November 3, 2014

Thankful :: October 2014

Lots to be thankful for in October. I turned 32 and while life doesn't exactly look the way I thought would in my early thirties, I'm feeling right where I'm meant to be.

This month brought another round of family pictures. Crosbi refused to cooperate until she was bribed minutes before we wrapped up. But isn't she cute?

Free birthday cookies to be shared with my girl.

For first concerts and catching up with old friends.

For my favorite chili cook-off with some of my favorite people.

For lazy days being silly with this one.

For so many reasons to dress up as Elsa.

For first face paintings.

For fall events at Crosbi's preschool. This month has been such a sweet reminder of how blessed I am to have a flexible work schedule that allows me to be present. Wouldn't trade it for anything.

For trick-or-treating for the first time. She had so. much. fun. She just kept asking if we could do it again. 

October has always been one of my favorite months. Little did I know having a daughter would make it even better.


October 10, 2014

Thankful :: September 2014

It's October. How is it October? Summer ended and the days decided to go into overdrive. Now I'm having a hard time even remembering September! I'll do my best.

It's funny, I upgraded my phone last month for a better camera, but I took fewer pictures. I've been trying to be better about being in the moment and not pulling out my phone every five seconds. Apparently I've been doing too good of a job! 

In September we celebrated Todd's 31st birthday with close friends. Our group has become so large with the addition of kids that we basically took over a local park. The boys played bocce ball and the girls talked over coffee and hot chocolate. There was just enough chill in the air to make it feel like fall. 

BSF started back up and Todd and I are both working through the life of Moses. It has been really challenging already, but so encouraging. It's amazing to see how God works in the details. How he uses the unqualified and never gives up on us. Each week I anxiously anticipate what I will learn and what God will reveal to us.

My girlfriends and I kicked off a monthly girl's night. There's really nothing better than sitting around the table with ladies that know just about everything about you. Quality time with by best friends is one of my most treasured gifts. 

Luckily I didn't go the entire month without pictures! 

I'm thankful for the next generation. Hanging out with friends looks a lot different these days, but I love seeing smaller versions of all of us doing life together.

For family. Todd's parents visited this month and we had a great time exploring new places, eating good food, and just enjoying each other's company.

For amazing weather. Fall is definitely my favorite season. It has been wonderful to spend most of our days outside. 

For small town festivals. Our town has an annual Dog & Pony Show. For real. But it's actually super cute. Crosbi wasn't sure what to think about this guy!

For little girls. It is all Elsa all the time around here. Crosbi already picked out her Halloween costume and she wears it daily. 

For the cutest little firefighter you ever did see.

You were good to us, September!


September 2, 2014

Labor Day Weekend :: North Carolina Style

Todd and I took the long holiday to visit my mom, her husband, and my sister in North Carolina. Since we had to cancel our big beach trip this year because of home repairs, we decided to extend our usual trip to North Carolina and spend a couple of days at Carolina Beach. It may not have been a week on the water, but it was just enough. We felt rested and relaxed and Crosbi had so much fun playing in the ocean.

When we left the beach, our water fun wasn't quite over. We went out on my mom's boat and when it got too hot, we all jumped in the lake. Crosbi played and swam so hard that she fell asleep in my arms before we made it back to the dock.

This past weekend was such a great way to wrap up summer. I feel ready to pack up all our summer clothes and toys, pull out sweaters and scarves and welcome in fall. I'm so thankful for the opportunity to see my family, and the fact that they live in such a fun place to visit is icing on the cake.

Farewell, summer. See you next year!


August 25, 2014

Thankful :: August 2014

This summer is flying. I feel like I just sat down to write July's thankful post and here I am, writing a post for August. Part of me is ready to welcome in fall. Temperatures haven't dipped below 90 and it's unbelievably humid this week. Bring on the hoodies and boots, right? But we have one last summer adventure coming up this week, and then I'll definitely be ready for cool weather and pumpkin spice lattes (and I don't even like pumpkin spice lattes!). Make it a frap and I might be interested.

This month was one of those months I kind of wished away, and now that it's almost over I wish I hadn't done that. I counted down the days until we went out of town or until preschool started (I'm not going to win any mom awards for that one). I just love the routine of fall. But as quickly as it went, August gave us lots to be thankful for. 

Like zoo play dates with preschool friends and their mamas. Crosbi might have had the meltdown of all toddler meltdowns and I might have left the zoo in tears, but I'm thankful for moms who understand and text me later to tell me they have been there. 

Slow mornings to drink my coffee and to turn cereal into a lesson in counting.

Thrift store finds for this mama who doesn't typically like to hunt for clothes. I'm changing my ways!

Rainy days to give a new umbrella from Grandma a spin.

A little girl who is really showing her personality each day. 

For the first day of a new year at preschool. I couldn't love her preschool more. Crosbi's teachers are incredible and for not having family nearby, it feels as much like leaving her with family as it possibly could. I'm so thankful.


August 20, 2014

DIY :: Fireplace Makeover

I feel like a broken record. I haven't said it on my blog, but my husband is tired of hearing me say it. I'm antsy. I'm ready for change. I can blame it on a number of reasons. My childhood was filled with nonstop change. New houses, new siblings, new friends. I lost count of the number of times we moved (in the same town) by the time I got to high school.

College was filled with crazy change. I moved to Nashville. Moved back to Missouri. Got married. Moved back to Nashville. 

Life since we moved here has been nothing if not exciting. We've moved three times. Our "church friends" became extended family members. We both landed our dream jobs (well, both of us landed my dream job). I traveled a ton. We had a BABY. I quit my job and have had two others since then.

And now. Well, life is pretty predictable. Most days feel like Groundhog's Day. I'm so thankful for this season. I really am. I know so many people are praying daily for life to settle down. For predictable days. I'm not ungrateful. I've just become so accustomed to change that now I seek it. I thrive in it. Change I choose, that is. Good change. 

If it were up to me I would sell our house tomorrow and buy some land. Crosbi would have a treehouse and a tire swing. We currently don't have a single tree. I would grow a garden and have big outdoor dinners for friends. We would play horse shoes and badminton. Maybe one day. I don't let go of dreams too easily, so I'm not writing it off.

But that day isn't today. Today I'm choosing to be content where God has me. To soak in the moments with my daughter at home instead of traveling the country. To not worry about crayon marks on the doors because we're not going anywhere. To embrace boring because my life could be filled with hard change and I would be begging for things to be predictable. I believe God is stirring something inside of me, but I also believe he's asking me to be patient. To be thankful. To know that this too shall pass and I'll miss this season. Every second of it. 

So for now I'm making small changes that make me smile. Like little updates to our home. To make this current space a place I love. I'm going to open our doors more and invite friends in. Good coffee and conversation is just as sweet in a small kitchen as it is in anywhere. 

That was a long way around to getting to our fireplace makeover!

To make our home a bit more cozy, we decided to update our fireplace and give it a stone finish. While actual rock can be expensive, we used AirStone from Lowe's. All in we spent $65. Such a great reminder that home updates don't have to be expensive to be impactful. We borrowed a tile saw from my dad which made the process even easier. The entire project took about half a day. I'm pretty thrilled with how it turned out.

Now to decide what to change next!