Monday, January 16, 2017

2017: Home Resolutions

We did not do too many home improvements last year because I was busy finishing my Masters degree and Berto was traveling a lot for work! This year we decided to set some goals of home improvements we want for our home.

1. Penny tile our laundry room. The room is decorated, for the most part. The flooring is gross though. Richmond homes did not have the tile we wanted when we were building so we chose builder grade linoleum. This has got to go!!

2. Add a counter to our laundry room. This would be super convenient to have. Right now our washing machine is so wiggly that it wiggles everything on top of it. It would be nice to have something that finishes the room and a place I can fold the laundry. 

3. Add a Barn Door to separate the master bathroom and master bedroom. Right now there is no door and it can be frustrating when I have to get up for work and Berto is off that day, or vise versa! We love these doors.

4. Possibly add a new front door, depending on the cost! We love our door, because it is MASSIVE. But, we also would like something that lets more natural light inside. Like these...

5. Decorate our new patio and nourish our new trees. This past year we planted 11 trees on our lot. Most are aspens and one is a pine. We also planted two hydrangeas and are hoping they take off with big blooms! Here is our patio and some ideas for it!

Hopefully we can accomplish these this year! I will try to post pictures as we change things! :) Happy New Year!

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Family Photos: 2016

Now that Christmas cards have all been sent off and the holiday season has settled down, I can finally post these photos! I love, love, love the way they turned out! When we are back in southern California I will definitely be reaching out to Shane York Photography!

Sometimes at night I find myself just looking over these photos and they make my heart so full. My favorite little people all behind one lens, how magical!

Sunday, January 1, 2017

One Sweet Christmas: 2016

I love Christmas season. I always have and after having children, I love it even more! I love the twinkling lights inside and out, the ambiance the lit tree gives off in the family room, excited kids pitter patter, and everything surrounding the season.... Here are a few of my favorite pictures from this Christmas!

Now that the tree and lights are down, the house is getting back to normal and I am envisioning the fun decor things I can do this year! Happy New Year!

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

New Year Resolutions: 2017

Last year was a total year of growth in our household! One side of me thinks "oh hey, that is really mature, Caitlin..." and another side of me is like "F that B!" One of my favorite 2016 resolutions was "If it not a hell yeah, it's a no!" and I feel so proud to say I really stuck with that! I said 'no' way more than I said "hell yeah" which resulted in a lot of family time, which was priceless. In 2016 I was able to rid myself of some poor relationships that were fostered on complaining about others, I was better able to stand my ground when I really just wanted to be a people-pleaser, and I learned something awesome/annoying about my husband. If you tell him not to do one thing, he will do that exact thing to be a pain in the ass. This works wonderfully knowing I can now reverse psychology! (Side note: He will 'like' this post when I put it on Facebook because he is nice like that, but guarantee he will not read this!)

This year I came up with some new resolutions that physically and mentally plausible.

1. Lose half of my gained "baby weight." Which I now just call "mom weight," because it has been 19 months since I had a baby. I bit the bullet and joined Orange Theory Fitness, something I am really looking forward to. My favorite "baby hating" neighbor is going to join me on this journey and I could not be more excited! I am 30 pounds heavier now than I was before I got pregnant with Aiden. Thirty, freaking, pounds. I am setting a realistic goal of losing 15 this year, and 15 next year!

2017 Goals! Keep babies, lose baby weight!

2. Foster meaningful friendships. I have been fortunate enough in my life to meet people that really enhance life. They are fun to hang out with, whether it is shopping, drinking, or cooking together. Rather than spend my time ruminating on failed relationships, I am going to spend time with those that matter. Even though my best friend lives a few states a way, finding more scheduled time for conversations, and making her feel special when I can't be there to bring a bottle of wine and watch Netflix. Also, another best friend is pregnant with her first baby. There is something so special and fun about being a part of a friendship when babies are involved. I always need to remember, "surround yourself with cheerleaders and get rid of the vampires!" 

3. Bulk up our savings! I need to come up with a plan for this. Now that I finally have a job, I feel a little more comfortable stacking away money for savings. In 2016 we paid off all of our credit card debt and it feels so freeing. When you live on one income for so long, it was hard to hack away at our undergraduate credit card debt. Now if we could only pay off student loans, just kidding, that will likely never happen! 

4. De - freaking - clutter!! We have SO. MUCH. STUFF. I feel like Toys R Us could not hold a candle to our basement right now. We have trains and train tables, cars, and baby toys that all kids have outgrown... they need to go. Mr. Sentimental Aiden is the nay-sayer and always cries that he loves that toy when I am about to get rid of it. We have so many baby things that need to go. People always tell me how pretty my house is, which I work hard to make it pretty, but literally every drawer, cabinet, basket is jammed full of toys. Before Aiden was big enough to like toys I would daydream about the cute houses that had all of these adorable baby toys and picture my children playing with them. What was I thinking?! Baby toys procreate in the night and most are hideous. Hellooo Container Store! 

5. Re-do some house things. For the most part, all rooms are finished in our house. But, I do want to add some things. Aiden needs a headboard, and maybe a room update, we need new furniture in our master bedroom, and my goodness, Leila may move to a bed in 2017! Please, little babe, stop growing up! I might even add some curtains and window fixtures to our office this year... who knows what kind of crazy things that will bring! I hope that I will find more time to blog about our home and our life as things start to even out in our house... no little tiny babies, more stability at work, every other Friday off starting in February, and less football. Sad day, Broncos. 

What do you all have in store for 2017?! I would love to hear!

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Luke: Four year old interview!

I cannot believe my sweet baby Luke is already a month into his fifth year of life! Here are a few photos from his fourth birthday get together and his birthday interview!

1What is your favorite color? Green
2What is your favorite toy? Superman
 What is your favorite fruit? Banana
4What is your favorite TV Show? Broncos
What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch? Salad
What is your favorite outfit? Superman
What is your favorite game? Mario
What is your favorite snack? Fruit snack
What is your favorite animal? Giraffe
What is your favorite song? Banana
What is your favorite book? Banana
Who is your best friend? Zade
What is your favorite cereal? Broncos
What is your favorite thing to do outside? Play
What is your favorite drink? Banana
What is your favorite holiday? Banana
What do you like to take to bed with you at night? Superman
What do you like to eat for breakfast? Waffles
What do you want for dinner on your birthday? Cupcake
What do you want to be when you grow up? Play on the field

Clearly he has a thing for the word banana. I will take it over the word 'fart' or 'wiener' any day!