a little escondido update

Friday, January 20, 2017

Last week I made a few new updates to our home. I have been wanting to spruce up the dining area a bit. Along with that I have also been wanting to add a "family faith space" somewhere in the house. It occurred to me that this little wall in the dining area would be the perfect place. This is where we all gather everyday as a family, so it just seemed fitting that it was in this room.

We use to have the smaller blue cabinet (now in the living room) but it always seemed just a bit too small for the wall. I ordered this grey bookshelf from Target and it fits perfectly! Not only is it cute but very functional and now can display some of my favorite colorful dishes. With the shelf being just plain grey, I thought it would be fun to spruce it up a bit with some peel and stick wallpaper for the back. In my mind I imagined a beautiful floral print. Well, reality is quite different and finding any peel and stick wall paper that didn't look like it was from 1980 was pretty hard. So I settle for this fake wood design.

Applying this to the back piece of the furniture was kind of a nightmare. I probably should have measured and cut smaller pieces to apply but instead I just measured, cut the entire piece and then unpeeled the entire piece and let's just say EVERY.SINGLE.THING in the vicinity stuck to it!!!! Omg I had a small panic moment over it. Thankfully I got it on and it looks good.

My original plan for the top of the Mary and Jesus picture, the beautiful Jesus picture, a crystal box for the rosaries and then flowers. However, once I started putting things in place my design mind starting working overtime. The Jesus print looked so pretty in the blue frame and the blue frame stays on this shelf because it can't stand on it's own. I also loved the way it looked with the candle holders that I was going to take down since they were Christmas decorations.

After that decision was made I realized I now had a huge empty spot on my tabletop. Then it came it me...what if I put the picture of St. Peter's Basilica there. 

We received this gorgeous picture from the company that sent us to Rome shortly after we got home from our trip. It's been sitting in our guest bedroom since May because I just had no idea where to put it. I worried it might too big but to my thankful surprise it was perfect!

the glare in this room is soooo bad!!!!

Other then the dining space, I added Valentine's decorations in the kitchen and entry way.

All of the printable are from the blog I should be mopping the floor. Most of the other decor is from Target. 

I just LOVE Valentine's day and all the decorations for it. It's one of my favorite holidays to decorate for.

I also added a holy water font by our front door.

And I added this basket for people who come over to put their smaller things it. Or just because it's a really cute basket that fit perfectly in this spot. 😉

I always find making little updates to the house fun. It's something I very much enjoy and my family does as well. 

We have been chugging along quite nicely in our liturgical year so look next week on how we are celebrating. Should be interesting 😊

Happy Weekend!!!!

the long weekend

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

I am happily sitting in my clean (thanks to my housekeeper) quiet home this dreary Tuesday here in Central Texas. I have to say I wish that Mondays were just part of the weekend. Waking my kids up today was so much easier with that extra day of rest.

We love the weekends over here 😊

We got so much done over the past weekend and that alone felt very nice. Friday I redid my dining area and put out all my Valentine's decorations. I just love this time of year. While most people are in a holiday hangover, this time of year takes me back to when I was pregnant with Aiden. We were anxiously waiting his arrival being that his due date was January 31. Also, being my first baby, we weren't sure when he was coming. So with all of that January is one of my favorite months because of those sweet memories. 

Both the boys had their first basketball games of the season this weekend! I didn't take any pictures because at both games my phone was almost dead. So this weekend I will charge charge charge it so I can take some pictures 😉 We are a huge sports family and I thoroughly enjoy watching my boys play sports. Cameron is the coach of both of their teams and watching him with the boys makes me happy. Coaches put so much work in their teams and many times parents really have no idea what goes on. It makes me proud how important it is for him to be there for his boys. He's a great example to all the boys on the team but especially to ours. 

Other then that we have had a revolving door or workers out at the house working on the shop in the backyard.

It's coming along so fast and everyday once everyone leaves we all head out there to see what's been done. Maybe not too long of course depending on weather, which ours has been pretty nasty lately.

Sunday we headed to church and the kids looked adorable!

I could look at this picture a thousand times...lucky they are mine.

Since my word of the year is SIMPLIFY I have been cleaning out closets and getting rid of things we no longer need. What a fabulous feeling this is! In my big clean out I found Milly's baby book and sadly saw how bare it was.

I was great at keeping up with her first year but then nothing. So last week I ordered pictures to update her book. Since our Sunday afternoon consisted of watching the Cowboys lose (still heartbroken) I decided it was the perfect time to update.

Now it's much better! I wanted her book to be just as nice as her brothers. I seriously kept up with everything for them. I didn't want her to fall into the infamous last baby trap with no baby book or pictures I hear from so many last babies.

Monday was no school (yay!!!) and our housekeeper was coming so we had to get out of the house. We met up with my sister and niece and walked around Bass Pro Shops and then bowled.

My kids are crazy. 

If you follow me on Instagram I insta-storied (seriously that's prob not even a word 😂) our shopping trip. They were funny! If I could have I would have shown all the people staring at my kids (and niece) like they had something wrong with them. Guess it's not okay to just have fun anymore in public?!

After a little shopping over to bowling we went where I whooped up on everyone. I have this crazy competitive side of me that no one would probably guess. I'm not even kidding...any sport activity where my family is involved I win at. I just can't help myself 😉 

And that is all for now! 

Happy Tuesday!!!!

travels to east texas

Friday, January 13, 2017

We spent New Year's Eve in East Texas at my grandparents house. My grandpa came down with pneumonia the week of Christmas. We were all very worried about him being that when a 95 year old man comes down with pneumonia it can be bad. He is a fighter though and only spent a few days in the hospital. Once he came home my Grandma called my dad and asked if we would all come down and ring in the new year with them. How could we say no?!

I absolutely love going to my grandparents home. It smells the same as when I was a kid, looks the same and has the same welcoming feeling. Every time I walk through the door I am immediately taken back to my childhood. It's pretty awesome. I love sharing these things with my kids now.

We also got to hang out with cousins we don't get too see very often. I seriously could have taken Wren home with me...she is the sweetest!

One thing we always do when visiting is head out to my grandpa's tree farm. He owns 100 acres full of beautiful pine trees. Hiking around the farm was perfect! All the kids loved it and really had the best time. 

They also enjoyed shooting guns. I have grown up around guns so this is normal for us but I must say watching my kids do it made me VERY nervous! They had a blast though 😉

We left their house New Year's Day morning and on the way home stopped by Cameron's dads house for a short visit. The kids LOVE going to his house. He has all kinds of fun "toys" for them to play around on.

We left later that evening and headed back to central Texas. My city kids sure did have fun living the country life for the weekend. As we were driving home Aiden asked if we could buy some land so we could do that more often.

 Maybe one day son 😊
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