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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Girls Updated Room Tour

We've lived in our house for over a year, and I think Kinsley and Rylan's room have been 100 different arrangements. Seriously. (I have issues and love to move things around) But I think, but there's always room for improvement, that I have a final product. To say I'm in love is an understatement. Their room is dreamy and girly and what I kind of always dreamed their room would one day look like. But I do still have my eye on beadboard for the bottom of their walls, and an updated fan/light fixture, and if I'm feeling realllll fancy, crown molding. Ya know, just some minor projects ;)

So we decided to make the switch to bunk beds for the girls. I had mentioned them back when we upgraded Rylan to a big girl bed, but Kyle wasn't really on board. And to be honest, I wasn't either but I always had this idea in my head for bunk beds in their room. Fast forward to today, and I knew getting them into their own rooms again was not going to happen, and both beds were taking up all the usable space in their room so we needed a solution. We had talked about getting them one full size bed, but the space issue was still going to be challenging. So I mentioned bunk beds, on a whim, and somehow convinced Kyle it was a good idea. We spent one Sunday searching for beds, what we liked, what we didn't, what would be best for them, and settled on a set from Amazon!

The girls were SO excited to have them built and the first night they were so wound up with excitement it took them for-ever to go to sleep. But they have worked out so well and I am so happy we made the switch. And I mean, there is SO MUCH SPACE in their room now. They can actually play in there, we can actually see what the rug looks like, and it just is perfect to me. Other than the bunk beds, and including some embroidery hoops with greenery in them, all decorations are the same as before. Easy upgrade and it made their room look so, so much better!













Sunday, October 1, 2017

Weston's Room Tour

This is almost 6 months overdue, but I finally feel comfortable enough with sharing Weston's room tour. I've never fully felt like this is done, we are good to go with his room, mainly because it's evolving with him. Collecting treasures along the way, finding new meaningful pieces to fill his shelves and walls, so it never will truly be "finished", but this is a good point to start with in showing you all. 

Weston's room, along with his sisters room, is one of my favorite rooms in our house. I just walk into it and it makes me so happy and grateful and amazed every single day that we have a little boy in our life. I love walking down their hallway and seeing the dresser all three of our kids have used, and how it's last stop in our baby making days got the best makeover of all time. I love rocking him every night in the same rocking chair I used for his sisters, and reliving memories of so many nights with each of them. I love touching all his books, most of which were (again) his sisters, remembering their slobbery fingers touching every item, every page, every word. I love how cheery and happy and woodsy it all is, and all the special pieces we have for him scattered around the shelves and walls. 

Now, I present you his little woodsy inspired nursery!










I already have so many memories in this room. Mainly involving all the kids and how much they love to come in and play in his room when I'm trying to nurse him (and he ends up laughing at everything they do, INSTEAD of eating). Or how Kinsley loves to sit in the little rocking chair and pretend to be a teacher and read to us all. Or how the girls helped me put all the wall decals up. This house will forever be the place our family became complete and we brought our baby Weston home to. And this room, this little room, will be filled with love and life and laughter for many days and years to come. 

Friday, September 22, 2017

Friday Favorites

I think for the first time  in all my blogging history I am doing a Friday Favorites post! There are so many things I am loving, and with fall in the air and three adorable kiddos to dress, I had the urge to join the Friday Favorites cool kids club. 

The Girls
Gosh, I just love all things fall colored for the girls. I love all things fall, period. If I could dress them like pumpkins and kitty cats every day I probably would! One of my favorite dresses they each have are these from Gymboree. The colors, the fit..I love them. Paired with some booties, and it's the perfect fall (in Florida) outfit. 



These Halloween PJ's from Old Navy are seriously cute! 


I love, love love our Plain Jane play gowns for the girls. If I was made of dollar, dollar bills y'all I'd own all of them! Their latest collection with the bell sleeves, and the baseball style, seriously have my heart a flutter. Unfortunately most the styles I really wanted are already sold out, but holy cuteness!


And our latest addition to the sippy cup club are the Munchkin Stainless Steel 360 cups. We've had the regular ones for a while now and LOVE them, but my mom ordered Kinsley the stainless steel ones for school to keep her drink cold all day and they are awesome! We also have the Inch Bug personalized labels to put on them so she doesn't lose them at school. Perfect combination!



The Boy
I never thought I'd be so obsessed with boy stuff as I am. I honestly think shopping for Weston is more fun than the girls! But it could be that I'm slightly obsessed with him and think he's the cutest thing in anything he wears, so that helps ;) I'm on a sweater/fall/winter wardrobe kick lately. I ordered him these pants and this sweater and it's so cozy and comfy!! Plus he looks out of this world handsome in it. 


I don't think I've gotten him a stuffed animal or toy since he's been born. Our girls love Maileg mice and bunny's and when I was searching for Tooth Fairy ideas (Ya know, trying to stay on top of things here), I saw this dinosaur and thought it would be perfect for Weston! It's so incredibly soft and cuddly and he instantly took a liking to it. The girls thing the egg is awesome so it was a 2-in-1 type of gift. 



And the latest baby contraption to be added into the mix at our house had me stalking the UPS man like nobody's business! I was creeping out the window every two seconds, jumping any time I thought I heard his truck pull up to our house, and practically tackled him when he was walking up the driveway with our package. I mean...can you blame me when you see this picture??????
Needless to say, we're obsessed. It's the Combi walker and makes my heart go pitter patter. 

And there we have it for this week!


Sunday, September 17, 2017

Evacu-cation

It's been awhile since I've posted and for very good reason: Hurricane Irma. Kyle and I had kept our eye on Hurricane Irma as it formed, grew bigger and faster and more powerful and saw how a lot of the early predictions had it coming very close to hitting us in Titusville, FL. We had stayed here last year when Hurricane Matthew hit and how scary it was for all of us and knew for our kids sake, we needed to get out of here. Knowing how catastrophic this storm could be, especially if it was to hit us as close as some predictions had said, we couldn't risk it and decided to evacuate to Kyle's Aunt and Uncles house in Tennessee. So we turned lemons into lemonade and made this an evacu-cation. I by NO means am trying to make light of Hurricane Irma, or how many people are still without power, water and a roof over their heads. I feel so deeply for all those people and can't even imagine what they are going through right now. I also want to say that because we did evacuate, we did not forgot about what was going on back home in Florida. It was always, ALWAYS on my mind and while I had tons of distractions and was able to have fun, my heart was always worrying and in some ways felt bad that we all were able to get away and have a little family vacation.

The hurricane was predicted to hit on Sunday night/Monday morning. On Tuesday and Wednesday prior to the hurricane coming, Kyle worked so incredibly hard to get our house ready...putting storm shutters up with his dad, putting all our outdoor furniture in the garage, getting important documents together to take with us, packing all our food up, making snacks and meals to take in the car with us...he was amazing. Like he always is. And we decided to head to Tennessee Thursday afternoon once I was done working. We quickly got the car loaded, I got the kids all ready, Kyle's mom stopped by with goodie bags for the girls for the long car ride, we said our good byes and packed out to the driveway. It's kind of a surreal moment...looking at your house one last time, wondering how it'll weather the storm and what you could possibly come back home to. 

The long, long journey to Tennessee was under way. We knew traffic was pretty bad on the major highways out of Florida, so we opted for a bunch of back roads, that way if I needed to stop to nurse Weston it would be easier to find a place to stop at. The girls did SO, SO amazing- I was honestly surprised. Neither of them have been in a car for longer than 4 hours, so when we're talking 10+ hours, I was worried. And with a baby who nurses like ALL THE TIME, I was anticipating a brutal time. It was surprisingly fun! The girls kept thinking we were on a field trip, and kept asking "what's next mommy???" and "where to next?". We loaded our iPads up with movies for them to watch, lots of snacks and drinks, coloring books, notepads to draw on, etc..  Never once did they complain about being in the car or say they were bored or anything along those lines. It was amazing. We stopped a few times to get Weston fed, and stopped in Savannah to grab dinner. We still had almost 5 hours of driving at that point, and I suggested to Kyle we just find some place to stay for the night. The kids were quickly declining and not knowing if they would actually sleep in the car meant a really, really, really, realllllllly long night for all of us. Well- when everyone and their mom is evacuating, hotels are kind of hard to come by. Kyle's parents finally found us a hotel in South Carolina and around midnight we finally made it to the hotel. By the time we got the car unpacked, the girls ready for bed and Weston fed, it was already 1:00am. The girls thought the hotel was the coolest thing in the world. I mean, it was just a typical hotel room, nothing special, but to them it was amazing! They kept saying "this is the best field trip EVER! We love this hotel!". 

Picking pine cones at the Georgia Welcome Center. And their outfits of choice were on point!





Yes, our kids were obsessed with these masks they got at the outlet mall in Savannah. They were hilarious running around with them on, pretending to be Super Girls. 

By 7:00am Friday we were getting ready to get back on the road en route to Tennessee. We stopped a few times for Weston, to get coffee, to have potty breaks and enjoy the beautiful Tennessee mountains. We made it to his Aunt and Uncle's house around 1:00pm that afternoon and I honestly have never been so happy to see them! Not just because we haven't seen them in a long time, but because it meant NO MORE DRIVING!!!! The girls instantly fell in love with their house, all their animals and the golf cart. Oh the golf cart, how we loved thee. We stayed at their house all afternoon  and night, got settled in, enjoyed one of MANY delicious home cooked southern meals, and got a good nights rest for our fun filled week of exploring Tennessee.

The first morning we woke up, I thought I had died and gone to heaven. It was in the 40's! The weather was absolutely beautiful, Kyle and I took Weston outside to enjoy the view and realize how lucky we were to have family that lives in this piece of heaven. Honestly, I am looking into every possible way we could live there permanently. It's gorgeous!





We got the girls ready, let Weston have one of the best naps he's EVER taken, and headed to Kingsport for a day of fun! We went to a Farmers Market, got some fresh produce, got the girls a few souvenirs including some hand made soap that smells like Fruit Loops (yum!) and then went to grab some hot dogs at Pal's! It's honestly the BEST hotdogs I've ever had...with mustard, onions, chili. The girls ate THREE hot dogs, so kid approved as well! Kinsley got the a point where all she wanted was just the hot dog, not even the bun, haha. 






Then we headed to the coolest carousel I've ever seen. All the animals are hand crafted from wood, each uniquely different with so much detail in them. The girls loved, loved, loved this and probably would have rode on it all day if they could have. After the carousel, we headed to Bays Mountain, which is a place Kyle wanted the girls to go as he used to go there in the summer as a boy growing up. Again, the coolest outdoor park I've ever been to. They had all kinds of animal attractions to walk around and see. The girls had a blast, and even got to hear a wolf call go on. I wanted to take the park back home to Florida with me- it was so awesome!! When we got back to his Aunt and Uncle's house, it was perfect timing for Kinsley to get to ride in the tractor and the girls to ride on dirt bikes. Just kidding, they didn't actually ride on it, but they sure did look cute on them. 










That night we got to spend some time with Kyle's cousin and his girlfriend and laugh our booties off, enjoy good food (there's a trend here that every meal his Aunt made us was AH-MAZING!) and spend some much needed time just relaxing, although when all you watch is the hurricane news it's hard to fully "relax" knowing your hometown of Ft. Myers was about to slammed with Hurricane Irma. I went to bed trying to stay as optimistic as I could, prayed for my mom and family to stay safe and that it wasn't as bad as predicted.

The next morning I woke up to see the Hurricane has shifted more west and had lost some of its strength which was AMAZING news!!! Still, it was a really bad hurricane to be stuck in and everyone wasn't in the clear by any means. After checking in with my mom knowing they were all safe, but without power, I could let out a sigh of relief. 

We spent the morning around their house, riding the golf cart, feeding their horse and laughing at their cows. I took pictures around their property because it's just so darn pretty. In case you haven't picked up on it yet, I love their house and country living. 












Later in the morning we took the girls to the most amazing (seriously) park I've ever seen. It was themed around Narnia, and was the most well kept, clean and beautiful playground I've seen. We only did a little bit there, but could have easily spent the whole day there. It was gorgeous! That night we enjoyed playing outside at their house and Kinsley got to get on the horse. Dream made!




The next day, Monday, we had a slow start to the day. We lounged around the house, the girls got their nails painted by Aunt Patty, and later in the day we took the kids to see more horses and run around. I've never seen two girls so happy in their life to just enjoy being outside. Fresh air, nature, animals...it's like their love language. And mine, too. I swear this trip was just what my soul needed.















Tuesday was another low-key kind of day. We headed out to get some fresh air and celebrated Kyle's dad and brothers birthday by eating Pal's, yet again. I may have taken a picture of my delicious hot dog to send to my father-in-law, just to brag a little ;) I'm sure he loved that! We ran around another park to get some energy out of the girls. We also did something really special and went to visit our great grandparents grave. It was Kyle's idea, and it was so special to take the kids to see their resting place and share this moment with them. Definitely was a highlight of the trip for me. When we got back to their house, the girls ran and ran and ran like crazy outside until dinner time. I just loved seeing their little legs running so fast outside, with the beautiful scenery and the sound of their laughter everywhere. 











Wednesday was our last day in Tennessee before he headed back home.  We took the girls to play putt putt at a course Kyle's dad used to work at and play at. Pretty cool to be able to show the girls around all these places that were so meaningful to Kyle's dad, and Kyle as well. We met up with Kyle's other Aunt and Uncle who live there, went to lunch with them and took the girls for 1 last carousel ride. It was kind of bittersweet to realize this was going to be it. We let the girls pick out a souvenir from the carousel (Kinsley got a stuffed fox and Rylan got a horse) and they were so happy. We certainly ended our outing on a good note. We had one last delicious home cooked meal, gave the kids one last bath there and after the kids were asleep had a great time chatting and laughing with family. I didn't want to think about how we had to go back home because I knew it would make me start to cry. 


Thursday morning we had an early breakfast, loaded up the car, and hit the road around 8:00am. Honestly, I was fighting back tears big time. I hate goodbyes. Always have, always will. I've gotten good at holding it in, but man I wanted to just sob I was so sad. Being with family for the week, a break from reality for a few days, was what I needed more than I really knew. And to go back to reality kind of bummed me out. The drive back was long. Very long. But it really didn't seem that long. After numerous stops to feed Weston, sitting in traffic and getting dinner, we made it back to our house at 10:00pm. That's over 14 hours of being in a car! Thank goodness we were able to come home to a house that had power, and to sleep in our own beds again was pretty glorious. 
Is this not just beautiful?! Enjoying a gorgeous drive back home. I was so sad to leave this behind.

Thankfully, our house weathered the hurricane just fine. We had no damage and were able to come home to a house with power and a/c and water. I know lots of people weren't that fortunate and still are without power! We also were blessed that my father-in-law, mother-in-law and brother-in-law went over to take our hurricane shutters off, turn all the power on for us, get the house cooled off  and clean out our fridge all before we got home Thursday night. It certainly was a nice perk to be able to see the sun shine the next day, and not worry about having to take all those shutters off or clean out bad food. Our city of Titusville did get some serious damage. Lots of docks by the river are either completely gone or have been severely damaged. We drove around town tonight and were shocked by some of the areas! Lots of areas in our city still don't have power, or are very close to getting it back on.  We were very, very blessed and I am very thankful for that! We've heard from lots of people who stayed that this hurricane was much more scary and intense than when Hurricane Matthew came through last year. The sounds outside were much scarier, and that reassured me that we made the right decision to leave. I know the kids would have been so scared having to listen to that and to be without power for days was just not something I was willing to risk. It all worked out for us and we benefited from a much needed vacation.