Apr 4, 2021

Lately Around the House

 This probably doesn't need to be said, but at any rate- when it comes to home decor or projects around the house I quite lack expansive creative vision and I have even less skill (or patience) to carry said vision out (also to note- we haven't painted one single room in the 6+ years we've lived in this house, despite the need and dislike of several wall colors. So.). However, I do get excited when I make little changes here and there! (Bob Wiley would affirm my baby steps.)

We finally purchased two dressers (via Goodwill) that went into Evie & Audrey's room, so Heidi's room acquired their old Ikea one. I also purchased some prints (from Studio Senn & Shining Light Dolls) and frames for the wall, and thrifted the mirror, books, and brass carousel horse. 

The doll is "Heidi" which my mom had given her for her birthday a few years ago.:)

Here are a few other things around the house that I've thrifted recently. (Tbh- the wicker decor bandwagon has completely swept me up.)

wicker magazine rack for books

And I thought these brass little guys were just too cute to pass up. There was a whole slew of brass figurines at Goodwill that had undoubtedly been donated by one person; I'm trying to let myself not regret getting a couple more!

That's all for now.:)

Mar 15, 2021

Christmas and Beyond

 Let's see if I can hit publish on this before Easter...

We had a nice Christmas this year! We attended Christmas Eve mass and then hosted my family at our house afterwards. We had a mix of hors d'oeuvres, and I tried my hand at crock pot hot chocolate + toppings- I think next year I need to figure out a more accessible serving spot for that. 

Cora had fallen asleep during mass and was still waking up for the photo.:)

The older cousins put together a Christmas Carol program for the unsuspecting grown-ups.;)

Afterwards the grown-ups exchanged Advent Friend gifts, and then it was to all a goodnight. 

This year Tim and I slept in until 8am on Christmas day. Oops! The girls were really patient about waiting to open gifts, although I think stockings and candy helped a bit with that.

I forgot to mention previously- this past summer we acquired gerbils! Several months ago Tim and I were trying to come up with a low-maintenance pet that would mollify animal-loving Audrey. We talked about hamsters or gerbils but I nixed the idea because I recalled two different instances when my sister's hamster got lost in our house when we were growing up. 
Well, some weeks later Tim asked if I wouldn't mind driving to meet a lady to pick up two gerbils off of Craigslist. The story was (I think) that a friend bought them to feed to a snake, but the lady decided she couldn't go through with it, so she listed them on Craigslist and now we are the proud owners of both. The girls dubbed them Humphrey and Hemingway. 

I don't deal in any of the cage cleaning. 

(Lest we forget.)

We also got a dusting of snow on Christmas, so we had a white-ish Christmas!

In the days between the years we completed a 1000 piece puzzle. I had gotten Tim a puzzle board for Christmas and was all excited to try it out with this new family puzzle...and it was too big. Womp, womp. But at least the drawers came in handy for holding all the pieces!

That week we celebrated Audrey turning 8!

We also had a wood stove installed earlier in December!

One of her gifts was an American Girl Doll. I found Kit on eBay for a great price- she didn't come with anything but I had a dress on hand from an Estate sale and ordered some shoes off of Etsy. Viola!

We continued celebrating her birthday on New Year's Day with my family- my brain can't really recall anything else about it other than we served pizza and had a good time.

Finally, in late February we celebrated the man of the house in the last year of his thirties! My mom babysat so he and I go out for dinner, and then we had apple pie for dessert back at home. 

Now we are ready for spring.:)

Feb 13, 2021

Georgia in December

 The day after the girls finished school for Christmas break we piled in our minivan and headed down the Georgia to visit my sister and her family. Tim and I decided to keep it as a surprise for the girls as long as possible, so we told them about the trip the evening before we left (in part in case our plans fell through, but mostly for sanity's sake- so we wouldn't be fielding questions and comments about it for days on end😅.) 

Tim and I had driven through Georgia before, but it was the first time visiting the state for all of us! The drive down was long; it wouldn't be so bad if it was scenic but that stretch of I-95 is pretty bland. 

Our first full day there we went to Tybee Island to visit the beach and then into Savannah to see the (beautiful!) Cathedral. It was also my and my nephew's birthday, so that night we celebrated with cake!

The girls had so much fun spending time with their cousins and visiting a new place. 

Southern charm. <3

Downtown Savannah was beautiful, and I couldn't get enough of the Spanish moss!

My sister and her family were such gracious hosts, making us meals and entertaining us during our visit. We stayed three full days, which worked well since the six of us were staying in one hotel room (it had ample bed space and a great kitchenette but managing a decent bedtime for the girls was tricky) and we had time when we arrived home to prep for Christmas!
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