Wednesday, September 3, 2014

The Lodge

Looking at my last post, that was when we bought our new house. If you follow me on instagram at all, you know that we have been renovating the house ALL summer. 
So, we bought in the spring and the owners rented back from us till June. Then as soon as we got the keys we set up camp and I left the family for a two week trip to Europe. What??? I know. The trip was planned a year in advance. I had THE best time. My husband really missed me and I didn't take a camera, I was lucky to have clothes at that point really. 
Now it's turning into fall and we are still about a month out on the reno. As far as I can tell without actually living in the thing, I love the house. 

Here's a peek at what we have done. 


So far


 So far

It's so hard for me to put up pictures of the unfinished product but whatever, everyone loves pictures. 
TIP** I do kind of kick myself for not hiring a designer from the beginning. Do that. 
Soooo, what do you think?? 

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Here we are over a week later. I have been in my head more than anywhere else this last week. We got rid of our dog and that was sad and hard. We are going through the process of selling our house, by owner, which is intense when you carry on with your normal life! ha! Life, family, scouts, birthdays, baptisms, home work, house work taking calls from interested buyers, Realtors who "just want fifteen minutes" leads to.... Wooooah slow down. Let's move some dates, let's not take every phone call (that is what voice mail is for right?!) and let's watch some cartoons with mini cuteness sitting here next to me. OK. That being said I am so excited with the thought of making this new house my own. I might change my tune in 6 months but for now I am excited. My pinterest board is filling up and I am dreaming of summer pool parties! Cross your fingers for me!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Change is hard!

We have the opportunity to move. It's crazy though how you think you're not attached to a place but as soon as the reality of leaving hits then suddenly all your neighbors seem nicer, your kids suddenly have friends they can't live without and the mantle over the fireplace that has always bothered you now seems like no problem at all. Moving from a place that you know, is hard, even if you don't always like it at least you know it. In a new place you don't know the quirks of your neighbors or what teachers you like in the school or how the sun shines through your windows in the morning. It's all turning out to be harder than I expected.  I am excited though. It's a new adventure and and I fully understand that people move all the time so I am probably, totally actually, over thinking this all. I just need to focus on the future. It is a cool house with views for miles and loads of potential. It's going to look awesome when I am done with it AND it has a pool! Have you ever struggled with this? Are there tricks that I don't know about to make letting go easier??

Monday, February 24, 2014

Read Pray Love


I have been trying to read my scriptures everyday. I was raised in the LDS faith where we are encouraged to do just that, but sadly I can't remember ever doing it consistently. I have been reading consistently now for just a month but I have noticed a difference. I feel more "aware" of others, more friendly more kind. I notice I'm talking about things I have read because I have questions or found something interesting to me or liked a phrase. It's sad to say that this is all new to me being 32 years old! But, by far, my favorite thing is that my kids are seeing me read.
With all that information you can now understand why I was motivated to do a painting like this.

It's not finished. I want to take it slow so I can do it right.  I told my husband the gift is prayer and we got into a discussion on prayer being a gift or not... I truly believe it is a great gift to be able to freely talk to my Father in Heaven whenever and where ever and to see my prayers being answered. I know that a month a go I would not have written a post like this even though it was in my heart. People don't especially like to hear it. I feel it's just one of the many blessings that I have seen come with reading scriptures everyday. I just can't hold it in and I am grateful for it. 

Thursday, February 20, 2014


I seriously love Jimmy Fallon. He's the funniest. Hands down.  I'm so happy for him and his new Tonight Show gig. I mean, he got all choked up on this first show come on, that says a lot. What a great guy. #ilovejimmy#jimmyfallonforever