Indiana, continued.

I mentioned that I had more pictures to share from our weekend trip to Indiana this past weekend and I wasn’t kidding. Crosby and I got to see so many people in just a short amount of time. I packed as little as possible for weekend and I didn’t bring my good camera, so most of the pictures are from my phone. This was great for the quantity of pictures I was able to take, but not so much for the quality of the pictures. Really though, I just care about the people in the pictures and I’m so thankful to have them.

Unfortunately, the reason for our trip was unexpected. We celebrated the life of my uncle Scott on Saturday. However, it was so wonderful to see so many friends and family members in one place and for them to meet Crosby before we’re back up in Indiana this fall.

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The second cousins… It’s weird to me that one of the boys in this picture belongs to me.

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We were fortunate enough to have a great friend take some family photos for us throughout the day.
I hate that Greg and Kenley weren’t there!

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Cousins, spouses, and kids, oh my! And this is only half of us!

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Charlotte and Crosby are only 11 days apart! Hooray for October babies!

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Before heading out of town, I met up with three of my sorority sisters down on Mass Ave.
It was so great to catch up with them and have them meet Crosby.
We all do a great job of keeping in touch, but it’s just different when you get to see each other in person.
It makes me so happy.

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Even though the circumstances for the trip weren’t ideal, I am so thankful
that Crosby and I made the trip to be there. I came back with a full heart.

Twenty-Four Weeks

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// stripe bodysuit // jersey knit pants //

Crosby had a big week!
He went on an airplane for the first time on Friday when we travled to Indiana.
The flight there was awesome and he didn’t make a peep,
even while we sat on the runway for an hour before taking off.
Sunday was a different story, but I knew it wasn’t going to go as well since he was just off the whole day.
We survived though!

He also has found his voice. He talked and talked the whole weekend.

I told someone on Saturday that he loves grabbing his feet, but he couldn’t get them to his mouth yet.
On Sunday, he showed me and started sucking away on his toes during a diaper change.

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He isn’t actively sitting yet, but he sat up for record time on Sunday.
Long enough for me to snap a picture!
It won’t be too long now before he’ll be able to sit and play with toys.

Happy 24 weeks little man!

my weekend in photos

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crosby and i headed up to indiana this weekend and our first stop was mcalister’s for lunch.
sweet tea for the win.

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mema was happy to have the little man there.

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crosby meets arie!

of course before i got my camera crosby was cracking up at arie.
they loved each other.

weston and crosby together again!

enjoying a beer brewed by michael and henry in the coolest koozie ever.

jack loving on crosby.

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we had to make a trip to dortee’s just like old times.
and of course, take a selfie.

so happy to see these girls for lunch today, but missing the rest of our group!

i cannot believe i ran into lori at the airport.
so so so great catching up and passing the time together.

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unfortunately greg and kenley stayed back this weekend, but they had fun having some daddy/daughter time.

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somehow she aged like five years while i was gone.

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monster tower building!

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i have a lot more pictures to share from the weekend, which i will do this week.
it was a busy weekend, but such a good one!

Friday I’m in Love

Happy Friday! Be sure to pop over to Misha’s blog too to see what she’s loving.
We would love for you to join us!
Leave a comment and we’ll come back to check out what you’re loving each week.
If you’re new around here, you can catch up on past weeks here.

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I’m always sad to see the college basketball season come to an end,
but I love the way it goes out.

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Greg proclaimed this is the best dinner I’ve made to date:
Baked Spaghetti from Six Sisters’ Stuff
I prepared it on Sunday for Monday’s dinner, which helped immensely.
I also only used 2 cups of shredded cheese instead of the 4 cups it called for and it was still delicious.
Give it a try! I’m definitely adding it to our dinner lineup.

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Freshly washed sheets.
Really, there is nothing better and I always forget how much I love it
until I climb into bed the night the sheets have been washed.
It’s even better when your husband does it without you knowing!

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Happy Friday, ya’ll!

A Place to Play

You know when I said that I would share more “next week”,
that really meant in two weeks, right?
Thanks for being patient.

One of the things we love about the layout of our hours is the upstairs,
which consists of a loft, the guest bathroom, and our guest bedroom.
This makes for a perfect place for our guests to retreat,
as well as a good hiding spot for all of the toys we’ve accumulated over the past two+ years.

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It took us a long time to decide on what we wanted to do to this room.
By the time we got around to actually working on this room,
I wanted to wait until we found out if baby G2 was going to be a girl or a boy,
because that would play a factor into the color scheme.
Since we were going with a gender neutral color scheme, we then needed to find
a color that went well with grey (see below). We finally landed on yellow.
The color is Hazy Dawn by Valspar from Lowe’s.

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Almost all of the big items in the room were either birthday or Christmas gifts,
which was intentional on our part and helped immensely when furnishing the room.

Art Display - DIGNITET curtain wire and RIKTIG curtain hooks
Easel - Melissa & Doug

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Table – Carolina Grow With You Craft Table
Chairs – Carolina Kids Chairs
TV Stand / Toy Storage – EXPEDIT (now discontinued *tear*) and DRÖNA boxes

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Shelves – RIBBA Picture Ledge (45 1/2″)

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The letter wall was the longest project in the room.
I had seen several variations on Pinterest and loved the idea for the playroom.
I started collecting letters here and there on sale and with coupons
from TJ Maxx, Hobby Lobby and JoAnn Fabrics.
The “I” is a ruler and the “O” is a clock.
Some of them are unfinished wood that I covered in washi tape, paint, or scrap book paper.
The wall totally makes the room and I am so happy how it turned out.

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Down the small “hallway” is a closet that holds games and linens, the bathroom and the bedroom.
Obviously, our main living area is downstairs,
and I assure you that the playroom is never this clean.
At some point I’ll show you how it looks on an everyday basis.

The grey paint color continues up the stairs from our downstairs living area,
and it is the same grey from Crosby’s room which is Granite Dust by Valspar.
We love the contrast with the yellow and grey.

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Kitchen, High Chair, and Doll Cradle - KidKraft [Espresso]
Shopping cart – Step2

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US Map Canvas – Hobby Lobby
Futon – Target (here and here)

I paid far less for this futon last year and it looks like there are more color options now.
The color listed for ours was grey, but depending on the day, it could be purple too.
Either way, I love it and it provides an additional sleeping option if we need it.

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There are a few more things I would like to do up here,
but there is really no rush at this point.
I would like to do two cornices covered in a fun fabric over the windows
and get another piece of art, or something fun, for the landing
so you can see it as you come up the stairs.

Greg would like to eventually put crown molding up too,
at least in the areas of the room he can get to the ceiling.
The wall over the stairs makes me very nervous.

Overall, it’s a fun room to hang out in while the kids play,
and it will be fun to see how it evolves over the years.

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Speaking of IKEA, I shared five of our IKEA hacks over on Orlando Moms Blog today!

my weekend in photos

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watching frozen on friday night. not a day goes by where i don’t sing the entire soundtrack in my head.

we had our first family run on saturday morning. 2.6 miles and we all survived!

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sleeping baby who loves his lovie.

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we headed down to our community block party on saturday night with some friends.
such a good time!

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then we headed back to our house for pizza!

sunday morning shenanigans.

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stacking.

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smiling.

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so happy swinging away.

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our weekend was a mix of ups and downs.
good times with friends, little napping, and some whining.

how was your weekend?