Life

Appraisal Prep: The Kids’ Rooms Get Fresh Paint!

Man alive this was another busy weekend! We have been busting our butts getting ready for this home appraisal and this weekend was no different! My weekends have been one big blur lately. The kids’ rooms have been easily neglected because they are upstairs and people rarely see them. We keep them clean and organized but they are a mish mash of unmatched bedding, hand-me-down furniture and worn out paint. To get the best results from our appraisal, it was important to finish up a few eyesores and give them a fresh coat of paint!

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The kids were super excited by this (which made me a little guilty for not taking the time to make it more ‘their’ space!) but they had no idea the work that it would take! We did Marlee’s room first. Both bedrooms have paneling on the walls (with slats and plaster behind, which is why they are still paneling!) but Marlee’s paneling has this wallpaper type covering. That was peeling off on two of her walls so it needed fixed. After scraping, sanding and priming, she got a pretty coat of light purple! Her walls were still painted the nursery colors! (Yes, she is almost 10…no judgement!) Her room is more her own space now and she loves it! Here are some before (or during) and after pictures!

Before & After Marlee's Room | www.loveandmessiness.com

This weekend I tackled the boys’ room. They have paneling on the walls too but its just typical paneling so it was ready for paint. The ‘fix’ in their room is the chimney ran up through it. We had that taken out and duct work ran up and we never finished covering it up with paneling so we finished that up! For them, I chose a really light gray to lighten and brighten up the space! After vacuuming up about a million Legos (because I am super OCD and have to deep clean while the furniture is moved, oh and #boymom), we put everything back in order and the boys are loving it! Here are some before (during) and after pictures!

Before & After Boy's Room | www.loveandmessiness.com

Obviously these two rooms need totally redone and they are for sure on the list. Drywall, better closets, new carpet, etc. but with other, more used rooms needing done, they are low on the list. Our home is a work in progress! I really love that we are making it our own though. And hopefully our hard work these past few weeks will pay off with a great appraisal and a BIG addition this spring!

Do any of you live in a fixer upper?! If so I would love to hear all about it!

Life

Our Newest Home Renovation: A Garage Addition!

Things have been crazy around here lately! But who am I kidding…things are always crazy! Well, they have been a little crazier than normal because we have officially started planning our next BIG home renovation. A garage addition! And you know, since it is a garage, the ‘man’s’ thing, it has to be the biggest and best!

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I will admit that I am excited for it too. We have never had a garage…or a useful one anyways. The house we bought had a very small, one car garage that isn’t attached. I am not even sure a normal vehicle would fit in it! We use it for storage and that’s about it. We do have a carport attached to our covered porch and it’s nice to atleast have that to park under! It’s a life saver in the rain or when it is icy. Unfortunately, it’s only big enough for one vehicle so Erik has to park on the street. This will be a big step up because it will be ATTACHED!!

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Motherhood & Parenting

A Beautiful Mess: Motherhood & Getting Closer to God

Motherhood is a combination of love and messiness. That is the perfect title for my blog because that is what my day to day life entails. Being a mother is the best thing that has ever happened to me and with each child, my heart has grown even bigger. With that being said, that doesn’t mean its always the best thing. In fact, there are many days where I feel like everything is going wrong and I have no idea what I am doing. Lately I have learned that on days like this, the best place to turn is upward!

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One of my goals for 2017 (along with being more organized, among a million other things!) is to actively become closer to God. I have turned more toward faith these lasts few years but I want to really become more active in it. Read the Bible, attend church more regularly, pray more with my husband. Those kind of things. One day I opened Facebook and there it was! The perfect opportunity! Some local girls were putting on a bible study. Normally I wouldn’t have thought twice but something called me to it and on a whim, I signed up!

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Holidays & Parties

Happy New Year : A Wrap Up of 2016 & A Fresh Start

Happy New Year! I am back! It’s been a few weeks since I’ve gotten behind the keyboard! The last few weeks were just as crazy as everyone else’s…all of the Christmas things happening! But it is 2017 now! Christmas is a magical haze and we are on to bigger better things, and better yet, back to routine! To start the year off fresh, I wanted fill you all in on our last few weeks and how I want to start off the new year!

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Christmas was nothing less than magical. Celebrating the holidays with children makes everything that much better! I wrote previously about how we limit our Christmas gifts and this year was no different. I always have last minute hesitations though…because I hear what others are giving and I get nervous they will be disappointed! But they were no where near disappointed. They loved everything they received and never questioned anything! They were so grateful and happy…and that is all I ever wanted!

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DIY & Design, Holidays & Parties

DIY Advent Calendar: One of our Favorite Christmas Traditions!

One of my favorite family holiday traditions is our Advent calendar! A couple of years ago I decided that this would be so fun for the kids! After looking around on Pinterest, I put together some ideas and got to it!

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The easy part was making the calendar. I went and purchased some material and ribbon. Then I laid it all out and measured and cut all of the pieces and then pinned it the way I wanted it. Next I took it to the expert…aka my Mother in Law…to be sewn together! I sewed on the ribbon tabs and Erik cut down the dowel rod. Finally I finished it with some long red ribbon to hang it. I LOVED how it turned out…but the hard part wasn’t finished.

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Our Christmas Gift Limit & How Why We Changed Our Ways

A few years ago Erik and I seriously downsized Christmas. We never really went overboard but the kids always got plenty of gifts! One night, as we were walking through what was then our toy room, we looked around in awe of all of the toys the kids had! We had two entire closet shelving units on one wall, full wall to ceiling of toys!

We stood there and tried to remember the last time the kids had played with all of them. Some of them we knew they had outgrown and others we hadn’t seen them play with in ages. The next step was obvious…sort and clean!

Our Christmas Gift Limit & Why We Changed Our Ways | LoveAndMessiness.com

As we were going through all of the toys, I kept feeling guilt. I was worried they would miss them, or that they played with them sometimes. Finally, it got late, and Erik told me to just head on to bed and he would finish. Although a little concerned…haha…I went on ahead anyways.

When I got up the next morning I was mortified! He had literally cleared out over half of the shelves. The top half was empty! I was beside myself! I went to him explaining how upset the kids would be and how would we explain this?! Then, I got an even bigger surprise… Continue Reading

Motherhood & Parenting

New Family Pictures!

We got some quick, new family pictures taken and I am so excited! I wish I had the chance to take these more often because our family changes so much! But unfortunately time is not on our side and our crazy life gets away from us!

And let me tell you…as many of you other mama’s know…taking a decent photo of a moody toddler is not an easy task! I usually take the kids pictures each year and at every milestone. I love that I am able to do this and I love the photos so much more than those standard school pictures!

This year I had big dreams of how they would turn out but I was rushed trying to keep Vayda’s attention. This means we came away with one good picture of each of the bigger three, a much of pictures of the four of them where the lighting was even too bad for Photoshop and a few snaps of a blurry toddler.

After this attempt, I contacted an ‘expert’…a great friend and family member who has some experience under her belt! I was hoping with me dancing like a fool behind her, we could get one shot of Vayda with a smile! Plus it’s hard to take a photo of the six of us and be behind the camera! Ha!

So we went out and tried again! We were still rushed, with the sun setting so soon any more and Vayda’s short attention span, but we came away with some good ones! Between my shots and hers, we came away with a good family photo, a good shot of the kids and a good picture of each of the kids separate! Here they are!

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Our Thankful Poster: Teaching the Kids to be Grateful

I am always trying to find different ways to show the kids how important it is to be grateful. There are so many children in the world today who don’t think to be thankful for the things in their lives. I feel that as parents, it is our job to help them understand this concept.

We always incorporate thank you’s into our prayers and every once in a while I will bring the topic up at dinner or during a car ride. It is kind of fun to see their minds work at the concept!

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Each year, when November comes around I think it is really important to teach the reason for the Thanksgiving holiday. There are so many reasons for every one of us to be grateful for our lives and the people and things in them!

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Life

Our Wedding Anniversary: How It All Began

Erik and I will have been married for 11 years this month! It is so crazy how fast time goes by…especially after having kids. We started dating 15 years ago this past summer so that means we have been together for nearly half my life! In honor of our wedding anniversary I thought it would be fun to share with you all the story of how Erik and I met!

Erik & Kristy's Annivesary

THE PURSUIT…

I was always very shy, definitely the most shy of my friends! As we entered high school I got better and better with time but not near as outgoing as everyone else. We had a large group of friends and we hung out all of the time! Most of them had boy friends on and off and we had a lot of guy friends but I never dated anyone.

It was the summer before my 17th birthday and I was working at the grocery store in the neighboring town. I had made some new friends and was meeting lots of new people. I loved it! I got to know all of the regulars and me being the modest young girl I was, I didn’t notice one young man coming in quite frequently…

As it turns out I was being pursued and I had no idea! Erik came in almost every day (and always bought Dr. Pepper!). We would chat every time but I never thought much of it. I really never thought that anyone would really be interested in me. I honestly wasn’t even thinking about it!

Erik & Kristy's Annivesary

 

Eventually one Friday night Erik came in and asked if I was going down to the Jubilee that night and if I wanted to meet up or go with him. I explain that I had to go home and eat dinner with my mom (she was making pork chops and I promised to be home!) but that I was going down later and I would see him then! At this point I had no idea how naive I was!

That night I rode down with my mom to find my friends. I found one of my guy friends from the store and I was walking around with him because we were both looking for our friends. As I was walking around I ran into Erik! We chatted a bit and then he said he was just going to go home for the night. I just told him goodbye and proceeded to look for my friends.

Erik & Kristy's Annivesary

THE CATCH…

Time passed after that and I would still see him here or there but I was thinking of him more! One evening my sister and I were driving around town and we happened to drive by his house (I didn’t know where he lived) and he was outside. We kept on driving and I kept talking about it and finally, as we were nearing the edge of town on our way home, my sister said she would stop and knock on the door if I wanted her too. I was too big of a chicken to stop but at the last minute I said ‘Okay!’ and we went back! (Yes I was mortally embarrassed that my baby sister went to the door and not me but it worked out!) Erik came out to talk and we set up our first date!

And the rest is pretty much history. We got to know each other and fell hard fast! We spend all of our free time together! He became friends with my friends quickly, took me to my proms, dated as I went through college and asked me to marry him the summer before my senior year of college! We were married the following fall!

Long story short: First boyfriend, last boyfriend, forever. I am not sure what I would do without him! Do any of you have funny stories of how you met your significant other?! I would love to hear them!

Erik & Kristy's Annivesary

Motherhood & Parenting

Fall 2016: We Finally Made it to the Pumpkin Patch!

Yesterday we FINALLY made it to the pumpkin patch! I have to be honest, I was beginning to wonder if we were going to have time to go before they all closed for the season! We had yesterday free and the weather was absolutely perfect so we loaded up and headed out to explore!

Fall 2016: We Finally Made it to the Pumpkin Patch!

We invited my mom and step-dad to come along and I am so glad we did! I think it’s so great when they get to see things through the kids’ eyes. I know I love it!

The pumpkin patch that we visited had all kinds of fun activities for the kids. In fact, our school takes the kids each year in kindergarten to this same place! They had playgrounds, swings and a corn sand box. They also had a hay mound to play in, a lawnmower pulling a train of cars and a place to pump water and race ducks!

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