Friday, January 24, 2014

2014: Better Late Then Never

Okay so I know that it is a bit late for New Year's resolutions but since Christmas I have been doing a lot of deep thinking.  Generally, I don't do "resolutions".  They just aren't for me.  I have a tendency to totally forget about them by the end of January or I just get plain lazy.  This year I am making an exception.  Things have been EXTREMELY chaotic in the Revell Household.  In 2013 my Etsy shop BLEW UP.  An unexpected event, of course, since I opened shop in August of 2012.  While I LOVE having the extra cash, it has brought on its own kind of chaos in the form of an actual business.  haha.  This year we also took a ton of small trips, at least one a month, and that can really put a strain on the everyday chores along with 2 working parents!  I won't bore you with the rest of the chaos we deal with but I will tell you what this blabbering has to do with resolutions.  Goals is what I am choosing to call it.  For some reason I think it will be easier to stick with "goals for 2014" as opposed to "resolutions".  That's how my brain works, just go with it.

1.  Back to Basics

About 2 years ago Ben and I took a class at church on a "Simple Life".  That class was one of the most important things we have ever done.  Our teacher was one of the reasons Ben decided to let Jesus into his heart!  He made us want to live a simpler life based on Jesus and not what the world wants from us.  Over the past 8 months or so we have really started to loose the "simple life" mentality.  Hopefully we can get back to basics and really begin to enjoy each other again.  Family is one of the most important things in this life and just having them in the same room with you should put a smile on your face!  

2. Really Learn the Word

Keeping up with studying God's word can be a bit hard at times.  Part of the simple life class was MAKING time to spend with God.  Sometimes that can be a challenge.  For the most part I am doing okay with this but this year I really want to get back to the learning part.  I have been a christian for most of my adult life but I feel like there is still so much to learn about the bible.  Hopefully I can learn a lot this year!

3. Blog More

Even though I have only posted a few times to this lovely blog, I find that it is actually pretty fun pretending to have someone to talk to!  Other than family stuff, I hope to be able to share some of the projects we have been working on around the house.  These are some of the "before" pics of things I have already completed.  I hope to share the afters soon!

4. Spend Less, Save More

Perhaps the toughest goal I have set is this one.  Saving money has always been tough for us.  We don't have a debt, except for our car, but we have never really made a ton of money.  Just enough to get by.  Thankfully we have been blessed with the success of my business so we have set a goal of being able to buy a house in the next 2-3 years.  We have talked about getting rid of the excess and going back to the way we lived when we first moved to Jacksonville.  We were BROKE but we were happy.  No cable meant more movie nights with the kids cuddled up on the couch.  No money meant more creative ways of making the house pretty.  No food meant figuring out new recipes with what we had.  Okay so maybe that one is not the best example (I am not good at making up recipes)!  Our pastor at church said something the other day in a message that really got me thinking.  "If you can't eat it, you don't need it!"  Hopefully we can get as close to that mentality as possible!!  

So in conclusion, 2014 should be a simple, less is more, DIYing, Jesus loving year!!

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Happy Sweet 16 Taylor!

Taylor turned 16 on Sunday and we had a family get together for her on Saturday.  The grandparents visited from Tallahassee and my cousins and grandma came as well.  It was a really fun little party.  Taylor is not like most teenagers.  She didn't ask for a car or even to get her license.  Tay is in no hurry to drive, I can't say I blame her but we are slowly trying to encourage her to at least practice for the future.  Anyway, she asked for her bedroom to be redone for her birthday.  Okay so maybe she is a little like me ;)  I will share some of the final pics of her room in another post.  Today I want to share the party stuff!

Since this was just a small family celebration we didn't go all out.  No DJ, no band, no insanely expensive party.  Just an intimate get together to show Tay how much we love her.

Here are some of the decorations we used around the house for the party.  She wanted owls and red and turquoise.

Our entertainment center.  I hope to post some pics of what it used to look like very soon. :)

As you all know, Taylor is a budding photographer.  Her dream is to one day do photography professionally so we decided to get some family members to chip in to help us buy her a real professional camera!  She was so excited!  We even had an impromptu photo shoot in the front yard!  It was a blast.

Taylor and her new camera!  Sorry for the grainy pic, it was taken with my phone!

Taylor being a supermodel.  LOL.

Ben and I.  Isn't she a great photographer!?!

Taylor and Cameron

My mom and my sister.  This is true genuine laughter. I am in the background being goofy and they just couldn't help but laugh along!  This is one of my favorite pics!