Friday, June 28, 2013

Insta-Friday: Capturing the Moments, Sharing the Stories

Another week of pictures taken from my phone.  Looking for the magnificent in the mundane, the extraordinary in the ordinary, the magic in each and every day.  Some of my favorite moments with my favorite people.

Some days, we feel the need to stay in our pajamas all day...and wear our bedroom slippers outside.  It happens.  We go with it.  {Note: We don't actually leave the house this way...I just felt like I needed to say that.}

I love this picture.  It just feels like summertime.  Blue sky.  Sunshine.  Wind in her hair.  She's so funny driving that thing.  She takes her hands off of the steering wheel and lets it run in circles, and she just laughs her head off.  I think we're in some trouble when she turns sixteen.  I can hear her now, "Look, mom and dad, no hands!"

Look at her face.  She might look so sweet and innocent, but if you look a little closer, she's thinking really hard about what she can get into next ;)  This munchkin of ours keeps me on my toes for sure.  And she keeps Charlie Brown-Black on his paws, too.

Sometimes, he needs a time-out from her.  Look at his face.  I actually found him like this because I heard him snoring.  It can be a little exhausting being the munchkin's puppy dog love.  

These are my go-to books for my little garden.  I am constantly flipping through them, taking a few notes.  I was reading and relaxing while the hubby did P90X.  He tries to convince me to join him.  I probably should.  But this just looks more fun.  He's taking care of the fitness part.  I'm trying to take care of the food part, so put us together, and we're the total package. Ha! ;)  

This picture pretty much sums up the week.  They are drawing with chalk on the porch, but they are not together and not even facing one another.  I don't know if they're just tired of each other or what, be they have been fussing so much lately.  And then I get frustrated.  We've been some grumpy girls this week, but thankfully, they manage to get it together and work things out by bedtime.  Which is really good because they share a room ;)

I found them on the couch like this that same night.  My big girl reading to my baby girl.  I quietly snapped a few pictures because I certainly didn't want to interrupt.  It's kind of like when a newborn is finally asleep and you tip toe around.  I'm thinking, "shhhhhh, they're getting along, they're happy...whatever you do, don't break the peace!"  

I love this girl.  She tries to have patience with her baby sister.  I can talk to her and reason with her, and eventually she comes around.  When I took this picture she was in the middle of telling me she was a swan.  I told her she was a silly goose.  Her response, "I am NOT a goose, I am a swan.  Livi is a goose...she talks a lot and you can't understand what she's saying."  It was one of those moments that you have to capture so you don't forget.

And then our silly goose found her own goose:

Perfect ;)

But just so she knows, my big girl is silly, too.  I love that she acts silly with me.  It's one my favorites.  And so is her hair.  Those are her braids for our mustaches.  Her hair is so long and beautiful.  It can be a job to brush, though, especially when she likes to run and play in the wind with it whipping all around and not a bow in sight.  I tell her she's my very own Rapunzel.  When she was smaller and after we had seen the movie Tangled about 1,456,987 times, I would sing that song to her from the movie while I brushed her hair, and we would pretend her hair was glowing.  True story.

We spent more time outside this week lounging by the kiddie pool ;)  and eating ICEE pops.  

Because we're cool like that.

My favorite find this week:

So much chippy goodness!  I was so excited about these windows.  We went visiting our local Habitat for Humanity Restore.  {I didn't even know we had one until a few weeks ago.}  We were looking for materials for the chicken coop that will hopefully be part of our lives soon :)  I found these windows for $3, and home they came with us!

My most favorite pictures of the week:

My beautiful people.  The three loves of my life.  These are the precious moments that outshine and overcome the fussing and the fighting.  God is so awesome and good.  Oh, what showers of blessings He has poured upon my unworthy self ♥

And I am so deeply thankful for them all.

My favorite six year old quote of the week:

"Daddy, when I grow up, I'm going to marry a man just like you."

I hope you had a wonderful week!  Thanks for stopping by :)

{@alilivi on Instagram}

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Monday, June 24, 2013

Surprise Gifts & Simple Projects

Moms are the best, aren't they?  No matter how old I get, I still need my mom.
We spend a lot of time together {with two little girlies in tow}.  Recently, my mom surprised me with three beautiful galvanized metal gifts! ♥  They are early birthday presents, and I love them!  She knew I would.  {Does anyone else get this excited over buckets and watering cans?}  I love that she knows what makes my heart go pitter patter :)  

Aren't they just lovely :)  Here is another picture of the watering can with the dragon fly on it's side.

After the fun gifts, we decided to ride into town to see what we could get into.  I dragged her to a couple of thrift stores looking for anything to paint or repurpose and found this little $5 chair.  

{Hello cutie.  You will look really great in some bright color for the girls to enjoy out on the porch...}

I wasn't exactly sure what I wanted to do with the large metal tub.  My mom uses them for planters, and her flowers are always so beautiful.  So, off to Lowe's we went.  It took a lot of potting mix to fill that tub.  She drills holes in hers, but I wasn't ready to put a hole in my brand new tub, so I filled the bottom of mine with rocks to help with drainage.

When it comes to flowers, I am always asking her advice.  She has the greenest thumb.  She has all kinds of flowers and arrangements, and they're always so beautiful.  I was looking for a couple of perennial flowers that had long blooming seasons {at least summer & fall} and a few annuals to throw in the mix, but I was trying to stick to a budget {because I have probably already spent way too much on plants and dirt this year...sigh}.  This is what I ended up with:

I love it!  I didn't spend a great deal of money, and these will grow and spread during the season filling the tub even more.  

Now about that thrift store chair...

While we were at Lowe's picking up flowers and dirt, I grabbed {yet another} can of spray paint.  We decided to go with yellow.  We had painted the glider teal and a little side table orange, so naturally, we needed to add some yellow to the mix.  I honestly didn't do anything to prep the chair.  I just took it out to the end of the driveway, put an old sheet beneath it, and sprayed away.  

I was so excited with both projects, and they were so simple.  I spent an awesome day with my mom and my girls and came home to create this happiness :)  
Not too bad for a day that started with no plans at all...those are sometimes the best! ;)
Have a great one!

A Little R & R

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Sweet, Simple Saturday ~ Walk in Love

"Lord, You are the beginning, the end, and the very essence of love in me.  Open my eyes to see as You see and love others through me."
~ Sandy Smith

Have a blessed and beautiful weekend! :)

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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Insta-Friday & Why I Keep This Blog

Another week of summer is quickly passing by.  SLOOOOW down summer vacation!  I am enjoying my time at home so much.  Please don't ever end :)  

Here are a few of my favorite summertime moments this week in all of their grainy, iPhone, Instagram glory. 

This girl came home for a Father's Day visit!  I love her and miss her entirely too much.  MOVE BACK HOME ASAP!  {I had to get that out of my system.}

If you’ve been reading along here for any amount of time, you’ve probably noticed that there are no cooking or workout posts.  Because I don’t do very much of either.  My workouts consist of picking up toys, gardening, and walking Charlie Brown-Black.  But this girl.  She’s awesome.  She gets up at like 4:30am to go to the gym and workout.  She's on this new journey to a healthier lifestyle, and I think it’s pretty cool.   She wants to encourage people to make lifelong health and fitness changes, and I totally support her. 
~ And I promise to start that new workout you sent soon as I find it ;) ~

For Father's Day I made the hubby pancakes (they're his favorite) and we headed to church with the windows down...

Because the girls love the windows down.  Look at that hair.  My first thought was "oh my goodness, the tangles" but with all the giggling and laughing and happiness that open windows just have to go with it sometimes ;)

After church we picked up afternoon treats!  

All kinds of delicious, chocolatey loveliness going on there.

We spent Father's Day on the farm fishing {I shared the pictures in my previous post}.  My brother and sister-in-law had hot dogs and s'mores, and it was such a fun night.  Of course, it meant that the girls needed adorable new fishing poles...

I love this picture.  She was trying to cheer for the new pink pole, but I caught her in a yawn.  My silly baby girl.  She's growing so fast but still has a bit of that baby cuteness about her.

I love these girls.

 They are always doing something that makes me do a double-take...and then reach for my camera {ok, my phone}.

And little Charlie Brown-Black, he's always in the middle of whatever they're doing...especially if he thinks food is involved.

This particular event did not involve food but dirt from my flower pot.  One would think that the munchkin would be old enough to stay out of the flowers and the dirt...but one would be wrong.  I thought it was the greatest thing that her big sister helped her to clean up the mess, though.  As a mom, that was a very proud moment...I couldn't be too upset after that.  

They really do love each other :) 

and recording all of this is important to me.  

One day this week I hopped over to my friend Anne’s blog to read her
"Blogging Manifesto" {link here}.  I loved it.  I thought again about why I keep this space going.  If you look around, there are no advertisements, I’m not making money here. ~ However, I would just like to note that if Starbucks, Lowes, or Hobby Lobby would like to send a few fun gifts our way for all of the free advertising and love, I would gladly and kindly accept ;) ~ If you look at most of my pictures, they are of my girls and our family.  If you read my words, you will see that I want to encourage people and make them smile.  I want to share our faith and what God has done for us and through us.  This is my journal.  My place to record and share.  We have friends and family all over the country.  This is a way to share what's going on with us and how the girls are growing.  I have several dear friends and encouraging communities that I have found through blogging.  I also love that when I’ve gone a week or so without posting, my dad notices and says something about it, and I love that my mom reads and comments on every post.  I really DO have readers! ;)  

I know that one day the girls will be older.  They will be spreading their own wings and will no longer be walking and playing beneath mine.  They will not want mom taking a million pictures of them to plaster all over her “blog”...and I will 100% respect that.  Perhaps by that point I will have a little backyard barnyard and a bigger garden to write about...or maybe I will have figured out how to sew and use the hubby's power tools for more projects ;)  But for now, while they’re still little and silly and by my side, I will enjoy them and write about our times together.  I will share our projects, our crafts, our conversations, and random moments.  

Once they're older and have had enough, I hope to print off all of these posts and pictures and create a book for them to keep.  I want them to know that while our days may not have always been perfect, they were fun and blessed and meant so much to me.  I want them to know that I loved them, even in the midst of fights and messes, and that I would’ve done anything for them.  There were days when we may have driven each other crazy, but I would not have given up one second together! ♥

And that is why I keep this blog :)

Thanks for reading along, have a beautiful day!

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