Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Tree Clearing

Well, we got approval from the HOA on our house last Friday and that was a GOOD day.  I really didn't think we would get approved on the first round, let alone in three weeks but we did.  Whew!  

The next step was to flag trees we want to keep which we did Monday.  And put up silt fence which happened yesterday.  Then the HOA sends someone out to approve those two things.  


we can START CONSTRUCTION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

So we are waiting on our approval for that then trees should be getting cleared by next week we hope!  Let the fun commence!

This piece of land will look mighty different in a few months!  And we can't wait!

Literally we've been working on this for a year.  Last December is when we decided to build and we've been going through the process ever since.  A special thank you to my friend Ashley who basically designed our house!!!  

Here we go!!!!!

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Swim, Santa, Tree

Recap of the weekend!

After I picked Molly Anne up from Ms. Becky's on Friday afternoon, we headed to swim class.  We still have four make up sessions at Aqua Tots that we need to use.  She lovedddd being in the water.  

When we came home from swim, Kevin had set all of this out for me.  How sweet is that?!  He knows I love a rosemary tree around Christmas time!

We went to the clubhouse in our neighborhood for the children's Christmas party!

Sants!!!  That afternoon she had gone up to her crib sheets and pointed at Santa and said, "Sants!" Then a few hours later she got to see him in person.  Christmas is so magical in the eyes of children.

Cookie decorating.

Not really a fan again this week...

But some fruity, sugary drink and a half a sugar cookie will help!

Back home for bed and advent calendar reading!

Kevin and I hung out in the back yard for awhile and some of our neighbors came over.  Next thing we knew it was after midnight.  Ahhhh let's just say the next morning came early.

But we got right up and out the door so Molly Anne and I could run up to Lake Norman for a makeup music class.  

We came home for a nap then after she woke up, we went to Providence Produce to get our tree!  We decided to go a little smaller this year after the debacle last year.  7' tree it is!

We got it home, ordered Dominos as we were pulling in our driveway and the tree is still standing as I type this on Sunday afternoon.  Whoop whoop!  No buckled hardwoods or tree on the porch this year.  We learned a lot last year.  Eating pizza and decorating our tree may be a new tradition.  It made life so much easier and was fun!

First ornament on the tree!  A White House ornament.  Anyone else collect these every year?  Mom has given me one every year since 2004 I think!  The President picks out the ornament every year.  It's really cool.

We also got the lights in the window, spot lights on the house, boxwood wreath and huge red bow up.  Done.  I'm not even doing our lamppost this year.  I will probably do the mailbox with fresh greens as it gets closer to Christmas.  

Our tree.  I need to fix the star.  I cannot get it to stay straight.  We may go back to a bow.  All of the ornaments on our tree have meaning to us and we have gotten them along the way.  Both of our parents gave us some of our childhood ornaments so those are on there too.  We also try to pick one up on any vacation we go on.  It's always fun pulling these out.  We may not have the best color coordinated tree or perfect decor but it's special to us and we think that matters more!

Saturday late night I stuffed our 135 Christmas cards.  Ahhhhh.  

Sunday we went to Panera for breakfast, Cabelas where Molly Anne got to watch the fish get fed and look at all of the wildlife and Kevin got to look at boy stuff, then to the outlets to walk around and get a few things.   

After nap, we got the Little People nativity scene out and Kevin explained all of the pieces to her!

I love this little picture of her!  She's stacking the little people where the angel goes!

Monday, December 5, 2016


I was a little MIA last week.  I had scheduled most posts but was in Utah from really early Tuesday morning until midnight on Thursday night.  It was technically only two nights, three days but I didn't see Molly Anne from Monday night until Friday morning. 

We worked our little tails off covering a ton of ground.  Tuesday we flew four hours there and when we got there, we jumped in the car for 8 hours of touring the market, looking for new sites.  

It's so weird but when I go out there for these longer trips, I literally am in a different world.  I talk to Kevin via text and get pictures and videos of Molly Anne from him, but I can't usually FaceTime with them because of the time change.  It's okay though, I think it's really good for Kevin to have alone time with her.  ANYWAY!

We did have a really good time.  We had third row, center court tickets to the Jazz game on Tuesday night.  They included a dinner at the "VIP" club before the game started.  

I'm not sure who on earth would pay $795 for a seat to a game other than the Superbowl but whatever!  We had fun and we didn't pay $795 times 6.  Haha!

The second night we went to Market Street Grille (our favorite) for oysters, shrimp, Jack Daniels, clam chowder and the best Halibut Oscar.  YUM and such a treat.

Then our local contact took us on a ride and showed us a bunch of things.  This is THE temple.  We also went up in the neighborhood that's on the side of a mountain and had an amazing view of Salt Lake City.  

So that's that.  We landed after 11pm on Thursday night and I cruised on home.  Friday morning began with Molly Anne waking up at 7am and I was back to being Mama!

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Plumbing Selections

We went to Ferguson last Wednesday and picked out some plumbing fixtures.  We chose tubs, toilets, faucets and sinks.  I'm not sure if we will end up with this exact stuff because the numbers came in over budget but we will see. 

Our kitchen sink....I love how it curves out.  

Our kitchen faucet

Bar sink faucet which is my favorite and we will have a hammered sink.

Bathroom faucets...

This will be in the Jack and Jill bath but will be chrome.

Shower stuff.

Definitely will have a rain shower head in our bathroom!

Wednesday, November 30, 2016


While we were in Pawleys Island, we took the girls to see Santa on Saturday!  We did this last year and thought we would try to make it an annual tradition.  This year he was at the Hammock Shops!  We got there early and the girls played on the playground.  

Then...this one spotted Santa.  

And she was cool about it.  Interested.  

And then tried to run up to him while this family was having his picture taken.  I literally had to go grab her!

But then....not so much.  NOT thrilled.

Mrs. Claus even had to tell her to be quiet hahaha!


At this point, my SIL and I were cracking up at her!  We were like CRY HARDER MOLLY ANNE, WE WANT ONE OF THOSE AWESOME SANTA PICTURES!  Joking...kinda.  ;)

Nooooo Mrs. Claus I do not want a gift from you!

So in the end, there were no real tears.  She just wasn't thrilled to be on Santa's lap.  He was the sweetest Santa though!

Done Mama.  Done.  

So, we've seen Santa this year!