Wednesday, September 26, 2018

small home updates.

This past month, we've updated a few things around the house.  If I could find a before picture I'd show you, but we bought this gather sign in place of this giant canvas painting I did when we first moved in.  The photos on the sides have been updated with recent photos of all of us.
Our bedroom walls have been bare since we moved in seven years ago.  This large canvas painting was what was in the middle of the family room wall.  We moved it into our bedroom which I love.  It's one of my favorite poems, "I Carry Your Heart With Me (I carry it in)" by E.E. Cummings.  The kids still don't understand why the sentences run off the canvas, but that's how it's supposed to be.
On the other side of our bedroom, we hung these up.  "K&M" stand for Kevin and Mandy in case you didn't know that haha  For our wedding, everything was K&M.  I love the way these look in our room, it feels so homey now with things hanging up on our walls.
This is our bathroom, I finally sewed curtains for the top shelves which now hide all of our toiletries.

Just some small minor updates that make things look a little different.  It's nice to freshen things up every once in awhile. Change out pictures, that sort of thing.

Monday, September 24, 2018

summer 2018 / i want to remember.

This past Saturday, officially marked the start of fall.

Summer is my absolute favorite season, but I am ready for a change.  Always look forward to cuddling up in the covers with my hubby.  Always look forward to wearing hoodies, yoga pants, and Uggs!  Blankets, decorating the house for fall, and spiced flavored candles.

As we wait for Fall to arrive, I want to take a look back at summer twenty eighteen.  We love our summers, spent by the pool and at the lake.  And sometimes, the beach.
And so, from summer 2018...

I want to remember how excited Hadley gets to see the horses at the lake.

I want to remember Maisie being so sweet with her in the lake water, trying to get her to go in.

I want to remember that aqua blue Essie nail polish was all I wanted to wear.

I want to remember having 5 pair of sunglasses.

I want to remember celebrating Natalie's 11th birthday at the lake, and making popsicle cupcakes.
I want to remember Becca taking Hadley down the huge slip 'n slide! 

I want to remember Hadley's first day of preschool 1 aka the big kid class.

I want to remember getting pictures from Kevin as he tries on his Class A uniform!

I want to remember tearing up seeing all the pictures the recruit class posts.

I want to remember going to the marina for dinner at sunset and listening to the band play.
I want to remember taking Hadley to school early and her looking so big in the front seat.

I want to remember whenever little miss asks me to take a photo of her in her pretty dress, the answer will always be yes.

I want to remember Hadley getting bit on the finger at school, and being a trooper about it.

I want to remember going to the zoo a lot.
I want to remember eating dinner on the back deck.

I want to remember Hadley started taking showers all by herself.

I want to remember Brady always playing with Hadley and asking if she wants to go in his room or in the basement with him.

I want to remember Natalie giving Hadley her old toys as she finds them in her room, realizing she's too grown up to play with them anymore.

I want to remember Hadley still wants everything her big brother and sister has, all the time.

I want to remember going to lots of festivals.

I want to remember my Uncle Hank and family visiting for a day.

I want to remember the special bond Kaiden and Hadley have formed.

I want to remember doing the card deck workout.

I want to remember our pool not being swimmable for the first part of summer.

I want to remember all three kids loving the slip 'n slide.

I want to remember Natalie and Hadley on the couch listening to their electronics together.

I want to remember going to a new pool with water slides and fun toys for all the kids.
I want to remember celebrating Father's Day at my parents house.

I want to remember Hadley being able to touch in the shallow end.

I want to remember every time we went to Home Depot, she has to get on every tractor.
I want to remember planting all the flowers in our yard.

I want to remember absolutely loving watching the flowers grow.

I want to remember every time we came home, seeing how nice our yard looks was such a great feeling.

I want to remember Hadley's obsession with blue snow cones.

I want to remember sitting on the front porch swing at night, and having some nice talks with Kev.
I want to remember giving our kitchen a little upgrade.

I want to remember how hard Kevin worked on our kitchen.

I want to remember how great the kitchen looks.

I want to remember Becca coming over for a random dinner.

I want to remember sometimes it's nice to hang out with family just because, for no reason.

I want to remember how grown up Hadley looks from age 2 to age 3.

I want to remember Hadley helping me water the flowers almost everyday after work.

I want to remember her playing in her little red coupe car.  Just like my brother and I did.

I want to remember getting a picture of Kevin, and how he looks so much like his Dad.
I want to remember how hard Kevin worked on our pool, while going through recruit training.

I want to remember how Hadley loved to help pour in the shock.

I want to remember getting my hair done by myself, and having a glass of wine.

I want to remember how very random, Hadley would ask to do the dishes.

I want to remember going to the lake marina at night.
I want to remember signing up Hadley for soccer at school, and how much she learned.

I want to remember wearing matching shirts for the 4th of July.

I want to remember making all the kiddos a little gift basket for the 4th.
I want to remember getting the chills each time I see Kevin in his fire gear.

I want to remember going on hot pontoon boat rides.

I want to remember spending so much time with Becca.

I want to remember spirit week at Hadley's school.

I want to remember dollar tree toys can make bath time super fun.
I want to remember going to Jimmy Buffet with my Mom and Aunt.

I want to remember the ride home with Eddie.

I want to remember making a bucket list each summer.

I want to remember all the fun things Hadley gets to do during the summer at school.

I want to remember going to see Miranda Lambert in concert.

I want to remember calling 1-800-GOT-JUNK and how pricey they were, but all our junk is gondy.

I want to remember going swimming after work, on weeknights.

I want to remember staying up late outside by the pool, talking with my husband.
I want to remember playing play-doh on the front porch.

I want to remember going to dinner with Falgner and Harper, and the kiddos cleaning the booth walls.

I want to remember planting seven hydrangea bushes all by myself.  Actually, Hadley helped dig some holes with me.

I want to remember George loves the lake.

I want to remember how George roams all over and always comes back.

I want to remember running by the river after work some nights.

I want to remember how full and beautiful our flowers look.

I want to remember playing McDonald's drive-thru right before bed time.
I want to remember Kevin laying in Hadley's bed to wake her up.

I want to remember Hadley going tubing with all the big kids.

I want to remember Cupcake the white horse.

I want to remember Uncle Kevin and Aunt Mandy taking all the kids on boat rides.
I want to remember the first dental visit for Hadley at age 3.  No cavities.

I want to remember how fun the dentist was for her, balloon animals, tokens, and goodie bags.

I want to remember Hadley being sick for 3 days, and slept for almost 2 of them straight.

I want to remember her first swim lesson, and how excited she was.

I want to remember volunteering to make a bulletin board at Hadley's school.

I want to remember volunteering to plant flowers at her school too.
I want to remember how little we saw Brady and Natalie this summer.

I want to remember when we did see them, how excited Hadley was.

I want to remember having my husbands family over for a pool party.

I want to remember how fun it was.

I want to remember how much fun Hadley had at Kaiden's 6th birthday party.

I want to remember visiting my friend Kristin in Lake Cumberland.
I want to remember driving around to every firehouse in the city taking pictures.

I want to remember Hadley trying to climb the tree in the side yard, just like Brady and Natalie do.

I want to remember Daddy being a better nail polisher than Mommy.

I want to remember my cousin Becca getting engaged to Will!

I want to remember Hadley always going outside with me while I grill.

I want to remember the gorgeous face painting they did at St. John's.

I want to remember going to the St. William festival.

I want to remember how much Hadley loves talking to our neighbor Dennis.

I want to remember loving the gorillas at the zoo.
I want to remember swimming in our pool while Hadley napped.

I want to remember going to Home Depot, and buying these gigantic poles and trying to fit them in my car.

I want to remember finally sewing little curtains for the shelf in our bathroom.

I want to remember the day Hadley finally got to see her big brother and sister after 20+ days.

I want to remember almost making a real pie.

I want to remember making blue milkshakes at home.
I want to remember how every grand kid loves lady rides.

I want to remember sitting in the front of the boat with Hadley.

I want to remember getting Hadley a play gas pump just like my brother and I had when we were little.

I want to remember going to the Harvest Home Fair parade.

I want to remember Hadley giving all the kids walking by a high five.

I want to remember how happy Kevin is going through recruit training.

I want to remember going to the wine fest in the pouring down rain, and still having fun.

I want to remember Natalie and Hadley laying in Mommy & Daddy's bed on a lazy Sunday.

I want to remember Brady playing xBox in the basement, with his beanbag on top of the chair, and having Hadley join him.  The sweetest thing.

I want to remember finally using a chore chart for all three kids.

I want to remember Hadley's second round of swim lessons, having a hard time the first night.

I want to remember how awesome the bar was Kev made for my grad party.

I want to remember how much fun the grad party was!

I want to remember getting hurt on the ladder, and how bad the scrape was!

But most of all, I want to remember this summer as truly a memorable one.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

20 secrets.

I think theirs a candid camera in every elevator I'm in.

I always smile in elevators for this reason.

I keep two planners, one at work, and one for home.

I think sometimes if I could just have it all in one?

Will always love having a paper planner.

Making lists and crossing things off is awesome.

I love Excel spreadsheets an inappropriate amount.

I love my hand writing.

Wish it could be made into a font.

I don't think I'll ever stop blogging.

I don't like to start a movie in the middle, even if I've seen it a 100x.

Kevin thinks that's ludicrous.

I haven't been to Target in months.

I spend lots of time busy than not busy.

I would really like to change that.

(Image via : Google)

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

links on Tuesday.

Happy Tuesday!
Some fun links to check out for the start of the week.
(By clicking on the bolded text, it will bring you directly to the link!)
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+ diy : wood family sign
+ in the kitchen : smoky chicken panini
+ prints : ocean waves
+ book to read : Whiskey in a Teacup
+ kitchen gadget : chopper
+ active wear : Nike Americana Tank
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(Image:  Williamstown Lake this summer)

Monday, September 17, 2018

grad party details.

This past weekend, my parents threw me a college graduation party...finally!  I graduated in December of 2017, you can read more about that here.  We celebrated at our house, fiesta pool style.  It was so much fun!  Here are all the details...
Inside were the desserts/sweets table.  It was a hot day (thank god no rain), so everything that could melt was inside.
My Mom made this cupcake stand! It's just cardboard boxes wrapped in white paper, and then she hot glued the stands to the boxes.  She did the icing all different bright colors.
Cactus pretzel rods!
Tootsie rolls in a sombrero.
And my most favorite, cookies made by Fill Me Up Buttercup!  She is amazing, you just tell her what themed cookies you want and she is awesome.
Outside took a lot of work, but totally worth it.
The favors were awesome, they were koozies and tattoos!
Signage was all my department, and my Mom did all the rest of the decor.
Right outside our back deck, we have these stairs that lead to our laundry room in the basement.  We have a single toilet down there but until this party we never thought to have this door open!  We've always had our grill in this space blocking the steps.  So my lovely Mama scrubbed the toilet so good it looked brand new, for a basement toilet that is.  This worked out so well for people to use, instead of having to go in the side door and go through the house all wet.
My Mom made these paper flowers herself! She did a great job, they held up pretty much for the party but towards the end the tape couldn't take the heat!
Aside from the favors, this was my favorite part of the entire party.  My awesome husband made a bar for the party! It was very simple, the part that took the longest was the painting.  It's basically 9 crates nailed together, two boards on the sides, and two skinny boards on the top.  We can use this for many future parties!
Everyone had so much fun!
And what's a pool party at the Merz Oasis without someone getting hurt.  Yep, that would be me this time! The ladder steps in the deep end broke as I was getting in! The side of my thigh is all scraped up, it is not pretty and hurts like hell.  
Despite the injury, it was a great party celebrating a huge accomplishment in my life.  So glad we finally got to celebrate, fiesta pool style!  Thanks to my husband for all the work you did, thanks to my Mom who did so much! Everything turned out fabulous! And thanks to everyone who came, we had a blast!