Thursday, November 24, 2011

House Update

Well we are about one week away from being in our new home. It has been a rough road but we are so close I CAN FEEL IT!!! The floors are all finished now and the bathrooms are all installed. The only thing left now is to finish putting the countertops on and the grout in the kitchen has to be scraped? Not sure about that. But it will all be complete by next Saturday. Here are a  few pictures that I have taken over the past few days.

Boys Bathroom

Kitchen/Living Room
The one countertop is out in the middle because we don't have the sink in yet.
Notice Karson on the right. He LOVES being at the new house. It has been a constant worry for me since we started building. I know they are young but I still worry it will confuse them and they won't want to leave their old house. But they LOVE the new house and I am so happy. It has been a prayer answered. Let's just hope they continue to like the new house and not ask about the old house.

Built in Bookshelves will be in there and a fireplace/tv on the wall

Mommy's wonderful helper. LOVES to clean!

We will be moving out of our "old" house on Saturday. Please say a prayer for us. It will be a hard day for me. This is the first home we had as a married couple and then we brought both of our boys here to this house. We know that our new house is better in all aspects but the old house still has many memories and it's bitter sweet. Say a little prayer for these two sweet boys that they continue to do well in the move over the weekend. It has been rough on everyone. But we will get through it!!

"We may not have it ALL together.........but together we have it ALL"

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

House Update

We are weeks away from being in our new house!! The Lord really knew what he was doing by making us wait until this time. It is almost time for my month long break from school. It will actually work out perfect. Even though I am impatient about moving in I know we have to wait for a reason. It's God's reason. Here are some pictures of the progress.

The kitchen. Not finished but almost getting there. 

The siding is almost done! They are still about 2 days from being done.
We went with an "Ivy" colored siding. It is actually a green. We knew from the beginning we didn't want a plain color like white, cream, tan because there are SO many houses with these colors. We wanted something different. We went back and forth between gray and a light blue. But then we saw a house with this color siding on it and asked them if they had any extra we could take to match up. They DID let us have an extra piece and we took it to Norandex and they matched it up for us. We trimmed the house in white and with the white windows we think it looks great. Can't wait for our Hunter Green shutters.

Still have white columns for the back and front porches and the white railing.

Here's to hoping that we are in the house in 3 WEEKS!!
Come on work work!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Day in the Life

Since August when school started back, I have been living for the weekends. Even though my classes are mainly until 1 or so it's not so bad but I feel like I miss out on the boys so much. It's such an adjustment but I know it will be for the better. Here is a sneak peak of our typical "weekday" day.

6:40 - Kip wakes up. Change him, watch cartoons with him.
Get ready myself.

7:30 - Wake up Karson. He is such a late sleeper that I ALWAYS have to wake him up.
Try to feed him something but he normally wont eat until 9ish.
Finish getting ready. Bags all packed for me and the boys.

8:15 - Head to the door. Coats, shoes, all that. (Seems like this takes forever each day. One of my most dreaded tasks)

8:20 - At the babysitters (Street behind where we live) Say goodbyes to the boys.

8:30 - Be at the Elementary School.

12:40 - Pick up boys from the babysitter.
Head home. Get them in their jammies for nap time. (another reason why I have so much laundry)

1:00 - NAPTIME for both boys. Even though I have always looked forward to naptime and my boys KNOW when it's naptime and are really ready for this time everyday I almost wish I could see them a bit more before naptime. But since they are on such a schedule they are ready by 1:00 and so they go down.

I am normally cleaning, doing homework, talking to Kevin, making phone calls, etc. It seems like naptime FLIES by and most days I only got a few things done. I never get a nap anymore. I SHOULD just lay down but I feel guilty if I'm not working on something.

3:30/4:00 - Boys wake up from nap.
Play, Prep for dinner

5:30 - Dinner

Clean up dinner, Play, Run an errand if needed

7:00 - Baths for boys


7:30/8:00 - Kipton's bedtime. (story, teeth)

Play with Karson. Finish up cleaning with Karson. Craft/Learning activity

9:00 - Karson's bedtime. (This has been a struggle latley. He has not wanted to go to bed at 9 so it's sometimes even 9:30 which I think is WAY too late for a 2 1/2 year old...BUT some nights there is nothing more I can do. He is just not tired yet. Sometimes I feel like he takes too long of a nap but he NEEDS his nap.

Then it's homework, cleaning, getting ready for the next day, bags packed, etc.

Then it starts all over again. Sounds exciting huh? Yeah not really I know. Somewhere in there is a lot of house talking and sometimes going to the house to check on progress and all that goes with that. Kevin has been so busy latley with work and working on the house that he is normally gone but when he is home he steps right in there and helps which I am so thankful for.

Hope you enjoyed seeing a day in our life.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Interview with Karson (32 months)

I did this same interview with Karson a few months ago. I wanted to ask him the questions again to see how his answers would differ. Karson is a TALKER. He talks from the time he wakes up until he goes to bed. He is constantly asking me questions or telling me things. If he is quiet, he is getting into trouble or sleepy. Other than that he is talking. Some people ask if Kipton is talking because they don't hear him much. I said yes but he has no time to talk because his brother is constantly talking and won't let him get a word in.

What is your name: Karson

How old are you: Free

What is your favorite color: Orange

Who is your best friend: Drew (neighbor boy)

What is your favorite animal: Horsie

Where do you want to work when you grow up: On the new house

What is your favorite movie? Toy Story

What is your favorite cartoon: Woody

What makes you happy: Mommy :)

Where is your favorite place: TO MUSIC CLASSS

Who is your best friend: Mommy

What is your favorite food to eat: Orange

Who's your friend at church: The monster coming
What are your favorite shoes: My crocs

Who do you love? Mommy

What do you want for Christmas? A bicycle
Karson is so sweet and loving. He is always sharing food with people which I think is super sweet of a 2 year old. He has learned so much from having a little brother. He has a gentle spirit. I am so happy to have him in my life. He is always saying something funny and keeping us laughing. I love watching him grow.

Monday, November 7, 2011


Here goes my first "honest" post. I have really been struggling with having patience. There are many things in my life right now that require ALOT of patience. One being mothering two boys. Another being the construction of a new home. There has not been one week since the ground breaking that I haven't lost my patience over the house. These five months have been super stressful. I have found some good research on what the bible says about patience.

Found from:

"Patience is essential to our salvation. The Bible says that hope is needed to be patience. For Christians it is our hope in Jesus Christ that brings patience. If we have no hope, we have no need for patience. Patience is also closely aligned with love as well as hope. Love is full of patience and hope. Just as God is a God of love, He desires for us to love Him as well as others. With God being a God of love, He is also patient. God is patiently waiting on us to come around to His way of thinking. Patience is essential to our salvation. Once we accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, patience is required to enable us to maintain our hope in God's promises and to keep Jesus as the Lord of our lives."

I have really tried to remember that not everything has to be done "right now" and things will get done when the time is right. I feel that patience is a hard thing for every mother. I am praying for more patience in this season of my life.
Speaking of patience, how hard is it to get good pictures of the boys now days? HAHA! Here are a few that I got the other day. Wish I could just bottle them up on this day. They were so perfect!

Probably my favorite picture of the day. Kipton is easier to take pictures of but he doesn't give me the smiles that Karson can.

Be still in the presence of the Lord, and wait patiently for him to act. Don’t worry about evil people who prosper or fret about their wicked schemes. Stop being angry! Turn from your rage! Do not lose your temper—it only leads to harm. For the wicked will be destroyed, but those who trust in the Lord will possess the land. Psalm 37:7-9

My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man's anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires.James 1:19-20

Just for my reminder: Kipton 15 months - Karson 32 months

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Random Pictures Post

I have had a bunch of pictures on my camera that I really haven't posted anywhere. So here's a post with a bunch of random pictures.

The boys at the new house. The workers were finishing up the primer this day. It is hard to have the boys out there with lots of things for them to get into. We normally just go look and then leave when they are actually working.
Really looking forward to our new front porch. Will be even more excited when there is railing up and I don't have to watch Kipton's every move.

Both of my boys have always done this in the car. Putting their hands behind their heads. I guess it's a GUY thing? HA HA

A pumpkin hat that my mom crocheted for Kipton. Super cute :)

Mr. Ham

This was a funny playdoh day. Karson made me a bracelet all by himself. He knew exactly how to roll it like a snake and then attach it together to make a circle. He said "Here Mommy! I made something for you"
Kipton's 1st try at Playdoh. He did GREAT! Didn't even attempt to eat it
This was a Friday night that Kevin was working. I was determined to get us out of the house that night so we had a dinner date to Chick-fil-a. (Karson picked) So here is our attempt at using the self-timer on the camera for the first time. Actually pretty tricky, but I love the boys expressions.


Have a great Sunday!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Trick or Treat 2011

Well the boys Karson had a great time trick or treating. Besides the costume battle we had a great time. Karson ended up being a giraffe and Kipton was still baby Jaguar. (Supposed to have been a Diego with him but you know how that goes)

Little brother had an OK time but after a few streets he was D.O.N.E and ready for bath and bed.
We cut the night short after an hour of walking around with neighbor friends and took the boys in for baths and bed for Kip. Karson on the other hand was a little hyped from the few suckers he had while trick or treating. Silly boy!

Kevin and Unc Two with their boys

Tired boy who needed a sucker to make it back home. HA

Karson is not usually scared of anything but he would not go under this big black cat to have his picture made. So it was just Cousin Dane and Kipton with me :)

Nana and Erin were back at our house passing out candy to the kids while we were taking the boys around the neighborhood. We came home and Erin helped me get the boys bathed and the house picked up.
Thankful for a great Nana & Friend.

A great night for our Family of Four :)

Hope all of you enjoyed a great family night!!!