First, your comments yesterday—> ALL OF THE GOOSEBUMPS. Feeling the connection to you through reading about your experiences, your beliefs and seeing how similar we all really are in our quest for LOVE… it was everything. Thank you thank you thank you. Being vulnerable is hard to do but brings the best rewards.
I’ll start things with a few updates before jumping into the house pictures!
Why not carve pumpkins right before school? I walked in from my run and the kids got to work decorating their pumpkins before getting ready for school. We remembered late Sunday night that we didn’t have Knox again until after Halloween and he really wanted to carve pumpkins with Andrew so we made it happen.
Also, I brought back the power bun (tutorial here) for my run yesterday… not to channel extra speed but because it’s my way to cheer on Allie Kieffer this weekend;) 6.41 miles @ 8:08 average with many hills. PS it was 60 degrees for my morning run which in my Utah experience means it is going to snow soon. It always warms up like this right before snow (or really cold temperatures).
PS Andrew went into Knox’s room to check on him Sunday night and the lights were off and Knox was wearing this… his brain makes me very happy.
We got them ready for school really fast and then they were off (Knox asked for a picture with Skye before he left:)!
Skye absolutely loves crawling back and forth on the window seat. She thinks she is such a big deal whenever she is doing it.
I don’t have a caption for this picture besides I love it.
And a hello from Brooke:
I’ve been excited to share these house pictures with you!
Like I said before, we weren’t really planning on moving. We knew we wanted to eventually get away from the huge high school that was built across the street and move closer to family but we didn’t know when that would happen. When we walked into the open house of our house now, I had this really strong feeling that this is where I would be raising my babies… it was a strong feeling too (believe me, I had to convince Andrew ha but he fell in love with it too, it just took a little bit of time and a powerpoint presentation that I made ((I kid;).
Six offers were put in on the house and we found out that we didn’t get it. I cried when I found out (ehhh a few times) because I thought it was perfect for our family and loved everything about it. Fast forward two weeks later and we got a phone call that the first people backed out and we could put in another offer. It was all a whirlwind and I’m so happy to be here. PS I have actually become really good friends with the girl that we bought the house from (they moved close) and we meet up to go walking together now.
I’ll show you the other parts of the house once we get everything put together but for now, I’ll show you the area that made me fall in love with this house so much. A huge room where we can all be together (and have our families over often… 30 people will be coming for Thanksgiving this year) as much as possible. The kitchen, eating area, office/homework area, couch/living/tv area!
The lighting, openness and those window seats stole my heart fast. It was love at first sight.
I spend a lot of time on this seat reading with the kids or watching them play outside.
This is where I work now! I am 9 steps from snacks, the kids can play right by me if I am working while they are around and Andrew does school right next to me on his laptop. I love it. In the last house I would work downstairs and it was a hard area for the kids to play near me while I worked so this is definitely an upgrade for me!
A few more shots from different angles!
We love all of the counter space! We have 8 stools and I love seeing their little faces at the counter while doing dishes or making dinner.
Another reason I fell fast for this house… the pantry with the butcher block. I can store so much in here!
I love the laundry room and bathroom right off of the main room!
We searched for a new couch for almost a year. It’s a good thing it took us forever. We probably would have needed a different one for this house anyways. We went to a place called Sofa Mart (in Draper) and found this one and the thing that sold us—> the part in the picture below where Brooke and I are lying down is pulled out. Basically, you can turn your sectional into a huge bed for when you are watching movies. We love it. There is also storage under the cushions on the left side of the couch and we put all of Skye’s toys in there when people come over.
Other items at our house:
Rug- HERE (<—affiliate link)
Pillows, desk chairs and clock on the wall are from Four Chairs Furniture
Knick knacks around the area- Sundance, Home Goods, Target and also Four Chairs Furniture.
Stools- I bought them from the previous owners:)
Kitchen table/chairs- we bought that from RC Willey a few years ago
TV stand and greenish hutch on the wall- RC Willey
We are almost done with the other living room area and I’ll share that with you soon!
Also, you can’t see our grass anymore haha. Who wants to come and rake with us? I do love the huge trees in our yard but we’ve got some work to do now;) Good thing that work is a fabulous activity for kiddos because we will be doing a lot of yard work together!
What is your favorite part of where you live now?! Is there anything you wish you could add to where you live?
Where do you like to buy furniture or decorating items?!
Yard work—> Love it or hate it or avoid it?
Who do you think will win NYCM this weekend?