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Weekend projects.

This weekend was our first weekend projects around the house for 2015.

When I woke up Saturday morning, it was raining. The rain was bringing in a very nice cool front, and had brought me a little headache with it. I decided, coffee was needed stat and the urge to make a project list for the weekend came upon me. We started simple for this year.

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  1. Fix the kids’ bathroom door.
  2. Paint the rest of the doors on the kids’ side of the house to match the others
  3. Finish the girls’ window treatment.
  4. Clean the garage (this is actually always on my list because our garage is always a mess. Mike took this   and decided to not only clean, sort of, the garage, but reorganized his workbench area).

We’ve had this house for almost five years now, we bought new construction for our first home because at the time the girls were not even a year yet and we had no plans of buying a fixer-upper that would need a lot of TLC or extra energy from us. At that time, it was all about surviving life with three kids age two and under.

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This house, was one of the spec homes, but we liked the lot it was on, with the golf course right behind us (meaning we’d have no backyard neighbors) and decided on it even though there were certain things about it that we couldn’t change because some of the choices had already been made. One thing that I hated was that the kids’ bathroom door swung out into the hallway. So weird, I know. The builder claimed it was on purpose, but I still think it was a mistake that they just didn’t want to correct. We shrugged it off and figured Mike couldn’t fix it.

Well, five years later, we finally fixed it. It’s one of those projects we do that we say, “why the heck did we wait so long to do this?!” when we are done. Seriously, the hallways feels 100x bigger now and the function of the door is so much better.

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As for the doors, when Mike was done fixing the bathroom door, I finally got around to painting the rest of the doors in our house. If you have never thought about painting your doors a color besides white, I highly recommend it. I painted the doors in our bedroom, bathroom, closet and kitchen black a few years ago (not a true black, it’s almost like a brown/gray/black and in satin, no sort of gloss) and will never have white doors again. They just really add a nice punch to the aesthetics of your home.

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Almost a year ago now (last spring break) I redid the girls’ bedroom. The only things left to do in the room are to finish the window treatments (big fat check after this weekend) and finish the gallery walls behind each of their beds. Maybe we’ll be done by this spring break.

No need to explain the last one. Garage is still not completely clean (or, to my standards at least). My car is thismuch closer to parking in it again, though.

It felt good to have a project-filled weekend. I’m ready to start making my next list…

My first wiww of 2015.

I might have missed my five year blogiversary yesterday, and Wednesday might almost be over, but I will post my first wiww of 2015.

I’m bound and determined to be a better blogger this year. Last year, this little blog took a hard hit when it comes to how much attention I paid it. I had big plans of doing a blogiversary post yesterday and share my goals for this little blog in the new year. I had planned on taking a little walk down memory lane and maybe even sharing five things I’ve learned in the last five years. Psh.

Didn’t happen.

But, because I have five minutes to spare right now (just barely). Here’s a little “What I Wore Wednesday” action for you.

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Outfit one was for a casual day in the office (luckily most days in the office are pretty casual unless we are meeting with a client or whatnot, another win for my job) and outfit two was for the big back-to-school-and-work-and-life-as-normal grocery shopping trip to Target to stock up before school started back.

Now that I think about it, I really don’t know what the purpose of this post is for. Other than 1) its easy and 2) it sometimes makes me think more about my outfits in the morning because I think, “would I take a picture of this for my blog?”

Ok, that’s it for now. I definitely need to get back to work and maybe find some time to brainstorm where I’m taking this blog in 2015. Ready, break.

Welcome 2015.

We’re just three days into the new year, and we are welcoming this year with open arms.

2014 was really good to us. We did lots of things as a family (our favorite thing to do, being together). I joined Reach and took a break from teaching (a break that is going to be more than just a break at the end of this school year when I hang up my “teaching coat”), the girls started school full time, we did lots of projects (as usual) around the house and used what we learned from Dave Ramsey to buy ourselves a new car (with cold hard cash!) and Mike has kept trucking along with a good company.

{…better, is what it is suppose to say! Enjoy our Flipagram recapping 2014 & our favorite moments}

I know that everyone always says it at the start of a new year, but I think 2015 is going to top 2014.

I’m making my list today, goals I want to set and projects I want to get done. Mike and I have been talking about taking the kids to see snow in February (Tucker is dying to see snow) and we might even take a big family vacation with my parents to Michigan for the kids to see the cottage on Scott Lake my family owns that I spent many summers at growing up. And we have our Universal passes to put to good use this year.

One thing I haven’t figured out yet though, as far as my goals (or resolutions) go, is what I really want to focus on as far as improving myself or our family. Last year, I picked a word to focus on in 2014. It was joy. To focus on finding joy in every moment. Did I succeed? I don’t know. It’s been a good year, but busy (sometimes stressful), full of lots of change.

I’m starting to think this year’s word might be balance. Learning to balance work and kids and home. Learning to balance the good and the bad. Learning to balance my type-a personality with life doesn’t always lend itself to that.

So, welcome 2015. We’re ready for you.

A little belated Christmas message…

I just realized, three days after the fact, that I never wished ya’ll a Merry Christmas this year. Life is so busy. I feel like a broken record in saying this. But for those few days I was just really trying to take in the moment. We did our traditional Christmas Eve with Mike’s parentsContinue Reading

December highlights.

  It’s been a little while, so I thought a little post highlighting our December was in order. I’ve recently decided to take at least one day a week to devote to “no work”. Things have been busy lately, we are in big growth mode and it feels like we are working non-stop. So, tonightContinue Reading

Elf on the Shelf & my thoughts this year.

Yes, we’ve got one. His name is Steve. He’s set up shop since Thanksgiving Day when he arrived at my parents house (yes, they have a “Steve”, too. When we first started this thing two years ago, the kids spent half their time over there since my mom watched them and we figured it wasContinue Reading

The American Girl Store: every little girl’s dream.

A few weeks ago, we were invited to attend a preview of the new American Girl Store opening up at the Florida Mall in Orlando. The girls don’t have an American Girl doll yet, but they pour through the catalogs every time one arrives in our mailbox (and I usually have to find someone-usually aContinue Reading

The holiday we aren’t skipping over.

You know, Thanksgiving. The one that comes between Halloween and Christmas. Even though, according to stores (and many people out there nowadays) this holiday seems to not be on the radar for as long as it really should be. In our house, we give Thanksgiving it’s time to shine. I decorate the house right afterContinue Reading

My daughter the diva & a little wiww.

This girl is just too much. I seriously need to get her into some sort of modeling (although, that would totally go to her head). These poses were done 100% on her own when I asked her if I could take a few pictures of her wearing my scarf. She then proceeded to put onContinue Reading

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