November 15, 2013

Welcome Home: Living Room

Reading Time
One of my favorite things that I see on other blogs are glimpses into bloggers' homes. It's so much fun to see how other people decorate and how they live, day in and day out. Now that things are starting to settle down here in the farmhouse after the hoopla and general chaos of moving, I have big plans to start sharing little glimpses of home.

This photo is a glimpse into our living room in the morning, several months ago. This space happens to be my favorite place in our entire house and it's the perfect room to cuddle up in with a blanket and a book during the kids' naptime. It is also conveniently located next to the stairs so I have a clear line of sight on whomever is sneaking out of their beds when they should be tucked away in dreamland.

When we first moved into this house, we knew that we would need more furniture since the living space is divided differently than our previous home. That yellow couch was our big splurge upon moving in, a gift that we gave ourselves to say, Congratulations! You survived moving with two children under the age of four! Now go take a nap! As someone who has napped on that particular couch since moving, I can safely say that it was an excellent way to congratulate ourselves.

Most of the other items in our living room are either DIY projects or Craigslist finds. We used vintage metal milk crates as bookshelves, purchased a very old lamp secondhand, and spray-painted bowls from Ikea to use as planters. All that said, my very favorite living room DIY is the hope chest that my parents built for us as a wedding gift. Right now, it sits next to the sofa and doubles as a seating area since it's not only gorgeous, but it's also built to be near indestructible. In the coming weeks as I share more photos of our house, I will grab a photo of that particular corner to share it!

I love the living space in this house and with the holidays approaching, I'm so grateful that we're settled into our home. I can hardly stop dreaming about decking the halls and finding the perfect Christmas tree to add to our living room in just a few short weeks!

November 14, 2013

The Perfect Employment

Amelia
Last week, I shared a little news here that I recently started a job and I thought that it was only fair to go into that a little more today. Internet, meet Amelia. This sweet little lady is the daughter of one of our close friends and she is joining our family once a week for day care.

In all honesty, I wasn't sure how things would go, throwing a newborn into the mix with a toddler and a little boy. It's one of those situations where it sounded like it would work so we all took the plunge and hoped that it would go smoothly. Truth be told, I was more than a little surprised by how my own kids reacted to having such a little baby over at our house all day. Amelia was no sooner set down on the floor in her carseat than both of my children were on the floor next to her, serenading her with their version of Jesus Loves Me.

Pretty much the entire day went just like that- my kids fawning over the baby and practically begging to hold her, touch her, sing to her, and so forth. (Spoiler alert: they were sorely disappointed when I informed them that  I would be the only one feeding the baby. They were also disappointed that they were not allowed to share their peanut butter sandwiches with her.)

So for now, we're adjusting to our new rhythm around here when this sweet little girl is with us. It's been wonderful incorporating her into our days and it will be so much fun to have her with us as she starts to get bigger.

Welcome to the craziness, Amelia! P.S. Nathaniel can't wait until you are old enough to eat peanut butter.

November 12, 2013

The Donut Quest Continues

Farmington Bakery
This afternoon, Evelyn and I found ourselves with a little extra time before picking up her brother from school. It was just enough time to make a quick stop at a local mom and pop-style bakery for (what else?) a few donuts. Naturally, my wee girl was thrilled to be able to pick out a donut for herself and her brother and our jaws may have dropped slightly when we saw the double-glazed donuts.

Farmington Bakery, folks. They speak our language.

In short, it was great. Even better than great. Every donut should be double glazed from here on out... just because they can be. Really, this gives an entirely new meaning to the term sweet tooth. 

Judging from the kids' reactions and the harmonious joy from my own taste buds, this will not be the last trip we make to this bakery and thank goodness this little slice of heaven isn't too far from our house! In fact, I'm thinking that Jonathan is going to need to experience this little gem too so another trip in the near future may just be in order...

To see our other donut stops, click here: Puffy Cream Donut, Mojo Monkey, Donut Star

November 7, 2013

Hey You

Hey You
Right now, my brain is fried. Evelyn has (yet another) cold this season which has translated into very little sleep for her (and us) in the last few days. And in other news, I've started a new job this week, something I wasn't planning on doing but something I'm really excited about- more coming on that soon! And since I can barely form coherent sentences right now, today is all about random little facts about the littlest members of our family right now.

1. His favorite food is poppy seed chicken casserole. He asks for it at least once a week and cries if I tell him we can't have it for dinner.

2. She is much more challenging than her brother was at this age. Stubborn doesn't even begin to cover it.

3. He has been praying for snow... just so he can shovel. The adults in this family are understandably thrilled.

4. She can't stop talking about being the Halloween Princess.

5. He is obsessed with Cocoa Pebbles and bananas for breakfast. Every. Single. Morning.

6. She crawls up onto my lap at least once a day asking me to read her a princess storybook.

7. Earlier this week, he begged me to let him wear a tie. And he rocked it all day long.

8. She told me yesterday that her favorite color is purple.

9. He always wants to be my little helper- especially in the kitchen.

10. She recently slept in her baby crib for nap time. She knows that it's against the rules but she couldn't resist snuggling her baby dolls.

November 6, 2013

Outtakes

Costuming Outtakes
Costuming Outtakes
Halloween is over and we're spending the week in recovery, eating a potentially lethal amount of candy and trying to get rid of yet another cold in the house. But before we jump headfirst into tryptophan and nativity scenes, I thought it would be fun to share a couple outtakes from our photo shoot last week. It was a cool, damp day when we headed out to snap a couple pictures for posterity, but the wee ones posed for the camera... at least until someone dropped her treat bucket and started moping about the slight breeze.

With almost four years of experience under my belt, I had come prepared and I whipped out the precursor to our Halloween candy, a bag of M&M's. I'm not above bribery for a couple cute photos, it's true but despite my best attempts, Evelyn wasn't so much as willing to let Nathaniel get close to give her a smooch. Somehow, that wasn't a big surprise with my less-snuggly child, so with the promise of playtime when we got home, we packed up and headed back with chocolate on our faces and a couple pictures to remember the year of Spiderman and his Princess. I know it's been said before, but man, I really love this stage.