Archive for June 2011

On the road again

June 27, 2011

Hi everyone! I'm writing from California this morning...I am busy helping my mom pack up her house so we can move her out to Michigan. Crazy right? We have a TON of stuff left to pack before the moving company comes tomorrow....so please send prayers our way that we finish in time!

We are so sad to be leaving her beautiful house, but we know we have many fun adventures ahead of us. On Saturday some of my mom's work friends threw her the nicest going away dinner. They had such wonderful and sweet things to say about my mom...it was SO cute! We also had a family going away party yesterday and it was so nice to see everyone.

My mom and I will be driving across the country on Wednesday, so wish us luck! We are traveling with her dog and cat...so there are sure to be some interesting adventures in store for us. I fully plan to share all the fun moments on the blog...so stay tuned!

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Just Keep Swimming

June 20, 2011

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a fun and relaxing weekend. The husband and I spent the weekend up at my mom's lake house. We rode around on the boat, cooked hot dogs and corn on the cob, and made some yummy s'mores. It was the perfect relaxing get-away.

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We also let Wrigley go swimming in the lake...and he was in heaven!


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I think he would live in the water if we let him.

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In other news, the husband some how managed to score us free HBO for a year...and do you know what that means?
 True Blood!!!! I missed all of last season but am able to catch up thanks to on demand. Season 4 starts this Sunday and I am so excited!

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Random Photos from California

June 9, 2011

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Even though it was emotionally draining, I had a great time in California. My mom always takes me to some new fun place to eat. We started the trip off right with a visit to a country BBQ place. Fried pickles and sweet tea? Yes please!

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While I was visiting I helped my mom sort things so that we could have a massive garage sale. We spent four days going through all of our junk. My mom kept every single toy I had ever had...so it took a lot of time. And of course the kid in me wanted to play with everything. Did anyone else have The Littlest Pet shop toys? This isn't even half of what I had!
It seems like these toys are selling well on ebay so this lot is what I decided I could part with.....plus it was a good excuse to set all of them up one last time!

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They are just too cute for words. Hopefully I'll have a daughter who will enjoy playing with them some day. 

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I didn't get a chance to take photos of the garage sale goods until it was almost over. I can't believe we still had SO much stuff left over! Our goal was to sell the big stuff: piano, couch, dining set, bookcases, and dressers...and we did! 

That's my cousin sitting on the ground going through records and my aunt standing to his right. They were a huge help to us that day. The best part (other than the cash we made) was seeing some old friends who stopped by. Both Erin and Abby came, as well as some mom's of a few of my other friends....so good to catch up! Too bad I didn't take any photos.

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My mom's dog Sydney was really confused by all of the boxes. She's getting old and not used to so much activity. 

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She was doubly confused when I tried to take a photo of her wearing my old pink boots. Oops. I settled for a photo of them next to her...and she was scared of them the rest of the week.

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Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes

June 7, 2011

I have learned recently that I don't do well with change. I like predictability and the comfort of knowing I'm in control. This week I've been in California with my mom helping her prepare for a huge change....she's officially moving to Michigan to be closer to me and the husband! I am beyond excited to have my mom, who is my best friend, close by. It has been really hard to start my life in Michigan with out her with me. As happy as I am about her move, a part of me is really sad too. She will be leaving the house I grew up in and a place she's called home for a long time. I love that house and am having a hard time saying goodbye. She's not selling it right away, so that helps a bit but still it's hard, you know?

I came out to California to help my mom pack and have a huge garage sale. We spent the week cleaning out my massive closet, organizing old toys and books (she kept everything!) and making memories. And we only cried two times! That has got to be a record.

We did come across a few awesome finds while we were sorting everything.

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Um hello, I  had a Prince William book? I don't remember having this but I do remember being OBSESSED with him. I mean, look at that face? I wanted to marry him so bad. Too bad he's not as cute any more...oh and married. 

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Look what my mom found! Vintage mason jars that were my grandma's. I may or may not have done a little happy dance when she showed me. 

We also found all of my old journals from elementary school and middle school. I'll have to share some of those genius entries another time. Something that did give us a laugh was this letter to my Grandma that we found. She saved every single card and letter I sent her....so adorable. 

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I have no idea why I was hoping my Grandma wasn't tird (tired) but it was hilarious anyway. 

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My green thumb...or not

June 2, 2011

I do not have a green thumb at all. Most plants and flowers I buy usually die...unless they are the kind that can tolerate going from being watered every day to being watered whenever I remember. Luckily I've discovered a few Julie-friendly plants and flowers to help make our house look pretty.

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I did step outside the box and picked up a dahlia. I want to make sure I capture it's prettiness before I kill it.

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I also made some hanging baskets...once they fill in they'll be pretty. I hope!

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My three "helpers"

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Black or White?

June 1, 2011

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It's been a week and a half and we've made some big progress on our bathroom remodel! The shower is almost completely tiled.

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The pictures really don't do it justice...it looks so nice and so much bigger now.

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The old ugly mirror is finally down too. Here's where I need some advice. I keep changing my mind and can't decide if I want the cabinets painted black or white. I originally wanted white and then switched to black because i thought it would be too much white in the bathroom. The floors are going to be gray/white marble and the counter top is gray/white speckles. We are going to put a small mirror up above each sink...either black or white depending on the cabinets. The bathroom is really small and has no window...so it gets very little light.

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This is the photo Molly photoshoped for me so that I could see what it would all look like together. And I still love it. It's just that every bathroom photo that I love has white cabinets and I just can't get it out of my mind. Check out my Pinterest bathroom pins HERE.  Oh and the walls will be a pale blue-green color...that I have yet to pick out. If anyone has a color that they love, let me know! So I guess I need your thoughts....black or white? Should I go with my gut and pick white? Or try something different with black?

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