Sunday, November 25, 2012

Winter Wonderland

Hope this post finds you all doing well.  We are doing just fine here in the Adkins Household.  We had an enjoyable Thanksgiving with our family and hope that you did as well.  We spent Thanksgiving Day with my family and then Saturday spent the day with my hubby’s side of the family.  Both days were spent stuffing our tummies with good food and enjoying great company!!  Did you all gobble up as much turkey and pumpkin pie that your little bellies could hold?  I know that I had my fair share (lol).  I have been suffering from laryngitis and bronchitis and my doctor put me on prednisone to help get over everything.  Well, if you all have ever been on prednisone aka. steroids then you know that you can be full of energy and eat now and then feel like you haven’t ate in years just 15 minutes later.  Yep, that would be me.  I ate like it was my last supper.  The prednisone does great for my bronchitis and laryngitis, but does absolutely nothing for my waistline.  Ugh!!

Did you all take the time to share what you were most thankful for this Thanksgiving?  I am most thankful for my relationship with God.  I know that if I didn’t have my relationship with God then I would have all of my wonderful and beautiful blessings such as my family, my home, my car, food on the table and my list goes on.  God will provide you with bountiful blessings if you let him be a part of your life.  Trust me….. it is indeed the most rewarding relationship and gift ever!!

So, have you all taken the time to put up Christmas decorations?  We put our trees up the day after Thanksgiving and I had my hubby pull out all of my totes full of my Christmas Santa’s and other decorations.  Shawn tells me that our home looks like a winter wonderland with all of the trees, but in his next breath he admits that he likes it (lol).  He is indeed a good man!!  I am very lucky to be married to such a wonderful man.

Well, I thought I would share a couple pictures of my home as I have decorated it for Christmas.  Here are a few snap shots.  Hope you enjoy the warm and cozy setting.










Well, I hope that you enjoyed the pictures.  I have so much more to share, but thought I better save some pictures for my next post.  Be sure to keep watching because you asked for it and I will be sharing a Magical Make-over on my next blog.  Yep, you heard me right.  A friend of mine as me to re-finish her childhood dresser so her Mom could use it and I was happy to help.  We went from bright white and pastel colors to an olde brick red made by Century Paints and I must say that it turned out beautifully.  So, be sure to stay turned for my Magical Make-Over.

Many Blessings, Lisa

Sunday, November 11, 2012

So much to Share & So little time

Good Evening Everyone.  Yep, I am happy to say that I am back to blogging.  I have received so many wonderful comments about you all missing me here in blog land so, I thought I would surprise you all and share a post.  I first and foremost hope this post finds you all doing well.  Things have been great here.  I am feeling so much better after being sick for so many months earlier in the year.  I ended up quitting my job and work for another company which I actually enjoy very much.  Have you ever heard of the company Restoration Hardware?  Well, that is who I work for now and I must admit that I really enjoy it.  I work part-time hours and have every Friday off which is wonderful.  I was able to schedule my own hours and it gives me the opportunity to drop Cameron off at school every morning so I enjoy that very much!!

Cameron is doing wonderfully in school.  We had a conference with his teacher just the other night and I must say that we have one very smart kid on our hands.  He is so advanced in his class and is way ahead of the other kids.  He loves to talk so that can sometimes get him in trouble, but I love to talk as well so I guess that he gets that from his Mommy (smile).  He received an award at an assembly that they had on Friday.  It was kinda a generic award, but still an award.  I was so proud of him.  We ended up taking him out after seeing his grade card and for receiving his award.  We took him bowling and then we had pizza.  It was alot of fun!!

Shawn and I are due to celebrate 9 years of marriage on Wednesday the 14th.  I can’t believe that it has been that long.  He is still as wonderful as ever.  This year he surprised me with a new drysink.  I must say that I absolutely LOVE my new drysink.  It wasn’t finished, but it gave me the opportunity to finish it the way I wanted and I actually just finished it today.  Here is a picture of it before I painted it.


I decided to go with a red over black and I am so glad that I did.  It turned out wonderfully or maybe I should say beautifully.  Yep, I love it.  So, are all of you ready to see the finished project?!?  Here are some pics of the process. 


See my little helper?  I thought if I was going to let him help me with anything then it would be the bottom coat (lol).






WOW ~ now that is a bright red.  I know I was totally thinking to myself “Gosh, I hope that red calms down a bit”.  Luckily, it did after I sanded it and stained it.



After two warm days of drying outside, I was beyond happy to bring it inside and place it right in front of my back window in my family room.  It looks perfect right where I placed it and my Santa that I got at the Simple Goods Show looks prim perfect right on the top.  Here is a picture…….. Feast your eyes on this beauty!!

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Here are some pictures of my Santa from Arnett’s Country Store.  I absolutely fell in love with him.  I just love his glasses, his face and the detail that was given to him when making him.  I just love her Santa’s.


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Don’t you just ♥ him!!  I know that I do!!  I still need to decorate the top of my drysink a little bit more, but I knew I had to take a picture and share it with you.  I knew I didn’t want to wait and I am sure you didn’t either.    So, have you all started decorating for Christmas yet?  I haven’t except for this Santa being out and will probably wait til after Thanksgiving to finish my decorating.  I sometimes just feel like they keep rushing the holidays.  Anyone else with me?  I mean we weren’t even done with Halloween and I was already hearing Christmas music and seeing the decorations out.  It was crazy!!

Goodness, I feel like there is so much to share and so little time.  Since my last post, we did end up buying a camper.  Yep, I must say that I love camping.  Everyone at one point or time thought I could never be a camper, but I really enjoy it and love it even more now that we have our own camper.  Here are some pics of our last camping trip of the year.


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Isn’t it just beautiful?  I feel so close to God when I am out among nature.  Does anyone else feel like that too?!?




Look at this old place.  I drove by it and thought instantly how great it would be if it were fixed up and turned into an olde primitive home.  Can’t you just imagine the beauty that this place could have?!?  It has so much potential.  Oh, it makes my heart go pitter patter (lol).



Well, I hope you all enjoyed the post.  I know that I have missed blogging as well and I am happy to have returned.  Hopefully I will be able to blog at least once a week.  Don’t hold me to it, but I will try my best.  Here are some random pics for your enjoyment.







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♥ ~ Many Blessings to you all ~ ♥

Hugs, Lisa



Sunday, June 10, 2012

Lots Happening….

Wow, has it really been that long since I have been out in blogland?!?  I guess you would find me more on Facebook then anything, but I have had several requests to blog, so I thought I would do just that for those of my lovely followers that miss me.  So, how are all of you?  I hope this post finds you all doing well.  I myself have been through the ringer the past couple months, ok maybe a bit longer, but I am surviving which is great news. 

It all started at the end of February.  I was experiencing some pain, discomfort, blood in my urine and every urologist that I went to told me that I kidney stones, but they weren’t big enough to cause so many problems.  So, I went in for a kidney biopsy and they found after doing a 2nd ct scan that the stones were now blocking each ureter and they admitted me to the hospital.  To make a long story short, I was admitted and have had 3 surgeries since the beginning of March.  Lots of stents, lots of pain, lots of nausea and the list goes on.  I finally have all the stents out which is wonderful, but still have more tests here and there to go through.  It has truly been a nightmare!!  I was off from work for several months, lost over 30 lbs and resigned from my job.  I went through alot with my place of employment since returning so it was best for me and my health to resign and see if I couldn’t find something else.  I just got so tired of being treated like crap and being disrespected.  I deserve much more then that so I am happy with my decision that I made.

Cameron is growing like a weed.  He is 5 now and will be going in to kindergarten in the Fall.  He is playing t-ball and he loves it.  I love it too and must admit that I am his #1 Fan.  Imagine that – right?!?  Gosh, I love that boy to pieces!!  I just wish that I could “pause” life for a little while and keep enjoying him while he is small.  He is just growing so fast and it makes me so sad.  I know it has to happen, but I still can’t be happy about it ~ right?!?

Shawn is doing great.  He has lost alot of weight as well and looks amazing.  He made me a patio out back and has been working like crazy with it.  He is so wonderful and takes such great care of me.  I love him so much and I am so blessed to have such a wonderful husband.  Yep, it took my one loser to be married to and lots of others that I dated, but God sent Shawn when I was not expecting it at all.  What a blessing that was for me and my life!!

Well, I thought I would share some recent pictures with all of you.  Hopefully I will have some more pictures of our home to share, but I am hoping these will hold you all over for a little bit.

Hugs and Blessings,




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