Being Thankful

November 28, 2016

There was something about this Thanksgiving that truly made me sit down and reflect on what this year has brought about and how much I have to be thankful for. Maybe it was the long drive to our family or maybe it was just all of the amazing things that are going on around me that I had time to sit and reflect on. Whatever it was, I have so much to be thankful for.

My sweet husband. He has stood by me through so many of the ups and downs of life and loved me along the way. Through my faults and triumphs, he was continued to be my best friend and my biggest fan. I am thankful to him for always encouraging me, picking me up when I need it most, and making me smile.

Our baby girl. There is something so exciting about knowing we have hit 30 weeks in the pregnancy and that our sweet girl is getting closer and closer to getting here. I feel like the past 30 weeks have flown by but also taken their sweet time. I'm sure I will feel the same over the next 10 weeks.

Family. There is absolutely nothing in the world like family. Whether we are with my family or Michael's, I feel at home and complete. We are blessed with an amazing support system from both of our families. There is truly nothing like knowing we have so many people supporting and encouraging us on this new journey we are taking.

Our dogs. As silly as this sounds, our sweet dogs bring such joy to our life. With M being gone so much lately, they have been so good to me and kept me company on the nights when I feel alone. It's amazing how much happiness a little furry animal can bring.

My body. The body is an amazing thing and nothing has shown me that more than this pregnancy. To know that my body has created and grown this sweet baby girl is incredible and makes me appreciate it more than I ever thought possible. I feel like I look at it in a totally different way than I did before and plan to take extra good care of it for taking care of our sweet girl.

Happiness. There are times in life when you just look around and see all of the good in your life. I feel as though I have battled to be where I am right now at this very moment and don't plan to take this happiness for granted. It's an amazing feeling to be able to experience.

I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving and got to rest and relax a little bit before we head into the new week. Happy Monday friends.

We Survived Carpet Installation 2016

November 23, 2016

By we, I mean Tilly, Lucy, and I. And my survived, I mean just barely. Let me tell you, it was NOT as bad as I thought it would be. They gave me a time frame, called when they were about 45 minutes away, and then showed up and got right to work. It took a total of about 4 hours for furniture to be moved out, old carpet to be ripped apart and shredded, and the new foam and carpet to be installed in the 3 rooms. I have to admit that I was pretty impressed with their work flow.

Tilly, Lucy and I stayed outside the. whole. time. I can honestly tell you that I had no idea I could spend so much time on my phone. But thankfully the weather was nice and the breeze kept us cool. I got to catch up on blogs, found out that AT&T was having a fun sale on iPad mini's, and then scheduled the pest control guy to come out since we were already home. I can tell you that by the end of yesterday, I felt pretty accomplished but I was absolutely exhausted.

So here are the after pictures of the three rooms. I would much rather have taken them with some sunlight so that you could see the real color of the carpet but alas, the day caught up with me and I didn't get around to it until this morning.

First up is the office. It seems as though the owners before us liked to pretend they knew how to do lots of home renovations and installed the carpet themselves. Besides the fact that it was so discolored from animals, was coming up in random places, and was just plain old, it was definitely time for an upgrade. I really just cared more about the rooms being consistent all the way through the house. The color we choose was very neutral and hopefully will hide dirt decently well. This room is going to be converted into an office/guest bedroom. I just need to have M move the headboard and bed into here.
Next up, we have what my mom likes to call "SuSu's Room". I moved her out of the room that Adilynn will take over and so SuSu got some new carpet to go in her room. The pinkish/brown carpet in there just wasn't doing it for me. This room is a work in progress. I found the headboard that I want for her bed and I need to hang the rest of the things that are sitting on the floor but we will get there.
Last but certainly not least is our bedroom. The carpet in here was so so old. There were stains all over it (I saved you from seeing them in the picture with Tilly) and I swear when you vacuumed, you couldn't even tell it had been vacuumed. Our master bedroom has kind of taken a back seat in our upgrades because the only 2 people who go in there are Michael and I but with our sweet girl coming along, we figured that new carpet was a must.
I will say that Home Depot was super easy to work with and the installers were extra friendly. They didn't mind my barking dogs and kept me updated throughout the installation. You just never know what you are going to get when a company comes in to do work but I'm so glad to know that when we need new flooring in other areas of our house, that we can rely on them to do it well.

We are heading off for the rest of the holiday week. If you are traveling, be safe on the road and if you are staying home, enjoy your family time. We get to meet our sweet nephew for the first time ever and I literally couldn't sleep last night because I am so excited to just snuggle him and our niece all weekend.

Get Happy, Give Joy

November 22, 2016

There is absolutely nothing in the world like spending time with family. Whether we meet up for a quick shopping trip, I go home for a weekend visit, or they come to see me for a night, my sweet family makes my heart so happy. I have been blessed with an amazing mom who, as I've gotten older, has become one of my very best friends, and a sister who from day one has been my best friend. My baby brother is actually going to be 21 this year which totally blows my mind because I still think of him as my baby. When we get together, it always includes lots of laughter, smiles, and pictures.

My mom and sister came in for the night Sunday and surprised me by bringing my sweet baby brother. Waking up, knowing they were all at my house just made my heart all kinds of happy. Unfortunately, my Monday was already packed full of to do list things so they were left on their own during the morning. I had swim team practice in the morning, followed by a hair appointment with my favorite stylist in town, and then we headed to my 29 week doctor appointment.

Getting to experience a doctor's appointment with all of them there was so special. My mom has already met my doctor at the last visit I had, but it was fun to have Dee and Dave there with me to hear sweet Adi's heartbeat and little updates on what is to come over the next 10 weeks. Knowing that we have so many people who already love our baby girl makes the whole world just seem right.

After our little appointment, we headed out to do some shopping. It is what we do best together for sure. I don't have much that I am in need of at the moment besides little things for Adilynn's room and some comfy shoes to wear because it seems that the pregnancy myth about your feet getting bigger is actually true. Who knew. I ended up buying leggings and a pair of black skinny jeans. Totally what I went there for obviously.
Going to try and finish up a few last minute errands after swim practice and then will be spending the day with the carpet people. Too bad I still need to pack, get the dogs ready for their trips, finish laundry, and get the car ready for our trek to the panhandle. Thankfully, when I called to confirm my appointment they told me that it will only take a few hours so that helps but I'm still interested to see how things go. Wish us luck.

Goodbye Gross Carpet

November 21, 2016

When M and I moved into our house, it's like we were oblivious to all of the small little details that were going on inside the house. We saw 4 bedrooms, 2 living rooms, a huge kitchen and dining area, and a ginormous backyard. SOLD! Sign us up and let's buy this house.

Too bad once we started moving in, we noticed popcorn ceilings, different wall textures in each room, wallpaper in the kitchen and dining area, and last but not least 8...EIGHT different floors. We have tile, wood, a different kind of tile, and 5 different types of carpet. And it's not "good" carpet. I promise. The carpet in each room is either brown, white with terrible stains on it, fluffy with a not so nice smell to it, or one tiny little room that is actually half ways decent.
When we found out that we were going to have a sweet little addition to the family, we figured it was time to take care of a few house updates. We had a painter come in and paint 2 of the rooms, get rid of the wallpaper and retexture the kitchen. Last but not least we decided we might as well go ahead and get new carpet.
Going through the process of choosing a new floor for the bedrooms was NOT easy, especially for an indecisive person like myself. Ultimately, it would be fabulous to have dark hard wood floors throughout our whole house but M is a fan of carpet for the bedrooms so I gave in since he let me have some grey in our life. Compromise people. Since one of the rooms had pretty good carpet installed, we decided to try our best to match it so that we only had 3 rooms to buy carpet for.
I'm going to admit... I did not realize how expensive carpet can be. It's like you walk in and the store is all "Here are our choices for carpet but if you want the stain resistant, lifetime warranty-ed, soft, durable carpet, you are going to pay the big bucks. Not to mention installation fees, furniture moving fees, etc". But I am hoping it is well worth it.

Home Depot made this process pretty simple for us. We scheduled an in home measurement, they sent us a quote based on the carpet and padding we wanted, and then once we paid, their installation company sent a schedule of their available dates and times. I have the week off for Thanksgiving so I figured I would schedule it for this week. Tuesday is dooms day...I mean it was my date of choice.

I am looking forward to seeing how this goes, especially with a dog at home and me having to be present The. Whole. Time. Sigh. I'm not good at sitting at home, especially sitting at home while there are people in and out of the house all day. But at least the end result will mean I have matching, clean carpet. I wonder if I can get them to rearrange the bedroom furniture and move the furniture I've build for Adilynn's room in there. Keep your fingers crossed for me.

Small Town Living

November 18, 2016

There are times when I am reading blogs or I see instagram posts and I find myself wondering what it would be like to live in a big city, where there are infinite number of things to do and go see. Would I really go to the zoo as often as I think I would if it was literally 15 minutes away? Would I spend as much time at the museums and the downtown areas that are filled with stores upon stores of everything you could ever want and need? Part of me thinks that wondering these things is kind of like thinking the grass is always greener on the other side. Do big city people ever wish for the traffic-less streets and the small town feel that little Texas towns provide? While some of us small town liver-s sometimes crave the hustle and bustle of the city?

Last night I went to what is called Christmas Around the Square in my little town. We are one of those towns that still has the courthouse downtown and shops surrounding it that are filled with lots of different speciality items. Tonight, they were all lit up, offering free wine, drinks, and home cooked foods, giving their small town people a place to walk and shop. As I was walking through the crowds of people, saying hi to some of my students, I found myself falling in love with this little town all over again.
Maybe it's because I'm pregnant and everything pretty much makes me think about what it will be like when I have our sweet girl tagging along with us, or maybe it's how hard the shop owners worked to decorate and get ready for last night. Either way, I loved being a part of the small town people who were supporting their little town.

All too often, I find myself wishing for more. More things to do, more places to go, more, more, more. When in reality, I've got a lot to be thankful for right here in my own back yard. So cheers to small towns, to my town and all the little things that remind me of how lucky I am. Happy Friday friends. I hope it's the best one yet.

A New Beginning

November 16, 2016

Many moons ago...okay, it was actually probably just 4 years ago around this time, I decided to create my first blog. It was around this same time, my  husband and I had just recently gotten married and I wanted a place to come and share all the fun of the not so crazy life that we lead. My photographer from our wedding, Shay, had a blog and I absolutely loved following along so I figured why not.
4 years later, it's as if that blog world that I joined no longer exists. It went from writing life updates and meeting new friends to sponsored posts, white filled pictures, and feeling as if I no longer belonged. I mean, my ktichen is full of dark wood, black granite, and tan back splash. If that's not anti blogger a la 2016, I don't know what is. But not only that...life got in the way, a new job got in the way, excuses got in the way, etc. So one quick click of the "delete button" and the blog I started some 4 years ago was gone. It felt therapeutic in a way.

I was no longer that same person that I was when I started It Is What You Make It (the name of my old blog) and it felt good to let some of those deep posts about who knows what go, but it truly left a void in my life that I didn't know it would leave. During those 4 years, I met some of my best girlfriends on that little blog. I have watched blog friends get married, have sweet babies, grow a beautiful business that they have worked so hard to build, and struggle with other things along the way.

There is absolutely nothing like the blog world I came to know during those 4 years and I am ready to step back in to it. At least for these last few months of pregnancy and until our sweet baby girl takes over my time. Only kidding. I hope that this blog can take me back to my days of writing, sharing, connecting, and just having an outlet for all the fun/boring things going on in this amazing little life of mine.

So welcome friends to my new humble abode and thank you for welcoming me back with open arms. I am so happy to be back.