August 1, 2014

Welcome, August




The month of crazy has arrived. This by far is the most chaotic, clogged month on the calendar for our family of 6.  It’s the month I usually dread but this year does feel a bit more solid for us. Perspective perhaps? I think yes.

In order we have the following on tap:

Nana’s birthday
Football pads and gear hand out
Meeting with LifeLight ministry
School district registration day (which takes about 6 hours on site, me plus kids, and costs about $300 for all school fees at once)
Nightly football practice starts
Final school clothes and supplies
School orientation for the 1st grader
Middle school orientation for the 7th and 8th graders
School orientation for the 4th grader
Haircuts for the boys
School starts  
Lego camp for Andy?
Before-school drop offs for football drills for Trevor
Football games once a week for Trevor
Volleyball practice starts
Volleyball games every Saturday for Hayley
Gymnastics once a week for Mabel
Yoga every Wednesday for mama
Last basement door needs installed
Final trips up to the lake with the kids
Book Nana’s flights for a visit (yes, I did just say that – whoop!)


Now I’m off to write this up on our chalk wall so that I can keep everything straight! 

And once again, this blog will be a bit quieter these days. I’m busy creating!  I’ll be back periodically. Love you all.


July 24, 2014

Things I Love Thursday



1. Love me some Damsel In Dior. She has great style. Love this basic outfit.



2. Sigh. And this one, too.




3. A tuxedo shirt is on my thrift short list. This is killer.




4. Kitty plus girl arm tats? OMG.




5. Ascot+Hart, you've stolen mine.




6. Still my favorite mani.




7. You know Andrew saw this and sucked wind. 




8. I'm seriously praying that Freshly Picked decides to make larger youth and adult moccasins one day.




9. Hello, beautiful living room.




10. Gosh, this one steals my heart, too. Look at that wall! Love the mix of black and white, color prints, and artwork.




11. This one is also fabulous.




12. I will always and forever love Eames chairs and wooden tables.



13. This simple snack looks delicious! Cottage Cheese (Daisy brand is gluten free), fresh veggies, avocado, and salt & pepper.




14. I've been bitten by the weaving craze and want to make one by Christmas. We'll see.




15. Well this is clearly not work appropriate, but I love this! That hair length looks perfect, too.




16. Awesome hair ideas!




17. AMEN.



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July 23, 2014

Weddennessday

You all may have noticed that the blog has suffered a bit as of late. There are a couple of reasons for that.

First, the kids came back home last Saturday. Or rather, we drove several hours to meet Shoes halfway and then drove several hours again to bring them home. I am always so afraid that after spending 9 weeks away, they will have changed somehow, that they won't be as kind or respectful or loving to me because I'm "the devil" on their dad's side and all.

And yet, my children have remained true to who they are and I'm so proud. Very respectful of both of us, very helpful at home - jumping back into chore routines and helping out. KIND. My oldest as been attached to my hip since he's returned and since he is more than 3 INCHES taller, I can almost stare him down. Which is helpful when he gets mouthy. Andrew is lovey-dovey Andrew and loves jumping on the trampoline. And Moo Rae? Yeah. She's mommy's girl. All up in my grill and that is a-ok.

Hayley came over on Monday and it was super to watch them all reacquaint. Within moments she was running through the house laughing at Andy and Mabel and smiling a smile that hasn't been seen since May. She and Andy took dozens of posed photos outside, of flowers, and of grass. Then they all 3 scrapbooked together.

So yes, that. I taught Mabel how to scrap on Sunday. I figured I would start her off small (hmmm - maybe I should write a post on this) with just a few fun supplies - and see what happened. Hayley's been at it for a couple of weeks now and she LOVES it. Well, so did Moo. As I explained to her how to scrap, Andrew wandered past and was immediately intrigued. He has always loved bookmaking and crafts - always. So scrapbooking for him is a no-brainer.

Mabel completed 14 pages her first day. Each one had a subject, a title, and some journaling. And a sticker sneeze. Glory!

Andrew completed 12 pages his first day. He prefers brown kraft paper and sticker alphas. His pages are very masculine and will fit in nicely with the newspaper he created last year. And he could care less that Trevor thinks scrapbooking is for girls. Andrew does what Andrew loves - period.

In addition to the chaos of the kids returning home, I have made time to scrap as well. My pages tell a very personal story. Triumph and rebirth - the entire implosion of my previous life needs to come out and stick to something now. Some will be unfit for posting on this blog because well - there is such a thing as a rage page, y'all. Sometimes its important to just get it out. Also some of my pages have swear words that my mama doesn't need to read. So that is captivating some of my attention and rather than write blog posts in my head, I've been creating scrapbook pages in there. Happens and all.

So I'm not going anywhere. But it might be a bit quieter as I explore this other creative part of my brain.

Also my quilt has been delivered to Topquilter Mary and will be back in just a couple of weeks. I cannot WAIT.


July 17, 2014

Things I Love Thursday



1. If you are like me and have pink thumbs instead of green, you may appreciate this list as much as I did. Except the snake plants will kill a cat.  That sucks.




2. I should tattoo this on my forehead.




3. Dream chandelier. Honestly.




4. Cool bathroom art.




5. Probably a favorite bathroom of all time. Love the floors and the white tile.




7. I love this gorgeous kitchen!




8. Open shelves are my jam.




9. This quilt stole my heart the second I saw those glasses.




10. Lettuce cup tacos - super easy to make, delicious, and crazy healthy for you.




11. Shift dresses make me want to be 11 again.




12. Arm tat! Arm tat!




13. Queen Maya. Yes.




14. I love these pants!




15. Would you roll your eyes to know I'm dreaming of white Birks? Yeah. It's true.




16. I do not know the name of this pose, but I know I've done it several times. So relaxing.



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July 16, 2014

Weddennessday

I am a running crazy person right now, so I cannot promise this post will be length enough to be worth posting or that any of it will even make any sense.  I do apologize in advance.

The kids come back home this Saturday. To say we are excited or that we look forward to their faces would be a colossal understatement of embarrassing magnitude. Both of us are beside ourselves with happiness, truly.

The doors are all hung downstairs (Glory to God and praise, praise, praise!) with exception of the 18” linen closet, which is on special order and has not yet arrived. Perhaps it, too, will be up before Saturday.  The side steps are fixed from the rain washout, the lawn is being groomed by my horticulturalist husband so that its ready for football feet, new succulents have been selected for the inside of the house, a hanging plant will be potted tonight for the girls’ room, and so on and so on.

I cannot stop listening to the soundtrack from The Fault In Our Stars.  Boom-Clap spins constantly.

In the midst of all of this, I have nearly finished a quilt. It’s a simple quilt, but an accomplishment nonetheless. I picked up the final 2 yards of Kona cotton with a 50% off coupon last night. Once its added to the backing, I will be dropping the quilt off with Topquilter Mary so that she can work her magic.

Also in the midst of crazy, I have been SCRAPBOOKING. I know, don’t choke on your tongues, but it is true. What began as an itch to paint paper and get messy with glue became an outright Project Life obsession. I have made 50 pages (nope, not kidding) over the past couple of weeks. Even better? I drug Lulu back into the scrappy world right along with me. Bwahahahahahaha (that was an evil laugh there). I have enjoyed freehanding some larger pages, but the 6x8 Project Life has my heart. More on that in another post, mmm-kay?

Hayley has been scrapbooking also and the girl has made more pages than I have. Booyah.

I have reorganized the house, resituated the kids’ rooms, and cleaned like a madwoman.

I am preparing the final grocery list before the kids come home, too. It’s an entirely different animal, cooking for a family of 6. I have missed it. Mabel has requested spaghetti about 11 times this summer. I will probably make it the day after they get back.  I’ll sautee up some zucchini for myself – it’s quite yummy with homemade spaghetti sauce on it.

Speaking of the Moo Moo – she is counting down the days. I’m quite sure she wakes up and literally shouts, “4 days until we go home!”  That’s not to say they haven’t had fun because I know that they have. It gives me peace that they have.  But yes, they are excited to come back, too. Their lives are here. Their friends are here.

Trevor starts football practice next Monday. 48 hours after he gets back. So Sunday will be all about buying new cleats and gloves (because those certainly won’t come home with him, sadly) – but Bryon is looking forward to gearing up our big boy. He’ll play for the 8th grade school team this year and please join me for a moment (many moments) of prayer wherein we beg God not to crush him by way of a 175-pounder.  He has several of those on his team. Trev JUST hit 100 lbs himself. Gulp.

Andrew is anxious to get home and play Minecraft. And Legos. And make Chewbacca noises. Man, I have missed his Chewbacca noises. 

I have missed Trevor’s eyebrows. Is that weird? My son is becoming a man and I am honored to be able to watch and shape it. I’m sure this fall will bring much more explaining that we are raising them to honor GOD’S expectations, not the world’s. That means we aren’t so concerned with little folks’ social calendars, iPhones, play dates, or mall-shopping. Um… no. There is a time and place for all of those things, but they are not primary. God and family is primary. Homework is next.

I am also filled with JOY over the 9 weeks spent with Hayley this summer. We spent a ton of quality time making the mundane special and teaching her how to do new things. While running errands we talked about God and boys and family and friends and we had some of the BEST conversations. We jumped on the trampoline together and scrapbooked – even DAD  helped scrapbook! We talked a lot about what the transition was like for the kids to go and then come home 2 months later (as you can imagine, it does take a toll on everyone). We rocked out to Boom Clap with Dad, too. And - given my new love of yoga, she's spent quite a lot of time tooling around with her old man alone, going this place and that and planning out projects with him. Bryon has been fortunate enough to work less than he has in quite a while – part of a commitment to enjoy life together and find beauty and joy in the everyday moments.  That meant more weekends at the lake fishing with Hales, time at home, more time to work together on projects, and play together. It was a wonderful summer with her.

We also had lots of alone time to do adult things. Nod and wink and giggle and such.

Yoga sculpt is still kick-ass.

New job is going amazeballs.

My brother in law asked to join us at LifeLight this year and my husband told his boss about it by saying, “I get to worship with my brother this year at LifeLight.” You guys, I am thrilled that my brother in law is coming. But I am also thrilled that my husband is so proud of his faith and love of Christ. Wow.


Life is good. 

July 14, 2014

Hot Yoga

Over the past several months my body underwent significant changes as I began a life without grains of any kind. Though I do not try to lose weight, that's what happened. Not a lot, but enough. I figure I must be at the size I am supposed to be because my weight doesn't fluctuate anymore. But, ya'll, I am too jiggly. I want to tone up!

Also having a bad-assed shoulder cap tattoo has pushed me toward higher body awareness since I'm going to be exposing my arm all the time. Get what I'm saying?

I've never been a gymrat. Won't ever be. But I attended classes yoga and pilates classes 3x week after Andrew was born. I went for months and really felt a transformation in strength and tone. Shoes was not fond of me being out of the house for 3 extra hours a week nor of me focusing on myself, so I stopped going (I know, pisses me off now, too). But, you guys, I LOVED it. Pilates, especially.

Recently I started going to classes again. I found a place near our home that is spectacular and affordable. I attend hot yoga sessions with weights twice a week. It's about 100 degrees in the room with 90% humidity during the one hour sessions. It's an inversion class, too, so I spend most of that time in downward dog or some variation of it. They should call it Ugly Yoga because I look ridiculous when I leave, however I feel amazing. In the few short weeks I've been attending classes, I've toned things that I didn't realize had fallen and I generally feel like I could kick someone's ass if they bully me too hard. Not that I would do that.





On weekends they offer a yoga barre class - as in a ballet barre. I called my mother and told her how excited I was to be doing ballet for the first time at my age. I was also concerned that I'd fall and break a hip because graceful I am not. The barre class is exceptional and a lot like pilates. We used bands, a ball, and a roller for resistance training. The barre is for balance and stretching, not pliƩs. It's basically a whole lot of using your own body as a weapon, which I am highly into.




I did get horrible blisters after the first sculpt class, but as my thighs and calves have become more flexible, I can now place the balls of my feet square on my mat during downward dog instead of balancing on my toes. My wrists were sore until my arms stretched and I learned how to plant my palms into the mat to absorb that pressure, too.

One of the most meaningful things about doing something to take care of myself again is that I (now) have a husband who is incredibly supportive, tells me to keep it up because I look great, and holds down the fort for a couple of hours so I can go to class. He's encouraged me to go after this, full force. As a surprise reward, my favorite instructor happens to play Christian music during and after her class - so while she kicks my butt during, I am part of a much greater movement to win souls for Christ after. I mean, how cool is that?

Nearly 2,000 calories burned in each class, they say. I am drinking 2-3 liters of water a day, too. Here's to health. If you're not looking after yours, you should be. Doing anything is doing something. Go after it - you'll be happy you did.

Namaste.


July 11, 2014

My Smidgen

This one misses us terribly. She's been homesick on and off for the past 8 weeks and last week told me that she'd created a countdown-to-Mom calendar so that she could check off the days that passed. Precious soul. Only 8 days left now.

I took these photos about a week before they left.














Oh my golly, do I miss her. I miss all 3 of them.

Only 8 days left.



July 10, 2014

Things I Love Thursday




1. This looks like such a comfortable patio,  yes?




2. Just wow. The plank wall, the hide on the floor, and those black Eames chairs make my liver flop.




3. I am quite drawn to this denim couch. And the white walls, the headdress. Such beauty there.




4. Porch love. Well, that and the fur throw + ottoman.




5. I fully intend to look this badass when my hair is gray. Such style!




6. Love the sequin skirt, denim shirt, and leather. Sharp.




7. *Faints*




8. Layers of lace, jersey, denim, and leather? Sign me up!




9. Okay, wow. This jacket, the orange, and those killer heels have my full attention.




10. Summer work uniform.




11. This shift dress is trying to woo me.




12. What a gorgeous kitchen! Those cabinets are killer. The lights are phenomenal and would you look at those stove, please? OMG.




13. I have the ingredients for this quick and healthy snack at all times in my pantry and yet, I have never made it. Might need to change that this weekend with Hales.




14. Now this is my idea of a gorgeous rock collection display.


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