Monday, April 21, 2014

Easter Weekend

We had a great weekend celebrating Easter with friends and family! 

Friday, we hosted a little Easter playgroup/egg hunt for the mommas and kids in our a small group. We were missing a few, but had a fun morning with this cute group.

These 3 sweet friends are all the same age and have been friends since they were little bitty. Here they are 2 years ago at our small group Easter egg hunt and then again this year. We may recreate this picture every year until they are grown. ;)

Friday night, our church hosted a Good Friday Service. Our friend, Jackie, went with us to the service and to eat afterwards. Her husband plays minor league baseball, so he is at spring training right now while Jackie finishes up her last few weeks of college here. We loved having her as part of our family Friday night. Jillian really loves Jackie! She has asked me twice in the past week if Jackie can come spend the night with her. :) 

Easter morning...I love seeing these two in coordinating clothes! 

Our little fam before church.

Josh's parents spent Easter with us this year. 

We had my family over for lunch as well. It was fun spending Elliott's 1st Easter with her! 

My parents with the 3 grandkids. 

Hunting Easter eggs in our backyard later Sunday evening. It got a little competitive between these 2. :)

We had such a great day celebrating the Resurrection! We hope you did as well!!

The moon and stars they wept
The morning sun was dead
The Savior of the world was fallen
His body on the cross
His blood poured out for us
The weight of every curse was broken

One final breath He gave
As Heaven looked away
The Son of God was laid in darkness
A battle in the grave
The war on death was waged
The power of hell forever broken

The ground began to shake
The stone was rolled away
His perfect love could not be overcome
Now death where is your sting
Our resurrected King has rendered you defeated

Forever, He is glorified
Forever, He is lifted high
Forever, He is risen
He is alive
He is alive

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Orange, Blue and Grey Dining Room Makeover

After living in our house for 15 months and making no progress on our dining room, I hired my sweet, incredibly talented friend, Katie, from Katie Grace Designs to tackle this big empty space! 

I love neutral rooms in other homes, but for our house color is a must! Our new dining room is fun and funky, while still being a classy dining space! The bright, bold colors help it feel a bit more casual, which I love. We cannot wait to entertain family and friends in this room! 

The awesome light fixture is just a storage basket with a light built into it. This was such a reasonable alternative to purchasing a new, large light fixture. And it adds such a fun texture to the room! 

 Katie found this fabulous fabric that I just loved! It was central to the room design. I love that it is such a great combination of orange, grey, blue and yellow.  We had the parsons chairs already {they are ivory leather}, so slipcovers made for an easy change in the look of the chairs. 

The middle 4 chairs have shorter slipcovers in the grey linen. It's the same fabric used for the curtains. We ordered the rug online and I was so pleased with the way it looked in person. The table was my grandmother's. I blogged, here, about refinishing it. 

One of my favorite things about the room is the custom artwork by Amanda Kella. These are canvas pieces in simple, modern frames from Hobby Lobby. 

A close-up of her AMAZING work! 

This china cabinet was Josh's grandmothers {and I think it belonged to her mother} so it had been in their family for a while. It was brave to paint it blue, but I LOVE the way it turned out! My friend Emily painted it and did such a great job! It's special to us that we have furniture pieces from both of our maternal grandmothers in our dining room. 

Emily kept the original hardware on the china cabinet and painted it silver. So fun! Right now I have some of my everyday Target dishes in there, but I'm planning to put my china in the cabinet. I've used our formal china once in 6.5 years of marriage. ;) 

 Love all the pops of color! 

One more look at the room! 

This room is so us! We absolutely LOVE it, and it's honestly better than what we could have imagined! Katie made the entire process so easy and fun, and she took care of every detail. I cannot say enough great things about working with her. She is SO good at what she does. It's so fun to see friends use their gifts and passions to bless and help others.

If you are not local, Katie does design boards as one of her design services. It's a great option!

Thanks, Katie, for the awesome room! I'm already thinking about what room we can tackle next! :)

Monday, April 14, 2014

weekend recap

How is it already Monday?? The weekend seemed to just fly by around here! 

Friday night was date night for us! We didn't really have any big plans for that night. Since it was SO nice outside, we decided to go running at Lake Fayetteville and then to eat Mexican food after we ran. It was a fun, relaxing night! 

Saturday, we ran to Lowe's to grab some things to work in the yard. 

Pruning, digging, planting, and mulching was how we spent the day. These two were big helpers! ;) And I always forget how many muscles I use when I do yard work. I was sore on Sunday morning! 

We found a headboard for Jillian's bed on Saturday. We transitioned her from a toddler bed in January and I've needed to add a headboard to her bed, but I just had not found one I loved until this weekend. 
This is a perfect fit for her girly room! 

She loves it! ;) 

Sunday, we went to church. Brody loves when we get to ride the golf cart to the car! 

Jillian and I played "salon" on Sunday afternoon. I will let you guess who the stylist was...

She also played dress-up, which included prancing around the house in my leopard booties! 

Last night, I planned to make banana pancakes for dinner since we had some very ripe bananas. Brody asked if we could add in chocolate chips to the batter, so we had banana chocolate chips pancakes. We topped them with lots of extra toppings to make them extra good. They we delicious and honestly tasted like we had dessert for supper! 

I hope you all had a great weekend! 

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Girls Night Out

Our couples small group from church meets weekly in our home on Wednesday nights, but last night we decided to have a girls/guys night instead of meeting together! 

The girls all met at Junque 2 Jewel, which is a local place that does craft classes/parties. We opted to do spring door hangers as our craft. It was SO much fun!

Ashleigh, Brittany and Melissa

Stacey and Meredith

The craft parties are 3 hours long, so Melissa made dinner for us so we could eat and craft. She made Pampered Chef Mediterranean pizza and it was SO good! 

I opted to do an "F" for our door so that I could keep it up through spring and summer. It took me a sweet forever to decide what I wanted to paint on it! Ha!

Shannon kept her "S" neutral to match her house decor. It was distressed white and was so cute! 

We spent a good amount of time at the drying station between each layer of paint! Such a good trick for quickly drying paint. 

Stacy did a paisley stencil on her door hanger. They had tons of stencil options there to choose from! 

All of the girls with our finished door hangers!

My finished door hanger. I really love the way it turned out!  

Such a fun night! I'm thankful for these girls and the opportunity to do life with them!

Happy Thursday!  

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

weekend recap

I'm a little late on our weekend recap! Better late than never! ;)

This weekend, our church hosted a College Girls Retreat. I helped plan and prepare for the weekend, so last week was fun and busy as we worked on all the details for this weekend! 

This was my table group for the weekend! These girls spent the night at my house on Friday night. They were so much fun! I loved having them in our home this weekend! 

I got to speak to the entire group on Saturday about finding our identity in Christ. I was thankful for the opportunity to share with all of the girls. It was a fun retreat!

I stayed at church for a little while after the retreat was over to get ready for another event on Sunday. Once I left church I parked it on my couch with Slims and did not move the rest of the afternoon. 

While I was having fun here, Josh and the kids spent Friday night and Saturday at Josh's parents house fishing and hanging out with his parents. They got home late Saturday night! 

Sunday was Kids Day at our church and the Preschool Ministry theme for the day was Frozen. Jillian was beyond excited to get to dress-up as Anna!

Anna and Anna…Jillian and her sweet friend, Addison! 

Jillian and Baylen…This Olaf costume was so cute! 

Annas and Elsas! 

And all good weekends include homemade chocolate chip cookies! ;)

I hope you all are having a great week! 

Monday, March 31, 2014

Spring Break Fun

We were on Spring Break this past week! It was so great to have a little break from our typical busy week!

Josh flew out on Sunday for a short work trip, so it was just the kids and me hanging out at the beginning of the week. Josh has traveled 4 of the past 8 weeks. Hey there, busy season!

On Monday, we slept-in a little and had an easy morning around the house.

Brody is really into working puzzles right now and he is very good at it. This was a 100 piece puzzle that Josh's parents had given him. It didn't take him long to work it!

I always cook really fancy dinners when Josh is out of town…grilled cheese, yogurt, carrots, almonds and craisins. ;)

Monday evening, I took the kids to play at Barnes and Noble. They were entertained while I sat and read. A win for all of us!

Chef Brody cooked breakfast for us on Tuesday morning. Boxed blueberry muffins are his specialty! ;)

I took the kids to the library later that morning. We had fun reading books, working puzzle and playing computer games.

We made a stop by the car wash that afternoon. My car was dirty a little love. Brody is always so willing to vacuum, which is helpful!

We went to the airport at noon on Wednesday to pick-up Josh. Don't let this sweet picture fool you, these two fought like crazy while Josh was gone! Ha!

Wednesday night, the kids went to play at my parents' house for a couple of hours, while Josh and I had a little date. We ended-up at Barnes and Noble {I usually don't go there twice in one week}.

Josh took off work on Thursday and Friday, so we did some fun family things those two days.We went to see "Mr. Peabody and Sherman". It was so cute!

We went to Crystal Bridges Museum and had a lot of fun! 

Jillian's artwork that she and I stenciled! 

And we had ice cream on the Bentonville Square!

We had such a fun week! I'm so thankful for some rest time with my favorite people! I hope you had a great weekend!