Life as a Lumber: what we’ve been up to

We are cruising head first down the hill to my summer vacation. The girls, who are in a different school system and a different schedule, have been out almost four weeks. I’m ready to be out of school with them.

This kid has taken up running and plans to try out for cross country this fall. As a rising sixth grader, she is looking forward to school this fall.

This little lady is a rising first grader and she is super excited!!

We have dropped two episodes of our podcast and we have greatly enjoyed recording them. I am looking forward to publishing more episodes soon.

Visit our podcast here.

We are currently revamping our backyard and outdoor spaces. I cannot wait to show you what we are doing.

This brings me to some more news as well. Here is a hint. Drop your guesses in the comments below.

This week, we will feature the following:

A pallet sign craft

Office closet roundup

Gardening items we love

Have a great rest of your weekend! We will see you soon.

Life as a Lumber: What We’ve Been Up To

It’s been a minute since I last updated you on our lives.

These two sweet little stinkers finished their kindergarten and fifth grade years on Thursday. I am a bit jealous, since I don’t get out of school until June 8.

Isn’t this just the cutest thing ever?

Also, their dance team racked up recently at their last regional dance competition. Em’s solo won fifth place, their large group number won fourth overall, their trio won third overall and their duet won fourth overall. Next stop, Nationals in Sevierville, TN!

My shoulder has healed appropriately and I have been cleared to return to weight lifting. I am focusing on lower weights and higher reps. So far, things are going well. Pray for me, though.

This week, we are focusing on another pallet project, some more Mental Health Awareness Month goodies and a few more fabulous Friday funzies for your enjoyment.

You can expect a new podcast soon as well! I hope you all are well and happy. We will see you again soon!

Mental Health Monday: Small opportunities for self-care

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Each Monday in May, I am going to share something mental health related.

Most people would agree that a little self-care is good for our mental health…but self-care means different things for different people. Some people aren’t really sure what self-care even means. Today, I’d like to share a few ideas as to how you can practice self-care effectively and easily.

1. Exercise

You don’t have to spend a lot of time exercising or do strenuous exercise. It’s amazing just how much a 20 minute walk outside can do for your mind. When my children and I were on virtual school (I was teaching virtually and they were learning virtually), we would make it a point to walk for thirty minutes during our break each day. It helped us to recharge, refocus and not feel so mentally exhausted.

2. Get enough rest

I type this with transparency- no one in my house gets an adequate amount of rest. We are definitely trying to improve in how much sleep we get. So far, I notice lots of positive changes.

3. Pamper yourself

Everyone needs hobbies. Do something every day that makes you happy. Get a pedicure. Try a new lotion or hair product. Buy something small that you love just because you can. Every Sunday night, I take a bath with an exfoliator and a face mask. It makes me feel relaxed and ready to take on the week.

4. Disconnect from the internet

OK, this one is hard. Sometimes I just need to put down the phone and take a break from it. Turn off your social media notifications for an hour each week. It’s not a big deal and you’ll be glad you did it.

5. Eat a serving of vegetables each day.

This one isn’t so much for your mental health as it is for your physical health. Studies have shown increasing your greens leads to lower weight, healthier colons and better blood sugars. Ideally, you should eat a serving with each meal, but even eating one a day yields a lot of positive changes.

6. Delight in the simple things

I tend to find that the things that bring me the most joy are the things that don’t cost a dime. Conversations with good friends, spending time with my family, and working in my garden are some of my favorite things to do. My greenhouse is sometimes an escape from everything that stresses me out.

Have a wonderful week. Don’t forget to practice self-care.

13 years: a journey full of blessings

Thirteen years ago, these two kids got married.

A lot has changed since then.

There has been a degree earned and a few job changes. We moved to a new house and lost and gained some pets.

But the biggest change, of course, is the birth of these two little girls.

We’ve grown a lot, learned a lot and we’ve changed a lot. We’ve had some hard moments and some wonderful moments.

And I can’t imagine living this life with anyone else. Here’s to year 13- can’t wait to see what blessings this year holds.

Life as a Lumber: what we’ve been up to

This week, I only posted once, because I had a lot happening at work and two members of our house came down with the stomach virus.

Sometimes you just need a break, you know?

Still, we had a lot of good things happen.

Our church had its annual valentines dinner and it was delicious. Look how pretty our church is at sunset (shot from the historic sanctuary on the hill).

Last week, we headed two hours west to my grandma’s house to celebrate her birthday with her. I’m not going to post her picture here out of respect to her, we saw some snow while we were there. We went out to lunch and had a blast.

We finally jumped on the air fryer bandwagon and bought an air fryer. We have enjoyed making delicious foods in it- my favorites were bacon, marinated barbecue chicken tenders, and a copycat Chick-fil-A sandwich with waffle fries. We haven’t eaten out all week. Yum!

We shored up our polytunnel and started our flower and veggie seeds. These will be planted in our garden at the end of April.

We hung these sweet Edison bulbs on our back porch last week. Our back porch is undergoing a bit of a transformation, so more about that later.

And lastly, a sweet friend of ours made us these shirts. Aren’t they awesome? Maybe some day we will sell merch.