E.Z. Orchards Pumpkin Patch

At the beginning of October, my MOPS group visited one of the great pumpkin patch’s in our area.  It was a gorgeous (almost a little bit too hot for me) Fall day and the boys were excited to get out there!

Since I’m in the Publicity role of the MOPS leadership this year, I took mostly a bunch of pictures of other people’s kids for our website/blog/FB pages, but I did sneak some cute ones of the boys in there too. 

We visited as a “school tour” and everyone got to pick an apple, a pumpkin, have apple cider AND an apple cider donut!  Asher and Zeek devoured their apples!


… And picked the world’s smallest pumpkins.  :)


Can’t believe how grown up my oldest baby looks here!  What is he, five years old?!  *waaaah*  Soon, soon enough.

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Zeek discovered that we didn’t need to spend a quarter to buy goat feed because those darned things liked to eat grass right out of their hands!  Who-da-thunk-it?  ;)   He spent a gooooooooood long time feeding those goats.

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And eventually *tried* to feed the chickens too.

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It was a good morning with the fam at the farm.  I think this will be our only pumpkin patch visit this year, with Skyler having worked every single weekend this month, and most of the festivities going on during the weekends – so we are thankful that MOPS planned this trip for us to go!  We sure love our tractor rides, petting zoo’s and especially those apple cider donuts!! ;)

{Kids Play} Enchanted Forest

Not your typical Kids Play post.  :)

A few weeks ago, the very last day of the very last weekend they were opened, we all jumped in the car to take the kids for one last summer hurrah to our local “theme park” Enchanted Forest.

For Skyler and I (and many of you, I’m sure!), Enchanted Forest is about nostalgia.  Sure, the things there are a little dated and after reading several comments in some different articles after Humpty Dumpty had his great fall this summer – many people even find Enchanted Forest a bit creepy.  (My guess is that those people didn’t visit when they were kids themselves!)  But we love the place.  :)  And obviously our kids do too!  (With an exception of the Wicked Witch giant head slide.  Zeek is too terrified of her to even walk the path to pass her!)

We had visited earlier in the beginning of summer, but a few of the rides were closed since we went pre-season in May AND when we returned home and I put my camera card in my computer to upload photos, the card malfunctioned and I lost all the pics.  :(  I was so sad to not have Asher’s first visit on film!  …. but thankful at the chance to go again at least in the same summer.

It ended up being a really dark grey, cold and cloudy day, but we had a great time regardless.  :)


The brand new Humpty Dumpty:

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Neither boy would brave the dark tunnel and follow daddy…


…but they eagerly awaited him at the end of the tunnel! :)


This was Asher’s favorite one – Snow White. 


She was singing softly inside to the animals and the boy was GLUED to her. 

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The Crooked House – which Asher didn’t so much care for.  ;)

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And the Little Old Lady Who Lived in the Shoe slide, which Asher was a rockstar on and totally fearless, even riding by himself, whereas Big Bro needed more coaxing and would only ride with mommy or daddy.  :)

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Ezekiel’s very first ever roller coaster!  Which, of course, I had to document the heck out of.

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And we ended the day eating our picnic lunch while watching the Jack & The Beanstalk play, which both boys completely surprised me and were super fascinated by!  I wasn’t sure how they would do watching a live performance but they sat quietly and watched for the enter 30 minute showing!

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On our way out, I realized I had been on the wrong end of the camera the whole day and insisted the boys take a picture with me too.  ;)


I was a little sad when I uploaded all of these pictures because I sure thought I took many more pics of our time there… but I guess that just means we were having a ball and I didn’t stop the fun just to take a picture.  ;)

We’re already excited to go back next year!  Zeek loves to holler out, “ENCHANTED FOREST!  We’ll see you soon!” whenever we pass it on the freeway.  :)

Since I have been lacking on the blogging lately, I’ve got some catching up to do!  You’ll be seeing a few more recent events in the next few days… :)

Hope YOU guys have been doing great too!

{Wedding Gift} Wood-Burned Name Plaque

A few months ago we got a cute little invitation in the mail from one of our sweet friends.  The invite looked like wood grain and had the couple’s initials carved into a tree. 

It prompted an idea for a gift that definitely wouldn’t be on their gift registry.  While I DO love giving practical gifts from gift registries, I couldn’t help but pass this opportunity up! :)

I got out my wood slab (from Jo-Ann’s or Michael’s, around $9.99), my wood-burning tools (I have this one), and a metal toothed hook for the back.

I played around on PicMonkey and came up with a design, printed it off, taped it to the wood plaque where I wanted it and started tracing the design – right through the paper.  (Much like how I did when I made the deer head bottle opener plaque for my brother and sister-in-law).

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I think I may have to make something like this for Skyler and I, or something fun for the boys’ room!!  I love wood-burning and how fun and rustic it turns out! :)

When Fear is Gripping

Enter, a rambling blog of thoughts.

Every start of September, I start seeing the same posts over and over from friends, “Fall is here!”  “Bring on the rain, boots and sweaters!” “Pumpkin Spice Latte!” “PUMPKIN EVERYTHING!”

I agree – I’m right there with loving fall (except, hold the pumpkin anything and everything.  No thanks, I’ll pass).  While summer used to be my favorite season as a child, it has gradually made its way down the list of favorites.  I love fall, spring and even winter so much more than I love summer these days.  Give me boots, give me sweaters, give me hot coffee, give me rain.  All of these are good things.

While I’m always so thrilled when the calendar hits September 1st and summer starts to fade, I’ve also noticed another trend over the past few years in my life.  Every September for the last 3 or 4 years, something else always comes crawling into my life, right alongside of the beginnings of Fall.


Every September and through October, I am in a constant battle with fear.  With the darker days and Halloween looming (and seeming to creep into stores as early as mid-August now), the spirit of fear is heavy.  I’ve talked to a few friends about it and the sentiment is the same for them.



I don’t know about the rest of you – but for me, fear can be entirely way too gripping.  I feel myself get into a sluggish just-want-to-stay-in-the-comfort-of-my-home, don’t want to do any errands with boys and take them anywhere they might see spooky Halloween decorations (EVERYWHERE in EVERY store), anxiety ridden, troubled sleep way of life. 

It’s utterly debilitating at times.  Do you know this same fear? 

I’ve really been questioning it and more aware of it this year.  Last year was the first time my eyes were opened to the fact that it’s been coming at the same time, in the same way, every year.   This year, I was a little more ready for it. 

I’ve dealt with fear all my life, as many of us do.

As a child, I remember having the most ridiculous fears that were so powerful over me as a 6 and 7 year old, that I lost sleep, even way back then.  My mom and dad always did a great job of protecting us and our growing minds from things like scary movies and scary stories.   Mom and dad can’t always be there though, and while I never watched movies like Chucky – I heard stories about it on the playground of my elementary school.  I heard scary stories at sleepovers (and unfortunately, even watched a few scary movies at sleepovers when I wasn’t bold enough to say, “no thanks, I don’t want to watch that.”).  Stories of dolls coming to life, fingernails creeping under doorways and strangling these poor precious children.  I was terrified.

I never told my parents my fears – though they weren’t foolish and I’m sure they caught on by some of my behaviors.  At my parents house, the three kids’ rooms were upstairs.  My brother’s room to the left of the stairs, and my room (what used to be an open wall play-space when we first moved in) to the right, and my sisters room directly through my room on the other side.  (I like to lovingly refer to my childhood in that I “grew up in a hallway”). 

One year for Christmas, my grandma so sweet and thoughtfully sent my sister and I each a china doll.  Unfortunately, she had no idea that I was terrified of them.  This began what was probably a couple years of terrified sleep.  I put my doll in a small doll chair right outside my door, sitting in the stairwell.  Every night, I draped a baby blanket over the doll… you know, in hopes of keeping the doll sitting there in her chair, lifeless.  (I tell you – ridiculous fears and ridiculous logic as a 6 year old.  But none the less real to me at the time.)  Knowing my sister had her doll sitting on her vanity just inside the door of her bedroom, which was on the wall opposite of where my headboard to my bed was, I had fear coming from both ends of my hallway-bedroom.  I would bundle up in bed, even on the hot 90+ degree nights (in a non-air conditioned house with no fan and no window in my room) and sweat myself to sleep.  I rolled that thick bedspread right underneath my chin in hopes that it would keep any dolls or stray fingernails from climbing up on my bed and strangling me as I slept.

Seems pretty irrational, right?  Right.  Now as a 28 year old, I kind of laugh at the ideas of what terrified me as a child.  But I can always put myself right back to that fear and remember how real it felt to me at the time.

Now days, my fears look differently than the scary things that lurk at night, but can be no less terrifying and real feeling.

What if Asher had gotten in the road when he escaped my friends house the other day and got hit by a car?  How am I going to keep this adventurous kid alive?!

What if Skyler lost his job, and we had no income?

What is the world going to look like when my kids are older?  Am I foolish for continuing to bring children into this screwed up world?

What if war breaks out in America?

What if.  What if. 

Through holidays, through January birthdays, through spring and through summer, these fear-filled thoughts are minimal.  But come September every year, they come crashing back and fill me with anxiety again.

Thankfully, being more aware of it this year, I have been able to be more prepared in battling it.  More prayers about specific things.  More rational talks with some of the wisest people I know.  More trusting in God and knowing the plans of the Enemy to put fear in me. 


So…. I’m asking…. How many of you deal with fear at this time and season of the year?  What do you do with deal with it? 

More to come on this….

{House Tour} Toddler Boys’ Big Boy Room

Look at me!  I told ya’ I wouldn’t wait too long before finishing up this House Tour:)

The last time I showed you Zeek’s room – before he shared it with his little bro.  A little over a month ago, we gave this room a major overhaul.  You may remember me showing you a picture of my house in utter chaos. 

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We took everything out of all three bedrooms and hauled it out to every other available space in the house.  :)  We gave all the carpets a shampooing and while we were at it, painted the boys’ room and took the opportunity to transform it into a Big Boy Room. 

It was a couple weeks of work between shampooing, painting, new furniture (and painting furniture!), and ordering bedding.  But it came together pretty quickly and just as I hoped:


We got the bed from a place called America the Beautiful Dreamer up in Vancouver, WA.  It was the cheaper of the better made beds.  For the Full/Twin bunk plus the stair system, we paid around $750 (verses all the furniture stores in Salem that were $900-1200 for similar styles!).  While the color of the wood is a little more orange toned than I would prefer (though definitely not quite as orange as these photos make it appear!), the bed is sturdy and was a cinch to put together.  We’re happy with the purchase and the boys love it.  :)


The stair system was the safer option for us with two young boys (especially Kamikaze-Asher) and as soon as it went up, Zeek eagerly exclaimed: “I need to fill the drawers with toys!” and ran off to gather some random things to fill the drawers with.  :)  I reserve the top two drawers for putting the extra set of sheets for the beds.  I bought two colors – white and navy blue sheets.


The little yellow dresser was a project piece I did because Zeek’s clothes were definitely outgrowing the little armoire that we had.  While that armoire was a sweet piece of furniture (was my siblings and mine as a baby and I used it again as a high schooler), it was time to pass it on.  It now belongs to my BFF’s baby girl and I’m so glad – because it really is a little girly.

For the boys’ beds, I had my heart set on a quilt like this one on Etsy:


But, with a $225 price tag for a BABY sized quilt, I was more than nervous to even inquire what she would charge for a full and twin sized one.  I finally had to admit to myself that it would be way waaaay out of budget to even consider it.  With that color scheme in mind, I sat down one night for what seemed like the impossible hunt of finding an alternative that I liked just as much.

With only about 20 minutes of hunt, I discovered this amazing set from Target:


Almost the same thing, right?!  I was amazed at how similar the two were.  It even had a quilted effect.  AND, the best part – I was able to snag TWO full sized sets (in case some day we got rid of the bunk bed and got them both full sized beds… just trying to think ahead) for a total cost of $116 after some discounts and coupons.  Did not break the bank, and these quilt sets have more than impressed me.  They look like gorgeous quilts from Pottery Barn… not the economical version from Target!

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I have known for a few years that I wanted this map from IKEA somewhere in the boys room, some day.   Some day finally came and I was able to pick up on sale for $99 instead of the usual $129 earlier in the spring and just let it sit in its box in the garage for a few months before we put it to use.


The growth ruler went up in the exact same spot.


I put the Z and A and some new hooks up on the wall for their bath towelsAnd you can see their yellow and grey light switch that I picked up at Hobby Lobby in Texas a couple years ago before it came to town.  This light switch was part of the inspiration for their room!


The baskets of diapers and puzzles still live tucked underneath the bed. 

The boys love their new room and even though the jump from a toddler bed to a full sized bed felt like a huge deal as far as floor space goes, the room doesn’t feel all that less spacious.  They have their playroom that they spend most of their time in and when the come in here to read, they like to clamber up on the big bed to sit under a blanket together.  The full sized has been awesome for a few reasons:

  • With Asher still waking up here and there and crying out for one of us to cuddle with him, it’s nice to have a big bed to go cuddle with him in.
  • When we have guests over (already had my brother and sister-in-law stay the night!), they can use the boys’ room as a guest room and not have to sleep on the floor.
  • When baby comes, Skyler may want to bunk up with the boys more often in order to get a sound sleep on the days he has to work. 

Skyler already loves bunking up with the boys and takes turns of who he sleeps with.  Especially when he goes to work before they wake up and comes home from work after they’ve gone to bed, the boys love having daddy cuddle with them all night long (and daddy loves it just as much as they do).  Heck, mommy loves it just as much as well!  I have not had such a great nights sleep as I have over the last month – with all the boys together in one room and me, alone, in my King sized bed to stretch out and sleep however I want.  Not a bad situation.  ;)

And hopefully, the boys will be able to grow along with this room!  Hoping to not have to change it for a long time!  haha (we all know how that goes).

Now, the only thing I’ve got to learn is to not repeat what I did today:

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Asher Milo, One and a Half (+)

Been meaning to sit and write a post like this for a while.  I never want to lose sight of why I blog:  to remember, to reflect, to appreciate my growing family – where we were, are and will be.


Asher Milo!  My (for the time being) baby!  You have grown in huge ways in the last few months.  Everyone else here remembers me telling about how you wouldn’t sleep as a baby, and then at one year, how you were sleeping better – but still always in my arms.  Well, you know what, little bug?  You have been successfully and easily taking your own naps since around May/June.  It started out slowly.  Once I could tell that you understood what I was telling you, that it was nap time and you needed to lay down to sleep, it made it a little easier.  Honestly, I took the approach as if I were potty training you.  Small treats for good naps.  “If you can lay down, close your eyes and take a good nap for mama without crying, I’ll give you a chocolate chip when you wake up.”  You’d sniff sadly at me and quietly reply, “O-tay mama.”  And you’d take a nap.  For a month or more, you’d wake up after 30-45 minutes crying and I would have to go in and just pat your back and tell you that you needed to go back to sleep.  You always did.  :)  Now, 3ish months later, I don’t have to give you any treats (and haven’t for probably a month).  You know what’s expected of you.  I lay you in bed, cover you with your blanket and you roll over and go to sleep and will sleep for 2-3 hours.  Bedtime is pretty great too.  You got a big boy bed about a month ago – the bottom of a bunk bed that you share with Zeek.  At bedtime, we just tuck you in and load you up with pillows on both sides (since you flop around  like a fish), turn on the fan, pray, close the door and say goodnight and most days you and Zeek fall asleep pretty quickly with minimal talking.  :)

Ok enough about sleep!  What else are you up to at… 20 months?  21 months?  (Shoot.  How old are you?  #secondchild)

At one and a half (+) you:

  • speak well and lots.  You started talking right around or a little before 1 year, but over the last 4-5 months, your vocabulary is outstanding.  I can’t even try to make a list of words you say, because you literally say everything you hear.  It’s so nice to be able to communicate with you, as well as for you and Zeek to be able to communicate well. 
    • Some of my favorite things you say are:
      • “blah blah blah, stating something you want to do/eat/etc, o-tay mama?” with your eyebrows furrowed and you asking very quizzically yet stating your wishes boldly.
      • “no no, Zeek – not nice!”  this is said often.  Makes me laugh.  Way to stand up for yourself! 
      • “where aaaaarrrrrreeeee you, (insert item searching for)”  This started with “where are you, chipmunk?” as you and daddy searched for chipmunks in Bend.  This is now your saying when you’re looking for anything: mommy/daddy/Zeek, certain toy, water bottle, whatever. 
  • You are STILL a major cuddle bug, and I don’t think (or hope) it will ever change.  You just want to be held, cuddled and snuggled – especially when watching a cartoon.  You want to sit as close as possible and you want my arm draped around your shoulders.
  • You are a pro at the shifty-eyes and disapproving glare.  You get a lot chuckles from friends, family and strangers alike with this habit.
  • You love to play with toys and read books.  You and your brother can play pirates, treasure hunts, animals, and cars for hours.  You guys love to read stories and spend at least 30 min a day just quietly looking at your picture books in your room by yourselves. 
  • You are eating way more foods than you used to (you used to only eat bananas, tomato soup and sausages).  Your favorites are still bananas and tomato soup, but you love eggs and sausages, yogurt and applesauce, cheese sticks and your favorite snack is dried mangoes.  You do NOT like anything green or oranges.  You avoid both like the plague.
  • You love your Bopa Miller.  He spent several days babysitting you this summer and you have attached yourself at the hip to him.  Nearly every day, you’ll bring me my phone at some point and ask, “hi Bopa?”  You love to go down to “the farm” and play outside with him or in their playroom.
  • When daddy has taken Zeek out on special treks without you, you lose your mind.  You cannot handle to see daddy and Zeek driving away without you.  For the first few hours they’re gone, you run to the window to see if the car is out there, wander around the house hollering for them, or run around to the side gate in the back yard and holler for them out the gate.  You must be included in any and every man-date.
  • You like to watch Sesame Street, Jake and the Neverland Pirates and Wild Kratts.
  • Your favorite books are Babar, Sesame Street, and anything with tractors or animals. 
  • You are the messiest kid, ever!  You go through 2-3 changes of clothes a day because every time you eat, you are a disaster… yet you don’t allow us to strip off your clothes before eating.  If we attempt it, you will freak out and not eat a bite until you get your clothes back on.  Fun!
  • You’re very very polite and good at saying “thank you, mama” without a prompting. 
  • Daddy loves that instead of saying “yes”, your current thing to do is just smile and nod your head strongly up and down.
  • You are most often not the most enjoyable person first thing in the morning or especially right after nap, unless you got exactly the right amount of sleep.  Daddy usually cuddles you during this time as he completely understands your pain.  He passed this lovely trait on to you, he gets to deal with it.  ;)
  • You love to be outside playing in the dirt or “riding” your bike, which you are just starting to get the hang of.  You love when daddy takes you down to the park to tromp through the forest, throw rocks in the river and look for fish at the dock.  You love canoeing, hiking around and looking for bugs.
  • You almost always fall asleep in the car if we’re in it for more than 20 minutes.  Another daddy trait.  :)  You just can’t handle the motion – rocks you to sleep every time.   It’s adorable – we’ll see you getting sleeping and ask, “Are you going night-night Ash?” and you’ll furrow your eyebrows in determination to not fall asleep, concentrate on looking out the window and reply, “Nope.”  Within a 2-3 minutes, you’re asleep.
  • You are your daddy’s mini-me.  When I look into your eyes, I see your daddy all over.  :)
  • You and Zeek are BFF.  You LOVE playing together and get along as well as brother’s could.  You fight, naturally, but you both love playing together and are always asking where the other is when you are apart.  I’m so glad that you guys are friends and play!
  • You LOVE any sort of flashlight or light up stick. 

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Daddy and I are so glad to have you in our family, Asher!  You are such a funny little guy and you have us laughing all the time.  Even when you’re being stubborn or disobedient (“nope!” or glaring at us), you are just so stinking cute.  We are so thankful for you and the light you bring to us.

Love you little man.  Can’t believe you’re going to be 2 soon!

Mothers of Preschoolers. Aka MOPS.

For those of you that are personal friends and have seen me gabbing about MOPS on Facebook – yeah, sorry.  I’m beating the dead horse over the head. 

For those of you who don’t know me personally, I had to share with you a little more about the wonderful organization of MOPS.


MOPS stands for Mothers of Preschoolers and is an organization meant to encourage, unite and mentor young mom’s while giving them a little breather from their children (who are taken care of by the Moppets program – activities, crafts, play time and of course, Zeek’s favorite, snacks!) and a time to refresh. 

While your kids are enjoying the Moppets program, you get to enjoy a little bit of kid-free time surrounded by other mom’s in your same walk of life, as well as a handful of wonderfully experienced Mentor Moms.  Delicious breakfast, socializing with other moms, an encouraging and informative speaker on a wide range of topics from installing car seats properly to connecting and still making time for your husband.   Two hours of mom-time can really leave a girl feeling refreshed and ready to tackle the rest of the week!  I cannot say enough of the friendships I have made through MOPS and the encouragement I received when I so badly needed it (um, remember how Asher used to not sleep?  I attribute being able to make it through that rough year with support of my amazing MOPS mom friends and Mentor Moms who would just HOLD Asher for me, even if he was crying and fussy).  I have been a part of MOPS (both the one in Silverton and now the one in Salem (CSCC – Court Street Christian Church) since Zeek was 1 year old – and only WISH I had heard of it sooner because I would’ve joined when I was pregnant with him! 

MOPS also plans monthly Moms Night Out’s (MNO’s) that have been as quiet and lovely as cookie exchanges and game or movie nights to as crazy and fun as doing a ropes course, or doing a bowling date night.

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Family trip to the Pumpkin Patch.


Moms Night Out to Creative Studios.

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Moms Night Out Christmas cookie exchange – yep that’s me! ;)

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Moms at our meetings.  :)

You can see some of the fun we had in this promo video I put together for our group:


Our MOPS group starts this coming Tuesday, Sept. 16th and goes from 9-11 am.  We meet the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month.  You can visit our website (which I put together this year!  *Pats self on back*) at www.courtstreetmops.com for more information.  If you aren’t local, you can go to www.mops.org and find a group near you.  Check it out!  SO much fun and love my mom friends that I have made through the group.  :)

{House Tour} Master Bedroom

WHAT?  Still on the house tour??  Yeah, I know.  I just realized I never completed it for y’all.

Our master bedroom is the one thing that has been the most constant since we have moved in.  Every other space in our house (aside from the kitchen) has been decorated and redecorated, it seems.  The master?  Well, we both love it and how calming/relaxing it is and I have no desire to change it.  I’m sure some day when we move to a new house, it will have some changes to it (maybe an actual headboard?! gasp.), but for now and here at this house, we’ve loved it just the way it has been since we moved in 3.5 years ago.

Heading down the hallway from our living room, the first door on the right (can’t see in this photo) is the playroom, and the second door on the right is the boys’ room.  The first door on the left is the guest bathroom and the second door on the left is the master bedroom.


You can see that I have a gallery wall in this hallway.  I hardly have any family/baby photos around the house (other than our wedding photos in the old window frame in the living room) so this is where I like to show them off.  :)  (Though they need to be swapped out and updated badly!)

Peeking into the room:


I love love our bed.  It was probably the most expensive purchase in our house but was SO worth it.  Everything rests (ha, see what I did there?) on how well you slept the night before.  If you don’t get good sleep or your back is hurting from your bed, (at least for me and Skyler) the day’s not looking so hot.  I’d buy it again a hundred times.


If you’ve been around long enough, you may remember our faux ceiling medallion and the window frame headboard posts.

The one and only change I have made to this bedroom since we moved in was buying a new coverlet this past spring:


Our old comforter was getting frumpy and … perhaps one of my babies stained it with… *something*.  I’m not sure what.  But it needed to go.  I found this soft white quilted coverlet at Kohl’s for a good price and new it’d be great for spring/summer.   Now that fall is upon us, I’m on the hunt for something a little heavier for winter and will swap between the two with weather changes.  We’ve had it for about 6 months now and it still looks brand new, even though it’s been washed a handful of times.  I love it.  (But am definitely getting colder now that it’s getting colder outside!  Time for a big soft comfy one!)


This mirror/frame was made for my grandma several years ago.  My dad inherited it back when they downsized their house and he passed it on to me when I got married.  And, because it was a nice wood frame, he about had a heart attack when he came over and saw that I had painted it… I tried to slow the pitter patter in his heart by telling him that at least I still had it and was using it in my house – the wood just didn’t work right! ;)  (Painters gonna paint, right?!)


 The flower wreath (as well as the chandelier from over our bed) were up in the archway at our wedding, so I love having them in our bedroom:



The photo frames are two of my favorite photos ever:


Family photo (though, I really need to update it now that I got more recent family photos!) and my favorite photo of my dad and I from my wedding – the one where you can tell I’m his daughter.  (And darn you and your weepy ways, dad!)


That little frame over there is another fun wedding memory – our invites!


My sister in law gave this to us for our first married Christmas and it’s been in our room since.  :)

This dresser is one that Skyler and my dad spent hours refinishing in the few months before we got married.  I love how it turned out.  This area is usually what ends up being the “catch all” of random crap.  The tub under the dresser holds misc socks from the clean laundry pile (you can never find matching pairs!!) and the basket holds random stuff of Asher’s, since he spent up until a couple weeks ago sharing a room with us.  His stuff animals, a blanket or two, etc.  


Our master bathroom (with terrible lighting, sorry):




This little cabinet is one thing in our house that Skyler probably hates the most.  Not because of appearances, but because it is a PAIN in the BUTT to hang up (I mean, at least that’s what I’m told).  And he’s had to hang it about 4 times since we acquired it. :D  But it holds our extra bath towels and the buckets hold q-tips, cotton balls and cotton pads.


There you have it – master bedroom and bathroom!  Playroom and then the boys’ updated bedroom up next.  (You know, probably at least in the next six months.  haha)

You can see the rest of our House Tour here:

Living Room

Kitchen & Dining Rooms

Laundry Room


Toddler Boys’ Room (before redo)

The Last Bit’s of Summer

We’ve spent the last few weeks keeping busy with a lot of little things before August wrapped up and Skyler headed back to school and routine set in again.

Great Oregon Steam Up, park splash pads, play dates with friends, OMSI, Oregon State Fair, bowling, midwife appointment, dates with girl friends that I haven’t seen in a couple years, MOPS meetings, clamming in the rain, tearing apart the boys’ room and redoing it, and getting to spend time with my brother and sister in law who were here visiting from Texas.

I haven’t hardly picked my camera up this month, but I did snap a few photos of our fun:

Great Oregon Steam Up:

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Lunch with some girlfriends:

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Popsicles on the Porch:

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Dinner & Dessert Date with a Long Time BFF, Amy:

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Canning Peaches, Plum Jam and Pickles:

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Clamming and my first adventure making homemade clam chowder:

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Eating lunch at our favorite “baby burrito” joint:

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And getting nasty burns on my arm from splashing boiling clam chowder on it:



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Family & Cousin Time:

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Yes, fun has been had this summer.  But I’m ready for the cooler days, Skyler to be plugging away at school (and finishing his BSN this May!  Whoop!), and the routine of MOPS and Bible studies again. 

Happy start of school to all you mama’s out there enjoying a bit of quiet time today.  :)

5 Years


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5 years, homeslice.

Marriage.  2 insanely cute little men.  A 3rd monkey on the way.  A lovely home.  2 years of pre-req’s, 2 years of nursing school and finally a graduation.  More school now.  But a good and wonderful job meanwhile.  A paintball business.  Countless dates, adventures and trips.  A wonderful and joyful family we’ve created.

The last 5 years have not always been easy.  You know that.  But those times where I wanted to throw up my hands and just crawl away, you (lovingly) reminded me, “Hey dummy.  We’re married.  Sorry, but you’re stuck with me.”  Thanks for never unsticking from me either.

Love you.