Home Tour: Dining Room

Welcome back to our Fun Stuff Fridays Summer Home Tour. This week I am going to show you my dining room.

I love our dining room!

Our dining room has a lot of our vintage things in it, so I thought it would be fun to start a vintage family tree photo wall in this room. A lot of these family pictures were taken on our family’s wedding days. I am still adding to this wall, but this is what we have so far.

Another thing we have in our dining room is our china set. I am in love with these pieces.

The china cabinet is so fun too. I have a thing for old keys!

I am ready for a tea party with all of these beautiful tea cups.

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Thanks for taking a peek into our dining room. Next week we’ll be in the kid’s rooms! Stay tuned.

p.s. I am moving to http://pencilleddaydream.com

Life as a Wife

When I was first smitten with my husband, I was ready to jump on the back of his stallion and ride off into the sunset. I had no idea where ‘said’ stallion would take us, but I was ready with cheerful abandon. I recklessly let ‘single’ me go, and was ready to revel in the new mysteriously married me.  

This week our little stallion has led us to seminary. I’m really getting to experience life as a seminary wife. Although I have been a seminary wife for a few years–and Mark has been able to take a lot of classes where we live– there are a few times he has to go to Louisville to take classes. I am having so much fun getting to be with him. And I love getting to know the school a little better.

We love campus! They have an awesome buildings, pools, as well as open fields, walking paths, kid play areas, etc..   

Mark showed us around a little bit between classes. 

After a little tour, we ate lunch together outside.

 

I am so glad that we get to be together, and that I am getting to know a little more about Southern.

p.s. Don’t forget to enter our fun giveaway. I’ll be announcing three winners on Saturday.

I’m No Cake-Boss!

Welcome to the second week of our Fun Stuff Friday Summer Home Tour. I love letting you peek into my home, because it inspires me to clean and organize my house one room at  a time. Last week you saw my Family Room and today I’m going to show you my kitchen- the room where I am supposed to cook. I’m no Cake-Boss, but my last name is Baker so there may be hope yet.  

 I love this room because it is so spacious! 

Just in case you are nosey like me, I thought I’d open my pantry doors. When I was thirty weeks pregnant and feeling like a giant moose, I containerized and organized my food. Six months later and it is still organized. I can’t help but laugh at myself when I get in there though. Who organizes their food?

  

I love our high table and cafe feeling eating area.  

I hope you enjoyed this little look at my kitchen!

COME BACK tomorrow, because I will be doing a giveaway! You could win “something” that goes in your kitchen.

I’m No Martha Stewart!

There is an elephant in the room. Instead of ignoring him I’ll just usher him out by telling you that I am no Martha Stewart. My home will never be nominated to be on the cover of  the Better Homes and Gardens magazine.

I’ll just confess that up front. Besides I don’t even have a garden. But I’m sure if I did have a garden it would look amazing. Really it would.

Just picture me out on my hands and knees with a big floppy hat, floral patterned gloves on, and a little shovel in my hand. I would spend hours out there talking to my little flowers, telling them to “grow.” I mean what else would I do out there for hours? After my little flower grew, I could get a professional photographer to come take a picture of it and then I would win the most beautiful home and garden of all eternity award. (Note to self: get a garden. This will solve all of your “beautiful home” problems). Ok…I’m getting carried away. Where was I? Oh, yes beautiful homes.  

To be honest, I consider myself lucky when Cheerios aren’t smashed on the floor and when mount laundry is not declaring war on my home and trying to advance through each room of my house. I am happy when the floors are cleared of toys long enough to vacuum. I am overjoyed when the dishes don’t sneak out of the sink and try to take over the countertops. When everything is in its place, my house feels like a beautiful place. 

In line with that thought, I’ve decided to do a home tour. My heart behind this fun little tour is to serve my family by cleaning and organizing our house one room at a time, and hopefully along the way you’ll feel inspired to clean, organize, and enjoy your home.

HOME TOUR: FAMILY ROOM

Lets start in the Family Room since that is where we spend most of our time.

When we were deciding to buy our house, this is the first room I fell in love with. I love how open it is. It’s perfect for little boys to run around in.

Because this is the family room, I love decorating it with family pictures.  

I love this fireplace in the winter!

I hope you enjoyed this little peek into our home. Stay turned for the rest of our tour!


 

5 Reasons To Rent A Cabin

As you may know, last week my little family loaded up and went to a cabin for our summer vacation. We enjoyed a lot of time talking and resting in the cabin and then went to Dollywood. Because we had so much fun today I want to share 5 reasons we chose to rent a cabin instead of a hotel. These benefits can be applied to beach house as well.

1. You can eat in. A great way to save money on your vacation is by eating in. Even though my energy sometimes runs out of the room when I have to make dinner eating out every day can get expensive. With a rental cabin/beach house you can stock up on groceries and use your own fridge, microwave, stove, and oven.

2. You can have multiple rooms. If you are a family with small kids you will need multiple rooms so that the kids can take their naps. A good nap equals a happy baby. A happy baby equals a fun vacation.

3. You can do laundry. Nobody wants to have a weeks worth of dirty clothes piling up. Having a washer and drying in your rental allows you to cut down on what you bring. You can do a mid-week wash if you need to.  

4. You have privacy. In a cabin or a fun beach house you have secluded entryways, balconies, hot tubs, etc. I loved this benefit with our cabin. We sat on our balcony and rocked each morning and night.

5. You have the luxuries of home. In a rental you can spread out in a living room, pop open the fridge to find a coke, do laundry, have your own private bathroom, and watch TV from your own bed. Having the comforts of home on vacation is a definite plus.

We loved our time at the cabin! I’m so glad we chose to rent a house instead of getting a hotel.

We were sad to go home, but I think that is a good sign that we had a lot of fun! Or maybe we were simply dreading unloading all of this stuff. Tell me… who really needs that much stuff???

Adventurous Afternoon with Crumpled Hippies

Secretly being laid-back hippies (people that can bop around for hours) it is a wonder we made it to Dollywood.  We were glad we did. We enjoyed train rides, splash pads, roller coasters, fun snacks, and little shows. Elias loved the rides and water, and Owen spent most of his day napping in the stroller. We had so much fun… until the moment I though I was going to die.

Miracles

Up in the mountains, away from the busyness of our normal routine, Mark and I got some time to celebrate what the Lord has done in our four and a half years of marriage. God has been so faithful to shape us and mold us, and it is so right to celebrate what He has done in an intentional way.

As we sat and talked, we recounted miracles.

Only Jesus could refine our hearts the way He has over the past four years. Only Jesus could help us love one another well. Jesus is the only one who could create the two little lives He has blessed us with. Only Jesus could lead us to repentance and teach us to forgive one another. And Jesus is the only one who could provide the joy and laughter that we have shared together. God deserves glory! For He has done great things!     

I will remember the deeds of the LORD;

yes, I will remember your wonders of old.

I will ponder all your work,

and meditate on your mighty deeds.

Your way, O God, is holy.

What god is great like our God?

You are the God who works wonders;

you have made known your might among the peoples.

(Psalm 77:11-14 ESV)

Marshmallow Pops 101

Last week we celebrated my cousin Leah by giving her a baby shower for little Jackson. At the shower we made Marshmallow Pops. I thought it would be fun to share how we made them.

What You’ll Need:

  • A bag of marshmallows
  • Chocolate chips
  • Colorful sprinkles
  • Sticks
  • Foam block
  • Wrapping paper 

Directions:

  1. Place marshmallows on sticks.
  2. Heat chocolate chips in the microwave for 1 minute or until soft.
  3. Dip the end of each marshmallow into chocolate.
  4. Dip the chocolate covered marshmallow into the sprinkles.
  5. Place into foam block that is covered in wrapping paper. They are ready to display and eat. Enjoy!

This sweet treat adds height and color to a table.

We had so much fun celebrating that I thought I’d share a few more pictures from the shower.

It was so fun to celebrate Leah and baby Jackson. I am so excited about being mommies together. But it is funny to think about us having babies, because Leah was my partner in crime as a kid. Leah and I  have literally been friends since birth. I went to see her in the hospital when I was eleven days old, and they put her newborn hat on me thinking I was the one who had just been born. (sorry Leah!) I have been borrowing things from her ever since.

Turtles 101

Recently at Leah’s baby shower we made a wonderful little sweet treat called Turtles. Today I thought I share how to make this quick and easy treat.  

What You’ll Need:

  • A bag of pretzels
  • A bag of Rolo candy
  • Peacons

Directions:

1. Spread Pretzels on a cookie sheet.

2. Place one piece of Rolo candy on each pretzel.

3. Place the cookie sheet in a preheated oven of 300 degrees for three minutes or until candy is soft.

4. Press a peacon on top of each piece of chocolate.

5. Chill in the freezer until chocolate has hardened. Serve and Enjoy!