Friday, August 30, 2019

Things I've Learned this Summer

1. after listening to 10 Things to tell you podcast #15 and watching Jamie B Golden's instagram stories on skincare, i decided to add this little bottle to my beauty regmine. There is alot that i was doing right and some that i needed to tweak and add. this being one of them. June 11th; Flagship Vitamin C.

2. I can grow things. I mean we have blueberry bushes and they have been relatively easy and i have a few indoor plants but i planted some zinnias from seeds around our mail box and they grew and bloomed and are so pretty.

3. I really missed camping. our last camping trip was April of 2018. we took the kids in June and had the best time. we did another white water rafting trip with the kids. you can see our first one here.

4. going on vacation with friends is so fun. why have we not done this more often?

5. I learn new things about my kids every day.
Unknowns can be scary. Little Girl is usually ready for an adventure and excited about life. She was quite a bit more nervous that we expected her to be. New Grade, New Teacher (like brand new to the school) 

6. That I am a enneagram 6. I took a test that told me i was but took another test that told me i was a 2w1. Then a friend mentioned Annie F Downs Podcast, That Sounds Fun and then enneasummer that she was doing. If you haven't listened to them and want to start, scroll down to one that has Suzanne Stabile. They were so good. One thing Suzanne Stabile says is that she doesn't really like the tests. she would suggest you reading about all of the enneagram numbers and then seeing what resonates with you or even more importantly what makes you feel uncomfortable. I read about #2 and #6 a bunch and the more i did, the more i leaned towards #6 being correct. I think i am a 6 wing 5. I plan on reading the book, The Road Back to You and then The Path Between Us. I just know that i want to have the time to read them and no other non-fiction in my presence to do it.

7. to plan my summer reading. a completely different friend, than the one above who mentioned the enneasummer podcast, told me about The Lazy Genius Collective Podcast-Summer Stack (episode #110). Where she mentioned that she had to make sure to plan her reading. Mine started with going through some books on my Goodreads account and looking at my to read lists and then taking some recommendations from Anne Bogel's book lists. This is what i started out as what i wanted to read this summer.

Books read in June:
Daisy Jones and The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Amy and Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
Once Upon a River by Dianne Setterfield
You are Free by Rebekah Lyons
Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day by Winifred Watson

Books read in July:
Two Weeks by Karen Kingsbury
Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah
The Forgotten Road by Richard Paul Evans
To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han
P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han
Reading People by Anne Bogel
Beholding and Becoming by Ruth Chou Simons

Books read in August:
The River by Peter Heller
Class Mom by Laurie Gelman
The Road Home by Richard Paul Evans
Field Notes on Love by Jennifer E Smith
The Sugar Queen by Sarah Addison Allen
The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise-Dan Gemeinhart (this one i started reading to Little girl in July and we finished it this month)
A Love Letter Life-Jeremy and Audrey Roloff
Things You Save in a Fire- Katherine Center

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Still not Finished, but Functional

the bathroom is still not finished, there are tiny details that are still needed, but it is functional and has been for quite a while and honestly that is all that matters at this point.

my hubby and i were roaming Lowes and came across this mirror. I waited for one from Magnolia Home to be back in stock, but the more that i thought about it i didn't think it would work right in the space even though i knew it would look amazing.

we came across this one and both liked it so it seemed like it was a no brainer.
it sat in the box in our room for 2 weeks before i decided to tackle putting it up. 
i don't know how it all happened and i wish i had timed it all but i got it put up with a quickness. i was shocked when i stepped back and saw it hanging. 

there were a couple of towel hooks that we liked but ultimately decided on this one. I didn't want to buy one until we had the mirror purchased and installed.
turns out it is perfect.

now to decide on some open shelving for over the toilet. i was thinking 3 but maybe just two. I measure the space and don't really want anything more than 16 inches long. I'm going to have to go shopping with my tape measure to find exactly what we want.(and to be honest we are 100% sure we know exactly what we want.)
but i know that when we find it we will love it and then the back of the toilet will stop being a catch all for all the things. 

Thursday, August 08, 2019

First Days

Yesterday was another first day for these kids. I can't believe i have a middle schooler.

All thing new for these two.
We made it out the door by 7am, had our first day of school breakfast of eggs and cinnamon rolls, tree guys showed up and there were no tears.
I managed to get them both to school and get to work in one hour and ten minuets.

afternoon carline was a different story

curious about other #andyfirstdays