We are so enjoying our new little neighborhood even though there’s not much of one yet. Sunset walks with my three boys are just what this mama needs after a stressful day at work.
This was supposed to be auto-posted on Sunday. FAIL.
It’s late but I’m posting it anyway.
We picked up the ikea shelf I found on craigslist.
I’m currently deciding how to dress it up!
We went to my favorite place (otherwise known as Target) to do some shopping. I decided to stop and have a snack with my boys. Salty pretzels with cheese. nom nom nom. And both my boys were so well-behaved at the store. Color me happy.
Cayenne-rubbed chicken and grilled zucchini! It was yummy. Thanks to Suzanne (one of my blogher roomies!) for blogging the recipe.
I went to the cemetery to visit my friend. I wish I could go visit her anywhere else but here. She always made me laugh and I need to laugh right now. I put purple flowers on her grave. She loved purple. After calling many psychiatrists that day who could not see me for months I was scared. So I asked her if she could keep an eye on my situation and see if I could get an appointment sooner than 2 weeks.
Wouldn’t ya know it? My psychiatrist called the very next day with a cancellation. I went to see him 20 minutes later and I am now armed with new meds so I can get back to being happy! Thank you, Amy.
This was my grandmother’s writing desk and it has been passed down to me. I have big plans for this little desk. They include sanding, spray paint and new knobs. I keep reading on home decor blogs to fill your house with meaningful items. This is very meaningful.
link up at Amy’s blog!
I am thrilled to introduce you to a new sponsor of the blog!
Hop Skip Jump Art Prints is a lovely little etsy shop I found while collecting ideas for Landon’s solar system inspired bedroom. I did a search for “planets” and up popped the cutest print I had seen revolving around his room theme. It was even the perfect color!
I immediately pinned it on pinterest (duh) and then when I posted the plans for his room, Jeanne found my blog through analytics! Isn’t the internet way cool or what?
We struck up an email conversation which lead to me owning the print above (yay!) and Hop Skip Jump becoming a sponsor.
Hop Skip Jump is modern wall art prints for children and adults, featuring nursery, inspirational, playful, zen, and I Love You art. Jeanne does all her own design and printing. Some of the prints allow you to choose your own colors or wording.
You really must go check out the adorable and unique prints in her shop! Just look at this cute owl print which just happens to be on my “I need it now” list!
We’re glad to have Hop Skip Jump as a sponsor and I am super excited to get that Neptune print up on Landon’s wall. Only one more coat of orange paint ::sigh::
Welcome Jeanne and stay tuned for a giveaway from this new sponsor very soon!
A few of my blog friends have been doing this meme for awhile. I take a lot of photos with my iphone but no one ever sees them so I figured, hey, why not?! Hopefully I’ll be better at remembering which photos were taken on what day. But I can promise nothing.
Progress is being made in different rooms of our new house. Sloooow progress. Here’s a sneak peek of the boy’s new colorful playroom!
The first coat of orange paint is up in Landon’s room. I’m gonna be honest and say that I’m not sure orange was the best choice. My nose was pretty scrunched up as I painted. But for the love of all that is holy, I’m gonna press on (possibly while wearing sunglasses), finish the second coat and hope it grows on me. For the record? Landon loves it.
The boys continue to surprise me with their new cool places they find to play. This precipitated a trip to the babies r us safety section. Good times.
Hello, lovahs. Our new washer/dryer set arrived. Not only does it clean clothes. But it is super pretty and makes cool sounds when it’s done. It also has a cold water sanitize setting that uses 92% less energy. This wanna-be crunchy mama is happy!
Severe weather including multiple tornado warnings managed to scare the shit out of everyone in our city and the Midwest as a whole. I am still having trouble accepting that a town two hours south of us was ripped to shreds. Word that a 16-month-old little boy was killed had me breaking down at work. I have hugged my kids a little tighter this week that is for sure.
It was nice to see a rainbow at the end of the week.
I met some wonderful bloggers from kansas city on Friday! I was chosen for a wendy’s promotion and it ended up being really fun to meet some local moms who blog (more on this tomorrow!).
We celebrated my dad’s retirement from teaching at a classic Kansas City restaurant called The Majestic. A live jazz band played including a cornet player, which just happens to be my dad’s instrument! Perfect. The steak was freaking amazeballs.
Then it was off to the AMC theater movie suites. I had never been here before but it was awesome! We sat in huge leather recliners and I got to put my feet up the whole movie! Also? Hangover 2 is hilariously inappropriate. Two thumbs up!
The next day the brigs and I weren’t feeling well. We had a wave of the vomits come through our household this past week. First Naaman, then Landon & lastly me and the Brigs. Thank the Lord it was short-lived so we can enjoy the rest of our long holiday weekend.
p.s. who knows how to get the smell of barf out of carpet? Please and thanks.
Did you take any photos on your phone this week? Well then, link up silly!
I talk about many things on this here blog. But decorating? It ain’t one of them.
The first time we put our house on the market was in October of 2009. I was 14 weeks pregnant with Brigham and deep in dreams about what our next home would look like. A year and a half later we’re finally in our next home. That’s a lot of time to compile ideas. Ideas that I suddenly feel will never come to fruition.
I thought I would feel relief when we were finally here. And in many ways, I am relieved. But also? I am completely overwhelmed.
Our old house had a teeny tiny floorplan. With teeny tiny rooms. And two teeny tiny closets. And now, after moving, it has what appears to be a teeny tiny to-do list in comparison to our new house.
The old house had a little over 1,000 square feet and two bedrooms.
The new house has over 2,000 square feet and four bedrooms. And throw in an extra bathroom. And walk-in closets in every.single.bedroom.
Please don’t misinterpret this post as complaining. Because I am so grateful to be here and to have what we have. But simply put, I don’t know where to start.
There is a lot to do. A lot is probably the understatement of the century. What is more than a lot, my bloggy friends? Fill in the blanks for me as my vocabulary is hiding in the corner with my fear of committing to a color scheme.
Also, moving is so difficult with two young kiddos who really have no clue what is going on.
We have a garage that is still filled with boxes yet to be unpacked. It is driving me crazy knowing that those boxes are out there. Calling my name. Asking for their new place in our new house. But if I bring those boxes out while my little monsters boys are awake. All they see is stuff. Stuff. STUFF! Stuff to throw and stuff to steal and stuff to hide and let’s toss this pretty Crate & Barrel Trifle Bowl that has never been used onto the shiny new wood floors and make a dent!
I’m trying to chill. Hey, I said I’m trying. I didn’t say I had mastered the skill of chilling quite yet.
So, what the heck is this post about anyway? I’m not sure. Is it to tell you that I’m adding a decor component to my blog. I am currently undecided on that endeavor. Although I think it would be super cool to show you guys my progress in making our house a home. Would you be interested in seeing stuff like that? Are home projects and photos of curtains exciting to you? If so – I will do it. Anything for my readers, right?
But right now I need support. I need all you people out there who encountered complete chaos after you moved to tell me that it all ended up okay. I need you to tell me that come Christmas time, there will be gorgeous garland wrapped around our beautiful banister. That my wedding china will rest safely in the dining room buffet. That the boys’ playroom will have some cute art on the walls. Someday. I need you to remind me to breathe in and out when I begin to freak over how I still cannot find the scissors and that you think Landon probably didn’t hide them under his pillow.
I will say that one thing that is helping me organize my thoughts is the coolest thing I’ve discovered since twitter. And that would be pinterest.
What? You haven’t heard about it yet? Then let me introduce you to the awesome. It’s a website that allows you to create idea or inspiration boards for anything your internet-addicted heart desires. There’s a little icon you download and instead of saving a thousand images to your hard drive you can organize it online. And then, the icing on the yummy cupcakes? You get to see what all your online friends are liking for their house or kitchen or closet. I love how it gives you a glimpse into their personal style. As you will see, my home style is a cross between comfy casual and shabby chic with a dash of fun color thrown in. Why do I crave white furniture and textiles while also being a mom to two boys? It’s not fair, I tell you.
Do me a favor and sign up for an invite! And then follow my pin boards. I am putting all my ideas for the different rooms of our house. Oh, how I need a couple more hours added to my night just so I can pin. It’s addicting. And it helps me feel better about the fact that nothing is decorated in our beautiful new house. It’s the house of beige. Sigh.
In the words of one of my favorite movie characters of all time, Scarlett O’Hara . . .
But I won’t think about that right now. I’ll think about that tomorrow. After all, tomorrow is another day.
Please vote before my brain implodes. Two clicks. That’s it!
Since Brigham turned 1-year-old on Monday we decided to get him a little something to mark the occasion.
We thought after sleeping in a cramped pack&play for a year he deserved a new house. With plenty of space to run and play (yes, our 1-year-old already runs. Send help!).
So we signed on the dotted line on Brigham’s first birthday and moved in that night.
When I woke up the next morning I felt like I needed to call the front desk of the hotel to find out what time check out was. It just didn’t seem real. It still doesn’t. We came so close to this dream not becoming a reality. So I think it’s gonna take some time to sink in.
Until then, you’ll have to wait for photos of Brigham’s birthday dinner. Because we won’t have Internet until Saturday (again, send help!). Ordinarily, this would be unacceptable but my iphone means I don’t have to go through a complete detox. Thank you kindly WordPress app!
I miss you, my bloggy friends. But we’re enjoying this exciting time in our new hotel. Er, I mean home. HOME! I will be back online soon!
Here’s a view from our new living room to tide you over =)
I’m gonna make this quick. I can’t write or talk about it without crying and getting stomach cramps.
We were supposed to be closing and moving TODAY. We thought our dream was finally coming true. But 48 hours ago the buyer’s lender decided that they would no longer give him the loan to buy our house unless he had a cosigner. We were told as long as he found a cosigner everything would be fine and we would be closing before the 29th.
Yesterday we waited to find out when the new closing day would be. At 4:45 p.m. I got the call I never expected to get. The buyer’s lender STILL denied him the loan to buy our house. We would not be closing at all.
I cried. I screamed. I got sick and vomited all of everything I had eaten that day and spent the day on the toilet. I lost three pounds. Another three pounds I could not afford to lose.
Our entire lives have been packed away in boxes. Waiting to go to a beautiful house that may never be ours.
Our mail was already forwarded. Address changed on numerous accounts.
Invitations for Brigham’s first birthday party have already been sent – with our NEW address of a house that now will set empty on his birthday.
Our dreams were shattered in an instant.
I’m not doing well. Not at all.
Today was supposed to be one of the happiest days of our family’s life. But instead, we are so sad.
Today my heart is broken.