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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˜‰

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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.

See what I did there? πŸ˜‰

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!

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…

photo(6)Or this…

photo(7)But hopefully we feel like THIS!!!

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

OSU Move In Weekend(s)

The first day of school looks a little different now than it did a few years ago. I’ve been out a college for a while, so has my middle sister and my youngest sister just started her sophomore year at OSU. A few weeks ago we all met up in Stillwater, OK to help her move into her ADORABLE little house! Mom and I came back the next weekend to shop around and help her finish decorating. We couldn’t have made the hour drive without Mom’s $4 score from Walmart…

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B’s BF was so sweet to come up with Stillwater to help her move in. We had a blast hanging out with him!!

10610577_10204428715220193_5820078824989134238_nAren’t they just totes presh πŸ™‚

10527572_10204428721100340_5487377614428821701_nNew House!!

10401603_10204428726740481_2329475460648375430_nTotally cute kitchen!

Our work on her room… photo 4(19)photo 3(28)Umm, she MADE those!!! I’m going to need her to make me a Texas, Oklahoma, and Arizona. Stat. photo 5(15)Why lights? Because what college student DOESN’T want Christmas light in their room?!?! It’s instant Disney Magic.

photo 4(20)And how cute are these?!?!? Thrift store SCORE. photo 1(30)And let’s not forget where she came from… Or the fact that my FATHER made this awesome wooden Texas flag πŸ™‚ Seriously, he needs an Etsy shop or something.

And of course, we had a little family fun…

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10417678_10204442425242935_1521951866836071030_nSeriously though, my family is the coolest

The Dining Room Table

We have a great 4 person kitchen table that was a hand me down given to us by some sweet friends in Denton. I think that I’ll always have this table somewhere in our house no matter how large our family gets! I love this table!

When we set up our dinning area, everything was just a little dark to me. I knew the table needed a facelift, so here we go….

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So this project went so well. Completely according to plan! Woo hoo! Or so I thought.

People. Do. Not. Rush. A. Project.

I was so thrilled with how it turned out and was so excited to get this table into the house that I used super thick coats of shellack to seal it and didn’t allow enough time for it to dry. I gave it 8 hours. I should have given it at least 12 hours overnight…

So this happened. photo 1(26)All. Over. The. Table.

So what do I do? I call my Dad, duh. And now I have to sand down the finish and redo it. I’ll be more careful this time. However, I won’t have time to do this for quite a while, so I need a solution until I can fix it and paint the chairs to match.

Thank goodness for Target! I love me a cute table cloth! However I can’t STAND an uneven table cloth. Have you ever tried to straighten a circular table cloth on a smaller table? It’s impossible. No matter what you do, there is always a side that is longer than other. Every single time!! By the end of it I’m like, “Oh, I know it’s uneven. It’s called art.”

I’ve come up with a solution to make sure it looks great each time. I’m sure everyone knows this, but I just discovered it. I’m a slow learner…

photo 2(22)Fold in half… photo 3(22)Fold in half again….

photo 4(17)Make a tiny, tiny dot on the corner! Now you have a marker to make sure you’re “centered” every time!!!

photo 5(13)And BOOM. photo 3(23)While the facelift didn’t go as planned, it still looks beautiful to me! Woo hoo!!! Once the weather is cooler, it’ll be Round #2 for the table and chairs!!

That Random Can of Paint…

So it’s finally time, time to make this house our home! It’s been no secret that this transition has been hard. Hard on me, the Hubs, our families, friends, and our marriage. However this past week has been soooooo good for the Hubs and I. We’ve had some really great conversations, communicated more openly, and are working through things we’re struggling with.

During one of our conversations, we started talking about the house. I LOVE LOVE LOVE our house. It’s in the perfect location in midtown Tulsa, a perfect size for us with a little room to grown, great bones and just a small bit of character. The last house we lived in had SO MUCH character that it ruined all character for me… haha!

One thing that has bothered my husband is that I haven’t made a real effort to do anything to our home. I have hung a few things on the wall, and we painted the master bedroom, but that’s about it. I’m paraphrasing here… but he told me that he feels like I don’t want to be here, I don’t want to put in the effort, and I don’t want to get attached to this place so that’s why I haven’t done anything. Ouch. Punch in the gut.

Full disclosure: He’s Right. Well, mostly right. There’s also the fact that I have a baby that I’m taking care of, we’ve been out of town, the budget is tight, I have no idea how to decorate our house, yada yada yada. But he totally hit the nail on the head. I haven’t made this place our own because deep down I still didn’t want to admit that we made this move and this is now my life.

Well, I needed to get over that crap immediately. After that conversation I spent the next morning in prayer about my heart. God was so gracious to reveal this sin in my heart and how it is hurting my husband. My comments, my attitude, my words… none of them were showing him support in where we were. (Just to clarify, I have been supportive of this job and the day to day stuff, but I’m still struggling and grieving about leaving our home in Texas.) I needed to find a way to get over myself, get over my “I don’t wanna be here” toddler attitude, and GET ON BOARD because honey, WE LIVE HERE.

Isn’t it funny how things kind of magically line up? Earlier in the week I had ordered a home decor book recommended by Jen Hatmaker on creating a beautifully imperfect home! This is my new favorite book and it hasn’t left my side since Monday. For realz people, Myquillyn Smith is genius.

photo(15)And yes. I took this pic while writing this post. Just to prove it’s right next to me. πŸ™‚

One thing that Myquillyn talks about is how you just need to start. Just DO SOMETHING. It in no way has to be perfect. In fact, the more “imperfect” it is, the better it is.Β  I needed to make a gesture for the Hubs to let him know that I want to be here, I love our home and I want to make it ours.

So, I went to the garage and found a can of paint. A random. Can. Of. Paint.

Our hallway makes me cringe. In fact all the walls in our house aside from our kitchen, bedroom and nursery make me cringe. It’s a taupe/neutral color, but it has a peachy tone to it and it drives me crazy. So, I had just enough paint to do the hallway…

I didn’t prep, tape things off, or anything. I just went for it!

photo 1(20)photo 2(16)Ok, so I taped off the little old telephone/shelf thing…. that was about it.

And Viola!!! It’s beautiful!!!!!

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Now there were definitely some mess ups, my dad may have raised an eyebrow or two. picstitch

But that’s ok! Because it’s done, this house is becoming more “ours”, and it’s inspiring me to do more projects!!!! (I currently have two more going in the garage right now!)

And as a bonus, Phil was head over heels excited about the hallway! Yay!!!

 

“Worship” Canvas DIY

Finally got to work on a project for the guest room!Β  When I thought about redoing this project for the guest room, it took me FOREVER to figure out what colors to do. I’m not a huge fan of the color pallet we have going on now, but it’s what I’ve got to work with! So, I decided to go with something that could transition easily with whatever decor I chose to do next.

Originally I did this for Baby Lu’s nursery in Denton. The idea was that during the long crazy nights, when The Hubs and I were exhausted, we could see these canvases above his bed and remember to find joy in the situation. We each picked a line or two from our favorite worship songs from church.

This is how they originally looked… GR01

Unfortunately, the colors of the guest room walls are the EXACT color of the canvas… so they couldn’t stay that way.

I spray painted them gray and used a white paint pen. And also used my favorite thing- transfer paper πŸ™‚

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A little side story… I started working on this canvas while watching Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 for the 1000th time. After the second photo on the top row (see below), I had to stop for like 10 minutes while I sobbed. Not just the sweet, “one tear runs down the cheek withΒ  muffled noises” sob. We’re talking curl up into a ball on the floor and rock back and forth as all makes sense in this magical world and you realize this was the moment when your childhood ended beacause this story was so much more than a little boy who basically went to magic camp but the story of a man who truly loved a woman and gave his life for her memory…

I mean, SNAPE LOVED LILLY. Always. ALWAYS. AALLLLWWWAAAAYYYYYSSSSSS!!!!! GGAAAAAAWWWWW!!!!!

GR03*Whew, ok, back to the real world…*

Over the next few days of nap times I was able to wrap this thing up! Yay for nap time! And Harry Potter πŸ™‚

GR04“Only The Blood”

GR05“Our God is Able”

And my favorite….

GR06“How Great The Love”

Seriously… that last one gives me chills every time

GR07So yep! Here it is! Love love love it πŸ™‚

What do y’all think?

Laundry Room DIY #1

So I’ve been looking for a few things to make to add a little bit of love to the laundry room. So far, my mom bought me an adorable rug, but the walls needed a few things. Thank you Pinterest!! I have three or four ideas for now, so we’re going one at a time. Here’s the first!

I wanted to go off of something like this…

KEEP THE CHANGE  Laundry room decor by shoponelove on Etsy

However, I wanted to stick with stuff I had around the house. This was round 1… photo 1(13)I used an old bored and drew some doodles to match the rug. However, I hated it. So… I painted it again, and went with a more simple design. Plus, I hated reinforcing the idea that I deserve “tips” I dunno…I just feel a little off about it…

So, I found this design, repainted with leftover paint, printed the design, got some transfer paper and voila!!

photo 4(10)nro;uba I painted the letters and outlined it with a fine tip Sharpie to give it some definition.

I used a jar from around the house and secured it with some wire. The only thing I bought was the basket. Yay for Target’s “back to school” section!!

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Yay! Can’t wait to make then next few pieces and share them!