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Taite & Owen’s Room / Playroom

Thought Id show you all what our middle boys room looks like. Taite (age 8) and Owen (age 5) share a room. This was how it was in Atlanta as well. Even though Taite and Caleb are closer in age, we found that putting Owen and Taite together worked better than Caleb & Taite. We also knew once Reed became older we’d probably want him to be with his older brother for a few years… at least until Reed was old enough to know not to get out of bed. I remember that being a huge battle at age 2 for all my boys. To the point we’d have to put a baby gate up to lock them in their bedrooms. I am sure any mom of a 2 or 3 year old knows the battle well. Owen was the worlds worst at falling asleep by the gate. :) Memories haha.

So Taite and Owen share the back FROG (finished room over garage). It is HUGE!!! in fact its to big IMO. I prefer smaller bedrooms… (not complaining tho, space is nice!) If I had to design a house though, Id much prefer MORE bedrooms, than one larger one. Then again, having a larger room for boys is fun. It allows for lots of space to wrestle and play. This room seconds though as a playroom/entertainment room. Its towards the back of the house upstairs too, so if you shut the door to it, its actually pretty good at keeping things quiet downstairs.

I use to be the anti-TV mom. So let me explain why theres a HUGE one in this room. :) The TV that is in their room is not hooked up to any cable or TV… its merely for when they want to watch a VHS movie (yes we use a VCR haha)… or if they want to play the Wii. They of course are not allowed to use this at night without permission. My parents gave us their old larger flat screen, so this TV was our old flat screen in our living room. Its quiet big! It is nice to be able to tell the boys to go play Wii or something upstairs, out of our family room. That way if we want to watch something together, they can have some entertainment on a friday night, or something like that. Great for when they have friends over. So while I am not the type to let kids veg on TV at night or all day in their bedrooms… I have now become the type to love my boys having their own entertainment space.

Eventually, once Reed is bigger, I would love to put him in this room too. We have the bunk beds “de-bunked” at the moment. If and when we put bunks back up, we will have to invest in some new ones. This old set is on its last life… the railings on the top bunk split and are broken… so we can no longer use it as a bunk bed safely.. its tipsy too. Lets just say, we’ve had TREE of our boys fall off the top bunk… :-\ So, a good bunk bed with workable railings, is a must for safety. haha…

Enjoy the tour :)




To those curious where the electric ball light came from. That came from my childhood! My mom kept it over all these years. My brother and I use to love that thing :) – its still working great almost 2 decades later. I tell you, they do not build things like they use to! Seems like stuff like that you buy today, breaks in 2 years. So sad. Quality just isnt the same today.

New Living Room make over :) – partly any way

ED9A3431I had to go ahead and post this. It was driving me nuts not to show the before/after. I have a shelf unit I want to get up in our new living room. It will go on the empty wall behind our 3 seat sofa. I want to put in a floating shelf that will display all our photos. (I have a lot). I also want to figure out something with our TV above the mantel. I’m not a huge fan of this look… but the house had a TV mount already installed… and with the shape of this room, having the TV above the fire place just works. SO, we let it be. The thing that bothers me are the amount of cords going down the side of the fire place… we want to have some electrical work done to place an outlet spot behind the actual TV… that will hopefully help with this issue. Because of the mass amount of cords, I have used tiny suitcases and decor to attempt to HIDE the bunches of black wiring.. It is just very congested looking and bothers me… but for now, it works… and in time we will make that look a lot more “seamless” and less crowded. For now, see pass the wires and mess around our mantel. :)

The room to me does not look complete without the photos up either.. so it is a bit incomplete as of today… but hopefully you can see the direction its going from these after photos.

The room prior was an orange color. While it didn’t photograph bad in the before, in person it was VERY DARK. This room does not get a ton of natural light due to lots of trees in our yard. So I felt the room needed a more neutral and light color to open the space up.

The built ins I also painted with a pop of color. I love how they turned out.

The sofa set that matches (a love and regular sofa) we got at a thrift shop for $349.00 – with delivery! total score. They are in great shape! The recliner set towards the painting in the room was given to us by a church member too. Its a nice piece and reclines with a push of a button.

The coffee table is an old antique chest the former home owners left behind. It needs some repair work – there is a broken piece towards the back… but if you didn’t look to close you wouldn’t even notice. I put extra throws into it and the boys enjoy using it as a table for toys and such.

The Rug I got at Ross. Its Turkish and beautiful! It was a splurger piece… $80.00 – retail these rugs are $200.00+ though, so I still believe it was a good deal.

Enjoy the pics :)




All the photos ALONG the top and bottom of mantel I hope to relocate once the shelf is built and wires concealed. :)



Here are a few details in the room…


My mom made that beautiful chevron crochet blanket, I love it!


The painting towards the back left is by Melissa Payne Baker, a friend and client of mine in Atlanta, GA.


The Curtains I got from World Market for 60% off! I love them.


Here is a close up of some of the built ins.


The bottom of the book shelf to the left is a weird big open spot that was obviously meant for an old school TUBE TV :) … we obviously wont have a TUBE TV there, so for now I placed our big pillows the kids use to lay with and watch TV sometimes… and an vintage suitcase. I do hope to add doors to this opening one day… It isnt a priority at the moment though.

and… to end… If you ever come to our house, you will see this…

TOBY’S Chair.

This chair was Travis’ old office chair in the basement.. No one really ever saw it… but this chair kept our Cat Toby from scratching up our furniture. This was his place to stretch his claws. It was his perch haha and he loves it!

We hate how it looks… but we have yet to part with it because we fear if we do, Toby will begin finding a new scratching post… more than likely our new sofa set. So, for now this ugly thing stays… I do hope to find him another option that is a bit prettier :) – but for now, we just keep this kinda hidden in the corner.


That is the room! I do hope to update everyone with the new floating shelf once that is up. Maybe ill do a tutorial on how we build it too! I also plan to do room tours of our master bedroom, the boys rooms…and so forth. I will also give everyone a tour of the outside of the house eventually too.

This month for me has felt exhausting with all the moving, adjusting, starting school back and so forth… but I must admit, it has been fun having a new house to play with. :)

– Oh and the name plaques on our shelf units with the boys names/meanings came from Mimi’s Soda Shoppe off etsy. My friends mom runs that shop. She doesn’t have any listed right now but I bet she’d make you one if you e-mailed her via her shop. We love having one for each of the boys, they are some of my favorite pieces in our home.

– The Pillows too for those curious came from TJMaxx (the yellow bird one). The rest oddly enough, Walmart! The throws we’ve had for some time, mostly thrifted. :) The end tables TJ Maxx, the lamps we’ve had for a good while too, I’m pretty sure walmart lamps as well.

Kitchen Paint Job

Before moving into our new house, we had two rooms we wanted to tackle painting. The paint job these two rooms had just weren’t our style… and we felt they made the room feel smaller. The before photos I took you actually cant really see the “texture” the wall had prior. The former home owners did some sort of artsy texture thing on the walls.. I am sure they spent a good amount of time doing it… but we each have our own styles and this wasn’t mine. So it had to go.

We used the Sherwin Williams paint color “Sedate Gray” in this room. It has a hue of green/blue in it, it compliments our living room curtains (that I will show once our living room is done). Our kitchen table has grey hues as well, so I thought it went really well with the kitchen.

I do hope to get a center island eventually as well for more work space. The kitchen is a great size and we have pretty good storage too. The one thing this kitchen does lack that our other kitchen had, is a bar (I will miss that!) and our huge walk in pantry. I knew going into this house hunting process, that to find a kitchen that matched our Atlanta home features, would be hard to find. So I wasn’t let down when it didn’t match up exactly. :)

I still cannot complain. Its a beautiful kitchen.

Enjoy the before/afters :)







The old wire phone is staying, Reed likes it :) – even tho it isn’t hooked up.



The last thing Id like to do to this kitchen is to paint the door leading out to the screen porch (its located to the right of our kitchen table) – also the door in the laundry hallway (you can’t see it here but its connected to the kitchen), Id love to paint those an accent color.

Something like this…

So eventually that’ll get done. :) I think it’ll be a nice pop for the room, since grey is kind of boring by itself.

I also would love a backsplash similar to this…

One thing at a time though, right?

Moved in

We are officially moved in! Yay! Finally :)

We moved our final bit of “stuff” (mostly beds, our kitchen table, computer, plates, etc) on Tuesday last week [Thank you for all those who helped! We could not have done it without you]. It has taken us the rest of the week to unpack all the boxes (we still have a few left)… get our wifi back up, pantry stocked, and so forth. We still have a good bit to do but right now the house is feeling more “like home.” It takes time any time you move for a place to begin to feel like home. Anyone who has moved more than a few times gets this…

While some of our moves have been easier to make than others, leaving Woodstock was very bittersweet. Our time there was unusual, special, different and so needed…We are forever thankful for the kindness and generosity of First Baptist Woodstock… who blessed us in ways we cannot even express fully.

I am thankful for where God has brought us and am excited about what is to come! I think the Lord has great plans for the church we are at… and I look forward to getting to know everyone better.

Here are a few photos from church here btw. I know many have been curious what the church looks like, etc..etc.. so here is a small glimpse for those curious.





Taite in his SS Class :) [so serious]


Owen in his SS Class


Caleb in his – hes the only boy in his, I’m sure he welcomes that haha…



One thing I hope to always be throughout my years here as a Pastors wife, is to be genuine… I hope my little blog can be a small glimpse into that desire… without getting me into to much trouble… :-\

I never ever want to seem like the type to “have it all together” … or perfected my life. Far from it. I want people to feel the bumps and sense the struggles. No one wants to watch another person live not seeing struggle in their life. We each struggle at times and I think being honest (wisely) is always appreciated. At least I appreciate those who are that way. :) Maybe that is just me.

“stepping off soap box”

This week I have got to get our home school stuff situation.

I have our school room completely set up! Praise the Lord it all came together pretty easily… Now though I have to go through and make copies for our 1st few months of school. Most of our subjects I have workbooks already set for the boys.. but History and Science will require a bit more copy work and putting together of binders. Nothing to over whelming I hope… but I have enough to do that I think this week will be a little slack on the blog posting again.

With Wifi back up though I do hope to post some fun before/after photos.

We painted 2 rooms and they look great!

We still don’t have living room furniture. We have been shopping around some but have not decided on anything just yet. For now we are using a 2 seat recliner sofa from a sweet lady at church. We hope to incorporate it some how. For 6 people it has been a bit tight, haha! All four boys squeeze into those 2 seats though and with a few kitchen chairs thrown into the mix, we’ve been just fine without a full set. I do hope next week we can nail down and make a decision on something though. :)

I also need to get back into the routine of cooking more. With our temp stay at the farm I was a bit slack on meal making. It was hard to prep meals for a family of 6 in a smaller kitchen… I have no excuse now :) – our kitchen is a great size.

So lots to do!

I hope everyone has a great week!

Below are a few more “instagram” photos from the last week or so. Be sure to follow our updates on instagram HERE.

This is the front yard, Caleb letting Reed watch the garbage truck. I am in love with the trees!

Color options in our future Home?

So! We close on our house in less than a week now. eek! We can’t wait.

I thought it be fun leading up to it, to get other peoples thoughts on a paint color. Obviously, we each have our different taste…and I may choose a color some hate :) – but I do love putting it out there and hearing what others think about this sort of thing.

Alright, so the kitchen is a very dark yellow right now. I cannot say its a pretty yellow. No offense to the home owner who used that color… but its just not my style. The counter tops are black quarts with a bit of sparkle (they are beautiful, although if I had built the house myself and had another color option, I would have gone with something besides black, still, they are nice, so ill work with it.). The cabinets a soft off white. The appliances are black.

The photo to the right I took last week after a visit to the house. The home owners aren’t quiet moved out, so that is why it is messy in the photo. They had a bit of everything all over the place. It’ll give you an idea of what colors I have to work with though.

The kitchen opens up beyond the “globe” (bottom left of photo) to 3 large windows and a door. So that area is where our kitchen table would be. So it all be in the same room.

Here is a reminder of what our kitchen table looks like, because it most def. comes into play with color choices…


So our kitchen table is rustic… has hues of gray in it… its probably my favorite piece of furniture we own… so whatever color we use in this kitchen, has to compliment it. :)

Here are some colors I was leaning towards….

I even thought about doing a back splash… but I’m not sure what color… maybe a gray-ish wall with a warm hue… of either blue or green…with a tile back splash that is blue?? So many choices!

Alright the other room we want to paint is the living room.

It is a great size with so much charm.

The other side of the room has ceiling to floor built ins that are white. With a french door in the middle that leads to the screen porch. Here is a photo of them, sorry its so dark… and again its messy because the home owners were still in the “packing” phase when I took these.

I already purchased curtains for the front two windows in this room from world market. They had them 50% off, plus I had a 10% off coupon.. so I saved 60% on them. I couldn’t pass that up. So I got curtains in a blue-ish hue. They are these… The picture doesn’t do them justice though. They have a beautiful texture to them… and the color is much warmer and softer than the photo appears. So I want to paint this room around those blue-ish curtains. Because there is a fire place with old fashion brick though, I can’t go to cold… I feel like a warm color is a must but I dont want it to dark.

Here is what I was thinking…

A warm gray?? So the kitchen I would do a blue-ish warm gray? and then the living space a richer less blue gray but still warm. Does that make any sense?! Is that to much gray? haha… our sofas are still up in the air. We don’t have the beige ones we had in Atlanta… we gave those to a friend.. so we have to buy a new sofa. I was thinking of a darker brown sofa tho (in hopes to hide boy dirt haha).

Not leather though. We have an indoor cat with claws… so leather is a no go for us.

and this is the color of the school room (which is also on the main floor).


While I don’t LOVE the colors in that room, they actually seem calming to me… perfect for schooling.. so I may leave that room as is.

For those curious details about this house.

It was built in the 90s. Its in a very wooded neighborhood. I adore woods!! (hmmm goes with our last name, haha). I just love trees… and shade… and the backyard here is just perfect for our boys. Enough grass to play in… but enough woods to explore as well. Lots and lots of shade for those hot summer days. There is also a fire pit area already set up… and you all know we love fire pit time in our family.

The house is located on a huge cul-de-sac, so perfect spot for kids to ride bikes. We’ve noticed BOTH neighbors near us have play sets and trampolines/tire swing, so we are hoping there are kids around for our boys to meet. :)

It is a four bedroom. All the bedrooms are upstairs. The 4th bedroom is actually considered a FROG room (finished room over garage). So the ceilings are slightly lower on the sides of the room. Which can possibly become problematic with bunks… So for now we plan to put Taite and Owen in that larger room. It will also be a playroom… so hopefully I can organize it well to keep their beds on one side, play area on another. The other bedrooms will be an office/guest room and Caleb/Reeds room. If we have any more kids (we sort of feel this will happen)… then the guestroom would then become a nursery. Sorry mom and dad. We are hoping though that if and when this happens, we can possibly organize the larger FROG room to second as a guestroom for needed. We will cross that bridge when it comes. :)

Any who, thats about it :) – I look forward to posting some wider angle images taken with my real camera once we get things set up.

We close the 14th at 9am! Hope to paint before we move in (or have someone paint it for us)… and then move things in slowly. What is awesome about this particular move is we still have a place to lay our head in the process… so we may stay at our temp home a while longer in order to make the transition a little less crazy.

and to end… to those who think the posting of these photos is to ever brag. It is not. We are very blessed and I am so thankful for the ability to even buy a home. We know that many have so much less… and each time I think about how much we do have, I am humbled.. and thankful. I hope our home can be a place where we welcome families in… and a home to raise these boys up in. I just love to share our world with those who read the blog.. and with my family/friends around the globe. So my posting photos is for those purposes only. To share.

Don’t forget to follow our daily adventures on Instagram @dreawood

Inside our home

Well we had photos taken by the photographer our agent provided. He came today around 10:30am. He had a nice 10mm wide angle lens, which will give the buyer a much wider view of our rooms. My lens is only a 28mm. So its not as wide a view. I did however take photos of our entire house, for my own keeping. I probably wont link to the “actual” listing of our home here… just for privacy reasons… For those who did want to see photos though. I thought this was the next best thing. This is the cleanest our home will probably ever be, haha…. well worth capturing ;-)

The kids have done really well helping us this week to keep things clean. We had to sit them down and tell them the importance of them doing their part… that Travis and I cant keep up the picking up behind them constantly. That the house needs to be very well kept for at least a week, while people view it. We think they got the picture and so far have done very well (except Reed, oh the joy of age 2).

ED9A8990So welcome to our home, at least our home for the next few weeks. Its been full of great memories and will be a place we will forever cherish.

Before I get started, let me just clear the air here. I am not posting these photos to make anyone feel like they have less than us. I am not posting this to brag… I do not want anyone to ever think that. One thing I have realized is that we are blessed with much… Every home we have lived in has been a blessing (reminder to those unfamiliar with our journey, this is our 9th move!). Each home had things we loved. Each home had things we didn’t love. While this home has very few things I dislike :) – I will say I feel completely loved and cherished to live in such a beautiful house. When we went looking for a home (this was our first home purchase). I doubted we’d ever have something like this. In fact I expected little. It really is a lack on my faith honestly… I was so use to being without.. that I didn’t ever expect to be blessed so graciously in this dept. I almost came to grips that having a really beautiful house, such as the one we are in, wasn’t something “I needed.” It wasn’t something I felt God wanted to give me… and I was ok with that. I think the Lord just swooped me up though during our 8th moved and hugged me a little tighter… knowing that we had been through such a difficult transition with Travis’ loosing his job in NC… to becoming a cop… my having to go through an extremely hard pregnancy with Reed… on bed rest… into the hospital twice a week for high level ultrasounds, all the while my husband was going through Mandate… then on the roads wearing a bullet proof vest. Working nights… it was very difficult for me… and while I saw the Lords hand in all of it… and those times grew me.. I think the Lord knew my heart… and He knew no matter what home I got, it was okay with me… but I think He also wanted me to have that joy too… and I can write this post in tears knowing I am so loved by Christ… and while I dont expect to have a perfect house, I know I am cherished by a Father who wants us to ask. Through my doubt He grew me, even when I didn’t think I needed growing in this area.

So to my house that I will love and miss, I know the Lord is good… and He has blessed us greatly. With or without.

I hope you enjoy your tour around our Georgia home :) – I hope whoever buys it, loves it as much as I do.

The front porch wraps around part of the left side of the house, I love it!


When you enter the home, you are faced with a hall way straight and then a den to the right.

The school room to the left. A stair case in the center.

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The school room and den are almost identical in size. Both a great size!


Our kitchen table for those curious came from World Market. We love it! Its about 5 years old now.

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The stairs go up to the bedrooms (4 upstairs), then as you enter down that first hall is a half bath.


Straight down that hallway you will then enter our kitchen/family room area. Its all one huge room.


I didn’t get a photo of our pantry… but it is enormous! Its so big a child could sleep in it haha.

It is through the door beside the oak table in our breakfast nook area.


Looking outward from the kitchen this is what you see.




The living room leads out onto our back deck too. There is no exit off this deck.

That use to bother me but I actually really like that about it now. Much safer for kids.


Then of course you will look out across our beautiful back yard. I fell in love with it at first sight.


and here is a view from the back yard looking back.



The Creek that you often see on the blog, is behind the trampoline.

Now when you walk back up from the backyard, you can enter the house from the basement garage…


It is a 2 car garage (although we never park in it). It also has a connecting workshop.

When you enter the house, this is the room you come to. Its the study.


To go upstairs you’d go right, but if you went through the study, you’d then enter our guestroom.


That guestroom also seconded as a toy room at one time.


It had lots of great shelving for those purposes. :)

The guestroom also had access to a full bath and another lower level deck.

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Ok now lets zoom all the way upstairs. On the 3rd story that is where 4 other bedrooms are.

yes this is a 3 story home. So lots of great leg workout here. :D

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The boys have a full bath, beside their rooms.


Taite and Owen share this room together.


Caleb is in the neighboring room.



Reed is in the smallest room in the house. It works though.

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Once we move we will take Reeds crib away. Hes ready. I just keep postponing it :)


and this is our bedroom.

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Thats it! :) Oh! and totally forgot the laundry room too. Its on the main level, right beside the kitchen. Its a good size too.

2 Ingredient Bathroom Tub and Shower Cleaner

What I am about to show you on this post is kinda embarrassing. I neglected our shower. A LOT the last month… and, with 4 little dudes who for some reason like our shower better, plus Travis and I. It didn’t take long before that shower began to look gross. Thankfully I have the best Tub and Shower Cleaner to handle the job and you wont believe how easy and cheap it is to make. I have been using this same recipe for about 3 years now. It works so good! I figured while my shower looked gross, I’d take advantage of that and snag some before/after photos for you. Don’t worry, if you ever visit with us, our guest bath is almost always clean. ;-)

2 Ingredient Bathroom Tub and Shower Cleaner that will put any bottle of bleach to shame.When I was pregnant with Reed and put on bed rest around 32 weeks. Our shower at our other home, got so disturbingly gross (due to my inability to clean and Travis’ busy mandate schedule). We ended up hiring a house cleaner and she told me she couldn’t get the shower clean that it was so bad (yup that bad). I told her to try my cleaner and handed her a bottle I already had made up. She let it soak (I told her it needed to soak for at least 30 min – 1 hour). After she finished cleaning our home she then asked me for the recipe. She said she has tried many bleach and chemical filled cleaners but none cleaned tile and grout as good as the bottle I gave her. (note: no hate on those who use chemicals or bleach. There is a time and place for them. We do own bleach too.)

She was impressed :)

I hated she had to clean up our gross shower… it was a hard season for me. Unable to do what needed to be done… It is life though… and I will be the first to show my life is not perfected.  My shower gets gross during busy months home schooling. We get behind on laundry… and our floor can go a mouth without being mopped… but for the most part, our home is clean enough to enjoy and that’s all that really matters. Travis always tells me, when I complain about messes…. that our home is not “a mess” – its “lived in.” Perfection never last.

SO here is the recipe. I promise, you’ll love it.


2 Ingredient Bathroom Tub and Shower Cleaner


  • 1 part White Vinegar
  • 1 part DAWN blue soap (use dawn, other brands don't work as well, trust me)
  • 1 Empty Squirt bottle (Dollar Tree has them)


  1. I use the large dollar tree squirt bottle. I believe its a 16 ounce bottle. I then fill it with half white vinegar and half dawn soap.
  2. Mix it together by shaking it with the top on...
  3. Spray it onto the surface you want cleaned (don't be shy either, spray it well). Allow it to sit for at least 30 minutes - 1 hour.
  4. Once it sits, get a sponge or brush and scrub away the grossness. I have found for grout using a tooth brush after this application helps. Rinse it with warm water and you're done!