Saturday, September 29, 2012


We have been sooooo busy and as a result I haven’t made the time to blog since last Friday!

Here’s a glimpse at an average week in our house and why it’s so crazy!

(Full Peek at the Week printable available here)


Monday: Gwynie has Cheer and Tumbling classes which go from 4-6:15 with a short break between classes. Brady has little league wrestling (yes in addition to football) on Monday nights from 6-8, and Jake not only coaches wrestling but then goes to watch film from the previous weeks’ football game to aid in coaching for the week,

Tuesday – Thursday: Football practice from 5:30-7:30. I’ve also signed up and starting going back to the gym and had my first personal training session this wek. I plan on doing at least three days recommended by my trainer, while the boys are at practice.

Friday: High school football games! We meet up with the team coaches and go to the high school to watch the game.

Saturday: Football games! Brady’s team plays every Saturday at noon and Jake is coaching. We’re at the fields by 11, and typically when there are away games we leave the house by 10.

Sunday: Try to catch up on sleep and clean the house!

Aaaannnnnnd then we start all over! ;)

Uggghhhhh…..haha. That doesn’t really leave me much time for home projects or scrapbooking lately considering each night we’re doing some form of homework or school projects with the kids, getting dinner on the table (hungry bellies!), and cleaning up (or trying to) after everything else that went on that day.

I absolutely love having active kids and an active family lifestyle and sometimes I just wish it would all slooooow dooowwwnnn, but I’ve decided to just savor these moments no matter how fast they race by! I guarantee when the kids have left home we will be severely bored so I need to appreciate the busyness that is our lives at the moment. ;)

So, if things are a little quiet on the blog-o for a bit, just know I’m soaking up every last minute I can with my crazy kiddos and lovable hubby. And hopefully during that time I’ll have plenty to share here!

Friday, September 21, 2012

Living Room Updates and Fall Decorations!

It’s here, it’s here!

The console table I ordered arrived on Wednesday and I got it all decorated last night! I’ve also done a few other things in the living room that I’ll show ya, and I even got some pumpkins set up on the front porch. It’s definitely feeling like Fall now with the décor, pumpkins and cooler temps!

First stop, the living room with my new table! You can sort of see it on the right edge here.


Getting a little closer…. Also, hi Ryker! He was hanging on the couch as I was snapping pics this morning. That’s his favorite spot in the house because of the window and the two air vents on either side of the couch!


Here it is!

(Ummm I somehow took this on a weird angle, ha)


I love this table! It’s the black avington console from Target. I’m trying to decide what I want to put on the bottom as it could be cool with baskets, picture frames or some other type of ephemera. I figure it will just come together eventually. I’m planning on rotating out décor each month or so based on season/holidays, etc. The Peace Love Happiness sign is from Real Deals in Tooele. (Like where half my décor has come from lately!)


This are the fall decorations I’ve set up and will use some of it through Halloween and Thanksgiving with a few changes.


I had this canvas from a lonnng time ago but the other things are new additions. The mini pumpkins are also from Real Deals, and the apothecary jar was from Michael’s. I had all the filler stuff from last year though and just stacked it all up in the jar.


The burlap frame was basically recycling/repurposing some items I had in my craft stash! The frame was intact but the glass in it had a slight crack so I tossed the glass and just used the frame. The burlap was taped to the cardboard insert of the frame and then I just put the frame back together minus the glass. I took the “P” which had been part of a gallery wall in my old house and adhered it to the burlap with super glue. I did this about three weeks ago and it’s still holding up really well!


On the opposite side of the table I have two more glass pieces holding bits of fall-ness. I am probably going to add some sticks or willow type somethings to the taller one to balance it out. The yellow ball is another Real Deals purchase. I framed this print from eighteen25, and have several other prints ready to go when the seasons change! Although I will have to replace the black frame (the back stand is somewhat broken) I will probably keep it the same size, or slightly larger with a matte for my 8x10 prints.


So a few other new things in the room that I haven’t shared yet…..

A new rug! I love it! It brings in the grey I have going on with other areas in the house, and it adds a bit of warmth and texture.


I finally replaced the filler stuff in my tall vase that sits in the corner. Looks like we still have one outlet jack to cover up after painting. ;)


Another new addition, that didn't last long (I’ll explain in a minute) are these gorgeous sea shells! My sea-shellin Momma sent me these straight from the beaches of Florida! I asked her to send me some that I could paint white, but when I got these beauties they were already the perfect color and I didn’t have to do anything at all to them! I absolutely love them!  I had them displayed on one of the side tables by my couch.


Ok so the sad part of the story is that a certain puppy dog was super eager to see his kids as they walked through the front door and he knocked the pedestal off the table. The shells are all fine (thank goodness!) but the glass shattered and I’m hunting for another one. (Which is crazy right?! Delicate shells are fine, but the thick glass was broken, ha!) I had found it at a thrift store so it’s not like I can just go buy the same exact one. :( Oh well! I’m sure I will find something soon! I bet you thought I was going to say the dog ate them huh Mom? ;) Ryker hasn’t touched them at all, other than breaking the dish they were held on!


Here’s a close-up of these shells. Aren’t they amazing! I can’t wait to have them back on display in my living room again! These pics just don’t do them justice! They are so pretty in person!



One other little update is the other side table by the couch and window. I moved the plant (fake of course) from my nightstand to this table, and added this little seashell candle light, and a picture of Jake and I at the beach in Puerto Vallarta.


Funny thing, the little house was from one of Jake’s girl friends in high school, haha. ;) I spray painted it white and although I haven’t put a candle in it, an aqua one would probably look great in there.


Ok this post is getting drastically long, so I will leave you with one last new purchase and another fall pic. I’ll post about our pumpkins and outside planters later!

I found the table runner at Ikea (7.99) and put the tray filled with pinecones, nuts and mini pumpkins (that I shared in a sneak peek before) on top of it. I love this little bit of fall in the dining room/kitchen area!


There are still a ton of projects and things I want to do in these rooms, but I am so happy with the progress we’re making!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

A few short years…

I’ve been reflecting on how fast this year has raced by and how quickly my kids are growing up. They like to tell me I’m getting old, but I always reply that they are the ones getting old! ;)

As I was driving into work the other day I started to think about what our lives will be like a few years from now and couldn’t help recall the past and where we were before. It’s crazy to me what a few years can do!


I am 30 and Jake is 31. We’re close to rounding up those numbers by a year.


St. Patrick’s Day and our friend Lenny’s birthday! (Had to include a funny one! Hehe!)

Gwynie is 13 and Brady is 9. We have an 8th grader and a 4th grader in the house.

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(Pics seen in this post)

Easter @ the in-laws house, April 2012

Three years ago….

I was 27 and Jake was 28.


Celebrating our anniversary at the Green Day concert, August 2009

Gwynie was 10 and Brady was 6. They were in 5th and 1st grade respectively.


Luau birthday part @ the neighbors house, May 2009


Celebrating Thanksgiving @ the in-laws house, November 2009

Now, that doesn’t seem like that long ago, but add three more years to that….

Six years ago…

I was 24 and Jake was 25.


Blaze Football Game, March 2006


Gwynie was 7 and Brady was 3. She was a first grader and he was barely pre-school age. I had such a hard time choosing pics because they were just too cute at this age! ;)


Hogle Zoo (including mine above), September 2006

It’s crazy to think, but add three more….

Nine years ago…

I was 21 and Jake was 22. Gwynie was 4 and Brady was a newborn and a perfect addition to our family.

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Welcoming Brady to the family, (ONE day old!) January 2003

It is still so crazy to me to think how far our little family has come in just 9 years! It seems like just *yesterday* my two babies were like the photo above.

I shudder to think what another 9 more years will bring us as I’ll be 39, Jake will be 40, Gwynie will be 22 and Brady will be 18 and graduating. Yikes! It’s a little easier to swallow when I think about three years from now, but not by much! ;)

Three years from now…

I’ll be 33 and Jake will be 34. (Ok manageable and I can deal with that.)

Gwynie will be 16 and Brady will be 12. She’ll be driving and he’ll be starting junior high. (Um, no! Crazy talk!)

No matter what though, as long as we’re all together, happy and healthy then I think the years won’t matter too much. They just give us many more memories to cherish and time to be together. :)

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Hello, my name is…


Name /nām/ Noun: A word or set of words by which a person, animal, place, or thing is known, addressed, or referred to.

When Jake and I choose the kids’ names we just….well, we just knew. We didn’t have a “His” and “Hers” favorites list, we didn’t argue or have to compromise on names, and although we had back-up boy/girl names we somehow knew we wouldn’t need them. We just knew what to name our kids and didn’t obsess over twenty different names we agonized to choose from.

Now don’t get me wrong, we didn’t just pull a name out of a hat and call it good. We put quite a bit of thought into them even if it was pretty easy to select their names. We figured Gwyneth and Brayden could be shortened when they were kids to Gwynie (Gwyn) and Brady like they go by now, and then they could be more “grown-up” with their full name as they got older. We also wanted to give them easy names so they wouldn’t get made fun of, a name that could grow with them (like above), and a name that was more classic vs. trendy that wouldn’t be odd when they were older.

When we were naming the kids we didn’t delve deeply into the meanings behind their names or anything like that. We just liked the names and how they sounded, easy as that. Recently though, after a few conversations I’ve had with friends I was thinking about what my kids names meant and thought I’d do a little research. Turns out, we were pretty close to their personalities based on their names! ;) I combined meanings of both their first and middle name for the descriptions below.


Gwyneth Hope – White, Fair, Happiness, Blessed, Fortune, Trust, Faith

So basically, she’s a pretty, happy, fortunate girl! ;) True! Although her tendency towards teenage-emo-black crayon-ness would disagree with that statement, I’d say this is pretty accurate! Her name was partly inspired by Gwyneth Paltrow and Gwen Stefani, except with a Y on Gwyn. I already adored the name anyway, but also wanted to give her a name that was a strong and successful female name and she could look up to and admire those women that carried her same name. Given the fortune and blessed nature of those two, I’m predicting great things for this girl. ;)


Brayden Kennedy – Broad shouldered, Spirited, Armored head, Helmet-headed.

Brady is where the “spirited” came from but I decided to include it since that’s part of his name, really.  He is definitely a spirited kid and I’m hoping he grows into the whole broad shouldered thing, cause he needs it! He’s still such a little guy compared to the rest of the kids his age, and compared to his giant feet! Kennedy is the “armored head” and “helmet-headed” which I am going to liken to him being as hard-headed and stubborn as both Jake and I can be. Ha. ;)

And just for fun, I decided to look up Ryker’s name. He was VERY aptly named!


Ryker – Fast-strider, Strength

Ok seriously, a very apt fitting name for the dog that loooovvvesss to run and is SUPER fast and is also very strong!


Although I don’t take entire stock in just a name, it’s pretty fun to see some similarities in their names. Jake and I have boring meanings of our names so it’s fun that the kids have cool/interesting ones!

Monday, September 17, 2012

Brady’s web-cast debut

Once upon a time Brady loved to record just about anything, especially himself in a Johnny Knoxville “Jack Ass” esque type video where he introduced himself and often times did some highly questionable dare-devil antics and Gwynie was his faithful recorder and part-time director. I will also allocate the blame partly to i-Carly for this as well. ;)

I’ve been digging through memory cards (to clean them up) and to organize all my photos for each year. I found some of those videos Brady and Gwynie recorded a couple years ago. They are ABSOLUTELY hilarious and so fun to watch. If you are prone to motion sickness, they are probably not the vids you’d want to watch though. ;)

Side note: Yes, I’m that crazy freak that labels all her photos as month and year in each file and stored on a portable hard drive. I have from 2000-2012 all stored on my portable hard drive and try to keep up with all the photos I take all.the.time.

These were both from 2010 (I think a few months a part for sure though) and I honestly don’t know where Jake and I were or what we were doing while the kids were doing this, ha!

The first one is pretty dang good actually!

Archery Talk with Brady Phillips

See….”random dancing” I totally blame you i-Carly. Also, WOW old house and way old décor! Too funny to see! ;) Also, that was right around the time I got my Xyron Creatopia to review from Craft Critique and all the boxes were piled up after I pulled everything out. That was an awesome day.

The next one is a little crazy-ness but that’s what I love about it! This again was in our old house, and back when Brady had his IKEA loft bed. Many a race track, monster truck track, Thomas the Train track and Tech Deck arena was erected under that bed!

Brady’s Tech Deck Talk

My favorite lines from this:

Brady: That just happened! What?! (3x…yep he said that like three times, other videos like above he was a little more vocal, ha)

Gwynie: Oh dude! That hurt! That was my ribcage!

I’m a lady ok, don’t hurt me!

Well you’re the one that hired me!

Are we gonna get this show on the road, or are we just gonna sit here?!


It cracks me up to watch these and I’m so glad that we have these to look back on!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Fall Sneak Peek

I have most of my fall decorations out and ready (I keep it pretty minimal), but I still need to order my console table to display some of the décor on. I just keep finding other things I want to buy (or spend on the kids, ha!), but I’ve convinced myself that it has to happen by this Friday (so no extra spending, lol), so that I can use this table for all my fun holiday decorations! Cause you know I have plenty I want to display with my fun jars from Gwynie’s candy buffet, which was also the reason I knew I could utilize all of them afterwards! ;)

So I put the jars to work with some of the decorations I’ve amassed over the years. There are still a few things I want to do (like add sticks to the open moss and mini pumpkin jar) and make, but I figured I would do those when my table got here. So yep, definitely ordering it this week now! ;)

I will do more of a detailed post on each of the jars when I do a full reveal of their set up, but here’s a sneak peek of what’s going on in my casa for Fall!

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I also bought some pumpkins last week to put in my planters on the front porch…can’t wait to finish those up too! Eeek, I love this time of year! Have you started decorating for fall?

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Working on the entry way

Before we moved in we painted and painted and painted some more. Believe it or not, I still have several paint projects I want to tackle, ha! ;)

One of the small things though that I wanted to paint was the hand rail in our entry way. Our home is a split-entry style and while it’s not my favorite, you’ve got to work with what you’ve got. I knew a project this small would be super easy but add a fun touch to the space. I ended up painting two handrails in no time flat!

So, I somehow didn’t take a shot looking down before I took the hand rail off, but here’s what it looked like before with a white hand rail and a dingy wall.  (That we painted as well, I told ya we did a lot of painting….and patching and sanding and cleaning!)


Since we were painting that wall white we were taking off the banisters anyway so it made for quick work to put some paint on them while they was already off. Here’s where we had the hand rial removed and I just had my lone little plant.


Before attaching the hand rails back to the walls, I added in a small mirror I picked up at Target to go above the plant.


I used a semi-gloss black so that if I had to wipe it down (little kid hands and all) it would stand up to the cleaning.


I really want to keep this clean and open but I still think it still needs some love and some texture/layers. A rug of course, maybe a wreath type thing on the inside of the door, and possibly something on the opposite of the door (symmetrical or not – still deciding), and maybe something fun/funky in the window. See, lots of ideas but I want to play around and see what I like. But the next BIG (ok it’s actually kind of smallish) thing that’s going to happen next is to paint the door black! The outside of the door is black so it makes sense to me to do that on the inside, and to make it pop a little more.


I’m really excited to see this little space take on it’s own look that blends with the rest of the house, and that creates a welcoming feeling from the minute you walk in. It already makes me smile to see what a few little changes can do for an entry style that I don’t particularly love. I’ll share some updates as I find some time for them, hehe! ;)


PS – I still have boxes to unpack…and it’s been two months that we’ve been in our new house. Did I mention I had 18 boxes of craft and scrapbook stuff that I packed??! Ah well, more fun things to do I guess but I think that will be a good project during the winter to sort through everything while I play decorator a little bit longer. ;)