Wednesday, May 06, 2015

pool time

Last Friday, Ashley and I took the kids to the pool for the first time this year. 
It's so nice going before school gets out because we have the whole pool to ourselves.  
 The only problem going in May, is that the water is usually a little cold.  It's really not that bad in the little kiddie beach pool, it just take a little getting used too.  Nash was totally happy walking around in the pool but he if tripped, he got his whole body wet and he was not too happy with the cold water!!
 Pearson was excited to be back in the water!!
Nash loved splashing around in the water.  Sadly the fountains that are normally on weren't on.  I think he would have really loved them.  
Lolly gave the boys their cute little matching swimsuits for Easter.  
 I'm glad we squeezed in a pool trip before we move to Tyler because with the rain forecast and our busy schedule getting ready to move, this might have been our first and last pool trip at our favorite neighborhood pool.  
Sadly, our new neighborhood in Tyler doesn't have a pool, so we'll have to find a new place to swim this summer.  Both of the boys had such a good time, so we will definitely need a place to play in the water this summer!!

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Home Tour Tuesday {the kitchen}

Welcome to our kitchen!
When we first bought our house in 2008, one of things that really sold me was the kitchen.  I loved the red walls.  I just saw so much potential in the kitchen.  When we first bought it, it didn't have any hardware on the cabinets, all white appliance and white formica countertops.
We put the hardware on the cabinets immediately after we moved in, then I used all my summer school money from my first summer of teaching to put in granite countertops.  The next summer we put in stainless steel appliances.  
The door on the right goes out to our covered patio.  I love how our kitchen overlooks our living room so I can always feel like I'm with the boys while their playing and I'm cooking or cleaning up dinner.
Another thing I love about our kitchen is the large dining area.  We don't have a formal dining room so it's nice that we have a big eating area.  The door on the right goes to our walk-through laundry room to the garage.  
 I used to have a little desk in this corner, but I found this hall tree off a garage sale site for $90 and then painted it with Annie Sloan paint.  I just love how it adds a little pop of color to my kitchen.  I also painted Pearson little chair (also a garage sale site find for only $3) to match.  
 I thought about taking all of Pearson's artwork off the fridge for these pictures, but I decided to leave them up because his art is just part of our kitchen.  There's always something up there!! The door on the left goes into my amazing pantry! And the arch on the right goes into the hallway to the front door and the boys room.
This picture doesn't really even do my pantry justice.  It's so nice and big.  I'm really going to miss it.  The one in our new house isn't quite this big, but I do have more cabinets so works out!
Matt gave me the pot rack for Christmas.  It was so nice to be able to take all of my pots and pans out of the cabinets and clear space for other things.  When we put the granite countertops in, we also added the overhang on the island so we could have a place to sit in the kitchen.  
Join me next week for a tour of our Living Room. 

Monday, May 04, 2015

meal planning monday

Monday: Leftovers

Tuesday: Out w/ My Parents

Wednesday: Out w/ Our Small Group

Thursday: Dinner Delivered by Friends

Friday: Sausage Gravy & Biscuits with Muffin Tin Eggs

Saturday Breakfast: Homemade Donuts

Saturday Lunch: Chicken Salad

Saturday Dinner: Out after P's Party


Sunday Dinner: KITCHEN CLOSED 

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Home Tour Tuesday {nash's room}

Like I mentioned last week, my boy's rooms are my absolute favorite rooms in my house.  It only made sense to show you Nash's room this week in my Home Tour.  Nothing really has changed, except lowering his crib,  since I first blogged about Nash's room when he was first born so these are actually old pictures.  But here's another look at Nash's room!

My favorite part about Nash's room is the bunting hung across the wall when you first walk in.  Matt says it's always like a party in here because of the bunting!  
 This chair was seriously the best piece of furniture we have ever bought.  It was so expensive, but it's been so worth it.  I still love sitting in it and rocking my sweet baby boy (when he will let me). 
Just like Pearson's room, we won't be changing any decor in Nash's room in our new house. I'm still in love with his room and definitely not ready to change it up. 
The only thing I might change is the color of Nash's walls.  You can't really tell in these pictures, but this grey is a little blue and I would like for it to be more grey. Grey is just a hard color to choose.  Any advice on the perfect grey color??
To see more pictures of Nash's room and all the details of where everything came from you can go here to his original room tour!
Check back next Tuesday for a tour of our kitchen!!

Monday, April 27, 2015

meal planning monday

Mon 4/27: Pasta & Meatsauce, Green Beans, & Garlic Knots

Tues 4/28: Poppyseed Chicken, Green Beans & French Bread

Wed 4/29: Grilled Chicken Ceasar Salad

Thurs 4/30: Stromboli

Fri 5/1: Last Parent's Night Out in Dallas

Sat 5/2: Hobo Pancakes & Bacon

Sat 5/2: ABF Park Playdate

Sat 5/2: Chicken Pot Pie

Sun 5/3: Grilled Cheese & Tomato Soup

Sun 5/3: Out after P's Choir Concert

Friday, April 24, 2015

easter 2015

Easter Sunday started all dressed up and looking nice for church in our Sunday best.  
I'm such a sucker for matching clothes.  I just love it when they are dressed alike.  
We watched a really neat video about the Passover during our ABF and then instead of going to worship, Matt and I volunteered in the nursery.  While I would have rather been in the sanctuary singing praises to our Risen King, it felt good knowing that we were allowing lots of other parents the opportunity to worship.  Lunch at my parent's house was next on our agenda. 
We had such a delicious lunch, pork tenderloin, sweet potatoes, broccoli salad, deviled eggs and more.

My Mom made the cutest cake for the kids.  The recipe just called for a box mix cake but she made her famous chocolate sheet cake. It was sooooooo good!!
In year's past we have had so many Easter egg hunts leading up to Easter, but this year Easter was actually our first and only hunt. 
These sweet cousins were so ready to find their eggs.  Lolly had them all color coded so they all got the same amount.  
Nash didn't have any eggs to find but was thrilled to just play with some of the extra eggs. 
It had been raining so we made due with our little indoor egg hunt.  The kiddos didn't seem to mind at all.  
Lolly also had a fun little activity planned for the big kids.  They had to punch the cups and pull out a clue to find out where a little Easter goodie was hidden.  
Pearson and Carson had so much fun searching for their little goodies.  Olivia was more interested in eating her candy from her eggs!!
Before we left my parent's house we snapped a few pictures on their front porch.  
I try not to give Nash his paci outside of his crib, but poor baby was so tired.  It was way past his nap time.  
After a long morning at church and then a full afternoon at my parents house, both boys crashed for a nice afternoon nap. We gave the boys their Easter baskets from us after naps and they were thrilled with all their little goodies from us.  It was all stuff I had picked up on clearance or for cheap here and there, but they loved it!!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

daddy's biggest fans

Matt has been playing in a men's softball league for four or so years.  Most the time his games are past the boys bedtime so I stay home and enjoy having the TV to myself.  I usually end up watching one of my guilty pleasures…..The Bachelor/The Bachelorette or Dancing with the Stars.  But,  on the rare occasion that he has a 6:30 game, I always try to go since it's the only game that doesn't keep the boys up way past their bedtime.

This past Monday night we packed a little picnic, and headed to to ballpark to watch Matt play ball.  It was nice having a little picnic to eat while Daddy warmed up.  
 Pearson was so excited to watch Daddy play softball.  I know he felt so cool sitting with Matt by the dugout.  
 If Matt would have let him, he would have ran out on the field with him.  He wanted to be right with him the whole game!!
It was so precious to hear him cheer "Go Daddy Go" and "Get a Home Run".
 Nash didn't care much about the game because he had food in front of him!
 I learned my lesson with Pearson that you don't take a baby out of the stroller at a ballpark until you are ready to chase them and not watch the game anymore.  When Nash had finally had enough of the stroller, I finally let him out when there was about 20 minutes left in the game. 
 He was in heaven walking around like a big boy!! It didn't even bother him one bit that he tripped every 5th step or so. 
I swear this silly boy is going to bite his tongue off one day.  He cannot keep it in his mouth!!
 The guys won their game 23 to 7.  I think it's because they had to two of the cutest little lucky charms cheering them on!!
 When we got home they were both pretty interested in Matt's hat.  I just love the way these boys look up to and adore their Daddy.  
They are both definitely Daddy's biggest fans!!