June 2, 2015

It's time to move! Well, almost...

Yesterday we went through our new house - at least the house we are in contract on.

It was so fun to watch the kids running from room to room and picking where everything will be placed. Everyone picked a room - there are actually enough for everyone. Some of them are in the tip top of the house, so the roof line has angles in the bedrooms. I think it would drive some people crazy having so many odd angles and steep pitches to the roof, but we love it. It feels creative and imaginative.

Jordan chose a room that has a window high above the ground "So the robbers can never get me". He's had some fears of someone breaking in and taking him, lately. When I tell him they won't - "and don't worry, our house is made of brick, wood, and cement..." he says "but did you know there is a think called a brick saw, and a wood saw, and a cement saw?!" I feel bad that he worries about it, and I can't help but wonder if it's because when we adopted him, he felt a feeling of loss and fear. Anyway, he was VERY excited and showed me where his bed and everything else would go.

Halle was adamant that she places a hanging chair in her room somewhere. She is growing up so fast and already speaks like a little adult. She can't help it - as she has so many older sisters. She and Ella have a "Jack and Jill" type of set up for their bedrooms. Ella's bed will be in a turret - and we are considering making a round bed to put inside, from foam pads. It wouldn't be as comfortable, but it sure would look cool!

Brighton has the "Rapunzel Room". There is a little balcony attached to the bedroom, and she's pretty excited to pretend to let down her hair. Although that bedroom will be just big enough to hold her bed and not much else, she is excited to have her own space. There is a walk in closet that can hold all of her clothes. Honestly, she is pretty messy right now, and that will probably be a great thing for her!

Whitney has the "Tree House Room" that also has it's own staircase, like Brighton's. It is up high in the roof line. It is also a smaller funky shaped bedroom, but it's so fun to feel like they have their own little apartment. She performed for me how she'd run up both flights of stairs bawling when a boy broke her heart. She also showed us what it would look like as she descended the stairs when she was ready for prom. (You can see both sets of stairs coming down to the front entryway.

Oh, and Kinley? She is attending college, and although she will be in and out of the house, she will not have a room to herself - which feels so weird! She is currently with Syd in California hanging out with Estavan before he goes on his mission on July 7th. She may choose to live with Syd for a semester and attend online school for a bit. All of that is up in the air right now.

The master bedroom is on the main floor, as well as the great room, laundry room, dining room, and living room. There is a bonus room above the garage for all of the kids to hang out. The basement is unfinished, and someday we'll get to that but we have enough space right now anyway. In the future we'd add a guest bedroom/area, a movie room, and possibly put some stairs from the master down through the basement for a sitting tv/computer area for Jon and I. We will see.. for now, we are just excited for the paperwork to all be through and be able to start moving in July 1st.

As I said before, Jon is working in Vegas a lot and this month will be crazy insanity as we pack, travel, work, and support kids in their summer  schedules. It is all good things. We are stressed, but it is good stress. Every minute is filled - and I know someday I'll look back and wish I could relive it. I'll leave you with a few pictures of the house that I snapped with my phone really quick...

The first picture is of the back yard fire pit, looking toward the house.

Jordan, Halle, Whitney and Ella sitting on the back stairs after running around in the back yard and sitting at the fire pit for awhile.

Below is Brighton's "Rapunzel Room" and of course, Jordan is trying to find a way to open the doors and see it - well, because that is the most dangerous thing in the house he could spend his time doing -right? That is a boy for ya!

It's fun to see the kids get acquainted with their new home. I'm sure we will be here for quite awhile. 

May 29, 2015

Turns out, I couldn't stay away.

It's 4:13 a.m. and I can't sleep.

I think my brain has reached critical mass... a tipping point, if you will. There are just too many words inside and I need to brain dump. I continue to work on My Mommy Style, although no matter how much I try and combine my style of writing there, with my style of writing on Pink Moss - it just isn't the same.

Pink Moss is a jornal - of sorts - for our family life, and My Mommy Style is more "how to" or "tips" or thoughts and ideas about raising all my girls, or (soon) home decor, or the "Summer Learning Series" we are doing with KBYU. I don't feel like my rambling fits there, it's too free and not planned. I miss it. It is where my love of blogger began.

Jon is out of town - again, as he has been for much of this month. Neither of us has ever traveled much over the course of our marriage, but that has changed this past year. I've traveled for speaking engagements about Strengthening Families, or the National Alliance of Children's Trust Funds Parent Partnership, or Help Me Grow..... and he has traveled for RBM, our building maintenance company, as we expand it to Las Vegas, Washington and Idaho. As you can see, it's been a crazy year - not to mention that we've been renting for the past year and a half, and everything feels up in the air and unsettled because of not feeling in our own space.

We have offered on a house - actually very close t ours, and we will find out today if they accept the offer. It is a beautiful house, much more beautiful than I ever thought possible. It is perfect - done just enough that it's amazing, but still quite unfinished and outdated so over time I can put my love into it. Paint, finishes and creativity. If everything goes though, I'll be sharing that part of my journey over on My Mommy Style, with tips and ideas for decorating. I LOVE decorating, but I haven't put much time or energy into that part of my life for several years now, as I knew I'd be moving our of our last house, and renting for awhile. There are some things I just couldn't bare to fix as I've lived in our rental - such as the hunting themed room that Kinley is staying in, the maroon carpeted floors (that we changed to wood), dishwasher, toilets and much of the lighting. I know - as waste of money - but our landlord was sure fine with it.

Our kids continue to grow. I've been working for about nine months now, and it has changed me and forced me to grow in different ways, again. It has been a good experience for me - and makes me appreciate the years my own mother worked as a school teacher when Camille, my youngest sister, started full day first grade. It is hard - really hard. I'm not even a single parent, and it is crazy hard. Jon is very busy, and much of the "at home" type of parenting falls on my shoulders, as it does in many homes where there is a entrepreneur husband.

It may not look perfect, in fact I'm quite sure that it doesn't. There are things missed, sloppy schedules, my older kids fill in and help when they need. I believe it helps them be part of our family team, so I don't mind asking them. If Mom and Dad help with the car etc. they can help with the errands, right? Right.

My littles, Jordan and Halle, are getting so big - you would die! If you are a long time Pink-Moss reader, you would die. Actually, I'm going to share a few pictures of the family and go back to bed. It is 4:30 now, and I plan to hike at 7:00 am. It felt good just to get some letters and sentences out of my head.....


I've missed you.

This is the family picture we took last August, at the Lovelands house in Maui. It is the the most recent family picture, although it's been 9 months since it was taken.

Below is Whitney! She dressed up and did the Napoleon dance at school during lunch one day, just for fun.

Here is a picture of Kinley at Dan's wedding. Aren't the girls just cute? I think so.

Here is a picture of Jordan and I - before I chopped my hair off several months ago.

and a picture of ht girls making faces when we were doing a photoshoot for My Mommy Style.

and of course, a picture of Syd and my grand baby, Emma. Isn't she priceless?! Yes, I thought so too!

Here is a picture of myself and some blogger friends at a Tribalry Mom event! It was a blast, and I can't wait to do it again in July! (see my hair is chopped :)

and below, yes, that is my worst outfit of the year - worn to Walmart one night late, buying stuff for a project for Brighton at school..... gulp.

and below is one of our princesses.... all ready for Junior Prom. This dress is fantastic, don't you agree?

Okay, one more of Brighton and myself at the Payson Temple open house. Isn't she all grown up? Ahhhh!!! It's happening so fast. 

okay, really now - goodnight. It's 4:54 am. I guess this is the only time I have to blog here! It feels good to be back. Look for other posts on My Mommy Style - where I try and share tips! This is just for well, trying not to go insane.


January 18, 2015

Pink Moss Returns... on My Mommy Style

A long time ago in a far off blog land, I had a personal blog named Pink-Moss.com.

I poured my heart and soul into it, and I loved it. I never had advertisements or giveaways or made money. I never even thought anyone would read it, but they did. A lot of people did. I shared really personal things in my life and learned a lot about who I was. I found my voice. And then after awhile, about five years, I felt like I wasn't growing anymore. I began to lose interest and started posting less regularly.

And then, Camille had a lovely idea to start a group blog. At first, I felt as though I was cheating on Pink Moss. Like I was leaving an old friend. For a YEAR I felt this way and tried to post on both blogs, but it was way too much. I was becoming more busy in my life, in general, and I couldn't get the time to post consistently on both. So I began writing less and less.... and I missed it. After awhile, I said goodbye to Pink Moss hoping that I would feel more at home pouring my heart out on MMS. I actually cried when I wrote my last post.

But here's the thing. I'm a story teller. I am not an amazing cook, like Melissa and I'm not an amazing DIY-er and Sponsored Post-er and whatever else Camille does really well.I'm just me. And that's okay, I'm not saying there is anything wrong with that, but I sometimes feel out of place, like I should not be telling stories.

I like story telling. I love life and I love talking about it. I love meeting new people and exploring new places. I have so many words in my head, they need to start pouring out in some way and if some of it doesn't come out through my fingers, it might start leaking out other places - and frankly, that scares me. I may not have the best title for SEO or a beautiful Pinterest image that gets pinned a billion times, but I will keep my sanity. Cause people, I can be crazy - ask my kids.

I began talking about this problem with one of my old Pink Moss reader friends, Kimberly Wyatt, and she suggested merging the two. Why hadn't I ever thought about that before? As we spoke, I explained how I felt writing on MMS. I told her that my grammar isn't perfect and that I'm intimidated to write quickly and straight from the heart, as my personal blog had been. After she read what I had to say, she convinced me that the reason she read Pink Moss was because it was so real and simple.

So, instead of giving up on something that I love, I'm going to try and have my Pink Moss home on My Mommy Style! (right on the menu bar) I hope it works well. Honestly, I'm curious to see if my passion for writing will begin to come back, when I can blog like I used to.

So with a little bit of nerves, and a lot of excitement, I officially announce that Pink Moss Blog has returned! Please comment if you have something to say about what I write. This is somewhat of an experiment to see if it's worth waking up at 5:30 to do. I am busy with my family, new job, non-profit work, and whatever else I find myself doing!

But I have so say, that I already feel a little bit more at home. There isn't a better way I could share "My Mommy Style" than by sharing like I did on Pink Moss.


(Posted on MyMommyStyle.com today. If you were previously a pink moss reader, I'd love to see you there!)