Saturday, October 18, 2014


Pergola Lighting

I'm sitting here in my lazy-girl chair [most relaxing spot in the house] thinking about the fact that it is our self-proclaimed last night in the little yellow house. I really don't feel like leaving. But sometimes we gotta move on and trust that things will end up fine, maybe even better. We're just moving down the street -- not a big deal! But our house now is cozy [tight, even] and holds all the love we've shared for the past seven years. I didn't know I would feel sentimental, but now as I look around I'm remembering babies learning to crawl and food thrown from high chairs and dance parties and gingerbread houses and tears are coming to my eyes. My kids have grown up here in this house.

I moved so much as a child that I didn't become attached to houses really. They came and went. I hoped for big bedrooms and interesting cubbies in the next house and fun neighbors, but never really was able to put down deep roots. So this feeling of house loss is new to me.

We're moving down the street to a house with two stories and more square footage all around. The kitchen is bigger [more counter space, bigger pantry], the master closet is bigger, we'll have an extra room [projects can be worked on in the house instead of in the garage]. Many good things. And by buying the house next door we were able to really help out someone in a tight financial situation who we've been friends with for years now. It's a good move financially for us [if we can find good renters] and it was definitely a life-saver for the seller.

So -- it's good. The kids are excited to have stairs and more space. I'm happy they won't be running circles through the kitchen while I'm cooking [one can hope]. But my goodness, I think I'll really miss our little house where we don't have to yell too loudly to find someone and our bedrooms aren't so far away from each other.

I'll miss this little house. I don't want to say goodbye.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Bits and Pieces


Course another week has flown by already. I'm doing my best to grab snapshots of life on my phone, but I'm really not keeping up. Mid-week we took a family trip to the pool where the boys both spent a lot of time swimming without their life jackets! Floating for long periods of time, swimming underwater, learning to kick more effectively, and the last challenge was jumping into the deep end from the edge. Yes! They will be safe swimmers soon. We sang along to Greensleeves on the car ride home -- at the top of all our lungs, even with a bit of harmony. Von Trapps would be proud.

We have finished painting one room in our current house, so only six+ to go. :-/ And we're considering re-painting the new house as well. Any ideas for the master bedroom that is currently painted red? I'm a neutrals I'm thinking white. I know. Maybe a shade of light gray would be nice?

Buzz has decided [I think] that he's okay with his days at school. Earlier this week he was complaining that nobody likes him, but when I named a few of the kids, he was like "oh yeah, she likes me" and "oh yeah, he likes me too" and "I guess some people do like me." Junior high, anyone?

Speaking of junior high, Pete was wearing a too-big-for-him shirt today, so I tucked it into his dress pants. He stopped me, saying "don't do that mom! That makes me look handsome!" The worst. 

Eating: Not much. Have you seen our fridge lately?! I guess I'll clean it out [since it's virtually empty] and then do some menu planning! We have four jars of curry sauce and two of curry paste. Wow.
Wishing: Just wishing I could visualize things better when it comes to home decor. I've never been very good at seeing things that aren't right in front of me. Where should the couch go? What should I put on the mantel? Curtains? Artwork?
Reading: The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown. Looks to be very good. I've only read the Preface.
Listening to: The wind. It's our first very blustery day in awhile.
Grateful for: My patient husband. He deserves a shout-out every now and then. Especially now.
Sharing: 15 Things That Make An Ordinary Day Happy by Katie Clemons Really a good list.
Anticipating: Tonight's pie party shin-dig at a friend's house. Can't ever have too much pie. :)

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Home Beautification Round-Up

We've got so much going on here right now -- one thing being plans to move and rent out our current home [crazy, right? pray we'll stay sane!]. It will be sad to leave our brand new pergola that just went up this spring, but we have plans to train honeysuckle and jasmine vines up the posts and over the top [we'll keep an eye on it from our new house two doors down]. Can you imagine the delicious smell? Mmmmmm.

Check out these gorgeous photos for inspiration -- I just love these lights.
Pergola Lighting

We'll need to decorate our new home which has more space and a bit different floor plan. I'm thinking about these floor-length sheer curtains, some creative wall art with square photos, and I love this unusual coffee table design!
Pergola Lighting

Decorating with a bicycle and flip-flop theme sounds fun. :) We really want our home to somehow tell the story of who we are. We're active, outdoorsy sorts of people who value family togetherness and adventure.
Pergola Lighting

Here are links for the photos -- enjoy!
pergola lights by hip chick digs || honeysuckle vines by the comforts of home || gorgeous lighting by willow and jade floral || 
floor length curtains by apartment therapy || unique coffee table by home talk || square photos by annapolis & company || polka dot tablecloth by wedd book 
the bicycle by enduring arts || hanging photos by my scandinavian home  || love one another by investing love || flip flops by in mind 4 u 

This is just a sampling of the ideas I've collected -- check the rest out here on my Pinterest board

Monday, October 06, 2014

On My Heart + October Goals

A few things that are on my heart:

+ I really long for something more middle-ish, where my boys could have more time at home for creative pursuits and outdoor adventures but still learn in a social environment with the positive peer motivators and encouraging teacher mentorship. I miss having more time with my boys and all the adventures we used to have together. But I think we're in this season for a reason.

+ I wish the days wouldn't fly by so fast. I have many creative pursuits of my own that are getting back-burnered right now. Life really just can't hold it all, can it? A time for everything and everything in its own good time, I guess.

+ Taking more photos would, I believe, help me to slow down and savor the daily life that we're living. I really want to do that. It has helped in the past. *take note* I just love this post with all of life's everything documented -- so pretty.

+ Shoes. Cold weather brings with it the need for socks and shoes that go with socks. You know I just want to wear my Keen sandals or Crocs all year round, right? But brrr. And wearing socks with sandals is funny. ;) So what will I wear on my feet? The boys prefer their Crocs to tennis shoes too. I remember running through the snow in my flip flops my senior year in high school. I really have trouble wearing real shoes.

With school taking up so much of the day, we've got to be really intentional about how we spend the rest of our time. And hopefully we'll soon have enough emotional energy in the afternoons to do more than collapse each in our own corner to recover. This trip to the BMX track was really good.

October goals to keep us living life well and documenting the goodness:

For the blog...
+A round-up post with home decor ideas
+A how-to post about encouraging STEM activities
+Try making oatmeal breakfast sausage and post the recipe
+A round-up post with fall recipe inspiration

For our family...
+Visit the corn maze after dark with headlamps and walkie-talkies
+Visit the hay slide
+Mountain biking around the lake
+Get a family photo with a tri-pod
+Put together another Picaboo book with recent photos

For me personally...
+Get back into my running routine
+Read Brene Brown's The Gifts of Imperfection
+Morning Bible reading and journaling
+Focus on taking more photos of life's moments

Saturday, October 04, 2014

Thank You and Please

Sometimes there's nothing else to say in prayer but "thank you" and then a sobbed "please". Things can be so unbelievably hard to understand with just our current slice of time to stand on. God knows. I certainly don't.

I just pray that we will all have a renewed sense of hope and faith in a greater and more powerful Power so that we don't collapse asking why?
Because we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose. [Romans 8:28]
Not our purpose, maybe not even what we think His purpose should be. But HIS PURPOSE.

God -- thank you. Thank you that you can be trusted. Thank you for having our best interests at heart. Thank you for salvation.
And God -- please. Please heal the aching, bruised, dying hearts. Please draw each and every one of us toward you. Please comfort the broken.

Here by Kari Jobe on Grooveshark