So I recently decided to start doing do a wrap-up of sorts at the end of every month.
Just a way for me to fill in the blanks during the times I was too
lazy busy to blog and to mention some of my favorite things and happenings of the month.
Kind of fun, right?
(...I don't know...)
(This might not work out...)
1.) At the beginning of the month, we took a trip to The Farm.
(for past and future reference, The Farm is where Luke's grandparents live and where Luke spent most of his summers growing up. It's in Rochester, 2 hours south of where we live.)
Remember when I wrote about The Deans?
Well Luke's dad was in town visiting, so we finally had all 4 generations together for a photo shoot.
From oldest to youngest : Delwyn Dean, Russel Dean, Lucas Dean, and Boaz Dean.
My two thoughts on this picture:
1.) Too bad my kid doesn't have any parents to put some flippin' clothes on him.
2.) My smokin' hot husband looks like a lumber jack.
(Like the kind that lives in the woods by himself and eats nothing but squirrel meat.)
(He shaved his beard off that week, by the way. It was getting out of hand towards the end there..)
At one point during the day Vienna was out of sight for a few minutes, and we soon found her in the corner of one of the bedrooms taking a nap in A ROCKING CHAIR.
How exhausted does a toddler have to be to voluntarily find a quiet place in a house to get a little shut-eye?
In an uncomfortable wooden chair, no less!
It was super precious though. So we took lots of pictures.
2.) We've been reading The Explicit Gospel.
Luke and I have been reading Matt Chandler's book with our small group from church, and while I typically don't mention the books we read on here, it has honestly been one of my favorite things that we've done this month.
Probably being the most powerful book I've ever read, it's straight-forward, balanced, scandalous, offensive, hilarious, and raw. It will comfort you and make you sweat at the same time.
And whatever I say about it, really isn't going to do it justice AT ALL.
It's a game changer, people.
And you need to read it.
Because it will BLOW YOUR MIND.
And then call me when you're done, so we can gab about it over coffee and fattening baked goods.
3.) The kids got to hang out with their cousin Gavin!
Luke's sister and our ridiculously cute nephew were able to come up and hang out, and babysit for us on Valentines Day.
We got a hot date night AND this adorable picture out of the whole thing.
Pretty sweet deal.
4.) We started up our renovation again.
Remember how we started renovating our bedroom?
...BACK IN NOVEMBER.
Well we had to put it on the back burner for a while, due to having company, the holidays, being sick, having more company, and being sick again.
So 2 months later, we are back in business and getting it finished!
This is how it looks right now.
All of that yummy wood paneling has been torn down, new sheet rock has been laid, the walls have been plastered, most of them have been sanded down, and the windows have been painted.
And half of the walls are painted, but we decided that the shade we picked is a just a tad too peachy for us, so we picked out a different color, which we'll apply once the rest of the walls are done.
All we have left to do (when I say 'we', I obviously mean Luke) is sand the remaining walls down, texture all of the walls, paint (this is the part I'll help with), then install carpet and new base boards.
Easy peasy, right?
Were hoping to be done by the end of march so that we can have company in town for Easter.
And so we don't have to keep sleeping on a mattress in the middle of the living room.
I mean, ok...it's actually been kind of fun.
Like a slumber party.
Every. Single. Night.
It'll be nice to have our own room back though.
5.) I made soap!
I have been wanting to make soap since last year, and I finally did it!
Luke uses bar soap, but we both hate how most of the inexpensive stuff is so perfumey and makes him smell like he just walked out of a brothel.
So we decided it would be beneficial, and cheaper, to just start making our own soap for him.
I have a few friends that make their own and I asked one of them last summer if I could crash her party by coming over and watching her make a batch. It was so cool, and it really helped that I got to see first hand the process of it all, before I tried it myself.
And then a couple weekends ago, I had finally collected all of the tools and ingredients I needed, and set out to make some during the kid's naptime. Everything went well and I ended up with roughly 20 huge bars of Cinnamon Clove soap, using clove bud essential oil and ground cinnamon.
It looks awesome and smells like christmas!
And it will be done curing in just another couple of weeks and we'll be able to use it.
And I'm trying to decided which kind to make next... Rosemary Mint? Sweet Basil Mint? Lemon Tea Tree?
6.) My happy camper is 5 months old!
Question... When the HECK did this happen?
Just a second ago, he was being forced out of my lady parts, covered in cheese whiz, and didn't want to do anything but sleep.
Now he smiles and laughs and talks and drools and eats cereal and plays with his toes and is ALMOST HALF A YEAR OLD.
Plus he weighs like 50 pounds.
Well February was a fun and productive month, but I am kind of glad that it's over.
Only because it means were that much closer to spring, which in turn means the end of this ATROCIOUS case of cabin fever we all have is coming soon...