Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Mama's heart exploded today

Oh my word. Today started out like any other day.
Kids off to school.
Emryk wetting my bed.
Dressed, running late and out the door to drop Emryk to preschool.

On our way, I asked the question to the boys...

who loves you most??

Emryk quickly piped up: mom, dad and JESUS!!

This brought a smile to my face when I said, really? Do you know who Jesus is?

and he replied, yes, mama, he lives in my heart. 

BIG sappy smile from mama. Emryk followed this up with, "but where did I come from?"

Cue mild freakout because I am NOT discussing that with a little 3 year old, I explained to him how mommy and daddy prayed for him, and God loaned him to us to take care of on earth. That he is not only our son, but God's son, and he is so deeply loved. 

His response was a smile and an I love you mama. 
This kid y'all. He melts my heart daily, and I am so grateful and blessed to be his mama. 

Teenagers, ugh.

Oh my word y'all. I am NOT ready, repeat, NOT ready for the craziness that the teenage years are sending me. Let me remind y'all that Maddie is 11 (going on 16) and Ayden is 13 (going on 18). 

I got word that Ayden was participating in some non-acceptable behavior at school. This made my mama heart so, so sad, and also made me realize just how different it might be for them these days. Apparently he was "vaping" (I had to google it) and all I could think was WTF. Seriously?

So, wanting to give him a chance to explain and show him grace as Jesus shows me, I had to figure out quickly how in the world I was going to approach it. 


I picked him up from football and simply asked, "so Ayden, anything you want to tell me?"
I got a story that I wasn't expecting (note made) but finally let him onto what I was referring to. He didn't say much except the initial denial. I followed up with, if you didn't do it, that's fine. However, if I find out you're lying to me, you will lose shooting and drivers training because that means you can not be trusted, and I left it at that. 

We pulled into Meijer and I left him in the car while I ran in with Jaxon...maybe inside the store for 20 minutes or so. When we got back out, his eyes were big as saucers and he was gushing info to me about just trying it, being cool, how sorry he was. 

Instead of being mad at him for initially lying, I told him I was grateful that I could trust him, and thanked him for telling me the truth. Lot's of "moming" on my way home, but I am so, so grateful in this world of kids, mine still has a conscious and knows right from wrong. 

This was just the tip on a very large iceberg I'm sure, but just goes to show me exactly how not ready I am for these teenage years...and I thought the babies were hard. 

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Let's talk SHIPLAP

Oh my friends. 
Who here is obsessed with Joanna and Chip Gaines and feel the need to shiplap everything? 
Me you said? 
Oh yea, you're so right. 

So, I bet you can imagine my husband's surprise when I told him that I wanted to shiplap the stairway as our fun "New Years Eve" project! Ha! He's such a good sport. 

So, off to General Materials I go to purchase some sheets of plywood. Thankfully, they have a super cool cutter machine (um, I am not a technical person) but they were able to rip the boards into 6 inch strips for me. Since we were doing the stairs and there were lots of weird and odd angles, I had them ripped in 6 inch strips in both directions.

Brought those bad boys home and it was time to get started!!!

First thing glasses! Emryk always checks to make sure dad is being careful :)
We then started at the bottom and worked our way up the wall, using a nickel for proper spacing between the boards. It's important to note here that you will want to sand the edges before nailing them to the wall if you want them smoother looking. 

And on and on the process went. 

Emryk, dad's big helper, made sure he had his glasses on as well. 

Once the boards were hung on the wall, I busted out my PAINTABLE CAULK (Important word, PAINTABLE) and caulked all of the nail holes. This seemed to take forever, however, that's because my husband is a nail happy fool. Give a man a nail gun and it's like you've given him all the power he'll ever need. HA!

Once the caulk had dried, I decided to paint the ship lap BM White Dove. It's warm and looks WONDERFUL with our Revere Pewter walls. 

I am so, so happy with how this turned out!!!

What could complete a shiplap stair case other than a gallery wall, right? Maybe I'm a little extreme, but I have a huge love for a big old collection of all things great. I love to mix pictures with metal with wood with words. It's a beautiful, beautiful thing. 

Our fixer upper is coming right along. I love it more everyday.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Mama needs wine. or vodka. or both

Do y'all ever have those weeks where you are literally just trying to get through each day with all 5 kids alive? 
No. I'm serious.
I've given up on making sure they are fed and bathed. I'm just trying to keep these tiny humans alive. 
Let's start with Jude. This kid should have just been a monkey. He's a climbing, hitting, screaming fool. Since his vocab isn't quite up to par, he just screams and swats and head butts stuff. WTF child. Use your words and it wouldn't be such an issue. If you turn your back on him for 2 seconds....literally 2 SECONDS...the kid has dragged a chair across the kitchen and scaled to the highest cupboards possible to retrieve whatever snack he's in the mood for. I seriously want to throat punch him some days. 

Here I busted him smashing grahm crackers. At least EAT them and don't smash them. Shm. Don't get me wrong, nothing is sweeter than his chubby little hands wrapping around my neck and squishing me in the biggest hug ever, but this kid challenges me like no other child ever has. Stubborn. 
Look at this sweet and innocent face. Yep. This is right after he smeared Thieves in his eyeballs. Dear child. Please do not put oils in your eyes dear one. While great on your feet or chest, the eyeballs are not the best place to work on building your immune system.

But every now and then there are moments of pure joy and glee and I LOVE his belly laugh. It's so contagious. My little sports bean who tackles everything he tries head on. 

And then there's Emryk. He's 3. That should pretty clearly explain the situation. Mr. I do it myself, I'm always right, my way or the highway, master of messes as well. He's also so independent and creative...creative enough to use an ENTIRE jar of hair glue on his head while I was making dinner. It only took 10 minutes of hot water massage and 1/2 bottle of kidscents shampoo to get it out. I forced myself to laugh or I might have been busted crying. 

Have you ever seen so much hair product on one head??? He woke up today like my head is itchy. Yea, well I wonder why.
Oh. The yellow ink pad he found in Ayden's drawer? Decided to stamp on all our freshly painted walls in the bigs room. Lord help me.

These 2 firecrackers. They are either going to keep me young or kill me...or turn me into a raging alcoholic. Time will tell.

So, to all you mama's just trying to get from day to day and keep your peeps alive. 
I get it. 
I totally totally get it. 
I have ZERO judgement for you whether you put yourself in timeout or pour yourself a glass of vodka by noon on Friday. After all, we are celebrating that we made it, right? 

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Maddie & Moe

So, for years, I've been know to my kids as the "mean" mom. Not only because they have rules and no video games, but because every holiday or birthday when they get money, I make them put HALF in their savings account.
My mom blessed me growing up with the importance of saving, spending responsibly, paying bills first. I would like to think SHE is the reason that my credit score is where it is. THANK YOU MOM. 
Since Maddie could walk and talk, she's always been a "horse" person. When she was 3, she got the Giddy up and Go pony that you could actually ride. Since then, every birthday cake, most of her books, the games she plays...all revolve around horses. 
4 years ago for Christmas, Maddie got 3 "riding lessons" from my sweet friend Nicole. What we didn't foresee happening was Nicole falling and breaking her wrist so after her first lesson, we weren't able to finish. Then, I met someone with a horse that offered Maddie some riding lessons and I though PERFECT. Let's do this.
Fast forward a few years and Maddie has been riding Moe for a few years now. Y'all, they are so, so cute at shows. My most favorite memory of them currently is when we dressed them up for Halloween. You will never find a cuter Rainbow Bright and Starlight. Ever. See for yourself. 

So, when Miss Jen told me that she was selling her horses to help prepare for the upcoming birth of her child, my heart sank. I am not a horse person. Not that I don't like them, because I do love this big guy, I'm just completely out of my element and am clueless. After much consideration and prayer, I decided that I would let Maddie make the decision on purchasing Moe. She would have to spend HER money (which ironically was nearly what Miss Jen was asking for him) and she will be responsible for any extra costs associated with him. Y'all. This girl walked into the bank, learned how to make a with drawl, made a plan on chores she can do to earn extra money and handed Miss Jen the money for him. My mama heart was so proud of her. I honestly can not wait to watch them ride this summer and for many years to come. 

Monday, January 30, 2017

Bye bye OAK!

So, I'll be updating more along the way on our decision to move and our new home adventures. I wanted to have a space where I could also remember what this home looked like when we moved in and all the changes we've made along the way!!!

My first project that could NOT wait was taking care of the oak that had invaded this home. Seriously. You could tell that it was built in 2003 because it had oak EVERYWHERE. I'm not even kidding.

One thing I've never had and always wanted was a staircase. This home has a beautiful oak staircase, but it definitely did not match my decorating style. 

I ordered some General Finishes Gel Stain in Java Color and picked up some foam brushes. I started with the railings and floor boards. I didn't worry about sanding too much (I did a little but nothing extreme) and got to work. The Gel stain is think and easy to apply with a foam brush. A little tricky to get it "even" however. I'm not going to lie, I think it took 3-4 coats for it to look not brushed, and it needed a LOT of drying time in between coats. Looking back, it was way easier than the spindles, and I love the rich Java color. 

After allowing roughly a week for the dark process, I took a quick weeklong break to put shiplap up. I'll be posting about that in an upcoming post :)
However, it was then time to tackle the spindles. Y'all. What a chore. 
Because I didn't want to sand the spindles, I decided to go the route of another Gel Stain product. This time I picked up Old Masters Pickling White Gel Stain . This time, I had to tape off the Java colored part. In my next life, remind me to invent an easy tape solution for people who are painting spindles. Again, it took 4 coats (and to be honest, I probably could have/should have done another) and lots of drying time. While is was a giant pain in the butt, the results are completely worth every second it took me to do it. 

So. SO. Worth. it. 

High wall paint color: Revere Pewter
Shiplap Color: White Dove

Proud Mama

I'm not sure how or where, but somehow, in the blink of an eye, my little Ayden is all grown up.
Last night he performed his first solo concert (he's been taking voice lessons for a few months now). I wasn't really sure how it was going to go over since he won't ever sing in front of us (although his teacher SWEARS he has an amazing voice). 
Y'all. When he got up there and started, you could not wipe the grin off my face. I know every parent thinks their kid is the best ever, but honestly, he was so great. I literally had tears. Tears for him facing his fear, stepping outside his comfort zone and just plain out being awesome. I am so, so proud. He may have forgotten a few of the lines, but it didn't even matter. He kept going, he was fun to watch and he smiled when he was done.
My most favorite line of the day was when he said to the teacher..."my knees are shaking." You would have never known. I love watching him grow into the man he is becoming.