Monday, February 20, 2017

Mary Scott's Party, LRC Night and Molly Anne

Friday we hung around the house that afternoon and played outside.  It has just been so nice with this warm weather that we can't help but be outside!  Look at our two little buddies playing together.  Mills has to be close to her at all times! ;)

We did a simple grilled cheese, soup and peas dinner that night.  She feeds him way too often.  

Saturday morning we walked to Mary Scott's first birthday party!  It was a garden party!

They have the best toys at their house!

Look at the sweet birthday girl.  I really feel like she was just born!!!  

Sarah always goes above and beyond and then some more with her parties.  They are always perfect!

She served lots of different chicken salads and fruit!  Molly Anne told me the cake was delicious with her saying, "mmmmmmmm!" 

Aren't these flowers amazing?!!

She had the bounce house out and Molly Anne LOVED it.  

Saturday evening Ashlyn came over to watch Molly Anne sleep (ha!) so we could go to our neighborhood Left Right Center party.  We invite the guys in the month of February and it becomes a huge party.  We used to play bunco but it's turned into LRC now.  We all really get into it and it was LOUD on Saturday night.  Easily one of my favorite nights of the year!  

I made these little sausage wonton bites that were super easy and they were gone quickly!  I didn't have any pepper jack or much cheddar so I used cream cheese and a little cheddar instead.  

There were about 50 people there so we split into two longggg tables! 

Sunday morning we played and played!  It had warmed up to over 70 degrees so after her nap we headed outside.  

I really need to bleach the water table before this spring!  It is so gross.  

Molly Anne did so many new things this weekend.  On Friday night, I showed her how her boats in the tub connect and she watched me one time then did it herself.  Yesterday I sneezed across the house and she evidently heard me and said, "bless you."  She did this a couple of weeks ago too but this was the first time Kevin had heard her.  

We also worked on stairs yesterday afternoon some more.  She has been doing them pretty well but we worked on using the rail and she picked it up pretty quickly.  I know Ms. Becky has been working with her on this too.  Stairs scare the daylights out of me!  We don't have stairs on the inside of our house except behind a closed door so she hasn't really been forced to know how to do them yet but now she NEEDS to know!

She is repeating everything you say and saying words that I had no clue she knew.  Her new thing is turning the closet light switch on and off which she can reach from her crib.  So now every time we go get her she is saying, "light, light, light!"  

Another favorite is when we're in the back yard she'll say, "hammock!"  So we go swing in the hammock.  Girlfriend loves that thing!

I feel like she goes in these spurts of just learning so much.  She is really such a sponge these days!  I love it!

Friday, February 17, 2017

Five on Friday - My Five Jobs

Today I thought it would be fun to talk about my five jobs or responsibilities or whatever you want to call them!  They aren't really jobs, well some are, but others are truly a special part of my life!

1.  My real job!  My full time -- plus some -- job.  The one I travel most weeks for.  The one that I get out of the house early in the morning so I can go get Molly Anne as soon as possible in the afternoons.  The one where I manage millions of dollars of other people's money.  The one that has let me have amazing experiences all over the country.  The one I went to school for 5 years for.  The same job I've had for almost 10 years.  I love my work family.  I've known them longer than I've known Kevin which is super weird.  Thankful for them and how amazing they have been to me! 

2.  My favorite job!  Molly Anne! - love my little one and I try really hard to balance my real job with my Molly Anne time and make sure we get to spend quality time every day.  I choose to be with her rather than cook elaborate meals.  I choose to be with her and do chores after she goes to bed at night.  We are intentional with our time together!

3.  My wife job!  Well being a wife isn't really a job (well sometimes it is, haha!) but when your husband owns two businesses, you help him with his job!  I do all of his license renewals for him, I've helped him write business plans, I help him on his office locations among other things...things you do when you have a family business or two!

4.  My part time job!  Building a house!  This is taking lots of time these days but it's getting to the fun part.  We started dreaming this up in December 2015 so it'll be almost a 2 year job by the time we move in!

5.  My other part time job!  Our real estate.  Some of you know that we own some rental properties. We had four properties and five tenants at one point.  Only two properties with two tenants now so that's been a lot better and less time. 

I operate best when busy!  

Thursday, February 16, 2017


Rugs were a hot topic in our household the last couple of weeks because after we got the hardwoods, the sound carried alllll throughout the house and I felt like I couldn't even walk by Molly Anne's room during nap time.  And, I couldn't sleep in our room because Mills was tick tocking around all night and I heard Kevin snoring at an amplified level.  So, I HAD to order rugs even though someone wasn't excited about spending the money after we paid for hardwoods.  

It had been a long time since I had bought a rug so I quickly asked my girlfriends about rugs and rug pads.  They informed me that not all rug pads are created equally and a good thick one was essential.  Done.  

And these rugs will go in our new home.  We (meaning I) kind of picked them out with those colors in mind, not really our current house at all.

So here is what I ordered....

This runner isn't exactly what I wanted but for $68, I'll be able to use it now and in one of the hallways in the new house.  I got this rug pad to go with it.

Second, I ordered this rug in 9x12 from Dash and Albert.  It's the herringbone ocean.  And I got this rug pad for it.  This is for our bedroom.  I think it's too big for our room now but we will be able to use it in our family room of the new house.  

Third, I wanted something with a little zazz for my dressing area because it'll be sorta near the rug in our room.  Plus, I kind of feel like Kevin has no say in what goes in my dressing area so I may as well go big and bold! ;) So, I went with this one.  And this thick rug pad.  

I realize these don't really all together but they won't be by each other in our new house and that's what I really care about.  For now, we just HAD to get something so I can sleep in our room again!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Valentine's Day

Molly Anne got to have a donut on Valentine's morning and I stayed around a little longer than usual to watch her open a couple little treats!  We gave her the magnetic mermaid and princess window clings!  Kevin got her a little stuffed animal and a sweet card too!  

I tried to replicate the picture from last year but she would not stay still!  Busy busy!

Always willing to give Mills a hug, or pull his hair!

We love her!!!

She had a little party at Ms. Becky's!

They made cupcakes....

And they played outside for a couple of hours in the gorgeous weather!

Ms. Becky spoiled them with balloons, stuffed animals, bubbles, necklaces and a magic towel.  She knows Molly Anne well!  She kept saying, "balloooon!!!"

And Ms. Becky spoiled the Mamas too with this cute gift!!!  She is so incredibly thoughtful!

We had a nice little dinner of leftovers last night and it was easy and fun!  After we put Molly Anne to bed, we rolled out our new rug in our room so I was super excited.  And I slept in there for the first time in a few weeks.  First Kevin was sick for two weeks then we got the hardwoods and I hadn't been able to sleep with everything echo'ing.  Now, we're back to normal!

Hope you felt a little love yesterday and every day!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

House Updates

Happy Valentine's Day!  We are celebrating with a little donut this morning and a couple little treats I'll share about this week.

Today I wanted to do a little house update on what we've been up to the last couple of weeks!

First up, determining if we were shifting the house back or up and side to side.  We ended up moving back 4' and over 2' from where we had initially put it.  We wanted to maximize privacy and have as big of a backyard as possible.  It's already going to be a lot smaller than what we have now.  And this is our builder pretending to be a fire place on our covered porch!

Clearing began January 10th so I guess that's when construction officially began!

Clearing wrapped up on the 12th.  

We had the big dirt escapade at the end of January when they started digging footers and we ended up not having bad dirt.  Thank you to the engineers we use through my work for helping me out on this and shame on those other cats for saying we had a $20,000 problem.  Thankful I knew to get a second opinion.  

Footers got finished being dug last Monday, February 6th.  

Rebar got installed on Tuesday, February 7th.  

Concrete was poured on Wednesday, February 8th.

Thursday the concrete cured. 

Friday the 10th, they did some rough grading on the lot, surveyed and dropped off the block for foundations.

Yesterday they started laying the block!  This will take 5-7 business days then framing will begin in 2 weeks.  That will take 4 weeks.  I'm exciting for this so we can see what our floor plan kind of looks like!  Hopefully it's not dysfunctional ahhhh!  

So that's where we are now!  Thank you for humoring me by being interested in all of this.  Haha!  I look forward to re-reading all of this in 8 months when I'm still freaking out about every little detail!