Wednesday, July 23, 2014

My Favorite Things - Cleaning Edition

This is so easy to use.  I love that I can just squirt it right on the floor and run over it with a swiffer and the floor is shining. 

I use these everyday, multiple times a day.  I use them in the kitchen, bathroom, on toys, pretty much anything that's not wood.

I despise cleaning toilets, but it has to be done and scrubbing bubbles makes it mess free to have a clean toilet.

This stuff is tough and has gotten out every stain I have tried it on.

I also use the Oxy Magic on carpet and clothes.  I've only been able to find it at Publix and Lowes and usually get two or three bottles at a time because I love it so much.

Mr. Clean and I have more dates than my husband and I do.  I LOVE seeing dirt, crayon, stains etc disappear right before my eyes.  It makes me feel so accomplished!

I recently found the antibacterial Pledge and don't think I'll go back, at least not while I have kids at home.  I use it mostly on our kitchen table and Elana's high chair which is an old wooden chair that Caleb restained.  It just gives me peace of mind.

Home Inspiration - Entryways

With the prospect of us buying a home later this year and looking at homes via internet right now since we don't exactly know where that home will be, I've been dreaming about what our future home would look like, what features would work best for our family, and what amenities I don't want to live without.  It is fun... at least right now it is.  I'm sure once we start stepping foot in house after house and I'm exhausted and they all start to run together, I might have a different opinion, but for now, I'll dream.

So, I'd like to do a series on rooms that I find appealing and channel my inner interior designer.

First up - Entryways

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

7 years

Yesterday was mine and Caleb's 7 year wedding anniversary.  Honestly, year six has been the worse, most challenging year for us so far even counting the year of deployment.  With family issues, a new baby, a move, no consistent income, and him being in school, life has not been ideal to say the least.  However, I am encouraged and proud to say that I love this man and am so glad that it is him that is by my side everyday going through the storm with me and I'm looking forward to basking in the sun together at the end of this (what sometimes seems) never ending tunnel we have been doomed to.

With negativity aside, we started our seventh year of marriage off right with some quality kid free time, a few glasses of wine, and lots of laughs. 

And I thought I loved you then...

Wednesday, June 11, 2014


Emmy is now four years old.  FOUR!  I am speechless at how fast these four years have flown by and how much she has learned and developed.  God's work is just amazing.  

Emmalyn is a soft spoken girly girl (for the most part), who is outgoing around family, but still pretty timid with new people. 

Some of her favorite things to do are:  swing, play princess (with any man around being the prince),

pretend she is a kitty (aka Emmy Cat), reenact Frozen, play mommy - either with a doll or her little sister,

fish, dig for rollie pollie bugs and frogs, ask momma questions about very intricate random things,

play with my make up, play pretend beauty shop, sing, talk about all the pets she'll have one day,

jump with her daddy, bake with mommy, take photos with her hand me down camera, take a bath,

look at photos with mommy, play the piano, and have her nails painted.

She is a well-rounded girl who knows that she is loved by many, but especially by God.

She is silly and tender hearted with a little bit of sneakiness (which she of course got from her daddy: ).

She is beautiful and seriously thinks some day she will marry a prince one day (oh to live in the fairy tale world of a children's mind).

She loves to eat fruit and nutella, and loves anything with cheese on it.  She has also recently found that she enjoys bubble gum.

 She has become such a joy in my everyday life.  I find myself wanted to giggle and talk with her because she is so fun.

 I look forward to seeing how she grows; what she will do as a career, who she will marry...

But, in the mean time, I'm content just watching her pretend and playing pretend with her everyday. 

Happy Birthday my sweet, precious Emmy!

Monday, June 2, 2014

What I've learned from social media lately:
Snakes are everywhere.  Big ones.  HUGE ones and every time I see a post about someone I know finding one, I vow to never step outside again.


I see beach photos and I'm like, "I could probably get to the hospital in time before the venom takes over my entire body and puts me into shock for a chance to get some vitamin D, right?"
I was going to insert a photo of a snake here, but after looking at photos, I got the heebie jeebies and decided I wanted to sleep tonight.  You're welcome.

Everyone has an opinion and they're all right

Apparently to lose weight I need to be on some sort of additive or do colon cleanses once a month.

It's hot outside and something is in the water because there are so many babies cooking

Kids I babysat are now high school graduates.  

And now I feel old.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Memorial Day - 2014

We spent Memorial Day at my in law's house enjoying their beautiful land and soaking up a lazy, sunny day.  I wanted to get some patriotic photos of the girls, but Emmy was too excited about her friends coming over and was not interested.  So, I just got a few of Elly... and Ama.

 When our friends, Brandon, Beth, and their kids Porter, and Lyla showed up, we ate hamburgers and watermelon, and the kids played around.  It took some coaxing for the dads to stop conversing long enough to get the pool ready for the kids and once they started, it took a while for them to decide where the best place would be to put it.  Finally, after a few trial and error areas, it ended up at the play set with the slide going into the pool.  

It was epic.

The kids had the best time sliding and splashing to the bottom and running back up the stairs to do it again and again.

I was excited to practice shooting in the midday light getting some action shots and getting some sun on my pasty self in between taking photos.

After taking a break from splashing, the Emmy and Porter (who are about two months apart in age) starting digging for earth worms.  Emmalyn has become quite the bug and reptile enthusiast lately.

 Then we decided to take a walk around the property to see the animals (this includes, two lamas, two alpacas, a pig, a wild turkey, chickens, roosters, Canadian geese and their goslings, and Guinea hens - we LOVE Ama and Bapa's house).  Brandon wanted a photo with his kids, but Lyla was not having it. Too much fun and no nap will do that to a two year old.

However, these two buds were happy to pose.  They had such a great day together.
 Before the fun ended, the kids (and adults) got ice cream cones and little Lyla was a happy camper!  She was too cute not to photograph.

I do know what Memorial Day is all about, and we did take a few moments throughout the day to acknowledge it and pray for those who have fought, are fighting, and have died fighting for our country, but I also feel like having a good time with people you love on days like that are what the men and women who fight for us are fighting for.  I LOVE my country and that I am able to have the choices, opportunities, and freedoms that I do and if we didn't enjoy them, then what are we fighting for?

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Life Lately

Sorry for the hiatus lately.  Lots going on around here, as usual. 

Elana is now on the move.  She is very interactive and perceptive and so much fun, but the new found ability to maneuver to her desired location has me busy.

Emmy has been learning so much lately.  We've spent a lot of time at Caleb's parent's house (Ama and Bopa) watching the animals, catching tadpoles (which two weeks later were all frogs), swinging and playing outside in general until dusk.  Let the summer childhood memories begin.

Emmy also ended her first year in AWANA at our church.  We have been wanting her to come out of her shell some and the time with the kids really helped and she learned so much.  She continues to talk about the bible verses and stories she learned during the school year. She will be starting a gymnastics class this summer and going to three different vacations bible schools.  Trying to keep her busy so daddy has time to study, mommy doesn't go insane, and hopefully she can get out of her shell some more. 

I have been trying to take some time for myself.  Walking/running in the evenings, taking a mom's night out with my sister in law to catch the movie Mom's Night Out (highly recommend.  So funny and TRUE), 

watching Mad Men on Netflix, got a new hair do, and am trying to stick to a schedule so the housework, editing, and time don't get the best of me. 

Caleb starts summer classes next week.  We are both more than ready for this "season" in our lives to be over, to know what God has in store for our next and more permanent destination. 
The house hunting has been fun so far.  Caleb and I are pretty in sync with each other on what we are looking for and Emmy has even put her two cents in on a few of the houses we've looked at.  

 Now, I'm going to go to my pinterest and gander at my dream home before I get some shut eye.  Happy weekend y'all!

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