Dec 8, 2016

Our Christmas Tree 2016!

Presenting our 2016 Christmas tree!!! 

The last few years we've gotten our live tree from Midtown Nursery and we've loved it. Each has been so beautiful. But with the new house and the new neighborhood we were eager to support our neighbor's business, Good Winds. So the Saturday after Thanksgiving (they were closed Friday), the three of us walked over and chose our tree. 

Then we walked it home! Yay for new traditions!!! 

It was a little tall. Darn you, lower ceilings! 

It took us about two days to fully decorate and Charlie is totally mesmerized. We spent about a week saying "DON'T TOUCH THAT!" but he's finally gotten the hang of it. He has his favorite ornaments he enjoys pointing out and he LOVES turning the tree on and off. 

It looks a little crooked in the pictures, but its not so bad in real life. 

Charlie seems to be understanding more and more this year. He points out Christmas trees all over and says "pretty" when he sees lights. What a fun season this will be! 

Dec 6, 2016

Disney World Trip 2016

This past weekend I got to fly to Orlando to meet Bryan for an adults birthday weekend at Disney World! It was sort of a last minute (errr... planned in September) trip. Bryan worked at The Running Event in Orlando from Tuesday through Friday, so I left the kid with his grandparents and met him in Florida! Why not?

We spent Saturday at the Magic Kingdom and Sunday at Epcot. Then we flew home on Monday. A whirlwind trip that was sooooo needed. I forgot how much I needed some adult time with just my husband and best friend. 

Here's a few pictures and a quick re-cap of the trip. 

We Uber-ed everywhere. It was probably the same in the end as getting a rental  car, but being dropped off close to the parks was worth it to us. On Saturday morning we took the ferry across a lake to the entrance of Magic Kingdom. It was a nice touch and something I had never done before. 

We took more selfies in two days than we have ever in our whole lives. 

Screenshot from the Disney video they try to sell us. No thanks, Disney. 


Pretty much the closet we came to any of the characters. 

I had been thinking about that popsicle since we started thinking about this trip. Worth it. 

We really loved Epcot.  The food! The drinks! It was much more our speed. 

For the Christmas season they had speakers and entertainers at each country talking about their Christmas traditions. Above is Pere Noel from France, below Helga from Germany. 

Fun Fact: I'm hiding a giant pretzel behind Helga, and Bryan is holding a big beer behind me. 

The Norway talk was one of our favorites. 

Birthday dessert in France. 

Bryan and I had a great time and are thankful for the opportunity to get to go. See you in about 4-5 years, Disney. 

Nov 23, 2016

New House: Wood Burning Fireplace

One of the features we've been excited about, but haven't been able to utilize until recently, is the wood burning fireplace! In our last house we had two fireplaces, but they were coal burning and had been capped off years ago. So while pretty, they weren't functional.

This house has a painted wood paneled room with a large hearth and built-in's galore! It's pretty much my dream cozy family room. It still needs some work and tile is definitely not my first choice for a family room, but we'll get there over time.

As the weather has finally started to cool off we've been enjoying the fireplace nearly every night. (If you are local and need a firewood man, let me know, we have a good one!)

Not a a fire pic, but look at this cuteness!

Bryan lighting the first fire! 

If you are wondering about the garland, it's our November thankful garland. For the last few years we've written down one thing we are thankful for throughout the whole month. This year we are hanging our thankful leaves over the mantle, because why not? Is it high style? No. But it's a sweet reminder of all that we have as we gather together as a family. 

I'm looking forward to decorating for Christmas next week! (Seriously, can you believe it?!) 

Nov 22, 2016

Life Lately: Picture Post

It's been a minute since I've done a life 
lately picture post, so here goes:

Charlie on the trampoline. I'm so glad I convinced Bryan to let us hang on to it a little longer. 

Charlie and I did a six week music class at church. My mom was able to attend most of them and they had the best time. 

We don't often dress C up like this, but when we do I take a picture!

One benefit of all those mis-cuts: new play toy!

Charlie and my brother, whom he calls Bubba. 

Charlie prefers the cat over the dog. FYI.

A rare opportunity to hang out with some of my cousins and family. 

Bryan and Charlie planted my fig tree last Saturday! So happy to finally get it in the ground. I've had this tree three years now. 

Family selfie! 

Nov 10, 2016

Master Bedroom One Room Challenge Reveal!

It's here! It's time! Can you even believe it? 

The last few days I've been running around dancing thinking "it's done! It's done! It's done!" Anyone else? 

You ready? Here she is:

Wait! Remember it before? 

Ugh! Periwinkle! 

I'm totally head-over-heels in love with the new color, Clary Sage by Sherwin Williams. Sometimes at night I lay in bed and just gaze at the walls and trim lovingly. Bryan is a little bit jealous. 

As you can see we kept all the furniture, although we did switch around the chest of drawers and cedar piece. 

On this wall we added some art. 

The Mississippi River engineer print turned out pretty well. I had a hard time finding a frame for it as it printed a weird size. As you can see it's a little odd, but I'm happy with it for now. And you can't beat the price! 

These are the sweetest pieces between the closet and hallway doors. The top piece I had custom made by a local artist. It features maps of three important places to Bryan and I (where we met, our first apartment and our first home). The bottom piece is an old sketch of the new house I found in one of the closets. I had it matted and framed on the cheap. There isn't a date on it and the landscaping and treescape are vastly different than it is now. I wish I knew how old it is! 

These are the pieces we switched around. When we installed the curtains the chest of drawers seemed to fit better on the wall next to the curtains. 

My mom hemmed the curtains from our old house (and previously at my grandmother's assisted living apartment). They are hung much wider than our window, but it gives that wall more dimension and presence. I like it. 

Our budget was pretty much zero, but I didn't have to buy much. Here's the rundown:
Paint: $100
Baskets over cedar piece: $30
Mississippi River art and frame: $27
House sketch framing: $44
Total: $201!

Not bad! This room really feels like ours now. Despite Bryan's being slightly hesitant on the remodel and dragging his feet on the crown molding, he appreciates the difference. We are both eager for our next project. The guest bedroom or the master bath? 

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To recap: Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Week 4, and Week 5