August 31, 2013

Rebuild Update: No News

I'm sad to report that there's nothing really new to report. We are STILL waiting on the architect to get the plans finalized.

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I did notice the other day that a port-a-potty had been delivered. I'm hoping that means we are very close to getting started.

A couple days before the port-a-potty was delivered they did come out and drained our old septic tank and brought out sand to fill it in…which they haven't done yet. We will get a new septic system when the house gets closer to being done.

We have, however started trying to figure out the brick and stone that we want to use. We've pretty much decided on colors but haven't been able to figure out placement yet. We've looked at other houses in our area but our house is so much different than all of the other houses. Since we live on an acreage our house is much different than the other houses in the neighborhoods around us.

As far as actual house (re)building, nothing has happened. :(

Hopefully, I'll have something to report next week!

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August 30, 2013

Football, Philly Cheese Steak & Printables

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Tomorrow is the start of OU football! I hope to get to watch more games this year but I still have toddlers that require almost constant supervision so we'll see.

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I'm so ready for the Fall shows to start! I'm especially looking forward to Nashville, Once Upon a Time and I am beside myself excited to see the new series spin off Once Upon a Time in Wonderland!

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I seem to have been a slacker on the cleaning and laundry this week. My creative mind has been going non-stop (hence the OU football print above) so I've been glued to my computer any chance the girls give me (and all during nap time). I just finished a Halloween party set and hope to get it added to the shop in the next couple of weeks.

I've also been thinking about doing a Thanksgiving set. Anyone have any interest any type of printables? If so, what kind?

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I made these crockpot Philly cheesesteak sandwiches that I had pinned from Jenna's Journey. They were delicious! I ended up using rib eye instead of round steak. Probably a little more expensive but I didn't have to buy much since I was just making it for two. Also, next time I think I'll add some green bell peppers. I think it needed that extra flavor.

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We have an Arts Festival that takes place Labor Day weekend every year. I want to go this weekend but we are having a heat wave so I'm not sure we'll make it unless we go early in the morning or later in the evening. Honestly, I really just like to go for the food. :)

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August 29, 2013

House Dreaming: Playroom

Since the house building process has been going so slowly, and I'm anxious to start decorating, I've decided to start playing with planning out the layout & décor of each of our rooms.

Today, I'm going to show you what I'd like to do for the girls playroom. Of course we are 6-7 months out from moving in so any or all of it can and most likely will change. ;)

Here is my inspiration board:

Playroom Design Board

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This is what I envision the layout to be.

Playroom Layout

For the book shelves, I actually plan to use the the picture shelves and display some of the girls favorite books. The rest of the books will either be stored in the closet or in the Expedit shelving. The recliners are the recliners that were donated to them after the tornado. They are currently Barbie themed so I'm thinking about trying to reupholster them.

I like the layout but I'm not in love with it. Once I can actually get in the room I'll be able to see if it all fits.

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August 28, 2013

Fair Weather, Recovery & Contests

  • We have gone several days without rain or storms. I'm kind of thankful for that. I think we've had just enough to keep us out of drought status. I'm just so over rain & storms (for obvious reasons).

  • Speaking of weather, I heard on the news the other day that the Farmers Almanac predicted a very cold and wet winter. The National Weather Service predicted a warmer & dryer winter. I'm rooting for the National Weather Service to be right.

  • We had a rough weekend with Tillie being sick. Thankfully, she is doing/feeling much better and has even started kind of eating again. I'm not sure where she got the germies that made her sick but we had gone to church the week before. Seems like one or both get sick after we go to church (more so Tillie than Tensley). We need to get Miss Tillie's immune system bulked up because that girl gets sick way too much.
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  • I drove by what's left of  our house today. The tornado basically took the path of the entire road that our house is on…it's a main road into Moore. Once I got into Moore city limits, I saw that houses were being rebuilt. It's crazy to me how one house looked to have so much less damage than the house next to it yet it was totaled and the other house is being "restored".
  • Don't forget to enter the N&S Adorables giveaway! Brittany has also offered an awesome 15% discount for my readers too! Just mention that you were referred from here.

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August 27, 2013

Toddler Tuesday: Silly Tillie

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This girl is a momma's girl but she also adores her daddy.

I rarely ever have to worry about her getting into trouble. She minds fairly well.

Since she started talking the sass has come out big time. She is constantly "mimicking" me and telling me no or stop it.

She's bossy.

She's prissy. She always asks for a bow or when we are out shopping she will stop me to look at something saying "It's cute!"

She's very sensitive. She's constantly worries about "her people" and always gets concerned if we get separated when we are out and about.

She loves her sissy very much but rarely shows it. She's very protective of Tensley.

She is so smart. It doesn't take her long to figure out how stuff works.

She's a picky eater….actually, I'm surprised she hasn't starved to death. She doesn't eat much at all!

She has the cutest giggle.

She LOVES to slide.

She is so much like me. I often worry that she acts too old for her age. I want her to have fun and enjoy her childhood. I don't want her to worry about things that she shouldn't have to worry about right now.

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She has the other half of my heart and I love her so much. I can't imagine life without my Tillie.

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August 26, 2013

N & S Adorables Giveaway

Calling all monogram & appliqué addicts! This post is for you!

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Brittany and I first became acquainted through Instagram. We are both moms of twins (she has twin boys) and entrepreneurs. She has a shop called N&S Adorables and has graciously helped me to re-stock the girls' wardrobe since the tornado.

Here's a little bit about Brittany….

My name is Brittany Waldrop, and I am from a little town just outside of Birmingham, Alabama. I am married to my long time sweetheart, Tyler, and we are the proud parents to handsome twin boys, Samuel and Nathan. When I found out that I was having boys, I started looking for clothes to buy them. Well, after shopping until my feet couldn't take it anymore, I ended up deciding I would be better off making their clothes. I couldn't find anything for little boys that was as cute as the things I saw for little girls! Shortly after the boys were born and I began to adjust to life as mommy, I began my little adventure, N&S Adorables! My goal since the beginning has been to offer cute clothes for both boys and girls. I wanted boy moms to feel like they had somewhere that could be their "go-to" store when they really needed a cute outfit for a special occasion or just because.

I just love everything she has made for the girls! She has reasonable prices and has a ton of designs to choose from and has recently revealed the cutest football designs! You need to go visit her Facebook page and see all that she has for your little ones!

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See below on how to enter. Winner will be announced September 3rd.

Oh and one more thing! Brittany is offering a 15% discount to anyone who mentions my blog! So if you can't wait to see if you've won the giveaway, go ahead and go shopping with this wonderful discount!

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August 24, 2013

Rebuild Update: Demo Day

It's been a long wait to get to this point. I was beginning to think we'd never get here. And then we did. And hubs sent me this pic and as he puts it, "it was like a punch to the throat".

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Yes, we are getting a "re-do" and yes, the new house is going to be new and improved but man, it was really hard seeing this go down. I may have cried a little. Such an emotional process.

This was our first house.

This was the house we brought our girls home to.

This house saw many celebrations. Celebrations with loved ones that are no longer with us.

This is such a bittersweet time in our lives.

Later that evening, we went back out to the house to see what all had been done and to take pictures. I want to document every part of this process.

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Believe it or not, it was actually easier seeing it in this state than the first picture. I think because it was even more of a clean slate so to speak.

There are very few things that are staying. That storm shelter is definitely one of them!

Our next step is our pre-construction meeting and that can't take place until the architect finishes the final plans.

So now? Now we hurry up and wait…..again.

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August 23, 2013

Five on Friday: Owies, Insurance & Lighting

 

It's Friday once again and again I'm linking up for Five on Friday!

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Tillie has recently been coming to me telling me that some body part hurts. At first she kept saying her tummy hurt and I thought she was getting sick but then she started saying other body parts hurt and wanted me to kiss them and make them better. Now she's constantly coming up to me wanting me to kiss some kind of non-existent owie.

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We are now 3 months post tornado and we are still dealing with/waiting on insurance to finish out our claim. I'm ready to be done with it already!

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The pool here at the apartment complex is closing for the season at the end of this month. I'm going to try to take the girls swimming as much as possible before then since they loved it so much when we took them a couple weeks ago.

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I've been thinking about lighting fixtures for the new house. Specifically for above the island. I think I've narrowed it down to these 3. Which one do you like?

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I haven't been walking as much as I'd like to be but yesterday I went and finally remembered to wear my Polar watch. I'm pretty pleased with how many calories I burned. It's much more than the My Fitness Pal app says I burned. I'm thinking about wearing this all day one day to see how many calories I burn chasing the girls all day.

Polar Watch

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August 22, 2013

Photography

I'm not sure if any of you know this about me but I have a strong interest in photography. I've done a few photo shoots for friends and family. I love practicing on willing subjects.

My portfolio is rather small but I thought I'd share a few of my favorites.

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August 21, 2013

Wednesday Randoms

Hello Wednesday!

  • I pretty much got the entire apartment clean today. The only thing I have left to do is mop the floors and wash the bathroom rugs. I guess that's an advantage to living in a small space.

  • A few months ago I think I posted a pic on Instagram of my cabinet doors being left open. I kept getting irritated that someone kept doing it until I realized it was me leaving them open! Oops! Well now I seem to be forgetting to put things back into the fridge/freezer. Mommy brain is real, ya'll!

  • I bought this flip flop organizer at Bed Bath & Beyond a couple weeks ago and I love it! We don't have much floor space in our closet in the apartment (or hanging space really) so it was nice to get my flip flops organized in one spot. I'm thinking you could use it for many other things as well!

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  • Yesterday was the first Demo Day for our house! We went out and took pics last night. I think I'll do a weekly update with progress pic on Saturdays.

  • I bought new lamps for our bedroom. They're actually for our bedroom in the house but they went on sale so I snatched them up before they were gone. I love them! They are so elegant.

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  • Thank you for the emails and sweet comments regarding yesterday's post about Tensley. Don't think I've left out Tillie though. She's getting a post next week. :)

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August 20, 2013

Toddler Tuesday: Tensley Wensley

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This girl. She has stolen my heart. Well, half of it anyway. :)

Sometimes I have to worry when she's quiet but most of the time when I go to look for her, I'll find her just sitting in the middle of their closet, or on the couch just looking at books.

She has a squeal like no other.

She's so incredibly curious….about everything.

She loves her sister more than anything. Even though it's hard to tell a lot of the time.

She's a good eater.

She gets frustrated quite a bit. If you don't figure out what she wants or get on to her for doing something, she growls, throws a fit then stomps off. She is just 2 right? So when did I get a teenager?!

When I can get her to sit still she is the best at cuddling.

She's tough. She climbs a lot….which means she falls a lot. She almost always gets right up and keeps on going…except when the fall causes a big goose egg and leaves scrapes on the side of her face.

She is extremely silly.

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That's my Tensley Wensley and I love her in more ways than I can count.

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