Thursday, August 21, 2014

Home Tour: Living Room...Help us decide!

Settling and decorating our home is one of the several things that’s kept us busy this past year and half. We did a lot at first with big ticket items like rugs, furniture, paint etc….but then backed off to have James and are now starting to get back into the details. There are empty walls that need to be filled, window treatments that need to be hung, lighting to be changed out and even a few totally empty rooms still. And I should mention it all takes forever to do because I don’t have one of those “whatever you want hunny” husbands. Hunter is OPINIONATED when it comes to his home…everything takes convincing and I have to show him exactly what it’s going to look like before it gets done. The man has zero ability to be able to imagine what something will look like. However, I am grateful he has an opinion because I do think it keeps me from doing things like picking out hot pink guest room bedding and then regretting it months later (true story).

I’m going to start a home tour series…focus on one room or hallway etc at a time and hope it helps me also complete these areas!

First up is the living room, where we spend most of our time! Enjoy the pictures but at the end help us decide on what to put on the bare wall above the couch!

Our original idea was this….
and I still really like this option. Hunter on the other hand wants to do art work. My fear with art is we already have so much going on with the pillows, rug, and wall color it needs to be simple art which is hard to find. I feel like I would want abstract and have been looking along these lines….

What do you all think? Mirror or Art?

Couches: Macys
Coffee Tables: Ballard Designs
Rug: Potterybarn
Wingback chairs and Trunk between them: Potterybarn
Floor Lamps: Potterybarn Outlet
Pillows: Etsy, Target, and Potterybarn
Floor Basket: Serena and Lilly
Decor: Mostly Homegoods

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

James Penn's Baptism Weekend

I have the urge to blog! So you know what... I'm gonna just go with it. Maybe this means I'm back, maybe it doesn't. I have NO idea! Only time (and how much time I have) can tell. But if I can find the time I truly miss what a great outlet it was for me. It helps me process all that is going on in our lives, allows me to look back and count our blessings when life gets crazy. And most importantly helps us keep out of town family in touch with our lives and be able to see the boys grow all too fast.

Where do you pick up when you haven't blogged in over a year? Well, there is no way in heck I can catch everyone up on the past year so how about we start out with last weekend. :)

We baptized James Penn and had lots of family and friends in town to help us celebrate this joyous occasion and baby! Of course, I didnt take any pictures of his cute cupcake cross, or the yummy food we made, or our pretty wedding china we used, I have some work to do if I am going to get back into this blogging thing. I used to take a ton of pictures and just don't anymore...perhaps knowing I want to blog about an event or the kids will force me to pick up the camera a little more often too.

So without further a-do, James's baptism weekend.

Thursday night started out with a rare and I mean RARE mama's night out. After a happy hour with co-workers I had to a besties birthday party. Happy Happy Birthday KV!! xo
Mom and Dad also came into town Thursday night. Friday Mom and I had a nice mother/daughter day shopping while Papa and James held down the fort.
Friday night we went to the club house for all you can eat crab legs.
We live on a golf course and our house is literally right across the street from the club house. We love to go eat outside there and while we wait for food Hunter IV and V work on their golf game over on putting green....
After dinner and the kids we're down we enjoyed drinks on the back deck (this is our pretty status-quo friday/sat night). Love this Mama of mine!

Saturday Dad and Hunter got up and attempted to take Hunter V for a hair-cut. HUGE I mean HUGE fail! Hunter V is PETRAFIED of getting hair cuts so we have been cutting it at home. He's been getting better with allowing us to cut it at home so we thought maybe just MAYBE he might be ready to go back to a barber. Hunter said he stepped one foot into the barber shop and froze. Enough said.
While the boys we're off failing miserably at getting haircuts Mom and I cleaned house and prepped for James's baptism celebration.
Saturday afternoon, Hunter's family hosted us at their condo on Lake Norman, including a nice long boat ride. Little man LOVES to "go ride big-daddy's boat" He also Loves to swim in the lake!
Just seeing Hunter, Papa (my dad), and Big-Daddy (my father-in-law) all interact together with Hunter V really gets you to thinking how blessed my boys are to have such great men in their lives who are true role models and love them so much!
Sunday morning was James's baptism. We woke up, prepped a few things for the party afterwards and headed off to church.

After church we had a little celebration at our house. Everything was beautiful, and huge thanks to all our family and friends who came out to show their love and helped with the party! God is so GOOD!

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Deep Breaths

A firetruck just left me house. I locked the baby in the car this morning.

I put baby in car, got in the drivers seat, turned on the car and baby spilled his cheerios. He was saying "uh oh," "uh oh". "Mommy will pick them up baby, its okay." I get out of the car to go pick up cheerios and my elbow hit the lock button as I was climbing out. The door closes.

I freaked out a little, tears started running, but mainly went straight into action knowing it would take a while for anyone to get there to help us. I first called a locksmith. They said it would take them too long to get there and I should call 911. One 911 call later a firetruck was at our house in 5 mintues.

I mean you can't make this stuff up. It was a scene straight out of a trashy romance novel. Three HOT fireman all suited up come walking down the driveway, unlock the car, and hand me my rescued baby. Thank you gentlemen, can I offer you a beverage? Haha, just kidding...I didn't offer them a beverage. But they were cute, and they did resuce my baby and I am SO grateful it was fairly quickly.

Baby was pretty upset he didn't understand why he was in the car and all these people were around the car without coming into the car with him. It was scary I'm sure. He's okay though, Mommy's okay, and now we have a story to tell. I'd rather NOT have this story to tell. But it is what it is and lessons learned. (keep a spare key in the house)

The Fireman started playing with Jake (our golden retriever) on their way out...Jake was sad to see them go and DESPERATELY wanted to spend the day with them. They said "come on boy," and wished Jake would be thier fire dog.

Of course hubby is happy because this didn't end up costing him anything. Our tax dollars hard at work. Thanks Fireman! Can I offer you a beverage? ;)

Oh...I have to add. Baby had asked for raisins that morning but I gave him cheerios instead. My child is OBSESSED with raisins asking for them all the time but I'm afraid of all the sugar in them and that his teeth are going to rot out from them. Needless to say, after our little got him some raisins :) sweet boy!

Thursday, May 16, 2013

A beautiful evening...

Sometimes all it takes to get out of our ruts is to just mix up the old routine a little bit. Spontaniously.

Wake up, shower, get ready, wake baby up, get him ready, take hubby to work, take baby to work, take myself to work, work. Pick up baby, pick up hubby, go home, make dinner, feed baby, feed Jake, give baby bath, read him books, put him to bed. Feed ourselves, do laundry, pick up toys, clean kitchen, vacuum jake hair. Does this routine sound familar to anyone else? Pretty sure it does to most working moms.

Last night for our anniversary we dicedied to mix up the ole routine, last minute. We made the plan to have a picnic on The Green after work with baby instead of heading home right away. I didn't have anything prepped for baby and I didnt want to picnic in my work clothes. So I picked up baby from school and we headed to target. I bought a comfy maxi dress to throw on, grabbed some champagne, plastic glasses, bubbles and a ball for baby to play with, cheese crackers and some chic-fil-a. Off we went to The Green (a grassy park area in the center of the city). Baby and I set up shop and dad met us there when he got off work. It was lovely. We sipped champagne, ate cheese and crackers, baby had space to run around, we didnt want to leave. It was a great way to mix up our old routine and celebrate three years of marriage.

Added bonus - on the way back to the car baby fell alseep in the stroller so we strolled right into Brixx and had dinner while baby slept. He slept 2 hrs in his stroller while we enjoyed a night out. Thanks little man - Mommy and Daddy owe you one!! xo

We may have to do picnics for dinner more often, I'm feeling refresed today loving the little things!

And sorry no pictures with this post...we didnt take any pictures either which is always nice for a change :) Like Hunter says..."babe remember it in your head, you dont have to take a picture of everything" :) I'll remember this night in my head!

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Happy Anniversary to US

Happy Anniversary to US. It's been a fun three years! A new baby, a new house, Both of us with new jobs. I must say life is going just as I imagined it would and I couldnt feel more blessed. That's not to say it's easy, cause lawd knows it's not. But it's perfect.

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Kristin Vining Photography

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Now what comes with anniversaries or birthdays and mothers days for that matter. Presents! Well... for most people that is.

Truth is the husband and I don’t do gifts. At least for the past 4 holidays/events we haven’t done gifts. Really I’m not even sure how we got here and would like to discuss putting an end to it. BUT – if he WERE to get me a gift or if he needed some ideas for a gift for me I could help him out. It would look something like this....

Gifts for self improvement. You know reading, books, things that will make me smarter and a better person. (Or make my coffee table look prettier):
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Gifts of home decor:

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Gifts of fashion:
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Wouldnt these be cute by the pool with a bathing suit!
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A white blazer...
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and throw in this comfy cozy cute grey one while your at it.

Gifts of Beauty:
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Tarte 12 hr blush!
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A clarisonic Mia - I'm way behind on this one. Need to jump on this boat fast!

Well what can I say I'm not a hard girl to please :) Oh wait, how could i forget...also I'd like a very pracical hand bag. You know something I can carry everywhere. Something I can stick my work laptop in and carry to work, yet still go out with and be stylish. Something I can use as a diaper bag and fill to the brim with baby stuff and also use as my purse. Here's a suggestion...

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I said practical, not cheap :)

Oh it's fun to dream....

Happy Anniversary Hunter, I love you ALWAYS AND FOREVER! Thanks for the kiss this morning :)

oh...btw for my readers most of these items can we found at and