Mar 27, 2017

Pressing On

Thanks to everyone for your sweet words on my last post. I know Jared really appreciated your comments as well. Last week was an emotional, long week but we are all pressing on and getting back into the swing of things. We sortof don't have a choice but to get back on track since our move out date is closing approaching.
A beautiful rose we saved from the funeral.
Our house right now looks like absolute chaos. There are boxes half-packed, packing supplies, trash bags of things to drop at the donation center and of course the baby toys that seem to multiple overnight. I don't think Jared and I have ever bought T a toy ourselves so it's crazy how many he has. Ack! This move is helping me realize there are plenty of things he has outgrown already and I've been all too happy to box those up knowing he won't miss them!
We have also been surviving on way too much junk food lately... oops. It's so easy to make the excuses for it, but we're hoping to change that this week. Although the next couple of weeks will still be stressful, eating crappy doesn't help anything! However... I was not mad about these donuts showing up at our house over the weekend.

T turned 10 months old yesterday. So of course I took a ridiculous amount of photos, videos and then scoured the internet trying to decide what I want to do for his first birthday. I feel like most first time mom's have the whole thing planned by now.... Um. I have decided nothing. Like, I don't even have a date in mind and I also don't know if we'll have a home by then. So that's going well ;)
I title this photo, "Moving, with a baby who likes to move"

As crazy at life seems right now, I actually have a lot of blog posts I'm excited about for this week so I hope you'll check back again. Happy Monday and as always, thank you for reading!

Mar 23, 2017

A Precious Lady

It's been a weird couple of weeks or so for me around here hence the lack of blog posts. We've of course been busy with our move (18 days until we have to be out of this house- HELP!) but life has thrown us all for a loop we weren't expecting. Jared's sweet grandma passed away last week and her funeral is today. It's been sad saying goodbye to such a precious lady, but Jared and his family have such treasured memories of her that will stay with us forever.

She was sweet but spunky and I always loved that she would speak her mind. Even at her age, she could still crack a great joke that would make us all laugh. She told fascinating stories about her time working at a factory during WWII. When I was pregnant, she told me story after story about raising her 5 kids and which one cried the most, which one was her "favorite" and who was the easiest baby.

I'm so thankful she had the chance to meet T and get to know him over the last 10 months. Seeing T with great-grandparents was a huge blessing to us all. She was a loved lady who will be missed by so many people. Please keep Jared, my mother-in-law and the rest of their (huge) wonderful family in your thoughts and prayers.

Mar 20, 2017

Spring: Goals & Plans

Happy SPRING, everyone! Ohio is kicking off the first day of Spring in perfect fashion- I woke up to a gentle rainstorm and rolling thunder this morning. I truly cannot believe it is March 20th already... time is going faster than it ever has and it's all I can do to hang on and enjoy the ride! In the past, I've blogged about monthly goals but I've fallen away from that habit. Steph hosts a seasonal goals link-up so I thought now was the perfect time to get back into some goal setting.

MOVE. Ha, this probably goes without saying but I figured it should still be on my list. Maybe since I put it at the top of my list it'll motivate me to realllly get packing and going on things. I have been slacking and closing date is coming quick.

CELEBRATE EASTER. I have mentioned a time or ten how much I love Easter so this is one I can't wait to check off. Jared and I are having fun collecting little things for T's basket and I have definitely gone overboard on Easter clothes, whoops! I'll be making some delicious items from my favorite holiday cookbook and hopefully spending time with lots of our family.

START PLANNING T's BIRTHDAY. My child turns 1 at the end of May (WHAT?) and I really haven't decided what I'd like to do to celebrate or when to have it. With the moving craziness we might be barely settled into our new home. Plus we want to accommodate for some out of town family and other busy schedules.

FINISH T's PHOTO BOOK. In relation to his first birthday (why do I have to keep reminding myself?!) I want to finish his first year photobook on/around his birthday. I've been working on it little by little but it's the toughest book I've ever tried to make. Since I take SO many pictures of him, it's hard to narrow it down because obviously they are ALL adorable ;)

GO TO A WORKOUT CLASS. I don't belong to any gym these days, but I'd like to try to get back into the swing of a weekly class somewhere- be it Zumba or Barre3. When I think about the times in my life I've been most fit/healthy it was always when I was a part of a structured workout with a group- I'm one of those people who needs it!

VISIT THE ZOO. Jared and I have been talking about taking T to the zoo all winter long and I'm hopeful we'll get a nice, free day sometime soon where we can. We'd like to buy a membership to the zoo for our family but we're still trying to determine if we'd go enough/get our money's worth. Either way, I need to see all the new zoo babies that are happening in Cincinnati. 

Also of note for Spring will be:
- Celebrating my 30th bday
-Celebrating my niece's 4th birthday when they are in town (yay!)
-Celebrating our 6th anniversary
-Going on a big family vacation

Sounds like we're going to have a busy, but fun Spring. What are you planning on doing this Spring? 
Life According to Steph

Mar 17, 2017

NEW HOME: Kitchen Dreaming

As we continue to watch our new home being built, I want to try to document as much of the process and details as I can. We've made all the main choices at this point but I still get nervous about seeing it all come together. It's one thing to see a small sample of a cabinet, a square of tile or flooring/carpet... but it's a whole other ballgame when you go, "Yeah! Put that all over my house!" So let's just pray the stuff we chose looks good once it's plastered throughout the home ;)

Today I wanted to talk about our kitchen selections in particular. Before we met with our design rep, I honestly didn't think we were going to go with white cabinets- but (spoiler alert) that's what we ended up picking. I know white cabinets seem to be what everyone is doing these days, but I was still a sucker for the darker colors! Once we looked at some combinations at the design center, I really saw the appeal to the white, though. 
Just some sample kitchens that have similar colors to ours.
The home we're moving out of always felt very dark and something we were excited about with a new home was better natural lighting and lighter colors in general. White cabinets just made sense. With semi-custom homes like ours, you pick and choose what things you want to upgrade and pay more money for....AKA, the price tag can go up quickly if you aren't careful. We decided on the nicer cabinets with crown molding and they are also soft-close, which I love. 
Our cabinets are in the middle! This is a crappy cell phone pic from the design center.
For countertops, we decided to stick with the basics and not pay for the granite upgrade right away. To do granite for our whole kitchen would have been a LOT of extra money and I figured we could always update those down the road if we decided to. We also opted not to add a backsplash because I didn't think the cost was worth it, when I know that's a project Jared and I can tackle together if we want to. I'm pretty happy with the countertops we picked out, though. Anything is better than our current navy blue ones, ha!
Samples of our gray laminate counter tops that I think look pretty darn good!
I think with our whites and grays we're going to do some green accents in our new kitchen, maybe some yellow too- we'll see. You know you're an adult when you're already picking out new potholders and tea towels, right?! I am just so excited to have a kitchen with an island, a pantry and lots of cabinet space. Three things we haven't had for the past 6 years in our marriage. Hosting and entertaining is about to go to a whole new level once we move in- I can't wait!

And while our house certainly won't be as decked out as the models they show, here's an idea of our layout in the new kitchen. Have I mentioned that I CANNOT WAIT!!?!

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