Friday, January 30, 2015

The Past Twelve Months

It's been a little over a year since I've posted and so many exciting things have happened in our little corner of the world.... so I thought I'd fill you in on what's new in our lives. :)

Aidan turned FOUR! (And next month he'll be five... crazy!) We celebrated with a visit to the Museum of Natural History to see the dinosaurs and dinner at his favorite Greek restaurant. Then, over the weekend we had an impromptu gathering at the bowling alley with a few of his closest friends. He had a wonderful time!

My last month as a Mama of just two boys. The weather is gorgeous in Houston this time of year, so we spent a lot of time playing outside! This is also when my nesting kicked into full gear and I donated more bags that I can count of "stuff" to Goodwill and also purged our house of many unnecessary items! I was also able to start packing up things that I knew we wouldn't need before the move, which was a relief to do before the baby came.

Our sweet baby girl was born. Her arrival made our little family complete. Jason knew all along that she was going to be a girl, but I had my doubts. Aidan loved her immediately, but it took Connor quite some time to warm up to her. After all, he was the baby and didn't like her stealing his thunder. I never knew how much I wanted a baby girl until I was holding this little one in my arms. :)

Packing, packing, packing! So much to do and so little time with a new baby and two troublesome little boys to take care of! Also, there were a million people that we had to say "goodbye" to. On top of that, as soon as Hayley had her first round of shots, she and I flew up to Ohio for a whirlwind house hunting trip. My little girl is currently 9 months old and has all ready flown 4 separate times! We ended up making a bid on a house, but ended up pulling out of it in the end. It was also a gorgeous month in Texas, so we spent as much time as could outside!

At the end of the month, we finished packing up all of our belongings, had movers load everything into a truck and it was driven 1500 miles across the country to Ohio. Deciding to leave our new life and chosen "family" in Texas was an extremely hard decision for us. But, with Jason traveling more and more for work and with the addition of a third child we knew it was the right move for our family. Although, knowing that didn't make things easier. Jason and his Dad drove our cars (and dog) up to Ohio, while my Mom flew back with me, the three kids and my cat as our carry-on! It was a bit chaotic, but we made it there in one piece. :)
Last picture of us at our Texas home. This is the morning the kids and I left to start our new life in Ohio. *tear*

My in-laws graciously opened up their house to our family of five (plus a cat and dog) while we continued our house hunt. Luckily, we did find THE ONE after an intense few weeks of house hunting! The kids were also enjoying a beautiful summer in Ohio. One of the downsides of living in Houston is that the summers are unbearable and you can't be outside for more than a few minutes at a time. They loved playing outside on the slip 'n slide, riding bikes and scooters and enjoying many trips to the park. I also helped throw a gorgeous bridal shower for my little sister, which was a joy to plan!
Our New Home!

A fabulous month! Not only did my baby sister get married to an amazing guy, but we also moved into our house! Her wedding was absolutely beautiful and I'm so happy that she found the man of her dreams.

Because I'm certifiably insane, we decided it would be an awesome idea to have Connor's third birthday party at our new house. Less than a month after moving in. Boxes were everywhere and the place was definitely not very "homey" feeling, but it was great to celebrate his birthday with our families. We had never done that before. This house is HUGE, so I have a feeling we'll be hosting many celebrations for years to come.

Fall in Ohio. There's nothing better. I have longed for this season... and it didn't let me down. Beautiful foliage, warm days and cool evenings. The smells. Oh the smells of Fall! It was amazing being able to take the kids to all of the places I enjoyed visiting as a girl during this time of year. We also had family over for Halloween and the boys were able to trick or treat with their cousins! They also experience what it was like to trick or treat in the snow... only up North! :)

The boys experienced their first snow fall while living in Ohio. It was beautiful, but didn't last too long. After six months away, Aidan, Hayley and I decided to head back to Houston for a little visit with our much missed friends. We also spent Thanksgiving with my family up at my sister's house. After eating a delicious dinner, two of my sisters and I headed out for an evening of Black Friday shopping! And, we were finally able to visit some of our closest friends who live in Baltimore. My in-laws watched the boys for the weekend, while Jason, Hayley and I drove out to see them. Oh the luxury of having babysitters nearby!

Our first Christmas in our new home. It was a bit bittersweet that Hayley's first Christmas wasn't in the house that we brought her (and her brothers) home to. But, it was wonderful spending it with our families. The kids had a great time opening gifts from Santa, visiting relatives, playing with cousins and enjoying their first Christmas living in Ohio. They also got to experience cutting down their own Christmas tree for the first time... definitely a new tradition that we'll be continuing each year.

It's been a busy year to say the least! While moving has been difficult, the process has been a bit easier just knowing that I get to see our family so much more than we have in the past six years.
They're worth it. :)

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Valentine's Day Craft and Decor Ideas

Hello, friends!
I've missed you. Hopefully you've been reading all of my wonderful posts over at Huckleberry Love, since obviously I haven't been here in awhile! :)
Well, I'm happy to announce that you're going to be seeing a lot more of me at 8th Street Bridge this year. Since moving from Texas back to Ohio this summer, I've decided that I really want to restart my little piece of the interwebs. I've missed having my own blog and I'm excited to start sharing all of the projects that I've done/ have in mind for our new home!

In the meantime, here are a few of my most popular Valentine's Day posts. Hopefully they'll provide you with a bit of inspiration when it comes to decorating your home for that special day of love!
It's good to be back. :)


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