A Chocolate Monstrosity...

The weather had been super nice, so we all decided to go out and get some {much needed} yard work accomplished. After only a few minutes, Fin said she needed to go potty. I let her in the house, and got right back to work. About 15 minutes went by and I realized she still hadn't come back out, {which is never a good sign} so I hurried in to check on her.

These pictures do not even do this justice!
  It took me quite awhile to come to the realization that it is useless to cry over spilled milk (or in this case, mass amounts of water, chocolate syrup, graham crackers, and muddy boot prints), so I had already cleaned up the bulk of the mess by the time I got the camera out.

{Oh, and did i mention before we went out, the inside of the house was SPOTLESS?! I mean SPOTLESS!}

I walked into chocolate syrup covering her, the entire MOPPED kitchen floor, the table, and randomly scattered graham crackers. Then, I guess she sensed she might get into trouble, so she ran the faucet over the kitchen floor, trying to clean up the chocolate mess. I wish I had a picture of not only my face, but of the chocolate lake that had flooded my kitchen! AAAAK!
Oh, we are still not finished with this delightful story.
She then continued to "TRY" and disguise her naughtiness, by using a pile of freshly washed and folded towels to hide the messy evidence! EVERY LAST CLEAN TOWEL was now covered in syrup!

I'll admit, I snapped! In fact,  I'm pretty sure the words, "what the heck were you thinking?" came out of my mouth.  But when her face welled up with tears, and she grabbed the chocolate syrup and hid under the table, I instantly felt bad for yelling. The feeling that it would be funny later flooded my mind. I was so furious at that moment, I don't know how that thought even got there!? 

I know now that my Father in Heaven stepped in, and gave me the patience I needed to teach her, and not break her little spirit. I apologized for yelling, and started to clean up all of the water.

That is when I decided to grab my camera, and document this eventful afternoon.

Little chocolate monster, hiding under the table. Did I mention she was butt naked!? We later discovered her chocolate covered clothes behind the entertainment center.

 Finally she came out, let me take her picture, (looking very confused at why I would be doing such a thing) and helped me cleanup!

Mommy lesson for the day, "Don't cry over spilled milk". 
I have been given many other opportunities to practice this lesson, with this particular child.
The very same week, she emptied out her pockets that were filled with dried leaves and jumped with them in our bed, decided to give several toilet paper rolls a bath in the sink, and found small craft scissors that she used to cut up her leggings. JOY!

Isn't being a mom the best job in the world!?

It truly is, and I wouldn't trade it for anything!



I am so in love with Valentines Day.
I am a holiday NUT, and love everything from planning the menu, to decking out my kids in the color that coordinates with each day.
We had so much fun making Valentines, and this was the first year the kids picked out what they wanted to handout in their class.

Here is what they chose....

Hope U have a ROOT N' TOOT N' V-day! { Rootbeer Soda}

You're SUPER { Super Hero Sucker}

Oops..* I meant Competition!

I "CHEWS" U!{gumball machine}

Woke up to cute little kisses from my babies, and waffles from my hubby.

The kids celebrated the day with candy and class parties, and the afternoon at the,
It was the only opening they had for all three, so don't judge.

They went to a new dentist, Just 4 Kids, and loved it! It is all decked out like a movie theatre, and they got to watch a movie and pick a prize at the end of their teeth cleaning. They even asked when they get to go back? So I guess I am off the hook.!

Chris and I celebrated by going out to dinner, and watching "The Vow".  Loved it! It was the perfect ending to our night.

I just love my little family so much and feel so blessed every day to have them in my life.
 I am seriously the luckiest girl in the world!




{ I was debating to share this pic, because dandelions drive me batty!
Never mind that the roof is falling apart, and the paint is molded and chipping. It's those dang dandelions that I can't stand!}

So this has been the "story of our lives", and has taken up every last second of our time.
It was sort of a last minute decision, that I was extremely depressed about at first, but now,  I am absolutely in love with this sweet little country cottage! 
The price couldn't have been better, the space is way more than we were hoping for, and the YARD!?
 I could go on and on about the yard!
I used to play in the field behind this house when I was younger, and me and my little sister called it the Secret Garden House. I have always loved it, and now I am the proud owner!

We have been busy, busy, busy, remodeling, revamping, and refurnishing it! These are all before pictures that I am sharing, and I can't wait to share the after.
Just remember, "Good things come to those who wait." and wait patiently. 
{we still have a lot of work!} 
We bought it in July, and were moved in by December.
{That's right people, 5 months of remodeling and counting!}

We tore every existing wall down to the studs!
If you look closely, that is what true 2x4's are supposed to look like. They didn't skimp on these old houses.
This house was also built with the old lath and plaster, so it was messy, heavy, and extremely hard to remove! A process they used until the late 1950's, and was replaced with drywall.{Just FYI} 

Thanks to my father in-law, brother, and brothers in-law for all of the muscle that was donated! We really couldn't have done it without all of their help!

It's a shame we didn't save any of the beautiful wall paper that was up in every, single room!
I call this one a coral creation sensation!

We updated, and rewired everything!

We cleaned, gutted, and made hundreds of dump runs!

I learned to tile,

tape, mud, sand and texture,

and we became one with our hammers!

{Here is the beam we put in for the new archway.}

We ran into many O' problems!
 Including our water main bursting, our sewer leaking into the basement, cracked & leaking pipes, holes in the roof, and more. Just to name a few.

We were lucky, and had a friendly neighbor offer to dig out our water line for us!
{One of the many benefits to living in a small, tight knit community!}♥

We cried, laughed, barely slept, and got extremely dirty.

The poor kids were confined to a small/semi safe area most of the summer, and watched enough movies to last a lifetime! 
They also had more luncheables than any child should be allowed to consume! 
We are thankful for my sisters, mom and mother in law who watched them on occasion and gave them a break away from all the construction.

Somehow, we survived!

We have the majority of the middle and upstairs levels done, with the exception of  the new staircase, master bath, and a few small projects here and there, but still have a ton of work {inside and out} to do.

We have been so blessed with great neighbors and friends that brought us meals and offered so much help.
And I'm pretty sure we have the best family ever!
The work we did in 5 months should have taken us well over a year, and we are so thankful for all of the help!

We are so excited to start this new chapter of our lives, and just love our little home. 

{Finished projects and rooms to come!}