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Halloween Décor 2014

by Ashley on October 7, 2014

Halloween is coming, folks! As I sit here the window three feet away is open, letting in the perfect 71° air. There’s a slight breeze rustling the leaves of the trees outside, and the tops of those trees are tinged with fall color. Another week or two and they’ll be top to bottom glorious!

This is, without a doubt, my favorite time of year. The cooler air, the fall colors, the first hints that the holiday season is coming, and Halloween!

I seriously love Halloween. I love haunted houses, and it’s the one yearly chance to decorate my house in a way that would normally be very…wrong.

Right? Perfect for October, not so much for the rest of the year.

Probably my favorite addition to this year’s décor are these “crystal balls”.



Ch ch ch ch Changes…

by Ashley on August 14, 2014

Well, hi there! I’m still here, still plugging along, and still working on the house and being Mom. Right now I’m in the process of painting the trim all over the upstairs. Well, except my bedroom. I haven’t even begun to think about that.

I got the entry way painted, the back door, the window over the sink, and the front door. I still have one coat to put on the fireplace, one big window, and the baseboards in that whole area. Then I’ll get to the small hallway up here.

Can I tell you a little secret?
I HATE painting.
I wish I could say that I love it, and I DO love the pay off, but I seem to find all kinds of excuses to not get it done. I just don’t love doing it, that’s all.

Here’s the deal, though.

I just don’t think there’s any way for me to keep up with this bloggy thing on a regular basis. Until you’ve done it, you have no idea how much TIME it takes. For real, I had no clue.
Hours. Every post takes hours.

And there’s a side effect that I don’t love.



Coastal Bathroom Cabinet Redo

by Ashley on May 27, 2014

Our home is currently loaded with orangey-oak woodwork, and slowly I’m getting it all painted. Very slowly. I had never painted any sort of woodwork until I got started on this house, and it’s daunting, but totally addictive! I’ve done the trim in several places, but painting the cabinets in the basement bathroom was definitely the most fun.

Titled Cabinet Redo

I had never painted cabinets before, and I admit to being a little scared, but it was so worth it! And you know what? It wasn’t even hard!


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Summer is Coming

May 22, 2014

Are your kids out of school yet? We had a bunch of snow days this year, so we’re still in school until next Wednesday, but summer IS coming! Conner had a field trip to the zoo today, and as I slathered his face with sunscreen, I inhaled the smell of it. Summer. Sunscreen is one [...]


According to My Phone

May 20, 2014

I just sat here and loaded over 700 pictures onto my computer from my phone. It’s a sickness, I think. I came across this picture with my “one little word” for the year. I’m doing pretty well, I think, but I should probably think about it more often. I haven’t taken the pictures off my [...]


Being Mother

May 16, 2014

I saw something on Facebook the other day that really got me thinking. It was a picture someone posted, titled “What Your Facebook Profile Picture Says About You”. There was a list of different styles of picture, followed by what this person thinks that picture says about you. Now, of course this whole list was [...]


Coastal Bathroom

May 12, 2014

Ok, not really. We don’t actually have a beach anywhere near us here in southwest Missouri. BUT, we love the beach. Especially Carter. He says that one day he’s going to go to some great beach somewhere and be all alone. Like, ALL alone. Private beach. Private ISLAND, if he could find one. I suggested [...]


Eight is Great, For the Fifth Time

May 5, 2014

Around here, turning eight years old is a pretty big deal because that means you’re old enough to be baptized. In the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, eight is what we call the “age of accountability”. In other words, that’s around the time when kids can really start to understand right and wrong, [...]


General Conference

April 15, 2014

If you’ve been around any length of time, you know that I’m a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Lots of people call us “Mormon”. The church is world-wide, with over 15 million members, and every spring and fall we have to opportunity to watch what is called “General Conference”. There [...]



April 12, 2014

Ok, so I know that I just recently redesigned my blog. But guess what? I just did it again. I decided that the last design, while super cute, would require constant updates to keep the pictures current, and I just don’t “got time for that”. So I simplified. And guess what again? I LOVE IT! [...]