Thursday, April 27, 2017

House Anniversary!

One year ago today we moved into our new (old) house. The owner allowed us to move in before closing to save us some money and hassle with moving. We took a few pictures then and I wanted to compare it to it's current state. We have big plans (and little plans) for this forever home and are slowly (like slower than a snail) making it our own.

Dining Room


 We still have a lot to do in there. I have a new fixture to put up. The side table is going, all the pictures in the corner need to be hung (but not in here). I also have the vision of some thick silk blue or neutral drapes in here.



The kitchen cabinets were painted, we've replaced the dishwasher and faucet (and garbage disposal). This room needs a total overhaul (there's hardwoods under the laminate but we are keeping those safe until we remodel).

Boy's Room



 Originally the boys had another room, but we found it better to have them in a different part of the house because with the wood floors everything is louder and they kept waking KC. They love their space (it's bigger) and they have their own bathroom.

Boys' Bath

currently and before :)
 yea, this needs a total overhaul.

Girl's Room


I couldn't find the before for this room, but it was purple with purple trim. We moved the boys in here first, and then saw it worked better for the girls. We have a new ceiling fan to install and I have curtains to hang. Most of this room is done! Our neighbor made a KC sign to hang over KC's bed.

Girls' Bath
currently and before:
Slowly taking down the border in here. I have plans to paint it a light pink (the tile is yellow) and I'm thinking of wrapping the mirror in wood. This will get a total overhaul as well!

Just a few changes and a look down memory lane. Moving in we redid the floors (they were covered in carpet), painted EVERYTHING (ceiling, walls, trim, doors), and installed new carpet. Since then we've updated the dishwasher, faucet, disposal, and HVAC. We'd love to add another level to this house and bump out the front a few more feet but that will come much later!

Friday, April 21, 2017

Five on Friday

Happy Friday!! I hope you've had a good week. My mom is here today and we are heading to the zoo with the girls. I'd offered it up for a spring break activity and got "The zoo is boring" from the boys so I'm taking the girls while they are in school (and crying a little inside that the boys find the zoo boring). I'm linking up with the Five on Friday ladies today for Five bits of randomness.

1. T turned 7 a couple weeks ago! It's so hard to believe. He is such a sweet kid, unless he's hungry or tired (then get that boy a snickers because he could totally be in one of their commercials). We had a family celebration and are waiting for baseball season to end before his Game Truck party. 

2. T loves games. He is always up for playing a game - any game. One game he received for his birthday is the new hit in our house. It's called Ticket to Ride and it's super fun (but takes some concentration).

3. Next week we will have lived here a year! It seems like we've been here forever and like we just moved in. We've slowly been making changes to the house. A local mom's facebook group has been awesome for finding new lighting, decor, and even a new sofa. I was never a fan of the red Laz-y-boy couch and chair and a half we had. I like rolled arms, a skirt (I hear those are currently not "in"), and most definitely a washable slipcover. I bought an ikea ektorp used off the site and I looove the difference it makes. It's also so cheap the kids can destroy it and I don't care (new slipcovers are like $30). I've read so many blogs singing the Ektorp's praises that I hope we aren't disappointed. (Now I just need to get rid of the chair and a half)


4. Sephora is having their insider sale. With my clothes still not fitting (ugh I hate that), I'm all about makeup and jewelry (and shoes). I'm loving this new foundation. It feels so good going on! 

5. N and I have started reading Harry Potter. I bought the illustrated first book (it went on sale on amazon for like $8 a year ago...hoping to score the second on the same way). N hasn't wanted to read Harry Potter at all and I ended up making a deal with him at some point (like extra xbox time if we could read the first two chapters) and after the first chapter he was hooked. We read a chapter at night and he always begs to read another. I'm so glad we have this to share. Chris just mentioned coming up with a good list of summer reading books. There are quite a few we haven't read we are interested in reading with him (Chronicles of Narnia is on the list). If you have any suggestions I'd love them!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Thoughts on Thursday

Happy Thursday! This week has flown by, but the week after spring break always seems to - something about getting back into the routine of school and activities after a week of free days makes time fly. I'm linking up with Annie Julie and Natalie today for Thoughts on Thursday! Lots of random thoughts today.

First, parenting is hard (I know, such a newsflash here). My oldest left for school pretty angry with me (don't write that I'm a dumb dumb in your agenda) and I'm left wondering where my sweet thoughtful boy went. He does still have a super thoughtful side, but man that attitude comes out a lot. I made sure he knew dumb dumb moms don't make lunches or do laundry (to which he told me he basically already does his what?! Throwing the laundry in the washing machine once in a blue moon does not count). Someone please tell me how to handle this, I'd like easy answers please.

Second, after that, I'm very hopeful that I don't have to go through this attitude thing x4. My kids all have different personalities so maybe I'll miss it with one (or two). I'm sure the joke will be on me in a few years when the rest all give me more attitude. That said I still can't believe I have 4 kids. It feels kind of unreal. Like when something you always wanted happens and you never thought it was likely to happen and you just can't believe it. When Chris and I got married when didn't even know if we could have kids - we had some random genetic paperwork we didn't understand and luckily it had less of an implication than we were told. One of my favorite things is taking pictures of all of them together. My dad has a picture of him and his three siblings that is one of my favorite pictures of him. You see all their personalities shining through. I'm hopeful that in fifty years one of the pictures I capture of all of them will do the same.

In little girl news, KC had her first makeover. It was really sweet. An older girl asked if she could put makeup on her and I knew KC would be so excited. She has a few empty makeup containers of mine and likes to do makeup with me in the mornings.

And Katherine is now 4 months. 4 months!! I can't get enough of her. And neither can the other kids. Everytime I lay her down to get a photo another kid asks to be in the picture. It is just so so sweet. She is really interested in toys now and I just can't believe we are at that stage. In my mind she's still my squishy newborn. 

 I hope you have a great Thursday (or whatever day you happen to stop by)! 

Friday, March 17, 2017

Five on Friday

Time for a little random Five on Friday! This week has felt crazy long. Tuesday I kept thinking it was Thursday which means my week felt two days longer.

Happy St. Patrick's Day! This is a holiday I never knew people celebrated until I moved here. Growing up we wore green and that was it. Now it's a huge deal with a visit from the leprechaun, gold coins, soda bread, a parade and green everything. A preschool teacher once told me it's because Charlotte has so many people from up north where it's an even bigger deal. I honestly have no clue if the boys even wore green today. The girls are in UNC gear.

It's the second most wonderful time of the year!! March Madness! I love having the games on and it brings back such great memories of watching the games growing up (we always got to watch at school). We had everyone fill out brackets. KC chose her teams based on mascot (there's a cute video on my instagram). Three of us chose UNC to win it all, one chose dook (of course), and KC picked Villanova - or the Angry Bird to win it all. I laughed when I saw President Obama had dook and UNC in the final game and UNC winning it all. Apparently he wants another rematch.

Baseball games start this Saturday. Both boys have moved up a level. We have four hours of games scheduled for Saturday evening. And then 4 games and 2 practices next week. And it's a RECREATIONAL league. Chris keeps telling me I have a bad attitude about it. And I do. That's a lot of time. Bring back basketball.

Katherine started rolling over. It makes me want to cry. I want her to be my baby forever. She has the sweetest personality so far. It's quite the difference from the 2.5 year old who enjoys screaming what she wants and kicking off her shoes in a tantrum when she doesn't get it. (KC has her super adorable moments though I can't make her sound like a total nightmare).

In my shining moment this week I wrote two thank yous to neighbors. I had the boys run one over earlier this week. Then the other was delivered yesterday. The second one was returned by my sweet neighbor saying I mixed up the envelopes. Yay me!

Have a great weekend!! Linking up with April, Christina, and Natasha :).

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Balance - part 2

I think the hard thing about being a mom is there's really not a good measure of how you're doing. Some mornings I bask in the snuggles of an infant, dance around the room with a toddler, play soccer with a first grader, and read a good book with a third grader.

Then there are the days the infant cries all day and I don't know why, the toddler screams because she wanted peanut butter on her bread instead of cream cheese, the first grader forgets his reading book for the tenth time, and the third grade has an attitude because you asked him to tie his shoe. 

More often my day is sweet snuggling in the morning with the attitude in the afternoon, or the morning completely frazzled by the little ones and an afternoon of two boys helping me without being asked. The balance of the two keeps me motivated like I'm doing okay, but then humbled like maybe I'm screwing things up, which in turn is motivating. And then I say a prayer. Ha.

And now for some obligatory snow pictures. I was hoping for one more snow and I got it, for about 3 hours. We had pancakes, played outside, and by 1pm the sun was out and it was spring again.

I hope your week is going well! It is absolutely freezing here and our best friends are coming over to play this afternoon.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Monday Musings

Once again random thoughts for today. I hope everyone had a good weekend. They do fly by!

N's class read The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane and he loved it so much he wanted to read it again at home. We just finished it and I cannot believe I hadn't heard of it before now. What an amazing story. In graduate school we studied Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DeCamillo so N and I read that earlier in the school year, but Edward Tulane is by far my favorite of hers now.

A friend gave me Big Little Lies and I'm really enjoying it (when I get a chance to read it). I love the style the book is written in, it almost reminds me of Where'd You Go Bernadette.

I am loving monthly meal planning. Except today I realized I don't have the ingredients for tonight's dinner and the next expresslane pick up is tomorrow morning. I may actually have to go into the grocery store :gasp: - or I'll just search Harris Teeters until I find one with a pick up today... a little more likely. 

Tomorrow my sweet baby turns 3 months old. She is such a good baby. Yesterday I set her in her crib to go through some clothes and she just fell asleep. I've never had a baby that just falls asleep. Normally there's bouncing, rocking, nursing, the talk of a car ride, and lots of sweating. She also likes to nurse with her feet crossed at the ankle - such a lady already.

I really want to start a monthly post on what my toddler wore vs what I wanted her to wear. It's like a running joke these days. Here's two recent ones:

For the UNC game I'd picked out this cute dress, bow and diaper cover. 
She picked a tshirt (with N's name on the back), navy pants, elmo socks, and "neekers"

Another day Chris dressed her and she came downstairs in a Cookie Monster shirt, heart leggings, and bunny shoes. 
I convinced her to change into a white shirt (it says Big Sister), green ruffle shorts, and we compromised with bee boots. Oh and I even got a bow in her hair!

I also always said I wouldn't be the mom with all the fuzzy iphone pics. And yes I'm the mom with all the fuzzy iphone pics. 

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

the balance

You'd think this might be just another post on finding balance as a mom, but it's not. It's about how my kids seem to make sure to balance out their behavior. For example one night at dinner KC will be screaming to watch Curious George, the boys will be complaining, whining, crying, about whatever I've served them, Katherine will be screaming for who knows what, and Chris and I will be exhausted and trying to rally before putting everyone to bed. The following night there will be smiles and joking at the table and the kids are asking for more salad and Katherine has slept through dinner. When this happened Chris and I looked at each other rolled our eyes and smiled. If I've learned anything these almost ten years as a mother it's to appreciate the good and easy.

This Sunday Katherine was baptized. It was a beautiful day, warm with flowers blooming. My parents came down and Chris' mom was there too. Our good friend who is an elder in the church (we're Presbyterian so we have an elder stand with us to represent the church - it's not really someone who is old, it someone who is part of the governing body of our church). Katherine didn't cry and our minister who we've known forever (he was my minister growing up in another city and now is the minister at our current church) performed her baptism. Afterwards we had a nice brunch and came home to play volleyball, soccer, walk the hood, and head out for an early dinner outside followed by ice cream.

Then came Monday. The boys were off from school. I made doughnuts and eggs for breakfast (my cousin sent us a doughnut maker for Christmas and it rocks). The day started so well. We were going to run an errand and I noticed N had on jeans and a long sleeve shirt. I offered him a pair of shorts and you would have thought I'd asked him to scrub the kitchen floor. So much disgust and anger about being offered a pair of shorts. I did make him change shirts because he was wearing Ts. We had a discussion that wasn't particularly fun and I gave him five minutes to get over it and adjust his 'tude. He did that and we ran errands, played outside and about two hours later the 'tude was back. And this time I was angrier. I even got the "you're ruining my day off from school" comment (I was like "yea buddy you're not making my day all sunshine and rainbows either"). It took forever to work through this attitude and figure out what was going on in his head (it also took losing xbox for a week and cleaning up the yard). But we got through it. I never want to wish my babies days away but I honestly was struggling to get through this one without losing my cool every five minutes (I lost it maybe every few hours).

Since then our week has been smoother, but I just think it's funny how two days, two dinners, or even two years (I'm talking about you 2015 and 2016) can be almost exact opposites. I assume it's because everything has to stay in balance.