Does everybody know what time it is?… TOOL TIME! πŸ”¨

That’s right… Benford tools is proud to present, Mike “the tool man” Vaughan… πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»

Home improvements have been going really well! We’re finally making our house a home and I LOVE it. We’re trying to simplify. We’ve painted, bought some new furniture, and finished up the patio in the back. Now we just need to get the basement going, and the sod down. And maybe eventually we’ll replace the mailbox with one that doesn’t look like its about to fall down. Lol 

  
    
 
We’ve been here for 5 years, and yesterday was the first time we played in the backyard! That’s huge!!!

Emmett had his first birthday! It was wonderful!  Great grandma was so much help! She stayed busy the entire time, she was a life saver! 

    
    
    
   
Emmett parties hard! He didn’t even fuss. πŸ™‚ He had his cake and ate it too.  

    
 
We rented the meeting room out at Broemmelsiek park, and we had about 50 guests! We have such wonderful friends and family, it’s so awesome. We are truly blessed. Mikes family is great! 

I’m constantly reading the saddest shit in the news, or on Facebook, and it’s taken me 31 (almost 32 😬) years to realize what truly matters is The people you surround yourself with, and the people in your life. Sure I’ve SAID it, I’ve THOUGHT it, I’m sure at one point I pinned a quote about it on Pinterest even. But I never really grasped it. It’s not the stuff you have, or the designer name on your purse. I used to really care about that shit, and yes, it’s nice to have nice things. But it’s just things. No one cares. If anything it envokes envy and jealously in others, ew. And we don’t want to be around people who only care about stuff. Not only is it annoying, but it’s BORING. My friends and I don’t talk about money. It’s one of the first social etiquette rules my grandmother told me: never borrow money from a friend, never talk about politics with friends, (whoops… 😬 #feelthebern πŸ˜†) and NEVER talk about money! Ever. And people who actually HAVE money, they never talk about it. Grandma would know, she has lots of rich friends… πŸ˜‚πŸ€‘ The way I see it, if my friends are healthy, happy, have a roof over their head, and food on the table, we’re all Winning.

 I read a quote recently that spoke VOLUMES to me:

 
😳😳😳😳 woah. If you ever step into a time machine, would you please tell that to my 24 year old self? Thanks.

So as a family, we’re simplifying. Trying to cut back on the STUFF the kids get. Focus on making memories, getting outside more, less tv/electronics in our hands, and having good times. Hoping Chloe (and Emmett) can learn to appreciate and realize how blessed she is while she’s a child, and not later in life. This is what’s important.

I’ve said it a million times before but I mean it, my friends are my family, and I can’t say it enough. It’s one of those things I never take for granted. Thank you for being a friend, friends. Thanks for coming to my sons first birthday and showering us with love and gifts. πŸ˜˜πŸ’—πŸ’—πŸ’—

   
 

Speaking of things I love:

http://www.the-girl-who-ate-everything.com/2010/04/ham-and-cheese-sliders.html

Here’s the recipe for those ham sandwiches we made on Sunday. So fat. So delicious. I don’t use poppy seeds, I put them on Hawaiian rolls, and use honey mustard instead of yellow. Enjoy.https://media2.giphy.com/media/l2JJMriSnG5169HO0/200w.gif

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