Gratitude.

The other day I was frantically detailing to Chris a list of all of the baby things we need to purchase before our little guy arrives (travel system, changing pad, etc). As I kept rattling off the list I began to tally the cost of each item in my head. I nervously looked up at him as I revealed the grand total.

He feigned a sigh, shook his head and sarcastically exclaimed, “Well, I guess we should probably buy some of our son’s things.” It took a beat before I realized that he was right. Of all of the furniture, books, clothes, and toys in his nearly finished nursery, we have only purchased his crib mattress, three art prints, and a handful of outfits.

As I stood in the baby’s room and took inventory of everything that we did have, I was struck with an immense sense of gratitude. Our family and friends have rallied around us and blessed us with so much more than we could ever have imagined or deserved. Let’s just say that if Baby H decided to come tomorrow, we would have everything that we’d need… and then some.

They say that it takes a village to raise a child and I can say with certainty that our village is one of the best around. I want to send a heartfelt thank you to everyone that has reached out to us with advice, prayers, gifts, and well wishes. You have taken so much pressure and stress off of us during this transitional period of our lives and we are more grateful than we’ll ever be able to convey.

 

Nest Inspiration

I have homebuyers fever. Is that a thing? Because it should be.

I’ve found myself daydreaming of the perfect house for us. One where we could start a family. Ideally, I would love a house flooded with natural light and hardwood floors. I love homes with character and luckily for us, there are a lot of those in our ideal neighborhood.

Unfortunately, there aren’t many for sale at the moment. At least not in our current price range. So, I’m currently left with just daydreaming of what our future nest will look like.

Thanks to the modern miracle of Pinterest, I’m able to share a few of my dreams with you.

Is mid-century modern southwest boho a theme?

Dream kitchen

Exposed beams for the win. I love how bright and airy both of these spaces are. I’d be completely content to call either one of these my kitchens. I’m also a sucker for Turkish kilim rugs.

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Dream living room

The colors! I adore living spaces with neutral colors. I could never ever have a white couch. I can barely get through an entire day in a white shirt without acquiring an array of multicolored stains. That being said, I still love the look. I also wish that I could own a few more plants. With our travel schedule, it’s hard to find ones that not only look beautiful but don’t need a ton of TLC.

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Dream dining room

When it comes to a dining room, I envision a place that’s bright and inviting. I would either prefer a more contemporary space or one that’s more traditional. Chris and I like to refer to them as “Thanksgiving rooms” or the houses that you see in movies where the entire family gathers around the table for Thanksgiving. The first photo is more modern (um, look at those hardwood floors! I die.) while the last two encompasses a more “Thanksgiving” feel with a modern touch.

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Dream bedroom

I’m really diggin’ the southwest theme. I love the bright colors in contrast with the neutral walls. I would be happy to fall asleep or wake up in any of the bedrooms below.

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Bathroom

As our currently apartment only has one bathroom that came complete with a pepto bismol pink tub and sink, we’re pretty excited at the idea of starting over fresh in our future home. I’m a big fan of white subway tile and the first bathroom pictured below is my jam. That being said, I do love the industrial feel in the second photo and that there are double sinks.

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Nursery

This is totally putting the cart before the horse, but we have been having more baby talks that usual. We would love to continue to travel with our future children. As it won’t be nearly as much as we’re doing now, it would be incredible to show them some of our favorite corners of the globe. And the more we talk about having children, the more I want them right.now.

So, let’s just go ahead and speculate what their future nurseries might look like… for fun.

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Real talk. My ovaries started screaming as soon as I started sifting through the nursery pictures. I am both thrilled and terrified at the idea of having children. It would be a major life shift, but also a welcomed one. But that’s for another post.

So while the hubs and I continue to shop for future homes, we’ll be keeping in mind these photos for inspiration. And I’ll be sure to keep you posted on the house hunt.

Feathering the nest: Living room

Oh man.

It’s hard to believe that we’ve been in this apartment for over a year. That we’ve had a place of our own for over a year.

It’s even harder to believe that we lived as a married couple under my parent’s roof for four months (and almost an entire year before the wedding). And while I’m incredibly grateful to my parents for giving us a place to lay our heads when we weren’t traveling, it is SO nice to have a place that is completely ours.

We weren’t even supposed to be seriously looking at apartments, but I found myself gravitating towards having a place of our own. I searched craigslist and made Chris look at the few that spoke to me (and were in our price range). Most were pretty horrific but when my eyes landed on this beauty, I just knew it was the one for us.

Chris and I had talked about having almost everything we needed to move in except a bed and a couch. We knew it was meant to be when the previous owner had only left two pieces of furniture in the apartment. You guessed it- one huge king sized bed and one beautiful leather couch. I looked at the landlord and said, “We’ll take it.”

Saying that we were excited would be an understatement. This was our first real place together. One that we got entirely on our own. We had lived together for two years in South Korea but it was organized through the school we were teaching at. It was a tiny studio apartment that wasn’t meant to be shared between two people and one very large cat. But we loved it. We made it our home while we were there.

 

Before we even moved it
Our living room before we even “officially” moved in

We were giddy. As soon as we were approved we met with the landlord. He told us we could move in on February 1st, just a few weeks away. We found ourselves sneaking into the apartment and sitting on our “new” couch, imagining what life would be like in the space. We even snuck in a few pieces of furniture like the dining table that has been in Chris’ family for generations.

Starting to come together...
Starting to come together…

Slowly, our living room began to take shape. We scoured local thrift stores for fun finds and religiously checked Craigslist for any furniture deals. In the photo above, the most expensive piece of furniture is the vintage trunk (a whopping $60).

We're getting there...
We’re getting there…

It’s been fun to slowly transform this space into the comfortable spot it is today. Since we initially moved in, we’ve been able to swap out a few pieces of furniture and even experiment with a few different rugs.

It’s warmer in here and it feels oh-so good to relax when we’re back from a big trip.

What our living room currently looks like.
What our living room currently looks like.

As much as I adore this apartment, I must admit that I get a little giddy when I think about having a house of our own. I’m excited for the days when we’ll look back and reminisce about “our first apartment.” The sheer amount of love and laughter that’s happened within these walls puts a huge smile on my face.