Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Kitchen Planning in a New Construction Home

I can't even begin to describe how excited I am to get to plan a brand new kitchen.  To give you some background, 2 years ago we had a small budget to renovate our kitchen. We'd already updated the appliances and the floors.  But there was only so much lipstick we could throw on a 60 year old pig.  It was finally time to replace the counters and cabinets. Eek!  We excitedly started gathering information to estimate cost. But then we had the 3rd contractor over to fix our roof.  Which led to our entire kitchen renovation savings being spent on a roof. Which is kind of like spending $200 on socks instead of a new pair of boots.  Or like spending $5000 on surgery for your big toe when what you really want are new tatas.  It was such a bummer! And then to add insult to injury, when we put our house on the market we put in new laminate and a new sink. While it certainly wasn't what I would've chosen for a "real" remodel (although I loved this sink), it made the kitchen look about 100 times better and I hated that we hadn't done it sooner.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Oh Genevieve

Oh Genevieve! I can't believe you're in Kindergarten.  As I drove away from your school I couldn't help but cry as I thought about how fast these 5 years have gone by and how you're no longer my baby. You're a big girl now.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Genevieve's Apple Themed Birthday Party plus a Handy Shopping Guide

With fall just around the corner, I thought I'd share Genevieve's Apple themed 4th birthday party.  I can't believe she chose "fall," over "Frozen" as a theme. I promise-- it was all her!  Well I added the emphasis on apples, but still. It's such a fun theme for a fall birthday. I kept this party somewhat simple since it feels like back to back parties when I host Nadia's party in September and then another in November.  Plus I had a 3 month old.  Nevertheless I was pleased with how it turned out.

Monday, August 10, 2015

We Did It!

That's what Joe said to me on our very first night in our apartment in Raleigh. It was late, we were exhausted, but we did it.  We're in Raleigh.

THE DRIVE...
went really well.  We learned from our first road trip and made sure to pack the van the night before, leave early, and give the girls Dramamine and limit screen time to avoid car sickness. That combined with not having to nurse every 3 hours made the trip quicker and easier.  All of the kids did great.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

A Peek at the Party


I really wanted to write a post about moving that would make me cry (and perhaps you too!).  But I'm really trying to ward off the sentimentality until I'm officially out of New Hampshire.  So instead here are a few pictures of Dax and Nadia's Camping themed pre-birthday bash--more to come later!

Friday, July 17, 2015

We Dedicated Dax



I spoke a bit about what dedications are when I shared Nadia's. For this one I focused on the scripture "Like arrows in the hands of a warrior, so are the children of one's youth." (Psalms 127:4). Of course I love the arrow reference but more importantly it's a reminder to launch our children at a target.  We strive to raise them in a godly way and have specific goals in mind as we train and nurture them day to day.  Dedicating them to God is the beginning of that journey.   It's a special ceremony and I like to celebrate with family afterward.  I don't consider it a big party but if I'm going to make people get up on a Sunday morning and be at church at 9:30 am, I'm going to feed them afterward. Just like Nadia's, I did a brunch. I kept decor simple with some fun scripture art, a banner, and a cute guest of honor. Here are a few photos.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Nadia's Fairy Party. From Last Year.

That's right. I'm sharing Nadia's fairy party from last year.  Just like I shared Genevieve's 4th birthday just before her 5th.  I posted a peek on Facebook but since I'm planning her 4th birthday I figured I'd share a quick look at her 3rd. If you remember, I was pregnant and due to have Dax less than 2 weeks after the party and Joe had just finished chemo and needed a last minute procedure the same week as the party. If ever there was a year to just have pizza and cupcakes this was it.  But I just couldn't do it. Instead I threw 2 parties- a play date party with friends (I discussed having day time parties and how awesome it is here) and a family party a few days later.  It was crazy, but I kept both parties simple.  I really liked how they turned out and Nadia loved them and had so much fun.  It was proof that parties can be fun and even cute while keeping things simple and budget friendly.
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