Posts tagged ‘new house’

Did I mention it would be crazy

Yeah, so I am still here. It’s was November 3rd the last time I blogged. Today is January 7th. Just kidding…it’s the 8th. Well, like I forecasted, these past few weeks have been crazy! Yes, we moved into our house, yes we survived Thanksgiving, Riley’s FIRST birthday party, and Christmas! (and two visits from Stephen’s parents thrown in there. The first being the day after we moved into our house! Can I  say chaos!?!) But it is wonderful :) Life is easy again. For now, until it’s not.  I still have loads and loads of decorating to do. Being so close to Christmas when we moved in, we just went ahead and did our Christmas decorating pretty much right away. So now that decorations are back in hiding until next year, I can see that my house still needs mucho work. 

To show off all my hard work in planning, decorating, cooking, and hosting Riley’s party…here are some pics :) 

So…that was December 19th. The day my little man turned ONE! The party turned out great! For food I made a traditional chili and a white chicken chili…which, if I do say so myself, were wonderful! Riley thoroughly enjoyed his first encounter with sugar!! I made him a giant cupcake that was carrot cake and the frosting I made was a sugar free cream cheese frosting. He liked it a lot! There were about 20 people total! Great friends and loving family :) It really was a wonderful day! 

I could post some Christmas pictures…but I’m not so much in the mood right now. I’ll save that for another day! 

Goodbye for now!


What a crazy month this will be…

This next month and a half is going to be a very crazy chapter in my life! Today is November 3rd.  Today is the day we are closing on our first home!! Five thirty cannot come soon enough!! The first step in this whole process is getting in the house and cleaning and painting! The sooner we do that, the sooner we can move in!! Again, like I said in a previous post, I need to figure out what colors I want to paint my house!! This whole experience is going to be pretty interesting considering there is a little guy in the picture now.  I cannot devote 100% of my time to this like I wish I could.  So as if cleaning and painting is not enough, we also have to move in! That is going to be fun, fun, fun.  Only half kidding.  I am so excited to move in, I just know that moving is a very time consuming task.  So, that is a pretty big project for this month! Let’s see…what else. Well, Thanksgiving is at the end of the month.  Luckily, we are going to Bradenton to be with Stephen’s family for a {big} reunion.  That means that I do not really have to put much effort into that. (Minus the dish I have to bring)  However, Stephen’s parents are staying with us. Not sure how long.  That does involve some cleaning and effort….considering the fact that we basically will have just  moved in which could equal chaos! But that’s okay.  So after Thanksgiving I will probably be ready to decorate for Christmas.  That means lots of rummaging through boxes trying to find just where we put all of our Christmas decorations. Another big chore…Christmas shopping! I am very proud, however, of the fact that I have started buying gifts here and there! I have always said that I was going to start early, so there, now I finally have!  Hmm…what else…Let’s see.  I know there is another small thing… oh yeah! Riley’s FIRST birthday is December 19th!! AHH! I cannot believe that my little pumpkin, who I feel as if I just gave birth to, is turning ONE! It’s not fair. Time flies by without asking permission of any sort! So, amidst all of my chaotic unpacking, cleaning, decorating, and shopping, I have a birthday party to plan! I am still trying to decide if I want to have it at our house (only if it is somewhat put together and presentable!) or at a park somewhere.  The Florida winter weather is beautiful, so I definitely plan to have it outside! My vision for our house is to have our cute little white fence up and have a wonderful backyard birthday party! Of course, if that is not the case, the party will not be at our house! Lakes Park will just have to do. The biggest pro, though, of it being at our house is the convenience of just that…it’s at my house! No hauling back and forth with car loads of stuff.  I guess we will just have to see. So. That brings us to Christmas.  This is going to be a wonderful time of year!! I just have to plan ahead, be organized, and be prepared! I can do this…I can do this…

So, what can we learn from all this?? I have A LOT to do.  :)

Wish me luck!

oh dear…

Why is it so hard to define myself? I swear, sometimes I have no idea who I am! This is all coming from trying to figure out how I want to decorate my house.  I see one style, and I’m in love, then I see another one, and I totally change my mind! I took a “what’s your decorating style?” quiz on and I was told I’m eclectic. What is that?!  I am not sure if that is exactly what I am.  I love the somewhat moderny, natural look…but then I also love shabby chic country cottagey look.  However, Stephen grew up completely surrounded (and in his words suffocated) by Shabby Chic.  I know that he would not totally be into that style for our house.  I have been clipping pictures out of mags and online of styles and looks that I like.  That helps somewhat…but I’m still stuck on what colors I want to paint my walls.  I need to figure this out soon! 

We are still waiting to close on our house :( It was supposed to be the 15th…and here we are November 1st…and still no closing!! Fingers crossed for this week!! 

Anyway…I have entered two giveaways! They are both from Mommy 2 Gavin and Gage. The first one is for GAD cloth diapers! Super excited because I am new to cloth diapering, and would love to try out some different diapers! The second giveaway is for Rockin’ Green detergent! I have heard awesome things about it and would love to be able to try it!! 

Well, that’s all that’s new for now! 

Talk soon! :)

new house = excited.

So we finally got a house! After looking at a house on Wednesday afternoon, and still being somewhat disappointed that we have not heard back from our offer on another house, we got the call from our realtor (and dear friend) that our offer was accepted!  I couldn’t help but run to the living room where Stephen, Riley, my mom, and step-dad were sitting and start jumping up and down screaming “we got the house, we got the house!” (mind you I was still on the phone with our realtor.)  So now we wait… they will sign the contract in 2 days.  Then we have to schedule an inspection (fingers crossed!)  Then hopefully by the middle/end of October we will close!  I really do love this house!! It has so much charm! After we went to look at the house that night we went to Lowe’s just to look around!  We need to buy a fridge and toilet…other than that we have everything in there that we need! Oh yeah, closet doors in the two bedrooms…but that’s not too big a deal.  The house is going to require lots and lots of paint! Which I am so excited about! :) I can’t wait to just get in there and start decorating! However, wish I could just throw out the old and bring in the new! Wouldn’t that be nice to be able to just go out and shop all over again! Maybe a little at a time.  But we do have nice stuff! It would actually be sad to get rid of the first furniture/decor that Stephen and I picked out as a married couple.  Just the thought of new is always fun.  Our house will be a work in process, which is really what we wanted!  

Well, we still have to get through to closing! That really is a scary thing — the thought that maybe something will go wrong and we lose the house! :( Sure hope not!  The other thing to worry about…financing.  Not too fun to deal with, but wow, that would be great to hopefully get all that help with down payment and closing costs.  

On another note, Stephen and I are going on a date tonight!! It has been way too long! The other night it was kinda fun, we wanted to run up to {my most hated store} Walmart to look and see what kind of deals they had on car seats, since Riley will be moving up to a new car seat pretty soon :(  Anyway…we did that, but with no luck.  Why would I expect Walmart to have anything good. Actually, I can’t say that. I did score a super cute shopping cart/highchair cover for $25!   Well, after we went there, I had a sudden urge to go to Perkins and just sit and talk (over a nice cup of coffee, fries, and a shared chocolate milkshake.) We used to do that all the time when we were dating, and it has been a long, long time since we have done that. So we did. And it was really nice to just be able to talk.  It was our first “date” in a long time.  Tonight however, is a little more formal :)  We are going to a nice dinner, not sure where, and then to a movie.  I really want to see “The Time Traveler’s Wife.”  I haven’t heard any reviews, but it seems like it is going to be great!  Luckily Riley goes to bed fairly early –8:15/8:30–so we can still get him down to sleep and then go have our date!  We still have never left him to be “babysat” by anyone.  I just can’t do it, even if it is my mom.  No one knows him or knows what he needs like I do.  I couldn’t imagine not putting him to sleep :(  That is silly, and I’m sure soon enough I will be over that. 

But, I hear the little guy stirring in there, another nice 2 hour nap.  I should probably go try to get ready for the day. :) See ya.

random rambling…

Sometimes I feel like my heart and mind are so full and that I could fill pages and pages with my thoughts.  Then there are times when I have to try so hard to think of one thing to say.  Right now I am feeling the latter.  Life is really good right now.  Really.  I wasn’t sure how I would feel, still living with my parents, but it really is not that bad.  Sure, it’s not anything like living in my own house with my own space, but it really is nice to be with family.  After living in Tampa for 2 1/2 years with no one close by, it is wonderful to be with family again.  Sometimes I dream about my own kitchen…but that will happen soon enough.  Still in the process of house hunting.  We just got pre-approved, so now we just need to find our “dream” first home.  :) We decided that we are going to be looking for more of a fixer-upper so that we can put to use our HGTV renovation skills! :)  

Riley had his 6 month appointment yesterday.  He weighed in at 19lbs 8 oz. 27 inches long. My little man :) He is so cute. Seriously. Probably one of the cutest ever…but I think I might be a little biased.  


my little water baby :)


He loves his sweet potatoes!! :)

Well, I guess that is all I have to say.  Actually, my sis and nephews are heading to Ohio tomorrow, and I am pretty sad!  They will be gone for about a month! :( Not looking forward to that! Who are we going to play with everyday!

Okay. That’s all!