South Carolina!

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terrific trips

We had such a fun time in South Carolina! Greg got to hang out with his buddies who haven’t all been together in ages, the kids got filled up on friend time and I had the best time just looking around at all the pretty and watching everyone laughing and playing so freakishly nicely together :)

We stayed in the most gorgeous house by the beach! It was so dreamy to wake up in such a pretty room… so dreamy in fact that when I saw all these pillows at target, I had to buy them for my own bed! It’s like taking home a souvenir sea shell except more bulky.

The first morning we were there, the owners friend dropped by a *small* spread of three different types of bread, a delicious quiche, fruit, bacon, sausage, croissants, homemade jam… ALL THE THINGS! Is this Southern hospitality because I definitely would have chucked a bag of coffee beans on the counter and called it a day. I heard they were up since 4am baking! I tried to take a picture, but Luke :)

Luke’s daily play with Noah time. IT’S THE SWEETEST!

Luke would get so nervous when Noah would get close to the pool. He’d jump out so fast and drag him by his feet away from the danger. BEST big brother. Sure love those lil men.

Love the differences of pool entrances :)

Abbie was a lil dare devil doing all sorts of tricks into the pool! Couldn’t believe how far she’s come with her swimming!

^^first back flop. There was screaming.

I could watch them playing together all day <3 currently putting the parrot they found, back into its natural habitat :)

HOW CAN YOU NOT LOVE HIM!?! I do. I do so much.

Things you don’t want flung at you.

Can’t tell you how many pictures I have of Luke, far off in the distance, playing by himself. He’s the sweetest little boy :):)

Fittest family in the world. I feel like I’m getting in shape just looking at them!

East Coast oceans man, they’re so dreamy! Warm and lovely – could have stayed there all day!

But then the pool :)

Favorite site <3

These things make me smile. Kids.

^^the face of a boy who just pushed his sister into the pool

^^seriously SO proud of this girl! She went from swimming no farther than 2 feet from the side of the pool to diving down 8 feet to get toys and things! I think she sprouted fins.

^^when you don’t have a pack and play and he only will sleep in confined spaces :):)

^^when you spend your vacation practicing your letters <3

Just love his little smiley eyes

Even if he’s in the hold me 24/7 phase of life :)

I saw this sign and assumed the collard greens were good. I was wrong.

So nice having people around who loved holding babies :)

I’m gunna keep trying them. People say they like them! I’m determined to find out why. I WON’T REST TILL I FIND A COLLARD GREEN RECIPE I LIKE! If you have one, send it to me :)

At least Noah liked Luke’s mac and cheese. I swear those kids would live on carbs and cheese if we let them.

They like their little brother. I like them.

When no one wants to walk and you only have one stroller for the baby.

Aaaaand back to the pool. Because it be hot.

He told me he was bat man.

Boys play differently than girls. Are we still allowed to say that?

Abbie loved having another girl to hang out with <3 sweetest.

Dass a lot of kids. Best trip with everyone though! So relaxing and fun.

Look I was there too. We tried.


The next day we had a late flight and went exploring. Stumbled upon a doughnut shop. All I wanted was a glazed doughnut. What I got was heaven in my mouth. Seriously we were so bummed all they had were cake doughnuts BUT they were made to order, fresh, hot and freakin amazing. I’m literally salivating right now.

Found a little park to get some wiggles out. Greg has so many wiggles.

Abbie turned into an angelic being.

Looked over and Noah was just happily kicking away. It’s just the best thing to look over at!

One day she’ll figure out the monkey bars…

Can you even either handle that face!?!?

Stumbled upon a fort!

Taught the kids a lil something about cannon safety.

Hiiiiii lil family up there!

Got a yummy lunch with the BEST street corn.

Greg tried to take just one picture of me. Said I move too much.

^^when you come to a gate and are asked to pose.

Tried out Charleston again. We were pretty underwhelmed with our first visit but we tried out a different section and MY GOSH it was pretty! OCEAN AND GORGEOUS OLD HOUSES AND HORSES AND PARKS AND TREES! I made Greg drive round and round cause I couldn’t take in all the pretty the first time. Plus it was too hot for walking ;)

^^he doesn’t like holding dirty babies ;)

Apparently he’s pretty popular here.

So many bad pictures BUT IT WAS SO PRETTY!!!

And then we headed to this oyster and fine poultry bar for a phenomenal last meal!

Didn’t realize I crashed their date.

Poor Noah… one day you can eat real food with the rest of us :)

BEST oysters. BEST fried chicken. And apparently they claim it pares well with champagne… I like fried chicken. I like champagne. I did like the excuse to put them together.

South Carolina, you did not disappoint! Hey babe, let’s fly across the country with all our kids again next week, k? Pray for us pray for us pray for us!!! ;)

8 months!

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12 months of Noah / Luke Blane

We have a tooth! We have a tooth! Definitely started writing this earlier today when there were no teeth but sure enough, Greg was feeling around tonight and out popped a little sharp tooth! And there’s that familiar pang that is associated with all the lasts.. last first tooth :’) I’ll just go do a couple soft sobs in the corner over here. Oh this boy is such a sweetheart! He is sticking to his belly crawl, loves his paci more than anything and will eat all his food and yours if you let him. I say it every time but my goodness we love him! I was just putting him down for his nap today and he was just lying there giggling and cooing away, all dream baby like, and I just thought how good God is to put such a cheery little soul into a family of ALL THE HORMONES all the time :) Hands down my favorite thing he does is putting his binky in his mouth with such vigor. Sometimes I’ll be nursing him and he’ll see it out of the corner of his eye, pop himself off, reach over and snatch it up with such determination and gusto, it’s hard to stay offended by his preference. It’s so dang cute! I sorta wonder if he’ll skip the normal crawling stage cause he goes everywhere on his belly… it’s all scratched up and red… ugh… but he can get up at least one stair on it and seems to have no interest in using his knees. BUT THE CRAWLING STAGE IS MY FAVORITE! More soft soft sobs… Anyways, I’m sure he had loads of new things this month but this momma brain is tired. Mostly I remember the sweetest little boy who has captured our whole family’s hearts. We sure love you lil Noah! You are such a blessing.

7 months

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12 months of Noah / Noah Phillip

THIS BOY IS SEVEN MONTHS AND HE’S THE SWEETEST THING!!! Seriously, I’ve never met a happier more mellow baby. Sometimes I see glimpses of normal baby and the terror hits. I don’t know how to handle normal baby anymore. I’ve been utterly spoiled. People stop us on the street and say, “oh oh ohhh! that baby just smiled at me!” and we pretend like they are really special “NO WAY! Awwww!” but really he just spends his days filling people’s souls with joy. The most magical thing happened this month – he slept through the night all night, every night…. and for some reason I’ve never been more tired but my goodness once I catch up on my sleep, how lovely will this new skill be!? He’s getting louder! Looooves chattering away over there, exploring all sorts of frequencies, but still has the sweetest lil voice there ever was. He loves his siblings. I get the excited kicks when I go to get him in the morning, but they get the big smiles. Their love for each other makes my heart so happy… especially when the rest of the day is filled with more bickering than I could have ever imagined. Fun ages. fun. ages. He’s my lil buddy and I just love him so very much. Happy 7 months lil man! You are a wonder!

WOOPOMAN turns three!!!

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Luke Blane

MY BOY LUKE TURNED THREE!!! Oh my goodness this kid is always surprising me. He is a bundle of energy – just constantly moving. Even when he gets close to give you a hug or a kiss he sorta shakes a little, bless him. He is all boy with a tendency to wear dresses. He loves his sister more than anything and doesn’t want to do anything without her and is game to do whatever she is in the mood to do. He is a l o v e r constantly doling out kisses and sweet little remarks of encouragement. He just like a month ago went from hardly talking at all to full on sentences. He loves trains. He loves Paw Patrol. But for some reason, asked for a Superman birthday. Did you know Superman isn’t in anymore? I looked for napkins. I looked for figurines. He’s not popular in the stores, guys. WHAT IS A WORLD WITH NO SUPERMAN!? Ah well, we made it work. He is a bringer of the biggest deep breaths of patience and a joyful, bursting heart, within the same hour ;) He’s my boy and I love him so dang much. A few snaps from his day of celebration!

^^Abbie showing him around to each decoration as if on a house tour haha she’s so bossy but we love her <3

^^PIDO MAN!!! BAD MAN!!! *and instantly spread around*

^^Noah, victim of balloon attacks <3

^^The look of a kid trying to be excited about clothes on his birthday…

^^When the lady in the store asked if you wanted them wrapped and you took the easy way out but then realized she stuck allllll his presents in one bag ;)

^^hasn’t worn a dress since ;)

^^or anything else for that matter…

^^hehe Abbie ;)

^^I could watch him playing by himself all the live long day <3

^^so typical ;) “oh were you singing to me? … cause you’re competing with my new tractor…”

^Greg’s not too big on fruit… ;)

^^we are working on smaller bites. but not on your birthday :)

^^I just think he’s the cutest superman that ever was.

^^Annual measuring ceremony!

^^And then we headed down to ride some rides! I wondered on the way down why we don’t go to the boardwalk much… and then I remembered.

An hour later, we found a parking spot.

^^when your parents are screaming PULL UP PULL UP!!!! but you never did figure it out ;) he wanted to ride the red one cause “it flies…” ohhh you dear boy.

^^the reality of why the pictures are so bad :]

^^ahhh a day of health. look at that water ;)

Oh my goodness, this boy is a DAREDEVIL! He giggled so hard on the little kid rollercoaster and loved this dropping one! Made me so happy!

^^Let’s not forget this dear little junebug!


^^Me and cakes man. I have a special gift for making a very special cake… my first attempt took three trips to the store and ended up being over whipped whilst I tried to put up all the falling down streamers in record time. It rose and sunk into an inedible depression. Insert the bakery and the sad sprinkle decorations atop. All he wanted was a superman sprinkle cake. Not sure what that means but he ate it and Abbie could just barely make out an S so, SUCCESS ;)

Ohhhh Luke, we sure love you. Happy birthday bud! You light up our lives!!!

My baby is half a year old! + a celebratory outing!

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HE’S HALF A YEAR OLD!!!!!! HOWWWW!?!? My oh my I love this little man! even if he was a fuss buss this month :) Oh my goodness he’s just so fun. Just the last couple of days he’s been working on sitting up and can do it like a pro now! I leave the room and come back and there he still is! I just love seeing that little square back from across the room, bless him. He learned to put his binky back in his mouth – just in time for me to take it away entirely ;) He’s been a rockstar sleep trainer… had to sort of postpone that because he got a little cold and I just didn’t feel right about starting when he wasn’t feeling great, but the last two nights this momma got her first two full nights of sleep. what. i mean. what. He’s the messiest eater! haha he’s making up for not spitting up by leaving my shirt entirely drenched when he’s finished eating. I’m starting to accept I will probably be covered in some sort of fluid forevermore. He’s also quite the little aerobic nurser. There are limbs flying, hands grabbing, booties bouncing. No wonder I’m soaked when we are done ;) Can I say he’s crawling? not really but he can sure army crawl his way around a room. He sees a toy he wants and he’s off! And if he isn’t working those arms he’s got a pretty good inch worm crawl down too! It’s basically the cutest thing I ever did see. Oh baby Noah, we sure love you. It’s all just whirling by too fast though! How ever do you slow it down?? Today I got to hang out with my sister and had the best time. Gosh I miss her! I’ve been wanting to take the kids berry picking for the longest time and finally got around to going! A few pictures below :)

I hadn’t been since I was a kid and remember getting yelled at for sitting on all the berries (never have been much of a fan of standing ;) ) but we had the BEST time! And my gosh are they delicious! Sorta wanna go back every week this summer ;)

Thanks for hanging out with us, Auntie Minnow! We sure love you! And happy half birthday, baby Noah! You light up our whole lives :):)


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terrific trips

I feel like we’ve just been going going going this whole year, maybe longer! what with a new someone joining our family and then all the birthdays and guest after guest after guest and TAYLOR GETTING MARRIED and all the events that go along with that, and my goodness I’m so tired. But Hawaii was officially our last planned thing and ahhhh it feels good to be able to slow down – both on vacation and back home. Just kidding. I don’t know how to slow down. We’ve been home four days and I figure now’s as good a time as ever to sleep train Noah, potty train Luke, and redo my whole patio :D but before I officially lost my mind, we had the most lovely vacation celebrating all the things!

Can I just say how nice it is to travel with family!?! that are willing to hold AND entertain your kids!!! I don’t think I’ve ever watched a whole movie on the plane whilst traveling with them but I watched at least 3 this trip. I know. WHAT. It was a sky high miracle. And is there anything cuter than seeing your baby happily playing on someone else’s lap? :)

^^Whad and her mango. Because they don’t have them there ;)

The first morning we were there, Abbie noticed all the spoons were smiling at her :):)

I brought their sunglasses all the way across the sea but of course everyone only wanted to wear these green ditties.

It was my momma’s birthday! So naturally we celebrated in Waikiki.

I think it is humanly impossible for them to take a bad picture..

This would be a better picture if we knew those standing figures ;) Our people are the little heads bobbing way out there.

^^When there is no shade or umbrellas -_-

Poor Lukie got rolled real bad. He became a big fan of the pool after that..

Let’s just zoom in on these precious faces! HIS SMILE HIS SMILE I JUST CAN’T GET ENOUGH OF IT!!!

The REAL reason we all made this trip a priority was to celebrate my parents FORTIETH anniversary!!! So thankful for the gift of their marriage to our family <3

hehe and that is the face of a boy who keeps skipping naps in lieu of swimming all. day. long. Sweet boy.

Noah <3 I just can't with him. I took so many pictures trying to wrangle the blur of wiggly humans and this was his face in all of them with just blurs of siblings, twirling round :):)

^^Luke took this! He’s so dang cute! I can’t even believe his tiny little hand can wrap around the camera but he tries to hard and actually gets most pictures centered! My little photographers :):)

^^When you try to take a whole family photo, expect zero results.

And then there was the most dreamy fancy dinner where…




fell asleep! Before we even ordered! So you betcha we ordered the tasting menu and enjoyed ourselves! The waitress even brought out extra chairs and pillows and made them little beds! And then my whole family forgot me and left me at the restaurant. I tell ya, you have kids and allofasudden you’re chopped liva ;)

My kids became little fishies on this trip! The pool was just shallow enough for Abbie to reach and she loved being without her floaties practicing her swimming. She improved so much in just a couple of days!

The goggles faces :):)

hehe he was so cute how he’d hold his nose until right when he hit the water… never did figure that one out :)

He just loved those little pods. I think he thought he was swimming too ;)

Someone gave the ocean another chance, praise the Lord!

And then the attempted naps…

You turn your back and they immediately start conspiring…

I have dreams that one day they’ll all be able to sleep in the same bed :) until then..

And then there was Father’s Day! Spent in this fashion. Always.

Abbie was so excited to see real coconuts in the trees. She’s very into where things come from so this was a big deal :)

Got to spend a day at Pearl Harbor!

My little ballistic missiles <3
I always forget how heavy those sorts of places are. You just sorta think of it as a landmark or famous place to visit but then it hits you how many people died there and what a horrible event it really was.

Abbie asked why there were flowers there and I explained to her it’s to remember those who lost their lives and to honor them. She immediately took the flower out of her hair and asked if she could leave it there for them. Heart. Melted.

We then thought it was a good idea to attempt a hike. Have you ever tried two events in one day with lil kids? It’s all sorts of fun.

These are there pre-hike faces :)

And this is at the trail head. Promises of a blissful future brewing.

Luckily we didn’t have to walk very far to see pretty.

And here are a few hundred pictures of SO MUCH GREEN!!! I couldn’t handle it! My dappled light loving heart was bursting amongst the ever present moan of CAAAAARRRYYYY MEEEEE!

Abbie keeps talking about how remember when we went on that reallllllyy long hike (I think we might have only gone for mayyybe 20 minutes) but it was certainly memorably long ;)

This was probably one of my favorite parts of the trip even if it was short. I just loved all the twists and turns and gosh it was gorgeous. Obviously these aren’t doing it justice so just believe me :]

Someone was happy to get out of his baby carrier :):)

His sweaty little head <3 it was so hot!

Aaaand post nap faces :)

We even got some rain on the way home!

And then we were off to celebrate something else probably! Maybe Tay and Josh being married for a WHOLE MONTH! There is always a reason to celebrate ;)

Hehe Abbie just barely made the cut ;)

Oh his little sleepy hands <3

You gotta watch mom – she feeds the baby all sorts of things ;)

And then sometimes you’re nursing and all of a sudden it starts pouring… so people try to cover you with small towels ;)

Some people handled the sudden downpour better than others ;)

But back to these two <3

The scariest thing about raising boys. The bringing of the bugs…

His little back :)

They finally got to eat something out of a coconut!

Oh Hawaii, you were lovely! And happy birthday momma! Happy anniversary mom and dad! Happy Father’s day, you two! Happy one monthiversary Abbe’s! And happy something to me ;)

5 Months

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Five months with the sweetest baby boy. He’s been exploring nights of no sleep whatsoever, has forgotten he can roll both ways, and is starting to express strong frustrations with not being able to make his hands do exactly what he wants them to do but MY GOODNESS he’s as sweet as they come! Chattiest little man… often run in cause I think he’s crying/screaming/etc but no… just loudly chattin away! His eyes are starting to change… They are sorta like Luke’s but a touch lighter – everyone says Luke’s are brown but they aren’t brown brown… they are more of a grey green color. I feel like Noah’s are sorta like that. I’m gunna go with hazel. It’s the all encompassing eye color ;) but they are the prettiest eyes! Just LOOKIT!

He loves baths. Finally got him in the deep bath with brother and sister and he was in wonderland! Figured out that he can turn his head every direction while still nursing….


….. oh the joys. but really he’s just the sweetest little human and has brought so much joy to our family. I have the hardest time believing he’s really mine! Luckiest lady. Little Noah, happy five months. We sure love you!

4 months with Mr. Smiles

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I couldn’t even get any more faces cause he wouldn’t stop smiling! He sleeps, he smiles, he smiles, he sleeps. He drools. He rolls over. He coos and chatters and squeals and smiles and smiles and smiles with those lil moon eyes. He thinks diaper changes are hilarious. He’s all sorts of wonderful. I had the hardest time tearing myself away to put him down last night cause he was cracking up over everything! But I laid him down and he fell right to sleep. WHO IS THIS CHILD!?! Lil Noah, I don’t know where you came from but we sure adore you! Happy four months little man!

The Kitchen Post

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Oh boy, where to start, where to start? Alrighty, I will do my best to not be a grumbly old lady, nagging about this and that because honestly, as hard as this project was, I am so thankful for it. I walk in and remember so many miracles that happened and see His hand everywhere – where things just happened to work out or where He provided money at just the right time when we had long run out and I can’t help but smile! We have a space that WORKS and that we love to be in and all is good. He is good. And I am thankful. But for a while there, it was real hard. Long story short, we needed a new kitchen. Rephrase. We needed a working kitchen. She was cute at first glance, but was extremely difficult to cook in, and well, just wasn’t workin for us. Which really just translates to the ever occuring scenario of me face down on the floor crying I HATE IT HERE WE NEED TO MOVE WAAAAAAA every day sort of thing. Let me just show you some tid bits so you can sympathize with me ;)

Ohhhhh aint she cute?! A little cabin kitchen in an old victorian farm house. I’m sure it made sense to someone. It actually smelled all nostalgic and I was so sad that part would be going away but mmmmmm yup. Don’t miss it. Here you are looking at the only cabinets in the entire kitchen, the only counters, and the only time it was ever this clean. This was the week we moved in.

Here we have our one three prong outlet in the entire kitchen. ONE. This small first world problem became quite annoying, quite fast.

Just a little example of how all the things excelled in cleanliness.

Oh hey fridge in the middle of the room. Whose idea was it to put the fridge here? To make half of the only cabinet wall completely inaccessible? I’m confused. Oh wait, there was another outlet behind the fridge. Hence the very very very high microwave.

And then the brick, oh the brick. I actually thought it looked sorta cool the first time I saw it… but it took up a ton of space and again, no counters… cooking without a place to put things is really hard, turns out. And then there were the rats. We saw so many go up the brick and disappear into the vent above. And despite the rodants… brick never feels especially clean, you know? But then especially with the rat poop. That makes it extra fun.

And then the vent was really just a fan… that vented into the attic.

Not to mention if it got smoky, just open the slatted windows that could never fully close. Winters were cold. Our heating bill was high.

But back to this situation. The stove. Oh the stove. Start heating it up when you get home cause it took a full 10 minutes to get hot. You’d be sautéing something and it would just turn off.. but you wouldn’t know because it was electric and you couldn’t tell until all the glowy red had gone away and it was stone cold again. Things would just stop sizzling. Only the back two burners worked and they were so close to the back wall, you couldn’t fit a whole pan on it. Meals had to be timed with expert precision especially if you had to boil water and sauté two different things.

There was a lot of this. So much juggling to try to find a surface that was hot when you needed it and cold when you needed to put something down. Maybe it doesn’t seem that hard but add two screaming babies in and you might begin to see why I was always a crumbled ball of misery by the time Greg got home. Ohhhh little stovetop, I do not miss you.

Luke loved to open these doors incessantly whilst I was barefoot and cooking. Curses.

We got a couple IKEA islands to try to have a bit more counter space and storage. Open shelving on the bottom cabinet is SO much fun with children. My neighbor told me Bentley doesn’t get enough exercise and told me I should get him a treadmill since I clearly don’t have time to walk him. Naturally I figured this was the best place to store it. This is me giving up ;) Anyways, we decided that despite not having all our ducks in a row, we needed to do something about this and fast. So I quickly drew up some plans amidst the ever screaming children (apparently they scream a lot… I remember a lot of screaming) and spent the following months up all night wondering if we would hate it and if we are about to just throw away all our money and so on and so forth. Although I did work in design for three years out of college, embarrassingly, no one that commissioned me on their own had ever actually used my ideas and my goodness when you’re about to spend everything you’ve ever worked for, that gets in your head a lot. Greg was so sweet the whole time, reassuring me it’s just money… if we hate it, we’ll just save up and try again! Whattaguy. Seriously he’s the only sanity in my head. So! I tried to think of it as an opportunity to be my own client and design something for how we wanted to cook and use the space. And ohmygoodness I love it. I’ll go ahead and skip over all the drama that ensued to make it happen and introduce our pretty and oh so very white kitchen that we love so very much :)

One of the big problems in our old kitchen was the opening to enter was so narrow – I knew I didn’t want a full on open kitchen cause I’m still the messiest and also sorta like being alone in the kitchen, cooking away :) It’s my happy place. So we widened the entry which made it feel so much more open and is great for party flow etc. Now you can just walk right through to the backyard and not get in my work zone :D I like to make zones so things are near to where you might need them. How thoughtful of me.

Here’s our baking zone. I love baking here with the kids. The marble is great for rolling out dough and it’s especially cozy on rainy days because the skylight is above :):) plus I wanted to have our every day plates close to the dining room for easy access to setting the table. PLUS guests don’t have to look through a million cabinets to find a glass. See, I thought through these things. THANK GOODNESS we don’t live in earthquake country.

Here’s an example of the Lord helping us out. I wanted a new skylight cause the one we had was all corroded and had that grid pattern on it and anyways, it was ugly. We tried covering it up to see what that was like but it was SO dark. So I ordered a new one that should have only been a few inches bigger but when it arrived, MY GOSH it was huge. Do you see the sandwiched beam above it? That is our deck. It literally could not have been an inch bigger but miraculously, fit perfectly… and when they put it in… it was centered exactly with the open shelving! I LOVE THINGS LIKE THAT. I’m so weird. I know, I know. But little things like that make me inexplicably happy.

So this wall had the sink and a giant unusable closet/ pantry situation on it. Now it’s our baking area, coffee station, and Greg’s bar area on the far left.

I love this because Greg used to be mixing his drinks right where I was cooking, people were getting jammed in the narrow door/ brick/ fridge situation and I would be trying to throw something together AND NOW everything flows so nicely! Zoning man, I’m telling you it helps out a lot.

We started out with an ice maker and a wine fridge here but after so many repair trips for that dang ice maker we ended up with a beverage fridge WHICH I LOVE. So happy about that. Not to mention those ice makers are LOUD. We could hear it from our bedroom. I could go on an on about that stupid ice maker but we’ll leave it with how thankful I am it’s not there anymore :D Our pantry moved to the free standing cabinet which I also love cause it’s narrow so things don’t get lost in the back, I can easily find anything in it, and honestly we tend to buy what we need when we need it so we didn’t need a giant pantry. Plus it adds a little bit of character to a pretty stark space. I really wanted to get an antique cabinet and be all authentic and such but Greg hated the smell of all of them haha and they were pretty short! So I was so happy this one fits pretty perfectly… oh lookie lookie there. I’m tellin ya… this was a hard project but there were so many things like this – things that just happened to work out, that I can’t help but smile and be grateful.

We ended up popping this wall out to line up with the rest of the house which allowed us to have a more cohesive flow and a nice kitchen island. I went back and forth on whether or not we should touch it but in the end, the other layouts were still so funky and not really what we wanted so everything just fell into place when we did this. That door is now our hanging pan wall and where Abbie is standing used to be where you’d exit the kitchen to go onto the patio.

Immediately it felt SO much bigger even though it wasn’t a huge patio… but anyways, my biggest thing was, I spent so much time doing dishes in our old kitchen, looking at a wall… I just wanted to have the sink looking outside. And I LOVE doing dishes now! Honestly, it’s so lovely! AND we have a dishwasher AND trash that’s nearby so you don’t have to drip drip drip all over the floor. These things were huge game changers on the dish doing front.

We had a hanging rack for pots at the first place we lived and I loved it. It’s just so convenient! Plus my parents got me those gorgeous copper ones for my birthday and you can’t just hide those under a bush no no! I thought it would be weird to have it so far from the stove but I honestly don’t notice it at all and love how it looks. Plus it makes me want to keep them semi niceish looking and not in the sink so the wall doesn’t look bare hehe. I need all the incentive I can get.

I clearly wanted to get as far from having a giant fridge in the middle of the room as can be so I stuck it in a wall. It was a nightmare but I love it.

^^When they go to put it in and it’s 2″ too big. No one trusted my measurements. I’m not bitter at all. I’ve almost forgotten how it fell on me twice cause no one believed that it needed to be screwed in. I apparently need to work on my believability.

And here is my dream work zone complete with my stove I have dreamed about since I was five and each thing! I used to sit in my car at work and calculate how long it would take me to save up for it. It was a long time. So I have no idea how it got in my kitchen but it makes my heart sing every time I use it :) I’m a lucky lady.

If I had one critique, believe it or not, I’d say it was too white. CAN YOU BELIEVE IT!? ME!? I’ve thought about painting the pantry cabinet black or something but then again, I love how airy it feels in there and it gives me an excuse to always go foraging, no matter the season, to find a big bouquet to put on the counter so as to break up alllllll the white. And come on, trend or no trend, if someone is supposed to have white cabinets, it’d probably be me. So I guess I won’t complain :)

Oh little house, we sure do love you. Even if you’re more work than we ever could possibly imagine.

She’s a joy to fix up <3

This year thus far

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the daily life

I suppose all my posts from here on out will be catchup posts ;) I’m currently trying to find activities that can be done from a lying down/ hacking up lung position. My voice left me last night and has been replaced with something that one might expect from a demonic man, causing Greg to beg the question, “tell me truthfully, have you welcomed Satan into your heart?” Not kidding. He’s so freaked out by me right now. So, we type and leave the newly discovered super deep voice to those in my immediate presence. Greg went back to work on Monday so naturally it would make sense for our entire family to be sick on this here first week of me soloing this mother of three business. And so life goes… But BEFORE I explored my vocally masculine side, Greg and I celebrated six years of married life and TEN years since the day we met! He surprised me with the most-gorgeous-rings-that-I’ve-totally-been-coveting-for-probly-forever-but-never-thought-would-happen-splurge-gift-but-he’s-the-most-amazing-spoiling-sort-of-man-and-I-should-never-tell-him-my-splurge-gifts gift.

There was so much wine… so naturally so much sleeping.

At one point the accents came out but we couldn’t seem to commit to one so our server must have been mighty confused. Aren’t we special to think we are actually that convincing…. even WITH varying accents?? Special indeed.

I finally had a moment to celebrate my sisters ENGAGEMENT! We got to have the most fun sister day and got massages and stayed at a fun hotel and went out to dinner and all the things! I thought it would be brilliant to walk into town for dinner with a baby, during the biggest storm of the year – everything that could flap was going sideways! I got the giggles and a cramp in my side. We both got severely soaked. But there were cordials and little glasses of port and tea so we could embrace our elderly selves by a fire when we got back to the hotel. And the breakfast the next day was SO good! I had the best time.

Unfortunately our leisurely morning was cut short because we were hosting Superbowl that day and Greg was trying to wait till morning to deliver the bad news that our whole garage had flooded the night before and could you please come help shovel and such cause everything smells like sewer and people will be here any minute!!! Last time we had a football party, a rat died in the wall and stunk up the whole house. It must just be a thing. With football comes a strong smell. Anyways, it really makes me feel for people who lose everything in floods or other sorts of disasters… this wasn’t even our main stuff or our house but I still cared about everything out there and so much of it was ruined :( ah well… stuff comes and goes, eh? Could probably do with less of it anyways :)

This was after hours of shoveling sewer filled mud out – it came up a foot and was literally a centimeter away from flooding Greg’s new car! So despite loving the rain normally, ever since then, we both get major panic attacks when we hear it coming down hard in the middle of the night… but hey! about this rain this year… it just keeps coming eh? Oh no, I’m becoming one of those people that complains about the rain we so desperately need.

But then Superbowl!!! Thanks everyone for humoring us and coming to our silly parties… I just love when our house is full :]

These are the things I’m discovering about three kids. Never nurse the baby when you just got the second out of the tub and dressed and there is still a full tub of bathwater. I’m learning.

He’s cute :)

Kitty snuggles <3

The kids saw me give Noah a bath in the sink and thought it was the coolest thing, so…

These kids sure love Mr. Mark. They are gunna be so sad when he’s gone! Abbie will sit out there and talk to him for hours, call his wife, eat his lunch… He’s pretty sweet with them.

Her outfits, man. They are my favorite.

This kid always jumps into the room with a HIYA! He’s all boy and I love him!

When your siblings KNOW you’ll love this toy if you. just. look. at. it!

She da bess Gummy. I just think my momma is the prettiest :)

We finally finished our deck upstairs!!!

I LOVE being out there! I invite everyone to come see it. Oh thanks for delivering my mail, would you like to see my deck!? NOW IF IT WOULD ONLY STOP RAINING SO I CAN DO NOTHING AND JUST SIT UP THERE ALL DAY!

^^Pretty typical things – Noah on the counter, fast asleep… Greg being the best dad… and all the baby smiles!!!

Just your basic dog pile :)

His little tuft <3 The only place his hair actually grows :)

^^not so typical but cute nonetheless… gotta remember the times when they weren’t screaming and violently tossing things at each other ;)

When he smiles in his sleep <3

Bentley’s still the best dog! Are these random enough yet?

Lory finally got to meet her newest grandbaby!

Abbie and I went on a little mother/daughter date to go see Bella in the Lion King! Wore the tall shoes, paid the price. We arrived huffy and puffy but she hasn’t stopped talking about it since!

Sat like this in wide eyed wonder the whole time :) precious girl.

There were ice cream days!

And ocean days!


I wanted to wake up early to surprise the kids with those sneaky leprechauns turning all our breakfast green but Abbie got so freaked out by the supposed leprechauns, Greg had to eventually spoil the fantasy. He also told her about Santa. Just kidding.

Look how giant our kitchen is ;) thank you again to everyone coming to MY FAVORITE PARTY OF THE WHOLE YEAR! I just love St Patricks day but mostly I just love being with you all :)

And thank you to my dear mother and sister in law for flying all the way out here to visit your lil CA family! We miss you!

My aunts threw Taywhad the most spectacular shower!

I can’t believe she’s getting married in just over a month!!!! Josh sure hit the jackpot, lucky sonofagun.

Guess what!? Naps are still oh so fun. This guy fights me till the cows come home, whatever that means, and then always ends up crashing right before dinner. Exhibit A. Ah the bliss of childhood.

Exhibit B.

Abbie saw the sweetness and wanted to join in ;) He’s so lucky he’s cute :):)

Oh look another sleeping baby picture. I still think she’s the most wondrous human. She’s so beautiful with those rosy cheeks!!! I must be her mother.

My future looks bright with all these sneaky babies and their can-get-away-with-anything smiles.

Always helping where needed ;)

I mean seriously. Their faces. I just can’t get enough of them!

She wants to be a dancer so bad. We picked careers for our kids the other day.. Abbie was obviously a dancer or artist of some sort, Luke was an architect, and Noah was a high school guidance counselor, bless his soul. ;)

I can always tell whos mess it is.. Luke is surprisingly neat and orderly for having all that energy and Abbie’s stuff is sort of just strewn about. Something about seeing that boy play so carefully with his trains just melts me <3

S U N please come again!!! Also, why does Bentley look so photoshopped?? He’s lost his shadow. Just call him Pan.

And that’s a wrap! Thanks for following along with our simple little life :)