Category: Projects

My Plants!

Hi 🙋🏻‍♀️ It’s been a minute since I last posted, I’ve had a lot going on with life just keeping busy, nothing tragic. This past week I noticed that a new leaf has sprouted on my fiddle leaf fig plant! I’m so excited because I had basically given up on it. So I thought I would share all my houseplants!

Aside from my fiddle leaf fig, they’re all basically the same kind of plant, a pothos. Those plants are so easy to keep alive and I love how they kind of have trailing vines that grow. Currently I have three full size plants and two single transplants that I was able to root in another pot. I am so eager to add a few more plants to my collection but I’m satisfied with what I have right now!

Thoughts for this Thursday

This morning has just totally flown by! I don’t get how my mornings fly by and I hardly get to drink the coffee I want but then the day just drags on after lunch. Like, it’s already lunch time but I still want another cup of coffee! I guess I could always drink one but after a certain time it doesn’t taste as good as it does in the mornings.

I keep telling myself that I am going to start keeping a daily record of all the things that Kevin and I do. I feel like we are always working or finishing a project or cleaning. Oh who am I kidding, we are always cleaning lol. But for real, we do a lot on a daily basis. Let me try and list some real quick:

Thursday: sweep, mop, straighten up toys. Make icing for cupcakes, Kevin helped move my parents.

Wednesday: play date in sumrall, take chickens to the swamp, go get tractor, trailer, and truck from my parents land

Tuesday: clean and move (extremely heavy) couch to Vicksburg, call multiple people about dining room table, move furniture from my parents house to ours

Monday: move table and chairs out of the house, go pick up new chairs from my parents house, move washer and dryer into parents trailer

Sunday: go to church, go to the zoo, take care of cranky kids who didn’t nap(lol!)

So anyways I’m gonna stop there, but that’s a heck of a lot of stuff we have done! And it’s like this alllll the time. I can’t wait for some sort of a break.

So we did get a lot of furniture out of our house! I’m so excited. We have more room now yet our living room doesn’t feel empty. It feels even more balanced than before. We’re still moving things around and working on how we want everything to look but I saw a picture earlier of how it looks now and I really really love it. Nothing matches at all anymore but that’s something we will take care of when we get to that point.

I don’t know if I mentioned it before but Eleanor’s birthday party is this weekend and I need to start working on that! I’m planning on doing mini cupcakes because those are my absolute favorite desserts. I also want to decorate them with rainbow colors! The more minimalist we get, the more drawn to colors I become. I don’t think Kevin knows this yet but oh well! He’ll find out 🙂 I also plan to have snack foods like fruit and veggies, Eleanor loves those too! I want to do some fun decorations but I don’t know if I’ll have the time.

I want to do so many creative projects but I’m just not in a season of life where that’s easily done. I’m deep in the trenches of babyhood and toddlerhood so it feels like my life is one long game of catch up. I’m not trying to complain but I just need to tell somebody that life right now is hard! Lately I’ve been feeling this vibe that everybody expects moms to know what they’re doing. It may be just me and my insecurities, but when I get asked questions by women who aren’t in these trenches, I feel pressure to be right and if I’m not right then that’s not good enough. I don’t believe I’m alone in feeling that way and if that’s the case, it’s not okay. Mothers everywhere of every stage need compassion. None of us know what we’re doing and it is ok that we don’t get everything right sometimes.

Sometimes babies just don’t sleep.

Sometimes three year olds don’t eat.

Sometimes two year olds don’t nap.

It’s okay for all these things to happen. And I’m actually ok when these things happen. Until somebody else asks about it and then the insecurities start. I find myself overwhelmed by this because I have never been an insecure person so to experience these emotions is just crazy feeling.

Ok, that’s all I have today.

Working on my flowerbeds

I’ve been promising Kevin that he wouldn’t have to weedeat around my flowers that I planted in the front of the house and after three years, I finally made that promise come true! I’m not done, but I got one section finished, yay!

What I’m loving: Rainbows

I think I’ve mentioned before that since we have been decluttering I have been drawn to having more color in my decor and life. It has been so great! One of the people I follow on Instagram, The Nester, has a bookshelf with her books sorted by color and I fell in love with it!

I’ve been trying to find ways that I can do something similar in my house. It has been a little difficult to do a whole bookshelf like I wanted because most of my books are various shades of blue or white. So I just put my project on hold for a little bit and regrouped. Then I realized that I didn’t have to do a whole bookshelf, duh! I was able to use my cookbooks, a couple of regular books, and some devotionals that I have. And I love how it turned out!

I also sorted the kids’ DVDs by color and put the mostly white ones on either side to be kind of like “clouds.” I really like how it looks and that it’s kind of a subtle organized look.

Plans for the yard!

First off, I love being outside. Maybe not all the time, but since I spend the majority of my time inside with the three littles, I especially love my time I get to spend outside now. I’m ready now to get the yard in order, specifically the front of the house. Also, my potting bench that my dad built me is super cluttered and I need to clean that up.

My biggest focus right now is the front bed and the flower bed I’m attempting to build. I want to get some pine straw to neaten everything up and also to use a deterrent for weeds to keep growing. I have huge elephant ears in the bed, Kevin loves them! And at one point I planted garlic and it keeps coming back. This past week I noticed some garlic stalks coming up again!

I’m just going to let both of the plants grow and see what happens. I’m hoping that they can both grow there this year and when the elephant ears die out when it gets colder again, then I can harvest the garlic. I just have to keep Kevin from weed eating it all down. If I keep the bed weeded, then he won’t have to weed eat it. We’ll see how all that goes.

I’ve always dreamed of having beautiful flower beds blooming and I’ve slowly been collecting bulbs from friends who have divided their flowers in the spring time. I like doing it this way because I have an extremely hard time making decisions on what to get and I don’t really know what I’m doing. So when somebody gives some bulbs away then that is one less decision for me to make.

The past several years I’ve always focused on gardens and doing big things. Those were my dreams, though! Since we’ve been decluttering and cleaning up, that has slowly moved to us doing things outside as well. The more we do, the more it clears up for me to focus on the basic things that need tending to.

I’m still going to plant and grow a couple of herbs and vegetables this year. I love growing my own food even if I don’t always eat it. I’ll probably just grow them in pots on the porch, Kevin hates having to mow and weed eat around all my projects. So this year I’m trying to make it where he doesn’t have as much to do in the yard.

I’m looking at it like you have to start somewhere and where I already started needs a little attention. So now it’s time for a restart and spring is a great time to give everything a little TLC.

On starting to get moving

My body is tired. I’ve had three pregnancies in three years and I can feel it. I’m realizing that I need to do something more or I’m just gonna hurt more and more. Not to mention I want to feel more comfortable in the clothes I like to wear and want to wear. And I want to run and play with the children.

I feel like I’ve just kind of let the past 6 or 7 years just happen to me and just kind of floated along doing whatever I felt like. So now that my body has changed from mostly having babies and also years of inactivity, I want to change.

I don’t know what I’m going to do yet. I want to do something that involves a good deal of stretching because my body is just so tight right now. When I’m holding Jake while he’s eating, I’ll flex my foot and I can feel how tight my legs are. I want to get back to feeling loose and limber and not hurting.

I also like to wear shorts and tank tops and I really miss my muscles that I used to have that made me not as self conscious when wearing them. With spring and summer coming I want to get more fit than I am right now!

I believe that the kids are going to have a lot of fun getting moving and exercising around the house. They love to constantly be moving and playing. So to have their mama playing around with them will be a blast! Now I just have to start.

Kids Clothes

Having a system for sorting through clothes that the kids have outgrown and having a plan for what to do with them was not something I thought about until Finley was at least a year old. Even then my only solution was to toss anything that he wasn’t wearing anymore into a diaper box and to store it in his closet. Since then I have sorted through those boxes once. And I put size labels on the boxes so I could keep them somewhat organized.

With Eleanor’s clothes, they were mostly sorted by size, by the time I figured out I needed to store the clothes, I realized to go ahead and sort them from the beginning and I would never have to go through them again. Game. Changer. I donated 5 boxes of Eleanor’s clothes this past month and it felt so good to pass them on! And get them out of the closet and house. There are two boxes of her clothes left that didn’t get donated with the rest. I made the mistake and got caught up in looking through the clothes and got sentimental about them. I didn’t have time to go through them like I needed to that day so I closed those boxes up and put them back in the closet. I will definitely look through them later and hopefully I won’t be feeling as sentimental then as I did that day.

I haven’t given anything of Finley’s away, mainly because we have Jake now! I have to sort through the boy clothes I have. And reorganize because apparently I did not do a good job sorting the clothes the first time. Some of the boxes are going to a friend who has a little boy several months younger than Fin. I love the idea of giving to others but I always talk myself out of it by either convincing myself that they don’t need it or that they wouldn’t like anything I have to offer. I was not prepared for the insecurities that accompany motherhood and it has been hard dealing with all these feelings.

Jake has grown out of his newborn clothes and it’s time for me to pack them up. And I am so much more prepared this time around. Third time’s a charm! I have another friend who is going to have a boy this summer that I’m planning on giving these clothes to.

When talking about giving away all the boy clothes, people often question why I’m not saving them all for Jacob. It may seem wasteful to give them away when I know I’m going to have to buy more. But the main reason is we really don’t have a lot of room to continue to store everything we think we might need in the future. Also, many of those clothes are hand me downs from a friend that we desperately needed during a hard year for Kevin and me. So I would like to pass those on the same way but also half of the clothes aren’t really a style I would pick out myself. So it’s very possible they would just sit in a box while I get clothes that are more my style to put on Jake.

Keeping in mind that my goal is to keep as little clothes as I need should help keep me motivated to stay on top of the clothes situation. And as time passes I’m sure I’ll get better at my methods for sorting and organizing baby clothes whether I donate, give to a friend, or even put them in a weekend consignment sale.

Hitch Goals No. 5

Oh I totally forgot to post these yesterday! I’m still keeping my goals simple, infant and all, pretty much planning for something I’ve had in mind for a month or two by this point. I love a new month because I feel inspired to get up and make changes that I’ve been putting off or do a project I’ve been thinking of.

  1. Declutter and restyle bookshelf. I’ve been staring at this bookshelf in the corner of our living room for two months now and all I can say about it is that it needs work. I haven’t been able to bring myself to get everything off of it and figure out how I want to do it but this month I’m going to do just that!
  2. Start a stretching/get moving routine. Pregnancy is hard on the body. Caring for three small children is physically demanding and my body is tired. I need to fix this somehow.
  3. Fix up yard. Spring is coming!!! I cannot wait!! Every year I try to do too much with the yard. This year I’m doing a basic fix up and not much more. I’m not going to be able to stay away from growing my herbs and tomatoes.
  4. Cook more vegetables. I’m in a rut again with figuring out meals and I know we need more vegetables. Now that I think about it, I felt this way around this time last year and I started a whole30 as a way to challenge myself to get more creative with meals. I feel stuck right now with the kids, Ellie eats anything and everything on her tray except chicken, Finley only wants meatballs and bacon. Kevin eats pizza and spaghetti. And I want chicken based meals so I’m trying to figure out a compromise. Mainly for myself because I’m the most reasonable of the four of us.

I think I can get those done. And I’m excited about all of it. Here’s to spring coming!

Hitch Goals No. 4

Our first month with three babies has passed! I’ve had a good month with my babies and I’ve enjoyed snuggling with my precious newborn baby Jake! Since I basically took the month off from doing anything, I feel like I kind of got more done and I’m ready for this next month! I still want to ease into the month but I can’t stay cooped up and alone in my house with the kids for much longer. Life just won’t let me. Also a husband who likes to go and do stuff won’t let me either. But I’m happy as long as I’m with him!

We actually got a good bit done around the house this last month, bathroom renovation started(!!!!), I can’t wait to keep up our momentum.

  1. Focus on play-based learning. I’ve started following some Instagram accounts that have all kinds of activities for playing with the kids. I haven’t done any of them yet, but the more I get the kids to play with their blocks and color and play with puzzles and magnatiles, the more ready I get to transition to doing the more hands on activities. Confession: I really just want to sit in the couch and cuddle Jacob while I play on my phone.
  2. Spend more time reading my bible with the devotionals I got for Christmas. I got a couple of devotions and memoir type books and I started out reading them pretty good but then I slacked off and eventually stopped. I think it is hard for me because I didn’t have a consistent study time before kids and now mornings are difficult because they are so full. It’s ingrained in me to do “word before world” but in my head since I can’t sit down with my bible and study books and spend 30 minutes before taking care of kids I feel like it is useless to do it. I’m planning to do it differently in February. #juststart
  3. Declutter bookshelf and paperwork. So the bookshelf won’t take much time to do. Basically my plan is to take everything off the shelves and restyle them. I’ve been eyeing the dang thing for a few weeks now and I just haven’t put forth the effort to do it. The paperwork is a different story. At the beginning of this year there was five different spots that had random paper clutter everywhere. Before Finley’s birthday party, I cleared out two spots. A large dresser drawer in our bedroom (what? why even??) and then also the pile of paperwork that is almost always on the counter and the slots above our key rack. Clearing up these spots made a huuuge difference, the countertop looks a hundred times better and I also had another drawer to store my leggings and yoga pants in. So now it’s time to get to another part of the clutter: the china hutch and small filing cabinet.

I have a couple of other things in mind, but I am not sure I will get to them so I’ll just let those be a surprise if I get to them!