Monday, March 2, 2015

Last Minute Road Trip

So, on Wednesday my friend Heather called to check and see how things were going.  She knew that Mark was in Orlando for meetings and just wanted to make sure we were a-okay.  She mentioned that her hubby was headed to Orlando the next morning.  Before I even knew what I had said, I blurted out that it might be fun to drive down to Florida and be with them.  The idea seemed a bit preposterous since we were supposed to get a foot of snow that night.  We got off the phone and a few minutes later Heather called back and said she wanted to go for it.  We both decided to throw caution to the wind and start packing up.  Heather ended up renting a suburban to fit both families and we left later that same afternoon!

We really had a wonderful time, although the weather was no good--freezing!  I'm not going to lie, having five crazy kids in a small space for that long wasn't easy.  Actually, it was terrible!  There were times we wanted to pull our hair out, but I'm very glad we were adventurous and went for it.  The great memories we made more than made up for it.  We got to see some old friends while we were there, we ate some amazing food and really enjoyed the conference the guys were there for.  We also had some hilarious things happen.  There was almost a brawl with another mom at a park and Heather and I got in a strangers car by accident.  Forever memories!

Here are a few pictures...





We got home last night and I've spent the day cleaning, doing laundry, playing with the kiddos and doing a few decorating projects!  Here are a few things I've been working on...


Been wanting to change my bedding for awhile.  I just discovered that H&M does home furnishings now!  Just got this gray quilt and pillows!  I really love them! 

This afternoon, I made this sign, getting inspiration from Pinterest.  

I hung it above the couch.  I haven't loved this area, so I'm going to try this for awhile. 

I've been wanting to try different things on my table.  Here is something I'm playing with right now.  

I've included some moss from the backyard and some old doilies.  


Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Naked Projects

Nothing makes me want to change all the decor in my house more than taking Christmas decorations down.  It seems so naked after Christmas!  All this "nakedness" has got me doing all kinds of different projects around the house.  Here are a few...

Bedroom Set

Almost 12 years ago, I made my first big purchase as a newly working woman.  I bought a bedroom set.  I hadn't really figured out my decorating style at the time, and I really wasn't concerned with that at that point in my life.  The set has been with us throughout our whole marriage and has served us well, but I've realized that it's not exactly my cup of tea anymore.  Over the last year or so I've contemplated painting it, but it seemed like an intense project.  I really couldn't wrap my mind around it.  Well, until last week.  

I got a bee in my bonnet and decided to throw caution to the wind.  I forgot to take full-on before photos, but use your imagination.  I painted the main furniture white and spray painted their silver pulls a brushed bronze.  The mirror and the bench I painted gray, although it looks blue.  I really want our bedroom to have a sentimental feel, if that makes sense.  I want the decor to mean something to us.  I'm still working on that.  

Pre-painting 

Mid painting











By the Front Door

I decided the area by the front door needed a perk up.  I really liked this mirror, but it needed something and that something was paint.


I couldn't find a close-up pic of the mirror and I'm too tired to go take one.  This one will have to do.  I painted it a grey color.   

Here it is from afar.  

I just love this old tool box that Mom Murrill got me for Christmas.  The little Classic Poems book was Mumsie's from when she was a little girl.  She earned it for having perfect attendance in school:)

Old Hutch

Remember this old hutch thing I got last summer?  I don't think I ever showed you the finished product.  I painted it with blue chalk paint and lined the walls with vintage wallpaper.  







Little Cabinet in Kitchen

I decided to paint this little cabinet gray. 

It really lightened the area up. 


Coffee/Tea Area

I have always wanted to do a little area for my coffee/tea/hot drinks.  At one end of my kitchen there is a little area that doesn't get much use.  I thought it might be nice to put it there.  It's still a work in progress. 



When I was home in Oklahoma, I found this in the garage.  It was something my dad had made years ago.  I'm excited to be able to use it in my kitchen! 




I've got a few more projects I'm working on that I look forward to showing you soon!  I also went rummaging through the remnants of a barn that was being torn down.  I can't wait to figure out what to do with all of the wood!  Stay tuned! 

Barn finds 










Monday, February 9, 2015

Heinrich Visit!

After being away from home for so long, I struggled feeling a bit overwhelmed.  In fact, I was a little depressed.  Lucky for me, I had something to look forward to!  Our friends, the Heinrich's came to visit and it was wonderful!  

Our five kiddos!   

Visiting the falls 

Group Shot! 

Our hike was full of tears, falls, mud & potty stops.  Kids are hard.  

Khloe!  

Kiki loves animals and babies.  She can't get enough of them, especially adorable Alice! 

Kids in height and age order.  Rosie 5, Colton 5, Kiki 3, Khloe 3, Alice 11 months

I love this girl!  We always have so much fun together.  I laughed so hard my stomach hurt! We also did a pretty fantastic job of shopping all over Asheville.  I wanted to give Tasha a taste of this place.  I think I've got her sold!

We can't wait for them to come back!  I think it's going to be a yearly thing now!  Actually, let's make it a monthly thing;)


Vivian Imogene Bohannon a.k.a Mumsie

I feel so blessed to have had my Mumsie in my life for 34 years.  She was truly a light.  Everyone who knew her, loved her.  In all my life, I never heard her speak an unkind word or heard one spoken about her.  Her best friend was most definitely Jesus, and her words of advice were always so thoughtful and Godly.  Everyone in our family joked that Mumsie seemed to have a direct line to God.  She was such a prayer warrior!  I remember calling her throughout high school and college to ask her to pray about something on my heart.  Mom is certain that Mumsie prayed me into existence.  She prayed every day that I would be a girl and I think my mom's screams of excitement were only outdone by Mumsie's, when I did, in fact, end up being a girl.  So many of my childhood memories revolved around her and my Papa.  I will always remember the legacy of love that they left.

Mumsie's funeral was incredibly inspirational to me.  Everyone spoke of her love for God and her love for others.  She NEVER raised her voice ever.  Not even when she was frustrated with her children!  How does one do that?!  It's definitely something I want to strive for.  Even the nurses who were with her for the last few years, said she was different than anyone they had met.  She was a living example of Jesus to them.  

I'm so grateful that my girls got to spend time with Mumsie and that they loved her so much.  They couldn't wait to see her!  I'm especially thankful we got to see her just a few days before she passed!

Meeting Rosie back in 2009

2013

2014

Mumsie's teenage years!

4 generations 

Here are a few pictures from the weekend of her funeral...

The cousins with Uncle Stephen

Sweet girls 

Rosie thinks Kamryn is pretty awesome!

They also loved Uncle Mark!