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Monday, August 25, 2014


On Saturday I had this brilliant idea to paint & stain our kitchen table.  It needed a little makeover.  After we got home from church, I asked Jordan if he could help me carry the table to the garage.  And I got that look saying Steffi, I kind of just want to relax and I can see you asking me to help you paint & stain since you don't know what you're doing.  But guess what?  I did this all by myself.  I did get a little impatient during the process, but thankfully I'm going for the shabby chic/vintage look so you can't tell I messed up!

Here is the process:
1. I sanded the table
 2. Then I painted it
 3. Then I rubbed the stain with the grains of the table
 4. Then I stained the chairs
 5. Then I added a little table jewelry (It's still in my garage because the smell was pretty strong and I didn't want James inhaling it)

The best part was that it was free!  We had the paint & stain already..

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Friday, August 22, 2014


I love hearing people's story, especially my grandmother's story.  She doesn't talk about it a lot, but I loooove asking her questions about it.  For those who don't know my her, she's young at heart!  No joke, she has more energy than me.  My sister and I joke that she gets more accomplished before 5 am then we get done all day long.  

She was born in 1938 in Germany, which was right around WWII.  She was the eldest of two girls, until her mother passed away and her father remarried and had two more daughters, all of which I have met.  The cool thing is my grandmother takes each of her grandkids to her homeland, Munich, Germany after they turn 10 years old.  All 8 of us grandchildren get to meet her family & see where she grew up.  Unfortunately, her father passed away before I made it to Germany.  His name was Christof (my brother is named after him).  He lived until 1996.  He owned a chemical company during WWII & was very successful.  He was an excellent salesman & as she described him, he reminded me of my own dad.  He also helped a Jewish family flee to Switzerland.  He supported them financial and helped with their transportation.  Two of my grandmother's aunts and 4 cousins were killed in a fire during WWII.. I vividly remember my grandmother telling me her family had a house in the mountains where they would stay & escape all the war that was going on (they weren't Jewish, but were still trying to avoid all the fighting going on).  

How did my Grandma Romy end up in California?  She met my grandfather who was stationed in Germany post war.  He was very athletic and ran track on the side while he was over there.  She said she met him at a German Club her family belonged too.  She was only twenty-one when she moved here.  I was told her father sewed money in her fur coat just in case she didn't like the states and wanted to go back to Germany. I can't even imagine the culture shock she experience.  I think I experienced it somewhat when I moved, but it doesn't even compare to my grandmother.  She said she could rarely call because it was so expensive (and it's not like they had FaceTime).  She would try to fly back once a year.  My grandmother never complains.  So when I ask her these questions, I don't think I get the full effect because she is so positive, but I know it had to be tough!  

I was able to travel to Germany again when I was 22 along with Bob & my cousin, Bailey.  Below are a few pictures I have from the trip. I hope we can go back again sometime in the future!          

Sunday, August 17, 2014


What I thought would take a couple weeks to update our half bath took a couple months.  I had a $175 gift card to Lowe's from our credit card points & Jordan's painter said he would paint our bathroom at cost since Jordan gives him so much business.  I ordered one faucet from Lowe's & after a couple weeks of not receiving it, I finally called Lowe's to check on the status of it.  Of course, they have been meaning to call me and tell me they no longer carry that faucet.  So I ordered another one.  I anxiously went & picked it up at the store and guess what?  I accidentally ordered a mini faucet.  Stupid me.  I got impatient and just bought a display one at the store.  Jordan installed it.  It looked horrible, to say the least.  Ughhhhh--so frustrating.  Jordan suggested that we order one from his preferred vendors, so that's what we did.  So I used my giftcard toward a tilt mirror and the light fixture.  The light fixture took a month to come in.  Seriously?  I guess it was a lesson on patience as well. 
I added some flowers to liven the bathroom up a little.

 Cassidy Delta faucet & towel ring:

We used a Sherwin Williams paint called Sea Salt.  It is also in our dining room:

Check it out on

Saturday, August 16, 2014


My sister, Rachel, motivated me to pressure wash our house & the cement around it.  So, yesterday I did our front steps.  Notice the mildew on the steps in the left picture and on the right, they are mildew free.  It took me 10 minutes, but it looks so much better.  And the best part is, that it is free :) We don't own a pressure washer, we borrowed it from the Wood family!  This before and after picture got me even more excited, I might go a little pressure washer crazy in the next few days!

Thursday, August 7, 2014


I've been called an "old soul" before and I used to think "Wow! I'm mature."  Wrong.  I realized it's because I have old lady tendencies.  I am an eighty year old trapped in a twenty six year old's body.  The more I thought about it, the more I realized I have more elderly habits than I realized.

1. I go to bed early.  Clarification: I don't go to bed at 8 PM. I know people like to exaggerate it a little bit, but usually around 9 or 10 PM.  Occasionally I can stay up to 11 and every once in a blue moon I can stay up until midnight, but then I start getting delirious.

2. I have the worst memory.  This is no exaggeration.  True story:  one time I was watching tv with my roommates & this movie preview came on.  I said, "I want to see that!"  They all looked at me with puzzled looks and replied, "You know we saw that in the movie theater recently, right?"  Gosh, I'm an idiot.  I can remember numbers like no bodies business, but cannot remember names, places, movies, music artists, events that occurred, etc.

3. Bad hearing.  I blame my mom for this one.  I think it's genetic.  That lady can't hear for her life.

4. I have an 80 year old bladder.  Long road trips often requires frequent stops for this Wood family.

5.  Aches & pains.  I wish I could blame that on pregnancy & carrying around a huge baby all the time, but I am pretty sure my back and stomach hurt before James ever existed.

6. I drive slow.  I am not sure what it is.  When I lived in Los Angeles I was a speed demon, but since I moved to Georgia, I started driving slow.  I guess that's my way of coping with the slow pace of life here.

7.  I walk slow.  I am not sure where I got this, my whole family walks fast.  Jordan said that when we were dating, I walked so slow and when I would talk while walking, it slowed me down even more.  Yikes!

I wish I could say I talked slow and ate slow, but I talk 100 mph & same with eating.

I just need to face it, by 35 I'll probably be wearing a hearing aid along with a diaper and diagnosed with dementia.  Poor Jordan.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014


As many of you know I married into a HUGE family and I LOVE it!  Each brother and sister has their own talent and I don't hesitate to take advantage of that.  Mariah is in the medical field so she's my go-to person when I need medication or have a question about an illness.  Poor thing, she probably gets tired of me!  Krystynna is a teacher and we always share teacher stories with each other and she's quite the cook.  I glean any info I can get from her regarding cooking.  Rachel is in real estate & is little miss crafty (you should check out her new blog: ).  I love seeing all her projects & talking to her about real estate! Charis is a business/budget guru, so she's the person I ask when I have a question about budgeting.  My mother-in-law, Miss Jackie, well, I go to her for several things including any legal stuff since she used to be a paralegal... haircuts, bread & any type of sewing.  Let's just say, I'm a dud compared to her.  She does anything & everything you can think of!  All the brothers are so handy & helpful, and are quick to help us when we need it!  It's pretty awesome.  Then there's my father in law, Mr. Mike.  That man's brain goes 100 miles per minute.  No wonder he is tired by 7:00 PM.  He's a super godly man & I believe Jordan is following in his footsteps.  And last but not least is miss Ashah.  I feel so bad because I use this girl to capture every important event in our life!  I feel like I can't thank her enough.  She took engagement photos, Jordan's surprise birthday photos, baby announcement photos, gender reveal photos, maternity photos, & newborn photos.  I try not to take it for granted. And with a family comes......TONS of babysitters, it's ridiculous!  The Lord knew what He was doing when I married into a large family (to compensate for being far from my family, even though I still miss them, A LOT!).  And then there's my husband.  I might be a little biased, but seriously the sweetest, godliest, most helpful, hard working man I know.  I hope James turns out half of what he is.  I may need to send him to Mr. Mike & Miss Jackie's occasionally to straighten him out.  

LOVE being a Wood!