Sunday, December 15, 2013

The New House



I was looking at my blog the other day and I couldn't believe how long it has been since I last posted! And I've missed it a lot. I feel like I've been out of touch with old friends. Is anybody still out there?! :)

As I'm sure you've guessed. We are settled in to our new home and loving it. We seriously couldn't be happier! I'm so excited to start to show you what I've done to make our house our home. But first, I wanted to share with you my blank canvas.

Below is the view as soon as you turn the corner from entering our home through the garage. It's an open concept and I love it. We have our kitchen, dining, then living room.

From the kitchen you can see the dining room and living room. I've marked where things were planned to go (They're there now).

This is our view from the living room to our kitchen. I truly love it. I think love is going to be a common word used to describe our home...in case you haven't noticed yet.

This is another view from our living room of the back of the front door. I can't wait to do something with that blank wall over our stair way down to the basement. The wheels are turning. Do you have an ideas? I'd love to hear them!

This is PJ's room. He picked it himself.

This one is the baby girls'. My parents are so cute, they came over the night we signed and helped us put up blinds and start getting settled in. PJ LOVED being the helper!

The day after we signed I was over at the house doing some work and I kept hearing tons of mooing. I looked out the back window and this is what I saw. Do we have an amazing view or what?! I can't say it enough. I love our home.

And last but not least, here's a little before and after picture of our Laundry. The after was taken before I did touch ups but I wanted to share with you a little something! I can't wait to show you more of our home.

So, what would you do with the amazing blank wall over the stair way to downstairs if it was in your home?

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Sunday, December 8, 2013

House Colors



So I realized that I forgot to let those of you who were wondering know what the correct colors were! So here they are!

I adore this palette for our Master Bedroom. It's so soft and calming which is exactly what I imagined for our room to feel like. AND it has some lighter tones of our wedding colors. Bonus. 

I chose this one for our Kitchen! I just love all of the colors in it and think I can turn our kitchen into a place I enjoy being! :)
 And last these are the colors of our master bathroom. A little girly I know, but my hubby bless his heart told me it was ok. :)

I made a compromise and let him choose the color I'm going to paint our bed. Which has nothing to do with the above palette, but I think it will still compliment it (I hope). 

I can't wait to start putting our house together and turning it into our home. I'm doing little projects here and there which have helped calm the anxiety of moving. I've also shopping antique yardsales which I adore and I have at least one antique piece in every room. I had no idea that was my style, but it totally is!

I got all of the pictures I used from Design Seeds so if you're on the lookout for some amazing color palettes and inspiration, be sure sure to head over there!

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Sunday, December 1, 2013

With A Heavy Heart...

 I think this may be one of my more difficult posts to write. I know I've written a couple others, where I allow myself to be vulnerable, and open myself up for critics...

But I've been doing a lot of thinking and we've had a few experiences recently where I just feel like it might be worth posting...
See this little guy? He is the sweetest, most caring little man I have ever known. He loves to hug and kiss everybody he meets. He loves to say hi to strangers and loves loves loves to go to the playground.
 
Everyday before his nap he asks if he can go for a walk to the playground. And most days he gets to. But lately, we've been noticing a trend. There will be a small group of kids there 2-3 of them and it's not the same kids, it's happened at different parks. These kids will be playing together and PJ will come up to play with them and they will be so mean and either make a game out of running away from him when he goes up to them and asks them to play or they'll just ignore him. He's only 3, he doesn't understand clicks or anything like that. My heart sinks every time. What absolutely breaks it is when we decide that the kids have been too mean to him that we tell him it's time to come home and he'll come up to me and say "kids are mean mommy." And I agree they are...some of them. So I try to teach him it's not all kids but it's some. My heart absolutely aches that this is something he has to learn at an early age, that some kids are mean. That they haven't been taught to be kind.
It doesn't just stop at childhood either. I took a friend to lunch the other day and she chose to sit in a booth that had an older lady (either a mom or grandma) sitting behind ours and then her 3 granddaughters/daughters sitting across from her. As I sat down my heart sank, I felt the booth dip. I'm a big girl, I know. But booths shouldn't dip. Something must've been lose, the booth I sat in the day before didn't. Anyways as my side of the booth went down, her side went up. Think teeter totter. I was mortified. She could have been the bigger person (figuratively) and not said anything, but she didn't. She bounced up and down on the booth a couple times emphasizing how she couldn't get back lower. Then I heard her say to the girls about how it's because I was so big. They giggled. Ouch. I wished I could go home and go up to my mom and say, "adults are mean mommy." To which I'm sure she'd offer the same consoling words. That yes they are but not all of them. Apparently adults are forgetting to be kind, and it's rubbing off on the children who follow their examples.

Those little girls had an example that day. I can guarantee that they will not treat somebody overweight with kindness, if they have that sort of example all of the time. Did you know the "Percent of adults age 20 years and over who are obese: 35.9% (2009-2010) & the Percent of adults age 20 years and over who are overweight (and not obese): 33.3% (2009-2010)" -CDC and the numbers are rising. That's a little over 1 in every 4 people. I know that people think that you can shame somebody into being thin. In fact that was proposed recently here. I can assure you, I shame myself everyday. I have yet to become thin from it.

I'm rambling now...I know. I'm just saddened by the lack of kindness I see everyday. And so I wanted to send out a plea. Parents, please teach your children to be kind. The world needs more kind people in it. Please teach them that we all have struggles, for some they are on the inside, and for some they are on the outside. Please be examples of kindness. Kindness truly is contagious. Please share that kindness whenever you can. Give a little grace to those around you. Nobody knows that battles someone else faces unless they take the time to find out. Please please please be kind.

Sincerely, a broken hearted mommy.

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