Monthly archives: April, 2016

5 Things I Want to Do This Fall

I love all of the season changes, but the season change I love the most is summer turning into fall. I love back to school preparation, football season, cooler weather, mums, pumpkins, harvest time, fall decor, layering my clothes, soups, and hot drinks. Something about fall just makes me feel all warm and cozy.

Instead of sharing my top five highlights of the week today, I wanted to share the top 5 things I want to do this fall.

1. Decorate My House and Front Porch

2. Go to a Pumpkin Patch and/or Corn Maze

3. Go to Craft Festivals

This is at the parade of the craft festival my hometown has each year. I’m so excited to go this year because I didn’t get to last year. We had just got home from the hospital with LB, so we had to miss.

4. Go to Chili Fest

Chili Fest is a get together my parents have at their house the last weekend of September every year. It is the same weekend as the crafts festival (pictured above). Since we had to miss it last year, I’m super excited about it this year!

5. Get Our Family Pictures Taken

That One Time I Took My Newborn Grocery Shopping…

Earlier this week I linked up with Emily to share my grateful heart. I shared how grateful I was that it was a new month so our budget would start over and I could get some new groceries! Many of you seemed to relate to that story, so today I thought I would share the story of my trip to the grocery store with my newborn. I hope you enjoy this one too!

When I first got married I hated grocery shopping. I was overwhelmed by it, I didn’t know my way around the store, and it cost so darn much money! After several months of complaining about it, I finally told myself I have to learn how to enjoy this. I told myself it’s not going away, so just get used to it!

So that’s what I did.

And now I actually enjoy going to the grocery store. I really like planning my menu, making my list, taking inventory, gathering up coupons and sale ads, and my reusable shopping bags.

shopping with a newborn

ANYWAY! On to my story!

LB was probably only about a month old when I decided I would take him to the grocery store with me.

Just Another Reason Why Men Are Different Than Women…

I wanted to share with you just another short and sweet reason why men are different than women… 🙂

I witnessed this in my own home just yesterday.

Our dog, Rosie, has gotten into a bad habit of going to the neighbor’s houses each time she is out of her pen. I don’t think this bothers them, but it bothers us. We really don’t want her roaming around, but we hate to keep her penned up all day, everyday. We’ve been tying up her through the day and letting her loose in the evenings, when we are generally outside anyway. Since she’s been tied up, we have to watch her in case she tangles herself up, which she always does.

I looked out the sliding glass door yesterday to find Cambre like this:

You may be wondering…”What on earth is he doing?” Well, I wondered the same thing, so I went out on the deck to see for myself. Upon further investigation, I discovered he was untangling Rosie.

Here is where I realized yet another difference between my husband and I. It never would have crossed my mind to lean half of my body over the deck to untie a dog.

Pattern Mixing Pillows

Lately I had been needing a change with the throw pillows on our bed. They just seemed boring to me, and I thought a new pattern would really change the look of our bed.

Pattern Mixing Throw Pillows

I also really want to practice my sewing skills, so a trip to Hobby Lobby for fabric was just what I needed! I bought two different kinds of fabric to sew slip covers for the throw pillows. When my mom and dad were here over the weekend, she helped me get started and I finished up the project yesterday.

The slip covers were really easy to sew, even of you’re a beginner, like me. I should have taken pictures of the process, but I forgot (bad blogger)! Basically we just measured the pillows and cut the fabric accordingly. Then, we brought up the long ends of the fabric to overlap in the middle. We hemmed the ends that would overlap, leaving an opening for the pillow to go into. We sewed up the sides, turned the cover to right side out, and stuffed in the pillows. Easy as pie! I also really like that I’ll be able to take these slip covers off and wash them if need be.

A Festive Weekend

This weekend was one of my very favorite weekends of the entire year. My little hometown has its annual Heritage Days Reunion, aka the Fall Festival, and my parents have a big get together at their house we call “Chili Fest.”

The Fall Festival is on Saturday and Sunday, with Saturday being the busiest day. When Cambre and I started dating I tried to explain to him just how big of a deal the Fall Festival is, but he didn’t believe it until he saw it. Our little town of about 1,300 people grows to about 50,000 over the weekend. Seriously. Craft booths, food vendors, tractors, and a few bands fill up the town square, hill, and around the mill. I love the festival so very much, but for some reason it wasn’t as fun pushing a stroller up and down a hill through hoards of people.

See what I mean? We watched the parade at 10:00 am then walked around for a little bit. It was hot. And there were a ton of people. And we had a stroller. And LB was done. So we left.

After the festival we headed back out to my parents house to help get the final things set up for Chili Fest.

7 Things About Me

There is a fun little game going on in blog land where bloggers share 7 random things about themselves, nominate other bloggers and give a shout out to the blogger that nominated them. Last week I was nominated by Carolina from Mama Instincts. If you haven’t swung by her blog lately, do it! I can tell from what she writes she loves motherhood and building her home. I really enjoyed this post of hers, or this one.

I’ve done a few posts in the past where I share random facts about myself. You can read them here or here.

1. I love to craft, but I’m never completely satisfied with the way my projects turn out. They always look so much better in my head.

2. We don’t have cable, satellite TV, or netflix. And on top of that our internet is limited. I just don’t watch that much TV – I’m so annoyed with how much garbage is on there and it’s not even that entertaining.

3. I hate brushing my teeth. Don’t worry, I do it. I just hate it. I hate running the brush all around in my mouth with toothpaste foaming up. It was horrible when I was pregnant and nauseous all the time!

10 Things I Have Learned to do One Handed

Within the first hour of motherhood I came to the realization that I do not have enough hands. As I sat in my hospital bed trying to nurse LB for the very first time, the nurse told me “you’ll quickly learn that you need another set of hands now!”

10 Things I’ve Learned to do One Handed – The Contented Wife Blog

Truer words have never been spoken. Today I’d like to share with you 10 things I’ve learned to do one handed, with a baby on my hip, since becoming a mama. Please feel free to add to this list by leaving a comment! I’m sure there are MANY more things I’ve yet to learn. 🙂

1. Put on makeup, mascara specifically
2. Push a shopping cart
3. Vacuum
4. Fold clothes
5. Stir/cook
6. Eat
7. Brush my teeth
8. Type (hunt and peck)
9. Empty the dishwasher
10. Make the bed

Raising Family Oriented Children

I would consider myself to be pretty family oriented, especially now that I have my own. Unfortunately when I was a teenager I went through the typical “too cool” stage where my parents knew nothing, I wouldn’t be caught dead at home on a weekend night, and more time was spent with friends than family. When I moved (a whole hour away) to college I realized how blessed I was to come from such a wonderful family, who strives to please the Lord, truly enjoy each other’s company, and who, no matter what, will always love you and be there for you.

Although it still took me a few years to mature, it was around this same time that I started coming home on the weekends and happily spending Friday nights at home with my parents. Suddenly, they were cool. They had a funny sense of humor. They gave good advice. They had (have) an awesome marriage and their own little inside jokes. My, my how our perspectives change in just a few short years.

My wonderful parents.
Fast forward to now.

familyI crave family time with Cambre and LB, and with our extended families. Part of this is due to the fact that my love language is quality time, but part of it, I believe, is because my parents raised me to be a family oriented person.