Bennett is 1½!

It was Bennett’s half-birthday on Feb. 6th—I can’t even believe he’s 1½! He’s getting so big. *tear* I think this age is a lot of fun, though. He’s learning everything so quickly! Some of his favorite things to do are:

  • Push cuddles the monkey around in a stroller
  • Play with big sister, McKenzie
  • Copy Momma & Daddy
  • Cause trouble
  • Bring people their shoes and try to put them on
  • Help throw things away in the garbage
  • Cuddle his Georgie Bear
  • Read Curious George. Over. And. Over.
  • Point at birds

He’s also gotten very good at making animal sounds (ie: What does a dog say? Woof Woof! What does a horse say? Neigh!). He also likes to point to body parts and say them. (In the pic below he’s saying “belly button.”)

We had his 18 month appointment last week and he was 31¾ inches long and 22lbs. He’s 50th percentile for height, 15th for weight (still adjusting for his 6 weeks prematurity). And sometimes I swear he looks bigger when he wakes up from naps! The other day he slept 13 hours. I wish I could do that. He has 4 teeth on top + two of his top molars have popped through, and two teeth on the bottom. He’s such a smart, fun little dude—but he’s a handful. He likes to break stuff and make messes. All boy.

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McKenzie also rocked her “Bat Project.” She had to present her diorama in front of the class. She knew all her facts and scored 33/30, getting all her extra credit! She did it all herself, we were so, so proud of her. ♥ They even put it on display near the front entrance of the school! Did you know North Carolina has 15 species of bats?

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Jon and I also discovered that our neighbor’s daughter is a wonderful babysitter, so we took full advantage and went on a date this weekend! =) We found a new-to-us, delicious restaurant here in Fayetteville. SO. GOOD. Our new fave for sure. The atmosphere was fun and young, there was a live band and everything. The food was delicious and fresh. We had fun just talking and hanging out! I definitely foresee many more dates there in the future. Hope you all have a fantastic Valentine’s Weekend!

Playground fun fun fun.

One of the things I love about North Carolina is the weather. It’s gorgeous, even in wintertime! I love that my kiddos can get outside and play in the sunshine, and go to the playground with friends in January. ♥

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Kitchen Upgrades

When we moved, Jon and I knew we wanted to do some upgrades to the kitchen. It’s the heart of the home! We decided to add granite (Giallo Ornamental), farmhouse sink, stainless steel appliances, and have the cabinets “refaced.” For those of you unfamiliar with refacing, it’s a great option if the layout and structure of your existing cabinetry is fine (and a fraction of the cost). Here’s what they did: added new vinyl finish/trim to the existing cabinets, replaced all the doors, and added new hardware. We also opted for crown moulding, which completely changed the look of the cabinets! We went with a darker wood-look to match the new floors throughout the rest of the house. It all came together so well, and we’re very pleased with the finished product! Now we just need to choose a backsplash. I’m thinking glass tile? Here’s a before & after—what a difference!1531670_10103908137223557_2774792529879643168_o1975223_10103907754490557_1811103309672035817_n

New House Makeover [[exterior]]

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So this was our new house “BEFORE” From what you can see on the outside, we’ve added concrete landscape edging, a real garden, a new mailbox, a RED DOOR, and a fence and fire pit. Phew! And that’s just the outside!IMG_6524And here is our red door up close. We went with POSH RED by Valspar. I love the color, I think it’s the perfect hue. Not too bright, but very much red. In my opinion, it changed the entire house! We still need a couple more coats.

IMG_6532IMG_6529There was actually no mailbox when we moved in, so that was our first real “project” at the new house. We looked at a bunch of different options, but opted for a basic wooden post. Not only was it cheaper, but I think it looks more natural as well. We painted it white, added a box and some modern numbering, and I planted some pansies around the bottom. It’s the little things!IMG_6526We have a beautiful backyard! Our property is 1 acre, but much of it sits on “Protected Wetlands.” We have a little creek that goes through our backyard when it rains. We opted to go for a black chain-link across the backyard to preserve the beautiful view of the woods, which we thinned and cleared out the underbrush shortly after moving in. It probably gave us about 15 extra feet of yard inside the fence! It was very overgrown.IMG_6780We also added a fire pit. We’ve only used it a couple times, but I love it already! And Bennett thinks it’s his own personal playground, he loves to throw the pebbles back inside. =)

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Dana P. - January 8, 2015 - 11:36 am

Your house is so cute! I especially love your red door. A colored door is on my must-do list for our house. Happy to see you guys settling in nicely. Hope everything else is well!

Angie - January 8, 2015 - 3:41 pm

It looks amazing Nicole! Love the red door :)

Nicole | Life So Lovely - January 11, 2015 - 11:32 am

Thank you!

Better late than never? Halloween recap 2014.

So I JUST emptied my “nice” camera from Halloween. It was pretty fun! We’re used to Wisconsin Halloweens—meaning, it’s usually too chilly to stay out long. Not in North Carolina, it was about 60 degrees and nicehalloween collage1

Daddy sat outside with Bennett in his little Robot costume and handed out candy, while I walked with the neighbors and our big kids. The subdivision was packed and it was a great time! McKenzie’s bag was overflowing by the time we got home. She’s only been allowed to have 1 candy per day, so she still has a few left. =)IMG_6427IMG_6450