Thursday, October 27, 2016

101st Birthday!

Happy Birthday to my Grandma Rowell (my mom's mom), who is celebrating her 101st birthday today! Below is a picture of our family last year (only 2 members were missing) at Grandma's 100th birthday party in Illinois:

Grandma's legacy spans 4 generations and includes 5 children, 12 grandchildren, and 22 great-grandchildren (shown below):

Grandma and Hadley are the oldest and youngest members of our family
...100 years old and 1 year old last year in 2015:

Grandma Judy and her 3 grandgirls last year:
Savannah (6), Hadley (1), and Mya (12)

My brother Michel, his wife Sheree, and step daughter Mya last year:

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Everyday Moments

These random iPhone photos are dark, blurry, and untouched, 
but they capture everyday moments from the last couple weeks that I want to remember forever.

Last week Savannah spent some time at school with me during her track-out. In my library office, she built a fort, where she ate her lunch and watched a movie:

Hadley looked adorable when she went bye-bye with her picnic basket, Lambie, and Pinkie (her teddy bear):

 A few minutes later, she went shopping with her picnic basket and cart:

 A sweet sisterly moment when Hadley sat on Savannah's lap and shared a snack:

Hadley looked cute sitting in her doll's crib:

Tal and Savannah read and discussed the Power Rangers book that Savannah  is doing for her book report on Oct 31:

Our annual family photo session was a success last Saturday!

We look forward to using the photos on our Christmas card and hanging them in our house!

Early Saturday morning sillies 

Tonight our family attended the fall festival at a local church:

 Everything was free and family friendly!

Our family enjoyed the face painting, bouncy houses, giant slides...

...and fire trucks:

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Parade of Homes 2016: Part 2

On October 15, my mom and I loved going on the Parade of Homes. We toured 11 new homes in two neighborhoods.  Over the last 3 weekends, I have walked through  24 homes on the Parade, and the neighborhood below was my favorite:

At around 2300 square feet, these homes were smaller than other homes that I've toured in the $400,000-$500,000 price range. However, they were on-trend and loaded with character and beautiful details, including shiplap and trimwork. All of the homes were furnished models that had a modern farmhouse style or a rustic, industrial style. I got lots of inspiration!

Check out all of the molding in the entry:

Built-in twin beds and desk area:

This model was called "The Hadley." 
Of course it was my favorite!

Beautiful bonus room with tables for art and homework:

Industrial railings and shiplap walls:

This kitchen had a built-in banquette that was attached to the island:

I've never seen shiplap installed diagonally!

Savannah would love the colors and coziness in this girly bonus room: 

The neighborhood even had a cupcake truck that was giving away free cupcakes and drinks!  My mom got a pumpkin cupcake, while I ate a cookies and cream cupcake. So yummy!

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Counting our Blessings

Tonight our family was in a car accident: 

Our family was two miles from home. We were turning left out of Taco Bell when another car hit us on the driver side. We spun around 360 degrees and came to a stop in the middle turn lane.  

Tal and I aren't sure how the accident happened. Neither of us saw the other car before it hit us. 

Having a car accident is scary and inconvenient. The good news is that the family in the other car is okay. Our family is okay. Savannah and Hadley, who were in the backseat, only cried for a few minutes after the accident. There's a dent in Tal's truck, but we're thankful that it's still driveable. 

Tal and I started dating 10.5 years ago, and (thankfully) this is the first time either of us has been in an accident since we've been together. Tal and I spend a lot of time in our cars, so pray that the Lord will continue to protect us while we are on the road each day!

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Everyday Moments

These random iPhone photos are dark, blurry, and untouched, 
but they capture everyday moments from the last couple weeks that I want to remember forever.

Hadley (2) loved wearing Tal's shoes...

...and playing inside the bathroom cabinet:

 A sweet sisterly moment when Hadley sat on Savannah's lap and watched a movie for a few minutes: 

Making brownies with Daddy:

Shopping at Walmart:

Hadley as a Power Ranger:

Water break after Savannah's gymnastics class:

Savannah got a 100% on her spelling test!

Playing in the mall play area:

Savannah put my hair in pigtails:

Kohl's didn't have a stroller or cart, so Hadley stood inside the clothes basket (with a metal platform bottom) while we shopped:

On Oct 8, our family fared well during Hurricane Matthew. We received 5 inches of rain in a few hours, but we didn't suffer any damage. Below are a few pictures of  flooded creeks in our neighborhood: 

The ground was saturated after receiving so much rain, and this tree in our neighborhood toppled over:

Thanks to Uncle Benny, Aunt EJ, and Harper for the magnetic puzzle that they gave Hadley for her 2nd birthday. It has given her hours of enjoyment!

Thanks to Grandma Barbara for the adorable outfit that she gave Hadley for her birthday:
Thanks to my mom for watching Savannah and Hadley on Oct 14, so Tal and I could have our first date night in 3 months! We ate dinner at the Olive Garden and shared tiramisu for dessert:

Our bed broke in the middle of the night last night:

Today Savannah and Hadley "helped" Tal put our bed back together:

Our bed is sturdy again and should serve us well until we upgrade to a king size bed next year (hopefully):

Weather permitting, we will have our family pictures taken at a local park on Saturday. Our color scheme will be pink and navy: