that time we finished half of a project

Things are moving right along in true start-of-the-year fashion. The hideous yellow walls in the office/play-craft room are now gone after my awesome husband primed and painted a nice clean and crisp white yesterday. We have to do one more coat on the walls, freshen up the trim and the doors and paint the ceilings and we can mark that off of our to-do list. Once the paint is dry, there are just a few more things to do before I can start moving in. So. Excited! I’ll do a post with our progress once the painting is done.

One of the items on my 2013 to-do list was to basically make a mini mudroom on this really awkward wall right inside our front door. My vision was to hang a shelf to display whatever my current obsession was, add coat hooks underneath that and build a bench with baskets that would hold hats, scarves, toys, etc. I would post a link to the original post, but I’m not entirely sure that I did one because I can’t find it. Oh well.

Anyways, it took us awhile to get around to it but we finally got the shelf up right before Millie’s birthday. It turned out exactly how I pictured it would, but styling it has proved a little harder than I expected. Which is silly that I thought it would be easy, because I have no idea what I am doing and my idea of decorating is throwing a bunch of stuff together.  I’m having problems adding enough items to add dimension and height without looking cluttered. It’s a work in progress, for sure.

IMG_5153I found these lights randomly at Target one day and fell in love with them. My only issue with them is the extra long cords that hang down, and I’m not sure how to disguise them. Any suggestions? Right now, we still have a bit of a winter theme going on. Mostly because I wasn’t ready to say goodbye to Christmas, but also because everything else I have screams spring and summer. Although, I think Cupid is whispering sweet nothings in my ear because I have been randomly picking up Valentines Day decorations the past few times I’ve been out and about.



The print was a Christmas gift for Sean purchased here and the frame was another awesome Target find. Seriously, I have a Target problem.

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{please excuse the candlesticks that are screaming to be polished}

I have had the picture of Amelia framed for a long time and couldn’t quite decide where to hang it. I’m a little bit of a crazy person when it comes to putting holes in the wall to hang things. I know how much time and energy we spent cleaning, repairing and painting so I have to be absolutely SURE that whatever I hang is going to live there for a long, long time. This picture of her just makes me happy. I just picked up another frame that I am going to swap with this white one to fit better with my “theme”, whatever that is.

IMG_5159There you have it. Half of the project we started last year. I will spare you the bottom half of this wall, because right now it is bad. A random coffee table that has turned into a catch-all for basically everything we want to ditch. Hopefully when the weather warms up, we can finally build the bench! And kitchen table, and craft table, and…


18 months

It’s been awhile since I have done an update on my little Miss Millie, and I thought her 18 month milestone would be the perfect opportunity to check in. So much has changed since she turned one, it’s hard to keep track of it all. Every day, she does something or learns something new and it is so awesome to see. She really never ceases to amaze me with how much she changes and evolves into this tiny little person with seriously the best personality.


From the second she was born, Millie has always been an awesome sleeper. We have been down to one 2-3 hour nap a day for a few months now and she still sleeps around 13-14 hours a night. I’m not even kidding. She goes to bed around 7:30 every night and wakes up around 8:30-9:30 every day. It is the most amazing thing ever. I mean, I don’t want to brag, but I don’t feel like I have been sleep deprived because of her since she started sleeping through the night at 2 months. She definitely gets that from her dad’s side of the family, and I’m not even mad about it.


Millie is still eating like a champ, and is only picky about a few things. She’s really not a huge fan of meat, unless it is covered in ketchup or barbeque sauce or if it is from a restaurant. I don’t know what it is, but she will always eat meat when we are out and about. She loves fruit (mostly bananas and grapes) pretty much all kinds of veggies (especially tomatoes, avocados and green beans), eggs, pancakes, goldfish and spices. Holy cannoli is she her daddy’s daughter. Some of the things she will eat amazes me because it is so spicy! We haven’t really come across anything she really hates, but she will have days where she won’t eat something that she used to love. I can’t say I blame her, I am the same way sometimes. She is weighing in at a whopping 28 lbs, which isn’t far off from where she was at her 12 month appointment and I adore every single one of her baby rolls. Some people just love to pipe up and tell me how chunky she is, and I can’t help but laugh. To me, she is absolute perfection.


Amelia is babbling all.the.time. now. It’s still hard to make out what she is saying most of the time, but she does have her own words or signs for certain things that we have figured out. She says “ma” for milk and more, “baba” for water, “ouigi” for Luigi the Frog and “ha” with her hand to her mouth for hot. She knows the sign for more, please and thank you. She does this thing where she walks into the kitchen on her tippie toes to look on the counter while dramatically rubbing her belly like “mama, I am soooo hungry!!”. Girl after my own heart! She has just recently started carrying on full conversations with us using the same words over and over again with huge hand gestures and facial expressions. We have absolutely no idea what she is saying, but I have a feeling that we’ll figure it out before too long. All I know is, it is absolutely adorable.

Millie's new shoes

She loves, loves, loves dancing and music of all kinds. She can reach the radio and turns it on all the time. She loves Motown, Social Distortion, The Muppet station on Pandora and Flogging Molly. Seriously, she is the coolest kid ever. If it’s a song that she really like or that she dances with her Daddy to, she will walk up to us with her arms up so we pick her up and swing with her around the kitchen. Our kitchen is most definitely made for dancing. I wish I was able to link some videos because she does this awesome slow head bob when it’s a song that she is really into. Makes me laugh so much!

helping papa

Millie loves to help with anything she can. She likes to “help” unload the dishwasher (as in, play with the soap dispenser while I unload), clean up water and milk spills, pick up her toys (and then dump them back out again), feed Bailey and take her outside, and fold laundry. Such a sweet little girl. I just can’t get over how fast she has grown from a tiny little baby to this beautiful girl. She has her moments of temper tantrums, hitting and what I like to call the “gimmie gimmies”, but it isn’t very often. I adore her with all of my heart and am so excited to see how she continues to grow!


Also, I’m realizing while writing this post that I use Instagram a lot. Like a lot. I need to get better about using my actual camera!