Monday, March 25, 2013

Our house... in the middle of the street.




Ok, well it's not in the middle of the street. I just couldn't think of a title. ;) I've blogged before about some of the before and after projects in our house. I wish I could convey in words exactly what this house looked like when we bought it. Seriously. Let's put bright orange and a green yellow on every wall... add in some disgusting urine smelling carpet, some swinging doors, dark wood/molding everyyyyyyyywhere and some disgusting appliances. It's come a long way to say the least. I have loved every single minute of it and fall more and more in love with our little house every time we finish a project! (Do I ever finish a project?)

Even Michael doesn't have a true appreciation for what our house really looked like when we bought it. He was in Japan and didn't actually get home to see the house until the carpets had mostly been ripped up and a lot of painting had taken place.

I'm no YHL, even though I have always gotten a ton of ideas from them and love love love them! But here is my home tour. :)

Here are just a few before and after shots of the kitchen and living room... I wish I had more from the rest of the house.


AUGUST 2008

Just moved in... (look how tiny Coach was!!)

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NOW


AUGUST 2008
Just moved in...


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NOW


AUGUST 2008


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NOW


AUGUST 2008
putting in the floors

AUGUST 2008

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NOW (Don't mind me cooking dinner...)


Seriously y'all... you should be proud of us! I will have to try to find some of our bedroom and Riley's nursery before and afters as well as the bathrooms.

Imagine Riley's nursery that same lime/yellow color in a square room with gross purple carpet- Then picture this:



And while I am giving my home tour, here is her bathroom after its makeover: (minus the owls that have been added.)



And now for Riley's playroom- It started as a guest room and then into an office. It has been RQ's playroom for almost a year now and it is really starting to look more how I envisioned it. It started as my office- but I moved that to here-

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This is after the hardwoods were installed, but it was just a guest room-

This was when we turned it into our "office" -



And this is when we started the playroom transformation-












and here is today!







I'll save the pictures of our room for another day. I think these are fun to see the before and after. I hope you have enjoyed the photos. :) I am so in love with our little home and I cannot wait to see what the future brings with it. Hopefully the next big project is going to be our back yard. We have lots of plans including a patio, playhouse, gardens and more!

Some other projects on our list include:

  • Riley's bathroom sink/floor
  • Kitchen cabinets
  • Laundry room/ mudroom floor
  • driveway
  • door knobs in the WHOLE house to be switched out
And eventually we will work on an addition (adding back and up- bigger master, possibly one more bedroom, a bonus room, laundry room and office/studio above a garage.)

Stay tuned!


I would love to see links to before and after from your home!! :)


~let go laughing

Saturday, March 23, 2013

17 months

Even though technically the 24th isn't until tomorrow... I am writing today anyway. The photo is from the 24th. I promise!

March 24, 2013

Dear Riley Quinn,

MY gracious! I can keep saying "it's been the best ___ months of my life" and I so mean that, but I'm sure you already know that! You are my world little girl. Daddy and I are so proud of you. You learn new things every single day. You make me smile so big and I can't even put into words how much I love you. Every second spent with you is nothing short of incredible. I was telling daddy yesterday that after next month you are closer to TWO than one and that makes me a little sad. Please stop growing up so quickly!

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Here are some facts about you right now:


  • Favorite food: strawberries
  • You drink enough milk that we could totally have a dairy farm and still run out
  • You love splashing in the bath and kicking and screaming and smiling
  • You have made lots of friends at gymnastics and come so far- we are working on "jump" and it is so cute watching you try. You squat down and pop your body up, standing on your toes- You are almost there!
  • You are so SILLY!
  • You are hanging on the uneven bars and working on spinning around them
  • Two naps a day: 11:30/4:00
  • You go to bed between 9 and 10 and you get up between 8 and 9
  • You LOVE to play outside- when you wake up from naps you go to the door and scream until we take you out there
  • You go to the fridge and sign "bubbles" because they are on top... over and over and over and over- I'd say you love bubbles
  • You love to watch Princess Sofia on the DVR and read about six million books every night before bed
  • You can navigate through all of your apps on the ipad and the phones... scary!
  • Coach is your best friend
  • You can have a pony tail now and you wear bows in it and it is so stinkin cute!
  • You have gone poop in your big girl potty twice now- Nothing consistent - we're not pushing it. Just getting you used to it and you like to sit on it before your bath 
  • You start swim lesson on April 9th! So excited!
  • You love the ergo and ride on my back at the mall, Target, on walks... anywhere really
  • You are going to be on tv! We filmed for a commercial this week on ABC!
  • Your facial expressions are AMAZING

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I love you sweet girl. To the moon and back!

xoxo
What a difference a year makes!
-Mommy



Friday, March 22, 2013

Struggle.

It's been a while since I have posted anything other than Riley's monthly updates! Even those are lacking. I'm here to talk about me. Well... kind of.


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I always wondered what it would be like to have a family. Deep down I always wanted a family. That's just what you do. You get married and have babies. Right? I went through that phase- "I don't want kids..." I think a lot of people do. But I quickly changed my mind and those two pink lines changed my life forever.

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Never did I imagine a love that I feel for my daughter. Almost 17 months in and I love her more and more every single day. My husband often works nights. RQ and I spend a lot of alone time together.  Surprisingly, it is some of the best time spent. We have dance parties, do puzzles, sing songs, read books (like a million a day!) play outside, throw the ball for Coach, draw pictures, giggle, be silly and cuddle!

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I LOVE that time together. There is nothing better in the world.

Lately, I have been thinking more and more into what I want our family to look like a few years from now. I have SEVERAL pregnant friends and family members. Some having their first baby, some the second and some their third! I wonder about it. I pray about it. I find myself so content right now. We go back and forth (the husband and I) on having just one more or not having another at all. I have finally convinced him to possibly have another, and here I am thinking... I don't think so anymore. (He likely will not be reading this, so I'm not worried about him getting any ideas. Just in case.) I know what you're probably thinking- "You don't have to make that decision right now, you have plenty of time." Yes, I understand that.


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I just feel so happy right now. So content with life. Over and over I hear "you're never ready" or "you never have enough money for kids." But, I don't completely agree with that. I feel like we are happy with our life and we are able to give Riley what she wants/needs. I am of the mindset that if I have a child I WANT to be able to give them whatever I can. The moon if it were possible. Spoil her? Of course. Teach her how to be appreciative and caring. Absolutely.

I love the time with her. I don't really want to share it. I want to give her all of my attention. I want to be able to snuggle her when she is sick or has a bad dream. I want to be able to go and do and be the free spirits we are now. I want to say "come on, RQ lets go to Target..." I'm not saying that in 4 years we wouldn't be able to add onto the house to have more room. I love our little house and honestly, I don't want to move. I'm not saying in 16 years I will or wont be able to afford to buy her a car and put her through college. But I don't want to worry about that. I want to be confident that it will happen. No, I'm not deciding whether or not I want a second child because I can't afford them. That's not all of what this is about, only a small piece of it.

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I know they say your love is shared between all of your children equally. I get that. My mom loved my brother and I both the same, I am positive. However, it goes back to that selfishly adoring that time I get with my RQ. Do I really WANT to share that? I envision us being best friends. I pray that doesn't backfire on me and her turn into that kid that hates her mother. I mean, sure- she will likely hate me here and there, but my mom and I are best friends and I want that with my RQ. I see us at the park, the mall, the beach the coffee shop. Just hanging out. The two of us. Waking up and cuddling... bedtime stories. Going to NYC to visit uncle Tyler or riding the train to see Gigi and Pawpaw and her cousins...

But then I wonder. Would she be lonely? Would she be angry with me because she didn't have siblings? Is it selfish for me to NOT want another baby for her to grow up with? Is it selfish for me to be happy and content and LOVE my life right now? I honestly don't see another baby in my future. I've said we would try again after she turned three and maybe we will. But honestly, I just don't feel like I want to do that right now. (Sorry Momo and Gigi, I know you're not happy about this if you are reading...)

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I hear a lot of "don't you want her to have someone to play with?" Don't get me wrong, I LOVE my brother. Love him to death. I would do anything for him and wouldn't trade him for the world. But, did we really play together growing up? No. We fought. We fought a lot.

I don't really know what the future may bring. I'm not completely sitting here saying we will never ever have another child. I'm not saying people don't love their children if they have more than one. I guess I am just rambling and putting my thoughts out there. But from here on, I plan to just snuggle the heck out of my little one who is growing oh so quickly in front of my eyes!

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I would love to hear from anyone who is or has an only child. I get so much on the other side and would love some input otherwise.

Thanks for listening/reading and happy blogging! I hope to be back more often!


Let go laughing!


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