Monday, June 26, 2017

Happy birthday to You!

Oh, Tessa! You are 6!!!! Can't believe it! 
You have turned into such a beautiful little lady. So smart, kind, and caring. 
We had a wonderful day celebrating you! Can't wait to see what you will do in the days and years to come. 
Thankful to God that He gave us you. We love you!

Below are photos from some of the memories we shared together at your birthday party with family and friends. Hope it's one you will always remember!

We had pizza, chips, sprinkled covered animal crackers, chocolate covered pretzels, and of course, cake!!!

One of your school buddies! :)

We did a treasure hunt outside with clues and a balloon game in between. You and your friends found the treasure box at the end of the game with lots of goodies inside!

We did a pinata again! You wanted a cupcake pinata this time...very different from last year's pinata.  Lots of yummy candy inside. You even really loved the Lemon Heads, to our surprise!

Happy birthday, to you! Happy birthday, to you!
Happy birthday, dear Tessa. 
Happy birthday, to you!

You and your friends were excited to eat the yummy chocolate cake with rainbow sprinkles. You still love rainbows, so the cake had to have lots of color! :)

You got lots of great gifts from your family and friends. This, you said, was one of your favorite parts. What kid doesn't love opening their birthday presents?!

And you got the scooter you'd been asking for! Thanks, grandpa!

So very thankful for you, sweet lady! You are precious to Him and to us!

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Father's Day- And a Happy One It Is!

Happy Father's Day to all of the dads out there!

And a special one to this guy...
who has been a wonderful father to our 3 children.

I feel very blessed that our children call you "Dad". 
You are patient, kind, and loving. 

I went ahead and put together a list of just how much we appreciate you and why. Although this list could go on, I tried my best to stick with a few big points, so here they are!

Thank you for...
-The way you set such a godly example of what it means to be a leader in our household. (Ephesians 5:25)

-The way you seek God daily. (2 Thessalonians 3:5)

-The way you not only read scripture to know it, but to live by it. (Philippians 1 &2)

-The time you take to make every moment count. (Ephesians 5:15-16)

-The kindness and patience you show others, even when most would give up. (Luke 6:22-23)

-The way you lead prayer. (Ephesians 6:18)

and lastly, thank you for...
-The effort you put into everything you do because you know of the great reward that abounds. (Colossians 3:2)

We love you so much, babe!  You are amazing!
Happy Father's Day!!

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Pink Closet Doors for a Girl's Room (and some other painted doors)

OK, so I said I'd be back to blog about the girls' finished pink closet doors...and here they are!

Let's backtrack a bit...
The color of these doors is actually a mix of two colors. I decided to buy a sample of SW Coming Up Roses (after seeing it on another blog).

After once quick coat on one of the doors, I knew the color alone was a bit too harsh.  

So I decided to mix in another color, BM's Revere Pewter, that we had left over from another project. After some trial and error, I finally got the color I was hoping for!

Here's the girls' bedroom with both the pink doors and the charcoal doors. I really love how both colors look together. So pretty!

If  you also look carefully, you can tell that I still need to add another coat to the back of their door. It's splotchy right now. I actually forgot that it needed another coat until I closed the door to take this picture ;) 
Oh, the joys of starting a project and not finishing it...

I'm also in the process of (slowly) painting the rest of the doors in our home with a nice charcoal gray called Kendall Charcoal. It's a BM color, but I had it mixed at Sherwin Williams for a much lower price. I painted the interior doors in our last house a nice gray and loved it so much I wanted to do that in this house.

For now, only a handful of our doors have been painted this color, like some of our upstairs doors. 
Even though I started this project about a month ago, there are still quite a few doors left to paint. That's how I roll. ;)

At this point, my goal is to complete most of the doors in our home by the end of June. 
We'll see if that happens!

Back to the girls' room...
the green rug goes perfectly with the pink doors and the walls. It was an "on the whim" purchase from T.J.Maxx last year, but it works in their room! 

Ms. Cutie face!!

I will end on one last picture of our stairwell...where you can also see another painted interior door. This one was painted with BM's Dragon's Breath. Although different from the other gray painted doors in our house, it works well there so there's no repainting it.

Our wooden frames in the stairwell mesh well with the color scheme. I also had to include a photo of our new light fixture that the hubs carefully hung up. It was a pain for him to put up, but he did a great job!
(also, maybe I should've turned off the light so the fixture itself wasn't so hard to see? Eh!)  
If you are looking to change your interior doors, I'd say go for it! And if you are looking for a nice charcoal gray, check out BM's Kendall Charcoal and/or BM's Dragon's Breath. Both are beautiful colors that work well on doors!

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

The Sound of Gravel

I recently finished a memoir called, The Sound of Gravel.

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Now, I don't read on a regular basis and sometimes wish reading was something I enjoyed. However, this book had me at it's first page and I was able to finish it quickly.

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Let me back track a bit.
I first heard about this book through another blogger, Emily A. Clark. Occasionally, Emily blogs about books she has read, gives a short synopsis about them, and will recommend them to her readers as she sees fit. Not too long ago she did this with 9 books she recently read. When I reached her description of, The Sound of Gravel, what she said about it stuck out to me. She says this about the book, "If you choose just one from my list to read, pick this one. This is the first book that ever prompted me to immediately email the author after finishing it."

Um, what? I had to know more of what this book was about!

Being that I respect this blogger and knowing that she has read lots and lots of books, I decided to head to the library to pick it up. 

I will give you a little bit of information about the book without giving away too much detail in case you are interested in it. Like mentioned before, this book is a memoir. It's about a girl named Ruth Wariner who grew up in a polygamist family in the 80's. From the get-go, it's easy to see that the character of this woman, who was a little girl at the time, is resilient and strong. She endures poverty, heartbreak, and tragedy. There were a few moments in the book that made me cry because of what she went through. It was all so hard to believe and very disheartening. A few times I even had to put the book down and walk away from it, even after just reading only a couple of pages. With all that she went through, I'm in awe of the strength and positive outlook she now has as an adult!!

It's seriously one to read...and if you are an avid reader, you could definitely finish this in a couple of days. But be warned, it does get a bit dark. It's very eye-opening, however, and very sad at the same time to know the things some kids endure.

Let me know if you have ever read this book before or are planning to read it now!

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Special Visitors

Last week, my in-laws came up for a visit from Florida and the kids were thrilled! We Skype with them about once a week, so when we get to see them in person, it's a real treat. They stayed for a few days, so we were able to have some fun and visit some places.

One of the places they wanted to see was Busch Gardens. Hooray!
We decided to go on a Saturday- the weather was supposed to be clear and comfortable, but it did end up raining in the late afternoon. Anyways, we all had a good time and were able to stay a while despite the weather.

Our first stop at BG was Sesame Street Land- the kids really wanted to get their picture taken with Abby (which surprised us because they usually aren't fans of characters in costume), so we did!


The girls kept giving her high-fives afterwards, which was really cute. 

We rode a few rides in that area and then headed over to the bird sanctuary. 
The girls LOVED it. The birds were so colorful and bold as well. When Poppie first walked in, about 3-4 birds just flocked to him and began walking all over his shoulders/back. I wish I had taken pictures of that, but you'll just have to take my word for it. ;)
It probably helped that people were feeding them when we got there, so they had no problem landing on folks- thinking they would get more food.
That part did make the girls a little nervous at first, but they warmed up to the idea of getting close enough to feed the birds.

So fun!!

After playing with the birds, we decided to hit up some more rides, one of which was the carousel. 
We went around on the carousel a couple of times. That's always been a huge hit at BG.

Beautiful girl!

I wish I had more pictures to share of our BG visit, but we were all enjoying the day, so that's all I've got!

It's all about making those great memories, right?!

On one of the less cloudy days, we took a trip to the beach. It had been our first time since the weather has gotten warmer and clearer.  

I crack up at this picture below of our sweet Lydia watering the York River. She jumps at the chance to water things in our yard, so it makes sense to do it at the beach, right? :)

The kids had so much fun playing in the water and the sand, and even made a few new friends. 

Tess showing Poppie her water duckie.

Another fun thing we did with family was make home-made icecream. Mmmmm!!! 
We stuck to a simple vanilla recipe and mixed in lots of mini M&M's. We bought some cones for the icecream too and it was a hit, as you can see from this next picture. Our son devoured his while also making a pretty big mess, so I had to take a picture.
It's one to save for his photo album, for sure. Ha!

We always like taking family photos at the end of each visit. Our Lydia doesn't look to happy in this next picture, but she was...I couldn't get the lighting right so the picture didn't snap right away- I think she was just caught off guard. :)

Meanwhile, our oldest, Tess, had no problem posing for the camera no matter how long it took to take the picture
Hands on the hip while waving her wand around= fabulous!

So sweet! 
And our pup does have a rep for photo bombing our pictures, so seeing how he shows up in this last one is no surprise. Ha! After all, he is part of the family!

Thanks Mema and Poppie for visiting! Always great memories made!