Home Sweet Home


When we were looking for our "dream home", we had a lot of ideas of what we wanted and where we wanted to live. So, when we looked at our current home, it didn't quite meet all our expectations. But, when we drove off from looking at it the first time, I remember very specifically telling my husband that I could see us living there for a very long time. You know, like, forever. ;)

It was older than we wanted and it needed a LOT of elbow grease. We looked at more homes. But, we came back to this one...and viewed it a second time. When we stepped out on the back patio, we looked at each other, and decided this was it. This was where we were meant to raise our family. So after negotiations, we closed, and it was ours.


Someday, I'll show you all the before and afters. We've poured a lot of time and love into our little space. Lot's more to do, but I'm just sooooo in love with this house. 


And those I share it with, even more so. ;)

A Monday Surprise


Yesterday, the girls and I had just finished up lunch. I looked out the window, and there was Josh, pulling in the driveway. He NEVER comes home for lunch....


He had decided to surprise us by taking off work half the day, and loading us up for an adventure in the city. The weather was perfect! Unseasonably warm, with a cool breeze.


We took the girls on the river walk, explored the giant bridge, played at the park for a few minutes, and ate Indian food downtown. We ended the day with book shopping, and iced coffee (for me!).


It was perfect. Thankful for all these sweet memories with my family.

Happy Homemaker Monday Vol. 27



The weather...
Very cloudy and a bit cool outside!

Right now I am...

Drinking coffee, blogging, and getting read to get the girls up and going for the day.

On My Bedside Table...

My phone, a photo, and a vase with sunflowers

Thinking... 
About making our house a home, what I need to get done today, and whether or not the laundry fairies will make an appearance. Ha!

On my TV...

Poldark
Fuller House
The Crown
Friends
Last Man Standing

What I'm Reading... 

Own Your Life by Sally Clarkson
Mr. Limoncello's Library
At Home With Madame Chic

On the menu for this week...

Homemade Spaghetti Sauce & Noodles
Meatloaf, Green Beans and Salad
Black Bean Nachos
Chicken Casserole

On my to do list...

Speed clean
Load/Unload Dishes
Laundry
Pick up toy room
Clean Bathrooms

One of my simple pleasures...
Reading! Shopping for books. :)

Link
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A Belated Valentine Tea


My grandma's funeral was on Valentine's Day. Fitting, because she always sent us Valentine cards in the mail. Every year. So, I decided to have a belated Valentine tea party for the girls. I had a few tea & valentine themed books that I set up, along with the banner I had bought to hang up. I filled their tea cups with marshmallows and sprinkled them all around. I had also bought them Valentine jammies last month, and they've been wearing them this month.


They were all about the marshmallows. ;)


After Evie had finished eating hers, she decided to help sister finish her teacup off. ;) I love their little bond. Sweet, sweet sisters.

Weekly Blessings


This week, more than ever, I am thankful for every minute that I get to spend with my family. Our girls are a constant source of joy. It's also been so fun to see them start to play together. They are the best little buddies and they don't like to be without each other.


I've been sad a lot this week, so whenever I see these roses, it helps put a smile on my face. They were my early Valentine roses from Josh.


My birthday was yesterday. Josh brought home cake and Sushi. He also splurged on beautiful pieces for me to decorate my kitchen with. My favorite was the Feast cutting board...it's made by Mud Pie! I had no idea they offered anything other than kids clothes, so that was a fun surprise. :)

Mimmie


There are so many words I could use to describe Mimmie, but I think the one I would choose over them all would be "dedicated". She loved her family very much. 

She never missed a birthday or valentines or wedding anniversary. She shared in all the big moments of my life from graduation to our wedding to the birth of our girls. 

I am thankful for every mug of Ovaltine, for every 'I love Lucy' marathon, and that she took time to write us little notes throughout the year. 

I am heartbroken that she was taken so soon, but I'm thankful that she is at peace with Jesus. And for the thousands of happy memories that I have stored away in my heart forever. 

Would you say a prayer for our family? For peace and comfort. She left behind her husband of 50+ years, her children, grandchildren, siblings, and many other family members. 

Happy Homemaker Monday Vol. 26



The weather...
We woke up to overcast skies, and a chance of rain.

Right now I am...

Sipping an iced latte, working on a few online stuff that I needed to finish for work.

On My Bedside Table...

A vase with flowers
A Frame
A glass of water

Thinking... 
About little projects that we want to finish around our kitchen, and of course decorating the house. ;) I seem to be in full house mode these days! I'm also thinking about a few goodies that I found for the girls while out thrifting.

On my TV...

Poldark
Fuller House
The Crown
Friends
Last Man Standing (it's ridiculous how tickled I get at this show. Tim is both brilliant and hilarious)

What I'm Reading... 

Own Your Life by Sally Clarkson (so good!)

On the menu for this week...

Beefy Italian Vegestable Soup
Pasta & Salad
Baked Chicken & Sweet Potato Casserole
Black Bean Nachos

On my to do list...

Speed clean
Finish Up Laundry
Clean & Organize the girls bedroom
Sweep/Vacuum
Clean Out Fridge
Order Groceries Online

One of my simple pleasures...
Giving myself a facial and manicure. :)

Link
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