Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Laundry Room Before & After

Ok so if y'all have read this blog for awhile you know that I am not a clean freak! I would like to say it has to do with school part time and work part time and being a mom full time, but I wouldn't be telling the truth! I really just rather be hanging out with my little man or Josh! So here is what my laundry room used to look like... I am not completely done, but it is looking better

I have seen these cute little signs for the laundry and have wanted to make one, but just haven't. Well Pinterest has brought out the craft in me! I went yesterday and bought some vinyl. First I cut out letters on scrap paper with my Cricut to make sure of the sizes.....

Then I printed the lettering out on vinyl. After that I had my sweet husband help me put it on the wall. We finally got done at 10:15! I love the way it turned out. It may not be perfect on the wall but its perfect for me! This picture didn't turn on the greatest but it works!

Monday, July 25, 2011

Weekend Fun and Pinterest

Hey everyone! I hope you had a great weekend! We really didn't do a whole bunch! Friday night we went out to eat with a few friends! Here is Josiah and Cooper playing outside!

Saturday I got up and Micha called and wanted me to have a girls day with her and her Grandma so we went school clothes shopping! It was a lot of fun! In the mall they have this jumpy thing and Micha wanted to do it! She had a blast!!!

Sunday we hung around the house! Josh and I dropped Josiah off at my parents' house in the afternoon and we ran to Berry Yogurt and then went grocery shopping! We needed some alone time even if it consisted of going to Walmart!

Ok..I'm pretty sure most of you have heard of Pinterest. It is AWESOME!! Like I really needed another website to be addicted to right?! Well, it is genius and love it! I saw this recipe on their and decided to buy ingredients yesterday while we were grocery shopping. We are having it for dinner tonight! Looks pretty good to me (minus the onions). I will let you know how it turns out later this week!

Have a great week!

One more thing...we have officially starting the adoption process!!!!!!! We have tons of paperwork that we have started to fill out - hopefully we will get it all done soon and we can move to the next step of many! I met the ladies at the agency the other day and they all seem very nice and we are so excited to work with them!

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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Mickey Mouse Party

Saturday we had Josiah's Mickey Mouse party! We were supposed to have a pool party but the weather didn't hold out but we still had a blast! I forgot to take pictures of the decorations so here are some I took while I was making them.

This is the front of his invitationsHow cute is Minnie Mouse!

Mom found this cute cookie cutter so we made Mickey Mouse cookies

Funny story about this cake. I called a week ahead of time to order the cake from Publix. Josh went to go pick it up at 10:00 Saturday morning and guess what?!?! They didn't have it!!! They said that they could make on in 30 minutes. Josh went to go pick it up and they gave it to him for FREE!!!!!!! I love you Publix!

I also made oreo pops! They were a big hit!

The rain let up a bit and the kids got to play on the slide and in the pool

Sweet Presley giving us "the look"

Cute lil' Ava

Cooper, Garrett, and Presley

Please forgive me for the pictures being all over! I have been trying to get this post together for a few days and I just don't have the patience to fix it!

Sunday, July 17, 2011


Where has the time gone?! Josiah turned two on Friday!!!!!! Josh took off so we could spend the day as a family! We got up and headed to "choo choo mall" as Josiah says. We rode the train at the mall, ate at the food court and got cookies! This is some of Josiah's favorite things to do!

Here is our big boy getting ready to ride the train We came home and put Josiah down for a nap and I ran to Walmart to get a few last minute items for his birthday party. When Josiah got up we ran over to my parent's house to get some stuff setup for the party. We ran to McDonald's for Josiah's dinner and Josh and I went and grabbed a sandwich from Philly's! I went in to Publix to get some cupcakes so Josiah could blow out candles on his actual birthday!! :) He was so excited!

The rest of the night we played with some of his toys! He loves this tent. I on the otherhand get claustrophobic in there, but I play in it anyway! Anything for him!! :)

Daddy and Josiah were playing in the tent here and Josh was tickling him!

We had a really great day! Josiah had so much fun doing some of his favorite things! Josiah's birthday party was Saturday! I am hoping to get a post up tonight or tomorrow! Hope everyone had an awesome weekend!!!!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Adoption - Orientation

As I said in my last post we were meeting with Bethany (the same agency we used with Josiah) last night. It was just an orientation meeting for people to understand what Bethany is and how they work. Since we have used them before it was mostly just a refresher course, but we did learn a few new things. There were only 2 other couples in there with us and they were just getting information so they could decide whether they wanted to use Bethany and if they wanted to do domestic or adopt a child through a different country.

We feel that God has lead us in the direction of adopting from the United States. I believe there is so many kids here in the US that needs a good home. I think it is absolutely wonderful for other people who go into another country, but that isn't for us!

Currently the Pensacola location has 8 waiting families and the director mentioned that they have been on the waiting list for quite awhile because they are not ok with the fact that their adoption may be "open". We have a semi-open adoption with Josiah's birthmother, this just means that we have some contact with the birthmother. In our case we speak to Josiah's birthmother's mom.

We stayed after the orientation and talked to the director for a little while and she gave us some more paperwork since we were pretty sure we were going to start the process!

*I also want to let you guys know that we never heard anything about the friend's friend that was placing her child for adoption. We are totally ok with this because it was obviously not in God's plan and as we have seen again and again, He knows what is best for us!

So here's to our next adoption adventure! I can't wait to see what God has in store for our family! I will definitely keep everyone posted!!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Friends, binkys, and a busy week

This weekend was pretty low-key! We had some friends over Saturday and tried out Josiah's new birthday present! The kids LOVED it!!!

Friday night we decided it was time to get rid of the binky! Josiah only gets it at bedtime and naptime but we were ready for him to get rid of it completely. Josiah has been wanting a pillow in his bed so I thought it would be a good idea to trade him a pillow for his binky. I was a little scared and thought we would be up all night with him, but he did GREAT! The only thing is that he woke up at 6:00 a.m. and his first nap without the binky didn't last but an hour but we are working on that!

We have a busy week...Monday we go to our first meeting with Bethany to start our new adoption journey! I can't wait to see where God leads us! Tuesday and Thursday we have swim lessons and then Friday our little boy turns 2!!!!! Josh is taking off the day so we can have a fun-filled family day! Saturday is his Mickey Mouse birthday party!!!! Hope everyone has a wonderful week!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

4th of July Weekend!

Friday we packed up and headed to Alabama to the river with Josh's brother's family and his friends. I have to admit I'm not a big country girl, but we had a blast! Memories were made and I really enjoyed every bit of it! Josiah got to hang out with his cousins and a few other kids! It was awesome to see him play with other kids since he doesn't get to that often. They had this water slide out front and Josiah had a blast! I am looking into purchasing one similar for him to have since he had so much fun! Samantha helping Josiah

Can you tell he had fun?!

We got back Sunday and headed over to Josh's parent's house! Aunt Tammy and her friend Sue were in town so we went and hung out with them!

Monday we got up went to my parents' for breakfast! We then went to a cookout at some friends' house and then headed downtown to watch fireworks! I was a little worried because the fireworks didn't start until 9 and Josiah's bedtime is 7:30 but he do great!

Mr. Patriotic!

My two favorite boys!

Lindsay and Chris

Lindsay reminded me that at the fireworks last year I told her that they were going to get married!! And here we are 6 months till there wedding!!!!

Rach and Bryan

Josh and I
My Life

I love this picture!!!!

I hope everyone had a great 4th of July! Josiah woke up this morning with a fever, so did nothing today. I am hoping he feels better tomorrow!! We are celebrating his birthday tomorrow early with my Aunt and Uncle because they are leaving to go out of town! He is going to be so excited!