Tuesday, June 21, 2016

We've Moved!

Hello blog world, my old friend! You probably gathered from my last (emotional) post three weeks ago that we've moved! We are now residents of Hudson, Wisconsin. And there's been a whole lot to do between unpacking, address changing, getting Cece signed up for school (and a little bit of summer school!), purchasing new furniture, arguing with each other about where stuff should go and who bought the wrong size curtain rod AGAIN and all those summer activities in between!


So here we all are together finally! Joe's parents were able to watch the girls for a couple day while we attended our closings and physically moved all of our things. It felt great to all be together again and the girls were ecstatic to be living and playing in the new house! 

One of our first purchases was seating for the front porch. I have a front porch! (I'm just going to continue saying that and sitting out there over and over again until it sinks in.)

The above mentioned front porch pairs very well with the view and also a glass of wine on these long summer evenings.

During the first week we moved in I saw my first ever double rainbow and also saw the entire arc of one of the rainbows. This proves to me that the universe is happy for us as this rainbow was actually stretched right over our neighborhood. The girls and I were able to see it from Cece's bedroom window and I do say, it was magical.

And you heard right, the girls have their own bedrooms in addition to several play spaces! Of course, their favorite place to be is the master bath and my closet as they now have easy access to my shoes and jewelry. 

Even though lots of spaces feel a far way from "done", I have to share a small peek of our dining room. As soon as we moved in, we purchased my dream dining table in addition to a dreamy chandelier. Eat your heart out, Joanna Gaines! My Fixer Upper dreams are literally coming true before my eyes! I am loving our meals in here together, that's for sure. Even eating hot dogs seems special in here!

Another favorite part of the house is the loft area upstairs where the bedrooms are. Instead of a dark narrow hallway, we basically have this bonus room that's full of light (and now teepee and toys). I recently discovered that Rosie knows how to climb INTO her crib. So we've transitioned her to a toddler bed which is just so darn exciting that she can't fall asleep during naps or bedtimes. So, she instead just falls asleep whenever, wherever. Hoping this phase is short-lived, but it is kind of funny finding her passed  out in random places.

When Rosie is not falling asleep in random places, she has been enjoying the green space across the street from our house. Good for running around, picnics, and bird-watching!

We had a picnic lunch outside last week and Cece said "I've been waiting my whole life for this!" I don't blame her. Cheese and crackers outside on a nice day is my idea of perfection too.

Cece keeps trying to photograph all the birds outside with my phone. It was super cute when she told me she want to be a nature photographer because she loves animals. It was slightly less cute (but still funny) when she told me "You're so big and noisy and scaring everything away!" 

I need to also note that since we now have a large kitchen, Joe bought something he's always longed for but we've never had the storage to accommodate... a waffle maker! And he's already used it several times. (I, however, am intimidated by it. It looks too complicated and flippy to me. I know I would make a serious mess.)

In addition to moving, lots of other things have been happening! My brother just completed his culinary program at the Art Institute. My mom came into town and we attended his senior portfolio show. This may have been the best graduation event I have ever attended due to the fact that it was fast, fun, and full of delicious food! Way to go, bro!!! I'm still crazy proud of him and can't wait to see what he does next.

We also attended the wedding of my friend Marla (no pics from my phone, but it was lovely!). We also celebrated our sixth anniversary as well as Father's Day. In the last three weeks I also managed two family photo shoots, one newborn photoshoot, and one T Rex photo shoot. Joe, the girls, and I have been out discovering all sorts of new parks and playgrounds and it's been a great experience to explore new places and meet new neighbors as well. Also, Cece just had her first official sleepover at her cousin Michaela's house. Life has been kind of good for these girls lately!

Here we are splash-padding it up in Woodbury with cousins last week. I'm hoping now that the initial stress and craziness of moving and settling in is winding down that we can now start really just relax and enjoy the rest of summer as much as possible!

I really want to thank all of our friends and family who have already trekked out to Wisconsin to visit us already (some several times!) So thank you Michael, Emily, Jess, Azure, Angela, Troy, Luke, and Andrea for visiting and helping us settle in! ESPECIALLY Joe's sisters. Our stuff would still be in boxes everywhere if not for them. They unflinchingly and efficiently took our boxes of total randomness and made our house a home that I LOVE living in. I seriously still think this may still all be a dream!

Here's to a GREAT summer! There's still so much I want to do! And all you friends, please come visit!!!

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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

In Praise of a Tiny House

Love grows best in little houses, with fewer walls to separate, Where you eat and sleep so close together, you can't help but communicate. And if we had more room between us, think of all we'd miss. Love grows best in houses just like this.

After nearly five years in our current home, we are selling and moving in just, well, today. It still feels very unreal and all the feelings are swirling about within me (excitement, anxiousness, sadness, happiness, etc.) I'm beyond thrilled to be moving to a new home that is going to have a long list of things we've only dreamed about (Central air! More than one bathroom!), a part of my heart will always be in this tiny house and the memories we've had here I will treasure forever.

This house is where I began my stay-at-home mom career (or CEO of domestic affairs as I will refer to it on my resume). I started out having no idea what I was doing. Nearly 5 years later, I can confidently  report that I still have no #$%*ing  idea what I'm doing. But I do know that love doing it and couldn't be more grateful for the experience and time with my little ladies. The memories of my girls here as babies are worth their weight in gold to me.

I will dearly miss our big tree out in the front yard where both girls have swung, higher, higher! It was such a sweet surprise from Joe and over the past three years, it's gotten a whole lot of use!


I will remember building fairy gardens, making wonky planters, creating garden beds, and having little dirty hands "helping" with yard work every summer.

I'll remember how I learned to cook a few good meals! In this house, I attempted a variety of recipes (some with more success than others) and ventured beyond making just tacos and spaghetti. (Even though that's not been the case lately, I know I can do it!)

I'll remember and carry on our established traditions such a gingerbread house making every Christmas.

I'll remember how in that really tiny bathroom, I taught a tiny person how to successfully use the potty several years ago which I honestly feel is one of my biggest life accomplishments.

I'll remember big noisy meals at our tiny table as well as the quiet mornings drinking coffee with Joe before the girls woke up in the morning. This picture was taken the day we brought Rosie home from the hospital. We had a nice pre-made meal from Sarah and I think this pic really captures just how tiny, cozy, and special meals can be in a small space.

(So much birthday cake has been baked and eaten in this house!)

I'll remember the girls bedroom as a slightly magical place where they played and slept (sometimes).

I'll remember Cece starting her education while living in this house!

And I'll remember watching the girls learn to sit, crawl, stand, and walk. The big windows is where the girls learned to pull themselves up to standing and, of course, got nose and finger prints everywhere.

I'll remember how there were literally no good backgrounds to take pictures, haha.

Again, limited space has made for some "cozy" situations.

And forts are easy to make with such easy access to the dining room chairs!

And I'll remember how our house would burst from the seams with holiday spirit every year because the spirit has literally no where else to go!

If I had to choose one photo that sums up why I've loved this house, it would be this. So many mornings, I've gotten to spend in this sunny living room with a cup of coffee and my ladies, just lounging in our jammies, playing, building, and "arting." I know I will miss these days with all of my heart when they are small and mine and can both fit on my lap and the same time. I'm actually getting teary as I write this, but I want to thank Joe from the bottom of my heart for giving me not only this home, but this life with our family. It has been a beautiful and "cozy" five years and I can't wait to see and share what the future brings for us!

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Friday, May 27, 2016

School's Out for the Summer!

Cece just wrapped up her last day of preschool today! (I can't believe I just typed that!) Below are a few of the end-of-school events that have recently happened:

Last month Cece had her final dance recital. She and her other tutu-clad friends danced to "Rain, Rain, Go Away" with umbrella props and all. Just adorable! Rosie has since enjoyed warbling the words to the song too.

In addition to dancing talents, Cece showed off her singing chops during the end-of-the-year spring program with her other classmates. Post concert, the girls got to snack on cookies and they also received balloons... which may have been their favorite part of the whole evening.

Not school-related, but I recently also took the girls to The Wild Rumpus (aka, the coolest kids' bookstore ever). Rosie fell hard in love with the kitty who was lounging about and both girls enjoyed listening to Lisa McCourt read from the I Love You Stinky Face books. 

 I also feel that it's important to note that Cece announced to everyone "My mom gets mad when I ask too many questions!" during the reading. And also Rosie kept trying to convince another kid share his snacks by rubbing her back and saying "Crackers? Please?"

Just last week I accompanied Cece on her field trip to Como Zoo. It could not have been a more perfect day to have an outing to the zoo plus a picnic lunch. All that fresh air and fun wore her out quite a bit and she fell asleep on the bus ride home. I also love how we managed to not take any pictures of actual zoo animals, just with the statues.

And lastly, here is Cece with both of her teachers Mrs. Amy and Mrs. Lori (from last year and this year). I can't say enough good things about the preschool she has attended for the past two years and I'm slightly broken-hearted that we won't be back in the fall. But whenever I/we need to move on and say goodbye, I always remind myself that we are so lucky to have something that is so hard to say goodbye to.

Ok, summer's here now! Let's do this!

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