Brody’s Room Update

The boys’ rooms have come a long way since we moved in, but they’re not quite “finished.” Though, is any room really ever finished? Probably not! This is what Brody’s room looked like when we moved in. Essentially, we had painted walls (Sherwin Williams Moody Blue),  a bed (bedding from Pottery Barn) without a headboard and his dresser. Wow… thrilling.


A few weeks ago, Trevor had some free time and was finally able to make Brody’s headboard. We had tons of pallets lying around after construction, so my handy husband deconstructed those and used them for this headboard. He sanded down the individual boards and made a basic headboard. Then, he stained them with a walnut wood stain. Voila! Brody’s bed looks much more substantial, now. We hung his “B” that was in his nursery right over the headboard. This wall will likely get more “stuff” as we move along, I’d love to do some wall-mounted lighting on either side of his bed, but we’ll see where we land. We just moved the rocking chair out last week (tear!), and I stuck an extra side table we had in it’s place. I’d love to get something more interesting there one day, but for now, it works. We also did some quick drop cloth curtains. We chose not to hang blinds on the front of our house, and we have curtains in all of those spaces.


My favorite, favorite part of this room is the wall over his dresser. I went with an outdoorsy look in this room because Brody is a major BOY. And when I say “boy,” what I really mean is that he’s a miniature version of his outdoorsy father, so it fit perfectly.

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He loves to show people his room and shows everyone his moose head (from Cardboard Safari)


His fish (from Hobby Lobby)


and his big arrow (also Hobby Lobby). Not sure why those three are his faves, but they are. I love this little moose head hook I found at TJ Maxx.


I freehanded the moose silhouette and just put it on top of some scrapbook paper. I did something similar in his nursery with safari animals.


My favorite part is the “Be Brave” canvas. This is kind of an interesting piece because when I first saw this canvas by Lindsay Letters online, I NEEDED IT. I mean, seriously, it was perfect. However, it was too expensive. So, I faked it. I made this one myself. I pulled up a picture of the canvas and freehanded it with a pencil onto a white canvas, then painted over the pencil with navy paint.


Of course, a couple months after I went through this process, this canvas appeared at Hobby Lobby for much cheaper than the original canvas price. This is pretty much what happens in my life, and I am pretending I never heard that for sanity’s sake. BUT, I do love how it turned out.

The boys’ rooms are not huge. We planned on keeping toys in a common play room as opposed to filling every square inch of the room with stuff. The layouts are also a little odd with the bathroom doors and large double closet doors (on the wall closest to the foot of the bed) creating not much wall space for the furniture. This is what the whole dresser wall looks like:


I used the same book slings I made when I was pregnant with Brody for this small part of the wall. The art over the slings says “Count Your Blessings” and then “Every good and perfect gift is from above” from the Bible. That little door is the pocket door into Knox and Brody’s shared bathroom.IMG_5988


That’s it for now, but we’re happy with our progress! Have y’all done any decorating lately? I love getting things feeling more “done” and homey around here!

Side hugs and tatertot casserole

Last night was the night- our Duggar premiere party! The new season of “19 Kids and Counting” began last night, and my fellow Duggar-lovers and I decided to celebrate. My friend, Carrie, and I hosted the party at my house, and it was a BLAST! If you’ve read this blog for any length of time, you know that I seriously love the Duggars. I have their books, their DVDs and generally just think they’re awesome. We decided to invite everyone to dress as their favorite Duggar and bring a Duggar-approved food.

We HAD to make a paper banner because that’s what the Duggars would do for a party.


We also made a Duggar photo booth, which was hilarious. I have to say that my favorite costumes of the evening belong to Ian and Carrie aka Jim Bob and Michelle. Yes, Ian hairsprayed the fool out of his hair to look the part.


I was Jill. No, I’m not pregnant, but she is, so I was in character poking out my stomach (it wasn’t hard… there was lots of tatertot casserole in there).


Rachel was also Jill- her hair was perfect! (also, not really pregnant)


Mindy as Jinger


Trevor was Joseph (eating a pickle)


Maegan came as Cousin Amy, and she’s drinking the only Duggar-approved “wine” aka Cheerwine soda!


Mindy, Candice and Catherine in their Duggar outfits



And the best ever, baby Hadley as the future Baby Dilly (aka baby Dillard)


Then there’s the food. Y’all. We do not eat like this normally. It hurt me deep to buy condensed soup, and I thought very seriously about making my own, but then I thought: that’s not the Duggar way. We had quite a spread which included Tatertot Casserole, Chicken-Etti, green beans, bread, Jim Bob’s favorite oatmeal cookies & Grandpa Duggar’s Banana Cake. Oh, and yes, we had an assortment of pickles because OF COURSE WE DID. Also, we used the Duggar-standard styrofoam plates and cups (sorry, environment!) for authenticity.

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We even made the same decorations the Duggars use for parties- also known as toilet paper rolls wrapped in tissue paper.


This whole night was SO much fun. Of course, the climax of the evening was the actual show at 9 p.m., and while we were all hoping they would just go ahead and show the wedding, it was still good! I also discovered that I know a crazy amount of Duggar trivia… I like them, okay?



In conclusion: we love the Duggars. So, so much. Duggars, if you ever see this, you rock.

Did y’all watch the premiere? Or do anything equally as nerdy this week (I doubt you can even approach the level of geekdom that we reached with this party, but please try!)?

Random week update

This has been a busy week, hence the lack of blogging. Mainly just lots to do at work, and our house is always a busy place. We are trying to start going to dinner & service at church Wednesday nights, which is extra work to get the kids ready and out, but it’s fun and breaks up the monotony of the week. The boys have a great time at church and so do we! Our church just finished a sensory room for kids with special needs, and Knox is in love with it! It has lots of cool things like a trampoline, swing, ball pit and more. I love that Knox is valued and loved there- we are blessed to be a part of such a great church family (and for me to be employed there too!).

Tomorrow night, my friend, Carrie, and I are hosting a Duggar premiere party for the “19 Kids and Counting”
season premiere. We have about 15 people coming to our house for it, and I am so excited! We will have Duggar food, decorations and are even dressing like our favorite Duggars- it’s going to be so much fun, and yes, we are nerds! I will be posting pictures for sure. :)

School starts tomorrow for Knox and Wednesday for Brody. Oh, early mornings, how I loathe thee. We have to be ready and out the door by 7 a.m. to get Knox there by 7:30. We are not attending the school he’s zoned for, so it takes forever to get there as we drive through FIVE different school zones to get there. Ick. He’s excited though- his teacher and speech therapist came for a visit just over a week ago, and Knox was thrilled to see them. I am ready for them to get back, too, and have some more structure to our schedules again.

Okay, that was the most boring post ever, but it’s all I’ve got right now. Here are a few cute kid pictures:

Knox rocking his Duggar-approved hat:

Knox and his new shoes:

All the time, we are rolling trucks. ALL THE TIME.


Child of Mine

A short snippet that is all things Brody (aka my child that may cause me to lose my mind by the time he reaches teenage-hood):

Me: “Brody. You can either sit nicely on the couch or go to bed. What do you choose?”

Brody: “Cookies.”

Me: “…”


Charleston Day Trip

Last weekend, Trevor and I took a day trip to Charleston, SC. How lucky are we that we can get there in about two hours?! My mom had watched the boys on Friday while I went to work and kept them for us the entire weekend, which was amazing. We had a great time just walking around and being adults (you know, when you can actually converse with one another without VeggieTales playing in the background?). I think we were most excited just to eat really good food… which of course, we did.

Our first stop of the day was at “Poogan’s Porch” for brunch. I got a super healthy, zero-calorie breakfast of chicken and waffles with a blueberry syrup. Good thing the blueberries counteracted ALL the grams of fat in the rest of the plate. Yay for superior health!IMG_5416

Then, we paused for a photo op outside of The Mills House where we had our wedding reception. It’s our happy place. Even though Trevor looks a little stressed. He’s probably remembering how much our brunch cost. Ouch.


Then we did some walking. It was super hot and humid, with rain clouds hovering, but we were just so thankful that the bad weather held off that we didn’t mind too much. We walked through the market and looked at all the cool stuff the vendors were selling.


Trevor was thrilled to find Christmas in August. He’s pretty much Buddy the Elf times 25. He tells me at least weekly how many days we have left until Christmas and runs through his decor plans for our Christmas village. No, really. I love that about him.

IMG_5421After we decided we had enough of walking and sweating around downtown Charleston, we drove to Mount Pleasant to go antiquing. Yes, my husband is the most amazing. We found such cool stuff, even though we didn’t buy anything this time. I really thought about buying this for my brother- it’s an old hood ornament for doctors’ cars- how awesome is that?! Reminded me of “Call the Midwife.”


For dinner, we drove over to Isle of Palms and ate at The Boathouse. While we waited for an eternity for our reservations, we got to watch dolphins swimming in the marsh. That little triangular dot is a dolphin. You’ll just have to trust me.IMG_5434More food pictures, because I’m me, and I’m fond of food.IMG_5438

Then, we went home!


The end. Have you ever been to Charleston? What’s your favorite thing to do there? Or, if we’re kindred spirits, your favorite place to eat? :)

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