Monday, November 28, 2016


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She has a DSLR course and a Phone course
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Thursday, October 13, 2016


My kids love to decorate for any holiday.
It is so sweet.
They will make banners and decor out of any type of paper they can find.
A few years ago we decorated the front door to look like a monster.
This year I was going to do that same thing but after needing and new scare crow, my husband and son came home with a door hanging sign as well as a scare crow.
I've had this pin pinned for a few years now but have never done it before.
when they came home with the sign for the door i knew i needed to do the bats to add to the brick on the front porch
I came across this pin yesterday and there was a template on how to make the bats.
I printed out the template and went home to cut out bats.
We hung the ones outside and had more to put some inside as well. 
i loved that there was a bat on the sign for the door too.

glad to add some Halloween decor around the house and do something simple to make the kids happy.

Our new scare crow doesn't look to bad either. 
Hopefully it can last as long as our last one.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

What I learned in August.....

I have linked up with Emily P Freeman for a few months now posting What I learned in.......
here is my August one

1. back to school time is bitter sweet
i feel like it am so ready for them to get back to school and then i find that i miss them a ton. either way they are both doing great in school, my son has new found love for school and we could not be more pleased with the teachers that they each got this year. Thankful for it all.

2. ice cream is cheaper than therapy
i have really struggled with a few things this past month and i happen to come across this shirt. I need it in my life. I searched for something similar on my favorite tshirt site Look Human. i was surprised to find how much is cheaper than therapy. just check out this list of tshirts that have things listed that are cheaper than therapy. WHY KNEW?!?!?

3. i love supporting friends on the mission field
We have college friends that are missionaries in Papua New Guiena. I love that we can partner with them and support them while they are away from home. Here is a link to their Booster page, with one day left to help support them and celebrate with them on two years there.

4. finding beauty in my days
just sitting in carline and this beauty landed on my van. the beauty in the mundane.

5. reading books that challenge and push me.
I finished Rising Strong by Brene' Brown and really loved every second of it.

Monday, August 08, 2016

A few of my favorite things.....

my husband and i recently went on our very first all-inclusive vacation. i made a photo book from that vacation and on the back i listed some of my favorite things from that trip. here they are:
the rustling of the thatched roofs in the wind
the sound of the ocean waves
the sand between my toes
saltwater on my skin
beach hats
the smell of tanning lotion (not mine because I used straight up sunscreen)
a book in hand
eating lunch on the beach
water dripping
time, just us

making that list reminded me of a time on the blog that i made a list of a few of my favorite things. i went back to find the post. here it is. i thought i would add to that list here......
the smell of flowers right after it rains
kissing my kids sweet cheeks
seeing my kids right before the wake up

Thursday, August 04, 2016

What I learned in July....

i  have only done this for the past few months but it has been fun. Check out more about the What i learned posts on Emily's blog and link up there.

1. how much i love all-inclusive vacations and can't believe it has taken me this long to go on one.
My hubby and I went to Cancun this month to celebrate our 14 years of being married. (yeah, we are weird like that, we celebrate strange years)

2. celebrating my sons birthday with a camping trip was fabulous and so much fun
the past few years we have been doing combined birthday parties for the kids but this year since we did a paint party for little girl we asked golden boy what he wanted to do. he said camping. he wanted us to rent a camper but we took my nephew and two nieces and we just weren't all going to fit in a pop up camper. (which was the only thing that our van could have pulled) it was a quick weekend but I think that the kids had a fantastic time.

3. i have good genes or so we have been told. I posted this picture on my dads 60th birthday and it was commented two or three time how they want whatever my parents are taking. this picture is straight off of my phone.  no editing. my parents don't look even close to 60.

here is a picture of the originals.
My little sister, mom, me and my dad
we got to spend some time together, just the four of us, the last weekend of the month. it was my dads 60th birthday

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Wednesday, August 03, 2016

First Day

I can't believe that it is already the first day of school.
The summer went way to quickly.
The kids were excited to go back though and see all of their friends and to meet some new ones.
Here's to 1st and 3rd grade.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Beachin' it with the Boys

Back in June, after we picked up Golden Boy from away, summer camp, (I wrote a bit about it here) we took him to the beach (just the three of us)
we just stayed one night but it was so much fun. We stayed at Camp Gulf. it was a little camp ground with cabins and trailer parking.

here was our cabin for the night. it was like staying in a tiny house (but I am sure a bit bigger than those but still pretty tiny)

I was very impressed with all they had inside. there was a full kitchen with all of the things you would need for cooking. they provided you a bag of ice in the freezer and things like small dish soap, dish detergent, bath supplies, towels. it was fantastic. it would have been so fun to stay more than one night.

of course Golden boy was thrilled with the loft. it was very roomy too. multiple children could sleep up there.

I convinced him to snap a few picture with me on the beach. it wasn't that hard to convince him. I think he was pretty excited to see us and getting to hang out with just us. also, see the shirt he is is one of his faves that he didn't bring to camp so I brought it with us on the trip. she he was thrilled about that too.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

What I learned in June........

1. my daughter can now count her age on two hands

 this was her last night as a five year old

here she is the morning of her 6th birthday. she wasn't feeling well. it was sad.
where did the time go

2. planning and preparing parties are fun for me but not so much for my hubby. it ended up being a hit though. see the party post here.

3. vbs is near and dear to my heart......especially when you find out that this is the last year our church will be participating in a traditional vbs. they are moving to an all day type camp. (good for dual income families and single parents) i love their heart

4. vbs is exhausting. it was a great week. the specific job that i do stretches me and pushes me out of my comfort zone. i met new people and had to speak on a microphone. aaaaakkkkkk. also it kept me busy, which was good because it distracted me from thinking continually about the fact that golden boy was at away summer camp. that he is even old enough to do that amazes me. that he was brave enough to want to go without knowing anyone impresses me. he is one incredible kid.

5. spending alone time with just one kid is so great. i love my little family of four. i love when we are all together. but for my hubby and i to get to spend time with just one kiddo is a lot of fun. here i am with little girl, we took her out to a fancy dinner and got dessert too

she asked if we could pose. I complied.

and here i am with golden boy, after we picked him up from camp we took him to the florida coast where we spent one night. we had a lot of fun with him. check out this post for that adventure.

Little Girls Paint Party

so I got the idea for a paint party from Ashley Ann's blog Under the Sycamore.
as it got closer to little girl's birthday I asked her if she would like to have a paint party. she loves all things crafty so she was in love with the idea. I asked her what it would be that she wanted to paint. her immediate response, no hesitation, was a butterfly.

I got to work purchasing the canvases. (12x12 ones) the transfer paper to trace the butterfly on, the easels, paint and brushes. I had her tell me all of the colors that she wanted to use for the butterfly too. we got on pinterest and searched for butterfly designs that she liked.

If you can kind of see, this is what all of the girls butterflies looked like

I bought paint pallets from Wal-Mart for under a dollar and decided to go with a set of five brushes for each girl to use to paint with.

my initial thought was that they would all paint it the same. we had an example that we painted the week or so before. but once the girls got there, they were all asking if they could paint it any way that they wanted and I didn't have it in me to tell them no. it was fun to see all that they came up with and they did ask for held in mixing the colors up for different colors.

we ordered pizza and had cookie cake (birthday girls request)

she wanted this pretty pink lemonade and sprite. we wanted to make sure that everything we were doing was what she wanted and she told me one day. well mom, I love everything but I would really like to have sprite at the party.

I am so proud of how they all did