Friday, March 28, 2014


Another new update to the house!

On a recent visit to Charleston, Brian's dad brought us a china cabinet that was 'leftover' from the furniture store. We were thrilled to take it off his hands!

The funny thing is that it looks very similar to our master bedroom furniture, although it's not the same manufacturer oddly enough. I couldn't wait to fill it with our inherited fine china, as well as a few other pieces that we are happy to have on display! The storage below is much-needed also.

Even though it fits perfectly on one wall of the room, it did require some rearranging of the rest of the space! We lived with it for a few days as is, but then in an effort to improve the flow through the room, we tried rotating the table, chairs, and rug by 90 degrees.

Once the table was rotated, it seemed there were still some problem areas, so we shifted the glass cabinet to the opposite wall of it's corner.

Then we had to find a new home base for the highchair, which displaced one of the Risom chairs to the bedroom!

The room still feels a little off-balance to me, but it would require finding a new piece of furniture for the dining room, which we don't have the money or energy for at the moment.

For reference, here's a shot of the room before... 

And way back when the wall was still there...

Friday, March 21, 2014


Hello family & friends!

So you may have noticed a few updates around here! I decided to spiff up the blog a little bit, make a few changes with the help of Crafty Lil Fox, who I found on Etsy! It's definitely going to take some getting used to on my part, but so far I'm digging the cleanliness of it all. 

Also, in an effort to keep this whole blog thing going, I'm going to *try* to write at least once a week! Not necessarily a long, drawn-out, here's-what's-been-happening-the-past-week post, but rather small updates here and there that we may have forgotten to touch on along the way. 

So without further ado, here's a little update that we made over 2 months ago!!

You may remember our original rug in the living room, when we moved into the house. I picked it out at World Market, and my mom bought it as a house-warming present! I loved it, However, it was a shag carpet, and was white/off-white, and we quickly learned that it was impossible to clean since you couldn't actually vacuum it. It had to be swept... and with 2 cats at the time, and lots of foot-traffic through the space, it ultimately did not survive. So sad. 

I won't go into great detail about what actually happened to the rug, only to say that there was a cat involved, and the rug's departure was rather rushed. In an effort to get something on the floor, we moved the rug from the guest bedroom into the living room as a 'temporary fix'. This was almost 2 years ago. 

The problem with the 'new' rug from the guest bedroom was that it didn't really match the decor, and it still posed the same problem as the original rug, which was the size. We quickly realized that the rug was way too small for the room. Especially with a little one who likes to play in the main living space of our home, we needed something bigger that would fill the room more appropriately. Well, my friends, rugs are expensive!

But rugs on RugsUSA are not too terribly expensive, especially when they are 70% off + free shipping! When I discovered those two little facts, I was all about it! So that's when we ordered our new rug!

Honestly, we couldn't be happier! It's still in the shedding phase... no matter how much I vacuum it, it sheds like crazy, but it feels so crisp and clean, and HUGE! So there you have it, a little update that makes a world of difference! Have a great weekend and happy Spring!

Friday, March 7, 2014

Month 16

Happy 16-months!
And a very happy 5th birthday to Ellie!
We celebrated last weekend at her "Frozen" party!
At "Pump It Up", a very cool jumping/climbing/sliding place.

And Daddy's birthday is tomorrow, so happy birthday to him!
And a happy birthday to Aunt KK as well!
Sheesh... that's a lot of celebrating!

We also celebrated Papa's Retirement, Valentine's Day,
 and Mardi Gras since the last post!

We've taken two road trips... one to Monroe and one to Spartanburg,
where you channeled the drummer from Poison...

chilled out in a miniature recliner...

and took a spin in your old bouncy seat...

We also had a visit from Onnie!

Daddy and I had a Parent's Night Out, thanks to daycare,
and we went to Bowen's Island for some delicious oysters.

Hallelujah, Matilda's walking!
It finally happened on a recent trip to Georgia,
being around all your big cousins got you motivated, I guess!
You are definitely on the move, and there's no more crawling.

You are growing up my girl!
Drinking strictly out of sippy cups now,
no more bottles.

Now my concern shifts to talking.
You've started saying a few more things here and there.
"more" and "uh oh" are still your favorite words,
but there are others thrown into the mix, like
"kitty", "deer", "duck", along with your usual "guh"...
which can mean anything from girl to yogurt.

Also, when you eat, you'll sometimes do this
funny little "oh well/all gone" move after each bite...