Tuesday, January 14, 2014

guests welcome (#17)

It gives me great, great pleasure to say that we are done with remodels.  Done.  Finished.  No more.  I love a good remodel as much as the next person but they are always inconvenient, especially now that we are a family of there (plus two dogs).

Our town puts on a tour of homes every Christmas to benefit a local family or charity.  There are usually four to five homes on the tour.  It's always lots of fun to see how different people decorate and to get to be a little nosey.

This year, we were asked to be on the tour.  I said no but after a family dropped out, I decided that there is no time like the present which brought us to our final remodel.  The guest room.

This is actually the second time our guest room as been remodeled.  When I first moved in, Daniel let me paint and we put down new carpet.  It is amazing to see how your style transforms over the year.  I don't know what I was smoking when I chose tar heel blue but it was definitely not fitting in with our decor.  Working with Jennifer has also given me confidence in my style and I decided to tackle the decorating alone.  It's really scary especially when you know half the town will be judging it.

We decided to keep the remodel simple since we didn't have much time.  We painted the walls a shade of white which meant we had to repaint the trim because the old color looked a little yellow.  We covered holes and really just tidied up.

The biggest job really was decorating.  I decided to go light and bright.  I chose a color palette of blues and greens since they were already being used in other rooms.  But my starting point really was my maps.  If you read my blog, it's obvious that we love to travel.  I had the idea to get maps of all the places we had travelled and to frame them.  I found maps that fit our color scheme and took it from there.

What's even more surprising is that I did the decorating on a budget.  Let me say that again.  I stuck to a budget.  My sister-in-law found the bed frame on clearance at World Market.  I bought the side tables from One Kings Lane and the lamps were on sale at Kirklands.  The credenza was a scratch and dent that I got half off but you can't even see the scratches.  The frames were on sale at Hobby Lobby and I painted them using paint that we already had.  I felt so thrifty!  I did get the bedding from Pottery Barn so that was a little expensive but you can't have it all.

So without further ado, here is our new guest room!

The bed and maps of France, NYC, Spain, Italy, and Paris

The credenza and a map of London (I have two more maps for this wall)

The view from the door
Since the tour of homes is Christmas-centric, I decided to do two trees.  We collect ornaments from our travels (if we can find one) and I thought a travel tree would be perfect in a room full of maps.

The travel tree
That is our room!  I love it and am so proud of it.  You would think I made a world-altering discovery.  I am really that proud and often find myself just standing in the room checking out my hard work.  Our guest room is officially open to the public!

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Howdy 2014!

It's a new year!  I'm not going to lie, I'm pretty excited about 2014 and what it holds. I may be the worst about making resolutions and keeping them but I do it anyways. 

My biggest goal for 2014 is to cross more items off my 30 before 30 list.  I'm running out of time so if you see my knitting while running, you'll know why.  I will run a half marathon this year and I'm hoping to run the OKC half.  I know I can do it so know I just need to do it.

I also want to enjoy life more.  I recently lost a friend who lived in every sense of the word.  Michelle looked at each day as a gift and said yes to life.  I want that for my life in 2014.  It's so easy to get caught up in nonsense, but I want to honor my friend by looking at the forest, not the tree.

Of course I have the same-as-every-year goals.  I want to strengthen my relationship with Christ, continue to build a strong marriage, and grow in my role as a mother.

2013 was pretty solid so I can't wait to get the ball rolling with 2014!

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

the 30th birthday trip (#2)

I am a traveller. It's something I really love to do and if I could ever get Samantha Brown's job, I would snatch it up in a second (especially since she gets to stay at the really nice hotels and not the low budge ones).

For as long as I can remember, I've wanted to go to Greece. More recently I've wanted to go to Greece for my 30th birthday, which is a little over seven months away.   Ew.

Well, pack your bags because we are going to Greece. Daniel and I are actually going but I'll post day by day blogs so it will be like we are all going. 

We are leaving the end of April and will be there for about 10 days. We have Mykonos, Santorini, and Athens on the agenda so if you've ever been to any of these places and have recommendations, don't be shy. 

I am so excited to cross Greece of my 30 before 30 bucket list!

Here's a couple pictures of what to expect.

Monday, December 30, 2013

I'm back!

Or at least I'm going to attempt to be back. Blogging has definitely taken a backseat to life this year. I'm going to make a real effort to get back to blogging in 2014.

Wish me luck.

Saturday, May 18, 2013


Lots of people are aware of what a push present is.  It's basically a gift given by a husband to a wife when she has a baby.  I am a lover of gifts, so I was obviously all over getting a push present.

The problem was I had no idea what I wanted.  I love handbags but part of me wanted something more practical.  I seriously couldn't come up with anything until Beckett was born.

I was blind as a bat.  I had horrible nearsightedness and if I didn't have my glasses or contacts in, I couldn't see anything.  This was particularly challenging with Beckett sleeping in a basinet on my side of the bed.  I had to search for glasses and if I happened to knock them off the side table, it was game over.

I knew I needed LASIK and thought it would be the perfect push present.

I finally had my consultation Wednesday and they put me on the schedule for the next day, which means I am two days post-surgery.

I am so happy I did it!  If you had asked me one to two hours afterwards, I would have been singing a different tune but two days later and I feel great.  Plus, I can see!  Like really see.

My vision was 20/25 the day after but my doctor said my vision will continue to improve.  It is amazing waking up and being able to see and not having to do my nightly contact-ritual.  I also no longer have to worry about ripped contacts when we travel.  Hallelujah!

I would definitely recommend doing it just know that you will hate life for about two hours but after that, it's all good.  Oh, and ask for the Valium before surgery.  Always ask for the Valium.

My post-surgery goggles.  Adorbs.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Houston road trip

My family lives twelve hours away. We knew eventually we would have to make the drive but no one said we had to be excited about it.  We decided to break the trip and half and this proved to be a wise decision.  Beckett lost it towards the end of the drive each day.  I don't think any of us were quite ready to make the drive in one trip.

Beckett just learned how far away Houston is

No one rides for free

We decided to stop in Fredericksburg on our way to Houston.  Neither of us had ever been but everyone talks about how pretty it is.  It is also close to Austin, which meant my sister got to come and meet us.

The Hill Country in Texas is beautiful.  If you've never been you should plan a trip.  I will say that we saw more wildflowers on Highway 6 than we did on 290.  

Hill Country

First hotel stay
We met Shannon and some of her friends at the Sunset Grill.  It was delicious.  I had eggs Benedict on crab cakes.  What?!  It was amazing and everything was fresh.

The breakfast menu at Sunset Grill

My breakfast

Shannon and Beckett

And again
After breakfast, we walked around main street.  There are lots of cute stores. I found the cutest kids clothing store called Beulah's.  The girl clothes looked precious, but I couldn't look too long because it makes me sad.  The good news was that they also had fab boys clothes.  Beckett got a few outfits.

We had to head to Houston after shopping but I wanted to get Beckett's picture with the state flower, bluebonnets, before leaving.  Had I known how many there would be on Highway 6, I may have waited but I don't think it is so safe to stop on the side of the road with a baby.  We went to a wildflower farm to take his picture.

Shannon and Beckett goofing around

Enjoying nature

We will definitely be going back to Fredericksburg sans baby.  It looks like a lot of fun plus there were lots of wineries and I love a good wine tour.

Beckett's first official wildflower picture.  He is smizing, people.

The road trip was definitely long but it was worth it to see my family.  I think next time we'll be flying.  Beckett screamed every time he saw a car seat for about two days.

Friday, May 3, 2013

A little more Beckett

I just wanted to share a couple more pictures from Beckett's six month photo session.  It was the most fun he has had taking pictures and the most stressful for his parents because he wanted to grab everything.  And let's be honest, the kid is cute.

He loves his feet 
And really wanted those blocks 
The biggest ham
Such a happy boy
Beckett underestimated his dad's speed