Building A House/Building A Home

I am building a house! I am building a house! I AM BUILDING A HOUSE!!!

I have to keep telling myself this because I still can’t believe it. Never did I think I would be doing this by myself, but here I am. I bought 3 acres in July! Now I am in the process of approving floor plans. I chose a builder and sent him floor plans that I drew up myself.

On a side note: I could sit and look at floor plans for a week straight and never find a plan that I love…or even like. Am I weird?

And…Pinterest is my best friend right now!

I found an exterior of a house that I fell in love with. Then I decided to draw up my own plans. A few tweaks had to be made, of course, because I am obviously no professional. Since I first sent in the plans I have decided to do a story and a half instead of a 1-story house. So a few more tweaks had to be made. Mainly the stairs. Right now I am waiting to get the plans back from my builder so I can either make more changes or approve them.

My friends tell me that I am going to hate this whole process. But I don’t believe them. I am super excited to start making decisions on colors, flooring, and fixtures. My whole life I have dreamed of building my own home. Let the fun begin!

So far I have gotten my driveway location approved and I now have an address.

What are your thoughts on front porches? I MUST have a porch with rocking chairs and maybe a swing. It has to be welcoming and comfy.

This will be the view in the front:

 

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I can’t wait to document this whole adventure.

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Proud Mama Moment

DSC_3072As moms we all have those proud mama moments. Maybe we see our child do something that makes our heart swell or someone tells us about something our child has done while we weren’t around. You always hope that your child is on their best behavior when you aren’t around but when they go beyond that and show love and compassion sometimes it’s almost to much. It makes you realize that you just may be doing something right.

I had one of those moments today. It brought tears to my eyes and joy to my heart. This boy of mine never ceases to amaze me and I couldn’t be more proud.

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Favorite Photo

I think this is probably my favorite photo from vacation!

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I always take many, many pictures on vacation. And I always have just 1 that I absolutely love above all the others.

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A vacation is always exciting. A vacation with friends is one you won’t forget. There were about 40 of us in 4 different houses in the OBX in early July. We all headed south to celebrate my best friend’s 20th wedding anniversary and watch her and her husband renew their vows. It was a great week with lots of memories.

Just a few of the many, many photos I took on the trip.

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Is there anything more relaxing than spending time at the beach?  I think not!

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Off to Camp…For the First Time

That feeling you have when you send your child off to camp for the first time. Does every parent get that feeling? I was so excited for him and so worried about him being gone for an entire week.

Off to church camp with his best friend. I couldn’t really tell whether he was excited or not. I pretty much understood how he felt. He was heading into the unknown. I remember that feeling when I went to camp for the first time. Excited but totally nervous. Oh, he acted like it didn’t bother him. Said that he was looking forward to it. But I could tell by the look on his face that he was apprehensive.

The good news….they will be sleeping in cabins this year. In previous years they have slept in tents. That made me a little nervous. But when I heard that brand new cabins had been built, well, I was pretty happy about that. A full week away from home, enjoying the great outdoors, taking a bath in the creek (yes, we had to send float-able soap), zip lining, repelling and Bible studies in the wilderness that God created. I fully expect him to come home dirty and exhausted. I can’t wait to hear his stories. But for now, I pray for him, his camping buddies and the counselors every chance I get. Only 4 days to go till I pick him up. I sure hope he is having fun.

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Best Garlic Cheese Bread EVER!!!

I’m a huge fan of The Pioneer Woman. I watch her show on the Food Network whenever I have time. I’ve made quite a few of her recipes and they have all been delicious. A few weeks ago there was an episode where she made cheesy garlic bread. It looked so good and so simple to make.

Last night I was making potato soup and wanted something to go with it. The cheese bread episode popped into my head and I thought it would go perfect with the soup. I, however, couldn’t remember the exact ingredients and I didn’t have time to go online to find the recipe. So I made up my own concoction based on The Pioneer Woman recipe. And may I just say…It was AMAZING. Probably the best garlic cheese bread I have ever had. I only made a small batch since there was only 2 of us eating. Here is how I threw it all together:

2 Slices Sourdough Bread

Handful of Sharp Cheddar Cheese

Handful of Mozzarella Cheese

A Few Shakes of Lawrys Garlic Salt (probably about 1-2 tsp, divided in 1/2)

1 tsp Basil

2 T Butter, melted

2 scoops Mayo (about 1/4 cup or enough to bind other ingred. together)

Melt butter and add 1/2 garlic salt then brush over slices of bread. While you are letting the butter soak in, mix together both cheeses, rest of garlic salt, basil and mayo. Spread cheese mixture over both slices of bread. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 10-15 minutes or until cheese is melted. Then move rack close to broiler and broil on HI for 5 minutes or until cheese is golden and bubbly. Remove from oven and cut into slices.  Enjoy!!

By the way…My son absolutely will NOT eat mayo. But he never knew that I put it into this recipe and said it was the best cheese bread ever. You really can’t taste the mayo, it is just to bind the ingred. together.

 

Garlic Cheese Bread

Garlic Cheese Bread

 

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Just When You Think Everything Is Going Fine…….

I know I’m not the only one who has ever felt this way. And it really isn’t even the first time I’ve felt this way. Though I sure hope it’s the last, but more than likely probably not. You know when you’re cruzing through life and things are going pretty good. Maybe not perfect but for the first time in a long time you feel like things are starting to look up and maybe just maybe everything is gonna be ok. Then BAM!!! the rug gets pulled out from under you! You’re left angry, mad, betrayed, frustrated, lost, devastated (these are just a few of the feelings that I have going through me right now). I have no control and not even a say in the situation. It’s just, this is how it’s gonna be and you need to deal with it. I do realize this is just a bump in the road, all-be-it a very large pot hole in my road right now, I will  get through it. What really angers me is that it’s not just me who it affects, but also my son. I hate this feeling!

Looking at the big picture I know that there are people in worse situations that mine and there are people who have to deal with worse than what I’m gonna have to deal with. And it could be so much worse.  But in my world, at this very minute, this is devastating! And I’m mad! And I’m left wondering when I will ever feel like things are starting to look up again.

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