2018 Year in Review

WOW! What a freakin year. Not sure we could of squeezed any more major life events in one year or how we can possibly beat 2018 but life is funny like that and it seems to just be getting sweeter!

I thought I'd come on here and recap our year by month because I seriously NEVER want to forget 2018!!

January

We rang in the new year and had kind of a blank slate for the year. We knew we'd take a vacation at some point but other than that and celebrating our girls first birthday that's all we really had planned.

Jud turned 39 at the beginning of January and we celebrated and both got very, very sick after. I thought I was pregnant and was excited about that but then he got sick too and

I felt like I had this working mom gig figured out.....I blogged all about a day in the life of Aspen at 7 months here.


And then most importantly in January, baby Coop was conceived! 



February



We found out we were pregnant in February. I pretty much knew I was because I could smell the HCG in my urine and just felt "pregnant". I took a test way before i missed my period and it was positive. Finding out we were pregnant with Coop was a much different experience than with Aspen. We have a very similar picture with Aspen but I have smeared mascara from crying for so long beforehand.


We took a trip to Colorado and between pregnancy sickness and the altitude I pretty much felt miserable the entire time. Aspen also didn't sleep on this trip so that was fun.... We are going back this February and hopefully our kids will cooperate so we can enjoy ourselves!

March



We announced Aspen was going to be a big sis. You can read our announcement here.



We put Aspen on a swing for the first time and she loved it!! Oh my heart, she was so little and sweet!! 

April




We celebrated Easter with our sweet girl with the news out in the open we were having another baby!! Those first 12 weeks are kind of fun having this huge secret BUT I JUST WANTED TO TELL EVERYONE THIS TIME. Probably because with Aspen I kept it on the DL for over 6 months.... 

May


We planned an impromptu trip to Hawaii (we wanted to go here but when we found out Baby 2 was on the way we knew we needed to go sooner rather than later). We left baby girl for the first time and it was so hard but I'm so happy we did't have to wrestle her on that long flight!




The volcanos started erupting while we were there but we had such a great time and I can't wait to go back when I can actually enjoy a pina colada.


I also celebrated my first Mothers Day. Here's four generation of Lorraine middle names right here!

June



In June we celebrated our sweet girls first birthday. You can see all the party details here.

July


Here's the month that got really hectic. We went to the lake over 4th of July weekend.


Jud talked me into listing our house for sale...  See all the listing photos and why we wanted to move here.


We got an offer immediately and hadn't started shopping yet so we quickly house hunted and found a new home.


You can see the listing photos of our current home here.

August


We got engaged! 

I haven't talked much about wedding plans but we are planning to get married in Colorado in 2019. We haven't done much planning yet. Lives been kind of busy haha!

September


We finished our first renovations on our house.


You can see the bathroom reveal here.

Aspens room reveal (also decorated for Christmas because it took me forever to actually decorate and blog her room.)



I also celebrated my 29th birthday one week before baby Coop was born..


October


October by far was my favorite month which is when Baby Cooper joined us!



I do still plan on sharing all of baby Coops newborn pictures and his birth story but was trying to get through the holidays first. It will be my next blog post - promise!

November


Aghhh we are finally done with major life events but enjoyed spending the holidays with our sweet kiddos. 

I'm having way too much fun coordinating the kids outfits. Also family pictures with a toddler is pretty much impossible.


We took sweet Santa pictures at 9 Sparrow Lanes studio. You can see all of those photos here.

December




We just enjoyed Christmas as a complete family. We didn't manage to get any pictures on Christmas day but my dad came over Christmas Eve and captured these sweet PJ family photos that I will cherish forever.


I seriously can't believe we crammed all of that into one year. 2018 has by far been the best year of my life. I get scared that I will never be able to top this year.... but I bet somehow, someway we will be able to!! Cheers to 2019! Happy New Years friends.

Kids Bathroom Reveal

It's been a long time coming but I'm finally sharing our upstairs bathroom we remodeled. I've shared a few photos of it on Instagram but wanted to come on here today and share all the details!

The bathroom wasn't terrible when we moved in and I definitely could have given it a face lift and remodeled later but we are taking the mentality of do it once, do it right. Until I'm ready to remodel spaces again. Yes, we plan on being here a longggg time. I also just wanted a nice clean, new tub to bathe my babies in....

I shared a blog post here with my plans for the bathroom and the budget. I'm happy to say I pretty much stuck with my plan and only overran the budget by ~$1,000 which for my first renovation, I'm happy with.


The one thing that did change was the vanity. There's a whole story behind it, I ordered the one in my post of my plans but ultimately ended up installing this one.



I always make sure bathroom towels are pretty since they are typically on display.





We went with champagne bronze fixtures and I absolutely love them. They aren't shiny but aren't flat either. If I was comparing them to paint I'd call them eggshell. There's probably designer code words for them but I'm a rookie.


I ordered the so fresh and so clean clean sign from Society 6, where I've been ordering a lot of art lately. I had no idea it was a rap song until Jud told me.


My succulent is pretty much already dead but oh well.













I love this fish scale tile and was obsessed with putting it in the kids bathroom because I thought it was so fun.



We went wth three panel mission style doors that we purchased from a local lumbar yard but Lowes and Home Depot also have them.


And we can't forget the before.....


Sources
Grout - Delorian Gray Sanded Grout for both the shower wall and floor
Wall Color - SW Alabaster
Trim and door color - SW Gray Screen
Vanity
Shower Tile - This tile is not your standard thickness so shouldn't be used on floors as it has a tendenacy to crack. We haven't had any issues but it's on the wall. We did have issues finding the bullnose trim locally for it.
Floor Tile
Vanity Lights
Faucets
Shower Trim
Rug
Door - we actually ended up going with prehung instead of slab since we were redoing all the casing but this is a link to the style.
Door Handles
Mirror

Thanks for stopping by today and following along with our renovation journey!

Christmas TV Wall

I've shared this space on instagram a couple of times and received lots of DM's regarding the credenzas that I used on the TV wall so I thought I'd pop on here and and do a post regarding our TV wall.

First off, planning a TV wall is probably one of the trickiest items in a living space when you also want your living space to be pretty. Built in's are always a good option but if you aren't handy (us!) or don't have a good contractor on hand, coming up with another option might be required. I knew I needed selves in my living room because I love to style shelves and the TV wall seemed to be the obvious answer. I then went on a hunt for a really long buffet because when you put floating shelves around your TV you want the base to span the distance of the shelves to create the illusion of a built in. Go look at pictures on pinterest of floating shelves around TV's and you will see some that don't have a full base and they just don't look as good.

Anyways, I wanted to keep my buffet cost below $1,000 because any higher, I might as well of just hired our contractor to build me custom built ins. My wall is 114" so finding a buffet I liked, that long, within budget pretty much proved to be impossible. I had been eyeing the Warwick credenzas from Target and wanted to use them somewhere in my house and had the idea of putting two together. I absolutely love the way they turned out.

The price point of the warwick was so good that I was honestly a little worried about them being cheesy in person. They are really good quality for the pricepoint. Take that comment with a grain of salt, they aren't heirloom furniture. My toddler has hung on the doors though and they haven't broke.. I also love how much storage they provide in our living room. We have shoved lots of toys in them!!!


I was also worried about the doors looking weird when I put two of them together but they honestly don't bother me at all and I actually like it! 



For floating selves we actually used these ones from Target. Ikea Lack shelves are a better pricepoint but didn't have the size we needed.

They were a little tricky to install so we called over my dad. Ikea lack shelves were a bit easier to install. But these weren't terrible all four of them were installed within an hour including beer breaks.



I immediately had to style the shelves for Christmas and used some vintage books I had in the basement as well as all decor I had on hand.


We still need to hide the TV cords but theres lots of good kits for those that we will eventually do that on a weekend afternoon. Right now these baskets from McGee and Co are hiding them.






I absolutely love how this space turned out. I did make Jud paint just this wall Alabaster so I could make sure that was the color I wanted on our main level and so we could hang the shelves. However we've since decided to start renovations on our main level so all of our decor and our warwick cabinets have been moved to the basement! 

If you are debating buying these cabinets- I'd definitely say to go for it!