Tuesday, January 16, 2018

{House Plans} To Do List

I've been looking over this old blog and I need to do some updating. So here's my list to accomplish for 2018...

1. Update posts and room tours - starting with our main floor bath that I never finished posting about. 

2. Take more photos and post before/during/after series - especially garden photos and any projects.

3. Finish projects I've been talking about for years. They include: painting the front and back porches (once the weather warms up so fingers crossed for a good Spring Break in March!) and finish painting our backyard shed. 

4. Finish projects that stopped last year due to money. Obviously, this all works on the "my car won't break down again" thought but here's to hoping... and maybe doing a little at a time when I can. These projects include: mulching in our entire kids' area in the backyard (it's huge!) and adding a raised bed type border and mulch to our little side garden. I'd love to increase the size of it but want 2-3 more of the same containers so we will see if I can get them. 

5. Add more photos of what we do as a family - trips, big or small, and fun family activities.

6. Add more of what I do as a teacher - art projects, etc. I'm currently working on my master's degree for school counseling but I'm also an elementary art teacher. 

7. Add more food related posts as I post a lot of them on Instagram (follow me at thebrickbungalow

8. Talk about my girls, I mean chickens... they are finally producing eggs! I'm toying with the idea of getting one or two more in the Spring but I don't want to mess up the happy family right now. I'd love another bantam but we'll see. I may try to whole "put the babies under a broody mom" attempt...

Wednesday, January 3, 2018


2017 was a busy year. 2018 will be another busy year. I feel that it's how life will be from this point forward. Work, grad school, kids' school and activities, the list goes on and on. 

2018 goals include taking more "staycations" aka trips around the area for a fun, "get out of the house" activities. We started this a couple months ago and I look forward doing more as the weather gets warmer. 

Obviously, we are not in warm weather right now. It's cold. Freezing cold. This body of water? The Missouri River. It hasn't completely frozen, of course, but nice big chunks of ice floating by. 

The above photo is a shallow area where the water doesn't move much. It was completely frozen over and thick - thick enough that the kids could stand on it. Doug threw rocks on it (big ones!) and it cracked some but not enough to break it apart. 

I hope to post more of our explorations on this blog. It needs something besides summer flowers and garden views. 

For more, up to the date photos, check me out on Instagram - thebrickbungalow 

Friday, November 10, 2017

{Life Lately} November

This blog got sad, didn't it? It's purely a result of my busy life. 

July came around (after my last post in June) and it was family time, vacations (here in Missouri, we didn't go anywhere big), and then the biggest change of the year - I got the call saying that they wanted me to come in for an interview into a different (better) district. Within two weeks, I interviewed, was offered the job, accepted the job, had to break my contract, and then waited until they could tell me if they would let me out. Long story short, all is fine minus a hole in my bank account (yes, I had to buy out my contract). 

August became a blur of teaching stress. New district, new school, new level of students. Lily started a new school too, same district though for her.

I turned 35 in September. 

Nate turned 4 in October. 

Doug and I "celebrated" being together for 15 years in October. Our celebration was a Facebook post... that's seriously how busy we are.

Oh, did I forgot to mention that we are now both full time graduate students? I'm doing it for the second time (yes, I'm crazy!). 

Nate and Lily played soccer which was fun for a few weeks. Doug played rugby again. 

I went on a field trip with Lily's school group to the St. Louis City Museum. It's fantastic. The photo below is from one of their architecture exhibits. Don't go there thinking it's a regular museum though. It's truly a one of a kind place! 

And now it's almost the middle of November with Thanksgiving and Christmas right around the corner. 

I'm really not sure where time has gone but that's life now. 

Our living room, above, received all my outside plants as the weather turned cold. It's a jungle and I love it. 

And this girl, with her four buddies, have turned six months old and I have yet to receive any eggs! 

I'll be back later. Maybe. 

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

{Garden} Late June Update

How it is almost the end of June?? This month has flown by and I feel like I haven't accomplished as much as I wanted. But.. my chicken coop and run are done, the girls have been in there for days, and the back porch is cleaned up from the chicken brooder. I hope to get it painted soon. But for now, let's focus on the gorgeous flowers that are open!! 

OK, so some of the plants above are technically weeds but I haven't pulled them yet. But at least the flowers look pretty! 

Guys... this oak leaf hydrangea is huge! The top of the trellis is roughly 9' feet tall (or taller!) and this oak leaf makes that look like nothing. I found a picture of it as a baby, so I should do an post about it soon. 

The "flower" above is what is left after the clematis petals fall off. I find it more unique and fun than the blooms, plus the last forever. They start off smooth and turn fuzzy.

I'll be back with more garden updates. I didn't take too many photos of our backyard garden this year, but the south side garden (with veggies and flowers) is growing strong. One pepper plant looks pitiful but it's been watered and receives full sun. I'm not sure what's going on. There are peppers on it but the leaves are droopy. 

Have a great Monday! 

Monday, June 26, 2017

{Farm} Father's Day

On Father's Day, we went out to my parents' house for a swim and a celebration. My dad is the type that seriously doesn't want us to spend money on him for gifts. But he does love pie (who doesn't!?) and so I always try to make him one (or more...I once made 6 desserts for when he turned 60). This year we went all over the place looking for blackberries, which I thought would be in season and ready to go, but apparently not. So store bought worked, mixed in with a few frozen blueberries and blackberries from the farm last year. I ended up making a crisp and it was delicious!

My parents have had blueberry bushes for years and some of their bushes are close to 5' tall! Isn't this shot, of all the colors and variety of ripeness, just great? You can't go wrong with produce pictures. 

When Lily was born, my parents planted a miniature peach tree. They did the same when Nate was born and now both are producing! Lily's tree is a little taller than her and Nate's tree is slowly growing too. Let's hope for some good peaches! 

And I'll end with the below photo... 

Above shows "Naked Nate" (there may be a series coming, but I probably won't publish it publicly). We went swimming at their pool and then straight to the garden before dinner. Here they are, digging potatoes (which is super easy in my dad's custom soil mix!). I'd like to say there's some funny thing about why he's naked but he's 3, we're in the middle of the country, and his swim diaper was swollen. 


He really does like to be naked though. 

Thursday, June 22, 2017

{Family} Hello!

I started this blog (well, the previous one) to stay in contact with family. I'm not sure who even reads this but I figured that if you come over from Instagram (follow me at thebrickbungalow), you may want to know who we are. 

We took the photo just a few weeks ago at the beginning of June at one of our favorite places for photos. 

Doug and I have been together for almost 15 years (wow!) and got married 11 years ago. We are both teachers. He's also a coach and plays rugby. He teaches summer school while I stay home and work on various home projects. He will be going back to grad school this fall to get his master's. 

Lily is our little artist and athlete. She just finished up her third year in softball, which is by far her favorite sport, and is almost done with her first year of track. She's done cross country and soccer too. I think we'll get back into soccer and try basketball this winter. She loves art and anything STEM/STEAM. She starts third grade and is very excited about her art camp and STEM camp this summer! She's also in Girl Scouts. She likes to be busy.  

Nate is our active little boy. See the dark spot on his head? That's medical glue from when he busted his head open on a tailgate at one of Lily's games. I rushed him to the ER and we finally got the glue off - it took almost 4 weeks! The day after the ER trip he ran into something at daycare and had the biggest goose egg on the other side of his head. He then got a scratch on his face during all this and that's when school pictures were. That's Nate in a nutshell. Nate can sing his alphabet but don't ask him to spell his name. He knows his whole name, but he won't spell it for you. He's too busy running around. 

Speaking of running around... 

Lily had a track meet at a local, very large high school. It looks like a small college campus. Doug and Nate were busy playing when Doug came back, by himself, and said he couldn't find where Nate ran off to (or was possibly hiding). So my parents fan out, I stay put in case he comes back, and then our friends and other parents were looking too. Doug thinks to check the track, where Lily had just walked by with a ton of other kids, and go talk to them. He asked Lily if she had seen him, and of course she had because she's an awesome sister, and said "yeah, he put himself in the track meet" and he had. He was on the line, ready to run in the race. We had asked him prior to this, at two different meets, if he was interested but he said no. So apparently, when all the kids walked by, he saw his time and joined them. And you want to know something? The kid got 5th place. He's THREE and was racing other 3 and 4 years olds, maybe even 5 year olds. So now he's signed up for the next meet. 

And that's our life. 

Busy, hectic, full of laughter and fun. I wouldn't have it any other way! 


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