Out to Lunch

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Zack has three days off, although day one is closing in, until he works 8 whole 12 hour days in a row! Yikes! So we took his mom out to lunch to give her a break from work, and to get us out of the house. Penelope enjoyed coloring her menu, and it was too cute to pass up, so I took some quick photos with Zack’s phone…
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Penelope having her hand traced.
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I have been working on “improvements” to the blog, actually taking the time to work out tiny details, instead of having basic, “blah,” links and such. Zack is making supper, and Penelope is avoiding watching Charlotte’s Web by running laps around the island in Grandma Shooie’s kitchen. Whatever works.
Also, for those who don’t have Facebook, or don’t follow me on Facebook, We have decided against the Name Olive Elsie for our new baby girl- although we still love the name- and are holding off on letting people know the new name until she arrives in November.
Back to blog editing… be back soon.

Home Tour: : : Penelope’s Room

Penelope has totally adapted to her new room; the big girl bed, sunshine in the morning, toys and crafts, books galore! (her favorite part), and old familiar things, like Raggedy Ann.

Sorry for the no-so-good photos today, I ran around taking photos (with no desire to make sure the lighting was good) out of fear I’d forget to before we headed back to St. Peters.
Penelope blossomed in a way while we were at our new place. She has become more fearless, creative, energetic, patient, and has begun to say more words, and has not been afraid to try and say new words, whereas before she would seem bashful. Not sure what actually got her into this new swing of things, but I’m enjoying it.
She has more books than this…. some were on the floor, we have a basket of books in the living room, some in the car, (she is now pointing at the screen, saying “Bookie! bookie!”) and three books in the bathroom.
The lighting I mentioned before—well, an example, her sheets are a crisp white with pink roses, not pale blue with red roses…oh well. you get the idea, right?
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More features of her room will be displayed throughout everyday posts, but here are some of her enjoying her recliner her and Daddy sit in for bedtime stories, which is also new to her.
Happy Monday!


A Week to Settle: : Cousins

Friday evening we had Zack’s cousin, Anna, and her three [gorgeous] girls over for supper and just to visit- ‘cause they’re wonderful.
We had a chance to break in our new grill, so Zack made hamburgers. The girls played with Penelope in her room, not leaving a single toy out of the experience, while Anna and I talked. Penelope was, and always is, attached to Anna at the hip fully forgetting Mommy exists. Later, when Zack was done cooking, we ate supper and finished watching Cars 2, before heading behind the apartment to the Elementary school playground to get out all the rest of the kid’s energy.
As you can tell, they all had fun! Penelope loves (what we’ve always called) her sisters! They are moving back to Seattle in less than a month, so we need to soak up as much time with them as we can before they go!

Penelope has a play-date today with friends after lunch! I’m off to get things in order… Penelope’s room post tomorrow.
Happy Sunday!


A Week to Settle: : Daddy’s Helper

I spent a week at our new home getting things in order. Zack joined Penelope and I Wednesday night after work, and had a lot of catching up to do as far as Penelope was concerned. Thursday, Penelope and Zack planted our first two plants for the new place. She loves to be a helper!
She hasn’t quite reached the point where she understands (or cares to) the proper way to go about using a watering can. She prefers to dump the water out in one swooping moment, creating a puddle on the ground and only managing to get a few drops of water in the actual pot. But the girl had fun! Mama snuck some water from the sink into them later in the day…
Zack was determined to teach her the proper way (as he always does), but she didn’t care. She just nodded her head “yes” an continued to spill it. Puddles are more fun.

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Penelope has eased gracefully into living in a new place. Makes me wonder if she has her Mama’s wandering ways, when it comes to things such as moving.
This week has been all about “Bookies,” puzzles, and “Caaars!” –the children’s movie- which WILL be mysteriously missing when we return…
More to come about our week’s events another day.
Happy Saturday!

First Night

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Friday night, Zack Penelope and I spent our first night in our new home! It was Penelope’s first time in a big girl bed- she slept her usual 12 hours (Yay!), even with the sun shining bright in her window she slept until 8:00. She also took a two hour nap on Saturday without a fuss. I thought all of the changes might set off her schedule or comfort level a bit, but no, she’s a champ!
She loves everything about our new home, except she can’t see “DeeDee” and “PawPaw” (Her Greatgrand parents) and Grandma Shooie (Zack’s mom, Shari) whenever she’d like. Buuuut- We have a PORCH SWING! Our very own “Wee” (swing) right outside our front door! I apologize for all of the parentheses, Penelope has a lot of code words.
We are thoroughly excited about our new place! It is spacious and cozy, in the PERFECT location for Zack’s new job, very close to a park, grocery store and all of St. James’ restaurants! Bonus* my doctor/ the hospital are in the same parking lot and only a 15 minute drive away to Rolla!
Zack’s mom is heading back with Penelope and I tomorrow morning for a few days to finish cleaning and setting up things- but most importantly- to spent some quality time with miss Penelope!

For those who didn’t hear, and those who want to hear it again and again: : : 
We’re expecting another GIRL!!!


Happy Sunday!


Hot Summer Days, What’s to Come

Here in St. Louis it has been around 100 degrees the past week-not very enjoyable weather, but we have been trying to make the most of it. Penelope’s new favorite past time is coloring/drawing. Our inside time has been spent doing just that, playing with baby dolls, playing fetch with Reese, reading lots of books, and watching the occasional movie.
If we do make it outside, we make a mad-dash for the plants at the back of the house with our watering cans to give them a nice drink. Sprinkler time is always fun- Reese enjoys it just as much as Penelope 🙂 We have been known to do some sidewalk drawing with chalk,  and lay under the tree in the shade to count airplanes and birds (there are a lot!)
This week is going to be a crazy one for us : : :
Today my brother, Joe, is going with me to pick up a new dresser for Penelope and our new dining room table (Yay!), while my mom watches Penelope.
Wednesday, my dad and I are picking up a Uhaul truck and loading it up [Not me Vovo, I’ll just yell directions at the men 🙂 ]  with our furniture.
Thursday, I am picking my mom up at 7:30, followed by Joe at 8:00, and heading out of St. Peters by 9:00! My mom is going to help me unpack/ set up/ watch Penelope while I’m getting an ultrasound—OH! We also get an ultrasound of our newest baby!! Then back to more unloading and packing. Zack’s bestie/ actual better half, Dylan, is traveling up from Springfield to help with the move (Thanks Dylan!!). Although, like everyone else, he is probably really going just so he can see Penelope…
Friday and Saturday, we may or may not be traveling in a leisurely manner back to St. James to get officially settled and enjoy our new town. So exciting!

Happy Week Everyone!


Pinterest: Bathroom


Double shower curtain?!? I think the yellow and white make for a bright bathroom, and I really like the shower curtain print. They managed to make a small bathroom very bright and cheery!


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I love the flush flow of the floor into the shower. Not sure I would keep a bowl of fruit on the floor, or anywhere in the bathroom though. I would add some kind of color to the room, and I love that I wouldn’t have difficulty mopping under the sink!


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Natural light made by large high windows, and the old fashioned bathtub.


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Plain cabinet painted and made into a linen cupboard.
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I might not want to ever leave…
The bathroom in our apartment with be centered around this shower curtain. Very blue and white.

Pinterest: Bedroom

At our next apartment, Zack and I will be sharing a room with our newest baby, who should be arriving this autumn. Once our new place is properly set up I will be doing a tour of our home, but here are some ideas of things we like: : :

I have always liked sleeping low to the floor, so a frame this low sounds appealing to me. Not sure how I would feel getting out of bed after recovering from surgery, but aside from that, this sounds great. Oddly enough, if my bed isn’t low to the ground I enjoy having to do a little leap into my bed. Too high or too low…we all have quirks I guess. Bonus Zack would enjoy building this, the man NEEDS a project. I would leave it or stain it, I just like the level of it- and that there are no clothes on the floor : )
A chair version of a loveseat! Yes please! Great for cuddling or sprawling out!
I noticed everything I have posted is of an “off-white” hue, so here are some more examples of this type of chair that I like with some color to them: : : (also on my Pinterest pageONE  TWO
Growing up my parents had a full length mirror,(nothing fancy- but you could see more than your face!) which my sister and I always wanted, at least for one of the many rooms we had throughout our childhood. My brothers always seemed to get it in their rooms, so I think I might be over compensating with this one, but I would enjoy a HUGE mirror like this in our room. See my whole body at one time and what not-although once I do I might have Zack throw it right out the window- just kidding. You could fit the whole family in this thing!
I have always loved handmade blankets. I now have two my Vovo made (Thanks Vovo!), that just happen to be made up of beautiful colors- I’m sure you’ll see them in our home tour post in a couple of months. We have one from each of Zack’s great-grandma’s – one of them featured here, and another my Aunt Ann made me as a graduation gift (it’s my favorite color green!). Its my hope that we will continue to use these in daily life in each of the homes we will have as our family grows.
I’m getting really excited to set up our new home! A week and a half left!!

Father’s Day

We are celebrating Father’s Day a day early since Zack works 12 hours tomorrow. We started the day with a donut cake, lots of fruit, gifts, and Dean Martin on Pandora. His gift was a handmade card from Penelope and I and a framed photo (featured below) of Penelope and I that my Dad took for the occasion, which we framed for his desk at his new job as a teacher!!
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Afterwards we took a stroll around Target, picked up Penelope some big girl underwear (!!) and looked for sunglasses for Zack and Miss P.Mae, with no luck whatsoever.  We headed out for an early picnic lunch at the park- It. Is. Hot. Outside. Ugh, but Penelope was cute.
When I get done with this post, Zack and I are going to the Loop to do some window shopping and see a movie he has been dying to see at The Tivoli Theater!!

Happy Father’s Day to all of the fathers out there- although I can’t imagine any fathers reading this post, I’m just putting it out there…


Pinterest: Kitchen

These are just a few that might pertain to our newest, small, apartment – to see what we’d like for our future home that we hope to one day live in, check out photos here.


A shelf like this would be nice to store baking supplies, fruit, extra towels, cookbooks, and plants, to save on cabinet space. We also plan on using our white board for meal planning, I might make the frame a bit nicer and brighter though.

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I’ve always loved the look of flowers, and how they can instantly brighten a room. I plan on taking Penelope out for walks to find some!

I love everything about this kitchen! Once I get a second look to remember the actually size of the kitchen, if its possible, I wouldn’t mind the extra cooking space something like this island creates. Plus, love the the plants on the windowsills, and cookbooks. For the record, I like everything in this photo, those are just things I might be able to use in our next place.


Pretty drawer liners are never a bad thing, especially since our apartment is an old one.

If our cabinet doors are terrible, it might be nice to open up the cabinet space – which would also force us to keep them organized… not sure this one will happen, but it sure looks good in this photo!