Words of Encouragement

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Isn't this a beautiful quote. Here is to all those of you that come across my blog today. Remember to do a random act of kindness, because you never know what kind of impact you will have on someone;).

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Just What I Needed

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

I have not had time to blog this week, or do any random acts of kindness with Scott out of town. I'm trying to keep this ship we call 'home' afloat, and let me tell you I have replayed the song "mama said there will be days like this" over and over in my head;).  My sweet friend, and neighbor shannon must have known I needed a lil' help today. I texted her early this am begging for a cup of joe. She graciously brewed me a cup (since I had cut most caffeine out of my diet because I'm nursing Roman) it  really hit the spot. She also brought over dinner tonight, now that is a good friend, and I truly appreciated it.



Doesn't that look yummy. Thank you so much Shannon for your random act of kindness. It meant a lot!

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I Love Spray Paint AND Sandpaper

Sunday, January 26, 2014

I have these 2 rattan night stands, or that is what we used them for. I think they are were ugly. I'm not sure how, or why we decided to buy these. Let my show you a picuture.




Ugly right? Maybe it's the color I don't like about them. Hmmm, what is a girl to do? Spray spaint!!! So I went to my stock pile of paint, and I probably have 10 different colors. At first I thought about spray painting these beauties navy, but the husband said NO! He suggested a burnt orange color, um, I said a big fat NO! We decided on an almond color, so that they would stay neutral until we decided on a permeant color if we didn't like the almond;). 



I love the color and the way it looks now. Of course, I had to take sand paper to distress it a bit:).
 It is no longer a nightstand, it is our new sitting stool, and the other one ended up in the front room. 

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Great Busy Week

Friday, January 24, 2014

Who hit the fast forward button? I feel like I have had on my roller skates all week. Geesh!! Julian started off the week with an eye exam because the pediatrician's office said his vision is 20/50, now I don't know a lot about eye sight, but that did not sound good. Come to find out all is well, his vision is 20/20. Thank Goodness, because he started braces this week too. I thought to myself, poor guy is going to get glasses and braces at the same time? So, he we lucked out! Here is a picture of our cute guy.



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My 2014 Chanllenge

Thursday, January 23, 2014

I challenge you to do a random act of kindness once during your week. I think if we can make someone else's load lighter, why not? I also think if you are looking how to uplift someone else it takes your eye's off yourself for a moment. What a good way to start a new year. Please share your  RAKC's, I love to get new ideas for my own home. Today I left this on a neighbor's porch, they don't know I left it, but I am hoping to brighten their day. Very rustic, but the rosemary smells great, and you can cook with it when it dries out.



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Gardening Therapy

Wednesday, January 22, 2014


I wish I had a lovely green picture to show you of our family garden, but I don't. We start sewing our seeds in March, and boy do my son's love to watch it grow. It is where I go to gain peace, as I  watch the humming birds swoop by, and the lady bugs with the bees buzzing around. It is cheap therapy!

I will update this page with pictures when we start heading into spring. Can you believe spring is right around the corner? I can't!

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About Us

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Welcome we are the Theiste family! My name is Vanessa and my husband Scott and I decided to start a blog to keep family and friend's updated on our daily adventures of raising 4 beautiful boy's. This is not a small task, but as I run along side of God we hope to raise 4 little gentlemen that will contribute to society in their own unique way. I will also show you how we are remodeling our home, one room at a time, and share my diy projects along the way. You will not find perfection here, I tend to use a ton of commas in my writing, and I am ok with that.  Our boy's tend to challenge us a lot, there is always someone in tears from fighting with their brother, or daydreaming when there is a task to be done, or simply disobeying. What you will find is a family that likes to laugh a lot, and have fun on this journey of what we call making a house a home. Thanks for stopping by.


Roman our 4th son was not born yet, I was 13 weeks pregnant with him. This is Julian 8, Cole 6, and Cruz 4. We were on our last big trip in Maui before Roman arrives;).

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The unexpected




On April 5, 2009 we welcomed our third son Cruz Scott Theiste. I had a normal pregnancy and a great natural delivery. There was no indication that something was wrong with Cruz until we were getting ready to be discharged. I was telling the nurse that Cruz was not nursing as well as he had been. I also mentioned that he had not passed any meconium (baby poop) in the last 48 hours. The RN let the Dr. know, and the Dr. had the RN try a rectal temp. She came in and tried, but the thermometer would not pass into his bottom. She went and let the Dr. know, and a neonatologist from the NICU came up from downstairs and tried to do a rectal temp, and again the thermometer would not pass. He then looked at me and let me know that Cruz needed to be admitted to the NICU for further testing. Cruz spent 8 days in the NICU and was able to come home with a diagnosis of imperforate anus. This diagnosis took us on a 2 year journey of misdiagnosis, a series of test, infections, and a failed surgery. There was a time that Cruz almost didn't make it, but during this trying time we learned how to rely on God, family and friend's. We educated ourselves about the birth defect that Cruz did have, and Scott and I learned to lean on one another and give one another grace when we needed to.

I am deciding to share bits and pieces of our story in hopes that if anyone comes across this page knowing someone that has this defect, or has a similar story it will help them. I will be opening our Etsy store soon so that I can sell the most coveted thing to Cruz his blanket, or what he referred to as his snug'mo. Obviously, it will be a remake of what gave Cruz comfort through all his hospital stays. It is my hope to be able to give back to our charity, so for every blanket we sell I will donate 2.00 to the Anal Rectal Malformation at Seattle Children's Hospital. If someone knows of someone going through a birth defect such as Cruz's, please contact me, and I will share everything I have learned over the past 4 1/2 years.


Cole are (2yr. old at the time) visiting Cruz in the NICU

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Random Acts of Kindness

random act of kindness is a selfless act performed by a person or people wishing to either assist or cheer up an individual person or people. 


At the Theiste home you will find chaos, you will find imperfections, you will find sibling rivalry, but we do try to do random acts of kindness. This could be making someone's bed for them, Cole helping Cruz read, or better yet, Julian reading to all of his brother's. I think it sets the stage for selflessness, and lifts another person up, or just gets someone's day started, or ended better. I always think it's better to not let the right hand know what the left hand is doing. I love the bible verse Matthew 6:3,4 It basically says, giving should be kept secret, so that it is not done for praise by others. Trying to teach this to 4 little boy's is a challenge sometimes, but I think as I lead by example it will have an impact on them. Here is a simple jar of cookie mix we gave to one of our teacher's to cheer them up. 







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Finished rustic wreath

Monday, January 20, 2014

Our branches have dried and we were able to finish our wreath. It was such a fun project to do with Cruz.


                                                             



                                                         It could not look more rustic!

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Go Hawks!!

Sunday, January 19, 2014

The excitement for the Hawks game is almost palpable in my house today. I love my house full of boy's!!!

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How to strip a mantel

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Today I will be working on our fire place mantel. I really never liked the color, and since we remodeled the kitchen I want it to match the espresso color of my island I painted. So in between waiting for the paint to dry around the crown molding of my windows, I will tackle the process of stripping our mantel down to it's raw wood. Here is a before photo. You can tell where we  he is painting the shelves white, that is the hub's job, not mine; ) I gladly handed over the paint brush for that project.




BEFORE





AFTER

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Wed. already??

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

I can not believe here we are Wed. Jan. 15th, where do the weeks go? I worked on a fun project yesterday, as we waited for branches for our wreath to dry. I gave our old brown wicker basket a face lift. What is more fun than an old piece of furniture and a can of paint. Don't worry cousin it's eco friendly spray paint; ). I am in like love with navy blue lately, I think it can add a pop of color to your room. Wanna take a peek at what I did? What do you think?

                                                         







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DIY Monday

Monday, January 13, 2014

Along with my continued painting I'm going to start a new simple diy project today. I really love the look of a wreath on my front door, so I thought I would go outside with Cruz, and collect as many branches on the ground as we can find. Since we are privileged to live in the great NW, and we have had some serious awesome wind come through the last few days I think this should be an easy and fun project.  A twig wreath will fit perfectly, because I will be able to add red for Valentine's Day, and change it to green for St. Patrick's Day. Hopefully, my blog template will be done soon and all my diy's will be in one section for easy reading: ). Our day of branch hunting was a success!! My wingman, AKA, Cruz did an awesome job at finding branches.

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New Year's Resolution

Sunday, January 12, 2014

I did not want to start out my first blogging post about new year's resolutions, but now that we are in the second week of January it seems like the perfect time to visit this topic. I will share what I want my 2014 year to look like because I don't really make resolutions. I like to look on the year that passed and see what I want to add, or change. This year I want to challenge myself to learn the world of blogging, and to find my way around on a computer. It's sad when my oldest boy's Julian and Cole are more tech savvy than their mama.

I would also like to open my etsy store and get started on making my blankets. This one means a lot to me because of our 4 year old son Cruz was born with a birth defect. I will go more into that on another post, but the nuts and bolts of it is, Cruz was in/out of the hospital the first 2 years of his life, and had 4 surgeries. During that time Cruz has what he refers to as his "snug mo', or I call his beloved blanket. To bring awareness to Cruz's birth defect through our etsy shop will be awesome. I would also like to spend more time with family and close friend's as time allows. One person that I want to see more of this year is my cousin Modesty, and her family. I realized when we were in Suncadia with our families how much I miss her.

There she is with me in August of this year after I had our 4th son Roman. She stayed up all night with me in labor and was there when Roman was born. I love that we have shared so many special moments together. We joke that we are really sisters, and not cousins. To see her more, and her girl's will definitely add more joy, and laughs to my 2014 year.

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Happy Birthday Baby

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Happy Birthday to my awesome husband and amazing father. We celebrated Scott with our traditional cinnamon rolls, and happy birthday song. We are now off for Basketball pictures, and 2 basketball games of the boy's, that Scott coaches. We will return to watch the Seahawks (hopefully win), while celebrating Scott. He is my right hand, and sometimes left hand too. I definitely could not raise these boy's without him.

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Happy Friday

Friday, January 10, 2014

It's a busy day at the Theiste house as usual. Unfortunately today we have a man down. Julian woke up at 5:45am with a stomach ache, and in less than 2 hours he vomited 5 times. It seems like if you have more that 2+ kiddo's someone will have a sensitive tummy. Ours happens to be Julian, the poor guy has  had the vomiting bug 5 times since Oct. Fingers crossed it doesn't travel through the family again. I get to have him home with me today along with Roman. Which means I may not get a lot of painting done in the kitchen, but I will get to spend some much needed time with Julian as Roman naps. Here is a picture of Julian when he is feeling healthy.  I will post more recent ones of the boy's as I learn how to add them to the blog.

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Ambitious Morning

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

So this morning I set my alarm for 5:45 am, so I could treat myself for an hour at the gym. It was very hard to leave my warm bed, but I knew I would feel better if I went. I made it to the gym, and yes I feel better for going. That just might be what I needed since it is so dark and rainy here today. I think working out, or anything that gives you alone time when your a mom is a mood booster. Plus Roman has his 4 month checkup today, and that comes with 4 shots so I needed a mood booster to get me through that. Happy Wed. ~Vanessa

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Off and Running......

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Good Morning, I woke up with my sweet 4 year old (Cruz) asking if he has school today. Can you imagine waking up excited to go to school. O, to be 4 again! My oldest 2 sons did not share in Cruz's enthusiasm. Julian was not feeling his best due to getting spacers placed between his teeth yesterday because we are in the beginning stages of braces for him. We also found out that Julian needs glasses, so we are going to give him tons of positive strokes to keep his self esteem high. Cole loves to go school as he is my social guy, but this morning I think he would of rather stayed home and hang with his brother's. After all 3 are off to school I am going to get all the Christmas decorations put away, and continue to work on painting. Also the big guy of the house, my handsome husband Scott has a birthday this weekend that I'm excited to get ready for. I love that he has a birthday after Christmas because it gives us something else to celebrate as the new year starts.  ~Vanessa

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Settling in nicely

Friday, January 3, 2014

Jan. 3rd, 2013-  Julian and Cole returned to school from Christmas vacation today.  Cruz doesn't start back until next Tuesday, so I was home with both he and Roman today.  It was a good time to return to the kitchen remodel DIY project we started almost a year ago, as the pregnancy and arrival of Roman slowed things down a bit.  Nonetheless, I am doing some touchups and adding some hardware to the cabinets after Scott helped with the demolition and adding the tile backsplash in between juggling his job and coaching the kids on their soccer and basketball teams (Looking forward to sharing the before and after pictures with everyone).  It is really starting to come together, and I love the new additions.  Although it has taken an extremely long time, it has all been worth it, and I wouldn't do it any differently, as I have enjoyed the time spent with the kids and on other more pressing issues.  Happy Friday, enjoy your weekend!

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Welcome 2014

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Hello 2014!! Our family is ready for this new year. We spent our New Year's Eve with the Ausserer family in Suncadia. This has been a family tradition for the last 5 years. We have had 3 new additions  to the family since we began this tradition.  Modesty my sister, well, favorite cousin (we should of been sisters), added her second baby girl, and I added 2 baby boy's since the tradition started. That makes 2 baby girl's for the Ausserer family, and 4 boy's for the Theiste family.

So one of my New Years resolution is to enter into the world of blogging. So here I go, sit back and enjoy, while I keep family and friend's updated, as well as share some of my DIY projects, and get my Etsy store up and running.

Cheers,
Vanessa

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