the hubs and his wonderful birthday!

we celebrate things by laying down.
(see below)

and playing miniature golf. 
asher kept holding his golf club in such a weird way, kind of like he was a grandfather clock with a pendulum. 

and for dinner we ate at a steak place. 
--because a manly man has manly birthdays--
this is the hubs and his dorky cheesy smile that he does when i make him take photos. 
elijah is always up for a picture, and with a smile like that, who can blame him?

our wonderful dear friends invited us to their lake house, where there was no water because we live in texas and it's dry 99% of the time, and it was fantastic! 

we didn't have to worry about the kids out in the open lake, playing rough, jumping into rocks, or drowning. 
they played on a water slide in the back yard while we all sat on the breezy porch and we all had a blast.
top the day off with fireworks and grilling meat...
who could ask for anything more?

Thursday, June 19, 2014

court follow up

thank you, thank you dear sweet friends, for all your prayers!
court went well yesterday.
biological parents were not there, which made it a bit easier for us since we were concerned about keeping ourselves anonymous.
the lawyer was so helpful. and that was a huge blessing.
the worker doesn't seem to like the idea of moving her, but we hope she'll come around.
the plan now is for them to staff it and hopefully make a plan to move the little miss.
we are still praying. we've heard that plan making would happen before and it was so discouraging when we discovered that no plans were being made, instead it seemed to be a stall tactic where someone was just being passively resistant. we hope and pray everybody will follow through on their promises and work hard to move her to our home quickly.
your continued prayers are very, very appreciated.
we are so thankful for each of you!
and as my friend, stephanie cherry said,
"may God make a way."