5.02.2016

May Goals

Man, oh man! How in the world is it already May? I'm still in denial that my sweet baby girl turning FIVE this month!!! Time sure is flying. Any way, I thought it would be fun to share my May goals with you today.

Fitness:
Run 20 miles total
Complete 10 strength workouts

Home/Crafts:
Finish painting bathroom trim
Paint downstairs trim
Paint inside of front door
Make art for living room
Make kitchen menu board

Family:
Choose two memory verses to work on with the kids.
Take the kids to the library.

Misc:
Blog at least 10 times. :)
Complete a devotional series on the She Reads Truth app


So there you have it. I don't think any of these are too out there. I can't wait to check back in with you at the end of the month to share my progress.

What are your May goals?


4.25.2016

Almost a Month Later

Man, I really stink at this blogging thing. I keep planning on becoming a regular again but somehow life gets in the way. I have so many ideas for posts but I never actually sit down and write them. Oh well, it is what it is.  Since it's been a while, let me fill you in real quick.

The work on the house has continued! I spend most of my mornings doing some kind of project around the house. I've been hanging everything from curtains to pictures to bookshelves. I've been busy but there is still SO much to do. The good thing is I actually really enjoy it. House projects are my thing! :)



I can't share any rooms yet because not a single one is completely done! Emerson's is the closest so I'm hoping to share it by the end of the week.

We've officially been here two months and we are still just giddy. I can't explain how happy we are to be back. The girls are still doing great and absolutely love our neighborhood. I still haven't really gone out and made any new friends yet but I know that will come with time. I'm pretty content to just work on the house in my free time for now.
We've visited a popular church a few times. We liked it but I'm not convinced it's the one for us. It's pretty large and I feel like we kind of get lost in the shuffle. This week a pastor from a local church plant came and spoke. We are feeling that it might be a good church to visit next weekend. The church we were part of in San Diego was a church plant and it was just amazing. We would love to be part of something like that again.

We've also been out and about a little bit. We enjoyed lunch out on the water on Saturday. It was a beautiful day and the girls loved being outside.  It was nice because the could get up and walk around. It allowed us to extend our lunch a little longer than normal. 



The rest of the weekend was spent outside doing yard work and playing. It was another great one! :)

3.31.2016

Checking in from North Carolina

Hey y'all! I know I promised I was going to start blogging again and then I went and dropped off the face of the planet without a word. Sorry about that! It's been a whirlwind of a month and things are finally starting to settle down.

We left San Diego on February 10th and made our way to North Carolina after a brief visit in Texas. I was SO anxious to get here and see our house. Now we've been here a little over a month and we are slowly settling in.

The girls did pretty well on the long journey but it took them a few weeks to settle down and get back into a routine. I started Emerson is preschool the week after we arrived and she is loving it. She goes 5 mornings a week, which has been a bit of an adjustment, but she is learning so much.
I've been pretty busy with house stuff and I haven't really gotten out there and started trying to make friends. That's probably one of the hardest parts about moving. Luckily I do still have a few friends here from when we lived here before and it has been fun to reconnect! We also lucked out with some friendly neighbors and they all have little girls! Emerson and Adelyn have had a blast playing outside every afternoon. We live on a cup-de-sac that gets very little traffic and they are able to ride bikes and scooters safely. I love it!! I can say without a doubt that we finally feel like we are home and we are truly loving being back. It's such an amazing feeling after feeling so unsettled for all of those years. I hope we are able to stay here for a LONG time!

Now, back to the house. You guys, I was SO nervous when we went to get the keys. Like I mentioned before, we hadn't seen the house in 5 years and we had had several different tenants during that time. We had also had a pretty bad experience with our property management company so I was pretty much expecting the worst. Luckily, my fears were unfounded. The house was in pretty good shape despite needing a good cleaning. Everything that needs to be done is purely cosmetic and would probably be the case even if we had lived here all this time.

Our first order of business was getting the entire interior repainted. We painted all of the walls ourselves when we bought the house 9 years ago and I honestly didn't like a single color that we had. Think lots of chocolate browns, golden beige, and dark red. I loved it at the time we did it but didn't want to live with it much longer. We had also used flat paint throughout the house so there were lots of scuffs and marks on the walls. We thought about trying to do it ourselves for about a second, but after getting a quote from a painting company we knew that was the way to go. It took a small chunk out of my decorating budget but it was SO worth it. Most of the house is Accessible Beige by Sherwin Williams. The living room and kitchen are Balanced Beige and it's just a shade darker. I love that everything is nice and neutral and I'm really happy with both colors. It allows me to change up our decor without worrying about having to repaint.
Here are some BEFORES:


 Be on the lookout for AFTERS as I finish each room! :)

Besides painting, we also need to do some fence repairs, have the house pressure washed, and work on the landscaping. There will also be some updates that will need to be done but that will just have to happen over time.

Our biggest project so far was taking up the carpet in our living room and replacing it with wood look tile. It was a HUGE job and my amazing hubby did it all himself! It's honestly worth of it's own post so look for that soon!

I haven't made much progress in the decorating department because I'm pretty much starting from scratch. I've gotten rid of most of what we had and slowly trying to find new decor and furniture pieces to get the look I really want. It's also happening on a limited budget so there has been lots of Craigslist stalking! :) I actually really enjoy repurposing things and the thrill of the hunt is pretty fun too. I can't wait to share some pictures of our rooms as they come together.

Well, I guess that's enough rambling for now. I know I keep saying this, but I really do plan on coming back and making blogging more of a priority. I love sharing our story on this little blog and I'm going to do my best to do it more regularly.

2.07.2016

L Fam Weekly Feb. 1-7

Monday:
One last trip to Ikea was in order since we won't have one nearby.  I went for some organizing items but that didn't stop us from checking out some furniture.


That night we went in the girls' room one last time to check on them and Emerson wasn't in our bed. After a brief panic we realized she was in Adelyn's crib. Sweet girls.

Tuesday:
We had a playdate with some sweet friends but I failed and only took 1 picture. Oops!!











Wednesday:
Emerson had a long day at preschool so Adelyn and I spent the morning at home. We did some cleaning and organizing but also a lot of cuddling.
She is always climbing everything and we find her in the most dangerous places. Don't worry though, this photo is totally staged.  I just wanted to freak Jesse out and it totally worked. Haha!
That night, Emerson spent lots of time with her favorite buddy. 




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