Home Improvements

25 10 2008

Well here are the much anticipated home improvement photos!  Thank you to Seth, Seita, Hannah, Rebekah, and Rachel who all came out to help us paint. . . we are VERY grateful for all you did! You can see all the photos on the flickr link but here are a few.

Son's room

Daughter's room

Our room


Dangerously Delightful Delicious Decadence!

1 10 2008

Via a friend in our online adoption group I came across this wonderful recipe.  But be forewarned. . . now we are all just 5 minutes away from a delicious piece of chocolate cake!!!  Yikes!

5 Minute Chocolate Mug Cake 

1 coffee mug

4 TBS flour

4TBS sugar

2 TBS baking cocoa

1 egg

3 TBS milk

3 TBS oil

Small splash of vanilla

3 TBS chocolate chips

Add dry ingredients to mug, and mix well.  Add the egg and mix thoroughly.  Pour in the milk and oil and mix well.  Add the vanilla and chocolate chips and mix again.  Put your mug in the microwave and cook for ** edit: I think 2 1/2 minutes is better then 3 minutes.  The cake will rise over the top of the mug, but don’t be alarmed.  Allow to cool for a minute and tip out onto a plate.  ENJOY!

As promised. . .

19 09 2008

Okay so here are the colors I’ve picked.  But pictures uploaded to a computer just don’t do justice!  Argh!

 paint colors

 So I’ve picked Green for the accent wall in our son’s room and we’re going to go with an Ethiopian Soccer theme. . . I think. =)  The Ethiopian flag is green, yellow, and red.  So a green accent wall, soccer balls, painting the furniture black and an Ethiopian flag on the wall.  We’ll see how it comes out!  

For our daughter I’m still debating between a yellow or purple accent wall.  I really could go either way at this point.  Naomi, a dear friend introduced me to the wonderful idea of wall decals. . . SO COOL!  I thought those great designs were always painted on walls, who knew they were stickers!  I’m still trying to decide on what kind of wall decals I like. 

Note to Mom and Melissa:  Either of you want to try to make some curtains for the kids room??? hint hint!  Or even a bed spread??? =)

Our living room and dining room is going to be basically a neutral tan through out with olive green accents.  These are the colors we’ve selected.  The green isn’t quite that bright in real life.

paint colors

I also found the absolute perfect color for the master bedroom.  We have these really nice curtains and I found a great paint color that goes well with it.  Again in the picture it looks a little gray, but its actually a muted greenish gray tone.

paint colors

So there you have it!!!  Now who wants to come help paint???  I’m thinking Columbus Day weekend!

Paint colors

16 09 2008

I’m off to Home Depot to look at paint colors!!  Yipee Skippy.  I’ll be sure to post the sample colors when I come back with! =)

Some recent photos

8 09 2008

Some new curtains and lamps for the living room. . . all you have to envision is nicely painted walls.  Hopefully coming soon!





Check out the major finds I scored at the local thrift store on Labor day.  Everything was 50% off!!!  I got our little boy 7 shirts, 2 pairs of pants, 2 shorts and a swim suit.  Our little girl got 3 jumpers, 3 shirts, a pair of jeans and a some overalls.  Want to wager a guess of how much I spent???


CIMG0780CIMG0782CIMG0781Thrift store finds

The total came to $36.00.  Yes folks all these wonderful clothes from brands like OshKosh, Gap, Old Navy, Gymboree, and Carter’s for only $36 dollars.  God is good!

Made me think. . .

8 09 2008

Go here www.kyolsens.wordpress.com  and read the post written about Haiti and Hurricanes.

Erika, the author writes,

“It was more than a little surreal to stand in church this morning and sing about God’s mercy sitting on cushioned seats under auditorium lights.  His mercy is nonetheless real…but how little it costs me to proclaim its truth.”

I’ve been so tempted to question God’s mercy in my own life and judge His wisdom and sovereignty over my circumstances.  I am silenced and humbled at truly how great a cost His mercy came to be in my life through Jesus death on a cross.  And then as Erika shares, how little it costs me to proclaim this truth.  Surely I’ve yet to truly count the cost.

Ode to a very neglected blog. . .

13 08 2008

Oh the shame of days, ah weeks, no wait. . . over a month gone by with no posts!!!!  For anyone who still occasionally stops by our blog rest assured the Taylors have in fact NOT dropped off the face of the planet.  We have not ceased to exist or crawled under some hole.  In fact life is steaming ahead at a pace I have not experienced in quite some time!

So, since my last post we have moved out of our apartment, into a new townhouse, gone and returned from vacation in Maine, and are slowly but surely trying to get things in order for two new kiddos to join us!

Here’s some fun photos.  All of the craziness can be seen on the flickr link, these are just some highlights

Here’s packing up our old apartment

Here’s the new house!


With a nice backyard!


Yep our first stop once we got home was at Houlton Dairy Farms!

Vacation July/Aug 2008

Vacation July/Aug 2008

Vacation July/Aug 2008

Belle took her first boat ride

Vacation July/Aug 2008

And she learned to swim!

Vacation July/Aug 2008

Josh and I loved the time we got to spend out in the kayaks, We even managed to take Belle out.

Vacation July/Aug 2008

A visit to Maine just wouldn’t be complete without a family lobster bake!

Vacation July/Aug 2008

BLAST FROM THE PAST!!!!  We saw The Dark Knight at the Braden Theater!!!!

Vacation July/Aug 2008

We enjoyed a nice meal with Joshua’s grammy Glenna

Vacation July/Aug 2008


Now that we’ve returned I’ve started working full time (yes 40 hours a week!) as a nanny.  This is proving more difficult then I thought but I am learning so much and growing more fond of these new kiddos each day.


More to come soon. . . I hope to be a more faithful blogger in the coming weeks, its just that dishes, laundy, housework all seem to take up my evenings now that I’m gone 7:30-5:30!  Alas, life is good! =)