Monday, October 13, 2014

A Quiet October (but not for long!)

So far, October has been a quiet month for us.  You'll hear no complaints from me about that either.

Of course, my best friend is coming in this week for a long awaited visit, so it's been more of anticipation building over the past few weeks!

I have been readying our guest room for her arrival in the past month as you know.  Course, it just became a guest room over that time period!  Not just for her, but also for us.  It's been great to see that room transformed into something so nice.  Instead of being clutter filled!!

It's so much different when you have a real friend.  One you can trust and one who shares your beliefs and the same faith in God.  We have no secrets.  There isn't anything about my friend that I secretly "wonder" about.  She is who she is.  A solid Christian girl, strong in her beliefs, funny, smart, and a load of fun.  I'm so blessed to have a friend like her!!

Picture of when we first met, my wedding day!

So as we plan on spending tons of time together, going shopping, baking, and of course just hanging out and talking up a storm, I probably won't be posting much for a couple weeks.  Not that it will be much different than how my blog has been going lately!  I guess I have been in a bit of a rut when it comes to sitting down and doing a blog post in the past months.  And I do apologize to my readers, but I also know we have all gone through this a time or two!  I have also been contemplating making my blog private, or something.  I have had an uneasiness with posting pictures, especially of Makayla, as of late.  So if any of you could give me advice on how to go private, or another route that you think would be beneficial to someone in my situation, I would love to hear your input!

Here's to a fun couple of weeks!!

Friday, October 3, 2014

Just being her

Makayla was wanting me to snap some pictures of her on my Kindle tonight just for fun.

She was just being Makayla!

Gotta say, I love this age.  She's independent, but still needs mommy.

I "heart" her.


Wednesday, October 1, 2014

A Busy Bee

That I have been lately!

I've been working on our spare bedroom (aka the 'junk room') for the past week or so now.  I feel like I've been going non-stop between painting, organizing, and going to the store to buy paint, but its been a good kind of busy!  I enjoy staying busy for sure but I am also glad the painting is done for the time being!  It definitely wears a girl out!  Especially when you've been dealing with the sick bug that's run its course through our house lately as well (thankfully I didn't get it..praying I don't!).

So here is a little sneak peak of what I've been busy doing.  Its not finished yet as I still have the 'pretties' to polish off everything.  Curtains, probably new blinds, a lamp, and wall art.  All the fun stuff! But you'll get the bones of it in these pictures, which I think is pretty dramatic!


And after:

The one before picture I didn't get was what was on the wall where the 2 antique dressers are now.  Damon had a wardrobe closet we had bought (you know..the type Sauder makes..kinda cheap!) that was there and basically, falling apart.  He decided when I was going to paint the room to take it down and take all his clothes out of it.  Which resulted in my house looking like a train wreck!!!  I had his clothes all over the place, including hanging in an unused shower!  Totes everywhere, yeah, it was a mess!  But, now with things getting back to normal and a lot of reorganizing (and purging of old clothes on his end), my house is slowly getting back to normal.  I can't express how much I am in love with this room!!!


Friday, September 19, 2014

Bedroom 'makeovers'

Damon and I were talking about our bedroom about a week or so ago and feeling like it was time for a change.  We had our bedroom the same setup as when we first moved in.

Problem was, I felt it was the only way our furniture could really be arranged, given the space and the cable for the tv location as well.

We decided that since we never even really watch tv in our bedroom, we might as well take the set and stand out.  Just wasted space.  I couldn't have agreed more. 

Since Makayla loves her Frozen and cartoons and hogs the living room tv most of the time, we figured it would be better if we gave her a tv in her room.  After all, she can still watch her educational dvd's in there too!  So a tv she got, only it wasn't our big one from our bedroom (a 25 inch flat screen here folks!).  We gave her our old 13 inch tv we kept from our previous home.  The one I used as my kitchen tv.

Yes, kitchen tv.  And I loved having a kitchen tv guys!!  I could watch cooking shows while cooking!  How fun is that?! 

She loves her new addition to her room!!  And we love how our bedroom feels now!  So cozy!  The one thing I disliked the most about our setup before we rearranged everything was that I didn't like the bed to face the doorway.  Yuck.  I'm a light sleeper and when Makayla or Ravey would come in our room at night and open the door, the light from the rest of the house seeped in, waking me up.  Let's face it, if your the parent of a toddler, sleep is golden!  Since we've moved the bed and dresser (sorry, I forgot to take 'before' pictures!!), I feel like I get more quality sleep.  Score!  Plus our room feels so much bigger with out the tv in there.  Double score!

And what's even more exciting is we are about to update the extra bedroom at our place!!  So excited beyond words! And this time I'll be sure to take before pictures!  ;-)


Friday, September 12, 2014

Still here...

I apologize for my lack of blogging lately, again!  I promise everything is okay around here, we have just had a few things going on that has deterred me from blogging like I normally do.

One being my sporadic, or lack of, internet service.

About two weeks ago, we had a nice rain storm come through our area.  Nothing major or devastating, just a good old storm.  Ever since then, my phone's have been out.  And as in out, I mean they are totally out.  Ear piercing, LOUD crackling sound when you pick it up (or when someone calls).  I tried different phones and we connected to our outside box to make sure it wasn't the line going in the house.  It's not.  It's Frontier's line.  They said it would be two weeks before they could get out to look at it.  Monday is "the day"..I feel like I've been counting down to the 15th like forever.  Oh and did I mention, I don't have a cell phone?  Yeah, so when I say no phone, I truly mean it!  Not that I care a whole lot, I'm not much for a phone anyways, but when I need it, it would be good if it was there!

So with that, my internet has been touch and go because of the interference from the phone.  I did, however, get to Skype chat with my BFF a few days ago (even though I had to reconnect about 5 times during said chat), that was a first for me!  Loved it and am definitely a fan of Skype now!

Yesterday we rearranged our bedroom for the first time since moving here!  Love the new arrangement too!  I'll be sure to take some pictures with my "good" camera and do a photo dump one day when things gets back to normal.  We took the tv out of our bedroom completely and moved a tv (different, smaller one) into Makayla's bedroom.  She thinks she's so cool now with her own tv!  Ha!

It's all good.  Gives me a break from watching cartoons and Frozen!  

I plan on "glittering" a pair of shoes for Makayla for Halloween.  She's going to be Elsa, of course.

I'll do a follow up post on this for sure!

Oh, and I called my friend at the attorney general's office again today.  Still nothing from the "consignment lady" who still has my bassinet bit won't give it back and won't pay me for it.  Even though she kept saying she'd send the money to me.  What a crook.  I don't know how some people sleep at night.

At this rate, if the phone company doesn't show up on Monday, I'll have to give my friend at the attorney general a call about them too!

Ahh life!  It's good but can be frustrating too!  Thank goodness I have a relationship with Jesus to see me through!!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Enjoying life

Life here lately has been pretty good.  Not much going on..just loving life and looking forward to fall weather (and decorations)!  There are still things I'd like to do before the cooler temps come on full force, like can some salsa with the tomatoes I put in the freezer from my garden, also can some of my fabulous homemade blueberry jam, and do a few painting projects around the house.  Oh and did I mention we are thinking of "finishing" our front porch?  That is, put up railing, new beams, and a gate.  It'll be GREAT to decorate come Christmas time!!

Here are a few things I've been enjoying...

New makeup!  I splurged at Ulta and bought some new mascara, blush, and lip gloss.  It didn't break the bank by any means but makeup is usually something I don't spend much on.  I will tell you it was all worth it, especially the "They're real" mascara!

I got an awesome coupon in the mail recently for a free pair of jeans at Lane Bryant.  FREE!!  The only catch?   You had to buy something else in the store.  But it could be anything.  So I bought a pair of earrings!  You can always use more earrings.

And I have also been painting my nails again.   Or was.  As I'm typing this post my nails are back to being bare.  When I was processing all the tomatoes from the garden my nails got stained pretty bad.  So I painted them.  But I will say, don't buy any of this polish.  

See my nails in the picture above?  I took that about 24 hours after applying it.  And, I wasn't home that day, I was out shopping with the family.  Which means my hands weren't in water doing dishes and the like all day like they are when I'm at home all day.  Not good.  I do much better with Sally Hanson Xtreme wear.

And lastly, I've been enjoying Makayla in her totally obsessed Frozen stage.  We watch it every day.  She's got all kinds of Frozen stuff too.  And she sings all the songs.  All the time.

Do you want to build a snowman?  In summer?


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

To the fair we go!

We made our annual trip to the state fair several days ago and had a wonderful time!  More memories made..lots of yummy food was eaten..and many pictures taken!  My only problem is it never lasts long enough!

Me and my girl, enjoying my all time favorite fair food..calzones!!

I have to explain this picture.  This booth was next to the calzone stand and Makayla kept looking at the little girl that was painted on the stand and saying it was!  She would say, "Its Makayla!" of course, I told her we should take a picture of Makayla..with Makayla!

Love these pictures with the flowers!

Checking out the bees with daddy!

And of course you have to check out the farm equipment!

"Pretty cool, mom!"

The ducks were her favorite thing at the fair, I'm pretty sure!

I don't know what happened, but right after I took this picture she was totally terrified of the pigs!!!

Cheap (made, but not priced!) toys are always a hit!

Ahh..the sloppy grater tator and gator on a stick!

They had a bear guy is huge!!

Taking a dip in the pool after a hot day, not a bad idea!