I don’t know what hit Sebastian recently, but MAN has he developed a crazy LOVE for games.

When I first met Daniel’s family they asked if I liked to play games.  I didn’t know how to answer.  As a youngest who often found myself asking my siblings, “Will you play a game with me” and never getting a affirmative…I didn’t really know if I liked to play games.  “Don’t worry, we will teach you,”  they said.

Quickly I was hooked.  I was so enamored by the fact that he had a family that all played games together….as a whole family…this pretty much seemed like the holy grail to me.  I dreamed of having that same kind of love for games and bonding with my kids.

Today is that day.

Recently Sebastian has really taken to games….every kind.  Board games, card games, pretty much any game you can imagine.  We usually play several each day.  He is 5 and he can play games 8+ (thank God, because games get way more interesting when they are 8+) and in all honesty, he can pick them up faster then most adults we have taught.  It is a fun way to teach him math and reading as well as critical thinking!  (We are still working on good sportsmanship)

I don’t know if this will be a forever thing, but we are sure loving this new stage having game playing kids!
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Our House

When we first bought this house 7 years ago I didn’t love the house paint on the outside, but it was only a couple years old so it just didn’t make financial sense to change it. I loved the red door, but just not the tone of the red (pink-ish maroon).

My logical side put painting the house on the back burner.

Now 7 years have passed. Doing cosmetic changes on a house are so hard to convince yourself to change. I mean, we don’t NEED it. The house is perfectly functional and beautiful the way it was.

However something happened this month. I don’t know what it was that put a bug in our bonnet, but Daniel and I talked about updating some things on the front of our house. Maybe because the two houses next to us are both up for sale and so we are inspired to give our house a little face-lift too? Whatever the reason we bit the bullet and went for it. We couldn’t afford to paint the whole house, but Daniel painted the eves, the front door, all the window frames, and the back doors. We got a new mailbox, new house numbers, and a new porch light. I put in some cactus plants in front flower bed.

Although none of it was needed per se, I am so glad we did it. I feel like the outside of our house finally looks like US. It is ours. It is our style…it is so us. I love it. No I LOVE IT. So so much. Every time I pull into the driveway I get a huge smile on my face…it just feels like “our home” in a way it never quite did before.

Step one: painting garage door
Step two: new plants
Step three: painting eves and trim
Step four: painting front door
Step five: new mailbox, new numbers, and new porch light.

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