Monday, September 19, 2016

Our Weekend

 The best part of this weekend was when a package arrived for me containing these pretty little glasses! The nice people over at sent these cute cat eye reflecting sunglasses to me and I couldn't love them more. They were shipped perfectly in a nice case with a cleaning cloth and arrived in perfect condition. If any of you are looking to purchase a new pair of eyeglasses online, they have generously provided my readers a 50% off coupon on all frames, which includes free lenses, using the code: GSHOT50. They also offer a great variety of prescription sunglasses, which I'm excited to try next! 
Abigail and the pup wanted to join in on the sunglass fun ;) 

We spent the rest of the weekend relaxing and spending a good amount of time outside. 
Friday was spent picking up the house, and I couldn't help snap a picture, since it's a rarity things are this tidy lately. 
After we picked up Abigail from school, we took her to a special dinner for being a 'Star Student' for the entire week. If you follow me on snapchat (jlhuff13), you caught the whole dinner and how it ended up... spoiler alert: she clearly saved up all her crazy behavior for Friday after school. We ended up having to trade off eating and taking her outside and ended with her laying on a bench outside of the restaurant because she was just too tired to carry on with her dinner ;) 
After putting Abigail to bed Friday night, Billy and I spent the night channeling our inner 90 year old's and put a puzzle together and played Yahtzee. It was just the kind of relaxing we needed. 
We woke up Saturday morning to go have breakfast with some friends and then came home for a family nap. 3 hours later (!) we headed out to burn off some energy at a local open field to kick around some soccer balls and play with sticks, apparently. 

We ended the night making a delicious dinner and turning in early (after another round of Yahtzee... It's seriously so fun!).

Sunday, we went to my nephew's 8th birthday party at our local rock climbing facility. While I didn't climb, I have several times before and it is always a blast! 

Billy had to leave for work for the night halfway through the party and Abigail and I spent the rest of the night relaxing at my parents house until we came home around 7pm and called it an early night. 

It was the perfect relaxing weekend to get a busy week started. 

Hope you all had a great one! 


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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Abigail's Back to School Photos 2016

Abigail started Pre-K3 in August and with that comes her back to school photos. Her school brings in a photographer for a number of special occasions, and while we used to take advantage of pretty much all of them, we went last year with only getting her back to school photos done. So when they offered them again this year, we couldn't fill out the order form fast enough, mostly because she wears a uniform now and it's so cute my heart hurts when she wears it! 

I know this is probably more pictures than you ever wanted to see of a kid that you didn't give birth to, so if you don't make it to the end, I get it ;) 

And to see her pictures from her previous shoots (like from when she was a little bitty baby!!) I've listed them below! 

My very favorite - this is totally her personality in a photo!

Sunday, September 4, 2016

We're building a house!

Ahhh... I'm so excited to be writing this post and telling you all that 

Back in early July, we started poking our heads around Zillow to see what kind of houses were on the market and what our target price range was going to be. We knew we wanted to stay in our area and school districts were a huge factor and it didn't take us long to figure out that an existing home in our price range in the area we wanted was going to come with a very big list of 'fixer upper' projects. 
Just for shits and giggles I decided to look at communities that were currently being built, not really thinking it would be a possibility. And most of them are not. BUT, to our surprise, we found a perfect community, in the school district we wanted and we would only have to slightly increase our budget (which is totally worth it for a brand new house). 
In mid July, we set an appointment to view the model home and get some more information (like how much over the base price we would expect to spend, how getting a mortgage works when you are building, etc.). After that appointment, we were told to head to the builders showroom on the night of their open house to look at pricing/upgrade options to get a better idea of how much we would be spending. We left knowing that although we wouldn't be getting everything we wanted, we were 100% certain this was the route we wanted to go. So, almost immediately we set up another appointment at the sales office to get the ball rolling. 
At this appointment, we signed our contracts, picked our lot, made some structural and electrical decisions and paid a small fortune to secure our spot! We left that day with our new address, an empty bank account and beaming smiles! 

So, time frame wise, this all happened back in the middle of July, we've since finalized all of our design plans, received mortgage approval and done no less than 16 drive-bys of our lot, hoping to see some action (no luck yet!). We should expect to be closing on our new home in mid-January, early February. 

I'm planning to blog the whole process, mostly because I want to be able to look back on it and laugh at myself and how stressed I have been/will be in the coming months and plan on being back either later this week or early next week with all the details about our design meeting (and how we only had 4 hours to design the whole thing, aren't allowed to make changes and was hopped up on DayQuil the entire time). However, a few of my friends and family members have asked me a handful of questions, just out of sheer curiosity about the building process, so I thought it might be fun to see if anyone had an specific questions about the process and if I have enough, I can do a little Q&A on it. Feel free to ask anything... money, design, mortgage process and how it works when its a 7 month-ish process.. I'll answer anything :) Leave them down below, or email me -

The day we signed our contract - making it official! 
Placing the 'sold dot' on our lot in the sales center. 
Our future home :)