What day is it?

I have sooooo much to do and am soooo far behind. I have a laundry list of gifts to make (yes, I said make) I am obviously way too sure of myself at this point. I have gifts to buy, gifts to wrap, cards to write.
Meanwhile, my husband and oldest troublemaker is playing pirates with the kiddos.


the tree

Last night, after the big guy went to bed, the husband, the oldest child and myself put the tree together. It was lovely. <3


weekends and wishlists

We had a wonderful holiday weekend spending all of it with my husband's lovely family.
There were more babies than a day care and very little quiet to be found, but it was wonderful none-the-less.
We left mid-morning have had the majority of the day at home to relax and recuperate. We will have a few days here and then head back on the road for a wonderful wedding weekend. I feel like the entire month will be spent living out of suitcases, but completely worth while.

I have had several people ask what is on the holiday wish list this year....
so I thought I would provide some pretty eye candy and "perfect" gifts while I mull over my list....

This amazing bag comes with an unbelievable price tag... but yellow is just dreamy. And the best part? It looks nothing like a diaper bag. I would carry this thing 24/7. Ugh. Petunia Pickle Bottom... you outdid yourself.
This comforter is that which dreams are made of.... oh, Anthropologie, how you amaze me.
Equally out of reach in the wallet department, but no less worth pining for. Right?
I will continue to think over realistic Christmas presents. We are going to get our tree one night this week. I am SUPER excited.
 This picture was taken last Christmas right after opening presents... I can't believe how tiny this kid looks... or the fact that there are TWO of them this year!
Christmas is getting better and better every year!



i am super tempted to get this as a Christmas present for myself!

PS i got harry's present already I am REALLLLLLY excited. here is a hint "yeee haw!"


a joke

Harry: knock knock.
Me: who's there?
Harry: banana
Me: banana who?
Harry: knock knock.
Me: who's there?
Harry: banana
Me: banana who?
Harry: knock knock
Me: who's there?
Harry: orange.
Me: orange who?
Harry: orange you glad I didn't say banana?
wow. he's such a ham.


gray and drizzly

This week has started as cold and rainy in the mountains....
but the coziness of my little house has inspired some happiness. I've been baking and cooking up a storm. Everything from yummy chili to an apple pie. If I wasn't currently out of milk and eggs I would be making either tapioca or rice pudding right now instead of typing.
I have been making some baby food for the chunky kid, too. I made applesauce, sweet potatoes and a yogurt/fruit mix. Later I am hoping to get some pureed bananas made, as well. I have really enjoyed cooking here. It must be the extra time I seem to have on my hands lately....

I also think that I might NEED these salt and pepper shakers! Aren't they amazing???


hello, hello

Here are some of the pictures from our lovely week and weekend!
Stephen had Thursday off and took off Friday to spend with us. We played in the yard. Harry helped his daddy do some lawn work while I worked on getting some things in the house put together. It is starting to feel more like home (more on that later).
We spent the majority of Friday in downtown eating yummy chocolate from Chocolate Fetish, wandering around cute little shops and side streets. I got my hair cut (FINALLY). We had some AMAZING shrimp at a cute little pub but I can't remember the name of it now!
The day ended playing around in a tiny little city park listening to a drum circle and watching high schoolers with a hacky sack. (Harry liked it...)

Saturday and Sunday were so nice and low key! Stephen went to the Appalachian State game, while the boys and I went looking for a pull out couch (our future guest accommodations). We didn't find one... oh well.
By the time Stephen got home we were all pretty beat.
Sunday we went to Asheville again to visit a church. We were super surprised to see some friends from some time ago sitting across the aisle. They were visiting some other friends that weekend and had no idea we had moved...
small world.

It was such a nice weekend. We are all relaxed and rested and ready to tackle a new week of cleaning, laundry, work, projects, playing super hard and naps.

How did you spend your weekend?


dead battery

I have lost my poor battery charger. Sooo... any and all pictures that I had to put up this  week will just have to wait.
I am working on some pretty things for the holidays. Harry has been a pirate all day. Westley is sleeping by himself for the first time in about a week. (poor stuffed up kid)

I forgot to mention this cutie the other day. I love it.
Now to find some polaroid film!!!!


a week in thrifting...

This week was an AMAZING week for thrifting. I got some cute stuff for an awesome deal... so I thought I would share.
I got  TWO hand embroidered runners for the ridiculous price of $.75. That's right. i paid 75 cents for these suckers. Love! The birdies were way too cute to pass up for $.50 a piece. I got another couple of embroidery hoops.. who knows when I'll need them, right? And finally, the cute topiary was my splurge. $5.00. I know... ouch. But it was really cute and I think that it is just what the living room needs.
 So for all of $7.50, I came home with my arms full of some awesomeness. My husband laughs at me and calls them my "treasures". I am just fine with that. He just doesn't understand.


it's getting chilly

It's getting cooler outside. That means sweater, hats, scarves, mittens and all of the other fallish things that have been tucked in the corners of my closet are starting to make their fall debuts. I might also find a few additions for my wardrobe now that we are in mountain world. Some of my favorite things for fall are, of course, currently hanging on the racks at Anthropologie (my favorite store EVER)
Here are just some of their pretties. These along with loads of other amazing things can be found on their website.
You can thank me later for the eye candy overload.


lovely wednesday

 We spent some time outside this afternoon while baby slept.
Harry ran around and I wandered through the yard, read a book, journaled and talked to Emily. While wandering, I found this pot nestled up next to the house... the tiny tomatoes are probably not going to make it, but I am going to attempt to save them.

 This is my latest project... I only just finished it the other day (not that it was very time consuming... but when time to work on something of my own is a luxury....Things tend to get put aside)
The pattern is from Sublime Stitching... I just added the "sew". I hope that it will remind me to take the time to do something just for me...

I looked down long enough to see my bare big toes looking back at me... obviously these shoes are not going to be kind to me during the winter months... Ah, TOMS, I love you! Why did you have to die so quickly?!



I found my clock. I was wandering through Target and saw this beauty at the end of a random rack. It's lovely... and the best part? The whopping $11.24 price tag. That's right, it was on clearance for 75% off.

I also found this cute little guy while browsing around Marshalls. I thought that he needed to go on my mantel. I was correct.


this weekend

This weekend included:
~ A broken arm scare (not really broken)
~ A museum trip
~ A sick baby
~ Trick or Treating downtown
~ Booking our anniversary plans
~ Lots of laundry
~ Some great family time

Now I'm off to enjoy what little bit of it I have left...
Tomorrow morning we are going to visit preschool option #1. Wish us luck.



i hope your friday is super awesome... i know ours will be


tuckered out

 Apparently, I have been wearing my kids out this week. Last night at dinner I turned to see Harry like this....
 And yes, he is only wearing a diaper. That's how we roll.


etsy love

Cold and rainy days make me want to window shop on Etsy. These are some of my favorite finds from today.

 With super short hair, it's always nice to have something to make it feel a bit girly.

How cute would this be above West's crib?
This makes me think that I want to have a farm and raise chickens (not really...)
Tiny plaid, bow earrings? Yes, please!

What are your favorite things this fall?

The time not window shopping was spent playing with a fun two year old, doing laundry, trying to get West to take a nap and making dinner.



I miss my family SO much right now it hurts. I miss my mom and my sisters. I miss having someone do something with pretty much whenever I needed it. I miss having someone come just sit at my house so that I didn't lose my mind being with a two year old all day every day.
I was so lucky to have that. I would like to think that I never took advantage of it, but that can't be true. It was so easy to do almost anything knowing that there were at least two people that I could call whenever I needed a break.
The sister closest to my age, Anna, has been gone for about ten months. She graduated from school in May of 09 and left in December to teach in Israel. I miss her like crazy. Sometimes she would come over around noon and help clean, play with Harry then cook dinner. I was pregnant then, and my pregnancies are pretty brutal. I didn't really have the energy or ability to do everything that I needed to do. So she would come over and take care of everything that I couldn't.
Dusty pretty much took over after she left. After Westley was born and my hands were so much more than full, she would come over all the time and do whatever I needed. She never complained. Once in a while I would come home and she would have cleaned up and just be sitting on the couch watching tv. She would go get coffee with me, watch the dumb movies my husband wouldn't, listen to all of my ridiculousness.
My family are my best friends. It's really just that simple.
I cried last night for the first time since we have been here. It is going to be so different not having someone just show up at the house almost every day of the week. I am going to miss it so much.
This is Anna and Harry last October picking out pumpkins

Two of my absolute favorite people.

I love you guys and miss you soooo much.


work in progress

This is going to be my new fall wreath. It's still got a ways to go, but I found a bit of time to work on it while the boys were napping. I really like the color combination. The flowers are just a bit of an old t-shirt and some felt scraps. I am on the lookout for a few more accents, but I think it will stay pretty plain. Just thought I would give you a sneak peak at what I have been up to while the boys sleep.


I woke up to a rainy, drap Monday morning.
I guess today will just have to be spent playing with this handsome fella (who is 7 months as of today) and his brother

and listening to some lovely music... like this

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There are obviously things that I am going to have to get used to being in a new place. One thing that I simply can't get used to is not having a clock in the living room. Our old cable box had the time displayed. The new one just has the channel number... (not very helpful). After a week, I have come to the conclusion that I can't handle not having a clock in here. After rummaging around on the internet for a pretty time piece, these are some of my favorites.

I love the little birdy!

This one is soooo classic and pretty in black. It would go so well with our Audrey above the fireplace. This is just amazing!

This one reminds me of a really old high school classroom. Who doesn't love that? (At least after you've already done your time in school)
Sources: 1, 2, 3, 4



Today we ventured out as a family to Smiley's Flea Market in Fletcher, NC. Apparently it is a much bigger deal than we anticipated. It took almost 2 hours to meander through the outside section, and we decided that it wouldn't be worth the effort to venture inside due to the fact that we had forgotten to bring a stroller for Harry. As a whole, it was quite an experience. We did manage to find a local farmer's table and bought some apples and a gallon of fresh apple cider.
This giant truck was parked right behind us. We obviously felt that it was picture worthy.
Harry was really into the cider.

And didn't want to leave even after we started making our way to the car.

Our awesome local pink lady apples that will be finding their way into a pie and possibly some muffins.


feeling the season

Harry has been amazed by Halloween due to Nick Jr. showing every Halloween episode ever.

So.... we did some decorating. He loves it. Every time he sees the mantel he says "Harry's Halloween party!" Oh, the simple things.

I found this shop on etsy. I bought the pdf file to download and print out the individual triangles then simply sewed them onto some orange and black ribbon. Pretty simple.

I love the glittery crow. I found it at Michaels for about $2.00. The black Halloween sign was all of $.50 and a thrift shop. The fake spider web was another thrifty find.

I am pretty stoked about Halloween this year. Harry is really excited about dressing up like Buzz Lightyear (His choice).... We are going to downtown Hendersonville on the 30th, where all of the shop owners will be dressed up and handing out candy. We will have a blast.



Our unpacking, breaking down boxes, cleaning and being slightly overwhelmed at all times was interrupted by the App State football game on Saturday.
I must really love him just to drop everything and tailgate for about 8 hours....

My lovely sister was a peach and drove all the way up the mountain to watch our kiddos so that we could spend the day together.