Furniture Finds

I’ve been working on a little project. We have these ugly old bar stools that I painted brown awhile back. They looked fine at the time, but now the paint is starting to chip and they just look terrible. I’m going to sand them down and stain them the same color as our beautiful dining room table. Sanding is such a giant pain in the booty! I didn’t realize just how long it takes to sand things, or else I never would have painted in the first place! I do know that the finished product will be well worth the effort, but it’s still a pain. I have even thought about abandoning the project altogether in favor of buying new furniture. I especially love teak, because it just weathers on its own, and doesn’t need to be stained or finished. check out Home and Patio Décor Center’s Anderson Teak selection! Aren’t they pretty? But alas, my budget is tight, so DIY projects are a must. Someday I will be able to buy new, and when I do, I’m definitely going to look into teak furniture. I just love this outdoor patio set.

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I can picture sitting around with friends, having a great outdoor meal together. A girl can dream right?

Home Decor

You know how most girls are obsessed with shoes? I feel that way about home decor. I don’t know what it is, but I love anything to do with home decorating. I have Every Catalog under the sun that relates to the home, from Pottery Barn to Crate and Barrel. My pinterest is covered with ideas for DIY decorating, my wishlist is all related to home furnishing and decor. I can’t wait to be a homeowner again, where I can put all of these great ideas to good use. For now, I will just have to keep on dreaming, and keep on pinning things to my wishlist.
Right now I’m really into all of the outdoor furniture I see in catalogs. Maybe it’s because it’s summer, and we’re finally living in an area with nice mellow summers. It’s not unbearably hot here, and we can actually stand being outside during the day. Go figure! I would love a gorgeous furniture set like this one from Restoration Hardware.
Isn’t it lovely?

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For now I will just daydream, but someday…

Singing Toddler

Our little guy has started the cutest stage. He just turned 2, and now he’s talking up a storm, and singing too. I think anything he sings is pure audio gold. I love listening to his stories and his sweet little voice when he sings. I hope he wants to continue to sing music as he gets older. For now, I try to video tape as much as I can, and enjoy this sweet stage of his life.

A Well Organized House

We are finally all settled into our new place. I feel like it took so much longer this time around. Partly because I have a very rambunctious toddler, but partly because I’m working full time. It’s hard to be motivated to organize and unpack on my two days off. This rental has so much more storage than our last place had. I can finally fit all of my toiletries, like my fabulous original german nivea night cream, into my bathroom, instead of stuffed away under our bed. Now to just find the time to clean this new spacious home!

Settling In

Well we once again moved, and this time hopefully for a long while. I’m getting us all unpacked and organized. There’s nothing better than getting that last box unpacked and feeling settled in. I have a list of projects I want to do, and things I need to buy to make the house function better. There are a few couch accessories that would be nice as well. Heck, a new couch would be nice, but ours will have to do while we have a toddler terrorizing the house. 🙂

New Year, New Town

We are official Oregonians! We moved into our new place December 10th, and we’re nicely settled in now. We have done some exploring, but we have a lot more to do. With the holidays behind us, I feel like I can finally catch my breath and do some of the things I’ve been wanting to do.

We have yet to go out to dinner in our new town. I’m a little disappointed in our choices here in town. It seems to be mostly chain restaurants and not a whole lot of other options. But we are only 20 minutes from some great eateries.

Other than that, we are very happy here, and so glad we’ve made the big move. I can’t wait for the day that we buy our next home, hopefully our forever home. I know once we have a disposable income again, I’ll be hoping the hubs goes shopping at http://www.joyjewelers.com/ for our anniversary. Til then, we’ll be budgeting a lot more, but I think the trade off is worth it. We’re closer to family and friends, and we are finally back where we belong!

Moving and Gift Buying

Things have been so hectic and busy here! If the holidays weren’t busy and stressful enough, we moved out of state as well! We just got settled into our new place, and already had a nice visit from my brother, niece and nephew. My niece’s birthday is coming up, and this will be the very first time I’ve been able to go to her birthday party. I am so excited for it. She said she wants a guitar for her birthday, and her dad confided that he bought one for her. I’ve been looking at the iOS buying guide for android compatible music software, so we can download apps and teach her how to play the guitar. I love that I’ll be closer to my sweet niece and nephew, and can finally get to know them better.

Planning Our Out of State Move

We are planning our out of state move. It’s finally happening! It’s a bit overwhelming planning all of the things we need to take care of. We need to get new don allred insurance quotes and see if we can save on our car insurance, not to mention needing renter’s insurance since we’ll be renting again for a bit. Then there’s getting rid of our old things, packing up what we do want, and figuring out what moving company to hire. We’re also job and house hunting all from a state away. It’s definitely not easy! I can’t wait til we are moved and settled.

My Dream Job

Right now, my dream job is being Little Man’s mama. It’s a wonderful job, though the time off sucks 😉 But seriously, I love it so much. Now that he’s getting a little bit older, I’ve started thinking ahead to when I’ll start working again. I have a huge obsession with home decor, home improvement, and basically everything that has anything to do with homes. I think if my job were to find find baker furniture here and decorate homes for a living, I’d be pretty happy. Only problem is, I’d want to do it in my taste, not necessarily other people’s. Ha!

Daydreaming of Owning Our Own Business

The Hubs and I have been having some big talks about our future. We agree that we want to live a simpler lifestyle. We’d like to be our own bosses one day, and it would be so nice to be able to set our own hours. Our dream would be to open up a restaurant/bar that maybe even has line dancing and karaoke nights. We’d have a blast with it, and I think it’d be a lot of fun. It’s just scary: the idea of changing our whole lifestyles and taking a risk on a business. But it just might be the best thing we ever did.