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A Christmas House

Although Christmas has come and gone, I love looking at these pictures from a few weeks ago! Christmas time is my favorite time at our house. This year we bought cedar garland and hung it over the living room entry… the dark green and chalk board black were my favorite part of holiday decorations this year. I never did make Shepherd a stocking, so it’s on the top of my project list for this year.

My rosemary tabletop tree succumbed to the cold, dreary December days and has a pretty awful brown patch, but it still smells nice! My mom found the blue pot it’s planted in at an antique sale we went to when I was home for Thanksgiving. I also put a little tree and wreath in Shepherd’s room, but since we don’t spend too much time up there, I didn’t add lights or ornaments to it. Maybe next year!

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Renter’s Dilemma

I am feeling the itch to work on our house. Since we’re renters, we tiptoe on the fence between loving where we are now (which usually means investing resources in it) and saving our money for a time when we do have a home to call our own. It’s pretty challenging for me, because I want to dig in and make this place our home as much as I can. But I also don’t want to regret spending money and time here when it is time to pack our bags. This is doubly difficult because we don’t really know how long we can expect to stay in this house, so there’s no way to analyze the cost vs. the benefit.

So here is what I want to do:

  • paint: the trim and walls were in horrible condition when we moved in (and still are). 
  • buy a big area rug for the dining room.
  • switch up the window treatments in the living room and move the curtains in the living room to the third bedroom.
  • make the third bedroom usable: add another shelf, desk space, sitting area.
  • have our landlord fix our driveway. It’s a mess!
  • plant a garden and get chickens.

I think my itch to change things has a lot to do with my new(ish) role as a part-time work-at-home-mom. I am here all day, every day, seeing the chips in the paint and the scrapes on the walls. And I’m torn between saving money and time and looking past the problems or making this a place a home I love to be in. What would you do in my situation? Do you have any words of wisdom for me?

Shep’s First Steps

Last week, the same week he turned 11 months old, Shepherd decided he was done taking two to three steps at a time. Every time he stood up, Aaron and I froze in anticipation, eager to see if he was going to walk across the room. Sure enough, he was ready to use those long legs! Since Christmas he’s been taking a couple of steps and then quickly dropping to his knees to get back to his trusted crawl. Shepherd crawled normally until last weekend, when he transitioned to a bear crawl for a day or so before taking the leap to upright mobility.

It’s adorable to see him walk around. He looks so miniature and so grown at the same time (and if you’re wondering about the outfit, our house was so cold last week that he and I wore hoodies inside all day long!). I am excited to see where this new phase leads him. Although many moms have told me otherwise, I can’t wait for him to be able to run around and play.