Monday, April 13, 2015

The All-New Love Lake Living!

Hey y'all!

I'm pleased to announce the launch of my new blog: love lake living!

All of my old posts can be found over on the new site, and eventually the links from here will forward as well.  I'm working on that.

Go on over and subscribe to my new RSS feed and follow my new Facebook page.

Psst... there are 4 new posts on the new site that can't be found here.  Exciting stuff!  Start with this one.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Big Changes

Hey y'all!

It's been a while, no?

Sorry about that.

It's been a crazy ride around here lately.

This girl turned 1.

(Of course I picked the party room with ALL.THE.WINDOWS. so my photos aren't that great, but maybe I'll share a few soon, regardless of photo quality.)

Oh, and we sold the house!!

(Ignore the crazy bangs.  I blame the wind.)

You know, no big life changes happening or anything.

Anyway, so we're in the midst of moving (3 weeks and counting…), so I thought I'd take this opportunity to say goodbye to 2027.  The house, not the blog.  Well, the blog too.  Wait, say what?!

In case you didn't see the post where I updated our house numbers, or have just never made the connection, 2027 is the address of this beloved home that we've owned for the past 7 years.

This is the house we came home to after we got married.

This is the house where we brought Sydney home.

So many memories here.


It's time for a new chapter.

I know I mentioned it a LONG time ago (June, maybe?) but WE'RE BUILDING A HOUSE!

Construction is starting soon, hopefully in the next couple of weeks.  It's equal parts exciting and scary. Exciting because, HELLO, I get to pick out all the light fixtures in the entire house (why I'm the most excited about this part, I'll never know), and scary because it's the unknown.  We've never built a house before and just don't know what to expect.

All that to say… a new chapter deserves a new blog name.  This time, it's for good.  We're not moving ever again.  Ever.  I wrote that here so that it's set in stone.  (Hear that, husband?)

I'm hoping to launch the new site in April, but I will post all the deets here so don't worry!  I can't wait to bring you all along for the ride!

Monday, February 9, 2015

11 Months: Learning to Cheese It

Can you not just imagine me telling Sydney "Say cheese!" and this being her response?  So funny.  She only sat still long enough for me to snap 4 photos this month, and this was the only decent one out of the lot.

So, 11 months.  Wow.

She started eating lots of different foods this month, and is starting to transition to table food.  Oh my gosh, last night, she ate ALL of her Spanish rice, quite a few black eyed peas and about half of my turkey burger (just the patty).  She loves loves LOVES meat (surprisingly enough as I know a lot of babies do not dig it at all).  She will eat the pepperoni and sausage off of our pizza, and she loves meatballs and taco meat!  Puffs and anything in a pouch are still her favorites though.

She goes to bed around 7:30 and will take 2 naps when she's home with us on the weekend, one around 9:45 a.m. and another around 2 p.m.  When she's at daycare, they only do one nap in the afternoon and boy is she tired when she gets home!  We get home around 5:45 on weeknights and she's getting in the bath by 7, so it's pretty rushed to get her fed and get a little bit of playtime in before bed.  Needless to say, we eat super quick meals these days.  If I had my act together, I would prep a few meals on the weekends that I could just pop in the Crock Pot or heat up really quick when we get home, but you know, I don't think that far ahead.

5 teeth now!

Still not walking, although she's getting closer and closer.

Oh, and she's in a phase where she cries when Steven leaves her at daycare.  I'm just glad I don't have to drop her off, or I'd be crying too.

She's still a Mama's girl, much to Steven's dismay, but really just likes to be held by anyone who will hold her.  She plays this game where she'll go back and forth between the two of us like she can't make up her mind.

She loves Peekaboo and playing with her shape-sorting blocks.

She gives tight hugs when she feels like it, and it's the cutest thing ever.  I call them my sweet baby hugs and I just can't get enough of them.

I do have some rather big news, but I'm going to hold off on spilling the beans for just a little while longer.  It includes big changes here at the blog (and hopefully more blogging in general).  Ooh, I love keeping secrets!

...and no, my news does not include any more babies...


Monday, January 19, 2015

52 hand lettered: one thing to do more often

Miranti, of Pen and Peplum, started an initiative for 2015 entitled The 52 Hand-Lettered Project.  The goal?  To do one hand-lettered piece a week that fits a prompt.  I thought I would join in when I can.  Because it's fun and it gives me an excuse to do a little sketching.

This week's prompt was "one thing to do more often."

I have a hard time not being busy.  It's always go go go and a to-do list a mile long and sometimes I wish I could just… chill.  It's okay if the laundry isn't folded or the dishes aren't put away.  I'm busily planning Sydney's first birthday party (it is going to be so cute, ohmygosh) so that's on my brain constantly, but I'm going to make a concerted effort this week to just be chill.  Go with the flow.  I'm looking forward to the weekend and spending all day Saturday at home.  Maybe working on a project for the almost-1-year-old's party, and maybe organizing under the sink, and okay, maybe that doesn't sound very "chill," but the idea of not washing my hair all day and maybe not even changing my clothes until it's time to go to bed (because wearing the same clothes to bed, then wearing them all day and into bed again is just gross) sounds just glorious.

I included Mickey in the photo above because he's cute and I love him, and it doesn't make any sense, but isn't he adorable?

Friday, January 9, 2015

10 Months

Sydney's 10th month was the BEST.  Her first Christmas and TWO more teeth - they seem to come in twos.  This time, it was her top two, which made it really fun to sing "All I Want for Christmas is my Two Front Teeth."  She had one sleepless night when the first one was poking through, but the second one didn't bother her, as was the case with her bottom two.  Also, lately she has been growing like a WEED.  Can you tell from her 9 month pic to her 10 month?  Her baby thighs are out of control with the cuteness.  I think she'll be walking really soon.  She stands on her own for short periods of time now (when she feels like it) and even when she does hold onto things, she puts almost no weight on them.  

She loves getting into the bathroom trash.  Which is gross.  I have to move it every time she's in our bathroom.  Oh, and the toilet lid must be down or else she will be sticking her hand in the water.

She responds well to "No."  In fact, she's a really great listener.  I don't know who taught her to listen so well, or maybe she was just born that way?  I guess I was always a rule follower, so maybe she'll be the same way.  Let's hope.

She is developing a little bit of sass, though.  Which is funny/cute, but also alarming.  We might have our hands full here soon.

She is so utterly exhausted when we get home from daycare that she requires a small bottle and some cuddle time before she will let me set her down.  She only sleeps about 30 minutes to 1.5 hours at daycare every day, whereas on weekends, she'll take two naps, totaling at least 3 hours.

She loves the My Pal Violet stuffed animal that she got for Christmas.  It's personalized to say her name and her favorite things.  Every time it sings Wheels on the Bus, Syd gets very excited.  For some reason, she loves that song.

We rearranged her room last night, moving her crib to the far wall, and the Expedit shelf to the wall her crib was on.  We made the switch because we got a TV for her room on Black Friday and haven't had anywhere to put it since then.  So now it can sit on top of the Expedit, where we can see it, and more importantly, where she can't reach it from her crib.  It's a Smart TV, so we mostly use it to stream Pandora and Netflix.  It will be nice to have some background noise in her room since we're in there so much!  I'll be sure to post some updated photos of it as soon as I get the decor rearranged!

I hope everyone has a great weekend!  I'm off with my aunt and cousin on a surprise weekend getaway for my birthday.

Oh yeah, I turned 30 last Sunday.

I can hardly believe it.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

christmas tree 2014

Merry Christmas Eve, y'all!

I'm fighting a pretty gnarly cold today, which is super sucky because HELLO TOMORROW IS CHRISTMAS!  I'm just hoping I make a miraculous recovery and am healthy as a horse for Sydney's first Christmas.  Either way, I'm fighting through it and it's not going to ruin my holiday!

So, nothing like waiting until the last possible minute to show you guys my Christmas tree.  This season, for me and for a lot of bloggers it seems, has been the season of less.  I didn't even put out a lot of things.  I went minimal.  And I'm okay with that.

Is my mantelscape perfect?  Far from it, but I love my new pinecone trees pretty hard and thought they deserved a place of honor.

Our new stockings (from Pottery Barn) are my most favorite thing in the Christmas world and I can see me pulling them out year after year and loving them just as much as I do today.  They're classic and big, just the way I like 'em.

The tree is silver and gold, just like it was last year, and I still love it.  I tried to put some red velvet ribbon on it instead of the transparent silver stuff, but it was all wrong.  Some people can put red velvet ribbons on their tree and they look fab.  Me? notsomuch.

I'm thinking next year I'd like to have a tree just decorated with bows.  I'll buy a few different spools of ribbon and just tie bows all over the place (like Jenna Sue - great name btw).  I'll probably have to buy another tree if I want to do that because I'm pushing Steven's limits with my decorative trees already.  Perhaps we'll be in our new house next Christmas (one can hope), and I'll put my bow tree in the front dining room window for the neighborhood to see.  I can see it now.

Anyway, enough daydreaming.  I'll leave you with some extreme Christmas tree bokeh...

...and a cute baby.

I hope you guys have a very Merry Christmas and I'll see you in 2015!

Friday, December 19, 2014

diy snowman wreaths

I have a cute {easy} {cheap} {fun} Christmas craft for you today!

On Black Friday, my mom and I were out shopping (obviously) and happened to pop into A.C. Moore where they had boxes and boxes of faux wreaths in all different sizes for like, suuuper cheap.

I was trying to think of a reason I might need lots of wreaths in different sizes, when I thought of those snowman wreaths that I've seen around the blogosphere!

DUH! I could totally do that and it would be so totally easy.

And it was.

Here's how:

Since I have french doors, all my supplies are doubled, but if you only have one door, then you only need one snowman. (Every time I try to type snowman, I type smownan instead... weird.)

Anywho, grab faux (or real!) wreaths in 3 different sizes.  You'll also need floral wire, wire cutters and velvet ribbon.

I think the smallest wreath was $1 and the largest was $3?  The ribbon was $4 and I already had the wire and wire cutters.

Grab your smallest wreath (the head) and your middle wreath, turn them upside down and put them as close together as you can.

Take your floral wire and wrap it around both wreath forms tightly so they are secured together.

Repeat to wire the middle wreath to the bottom wreath.

Now your snowman needs a scarf.  Cut a length of ribbon about 3-ish yards long and tie it around ol' Frosty's neck.

If you want (and why wouldn't you because it's super cute?), cut the ribbon on the end so it looks like fringe.

Grab a wreath hanger and hang your cute snowman wreath by the head!

Adorable, right?  If you wanted, you could also get crafty and add a top hat (made out of felt, perhaps?), and a carrot nose.  My simplistic version took maybe 10 minutes for both of them.

I didn't do much stoop decorating this year and just kept it simple with my new wreaths and a cute personalized {snowman} sled.

Have a great last weekend before Christmas!

{Wait, what?  Ahhhhhhh!}

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