Show us where you live Friday-Dining Room

I have been having so much fun touring rooms every Friday. You can see some great dining rooms by going to Kelly's Korner Blog Every Friday is a different room. I've done our kitchen and Great Room and today it's our dining room. I hope you enjoy our home tour. I was excited about this one because I didn't have to clean. Ha. Our formal dining room is always clean because we never use it. I shouldn't say never, but only when we entertain big groups. It seats 8 to 10. We eat at our banquette in the kitchen. Scroll down to see our kitchen tour. I was looking for a farmhouse table and found this one for $300 at American Signature Furniture. It was in their clearance room because it was missing a piece that runs along the bottom of the table, which you would never notice if it was there or not. I love when I find a good deal. This is one room that hasn't been painted yet. We built our house so all the rooms were painted a neutral color. My plan is to paint the top and put some funky wallpaper below the chair rail. I want to get a new chandelier, curtains and some fancy stuff for the table.

The view when you walk in the front door.

My deal farmhouse table for only $300. The leaves are on the end which make it really easy to remove. I haven't done that yet because it's a big room so it can handle a big table.

The view from the outside exterior wall looking into the foyer. Our office is behind the french doors.

This is my galley way. I love this and one day will build a custom buffet to sit inside.

This is between the kitchen and the dining room. Great place to hang pictures of my girls.

Where did this week go?

I can't believe it's been a week since I last posted a blog. I hate that. Maybe it is because the girls last day of school was on Tuesday, so I didn't have a ton of free time to get things done like I usually do. I was so sad to see the school year end. It went by so fast and I loved their teachers. They were great. Brooklyn and Sydney Kate's teachers gave them a book of pictures and drawings from the first day they started school to the last. It was so sweet. I started to tear up when I saw Sydney's. She was just a baby back in Sept. when she started. She was only 18 months. She had hardly any hair and was so shy and innocent. Now she has the cutest little ringlet curls in her long brown hair and is a force to be reckond with. In Brooklyn's book, her teacher took down her height and weight on the first day and then the last day. I can't believe how much she's grown. In Sept 2008 she weighed 27 lbs and was 37 inches tall. On the last day of school, May 2009, she weighed 36 lbs and was 41 inches tall. She gained 9 lbs and 4 inches in 8 months. Crazy! I look at her now and she is growing into such a beautiful little girl. I am so proud of her. The other night we were laying in bed and I had had bad allergies that day and my eyes were all red and swollen and I said, "My eyes hurt so bad". She said, "Mommy I will pray for your eyes". "Dear Jesus, please help mommy's eyes to get all better, Lord Jesus, Amen". What a beautiful prayer. I am so proud of her. She loves to pray. I love that about her. She still remembers praying to Jesus to help her find something that is lost and she will say, "Mommy remember when Jesus helped us find that puzzle piece?" If I can instill one thing into my girls is that they know and want to pray to the Lord. It warms my heart to hear them pray.

I am also proud of Brooklyn that she has overcome her habit of biting her nails. Who knew a 3 year old could have such a habit, but she did and it was a bad one. She had been biting her nails for the last 9 months or so. She always had them in her mouth and they were bitten down so far that half of the nail was gone. I was starting to get concerned when one day she said, "Mommy I'm not going to bite my nails anymore." That was that. She stopped biting her nails and she was so excited when she could see the white part of her nails growing in. Nana painted them a pretty pink and that made her day. I realized something about her. When she makes her mind up to do something she does it. She didn't want to cut her hair for the longest time. She loved having really long hair. One day earlier this year she said, "Mommy I want to cut my hair". I wasn't quite sure she meant it so I waited a few days and she kept insisting she get her hair cut, so I made an appointment. I had never cut her hair ever, so I kept thinking she is going to change her mind, but she didn't. We got it cut and she loved it. Just this week she said she wanted to get it cut really short, but I told her she had to wait until we got back from California. We'll be taking family pictures on the beach and I wanted her hair to be long. I can't wait to cut it short for summer though. I think it will be really cute short. I'll post pictures when we do. Another milestone this week is that she started sleeping in her own bed and through the night. I know what you are thinking? Yes she is 3 1/2 and she should be sleeping through the night, but she's not or at least hasn't been up until this week. Sydney doesn't either and so yeah Brian and I haven't had a good night sleep in about 3 1/2 years, unless we're on vacation, just the 2 of us. They still take 2 hour naps during the day at the same time, so at least that is going well. I'm blessed they still both nap together.

Now onto Sydney Kate. She is my little ball of fire. She is a talker. That girl will talk and talk and talk. She says the cutest things. Tonight when I was putting her to bed she said, "No t.v. on Monday mommy". What? Does she know tomorrow is Monday? She actually reminded me that tomorrow is "no TV Monday". Yesterday, she was eating something in the car (can't remember what it was) and she said, "Mmm, good stuff". Cracked me up. She is just so much fun to be around, when she's not throwing a tantrum. And throw them she does. The child is strong. I have to literally push her down in the car seat with all of my force just to get her buckled in when she doesn't want to get in. I will be glad when that phase is over. The other day she was running and my sister Stacy said, "Wow Syd is solid". "She is so big." Then we were at Chick-fil-a at the play area and Sydney was running around and there was a woman there with a little girl who looked to be about 2 but much smaller than Syd. She asked my how old she was. I told her 2 and she said, "Wow she has huge calves". Not sure how to take that, but I just smiled and said yes she does. She is her daddy's girl. If she is not an athlete I will be shocked. I think those calves will come in handy playing soccer, don't you?

This entry is getting long so I think I will call it a night. It's hard to remember things that have happened during the week when I wait so long to write. I hope to do a better job this week. We will see. Stay tuned.

P.S. I want to thank my girls and my wonderful hubby for getting me an iPhone for Mother's Day. I love it and I love the fact that I have a camera with me at all times. These photos I posted are from my iPhone. Pretty good don't ya think?

I loved this picture of Sydney Kate. I turned around and she had fallen asleep so I grabbed the iPhone and took a picture. Too cute.

Brooklyn had a swim party at a friends house and the girls had so much fun. Brooklyn is my little fish. She did not want to get out of the water.

Sydney on the other hand had more fun playing outside of the pool.

Blessed to be called Mommy.

There was a time when I didn't know if I would ever hear the word "mommy". Times I thought it would never happen to me. I knew I wanted to be a mom since the time I was a little girl. There was no question about it. Fast forward to 2001 when I got married. I married an amazing man and I was blessed to have found him. I couldn't wait to have kids. I never would have dreamed what lay ahead for us. The years of infertility and medical procedures and the loss of our firstborn daughter, Zoe Renae, who was born stillborn at 21 weeks. Through it all I some how clung to the hope that I would be a mom. There were days that I just had to hold tight to my faith and trust that the Lord had a plan. I knew that He had put that desire in my heart from the time I was a little girl and I believed that it would come to pass. God was faithful and continues to be faithful to give me the desires of my heart. The journey to motherhood has been long and painful, but these 2 little faces make it all worth it. They are the joys of my life and they bring me so much happiness everyday. I love you Brooklyn and Sydney Kate with all my heart.

To my other sweet daughter, Zoe Renae, I miss you everyday and I look forward to the day I get to see you again. I am proud to be your Mommy.

To my mom. Thank you for giving me life and for raising me to know and serve the Lord. You were and continue to be a wonderful example for me to follow. I know I say it all the time, but I don't know how you did it. For those that don't know, my mom had 4 girls in 5 years. She and my dad didn't really have family nearby and my dad worked a lot to make sure my mom could stay home with me and my sisters. She was truly Supermom in every sense of the word. She managed to get us to school and pick us up only to chauffeur us around at night to softball and soccer practices. To this day, you continue to be an integral part in my life and I am so glad the girls have such a wonderful nana. I love you mom. Happy Mother's Day!

Show us where you live Friday-Living Rooms

Friday's are fast becoming my favorite blog day. One of my favorite blogs to follow, Kelly's Korner Blog, sponsors a "Show us where you live Friday". Each Friday you show a different room of your house. This week it's living rooms. We call ours the great room and it's right off the kitchen. This layout pretty much sold us on our house when we looked at one of the models to build our own. That and the fact we could get a basement. Something I've always wanted since moving to Tennessee. This Cali girl was used to earthquakes, but not tornadoes. I feel much safer with my basement and it's a great place to hang out. Anyway, on to our great room. There are still some things I need to get, i.e. curtains, throw pillows and an ottoman, but you can get the general idea. The one things I've liked about these postings on Friday's is that I'm taking pictures of my house. It's great for insurance purposes :) and it's a great way to see how I need to decorate from different views. Thanks Kelly.

View from the kitchen looking into the great room.

I love all the windows in this room. We sit high up and have a really cool view out the windows of the hills behind the houses.

The view from the Great Room into the kitchen.

Tuesday's Tip (Snack idea)

I can't take credit for this new way to serve my girls a snack. I got it from MckMama's blog and thought it was a great idea that I had to try. My girls are picky eaters and don't eat a whole lot anyway, so I thought this might get them to eat more. It worked. They loved it. There is so much you can put in it. I actually feed them lunch alot of the time in it as well.

Today they had strawberries, turkey, olives, grapes, laughing cow cheese, crackers and pretzels. Usually I have baby carrots as well, but they wanted 2 fruits instead. I purchased the cupcake holders at JoAnn's for $5.99 (after I used a 50% coupon, reg. $9.99) I like the silicon ones instead of the metal pans. I tried the metal pans that I got from the dollar store and they rusted the second day, so I tried these and love them. The nice thing too is that you can leave it out (if you don't have anything that will go bad) and they can sit and snack on it when they want. It also keeps them from fighting over it because they each have their own one. They have them in different colors as well. Let me know if you try it and how your kids like it. I'd be interested to see if it worked for you.

(Yes it is noon and my girls are still in their nightgowns. At least they have clothes on. They wanted them off and I said they had to wait until I took their picture.)

Tour of my kitchen

Kelly from kellyskornerblog is sponsoring "Show us where you live Friday" and I thought it would be fun to join in. We've lived in our home for a year and a half and we put in the granite, tile back splash and custom banquette. Hope you enjoy!


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