A spring break trip to Texas

March turned out to be a busy month with us spending a week in Texas visiting Mimi & Popaw.  Before we left, however, we managed to get in school and find ways to entertain ourselves when it was too cold to play outside.  This is a “game” they came up with on their own.  (Don’t worry…. Momma hid the “ammo”.)

Keeping it "gangster"

Keeping it “gangster”

We have discovered LOTS of advantages of homeschooling, one of which is that we can do school literally anywhere… like Starbucks!  By March we were starting to find our “groove” with our schoolwork, and it was nice to see Liam’s smile return.  During the first half of first grade, he lost that “spark”.  Learning became about frustration, not about fun.  He lost confidence in himself.

For spring break, we traveled to Texas to see Mimi and Popaw for a much-needed break from housework and homework!

Liam has started to show a lot of interest in who his great-grandparents were and the history of our family.  Time to pull out the old scrapbooks!  Popaw even pulled out pictures and more from his days as a professional race car driver.  (Why, yes!  I came by my driving abilities naturally!  Haha!)

Not too shabby, huh?

Not too shabby, huh?


I love visiting some of the local stores in Eastland and Comanche when I get a chance.  As they say, “Junk makes her soul happy“.

Priceless antique?

Priceless antique?

Our trip to Texas gave each of us some much-needed down time to unwind and just do nothing.  For Rocky and Gracie, it meant lots of snuggles and belly rubs.  Turns out they love it when the boys visit!

Someone's tired!

Someone’s tired!

Mimi took us for a little retail therapy, and as usual, she made sure the boys had some new clothes and shoes for spring.  When it was time to pack up the car and head home to Texas, there was no room to spare in the car.  It reminded me of the days when I would return to Texas Tech after a visit home.

With Liam no longer in public school, my days of having some time to clean and organize the house without a helper (distraction) are gone.  It’s not often that I get a chance to reorganize a cabinet, but when I do, it makes me happy to pull out my trusty label-maker and have at least one small little part of my life organized and alphabetized while the rest of it is messy and topsy-turvy.

They found the hidden pacifiers I forgot about.

They found the hidden pacifiers I forgot about.

Cullen has his own system when digging through drawers and cabinets: to find something he’s not supposed to have and make a mess with it.  Such as Desitin!!!  Unfortunately, I did not get a pic of what he looked like when we discovered him covered in Desitin but let’s just say it was VERY MESSY.  He’s watched his brother style his hair with hair gel, so Cullen decided to do it too when no one was looking.  Only he grabbed the Desitin instead of the hair gel.  I didn’t think we would ever get it all out of his hair, and we still have a spot on the wall in the bathroom where it took off some of the paint.  But, boy…. was he sure proud of himself!

We love getting to visit one of the special families from our church.  One of the brothers has a cow that he has leash-trained, and the cow will even let kids ride on him.

Giddy up??

Giddy up??

I got to put on my “artist hat” and make some new signage for our church.  A team of us ladies accessorized the Welcome Center and coffee bar.  We also added some new directional signage to help visitors find their way around.  For me, it was just nice to finally put some of my Pinterest discoveries to good use.  😉

Don’t let Grumpy’s expression fool you.  The Easter Bunny visited our house, and both of the boys loved their Easter baskets full of goodies.  No pictures of an outdoor egg hunt though.  It was a cold, rainy Easter morning in Green Country.  Thankfully, the Easter Bunny was able to hide eggs throughout the house.


This is what a happy boy with new sneakers looks like:

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Getting chocked with Miss Lillian’s chalk paint

Whereas most women have a thing for shoes, I have a thing for tables.  End tables with unique details included.  Here in Skiatook we have an awesome place to shop for unique furniture and more: The Antique Depot.  Since moving here a year ago, I have found some great things at great prices including this recent find:

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This was a sweet little table that had great detailing with so much potential.  That said, it was in really rough shape and very rickety.  The employees at Antique Depot showed me how to work some previously-applied glaze out of the screws so that the legs and top could be tightened up.  Thanks to my hubby’s efforts, it worked!  The table’s size is perfect for a corner in our dining room, and that’s where it sat in it’s sad shape waiting for me to do something with it.

Owasso has this great boutique store called Bless UR Heart where I’ve previously done a Pinterest painting party.  When they announced an upcoming chalk painting class for furniture, I jumped at the opportunity.  Marilyn (AKA Miss Lillian) came all the way from Clarksville, Tennessee, to teach two classes.  She and her husband were so funny, and I had such a good time getting to know all about chalk painting using Miss Lillian’s Chock Paint products.  The hardest part (for me) was deciding on which color I would use to paint my little table!

Miss Lillian Chock Paint Storefront

Miss Lillian Chock Paint Product

After much deliberation, I went with Sage Advice.  My dining room has a light-colored wainscoting so I needed a color that would stand out.  That said, I didn’t want this small table to be too noticeable as the accessories in the room are what I really want to have to add color and pattern.  This green color was perfect – not too yellow, not too blue.

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One of the table’s previous owners had applied a “crocodile” glaze over it which I decided to leave intact since it would only add to the overall appearance once the chalk paint and glaze were applied.  These are some pictures of the table with just one coat of Miss Lillian’s No-Wax Chock Paint.  This little table was already shaping up to be a stunner:

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I thought it already looked beautiful but my gut feeling was that I needed to add a glaze to make the carved details and “crocodile” crackling really stand out.  Using Marilyn’s suggestion, I went with the Burnt Umber Antiquing Glaze.  I’ll let you decide for yourself if it was the right call.  For me, and my house, this just added the perfect level of “antiquing” to a unique accent table that blends perfectly with the rest of the furniture in my dining room.

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If you’re interested in Miss Lillian’s Chock Paint for yourself, you can visit their website or like them on Facebook.  And if you’re anywhere close to Northeast Oklahoma, you’ve got to check out Bless UR Heart in Owasso where they sell Miss Lillian’s products and have quite a few painted furniture pieces in the store so you can see it in person.

Now that I’ve been bitten by the chalk paint bug, I can’t wait to get started on my next piece!

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