Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Let's Talk Moving

Whew!!!  Girls, we are a mess over here at the new house.  I'm talking a HOT MESS!  I think moving is kind of like having a baby.  Right after you deliver you think, "I'm never doing that again", but then that cute, chubby baby makes you totally forget about all that pain you went through for that sweet little prize.  You know what I mean, right?  Moving is totally like that.  We moved only two years ago and I'm 99% sure my brain had blocked it out.  Right this second I completely understand why!!  Moving ain't for the faint of heart.  That's for sure! 

We've had a couple Griswold moments along the way and I'm sure there will be many more to come.  I thought I'd document moving weekend, give you guys a peek into the new place, and show you what we've done so far.  Here we go...
This was Friday morning (can you tell because I'm still so chipper?).  Tab and I made lots of trips hauling things like lamps, pictures, bedding, etc.  The movers arrived at 2:30 and we really got to work.

Then this happened.  Nixon's bunk beds are a beast so the movers decided this was the best possible way to get them out of our house.  Too bad for us, we still haven't figured out the best way to get them into the new house.  I wish I was kidding.

Our new house was built in 1998.  This house had been taken care of well, but we wanted to instantly change some things to make it more "us".  These rooms are being tackled as I type-some in big ways and others just a little.

The day we moved in the floor guys came in and removed all the carpet from the downstairs.  We're replacing the office and living room carpet with hardwoods.

They also removed the kitchen island (it was really small and a weird shape).  We want to do a major kitchen renovation, but it's later down on the priority list.  For now the entire downstairs is being painted and the floors are being done.

I have nothing but fabulous things to say about the moving company we used.  Local ladies, I'd highly recommend AB Moving in Allen, TX.  They got one truck unloaded and then a little summer storm hit.  It was raining hard!!  Those guys worked quickly in the pouring rain.  It took them about six hours to move our entire house (other than the random trips we'd moved).  We had six guys and two trucks. By the end of the night, we were all laughing and somehow having a great time (in the middle of moving-that's HUGE).   Seriously...they were great!

I took a quick break while the movers were loading our house to go grab some paint samples.  I went around painting these five samples all over our house to catch the different light.  Our painter came on Saturday morning and started.  

The box with my pajamas and athletic clothes is MIA.  I have no clue where it is, so I've been getting creative with my outfits.  This day I slept in a sports bra and Tab's athletic shorts.  I had to make a run to the old house and I threw on Tab's huge sweatshirt.  I'm telling you....we're a MESS!!!  Think I should include this in my next "What I Wore Wednesday" post?  haha!
  
All weekend long we hung in there with great attitudes, but on Monday-we finally hit our limit where we just wanted to dump anything that was left.  You know that limit?  When you're internally fighting about how cute that little orange bucket will be by the front door in the fall, BUT you just want to throw it all in the trash at the same time?  We were there.

This is what we're currently living in....a BIG OL' MESS!!!  I'm keepin' it real, girls!  I'm trying my best to not completely shut down our life and just move.  As much as I'd love to do nothing but unpack for the next week that's just impractical with three kiddos.  So...we're embracing the crazy, taking a break, and heading to the pool today.  After our weekend I think we all deserve it!!  Just like that sweet baby is worth all the pain, I know this new house will be too.  We're in the trenches now, but looking forward to making some amazing memories in our new place.  Thank you for all the sweet comments about the move.  I can't wait to show you our work in progress!! 

Also, if you've e-mailed me in the last few days, I'm so sorry for the delay!  My plan is to do my best and get caught up over the weekend.

Happy Wednesday, Girls!!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Destin Beach Vacation-Part 2

Day 5:
Odds are if we're on vacation and you ask me for chips at 10:30, I'm gonna let you have them.  It's VACATION!


On Tuesday, we wanted a little change of scenery so we drove over to Seaside to check it out and have lunch.  It was the CUTEST little town.  For some reason I felt like I was in another country.  We all tried something different for lunch from the food trucks.  Then we sit outside a block away from the equator I'm pretty sure and enjoyed our (HOT) lunch.  :)

Sometimes you need a selfie with mom. 


We were the only survivors on the walk over to the beach.  Gorgeous view!


Then because we weren't hot enough (totally being sarcastic) we ran around this grassy area.


The houses and streets pretty much all look the same so we followed Tab on a little five minute walk to where he THOUGHT the car was.  He decided he'd go alone to find it and then swing back by to pick us up.  About ten minutes and a parking ticket later, he found the car and got us!  


That night we headed to The Track for go-karts, rides, and bumper cars.

This boy is ALL about the trains.


Standing in line for the bumper cars-it was the boys against the girls!


Don't we look scary??


Ebby Lee tore it up on the go-kart track.

When did this little guy get old enough to ride a go-kart??  He was SO funny to watch!!


My girl and me :)

 These handsome guys tried their best to beat us.  Unfortunately, they were successful at the very end.

We waited in a super long line for the BIG track.  Bowen was my riding partner and just as it was our turn he fell asleep.  So I had to sit out, but I got to watch these two!

Day 6:
Wednesday we hit up Big Kahuna's, the water park in town.  It was our first trip and we will never go back to Destin without visiting.  We had a blast!!  I put my cell phone in a locker the entire time we were there so I don't have any pictures.  There were plenty of things for all my kiddos to do.  Bowen could go down water slides and float the lazy river in his puddle jumper.  It was fabulous!  And...we made plans to see some friends from college who happened to be going to the water park that day too!

We ate at the condo, watched a movie, and this happened by 8:00 that night.


Day 7:
Thursday morning we had plans to drive over to where our friends, the Dreffs, were staying to spend the day at the beach with them.
We started off the day burying Tab in the sand.


Then it was Ebby Lee's turn. :)


We walked up and had lunch.  I snapped this picture of the kiddie table.  No telling WHAT was happening over there.


Bowen sat in my lap under the umbrella and was out in less than five minutes.  We found him a place in the shade and he took an ocean-side nap.


These sweet girls had the best time jumping the waves.


While these cuties built sand castles.


It was so good to see Narci and her family!!


Baytowne Wharf is one of my very favorite areas!!  I love the restaurants, the kid stuff to do, and the atmosphere.  We had pictures that evening with Narci and then we headed over to grab dinner.  By the time we arrived this magic show was coming to an end, but Tab found a table while the kiddos and I watched part of the show.  Can you spot my two in the back?

On the boardwalk....down by the SEA! (Did you sing it?)  :)

Our party of five

By the end of dinner, Nixon had fallen asleep like this and I was holding a sleeping Bowen.  We were wiped!!

Day 8:
We started off the last day slowly.  Everyone slept in and then we hit up Waffle House.

A little sidenote-for my school sponsored senior trip, we took a chartered bus all the way to Tampa, Florida. The bus was part of some program and would ONLY stop at certain gas stations.  Every gas station only had a Waffle House as the food option.  So on that trip, we probably had Waffle House no less than six times in a seven day period.  Needless to say, I'm good with never eating at one again, but Tab was pumped!!  So I obliged.  :)  And clearly the kiddos were fans.

After a full day of the beach and pool, the condos were having crafts in the evening and then a night time movie.  Ebby Lee painted an octopus jewelry box.


Nixon mastered a flip off the side of the pool.


Marla brought some really cool glow-in-the-dark bubbles that were so cool in the jar but didn't work in bubble form.


We shut down the pool and then went up to get ready for bed.

Day 9:
This cutie talked me into Starburst on the way back home.  You better believe I said, "Sure".  We were soaking up the last day of vacation.

After fourteen hours of traveling, (we stopped at Cracker Barrel for dinner and that was a BIG delay) we finally made it home to this creepy guy.  hahaha!  

Vacations are the best, but it's always nice to be home.
Tomorrow I have one of my VERY favorite people sharing her crazy!  You don't wanna miss it. :)

Monday, June 29, 2015

Favorite Things-Summer Shoes

Wahoo!!  I love a good party and Andrea loves nothing more than throwing a good party so today is gonna be fun!!  Every month Andrea and I host a little virtual "Favorite Things" party.  Each month has a theme and today we're sharing our favorite summer shoes.  We'd love for you to join us!  


Wedges:
I've shared these Steve Madden wedges numerous times over the last couple months, but they're on sale for under $48.  It looks like some sizes have been restocked.  They have are comfortable wedge...not too tall.  I have the "Gold Multi" and they seem to go with everything.





Sandals:
I never dreamed in a million years I'd wear these shoes as much as I do.  These Tory Burch sandals are definitely some of my favorite summer shoes.





Flip Flops:
Old Navy's $3.00 flip flops are still my go-to pool shoe, beach shoe, and any quick errand in between.





Amusement Park Shoe:
Last year on our Disney World vacation, I shared these Skechers Go Walk shoes with you.  I wore them every single day for the full  five days we were in the parks and my feet never felt a tinge of pain.  Amusement park season is upon us and these shoes will be your BFF.  :)






I don't personally own any of the above shoes, but they were my favorite sale picks.  Thought I'd share!

You ladies should join us!!  Here's the list of our upcoming themes...