Friday, September 30, 2011

Update on the Laundry Detergent

Just a quick update this morning!

Last week I shared the recipe I used to make homemade laundry detergent

We have been using it for about a week now and I have to say

It was super easy to make and the clothes are washing up just fine. I haven't had any major stain issues to combat yet, so that will be the big test.   

I am curious to see how long it lasts compared to the liquid brand I was using before.

But for now, it's a keeper!

Living thru faith,

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

It's Moments Like These

It's sweet moments like these...

that make you forget the rough moments that happened before.

Living thru faith,

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Dreaming a Little Bit

I've been dreaming a little bit.  I just can't help it!

Currently our laundry area is right in the front entrance, which is fine when I'm not behind on laundry...which is pretty much all the time!

(Rare occasion where it is cleaned up!)

The back of the laundry "closet" is the side of our master closet. is my plan.....

Turn the laundry around, so that it is actually in the master closet...

...AND create a mudroom/storage closet in the old laundry area.

I would leave the plumbing in place to cut down on cost and just have to turn it around. Right? 
I know nothing about plumbing, but that sounds logical to me!  :-)

I also want more storage for cleaning supplies or pantry items and not lose a bunch of space in the master closet, so I would have to be very strategic on planning the space.

Ok, that's probably dreaming a little too big!  Oh, to have that closet!  (Sigh...)

Who knows when we might be able to actually do this.  
I don't even have a clue how much it would cost, but I wouldn't think it would be too much.  
Would it?! 
I have an idea in my head of what it would all look like, but I guess I should take some measurements and actually draw it out!  Just in case...

Living thru faith,

Monday, September 26, 2011

A Work in Progress

I have been wanting to do some work in the front flower beds, but I haven't taken the time do so (and I really hate working outside in the heat).

Last month the boys worked on dismantling a couple of beds in the backyard, which left me with some stone edgers.

I decided to use them to line the flower bed up front.  We have been needing to put in some mulch, but with the grading we figured a lot of it would just get washed away with the rain.   So, I thought I could use these to put an edge around the bed to keep in the dirt and mulch (plus they were free!).

I also wanted to get rid of the yuca plant.  I know some really like these plants, but it just wasn't doing it for me.  Especially along the front walk.

It wasn't as hard as I was afraid it would be, but it still wasn't easy to dig it all up.  

The roots went everywhere!

I am so sore, but it was definitely worth it.  I think it looks so much better!

Probably the only other thing we will do with it at this point is to put down some mulch, unless I can find some plants free or really cheap.  
(Right now those are the only kinds of projects that are going to get done!)

I am still trying to decide what color to paint the door.  The brick has some gray and more of an orange than red.  I really think black is the best color choice, but the front gets the afternoon heat and the door gets really hot.  I think it would be ok if we installed a storm door with the tinted glass.  Ideally, I would like to replace the door, but just a fresh coat of paint will make a world of difference! 

Living thru faith,

Friday, September 23, 2011

It's Just One of Those Days

It's just one of those days...

You know the kind that you just want to go back to bed 
and curl up with a good book or an old movie or just sleep.

It's gonna rain again today, so that doesn't help. 

So, I don't really have pictures to show you, but here is a little update on what's happening with us...

Sarah loves her new Dora light up shoes!  
She's never had light up shoes before, but these were actually cheaper than the alternatives.

Daniel has a field trip today to see the new movie Dolphin Tale 
and then they are stopping to eat pizza before returning to school.

Tonight is Homecoming and Matt is opting for tradition...
a group of guys going out to eat and to a movie.  They have done this for the last three years.  
We will see what happens next year when they are all seniors and girlfriends may be in the picture.

Daniel leaves tomorrow for a youth retreat, Matt has a game 2 1/2 hours away on Saturday, Brian needs to work on his dissertation, Sarah just wants to play, and my house is still a mess.

So, that gets you pretty much caught up on us.

I did find this video that just makes me smile. I hope it makes you smile, too!

We were on the way to school one morning last fall and Matt recorded her with his phone.  

I pray that you will feel the presence of our big and mighty God today!

Living thru faith,

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Shoe Shopping with Daniel

Daniel had only one pair of tennis shoes, which is not good when he has to use that pair for cross country and they run in the woods in the rain.  

He had to wear his flip flops the last couple of days because his tennis shoes were absolutely soaked.

So, we were on a mission with this shopping trip...

We weren't going home without tennis shoes!

This is what it is like to go shopping with Daniel, just the two of us.
(Forgive the phone pics.  I really want a camera I can keep in my purse!) 

Yes, those are his socks on his ears.

Huge score on the shoes!  $50 on clearance for $20!

While I was looking for a deal for me (no luck), he decided to try on a pair of platform sandals.

As you can tell, it's never boring when you go shopping with Daniel!

Living thru faith,

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Homemade Laundry Detergent

I'm trying something new.

I've made my first batch of homemade laundry detergent.

4 cups Borax
2 cups Washing Soda
2 cups baking soda (not pictured)
1 bar Fels-Naptha soap

I grated the soap and mixed everything together.

Then put it in a container with a good seal.

It says to use 2 tablespoons per load.

Hopefully, it will work great!

I will let you know how it goes...

Living thru faith,

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

The Weary Sports Mom

It doesn't matter whether it is soccer or football or baseball or gymnastics or swimming or track or...
the list can go on and on...

If you have even just one kid in a sport these days, you become an expert 
in multitasking and event planning.

There are countless numbers of practices and games or meets to coordinate with the rest of the family's activities.  There are booster meetings, social gatherings to build team unity, extra tournaments, fundraisers...oh, and lets not forget the laundry!
I feel pretty confident in saying that a mother did not pick white uniforms!

We might complain and we are definitely exhausted by the end of the season, but if we are completely honest, we love it!  Not all the stuff that has to be done to make it happen, but the few minutes that we get to see our child doing what they love.  

Saturday was one of those crazy days that make you wonder why you do it and is it worth it. 

Matt had a baseball game, Daniel had a cross country meet, and Brian had a faculty retreat.  
So, it was up to me to coordinate the day.

I dropped Matt off at 9am, picked up my new contacts and glasses, and then went by Sonic for one of these ('cause I wasn't going to make it through the day without caffeine).

I dropped Daniel off to ride the bus at 9:45 and then went back to the high school to watch some of Matt's game.  The game was supposed to start at 10am, but was delayed until about 10:30.  I left there at 11 without getting to see Matt pitch (he was warming up as I was leaving - of course).  

Sarah naturally had a great time keeping herself and others entertained.

I drove an hour to the cross country meet worried I would miss Daniel's race, only to discover that they were running about 25 minutes behind.  So we hung out and cheered on the girls' team.  

If you have never been to a cross country meet, you should know that there is a lot of walking on the part of the parents.  You begin at the starting line, you walk to another spot on the course (which usually involves climbing hills), cheer them on from there, then head to the finish line.  
The key is getting from place to place fast enough that you don't miss the finish!  

Trying to do all this with a four year adds another challenge to the mix.  By the time we were done with Daniel's race, we were at the gates of Meltdown City.

Even though Daniel was the last one to cross the finish line for the boys team, I have never been prouder!  The nice thing about cross country is that even though you are a team, it is really about competing against yourself...about pushing yourself to do better than you did the last race. 

Daniel's time wasn't his best and he had hurt his heel in a stumble along the course, but instead of giving up he persevered and finished strong.  When he rounded the corner and saw the finish line and heard everyone cheering him on, he sprinted with everything he had left in him and 
crossed that finish line knowing he left nothing.

He left the race exhausted and hurting, but proud of what he had accomplished...
And that is what makes us say we will do it all again. 

Living thru faith,

Monday, September 19, 2011

Celebrating Another Birthday!

Yesterday was my grandmother's birthday and
today is my father-in-law's birthday!

July 2011

He may be retired, but he doesn't like to sit in one spot too long.  He may fall asleep! (inside joke)  :-)

Putting together Daniel's loft bed - March 2011

And I figured out that somehow he manages not to get in any pictures.  
I will have to remedy this the next time we are all together.  So, watch out buddy! 

Happy Birthday, Dad!

Living thru faith,

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Happy Birthday, Nan!

Today is my grandmother's birthday!


She loves her grandkids, but it's her "great grands" that bring her such joy.


She also LOVES watching women's basketball.  During the season you will find her in front of the TV, feet up, with a bowl of popcorn watching her favorite teams.

Happy Birthday, Nan!
We will see you at Christmas!

Living thru faith,

Saturday, September 17, 2011

A Story of the American Spirit

A friend posted this video on Facebook yesterday.

It is not a story I had seen before, but such a testimony to the American the human spirit.

Living thru faith,

Friday, September 16, 2011

No Rest for the Weary

I found these pictures I took sometime this summer.

Daddy had gone into the bedroom for a little rest.

However, someone had other plans.

I'm making some changes to the design of my blog.  I want it to be clean and not look cluttered. I also want to create a new title banner, but I haven't figured all that out yet. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Let me now what you think of the changes so far.

Living thru faith,

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Brakes - Oh, My!

We knew it was time for a brake job...we just didn't realize how badly we needed it.

Old brake pads

New brake pads

Old brake pad with new brake pad

Yeah, there were basically no pads left!

Thankfully, Brian can do this job himself.  We still have to get the other car back to the shop to solve it's mystery ailment.  The mechanic thinks he has figured it out, but I'm not sure I want him to be right 'cause that's gonna cost us another $300 (we've already spent $600 so far).  But, then again, we've been trying to figure this out since July, so $300 may be worth it if it is finally fixed.

At the same time the other car started it's goofball antics this summer, the transmission went out on the main car.  Thankfully, that was under warranty!
Don't you just love car issues?!

Living thru faith,

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

I Heart Pinterest

I know I'm late to the game, but I love Pinterest!
I'm having so much fun "pinning" stuff for the house!

And then there are these fun little things that my friend Charley finds.  
I don't know how she finds them all, but they make me crack up!

I repinned this one today from another friend's board and it was just what I needed.

Living thru faith,