Monday, October 29, 2012

Can I tell you how much I love paint!!

 Here is the before I really do not like this gaudy rugged look. It was one of the biggest eye sores of the house.  The grout really made it even uglier. It was almost black which does not match orangey colored rocks. I figured paint was about my only option besides ripping it out which I really didn't feel like doing. I didn't know how it was going to look. I did a few testes with all gray which was to drab, then I did all white which was to stark.  I brought out my arsenal of colors and started mixing. I mixed gray and white and I used my hand to spread it on the rocks. Once I got the results that looked more like natural gray stones, I mixed a tiny bit of brown in to make it look real.  I also painted all the grout which to forever. If any inquiring minds want to know I stayed up two night in a row till 2:00 am to get it done. I actually am very productive late at night if I can mentally prepare myself.  Cookies and Coke are my fuel (:

 AFTER

What do you think?  Can you see why I love paint.  The cheapest biggest bang for your buck.  In my case this was free. I also made the drop cloth curtains for $10. I love neutral colors.
Thanks friends for the kind remarks from my previous post. 
I added this to wow us wed
savvy southern style

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Projects and leaves

I finally got my long awaited coffee table.  I have had my eye on this thing for a couple years, it so cool. You can change out all your little treasures.
Rob installed wood floor in our upstairs landing.  It looks so much better!!


I wish I had a before picture. We had a faded red deck that looked awful. The deck is getting older but it sill has some life in it.  It is a huge deck so we are trying to make it last as long as we can. We painted it gray and it looks so much better and matches our house.
I can't explain how many leaves we have.  They fall about ever two days.  It takes hours to clean them up and then we do it all again a few days later. These are from last week probably the last week of beautiful leaves.  I love where we live it is so so pretty!!

Life is like ferris wheel

I have been saving this post for a while. You know how sometimes you just don't have words to describe how you feel?  I feel like my life has been a ferris wheel for the last 6 months of so. Ferris wheels are kind of unsettling because you never really feel safe until you get off.  Sometimes you go up and you get stuck, sometimes you go so fast you feel like your going to puke, and sometimes you go up and enjoy the view but the ride never seems to end. When you first get on you know the big hill is coming and you really can't see below but your trusting that the ride will eventually end. That is kind of where God has taken me with trusting him. You can't always see him or feel him but you have to have faith and trust in His plans.  
 We sold our house in Columbus about a year ago and we were set for a new adventure. Rob had a promising new job that we thought was God sent since it came to us. We were feeling blessed and excited. Very quickly after moving here Rob's job got very shady. There were some things that were just not adding up and we felt we made a terrible mistake. For months after this it caused us great stress  and anxiety. I felt bad for my husband that he had to do a job that he hated to provide for his family. Things went from bad to worse and in September the company restructured their whole organization (not that there was any structure from day one) and they eliminated a whole group of people.  My husband was one of them.  Rob was actually relieved but it was a huge scary reality to both of us. Rob is the model employee and this was not his fault at all. It was a very humbling but we knew that we would be okay. Along with this news in the spring we were hit with Drew's stomach problems that landed him in the hospital  and our house issues including surprise repairs that were very costly. It has been so overwhelming that I have cried a thousand tears and wondered if God still loved me. I know this sounds ridiculous to ask if God really loves me but when you feel like your on the out of control ferris wheel of doom it fells that way at times. I know so many people have much worse things but when your going through multiple things at once it is crippling. I write my blog out of honesty and reflection of my life. I wish life was good all the time but I want to write the truth and share the wisdom I learn along the way. If we are all honest life is not pretty and some people are better then others at pretending that theirs is more perfect then the next. Through these last few months I have learned to dance in the storm and not to be controlled by my circumstances. None of these trials have been fun but I can see God using them. I really am thankful for friends that pray and care for my family especially my best friend Jackie who has cheered me on countless times. My mom has been a great support for me during this time when all I could do was cry and share my pain. She is such a special person, she brings a calm that takes my fears away. Lastly I am so proud of my husband and how he worked on getting a new job immediately and relentlessly.  A few weeks ago he had four jobs to pick from. Some of them required moving again and we made the decision to stay her at this time which just feels right. God has taught us so much through this and we can finally get off the ferris wheel. God has provided our needs like I have never seen. Not only did Rob find a great job he found a job with fabulous health benefits, not much travel at all, and so much less stress. Our house is great now and we have almost everything done, and Drew just went to the Dr. and is doing fabulous. I just want to give anyone reading this hope that trials and stress don't last forever and God does not leave you. He finds a way to make all things right and even better then you ever though. It may never be perfect and if you wait for perfect life will pass you by. You truly do have to dance in the storms of life. I think I have finally learned that God is in control of everything and I am not. I know that God never wants to hurt me but there are times in life that come to shape you to change you and to grow you.  
Thank you God for never giving up on me even when I questioned you and thought I knew better then your plan for my life. I may not always be grateful for the the storms but I am trying to honor you and give thanks in all the good things you have blessed me with.

Monday, October 22, 2012

catching up again


Oh my goodness. I keep finding old pictures that I wanted to add to my blog. I hate not documenting such great memories. Things have been crazy in the last few months but I think we are finally reaching a light at the end of the tunnel.  I will talk more soon about all of that.  This picture was from the end of August.  Rob and I wanted to go out of our anniversary and we were planning on being at my parents that weekend but there was a family situation that my mom needed to help with. We decided to take the kids with us and go to a Japanese steak house. The kids dressed up and they were coached on having great manors. In the above picture we had some crying from Drew and some annoying behavior from Jaden.  It is crazy at times but it is real life.  My kids are imperfect angels.  It seems like we are constantly parenting, discussing,forgiving...They are learning and so are we.
 Lauren was scared of the fire but enjoyed herself
 Jaden and Drew with chopsticks
 Rob surprised me with a beautiful ring! I was completely shocked and it is so beautiful, he picked it all out himself.
 Some cute picture of my Lauren Grace.  She doesn't wear her hair in a afro to much because it tangles easy but it looks really cute like this. It is amazing how her hair is so much longer but it curls right up.
 She looks so old here!
 Right when we got back from Disney the boys decided they wanted a birthday party.  So I threw a little party together. It was great! You think with today's standards that kids want to be entertained by something elaborate but they really don't. I really love home parties.  Part of the mess is part of the memory for me.  I get so excited when their little friends start arriving.  I love to make food, treat bags, and have parties. There was nothing fancy, but a field, a fire, food and all the boys had the time of their lives.
 Easy cake that was simple to make.  My boys are so sweet and happy to get anything. I am so proud that they are givers and appreciative. We have our moments but for the most part they are thankful for the smallest of gestures.
 My Birthday Boys
 The kids and parents are very nice here.  It has not taken long for the boys to make friends, and they are good kids.
 Bobbing for apples.  Let me say that this is the simplest birthday activity and the boys just loved it!!  They all got soaked but thoroughly enjoyed the task and challenge.  
Now to get done everything else on my list this week I will be in good shape.  A mom's work is never done.  I am thankful to live this life even though my rest is limited I won't regret my time enjoying these kids.

Monday, October 8, 2012

This girl is amazing


I recently stumbled upon this amazing girl and started reading about everything she was doing for the less fortunate.  I am completely in aw of her and her love for God's people. It has been a humbling night for me thinking back on all my wants and needs and forgetting what this life is about. It surely is not to glorify myself. I would not call myself a selfish person but at times, yes. It is so easy to get caught up in the American culture of choices and fun that we have to stop and reflect and realize how far our consumerism has gone. How much is enough? Part of living in America is a blessing and somewhat of a curse. We rely on ourselves much more then we think and since many of us have the means to buy whatever we need to make our lives more fulfilling we rely less on God to meet our needs. Through watching her it is a joy to see the happy faces and love that this young woman has to share everything God has called her to do. She is amazing and I can't wait to read more about her journey.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Happy Fall


Happy Fall!  Fall is beautiful at our house.  We live in the woods so it is gorgeous.  I love all the colors and feel of the air in the evenings. The days are still warm but the nights are cool. I think fall is one of my favorite seasons. I love Halloween, pumpkins flavor anything and fall clothes. Fall clothes are the best.  Nothing like tall boots, laying clothes and cute jackets. Winter is a different story, I pretty much wear a NorthFace fleece all day everyday. Lauren and I had fun decorating the front porch.
 

 A fun new simple wreath.  It was swag from the Hobby Lobby clearance rack last year that I twisted into a wreath. 
Enjoy Fall, I am hoping to get a family picture in with the fall all around us.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Disney part 3

 Haunted Mansion fun
 The New Dumbo area is so beautiful, I just love the fountain and the lights. 

 Disney fireworks, this place is the best!
 Kids getting ready to ride the Rockin Roller Coaster for the first of many times

 Last time at Disney we rode the Tower Of Terror and we did not know what to expect, it scared us bad!  This time we had to talk the kids into it and they were not budging. Jaden agreed to ride it with Rob, then with me and then we talked Drew and Lauren in to it. It was not nearly as bad as the first time, now we have a family tradition and we had a great laugh.
 On the way home on the Magic Express, so tired
Lauren feel asleep five different times on the way home, she was so worn out.  
We had a wonderful time once again and we can't wait to go back. It truly is a magical place that I hope to go back to many times. There is no way you could not be happy at Disney.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Disney Part 2

 I love getting up in the morning and spending all day at the Disney Parks. The kids are at a great age, not strollers and no complaining.

 The boys birthday's were the week after our trip so they wore Birthday pins and got lots of attention.  Don't forget to were pins if their is any sort of celebration, it makes the trip that more special.

 We love Hollywood Studios. Drew is 1"taller then Lauren who is 48"  Both of them could ride everything and they did. I was so proud of Drew he has really gotten over some fears.  The loved the Rockin Roller Coaster, we rode it lots of times.  


 Toy Story Mania

 We love Garden Grill! This is one of our favorite restaurants at Disney.




 Snow White was so sweet to Lauren, she played the part so well.
Lauren could not be happier. She got to walk with Ariel in a little parade around the restaurant.  She was so proud. Ariel told Lauren that she would see her at the ocean so now every time Lauren sees water she asks me if Ariel is waiting for her.
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