Fall is a good time for decorating!

We’ve been in our house for almost a year and I finally finished our sitting room and our fireplace mantle! I seriously can’t believe it’s taken me this long to get to it! It’s hard with two little ones around. Plus my favorite local furniture shop is 5 hours away, so shopping there is always a bit of a challenge! Thank goodness for delivery ๐Ÿ™‚

With moving every 3-4 years (it seems) I try to find pieces that will work in a variety of houses and layouts. I really don’t want to buy things that will only work for our current house. I enjoy spending the money on quality, well made items. I even try to go for made in the USA!

Here is a photo of our dining room (taken from the sitting room)

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I actually got the dining room table and chairs when we first moved in because I was hosting Christmas and needed a larger table! The table, chairs, and rug are all from Crate & Barrel. I do love Crate & Barrel ๐Ÿ™‚

Our sitting room furniture is from a variety of places, including my favorite place, ByDesign. It’s located in good ole Iowa! I sure to miss living close by!!

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Finally finishing the sitting room was such an awesome feeling! It’s right at the front of our house so it’s very warm and inviting now. Chad and I love sitting out here to drink our coffee on the weekends. I can’t wait to enjoy a nice big ole glass of wine on that big comfy couch once I pop this babe out!! ๐Ÿ™‚

Right now I’ve got the sitting room all decked out for fall. I can’t wait to sprinkle it with a little Christmas decor in a few weeks!! โค

Last but not least, our fireplace mantle. You guys, can you image staring at a huge (like 9′) empty mantle for a year?! Every day I fantasied about what I wanted up there! I’m happy to say it came together nicely.

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Our fireplace is located in the living room. This is where the boys play, where our tv is at, and our big comfy sectional. All of our living room furniture is from ByDesign as well. I don’t have a picture of it in this house, but I had it all in our last house.

It’s felt so nice getting some loose ends tied up around here. My next project is the decorating the new nursery!!

Wel, that’s about all for now! Just wanted to share the progress. ๐Ÿ™‚

{{ we seem to move so much, I love having documented photos of each home for the memories it’ll bring }}

…until next time! xoxo โค

home is where ever i’m with you.

We are finally all moved into our new house! We closed last Wednesday and we had family here all weekend helping us unpack and get settled. There is still a lot to be done, but I do feel like we’ve made a lot of progress–which makes me rest easy knowing we could have a newborn join us any time now!

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One of the first things we did was unpack the kitchen, so we could get back to using dishes and cooking meals! I’m loving all the cabinet space–I’ve never had empty cupboards and drawers before! I just need to get a few barstools to fit our counter height island.

While the girls organized the kitchen the boys hung blinds in all the bedrooms and bathrooms, installed our mailbox, and hung the hardware in our bathrooms! You know, all the crazy things you need to do when you first move into a new house.

The living room is all ready to host Christmas! We are having Christmas at our house this year since we will either have a newborn or I could still be very pregnant at that time (hopefully not!) so I wanted to make sure there would be a place for us to hang out and tree to put our gifts under!!

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Next on the task list was our Master bedroom, so we would have a place to sleep, get ready, and have accessible clothes for hubby since he has to go to work everyday! Our master closet is still a work in progress and so is our bathroom. I need to get some drawer and closet organizers before I unload the rest of the boxes! That’s on my list for tomorrow though! Our bed is looking pretty sweet. We recently updated to a king sized bed. It is heaven. Seriously! I finally feel like this 37 week prego body finally has enough room to be comfortable in my nest of pillows.

My Dad helped me add new hardware to our side tables and we got some glass cut to add to the top of them as well. I wanted to get them chalk painted this weekend while my Mom was here but my #anniesloan chalk paint was all gone. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ That’ll have to be a project for another day.

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We also got a start on Preston’s Dino room this weekend. It still isn’t perfect but we got everything taken out of the boxes and quite a bit of it organized. It’s hard to stay on task when I have a tornado going behind me and making messes with toys as I work! My mom painted Preston’s dresser white this weekend. I wanted it to be white to match the rest of the furniture I had already painted before I was even pregnant. The other furniture is blue and his bed is white. I’ll have to share pics another day. I do have a picture of the cute dresser though!! I just need to finish his room and get some things hung on the walls. I really wanted Preston’s room to get done so it would make the transition easier. The first 4 days here he wouldn’t nap (I’m hoping it was from all the excitement though). He did nap the last 2 days, thank goodness! When my parents left yesterday Preston asked if they would take him back to his old house to sleep. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ He hasn’t asked for his old house since then though, thankfully.

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I was able to organize the boys’ bathroom today. I put Preston in the bathtub so he was having fun playing while I organized the towels, cleaned the baby tub, and scrubbed the toilet. It was a win win for both of us!!

We were able to enjoy the first snowfall of the year in our new house!

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Preston wanted to play outside in it all last night and all day today. He was having so much fun building a snowman, shoveling, playing with his dump truck, and making trenches with his backhoe!

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Next on my list is to get the nursery ready for Pip2 and to organize the mudroom/laundry room. But after the week we’ve had, I’m ready to curl up in a ball and not move for a LONG time. It’s too bad that’s not how life works. lol

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our boy Bentley has the right idea though! ๐Ÿ˜‰

i think that’s all for now! I really need to get an updated 37 week belly pic. Hopefully soon enough ๐Ÿ™‚

…until next time! xoxo โค

a little cuteness.

Today when we were saying goodbye to Chad:

I said, ‘i love you!!’

Preston said, ‘I’ and I said, ‘Love’, and he said, ‘YOU!!!’.

I wanted Preston to say it by himself. So next time he said, ‘I’ and paused, and I said, ‘what comes after I?’ย and he said, ‘J’…. I had to do a quick run through of the alphabet, lol, but yes, you’re right, ‘J’ does come after ‘I’! haha!!

Chad and I looked at each other like, ‘who is this kid?!’. Oh the way the mind thinks. And to think, he’s not even 2 yet!

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Preston uses his little stool for everything. He pushes that sucker all over the house! It’s pretty cute and resourceful. He uses it to turn on and off lights, to get food and drinks, etc.! I had to snap this photo because as I was laying in and he was just doing his thing, and I was just thinking, ‘he will never be this young again. he will never be this tiny again!’ it was a crazy thought!

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I’m trying to remember all the cute things Preston does before I forget them all. It seems like just yesterday he would say ‘ek’ intead of ‘x’ and ‘eee’ for ‘train’ (because that’s the noise the train made when it went by our house).

Now the cute favorites are:

‘bork’ \\ fork

‘poon’ \\ spoon

‘bopcorn’ \\ popcorn

‘bup’ \\ cup

‘poppee’ \\ coffee

‘bi-base’ \\ fireplace

His f’s sound like b’s and his c’s sound like b’s. It’s the most adorable thing! What’s funny is that he can say is r’s so clearly, and that was the letter both Chad and I couldn’t say when we were young.

Preston knows his whole alphabet and has for awhile now. When we read his book ‘Chicka Chicka Boom Boom’, he always says, ‘R’ and other ‘r’, for capital and lowercase. I’m impressed he knows the uppercase and lowercase versions of the alphabet. What i was even more impressed with though, we were at Red Lobster eating with my Mom a few weeks ago and Preston was able to tell us every letter in ‘Red Lobster’ when it was backwards! The letters were on the window so people outside could read them, he knew what they were even when they were transposed.

I swear, if I did baby birthday parties, i would have his second birthday party theme be letters. haha!! No joke, he would be ecstatic.

Most recently we’ve been working on numbers. He can count, he just doesn’t like to do it. Which is fine, but I always like to squeeze counting in every timeย we climb stairs and walk past cars, etc! Just to expose him to it! No drilling here, just fun learning.

He knows his colors. Today we were downstairs by his little Christmas tree (yes, it’s still up, but it’s the only Christmas decoration that’s still out) and he was able to name off all the colors on his tree with no prompting. Yellow, blue, green, red, and pink. I think pink is his favorite color! He definitely seems to favor it!!

Today when we were coloring, I showed Preston how to write a ‘P’ step by step and he did one too. It was pretty cool! (below, you can see my green ‘P’ and his huge blueish gray ‘P’)

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Preston still refers to himself at ‘Punky’. Even when i say ‘Preston’ he says ‘Punky!!’ I guess that’s what we get for only referring to him as Punky for he majority of his life. haha!!! I can just see it now, Punky H. on the roster for sport in high school. ย hahaha!! ๐Ÿ™‚

Tonight after I took Preston’s diaper off for ‘nakey time’ he looked at me and said, ‘pee pee’. I asked him if he needed to go sit on the potty and he said, ‘yes’. so we ran to the potty, he sat down, and he went! YAY!!!!! no prompting, no pressuring. all on his own. ๐Ÿ™‚ I was so proud!!!! Chad was still at work so I made sure to FaceTime my parents so we could all celebrate together! Now i really need to make that sticker reward chart!!

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One last thing, Preston had his first night in his big boy room!! He did so well! He slept his usual 12 hours. We were so proud of him!!

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Now we are off to make brownies! ๐Ÿ˜›

…until next time! xoxo โค

Home is wherever I’m with you


2 years.


Its been 2 years since we moved into our house. To celebrate we are putting up Christmas lights and having beer and pizza for dinner!

The past 2 years have flown by! We’ve welcome a little baby boy into our family and are loving every minute of it!! Our house is perfect for raising a family. Our neighborhood is growing, and recently, a park was built a block away from us. I can walk to the grocery store and ride my bike to the gym. We live in a college town that doesn’t actually feel like a college town!


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but what I love most about my house is who I share it with!

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Chad and I love the song ย ‘home is wherever I’m with you’ by Edward sharpe and the magnetic zeros. It really hits home! This is the third place we’ve lived together–and I’m sure not the last–but the best part of it all is that we are together.

im soaking up every minute in this house! Right now I’m snuggling my sleep baby in front of the fire while I watch Friends.
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…until next time! Xoxo โค๏ธ