Wednesday, May 25, 2016

pet peeves or just a post about things that make me really uncomfortable

I love reading about people's pet peeves, and I normally wouldn't do one, but this first one really takes the cake on why I wrote this post.

What ethnicity are you?  Are you mixed?
I don't think I've ever uploaded a picture of my mother on the blog before, but here she is:
She's white, well, that's the generalized version, she's really half swiss, quarter bohemian and quarter irish.  Well I inherited most of my father's physicals traits, obviously, can't you tell how much tanner I look and well more asianesque?  But that's okay it doesn't bother me that much....okay that's a lie.  It does bother me a lot.  I've never known my father, and I inherited more traits from him than my own mother who has raised me.  Whatever, that's not the point.  The point is, it REALLY bothers me that because I'm not an obviously looking race like "white" or "black" I'm constantly asked what I am (and if you're either of the two races I just mentioned and you have been asked this, I'm incredibly sorry for generalizing).  I'm a person, that's what I am.  Why does it matter what race I am? Or when people feel the need to guess what race I am. Korean? Vietnamese? #itsnoneofyourbusiness



the other day I had someone ask me if I was mixed and then proceed to tell me how mixed babies are the most beautiful - awkward...

I think what bothers me the most is people, at least the ones I've encountered feel it's so appropriate to ask when it really isn't.  Kyle has never once been approached and asked "What are you?  No I mean like ethnicity?"  Because he looks white even though he has Irish and German.  His background plus mine reflect in Sophie who hardly looks like she has any Asian at all.  In fact that doctors have labeled her as "white" in her records. I have friends who don't care if people ask them their ethnicity, but seriously I find it ruder than anything.  okay sorry way overshare on that first one.

this is my dance space, this is your dance space
I am intensely uncomfortable when someone stands too close to me in a line.  Like personal space please  #movetenfeetaway

Had to throw in Dirty Dancing in there somewhere. Also they're dancing and there is a huge gap in between them...just saying.

would you like to add a tip?  would you like to donate?
I feel like such a horrible person when a coffee shop, asks me if I'd like to tip as I'm checking out and I say no.  OR WORSE when they ask me to donate money....  #ihaveakid #mycatlivesluxuriously #thatsmylunchmoney


do you have a moment to talk about Jesus?
Where I live I have a lot of Jehovah's Witnesses and it is more than uncomfortable when they ask me if I have the time to talk about Jesus when I'm dealing with a screaming toddler who wants her dinner and a cat that's trying to run out of the door.
Also!  Remember I'm in a co-host in a link up!  Link up today/yesterday (whenever you're reading this)!  Share whatever wonderfulness you have for us this week.  Hope to see you there!

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welcome home wednesdays #41

Hey y'all

Welcome to Welcome Home Wednesdays number 41!!! Every week I visit parties that are on week 235 or 167 and I imagine the day that our little party will be that old! Crazy huh? I never imagined when we started this little party that we'd be here today... I can't even imagine where we'll be on week 50!! Let's get started! Each week our little party gets even bigger... and we're so glad you're here to party with us! So bring your friends and link up something awesome... we love to see your amazing work around here! Don't forget to leave us a comment to let us know you stopped by and we'll do the same when we visit your link! The party will start each Wednesday at 7am CST... and we'll be here bright eyed, bushy tailed and ready to party! Stop by and share your fabulous posts... we would love to read them and share them with our friends!


 

Meet your Fabulous Hosts!



Happily Ever After, Etc. @ Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Instagram Five Kids, a Dog & a Blog @ Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Instagram Suburban Simplicity @ Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Instagram J for Joiner @ Pinterest | Instagram What Treasures Await @ Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Instagram Craft Create Calm @ Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Instagram Our New England Home @ Facebook| Pinterest|Twitter |Instagram  

The Spotlight! That's right... Features!



These people were extra cool last week... so we're featuring them this week! That means they get a little time in the spotlight...and a cameo on our social media accounts (if you've ever wanted to hangout on my facebook page this is your chance!) Sounds awesome huh?! For your chance to be featured make sure to follow all of your hosts on social media... and leave us a little note so we know you're following!! Just pop over and leave a comment on Facebook (or Twitter, or Instagram... whichever one is your jam!) We look at every single link so we don't miss a beat!

 

  Welcome Home Wednesdays

The Rules are there ain't no Rules!

We ain't your Mama... so we don't have a strict rules list. View this more as party etiquette! 1. Be kind! Read and comment on your fellow party goers links! 2. We like to think we're super fancy... we want our guests to feel fancy too so no link-party or affiliate links please! 3. If you want to be featured please follow your hosts on social media... then link back to the party with a text link... or our fabulous button! 4. Link to a specific post... not your home page! We want to see what you've been up to this week! 5. Our mama's taught us to share... that includes the limelight! No more than 3 links per person please! 6. That's it! Have fun and link up your best stuff! We can't wait to see it! 7. Please note that by sharing at Welcome Home Wednesdays, you are giving permission for your projects to be shared on social media and in round up posts on any of the cohosts sites  

7 Gals, 7 Blogs & 1 Great Party! Link up once to appear on 7 Amazing Blogs!


Want to come back next week? We'll send you a reminder... just put your email in the box!

Thanks so much for Stopping by!

Like any good hosts we're sitting right by the present table waiting until our guests leave so we can go through the loot... the loot being your links! We can't wait to check out what you've left for us. Trust me there will be a lot of pinning, tweeting and facebook sharing going on in the near future... we can't wait to show off what you've left!

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Sunday, May 22, 2016

shut the front door

I'd like to give you fair warning - this post is quite long.  So take a seat and grab a cup.  If you want to see how this is done start to finish, read on.  If not, click the first picture and see how it was done :)

The blog has been quiet this past week because of this!   this was also probably one of the most intense DIY projects we've taken on.  After two full days, one rental truck, more trips to Home Depot than I'd like to admit, a case of beer, and hair ripping out later here's our mostly done project for the weekend.  Also I know these aren't perfect photos, all of them were taken by a phone, and half of them I forgot to take.

ALSO, this will probably the last major DIY project that Kyle and I will embark together.  It was incredibly tough finishing up everything and the fact that the previous owners built the house oddly, which we found out when installing these doors.


Also, if you follow me on instagram you've already seen a few of these.
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I've wanted a barn door in our house since forever (okay since three years ago).  But there wasn't really a place to put it when I first moved in or so I thought. And I was single at the time so there was no way I was able to hand such an intense project all by myself, thankfully we had a few helpers.



And then it became an issue that it wasn't really practical with a young child (open/close all day).  But luckily for me, I made it happen after Sophie was able to understand "we don't slam doors in this house." (I've become my mother....)  We installed two barn doors in our house, one in front of the guest bathroom and one to our master room.  It did take a little convincing on my part to get Kyle to go along with actually installing a barn door in front of our master because it meant the living room was rearranged to accommodate a door all of a sudden sliding in and out of place.

P.S. see below for what we used to keep our couch in place now that it's no longer on the wall.  I think it works well, it is weird not having the couch against the wall though I will admit that.  Because of the sheer size of this DIY explanation, let's break it down into pieces.

WHY?  I've wanted a barn door in our house since forever (okay since three years ago).  But there wasn't really a place to put it when I first moved in or so I thought.  And then it became an issue that it wasn't really practical with a young child (open/close all day).  But luckily for me, I made it happen after Sophie was able to understand "we don't slam doors in this house." (I've become my mother....)

WHERE?  We installed two barn doors in our house, one in front of the guest bathroom and one to our master room.  It did take a little convincing on my part to get Kyle to go along with actually installing a barn door in front of our master because it meant the living room was rearranged to accommodate a door all of a sudden sliding in and out of place, we also had to move our canvas to another wall.  P.S. see below for what we used to keep our couch in place now that it's no longer on against the wall.



See how they installed the bedroom door after you've entered the alcove?  Well I wanted to recapture that space for us so the original door was removed, and the barn door was placed on the outside of the area.  that area is now used for our shoes and my purse is relegated there (on the table, that baby never goes on the floor if I can help it).

For the guest bathroom it was always annoying to have to close the door just to get to the closet placed right behind the door.  So putting the barn door there was one of the most logical things to do.


Contractor Sophie helping Kyle.

HOW?  We bought the hardware for the sliding barn door and then built our doors, the handles, and the locks were also bought.  Everything except the hardware was from Home Depot.


We bought our barn door hardware off of Ebay (far cheaper than other sites), and far easier than going to home depot and sourcing every single item that we needed.  We also did add locks to both sets of the doors (for the bedroom on the outside so Sophie can't enter willy nilly and the inside for the bathroom so guests can pee in peace from prying eyes and nosy toddlers).  But I did find a set on amazon that had the pocket handles included but for $20 more (linked below)

This took about a full weekend, who doesn't want to celebrate their anniversary putting up barn doors? (to see how we spent the previous one).  P.S. we will not be spending our next anniversary doing any DIY project.

We now have this area before our bedroom to remove our shoes (since we can't ever have them by the front since Sophie loves moving them around) and hang up any jackets we're wearing (we will use the same system we installed in our bedroom here) and have it completely re done hopefully next weekend by yours truly).  And now we can enter the bathroom and fully use the closet!  Which is now being converted to it's proper use - a linen closet.

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sources (one in italics are the ones we bought):
frame (2) OR same but cheaper frame OR antique frame OR stainless steel (pocket handles included)
handle (2)
pocket handle OR pocket handle
locks (2) OR locks black OR locks satin nickel
paint brushes (3 inch)
couch stoppers OR couch stoppers
4'X8' pine plywood


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Thursday, May 19, 2016

we keep our love in a photograph

"Hi I'm Kyle."
"I'm Liz, I'm new here."
"I know."

As I looked into his eyes, I realized this would be my last love and that the man standing before me would become so much more than what I could have ever imagined.

It seems like yesterday I was falling in love with him. It wasn't just the way he made me laugh, but it was the way he was with me, so open, so honest, he told me everything. I saw the man he kept so hidden from others. The man that would one day become Sophie's father. my husband, a best friend. He came into my life on accident and he stayed there on purpose.


My wonderful friend at Fedex Office is having this printed for us for our anniversary, it's the updated version from this one that he made for us last year.  A few pictures do repeat, but overall it's a brand new set of photographs.....


I can't wait to celebrate another year with you Kyle.

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

welcome home wednesdays #40

Hey y'all

Welcome to Welcome Home Wednesdays number 40!!! Every week I visit parties that are on week 235 or 167 and I imagine the day that our little party will be that old! Crazy huh? I never imagined when we started this little party that we'd be here today... I can't even imagine where we'll be on week 40!!

Let's get started! Each week our little party gets even bigger... and we're so glad you're here to party with us! So bring your friends and link up something awesome... we love to see your amazing work around here! Don't forget to leave us a comment to let us know you stopped by and we'll do the same when we visit your link! The party will start each Wednesday at 7am CST... and we'll be here bright eyed, bushy tailed and ready to party! Stop by and share your fabulous posts... we would love to read them and share them with our friends!


   

Meet your Fabulous Hosts!

MidMichigan Mom @ Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Instagram Happily Ever After, Etc. @ Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Instagram Five Kids, a Dog & a Blog @ Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Instagram Suburban Simplicity @ Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Instagram J for Joiner @ Pinterest | Instagram What Treasures Await @ Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Instagram Craft Create Calm @ Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Instagram Our New England Home @ Facebook| Pinterest|Twitter |Instagram  

The Spotlight! That's right... Features!

These people were extra cool last week... so we're featuring them this week! That means they get a little time in the spotlight...and a cameo on our social media accounts (if you've ever wanted to hangout on my facebook page this is your chance!) Sounds awesome huh?! For your chance to be featured make sure to follow all of your hosts on social media... and leave us a little note so we know you're following!! Just pop over and leave a comment on Facebook (or Twitter, or Instagram... whichever one is your jam!) We look at every single link so we don't miss a beat!
 




  Welcome Home Wednesdays

The Rules are there ain't no Rules!

We ain't your Mama... so we don't have a strict rules list. View this more as party etiquette!

1. Be kind! Read and comment on your fellow party goers links! 2. We like to think we're super fancy... we want our guests to feel fancy too so no link-party or affiliate links please! 3. If you want to be featured please follow your hosts on social media... then link back to the party with a text link... or our fabulous button! 4. Link to a specific post... not your home page! We want to see what you've been up to this week! 5. Our mama's taught us to share... that includes the limelight! No more than 3 links per person please! 6. That's it! Have fun and link up your best stuff! We can't wait to see it! 7. Please note that by sharing at Welcome Home Wednesdays, you are giving permission for your projects to be shared on social media and in round up posts on any of the cohosts sites  

8 Gals, 8 Blogs & 1 Great Party! Link up once to appear on 8 Amazing Blogs!


Want to come back next week? We'll send you a reminder... just put your email in the box!

Thanks so much for Stopping by!

Like any good hosts we're sitting right by the present table waiting until our guests leave so we can go through the loot... the loot being your links! We can't wait to check out what you've left for us. Trust me there will be a lot of pinning, tweeting and facebook sharing going on in the near future... we can't wait to show off what you've left!

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