Monday, August 10


What: Okay guys I know it's late, but I just had to share that yes it's true, we bought a new house and we are moving! Well, a slightly older farm-house on an acreage that's just 'new' to us.haha But we're so over the moon happy and can't wait to start our new life there.
Why: Long story short-er, Martin and I decided when we got married that our dream would be to live on a hobby-farm just outside of town. We had tons of reasons of course for wanting that lifestyle, but over-all we thought it'd be a great place to raise tough kids, and a strong family. A couple years ago we found what we thought was the house for us, but someone had already purchased it without our knowing. It was a big letdown, but getting into that mindset helped us realize that it really was what we wanted, and also some of the cons to watch out for in the future. 

How: We put that dream out of our minds and moved on with life in our current house (which we loved then and still do), but as soon as the planets aligned and this house dropped into our laps (by a casual mention from my sister-in-law), we knew after one walk-through just about that it had everything we'd been looking for, and more! It's really our dream house through and through, and one of the biggest things we love about it is that it's very close to a lot of family. We just think that especially with everything that's changed in our lives this year and how things could change in the future, moving closer to our families is the way to go. It's just all really felt like 'destiny' if you believe in that sort of thing:)

Where: We're actually only moving a little ways from our current house! Same city, but instead of living in a close neighborhood in town, we're living just outside of the mass of buildings with more space to spread out. It's really the best of both worlds for us since we do a lot in town with our workouts, errands, etc, but now we can see more stars and hear the crickets... and get animals! 

When: We're actually going to start moving in this week!!! It closed only last weekend (the first of the month), but we decided to step back from the screens (hence my radio silence), pull a few extra late nights, and see if we couldn't get the new place prepped for furniture and moving boxes this week. And we did it! Some of the biggest things we've managed to do so far (with the kids help mind you:)) is we:
- peeled off lots and lots (and lots) of wallpaper (my favorite was the plaid and townhouses),
- textured a few rooms,
- primed and painted about 2/3 of the house,
- pulled out most of the old shag carpet,
- ordered new carpet,
- dismantled the old kitchen (really needed updating),
- picked out new cabinets, 
- chose more flooring for a couple rooms (carpet in bathrooms = nope),
- packed a bunch of boxes,
- painted some furniture, 
- taped about 700 walls,
- eaten fast food a few too many times,
- watched Peppa Pig a few too many times,
and gotten enough paint on our arms and legs and clothing to... paint something really big with.haha

We also traded out some furniture as well as the old kitchen cabinets and appliances for some muscle help, since Evie is only a month old and Martin's not supposed to be doing too much extra (not that that's stopped him.haha), and we've been so blessed at how smooth and quick everything has been going.

So! To wrap it up: Yes I took a bunch of before pictures, and Yes I plan on sharing room tours with progress photos/ before and afters, etc, and I can't wait to show you guys all the details of our new place! I am having so much fun re-planning all the rooms and swapping furniture around, etc, and this new place is going to have such a different look and feel than our current place- I'm just so excited about every square inch of it! I wish I could share a picture of the outside because it's beautiful, but me think's that's not such a great idea? am I wrong? haha Anyways, thanks for reading tonight, and I'll be back here tomorrow to share something else I've been excited to write about for a long long time, so I'll see you then!

Wednesday, July 29

What We Wore // floral tops and a bit on dating

Happy Wednesday guys:) Every time I mention going on weekly dates with my hubby, I always gets loads of you asking how we manage it- which is a totally understandable question, but with such a simple answer I figured I'd just get that out of the way here: We use baby-sitters!
We made a goal when we got married that we would try to go on a date every week. Pretty lofty! But something that my parents did that I thought made awesome sense. Sometimes we can manage it for a few weeks in a row, sometimes we'll go a few months without an 'official' date. But we feel like paying a baby-sitter is small price to have a few hours alone together whether it's going out for a nice meal or movie, or simply going for a walk or to the grocery store (which lets face it is what we usually end up doing:)).

With so many small kids, you can bet that it took us a long time to find someone that we felt comfortable leaving them with for any length of time. Eventually we tried using the sweet oldest teenage daughter of some of our good friends, and she was wonderful! She brings one of her other sisters with her to help out, and the kids are always so excited to see them. She knows their routines and needs by heart, and it works out great for us.
Emily - 
rue 21 blouse - thrifted

Martin - 
h&m shirt (out of stock, simi here and here)
black watch - gift 
guess shoes (out of stock, similar here and here)

So! I know that going on dates on a regular basis when you're parents may not be totally doable depending on your situation, but maybe by 'shopping around' for baby-sitters or swapping with friends it could become a bit more manageable. We'd highly reccommend it for sure:) We love being parents more than anything of course, but there's nothing better to strengthen our relationship and get us on the same page (which ultimately leads to better parenting) than by having some quiet time together as often as we can get it. The end.haha

Out of curiosity, what's your favorite type of date? Have a great rest of your week!

Sunday, July 26

Weekend Wrap-up

This Week: was full of list making, long night talks, cool breezes in the afternoon, and creamsicles. It was also full of nail painting parties (the joys of having lots of girls), cartoons, time-outs, fresh melon, and a dangerous trip to the carwash, so pretty average and good all around:) 
Side-note: Every time I think we're getting into a steady rhythm, something big comes up that could potentially throw everything off balance. Now that Evie is a month old (wahhh) and sleeping and eating right on schedule, it's time to potty-train John! This is the first little man that I've ever had to potty train and I confess that I was a little scared to get started, but there's no turning back now, and since I've been changing three kids diapers 5+ times a day for the last month, nobody is more motivated than me to get this thing done.haha

Weekly Snapshots: 

To-do's and Goals for the Week:
- take the kids to the new park
- try breaking out the vlogging camera again
- write up a fitness/health plan for when I'm ready
- start a new book
- run that old laundry load again and actually dry it this time...
- juice every day
- potty-train John :)
- try doing my first make-up tutorial for my YouTube channel
- stick to the new family/house routine as best as possible
- keep after Martin to stay on top of his medication
- sort my sewing room once and for all
- whiten my teeth
- have a date with Marty
- call about piano lessons for the girlies
- work at answering my texts faster
- take lots of deep breaths :)

A Few Facts: 
  •  I realized that I might just be the only person using RewardStyle that didn't get or share anything from Nordstrom in the past month.haha #bandwagonfail
  • We have something super dooper exciting happening this week that I can't wait to share with you guys! And I'll just say right away that no it has nothing to do with Martin or pregnancy or short hair-cuts.haha
  • I can't believe my sweet baby girl is already a month old:( Don't like it one bit.
Something To Take Away:
"Whatever makes you weird, is probably your greatest asset" - Joss Whedon via Pinterest

Thanks so much for visiting, and I appreciate you so so much! Have a great day,

Saturday, July 18

How martin's doing - a video update

Here's to lazy Saturday afternoons, family Costco runs, fresh batches of garden produce, and the chance for a date tonight! I hope you've been having a good weekend so far:)

Martin and I decided after I announced on my blog and everywhere else that we wanted/needed to film a video together sharing his diagnosis with my YouTube Channel, since it can be so separate from other social media branches. I just knew that like with my blog, once things had changed so much, I would have a hard time being able to film hair tutorials or weekend vlogs, etc without addressing it, but it just took us a little longer than we thought to finally feel up to making it. So here it is! A brief history for those that hadn't heard the news at all, and also an update to where we are now for all you sweet folks that have been inquiring as to how he's been feeling, etc:

As I said I hope that we were able to answer some of your questions, and also that it was clear enough info for you:) Feel free to leave any more questions you may have below since we really rushed over it all and left lots of holes.

As always, I can't thank you guys enough for continuing to send thoughts and prayers our way every single day! I spoke about that all in the past tense in the video, but it's very much still a support and encouragement 24/7. And now that that's done I feel like I can really get back to posting regularly again! It's a good day:) 

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