Friday, January 9, 2015

Bathrooms and Bibles and Other Stuff...

This is a post of total randomness. 

Our nephew painted our guest bathroom. 

I really loved a pumpkin orange bathroom...about 10 years ago.

But it's 2015 and time to lighten up!

Erin helped me with the color. 

It's Sherwin Williams Sea Salt at 50%. 

I love it. 

I want to paint my bedroom and bathroom now. 

It's a great neutral but still gives some color. 

This serves as a guest bathroom, but it's mainly used by our little girls, so I wanted to decorate it for them. 

I added a few things for Christmas. 

I love putting scripture on our walls.

You can find all sorts of free prints on Pinterest!

A few of the prints are from a Hobby Lobby sale.

I found the mirror last year at an antique store.

I shopped my garage when it was time to decorate!

Alex brought home flowers for his girls this week.

Tulips, one of my favorites.

I put the girls' flowers in their bathroom.

And mine are in the living room.

Sydney slept without her paci for night #2. 

We celebrated this morning with her favorite donut holes from Shipley's!

And can I just say, "goodbye Starbucks."

I haven't had Starbucks since before Christmas.

I make my own lattes every single morning now.

And they are SO MUCH better than Starbucks. :)

So if you want to stop by and visit, I'll be your barista!

I get my hair cut about twice a year.

You can do that when you have long hair. :)

Yesterday was my first haircut of the year and I had it chopped off.

Feels good!

I bought the Raymond Briggs Snowman movies for the girls.

I was curious if they would actually watch them...since there are no words.

They've watched them a lot.

And they're glued!

This is Amelia's little Bible bank.

Open Doors Frontline Faith did a little article about it last month.

I think about who first introduced her to stories about the Persecuted Church.

I'm thankful for my Uncle Kevin.

We pray every single day for our brothers and sisters in Christ who share our faith but not our freedom.

And it's all because he became a spokesperson for Open Doors. He puts real faces to the real stories.

It's impossible to hear these stories and not pray...or give...or find some way to help.

I'm also thankful for CBS. Amelia's teachers helped her make that little bank. And she has since filled it up twice. She views it as something she's supposed to continue doing. It's empty, so fill it up again and buy more Bibles!

I'm just thankful she's surrounded with people who love Jesus and they're constantly sharing ways to share Jesus. Sharing ways to take the focus off ourselves and focus on others. 

We're surrounded by so many who help teach our children about the love of Jesus. 

It's an awesome thing.

Love to all,

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Bye, Bye, Paci...

March 7, 2012. 

That was the day we first met. 

You took up half my face, but that didn't bother me. 

You were my first friend. 

We would hang out on the couch and watch TV.

We would take cat naps together. 

I always kept you close.

You made me feel better on those days when I felt puny.

You were a constant comfort.

I loved you with all my heart.

I could always count on you to make me feel better.

My sister loved you too. You always made me want to snuggle with her.

 You were something me and my friends all had in common.

You were there for all my mischievous moments.

On the days where I felt no one else understood were there.

You made early mornings happy.

You made road trips quiet.

You made carseats bearable.

You've been there for every vacation.

You've celebrated every holiday.

You could calm me when nothing else could.

You made my Mama feel like she still had a baby.

On January 7, 2015, we said goodbye.

I slept all night long.

And though it wasn't the same, I did it.

I sang the "Happy Birthday" song for an hour.

I eventually drifted off to sleep.

This morning, we celebrated with ice cream for breakfast.

And I get to celebrate my third birthday at Build-A-Bear.

I'm so excited about that!

Don't worry, you'll be there for that too.

I'll put you inside my stuffed animal, so you'll always be with me.

My Daddy and Mama are so proud of me.

They said this was a big deal for their little girl.

I'm glad they let me choose when to say goodbye.

It made it a lot easier.

Thanks for the memories, paci.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Bunny Went To Target...

So for many months, we've had this thing going with Sydney. 

Her Bunny disappeared one time. 

The Bunny that she sleeps with every single night. 

In an effort to get her to go to sleep with a different bunny that night, someone told her, "Bunny probably went to Target and would be back in the morning."

I think it was her Granny that told her that.

And it worked.

Ever since then, when she can't find it, she says, "Bunny must of went to Target."

We also sneak Bunny to Target with us, sit him on a shelf, and then purposefully go down that aisle. She sees him and gets so excited. She thinks it's hilarious that her Bunny goes shopping at Target. 

Every so often, we arrive home, and we'll put Bunny on the doorstep with a Target bag or something she likes from Target and then ring the doorbell. We tell her to answer the door and she finds Bunny sitting there with a surprise for her. 

Last night, Bunny went to Target and brought her back some "tree nuts."

Her favorite.

She told Bunny, "thank you, but you can't have any because you're allergic to tree nuts."

One day, she'll catch on that we're the ones taking Bunny to Target, but until then, it makes us all laugh.

Our temperatures outside just keep dropping. 

I've decided I'm not keen on the cold.

I've kept a fire going all day. 

Alex taught me how to build a fire and it makes me feel so Little House on the Prairie. 

Like I have survival skills or something.

Never mind that I used gas to start it. 

I said, never mind. 

I received a robe for Christmas - it was my something to wear

It's really cute and has my initials on it.

Amelia has been obsessed with it. She asked me, "what is this for?" 

I explained that I wear it while getting ready in the morning. 

I guess she had never seen a robe. 

We hooked her up with one.

Pretty sure she'll be living in this thing. 

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of meeting with my nephew's future bride and future mother-in-law.

We went over plans for their wedding.

I needed something that I could make quickly before they arrived and chocolate chip cookies are always my go-to.

They're quick and yummy!

The girls were excited we were having company.

They love company and they love cookies!

This is something that I'm very excited about. 

My SIL invited all the ladies in our family to participate in the LPL Siesta Scripture Memory Team Challenge. 

This is my first time to participate.

I invited several friends to join us, as well.

I feel like my memory isn't what it used to be, but I'm determined to do this. 

Hiding God's Word in your heart is life changing. 

I know...those are big words...LIFE CHANGING. 

His Word is Truth and it's with His Word that we fight our battles against our enemy, Satan. 

Everyone is in a battle. 

"For our battle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the world powers of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavens." Ephesians 6:12

I'm choosing verses that actually pertain to what I'm fighting through right now.

And my girls have started their own SSSMT. 

Small Siesta Scripture Memory Team. 

All it takes is Mama walking around the house, quoting scripture out loud, and they have it memorized after hearing it twice. 

They obviously have a better memory than their Mama. 

I know it's only January, but I'm already loving this year. 

Love to all,