Sunday, July 27, 2014

Happy Four Years Girls

The girls turned 4 this month. I can not believe how big they are getting. Its all going by so quickly! No fair! But Im so proud of these girls and their sweet hearts. Everyday is an adventure and a blessing.
So for this year the girls INSISTED on a Frozen birthday theme. I tried and tried to talk them out of it, but no go. Hopefully, we can get it all out of our system. HA! 
So I went all out. Thankfully I had the best helpers, Jared, grandma and grandpa. Lots of blue and white and lots of snowflakes! 

 I believe this garland had like 150 + balloons! We had a balloon pump luckily but still was quite a feat.

 Had to get the Anna and Elsa cut out for the big day.

I know that looks like a lot of presents, and it was, but honestly its a birthday party for 3 girls!

 The table was pretty too! We had pretzel sticks, carrots with ranch, frozen grapes, fruit tray, deli meat tray and a special punch (Gatorade and sprite) with jello squares to go in it. Yum!

 We started by coloring lots of Frozen pictures while the movie was playing in the background. Sweet little Clara joined us for our special day. 

 We then ATTEMPTED to salt color. I saw it on Pintrest but it didnt work out.... all well.

 We then had to move on to the presents. Charli insisted! HA! We got lots of goodies. Books, dress up clothes, Princess Barbie dolls, Magiclip dolls (they love them), and a Tball set.

 We were SUPER excited that Grandma and Grandpa flew out from Utah to be with us. 

 My Mia is four! Stop growing baby please!

 And my Abbi too! Stop just stop!

 My sweet Charli. I adore these girls!

 Loved our cake. Baskin-Robbins did a great job! We got an ice cream cake (half choc/half strawberry ice cream with choc cake) It was pretty yummy. Im not an ice cream cake fan really but I thought the ice cream went with the Frozen theme pretty good. HA! I know, im a freak! The girls loved it so thats all that matters!

 I printed off the pictures of each of the characters, took them to get laminated, and used game pieces to stand them up. Loved it! Turned out aweseome and was much cheaper than buying the the little toy pieces.

 We finished the day out with dragging the bounce house (last years big birthday present) and hooked it up to the water hose. It was awesome. We had never used the water part of the bounce house so it was extra special for the girls and they loved it. 

Love these girls. They are worth every ounce of my energy, patience, blood sweat and tears. Birthdays are bittersweet for me because Im so thankful they are healthy and alive and growing beautifully. But I know these years are fleeting and are going so quickly. They dont need me as much as last year this time. Next year will be the same story. Motherhood is such a wonderfully complicated. 

Happy Birthday Charli, Abbi and Mia!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Photos of the house

So our home is on the perfect street! I am 4 streets behind the grocery store. I am next door neighbors with an awesome family in our ward. Its not a subdivision, its just one street with completely different houses that are all very nice. My other neighbors are the sweetest little grandparents. Its the nicest, cleanest, safest little area. Im so in love with it! 
Now we are doing our remodeling in phases. Phase 1 is to get it to a point that we can move into. Phase 2 will be what we do while we are there. This house has a sad story really. The original owners actually built the house in the 90s and are now going through a divorce. Its been empty almost two years I think so it was very neglected and in need of updating. Since we got such a steal on the price we figured after all the reno was done, once we get ready to sell in 5-10 years we can make a great profit on it. 
More than that we just love our house and are so anxious to move in and make happy memories there. 

I have a huge beautiful Magnolia tree in the front yard, along with about a dozen more fully grown trees. Love it! The grass is completely dead in the front yard though (the result of being neglected for almost 2 years) so we have quite a bit of landscaping to do.

 I absolutely fell in love with my porch! It is HUGE! Big enough for a table and chairs, big swing, ect. Its completed shaded 90% of the day so it really is just perfection! We are planning on tearing down those pitiful columns and putting in square beefy ones, really up the southern quality of the whole look of the house. 
 Here is the entry way into the home. We are getting all new flooring, paint, ect. But I love the beautiful staircase and you cant tell from the picture but its a 2 story entry way so it will be awesome when Im finished with it!
 Here is the view from the living room into the kitchen. I love all the windows and lighting. The kitchen is being COMPLETELY overhauled though. Its completely demolished right now! The fireplace will get a rock front makeover as well. And of course new flooring and paint to boot!
 Here is the back of the house. As you can see its a 3 story home. I mean its a beast of a house! 4000+ square feet! Complete with basement, safe room (for tornadoes), 5 bedrooms, 5 baths, an office, and a sunroom! Insane right!?
And what I promised my girlies! The biggest backyard I could get! The house sits on a full acre and I am so stoked about it. We will do a firepit/outdoor kitchen eventually. Also a TOTALLY awesome "club house" is in the planning stages now for a Christmas 2015 present. The grass is dead back here as well as are a tree or two. SO much to do!

We really got a project on our hands but we totally fell in love with this house once we saw it and I have no regrets at all. If all goes to plan we should be able to move in the end of October so my fingers and toes are crossed! More pics to come soon!

Making a comeback!

It's been right at a year since my last post. My excuse is that Jared uses our main computer for his work. So when I would normally blog, the computer is now being used. Therefore, my blog has taken a serious hit. But so much is going on in our lives and I really don't want to forget my girls' everyday memories that I have made a goal to start this blog back up. So here I am at 930 at night (when I would love to be in bed) blogging! HA
Here's hoping I can stick to it!

First of all, we bought a house! I am just thrilled that we have FINALLY become homeowners. Almost eight years of marriage and it finally happened! However, it was a nightmare of a process. The house was a short sale so we knew it wouldn't be all smooth sailing. We put an offer in at the end of January, the offer was accepted the end of February but it didn't actually close until the end of May! So crazy. Then it took another month to get our Home Equity Line of Credit to fix up the place. It needs quite a bit of TLC and construction work. But its such a beautiful home. I love everything about it, except the location that its in. (We do not plan on retiring forever in this part of Alabama so its a temporary situation for us.) But i' m so grateful we can spend it in this home. I will be posting pictures of the house very soon!

The other big thing going on is that my girls turned 4 years old just a few weeks ago! I can not believe they are already 4. Every birthday is always bitter sweet for this momma. I'm so honored and grateful that I get to be there everyday with them, but its always a little heartbreaking when they don't need me to do things i've been doing for them since birth. I need to get better about letting go and letting them grow up without guilt that everything they accomplish hurts mommy. haha  Don't worry its not quite that dramatic. Im so proud of my little angels and all they can do. Pictures coming of their 4th birthday extravaganza!

That's it for now. Stay tuned!