Monday, March 28, 2016

She's 18!

Time has really amazing redhead is 18!  It happened a month ago but I am still having a hard time believing it.  We wanted to do something really special for her big day so we asked her what she wanted to do and all she really wanted was to have a tea party!  After lots of discussing and planning she decided to do a coffee and tea party.  It was so much fun planning this with her.  She is such a lover of all things tea and coffee.  As her gift from us I went out and purchased all new dishes for this party so that when she eventually is ready to be on her own, she will have a good base of lovely dishes to entertain her guests with.  :)  I'm pretty sure the party was a big hit, she talked about for days after!!

The record player was a gift from my sister.  Taylor was so excited to get it and she changed out records the whole party!

Ben built this tea holder for her birthday.  Nothing like a gift from daddy on your birthday. :)  Hopefully she will love it always.

We covered the breakfast table in kraft paper and chalkboard paper for everyone to draw and write notes for Taylor on. 

They're such cute kids right!?!

I'm so amazed at how quickly they grow up it seems like just yesterday I was putting Taylor's hair in pigtails and watching her play with Polly Pockets.  I just hope the next 18 years go by a little slower.  LOL!

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Awesome New Updates

Y'all I am SUPER excited about some of the things we have accomplished around here!  We've moved rooms, painted furniture and celebrated birthdays!

The first major change was to swap the living room and dining room.  As much as I fought this change, I am so pleased with how it has changed the way we live.  When we toured the house to rent it the previous tenants had their "family room" set up near the kitchen and it felt tight but their furniture was SO much larger than mine I thought nothing of it and being the follower that I am ;) I did my furniture the same way when we moved in.  Big mistake, it was so cramped when all 5 of us were sitting together.  We are big movie and popcorn people so we needed our space to lounge on a regular basis.  About 6 months in I was pulling my hair out and tired of all of the whining about "his feet are touching me" or "why does daddy get a couch all to himself".  So after moving every piece of furniture in every configuration I could think of I decided, after brainstorming with my mom and sister, to just ditch the whole "family room" idea.  What a difference!!  My biggest reservation was that I wouldn't be in the same room as everyone else while cooking.  Surprise, surprise it doesn't matter what room I'm in...they follow. Haha!

Take a look at the before

And this is what it looked like a few months ago when we made the switch...

Even more has changed since this picture but that will have to wait for another day. :)  The lonely Eames Chair is just the start of some awesome changes!