Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Photos From Home & Resurrection Sunday!


With sunshine pouring in the windows and a tidy house...I thought it was a great time to snap some pictures! :) Here is our living room (soon to be a library when we move into the new living room in the addition!). The desk is there because it will be in the library/schoolroom once the living room furniture moves out. I was antsy to start moving things to wear they will belong!


Madelyn's beloved piano...


In the kitchen...





The flooring is finished in the new living room!


The entryway is done as well...we just need to finish the flooring in the laundry room, do the trim and we can move *in*! Chris will also have to hook up the plumbing before we can officially move the washer and dryer into the laundry room...but we are *almost there*!!!


My parents and sister's family came on Saturday for a Resurrection Day feast and fellowship. Eloise, Dinah and Audra loved the big room to run in...




After our meal (which I took no pictures of unfortunately...but it was delicious: my mom's BBQ chicken, baked potatoes, green beans *canned from my garden*, homemade applesauce and rolls) we took the girls outside for an egg hunt...





Audra with her daddy...


Eloise counting her eggs (she was so fast, by the time I looked up from taking pics of Audra and Dinah, she was finished!)...





I seriously love his face *swoon*...



Xavier and Chris...


There's something so sweet to me seeing my husband in his boots like that ~ all messy and untied!.... ;)


The girls were excited to get to play on the swing-set too (my children are too big for it now...so my nieces and nephews are the only reason we still keep it around!)...


Cory and my dad...



This one of Dinah is blurry but oh-so-cute...


Chris and X played a little one-on-one...



So, that is the excitement that's been happening around here lately! We have a lovely sunrise service at church followed by breakfast and our normal worship service. :) We also had supper Sunday evening with Chris's family. It was a *busy* weekend but definitely blessed as well.

We've been back to homeschooling, drama practices (Jaxson is a munchkin in our co-op's performance this year of The Wizard of Oz), housework, church etc. I am so, so excited to be able to share with you when we have the addition finished and we are moved in! It all seems like it is going in slow-motion now! I am trying ever so hard to be patient!!! :)

I hope your Resurrection Day was completely Christ-glorifying and joy-filled! For those who are interested in seeing photos of my planners/bullet journals...you can see them HERE. :) I still hope to do a post about it sometime...but for now, looking at photos from my instagram is your best bet. Have a great rest of the week.

Warmly,
Katy

Friday, March 25, 2016

Putting the Flooring In!


We chose a fantastic looking (and textured) vinyl laminate wood look for in our addition (new living room, entryway/mudroom and laundry room). The guys have been working at putting it down the last couple evenings. It takes a bit to sand and mud some of the edges of the plywood floor first...then having to get the flooring squared up....but once that happened, they were on a roll! I took photos with and without the flash....I couldn't decide which I liked so I am posting both! haha!





 It's about a quarter of the way done. Our BIL has plans tonight so I am going to help Chris put more down! After the flooring is down....we just have to get the trim up and then we MOVE IN!


A picture so you can't see the plywood floors....just to give an idea of what it will look like all finished! :)


I am so excited to see this process coming to completion! It will be just grand to be able to sit in our new living room and such! Thank-you for sharing in my excitement with me! I'm still not sure what I want for the curtains yet....but have some ideas. I'm kicking myself that when we built the addition on that we didn't put in bigger windows. But at the time, I was in my early twenties, pregnant and trying to save money. Oh well! :) It'll all be great and I am truly so thankful for the extra space!

I hope to be able to share photos of everything completed with you soon!!! :)
Have a great weekend friends!
Warmly,
Katy

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

A Fun-Filled Field Trip Day!


Our homeschool co-op (that usually meets twice a month for class days) also has planned field trips each month! Two sisters from our group are our "Events" team leaders...and they pick some great places for our kids to go! We get group rates (which is better on the pocketbook) and enjoy going places with our Christian friends/homeschoolers! Not every family goes on every field trip (although there is always that option). Each family goes on the ones that their family would enjoy and learn from! :)

We were heading to the city so I invited my mom along. Having her in the passenger seat is comforting while this country girl deals with city driving! Our first stop was at Inventionland! Such a *fun* place! People actually *work* there...it isn't a museum or anything like that. It is a business that will allow group tours to come in from time to time (and it was FREE)! It was really enjoyable for all of us (I am just waiting for Jaxson to start "inventing" things soon!). I don't want to give anything away for anyone who may visit as part of the fun was some of the surprises we encountered! It was super fun to learn, though, that one of the guys there who helped with the tour also homeschools his four children! :) **We were not allowed to take pictures inside so we had to settle for one on the outside of the building! They *did* take a group shot of all the kiddos inside and emailed it to us. I don't like to post things of other's children without permission though. :)

After Inventionland, we went to Phipps Conservatory. It was *fantastic* to say the least! The beauty....the beautiful scents in the air....it was just perfect!!! I am a huge lover of Tasha Tudor and her gardens. It is what I aspire to do around our home! Being in the conservatory made me desire even *more* to plant beautiful flowers *everywhere*!!!

Come and take a look at what we saw (although there was *so* much more...and the lovely smells cannot be mimicked!)...




Jaxson and a buddy of his...looking "studious"...


Huge glass bowls...


















Madelyn and Xavier walked around with some friends...so I have more photos of Jaxson since he stayed with my mom and me. My friend, Carrie, walked around with us as well...along with one of her sons (who is Jax's good buddy)...




This plant was absolutely huge...


There was a cute little "kids market" where they had plastic produce and shopping carts for children to play for a bit...




Look at the bananas growing...


We were thankful for the beautiful day so we could enjoy some of the things outside as well!



This was a massive looking tree stump that children could climb up and play in...



If you look carefully, you can see *me* in the reflection...



I love waterfalls!




My mom said that she could spend all day there amongst the flowers with a good book! It really was soo beautiful!



A chocolate tree...





Aren't these little things fabulous? They look like little lamp tops. Their actual name is slipping from my mind at the moment though...



These leaves are massive! Look at it compared to my hand!




Orchids *smile*....I love orchids...



These are the lady slipper flowers...see how the front looks like you could just slip a teeny tiny foot in them?





Madelyn and X...


This structure hangs up at the very top when you first walk into the entrance...


So there you have it. I hope you enjoyed the little tour with me. I didn't even post all of the pictures I took. I didn't want it to be *too* terribly picture heavy!

So after our homeschool co-op class day this past Monday...and then gone all day in the city yesterday...we are getting down to normal here at home (and it feels lovely). Back to books, writing, housework and the like. I had to fill a couple sticker orders and while the children are working on their schoolwork, I have laundry going and am tending to some other chores. I taught spin this morning at 6 and teach again tonight at 6! ;) I am definitely going to need a nap this afternoon!

Oh....and for those who may be wondering unfortunately, our flooring did *not* arrive on Monday as it was suppose to. I was disappointed...but there was nothing we could do. It is now expected to arrive *today*...so hopefully I will be able to show updated pictures of it soon!

I have received comments about my bullet journal photo I showed in my previous post. I would be happy to share some more pics and a post about it sometime soon! :) So keep an eye out for that! Until then, thanks so much for visiting and I hope the rest of your week is joy-filled! :)

Warmly,
Katy