Can’t Wait for Summer Fun!

My goal every summer is to try new things and get out as much as we can because summer is SO short!!! This summer I want to try to incorporate these ideas. It feels like scheduled fun…but in reality it’ll keep me thinking of new things to fit into these ideas week after week! Summer I can’t wait for you to get here!!! 3ac8e9a63e49741b0589da004248314f

The ABC’s to Live By

As I try to change and evolve as a mother and wife I try to increase my interaction/involvement with the boys (our oldest could use less involvement but to me that means triple his!). I saw this on Facebook and immediately wanted to print it off and post it everywhere I could see it! Each one of the letters are so extremely important!

iMOM ABCs Tool-hhgregg

Prayer Stairs!

I had searched a long time for a good prayer to put up in our house. But I couldn’t find just the right prayer and I couldn’t figure out where I’d put the prayer if I found it. I wanted it to be somewhere we could always see it and I wanted it to be a meaningful prayer for us all. Then while I was on my favorite place to get ideas (Pinterest duh!) I saw it…the answer to my search: the Stairs Prayer! Not only was the prayer perfect but it’s an Irish blessing which of course fits for our Irish family! It’s big and bold so you see it easily and it’s fun to say it as you’re going up the stairs!

Stairs

 

Putting it on the stairs was easier than I thought (our youngest made every attempt to distract me by climbing on me) so I was thankful for that. Next I want to sand down and stain/paint the stairs just like in the Pinterest picture!

I love projects!

Fireplace Facelift!

When we bought our house there were a couple of things that I really (REALLY) wanted to change. Our fire place was almost at the top of my list! Here’s why:

Before

See? It looks like a tile shop got confused and just started assembling on my fireplace! For no reason at all I was sitting in our living room looking at it thinking “what can I do about this on a VERY strict budget?” Then I hopped on Google (aka Skynet) to look for info. After a short amount of research I realized this is an easy project with great results (in my world that’s a lot of excitement!) Once I realized I had everything I needed to complete this I went to work (literally right then I started on it…it was about 6 pm on a week night!). During

I started with the primer. I used two coats just to be SURE that brown tile was never seen again.  You’ll notice no drop cloths and I didn’t even take the things off of the mantle…that’s how spur of the moment it was! I let the primer dry completely. I waited until the next morning to put on the paint. I wanted something neutral and “clean”. The old fireplace color was a distraction and it’s right in the center of the main wall in the living room. I also wanted to “spruce” it up a little bit so with the ideas from our middle son and the hubbin’ this is what I came up with:

After

We have white trim all through out our house. I really like the white trim because it looks clean and gives nice detail so I created the illusion of trim (hubbin’ and middle sons idea) on the fireplace.

To say it changes the feel of our living room is an understatement! Making this change has completely motivated me to upgrade other things in the house while staying on that very strict budget!

Whew-My Own Overhaul!

I have really been MIA…I know. I have been spending a lot of time working on myself.

Some very serious bumps in our road caused me to really evaluate myself and my place here. It all started with my faith, as it should have. Those bumps in the road caused me to go on faith that I didn’t even know I had. Without my faith I was always missing…something. Once I started working on my relationship with God other things started to seem easier and actually more enjoyable. Don’t get me wrong- I still struggle just like everyone else. But that struggle seems more tolerable with God by my side.

I also had to clean out my relationship rolodex. I had to stop being around people that were negative and still holding me to the person I used to be…not who I am now. I also had to mend relationships I’d broken in the past. That experience was humbling.

Then came my marriage. As I’m sure the hubbin’ will confirm things have changed quite a bit! I have started to realize how important it is for him feel like he’s at the top of my list (newsflash right?!). Remembering that he is my husband was crucial. I know that sounds dumb…but it’s true.

Then the trickiest change of all came…being a mom. Honestly, I never took it very seriously. I mean clearly I understood that being a PARENT was important…but I never realized how important it is to be a MOM. Realizing that it’s not a title, it’s not a spot for power…it’s a privilege you are blessed with. Not everyone has the chance to be a mom. Once I realized that I have been blessed with three awesome boys that need me for more than “food and shelter” it clicked.

I had an amazing conversation with an amazing friend and she motivated me. To get up and do something. It’s a work in progress but at least now I happily pour myself into my family and home.

Stay tuned for new things…my path is in front of me now and I walk it in faith and love!