Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Looks Like Fall

Ahhhhhh.  Do you smell it in the air?  It is here.  Almost.  The nights are cooling off, the days for the most part are too and everywhere you look there is a hint of color.  Somewhere in the 10+ years I've lived in the Midwest I have learned to love Fall.  Football games, bonfires, the vibrant color, the cozy clothes.  Fall and I get along.  Don't get me wrong.  I will always be a Summer Girl, but this summer was so. freakin. hot.  I am ready for a break from the heat.  And I am ready to get back to some more consistent blogging after a summer of it being haphazard at best.  So today I am linking up with

So here is what Fall is to me:

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What does fall look like to you?

Monday, September 24, 2012

Where Did The Weekend Go?


Is anyone else feeling like they blinked and the weekend was over?  Where did it go?  I know we got something done this weekend....I think.  I kicked off the weekend right on Friday night.  I got home to a box waiting for me.  The box I have been waiting for...well since April.  I got the iPhone 5!!!  (Why since April you ask?  My parents "got me" an iPhone for my birthday, I've just been holding out for the 5.  The wait finally has paid off!)

Needless to say, I am still having a blast playing around with it! Even though I've had an iPod Touch for years and have an iPad, working this as your actual phone is not without its learning curve.  But I LOOOOOOOOVE it.  And I love having all of my Apple devices sync.

After playing with my phone for a bit and eating dinner, the Hubs and I decided to head over to our new house to enjoy a cocktail (or two) in our hot tub.  (That is still REALLY weird to say.  Our hot tub.  We are so lame cool.)  It has finally cooled off enough at night that I want to get into the hot tub.

Sorry no photos from that night.  I didn't want to risk bringing my new toy anywhere near water. (Because heaven forbid I actually use my DSLR to take pics for the blog instead of my phone.)  So this is from the next day when we were over at the house.  Saturday afternoon my father-in-law was kind enough to bring up some furniture of theirs we are taking for our basement.  Some pieces were easy to carry down.  Some where a bit more challenging.

With the furniture also came aaaaaaaaall of my husbands stuff from their house.  So now our garage looks like this.  (There is a lot more junk off on the other side which didn't make it into the picture.)

Anyone need a hockey jersey?  We have a ba-zillion.

Sunday was our niece's 5th birthday.  I can't believe how big she is getting.  The first time I met her, she was maybe 2 weeks old, maybe.  She was the smallest thing I had ever seen (until her sister was born.  She was even smaller.).  We also celebrated my sister-in-laws birthday. Presents, football and grilled cheese andf tomato soup.  It was a good Sunday.

I hope you all had a great weekend!  Did you do anything fun?  Did it go by as quickly as mine did?  Is it Friday yet?

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Pinteresting Inspiration: My New Office

For having a new house, I sure have done very little blogging about it.  So far there isn't really much to see.  I will be posting before and afters of the rooms, but we don't have any afters yet.  The biggest changes I posted about on last weeks Photo Friday.  I have however, been scouring Pinterest for ideas and inspiration for the new house.  My New House Ideas board is full of stuff.

One of the biggest challenges we are facing is making rooms do double and triple duty.  We have a good amount of space for just the two of us and Buoy, but it is amazing how quickly this house is filling up.  Well mentally anyway.  A big priority for me to have a dedicated guest room.  Which may not sound like the best idea in the world, because it is a bedroom that will sit empty fairly often, but hear me out.  I WANT PEOPLE TO COME VISIT!  (yes, that means YOU friend reading this post).  We don't have that many local friends.  So I want those who have to hop in a car to see us (and vice versa) to WANT to hop in the car to come see us.  I want them to feel comfortable being in our home.  And we are maybe, just maybe almost out of the air-mattress phase of our lives.  Unless lots of you come at once (yes, please), because then I make no promises.

 You know you want to come visit after seeing our backyard.

So.  Because of this, our third bedroom is going to have to be my office/daybed for more guests/thirty-one storage/whatever else we decided to squeeze in there.  And let me tell you, this room is not all that big.  I have picked out WAY too much furniture for it, but here is what I am thinking....
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This is the daybed I am thinking about. The drawer space provides extra storage for the room and maybe, just maybe I might leave one empty. Ya know in case a guest actually wants to use it. 

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 I am loving this nightstand. It is small so it won't take up too much space, and I can put a cute lamp on it. 

For a dresser/something for more storage and a cute space to decorate or put a TV on, I'm thinking about one of these.  It kind of depends on space and what will actually fit.

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                  Source: ikea.com via Katie on Pinterest

I still have no idea what to do about a desk. This room will likely become a nursery at some point.  (Did I just admit that out loud?  Don't get your hopes up.  It is still going to be awhile.) Hence the white furniture. Easy to work with. So I want something that can be re-located to another room if it needs to be down the road. (Don't ask me where the daybed would go. We probably don't even really need it. But I really like it).

Going in a completely different direction, I could go with a work station like this:

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HELP!!!! What do you guys do for rooms that have to have a lot of different functions? And yes, for some reason I have an IKEA obsession for this particular room. Don't ask me why.  And yes I promise I will be adding color.  And lots of it.

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See? A lil pink, a lil black and white damask and this room is going to come to life! Whenever I finally figure out what it is we are going to do with it.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Weekend Update: She Needs a Name

The weekend started off with a very unexpected surprise.  A text from my mom:  "She needs a name."  And this little face appeared.

Puppy!  I have a new sister!  She is an 8 week old Maltipoo (maltese-poodle) and just the cutest little thing.  I don't think she weighs 3 pounds.  We lost my parents dog unexpectedly Memorial Day weekend.  It broke all of our hearts.  A phone call from a family friend brought a little bit of love back into our lives on Friday.  My parents went and looked at the puppies and brought one home.

She still has no name.  We've tried Tiger, Cubby, Tatty, Minny, Honey, Remy and on and on and on.  Nothing seems to be quite right.  You look at her and you know she has the perfect name, we just haven't figured it out yet.

Anyway, after getting that text message, we put the pedal to the medal to get up to the lake to meet the newest member of the family.  It was a gorgeous weekend at the lake.  A little cool, but it gave us a chance to get some work done to close up the house.

Saturday night we were treated to a fabulous dinner party with great family and friends.  I am normally a red wine drinker, but every once in awhile I like to switch it up.  My dad introduced me to a new white wine.  I am a HUGE fan.

And yes, little No Name came to the party and was a hit.  Not everyone was thrilled with little No Name.  I was really surprised that Buoy did not fall in love with her instantly.  It may have had something to do with the fact that HIS mom was fawning all over the little baby instead of him.  Oops.  When she gets a little bit bigger I know they will be great friends.

Buoy enjoyed his last dip in the lake and then wanted to snuggle a towel because he was cold.

Our summer of driving back and forth from the lake is officially over.  The next several weekend will be spent packing, moving and unpacking.  As much as I don't want to say goodbye to summer, I am ready for things to quiet down a bit and stop putting so many miles on our vehicles.

Happy Monday!  Is it Friday yet?  Did you do anything fun this weekend?

Friday, September 14, 2012

Photo Friday: House Update

Holy Moly.  Life is moving at about a million miles an hour right now.  I feel like I'm struggling just to keep my head above water.  We haven't moved yet, and we still have A TON of packing to do.  Thanks to my hubby and his iPhone, I have a few photos to share with you today on what has been going on at the house.

Our new house is "move in ready."  Unless you happen to be allergic to cats.  Which I am.  I can't be in the house for more than 10-15 at a time without my allergies acting up.  Especially in the basement where the food and litter box lived.  I have a very good amazing hubby.  He loves me enough to do work over at the house without my help.  Because I would be a stuffy, sneezy, watery-eyed mess if I tried to help with these projects.  He has been hard at work pulling up the cat-hair infested carpet in our basement and painting it with Kilz primer to get rid of the last of the cat, so I can actually exist in the basement.

Since we have another month on our lease, we are also taking this opportunity to re-paint the inside of the house.  Because as much as I LOVE the color pink, I am not a fan of the 2 bedrooms we have that are pink and purple.  (Photos to follow in another post.)

So on this Photo Friday, enjoy some photo updates from a tiny part of the tornado that is going on in our life right now.

Testing out paint colors on our living room and dining room walls.

Top of the stairs leading down to the basement.

Carpet pulled off the stairs leading down to the basement.  Turn left at the bottom for the laundry room/storage area.  Turn right for the finished section.

After all of the carpet had been pulled up in the basement and the floor had been painted with Kilz.

Our storage area post-Kilz paint.

Our soon to be laundry area - post Kilz.

Proof of all of my hubby's hard work.

The pile of carpet, carpet padding and paint the previous-owners left for us are currently occupying our garage.  I have the best hubby in the world.

Do you have any major house projects going on?  Happy Friday and have a great weekend!!

Oh ps - Kilz hasn't given me anything to write this post.  I am just eternally grateful to them for making the cat smell go away!!!!