Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Life Lately

G and I ate killer sushi this past week.

The day we found out the closing on our new house would be delayed a week we were super bummed, but we saw this rainbow. A reminder of God's promises. God is always good all the time.

What do you do when you are supposed to be moving into your new house? Wine taste, of course!

We finally tried this adorable winery we drive by everyday and it was so much fun. Everyone was so friendly, the wine was delicious, the atmosphere was relaxing and we will be back.

The house is all packed up, but since we have an extra week I unpacked a candle. It really does make such a difference having a candle lit. It makes everything cozy and makes all the boxes less chaotic.

We have all been cuddling up on this one chair since it's pretty much the only furniture we have left. That is Manny at my feet, ha! He doesn't want to be left out, of course.

G got up and Manny immediately took his place. It made me laugh so hard the way he moved so fast to get in on the couch action. 

Saturday we finished cleaning out the garage, cleaned the house and then celebrated with beers on the deck. G had a pineapple IPA and I had a watermelon ale. They were just okay which was a bummer because we were so excited to try them.

While we were sitting on the deck we heard a loud crack and ran out front. Our neighbors' tree had fallen on the corner of our garage! Luckily no one was hurt and there wasn't any structural damage. Since we already closed on this house and are renting we had to tell the new owners which was stressful. But they were so gracious and understanding. It truly hit us this is not our house anymore and it was a helpless feeling knowing there was nothing we could do. See also: poor new owners of this house! Their very first house and this happens, welcome to home ownership! UGH.

I gave you a sneak peak of our master bath here, but here is another peak at the new house. Our kitchen! I finally get my white kitchen!

Still on an ice cream kick. Such a fun little treat after dinner on the deck. Halo Top Cookie Dough is my jam and G is into the Strawberry.

G had an Outback Steakhouse gift card so we went for drinks and dinner and were just not impressed. The food was just okay. The drinks were watered down. The service was mediocre. And it was expensive! At the risk of sounding snobby, I'm over chain restaurants.

We celebrated Father's Day on Sunday with the family. It had been a while so it was so good to see everyone. I am blessed to have the BEST dad in the world and it was fun to celebrate him. Also, Ella and Bennett are the cutest and I had so much fun spending quality time with them.

We came home and watched La La Land and ate Thai food. I had super high hopes for this movie and was disappointed. I love a great musical, but I just wasn't digging the music or singing. I did love the dancing though.

So that's life lately. Another week of renting. Wine tasting. Sushi date nights. Deck sitting. Rainbow sighting. Family time. Making lemonade out of lemons. How are you?

Monday, June 19, 2017

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Life Lately

These crazy kids closed on their house last week. We are officially renting our house from the new owners. THAT IS CRAZY.

We went out for drinks and dinner to celebrate. We talked about our favorite memories of the house. How surreal everything feels. How fast everything is going. AH! It's so exciting!

We drove home from closing and saw three hot air balloons. Gosh, I will miss this sweet town.

Dinners over the last week have been a random mix of eating what we have left in the fridge/freezer and take out like Jimmy John's. Yum!

We finished packing this past weekend. WOOHOO! It feels so good to have it done. The garage was definitely the hardest part (which was why we kept putting it off). It was overwhelming and it was HOT. We were dripping in sweat by the end of it, but wow. Our garage has never looked better!

We cracked open a nice bottle of rose to celebrate!

My coworker came by over the weekend to pick up the last of the furniture we were giving to his family. We have had our current furniture for almost ten years and we were ready for new furniture. We decided we rather buy new rather than move existing furniture. My coworker wanted our furniture so it was perfect. We are in desperate need of a couch now! All we have now is an outdoor chair and this chair. And it's a war between Manny and I. Every time I got up he would sneak in and curl up, ha!

I have been on such an ice cream kick with this hot weather. I've tried both Halo Top and Artic Zero and my favorite BY FAR is Halo Top. Give me all the Cookie Dough Halo Top ice cream!

Also really digging coffee more than usual. With all the packing and purging I'm exhausted. My coworker and I are in a bad habit of grabbing Biggby on lunch everyday.

Look at these fun cocktails we enjoyed downtown in our cute little town. I will miss this town, that's for sure. But I know we will still visit our favorite restaurants on the way home from my parents.

This past weekend I went garage saling with friends and made out like a bandit. I got this adorable Coach wallet for $15 and about 15 sweaters and blouses from Banana Republic and The Loft for 50 cents to $1 each. SCORE! So fun! I love a good deal.

This week is full of many lasts at this house. Monday night was the last mow and while we love our jungle of a backyard I know G is happy to not have to mow the big hill anymore. 

So that's life lately. Closing on our current home (and first house). Packing. Savoring the last week in this house. Ice cream eating. Garage saling. 

What's new with you?

Monday, June 12, 2017

Mondays with Manny

"Um guys? Don't forget to take me with you!"

Friday, June 9, 2017

Life Lately

Date night to one of my favorite restaurants with my favorite guy watching the sunset on a perfect summer evening.

My new favorite beer right now is Bell's Pooltime Ale. While I wish I enjoyed it at the pool it was usually enjoyed while packing.

These flowers by my mail box are just unreal in color. 

We went to a friends' house for dinner and she is the hostess with the mostess with champs upon arrival. Fun times catching up, playing cards and eating dinner outside.

Fun times at work sling shotting water balloons at a target. No big.

Getting out of work early a few weeks ago and meeting G for a fun coffee date.

The prettiest and most delicious mac and cheese!

Packing. So much packing. Actually, more purging than packing. I'm really taking this minimalism thing to heart and it feels so good.

Enjoying the last few weeks at this house soaking up lots of time on the deck.

Also savoring time at the lake before we go. It's been so nice out!

While I am sentimental about leaving our first house and leaving a town that will always hold a piece of my heart I am super excited for our new house. Closer to work. Newer. Updated. Walking distance to an adorable downtown. And the thing I'm most excited about? A jetted tub! I cannot wait to finally have my very own jetted tub!!!!

So that's life lately. Date nights. Savoring the last two weeks in our house. Packing. Purging. Time at the lake. Living the dream.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

May Goal Review

I set goals for the year and check in each month to see how I did. Lets see how I did in May!

1. Follow Weight Watchers. Check! I lost four pounds this month watching what I eat, reading Intuitive Eating, walking Manny every day, and walking on breaks with coworkers. This Health Challenge at work is really helping me stay on track!

2. Be intentional with the relationships in my life. Check! I met a good friend for dinner (and margs!), double dated with friends, met up with former coworkers for lunch and planned a girls night with a friend before I move. G and I have also been intentional about going on date nights once a week to take breaks from packing to just talk, laugh and unwind from the madness. 

3. Read three books a month. This just did not happen. I blame it on Big Little Lies. Right before we cancelled cable (since we are moving and also we pay way too much) I binged on BLL. I heard amazing things about it and I was hooked. I binged all seven episodes in two days. I read the book and loved it! I usually skip the rated R scenes when reading so I was a little shocked at all the intimate scenes. But oh my gosh. It was so good. I watched the last episode twice. I don't want to give anything away, but WOW. The things people will do to appear as if they have the perfect life. Also, the acting is amazing and I am now obsessed with the Elvis song Wonder of You.

4. Move fifteen minutes everyday. Check! Manny and I walked every morning. I walked at work on breaks and lunch. Cleaning and packing has kept me active as well.

5. Do one thing that inspires you everyday. Check! I try to post what inspires me on insta so follow along @learningtobeawife. Date nights. Patio sitting. Sunsets. Manny. Reading. Resting. Girls nights. Flowers. Looking for the glorious in the mundane.

6. Find a new church community. Sadly we are moving and I will miss the church community we just found. We will have to find a new church when we move. Thank goodness this church has podcasts of the sermons because I will definitely keep listening to this preacher once we move.

7. Read the Bible and write in my prayer journal everyday. My prayers have mainly been during my walking time with Manny lately, but I want to get back into the habit of writing in my prayer journal. I really enjoy looking back and seeing how God answered prayers in His way and in His timing so I need to make this a priority next month. 

8. Do one house project a month. Well our house is packed and that is surreal and weird and emotional. While we were packing The House That Built Me by Miranda Lambert came on and I just started crying. I get so emotionally attached to things! I'm sure I'll be writing a mushy, sentimental post about our house soon so stay tuned!

How did you guys do this month?

Monday, June 5, 2017