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Life Lately

I feel like I haven’t posted about my life lately in a while. So, here we are!

Mom and baby girl smiling

I have to say a huge thank you to everyone who commented on my post about losing Lola. It meant so much to me. We’re doing okay. I knew I would be sad when she passed, but I didn’t know I would feel this sad.

It’s like there’s a hole in our lives without her. I keep finding her fur around the house, or will accidentally think “I should walk the dogs” and then realize she’s gone. We are moving forward and just doing our best. Losing Lola definitely inspired me to be present and love on our little family as much as possible each and every day. ❤

Mother and daughter in matching coats

Speaking of our family, Sadie girl is doing well! I feel like she is growing and changing by the minute. She is starting to say a few words (with meaning!) like ball, uh oh, mama, and dada. She also ran for the first time the other night (send help!), loves to dance, and is doing really, really well with her eating and swallowing.

She’s just a little ball of fun, curiosity, determination, and joy. We’ve had family members babysit her a few times over the past couple of months and she has done great. It’s really nice to have a break every now and then 🙂

I recently found a sled on Craigslist and scooped that puppy up for winter. Jimmy and I are hoping to pull her around in our neighborhood, yard, or on local trails this winter!

Baby girl sitting in LL Bean sled

Jimmy and I have been working on a big project now that summer is over and fall is in full swing. We’re renovating our kitchen! Jimmy has been wanting to do this project since we moved in, but I’ve always been resistant because I know how much work it will be, how long it takes, and how torn apart the kitchen will be.

I finally decided (you know, once we had a 13-month-old…) that it would be worth it in the end and dove in, starting with our cabinets. I’ve been removing hinges, puttying wood, and sanding my little heart out while Jimmy paints.

Gray kitchen cabinets

We’re going with a gray, yellow, and white color scheme, with black hardware. Can’t wait to see how it all looks. And I can’t wait until it’s all done because our kitchen is a disaster zone 😉

When I’m not getting my hands dirty with kitchen projects you can find me reading or crafting (wood burning has been my jam lately). I read The Sound of Gravel (<– affiliate link) and could. not. put. it. down. I also just finished a memoir about midwifery (<– affiliate link).

It is well with my soul wood sign

One of my latest wood burning projects!

I think that’s about it for life lately. Missing Lola, enjoying our little family, reading, crafting, and working hard around the house!

Tell me about your life lately!

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Painting the Living Room

I know I’ve said it before, but there’s nothing like a hosting a party to motivate you get stuff done around the house! Jimmy and I have been wanting to paint our living room since we moved into our house in 2014.

As I mentioned a few posts back, I hosted an Origami Owl Jewelry party at our house (more on that in another post!). I think we had around 15 people over–the most we’ve ever hosted–and it was such a nice evening.

I’m not sure what prompted Jimmy and I to tackle painting the biggest room in our house a week before having a ton of people over, but we surprisingly finished before the party!

Our living room walls were previously off-white. We also had a wooden mantle and corner shelf unit. We decided to paint the walls gray (Whirlwind by Olympic), the mantle and corner shelf white (Ultra White by Valspar), and the ceiling white (White by HGTV Home).

We began painting on Monday and finished up late Friday night. I don’t think we went to bed before 11:00 pm one night last week, but it was totally worth it! Here are some before and after pictures.

Before

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After

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It was quite an undertaking, but I’m so glad we painted. Our living room feels like a whole new room now. We might do a second coat of paint on the walls, or we might be lazy and let it go, haha. We’ll see. All that’s left to do is hang some pictures, art, a mirror, etc. on the walls!

Do you like to paint?