The Remodel, The Garden and The Mother

The last week or so has been pretty hectic! Lots of fun exciting stuff happened.

The big thing this last week was the remodel of our living room and hallway. We hired someone to come tear out the carpet, baseboards and repaint, followed by the installation of new laminate flooring. We wanted to update the room a bit and make it more accessible for Aiden. He can now scoot around in his little walker with no problems at all.

On top of remodeling, we bought all new furniture for the room. New couch, tables and lighting. We will be adding some new family prints on the walls soon too and it will look great! We love the way the room looks now. Feels…better.

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On Saturday we spent the day in my parents yard planting all the vegetables for the year. We planted corn, tomatoes, peppers, squash, pumpkins and a bunch of other stuff I don’t even remember. We had just about everyone over that day and had a good time together as a family. The evening was just as good, as my dad smoked a pork butt which was so delicious.

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Sunday was Mothers Day, and was spent celebrating Mothers. I made Amy Breakfast and Dinner, and then we went and visited all the Grandma’s. I am truly grateful for all the mothers in my life and all they have done for me and my family! 🙂

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Preserving Memories

Once upon a time, this blog was my outlet at the end of every day to destress and talk about how my little dudes were surviving in the NICU. Fast forward 4 1/2 years and you’ll find this place empty, full of cobwebs and not a post to be found. Except for the automated YouTube posts that occasionally show up thanks to IFTTT.

After blogging for a while, we tried our hand for a few years at vlogging. It was fun, and we’ve been able to make several new friends through that process. The wear and tear of filming yourself every day and editing and publishing a video every day started to come down like a strong storm. After months of posting daily videos, the thought of spending more time in front of computer instead of with my family caused daily dread. We went from preserving memories, to trying to become the next channel to try and hit instant internet success. I tip my hat to those who vlog daily and are able to make it a full time job. I’ve learned it just isn’t for me.

What have I learned? That spending time with my family is so precious to me. I’d rather post a photo here and there, and the occasional fun video on our channel, then try and entertain a group of strangers on the internet. I’ve learned that leaving my office at the end of the day and playing with my kids before I head to the gym is so much better than spending 2-3 hours with my head buried in Final Cut Pro.

So…what now?

Well, I’ve been thinking about preserving memories. Looking back at all the vlogs we did, it’s been a lot of fun to see what we did in the past, to see the kids grow. I found myself spending well over an hour browsing my personal Instagram feed of over 2000 photos and having a blast. I’ve been thinking for awhile about how I can continue to preserve the memories of my family. I’ve decided to resurrect this blog/website as well as tweak my YouTube channel in a way that I can document and preserve our memories while not killing myself at the same time.

I’m sure we’ve all heard at some point in time that you should keep a journal so that those that come after you can know about you. Just so happens, my journal is going to be a digital one.

I haven’t finalized the plans on everything yet, this is just the starting point, but what I have in mind is one video a week on our channel that is a summary of our week. iPhone videos, Instagrams, Stories, text, and narration. I want to post that same video here, but with a written out version of sorts. So a video and a blog. Sunday afternoons seem like a decent time for such a project, so that’s kind of the plan…but we’ll see. I have the tendency to change my mind A LOT, but this is the start.

Anyways…I find I ramble a lot when I blog…so to end this post, enjoy some photos I took this afternoon when we went to visit my parents.  🙂

We Blew it Up!

The day started off with Stu shooting guns with friends. The shot up some laptops and really blew them to shreds! In the afternoon we spent swimming and having a BBQ with some good friends from our high school days. It was a great Saturday!

We have a Major Problem!

Major issue hit the Stumys household today. Something broke…and it’s required to live in our house. The boys and Amy were off for most of the day, so you get a Stu vlog today. Enjoy!

Pew Pew…’Merica!

Footage was scarce for today’s vlog, but we had a good day. Aiden went to therapy, Stu got lots of work done, and Amy got to go play with her friends. Fun things are coming though, so stay tuned!