Um, hi? I'm not sure if you remember me, but I occasionally hang out here. It's been too long!!! I have had so many intentions of sitting down to write a post about home improvement, recent travels, new recipes, great music finds.... but time has eluded me. The longer I went without posting, the more awkward writing one felt! Hopefully this post will be like ripping off the band-aid and I can make a better effort to be a regular blogger. At least I can try, right?
We've been having a great fall so far. The weather has been insanely gorgeous and it has me very nervous for what's in store this winter. Mother Nature has a way of getting us back, you know? Speaking of that, how is it possible Halloween is this weekend?? Gah! Time is flying! We are dressing up as a family this year and I will let this photo be the hint as to what our theme is......
So, let's catch up a little. I've been super busy in between homeschooling and teaching up at the studio, but we did manage to get away for a long weekend up to the northwoods of Wisconsin with our friends Dan, Amanda and their son Landon. It was so much fun. We were about eight hours north all the way up at the top of Wisconsin near Lake Superior. It was absolutely beautiful! We saw lots of wildlife, waterfalls and really enjoyed our time together. Here are some photos courtesy of my amazing photographer.... you can view her other work here at http://www.simplyaestheticdesign.com
This was the view every single night from our cabin on the lake...
Ethan enjoying the view of Lake Superior!
My pretty Abby! Abby is turning eight in two weeks!!
Lulu.... where do the curls come from?
Both of our families!!
A quick family picture near the waterfalls...
Once we got back from our trip, we started on one of the biggest home renovations we've ever taken on. We decided (okay, I decided) it would be a good idea to close in the school room and make it more of a multipurpose room. Our computer was what was considered to be our formal living room before, and I was tired of it being the first thing you saw when you walked in the door. The plan is to make the school room more of an office space for Kevin as well. The formal living room will be more of a sitting room. We also needed to paint pretty much the entire downstairs (we're going for a more neutral color palette this time - bye bye heavy curtains and accessories)..... and I had always wanted to knock out that stair wall (I think there was a previous post somewhere here about that)..... so ya. One thing lead to another like it ALWAYS does and we found ourselves in the middle of a demolition zone. We are living amidst drywall dust and destruction! But it's looking better all the time and will be so nice when it's done. The school room is closed in & drywalled, the french doors are up (thanks to some help from my brother and neighbor). We finished the stairs this weekend without too much trouble. We now have two beautiful banisters and newel posts instead of a closed in stairwell! It's really coming together and I promise to post photos of the before, during and after once I can find the cable to upload pictures! So stay tuned for those!
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