Today: You’re Dumb.

Last night, Trevor had his men’s group over for some bonfire fun. One of the guys, who we love, accidentally backed into our well pump. Oops. Water everywhere. We had to turn off the breaker and then had no water. We put in a call to our contractor, who promised to call the well guys first thing in the morning. It’s fun to brush your teeth with bottled water.

Trevor has to go shower next-door at his grandparents’ house because he is all smoky-smelling from the bonfire.

Morning.

The night before last, Knox threw up in his sleep. It was a fun discovery yesterday morning, since he’d been rolling around in in all night. We kept him home yesterday, but he seemed totally recovered. This morning, I got him up and dressed, but he curled up on the couch and refused to eat breakfast. Not like him. He also had a low grade fever of 100.3.

Trevor is off today, but he had to stay at the house to meet the well guys who were coming out this morning. Which means, Knox had to come to work with Mommy for a bit.

I dropped Brody off at school, then took Knox to hang out in my office. I made him a doctor’s appointment for this morning.

I started working.

Five seconds later, I remembered that I had a meeting at 10 that I HAD to attend.

I called and canceled the doctor’s appointment.

I called Trevor, told him we had to come home, and that Knox would have to hang out with he and the well guys.

Half-way home, vomit geyser erupts from Knox’s mouth. Everywhere, everywhere. It smells like everything.

I recall: we have no water.

I call Trevor and ask him to meet me at the driveway with clothes for Knox, then to call his grandparents to see if we can use their bathtub for our pukey boy.

Nan and Pop to the rescue, I give Knox a quick bath next door, then we go back home to hand him over to his daddy.

I rush back to work, have meeting, yay.

The well guys are doing their thing, and we once again have water.

Trevor calls me less than an hour later. Water is coming up from the ground outside- after the “fix” was finished.

I officially quit the day. The end.

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(Knox also quits the day)

 

It’s beginning to look a lot like…

Christmas! Our tree has been up for a couple of weeks now, but after Thanksgiving was over, we decided to REALLY decorate. Trevor channeled his inner Clark Griswold and put Christmas lights up on our house this weekend. We’ve never done that before, so it was really special to do it this year in our new house.

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The boys had fun watching him. Knox yelled “be CAY-FULL!!” to him from inside the house. Trevor heard him. :)

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Here’s a peek at how they looked- we did icicle lights from the roof line, and I strung garland and twinkle lights on the railing. I think we’ll gradually add more and more each year, but this is a good start!

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I wanted a little lit tree for the front porch, and I discovered that stores charge more for those than big trees! So, I made another Black Friday purchase of a $15 six-foot tree from Target. I strung lights on it, and there you have it- a front porch tree!

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We added our stockings (from Kohl’s) to the mix, and I love how they turned out! I tell you, having a rustic reclaimed mantel rocks… I just  nail things right into and don’t feel the least bit of guilt (probably because there are dozens of nail holes already in it!!).

Christmas decorations with monogrammed stockings and twinkle lights

I felt like the fireplace was still missing something, so I added a wreath- I love it!

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Christmas decorations, festive mantel, wreath on the fireplace, rustic Christmas decor

I’m waiting on my new tree skirt (ruffled burlap) from World Market to arrive, and I can’t wait! Thank you Black Friday, 50% shopping!

The past couple of years, I haven’t been as excited to decorate because we were so crammed into our last house, it made me feel claustrophobic to decorate too much. This year, I thankful for more space and lots of decorating room! My favorite thing ever is to sit by the Christmas tree at night and just enjoy the glow of twinkle lights- it feels so cozy and awesome.

Are you guys all decorated up for Christmas? When do you start doing it- before or after Thanksgiving?

 

DIY Foaming Hand Soap with Essential Oils

So I’ve been using essential oils for a couple months now, and the main thing I love them for is cleaning. I am a big “green” cleaning person, and I have been using Shaklee products for our household cleaning needs. I use their “Basic H” concentrate for our all purpose cleaner and add a few drops of my DoTerra oils. I use “On Guard” or “Wild Orange” for cleaning because of their natural anti-bacterial properties (and the good smell!). In addition to our cleaning supplies, I recently started to make my own foaming hand wash. I tried it out for a few weeks a few different ways before sharing this final product, and I love it!

DIY Foaming Hand Wash recipe using essential oils- super easy, natural and budget-friendly! - from mycoffeeiscold.com

I searched Pinterest for some recipes for soaps, and I saw some that added fractionated coconut oil, which I thought was so smart. I made my own soap previously and thought it was too drying, so this really made a huge difference for me. It’s so, so simple to do, and it’s all natural. Here’s what you need:

– Foaming Soap Pump (I ordered mine from DoTerra- they’re three for $5)
– 2 tbl Dr. Bronner’s Unscented Castille Soap
– 1 tsp fractionated coconut oil
– 5 drops of DoTerra “On Guard” or “Wild Orange” or other essential oil with antibacterial properties (like Thieves)
– Enough warm water to fill the bottle (leave room for the pump to go back in)

Add your oil and soap to the empty bottle first. Then, add your oils, swish them around a bit, then top the bottle off with warm water. I only used five drops of oil because my pump isn’t super big.

That’s all there is to it- it’s incredibly simple, it works great and it smells amazing! It’s also very budget friendly considering how many bottles of soap you can make with just one batch of ingredients.

What’s your favorite way to use oils? Have you jumped on the bandwagon yet?

Frozen, fire and a holiday feast

I don’t even have anything important to say, but I figure you guys are probably used to me rambling and may even kind of like it since you keep coming back here! This weekend was awesome at our house. We just relaxed and didn’t do anything super exciting, but we were intentional about spending some good time together, and that we did! On Friday, Brody spent the night with Trevor’s parents, so we had the whole afternoon and evening alone with Knox. He loved it. He has really been needing some good mom-and-dad-time with us. We spent Friday just being silly, playing and talking with him. We laughed so, so much. The kid is hilarious. Even though communication is tough for Knox, his general demeanor is so silly- he has Trevor’s sense of humor for certain. He uses a lot of echolalia (which basically means that he memorizes things and then repeats them later on) in conversations with us, and in particular, he used “Frozen” to get his way this weekend. He told me that he wanted me to “open the door” to our room. He is obsessed with climbing into our big bed and burying himself in our blankets and pillows. He really loves when we lay with him in there, too. Anyway, he wanted in, and our door was locked (<— we lock it to keep them from running in there 457 times a day and climbing the shelves in our closet… because they do that). He again said “open the door!” I said “nope. Not doing it.” He repeated himself a few more times before he finally yelled “OPEN THE GATES!!!!” I laughed so hard, I finally gave up and just opened the door. He’s a snuggly little thing.

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Later on, we had a bonfire outside. Knox is a bit of a pyromaniac and LOVES fire. He was pretty thrilled with this situation, but he was making Trevor and I very nervous by standing too close to the fire. He didn’t want to sit in our chairs, he just wanted to stand right next to it. We told him “Knox, you’re too close, back up.” His response? “Don’t mind me, Captain!” (<— Octonauts reference). So funny!

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Anyway, we ended up getting him to sit down, so we could all enjoy the fire and relax together. The next morning, Trevor needed to spend some time outside getting our yard in order. Since we built our house on our own property, Trevor was very insistent on doing all landscaping himself. He refused to have anyone haul logs away because he “can just burn those later.” So, five months later, we still have massive piles of trees, brush, etc. all over the place. He was busy ALL DAY with his chainsaw and ax, and was burning up a lot of it. While he was doing yard work, I decided to clean the house. While I was cleaning, I made a little stovetop air freshener:

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(2 cups of water, 1 sliced orange, four cinnamon sticks, a 1/4 tsp of nutmeg… I would have also added 1 tsp of cloves and a handful of cranberries, but we didn’t have any).

It smells amazing and just like Christmas. So, then, I started thinking about Christmas. Which means I thought of food, because hi, I’m me. So I decided to start cooking dinner… at 3 p.m. I *may* have gotten a little carried away. Okay, so I essentially made a Christmas feast for dinner. Roasted pork loin, gravy, cornbread dressing (from homemade cornbread), spaetzle (German noodle/dumpling that you cover in gravy), homemade green bean casserole (i.e.: no condensed soup) and drop biscuits. I was out of control.

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Then I decided, I’ll play Christmas music, too, just because. Trevor came in, and his whole face lit up. Christmas is his love language. If I’ve never mentioned it before, my husband is Buddy the Elf on steroids. So, then, we ate until we felt sick, and then we did some dancing with our kids to Christmas music. They LOVE to dance with us, and they’ve gotten very into family hugs (where we each pick one up and all hug together at once). It was just a relaxing, silly, loving weekend with my little family, and I loved every second of it. And for real, how cute are these boys?!

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Side note:  Trevor now mentions decorating for Christmas every day. He can’t be helped. I try to respect the turkey, but seriously, I don’t think it will happen this year because we are both too excited to decorate this house for the first time for Christmas. What about you guys? Do you wait until after Thanksgiving to decorate, or do you do it as soon as you possibly can? I think we’ll wait another two weekends, but that’s probably about all Trevor’s heart can take- it’s the most wonderful time of the year a little bit early over here!

 

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Sometimes you just have to laugh at your own life

This past week, we had a great time celebrating Halloween at our church during our annual “trunk or treat” event. This was Brody’s first time trick-or-treating by himself (last year he threw up in the car on the way there)… I think he liked it? He was super confused by what was going on, and he wore an expression of “huh?” all night long. He knew that he liked all of the candy he was getting, though- he just didn’t understand why it was all in his bucket and not in his mouth! Knox was very overstimulated and didn’t say a whole lot, just took everything in with wide eyes the whole night. His favorite thing was a visiting camel (who was helping us advertise our Christmas event) and a “Frozen” themed trunk that had snow and the movie playing. He didn’t want to move past that! He was good as long as we didn’t get close to the large inflatables because he’s scared to death of them. If I got too close, he’d plant his feet and say “Do you want to go to Knox’s house? Yes I do!” aka, let’s leave, Mommy! Aside from that, though, it was a great night.

The boys dressed according to their personalities- Brody and his car-obsessed self was a John Deere tractor (costume from here). He was pretty excited about it because Tractors are his FAVORITE ever. He didn’t smile in a single picture, but he’s still so cute!

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Knox, our little runaway escape artist was a marathon runner (costume: runner’s bib made by me in Photoshop and sweats from Target). Because, sometimes, you have to poke fun at your own life. Really, it’s okay. And kind of funny.

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All of his teachers from church saw it and laughed- they’ve all chased this runner down the hall a time or two on Sunday mornings! In true Knox fashion, he tried to dart away from me once at the beginning of the night, but I caught him by the arm before he even got by me. My reflexes are much quicker than they used to be around this kid!

Here are a few more pictures from the night:

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Knox catching “snow” at the “Frozen” trunk:

 

 

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Brody really needed a candy break.

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