Thursday, April 28, 2011

Be still



It seems lately, that almost everyday something huge and momentous happens to me or my family. It's been a rough month. But, as each thing occurs, I just think...what else? What else is God going to through my way tomorrow?


I have been trying to stay still inside, feel the spirit rise up, and give me sweet peace. What a remarkable feeling when that happens. I felt it this morning when I woke up. I'm not going to lie though (just ask John), I'm not afraid to loose it sometimes!


I just wanted to say thank you today. Thank you to my sweet friends who constantly encourage me and are there for me like no body's business. Thank you to my family for loving me through everything. Thank you to God for another day. Thank you to all three for showing me unconditional love.


Hopefully today, I'll make the spirit in my heart shine.


Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Good Laugh




If you are in need of a good laugh....take a little gander at this video.
It makes my heart smile!


Check out his skinny little legs. I wish my thighs that stinking skinny too!



Happy Wednesday to you and yours...A

Welcome one, welcome all!



I just wanted to clarify to all whom it may concern....everyone and anyone who wants to come, can come to the huge trunk show on Saturday.

Bring yourself, your mama, your sister, and your stinky great granny. Just joking, but really, yes, you can bring whomever you like.

I look forward to seeing your sweet friendly face there, for I will be a bit nervous!

April 30
12-4 p.m.
412 Wiltshire, Alamo Heights, TX

Come Early for Best Selection




Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Raising Boys

Raising boys is a whole new ball game. As the only woman in the house, you are often ganged up on, and loved beyond all belief. Everyone seems to need you at the exact same time. The plus side is, you feel loved on so many levels. Unconditional, fabulous, deep love. And I would lay down my life for my children and family. They are my everything. I am nothing without our little family.


But, today I was completely, and massively freaked out. I thought that I could handle lots with having two boys, the breaking of my favorite things, the throwing balls and cars in the house and at me, the throwing things on the roof, the weird things they do to everything and anything. But, today Sam fell. Hard. While I was right there.


After I calmed Sam down, we both cried, I consoled him, but then my usual mom instincts didn't kick in. I didn't know what to do. All the boys (including John) stood there in our bedroom and looked to me to know what to do next. Do I take him to the Dr., do I just go with it, do I monitor him....I froze.


He is of course fine, has a big goose egg on his head. I'm thankful, and felt like the worst. mom. ever. I will not be getting mom of the year anytime soon. But, the good news is, as I got to school super late after the entire ordeal, all the teachers were like, "that's part of it." The two individuals that I look up to the most as parents, both said it happened to all their children. Whew.

So I overreacted and it's no big deal. I'm so thankful kids are so resilient. I'm sure the little booger already forgives me, but can I forgive myself?
A

Ciao Bella


We are moving next week....and as I look around, all I see is boxes and little messes. All my projects, all my heart and soul went into making this house our home. And now we're leaving.



The move is very bitter sweet for me, for we have raised Ben and brought little Sam home to this house. I miss it already. We never thought it would sell so quickly, but there is so much love in the home....why did I doubt?

The dance moves that were created in the kitchen, the wrestling throughout the house, the running in circles, the mountains of laundry played in, our little garden, the new nursery that I adore, the brand spanking new bathrooms, my new fridge that I begged and begged for, the amazing fireplace where we enjoyed so many evenings, welcoming home Sam, making Ben a big boy room, just watching our children grow....it will all be missed.

One of my very favorite pics....you can see what life is really like at our house...it looks magical to me.

Ciao to Pebble Crest Circle. We love you so.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Easter Egg Head



We are off tomorrow for Good Friday. I'm a little disappointed in myself for not having the boys easter baskets all ready to go and the house decorated and such....but we've had a lot going on, so I try not to be too hard on myself. We have been talking and talking about what easter is about. And then I think, we get so excited about Christmas and all the hoopla....but Easter is really where it's at for us Christians.
The two pics are of super cute little boy ties and bow ties from etsy. I bought something similar for my two munchcins, but Mr. Niedecken wasn't too keen on the idea. We'll see. They are pretty stinking cute!


Does anyone have fabulous easter traditions? I would love to hear about them, and possibly use them with our sweet little family. The only thing we do regularly is dye easter eggs, have a good hunt, and go to church. That seems pretty light on traditions when I actually write it down. Considering the magnitude of the holiday and all.


Happy Easter and Weekend to you all.


A

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Teaching





I'm a school teacher by trade. I teach some pretty rough kiddos. And lately I've gotten the very best compliments that just make your heart shine. I used to always struggle with whether or not to be a working mom, because I absolutely love and adore spending time with my children. I actually crave and cherish their company. But, as a working mom you feel a TON of guilt sometimes. But not this week.



I was told by my sweet student, "Mrs, have you seen that movie the Blind Side? You're that lady." Whoa mama. Thanks man.


Then, just to hit the whole thing home, after offering money to someone (yes, I do that) she said "I never knew people like you existed. I always heard about it, but never met someone like you."



Thank you to my sweet students for reconfirming why I work day in and day out. You're amazing in more ways than you'll ever know. Thanks for teaching me so many amazing things. You are stronger than you'll ever know.



Love, Mrs. N

Craftiness

Well...if you are reading this blog, you probably know me, and know that I love to be crafty. I adore seeing something and thinking, "I can totally make that!" I love making cool cheap art and other odd things. Spray paint is my new best friend. I need to do a whole post on just my spray painting projects. It's really amazing, and kind of life altering (if that's possible).


With my second son, I didn't buy a mobile on purpose, and I want to make it. I of course haven't gotten to that project yet, but this is what I was thinking....cool huh?
This super cool painting would be so easy to make for me. Possibly new house art, with different colors though?


And finally, I love this chair...with just the legs painted. Garage sale find maybe? I love to mix and match our chairs in our house and I adore the look of this chair. It's just the right amount of color for me!


Thanks for stopping by guys. It really shocked me the other day to find out that people actually read this. That's nuts. Thanks for rocking my sweet little world.
A





Tuesday, April 19, 2011

New Homes on the Horizon

Some of the homes we are considering need huge renovations, so I'm combing my "inspiration" pics for what I want to create for our family. If I could create any kitchen or bathroom I wanted....what would it look like? I obviously like white washed things with pops of color. I never truly knew this until I seem to be drawn to the same types of things over and over again.



Here are some of my musings...




This bathroom rocks my socks. Love, love, love the bathtub with old timey shower curtain rod. Love the black and white tiles, love the cool shelf with usable items. I think that everything should look lovely, AND be super functional. (Just as my mom!)



don't remember where I got this pic...but isn't it happy?





A lot of the old homes have cool front porches, I love this one and how bright and cheery it is. I would totally want to hang out there!




Both pics are from the same kitchen. I love the garden, and love the use of the peg board for extra storage. Our new home will probably be MUCH smaller and I'm entertaining all ideas for storage. I'm also loving wallpaper these days....who would have thought it? What goes around comes around.



P.S. I've had these pics forever, and I don't know where most of them are from. Thus I'm so sorry if I jacked pics from you and didn't site them. Boo on me.

A little Stress Anyone?

Well....my sweet husband and I put our home on the market on Friday, and it sold on Sunday. Yes! Nuts huh? That's a little crazy to us as well. I had a complete melt down when I thought of how much of my heart and soul are in the house, and I'm now leaving it and starting over. We decided to move to another area for the school district for our little ones. Thus I'm reminded of this....

Friday, April 8, 2011

To share or not to share


Well...my sweet husband and I are about to put our house on the market and are looking at so many houses it could make your head spin (it does mine). While making all these considerations, such as, "Can I make that cute"?, "Can we afford it?", "How many bedrooms do we need?" I have highly considered letting my two sweet boys share a room. I didn't share one growing up, but love the looks of these rooms. I would love to hear what you think! Happy Friday all, hopefully our weekends are a restful and productive one!



Room & Board contemporary kids




Friday, April 1, 2011

Yes Please

Happy Friday to everyone! I'm hoping to make loads of jewels for the upcoming trunk show and to finish painting trim in my house (that has been half painted for almost a year) so that we can get our house on the market.

I love this picture because I would love to someday have a pimped out air stream trailer, just for reading or napping. How awesome would that be? Picture sitting in the chair with a fabulous outfit on, a sweet book, and a delish cocktail....yes please!


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