Sunday, February 22, 2015

Freshen Things Up!

When February hit, it was like I had Spring fever and needed to do updates around my house ASAP.  Do you ever feel like you have to have change RIGHT NOW? :)

Nathan helped me create a practical entry area since we don't have a coat closet <

I had a console table here previously so it was moved to the back wall of my kitchen.  I had a desk here previously so this small table really helps this space feel bigger. (and less cluttered!) >

My desk was moved into the laundry room.  The photo isn't beautiful or maybe even staged well, but this is my space for my little office stuff and I'm enjoying it already! <

In the middle of all of this, I sold the buffet I was using in our dining room to a friend.  I didn't have anything to replace it with yet so it's contents cluttered our kitchen table for several weeks until I found something else.  This wasn't even what I originally thought I wanted for this space, but I am so happy I went with something light (in color) and smaller than my previous buffet.  Now to just get my new mirror hung up so this wall is finished (once again). >

I don't feel like I have very many ways to rearrange my living room, but I NEEDED a change in here!  I normally don't want it to feel closed off from the dining room or kitchen, but I just went for it and I'm enjoying the cozy feel so far.  See my little photo bomber on the couch?!  I interrupted him watching Mickey Mouse! :)
Whew...after all that I was exhausted, but now we get to sit back and enjoy all the little inexpensive updates we were able to do just by changing things up!

Friday, February 20, 2015

What I Wore | January Review

I've gotta admit, I've been lazy when it comes to wearing anything cute lately.  I'm over all of the layers and it is just TOO cold to get my brain cells functioning in the morning :)  I try really hard to keep motivated EVEN during the winter, but this winter is testing me!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

A Florida Getaway

Towards the end of January, I had a 3 day work trip to Florida.  Leaving the Indiana winter to spend a few days in Florida was welcomed...whew, we've gotten little reprieve from the freezing cold lately!
 The hotel was gorgeous and had such beautiful grounds to explore.  It only ended up being in the 60s while were there, but compared to the 19* it was at home, I'd take it any day! :) 
The best part of my trip was that my Momma was able to tag along with me!  My Aunt only lives 30 minutes from where we would be staying so she came over and we had meals, shopping  & a slumber party in my room!  Never too old for that, right?!
 Now if we can just get out of the single digits at home...brrrrrrr :/

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Chase is 21 Months!

21 Months
We are having so much fun with Chase at this stage.  He is such a big boy and so easy to interact with.  He has a mind of his own and an ornery little personality to go along with it! :)

  • He is a busy boy!  Enjoys his toys and helping out with chores around the house.
  • He has a new obsession with Mickey Mouse and loves to watch Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.  That's about the only cartoon he even pays attention to.
  • He got a little table & chairs for Christmas and that has become his go to place for eating his snacks & meals.  No more highchair!
  • He is still a good sleeper {thank goodness!} and sometimes will just lay in there and sing & talk for awhile after he wakes up in the mornings.
  • Chase loves music and loves to sing.  He has started raising his hand {praising God} when we sing in church.  It is the sweetest thing since he is so innocently copying others around him!
  • Chase is saying SO many words now.  He's starting to put words together and really learn how to communicate.
  • He loves going to his Mama's house throughout the week.  My Mom still has him Mon-Weds and my Mother-in-Law's has him on Thurs.  He gets plenty of spoilin'
  • I thoroughly enjoy my Friday at home with Chase!  Not only is it my day to get things done, I enjoy the extra time with my little buddy.
  • Chase has really taken to Hunter {our dog} and Hunter has finally calmed down around him.  Chase will pet and hug him now...I can just see them playing together in the yard this summer! It's going to be so nice to get out and have some fresh air!
  • Chase is doing good at feeding himself.  He loves tomatoes, cottage cheese, broccoli and yogurt.  Sometimes he can be a good eater and other times I struggle to get him to eat much.  
  • He loves to put his hands together when we pray and then he'll yell AMEN when we are finished!
  • Chase loves to play ball.  If one ball was his only toy, I swear he would be totally satisfied!  He will point to the floor and tell you to "sit" so you can throw the ball with him.
  • Chase has now had his 3rd haircut.  We gave him his last one at home and it was kind of scary - well, Chase was terrified and we were just trying to get it done and make sure he didn't look awful.  It's getting us by until I have to have a stranger {Cookie Cutters} try again.
  • Chase is in size 5 diapers.  We just bought a potty chair and some Mickey Mouse underwear to start the potty training process...eeks!
  • Chase wears some 24 months shirts and 18 months pants.  He is in size 5 shoes.  It's so fun to buy clothes for him at this stage :)
  • Chase is still VERY afraid of strangers.  It is pretty neat though to see him recognize our friends, family and church people and he is learning to say their names.
  • We just went to his first little party {Valentine's}.  He thought he was so big running around playing with all of the other kids!

 Pretty much as long as he's with his Dada...he's perfectly happy.  Momma's pretty good to snuggle with at nap or night time, but Dada's #1 any other time!
...and I couldn't be happier that he admires his Dada so much!

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Surprise Cupcakes

I did a lot of baking {and eating} over my Christmas vacation.  We were getting together with some friends on Saturday evening so I thought I'd try to make some yummy cupcakes for our dessert.  I was on a mission to use things from my pantry and this is what I came up with...
Strawberrry cupcakes, strawberry jam filling with whipped topping for the icing.
And oh they were yum!
Now I just want to try variations of this with other flavors.  
I foresee a diet needed by summer :)

Saturday, January 10, 2015

What I Wore | December Review

Thankfully we had a few mild days in December.  My bag for the month was so versatile...perfect size for carrying everything I need on the go.  It was a month of mixing old & new pieces. 

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Where did December go??

I think December got skipped or something because a whole month has passed and I don't feel like I remember it happening!

Work was pretty busy during the month of December and I knew I had time off coming up so it felt like I just couldn't get things done quick enough.  I was out of the office for a week and a half at the end of the month and it was wonderful!
We started out our Christmas festivities by participating in a Live Nativity at our church.  We worked in the toddler Jesus scene.  Chase was the perfect age for this and did great.  He was a bit nervous about his first acting gig here :)
Next, my husband's business partner (and our friends) celebrated by going to dinner together.  We had a gift certificate to Ruth Chris and it proved to be a lovely evening with our friends!
 I think by now Chase was getting wore out with our hectic schedule.  He was either fighting off a cold or teething, but went through a couple of days of just wanting to cuddle in Momma's bed.  I really enjoy the cuddles and he's growing up so quick that I don't really mind these times one bit!
 Our 1st family Christmas was with Nathan's family.  Chase got all kinds of goodies! (including this drum set) He had so much fun playing with his big cousins while we were at Grandma Randall's.
 Christmas at Mama Herring's was fun and by now, Chase understood what this present thing was all about!
For the first year (in forever) we were able to have a relaxing day at home on Christmas day.  We all slept in, opened presents and just relaxed all day.  It was perfect! 
 At end of the month, we took a quick trip out to Kansas to visit our new niece, Maisy.  She is so tiny and perfect...we enjoyed every second we were able to love on her!  Since it is a 10 hour drive, we decided to drive through the night so Chase would (hopefully) sleep most of the trip.  And it worked like a charm.  He did so well!
 Once we got home, we were all worn out so we decided to enjoy a few low-key days @ home to help us all get feeling better.  Lots of sleep & football were enjoyed during those days :)

...and that's a wrap!  Somehow we did Christmas shopping, baking, work, parties, wrapping, decorating and living during this time as well.

Now I'm in this frame of mind...
have less
do more
be more!

The New Year clean out is what I'm concentrating on now :)