Lately

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Love these two! There’s been a lot going on lately with selling the old house, Valentine’s Day, and just general February busyness. B started ISR swimming lessons (I plan to get more into ISR in an upcoming blog post), and we’ve been dabbling in potty training. And by “dabbling” I mean this: B’s ready and we’re just along for the ride. She showed a lot of interest a month or so ago, so we prepped ourselves with training underwear, a potty watch (linked here), and a tiny toilet. I think we’ve made a lot of progress this weekend, but I’m cautiously optimistic. We definitely wouldn’t be doing it yet without her interest, but it’s been all her idea so we’re just watching her go (literally)!

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The weather’s been nutty here, so I’m grateful for the chance to escape to the warm indoor swimming pool where we do lessons every day. It gets us out of the house, and B’s doing really well now that she’s gained some confidence in getting from the teacher’s arms to the bar on the side of the pool. I’m really glad we’re doing it, and also that we’re past the first week hump (a.k.a. crying every day of lessons.)

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We’ve been spending a lot of time indoors, and I’m ready for nice days at the park to come again quickly! If the temps get above 45 though, it’s game on at the park with some extra bundling and layers. Last time we went to the park, it was literally just the two of us - hey, more park for us crazies to enjoy!

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Smudgey mirror selfies are a staple of this season of life. Let’s not pretend like my mirror was much cleaner before motherhood though.

Valentine’s Day was pretty low-key this year for B! I blame the Christmas jammies on my scattered brain - girlfriend definitely had Valentine’s jammies, but they were in the wash… WHOOPS. We had swimming lessons that morning, and I had to get photos of the exterior of our old house before the painters came. So we grabbed vegan donuts at Whole Foods, and then she shopped with a B-sized cart for her favorite snacks. Her daddy and I had a nice date night at the club with a zippy little golf cart ride to boot. I’d say all in all, a successful V-Day.

Slow mornings are my absolute favorite part of this season. I know there are busier mornings ahead, and I love when we’re all together in our pj’s soaking up the time together. <3

2018 in Review

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Happy New Year from the Storey fam! We had an amazing year as a family, and I love putting these posts together every year (going on #3 now) to look back on. P.S. Yes our tree is still up, and I have no intention of taking it down until the 5th since it hasn’t even been up for two whole weeks yet! #movingatchristmasprobs

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January - B’s first experience in the snow (and the first snow of 2018!) Spoiler alert: She wasn’t a fan. She loved it quite a bit more almost a year later in November of this year, though!

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February - This was my first full month staying at home with B, and it was SO good. We kept busy every week with music class and gymnastic class (later in April). Since then, I’ve been finding less structured ways to spend our mornings (and less costly too!) but those were some fun memories looking back!

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March - Redid B’s room with B Darling wallpaper (recently removed it when we moved out and it was THE saddest thing, but it came off like a dream in under 5 min!)

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April - Celebrated Easter, started gymnastics, and finished Jordan’s office (blog post here). B strongly disliked the Easter Bunny, and we’re not hopeful for next year’s visit (I mean, he’s kind of creepy right??) Easter eggs, however, she LOVED.

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May - Uncle Christian got married!! We gained a very musical aunt who loves to play piano with B. B was a flower girl, and bawled the entire way down the aisle while I carried her (in an awkward hurry). It was a beautiful wedding and reception downtown, and felt like a big family/friend reunion since my sister-in-law’s family has known my family for two generations now!

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June - Jordan and I went to beautiful Punta Cana (blog post here) where we spent our time getting sunburned and drinking fruity umbrella cocktails by the pool. We came back to full-blown summer heat, and spent the rest of the month swimming with B, our little fish, in any pool we could get our hands on.

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July - B discovered a deep love for snapper fireworks, we spent more time in the pool, and celebrated cousin Skylar’s first birthday!

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August - We said “See ya later” to our pool hangs with a dog swimming fest in College Hill’s neighborhood pool, and Mali slept for days afterwards. B had ear tubes put in this month too (praise the Lord for modern medicine!)

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September - The month of the car cart obsession! Can’t forget this one! We prepped for B’s 2nd birthday, enjoyed the cooler days, and played outside as much as we could!

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October - Always a busy and fun month for us! B turned 2 with a Sesame Street birthday (blog post here) and dressed up as her favorite mermaid doll for Halloween. We also went to Switzerland (blog post here) - such an incredible trip for us both.

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November - Our sweet friend James turned one! We celebrated Thanksgiving and put an offer in on a house.

December - We moved! Like crazy people in the middle of December, we moved and settled in before my birthday (12/22). If you missed the post, here are some fun pictures of us enjoying the Christmas season in the new house.

2018 was so good to us. My resolutions for 2019 include opening our home up to more hosting, going as a family to church instead of watching online (although we do love our early morning church snuggles in the winter), and cooking healthier! We’re grateful for another year of good health and for all the experiences we were blessed with. Happy New Year!

Life Update

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Happy Birthday to me! We had both of our families over for my birthday with pizza, cheesecake, and the classic movie - Christmas Vacation.

Happy Birthday to me! We had both of our families over for my birthday with pizza, cheesecake, and the classic movie - Christmas Vacation.

It’s been kind of busy over here at the Storey house, so I thought I’d do a little catch-up post. Moving at Christmas was insane, but we got ourselves in and (somewhat) settled before my birthday on the 22nd, which was some kind of Christmas miracle in itself. I also think Christmas decor covers a multitude of sins, since we haven’t hung anything on the walls yet and our rugs aren’t allowed to be on the newly refinished floors until a few weeks have passed. It’s a little bare without our garland and tree up, and since we didn’t get the house Christmas ready until Dec. 19, I’m leaving everything up until after New Years just to enjoy it a little longer.

Also, I have zero idea where my memory card + reader are, so it’s iPhone photos upon iPhone photos for your viewing pleasure. It’s my New Year’s resolution to find them… pray for me.

B loved making cookies with Lolly the week of Christmas! We broke in our kitchen and oven with sugar cookies - the best way to break in any kitchen I think.

B loved making cookies with Lolly the week of Christmas! We broke in our kitchen and oven with sugar cookies - the best way to break in any kitchen I think.

We have big plans for furnishing and decorating here, but are in love with all the finishes that are already done here. We’re saving all our reno energy for the old house that’s getting a lot of love poured into it in the next few weeks. I’m excited to update you on that when we have it ready and on the market! It’s going to be an absolute transformation (floors, walls, trim, kitchen, etc. CAN’T WAIT.)

Fun Fact: The TV is not staying above this mantle, but it works for now until we find a tv stand that we love!

Fun Fact: The TV is not staying above this mantle, but it works for now until we find a tv stand that we love!

As for our plans in this house, we’ve got a lot of settling in to do. Most of our boxes are unpacked, but once again, moving at Christmas is kind of crazy so we have a lot of organizing to do. The general vibe of this house is far more traditional than our old house, so we’ve made some different design decisions with furniture and decor that I am LOVING. It’s overall a blend of traditional and modern elements, and I’ve really been pushing myself to learn more about the history of interior design so every decision we make has a little logic behind it. So far it’s been a huge help since we’ve ordered everything without seeing it on site. And that folks is my KU Bachelor of Arts at work - bringing me back to the 6 Principles of Gestalt even now. Rock Chalk and all that jazz!

We’ve had a lot of people ask us why we moved, to which we say “We just fell in love with this house.” And it’s 110% true. It takes a special house to make you want to uproot your toddler in December, but we couldn’t love it more. Like we’re literally laying in bed every night and saying to each other “This is the best.” I’m really pumped to share it as we make it our own - so many fun house posts coming up!