Back to School!

This summer I had such mixed feelings. I was enjoying the time with my babies so much, but I selfishly was also ready for them to be in school. Isn’t motherhood a funny thing though? Because this morning is the first morning of school, and I literally have been sitting here for an hour just looking at photos of them. Crying tears over how fast time is going. Missing them. Praying that I am being a good mom. A mom full of grace, patience, compassion, and love. I know I have good days as a mama, but I also have those bad days. Days where I am not nearly as patient and I would like to be. Where my voice goes to a level that it shouldn’t. And I just want to take those days back. I don’t want to be ‘the best’ mom, I want to be THE BEST mom for MY babies.

Here are some of my {non-education related} goals for them this school year:

Winston-

-learn to be a better listener

-learn to not get as frustrated and emotional at not getting his way

-continue being amazing at making new friends

-develop some ‘real’ friendships over time

-continue to be his wild self, but learn how to control himself when needed

 

Braylen-

-learn how to take constructive criticism better

-make some new, yet deeper, friendships

-gain more confidence in himself, esp as his speech improves

-have a great relationship with his teacher

sweet class with their hands behind their backs. this was approx 5 min in to their day, and the teacher already has them all listening SO well!

 

and for myself-

-to have more patience daily {take the time away from them to MISS them and be eager to see them}

-to have a desire to do more ‘learning’ at home, but in fun ways

-to be even more intentional about building them up as the incredible individuals they are

-to just love the heck out of them {thats an easy one}

 

Now can we just weep together at how much this boy has grown?!? Same spot for photos each year, but definitely taken with a phone this year. Who has got time for a real camera these days?!

My boys, my loves. You both are SO incredible.

Winston, you are strong and opinionated-may you develop that to being a strong leader. You are kind and tender-may you continue to grow that so you are always a good friend. You are wild and full of energy-may you funnel that in to being a creative and bold adult.

Bray, you are caring and loving-may you always continue that no matter how big you get. You are detailed and a good listener-may you be blessed by that in all the talents you have. You are a creative soul-may you dream big and follow your own path, wherever it may lead

Orchid flip Kitchen reveal

The Orchid flip kitchen is one of my favorites! I love that while its not massive, it is jaw dropping AND super functional at the same time.

Just for fun, lets take a look at the Before:

I know, I know. A stunner right?! So we opened up the whole space, but kept some of our most favorite features. Block walls have our hearts always! Especially when they are paired with those high windows. This space has SO much natural light, that even IF we did a bad design job, it would still look good. Haha, not that we ever plan on doing a bad job;)

We added in the sliders to let in more light and let the Dining area flow to the back yard. Especially since Arizona does have a lot of really beautiful months of weather, we always try our best to have the indoors flow out, and visa versa. That is something about my childhood I think more than design. I loved nothing more than when my family would eat dinner outside growing up. There was something so ‘fun’ about it, made the meal seem special even when it was hot dogs and canned beans! So I always desire that for my own home, and others. To be able to have a meal linger because you are in a beautiful yard, enjoying the weather.

Like I have said before, the counters in here are seriously my most favorite ones we have ever worked with. They are a Quartz, BUT look straight up like Marble. And Quartz is about 100x more user friendly, so its a win for sure.

Those paired with the Moen faucet, pot filler, stainless sink, and Quartz backsplash, it makes the kitchen so bright and clean.

The whole Living space and Kitchen all flow together, but are totally able to feel separate with the use of rugs and furniture. The homeowners are doing a SERIOUSLY amazing job of styling this home- she even has a beautiful blog that you should check out!

Can’t wait to walk yall through the rest of the rooms and the exterior!

Sources:

Counters- AZ Tile

Paint- Sherwin Williams Black Emerald

Hardware- Cool Knobs and Pulls

Stainless Steel Sink- Moen

Pot Filler- Moen

Faucet- Moen

Garbage Disposal- Moen

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