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Adoption Day and Birthday Sign

Yesterday was our sweet Oliver’s 2nd Adoption Day! And since we don’t know his actual birthday, we celebrate it as his birthday. It’s the day of his birth into our family! I tend to go all out. I just love our boy so much and want to celebrate him. He is the perfect addition to our family. We couldn’t have asked for a more loving, sweet dog.

We are planning to have a party for him this weekend with some of his friends from school, but last night the three of us celebrated together with some fun at the dog park, gifts, special treats, and lots of pictures. 🙂


It was a GORGEOUS day. Fall is slowly arriving in Texas. The dog park was so fun. He sure was a happy boy.

2014-10-13 (17) oliver's adoption day!

2014-10-13 (19) oliver's adoption day!

Whip cream and cheese- his two favorites. (We give in moderation! He did NOT get all that whip cream).


Gifts! A new Hedgehog (his current one is all torn up), a football, salmon treats, and a Halloween bone (that he actually found where I’d hit it and started chewing on a few weeks ago!).

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I’m a tad bit of an insane dog mom (as if that’s news), and wanted to make one of those chalkboard birthday signs people do for their kids. I didn’t realize that most people make them on the computer and print them out, but that explains how they’re so perfect. I, of course, took the hard way and did it all by hand. But I feel so much more proud of it, even though it took me about 7 hours total to make!



I used black foam board and Crayola Gel Markers. These markers were great and gave a good “chalk appearance”, but I did have to buy two packs because I used up the first white one.

I apologize for this really awful picture.

I apologize for this really awful picture.

It took me HOURS to choose fonts. Lots and lots of time on Pinterest.


Once I picked the fonts, I typed everything, printed it, and placed it on the board to see where I wanted everything.


To trace the words onto the board I used a method I saw on Pinterest. I rubbed chalk on the back of the words, then traced over them with a pen. When I pulled the paper up, a chalk outline was left. Then I went over that with the markers. This process worked SO well and was really fast and easy.


I am so pleased with how it turned out!!


What a fun day celebrating our sweet, sweet boy. Next week there will definitely be a post about his party!



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Monthly Cleaning, Month #3

Two months of cleaning down! How’s it been going? I’ve cleaned the office and the living room and now the room for October is the guest room!

The living room cleaning went well. I don’t think I met my goal of getting rid of 10 things, but it’s so hard to find books and DVDs to get rid of! We did throw away A LOT of magazines, so maybe that counts?…. My favorite part of cleaning the living room is conditioning our leather couches. I think you’re supposed to do that every few months, but we’ve only succeeded in once a year. But it’s so fun. They look and smell like new!

I’m dreading the guest room a little bit… It’s our “storage room” and I really want to do a good job cleaning it out. It will be our baby room, whenever that happens, and I want to get a jump on getting it cleaned out. But so much of what we have in there is sentimental. My husband and I are both “sentimental hoarders”. We cannot get rid of something if it has even a little bit of emotional value. That’s a problem. Does anyone else struggle with this??

Guest Room Checklist

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My Reading List- September 2014

I read some REALLY good books this month. Like, books that are now in my Top 5 all time favorite books. I also read A LOT. Part of that is thanks to 32 hours spent in the car driving to and from Colorado. I used to get incredibly car sick if I read in the car, but I think God knew I needed something to do this time or I would GO CRAZY because I was able to read for hours and not get nauseous at all.

[5] Roses by Leila Meacham (Fiction, 2010): I LOVE THIS BOOK. Amazing historical saga of three families in the south.

[5] Somerset by Leila Meacham (Fiction, 2013): I LOVE THIS ONE TOO. This is the prequel to Roses, but it is perfectly fine to be read after Roses. In fact, I think it makes it richer because you can put some pieces together. Oh my goodness, such a gripping, emotional story to get swept away by. Both of these books are just over 600 pages, so prepare yourself. But SO WORTH IT.

[3] Strawberry Shortcake Murder by Joanne Fluke (Fiction, 2001): This is the second book in the Hannah Swensen series. I’m finding these aren’t the most well-written books and the dialogue can be pretty awkward, but they are fun, light murder mysteries.

[5] Tumbleweeds by Leila Meacham (Fiction, 2012): Though this is written by Meacham, it is not related to Roses and Somerset, it’s a stand-alone book set in modern day that focuses on three friends and tells the stories of their lives and friendship through the years. Not as good as Roses and Somerset, but it’s still a good book.

[4] The Deepest Secret by Carla Buckley (Fiction, 2014): I loved this book until the end. It’s always so disappointing when you are totally engrossed in a book, and the end just falls flat. It’s like Buckley realized she had written over 400 pages and needed to quickly tie it all up. A lot of the depth of the story lines got lost in the quick ending. But that disappointment doesn’t take away from the engrossing, suspenseful story. It tells the story of a kid with “XP”- a deadly sensitivity to light. It was interesting to learn about that disease and how it impacted his life, and the life of his family.

Y’all, for real. Read Roses and Somerset.

What have you been reading?

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