Monday, September 1, 2014

The Cookie Monster

Oh this boy.  He is full of jibber jabber, destroying everything in his path, colorful temper tantrums, and slobbery kisses.

AND he has discovered how to open our doors.  Awesome.

With that came the discovery of cookies.

The following pictures tell his tale...

And yes...pants are overrated.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Our First Home. August 2014.

Every married couple dreams of the day when they can purchase their first home.  For some, it takes just a couple of years while they finish college.  For others, it takes a little longer.  For us, it took almost 13 years of marriage.  But this home was worth the wait.  It is perfect.

The story of how we got this home is a testimony of timing.  The Lord's timing.  The home came on the market in October 2013, and it was out of our price range.  We decided to look at it anyhow because we wanted an idea of what was on the market, how much homes were, and the different price ranges of homes.  We looked at things under, within, and over our range.  And then someone put in an offer.  No problem - we were just beginning to look and had our hearts set on another neighborhood.  The home was a short sale, and was taking a while to process.  The family that put in the offer found something different, and they walked.  And then the price dropped $15k and was miraculously $50 below our limit.  We looked at it again and put our offer in at the end of January.

Anyone who has been through a short sale know that it is anything but short.  But a mere 6 months later, and we had the approval from the bank and were finally in the closing process.  When it was all said and done, it took about 7 months to be ours, with keys in hand.

Every time I walk into the home, I feel like I am dreaming.  For the first week, my eyes would tear up because I just couldn't believe we were finally able to own our own home.

I am getting everything settled and in its place.  It is kind of a mess right now, but here are the beginning pictures.  But you know what?  It's okay.  Because it is ours.  And it will come together in time.  The walls are naked and I haven't put out any decorations because I'm the kind of person who wants to live in my space to decide what feels right.  That and I'm terrible at decorating so I'm waiting for friends to help!

Family room:

Office/homework area (I pained those cabinets and my husband and brother-in-law hung them!): 

Dining area: 


Master bedroom (color is grey/purple. New bedspread and lamps to come!): 

Master bathroom (2 people can actually fit in here!): 

Sariah's room: 

James and Seth's room: 

Front door and entry hallway (I am thinking gallery walls!):

Guest suite (so come visit!!): 

Monday, August 18, 2014

We are moving...

Our first home.

We have keys.

We have been waiting since January.


Pictures and updates to come...

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Sariah - 7! 7! 7!

Oh this girl who made me a mom!  How do I even start to describe her personality and our love for her?  I don't think I can.  She is fiesty, loving, shy sometimes, snuggly sometimes, and just pure joy.  She is growing faster than I can stand it.  I love you my first born.  Keep being yourself, and keep being strong!

She got to do something today that she hasn't ever done.  She took treats to school for her birthday!  Because her birthday is in July, school is normally out.  We are at a new school now due to our impending move, and it is year-round.  Treats on her birthday.  You would have thought she won the lottery!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

After a particularly LONG morning of arguing amongst themselves, not minding their mother, and losing priveledges...they made lunch together.


I will survive one more day.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Boys and their lizards

They stayed like this for 15 minutes.  That's about 10 years in toddler-time.  They were spying lizards.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

4th of July at the cabin


Climbing rocks
WAY too much "Hand and Foot"
Not enough sleep
Reading books
Getting dirty...really dirty...
That's the cabin.

And the only pictures I got were of all of us headed up there. 6 kids under the age of 6, and the two of us.  Was a very eventful trip.  Oh well!  It can only get easier, right??

Monday, June 30, 2014

Toddlers and baskets

Toddlers have an unexplained attraction to baskets and buckets.  Any time they see one, they must climb it, bang on it, or sit in it. 

It's adorable beyond description.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

James - 5! 5! 5!

James has never been happier to have a birthday!  5 = kindergarten.  Oh my loveable brown-eyed boy, are you in for an adventure!!

James at 5:

* Loves his brother more than anything. He'll carry him around, love on him and snuggle him, play with him in his crib in the morning, and just play with him all day.  He treasures "his baby."

* He smiles at everything.

* He is becoming more independent, and starting to let go of the "me" stage.  He is growing up!

* He LOVES soccer and can't wait to start again.

* He loves the cabin.  Like - will do anything for just a weekend up there.  He cried when it was time to leave this last time!

* He will still snuggle and fall asleep on me.  I can't get enough of it.

* He has developed a more intimate relationship with all of his animals.  He has now named them, counts them at night, feeds and tends to them, and puts them down for naps.  He is quite nurturing.

* He brings me flowers any time he finds one - in the backyard, along the road, even if it's a weed!

We love you my magical oldest son.  You are my world.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Flower Child

Just a beautiful afternoon with Sariah putting flowers in my hair.  Funny conversations between a mom and her 6 year old daughter that I can't even remember.  But I do remember the giggles, the "oh mom!" and the snuggles.  I'll take it.