Thursday, January 9, 2014

Little Boy Blue.

Those who know me well could easily tell you I am THE WORST when it comes to change.
To be honest, I am the girl who cries because her family gets a new toaster.
So this week was a very big, proud, growing up week for me.
This week I said goodbye to my dream car... My Little Blue Bug.
 (This is me many years ago when I finally got my little love.)

I have wanted one since I was little but I never really thought I would. My brother found a great deal and I jumped even if I wasn't really ready to. I am SO happy I did because I have LOVED this car over the years more than you could ever know. It was literally the vehicle personification of me.

This week we had a sad goodbye as I moved up to mama car status. After talking about it over and over with Greggy the Bug just wasn't suited for our growing family.
I am not going to lie, the very best part of our new car is that its blue:) I have now only ever owned blue cars. A Neon which we called Blue Bug, the actual Blue Bug, and now my Forester which is deemed Blue Bug 3.
Here's to keeping the family safe and learning not to be so attached.
xoxo jess

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

happy arctic freeze!

Yesterday was my first snow day which was actually just a the-world-is-frozen-dont-go-outside day.
I didn't even know what to do with a whole unplanned day off, so things got a little crazy.
I drank coffee out of a mug and not a to-go cup, risky I know.
I snuggled my puppy as long as possibly.
I wore my pajamas all day, scandal.
I dusted, vacuumed, and organized so this baby bird possibly has a nook to call his own.
I got to visit with a dear friend as we repeated many of the above stated activities.
I made breakfast for dinner because its one of my hubby's faves.
I went the whole day with no make-up.
It was a prettty great day, something I have needed for myself for many months now. I needed a time to let my brain process and reflect and prepare for all that has happened and all that is to come.
Maybe I am getting just a tiny bit excited.
more soon,

xoxo j

Saturday, November 16, 2013


Well, if you have assumed I have given up on this dear old blog, I would probably say you're right.
I have not been able to get my groove back for the last year and I'm not quite sure why. I will have to ashamedly admit it is in part to instagram, which I know (and agree) is a cop-out. But, when I can upload one picture in four seconds and say what I need to about it, the need for a blog seems like an age old form of communicating ideas with people.
Still, I find myself missing it here. Whether one person reads or a bunch I liked documenting my life, my projects, and anything else I wanted to share with whoever happened upon this little space in the cyber world.
I have considered starting fresh. A new blog with a new name and a new focus. But if you know anything about me I am not good at change or forgetting where I've been.
So, I'm going to have another go at it but with a little help.
Greg is going to be helping me, writing, sharing some of his own DIYs, inspiration, and making some amazing printable happy things for people to enjoy. We're going to go at it as a team like everything else we do and see if it helps me move back into my happy place.

We have a lot to be thankful for and a lot to be inspired about:

 Oh yes. Our little bird will be here in march and we are beaming about it.

So here's to love and newness and life.
To fresh starts in familiar places.
And to people who hold our hands through it all.
xoxo jess

Monday, July 1, 2013

don't go without me.

Today is the first day of our last month in the place we have called home. 
I had this long emotion filled post I had written this morning but thats the beauty of backspace and blogs. I just need to push forward.
This is really hard for us. This is not a house, this is our home. And when I say our I mean the lovely ladies upfront and our nest. We have made a family in house built on trust and love and mutual care for each others well being. It will be extremely missed and irreplaceable. 

The short of the story is they sold the house we live in and only we have to move because the man is going to let his son live in our half. So we have 30 days to figure our new living situation out.
Now I know that might seem fine, but 30 days is barely enough time to digest the news.. we had to start looking and packing that night.

And although I have been crying (a lot) I do truly know we will be okay. 
Its just sometimes instead people telling us we'll be better off or "its happening for a reason" I just want people to let me cry and tell me it does really suck. 

It sucks we have to start over.
It sucks we lose our community.
It sucks we have to be brave.
It sucks my best friend is coming and the last time he was here my house was in boxes and now it will be in boxes again.
It sucks Avery will lose neighbors who love her so much.
It sucks this all brings up bad memories.
It sucks.

And even though this isn't my favorite, ya know... change. I know we will grow and learn and be stretched. I know Greg will hold my hand through it and even carry me when I feel like there is no possible way I can move forward. I know even if the last few months feel like a pit, I know love will win. I have to believe that or really what is the point?

growing up sucks sometimes. 
whoever lead me to believe my twenties were going to be easy is a fool.
thank goodness for awesome friends and a top notch husband ♥ 
xoxo j

Sunday, June 16, 2013


So I know I have been slacking at posting but I promise I am still taking the pictures. I opened my computer today and there was a recipe on the screen that I made over a week ago. That is how little I actually get on my computer. Any who here are some photos from the last week in may possibly the first week in june... I may have lost track a little. 

1. a beautiful mama
2. a beautiful baby
3. my handsome man
4. red
5. a community of littles
6. hideaway lunches
7. BLTs favoriteeee
8. pink lemonade, all summer
9. pretty dishes in the sun
10. hubby makes cutting boards
11. needed life reminders
12. one of my preschoolers gave me this, she said its me

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend!
xoxo j