Bedroom Update: The Joy Continues

***NOTE: This post was written and ready to go Monday morning.  It is being posted a day late due to extra unforeseen chaos in our household yesterday morning.  I will let you in on that story tonight.


As you know, my husband has been working on new twin beds for our boys.

Of course, in my world, when one project gets started, it just leads to another and another and another. With the new beds, I decided that we really needed to paint the room as well, which called for repair of the wainscoting, which called for changing out the light switch and outlets, and which now calls for new bedding and decor. It’s a never ending cycle.

But it’s okay, that is my happy place…the world of DIY. I can’t think of a better way to spend my time.

And since I spent nearly my entire weekend painting, I don’t have much for you today. Except a peek into our lives.  This is what happens when a carpenter and painting fanatic collide. (You should see the list of Pinterest projects I have lined up for my husband.)

colby raw bedColby loves his new bed. This was taken Friday afternoon before the marathon painting began.







Saturday, after a t-ball game and playing at the park, we got to work.

paint color before

Walking down memory lane as we paint over the original colors in the room of our first little boy.







We finished painting around 2 in the morning.

braden paint color afterThis is the next morning.  Braden seems to like it. (I told you our sleep schedules have been off for nearly two months. We painted the wall the same color as our bedroom. Maybe it will trick the boys into thinking they are sleeping with us, and they will stay in their own beds all night long. One can hope.)






Here is where we stand now.

two beds afterWalls and beds are painted.






Hopefully, this week we can get the bedroom back in order and begin a new (more successful) sleeping routine.

Our first SodieDooDotch Challenge is coming on Thursday! Be sure to check back then!

Behind the Scenes of the SodieDooDotch Launch

sodiedoodotch blog launch

Setting the Scene

As most of you know, I have a full time job.  (You know, besides my main full time job of being Mommy.)  I teach high school English.

Here in Texas, we have been preparing for our state standardized test for months.  It took place this last Thursday.  The day before SodieDooDotch went live. The day before I needed to have the website together, posts written, and loose ends tied up.  The day before I needed wanted everything to be perfect.

Rising Action

So while I was furiously reviewing my students on the mechanics of persuasive writing, the logistics of completing short answers, and all the test-taking strategies I could possibly think of, I was also hard at work thinking about the mechanics of writing for a blog, the logistics of posting regularly, and watching as many WordPress self-help videos I could find.

Why I decided to squeeze high-stakes testing and blog launching so close together, I will never know.  It’s probably not gonna change, though; I’m notorious for doing these kinds of things.

Nevertheless, Thursday afternoon, once this long-awaited test was finally over, I decided to take off work on Friday.  My boys would both be at preschool, my husband would be at work, and I could stay up all night Thursday and have the house to myself on Friday to focus on SodieDooDotch.

Apparently, I had a momentary lapse in sanity and forgotten the fact that my 2 year old is going through some kind of phase and has not slept through the night for at least 6 weeks now (yawn). No worries, though!  I got some work done here and there.  Besides, I had Friday right? I could launch SodieDooDotch and work on it simultaneously. (cue laughter)


My own amazing, awesome, couldn’t-live-without-her momma came over to take my boys to school so I could keep working.  And that’s what I did!  For exactly one hour.  Before my son’s teacher called.  To tell me he was running fever.  100.2.  Come and get him.

Isn’t that just how it works?  Nothing goes as planned.  But it still goes.  I may get interrupted, distracted, busy, frustrated.  But it’s no one’s fault.  It’s just life.  And once it’s over, all you can do is laugh about it.

Falling Action

The state English test is over.  SodieDooDotch was launched.  The inaugural post was written.  My child, running 100.2 fever, is miraculously well today and played his best t-ball game yet.  We all got a good night’s sleep.  It’s Saturday; the sun is shining; and it’s a balmy 72 degrees here in Texas.


The process may not have gone the way I expected, but the outcome was more than I ever dreamed.  Thanks to you awesome mommas, SodieDooDotch ended its first day with a grand total of 315 views.  Y’all sure are making this one exciting ride so far!  I appreciate all of you.

I wanted perfection, but I didn’t need it.

Have you experienced anything recently that you had to just laugh about once it was all finally over?  Maybe it was a string of stressful moments or a series of unfortunate events.  Maybe your expectation for something was very different from the reality you experienced.  Please share with me in the comments below.  That way, we can laugh about it together and remember that we don’t need perfection in every step of our journey.

Until next time,

P.S. I will be setting up blog posts to automatically post at 6 am on its appropriate day according to our schedule.  That way it will be there ready for you to read at any point during the day. Have a wonderful weekend!

P.P.S. I think my English teacher side got the best of me with the section titles today.

SodieDooDotch is Live



April 1st is here, and so is SodieDooDotch. I am so excited that we are going on this journey together.

This is a new experience for me, and I am learning many things about the blogging world as I go along.  If you come across anything (links, emails, etc.) that doesn’t work, just let me know.  I will do my very best to correct it as soon as possible.  Please have patience with me!

The past few weeks I have been diligently gathering quality, useful information and resources for us busy mommas.  Please feel free to explore the website, although there is not much here at the moment.
If you have already joined the SodieDooDotch community to receive our newsletter, you should also be receiving an email soon that contains a password to access our members-only Parenting Supplies.  Go ahead and check that out whenever you can; there is some good stuff there! Of course, I will be adding to it as time goes on.  Don’t worry, I will let you know by email when there are new goodies to look at.

Expected Schedule

The plan is for SodieDooDotch to have regularly scheduled posts.  Of course, as you busy mothers know, this relies on the fact that all is well in our household.  If my children are sick, not sleeping, or in some other stressful phase of childhood, SodieDooDotch posts will come secondary.  I’m sure you understand.  However, the plan is this:
Mondays: General Parenting Support and Encouragement (topics like discipline, time management, balance, etc.)
Thursdays: Education, Reading, and/or Nature (educational idea to share, books to read, our own experiences with a learning strategy, etc.)
Saturdays: Just Laugh About It (a ridiculous, yet true parenting story…usually from the Sutter household.  You know we all have them.)

Sweet Little Book Bundle Winner

Drumroll, please.  The winner of the Sweet Little Book Bundle (containing a Happy Planner, Playful Learning, and The Wonderful Things You Will Become) is……………..Kelly B.!  I hope you enjoy your goodies! 🙂

Let’s Talk

Thank you for joining our community and let’s discover some joy today!  In the comments below, please tell me what you are looking forward to most about being a part of the SodieDooDotch community. 🙂

Talk to you soon