Patio Sectional Update

Hey there! We spent a few days last week in Texas visiting my brother-in-law and sis-in-law. It was HOT but we had a great time! Here are a few highlights from Instagram.

Now that we are back home, I am in full “let’s-finish-things-up-and-get-things-in-order-for-school-to-start” mode. Not that I’m excited for the kids to be gone, but I am looking forward to some order in my life again. This is what happens to my house in the summer.  Anyone relate?? Ya whatever we are living and having fun and the last thing I want to do is pick-up and clean the house constantly. πŸ™‚

Gotta keep it real sometimes folks. Anywho, about a month ago, I was chatting with a friend. We were chatting about patio furniture. They just moved into a new house and she shared how the sectional they had didn’t really work on their new patio, and she would prefer a table. My eyes widened and I quickly said, “I’ll be happy to take the sectional off your hands”. She said she would send me pictures and a price, and in a day the deal was done. 

Maybe you remember seeing this spot empty in this post. Really just screaming for comfy seating!I was beyond thrilled. It needed some TLC (chipped paint on legs, a couple a ripped cushions) but even with the cost of fixing those things it was still cheaper than even the DIY project I had in mind!! {and way less work} WooHoo!!  God is in the details people and He is good.
I knew I had some outdoor fabric that my mom had gifted me with years ago, and my plan was to use that, however I quickly realized I didn’t have near enough. So, I swallowed hard and headed to the fabric store to spend more on fabric than I have in a long time. (still cheaper than a new or DIY sectional) 

I used the fabric I had to make pillows and added another fun print to the mix to pull it altogether. I love the happy result! And my family loves this new spot!!

I will be sharing more of the how-tos and details over the next few weeks. And, a post on the whole patio space is coming soon!!  

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So, It’s Summer…Thoughts On Thursday

So, it’s summer.  We have been on summer break for a week and a half now, and if you noticed I’ve been a little MIA on the blog. 

It’s summer and I’m not disappearing completely from blogging. But, things will definitely be slowing down a bit both at home and here on the blog. We are sleeping in, staying up late, watching WAY too much TV and doing a whole lot of nothing. So far this summer is off to a great start!! Ha!! Each year Nester reminds us that our summers with our kiddos are fleeing fast, read her words of wisdom here.

Hubby and I celebrated our 21st anniversary last week. Which was fabulous! I have been noticing lately how young all these newlyweds and new mommies look. And in my head I think “were we that young?” yes, yes we were. And…we’re not anymore. Although I feel only slightly different. πŸ™‚

As we have entered a new phase of sending our babies out into the world, I am beginning to look towards what mine and hubby’s future might look like in a mere 6 years when we are empty nester’s. Woah! What?!? 6 years will be gone in a flash!! 

After dinner and a movie we sat on a park bench and dreamed big for the future. It was such fun! We really haven’t done that in years! I think as we got caught up in the work everyday life we forgot how to dream. Such a shame! We came up with so much awesome stuff and now we are looking toward ways we can make some of those dreams happen! πŸ™‚

So, my advice to all married couples – new and old – don’t forget to dream, keep dreaming, and dream big! God has big plans for you, no matter the age or stage of life. 

‘For I know the plans that I have for you’, declares the Lord, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.’ Jeremiah 29:11 (NASB) 

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Freshening Up The Curb Appeal For Spring

Hey there!  Thanks for all the love for the entryway stencil project! I find myself admiring it several times a day.  πŸ™‚ It was just the little something that space needed and it now feels complete!

So, I mentioned I was working on getting the outside entry spruced up to match. I’ll show you a before in a minute but I must share the after!

Come on in y’all!! For some reason the color that caught my eye this season was hot pink! This is the only flower bed that I put annuals in so I like to have some fun each year. Our summers get pretty warm and I really like to have color through until the fall if I can so I have a couple of go-tos.  

Vincas (the ones with the longer shiny leaves) are my absolute fav.  They fill in nice and big,  about a foot tall and can withstand the Oklahoma heat. Of course petunias are always fun and do pretty well with the heat too. Geraniums, I just love because of the big clump of flowers. They don’t last as long for me usually, but by the time they have died out the others will have taken over so I’m okay with that.
Here is the before where you can see the large bush in the corner there. This corner has always puzzled me. It doesn’t get as much sun as the rest of the bed, so I’ve never had much success growing anything pretty there that I like. 

A few years back I bought this bush, really thinking it would stay somewhat small. But, you can see that it did not. I was done with it, so we moved it to the back yard. (the jury is still out as to whether it will survive the not-so-nice transplant it received) You can also see the vincas that are still growing strong in October!

Last summer on our trip to the lake we collected a few rocks to remember our trip. I decided to gather them together, along with a few others, in the corner, and then filled the space with a garden flag

I could have purchased a flag, but I decided instead on a DIY custom one. Tutorial soon!  

I pulled the crosses and the welcome sign out of my stash, and had my hubby help me hang them. What a difference they make!

The mat was requested by my hubby. Purchased at Hobby Lobby along with the polka-dot metal “G” hanging on the door.

This little side table got a makeover with a quick coat of spray paint, and some more hot pink flowers – roses from a back yard bush. And of course no front porch outing would be complete without a little sweet tea! πŸ™‚

Thanks so much for dropping by! Come and sit a spell. The sweet tea is waiting! πŸ™‚

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Taking Back The House

At my house, sometimes this thing I call the clutter monster takes over.  It almost always happens during the summer.  No schedule + lots of activities + lots of travel + lazy summer days = the walls closing in with clutter.

So…yesterday as I found myself home alone, I decided to enjoy the space for a while and do some cleaning out and organizing.  I was going to take my house back from the clutter monster!!  

It’s about that time to buy school supplies and get ready for school to start.  With that in mind, I decided to clean and and re-organize our entry closet which serves lots of purposes including storing school/office supplies.  It wasn’t as messy as it has been in the past, but still in was housing several things that didn’t belong there and lots of leftover supplies had just been thrown in at the end of school in May.  I got so excited about the organizing that I didn’t take a single before pic. I’ll let you imagine the madness in your head – it’s probably worse than anything you could dream up.  πŸ™‚  

I have found, and I’m pretty sure I’ve shared before, that the easiest way to re-organize is to take everything out of a space, evaluate what you have, then put everything back in the most logical space.  

That’s just the way it went down, and this is how it looked when I finished.  I’ll share more about the school/office supply organization soon.

Cleaning out this area spurred me on to keep going. Something about having a cleared space or surface that feels so good!!  
I worked from one room to another.  Clearing off floors, spaces, surfaces.

This pile of trash is a testament to what was going on around here.  At the end of the day, I sat down and put my feet up and breathed in a deep refreshing breath.  

We live here so the mess will probably be back tomorrow, but it’s okay.  My encouragement to the mother’s out there – sometimes it’s okay to allow the mess.  

People > things I say.  

But, then sometimes it’s great to have order again.

I’m excited be guest posting at tomorrow!! Sharing our kitchen island DIY update with all their lovely readers.  

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Summer Time!! {Family Friday}

Yay!!  Last day of school!!  (ya, i’m pretty sure i was just as excited on the first day of school, but whatevs)

So, what does summer mean to you??  For us, now that we have older kids, it means the end of routine and the beginning of crazy, all-over-the-place-camp-chaos!!  I am so thankful that our church provides so many wonderful opportunities for our kids to get away and spend time growing closer to God and building important bonds with good friends.  You can read more of my thoughts on the goodness of camp here.

So, our kids’ summer calendar is all planned out and there will be plenty of packing, unpacking, laundry, and sunscreen.  And, in between there will be plenty of backyard pool time, and chill time.  These are my favorite things about summer.  Although I thrive in schedules, I really would prefer the schedule to start around 11am rather than 6am. Ha!!  

So, what are your plans for the summer?? Add collage gear shopping to our list and our summer is complete.  πŸ™‚

Happy weekend friends!!  And yippie for summer!!  (sorry…I couldn’t resist!)

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