happy Monday. xo

i totally get this.

while a lot of the time my boys average 90% their dad...there are moments I find like these that remind me that there is some me in there too....
...lost in his own creativity...favorite beverage close by...clueless about the mess surrounding him...wearing something that makes you feel good...getting lost in your imagination. 

Very little makes me as happy as seeing Moses at his little desk making art. :)

plus one year.

 well...in a moment of being able to (mentally)...i cut aaron's hair.  
big. fat. sigh. 
my heart still hurts a little.  he went from 18m to 2 1/2 years old in a few snips. 
 But he is still precious and adorable...even if he is much older looking now.
 AND he has the cutest bowl cut in history.  That's a fact right there. 
And it may take a year for my heart to get over it...

i love words.

 I have a love of words.  My home is full of them.  Prints, artwork and everything covered in words and phrases that are meant to set my mind straight and remind me of the way I should be thinking.  Some of my favorites are from Studio Mela and say things like "Be happy for this DAY is your life"...we have a custom made sign that says "Do what you have to so you can do what you want to" which more days than not reminds me to get my bum in gear. 

Maybe it's because I'm a visual person/learner.  When I was in college it was enough for me to show up, watch the slides of notes and comes test time I just had to read them over.  

Maybe it's because I love to read.  I currently have a huge stack of books on my bedside table. 

Whatever the means or reasons...I LOVE words in my home. 
Forever ago I found this tutorial at Little Blue Boo and fell in love.  I made it that day in my head and it has been living there ready to come out ever since.  Finally, months later via my Cricut and some spray paint it came to life. 
And I love it.  It reminds me of some of the reasons I am in love with the Lord. 
He is my redeemer and washes me clean. 
He is my God, there is no other.
He is a wonderful counselor and listens to my every worry.
He is the only perfect Father ever. 
He is the first and the last and my everything. 

I love having this hanging in my home where I can see it all the time and be reminded.


done and done.

 One dozen little owls for my favorite little four year old.
 I finished just in time to fill them with popcorn and candy corn.
Moses was delighted that his mom made something for his school friends.  
How many more years do you think I can get away with that? 


happy birthday moses!


Dear Moses, 
Today you are four!  I know every mom says this...but I can't believe that you are ALREADY four.  I feel like I blinked and the last four years flew by.  You are such a funny and fun loving kid.  You are FULL of energy and downright spunky!  At least a few dozen times a day you tell us all you love us and ask for a hug or a kiss.  You started school this year, two days a week, and you love it.  You enjoy play-doh, coloring and cutting paper in world record tiny pieces.  You love your little brother and you all have really started to play TOGETHER.  
You adore your daddy and are bummed out on the days he has to go to work.  
Your prayers every night before bed have started to have more and more to them...it's like you have really started to think about what you want to pray for.  

I pray daily that your walk will always take you TOWARDS Jesus and never away from Him.  You love your Sunday school classes and your teachers seem to love you being there.  You love your Uncle B too...he comes almost every other week to see you and Hoho and takes you all over town on adventures.  This year you have had a lot of firsts...fishing, riding a horse, having a sleepover, and so much more.  You have grown so much in so many ways over the last year...you really are a big boy now.  I love you so much and I truly love and enjoy watching you grow and learn and become the (little) man that God wants you to be.  It is a JOY to be your mom...you keep my job fun, full, interesting and to the brim with love, pride and joy.  I love you and I can't wait to see all the fun things that four has in store for you.  

Happy Birthday Mighty Mo! 

Love, your mama.  

first field trip.

 Last week Moses got to go on his first field trip...the only catch was that I had to go with him...and to do that Aaron had to stay in the backpack per school policy.  Luckily we all managed just fine. :) 
 Moses loved the pumpkins of course...
 And while he loved the hayride...he spent the rest of the day avoiding the tractor.
 The orchard is located on top of a mountain...with a beautiful view.
 We picked apples...
 And got some of the worlds tiniest pumpkins.
 The boys had a great time...even if it did take a couple of days for my back to recover. :)
 It was fun getting to see Moses interact with his teacher and classmates...and to get to chat with his teacher.
 Aaron was asleep before we got down the mountain...
And we made yummy things with the apples that Moses got to pick...you have to try Bakerellas Easy Apple Cake
It was a great first field trip. 

And the winner of the Cutting Edge Stencil is YOU.  If that is you email me your address so I can get your stencil in the mail to you! :)

yo ho ho...a pirates party for mo.

a pirate party at moses' request...
 At least the cutest pirate I have ever seen...
...who is somehow four (at least he will be on Tuesday).
I made each boy a pirate type shirt...and each got an eye patch and a bandanna.
Pirate cupcakes...
...make a happy pirate.
This one we dubbed yo hoho! :)

We had a treasure map for Captain Stinky Pete (aka Moses)...to lead him to his hidden treasure.
First stop on the treasure hunt...

There was gold along the way to keep him on track.
Found it!
Checking out the loot..."Pirates Booty" popcorn, cars, chalk...
Singing happy birthday...the first time in his life that he didn't plug his ears for it! 
 At one point Moses said "This is the BEST BIRTHDAY EVER!"
 Made this mom happy.
Hoho was just pleased to have a cupcake. :)
I really can't believe that he is FOUR.  It seems like just yesterday that we brought him home from the hospital...sat him on the coffee table, still in his carrier...and said "Now what?". 

I'm afraid to blink...time goes by so fast. :)

be brave-stencil giveaway

Are you ready to be brave? Don't dismiss this giveaway because you think doing the stencil will be hard...because it's as easy as using a paint roller.  I PROMISE you can do it.
I'm giving away the same stencil I used...a new one of course...from Cutting Edge Stencils.
That is how much I love my new wall and how much I believe you can do it.

All you have to do to enter is tell me something great about your life right now...any blessing will do.  Leave your comment on this post and I will choose a winner on Monday! 
Good luck! :)  


...if I have it in me to make another eleven of these for Moses to take to his class for his birthday on TUESDAY!  The pattern is SUPER easy and is from Winter Peach.

P.S.  I'll be doing a stencil giveaway on Friday!  See you then!

feeling brave.

 While perusing one of my favorite places...etsy...I stumbled upon Cutting Edge Stencils. I was immediately smitten by their enormous selection of HUGE, funky, stencils.  I don't know about you...but when I think of stencils I usually think "country"...or 90's for some reason.  Not the case in the selection of this Etsy shop.  I asked Doug what he thought when he got home...to which he responded "You've already decided haven't you?".  

Well, yes.  And I couldn't wait for my stencil to come in the mail.  But first I had to paint my living room...you know, for a nice new canvas. :) 
 Then it was time to be brave...to trust the vision I had in my head for wall awesomeness.  I turned on Netflix...and about an hour later I fell in love with a wall. 
 Allow me to be a commercial for a moment...only because I LOVED the stencil...it was sturdy...and since I got a little level with my stencil it was EASY.  Their directions were easy to understand and follow, even if you have never stenciled.  The edges were sharp and clear.   And cleaning the stencil-the part I dreaded the most- was as easy as running it under water. 

And the result? 
Stunning...if I do say so myself.  It makes the whole room cozy and warm and beautiful.
  For the color I used some of the "Crystal Aqua" (from Valspar-cause I know I will get asked) to tie it all together. :) I only did the one wall for now...but I am tempted to keep going around. 

Being brave paid off...don't you think? It also added a slew of new projects to my list...new curtains...enormous wall art...etc. :)

Aaaaaand I loved it so much...I am going to give one away soon...stay tuned for your very own opportunity to BE BRAVE. :) 


P.S. Click on the photos for a better view of awesome. :) 
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