Monday, August 19, 2013

Busy busy

Joel's parents came to visit for two days, and that was a huge blessing to me. On my side of the family, it has always been up to me to travel with the kids if we wanted to see anybody. Because of this, I rarely get to see my family. It's been one of the biggest struggles I've faced since Joel's joined the military. There is a lot of guilt, pressure, and sadness. Anyways, to have them travel 24 hours round trip just to visit for two days was amazing. Sam and Allie cried a lot when the fun ended, but while  my heart hurt for them, it also made me happy knowing that even though their grandparents live all the way in France, there is a lot of love between them!
We also went raspberry picking twice this month. We got 12.5 pounds of delicious organic, pesticide free berries at a fraction of store prices! Yum! We ate our fill of them, and the rest are tucked away in the freezer for another day.

Sam started school again. Probably because I still have two at home, but the school year is a hundred times more hectic than summer. Got to follow schedules and wake up at specific times. He and Allie also hung out a lot this summer, which I loved and was really great for them, but now Allie misses her pal. But we do have the first week down with no casualties. Joel is gone for all of this week though, so we'll see how we manage. It's only been two days, but it's making me cringe a lot about the thought of a future deployment. I guess we'll cross that bridge when it comes...
I finally finished my kitchen table project. So glad that's done with!
Because now I can get onto my other projects. One of which currently looks like this:

and after that (well, probably before, we'll see) comes this $10 gem I picked up at a yard sale. Suuuuper excited about this find!

Joel starts his masters work again in September and is also refereeing kids soccer this fall, so it doesn't seem like things are slowing down for a while. 

Sunday, August 11, 2013

New and improved

Here's our new bedroom. :) A little bit of an improvement from the last post I think!

I got lucky and found four white curtain panels at Goodwill for only $2 each. Just the small change of adding curtains made a big difference in the room.

No more wonky drawers for me!

Joel's. This thing is taller than me!

So there it is! I'm really happy with the choice we made. I was dead set on getting black furniture, but since painting the kitchen table, and having a lot of black in the living room, I'm glad we went with brown. Very grateful that we were able to find something so nice in our budget. It was worth packing all those boxes with a newborn even if I never want to do that again.

Monday, August 5, 2013

bathrooms and eyesight

I feel like I'm going to have to do another house picture post. Everything is looking so different around here!

I recently finished the kids bathroom. I'm normally not big into really kid themed bathrooms (they're awfully cute though...) but I had a weird day were I started crying because I was depriving them of one and one day they'd be too big and I would have lost my chance at monkey's in the bathroom overload. I bid on a cute Pottery Barn curtain on ebay, and gave out a big sigh of relief when I lost.

Anyways, I then bought this shower curtain online. (I knew I liked it a lot because I bought it without getting Joel's opinion. I didn't want to know whether or not he liked it, until it was home too late, haha.) Joel made the Eiffel tower for me, and I did the kids silhouettes with canvas and scrapbook paper. I really like how it all came together!

Oh how I love their cute little faces!!
I also had a consultation for Lasik today. I'm a tiny bit conflicted because I think it would be amazing to never wear glasses again (I can't wear contacts), but it's so expensive. :/ Spending all that money purely on me is tough to swallow, but it IS something I'll have for the rest of my life, so I think I actually will swallow that bill and get it done. I'm pretty excited!
I'm going to share this picture of me coming home from the doctor, but I just want to first remind you all that I am a married woman. Control yourselves.
I couldn't stop singing "Who's that laaaady? Sexy lady...." all the way home. I felt pretty awesome.
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