Kohl Hard Facts

This adventure we call life in the Kohl Family

Summer Goals June 9, 2012

Filed under: On Babies and Being a Mommy,Projects — kohlhardfacts @ 6:22 pm

It’s summertime! 

I’ve always loved summer.

The smell of sunscreen mixed with chlorine and a dash of sweat.

Lazy days laying by the pool or on the boat.

Warm evening for grilling out.

4th of July fireworks.

Festivals and street fairs and farmer’s markets.

I love summer!  [Ok, to be honest, I love every season.  Every time we enter a new season I think, “This is my favorite season!”  I know, it’s a little silly, but I just absolutely cherish having four seasons.  I think each one displays a unique and beautiful quality of the Lord.]

Anyway, as winter faded to spring and now spring is transitioning to summer, I’ve found that the days can get away from me pretty easily.  Life gets busy and I feel like nothing gets accomplished [well, nothing except chasing, feeding, changing, putting to sleep, bathing, and otherwise taking care of a 2.5 yr old and a 6 month old.  Holy wow!  She’s 6 months old today!]

And so I’ve decided to set some goals for this summer.  I want to share them with you, so that you can help keep me accountable to them.

So here they are, in no particular order:

1.)  Read 3 non-fiction and 3 fiction books.
This goal is partially inspired by this list of books from The Gypsy Mama.  As well as my dear friend Kyra who has been recommending lots of books to me lately, and my wonderful friend Susan who has deemed this “The Summer of Reading” for her family.  The 3 non-fiction books will be Strengths Finder [which I have to read for Mission 21, is that cheating?], Kisses from Katie [recommended by Kyra as well as Lisa-Jo aka The Gypsy Mama], and A.W. Tozer’s The Pursuit of God.  I haven’t decided on my 3 Fiction books yet, so I’m open to suggestions.  There’s a fair chance I will read more than 3 of each category, but I wanted to give myself a realistic and achievable goal.


2.)  Complete at least two creative projects.
I have five blank canvases that I would like to do something with.  I have ideas for all five, but I have yet to implement any of those ideas.  One of my ideas is to paint each of our hand prints one on top of the other with our names around it.  So I’d like to get that done this summer.  Another creative project I’d like to complete is this collage-style picture board of pictures from our wedding to hang in our bedroom.  I might add a couple more creative projects to this list, but again, I wanted to make sure my goal was attainable.  I have a tendency to create goals that make me excited, but aren’t realistic for me.  So I’m intentionally creating a very realistic list for myself.


3.)  Take the girls to do three new things that one/both of them have never done.
I’ll get to check one of these off when the girls and I go to Tennessee for the 4th because L has never been on Dale Hollow Lake.  Another place I would like to take them is the fire station.  I think V would really get a kick out of seeing the fire engines up close and personal.  The third thing I would like to take them to do is take them camping.  Neither of the girls has been, and C and I would really like to take them at least once this summer.


4.)  Workout a minimum of 4 times a week.
My very motivating friend Melissa and I are [most weeks] working out together Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.  I want to add at least one more workout a week.  Be it Wii Fit, 30 Day Shred, or going to the Y myself – I want to be doing at least four a week because I really like the way I feel when I’m working out consistently.


5.)  Create [and stick to] a daily schedule for me and the girls.
I’ve realized that when our life is [more or less] scheduled, things go much more smoothly.  So one of my goals for this summer is to have a schedule that includes some time set aside specifically for creative play, some for learning times, some for outdoor times, and some for “chore” times.  I’m hoping to get this schedule created over the next week so that I can implement it the following week.  It certainly won’t be a rigid schedule – that’s just not my thing – but it will help organize our days.


So there you have it, my list of summer goals.  Feel free to ask me how any and all of them are going [as well as any suggestions/advice for sticking to them.]  Do you have any goals for the summer?


The Bunk Beds Are [Almost] Finished! April 20, 2012

Filed under: Projects — kohlhardfacts @ 3:08 am

Caleb finally finished constructing the bunk beds!

[Note the use of constructing there…They’re still not completedHopefully we will be painting them this coming Saturday.  But seeing as it took seven months to finish building them, this may be a lofty goal.  Also, they are a bit too tall and the bottom frame is larger than the mattress.  Minor details.]

Have I mentioned how amazing my hubby is?!  He made these bunk beds.  All by himself.  From a big pile of wood.  Yea, he’s pretty impressive!

See the pretty details on the support beams?

And the head and foot boards.

He also wants to wood burn the girls’ names into the posts.

Also, how stinking cute are my girls?!

I love having a handy man hubby.  He’s great at making things and fixing things, and just generally taking care of household issues.

I am also seriously thankful that my Dad [and now my husband] saw fit to make sure that I am also competent at taking care of minor household issues.  Things like plunging a toilet, flipping a breaker, hanging a picture, and changing a light bulb.  No joke, these are calls Caleb has gotten since working maintenance at an apartment complex.  One major thing I’ve learned from this is that we will definitely teach our girls basic fix it know how.  Things like what’s the difference between a flat head screw driver and a phillip’s head screw driver.  How to use an allen wrench.  The many uses of WD40 and duct tape.  And of course, how to paint the walls – including cutting in the edges.  Well, maybe Uncle Adam and Uncle Jeremy can teach them that.

What should I add to my list?  What are some things you think are important to teach your children?


Free Stuff February 23, 2012

Filed under: Projects — kohlhardfacts @ 4:20 pm

I love free stuff!  Who doesn’t?!  And since I’m home all day with the girls, finding free stuff is one way I feel like I contribute to our household budget.  Often the free stuff is small, just samples.  But I figure a little something is better than nothing!  [This is my philosophy with couponing too, which I plan to post about soon.]

So here are some free finds I’ve discovered lately.  [Bonus, most of them come in the mail = free stuff and mail?!  Two of my favorite things in one!]

Kleenex is sending out free tissue boxes.  Just create an account, choose a friend to send it to [I’m more than willing to give you my address if you want to send it to me! :)] and voila!  You and a friend will receive a free box of tissues.

Quaker Oatmeal Squares are giving away free sample boxes.  [We love Quaker Oatmeal Squares!  They’re especially delicious with fruit on top.]  Just log on to Facebook, search for Quaker Oatmeal Squares, like the page, and on the left hand side you should see “free sample box.” Click on that and follow the instructions.

Splenda will send you a couple of free packets of their new Splenda Essentials.

Get a free sample of Huggie’s GoodNites from Sam’s Club.

Send some Yogi Tea to a friend for free. [Side note, I cheated a little and sent some to my hubby as well as a friend.]

And my final freebie for today is….

Next Tuesday at IHOP, they are celebrating National Pancake Day by giving away free short stacks of buttermilk pancakes.  Nummy!!

In order to give credit where credit is due, I found several of these deals at The Money Saving Mom, others I stumbled upon through various commercials or websites.

Do you have any freebies you can share with us?


Bunk Beds August 5, 2011

Filed under: Projects — kohlhardfacts @ 7:59 pm

I suppose this post could totally count as a 30 Days of Gratitude because I am going to talk up my wonderful husband.  But I will save my actual post on that for a later date.  This post is about the AWESOME [I assume they will be at least] bunk beds he is making!

When we move [hopefully in the next couple of weeks!], Viola will be transitioning to a big girl bed.  In planning ahead for when we have two little girls who need big girl beds and wanting space to put guests when they come visit, we decided on bunk beds.  We did a lot of searching online and found that to buy a bunk bed with a twin on top and a double on bottom [for the a fore mentioned guests we hope will come visit] would cost minimum $500 [that’s being generous] all the way up to a couple thousand.  So my handy hubby says to me, “I think I could make that.”  And he sets about making plans and drawing up dimensions.  Turns out he can make it himself for under $100.  [Did I mention he rocks!?]  Yesterday he started his little project, and I will keep you updated on the progress…I am so excited about this project!!  And so proud of my DIY master of a hubby!  Oh, and I can’t forget his little helper…


Getting in Touch with my Creative Side August 4, 2011

Filed under: Projects — kohlhardfacts @ 4:55 pm

Generally I’m not super creative, and I really don’t feel like I’m very good at art [other than photography.]  So when I found this DIY art project on another blog, I debated for quite some time if I should even give it a try.  In the end I decided it seemed simple enough and I gave it a go.  Turns out I really enjoyed it!  Now I find myself surfing blogs looking for other DIY projects and such for the girls’ rooms. [By the way, I still find it strange to say that sometimes: the girls…as in two…I’m going to have two little girls!  Eek! 🙂 ]  So here’s a picture of my first project for Little One’s room:

All it took was:

A plain white canvas [I got them on sale at Michael’s 7 canvases for $20…so I can do more fun projects!]

Scrap book paper [also on sale at Michael’s for $4.99 and enough that I can use the rest of the pages for an actual scrapbook!  Bonus!]

Brown Paint

Mod Podge [for gluing the paper onto the canvas and sealing the canvas]

What do you think?  Anybody have ideas for other fun [simple] art projects for my girls’ rooms?