May 18, 2015

ANOTHER double digiter in our house

We are entering new territory as a family with every passing year. This year is another year of all even ages, and as of this month we have our SECOND ten-age boy. 

Wasn't it like yesterday I was induced at 5 a.m. and suddenly had an 18-month-old and a newborn? 


And now my second son is in the double digits, never to return to the single digit land. :P



For his birthday, out of any dish in the whole world, he chose taco salad. :D I like how he thinks. :P


Even after 10 years, this boy surprises me on a daily basis. I have never met a kid with a bigger servant's heart than this one. If someone needs something, he is constantly the first one to hop up and run to do it. I am completely in awe of this. He loves and takes care of his siblings, and his mama and daddy too. He is dependable and tenderhearted- a truly sweet gift to his parents. 

He's also got a sense of humor much like his Papa and his Uncle Josh. :) {Oddly enough, he also has many of their physical traits too like the always closed smile and the way he stands and sits...genetics are awesome things.}


This year we tricked him with magic candles. :P hehehehe. It took him three minutes to blow those babies out and he thought it was hilarious {as did the rest of us!}.

We love this boy so much, and are blessed to be his parents. Though I really don't want him to grow up, at the same time I am so thrilled to see how he is.

Happy birthday, sweet Noah.

May 11, 2015

life lately in pics: solo + almost solo dates, firsts + the mother finds

Ahhh, what a week we've had. We had a precious few days without rain, and it was glorious. I heart the country- this was the sunrise from my kitchen window:


And that same morning I got to run errands all by myself. {!!!} I never thought I would see the day that getting an oil change would be bliss:


Am I allowed to say it? Sometimes I really love not conversing with anyone. Just me, a tv, and no one talking to me. If you ask me, they were a little too quick with getting done. ;)

One day while Rob was working outside on the property, I took Zaner out on a date. We went to the gym, the mall, and out to eat- all by ourselves. :D


It was almost like a solo date, minus the diaper changes and toddler feedings. ;) We picked out a few plants together at the nursery too:


And guess what season we've officially entered? 


COME to mama. That preggo craving is now satisfied. ;)

Last weekend, we also hit up the mall very quickly for Mother's Day- while I shopped, they got to have a little fun:


They were all so engrossed in gaming, I think I could have shopped for hours with that setup! :) But I didn't find what I was looking for, so we weren't there long. While we were in the city, we had the chance to run to IKEA for some office items we needed. It was a longggggg {and thankfully easy!} trip- the longest part being waiting for our items and loading them on the car:



Of course, an IKEA trip ends for me after we leave, but just starts for Rob when we get home:


And then yesterday, I found this on my newly assembled desk:



I love those munchkins. :) I'm sure it's cliché to say it, but they are truly some of the greatest blessings of my life. They love like no one else and teach me so much on a daily basis. Motherhood is a crazy thing, isn't it?

I can't believe I will have six of them here soon- we're now on the single digit week slide downhill! I am ready and not ready all at the same time. :) Thankfully, we are taking a summer break from school. I need some pre-baby no-school time to get all my nesting done. :P

How was your weekend?

Do you like solo errand dates?
I never would have thought I would, but life changes you. :P I used to be an extrovert but have somehow become an introvert in the past 10 years. :)

Have you had any watermelon yet? Did you die of happiness like I did? hahahah!
Tragedy of all tragedies, Rob is allergic to it. {I'm sad but okay with this...just more for me!}

April 30, 2015

thrifty find: our "new" master bed + you can't win them all

You might remember in our old master bedroom we used our painted dining room doors for a headboard:


Well, when we moved last fall we decided to leave the doors so the new owner could put them back on, which meant we were left with this in the new house:


I really don't prefer bedskirts and the things they hide {spiders}, so I've been on the lookout for a new solution for quite some time. I scoured Craigslist and other sites for several weeks and found it was actually pretty tough to find a decently priced king-sized bed in our area! We even looked at new ones, and outside of a few high end ones I couldn't possibly imagine paying the prices they asked for new. 

But then... I finally found a good deal on a bed at our local consignment sale... and it was huge:


This bed is massive and solid, and almost as tall as me! I was quite happy with it for the price, especially after shopping at the furniture store. 

The funny/strange thing about thrifting is that the prices can vary considerably. Here's what I found at the sale that day- two beds, almost exactly the same, except the one on the left was in better condition:


The other difference in the two? The one on the left was $125, and the one on the right was $250!! 

Guess which one I got?

The one on the right. :( Someone beat me to the better one that was half price! But I figured hey, $250 was still half of what the beds have been selling for in our area so it was still a pretty good deal.

You know, when it comes to buying secondhand you can't win them all. :) It's just usually not quite so obvious how badly you lost... :P


Have you ever just missed a good deal like that?
Please make me feel better?... :P hahah!

April 27, 2015

project curb appeal: garage door before and after

The sun was shining this weekend, so Rob got to work on our home's exterior again. :D We still didn't plant the tomatoes, but we did {hopefully} add some curb appeal to our house! :)  

Here are the garage doors before- plain white against the cream siding:


And... drumroll... :D

Less than one gallon of Wythe Blue {Benjamin Moore} paint later:


I'm in love! :D I'm really happy with how it looks against the Linen White color. It's a light blue green, but it reads much darker and greener in the shade than in the sun.

Wythe Blue {Benjamin Moore color} 
It's a big change, and since we're still finishing the yard and house exterior details, I can't wait to see what it looks in the grand scheme of things! {Next up are lights over the garage- I'm so excited!} :D


Have you ever painted the garage door on your house?


and coming soon... :D 



April 23, 2015

awesome deals {not found at a garage sale}, my favorite paint colors + a new recipe to try

Last weekend I hit up my first garage sales of the year around 9:30 a.m.:


And after stopping 3-4 sales, I found absolutely nothing at any of them. Which makes me wonder- did I miss everything good or was there ever anything good at any of them? From the looks of the leftovers I'm guessing they weren't the kind of sales I was looking for. :D My favorite sales are the ones with people my age, and the ones where the people have kids slightly older than my own. :) Yes, I'll take all of your practically new kid's shoes. 

The good news of the weekend was that paint was 40% off, so we stocked up. I'm still a big fan of the blue/green family:


But this shade of yellow might be my least favorite color:


In between the rainy days, we've really been living it up outdoors. I love places where you don't have to worry about water spills {because you know they happen at least once a meal, if not more}:


My dad kept the Zane and the other kiddos for us so I could go to an ultrasound. In some kind of miracle, we got there way early {!} and had time to read and sit for a bit. :) I took advantage of my new homemaking library:


I get kind of giddy when I get new books. :D I started in with "Simply Dressed"- a book about getting ready for the day at home {though I really should have read "From Grouchy to Great" after getting out the door that morning, hahah!}:


I've been wearing my workout clothes most of the day lately. :) I don't think Rob minds them, but I do notice a difference in how I feel when I get dressed for real {maybe part of the reason I wore my favorite wedges to our ultrasound yesterday- I go so few places now! hahaha! I'll take what I can get ;)}

Which is also maybe why I'm super excited about scoring this lace + mint infinity scarf for $4 shipped this week!!


Thanks to the huge homemaking bundle sale, I scored this $20 scarf for only the shipping cost! As a freebie/bonus when you purchase the bundle {and get $1200+ in books for $29.97} you get a $20 infinity scarf for free. This is seriously my favorite bonus of the whole bundle ever. :) $29.97= 76  different ebooks, 6 e-courses, 14 printable packs + 8 bonuses. It's an awesome deal.

Some of the other bonuses I've redeemed so far:

I scored this printed book from Tyndale Rewards for free!



I also picked the fit and healthy for 4-6 people meal subscription from She Plans Dinner {3 month trial for free}:


I'm was pleasantly surprised and impressed with their recipes because very few of them used pasta or processed ingredients. Most "healthy" plans I find include lots of lower fat processed substitutions. {If you're looking to sign up, I noticed the website was a bit difficult to navigate, but once you're signed in it gets easier.}

I can't wait to try this chicken salad- I'm going to the store today and already have the yogurt waiting to be used:


And another bonus I was excited about is this Craftsy online class I signed up for on growing amazing tomatoes:


I haven't watched it yet, but I'm pretty sure I've already messed this gardening thing up considering here's what ours looks like a week in now:


I know. :(

Poor plants. They're begging me to just put them in the ground already. With all the storms we've had,   our yard is still waiting to be finished and I have to either find a place to keep a garden forever {big commitment} or find some containers to get them going in.

Now you know what I'll be doing this weekend. :D


Has it been raining like crazy where you live too?
We've already gotten like 8+ inches more than normal this year! It's been crazy!! A local house is even sliding into the lake. :(

Have you had any luck with garage sales lately?

Any good tips for growing a garden? 
My husband's grandfather had the best tomatoes ever, and he put all these special natural fertilizers in each plant hole he dug. I need to find his out secrets. :D



{p.s. if you were looking to score the ebook and bonuses, you only have until Monday night before the whole deal is gone! :D}





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