Friday, September 8, 2017

Before & After Caldwell's Bedroom....

Before we moved in we finished Caldwell's bedroom.  I was so nervous about him transitioning to a new place.  Which is sort of funny now, but whatever. Unfortunately, the pictures aren't the best on this one. 
 This is the nursery before Mason arrived and needed the crib.  We keep all the upstairs toys in here because our living room is sort of small and it works out great for us.  
 I am in the process right now of making him a head board.  It's one made of fabric, so I think I'm going to do it red, but I'm not sure yet.  Once I figure out what color to do that than we can get a dust ruffle.  
 What you can't see well in these photo's and on the door is the way the dogs clawed at the walls and made them all gross.  

This picture doesn't have a before, but I love this dresser so much.  Not because it's particularly cute, but it's like the best kids dresser on planet earth.  Nice big deep drawers and the perfect height.  We got it on KSL.  You can check out the before & after here.  

Thursday, September 7, 2017

The Good Place with Kristen Bell....

I just finished watching The Good Place on Netflix.  I will preface this with, you have to get past the first couple episodes to get into it, but I wanted to try because I think Kristen Bell is a very interesting person.


I found through watching it that I was surprisingly shocked at how much I kept thinking about heaven and hell.  My sister Nancy is sort of obsessed with books where people have died and then come back to life, and so she lets me borrow the good one's or tells me about interesting facts.  What I've come to the conclusion is that in order to grow, just like the scripture says, there has to be opposition in all things.  I believe strongly that after this life we will want to grow, so there will be opposition.  In fact, God himself is facing opposition he has just perfected himself so that he always chooses right.  That means that heaven can't all be unicorns and rainbows on a cloud, like we imagine it.

That being said, the season finale of this show threw me for a loop.  Perhaps my heaven is another person's hell?  Now I can't wait for next season.  On a side note, if you haven't watched Veronica Mars on Amazon Prime, and you experienced adolescence anytime between 1998-2006 than you're missing out on life completely.    


Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Caldwell's 1st Day.....

Caldwell had his first day of Pre-K today.  Last week we went to his open house and met his teacher.  At the open house Caldwell was his usual rule following self, doing everything exactly as the teacher had said.  At the end she gave them a sucker and asked them to throw the wrapper in the trash.  I had crumbled it up and stuck it in my purse.  We spent a few minutes trying to find it so we could follow instructions and get that wrapper in the trash. Please bless his obedience follows into High School.  

His backpack is teacher issued and boy was he upset when I took the papers out that were provided at the open house.  He had me go through each one and read to him what they said so he could be sure he knew what was going on.  

I got a bit teary as we drove off.  He was quick to run in and get started, hardly looking back to wave.  As we drove home we passed the small apartment Chris and I moved into when Caldwell was about 5 months old.  I remember nursing him on the floor of that apartment while Chris brought in boxes.  Then I'd lay him in the bouncy chair so we could get some of our furniture in.  It all feels like yesterday with this boy.  I know everyone says this, but time goes too quick and here we are at his first day of school EVER.    

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

I know what my dream job would be...

I've been thinking a lot about what I want my next career to be.  The reality is staying home with the kids forever probably isn't an option unless we move out of state.  The older my kids get the more I want them to be surrounded with family.  I'm hoping that things will keep working for us financially that I could be home long enough to have one more baby and not have to worry about maternity leave. I've thought about going to re-new my teaching license so once my kids are all in school it would be nice to have the same schedule.  I've thought of numerous business I want to start, and a few different jobs back in Finance that I'd consider.  There's that book I'm almost finished with, and the 500 other books in my head I want to write.  I'd still love to be an Academic Adviser at University to, but my real dream job is Philanthropist.

My dream life would include waking up everyday whenever I wanted, playing with my kids and then going to an office very close by - no commute.  At which point I would sit in front of the computer for a few hours, perhaps have a few meetings and in that time do really good things.  I'd even be willing to sit on the Gofund Me page and just read the inspiring stories and give people gobs of money to make their dreams come true.  Then I'd go home and play with the kids some more, go out for a walk, work on some type of house project or craft and then hang out with Chris all night.  It would be amazing.

I do most of that now, except the part where I give gobs of money away and I get to escape from my kids for a few hours.  Everyone's got a dream though.  What would your dream job be?