June 20, 2013

Our New Home!!

On April 18th, we moved in to our new house!!! Moving with 2 toddlers is no joke, but with lots of family to help us, we did it!! Chad worked non stop until every last thing was in and then the next week we left for San Francisco, so we had to have everything settled fast! Now that things have calmed down a bit, I can finally post some more pictures of our house!

Here's our house from the curb, I didn't take a picture but we're nestled on a cul-de sac, which I love. It was on my wish list for our new house, so I was thrilled.

The detached garage is another thing we really wanted! I can't tell you how nice it is to be able to pull both of our cars in the garage, and have pleeenty of room left over! Chad has all of his crossfit gear set up already, and there is plenty of room for storage on top of that.

Our front door! I plan to dress it up with a  cute wreath and some planters with greenery soon.

When you walk in, to the left is Chad's office and to the right is the dining room.
You can't see the color very well in these pictures, but I LOVE our hardwood floors! They are distressed wide plank, medium shade, which hides dirt well. The wood floors are throughout the downstairs, except in the kitchen, laundry room and master. 

Our dining room! We are in need of a rug, curtains, new light fixture and some wall décor.
I can't wait to have a dinner party once it's all set up!!

Powder room. We already replaced the builder-grade mirror and I've done some more tweaking since these pictures were taken. Eventually I have plans to make it kind of dark and dramatic, so that might be fun!

Chad's office. These built-ins are my favorite! The shelves are decorated with what we already have, so they need some tweaking, too. We also are in the market for office furniture.

Love the butler's pantry, where I can display our fine china!


I just love our kitchen!!! It's huge!! :)


This is the upstairs desk nook, it will come in handy for homework in the future :)

View from upstairs looking at the entry. We need an entry rug and new light fixture. I'm thinking possibly a lantern!

The playroom! It was hard to get a good angle, but I have sooo many ideas for this space!!!

We have a guest room and a guest bath too, but I'll post it when we get some furniture :)

I love how Graham's room is so similar to his old room. I think it made him feel at home quicker :) I have some ideas for freshening up his big boy room too!

Claire's room has the most amazing views of the lake across the street, and a killer closet! Lucky girl!!

 View of the living room from the catwalk upstairs.
It's coming along!  This is definitely a long-term house for us, so I'm sure over time we will be doing some upgrades/changes. We love it though!!! We are so excited to be settled and be in a house we have plenty of room to raise our family in!!!

June 3, 2013

Celebrating Graham!

Last year, it was all about Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, but this year it was all about The Backyardigans!!! Saturday we had a fun-filled party with all of Graham's family and friends at our house. Last week, we got Graham's BIG present, a playset  for the backyard! We had been wanting to get one for him for a long time now, and in our new neighborhood there isn't a park yet, so we found the perfect one at Sam's Club and had it installed last weekend. We had everyone over to play in the backyard and we set up the baby pool and the slip n' slide. The kids had a blast!! We ate pizza, snacks, cake and ice cream, had a piñata and opened presents. It was typical 3 year old birthday party and I think the birthday boy was a happy camper :)


Today is Graham's actual birthday, so this morning I had planned on making him birthday pancakes, but he didn't want them! He loves his normal breakfast, so that's what he got :) We met Graham's best friend Tripp and his little brother Tucker at Bouncing Bears and then drove through chick-fil-a for lunch. This evening, Chad and I are going to take Graham to his very first movie and the movie theater! We are going to see Epic and grab some dinner afterwards, just the three of us :) I can't remember the last time Chad and I just had Graham with us, so hopefully he will love having all the attention to himself :) Although he does want Claire to come! He loves his baby sister ;)

Graham's Birthday Interview: 3 Years Old
1. Who is your best friend? Tripp
2. What is your favorite thing to do? Play
3. What is your favorite color? Blue
4. What is your favorite food? Popsicles
5. What do you like to do as a family? Feed the duckies
6. What is your favorite toy? Books
7. What do you want to be when you grow up? Baseball player
8. What makes you happy? Singing
9. What makes you sad? Time-out
10. What's your favorite TV show? Backyardigans
11. What do you like to learn about? Jesus
12. What was the best part of your birthday? Cake and playing with friends in the water slide
13. Where do you like to go? Park
14. What is your favorite dessert? Ice-cream
15. What do you think about before you fall asleep? Mommy
16. What is your favorite animal? Shark
17. What was your favorite birthday present? Playset
18. What is your favorite song? "The Baseball Song"
19. What is your favorite book? The Little Engine That Could
20. What do you pray about? Friends/Family