Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Our kitchen

Our kitchen – 2007
Our kitchen is a work in progress. Throughout the past eight years we've slowly replaced the flooring, installed new appliances, changed the light fixtures and faucet. Baby steps. Last week, with the help of my mom, I took a couple of "big girl" steps…

Two little changes made a huge difference. 1) No more brown pleather rolling chairs. 2) Orla Kiely wallpaper in Multi-Stem.

I'm not kidding when I say I jumped with joy after it was all cleaned up and I had a chance to stand back and soak it all in. I love it!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Monday miles (on Tuesday)

Half way point of Friday's 17 miles – White Lake Lighthouse

Miles last week

Miles in 2015

Hot as blazes Sunday afternoon = run in my sports bra.
Kids were a little unsure of my "outfit" but I didn't care.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Weeks in review…

A golf cart ride around our country block.
These past two weeks were a couple beautiful summer weeks that flew by. So much going on, I wish there were a few more hours in each day. Yet, on the other hand, I want the days to slow. This summer is going to be over before we know it.

Two weeks ago…

Fall advertising is now in full-swing. The girls are handling my longer work days really well, but it can be a challenge to get everything done amidst all the interruptions.

Wedding week! We had wedding commitments Thursday evening, all day Friday, all day Saturday and Sunday morning. 100% worth it! (We couldn't have survived without Grandma Mox here to help.)  So exited to have Christa as the newest "Payne" on the block!

Trying to play catch-up Sunday afternoon. Bedtime last week Sunday…7:30pm for all of us!

Last week…

Two quiet dinners without kids while Ellie and Josie were at evening VBS.

Ellie, Josie and I stole away for a couple of hours at the beach one afternoon. Delightful.

Laundry, yard work, all the other day-to-day chores we all fit in.

My mom came over and helped me spruce up the kitchen – pictures later this week.

Temps in the 80˚'s made for a few miserable runs, but getting out the door by 7:30am for Friday's 17 miles made a huge difference.

Saturday and Sunday spent working on the treehouse. It's so close to completing. Promise!

This week…

Full work weeks for both Kyle and me.

Try to keep the house cool during another hot week in west Michigan.

Finish the treehouse!

Concert Wednesday night in Grand Rapids.

Enjoy the last five days of my thirties. *GULP*

Monday, July 20, 2015

Monday miles

Miles last week

Miles in 2015

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Friday, July 17, 2015

Going to the chapel…

Ellie and Josie with their soon-to-be Aunt Christa

…and she's gonna' get married!

To my baby brother, Phillip.

Tomorrow's the day!

Almost an official "Payne."


Thursday, July 16, 2015

Water cousins

Last Friday we spent the entire afternoon at my Aunt Julie and Uncle Kim's house. My cousin Amanda's children were staying there for a few days and Aunt Julie and I decided we needed to get these little girls (and their little brother) together. The weather was fantastic – four hours of swimming in the warm pool, soaking up sunshine and family time!

Monday, July 13, 2015

Monday miles

Miles last week

Miles in 2015

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Sunday photo

They splashed Uncle Phil.
He got them back.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Selfie Saturday

What you find when your girls "borrow" your phone.

Love their little faces.

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