Oh Baby!

Hope everyone had a fantastic Easter!

Here are our Easter cuties.

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And even a picture with the cutie that is still in utero. IMG_3553

This past week was spring break and it was so nice having Tim home to enjoy it with us. Working for the school district rocks! We were able to get so much accomplished, with the biggest task being our vegetable garden.

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And this is when you know you official wore your husband out. You did good, Babe!IMG_3518

We are putting some of our Pinterest pins to the test and trying out pallet gardening. We planted our cucumbers, watermelon and cantaloupe in them. Basically, the plants that grow every which way. The pallets we received for free and the dirt we bought by the truckload for $22 a load (it only took half the truckload to fill the pallets).  Whether or not it works, it’s been extremely cheap to test out. I still have my fingers crossed that Pinterest won’t fail me. I’ll be sure to keep you updated!

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Last week we also found out if Baby #3 is a boy or girl!!!

As soon as I saw this profile picture of our baby, I knew right away what we were having.

Two reasons how: the face and the baby’s behavior.

Whether you want to call it a mother’s intuition or what, I knew instantly that the little face on the screen was the face of my baby boy! The second big giveaway was his behavior. There he is sleeping and racked back! His arms are stretched out above his head and he’s resting his legs on my uterine walls. Life is good. I’m surprised he doesn’t have a “DO NOT DISTURB” sign hanging in there.

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For the most part, all my pregnancy symptoms have matched up with my symptoms I had with Evan; a big appetite followed by rapid weight gain. So yeah, I might have gained 6 pounds this past month. I guess that should have been clue #1.

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❤ ❤ ❤ I’ll leave you with these two pictures ❤ ❤ ❤

My oldest giving me the stink eye because I interrupted his fishing…

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And my baby girl who picks me a bouquet of flowers everyday.IMG_5219

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Valentine / Part 1

Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching. Eeekkk!!!  To help get the party started, I wanted to share this fun and simple crochet pattern with y’all! 

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Needle: 2.55mm

Abbreviations:

SC = single crochet

DC= double crochet

HDC = half double crochet

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Chain 4, slip stitch to form a ring.IMG_3226

Chain 2, 9 DC in ring.
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 1DC, 1HDC

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1HDC, 1DC

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 This is half of your heart. Continue around with:

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1HDC, 1DC

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Slip stitch in the middle ring and fasten off.

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Hot glue it to an alligator clip and then you will have the perfect bow for your little girl to wear on Valentine’s Day!

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 Hope you enjoyed this sugar free treat.  Stay tuned for Valentine / Part 2 where a whole bunch of sweetness will be involved!

Hello 2015

We hope and pray everyone had a very merry Christmas because we surely did! We love this time of year because not only do we get to celebrate the birth of our Lord and Saviour, we also get to enjoy time with family and devour all the delicious food together. This Christmas was one of the best for our family. The kids are at a great age for this holiday and it was a true joy watching them open all their presents. Not only was Santa good to Evan and Reese, he was also good to Tim and I.

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Evan’s favorite gift was his punching bag and gloves set while Reese’s was her princess bicycle.

My parents bought Tim and I a new Dyson to add to our collection. It’s the cordless DC44 animal. It’s amazing how free you feel when there is no electrical cord. You become unstoppable!!!

IMG_3015We just love our new cleaning toy and it helped make Christmas cleanup effortless and painless. Tim has always been our designated “vacuumer” in our home. He’s got some smooth moves and I just can’t compete with them. I always make sure to tell him how sexy he is when cleaning. I’m sure every wife can testify to the instant transformation that happens when their husbands start cleaning. It can’t be fully explained, but it’s a fact!

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After Christmas festivities, New Year’s Eve celebration was next on tap. We celebrated in southern style and ate Frogmore Stew, a.k.a. Lowcountry Boil.  If you’re not a Southerner or never heard of it before, it’s a mixture of corn on the cob, sausage, potatoes, onions, and shrimp.  Our shrimp (hard to see, but it’s all underneath the potatoes and corn) was fresh off the boat. Literally. My parents drove to McClellanville and bought them as soon as the shrimp boat docked.

It was absolutely delicious, but my hands still smell shrimpy.

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Tim and I are extremely excited about 2015. Lots of new things are happening already for us and I can’t wait to see it all unfold. It also makes me very nervous at times, because we will have a kindergartener in our home come August 😦

Wishing everyone a very happy 2015!

Birthday Boy

My big boy Evan officially turned the Big 5 today. Man, did those five years fly by.

He went from a brown-haired baby…
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quickly to a curly blonde…{age 1}

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then to a toddler with a full head of thick, coarse blonde hair.

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By his third birthday his hair started darkening up…

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and it got even darker by his fourth birthday (which also clearly indicates how I forgot to give him a haircut). Whoopsy!

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 Now, here he is with dirty blonde hair and a fresh trim.

View More: http://sullyandwillisphotography.pass.us/knight-cottonTim and I love this boy dearly and he is truly a special gift from God.

We spent this past Friday and Saturday celebrating his birthday with a campout in our backyard.

{keep reading to see my chalkboard secret}

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The menu consisted of “campfire flames” (cheese puffs), trail mix, a cheese platter, and some grub (Chick-Fil-A) nuggets and pigs-in-a-blanket). For dessert we had “bear poo” (homemade chocolate donut balls) and cupcakes.
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My birthday boy was having so much fun that I hardly got any pictures of him {read: it’s hard playing party host and photographer}. After he opened his presents, I was able to quickly snatch him up for a quick picture.
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Frosty, our piñata choice, didn’t stand a chance. He was instantly decapitated.  I kept waiting for “A Funniest Home Video” moment with the bat, but sadly, it didn’t happen. IMG_2772

The party was an absolute blast! Evan, and his friends actually slept in the tent (Tim too) while Reese and I settled for the king size bed.

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Here’s my chalkboard secret I want to leave y’all with. I’m no calligraphist or artist so here’s the secret to drawing perfect letters on a chalkboard.

Using a computer, go to a Word document and choose your font preference for the wording you wish to create.  Once you’ve created it, print it.

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Flip it over and rub the backside with chalk.

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Next, using tape, hang your print out on a chalkboard.

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Using a pencil, firmly trace your letters. Once you’re done tracing, remove the paper.

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Lastly, using a chalk pen, go back and outline the letters.

IMG_2728There you go. It’s that easy! This little trick takes your chalkboard drawings to whole new level. There are so many different possibilities you can create; I’m thinking a Bible verse or an inspirational quote in a fancy font would make great Christmas gifts.

Welcome Fall, I’m So Happy to See You!

I’ve been perusing Pinterest searching for all the fun Fall, Halloween, and Thanksgiving ideas. I’ve found some good “pins” and figured I should share my discoveries.  The first one came from a fellow blogger.  Sharing all our talents, stories, recipes, and lives is what I love most about this whole “blogosphere”.  I will forever be thankful to Shanty 2 Chic for posting these.  I see tons of banners in my future!

4da9f2942c8f5768088e7fe005c5b0a6Banner letters and cutouts, courtesy of Shanty 2 Chic

Here’s what I made from her cutouts.

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I printed “BOO” on bright orange card stock and then glued it onto black card stock.  I found my cute little black clothes pins and black twine at Joann’s.  I also picked up a four pack (white, orange, pink, purple) of chalk pens.  Get some; they will forever change your life!!!

Here’s another fun printable.

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I plan on doing this with pictures of Evan and Reese.  Tim will have a surprise when he comes home from work. It never fails, he always heads straight for the refrigerator for an afternoon snack.

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A fun and easy lunch idea.

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Fall to-do list

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We checked “camping”, “sleeping in a tent”, “s’mores”, and “bonfire” off the list this past weekend.

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Hope everyone has a great weekend. We’ve got a trunk-or-treat to attend on Saturday and family pictures on Sunday {in a cotton field}.

Moving On Up…(not necessarily to the east side)

Reese has finally graduated to her BIG girl bed, and everything else is s l o w l y coming together.

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  The bed belonged to Tim as a child. We repainted it and now it looks good as new!

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Don’t be afraid to paint old furniture; it’s fairly simple, plus it makes for a great vintage look.  All the furniture pieces that make up Ree’s room we painted ourselves: the bed, dresser, nightstand, hope chest, and mirror. I call it the “Painter’s Blue Light Special Room.”  I just can’t help it; I’m a practical gal who loves anything old with sentimental value. 

Overall, I’m loving how everything is coming together, but I do want to make changes to this area (see below).

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The castle in Ree’s room is from Discovery Kid. She absolutely loves it and she stores all of her babies in there. It serves a great purpose, but I’m on the hunt for something to make that area more of a reading nook. Before the castle, we had a rocking chair in place, which is where I would rock and read to her as a baby. Sniff, Sniff.

Since the bookshelves are still up, I’ve been looking at teepees or canopies to transform that corner of her room into her very own reading nook.

Teepees look like a lot of fun, and as a huge bonus, they fold up and can be easily moved.

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I like how this one is smaller.

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And then there is the canopy. I’m just in love with these from The Land of Nod.

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I’m saddened Pottery Barn Kids discontinued this canopy. This would have been perfect in Evan’s room.

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My husband and I are all about recycling our old furniture we used and abused as children, by transforming them into a beautiful piece our children can use now. Tim and I actually have all of our old beds stored in our garage; full and queen size frames just waiting to be painted!

So go rummage through your parent’s attic and claim your old furniture to pass along to your children!

Birthday Fun

Hope everyone had a great weekend. We surely did, but now it is Monday and two out of our family of four woke up sick. Tim can’t move out of bed and Evan is green with nausea. He doesn’t move an inch without his pot to puke in. Boo, for Monday mornings!

Yesterday, my hunk of a husband turned 33 years old.

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Tim, my dad, and little brother, Seth, spent the weekend hiking in North Carolina, primitive style.  Tim’s and my dad’s birthdays are only 6 days apart, so they decided hiking in the back hills of North Carolina with only a back pack and the necessary essentials for three days would be a great way to celebrate turning 33 and 58 years old, respectively. Those party animals. No wonder why Tim can’t move out of bed this morning; too much fun hurts!

They arrived back home Sunday evening and we welcomed them with a big birthday feast which included: lasagna, salad, bread, and birthday cake.  Their famished tummies appreciated it, and so did my satiated one.

They came back h0me with the aroma of wilderness and the scent of their natural pheromones in overdrive. Regardless of their odor, somehow men have the ability to still look good after three days with no shower, well at least my Lovebug does. The picture above proves it. However, you can thank me its not a scratch and sniff.

Happy Monday everyone!

Jamberry!

Just wanted to stop in real quick and share my new love.

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I’m currently on day three wearing my Jamberry nail wraps, and I’m amazed how well they are holding up.  I am always cleaning my castle, and I am astounded how great they still look after all the cleaning detergents I use daily.  Oh, and let’s not forget those pots and pans I wash every night in scolding hot water!

My baby girl even let me apply them to her little sausages. Bless those feet!

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Jamberry has a great junior collection. Ree would love these.




And the holiday collection is just so much fun.





Go check their website out! A sweet friend from my church is a consultant and I ordered mine from her. We actually had a Jamberry party in our class Sunday night…don’t be jealous, just come and join us!

My Thirst is Quenched

Good Saturday morning. I have something better than Gatorade to quench your thirst!

I’ve been singing this song all week long and have played it only a bajillion times.  It’s such a great song and reminds me to “let go, and let God”. And let’s just say that I need that reminder…DAILY!

Revelation 21:6 “And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.” 

Oh, how sweet, the last word FREELY is.  It’s not a quid pro quo relationship, Hallelujah!

Revelation 22:17 “And the Spirit and the bride say, Come.  And let him that hearth say, Come.  And let him that is athirst come.  And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.”

Oh, “whosoever will”, simply equitable. I love it!

I’m just a sinner saved by grace who visits the well repeatedly. Completely humbled by His mercy!

Life’s a Beach, Dude

 

I’m about to blow up this post with nothing but photos.

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I’m usually not one for “beachy” family photos.  It’s the combination of sand and water within a .005 mile radius that sends my anxiety level into overdrive.  Not to mention way too many uncontrollable variables for my liking.

For example:

1) How am I ever going to keep Evan out of the water?

2) How am I going to keep Tim from sweating profusely?

3) How am I going to keep my hair from frizzing up like a chia pet?

4) How am I going to keep Tim’s hair from frizzing up and looking like Buzz from Home Alone?

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Is that Biff? And why must he always hold my belly like I’m pregnant?

Needless to say, my BFF photographer is the best! The art of taking incredible pictures comes natural to her. That is huge! There are so many “photographers” out there that charge outrageous fees (in my opinion) for their services, but are missing the fundamentals.  Not only does she understand lighting and how it corresponds with her camera, she also relates so well with her clients.  Go check out more of her work on her Facebook page, “Sully and Willis Photography”!

I’m going to leave you with a few more of her photos she took of my baby girl. My male child wanted nothing to do with posing in a field of sunflowers.  I don’t get it.

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I’m still having dreams about this sunflower field.