need opinions

I really need some opinions on this. I am so close to finishing the cabinet painting project. It only took twice as long as I thought it would. Now I am tackling the backsplash. After consulting the internet and Suzanne with Kitchen Designs*, I’ve decided to use these wall tiles and just cover up the backsplash. It’s about a million times easier than tearing out the existing tile, plus it looks good, plus it’s not so permanent if we ever change our minds or move and the new owner thinks the kitchen is ugly and wants something more traditional. I really think it’s the perfect solution. So, I need your opinions. I like both of these colors for different reasons, but I am being super indecisive about it. I am leaning towards one (and I’m not going to say which one), but I wanted a few outside opinions. Down the road, I would love to invest in stainless steel appliances, but we are set with these for the time being. So, what do you think? I know it’s hard to imagine what the whole thing will look like…at least it is for me…but I would still love some opinions.

Option 1:
option 1

Option 2:
option 2

*Suzanne doesn’t have a business called Kitchen Designs, but with all of the phone calls I’ve put in to her in the past 3 weeks, she really should.

cute Connor stories

Just a few C stories…these are good ones. I should bookmark this so on the days when he makes me crazy I can remember his sweet heart.

The boys were watching tv, and the shows message was that everyone is special. Connor looks at me and says, “mommy? Do you know what makes me special?”
“Lots of things.” I answered, and listed a few of his special qualities.
“No, do you know what makes me the most special?”
“I can draw really good.”

Of course I affirmed this in him. It’s true, he really is quite artistic and creative.

I decided to take our conversation one step farther.
“What makes Logan special?” I asked Connor.
There’s a long pause. I am totally expecting an answer about how Logan can’t run as fast or jump as high or draw as good.
“Logan’s a good friend.” said Connor. “That’s what makes him special.”

I love that the boys are friends right now, and that Connor recognizes this in Logan. Love it.

Story number 2…
Connor was in the bathroom washing his hands yesterday afternoon, and I saw him with his hands folded, eyes closed, and his lips moving. I realized he was praying. He finishes, and I ask him if he was praying. (I know, nosy mama…) He says yes, and since spontaneous praying is a bit out of character for Connor–he really loves his lunchtime school prayer, but gets a little shy and embarrassed about saying a different prayer than that–I asked him what he was praying for.

“I was just asking God to help me have a good nights sleep tonight and also to help me remember to control my hands and not hit people with sticks.”

That’s a good prayer, my boy. And God is faithful and will answer.

It’s my blogiversary

You know you all do it. Read your own blog, that is. Back in February, I decided that in honor of my blogiversary (which was on March 8), I was going to read (well, at least skim) my entire blog and write a post about my favorites over the past 3 years. But, alas, projects like painting the kitchen cabinets and browsing movies on Netflix really took over my time. However, tonight is the night. Here are 15 of my favorite posts.

This gives me warm fuzzies all over.

I still love all these songs.

Want to read about my very first date?

Ever wondered what Connor would look like as a girl?

This made me laugh out loud.

And so did this.

I still can’t remember this neighbors name, but I will never forget him.

I’m glad I wrote down these memories of my dad.

I love conversations with Connor.

Please remind me in 6 years and again in 12 years to never do this to baby girl.

We still reference the prickly forest. And I still freak out in the middle of the night.

It seems like a lot of my favorite blog posts include old, somewhat embarrassing pictures.

I’m a little sad that there won’t be any cool moves like this this summer.

I think this post grossed the highest number of comments of any of my 458 posts.

Even without the blog, I don’t think I would ever forget this.