We went over a month without blogging, which was definitely not the plan. Life got in the way, we were having so much holiday fun, visiting friends and family, and even taking a trip back down to Charleston, SC (I even stopped by our old house!… yes, the door was still yellow!) Here’s a beautiful shot from before we moved out because the one I sneaked and posted on Instagram of it when we were there was total CRAP. BUT, it did spark an interesting little conversation about whether or not you would go inside one of your old houses, whether asking to go in yourself, or being invited. What would you do? I was too scared!
We hope you all had a wonderful holiday! We had some good quality family time over the past few days and spent today relaxing and enjoying some quiet time at home.
Christmas with a little one gives it a whole new meaning, and this was our favorite Christmas ever. Even though Connor didn’t really understand what was going on, it was awesome to see his eyes light up with the wrapping paper everywhere and the joy of discovering a new toy!
Keeping this one short and sweet, I’ll leave off with some pictures…
Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Happy New Year!!!
Love, Carolyn (Mama Bear), David (Papa Bear), Connor (Lil’ Bear), Riley, and Bailey
You may have noticed on our house needs/wants list that we specifically spelled out that we did not want a bi-level nor split-level. I grew up in a beautiful bi-level. My parents got the house built and we moved in when I was 8 years old. I remember my parents telling us about it before we moved in, saying that the kitchen was going to be upstairs, and we were so confused. What if we’re downstairs watching TV and need a glass of water? We have to go ALL THE WAY upstairs to get it?? Yes. Yes you do. It’s not a big deal. And it wasn’t. It didn’t really phase me after that.
I guess should define “bi-level” for those who are not familiar. A bi-level home is a home that you usually enter the front door and have the option to immediately walk upstairs or downstairs. The kitchen and main living areas are usually upstairs, and a family room is usually downstairs. Related, a split-level is similar, but has multiple levels and half floors throughout the house.
So when David and I were house shopping for our first house in Maryland, we toured a ton of houses, but eventually settled on a really cute bi-level in an awesome neighborhood. It wasn’t weird to me that the kitchen was upstairs because that’s what I had grown up with. Granted, the kitchen was small, but it was so open and incorporated with both the dining room and living room, that you didn’t really notice.
You’ll probably hear us say this a lot when referring to our current Delaware home. It’s our forever home. After relocating for our jobs 3 times, it was time to settle down in one spot and start our family.
Back when we had our first house in Maryland, I had always had a vision that when we finally settled down long term we would be building our dream home. Like, the type that you ride around town/the country side, find a beautiful piece of land, locate an architect and builder, come up with blue prints, and have this house personalized and built to every single desire and preference. Something like this:
Sounds amazing right? Also sounds friggin expensive. My naive first time home buyer self didn’t understand the dollar signs that went along with my ideas.
David said I should write an introduction post.
I should say it??
Oh, Aunt Bethany.
Soooo… we decided to start a blog. ::insert sheepish look here:: I’m both super proud and also kind of embarrassed. This has been so much fun to setup and we have so many ideas to get started on, however, I also feel like some kind of fraud. People been telling me for years that I needed to start one. I read about 10 of my favorite home blogs religiously everyday. But to write our own? It just doesn’t feel right. I don’t feel like I’m creative/entertaining/interesting/innovative (the list goes on) enough to do this.
But here we are. And I’m so excited to be doing it. I’m looking most forward to getting all of our projects in one spot and telling some stories that our Facebook before and after albums aren’t able to do. I feel like we’ve done so little and so much when it comes to home stuff. And that’s what it’ll mostly be about, our journey so far in home DIY, decor, and renovations… and all that is to come in the future with this “forever” home that we’ve started to finally settle down in. But we also plan to just blog about things going on in our lives and other hobbies every once in a while.