Thursday, April 28, 2011

Home Tour {Entry}

One of the main reasons I read blogs is to see how other people live.  You might also call that being nosey (or is it nosy?).  Since I enjoy seeing the homes of others so much, I thought it would be fun to show you our home.  I shared a sneak peek a while back here.

I'm slowly photographing our home so I can share it with you.  I feel like my home is a metaphor for my life--it's a work in progress.  I'm dedicating an entire post to share more thoughts on that in the future. 
Even if I feel like our home isn't complete or ready to show off, I have decided that I'd better start showing you photos of our home or I probably never will.  I'm just going to dive in and start the process. 

Here's my disclaimer before I start the process:  our home isn't perfect, it doesn't belong in a magazine, it's just a house that we're making a home.  I constantly dream up projects that I'd like to take on, but with work and raising two little ones the home improvement projects get pushed aside.  

I'll stop rambling and get to the photos.

If you walk in the front door this is what is in the entry.  Our home is so small that my husband laughed when I asked him what I should call this area.  He said it's the living room.  I guess technically it is part of the living room, but for the sake of the home tour I'm calling it the "Entry".





Wednesday, April 27, 2011

What I Wore Wednesday Wk 33

What I Wore Wednesday Week 33

Hi WIWW friends!  It's still Michele.  My blog got a makeover recently so if you were thinking you were at the wrong blog, you are not.  It's still me and my Imperfectly Wonderful World.  Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday: School and church/Bible study
Black capris and black cardi: Gap outlet
Gray ruffle tank: J Crew outlet
Earrings: Premier Designs
Flip-flops: Ann Taylor LOFT or Gap
I have two pairs that are very similar and I can't tell which these are.  Does anyone else go shopping and buy almost the exact same version of something they already own?  I do it more than I think I do.  My husband usually reminds me of it by saying something like this, "Ummm...don't you already own about 5 white shirts like that."  He's usually right, but it doesn't necessarily stop my from buying it anyway ;)



Thursday: School
Pants/chinos, white top, and gray cardi: J Crew outlet
Yellow flats: Target--I've had them about a month and they've been all over WIWW.  Great minds think alike :)
Yellow bead necklace: Old Navy
Ring: Sundance
The shoe for Spring.

Friday: No photo

Saturday: Visited my grandparents and had friends over
I forgot to take a photo, but Mark took this one of me and the boys on the couch watching a movie and eating popcorn.
Bermuda shorts: Gap outlet
Teal top: Banana Republic outlet

Sunday: Church
New Easter dress: J Crew
Shoes: TJ Maxx (they are Guess)
Bracelet: Premier Designs
Diamond studs: gift from my brother for college graduation
The shoes!  I never wear high heels but I really like these AND I can walk in them!

Monday: School
Capris and gray cardi: Old Navy
Ruffle top: Banana Republic
 Poppy print flats: Gap
Bracelet: ?


Tuesday: School
Since we were giving the TAKS test, we were allowed to wear jeans.
Skinny jeans and yellow flats: Target
Gray cardi: Old Navy
Top: Anthropologie
Ring: Sundance
I call this the "Lindsey" outfit.  Last week Lindsey looked adorable with her yellow flats and ruffle  top.  I had similar pieces to what she wore, so I decided to put them together to make this outfit.  Imitation is the highest form of flattery.
 One more close-up of the WIWW yellow flats.

Linking up to the Pleated Poppy.
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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Something New

Hello Dear Blog Friends!

Did you notice something new around here at Imperfectly Wonderful World?

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It's a new blog design!

It has been in the works for quite some time, and I'm happy to finally show it off to you. 

Thanks for hanging around here and taking time to share in this journey of good, bad and in between.

The ol' blog will be a year old in a couple of weeks and I may be getting sentimental and sappy as I reflect, but it's only because this blog has become a big part of who I am and so have you.

Much love,

Michele


Monday, April 25, 2011

The Thrill of the Hunt

The boys had 3 Easter egg hunts this year.  We usually hunt eggs at Mark's parents and that's it.  We had another Easter egg hunt with the kiddos from our church, but I forgot to take my camera to that one so I don't have any photos to share.  We also hunted eggs at our house this weekend.

Here are the boys at Mark's parents house.

Ben definitely knew what to do this year. 

As soon as Will found a few eggs he wanted to eat all of the candy.  He's not a greedy child because he could care less about how many eggs he had in his basket.  His only concern was getting the candy out of the eggs so he could eat it.   Notice his basket is almost empty.

Our last Easter egg hunt was this weekend.  I went a little overboard and purchased way too many eggs for three little one to hunt.  It just looked so neat with eggs all over the yard.  Mark and Durwood got tired of hiding eggs in our backyard.  Mark said they ran out of places to hide them so he started tossing them in the middle of the yard in plain sight.

Ben loved this yellow egg.

Will filling up his basket. 

By the looks of the overflowing baskets, Dade and Will were very successful.

The boys have had such a fun Easter this year.  We're blessed with a loving family, wonderful church and sweet friends.  They make special occasions even more meaningful.  I'm thankful for all of the memories we've made this month celebrating Easter.

Flowers and Fun

Sometimes I have so much to share and one of the best ways for me to do that is to compile it all in one random post.  It's Monday, and I'll be sharing my randomness with you and at lowercase letters.

#1
In January, I planted some hardy gladiolus bulbs.  You can read about it here.  I'm happy to report that the bulbs have turned into beautiful flowers.  I didn't know if they would produce flowers this year so this was a pleasant surprise.  The flowers are just emerging, and I think they will be even more beautiful in a few days.  Yay!  I have more flower photos to show you but that will be later in the week.



#2
I love my boys so much! 
Every time I hear Taylor Swift's "Never Grow Up" I get teary-eyed.  It's the sweetest song and my boys are at the sweetest ages. 

Will.
Will is 4.5 and we're talking about Pre-K.  I can't believe he's old enough to discuss pre-registration for Pre-K.  We still don't know if we'll send him or not.  He may just stay with his grandma one more year and then start kindergarten next fall.  Decisions, Decisions!

Ben.
Ben is almost 2!  It just seems like we were bringing this little fella home from the hospital.  Now he's an active little guy who thinks he's as big as his big brother.  Writing that he's almost 2 reminds me that I better get it in gear and start planning his birthday party.  Note to self--better get started on that ASAP!

My boys are the sweetest and so are my friends' kiddos.  We had friends over for the weekend and their little boy Dade is so adorable.



#3
On Saturday my friend Shelly thought it would be fun to buy the boys the new Crayola colored bubbles.  The boys LOVED it, but it was a HUGE mess.  The bubbles are washable so the mess wasn't permanent.  Here they are in the yard playing in the bubbles. 

To say they had fun is an understatement. 

Here's the evidence of the fun.  I thought they looked like freedom fighters in the movie Braveheart with their faces all blue. 

Ben had a blast, too! 

I wish I could show photos of the clean up process, but I was busy spraying the boys down with the water hose.  All of the colored bubbles came off and no one went to church on Easter Sunday with a bluish and orangish tint to their skin.

Miscellany Monday @ lowercase letters

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter

Happy Easter!

There's so much I could share about all of the fun we had this weekend, but I'll keep it short for tonight.  Some of our good friends visited this weekend, and their little boy and Will and Ben had the best time dyeing eggs and hunting eggs. 

I must confess that I've never dyed Easter eggs with the boys.  It always seemed like such a big mess, and I figured they didn't know what they were missing.  Well, they had such a good time, that I'm sure I'll have to dye eggs every Easter from now on.  I'm okay with that because they were really good and surprisingly it wasn't very messy.

Colorful eggs

Shelly had the smart idea of covering the table with a trash bag, which made the clean up super easy.
Here are the boys concentrating on their masterpieces. 

Here's Mark, Durwood and the boys.  We had to interrupt some sporting event (probably the Rangers or Mavericks) they were watching on TV to force them to pose for this photo.

Sunday Morning
Will and Ben found their Easter baskets. 
Will's very excited about the Peeps.

Ben like his new animal book. 

Ben got Peeps, too. 

This was as good as it gets when I tried to get a photo of the boys after church.

Easter 2011

I hope you had a blessed Easter.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Hooray for Spring!

I'm finally getting around to sharing the photos we had taken in March at the Dallas Arboretum.  I shared a few photos of the Arboretum and the gorgeous flowers here.

About a month ago we met up with one of my favorite photographers, Lauren.  She's talented, funny, patient and easy to work with, which is very important when photographing children.  It's great to have someone who is laid-back because I find family photo shoots to be very stressful, anyone else?  Maybe it's because I have two active little boys who aren't very concerned about posing for the perfect photo.  Two little boys who are constantly on the move make for an interesting photo shoot.

Despite my active children, Lauren always amazes me with the images she captures of Will and Ben.  We started using her when Will turned two years old and I treasure the photos she's taken of our family over the years.

I've already used several photos from the photo shoot in different places on the blog.  I'll be sharing more photos in future posts.  Here are just a few of my favorites.










Hooray for Spring!

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