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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 🙂

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 🙂 I still have no idea how he did it… 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 🙂

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

Never a dull moment in The Lucia House 🙂

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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 😉

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.  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…  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 🙂 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 🙂 ). 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? 😉