Monday, May 30, 2016


1. The Great Big Greenhouse: It's incredible soothing.

2. Carrying around an armful of roly poly 10-11 month baby. 

3. The Roosevelt; I can't get enough of their Souther Poutine. 

4. Family visiting, like Ken's cousin, Karen, from Ohio.

5. Pictures of the four of us together. 

6. This sweet smile she gives me when she catches me looking at her.

7.  Getting to watch the mind of a three year old develop and grow. 

8. Conversations in the car with this girl. 

9. Reuniting with old friends from far far away. 

10. House guests who love on our babies. 

11.  Watching Sloane entertain Logan with song and dance. 

12. Discovering a peony bush in our backyard.

13. Sloane's love of Rusty. That's a picture she drew of her and Rusty on top of a big mountain. 

14.  Friends who come over to hang out by the pool (and make all the hard work of maintaining a pool,worthwhile!) 

15. Swimsuits and fruit popsicles. 

...It's starting to feel like summer!! 

Friday, May 27, 2016


I hope you all are ready for some house related posts, because they are a'coming...Next up, the master bedroom! The master is really small (and the bathroom is extra small), which was a deal breaker for Ken when we were looking at this house. We had grand plans to renovate the attic into a master bedroom but the reality of the costs stopped us dead in our tracks, so that renovation will be for another time.  The photo above is the picture on the listing of the house. 

The is what it looked when we moved in, after we painted. I don't mind small bedrooms and enjoyed the challenge of maximizing the space.

The other side of the room with the bathroom and closet. 

And then..

What it looks like right now! Again, this is a work in progress but the basic idea is that I wanted to go neutral as possible to provide us the respite we need when we come in here to sleep. 

This is my side of the bed, with this year's Mother's Day cards!

Ken's side of the bed...we should probably upgrade his coaster situation from the tissue he has there right now.

I'm planning on adding some framed family photos up on that side of that wall. 

That mirror might be one of my favorite purchases from Ikea - so good! And that shelf used to be in Sloane's closet in the old house but it works perfectly for this space here now. 

On top of the shelf right now: My current body lotion, favorite candles, palo santo incense sticks, Sloane's sunglasses, and one of my favorite house plants. 

Wednesday, May 25, 2016


The other day I got to snap some photos of little Etta Mae with her family. It was brief (I had a clingy baby and curious toddler hankering for my attention) but it was so special to be able to capture this time of my friends falling in love with their newest addition.

I love this photo because if you know Laura she is hilarious and is always making other people laugh, but Robert can make her laugh in a way no one else can.

A darling little dollop! 

Eden interacting with her little sister is the epitome of sweetness.

Monday, May 23, 2016


I'm going to post some before and after shots of the new house, for posterity and for the sake of marking the milestones of getting things done around here. These are probably more accurately labeled as progress pictures, but if I waited until I was truly 'done', these would never get posted, so here we are.  

The photo above was what the girls' bedroom looked like when we looked at the house for the first time.  I got the photo off the house listing so it's not the greatest quality, but you get the gist. 

This is what it looked like when we moved in.  This photo was taken with my phone because my camera was packed up in a box, so you can't really get a proper scale, but this room is the largest of the three bedrooms. It also gets the most light, so I knew I wanted it for the girls' bedroom the first time I saw it.

And then....

....the after! My favorite find has got to be this Crate and Barrel rug I found on Craigslist for $80. It's huge, beautiful, and it was exactly the feel I was looking for.

(Ken pointed out that I hadn't closed all the dresser drawers for the photo. Oh well.)

I took off the doors off the closet because they were treacherous and I'm so glad I did. I love having open closets for the girls - its very functional and I can see exactly what they have.

I don't know why, but I love this little corner. I think it's because the ukelele finally has a home!

The girls sleep like this with a white noise in between them during the night and it has worked out really well.

I'm hoping to find something to put on the wall over the changing table eventually but I haven't decided what exactly - maybe a woven wall hanging like this or this or a shelf?

And the little shelf which houses her water cup for the night, sometimes a flashlight, and usually her precious items of the week.