Monday, March 17, 2014

life lately

Hi y'all! Life lately has been one big adventure! New things, new ideas, new projects, I've been on a creative high and it's been so fun. That's the thing about having a creative spirit. Life is good when creativity is high. It's when the inspiration and motivation are nowhere to be found that life becomes a trudgefest of the mundane. Surely you know what I mean. Whether your medium is cooking, landscaping, fabric, paint, or even just coming up with great ideas for Bible class. When your creative juices are flowing, life seems 10x better. :D

For me, that creativity has been on high in sooo many areas. Maybe not so much my blog... hey, can't win 'em all.... but I've had so many ideas for other things, and so many projects that are ongoing, that the best way to share them with you all is simply a life lately round up of what's been going on. 

So here we go: 

First off, if you're my friend on Facebook, or if you follow me on Instagram (@reginakayxo) then you would have seen this picture from last month. Luke is sitting up on his own now which is a HUGE accomplishment for him. He's doing super well and even his new Vision Instructor has been very impressed with his abilities. He's such a smart, sweet, little boy who lights up our world. Although, he's learning how to "get" his brothers....

McCrae got one of my coats and claimed it as is own personal blanket. Isn't that so darling?!?!?! He fell asleep like this on the couch watching tv one morning. 

But then....

Luke rolled over to the couch and found the "blanket" and started pulling on it. 

Don't worry, I saved McCrae by taking the coat from Luke and moving him to the other side of the living room. 

While Luke is enjoying learning how to pick on his brothers, he's also learning new touches...

The other evening Lorie let Luke pet her and pull on her hair and ear for a while. He just giggled and giggled. 

And when Luke wore Daddy out by wiggling and giggling, Luke found his brothers' towel on the floor and rolled himself up into a Lukerito. From the time he found the towel in the floor, to the time we took it from him he just laughed and laughed. New touches and experiences are so much fun for him, and I can only imagine what he's thinking. Just think if you were blind and touched a dog like Lorie for the first time, what would you think it was? Cool to think about haha. 

We bought a new tool! I really loved my finished product from my pallet project, but two things I know for sure.... I needed a better way to disassemble a pallet, and I needed to know how to assemble a product using pallet boards. The second one I learned the hard way through trial and error. Lots and lots of errors in the form of bent nails and broken screw heads. The first one, though, I learned by watching a video I found via Pinterest where a guy disassembles a pallet with a sawzall or a reciprocating saw. So we bought one because I have a big pallet project on my horizon, and I'm happy to say it really works great! I'm having to get used to it because it's different than any other saw I've used before, but it's cool! Those pallets have met their match!!

Still with me?

Hang in there. I know it's a long post, but there's so much more to say. ;) 

We went to the mountains of Weed, NM a few weeks ago and we went walking around and had a blast. The friends we stayed with had an awesome backpack baby carrier thing that we used for Luke and it was awesome!! He snuggled down in that thing and would fall asleep. When he was awake he just smiled and giggled. 

Our over-the-range microwave stopped working a few weeks ago so we bought another one. I wanted Joey to get some help installing it, but he was determined we could do it so we did. Hah! If only it really went like that. Let's just say I didn't want to work on this project when Joey did so I was in a bad mood through the whole thing. But we got it installed and it's working great. And now we know that since our marriage survived a microwave installation, it can survive anything. ;) 

Again, if you follow me on Instagram, you've seen this post, but I've been working on Luke's quilt lately. I've had the blocks cut out since December and one Sunday I put them all together. Seriously. It took me part of one day to get the quilt top pieced together. Sometimes I put off a project for so long and then when I finally do it and realize how little time and effort it takes, I kick myself for not doing it sooner. Case in point, I'm kicking myself for putting off this project. The quilt is on my sewing table right now as I've been quilting it in between the other things. I really don't think it will take much longer to get the rest of it quilted and then bind it. 

Also, we have SIX new additions to the family, as Pepper gave birth to her litter a little over a week ago. 

There are 6, 2 female, 4 male. There's one solid black one, three brindled colored ones, and two white ones with brindled colored patches on them. They're so adorable and I love going out and checking on them twice a day and taking care of Pepper. So fun! If anyone wants a puppy, you can have one... or two. ;) 

If you've made it this far in the post, we're almost done. ;) 

Last week, my friend Lindy and I decided we needed to go to Mexico this summer. Which means 2 things. 1) I need a passport because I've never been out of the country. Which means I'm SOOOO excited about this trip. 2) I need to lose weight. Lindy and I have set a goal to lose 30 pounds each. So... last week I made myself a smoothie for lunch. I gotta say... it was pretty darn good. I did a handful of spinach leaves, one fresh banana, about a cup of frozen pineapples, mangoes, peaches and strawberries. A splash of milk (I forgot I had orange juice) and then juice to liquify it all. It was delicious! I've been thinking about a smoothie cleanse/fast and this confirmed that it would be possible to make great tasting smoothies. I'm a fan. 

I made these two lovelies last week during one of my creative spurts. I just adore them. These were/are being given away, but don't worry, similar ones are coming to an Etsy shop near you. ;)  

And speaking on Etsy shops.... I finally have some new items in my shop: 

I've been planning this for about 6 months, testing it for at least 3, and working on getting them in the shop for the last 2 months. I'm excited to finally have them in my shop and you can check them out at Live Delightfully on Etsy. More colors coming soon!

Aside from my own crafty things going on, Joey and I have two larger projects going on. One inside, one outside. 

First the inside...

We're giving our dear ol' kitchen a much needed facelift. The ol' girl's been through a lot and she really needs/deserves a makeover. So... we've started sanding the cabinets, removing doors and drawers and sanding them as well, and getting things prepped for the great cabinet makeover of 2014!! haha. First we're going to sand and repaint the cabinets and replace the hardware. Next we're going to look into replacing the old counter tops or I'll just paint them. We'll also add a backsplash and maybe a new sink too. Right now, I'd say our budget is $1500 total and I think we can do it! ;) HGTV, eat your heart out. 

And for our outside project, for the days when it's nice and not too windy...

We are making a flower bed in this corner. The patio is there on the left and these area of the yard is really just a barren wasteland. So it's been begging me for some life and color and well, I just need to oblige. So I marked out the bed shape and we've been digging the area up. I bought the landscape fabric this weekend and staples so once we're finished digging and leveling, we will lay that down, replace some of the dirt, add some topsoil, plants, and mulch and call it done. ;) I'm looking forward to having some greenery in our backyard. I just hope the dogs will let it thrive and not kill it. :/

Okay, I know that was a long post, but we've made it! Woo-hoo we're through!

As you can see there's a lot going on at my house and life is great! It's just sometimes it's a little too busy to steal away and write up a blog post. 

But I hope you enjoyed the catch up and maybe I should do this more often so there's not so much to cram into one post. Haha. 


  1. Wowzer, Luke, those puppies, that quilt, the Etsy newbies, the kitchen much excitement!! I can't wait to see how the kitchen comes out and why is it installs, fixing things, etc are always the things that test our marriage? LOL

  2. even though I "friend" you on facebook, it was nice to see these pics again. God is so good, isn't He?


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