Monday, August 18, 2014

family time

This past weekend we took a quick trip to my parents' house. It was a great time with family! 

Saturday morning I went with my mom and sisters to a women's conference at their church. 

That afternoon we had some time to hang out at the house and swim. 

Love these people!! We had a blast and we were sad we only got to stay about 36 hours, but short visits are better than none!

This was Scout only a few minutes into our ride home. He stayed this way the entire drive home! He's usually in my lap, so I knew he was exhausted from playing hard. 

Thursday, February 14, 2013

sweetheart blog swap reveal

I was excited to participate in a Valentine's Day swap again this year! I got partnered with sweet Emily who actually doesn't live very far from me!

Cute packaging!

Aren't these precious little bowls?? Love!

And she sent some of my favorite candies! Once box of butterfinger bites has already "disappeared." :) I'm trying to save them for when I reeeally need them!

Love both sets bowls! Emily did well!

Thank you for all the goodies, Emily!!

And if you want to check out what I sent her, head over to her blog! Here's a sneak peak. (In love with how the cards I made turned out!)

Happy Valentine's Day!!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

life updates

Day Shift
I am working day shift at the hospital now. 7am-7pm. I've been on this more regular schedule since May. I enjoy having a more normal schedule, but day shift is definitely busier! I didn't realize how much extra time I sometimes had on nightshift that I used for doing various things...paying bills, blogging, answering House of Shep emails, etc. When that time was gone, I really missed it!

House of Shep
Wow, where do I even start?! The shop became much much busier around August last year.  I did about 400+ total orders in 2012. 300+ of those orders were between August and December! It has been such a blessing making pretty things for people! I love to think how a hobby turned in to a side job. The extra income helps, but it's not taking the place of any other "real" jobs right now.

Chris and I are still hosting our young married small group two nights a month. We are also co-leading/hosting the college group every Thursday. We love having people in our home and using what God has blessed us with to bless others. There's not much better than having 26 college students in our small living room all worshiping together. Such a great thing. Chris is also working part time at the church doing some AV stuff, editing, etc and I'm starting back in helping with the children's ministry a few Sundays a month.

Small Business Owners
We bought a small business over the summer last year and what a ride it has been! The opportunity came for us to purchase the newspaper that Chris had worked for off and on over the past 4 years. We have learned a LOT and still have even more to learn about being business owners. Chris is his own boss, which has its benefits, but writing your own checks (or not..) is not one of them! Ha. I was even named "Business Manager." Still figuring out what that means!

Happy to report things are the same in Scout's world. No ear infections in about a year. He is such a goof ball. His latest thing is (when we aren't looking) pulling the towel down off of the towel bar and rolling around on it! I get annoyed when I find the towel on the ground, but I can't help but laugh because he looks so goofy doing it!

I love reading back over our adventures that have been written on this blog. I'm sad to look back over the last year and have almost nothing recorded for the majority of the year. I am unapologetic about blogging infrequently, because ultimately this blog is for us. BUT, I want to make a goal to blog more, so that I can look back later and read about our lives now.

both of us watching Passion live via Chris' iPad last week

we were visiting my family the first week in January and Chris was loving on Brooklynn

one of my favorites we made for a Christmas order!


Monday, December 24, 2012

Saturday, December 22, 2012

whale of a time

We Chris put our tree up in late November this year. When he put it up, this is what it looked like...

The top part of the lights were burned out. :( It didn't survive a Texas summer in the attic. I'm actually kind of impressed the other lights still work after several ridiculous hot summers in the attic.

Anyways...we decided we should do something about this sad tree. We Chris strung a single strand of lights in the top part of the tree and it was good as new! It looks perfect in person, but the new lights photograph differently. Very strange.
We went a little sparse on the ornaments this year. I had almost decided not to dress the tree at all because it was almost two weeks into December and I still hadn't put anything on it. Buuut, we are hosting Christmas this year and our nephews will be here and I know that's special for them, so I did! 

I participated in Megan and Julie's ornament swap again this year!
I was excited to get paired with Anna, a fellow nurse who lives in Idaho.

I loved the packaging she sent the ornament in!

And inside was this gem...

How cute is he?!

He's hanging front and center of our Christmas tree! 
Thank you Anna!!
You can see the ornament I made her here.
I love Christmas time! :)

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

master bathroom reveal

I'm dusting off the blog this morning and posting some pictures of our master bathroom. We worked so hard to create our dream/budget-friendly/best-for-this-space bathroom. I posted a few months ago about our vision for the bathroom. 
This was the photo we kept going back to.

The finished product has everything I love about that bathroom picture. 

Here we go...

(We still obviously need some new hand towels)

also needing something for this wall...

I love this little gem we found at Ikea! We were undecided on cabinet storage but knew we needed SOME kind of drawers. This is actually a 4 drawer unit, but the 4th drawer wouldn't fit. So we left out the 4th drawer and dropped in the unit before we laid the granite countertops. This thing is here for good!

In case you're wondering...there's no door. We've had questions about it being cold while taking a shower, but it really isn't. I stay under the water for my shower anyways. SOMETIMES there is a draft but it's totally worth it to have this shower.

Others have asked about water coming out of the shower. Yes, it does splash out some. The threshold catches most of it and we have a rug down that absorbs the rest. 

Overall we love love love it. I'm proud to say Chris did a LOT of the work and we had great help from several people. So happy with it! :)

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