Hi Friends! I just wanted to give you a down and dirty roundup of all the things on my brain lately. I mean…this is like a little sneak peek in some ways because tons of things are going on and it’s actually really hard to keep track of what I have shared and what I haven’t and what’s in the books and what we are hoping to do in the next year. We have some big surprises this year (no mom I am not pregnant!) and some projects that we are simply BURSTING to tell you about but all in due time…right?!
SO for now, these are things on the front burners…the current stuff that we are investing so much time and energy into thinking about and planning for and posting about!
First – before we get started with all the other frivolous stuff, we wanted to send our love out to Emily and her family at The Freckled Fox. Emily is a hair and fashion and fitness blogger and mom of FIVE little ones. I started silently stalking her on Instagram a little over a year ago and her situation with so many littles resonated so strongly with me. Shortly thereafter, they found out her husband Martin was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer. I mean…words can not even explain. Martin passed away this week and my heart is barely holding it together for her and her kids. I can’t imagine doing this thing called life without Jeremy. Can’t even think about it. We are praying for her and I hope that you can lift up a prayer for her as well. (here is a fundraiser page set up for expenses if you would like to donate or just read a little more of her story).
Our deck – it is such a crazy year and we literally have gotten zero rain. I mean…it reminds me of the first year we lived in this house and I called it the Shadow of the Rain because we saw rain clouds but it never actually rained here. It is HOT and DRY and our grass is dying. Also, I put the plants in our tall $20 planters and I thought they would do great…but now I am thinking that the only thing that would do well is cactuses. Cactus. Cacti. Whatever.
That’s just totally normal.
The Monroe House – we have actually made some serious headway! We thought last year would be the year to get this thing going but then we had our surprises pop up (hello friends moving in, hello Baby Maxi!) and this puppy got pushed to the back burner. Well…the biggest single expense…the roof…is finally complete and I can’t wait to share with you the details. We hired this thing out and it was the best decision ever as now Jeremy isn’t lodged somewhere between rafters.
The next giant project we are tackling is the one for a family named the Pedrazas. These are some of the sweetest friends you could ever meet and they have such an amazing story and I can’t wait to share with you the details! This renovation needs no explanation after seeing that photo above…I think we all agree that that space REALLY needs a makeover. They were saving up for a kitchen remodel when they felt compelled to start the adoption process and that’s where we wanted to help. We aren’t fund-raisers by any means…but we know how to update a space so THIS WEEK we are starting with this makeover and we can’t wait to share it with you! What do you guys think is the best way to follow along? I’m loving watching other people do it on Snapchat but doesn’t that disappear? let’s discuss…
Oh Weston. My sweet little Munchie is full gung-ho about costumes right now and I never know if Spiderman or Hulk or Darth Vader is coming downstairs to greet us (or chop off our arms). This dude is really starting to bloom and I think that this week we are going on our first mommy-son movie date (I personally CAN NOT WAIT). Will is gonna cry. I just know it. And then we will have to have an hour long discussion about how we choose to be happy for others because we want them to be happy for us. Brothering is hard people 🙂 Any movie recommendations out there for 3 year olds that love slapstick and monster trucks?
A big fat happy birthday week to my sweet Maxi Knight. We had a birthday party on the books but then he took a tumble and busted his mouth and basically didn’t eat for three days….so we pushed it back a bit. It looks like he is doing much better and yesterday he let me check his teeth (that’s been a first for over a week!) so I can’t wait to see what he does with a smash cake 🙂 I owe you guys his birth story…so I guess that this coming weekend I will edit those photos since the story is already written! Can’t wait to share with you guys that one…it was my first without an epidural. yikes.
Speaking of adventures that we need to share with you….we have our yurt weekend (we rented a yurt at a local state park for two nights) to show you and it is so fun. Seriously – you will want to break out the s’mores and the hiking shoes and get into the great outdoors! Get ready for that in the coming days.
And if you guys are bloggers and you are going to Haven….big news! Both Jeremy and I will be there…childless…the entire time! And we aren’t even crashing it this year! Ha! We are legit attenders, mentors and we are gonna be creating Rust-Oleum’s booth for them. Isn’t that so fun?! It’s gonna be a beautiful photo op area for you guys (I pushed hard for a good photo area because mama needs her selfie!) and I want to remind you guys to look for me that weekend! This will be the first time we don’t have kiddos with us and so we are literally treating this like a vacay. YOLO!
Happy Humpday y’all!