December 31, 2013

The Last Post.....

As I mentioned a month ago, I am going to stop blogging.  I did, however, want to say thank you for all your support through these years.  You have brought a lot of joy to me and I have loved sharing my life with you.  The boys were this small when I began.  Wow.


We've come a long way.


A lot of you asked if I'm going to keep the blog online.  Yes.  It will still be here for you to use.  However, I will turn off the comments because I just don't have time to answer them anymore.  My email address will still work if you really need something, though :)  You can also follow me on instagram if you'd like to keep in touch.  I'm "mommaroars" there.  I don't know whether or not I'll ever pop in here again.  Feel free to leave me on your reader in case I do, but I can't make any promises.

This last month has confirmed my decision.  With four kids around the house, my free time is almost non-existent.  That's okay, though.  I love what I get to do.  I am excited to reorganize my home, feel less pressure from deadlines, and maybe even play my piano again.

So thank you SO, SO, SO much for hanging with me through the rough times....


...and through the good times.


Thank you for taking the time to read, comment, or drop emails.  It was a really great ride and I thank you for taking it with me.

Thanks again.

- Cheri

The New Coffee Table

For my birthday I asked my Dad to help me build something.  I figured a coffee table would be a doable task, but in reality I can't take credit for this table.  My Dad still did most of it.  I still have a lot to learn, turns out :)  So here's how the table ended up.


I had seen a few industrial-looking tables online that I loved, but I wanted something a little different.  I loved the look of the wheels on some of the coffee tables I'd seen, so we found these wheels at the Depot.  They were actually the priciest part of the table.  

I found some wooden bins that fit in the table perfectly, so I painted them yellow and distressed them a bit.


They kind of bring in more of the mustard yellow in the room. 

December 30, 2013

Video Thank You's

I'm throwing out a bunch of random posts hear before I sign off.  I love to have my boys write thank you cards, but recently we have decided that making thank you videos is more fun (for us and the recipient).

So, if your kids need to say thank you for any Christmas gifts they received, here's an easy and fun idea.  We use the free Lego Movie Maker app on my phone.  You just take picture after picture, choose your music, and then you have a fun stop motion video.  It's meant for making Lego videos, but you can really use it for a lot of different things.  It's pretty sweet and easy to use.


We've done thank you pictures before, but this was even more fun and it only took a few minutes to put together.  If the person you're sending the video doesn't have a smartphone, you can still just email them the file.

Thanks for stopping by.

December 26, 2013

Kitchen Remodel - part 1

There is one room in our home that I haven't really touched, but it's the one I've been most anxious to change.  It's the kitchen.  Our cabinets are painted green just like the walls here.  I've wanted to paint them white since the day we moved here 5 years ago, but it wasn't in the budget and I was too scared to do them myself.  I've painted cabinets in other parts of our home, but we plan on living here forever and I want the kitchen paint job to last that long.

So we are just starting to change the kitchen, but it will happen slowly.  It started with this table that my dad built.  Our previous table was nice, but it scratched SO easily and that drove us nuts.  This one was homemade and my dad put 5-6 coats of poly acrylic on it.  That means it's tough stuff and I love that.


So we sold our last table, and we actually made money with the switch over.  The cost of this table and the chairs came out less than what I sold our previous table and chairs for.  Score.


I have loved the look of a farmhouse table with modern chairs for a long time now, so after searching through online stores a lot I came up with a look I really liked.


My dad built a bench for on side of the table.

December 22, 2013

Sunshine Sunday - Merry Christmas!

Today I'm sharing a virtual Christmas card to you, since I can't mail you each one individually.  Here are a few pictures I took for our cards this year.

May you feel the true Spirit of Christmas.


May you feel His love shining on you.


May you feel the joy of giving.


And may you be surrounded with those you love.


I am really thankful for my Savior and His perfect example.  I am grateful He was willing to do what no one else could and that because of His life and love we can always have a fresh new start in life.  I am thankful for the hope and light He brought to this world.

I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas.  I'll see you back between Christmas and New Years for a few projects I'm going to share with you before I sign off.

Thanks for stopping by.

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