Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween

 We had our Trick Or Treat last Saturday. In our neighborhood they actually do Trunk Or Treat since we have such big lots. It was a lot of fun. People in Texas have great parties. I pull up thinking there are going to be a lot of trunks with a few decorations but what I was mistaken. The trunks were over the top decorated with big inflatables, a pirate ship, a mini haunter house, dry ice.

 Drew had a lot of fun but he was hot!!
 Jaden wasn't big into Halloween this year, so this is probably it.
 My little Dorothy

Happy Halloween Everyone!!

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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Built in Cabinet-Yeah!

I'm so proud of Rob, he pretty much built this after I showed him some blogs and ideas. He is really good at measuring, making sure everything is level and thinks about the execution where I think about the design and style. We are bookends but it works out well. I'm not a big fan of math unless it involves percentages off and all woman know why that is important. That space to the right is going to be filled with another bird picture. I am behind on blogging but I painted the one on the left but wanted two similar pictures for the alcoves on the shelf. I may change this up I decorated this late at night, after working non stop for a week. We have company coming so I had to get going. We are going to add a trim piece on top but not sure yet, probably a small piece of crown.
Here is the before. We had the perfect space for this built-in
Rob built a base first by putting it on top of cabinet and gluing and screwing it to make a base. Then he put it on the ground and set the cabinets on top. We bought stock cabinets from Home Depot to use. This made it much easier since we are not woodworkers so this saved lots of time. We used top cabinets to make it much more narrow but still have a great built-in effect.
The counter was a little tricky because we needed a specific size wood. I did not feel like driving to Ikea to get a butcher block top so we just made one ourselves. We took two pieces of wood and wood glued them. I filled in the cracks and sanded like crazy. I initially stained it dark wood but it just did not look right in this room. This room is bright and airy so it was to heavy. I painted the whole cabinet White Dove, love this color white!!

 This is where it gets kind of tricky, depending on how much room you have and how far you want your shelves to come out. We decided to use nice heavy wood and make this thing sturdy. We measured how tall we wanted it and doubled up the middle sections with double wood so we could attach screws to the top. It is kind of hard to buy a 12 foot piece so you have to make cuts for certain areas like the top pieces. Most of the cuts Rob made when we got home. There are lots of little details and that can be aggravating and time consuming sometimes blogs don't share those annoying things.
He made a template for the cabinet holders, this part was easy not to bad. Then we had to decide where to put them since these are not movable shelves. A little stressful but I like the spacing.

Looking good, just needs trimmed, caulked, and painted. This was a time consuming project and my hand hurt when we I was done, this was a lot of painting and caulking! See my Whataburger Cup? That is a must when doing major projects. I'm really proud of my husband. He is good at everything he tries, it's not fair (: He is smart and plans things out. I'm the crazy spaze the gives him a million ideas, and thoughts when he is still on step one. It's funny though we only got a little crabby a few times due to being hungry or tired. 

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Great Book And Parenting Challenges

Drew came home telling me about this book that he heard his teacher talking about. After bribbing convincing him to get his flu shot I bought him Wonder. I decided to read it to both of the boys as I was interested in the premise as well. Let me just say that this is a wonderful book for school aged to middle school children. There are so many life lessons to take from it and it shows compassion on many different levels. I'm really trying to enforce in my children that character counts in every situation. My kids are growing up and I'm not in the toddler trenches of spilled goldfish, and tantrums in the Target isle anymore but I'm nearing those teenage years. So when the mouthy and not so nice attitudes appear I'm some what ready on how to deal with the challenges. I can give them punishments as in taking away electronics but what I want most is a heart change. Just yesterday Drew and I had a heated argument about him not getting ready in time. It all started because Jaden hit him with a Nerf dart in this eye, and I didn't wake him up in time but he magically had time to have a mini Nerf gun fight and even catch some TV. So when it was time to go he hadn't ate breakfast yet. I was a bit annoyed with the excuses since most mornings I am doing the work of twenty. So with some blaming and some complaining in a disrespectful tone I asked him if he was talking to me because he was coming across very rude and he said, "Why Yes, I am" Part of me was laughing in my mom head thinking how funny it was because he was so MAD as he said with conviction why he wasn't ready and how it was all our fault. In a few seconds it escalated with more back talk and no apology. I was so sad that my precious son could act so disrespectful but what I needed most for him was to realize later that his anger was okay and they we all get frustrated but to know that the way he treated me hurt mom's heart. I hope that he got the lesson and he did apologize again this morning and he's going to have a long boring week without a computer and his precious Mind Craft. This being said I realize this will happen numerous times but if he gets why this it not okay and realizes how destructive words and tone are then I am doing my job.
Most of my parenting is disciplining my children. I wish I could say it was all fun, and laughing but it's not. I spend many moments a day correcting behaviors and working on attitude adjustments. My oldest son Jaden is having a hard time with math this year. He is still getting a "A" mind you but it's very difficult. Even his teacher said that it is hard and they are teaching at a 9th grade level. He wants it to be easy like it normally is for him but he is having to work hard and when he gets a "B" he is so upset.  School is not easy and all the kids are realizing this but it's an important lesson. If you don't study you don't do well and your going to have to work. It's not fun because I hate to see them struggle but I am trying to teach them life lessons. The boys especially are at critical influential ages. Almost daily I am hearing about many of their peers testing the waters at school and using unwise words without adults around. I understand my boys are not always going to be make the right choices but I'm very convinced right now it is crucial that I am here for them arms open and ready to listen. Saying all of this I am always looking on ways to open their eyes to new perspectives and feelings and there are so many great books and movies that can teach life lessons without a boring talk from mom. I hope they always want to talk with me but it's so cool to teach your children and then read a book or watch a good movie that follows good character. It usually opens the door up for discussions about many things. 
Saying all of this I am always looking on ways to guide their hearts and to show them the love of Christ. To stand up for the weak but also to know that sometimes bully kids or kids who need attention are sad and need love too. My mission in life is to lead my children to have purposeful lives that make our world at better more kind place and to know that God will use each one of them to be difference makers. I see uniqueness and greatness in each one of them but it has not been without correction and grace. When I ask them how they know that I love them they say because I discipline them and they know I do it because its helping them to become better people. I am very proud of my children they all have good hearts and care for others. This parenting things is defiantly not a race but a marathon but one with many rewards that have changed me to be a better person as well.

The best kids in the world!

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Monday, October 13, 2014

Happy Fall

I love fall decorating! It's still in the high 80's here most days but we have had few days in the refreshing high 70's. I do miss the changing leaves from back home but I don't miss all the raking leaves and let's not forget the freezing to come after the Midwestern beauty of fall. I will take the mild, because I hate being cold. I didn't really buy a lot new this year but made a couple new wreaths. Since we have the double doors I have to make two of each.

 Very simple I just added a few pumpkins, and some green dangle stuff and moss. Hobby Lobby near my house has had very limited selection of greens for wreaths. I am wondering if that is all over or just my store. The isle with all the green picks is very slim and there are no boxwood style picks at all and very little attractive selections.

Some of my favorite stuff is mixed and matched. This urn was the bottom of a old Christmas tree not sure where the tree went but I like the base. 
I love Pheasant Feathers but need to buy in bulk somewhere because they had very little of those either except for the $10 a piece ones for only one stinkin feather (Jackie, ha ha)
This Pumpkin pot is so cute, it's huge and heavy. I found this at Home Depot. I love looking at every ones decoration around the neighborhood they probably think I am a stalker but I love to get new ideas. Once I was done with all this stuff, I noticed HEB (a TX grocery store) had tons of real pumpkins in all these cute sizes in green, white, bright orange...maybe next year.
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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Crosby Our New Kitty

Our cat Lincoln decided to run out one night when I was letting the dog out. At this point I was so sick of him meowing by the door all hours of the night I just said, fine!!  I figured I would get him in a few minutes. He normally likes to go outside and walk around the pool or likes to sit under the patio during the day. After his persuasive meowing I will let him outside for about 30-40 min to get fresh air since he loves it so much. I called him a few minutes later and no bell, no meow, nothing. I went to bed I was exhausted that night, but somehow in my magical mom way I was up again at 1:00 am calling for him outside. Our yard is fenced but he has escaped under the fence a few times but always comes when I call. I call out  a few more times nothing...Okay I figure I will hear him scratching at the door around 5:00am, nothing...The next day nothing.. I have to tell the kids): Not exactly a fun time. We were all pretty sad, I actually have cried a few times knowing that his death was not a good one. I came to this because the next day while letting Champ out I heard the Coyote's howling right by the house, lots of them. At that point I kind of new in my heart that he was never coming back. It is painful to lose a pet and not know what happened. I guess it is good that we did not find him in that sort of condition. It's common here to have pets disappear we live near lots of woods and our neighborhood is wooded. Some people say it's just a cat, but pets are like family to me. Lincoln brought my children loads of entertainment. He was not the most loving cat but our friend and we do miss him. A week ago I went to the shelter to look for Lincoln and see if any other kitties needed a home. I figured if Lincoln came home he would have a friend. I about had a panic attack during my visit at the shelter. There were so many animals vying for love and attention. I am a huge animal lover and it broke my heart the number of pets in this not overly huge building... 700 pets!! I left feeling even worse then when I came and left empty handed. I looked a few other places and found a sweet kitty that needed a home. Drew and I always say we love the white tigers with the blue eyes so when I saw him I could not resist...Meet Crosby!
 He is not quite 5months old yet but is a sweet sweet boy. He had all his shots and neutered and get this one FREE, the lady could not keep him due to allergies and needed to find him a home before she took him to the shelter. He is a complete Joy! He loves the kids, purrs non stop, plays and is gentle and my favorite  he is a lap cat. 

We still hope Lincoln comes home but Crosby has defiantly made us feel better. It's amazing what a impact a little kitten can have on you. Animals are the sweetest.
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