Spring Mantel

Sharing a few pics of my mantel at this very moment.  And I know it’s pretty similar to past Spring mantels I’ve already shared.  But while I was decorating it I realized that it was the last time I’d decorate this mantel in this house so I’m sharing pictures anyway.  :)

The only new addition to the mantel is the plate.  It has been with me a while.  It was $2.99 at Home Goods and for that price and with those colors it just sort of hopped in my cart.

 A simple Spring mantel.  That I thought was done and done.  

 Until Ad brought home this ever so interesting clay fish she made in school.   

And with that pose and with those colors, he just sort of hopped on up.  
Free for all mantel.  Wonder what will find its way up there next?
:)

iphone dump

 A favorite hang out.

 Life with sisters.  
 Ever so patiently waiting his turn.  

 So happy I caught this moment at the park.  
Girls being especially quite upstairs always = fun surprises for mom.  
 Turtles taking a soak.  
Open House in Ad’s class.  Made me miss teaching 1st grade!
And 4th.  And 5th.  
Swim lessons with El.  
Working hard to get ready for a swim test she has to pass next month before she can take her favorite lifeguard summer camp at the beach.  El is such a good swimmer – WAY better than her mom 
although that’s not saying much.  Nose plugs anyone?  :)
Lessons are on her early out day at school so Kenny comes home for lunch to stay with (napping) Kole and Ad while I take her.

What do I do during El’s swim lesson?  Nothing!  Highlight of my week!  
Although it’s officially time to lose the jeans and boots and let my white legs see some sun!  

Girls were in charge of Kole’s birthday cupcakes for our little family party.  
Mmmmmmm.  
Sprinkles anyone?  
 The birthday boy didn’t mind much.  
He enjoyed them so much in fact that we had to sing and let him blow out the candle oh.. 
about 18 times.  

The men in my life.  Kole is holding his remote control.  He uses it to make the “diggers” move.

:)

Master Bedroom (just a peek)

K – this really has nothing to do with my post, but I have to say that lately I have been having such a hard time staying on top of things around the house.  And by “lately” I mean the past few years.  :)  Ever since child number three came along it feels like housework is such an uphill battle.  Kenny came home tonight and I said “Ahhh!  I can’t wait to move!  The new house is going to be so… clean!”  Kenny was like “um… I don’t know why you think it’s going to be any easier to keep clean than this house…”  But he doesn’t get it.  He doesn’t know that the new house is going to be different.  It’s going to be this magical place.  A magical place where dishes wash themselves, laundry will cease to exist, and floors will stay perfectly vacuumed and polished.  Everything will have a place where it happily resides and clutter and chaos will be no more.  While I’m at – daydreaming away – it will also be a place where delicious, well-balanced home cooked meals appear each evening right around dinner time…  
I have a dream!  Similar to yours?  :)  
Moving on now.  
Sharing a few progress pics of the master bedroom today.
 These were taken a couple of months ago just after drywall. 

The door to this room is down the hall a bit.  Right before the french doors that open to the back porch.

Here is that same space now.  Primed and almost ready to paint!  

This is the wall our bed will face.  
That same wall today.  
 And a sketch of what that wall will look like when it’s finished.  

 A bird’s eye view of the room.  
I’m excited about this space!  
Even though deep down I’m well aware that the bed won’t make itself.  
:)

Weekend Organizing (and other nonsense)

I hope you all had a restful weekend friends!  Sharing a quick re-cap of what went down around here.  
 Friday afternoon we loaded up the car and then I kissed three people good-bye.  

 Well.  More than three if you count the “friends” who were along for the ride.  :)  Kenny took the girls camping (they go once a month with a group of dads and daughters) so it was just my little boyfriend and I left at home (the only boyfriend Kenny is cool with).

A whole weekend to ourselves!  Hmmmm… what to do…. what to do….

I know!  I’ll make a list!  Nothing like a good to-do list and time to actually tackle it.  Not a long list, but each to-do was a major time sucker.  Plus I did still have my little man to tend to who is known to be a bit of a to-do list sabotager.  :)  But despite his best efforts, I managed to cross off most of my list (and a few things not listed!) which has left me starting the week both tired and happy.  There was also a lot of train assembling, pillow fort building, and Peppa Pig watching that went on but I didn’t take a ton of pictures.  Time was of the essence!  Here are a few I did snap…

Quick fridge clean out.  I’m wishing I would have taken a “before” because it was so bad.  Not a lot of upkeep lately on my part and my organized spaces were falling fast.  After a good 45 minutes we were back in business.

And desperately in need of groceries!
Quick pantry tidying.  

 I went to put something away in the craft cupboard and gasped at what was staring back at me.  

Ten minutes and we were back in business in this space.  
I cleaned out the closet under my stairs.  Again.  It’s our major catch all for anything that doesn’t have a home.  I didn’t take pics of the before and after, but here is how I’m storing a few things in that closet…
Because we are short on space I always store suitcases inside of suitcases and bags inside of other bags.  

Summer essentials I keep in a bucket for easy access (I added sunscreen after I took this picture).  This is next to our beach bags so if we are heading to the beach or pool I can have us ready in no time.  Well.  Not no time.  It still takes us some time.  Nothing happens at light speed with three children.  But now we can be ready in less time!  And less is more if you ask me.  But you didn’t ask me so I’ll stop rambling now.  At least about this picture.

When I cleaned out our van (our van requires a major clean out before I can even take it to the car wash!) I realized that our front console was a mess.  I emptied it only to find three umbrellas.  THREE!  And it doesn’t even rain here that much.  Funny.  So I rounded up all of our umbrellas that were living in random places throughout the car and the house and grouped them together in this green bucket I had on hand.  Now when it does rain we will be ready in no time!  Well.  Not no time.  But less time.

You get the picture.  :)  

Our bougainvillea vine over the garage is looking stunning as always but I have to say that while this vine and I were once in love, we have now become mortal enemies.  I decided this as I swept out my garage for the 3,267th time this year.  I also decided that I can’t plant one over the garage in my new house like I thought I would.  Bummer!  As beautiful as it is, it is just way too high maintenance.  These lovely little pink flowers blow off and end up everywhere.  I will have to find a better spot for one in the new place.

There are a couple of things left to accomplish whenever I find a minute.  Girls’ bathroom cupboards are in need of some tweaking and as you can see on my list – I didn’t organize blog posts for the week.   Nothing new there.  Oh well!  I’m a better fly by the seat of my pants kind of blogger anyway.  :)

In between organizing spurts both days my little buddy and I went to the park.  I got a run in and he got  some swing/slide/sand time.  Win win!  We both enjoyed the fresh air.

 He also “helped” me prepare meals.  The two of us had a fabulous time together but after two full days of “where my Ellie go?”  “where my Addie go?”  “where my daddy go?” we were both ready to see our campers again.

Just not so ready for the laundry they brought with them.  
:) 

A bit of Fall in the Spring

Hello friends.  :)  It’s Spring.  I know.  But I’m about to share Fall pictures with y’all anyway.  (I don’t usually say “y’all.”  Ok – when I lived in Virginia I said “y’all” attempting to blend in better.  I had so much fun saying to my 4th graders “y’all listen up now!”  Ha!  K.  Why am I talking about this?  I’m tired and clearly need to keep this post short.)  Anyway!  Back to the pictures.  My cute friend Josie took these of our family last November during our Christmas card photo shoot in my mom’s backyard.  We played in the leaves in between posed shots to loosen up a bit!

This one is funny to me.  Kenny and I look like the tin man from The Wizard of Oz.  
Oil can please!
These pictures are messy and random.  And kind of my favorites.
  
That’s it for now.  Y’all have a great day.  
:)