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Apr 03

Fireside Five on Friday

It’s a miracle! I’m back for Five on Friday. Fridays really are my favorite…I know I’m not alone in this. Charlotte and I get to spend the day together on Fridays, and with this beautiful weather we’ve been having lately it makes for lots of fun out door activities! I feel so blessed to have the day off to spend with her, and I truly cherish every second of it.
I couldn’t be more excited for this weekend because it’s my favorite holiday, people! Charlotte officially has 3 Easter dresses (because every girl needs at least one outfit change!) and two Easter baskets filled to the brim. We’re going to attempt to dye Easter eggs and start all the fun traditions we can! Hopefully I’ll get around to sharing some pictures of the festivities.

Without further ado, let’s recap this week (courtesy of my trusty iphone)!

Fireside Five on Friday ONE– What would I do without a handy husband? I wouldn’t have nearly as many cool/unique furniture items around the house! I got the idea for a new headboard when we got a new King size bed back in October. I knew I wanted to something timeless, and I’m pretty much obsessed with all things Restoration Hardware. So, I designed it and he pulled through like no other. I am SO in love with it! The pictures just really don’t do it justice. Now, all we need is matching nightstands 🙂

Before Stain:

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TWO– The Library!

I am thoroughly impressed with the kid’s section of our public library. Charlotte has a ball every time. She’s obsessed with books, so of course she likes that part, but there’s also an aquarium, kitchen set, dress up area, blocks…the list goes on. We’ve been going every week so she’s getting used to it and loves playing with the other kids who happen to be there. Yay for free entertainment!Fireside Five on Friday  Fireside Five on Friday  Fireside Five on Friday

THREE– Holy cuteness. This little girl is just so happy these days, and if you could just hear her “silly laugh”. There are no words to describe it. It’s like she learned that if she laughs a certain way, people around her can’t help but laugh too. It’s pretty amazing.

She eats at the big table with us every night now, which she loves (and so do we). We started saying a prayer before dinner a couple months ago. When Eric and I sit down at the table, she puts her hands together and looks like at us like “come on, it’s prayer time!”. We say the prayer, and all the while she has a huge smile on her face…like us saying something in unison is the coolest thing ever. Then, she says “AAAAMEN!” when it’s over. I get that we all think our kid is the cutest thing ever, but there’s just something about a tiny person “praying”! Fireside Five on Friday  Fireside Five on Friday

FOUR– We have graduated to BIG GIRL JAMMIES! This is a big deal, people. Charlotte has worn footed pajamas to bed since she was born. Now that it’s summer, I decided that it’s time for some nice cotton jammies. I think you can tell by the picture that she feels like a princess in them. Fireside Five on Friday

FIVE– The old school tire swing has been upgraded to a Charlotte swing! Daddy and his handy skills made it happen. Now it’s become a nightly ritual to get in a nice, long ride on the swing. She loves every second of it.   Fireside Five on Friday  Fireside Five on Friday

I hope you all have a VERY happy Easter weekend!

Dec 05

Fireside Five on Friday

It’s FRIDAY!! Who had a busy week? I think it’s just that time of year, right? Work is busy, and the holidays add another dimension to the craziness of life. I’m making a dent in the Christmas shopping, and having some fun while I’m at it. I always love a good excuse to shop! Fireside Five on FridayONE– This sweet girl turned ONE last week! Charlotte is excited to help her friend celebrate her birthday on Saturday!
I had the honor of taking her first birthday photos. It makes my “job” pretty darn easy with the cutest little model around!Fireside Five on FridayFireside Five on Friday
TWO– I’m sure my child is not alone in this. She is ob-freaking-sessed with Spagettios! Why I gave them to her for lunch WITH her clothes on, I will never know. I learned my lesson. They are strickly a dinner food (for the messy factor) and require nakedness to be eaten from now on. But I sure do love to watch her dig in!

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THREE– We took WAY too many holiday photos this year (all with my camera, not professional), so it was difficult to choose on for the Christmas card. You know you’re a Mom when you stop looking at how you look in the photo and focus on which one the babe looks the cutest in. I could have my eyes closed for all I know, but Charlotte sure does look cute!

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FOUR– I have been obsessed with boxwood wreaths since I started seeing them in magazines a few years ago. I’ve never had the guts to take the plunge and buy one…I’m a super cheapskate and these puppies are NOT cheap! I finally convinced myself that that price tag is worth it…it’s $45, people….and boy was I right! I love it so much! I feel like I’ve been missing out (or my house, rather) for so many years! Ok, that’s dramatic. But I really do love it. Fireside Five on Friday

FIVE– Christmas-time makes my heart happy. The magic of Christmas is truly alive with a little one in the house. Last year, she wasn’t exactly loving the holiday. Colic was our life this time last year. So, this year I’m feeling particularly blessed to be getting more sleep and have a happy little girl to enjoy the holiday with!

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Nov 13

Fireside Five on Friday

Happy Friday, friends! I’ve been swamped with work and life lately, but I’m finding that doing this ol’ blog thing on Fridays helps me decompress and remember all the great things about my week. It’s quite therapeutic in fact, and I’m all about self-care!

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ONE- Operation Christmas Child

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I’m getting in the Christmas spirit early this year. I keep hearing about Operation Christmas Child when listening to K Love, so I decided to jump in and put together a gift! Charlotte and I are going shopping to find some goodies for a very deserving child. I hope it brings some joy to a sweet little one. Next week is the national collection week. For more details and to find a drop off location near you, here’s the link: http://www.samaritanspurse.org/what-we-do/operation-christmas-child/.

 

TWO- Free art? Yes please!

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Umm, how cute is this antler art? I’m kind of obsessed with antlers these days. And what’s better than a FREE printable? Also, have you checked out Lolly Jane’s blog? LOVE! So much inspiration, it’s ridiculous! This one will be going in our bedroom ASAP.

 

THREE– HELP! We need to upgrade Charlotte to a “big girl” car seat, and I’m totally overwhelmed with the choices. Being the frugal people that Eric and I are, I’m constantly at a battle between money and safety. Obviously safety is #1. But is there a car seat out there that’s both safe AND affordable?? The thing is, you have to buy TWO, not just one like the infant car seat. My oh my, I realize that literally every parent goes through this when their child gets bigger, but I’m feeling a big bogged down with this decision making process! (first world problems, people!)

FOUR–
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This is so important to remember, and repeat, and repeat.

FIVE– We remodeled our basement guest bedroom a month ago. It is a very….unique room. It’s been no secret that this room is my least favorite in the house. BUT, with a fresh coat of paint, some snazzy antlers, and a lot of TLC, it’s really growing on me. Progress. Here’s a little Before/After action for ya-

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Hope you all have a fabulous weekend!

Oct 02

Fireside Five on Friday

Can I just say how much I’ve missed Five for Fridays?!?! I know it’s weird, but it’s such a fun way to recapping the week in photos. I’ll be so glad I have this to look back on as Charlotte grows up.

Fireside Five on FridayCue grainy iphone pictures…

ONE– I say it all the time, but it boggles my mind how fast Charlotte is. She moved up to the one year old room at daycare on Monday. Is this not a huge deal to anyone else?! Being the overly emotional Mom that I’ve become, I got in my car and the tears came. I had so many feelings wrapped into one: scared that she was too small for all of the big one year olds, sad that she’s getting so big (I know, it’s an oxymoron- I didn’t say my feelings made sense!), and grateful that she’s ready for the transition and all of the kiddos welcomed her warmly. The teacher in her room is amazing, so I feel super lucky for that. Gosh, this Mom thing is confusing!
I can’t believe she sits in a normal chair and eats! This is only the beginning of all the big girl things to come…

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TWO– Things are getting festive around here. I did a little fall decorating near the curb. Our house is tucked away behind a forest of trees, so people likely think we a) are creepsters or b) hermits. Eric is convinced that someone will steal everything…and while he might be right, I’m willing to take that risk for the happiness this brings me when I pull into the driveway. HELLO fall!

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THREE– I recently visited my cousin who has two boys. While there I noticed that Charlotte loved a shopping cart that they had. Being the nice people that they are, they said “it’s yours!” and loaded it in the car (unbeknownst to the boys). Granted, she said this was one of 5 shopping carts they have. Anywho, this has quickly become Charley’s favorite toy! She loads it up, puts her purse around her neck (because where else would a purse go?) and goes. She’s a natural shopper. It’s in her blood.

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FOUR– These photos both show off how friggen cute this Chiefs Cheerleader is, AND to display just how much Charlotte loves Lilly. She is seriously obsessed with this cat. She doesn’t say many words yet, but one thing she CAN say is “Hiiiii Lilly”. Of course.

Fireside Five on Friday“I’m coming to get you”

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FIVE– We hit up Ikea in KC last weekend! We were super excited to go. Because we had been living so close to Denver’s Ikea when we lived in Nebraska, we were definitely having withdrawals from all the killer deals. We’re redoing a room in the basement (get excited for that update) so we found some sweet light fixtures and other goodies. Charlotte did remarkably well while we browsed. She wanted out of the stroller, so naturally Dad put her on his shoulders only to receive the sweetest head hug ever. This girl and her hugs. I can’t even handle it.

Fireside Five on FridayWe drove down to Louisburg, KS to take the kids to the cider mill with our BFFS, the Browns. Once we arrived, we quickly realized it was Cider Fest….which meant WAY too many people. Long lines and hot weather does not equal a good time with two toddlers around naptime. So instead we ate at a “diner” in town, which was really more like a giant cafeteria with the median age being 60.

Fireside Five on FridayGetting these two wild children to take a photo is seriously impossible. Please note that neither of them are fully clothed. That’s how we roll.

 

Well, that’s the week wrapped up! We’re excited for more fun this weekend. Happy Friday!

 

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