Lately and Denver Observations

Saturday, October 25, 2014
We closed on our new house yesterday!  It was a little anti-climactic since we don't take possession until Monday afternoon, but it's nice to have one more step completed towards getting moved in.  We're quite used to living in our hotel, but really can't wait for Tuesday night when we'll be in our own beds.  (Oh, how I've missed my pillow and my "perfect weight" quilt!!!)

I'm completely out of sorts when it comes to the blog.  Luckily, Joe "kidnapped" the kids for the weekend (woohoo!!  bachelorette weekend!) and I traded him my iPad for his laptop so I have a mouse and a keyboard.  So this is just a quick and informal post with Denver observations and other things of note:

1.  Kids really can sleep anywhere.  They even sleep in a super-uncomfortable pull-out sofa bed that they have to share with their brother/sister.  I'm dragging these kids out of bed at 8:15 to make it to school on time.  Clearly, they can sleep anywhere.
2.  I'm still not used to the view of the mountains.  It's so strange to be driving down the street with these gigantic mountains on the horizon.  I hope I never get used to it.
3.  Denver has traffic, too!  Shocking, I know.
4.  The rules at school are much more relaxed--and I kind of like it!  Drop off and pick up is very nonchalant.  You can just pull into the parking lot in the morning and the kids can walk up to the school.  The same goes for the end of the day.  They are dismissed and kids just stream out of the front doors and find their parents.  No kiss and ride number, no name on the front dash.  It's much less stressful.
5.  It's dry in Denver.  Duh, right?  I was expecting this.  But it's REALLY dry.  My nose looks like I've been fighting a cold and my hands are always begging for my favorite hand lotion.  Kate complains of a "bloody nose" nearly every morning.
6.  I have bad hair days here, too.  I thought the low humidity would mean perfect hair days (humidity and my hair have never gotten along), but it turns out that dry air is also not ideal for my hair.  I can't win!  But I've adjusted my shampoo and it's making a great difference.  And I am having more good hair days than bad :)
7.  IKEA is less than TEN MINUTES from our new house!  WHAT?!  There is also a neighborhood Trader Joe's and plenty of Targets and Costcos.
8.  Sephora is just as awesome here as it is in Virginia.  I picked up samples of Make Up Forever HD Invisible Cover Foundation, Dior Glow Maximizer Primer and Laura Mercier High Coverage Concealer for Under Eye.  The samples are so generously sized and it's a great way to try products before you buy.

Well, back to my weekend escape.  I have Pinterest boards to organize, magazines to read, and peace and quiet to enjoy!  Who knows when I'll have another moment to write, but I'm hoping to get back into the swing of things over the next couple of weeks.

More Ways to Waste Time (And We Made it to Denver!)

Friday, October 10, 2014
I counted it up and we slept in six different beds in the first twelve days after the movers pulled out of the driveway.  I'm glad I didn't really think about our sleeping situations because I definitely was surprised at how well Townes and Kate just rolled with it all.  Perhaps we are coddling these kids a little too much?

The drive across the country is kind of a blur to me now.  Joe drove the entire way, which oddly made the three full days go by at lightening speed (I hover around 10ish miles over the speed limit....him?  a little higher than that.).  Somehow, the endless highways quickly slipped by only interrupted by bathroom breaks, bad hotels, and some surprisingly good eats.  I guess the movies on the iPad helped, too.

I can't wait until we've closed on the new house and settled into a routine.  This has been an incredible adventure, but I'm ready to go back to "boring".  The moving truck comes in about two and a half weeks (from storage).

I'm trying to stay somewhat connected to the blog and now that we're in Joe's downtown apartment, I have access to an actual computer.  So here are some things I found while wasting time on the internet:

+  I thought everyone knew that this is a positive by-product of having a stay at home parent!

(via yahoo)

+  Two class acts: Bobbi Brown interviews Kerry Washington.

+  I have heard that heating your eyelash curler with your blow dryer will help your curl last longer, but some of the other makeup hacks on this list are new to me!

+  If you want to read about a young family exploring Italy, check out my friend, Melissa's blog: Roman Reboot.  I met her back in my pre-kid, professional days.  Not only does she have the two CUTEST boys on the planet, I love her easy, funny writing style.

(via Amazon)

+  I'm intrigued by the tagline of this book, Bully Nation: Why America's Approach to Childhood Aggression is Bad for Everyone.  The author claims that our nation's well-intentioned anti-bullying efforts are counter productive.

+  Have you heard of this podcast?  From the creators of This American Life, it's a weekly update focusing on a single unsolved mystery called Serial and it's getting a lot of buzz.

+  You know I'm a fan of Birchbox, so I perked up when I heard about Target's take on the beauty box from The Glossarie.  Intrigued?  Why, yes.  Yes I am :)

Until next time (who knows when that will be)--have a great weekend!

Lately + More Ways to Waste Time

Wednesday, September 24, 2014
It's amazing how going out of town can completely throw off my blogging mind set.  And I'm not established enough to prepare and plan posts in advance.  The best way to get back into the swing of things?  Just start typing:  We got an offer on our house a few weeks ago and instead of Joe coming home for a visit, we flew in his mother to watch the kiddos and I flew to Denver to find a house.  I booked the trip for five nights thinking we'd have our work cut out for us.  But lo and behold, we made an offer on a place the day after I arrived!  Joe had already narrowed down our search to two specific areas (based on commutes, schools, etc), so that helped a lot.

So basically, I just had a five night vacation to Denver!  I'm glad I was able to have that time with Joe before the chaos of moving/driving across country and unloading/unpacking begins.  We did all sorts of date-like things (comedy shows, dinner out on the town) and took advantage of the situation!

The next few weeks will be a whirlwind, but it will be exciting enough to distract us from any stress (hopefully).  And now, here are a few links to keep you from doing what you're supposed to be doing:
(via: Domaine)
I love how gold tones are creeping back into the kitchen and home scene.  I still love silver/stainless steel, but it's nice that not everyone has to have the same thing.  These before and after kitchen makeovers will make you want to clear off your counters, if nothing else!

I bookmarked this list of movies to watch on demand once we get settled in Denver.  It's such a drag when you have hundreds of channels and Netflix streaming and you still can't find anything to watch!

(via: House Beautiful)
Here are some great ideas on make-up storage (or ideas for any small things you have that need to be organized).

Emily Henderson has a round up of bloggers chosen to style a vignette using a piece from Target's Room Essentials line.  I love the simple elegance of each of these photos.  It goes to show you that you don't need a lot of money to create a stylish room.  

This article on the public's response on Twitter to finding out that Vince Vaughn and Colin Farrell had signed on for season two of True Detective is HILARIOUS.  It's apparently a touchy subject.

Well, back to reality for me, the roofer is here and the packers arrive tomorrow.  Wish us luck!

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