Thursday, August 30, 2012

Just to See Them Smile

We try not to take ourselves too seriously...because really, we can't.  It's not allowed when we have a five year old and a two year old along for the ride.  So, this is our silly week through the eye of my phone for another Insta-Friday.  

We took an impromptu swing by the fire house to see Daddy.  That's always fun.  We HAVE to play on the firetrucks when we go...I mean, it would just be crazy not to.  Check out this fun, vintage darling...

Mommy the baby girl totally wanted to play in this awesome little fire truck...car...I'm not exactly sure.


Oh, hey cutie!  Yes, you're the real reason we're at the fire department :)  Our hero...posing..being silly.


The girlies love climbing in and on the trucks.  I'm always afraid that one day the guys will get a call and end up with a surprise tag along.  


But, as fun as the fire station was, we did have other places to be this week.  School, for one.  This is my silly kindergartner.  I wish I felt this good in the mornings.


She has homework now, it's adorable.  It's not calculus or geometry or The Iliad, so that's good.  It's so cute.  I suggested that she practice writing her numbers on our chalkboard door, and she did.  But one can't draw the number six without a few dolphins and rainbows...I am sure I still do the same thing...


Charlie Brown-Black continued his quest for crumblies.  Look at him.  He knows exactly where to get the handouts...


He also loves this rug.  Every evening I have a choice.  Let the sleeping dog lie or do the dishes...I don't even have to tell you how that one turns out.  


We read a few books...


Drew a few pictures...


Enjoyed a few popsicles...


Ran around the house in a diaper because clothes are no fun (ok, just to clarify...the munchkin was the only one who did this...but she was very happy about it!)


And had another silly, beautiful, blessed week!  

"You will show me the path of life;
In Your presence is fullness of joy;
At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore."
~Psalm 16:11


I hope you've had a wonderful week!
Amanda :)

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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Chalkboard, Chalkboard on the Wall



Note:  My better half (as awesome as he is) does not blog, or facebook, or instagram, so I feel it is my duty (and my pleasure) to share some of his DIY projects for everyone else to enjoy.  ;)

My mom (a.k.a. Biggi) has a pretty awesome finished basement.  We do not have a basement in our small home, so it's fun to enjoy hers.  To make a long and expensive story short, there was a lot of water, new carpet had to be torn up, and a newly remodeled basement had to be refinished...again.  

One side of the basement was updated for the enjoyment of the five grandchildren when they come to visit.  We decided it would be fun to make one of the walls a chalkboard.  I would just like to point out that this adult enjoys a chalkboard as much as the next kid!  So, I like to think this was my bright idea.  The board had to be big enough for all of the munchkins to have space to draw and all at the same time because that is the key to peace! This lonely white space was begging for some excitement...I could almost hear it...


Since the wall was getting a makeover and since she's our aspiring artist, this cutie pie had a little fun of her own before the paint got rolling...



We picked up this chalkboard paint on one of our many trips to Lowe's.  



The guy in black is my brother, the one in orange is my hubby, and together they are a pretty awesome team.  Of course, they have an adorable assistant helping them get things done.


They outlined the chalkboard using a blue chalk line and rolled on several coats of the paint.  This is what the wall looked like before the trim was added.


The trim was made by nailing up pieces of baseboard that were left from another project, so that worked out nicely, and it looked really good!


Oh, heyyy, cute little blur in the bottom corner, where did you come from?!  She is adorable assistant #2.


Shoe mold was nailed up to use as a chalk tray.


To help the trim stand out against the white wall, a pop of color was added. 


I LOVE this color.  It's soothing and lovely...just what you need in a room full of kids.  It's Valspar's Patina Blue.

It's pretty and fun and such a delightful little wall.  Add a few munchkins and some colorful chalk...


Maybe even an adult or two (someone has to use all of that space at the top)...and it's perfect!

Have a great day!
Amanda :)


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Sunday, August 26, 2012

A Little Bit Random

On the eve of another Manic Monday, I thought it would be fun to reflect on the weekend (that passed by way too quickly), list a few random faves, and share over at lowercase letters.


miscellany monday at lowercase letters

1.  I am not a girl who likes shopping {gasp, I know}.  It makes me grumpy (just ask my mom).  Honestly, amazon.com is one of my most favorite things.  When I'm running around Target grabbing stuff here and there and this little thing pops her head through the back of her stroller, it makes the trip a little more bearable ;)  Love. her.


2.  Sometimes she thinks she should drive home.


3.  At least Daddy she buckled her seat belt.  She's all like, "I got this!"  Never mind the fact that her feet can't reach the pedals.  Just a minor setback.  


4.  We survived our first week of kindergarten, Thank you Lord! :)  My big girl brought home a folder full of first week activities and this precious letter.  Melted my heart.


5.  We snuggled up for a family movie night.  That's my favorite.  I'm a stay at home in my pajamas on a Saturday night kind of girl.  The picture looks a little crazy...but we're a little crazy, so it works ;)  Love. this. crew.


6.  We had lunch at Papa's house after church (a BIG shout out and thank you to my Aunt Mel).  It was delish.  Seriously.  I ate too much.  You know that feeling when you know you need to stop eating...but it is just too good.  Yeah.  It was that kind of lunch.  So we had to go outside and exert some energy.  You know...like blow some bubbles. 


7.  And ride around in tiny plastic cars.  Cause that's how we roll...literally.


8.  We managed to make room for dessert.  Can't you just hear her saying, "Oh, Mama! This is SO good!" Her cheeks and her hands and her legs and her dress thought it was good, too.


9.  And on a completely random note (cause that's the theme here), the cooler weather this weekend made me yearn for fall just a little bit more.  It's my favorite season.  Our little homemade fire pit is begging for cooler temps, a few flames, and some s'mores!  I'm right with ya my friend.


10.  We spent the rest of the evening enjoying the sunshine and some fresh air...before going in to prepare for another crazy lovely week.


Thankful for a pretty great weekend and random moments with my loves.

Hope you had a great weekend! 
Amanda :)

Thursday, August 23, 2012

A Bittersweet Week

"To everything there is a season,
A time for every purpose under heaven:...
...A time to weep,
And a time to laugh; 
A time to mourn,
And a time to dance..."
~ Ecclesiastes 3:1 & 4

In less than seven days, I rejoiced for a happy couple, mourned for a beloved family member, and celebrated my birthday.  

The daughter of a very dear friend of mine was married on Saturday and began a grand adventure with her new husband.  Weddings are always beautiful.  My big girl has gotten old enough to actually sit through them, so that's fun.  I brought her along as my date :)


How cute is she?  My Miss Priss had to sit closest to the aisle so she could see the bride. 

I am totally a jeans, t-shirt, and flip flops kinda girl.  These shoes happen hardly ever.  My girl’s shoes were so much cuter, though.  I love the sparkles...especially on her.


Later, we had a family cookout which is one of my favorite things.  I love everyone getting together and catching up.  We had a surprise visit from a special cousin who is currently in the Navy, and my sister was home from college.


I love her so much.  I feel complete when she's home.  She loves this munchkin.  And together, they're hilarious.  They both have that “let’s get into something” gleam in their eyes. ;)

Speaking of getting into something...


Dirt. She managed to find more this week.  And I do think this is the dirtiest I’ve seen her in a while.  Do you remember Charlie Brown?  He had this little friend, "Pig-Pen"...but I will move on...to yet another side of my lively girl.

This is what happens when she’s cranky, and Daddy leaves us sitting in the truck while he grabs a movie. It’s a little nonsensical to me.  Seriously, who can cry with a chocolate cookie crumble frappuccino in her lap??!!


Certainly not this girl...


Someone took my parking spot in the driveway this week.  I shall not name names...


Someone else decided to draw our family with chalk.  So cute.  Until the munchkin smudged the big girl’s nose and made her cry because it looked like a "big blob."  Daddy came to the rescue, and peace was restored to the tiny stick figure kingdom.


I celebrated another birthday this week, and I thank the Lord for another blessed year.  It was a bittersweet birthday.  My great aunt, my grandma’s sister, passed away and was buried on my birthday.  She was loved by everyone, and she loved everyone.  She loved the Lord the most, and it showed throughout her shining life.  We know that grandma and my aunt are reunited.  They are rejoicing in a gloriousness that we still here on earth cannot begin to imagine. 


"Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God." ~ Matthew 5:8

My great aunt was celebrating her eternal life in heaven while we celebrated her human life here.  

My husband kept the girls while my mom and I went to the funeral.  They worked on this dessert for me and had it waiting, with candles lit, when I came home.  My sweet girl made me a card :)


My mom gave me this amazingness that adorns my nightstand.  cutest. nightlight. ever. 


My best friend (who lives entirely too far away) sent me this and made my day :)


I would definitely go for 26...and if you read one of my earlier posts about turning 33ish, just ignore this ;)


I am beyond thankful for another year with family and friends and loved ones.  My great aunt's funeral was filled with people whose lives she had touched as a servant of Christ.  I was thinking about that and the impact we can make in the lives of others.  

May we all be able to say: 

"I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.  Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing." 
~ 2 Timothy 4: 7 & 8

I hope you had a blessed week!
Amanda

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