Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Fun finds for the house...

I love love love looking for fun new things for our new house! I have been to severa places around Austin and have found some awesome buys for great prices.

Our entry is pretty big...its long and pretty wide. As soon as I saw this rug on RugUSA.com I knew I had to have it! It was sold out it several sizes I wanted so I went with what they did have and that was a runner. Is it going to get pretty dirty? Probably but oh well ;)
 
I found this on homedecorators.com and FELL IN LOVE! It was on sale for a super cheap price so I snatched it up. We are putting this in our entry along with our zebra print rug. 
 
 
I had about 20 minutes yesterday before I had to pick up Liam from school. I still had to go to Walgreens but when I drove by Tuesday Morning something told me to just stop. I gave myself 10 minutes! As soon as I walk in this little beauty caught my eye. There was another one I really liked but quickly sent a text to my friend Ashley asking her thoughts. These were the winners so I quickly went to pay and asked to pick them up later :) These are going in our Master Bedroom as nightstands.
 
Our guest bedroom is first up to decorate since my mom is coming down often and hopefully more family and friends. I want our guests to feel comfortable so I want them to have a finished room when they come. I started off wanting a clean, crisp, comfortable room so I bought a new white duvet from crane & canopy. I found several white, cream, gold, black and white pillows from Home Goods thats I snatched up.
 
 
I saw this rug for sale on RugsUSA.com and thought I had to get this for the guest room and incorporate more black with the gold. 

This little beauty was the hardest thing for me to buy and I have no idea why. I saw it at Home Goods for $100. I thought I could look online and possibly buy one for cheaper but wasn't sure since it's HUGE. I looked all over. A couple weeks later I returned to Home Goods and it was STILL THERE. Anyone who shops at Home Goods knows to buy something you like as soon as you see it because it's gone fast. Surely since it was still there it was a sign I should buy it. This is going to go above the bed in the guest bedroom!
 
I wish these pictures weren't coming out blurry :(
Our new dining area is fairly small. It's just a weird shape so we decided to go with a circular table. I am obsessed with the Farmhouse Tables so this to me is pretty close. We ordered this from BallardDesigns.com. I am still looking for the perfect dining chairs.

 
Just a little look into our new home. I can't wait to see it all come together!!
Praise God for this joyful gift :)
 

Sunday, September 28, 2014

House Update

We had several surprises go into the house this week. When we pulled up this morning we were shocked to see grass, trees, plants and a sidewalk! Then when we went inside they had put carpet, kitchen appliances and started some touch up work. It's getting sooooo close. It blows my mind that they still need another month to finish things. I feel like I spend most of my time looking up decor, furniture, etc. so I'm excited to see it come together. We went to a future neighbors house this weekend that has the same floorplan as ours. Our girls are in Kindergarten together and dance class. After talking to her momma we found out we have the same floorplan so we were so excited to go to their house to see it with furniture and decorated. After seeing theirs it made us even more anxious!! Liam and I are headed to Midland tomorrow and can't wait to see what they get done while we are gone. On to the pics....



 
I love our floors
 
Backyard
 
The kids loved rolling around on the new carpet



Monday, September 8, 2014

Austin Firsts...

While Nane was visiting, Tanner & I got to have a date night. We decided to try out kayaking on Town Lake. This is not normally my cup of tea but I am so happy I did it. It was a lot of fun and we got to have lots of uniterrupted conversation :)



Tanner got a membership at an indoor gun range that is close to our apartment. While my mom was here we decided we would all go because  my mom wanted to shoot. It was pretty fun for me but my mom wasn't a fan of the noise ;)

Parker loved dance class so I knew we had to start her here in Austin. I found a studio in our new neighborhood and she started her first class, Pre Hip-Hop, last week. She starts her second class, Tap/Jazz/Ballet, today. I am hoping to get her into classes on the same day. She loved her new class & asks to go everyday after school now.

Lately

The past couple of weeks have been busy! With me trying to work from home, take Liam to and from school on Tuesday & Thursdays, get Parker to school & dance, try to fit in hubby time & keep the house clean...it has been tiring! So I'm glad the past couple of weekends have been fun!
Two weekends ago Nana flew back to Austin with me to spend the weekend with us. We had so much fun with her here. We went shopping, ate yummy food, played board games and just got to hang out and have a familiar face with us.

This past weekend we were invited to go to Stanley's Farmhouse Pizza. A lot of Kiker famillies were taking their kids for a Back to School night so we decided to join in. Basically, it's a large outside barn with several picnic tables and they cook pizzas in large brick ovens outside. You can get beer & drinks and they play live music. On our way out it started to sprinkle but after being there maybe 5 minutes it POURED and poured and poured the whole time. While Parker didn't care much about getting wet Liam had the best time playing in the rain & splashing in the mud puddles.

Liams new obsession is the large truck (pictured below) filled with little cars and motorcycles. He takes it everywhere and pushes it just like he is in the picture. Parker & I were invited to a little playdate with her friend Maggie & her mom. We went to a place called Phils Icehouse & Amy's icecream, You can get all types of burgers and then ice cream afterwards. They also have a large playground that the kids can play on before, during and after. The girls had a blast. While we were there Maggie showed Parker these My Little Pony Blind Bags. They are like $4 at Target, Wal-Mart, Justice or some other places and you don't know what pony you will get when you buy the bag. It's a surprise and you can collect all of them. So after seeing Maggie's, Parker had to have some for herself. After dinner Parker and I headed to Wal-Mart. We searched for a good hour and then realized they were out (we seriously went through bins and bins - mommy award here). After that it was pretty late but I wanted to have some fun with Parker so I told her we could go to Target. Well we left Target with blind bags + a whole lotta other stuff (typical target trip). Parker was so excited to open her bags but I have to be honest...I was pretty excited too ;) Now, she can't wait to get more but she is using her own money today after school. Mommy also got a little surprise toy this past week. I bought my friend Jenna & I a diamond candle. Every candle has a ring in it that is worth $10, $100, $1000 or $5000. You let the candle burn for 10-15 hours and then you see a little foil package that has a ring inside. If the ring has a 14k engraved then you are supposed to take it to a jewelry store...well neither of ours did but it was so fun waiting for it to burn!







 
 

 

Parker's 1st day of Kinder!

Parker started Kinder 2 weeks ago! She was so excited to start and meet her teacher & new friends. Their school starts pretty early. I remember when we used to start at 8:10AM...well they start at 7:40AM which means we have to wake up pretty early. Our temporary apartment isn't too far but it's a good 10 minute drive without traffic...luckily we are going opposite direction of the major work traffic.
Parker picked out her own clothes and shoes and asked me to curl her hair that morning & then off we went! She didn't cry & mommy didn't cry so it was a success! I was really surprised at myself for not crying but the school was a madhouse and I had Liam with me so I guess I didn't really have a lot of time to think about it. I was really shocked Parker didn't cry. She has been so brave since we have gotten here, I'm so proud of her.  She LOVES her teacher & already met a new little buddy, Maggie. I don't think anyone could replace her bff Lillie (she still talks about her all the time) but I'm glad she found a new little friend. The only bad part is a little boy in her class that calls her names. She comes home every day talking about it. As silly as the names are (Peter Parker and Pepperoni Pizza) it is really bothering her. But she is doing a good job about ignoring it right now according to her teacher. Her teacher says Parker is an excellent listener....are you sure? My Parker? Too bad she doesn't bring that attention home ;)



Sunday, September 7, 2014

House Update

Lot's more progress this last week on our house! They finished the stone on the outside and tile/flooring (except carpet) and countertops. I'm not a huge fan of the stone and paint color on the outside. We didn't get to pick those two things out since it was already planned to be a spec home but it's not horrible and I'm sure it will grow on me. We drive by the house everyday at least once, Liam and I go by after we drop P off at school. And then us as a family will go by in the evenings and go in. So this past Friday we were shocked when we walked in to countertops and flooring!
IM IN LOVE!!!!
I love everything about the tile, granite and Silestone.


First up is the Kitchen
 We got granite kitchen counters
We are still waiting on the white subway tiles for backplash and some colored glass tiles behind the stove.
 
Another look.
 
 This is tile wood all throughout the house except for bedrooms (carpet), game room (carpet) and bathrooms. I can't even explain how happy I am at how this turned out and love it so much!!
 
Master Bathroom
We used wood tile in here as well but used a lighter color.
Countertops are a darker granite than the kitchen and I used the larger subway tiles for the shower and tub.



Kids bathroom & Guest bathroom
I put dark cabinets in here, white silestone counterops and large square tiles.

 
Outside Stone
I guess we never got a finished picture but it is finished.
 
 
 
 

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Liam's 1st day of MDO

With working from home I knew I would want to have some quality time with my sweet boy but I also still want him to have that time away with other kids and learning new things. I did some searching for a MDO program for Liam. Since I know nothing about Austin I had to take my own stab at the better ones. After looking at a few I finally found one called "Mornings with Jesus". The Director won me over really. She is beyond sweet and the MDO program is at a Catholic church. I love the different prayers they say with each child and a low student:teacher ratio. I know he is going to learn so much here!
He was not excited the first day. They started last Thursday and he cried as soon as we walked into the building. All the little kids were crying though so I'm sure they were all feeding off eachother. It's from 9-1 so this will also allow me to have a few hours to work uninterrupted. Parker and I were so excited to go pick him up after his first day. We headed to Baskin Robbins to celebrate :)





Monday, August 18, 2014

House Update

After FINALLY getting in this one little window (litteraly took over a couple months) they were able to start sheetrock. This week they will be installing cabinets!! Yay!! I love being able to drive by it now rather than just receiving weekly pictures from our sales rep. These next 2 months can't go by fast enough!