This time, it turned out pretty well!
What fun junk have you turned to treasure? Share with me, y'all!
So, one Saturday morning we were coming home from Micaiah's soccer game Go Orca Whales! when we saw a family putting some old junk on the curb. And I immediately thought, "Score!" because well, if you know me, you know I love junk! Well, some junk anyway.
This time, it turned out pretty well!
I can't for the life of me find the "before" picture of the cabinet... But just imagine the baby of these two...
Here is the original cabinet door that we took off. I have some plans for those babies! Can't wait to share with you when they are finished! For now, just see how ugly they are. :)
So, we took it home, painted it, distressed it, and put our TV in it!
There you have it! Some guy's junk turned into our awesome, free media cabinet! Plus, another fun project...keep your eyes peeled! :)
What fun junk have you turned to treasure? Share with me, y'all!
Hey, y'all. How's it going?
It's been a while. Sorry 'bout that. I trust that life has been treating you well? I sure hope so!
For us, life has been insane. In.SANE.
Seriously, a few months ago, I totally thought that we were going to buy our new house and take a few weeks to get settled in, and then I could start crafting and creating and doing awesome things to our cool new house. But, you know what? It totally didn't work out like that. :/
In fact, we are still not settled. But, we are getting there. Slowly. Slooooooowly, but surely. :)
It feels like we have had a thousand things go wrong! And, every time, I just smile and say, "Welcome to owning a home!!!" Ha! Seriously, we bought a foreclosure so we knew that we were in for some work. We had new carpets put in all of the bedrooms, I painted everything, and Chris (with the help of a good friend!) put in laminate wood floors in the living room and upstairs hallway. (We still need to do the stairs!) We knew that we were going to have to replace a few ceiling lights. I guess the former owners weren't giving up their lights! :) I spent quite a few hours trimming palm trees that looked like they hadn't been touched in years. Chris fixed some spots on the roof. We had a small mouse problem to deal with... :/
But then the kids flooded the bathroom which meant that Chris had to pull out the brand new, beautiful floor and re-do it. (And then again when he realized we forgot to bleach the concrete before he put the flooring down the second time. :) And then the A/C broke. (Thankfully it is getting cold, so we have some time to save up for that one!) When it did, it leaked water down through the ceiling, and left a big soggy spot that we'll also need to fix. Some of the toilets are a little wonky, so we need to fix those too.
And then, our stove broke.
So, needless to say, between repairing tons of stuff, and unpacking and laundry and cooking and cleaning and grocery shopping and dishes and taking care of the kids and soccer practice and and and.... We're not totally there. In more ways than one. ha! :)
Seriously, though, I'm not complaining. At this point, it really is a little humorous. And owning our own house is still super exciting! I love that all of the walls are the colors that I (and Chris) chose! I love sitting out on our back porch and just hanging out. I love meeting our neighbors, and going to our HOA meeting and getting to know more of them. I loved taking our kids trick or treating. I love when my kids see hippos around town and get super excited and say, "Look at that hippo! That means we're in my town!" :) Yes, we are now proud Hutto Hippos! #hipponation I love being able to browse Pinterest and actually imagine projects that I can do to our real home. As opposed to the "maybe someday" home that I used to imagine my Pinterest projects going into. Seriously. And, I actually even kind of like mowing the lawn. :)
So, despite the fact that the people at Lowe's are starting to know us on a first-name basis, I'm still excited that I get to say "Welcome to owning a home!"
Hey, at least they have fun at Lowe's! We do spend a lot of time there.
Lesson? Über thankful that we waited to be a little more financially prepared to take on the burden of a house. (Seriously, if all of these unexpected things were going wrong and we didn't have money in the bank to cover them, I'd be a big, 'ol ball of stress right now!) So, if you don't own a house just yet, and you are feeling antsy to jump on it, make sure you consider these things! Remember, anything that can go wrong, probably will. So, be a boy scout. Be prepared. :)
And, even through all of this, I have managed to get a few fun projects done! I'll start sharing them with you tomorrow!!!
Do you own a house? What has your experience been like on this??
It's Friday! Y'all, I love Fridays. Every Friday. But, today is an especially exciting Friday because I am the Boy Mom Spotlight on LIFE WITHOUT PINK!!!!
I love love love this blog! Seriously, she constantly has me cracking up because even though my lil men are still pretty little, they come out rambunctious from the beginning. I can totally relate to her, and I love it!
If you are new to Far More Precious, WELCOME! I'm so glad you came over to check me out! I am a stay-at-home mom to 3 lil men who I am just crazy about! I love all things frugal and crafty, and love to blog about my DIY crafting adventures! :) Feel free to browse around, and you can learn more about me here!
I'm hoping to have some new projects up in the next couple of weeks. We just bought our first house and are working really hard to get settled so it has been a little more quiet than normal around here. Parts of the house still look like this....
So, obviously we've got a lot of work to do! But, I wouldn't have it any other way! Floors will be finished this weekend!!! Can I get a what, what! :)
I can't wait to share with y'all what it looks like when we are done. Well, not done, but a little more settled. :)
If you have any questions, feel free to ask! Or, if you have a blog please leave me your link in the comments below. I'd love to check you out too!
Happy Monday, y'all!
So, last Saturday we hit a milestone. A big milestone! Well, sort of.
It was M's first soccer game! Ever. I have been super excited about seeing him play since we signed him up. At practice he has been running around, having a ton of fun, and is just so stinkin' cute. Every time we go, he tells me, "Mom, I'm just going to try my hardest! And, I'm not going to push anybody with my arms!"
So, I couldn't wait to put him in his little uniform and watch him get out there and play! Plus, I've been pretty excited that I am officially a soccer mom!
Don't get me wrong. I didn't expect my 4 year old to be some soccer savant. Actually, that's half the fun! Watching them trip up, stumble around, and move like a giant bee swarm around the ball is seriously entertaining!
What I didn't expect was exactly what happened. Our poor little man saw all of the people out there, was totally overwhelmed, and pretty much went, "Nope. Not doing it." :/
We tried everything. Talking with him. Bribing him. He stood on the sideline with his arms crossed, and wouldn't say a word other than no. Chris actually got him out on the field at one point, and he stood with his arms crossed while all of the other kids chased the ball around the field. :(
Yep, I captured that lovely moment in all its glory. It may not be super cute, but one day it'll probably be a little funny... and it's still a big milestone!!! :)
For our normally super easy-going kid, this was a tough one! Of course, he didn't stand a chance since he is the spawn of 2 of the most stubborn people ever created. :/ So, when he sets his mind on a decision, he doesn't back down easily.
What do you do?!!! Well, we made him stay, sit on the sideline and watch his team. Even if he didn't want to play, he still had to be there with his teammates. And, even when we wanted to die of embarrassment jump in the car, and take him home, we felt like sticking it out was the best move.
And, of course, after the game he was totally fine. Running around, kicking the ball. And he told me that he would score a goal for me next week! So, we'll see how it goes. :/
Maybe we will actually get to experience the milestone we hit!
Have y'all had an experience like this? I'm sure I don't have the only stubborn lil man out there! :)
Y'all, this has been my mantra for the last couple of weeks!
That, and "Just keep swimming. Just keep swimming." :)
We have sooo much to do. But, it is coming along. The house we bought was a foreclosure. No floors. Some missing light fixtures. Everything needs to be painted. The fence needs to be fixed. etc. etc. etc.
Nothing major. Just a lot of work to do! And, I love it!
My poor husband is tired of the mess. We have organized as much as we can, but it is just going to be a little chaotic until I can get everything painted and we get the floors all the way done!
Like I said, it's coming along. Bedrooms are painted. Carpets are installed!
Next up: the office! We'll get there.
Slow and steady wins the race! :)
Hey y'all! So, because of our crazy, stressed out life in general :) house closing (and the fact that we are living out of the office for a few weeks) I did not :( get to move in the organized way that I had planned. But, if you don't have a kajillion things to do to your house before you get to live in it, here's a few great ways to stay organized for your move!
1. Label all of your boxes with a room and a few of the contents!
I label all of my boxes with the room they need to go in, and then add a short list of some of the big contents inside them or what piece of furniture they came out of. This way, if I need something before I get to unpacking the box, I can usually remember what it may be packed with and locate that box!
2. Use color dots on your boxes to specify which room it goes in. Make a color-coded map at the entrances, and put a color-coded sign on each room.
This is really helpful, especially if you have people helping you move! (And, if you are using previously used boxes!) This way, people don't need to be searching for your writing. (Or trying to figure out which writing is yours if the box has been used before!) They just need to look at the color and put it in the room of that color! Easy peasy!
Note: If you can avoid it, stay away from using the neon orange and neon pink stickers in one move. In a past move, we tried that and the colors were too close to each other. We ended up with pink boxes in the orange room and vice versa. :/
3. Pack suitcases for each member of the family for at least one week.
Despite your awesome efforts at staying organized, things will be crazy. Moving is just like that. :/ So, be prepared! Pack a bag with everything that you need immediately and a week's worth of clothes. This way, you have a little bit of a grace period before the chaos overcomes you! :)
Stay calm. And remember, slow and steady wins the race! I have been repeating this over and over to myself for the past couple of weeks!!!
Y'all, it's here! It's finally here!
Cue the angelic chorus singing. Seriously.
I'm not going to lie, y'all, I'm totally stressed out but oh. so. happy that it is finally going to happen! We are closing on our house, and get to move in! Can I get a what, what! :)
We were supposed to move in 2 weeks ago! I told my husband that even if we pay this thing off early, he needs to be prepared to live in this house for at least the next thirty years because I don't even know if I will be ready to go through the house-buying process again at that point. It's painful. And annoying. Oh soooo annoying!
But, it is about to be done! And now the real work begins... :)
Hey y'all! Since I posted about Run or Dye a few months ago when we signed up, I thought I would share a couple of pictures!
We had an awesome time! Especially since we rarely have time together without the kids, it was just so great to do something fun and out of the ordinary! I would highly encourage you to do a color run if you can! Or a color walk... I walked a lot. It was hot out there! :)
Have y'all done a run like this? Share with me what awesome races you have done! I'd love to do more of them!
So, I have been skimping out on creative projects lately because we are moving in just a few weeks and we are trying not to take on anything else! So, I've had nooothing crafty to share. :(
BUT, since we went under contract for our new house, I have been all over Pinterest getting excited for the projects of our future! :)
In the past few months, I have fallen in love with the color gray, y'all! And just knew that whatever house we bought, the living room was going to be gray!
Here's some posts that made me feel that way:
The source on this one is no longer available. :(
From My Home Lookbook.
Another without a source... :/
From Dear Lillie.
Aren't they all so pretty?! I love the dark gray in the bedroom with white bedding too!
And, since my husband is super awesome he's on board with it!!!! :)
We'll be using Sherwin Williams Mindful Gray (the lighter one...) in our living room/dining room/kitchen/entryway and Dovetail (the darker one...) in the Master Bedroom! (And, we even got some white bedding for our room too! Yesssss!)
If you can't tell from all of the exclamation points... I'm super excited! :)
Are you in love with the gray neutral trend too? What's your favorite gray?
Yesterday, my husband and I celebrated our 6th anniversary! 6 years!!!
In some ways, it feels like we've been together forever, and in other ways (because of throwing 3 kids and a dog into our crazy mix!) it has felt like a speedy blur. But, on our utterly insane days and our laid back, enjoy the sunshine days, one thing is always the same: I love the man God gave me, and I wouldn't trade him for the world.
Yesterday, I couldn't help but reminisce over the last 6 years, and think about how different we are now from who we were then. How much we've grown, how much we've changed, how much life around us has changed. How much we've messed up, and how much we've learned. Now, we aren't perfect by any means, but we are still best friends, we still love to be together and spend time together, and I like to think that we are 6 years wiser than we were when this party started! ;)
So, today I'm going to share with you the top 6 things that I have learned about marriage, and the opportunities you have to make your marriage great. We still have a lot to learn and I'm sure at years 10, 20, 30, 50, and beyond I'll have much more wisdom to add to this list. But, for now, I'll share what I've found to be true. :)
1. Spend time together!
Do things together, no matter what it is. Clean out the garage, watch a movie, go to the park, take a hike. Whatever it is, just do it together. When you were dating, you wanted to spend every waking moment together, right?! So, don't stop now! Being together and working together on things gives you a sense of teamwork and simply, it puts you in proximity so that you'll talk and keep learning about and challenging each other.
Chris and I love to go and do. On the weekends, we are usually in the car driving all over Austin to do whatever. (We love experiencing, so sometimes we will go to Home Slice and then walk around South Congress. Or lately, we will go to our soon-to-be town, Hutto, and drive around exploring. Or, we will go play in Bull Creek. Or we will take the kids to the splash pad. Or. Or. Or. We make sure to spend time together. Period.) All that time together and especially in the car gives us hours to talk about anything and everything. And, I guarantee you that we know each other better than anyone else on this Earth. And I like that. :)
2. Don't focus on the negative.
Y'all this was a hard one for me to learn. After lil man #2 was born, I had some fairly serious postpartum depression going on and I was just sad. I didn't even realize I was in it until I was out of it... But, once I was out of it, I had been in such a negative place for so long that my first reaction was to dwell on negative things. And lemme tell ya, that doesn't make for a happy life. When I was frustrated or angry, I would just continue thinking about all of the things that my husband did that made me frustrated and angry. Did that make me feel better? Of course not! Did it make my marriage better? Uh. No.
Then, I thought about Philippians 4:8 and Ephesians 2:8. Whatever is true, whatever is right, whatever is pure...if anything is excellent or praiseworthy think about these things. And by grace you've been saved through faith...it is a gift of God.
That pierced my heart, y'all. Who was I to be adding up my husband's faults and probably over-exaggerating in my mind because you do that when you're angry, right? when I have my own laundry list of faults not just against him, but first and foremost against God. And, I've been given grace. My very first reaction should be to give grace, especially to the man I love most in this world! So, I chose to start living by Phil. 4:8. Whenever I get frustrated, I start praying, and then I start thinking about Jesus, about grace, about things that are excellent and praiseworthy, and about the man my husband actually is. Because you know what? He's a pretty great man. He's an awesome man, a man that loves Jesus, loves me well, loves our kids well, and loves people. And, when you are a woman of grace and kindness, it's a lot easier for your husband to be gentle and loving to you too.
3. Make goals, talk about the future, dream together!
Even if it never happens, I'm a firm believer in making plans and dreaming together! Why? Because every time you do, you are recommitting to your life together. You are putting yourselves on the same page. You are taking yourselves out of the moment (which at times can be overwhelming!) and dreaming of all of the possibilities ahead of you...together. No matter what age you are, life isn't over till it's over, so keep dreaming and enjoy life together!
4. Be content with what you have.
Sounds like a contradiction with #3, huh? But, it's not. Dream big and make goals, but also stop and recognize the beautiful life that you have. Sometimes, it is so easy for me to get caught up in the somedays that I don't stop to thank God for the amazing life I have now. I've got a wonderful husband and 3 adorable boys who are learning and growing and challenging me every day. I love my life. I love where we are at, and I'm thankful for what we have. I make sure to tell my husband that often because living off of one income is not always easy. So, I make sure to tell him how much I appreciate him, the work he does for our family so that I can stay home with our kids, and that I love our life together.
And, your husband needs to hear that too. That you are happy and content, and that you appreciate him and all of the hard work he puts in for your family. The quickest way to kill your husband's spirit (and your marriage for that matter) is to be discontent with where you are at in life. That alone will make him feel like he's failed you, your kids, and himself. :( So, be content with your life and then be your husband and your family's biggest cheerleader! Make goals and plans, but choose to be happy even if those things never happen!
5. Get on the same page with money.
Y'all, money fights are some of the biggest issues that married couples face. This one can be challenging, but find a plan that works for you and follow through with it. Make a plan for your money and then make the team effort to reach your goals! When we read Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey, it changed our life. And I think brought us closer together. You can read about our debt-free journey and how we budget here.
6. Find out each other's love language and do nice things for each other.
Y'all, if you haven't read the 5 Love Languages, you really really should consider it. The basic premise is that we all give and receive love in different ways. Naturally, we tend to give love the same way that we receive it, but most of the time our spouse does not receive love the same way. So, while you are trying to do things to make them feel loved, you fail miserably because you aren't speaking their love language. The book explains the 5 love languages and helps you discover each of your primary ones. Once you know them, go out of your way to do nice things for your spouse even if you hate it because you are investing in your marriage. Choose to make them feel respected, loved, and valued highly.
An example? My husband's primary love language is Acts of Service. So, if I wake up in the morning and iron his shirt for work, that makes him feel loved. Sometimes I make his lunch. (Sometimes I'm terrible at that one!) The fact that I try to have the house picked up before he gets home from work, and do the dishes and the laundry. All of he things that I do for him and our family, he sees as acts of service and feels loved by me.
The goal here is to make sure that your spouse feels highly regarded. Love is an action. Love does things. So, find out what actions you can take to really love your spouse and go for it! :)
7. And. I'll throw an extra one in there... Reminisce.
Reminisce together and often. Remember where you came from. Remember how great life has been together, or the struggles that you've overcome if it hasn't always been great. Remember why you fell in love, remember all of the awesome things your spouse has done for you, remember all of the fun things you have done together, remember the ways that you've seen God work on the two of you! Remembering breeds thankfulness so remember how much you love your spouse, and how much he loves you!
How long have you been married? What would you add to this list?
Here are some great resources, if you are interested. They are affiliate links, but every book has been so so helpful to us! I wouldn't recommend it if I didn't love it!
What books would you add as must-reads for marriage?