Chocolate Milk, Lightsabers and Olaf

This past weekend was a new one for the Lucias. Something came up that hasn’t happened in months. To be honest, we weren’t sure how to handle it…

We were in town. With no plans. And no one was ill.

WHAT IS THIS MADNESS

For those close to us (or honestly, anyone who has tried to hang out with us), they know that since probably beginning of November we have either been out of town or had something booked every.single.weekend. It’s been kind of crazy. Top that off with everyone being sick since before Christmas, and well… we had forgotten what a family night looked like!

After work Phil came home and we decided to go out for dinner! Nothing big, but we can’t pass up a good salad bar and ice cream at Jason’s Deli on Cherry Street. I love Cherry Street. We’ll blog about that another time. We may have to do some research and eat some delicious food…. yep. Decision made.

Here’s a run down of our super fun night with a toddler πŸ™‚

At Jason’s, Lu had his first taste of chocolate milk! ***That is, unless Papa has given him some I didn’t know about, which is all to entirely possible. ***

It’s Love πŸ™‚

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And then there’s the look when Dad tries to take away your ice cream and eat it all while “helping” you with your drippy cone….

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HAHHAHAHAHA!!!! I just can’t deal πŸ™‚

Then we were off to Target! Lu has started to be, well, I’m not really sure what. He’s not afraid of the dark, but he wants the door of his room to be open. I’m guessing so he can hear us and have more light in his room. This presents quite a problem when the TV is right outside his door and his mom and dad NEED to binge watch #MakingaMurderer. Am I right?? We decided to make it a big deal and let him go pick out a night light to see if that would help with the situation. I was thinking one of those $5 night lights that maybe have a basketball on them or something… Phil had other plans.

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And who could blame him when Father and Son have this much fun in the Star Wars aisle???IMG_6422IMG_6442IMG_6445IMG_6438

Ahh yes… Phil might have shed a tear for his first lightsaber duel with his son… haha!

But back to the night light! In the end… Olaf won. The kid loves him. That and the fact that it was 1/3 of the price of the 18 inch tall Death Star-attach-to-the-wall-craziness… The man honestly asked if we could get it and put it in our bedroom.

No thank you bleoved.

So, Olaf it was! We went home, got on some pjs, watched at little Frozen and tucked him in. It was precious. And I’m soooo thankful for a night or two to just do what we want as a family… even more so, what we need! I forget what a gift a casual, go with the flow, no expectations evening can look like! Hey Hubs, let’s have more of these, okay?

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Time for a Baby Shower!

This was written on a late Saturday night. I believe I actually fell asleep with about two sentences and a photo to go. Thank you auto save!! So I just realized it never published. Ah well, here’s a little pick-me-up for your Monday afternoon blues!

Well… we have been some busy little bees over at the Lucia Casa the last week. Rehearsals, a wedding, trip to Dallas, birthday celebrations, a 5-day stomach bug, three antibiotics, snow and a baby shower. No wonder I’m beat! But the house is still, the hubs is taking a well deserved night off, and I’m sipping hot chocolate from my beautiful new mug.Β  πŸ™‚Β  And watching The Quiet Man. Heavens. Ireland, John Wayne and a fiery red-head. It’s my go-to movie on nights home alone. If you haven’t seen it stop all that you’re doing and go watch it immediately. It’s on Netflix, you have no excuse.

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Today was such a sweet day, celebrating such a sweet friend! Tiffany and I met about a year and a half ago. I swear, it was like being set up on a date. Our friends kept telling us about this GREAT friend of theirs who had a baby about Lu’s age and how AWESOME she was and how we HAD to hang out and she was a SAHM so of COURSE we would hit it off and be best friends because we were MOMS and had BABIES so that meant we would be BEST FRIENDS!

Are you exhausted yet? Because I was to. I’m so glad I was never set up on an actual date by my friends. I can’t take the pressure!

We hosted a brunch at our house with all our friends and Tiffany, her husband and little girl came over. With our babies… it was love at first sight!

(Our babies are the two baldies!)
(Our babies are the two baldies!)

The second time we got together, Luke made his intentions known…. photo 2(5)photo 3(3)photo 4(3)

They seriously love each other πŸ™‚ They are best friends! And when it’s been to long since they’ve seen each other, we send videos back and forth. It’s so adorable I can barely stand it. #lukeandjane4eva

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I KNOW RIGHT?!?!? Aren’t they the cutest!!!

But what even more important than this “future wedding slideshow” in the making is… Tiffany. My friends were absolutely right. She is wonderful. Yes we’re moms. Yes we have kids the same age. Yes we love Jesus. Yes we both stay at home. But more than that, Tiffany is a FRIEND. In every sense of the word. The last two years have been the hardest on my marriage, my relationship with Jesus and my friendships. She has never once failed to be there as a listening ear, wise counsel, and a ferocious encourager. She has loved my baby as her own, and allowed me to love hers. Honestly, I don’t know if I would have survived the last two years without her! IMG_0005IMG_2448IMG_6168

Ok, sappiness aside, this weekend was such a gift for us! We got to celebrate Tiffany and her sweet new baby who will be arriving in just a few weeks! I was so honored to host her shower, but as it usually goes with me, there was drama… Luke got some intestinal virus the Tuesday before her Saturday shower. That was to be at my house. So, like mad women Tiffany’s sister and I scrambled to find a new location for a shower THAT weekend. Like in four days. Luckily, Meghan was able to find an AMAZING place for us.

The Philbrook was BEAUTIFUL.

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Oh, and I forgot to mention that it snowed that morning. Here’s what it looked like out my back window. (Please notice the medications sitting like beautiful decor on my windowsill.) IMG_6283And here’s what it looked like out the Philbrook’s back window.IMG_6302Yea. I think we made the right call! Haha!

We had lots of laughs, great food, and time to enjoy showering Tiffany with love and gifts. It was such a great day, and I’m so thankful to be apart of it! Thank you to everyone who came, who helped (HUGE shout out to Meghan!) and who loved. We can’t wait to meet this baby!!!! IMG_6297

Happy New Year!!!!

October 2014. Seriously? That’s the last time I wrote blog post ummm… whoa.

Well, welcome back me!

It’s 10:30 pm. New Years Eve. Where am I? In my bed. Not quite how I wanted to spend the evening. I’ve been battling a cold that turned into an infection and I’m all kinds of a snotty, coughing, congested mess. So I’m in bed with a sprite, antibiotics, and Netflix. And my laptop.

My husband LOVES NYE. Like, LOVES it. If he had his way, we would be all fancified dressed up, out on the town, and attending one of those parties like at the end of When Harry Met Sally where everyone kisses at midnight and sings Auld Lang Syne. In our NYEs together, we haven’t made that happen yet. Life, am I right? #2016goals

They hubs did get to go to a NYE party this year. He’s worked so hard taking care of me, he needed a germ-free night off. He’s actually just on the other side of the fence at our friend Tim’s house (with all our other friends) at his annual NYE party. I’m so sad to be missing it. I actually just had the saddest, most depressing moment. I stood at our back door, gazing across the lawn into their living room (the whole room is floor to ceiling windows, I’m not a creeper!), and wishing I was at the cool kid party. Everyone is dancing, talking, eating, having a great time and I’m over here coughing up a lung trying not to pee my pants. (TMI? So sorry…. #postbabybod)

But you know what? This is just what a needed. A few moments alone to think about the past year, prepare for the new, and honestly…. just take a breather. I’ve been thinking a lot about what I want to focus on and do differently in the next year.

This past year felt like survival. We tried a few churches that ended up not panning out. I started a direct sales business that I ended up quitting in November. I don’t think I painted a single thing. Phil hasn’t played music in almost a year. And we now have a two year old. So, to say we were stretched a little thin would be an understatement.

This year I want us to thrive. I want us to flourish and love our life. I want us to find our community and I want us to grow spiritually. I would love for us to be the people we once were. Before we moved to Tulsa.

So here’s my plan.

  1. Find a church
  2. Get off Facebook for at least a month.
  3. Do one spiritually renewing thing each month
  4. Go on one awesome date a month
  5. Revamp my studio space
  6. Finish one piece a month
  7. Try other mediums of art
  8. Focus on building friendships
  9. Love our neighbors

And then there’s the usual….

  1. Keep off the 20 pounds I lostΒ  last year
  2. Head to the gym twice a week (hopefully to loose that additional 20…)
  3. Read more books

There you have it! My list for 2016. Nothing to crazy, but I’m ready to dive into this next year. I’m ready to not be so sad and blah about life in Tulsa. I’m ready to embrace it and to LOVE living here. Bring it on 2016. The Lucias are ready for you! 11239660_10100142945762605_1613820621247055945_o

The day I locked us out in the rain…

I read a post recently by Jen Hatmaker. If you’ve been reading my blog, you know I love her. Anyways, she posted recently on facebook about an essay she was writing for her new book on balance. It’s called “FOR THE LOVE: Fighting for Grace in a Cynical World”. Brilliant. Here’s a nugget of her advice: “There are only 24 hours in a day. We need to quit trying to be awesome and instead be wise.”

Ps- this book is going to be amazing πŸ™‚

I’ve adopted this as my anthem this week, and I’m hoping to write more about being “wise” with my time instead of being “awesome”.

Well. Today was a flop. I was NOT awesome.

Before The Hubs came home from lunch, I started working on a fall wreath for our front door. I decided to use only the things I had in the fall/craft boxes to be ‘wise’ with my money. When it was finished, I didn’t love it, but I didn’t hate it either. Win!!!

So, here’s where my epic fail came in. I needed help hanging it on the front door, so I asked The Hubs to help me right before he left to go back to work. And then (ONLY by divine inspiration from the Holy Spirit) I said, “Hey! Bring Baby Lu with us! He’d love to be on the porch outside! It’ll only take a second.”

So we all went out on the porch, and I shut the door behind me.

And I locked us out. Like, for real locked us out.

Huge Brittney Moment y’all.

This may not be that big of a deal to some of you, but let me paint you a picture.

It has been POURING DOWN RAIN all day long. Thank you Jesus that we were in between storms at the moment, but everything was sopping wet. Phil was in socks, I was barefoot. Oh, and I was still in my PJS. A T-shirt, no bra, and my husband’s pajama pants no shower. (Just keepin it real yo.) Lu was wearing his Batman pjs, but I had taken off his pant when I changed him just before going out and hadn’t put them back on yet. So here we are. Dad in work socks, me and my hot-mess self, and Lu with no pants.

We were calm at first, until we realize I had locked EVERY WINDOW in the house. (Hello! Of course I did!) We had no hide-a-key, and the back door was locked. So there’s about two minutes where we just stood there and looked at each other, not sure whether to panic or laugh…

So there we are… All three of us… Just treckin around the house in the wet grass. You’re welcome for the laugh neighbors. After about ten minutes we realized our bedroom windows are unlocked!!!! Hooray!!! And yet our hopes were dashed when we realized the window guards that are suppose to keep intruders out were on and working VERY well. We could only open the windows about three inches. Not awesome.

Two of our friends have keys to our house. Wise move Lucias!! Unfortunately for us, one is in Jamaica on vacay, one is in OKC with her sister who just had a baby. I was ready to give up, but Phil wasn’t about to pay how ever much money for a locksmith. Suddenly, he transformed into the Bear Grylls of breaking and entering.

He goes to the master window on the back of the house, breaks a good size stick off the tree, and in about ten minutes, somehow manages to push in the tabs/guards on our window! It was beautiful πŸ™‚ I still have no idea how he did it…Β photo 3(7)
The real treat for our neighbors would have to have been watching me hoist Phil up into that window. In his work clothes…. HAHAH!!! Meanwhile, I had to put Lu down, and it’s starting to rain… so, my baby got to experience mud and playing in the rain for the first time. The kid loved it, and gave his Daddy a thumbs up!

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Like Father like Son

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We finally all made it inside, The Hubs was only 45 minutes late in getting back to work, and Luke and I were ready for a nap!! Thank you my dear sweet Hubs for rescuing Lu and I, for not getting upset with me, and for laughing at our crazy, wonderful, unpredictable mess πŸ™‚

And thank you Baby Lu, for being a total rockstar.

Never a dull moment in The Lucia House πŸ™‚

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Update: For those asking for a pic of the wreath… This is the best one I can get right now! Haha! I’m enjoying an afternoon coffee in my cozy kitchen… The rain is back, but I promise I’ll try and get a picture of it ASAP!!

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Ps- Never buy two hanging baskets, mums, or any other kind of “bushy” looking pant. Buy one of the next size up, split it, and in just a few weeks you’ll have two HUGE plants for the price of one! Can’t wait for my mums and rosemary to really take off πŸ˜‰

Project #1- The Headboard

So, a little back story. When we moved into this house in April, the most problem room was the master. Y’all. It. Was. Hideous. The walls were BRIGHT GREEN. Like, sea foam bright green. And not just the walls, but the ceiling!! WHO ON EARTH paints the ceiling?!?!?

Please feel free to click on these photos to enlarge them. You need to truly take in the whole picture. photo 4(8)You thought I was kidding… I was not.

photo 1(9)Oh, and did I mention the purple curtains? Yes. It was like the Little Mermaid. In my master bedroom. It had to go!! The Hubs and I slept in there one night. That was all we could take! We painted the walls a light gray and the ceiling white. Full disclosure, it came out a little lighter than I think I would have liked, but it was a true clean slate from the headache it was before. photo 5(7)And please ignore the mess… Remember we were moving!

The other major issue with our bedroom is that there are windows on three out of the four walls. The wall without the window has the door and closet on it, making the placement of our bed super difficult. We knew what we had to do… cover a window in the most kick butt way possible!

So, six months later, it’s TOM EUBANKS TO THE RESCUE!!!!!

I’ll write another post with instructions for the headboard, but here’s just a few sweet pics of the project! I can’t tell you how beautiful it is πŸ™‚ Like, totally in love. My Dad is the BEST. photo 5(5)

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Β AAANNNDDDD…… Here is it!!!!

photo 1(8)Isn’t it beautiful? I mean, honestly, it’s just amazing. It covers up the window, ties the room together, and is just… just… perfect πŸ™‚ We still have a few things to add to the room like throw pillows and art on the walls, but I love it to much to wait to share it with you!!

Thanks Dad! You’re the best!!

ALL THE WREATHS

Ok, so I just need to stop making these big announcements on a MONDAY that I’m going to blog every day that week. I mean, seriously. Talk about being blindly optomistic. Yesterday it didn’t happen, and today it almost didn’t either, thanks to a babe and his side-kick pup who both decided to vom and PLAY IN IT before I had even poured my cup of coffee… Ahh… Motherhood.

But, I powered through. I’ve even been able to *attempt* a yoga work out video (no thanks to the overly concerned pup,) and do three loads of laundry (no thanks to the babe who has REFUSED TO TAKE EVERY NAP TODAY). I mean for realz, WHAT is in the water?!?!?!

In case anyone is having a rough “Mom Day” like me, here are some pretty things to help wrap up your Wednesday!

As many of you know from FB, my parents came for the weekend and we had several major DIY projects to conquer. So before they came, I did a few little decor wreaths to use.Β  Allow me to introduce you all to my latest masterpieces!

This first one was inspired by a wreath in the book, The Nesting Place that was posted on Jen Hatmaker’s blog. I used an old Bible, and it turned out AWESOME. This would be Genesis through Ezekiel. It’s. That. Huge. photo 5(1)On Jen’s blog she talked about how long it took. I was on episode three of Star Trek and was like, “WHAT are these people complaining about? This is going so quick!! And I haven’t burned myself once!!” I burned myself literally the second I thought that. And 7 episodes later…Β  I was thinking the same thing. It took sssssoooooooooooo long, but was it soooo worth it!! photo(9)And now it hangs in our bedroom. The bare bare walls are finally getting some attention. It makes my heart happy πŸ™‚ photo 4(2)

And I couldn’t just leave a half used Bible… I had to do SOMETHING with Ezekiel through Revelations! So, last minute I made a smaller one for the living room! You’ll see that on the big living room reveal post!

This next wreath also went in the living room. Just a simple grapevine wreath, ribbon, a fall pick, and a wooden letter (which I bought to go on a wreath right after we married and has been on every wreath since then πŸ™‚ ). I LOVE the yellow burlap. Yay fall!!! photo 1(5)photo 2(4)photo 3(1)One thing that I did differently with this wreath was that I attached everything with floral wire instead of hot glue. (Still recovering after the last project.) That way when the seasons and holidays change, I can switch out the pick and ribbon color. Yeessss…. less work later!!!

Hoorrayyyy!!! You have now finished Wednesday! Wrap up everything, get you a celebratory October 1st pumpkin item, and bask in the thought that the week is half over!!! I can’t tell you how much I’m looking forward to a week at home with my man in my AWESOME living room!!! Hopefully I’ll get that post up in the next week or so.

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Oh If I Had Only Known

It’s Monday. Y’all, I can’t believe we made it. I don’t know where the time went, I don’t know what happened, but somehow we survived.

It was a week of explosive poo, no husband, baby and mama had a cold, trying to get ANYTHING done and failing, friends being awesome, LOTS of love from a special friend, and just a few tears. Then came Friday. The blessed grandparents arrived.

180 degree transition to DIY projects, trips to Home Depot and Lowe’s, fighting the Tulsa State Fair (yes, I address it) traffic right outside my house, hosting a garage sale, painting a living room, power tools, the hubs coming home, sawdust, dirt, stain, smelly dog, explosive poo from the babe, pizza, football, “I love you”s, and a few more tears.

To say I’m exhausted is an understatement. I should be ashamed of how much Daniel Tiger and Curious George we’ve watched today, but I’m not. We’re going to watch even more when Lu wakes up from his nap. I have actually dozed off twice while writing this. True story.

If you read my post from 6 days ago, it’s filled with so much optimism and excitement for the week. Oh if I could only warn that sweet naive girl and give her a reality check… Somehow prepare her for things to come…

Each day on the blog this week, I’m going to be highlighting a moment, person or project from the previous week. One of the things on my to-do list was blog every day last week, so I’m making up for it now. πŸ™‚

I hope you come back each day to enjoy the stories of love and grace, DIY photos and instructions, and moments of hilarity. Happy Monday everyone!!! Here’s to a great week!

Two hours down….

What have I done. What. What. What was I thinking. I thought that with The Hubs gone, I could get so much more done around the house. I was wrong.

His flight left 2 hours ago. Luke has had 2 blow outs (not sure if he’s sick or if it’s a new food we tried last night). Have I mentioned he’s NEVER had a blow out before? Oh, and Ted found the bag of dog treats. Super rich dog treats. Dog treats that he gets one of a day or else he gets sick. Very Sick. And he ate the whole bag. You heard me. THE. ENTIRE. BAG. So now, at any moments, I have two boys that are about to loose it. I have two time bombs that I can’t disarm… I feel like I’m on Sherlock/24/James Bond/CSI/AllCrimeShows. And I have no back up.

I miss my husband. He’s a stud. Oh Saturday… come quickly…

(FYI, this is not a call for help. I can handle this. I’m just being reminded about how amazing my husband is and how much I love him and he is awesome and he is a great Dad.)

FALL IS HERE!!!!

Happy Fall Y’all!!!! I’m so excited for leaves and hot chocolate and open windows and Thanksgiving and cider and Halloween costumes and ThanksChrist Dinner and Autumnal Trees and EVERYTHING FALL!!!!!!

This week is the perfect week to kick off my FAVORITE SEASON (if you couldn’t tell)! The Hubs is on a business trip for the week, Parentals are coming on Thursday, and Sister2 is coming Friday with her BF! I have a list of so many thing that I want to do this week… So realistically I’m going to aim to accomplish about 75% of my list. Haha!

I can usually get so much more done when The Hubs isn’t distracting me with his cuteness, but that was a year ago. Now I have someone who is smaller and more precious and could say “mama” or “dada” at any second and I don’t want to miss it!!! So yea… may need to adjust my expectations to about 30%.

Also, one thing on my list is starting The Blacklist… bring that down to 25%…

I want to update the blog with the things that have happened with the Lucias! So, there WILL BE UPDATES every day this week! Woo hoo!!!

And hopefully, by the end of the week, I won’t feel like this…

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photo(8)Woo hoo!!! Happy Tuesday everyone!!!

“Let the Baby Free Weekend BEGIN!!!”

Now don’t be to shocked by the title, let me explain.

Lolli and Papa have the baby.

People… Lolli and Papa have the baby…

OH ALL THE GLORIOUS ANGELS IN HEAVEN! OH ALL THE FEELS!! OH MY STARS WHAT TO DO WITH MYSELF!?!?!

I’ll tell you what to do with myself… cry that my baby is gone for the weekend. It’s true folks. While I am so excited for this weekend with The Hubs, I’m so sad the babe isn’t here.

Earlier this week The Hubs said to Lu in the car, “Hey Buddy! Guess what! You’re going to Lolli and Papa’s this weekend! YAY!!! And you’ll never guess what you mom and I are going to do…. SIT AROUND AND DO NOTHING AND TALK ABOUT HOW CUTE YOU ARE AND HOW MUCH WE MISS YOU!!!”

So yes, I was kind of prepared for this.

But in all seriousness, this weekend is soooo needed. This is the first time in 10 months that The Hubs and I have had a weekend by ourselves that didn’t include starting a new job, looking at houses, closing on a house (all while we were living in two different states) or moving. We’re so thankful for a little R&R where we can just be us again… even if it is only for 48ish hours πŸ™‚

Baby Lu and I drove for 2+ hours in the pouring rain to meet Lolli and Papa, and thank goodness he slept for almost all of the drive! (Thank you sweet, wonderful, relaxing rain sounds. And thank you noise machine for having a “summer rain” noise πŸ˜‰ ) After lunch and loading his stuff in the grandparent’s car, we were ready to hit the road!

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I called The Hubs almost started crying. Not because I missed him yet, but because I didn’t know what to do with myself… Do I jam out to Katy Perry louder than I have since he was born, or just sit. Sit and enjoy the beautiful silence… I opted for JT. You should have heard me belting out “Cry Me A River”. Glorious πŸ™‚

So now here I am… sitting in my dinning room, pup at my feet, back porch door open letting in this cool breeze… ready for The Hubs to come home…it’s going to be a wonderful weekend πŸ™‚