January 19, 2015

Do I Really Need a Title?

I'm pleased to report that our Mobile Attic is almost empty! I am fairly proud to share the I single handedly emptied 98% of it by myself while the hubby was at Lowes. He was so surprised and proud of me when he got home. It was great. All of these boxes were in there: 

This is the Mobile Attic after I stopped:

Just hanging clothes and large furniture we probably aren't keeping. But that's not all set in stone yet. 
The house was so clean before I did all the unloading. But alas, it is no more. 
AG was so excited to see her bouncy seat, bumbo, and bath seat that survived the flood. Although she's beyond outgrown these items she's been playing with them almost nonstop. She sits in all 3 and so do her babies. 
Speaking of AG, she's at such a funny age. I love to listen to her scold her babies and tell them things like "that was NOT nice!" "You made me SO SAD!" "You go to time out. That was very naughty." But even more than that, I love to listen to her praise them and say "I so proud of you!" Or "you did so good!"high five!"  Tonight she got home and opened the fridge drawer and said to hubby, "we got string cheese! High five!" and proceeded to give him a high five. When I got home she repeated the string cheese proclamation and added on "we got 'pummus' too! High five!" She has a hummus addiction and calls it pummus which is one of the cutest things ever. It's up there with her favorite store, "Plubix" and her holding up outfits saying, "Holy cow! This is soooo tute!" (Tute = cute, in case you didn't get that). I'm not sure what it is about toddler mispronunciation a that makes it so adorable but I can already tell I'm really going to miss these days. They are flying by too fast! Oh and one more cute thing she said. On our way to my grandmothers house for a Mardi Grad parade on Saturday she says "Please, you make me a baby brother mommy, please". I told her that we could try but it's up to God if he chooses I bless us with a baby brother for her. I don't even think she heard my awesome answer because she was chatting away with her babies before I could even finish my sentence. However, sharing that sentence was less about our family size and more about her precious manners. Note to self: if we are blessed with more children, teach them "thank you"/"my pleasure" and "please may I ___" as soon as they can talk. It sticks with them. 
Before I distracted myself I was sharing about the Mobile Attic and the consequential boxes filling the first floor of our home. Well it basically looks the same now except this area has significantly less bins:

I'll take some updated photos soon. Maybe even after we unload some boxes this week. 
Oh! I almost forgot... I cleaned out my car this past week. If you've known me a while you realize this is no small feat. I removed 3 plastic totes of stuff. One of trash and 2 of things that shouldn't be living in my car. I also aired up the tires and then yesterday I vacuumed it. I know! Try not to be envious of my glamorous life. One day next week I think I'll even take it to the car wash. Probably. Or the week after that. 

January 5, 2015

Breaking the Facebook Addiction

So this happened today
And you'll enjoy the fact that I finished the meal with my nub of a fork. There's a chance I was a little over excited about my lunch. It was good, but not break-your-fork good. 

In other more important news, I deleted my Facebook app today. (Not the account. Just the app on my phone.) So when I don't "like" what you're posting please don't be offended, I won't be spending near as much time on there. It was a fairly sudden choice. I realized how much time I wasted on there and that time is so valuable. I want to be more mentally and physically present with my family and for life in general. I realized that I can better use that time to grow in my relationship with God and with others so that's just what I'm going to do. Tonight when the wee one was in bed, I got to sit down and dig into my new book, Women of the Word by Jen Wilkin. I feel so inspired and I am excited to dig into God's Story like never before. I feel like for the first time in my life I'm really well equipped to study the Bible on my own. I'm so tempted to stay up all night doing just that but I know work comes early tomorrow and I would be kicking myself all day for missing out on sleep plus my eyes are only half open and God deserves better. On that note... I leave you with a question or two. Answer me in the comments please as I probably won't see your Facebook comments for a while :)

Have you ever tried deleting a addictive social media app? Did it make you as twitchy as it has me?
Do you have any favorite Bible study resources like a favorite study bible or commentary?

January 3, 2015

The One Where I Use a Lot of Punctuation

I've been leaning more toward the so-called "crunchy" side for a while. From cloth diapers (last resort to fix persistent rashes) to essential oils (desperation caused by reoccurring ear infections and the threat of having to do tubes for my 18 month old baby - FYI, no ear infections sense starting YL oils, call it what you will, I love them!) to nursing my baby until she was 24 months (and weaning was easy because we were both ready) it's pretty clear that I'm more on the "crunchy momma" side of things. But today I think it became official. I made my own granola bars y'all. And they are amazing. Like, addictive they are so good. I used Alton Brown's recipe here: (Forgive my long link. I'm using the blogger app and don't know how to embed a link on here.) The only change I made was to add some cinnamon to the toasting mix. Also, being a newbie blogger, it didn't occur to me to take photos to share until way late. Sorry! 
New Years resolution: Remember I have a blog. And I need to keep all 5 of my loyal followers updated. I'm talking to you Mom! Love you! I kid, I know some of you clicked over from Facebook thinking you would get an incredibly interesting update on our house and now you realize you've been duped and you're reading about my regular, typically boring, but sometimes witty, life. Gotcha! Little Emily, don't overthink all my punctuation tonight. I know you want to. *insert stinkeye*
Where was I? Oh yes, granola. This is what it looks like all smooshed in the pan before you bake it. Spoiler alert, it looks the same after. 

I multiplied the recipe by 1.5ish to fill a 9x13 Pyrex and 8 muffin holes, spots, what do you call those spaces in the muffin pan? Don't you love my food math? Sidenote, I had written muffin tin and replaced it with pan. Now I can't remember what I normally call it. What do you say?

During nap time I had homemade granola (still hot, let the pan cool COMPLETELY before you mess with it. Just trust me on that), store bought sweet tea, and watched Friends on Netflix even though I have every season on DVD. I would typically have made the tea and bought the granola bars and watched Friends on DVD so this seemed noteworthy. Now it just seems boring. Mom, are you still reading? Ha! If you are, you'll be pleased to know the Christmas decor and tree are gone. Kinda. They are boxed up and the tree is in the woods where we always put them. We call it a win.

Happy 2015! Keep reading folks, you never know when things will get interesting around here. 

January 1, 2015

Happy New Year & Merry Christmas Recap

Never have I been so happy to ring in a new year! I welcome 2015 with open arms but first let's look back on what you've missed as we worked tirelessly to prepare our home for hosting the Christmas party for my hubby's side of the family. 

**I must remember to come back and add the photos that I moved from my phone onto the computer prior to Christmas morning.** 

Finally... a place that is worthy of the title "home". Check this place out! Go on, I'll wait...

Telling AG Santa came!

Little Miss is also super happy to have her very own big girl room. We traded rooms with her so now she has the massive upstairs room with all her toys in it too. Her cousins enjoyed playing up there during the party and the grown-ups enjoyed being able to keep an eye on them with the monitor. 

Enjoy our imperfect home as it is right now:
I'm excited about how the guest room is coming together. It still needs more furniture and decor but we have the essentials and have successfully hosted overnight guests.

This is the main bathroom. We couldn't be happier with how it's turned out. The 2 separate baths are so much more functional than when it was a Jack and Jill!

And because I realized I didn't have any current full kitchen photos handy, here is my kitchen as it is in this moment, not prepped for photos... Complete with taquitos in the oven, chicken and cheese in a flour tortilla, they're delicious dipped in sour cream. New Years resolution diets aren't happening around here. If you were confused, let it be clear that we do not live in a museum. This blog is about our journey not about my quest for perfection. But, my floors are clean!

When you look past the dishes and general clutter, isn't it beautiful?! We really love it. Ill post a photo with it clean in the daylight one day, promise!
I only got out a fraction of the Christmas decorations this year for obvious reasons but it still feels so magical and comfortable. We worked so very hard to get it all ready and it's wonderful to see the fruit of our labor. The family Christmas party went perfectly and everyone had a great time. Our house is so open that it was great to have all the space for playing and conversations and opening presents. We had a total of 15 adults and 8 children. It was so awesome. I hope we have an opportunity to do it again soon. I'm also very grateful to my in-laws for letting us host the party. Hubby and I might've been the only ones who truly believed we'd be able to pull off having the house ready in time. We both stayed up very late the night before taking care of odds and ends and cleaning and cooking. I made cranberry sangria and 4 lasagnas, 2 traditional and 2 buffalo chicken (both recipes can be found on the Taste of Home website) using only my dutch oven and 3 bowls, one of which I stole from my stand mixer. 

We still have the Mobile Attic out front with most of our kitchen items and a ton of other stuff in it. We will have to tackle the project of unloading it soon. I'm looking forward to having all of my kitchen items put away and a clear front yard in early 2015!