December 28, 2013

Rebuild Update: Week 19-Stand Still

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It was a holiday week so there wasn't much work done at the house this week. A little bit of brick and stone work is all.

The brick layers and stone masons have been using water from the house to use for mixing their mortar. Before the ice storm, they failed to turn the water off at the main connection so it froze in our pipes and caused some of the caps on the pluming inside to bust therefore causing flooding in the house. Several sheets of dry wall were ruined.

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It was discovered this week that some of the brick layer's equipment had been stolen. They had also attempted to steal some of the larger equipment that was chained down but thankfully, had no success in their attempts. This has been an issue in our area and all throughout the city of Moore since the tornado. I can't believe thieves are taking things from properties that have already lost so much. I don't remember if I posted about this but just days after the tornado, my grandparents, who live next door to us, had everything stolen out of their barn and then the next day, thieves came back and hauled off my grandpa's non-running truck. It was bad enough they lost their house and most of their belongings and then to have anything they had left stolen just broke my heart.

What a lovely Christmas at our house, huh? I sure hope 2014 brings better days and lots more progress.


December 23, 2013

Our Christmas Card

I failed big time on our Christmas cards this year. So bad, in fact that I didn't have pictures made nor did I order them until last weekend which means that they won't go out until after Christmas.

Some of you will be getting a physical copy so if you want to be surprised when you do get it, you might want to click away from this post NOW! :)

2013 Christmas Card


I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas!


December 22, 2013

My Rockin' Holiday Playlist

Year after year, I have had the same favorite Christmas Albums. I have been known to blast these albums while dancing and working in my kitchen making all kinds of Christmas goodies.

Christmas Playlist

These are my favorites in no particular order:

It also wouldn't be Christmas for me if I don't hear the following two songs:

I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas by Gayla Peevey (Is this a nationwide known song? I don't get out of my Oklahoma bubble very often so I was just curious.)


The BC Clark Jingle (unless you are from Oklahoma, know someone from Oklahoma or have visited Oklahoma during the holidays, you most likely will not know this jingle. It has been around for yearrrrrrrs and is a jingle for a jewelry store. However, I just discovered while writing this post, you can download it from iTunes!)


December 21, 2013

Rebuild Update: Week 18-Brick & Stone

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Ladies and gentlemen, we are back in business! The busy worker bees were back at the house this week. Here is a rundown of what has happened this week.

  • The framing around the windows was finished.
  • The opening to the pantry was fixed. Good bye pocket door! We decided to just do a cased in opening. I actually think I'll like not having a door much better.
  • Plumbing failed inspection.
  • The sweet girls in my bible study group and I wrote bible verses on the studs all throughout the house.

Week 18-Bible Verses

  • The brick and stone was started! I think it's going to take at least a week to get that done. I had no idea laying stone was so tedious.
    I LOVE our stone choice. I had posted before how hard it was choosing the brick and stone and worrying if they would go together. I'm so relieved that the brick and stone compliment each other well.

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  • Plumbing passed inspection!
  • They started insulating. They hope to be done Monday so they can start the drywall on Tuesday. I'm a little shocked they're actually working on Christmas Eve. However, they have the flooring scheduled to be laid on January 2nd so before that can happen the drywall has to be done.
  • We had an ice storm that hit last that I hope doesn't delay anything.

I can't believe it's Christmas already. It doesn't feel like Christmas. As of right now, we really don't have any plans with my father-in-law and we just decided what to for Christmas with my family. I'm in such a weird place right now. Not only are we displaced physically, but I constantly feel displaced mentally and emotionally as well. I'm just ready to feel "normal again".

And I'm ready to not feel like weather is controlling our lives!


December 20, 2013

Not So Extreme Couponing: Cheap and Free!

I'm on a roll now that I'm getting back to couponing. I had forgotten the rush you get from saving money!

122013 Coupon Trip

After printing and clipping my coupons, I made my list and went on my weekly trip today. This is how I did.

(1) Mrs. Schubert Rolls = $1.38
(4) Bags Kraft Shredded Cheese = $0.99/ea.*
(2) Pillsbury Cookies = $0.50/ea.
(2) Chinet napkins = FREE!!
(5) Cans Cream of Mushroom Soup = $0.60/ea.
(4) Cans Evaporated Milk = $0.50/ea.
(1) Box Poptarts = FREE!!
(1) Box Apple Jacks = $0.50!!
(1) Hinode Steamable Rice = FREE!!

Total Spent $16.67 (Saved 76%)

*I should have gotten the cheese for $0.49/ea. but the cashier didn't double my coupons and I wasn't watching while she was scanning my items thanks to the little toddlers that I had to drag along with me.

**To see my tips on shopping with coupons, click here.

***To read the entire Not So Extreme Couponing series, click here.


December 18, 2013

Coherent Thoughts from a Chaotic Mind

I feel like I hit the ground running yesterday and haven't stopped. We have things planned pretty much every day this week.

JMac (That's hubby's new nick name here on the blog. He's not a fan of it just yet ;P) is off for 15 days starting tomorrow. I'm not sure if I should be excited about this or not. I mean, 15 24 hour days where I have an extra set of hands to help with the girls is awesome but 15 24 hour days with all four of us in this little apartment? I think I'll be planning extra Mom's night out dates.

For the first time since the tornado I started back with my couponing. We have been spending A LOT on groceries AND eating out and it's time to reign in our spending in this area. I also need to reign in my spending on clothes for the girls but….baby steps. Anyway, I made my very first post tornado coupon trip and I think I did pretty well.
Post Tornado Coupon Trip Post Tornado Coupon Haul
I got 3 packages of rice (All FREE!), 2 4lb bags of sugar ($0.39/ea.!), 2 boxes of Ritz Crackers ($1.00/ea.) and some deodorant for JMac (spent more than I wanted but he was out).

I tried making Christmas Crack (basically toffee for those who don't know what that is). I failed. It turned out more like caramel & chocolate covered crackers. Apparently I need a candy thermometer.
Christmas Crack

I discovered a way to get me an extra few minutes in Target when the littles are with me.
Tens Popcorn
Bless you Target for selling popcorn!

I think it's safe to say I'm totally addicted to monogramming the girls' names on ALL THE THINGS. I have gotten most of the girls stuff from N&S Adorables. If you're a twin momma, she will give you a 10% discount. You're welcome. :)
Tillie in N&S

I have been told there will be much progress at the house this week. Hopefully, I'll have lots of pictures in the next Mills Rebuild update!


December 14, 2013

Rebuild Update: Week 17-The Next Steps

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Yet another week has gone by with very little progress. I'm starting to feel like a broken record. Do I sound like a broken record?

We went out to check on the house last night. There were signs of progress!

They did get the correct windows installed. Woohoo! Yes, I may have done a happy dance…actually it was to try to stay warm but WINDOWSSSSSS! They had framed in the ugly windows so that had to be taken out to install the new, correct windows. They will reframe these windows.

Week 17-1

Drywall had been delivered. You should have seen the smile on my face when I saw the drywall.

Week 17-2

There was also mortar for the brick in the garage! Brick was delivered a looooong time ago. Brick and stone! Brick and stone! I can't wait to see how it all looks ON the house!

Week 17-3

The one thing we were waiting on this week was for the plumbing to pass inspection but as of last night, there were no signs that a final inspection had occurred. Come on city inspectors, it was just a little snow and ice. Get out there and get 'er done!

So assuming plumbing passes inspection VERY SOON, we should at minimum get insulation next week. I will be thrilled….THRILLED if they start putting up the sheetrock next week.

So are you guys as anxious as I am to see walls and brick and stone?!?


December 12, 2013

TnT at the Movies

I have been wanting to take the girls to the movies since they were about a year old. Some advised against it and some said go for it. I decided to wait until the right movie came out.

I started hearing about Frozen before it came out in theatres and thought it might be a good one to take the girls to see but was still a little hesitant. Then everyone started talking about how well their toddlers did so I started thinking maybe this was the one.

It wasn't until one day about a week ago when I was entering reward codes from my Kellogg boxes and somehow got a free ticket to the movie that I decided we were going!

When I was planning out our week, I decided to go on Wednesday (yesterday) and drag my mom along with us so we could bookend the girls in case they decided to get up and roam.

Frozen Movie

The girls LOVE popcorn so instead of stocking up on snacks, I decided to buy them some popcorn at the theatre. I had envisioned them sitting in their seats staring at the screen in awe of the movie while munching on their buckets of popcorn.

It didn't go quite like that.

We got to the theatre late so they had just dimmed the lights when we walked into the theatre.  We decided to sit in the back row in case we had to make a quick exit and as we were trying to get the girls settled, the previews came on and Tillie instantly starts crying because the loudness scared her. Then Tensley started whimpering. My mom was trying to get herself situated so she could hold Tensley and at some point, Tensley's popcorn got tossed about and ended up on the floor. While I was trying to get settled with my arms full of coats, blankies, the diaper bag and our snacks from the concession stand, Tillie's popcorn tipped over in the tray I was carrying and also ended up on the floor. Thankfully, there were only 2 other families in the theatre.

This WAS NOT going as I had envisioned it would. I tend to see the best case scenario when planning events and outings…maybe I should start envisioning the above scenario.

Anyway, we finally got settled. My mom and I each had a toddler who had been comforted by pacis and blankies and then the movie started.

I think Tillie had her face covered or partially covered by her blankie through the majority of the movie but she sat still through the whole thing. Tensley decided she didn't want to sit so she stood up through the movie watching it through the space between the seats in front of us. They both seemed to enjoy the movie though.

So now I have my first movie theatre experience with toddlers under my belt. I think….hope the next time will go a little smoother. I'll definitely make sure we get their long before the lights are dimmed.


December 9, 2013

Rebuild Update: Week 16-Snow Delay

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We had another week of slow progress. I'm ready for the work to pick back up but the weather is not being nice to us.

Most of the plumbing was done last week but then this happened.

Week 16-Snowy House

We also had some water freeze in a drain pipe in the media room. We don't have the water turned on yet so we're not sure where it came from. We're just hoping it didn't cause any major damage that we can't see. The plumber is supposed to check on it when the ice melts. Our temps are supposed to be above freezing starting tomorrow so hopefully that will happen soon!

Hubby finished his installation of all the AV cables and added some plywood in the attic for walkways this past weekend

The next items on the list are exterior painting and insulation.

Now we just wait for the weather to improve so the work can start back up. I don't like the fact that we are pretty much standing still at this point. Darn you, Winter!



December 7, 2013

Snow Day Chaos Day 2

Well we barely survived day two (yesterday….Friday) of being stuck inside.

The girls basically destroyed the apartment by removing every toy from every nook and cranny in this apartment. After the fun of that wore off they started doing other things like playing peek-a-boo behind the curtains, hiding in their closet, and climbing on things.

While I was sitting at the dining table working I started hearing, "Hawp! Mommmmmma Hawp!" coming from their bedroom. I knew exactly what was going on……

Snow Day TnT

They had climbed up onto the changing table and couldn't get down. Those silly girls have been doing this for a couple of weeks now and they still haven't figured out how to get down.

I, of course, grabbed my phone to get a picture and when they say me then they started hamming it up. (Darn the grainy photos! I guess I need to have my real camera sitting out for moments like this.)

Snow Day Collage

I just love when they act like they love each other.

This one is my favorite (again, a grainy iPhone pic, ugh).

Snow Day TnT Fave

The relationship between sisters is like no other. There's just something so very special about it. I hope they remain the best of friends always and forever.

Today has been pretty calm. Hubs is working out at the house but only because he has to get some stuff done before they can come in and insulate and put up the drywall.

The girls and I are still stuck inside but we have been pretty lazy today….not much chaos. Thank goodness. I'm hoping the temps get above freezing sooner than Wednesday because I don't think I'll make it that long being holed up in this apartment.


December 5, 2013

Snowpocalypse Day 1

Snow Day!

We survived day one of the "historic winter storm".

The girls were fairly excited about the snow….for about 2 minutes. Then they carried on with their normal day doing what toddlers do. Right now, at 11pm, they are not asleep. I've been in there once and hubby is in there now.

TnT Snow Day

Hubby worked from home today. Yesterday when he told me he was going to work from home I wasn't sure how it was going to work. We have two toddlers. In an apartment. There's no where to go in this tiny space to get peace and quiet (he's on the phone most of the day for work). He worked in our bedroom. We made it work.

While the girls played and hubby worked, I worked on designing stuff for the shop. I added two more 8x10 printables today.

Merry-&-Bright  Joy to the World Chalkboard

If you follow me on Instagram, be on the lookout for another Flash Sale tommorow (Friday).

So we survived day one of being stuck inside. Our temps aren't supposed to get above freezing until next Wednesday so I'm fully expecting us to have full blown I'm-gonna-go-crazy-if-I-don't-get-out-of-this-apartment cabin fever by then. I'm really hoping the weather doesn't get that bad. And let's hope the girls sleep because if I don't get sleep I will definitely be a cranky momma.


December 4, 2013

Printables, Snowpocalypse and Flash Sales

I feel like this little blog hasn't been getting as much of my attention as it should. Being sick didn't help. I thought I'd just post some random stuff. It is Wednesday after all. ;)

I've been working on designs for my shop. I guess I just got a huge burst of creative energy because I can't stay away from my computer. Ideas just keep coming to me. If you happen to be looking for any Christmas printables (such as art and gift tags), head on over and check out my new stuff.

Speaking of shop stuff. I did a last minute Flash sale on Monday and since I didn't really give much notice, I think I'll try to do one on Friday. You'll want to check my IG feed because there will be some new stuff like this…..

Hint, hint: You can get it now, in my Etsy shop.

Much like the rest of the Midwest, we are preparing for Snowmageddon or Snowpocalypse…whatever you want to call it. I'm really hoping that all the forecasts are wrong and we don't get much of it but as it stands, we are pretty close to the area that is going to get some of the heaviest freezing rain/sleet/snow.

My mom and dad came by on Sunday and they brought the girls a popcorn tin. They were in popcorn heaven. Thankfully, they don't care too much for the caramel corn….it's my favorite and how I prefer to eat popcorn. :)

I bought some fleece lined leggings a couple of weeks ago and I am now obsessed, OBSESSED with them! They are comfortable and warm but not too warm. I have yet to get hot in them. You need to go look up SouthernandSimplyClassic on Instagram and get you some!

Stay Warm and Safe!


December 1, 2013

Rebuild Update: Week 15-In the Dry

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There was not much exciting progress this week. The HVAC passed inspection and the electrical did not. It wasn't a big deal though….the electrician fixed it on Friday. The plumber worked some last week too…we have bath tubs!…….but I would guess they still have a day or two more of work.

If you follow me on Instagram, you probably saw the ugly window incident. We were originally supposed to have fixed windows (cannot be opened) on the gables and then in the family room but they installed single hung windows (can be opened). The style was right, they were just the wrong type. I requested they correct it and then last week they delivered the oh so ugly windows I had posted on Instagram. I'm hoping we don't have to wait another 2 weeks on the correct windows because they can't really do anything else until all of the (correct) windows are installed.

Weather may get us again this week. They are forecasting rain/freezing rain/snow again this week. Ugh.


November 26, 2013

Are We There Yet? A journey through the terrible two's

Terrible Two's

Are there any mom's out there that have or are enjoying age two? Please someone say no so I don't feel so guilty for saying that I am not enjoying this age all that much.

Maybe it's because I'm dealing with 2 two year olds? I know this age is hard regardless but dealing with two of them is testing my patience in a big way. I mean, I can only handle getting kicked in the stomach so many times while changing a diaper before I'm ready to blow a gasket. And getting them dressed? Every day it's like a marathon trying to get clothes on these two girls of mine. If we stay home it's a constant battle to keep them out of everything. If it can be opened/closed, dumped, climbed on or unfolded they're on it. I spend the majority of my day saying "No!" or "Get out of there!" or "Get down!"

I'm also dealing with sisters. If you have this picture in your head about how twins just love each other and have that special connection and always get along, just clear that image because let me tell you…the girls fight like crazy. We're actually dealing with hitting & clawing right now.

These girls have two very different personalities. This is something I really have to keep in mind when I am disciplining and even teaching. Also, one of them talks non-stop and the other one is just now starting to say words that we somewhat understand. I suspect the communication gap is probably what is causing a lot of the frustration for us.

I've heard many moms say that age three is the hardest so this has me a little worried. I'm really afraid that we may not survive the toddler years.

This journey through the terrible two's so far has been tough and crazy and exhausting and we have a long road ahead of us but there are good moments that I hold on to….to get me through the tough days.

I just hope to survive so I can pass any wisdom I might gain on this journey to other mommas approaching this age.


November 25, 2013

House Dreaming: Pantry Inspiration

I thought since I've been talking about my soon-to-be pantry in the last couple of posts, I'd share the process of how it came about and some of the photos I bookmarked for inspiration.

Pantry Design Board

In our pre-tornado house my pantry was a build in, very deep, floor to almost ceiling cabinet. I hated it. Food would get lost or forgotten. I eventually cleaned it out and moved all my dry goods into the laundry room where we had purchased placed a couple of free-standing cabinets. I then used the deep cabinet for bake ware and other kitchen items.

After the tornado, when hubs started drawing out what we wanted for the rebuilt house, he knew I longed for a big pantry so he was able to make it work. There was a wall that was shared by the laundry room and dining room that he took out and added the pantry. The pantry actually goes into where our dining room was/is so we bumped out the dining room so we wouldn't lose any space. In fact, I think my dining room is a little bit bigger now.

When I saw the size of the pantry (It's 5' deep by 8' wide) I started thinking of all kinds of ways to utilize it. I've always hated having things out on my kitchen counters (especially appliances) so I decided to put a counter top and outlets in there so I could store/use things like the toaster, toaster oven, mixer and hubby's coffee maker. Then, of course, I needed shelving. There will be base cabinets with doors under the counter top and above will be all open shelving.

Here are some photos that I have used for inspiration.

This next pantry is probably my most favorite.

Last week I mentioned how we were trying to decide what to do about a door since our pocket door idea wasn't going to work. Well, we decided to go with a cased opening that would be big enough to allow for a door or double doors if we ever decided to close it off. If we ever do that, I'm really liking these double doors.

This pantry is going to be much larger than any one I've had and I can't wait to start stocking it!


November 23, 2013

Rebuild Update: Week 14-Weather Woes

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Nothing too exciting happened this week. The HVAC system is in and the electrical is mostly done. The plumber also came out late this week and got started on the rough-in plumbing. Apparently a clean up crew came out and cleaned up the yard because it's looks much better with all the scraps of wood and packaging for various materials gone.

Weather is starting to be our biggest issue right now. Winter weather that is. It's still technically Fall, right?! We had freezing temps and freezing rain/sleet yesterday so obviously no one was working. They have forecasted a pretty significant snow storm for tomorrow so I'm betting if that happens, Monday might be a no work day as well. Next week being a holiday makes me think activity won't really pick up until the next week.

I mentioned on Wednesday that we were having issues with a pantry door. We originally had a pocket door planned but it's just not going to work so I've decided to just go with a cased in opening. If we ever decide we want a door in the future, it will be possible with the size of the opening we have.

Now that we are approaching the holidays, I'm really, really ready to get back into our house. I'm trying to not let our current situation/living arrangement get me down but I'm failing miserably. I have good days and bad days but I'm looking forward to the better days that are coming. :)


November 20, 2013

Wednesday Randoms

Last night, after thinking about yesterday's post, I came to the realization that if I just start my days with no expectations to get anything done, my days go a little better. I'm learning to accept that this is life with toddlers.

With fall comes falling leaves. Leaves everywhere apparently leads to leaf blowing. What I don't understand is why people in Oklahoma….where the winds come sweeping down the plains….blow leaves. It just seems pointless to me.

The house topic of last night was what to do about a pantry door. In the plan we had a pocket door but with the way everything worked out, the opening into the pantry ended up being behind the door into the laundry room so we are back to the drawing board. My thought is to just leave it open and just case in the opening. It's going to be set up somewhat like a butler's pantry so I'm not too concerned about it looking messy. Plus, it won't be that visible to people anyway .

Pantry Layout

We have very cold weather and possibly snow forecasted again starting this week. They're saying we will have highs in the 20's & 30's. I'm thinking about hibernating. BRRRR!!

There has been construction going on here at our apartment complex since we moved in and it's loud. For example, as I'm typing up this post there is hammering so loud it sounds like they are in the next room. Another frustrating thing about the construction is that they leave their trailers full of materials in the complex taking up 3-4 parking spaces and parking is already hard to come by here. It's the reason I try not to go anywhere in the evenings….because if I do, I end up having to park several buildings over and hike to I understand it needs to be done but sheesh!


November 19, 2013

Mom Life: The Daily Schedule Experiment

About 3 weeks ago I wrote this post. I mentioned that I had made some observations about the girls and our days and had come up with a plan. Before I talk about the plan, let's talk about the observations.

During my mommy time out I replayed that day over and over in my head. One thing that stood out was that when the girls started to get out of hand and act out was usually when they were tired…and sometimes even hungry. No need to worry. I don't starve my children.

We are a lot busy now that before the tornado. We are on the go a lot. Some related to house stuff but also because I don't like to stay in the apartment much. My hunch was that I was pushing them to far….keeping them out way past their nap time and not letting them expend their energy with play time.

I was also getting frustrated because I wasn't able to get even the simplest tasks done because I was constantly dealing with out of control toddlers. This also left no time for "working" and my work is my creative outlet which is also my stress reliever. See where this is going? There are 2 things that will make this momma very cranky, sleep deprivation and not being creative. It's crazy how much not getting those two things can turn me into a psycho woman.

So here's where the plan comes in to play. The plan was to create a daily schedule for the three of us. The girls were on a schedule starting the day they were born (NICU's have strict schedules) so they tend to do well with having one. This schedule was created as more of a guideline for our days and ensures that we all get the rest we need.

So here's the schedule I came up with.

Daily Schedule

I was not crazy about me getting up at 6am but it was the only time I could think of that would allow me to get stuff done because I was usually too tired to do anything once we got the girls in bed every night. It actually isn't that bad since I'm going to bed earlier.

Something else this schedule allows for that we really didn't have before is time for me to have my quiet time and for us to have family time.

The schedule worked great for about a week or so and then I hit slammed into a wall. The girls' meltdowns and acting out did seem to get a little better and I was able to do a few more things than I was before but by 6pm I was ready to go to bed. Now we are sleeping until around 9 and I'm going to bed around 11. The girls, for the most part, are still on their nap and bed time schedule. I really think my thyroid levels are a factor in my energy levels right now and I am waiting on results from my recent labs to see if that's the case.

I absolutely plan on getting back to this schedule. I just have to figure out how to get some more energy!

I'll definitely post an update…when I have one.  :)




November 17, 2013

Rebuild Update: Week 13-Slowing Down

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This week has been a slow week on the house. Not a whole lot of progress was made.

Last week, they ran out of the siding for the dormers so they didn't get finished until this week. I can't wait to see them painted in the colors we chose. Hubs decided we needed lights in the dormers so we've chosen a chandelier for the middle and pendants for either side.

Week 13 Dormers

We're still waiting for the switch out for the fixed windows…which is why there are boards covering up the master and dining rooms. I think they're supposed to be delivered this week.

We were told that electrical, HVAC and plumbing would all be started (and almost finished) this week but that didn't happen. Actually, that's not true. The electrician came out on Monday and set some of the boxes for the outlets and switches. The HVAC system install started on Friday. The plan was to insulate on Wednesday but I'm thinking it may be the next Wednesday.

We did get our doors on Wednesday. They're nothing special so I don't have any pictures for you. We have a temporary door for the front so when they install our actual door, I'll post a pic.

Hubs is installing all the AV cables today. We saved quite a bit of money doing ourselves.

I'm hoping the progress picks back up this week. I'm tired of sharing pictures of the outside and am ready to see some inside progress. I'm sure you are too! :)


November 15, 2013

It's just a phase

I'm having trouble blogging lately. Heck, I'm having trouble doing much of anything lately. Mostly because I don't have the time. Keeping up with two toddlers is pretty much taking every ounce of energy that I have….which is not much. When I do have some down time or alone time, I'm either taking a nap or trying to pay bills or do the dishes.

Being in this phase of my life…this phase that is so unnatural to me….the displacement. It's so hard for me. I'm trying to find the joy in things but it's tough. The highlight of my days are when we go check on the progress of the house but then we have to come back to this little apartment and there's no escaping anything. I miss my space. My quiet space.

Since the tornado, many have told me how much they admire my strength through all of this. The truth is, I'm not that strong. My strength is not my own. What strength I do have comes from my faith….from God. Without Him I'm just a hot mess.

I know there's a reason for all of this. There is a bigger plan than I can't see right now. I know this because I've been here before. I've lost my home. I've been displaced. It's not easy. In fact, I was already dreading the days to come as we were hunkered down in the storm shelter as that monster of a tornado was ripping apart my house…family members' houses…our community.

But….yes, there's a but. The displacement is only temporary. I know this but it doesn't make it any easier. I will trudge through these days with a thankful heart. I'll try to focus on the joyful moments rather than the not so joyful. I will quit worrying about what gets done and what doesn't and just try to take full advantage of the free time I do have.



November 13, 2013

Wednesday Randoms

I haven't done a Wednesday Random post in a while so I thought I'd sit down and do one today.

  • I'm pretty excited at the progress on our house. I keep asking or builder if he thinks they'll be done before the date in our contract but he keeps trying avoiding the question. I know it's because he doesn't want to make any promises but I think if things keep going this well, we could be back home sooner than we expected.

  • It's gotten pretty cold here this week and I don't have any heavy coats here in the apartment. I really need to go rummage through storage to see if I have any of my heavy coats.

  • The terrible two's have gotten a little more…..well, terrible in the past few weeks. Like whoa! It's the reason why I haven't been blogging much lately.

  • We didn't plan on making any big purchases for the house until we got closer to our move in date but when we saw that the fridge that I wanted was 25% off, we couldn't resist so I got a new fridge last night! If you follow me on Pinterest, you might have seen it on my Rebuild board. It's a Whirlpool 29 cu. ft. French door fridge.
Whirlpool® 29 cu. ft. French Door Refrigerator with Flexible Capacity That Stores More


  • I have started a project list for things I want to get done. Sadly, it consists of small everyday things that I used to be able to get done before the toddlers forced me to become the Referee and Safety Patrol. It's just that my days have become so busy that I need to write everything down or I forget about it. I even have to be reminded to pay the bills, do laundry or clean the kitchen. That's how bad it is.

  • I posted a video on Instagram of the garbage disposal in our apartment. It vibrates so much it shakes the entire kitchen and it is so ridiculously loud. It pretty much sums up apartment living for us.

  • I hadn't planned on decorating for Christmas this year because I didn't want to buy anything until we were in our house but seeing the excitement on the girls' faces when we go to stores that have their Christmas stuff out is making me think we might decorate a little.

November 10, 2013

Rebuild Update: Week 12–Dormers, Windows & Shingles

New Mills Rebuild Logo

This week has been all about the roof. I'm pretty sure we have one of the most complicated roofs ever. Okay, that may be an exaggeration but it has been a pretty tedious job for the framers.

They finally got the decking on and the dormers framed out.

Week 12 Decking

We had a rain delay on Tuesday but they were back at it on Wednesday putting up more trim, starting the siding on the dormers, and getting the rest of the decking in place.

The dormers are faux (also known as blind) dormers but hubby has decided he wants to put lights in there. So guess what. Yep, I had to pick out more lighting fixtures. Lighting budget? What lighting budget? I'm so tired of picking out light fixtures…there better not be something else come up that requires a light fixture or I'm going to scream!

Speaking of picking out stuff. One would think it would be fun when you're building a house but let me tell you, it's not. Okay, maybe it was for like the first 2 weeks but after that? Not so much. It makes your head spin. It gives you a headache. It is the source of heated discussions. It becomes something that you dread. Will I be happy once everything is done and in the house, absolutely. Do I want to do this again? No. Not Ever.

Our windows and fireplace were delivered on Thursday. I was totally not expecting the fireplace so soon! And the windows? Love them…however….yep, there's a however, as we were leaving the house Thursday evening, the guys were tacking them up. As I walked into the family room I noticed a big thick line through the window. The windows, every one of them, were single hung (can be opened) and not fixed (solid glass). In one of our pre-construction meetings, we discussed having some fixed windows just because they looked nicer. I discussed it with hubby and we decided we didn't want to live with the single hung windows so after a phone call the next morning, new windows were ordered and hopefully my fixed windows will be delivered this week.

I attempted a panoramic picture of the family room, kitchen and formal living/dining room. Keeping the arrow on that line is so dang hard! These 3 rooms will be the hub of the house. When we go out to check on the progress I always stand at the end of the hallway that leads to the bedrooms and I envision all the family gatherings, holidays and parties that will take place in this house. I cannot wait to watch the girls run & play through the house, to bake cookies with them in the kitchen, to lounge as a family on the couch in the family room while watching movies….I can't wait to create memories in this house.

Sorry for the grainy pic. Lighting isn't that great in the house just yet. ;)

Week 12-Family Kitchen Dining

On Friday the roofers were out putting the shingles on the roof! They came out to finish it on Saturday but ran out right as they got to the very peak of the roof. The framers ran out of the siding for the dormers too. Oops.

We drove by the house on the way to church this morning and I looked at hubby and said, "Whoa! Who's house is that?!" I can't believe it's our house. It looks soooo much different than our house did before.

Week 12 Roof

For comparison, here's an old pic of our house before the tornado.

You can kind of see the old house but doesn't the new one look so much better? :)



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