Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Dear 2014

Dear 2014,  
 I'm just going to come right out and say it. I'm expecting a lot out of you. There are some very big events you are facilitating and I'm thinking you're gonna be kind of a big deal. 
  My sweet first born will turn five during your year. Five! I hurt in my soul just saying that. How on earth did my boy, my tender hearted, fun loving, friends with every person he meets boy get to be almost five?!
  I will have my fourth child during your year. Can we just agree now that it should be an easy birth? I can't believe I'm going to start a new life again. For the fourth time. What a privilege, though sleep deprived and oftentimes a painful one. A fourth baby in our family. I pray I am worthy of her love and affection.
  The hubby and I will celebrate nine years of marriage. Nine years of trying to lay down our selfishness for one another. Some days are harder than others. Like when he wants to watch zombie movies and I'd rather drink vinegar. 
  I know, 2014, you'll provide us with plenty of challenges, like agreeing on paint colors or wood flooring or watching others go through heartache. But I know that we will make it through together, as long as we are united. 
  I have a few expectations for myself don't you worry. It's not all on you this time. I hope I will take each day captive and use it for love. I want to show so much more grace to others. Especially my family who, lets keep it real, has to show a lot of grace to me. I am not an easy pregnant woman to get along with. Unless you have ice cream, then we are besties. 
  I crave more for my soul from you 2014. I pray and hope to grow so much deeper and better myself. I want to show more patience and kindness. I want to share my story and who I am to others. For its in the sharing and relating to each other that we can become connected and unafraid of rejection. 
  I hope you provide me with opportunities to open my home and my heart to others. That I will seek out friendships for both my children and myself. That I will stop fearing rejection and accept what is and what is not. 
 I'm looking forward to you 2014. Let's make this a great year. 

 Oh, and I really hope I have the opportunity to eat a lot of cookies. 
  Love love love,
 Amy

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

merry christmas 2013

I hope your day is filled with wrinkled up wrapping paper,  candy cane faces, the laughter of family and friends, and the love of Christ this Christmas morning. I hope its messy in all the right ways, and crazy holiday joy to it's fullest. 
 

Merry Christmas from my family to yours.

Friday, November 8, 2013

my diy christmas decorations {mini version}

i love christmas. not sure of too many people who hate christmas, now that i think about it. either way, christmas and the knowledge of it approaching makes me giddy. i have gathered and collect and created a lot of the christmas items in our home. some are childhood ornaments, or items our kid has made, or my favorite are the home made items. doesn't matter if i diy'd it or if someone else did. handmade is my favorite. always. 

alas, i have no house to decorate this year, and all of my stuff is in storage. i have shared these very briefly and a few years ago, so i thought i'd revisit and elaborate on two of my favorite diy christmas decorations i've made. 

the first is my pride and joy. our family advent calendar. 
i had found one via pinterest on site here, and intended on following the format with multiple boards, but instead went with one single large piece of mdf. mostly because i had my hubby cut the squares too small to fit my envelopes. 

after painting the board with a few coats of red paint from a bathroom we'd painted in an aprtment 6+ years ago,  i used small coin envelopes i found at office max and decorated them with christmas paper and items i have from all my scrapbooking. i used my cricket to cut out some of the letters, or got creative. i had been given a advent boxes kit from target and used some of the items from that here as well. the envelopes are stuck on there with e6000, so they aren't going anywhere. 

i typed up the cards with all our activities, cut and corner rounded them for a pretty look and voila. 
some of our activities are: 
enjoy hot cocoa
take cookies to the local fire station
do a holiday craft
take a bag of food to the local homeless shelter
go look at christmas lights

my other favorite is our christmas countdown calendar. 
 i had found the plain clip boards at office max as well. paper and modge podge are all i needed. i used my cricut again to cut out the lettering and just typed up the letters on my computer. it was so cute and i was so in love that i decided to go back and purchase the mini clip boards and make them as gifts. because who doesn't love mini things, christmas things, and the combination of the both.

these turned out so cute, and i know that my friends loved them. i had one left over and i'm thinking it might be perfect for the handmade christmas exchange i am doing with emmy. but, that would require talking the husband into going to the storage unit, clearing out some boxes and letting me search every box from the craft room to find one little clip board. or i could just buy the supplies and make another one. which is probably what i will do. 

i'm going to be dreaming of a white christmas and a decorate home this year for christmas.

linking up to the following...
Chic on a Shoestring Decorating




Thursday, November 7, 2013

the right kind of business...and a pinterest fail.

we haven't had a single day at home with nothing going on since august. i'm aware that's normal for most families with older kids or those with children in main stream education. but, for us with littles and being preggo {as usual} it's hard on us to be on the go every day of the week.

praise be to sweet jesus that soccer is done and that means thursday is our home day. a day for us to be together and be productive in all the right ways.

i woke early as i usually do, but the hubby and i had talked about budgeting the night before. and the nerd in me couldn't wait to get my cup of coffee and do the budget. yes, i did say i was excited about budgeting. we have an amazing system that we learned thru dave ramsey and we actually look forward to payday and all that we can accomplish with the blessings we have been given. also helps that we have next to no debt. and did i mention we will have our second completely cash christmas this year. boom! christmas is completely funded and i am in love. 

we had breakfast, watched octonauts. do yourself a favor and don't watch. not because it isn't cute, or educational, or witty for the folks. don't watch unless you want to be singing the jingle when you wake up to pee at 2 a.m....creature report...creature report... what was i going to say, oh yes, child labor. i am a fan. after the morning show the kiddos dressed, and 'the beast' as we are now referring to her as went down for her short morning nap. we then tackled the one job daddy gave us. clean out the car. 
 i personally hate doing it and i can't get into the back. and that's why i have so many minions. it was very helpful though, and they do love to be helpful.

we made cookies, and colored together. had lunch, read books, played outside, i collapsed on the couch when they went to bed. i should have taken a nap with them, but hind sight is 20/20. i made dinner which turned out great! home made chicken strips, with smashed potatoes, and asparagus & carrots.

i should clarify that my "smashed potatoes" was something that i found on a website via pinterest. things always look so pretty on pinterest. i do not have that touch. let me show you. please. you'll enjoy this.
from lovegrowswild...
her version is so beautiful. very pleasing to the eyes and look all her potaotes are intact. 
mine...

not so much. they did taste good. so i have that going for me, but they look horrendous.

along with the budget win, i also tackled the laundry monster. i genuinely think that not only do i have a sock gnome who steals my kids socks, but that my laundry might actually be reproducing. five loads later they are clean and folded. i will attempt to put them away in about two weeks.
i had some good down time and enjoyed one on one time with all the kids. home days are so wonderful, they'd only be better if daddy were home and we lived in our own home again. but we are getting close. only time will tell, hopefully my sanity can last that long.

linking up my pinterest adventure with jessica.

Friday, October 25, 2013

instafriday

it's that day again. where i recap our week, or periodically weeks, in photos.
i'm linking up with jeanett. it's so fun to see what other people are up to, espcially this time of year when everyone seems to get into the holiday and crafting spirit. looking forward to heading over there and admiring everyone else's photos.

this was our week...
 i love giving. gift giving is my love language. so, christmas is my time of year! 
we sponsor children in a school in haiti and our church does our own "operation christmas child" if you will. we are given boxes, names, ages and we fill them with new and beautiful goodies for these kids. i get to give to the child we sponsor and then we choose two that are like ages or genders of our kids. it helps make it personal for the kids and is a fantastic lesson on giving to others first. 

i'm also being super brave and participating in giving in another area. i signed up for emmy's handmade christmas exchange!! i'm already working on ideas and think i have it narrowed down to a few. i'm super nervous whomever i send to won't like what i make, or it won't be good enough, but i am still going to push aside my fears and try!! plus it's for a great purpose.
 this girl is a crack up. she had on tinkerbell shoes underneath the table. she knows how she wants to dress and lately i've been finding her in her bed in the morning completely naked ready to get dressed she says. 
 the hubby's birthday was last week so i made him one of my grandma's cakes. it's huge because we were taking it to the fire station. i love making her cakes, it reminds me of her in good ways. i can not wait for the day to teach my girls about her and how wonderful she was.
 this is her being silly happy and it's how she is 98% of the time. she is a two year old that lives very passionately in the moment as most two year olds do, so she can be known to "passionately disagree" with me on a variety of subjects, such as, wearing certain shoes, saying no so often, being kind of bossy, and her opinion on the self-control corner is very strong. but, man oh man, do we love her! she is awesome. 
 my favorite stage is 12-24 months. they are happier, they are hilarious, and they are amazing eaters. she is an ah-maz-ing eater. she eats more than the other two combined sometimes. this look was because the mac-n-cheese {don't worry it was organic} was gone. very distraught. if i remember correctly she protested by rubbing her hands in her hair. 
 this dude has been so patient about his toys and things being in storage. he has a few small things one being his cars, but rarely anywhere to play with them because there are so many people walking around in the kitchen {which is the only place that isn't carpet}. on a day when my folks and sister weren't home i busted out the craft/packing paper and painters tape and we did things the old fashioned way. we made one of our own. he had a blast. it had houses for the cars, a lake, a park, a fire station, a dump, and a target. i'm so glad to see that my brainwashing is working on even him about the amazingness of target. next on my list is homegoods...
 we have family photos tomorrow. and this guy went one round with the bathroom counter. yay for photoshop and not going to lie i might use makeup. it's now his whole eye that is brownish purple. like really bad eyeshadow.
 she is a snuggler. she is always cuddling her lovies or blanket and i'm obsessed with it. she's that way with her daddy too. not me, but just her daddy. 
this one is my favorite. all the babies on the couch. hazel has two pillows because that is the minimum she requires. i didn't put those there because i'm afraid she'll fall off the couch. she will and she'll be totally fine and try to get back up. she requires them and then steals them from the others. i think she'll handle being a middle child just fine. 

that's my week. i hope you have a wonderful weekend. 

Monday, October 14, 2013

while i wait {the living room}

so we have an offer in on a short sale. which for some people takes a long time and others goes relatively fast. we've had no news, and it feels like the days go on and on forever. why do they call it a short sale anyway? it's not short. it should be called a 'really really long sale' or a 'not sure if you'll get it sale' or a 'hurry up and wait sale.' but i didn't name it so it doesn't matter.

i need to wait and so to keep my mind from going even more crazy, need to protect what few cells i have left, i'm planning how i will decorate said house we don't technically own yet. putting the cart before the horse? no. not at all. but, i am a pinning mad woman. i've also gone the conventional route and looked at real magazines too.

the house has been vacant for 6 months so it needs a really good cleaning and will need to be painted throughout. these are my thoughts. in picture form. today let's focus on the living room...

we have to buy a new couch, because ours was gross and was taken to the dump. i've always dreamed of a sectional. i like the wall color and color scheme here, but not sure i could do that color in the whole house.

i realize this is a photo of a bedroom, but the focus for me is the painted fireplace. we will have one if we get this house and red just isn't my thing. i want to paint it. hubby does not. we will just see what the painter ends up painting. 

this whole room is to die for. i want all of it. those beams!!!! 
but mostly i'm looking at the floors. our floors are similar in color and the house has a spanish feel to it, but my style is country/costal cottage, so i'm thinking i can just use the beautiful wood floors to my advantage and not worry about what the other owner was feeling when they decorated. 

let's have a crazy convo for a moment here. i want to do paneling of some sort. i am a huge fan of regular board and batten, but now wait for it, but what if i did it or even real paneling to the ceiling? am i a crazy person? i feel like it's so cottage and my style. i will let my photo evidence speak for itself...

this one is my favorite. i think it might be the best compromise if hubby looses his mind at the idea of paneling to the ceiling. and to be honest i love everything about this whole room. the color of the walls are very doable for the entire main part of the house. 

so that's what i'm thinking so far. all just dreams, but hopefully with lots of patience they will become a reality. i'm sure though by the time it's ours {if it becomes ours} i probably will have changed my mind. but that's a pregnant woman for ya. 


Friday, October 11, 2013

instafriday {september & october}

i haven't done instafriday in ages. mostly because of all the moving and birthdays and chaos that insues. 
i appologize. today i am making up for it with a massive instagram collage. here's the past, ahem, few weeks...

moving requires the following:
lots of boxes and messes before it can be clean.
date night
sneaking candy in my car without my kids knowing
more messes
putting babies in boxes
and meltdowns. 
 september was the month of birthday's in the kneisler household.
i protested that she could possibly be turning one, but it did happen.
and little miss big 2 year old helped make and devour cupcakes in her usual fashion.
 the usual everyday fun...
trains (his heart is all about trains and building tracks. thinking he might be an engineer when he grows up)
lunch picnics in the park
daddy getting welcome home snuggles
naked babies at the dr
sticking it to the man with my awesome cvs trips
we found out what we are having this week.
another girl. three girls. 2 and under. holy hormonal chaos. 
good thing we have this silly boy to keep us sane.  
and, i actually left my hair down one day. gasp. it was a breakthrough moment for me.

that's our week, err, weeks. 
linking up with jeanett and looking forward to seeing some great moments from everyone else's week. 

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

dear hazel jane {a birthday letter}

dear hazel jane,
 it's your birthday today. the very first time of many that we will celebrate your life and the year we've walked thru with you. i cannot believe that you are one already. every mama says that, but it's true. we loose track of time with all the snuggling, sleepless nights, and watching you grow. you were a total surprise to your daddy and i. and to be honest, because mommy tends to be very honest, you were a surprise i was not ready for. 


but. honey love, you so made up for it. i am so in love with you baby girl. 
you were just hours old and we knew you were special. you were the most relaxed baby ever. especially compared to your sister who was a stress case from day one. you slept well and were a great eater.

you were always happy. always sweet. i called you my punkin noodle. don't ask why, it just is what i called you. it fit.

you added another dynamic to our crazy kids. they loved you. i'm not always sure you loved all the "loving" that was constantly going on.  as you've gotten bigger you tend to defend yourself a little better. you grab on to whom ever is "loving you and that toy you have" and go after them. you pull hair, bite, sit on them, whatever works. but you also love to find whom ever is sitting on the floor and go sit in their lap. it's the cutest thing.

but as it says in the worst book a mommy can read, "you grew and grew and grew." you were sitting up before your siblings did. and so proud. 

you were standing and walking so fast i wasn't sure what was going on. i couldn't believe how quickly you picked up on everything. but we always knew you were smart. you have been a challenge with the whole mobile thing. you have been to the drs more times than your older siblings because you climb like there are alligators trying to bite at your chubby toes. and then you fall. you eat everything that you find. it's so gross. your brother only ate a snail and you've eaten way worse. i think the grossest is the used q-tip i found in your mouth. but you are also the healthiest. so, who knows.
 sometimes you aren't "happy hay" as we refer to you. but you know who to go to. you so very much love your daddy. you and him have a special something. you get these silly moods and start playing kissy games with us and it just makes mommy and daddy want to buy you a pony.

you are so special surprise girl. you are the sweetest, and periodically feisty girl.  you may have been unexpected, but you were definitely supposed to be with our family, we just didn't realize how badly we needed you. 

now you have a new baby coming, and i know you are going to be a great big sister. hopefully you'll be over biting your baby dolls and just patting them.

no matter what you'll be my punkin noodle. my lovey girl. my happy hazel.
i love you to the moon and back,
  mommy

Friday, September 20, 2013

happenings {september 2013}

i'm starting to learn that life is meant to be lived upside down. there is no normal, no steady flow except chaos. that is our life at least. and i say those things not in a negative 'i hate chaos' way, but more this is a normal day for me...completely crazy within the realm of routine i strive to create. 

and while i tend to complain, don't tell anyone, but i kind of love it. my children are so quirky and fantastic. they are insane, and so am i. we are constantly recreating our normal. just when we get comfortable BAM! we are upside down like turtles. 

all that to say, we moved out of our first house this week.

it did not hurt me as much as i was expecting. i've had 5 weeks to prepare for shutting the door. i might not be living in that house anymore, but i can still relive the memories of each corner around that house. we were blessed beyond to receive a generous offer on the house and we took it. now we are living with my folks and a whole new kind of crazy has emerged. the kind that houses 8 people including 3 minions in a 3 bedroom house. and the dog. don't forget there's also a dog. and i'm a pregnant lady, so really i count for almost 2 people. read all that as 'it's crazy town with new mayors at the Osborne house.'

despite moving we've had lots of other happenings around our home...

i got a much overdue day with my aunt and other half, cousin molly. we did the grove, and we went to Mood in hollywood which was this fabric hoarders dream come true.
we had the best lunch at a new place called 'the farm' at the grove. i'm so about food, it's my favorite part of being preggo. 
and speaking of, my belly is about two months ahead of the schedule so people are so surprised when i tell them i'm only 4 months. then i explain it's my 4th. and then the surprise turns to shock.
this was taken a month ago and i looked big then!!

our beloved aunt nini (nicole) is moving to virginia in the next few weeks, so we spoiled her with a trip to diseyland with just the big kids.
i try and sneak in time with this guy as much as i can. he's so precious to me and just gets the short end of the stick with the girls so often we need our special time.

oh my word this girl has me hook line and sinker. i want to kiss her and smother her all day long. she is so funny and she is starting to know it. which is even funnier. i love when they start to laugh at themselves.

can i please just freeze time right here?!! he is so stinking wonderful!!!!! he brings me to the brink of insanity, but i am butter when he tells me how much he loves me. and hey look, i got the date right this time...

that's just a summation of our life right now. there is much more, but we have a lot of unpacking to do. i will write when i can and hopefully that will be far more often then lately. my girls each have a birthday this month and that's harder for this mamas heart that moving was. lots of kissing and growing. and for now that is just perfect.





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