1- Summer Mantel Part Deux– I got to work with my sister-in-law Kristy this weekend on her mantel since she was having a party for my nephew Will’s 2nd birthday party and you know how I love to move things around/ work with what ya got/ stage a house or two, right? Here is the before:
We did not spend one dime on this mantel. Every single thing came from their home! We scoured closets, the kitchen and dining rooms for the stuff we put on the mantel. “Shop” your home today and I swear it will make you feel good.
2- An important birthday party for an important little man– As I mentioned earlier, it was my nephew’s 2nd birthday party this past weekend and it was so much fun to get time with little Will since we don’t get to see him very often. He is growing up so fast and it seems like each time we see him he is getting bigger, smarter and cuter.
He got a little boo boo on his face a few days before the party but what would a two-year old’s birthday pictures be without a little facial bumps or bruises, right? So much fun, ate way too much food and enjoyed spending time with our family.
3- Someone who is more organized than me?? I also got to go with my mom and Annie to see my cousin Ashley’s beautiful new home while we were there and although I have always known that she is uber organized, she has even put me to shame.
Here are some of my favorites from her adorable home:
This is a mural on the wall of Ashley’s daughter’s room. Isn’t this cute? My cousin Tonya painted it.
This table alone makes me wanna stay the night; she got it at the Pottery Barn Outlet. Yes, I said O U T L E T. And it is 20 minutes from their home. Why doesn’t Chicago have a PB outlet????
This was an old chest of drawers that they repainted. I don’t know why but I think I loved this piece the most because it was re-purposed and you know how much I love to use what you have around the house.
Last but not least was this stockpile in the basement. When I walked down and saw this I almost squealed. Or maybe I did, I don’t really remember because I was in total awe.
4- A “somewhat” fun road trip with my oldest- So I got to go to Ohio with my oldest daughter alone which was such a treat since it is hard to get time alone together. Since we were going on a road trip together alone, I thought it would be fun to take Route 30 all the way from Indiana to Ohio so that she could see the small towns that dot the map along the way. I introduced her to the musical stylings of Dave Matthews Band and Barenaked Ladies, we ate some fun food and she caught me up on all of the school gossip…all good things that is until we got to…..
Fort Wayne, Indiana.
For some reason, this little/big town got us all flustered because on the way to Ohio, we missed an exit and got to experience downtown Ft. Wayne. Thanks to GPS, we got out of there pretty smoothly and only lost about 15 minutes of time. But on the way home, we missed another exit and lost an hour because of road blocks and an almost tornado looming overhead. So to my Fort Wayne readers, your city looked lovely but it has it out for me and I don’t know why. It did help Annie to learn some new map reading skills so it was all good.
5- Mike got to party like it was 1999 or maybe 1987– So I was grateful to get away and I have a couple of people to thank for this. First to one of my friend’s Melissa who watched Ellie for half of a day and created this for us in honor of our anniversary:
I love this so much and have it on our kids “artwork wall”.
And also a big thank you to our neighbor/sitter/adopted family member Hailey for watching her the rest of that day.
But my husband was in charge most of the time we were gone and he made the best of a weekend alone with the three-year old.
He partied like a rock star.
Now don’t go call DCFS on him, he was a wonderful daddy taking her to his work to meet some co-workers, going to McDonald’s for lunch, going over to our friend’s/neighbor’s house for pizza and a play date with their two-year old. But when Ella was asleep on Saturday night, his friend Brian came over (he was bachelor-ing it too with his wife out of town) and they sat outside with a bonfire, beer and the baby monitor to live it up.
My husband said to me and I quote, “Umm, I got college drunk last night and fell asleep in my clothes“.
Well, I am glad he had a good weekend and now I don’t feel so guilty leaving him with Ellie for the weekend. But next time, he is coming along with us.
- My Attempt at a Summer Mantel
- It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Summer