"In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps."

Friday, June 26, 2015

Home Tour: Updated Living / Dining Room

We really didn't update much, but we received a new rug a few days a go and rearranged the furniture since last time I took pictures, and this room has gone back to being my favorite room!

Last year after we bought our console, I started to feel like maybe I was using too much green and I started to get sick of it; with the green rug it felt like a little much. However all the furniture and accessories were ok and my life is not an episode of HGTV where perfectly fine home items are thrown out in pursuit of perfect design.

Unfortunately the rug did not hold up well at all. It wore very badly and showed dirt in the worse way. Even though it was only two years old, it just became grosser and grosser in spite of three professional cleanings. With all the Texas rains we have been having lately, Frodo, who will be 13 this summer has decided that he is too old to deal with wet feet when going potty, and did unspeakable things on my rug three days in a row. This is on top of other unspeakable things both he and my children have done on this rug over the past two years! Finally I texted Nick a picture of Frodo's business and told Nick I was burning the rug AND the dog! It was time to throw that thing out - the rug - not the dog. I was only kidding about burning the dog.

After that I set about finding the perfect rug, and I think I did. It's bigger than my old rug, a natural fiber and a more neutral color so it doesn't overpower the room. I love it. Everything looks much lighter and brighter, and I no longer want to throw out every green thing I own and start over!

I apologize in advance for my iPhone quality photos.


Also I love my new throw pillow!


Dirty, cute, stinky old dog!


Upcoming improvements (over the next year so don't look for them anytime soon) include:
- restaining the mantle
- barstools
- getting rid of the white desk and replacing it with a piano
- updated photo wall with our new family photos

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Summer Buggin'

This Summer, Isla has been super into bugs! I don't remember going through this phase, but I am excited that she's taking an interest in the outdoors and is conducting her own little science experiments. We have one rule though - no bugs in the house, which being my kids they follow without any protestations (NOT!).

Isla spends a lot of time studying ants, and trying to figure out what they do and what they like to eat! We tried several different foods outdoors before we discovered that ants LOVE honey more than anything else. 



I also bought several hundred lady bugs from our local nursery, and it was the best $12 I ever spent! The girls had so much fun turning them loose and letting them crawl all over everything. And somehow, several of these ladybugs did end up flying away into MY home!


I hope Zoya wasn't eating a ladybug!

We've also been blessed with a lot of butterflies this season. Isla has a book on butterfly transformations with species listed in the back and she has memorized them all. I'm always so impressed when she busts out with an official name
for a random butterfly. She's also become an expert at catching them.


:) Hopefully we will find more buggy adventures as the summer progresses!

Summer Buggin'

This Summer, Isla has been super into bugs! I don't remember going through this phase, but I am excited that she's taking an interest in the outdoors and is conducting her own little science experiments. We have one rule though - no bugs in the house, which being my kids they follow without any protestations (NOT!).

Isla spends a lot of time studying ants, and trying to figure out what they do and what they like to eat! We tried several different foods outdoors before we discovered that ants LOVE honey more than anything else. 



I also bought several hundred lady bugs from our local nursery, and it was the best $12 I ever spent! The girls had so much fun turning them loose and letting them crawl all over everything. And somehow, several of these ladybugs did end up flying away into MY home!


I hope Zoya wasn't eating a ladybug!

We've also been blessed with a lot of butterflies this season. Isla has a book on butterfly transformations with species listed in the back and she has memorized them all. I'm always so impressed when she busts out with an official name
for a random butterfly. She's also become an expert at catching them.


:) Hopefully we will find more buggy adventures as the summer progresses!

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Rockhounds Train!

We finally rode it it at Nick's company's annual fun night!

The kids were in heaven, and my friend Tonia and I made the daddies tag along. It was great :). It's so great having our awesome local ball park in Midland!


10 Years

A few weeks ago, Nick and I celebrated our 10 year anniversary. Prior to hitting this milestone, I thought that it would feel really, really big. Like we had achieved something major. As the day crept closer, my excitement over reaching a BIG MILESTONE just sort of deflated because I realized that we potentially still have many more years until death do us part, easily as many as 50 more! 10 years is so small compared to a lifetime. We still have a lot of years of growing, a lot of years for the enemy to attack our marriage, and a lot of years where things can easily go wrong. Really, we are still just rookies in the marriage game.

But I can say this much, the past 10 years have been really, really good. Like I could pinch myself some days because I really do feel like I married Prince Charming, and he swept me away and we lived happily ever after… or happily ever 10 years after.

There are so few things in our marriage that I take for granted. The fact that we had the sweetest, most romantic courtship is one of them. We had a lot of romance in the early years. One of my favorite memories is dancing to Copperline on the night before our wedding, and talking and dreaming about our future.

We may have started as lovebirds, but even before our marriage, we built our relationship and marriage on the rock of God’s word. I do not take for granted that I married a man who has a passion for the Lord and His word. Nick has seen me at my worst, and not only lived to tell about it, but still chooses to love me each and every day, as Christ loved the church.

Normally Nick and I would have planned a trip away, but since we have a nursing baby, we decided to just have a night out and do the trip later, when we can ditch all three of our blessings and really focus on each other. Right now we aren’t in a season of romantic love, but it’s very real love, and we find romance in every day things. I was so happy for a night out at a nice restaurant, ice cream and movie with my love. Nick was worried because he thought that I deserved or wanted something more, but knowing that my husband still loves me is really all I need. It was so nice chatting over the past 10 years, planning for the next 5 (because I cannot plan past that!), and just enjoying each other’s company.

I’m so thankful to be married to my best friend, hero and absolute most favorite person in the world. These past 10 years have been a great beginning to forever!

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(My anniversary present was updated family photos! The bestest gift for a baby-mama ever!!!)

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