Evenings Like These…

Its evenings like these that make me wish I had a good topic to write about. As the boys are settling down for the night, the sun is starting to set and the house reaches a calm, I wish I could share some important piece with you.

All I can think of, at the moment, is how much I wish my husband was home from work. We’d probably be sitting out on the front porch, windows open so we could listen for the kids, talking about everything and anything. I adore these moments with my husband. When conversation flows and we have each others full attention.

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I might have a cool glass of wine in hand, or a warm cup of tea. Probably wine, I am trying to develop the same love for tea my husband has. Its a work in progress…

Its nights like these that remind me of when my sister and I were younger and we would spend the night at my grandparents house. I would hear my grandma ask my grandpa on calm nights like these, “Penny for your thoughts?” To which I never remember my grandpa saying much. But it was her way of saying talk to me, share with me. I am here to listen.

I now ask my husband the same question. I never get much of a response either but its my way of saying, talk to me, share with me. I am here to listen.

What I have learned is you cant prompt a deep response. The situation has to be right. The mind relaxed enough to be in the moment. Its these moments I cherish with my husband. He is a deep thinker and I always love to know what is on his mind, and share what is on mine.

So when next time you are sharing a calm afternoon with someone special don’t be afraid to ask, “Penny for your thoughts?” and see what conversation flows.

That is my little trip down memory lane and tidbit for the night 😉

Happy Sunday all!

Using Brick to Edge a Garden.

I have been in search of brick for some time now. Free brick, old brick, used brick, broken brick, any kind of brick! I got the call the other day from some close friends that found some in a shop they were cleaning out. Knowing I was wanting some they called me right away and I was there to pick it up within a couple hours. I was so excited I got right to work!

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This poor little garden needed some TLC. I have Irises planted at the moment but some of them didn’t make it so the plants are few and far between. I am hopping I can dig some up, spread them around and plant a few other flowers to help fill in.

After putting baby Eli down for his afternoon nap, Danny and I went to work on the garden. As I dug up grass Danny would put it on the garden bin and everytime I needed more brick he would bring me some! We had an excellent system and got the garden lined in about an hour.

Thank goodness I weeded it about a week prior. It started like this…

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Then went to this…

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And now it looks like this!

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A closer look…

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There is a little bend in the brick that I need to fix but other than that it looks so much better! The first layer of brick is level with the grass so all I have to do is run the lawn mower wheel over it and tada! No hedging needed! I will have to spray between the brick every now and then but I am constantly having to spray my rock garden beds anyway. Grass and weeds always find a way through.

The only casualty was my poor shovel…

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I need a new one as this one barely digs up grass now. Poor little shovel.

I got some Perennial seeds from my grandma on Easter and plan to plant them between the irises! I need to wait a little bit longer before I do as it is still freezing at night.

Its the little things in life like a beautiful garden bed that makes me happy. I have so many other plans for our backyard. Glad to have this item checked off my list!

Easter 2015

Easter, I love the season of Easter. I love what it represents, I love the bright beautiful colors and I love having family and friends get together to celebrate!

In honor of Easter and what it really represents (Jesus Christ rising from the dead), Danny and I have been reading the Easter story all week. He now has a firm grasp of the concept and is excited to share the story with people he knows. It is so important for our children to grow up knowing what these holidays truly represent. The concepts seem lost but here, in our home, they will be celebrated for what they truly are.

It is becoming a tradition to have my sister and her son (and soon to add daughter) come over and decorate eggs with us around my kitchen island. We invite our younger siblings to join in on the fun as it can get a bit messy. Any help is much appreciated. We always end up with a few cracked eggs but its all part of the fun!

Here are some pictures from our fun afternoon together:

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It was a lot of fun! Eli and cousin Tyrion soon found out that if you hit the eggs on the counter the eggs cracked. Naughty babies!

Fast forward to Easter Day!

I was super sick that morning. I have been fighting a sinus infection for days and waking up Sunday morning to a pounding headache was awful! As soon as my eyes popped open I knew we would have to skip church. No way I can get everyone breakfast, dressed and looking extra nice when my head felt like it was going to explode! I was so sad! We have been doing a lot better at getting to church lately and to skip such and important day was just plain sad.

After a long hot shower and some much needed cold meds I was feeling better. I wasn’t going to miss our family lunch! No matter how I was feeling. Danny would have been heart broken if we couldn’t go to Grandpa and Grandmas house!

After getting everyone ready we took a few pictures, you know, just in case something happened between now and arriving at the grandparents…

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 Trying to get these two to hold still and smile at the same time was impossible! The bottom right photo is so funny! Danny was trying so hard to be a good big brother by putting his hand around Eli but Eli didn’t want to be touched. He is voicing his annoyance in that picture.

Dustin and I decided to get involved…

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All together now!

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After a few home pictures we took off to the grandparents house! We got to enjoy Dustins amazing prime rib, Eryn’s ham and cookies, lots of salads, rolls and to end it all we had smores around a camp fire! It was a lovely day!

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Love how are little boys are growing up. They are becoming the best of friends which warms my heart. I hope they will forever be close.

Until next Easter, we wish you all well!

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Weekend Get Away…

Dustin and I have been sorely needing some time to ourselves. We needed time to reconnect and leave all the worry and stress behind. Originally we had planned a week away visiting family in Dover, Delaware. We planned on driving to New York and visiting a few of the amazing places there. We planned on going to D.C. and getting a tour of the white house. We wanted to see so many of the historic monuments in the surrounding states but as time drew near I became anxious about leaving the kids for so long and being so far away. Not only that but work for my husband was becoming extremely busy so the time to take the vacation was under pressure.

After talking we decided it wasn’t worth trying to get this vacation to work, specially under all the stress. Our thoughts would be elsewhere and that is just not a way we want to spend a vacation.

I know what you are thinking. “Get over it and go have fun!” Well for some reason it just didn’t workout this time. When the boys are older I will have no problem leaving them for a week but as it stands, we are content to take vacations close to home, which is what we did instead!

Determined to get my husband away from the stresses of work I booked a two night stay in a luxurious hotel in the city of Spokane: The Davenport Hotel and Tower. Their service is one of a kind. Seriously one of the best hotels in the area. The room we stayed in was the Tower Suite, and it was beautiful!

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Talk about feeling like a million bucks! We pulled into the hotel and as the velvet came to take our car they packed our luggage and took it up to the room as we checked in. Once we made it up to the room and had a look around we headed back down stairs to their Safari Room Fresh Bar & Grill. We booked a dinner reservation at six with our friends, Caleb and Bre. The food was delicious! After we finished we went up to the room and shared a bottle of wine before we hit the town!

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The weather was perfect for a spring evening. We hit a few bars, played a little shuffleboard, shook our hips a little, and then retired for the night around one o’clock. It was a blast!

The next morning we slept in till nine o’clock! NINE! That hasn’t happened in forever! I mean seriously. My eyes did pop open at 6:30 which is when our littlest boy usually wakes up but I rolled over and went back to sleep. It felt amazing!

When we finally decided to get up my husband turned on the t.v. while I showered and got ready for the day.

We headed out for breakfast and after realizing the day wasn’t as warm as we thought it would be, we ran back to the hotel for warmer clothes. I change from this to that (with a jacket)…

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Can I just say how fun it was to dress up?! Never getting to, I went wild with the outfits texting pictures to my sister and asking her opinion. It was such fun to wear all the nice clothes I have been trying to stock my closet with.

This is the outfit I wore our first night out on the town…

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I am in love with it! It was comfortable and oh so cute!

Any way… After dressing a bit warmer we went antique shopping. We have been looking for a coffee table for a very long time and we finally found one. There are a few blocks of antique shops along Monroe street and we stopped at every single one. So many amazing things in those shops. Dustin and I had so much fun we promised to do it more often.

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The coffee table fit perfect with the cream and white color scheme I have going. My husband also found this beautiful glob.

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Immediately I thought of our older son Danny who is always peppering me with questions about where this animal is from or where this place is. Being the visual learner that he, is I can now show him.

After being out and about all morning we stopped for lunch at Rocky Rococo Pizza and then headed back to the hotel room for a nap. After the night before we were really tired. My husband said I took a two hour nap, I still think he exaggerated, then again, maybe not.

After the nap we freshened up and hit the Down Town Mall. We stopped at bath and body, purchased some yummy new lotion scents and then headed to the AMC movie theater. We went and saw McFarland USA. It was a good movie, a bit long for my taste at about two and a half hours. But the popcorn was tasty and the company, lovely.

We retired to for the night and woke up Sunday morning at about eight o’clock. Again, amazing. I got ready for the day as Dustin watched some more t.v. We packed up and headed out. Our first stop was Starbucks, then we hit World Market and found a few items for the kitchen.

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I make a drink called the Singing Canary, if you are a THM you know what I am talking about. It requires vitamin C and I will use this to crush the vitamins.

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I am always making homemade drinks so these will be so useful and save us lots of $ on straws. Bonus, they are BPA free.

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We purchased a wine rack to go under our beautiful Kitchen sign. Dustin and I love purchasing things for our home. We had lots of fun picking all of items out together.

We stopped at Walmart and got a few things, looked around Lowes, ate breakfast at Prostectors Bar and Grill, they have amazing Eggs Benedict, and then stopped at Lasagna’s-On-Ya for a nice simple pop in the oven dinner when we got home. We might have hit Starbucks one more time 😉 They are so darn good!

By this time we were really beginning to miss the kids. As naughty as they can be sometimes they are where I would rather be. Our mornings away were relaxing but a bit lonely. As we walked in the door we were greeted with huge smiles and open arms! We were very missed!

Aunt Emily did an amazing job watching the kids while we were gone. We came home to excited children and a sparkling clean house! Huge thanks to my sis!

The rest of the evening we relaxed, put our purchases away, watched a few movies and drank a little beer and wine. Beer for him, wine for me 😉

It was such a wonderful weekend away. The best part for me was of course having my husband all to myself. I didn’t share him with anyone! And the fact that I didn’t have to rush. I am constantly rushing from one place to the next making sure Eli gets home for his nap, or trying to get the kids home before lunch, or before I need to change a diaper. I found myself feeling like I needed to rush and then I reminded myself, I had no where to be.

Dustin and I went where we wanted, when we wanted, when we thought we wanted and that was an amazing feeling. I am smiling just thinking about it. I know I rush to much, I know I can make things more important than they really are and that is something I need to work on. Rushing around sucks. It really does take the joy out of things.

As the kids get older Dustin and I will try to do these things more than once a year. We need to enjoy each other more. There is nothing like reconnecting with the love of your life. We are refreshed and invigorated! Bring it on life!

Simplicity of Summer.

I am looking forward to the simple, warm days of summer. Simple in the way the boys don’t have to have their socks, undershirts, pants and shirts on at all times. Simple in that we don’t have to put on coats before leaving the house. Simple in that spending more time outside means less of a mess on the inside.

I am looking forward to potty training baby Eli. Okay, I’m not looking forward to potty training but HAVING him potty trained. Its always a huge when diapers no longer need changing.

Our older son Danny will be learning how to shower himself this summer, again, a huge help! And I will be teaching him how to wipe his own butt. I have held off on that because, well its messy, very messy. Non the less, he has to learn sometime, summer seems the time.

Summer is hot. I am not much of a heat person so I usually hide in our air conditioned house (thanks honey) until the evening rolls around. Summer evenings are my favorite!

I am looking forward to sitting on our pouch, cool glass of wine in hand, in the company of my husband, watching the kids run the last of their energy off before bed.

Below is one of my favorite pictures from last summer. I got two pools because Danny likes his full and loves to splash. Last summer Eli didn’t appreciate the splashes. I am sure that will change this year.

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As the sun shines out on the frozen snow I find myself day dreaming about it all.

My ever wondering mind is pondering what things, activities and social events we will be attending in these warm months to come. I hope the days are filled with close family, friends and wonderful warm memories to last a lifetime!

What are your hopes and dreams for this summer?