HOME // Backyard Beginnings


Even though it snowed earlier this week, Spring is finally here. I absolutely love the change of seasons. Living in the desert made me appreciate them so much more. I would miss a good storm, the smell of leaves in the fall and pretty white snow to make it feel like the holidays in the winter. I think it's a beautiful cycle and each season leaves you so ready to embrace the next. I'm always amazed how in a matter of only a week, the grass turns green and everything starts budding. 

Baby lilacs! 

Baby lilacs! 

When we bought our house we had no idea what the front or backyard looked like. They were completely covered in snow. Obviously we saw some trees and bushes poking out but that was about it. As the snow melted we've gone out there every single day to see what else is popping up. Between Gray's mom and our sweet neighbors we've been able to identify almost everything back there and let me tell you, there is a lot back there. One of the previous owners was a gardener and it's obvious that they put a lot of work into the yard. There are tons (I mean tons!) of new bulbs poking through the dirt each day, two huge lilac bushes, the biggest rose bush I have ever seen, four big hydrangeas, three more rose bushes, two cherry blossom trees, a huge magnolia, grape and trumpet vines and so much more that I have yet to identify. When this yard blooms, it's going to be unbelievable! I think we bought my dream backyard and I didn't even know it. 

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Sadly, the previous owners did not care of the yard at all. Everything is very over grown, needs to be raked out, trimmed down and maintained in a bad way. You can see a lot of this in the photos. Gray and I will be working hard all spring and summer to get everything back to being beautiful and healthy again. We spent all of last weekend working on the front yard. Ok, Gray did most of the work on the front yard, I assisted. That man loves doing yard work and I love that about him. Anyways, the front looks a million times better! We decided we want to spend the summer looking at what we have now, maintaining and getting everything healthy again and then come up with a plan and design for next year. This weekend, we move on to the backyard, which is one of our biggest projects. There is much to be done. Weekend by weekend we will chip away at it. It's so exciting to see it all come to life and seeing our hard work already starting to pay off! 

Too Cute


Earlier this week my mom had requested a photo of my nephew and Waffles together wearing bunny ears. At first I kind of rolled my eyes and then just let myself admit that this also sounded absolutely adorable to me. So, since it was my mom's birthday yesterday, I was watching Daniel and I just so happened to have bunny ears on hand, I decided to give it a shot. I wasn't able to get one with my good camera because I wasn't comfortable with how far away I would have had to be to get a good shot so the bottom one is from my iphone. You're welcome! Happy Wednesday! 

P.S. I did not put him in that outfit, my sister did. She is the sweetest! 



I will not lie, I'm listening to P.M. Dawn as I write this post because for some reason, they just seem rain appropriate. I feel like there was always some type of rain sequence in their videos or maybe it's the piano that makes me think rain. Either way, the are just always kind of fitting for typing out thoughts. Some people love rain, some people hate it. I'll admit that after days and days of gloomy rainy weather, it can get depressing but, it takes a lot of them to get there for me. I'm a lover of rain. The sound of it immediately soothes me and can lull me to sleep in minutes. I love to watch it rain and love the smell of rain even more. We worked in the yard all day yesterday and you could smell it, just hanging there, waiting until night. Rain means warmer weather, flowers, the change from brown to green, rainbows, relief from summer heat and it always brings back a flood of memories. Memories of swimming in the lake while it rained, mornings in Tulum on our honeymoon, watching storms on the front porch with my dad as a kid, all good, happy memories. 

Photo taken after a morning rain as the sun rose on our honeymoon in Tulum, Mexico.

"Rain" is the April writing prompt of The Mommy Blogger Collective. In addition to a monthly writing prompt, the collective hosts a monthly blogger featurette. This month we are featuring Katie of Hello, Little Bean. A few words from Katie --- Hi! I'm Katie and I write a blog called 'Hello, Little Bean.' It's about life as a new mom to my cute daughter, Lark Story. I'm California born and raised, but currently live in Michigan with my soon-to-be husband, James and my soon-to-be stepson, Brennan, as well as our little Lark and two kitties. I'm a full-time graphic designer who loves all things artistic and creative. I'm overly sensitive and sentimental, sarcastic and foul-mouthed at times, a foodie and a reality tv junkie who's completely and utterly in love with motherhood. You can also find me on instagram, facebook, pinterest and our little online boutique, Bold Threads. /// The Mommy Blogger Collective /// Christina, Courteney, Dena, Erica, Erin, Gillian, Katie, Misty, Nicole, and Renée. ///

The Week // Dogs & Kids


This was the first week that I got to babysit my nephew so naturally I took a million photos of him. As you can see, Waffles is in all of the photos with him as well. She is glued to him when he is at our house. She had been whining and whining and whining when he was here and I couldn't figure out what the problem was. I finally laid him down on the couch and let her curl up with him and she immediately laid her head on him. Then the whining stopped. Just like that. That was all she wanted. I thought my heart was going to explode from cuteness!!


Logan and I went on our weekly date night. I'm always so thankful that we make time for this one night a week. Sometimes we go out, sometimes we stay in and just lay in bed, talk and watch a movie. We managed to go out for pizza, stop to see the new mural downtown and stop by a pet store to pick up a piece for our new fish Florence's tank. The talks we have when it's just him and I, I treasure so much. I truly hope that we keep up with our date nights for a few more years. Until he's too old, too cool of course and I let go. . . always learning to let go. . . Not with much grace most of the time! 


Our back yard is about ready to explode with blooms and I planted even more bulbs! I still have about 50 more to plant. I'm running out of room! I cannot wait to see it all come to life!

We found out this week that the company my husband works for, Distiller, is nominated for a Webby Award! It's so exciting! If you would like to vote for them, you can do so here!  The fact that they are nominated among so many other amazing people is an honor!

I'm just so thankful to be where we are. Even through a busy week that was non-stop and at some points felt like we were running around like crazy people, it was wonderful. I hope you all have an awesome weekend ahead of you!