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 have been up to

Whew! What a busy week! I shared our fall wreath last year and then I didn’t share anything else. Meant to, but time got away fro me. So instead, I’m going to share what we have been up to…before I get back at it this week.

Us, at Mosaic. We enjoyed a concert this weekend with our kiddos.

Work is keeping both adult members of our household super busy. If you are new here, I’m a teacher and my husband is a fire marshal. In our spare time (haha), we do woodwork and play at learning how to hobby farm.

We went with our church’s children’s ministry to Boo at the Zoo, a trick or treat and Halloween celebration at the NC Zoo. The kids really enjoyed it.

If you follow us on Instagram and Facebook, you have already seen some of these. We have really just been trying to slow down and make some memories since the girls are growing fast.

Tomorrow, we will be spending time worshipping at church and catching up on some house and farm work. Bless you all- thanks for sticking with us!

Back to school: an easier approach to first-day photo shoots

My sweet girls went to school last week. My oldest started fifth grade and my youngest started kindergarten. Last year, I took no first day of school pictures since we were virtual. This year, I more than made up for it.

I may have gone a bit overboard- I ended up taking over 70 pictures, but I got some awesome shots. Today, I’d like to share some tips for getting some great back to school pictures.

1. Don’t wait til the actual first day of school

We put on our school clothes and back packs and we pretend it’s the first day of school. This year, we sneaked over to the school the day before the first day.

If you’re anything like us, you will be in a hurry on the first day and you won’t have time to get any good pictures. And if you are in a hurry and forget to take them, it won’t matter.

2. Wait until sunset

If you don’t wait til sunset, chances are really good you’re going to get lots of pictures with squinty smiles. The sun will be too bright.

3. You need a prop

Find a sign, find a wall, find a bus, make a sign.

Find a staircase and do this:

Whatever you can do to make it interesting.

4. Take a lot of pictures!

Because the more pics you take, the more likely you are to get some good stuff!

But most of all, don’t wait until the day of. Take a lot of pictures but have fun with it. You aren’t just taking photos, you’re making memories. And if your kids want to strike a silly pose, let them.

I hope you have an amazing school year.

Life as a Lumber: Our Week in Photos

Happy Saturday! This has been a long week and not an amazing one. We are glad to see it end. That being said, some good things did happen this week.

My friend and her mom make the most amazing foods every Friday and sell them. We had a delicious torta yesterday.
Daisy wanted E to get off her computer and pay her some attention…so she laid on her computer!
I love Just Crack an Egg but, in an effort to save money, I’ve started to make my own. These are made from eggs, cheddar cheese and a Pampered Chef ceramic egg cooker.
We also made a delicious chicken pie.
We went to Tanglewood Festival of Lights near Winston-Salem with our family.
We decorated our home for Christmas. Yes, it’s early but it brings us a lot of joy.
Our kids enjoyed some sweet hot chocolate.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!! We will see you again Monday!

Life as a Lumber: What we’ve been up to!

Goofin’ off with my Little Lumbers

Hello, all! We are gearing up for a tremendously busy but tremendously great spring season. I cannot wait to share the wonder we have in store for you all, but I first wanted to catch up a bit. If you follow me on Instagram, some of this will not be new to you. And if you don’t follow me on Insta, you definitely should!

Someone has been bad and needs to go to the Principal’s office!!

Ok, not really! But we did surprise these two with a trip to West Jefferson, Valle Crucis and Boone two weekends ago. They loved it and so did we. We even stopped by my grandma’s house and got to visit with my grandma, aunt and uncle, and cousins on our way home.

We finally got some snow!!

Not long after we came home from the mountains, it started snowing! It didn’t snow a lot but we were out of school two days and the kids enjoyed playing in it.

Cutie sisters

These two stinkers actually got along for a few days and I have pictures to prove it!!

Rehearsal

This one is gearing up for her next competition and has been practicing like crazy! Wish her well because those nerves are really starting to set in.

Selfie queen

This one commandeered my phone and took hundreds of selfies- I made a collage of her best ones…and laughed at how much her “selfie game” has improved.

It’s clean!!

And we have started cleaning out our playroom, since we are about to repurpose this room. Spoiler alert: it’s going to be used for something else, and no, it’s not a nursery for a new baby. Just in case anyone gets confused.

Join us this week for our spring home tour, some beautiful spring quotes and a round up of my favorite spring decor at local retailers. Have a wonderful week!