This blog was started in 2008 when we did IVF for the first time to build our family after 5 1/2 years of infertility. We now have 7 and 2 year old boys (thanks to modern medicine) and we are enjoying our blessed life as parents ♥ In the summer of 2016 we took another huge step and moved across the country from Oklahoma to New York! This blog is about life and everything in between

Monday, July 24, 2017

More Goodies to Make My House a Home

Our new house has all hardwood floors, so I've been shopping for area rugs online. After a while, my brain gets numb looking at so many! There are so many designs and sizes. Not to mention prices...I was definitely trying to find the best deal. I finally decided on these (free shipping of course)....

....for our bedroom

...for our living room

.....for our dining room

I got this for Brad's bed. He has a summer quilt, but needed something warmer for winter. This is perfect for his robot room!

I got this for the master bathroom. Hopefully the colors match!

I haven't got this yet (still hunting for the best deal) but I'm going to get this color and style for our bed. The walls will be teal.

I went to Home Goods yesterday and found some super cute stuff for the kitchen. I've got a huge pile of stuff waiting to decorate!

We have been couch shopping as well, because now we have a living room AND family room to fill. The couch we have now will go in the family room with the TV. But the living room has the fireplace do we want it to be more comfy for relaxing and chatting.

We found a couple styles we liked but the prices were a lot higher than I wanted to pay....over $1000 for a sofa and loveseat!! We decided to go with affordable and comfy for now while the boys are little, then maybe down the line get something more elegant. We got this couch and matching loveseat.

Not much longer now until we close on the house! This week I'm going to work on getting utilities transferred and pinning down some contractors for our kitchen updates.


Sunday, July 16, 2017

Checking Out My House

Tonight we got to check out our house along with the couple selling it to us! We meet them there at 4pm and spent 2 1/2 hours walking around and chatting with them.

Pam walked me thru the backyard and named all the plants in the garden and flowers in the flower bed. In the garden there is basil, peppers, jalapeños, kale, beets, zucchini, and lettuce. 

In the herb garden behind the kitchen is sage, lavender, tarragon, thyme, and parsley.

They put in a cat door in the kitchen door to the basement. It's so cute! It has its own little hinges and latch. Cuddles will love it, and it will be perfect to keep his litter box out of the way.

I didn't remember this from before, but there are built in bookcases in the living room. And I was very happy to see there is an outlet by the mantle (for me to plug in my village on the mantle!!), and there is already 4 hooks over the fireplace for stockings!!!!!!!

We are so excited to start our life in this beautiful house, and they are happy to see their home is going to another family that will grow in it and enjoy it for years to come.


Friday, July 14, 2017

A Rare Opportunity

So I got to do a fun thing last night! I responded to a request for local people to be extra in a film being shot closer by, and I was chosen as one!

The movie is Cold Brook, and it's being directed by William Fitchner--who is actually from this area! It's a drama, and the scene was in a bar/restaurant. I was just sitting at a table on the side pretending to talk with other girls and drinking my fake drink. Me and all the other extras waited around for a few hours until it was time for our scene. Once we got in place it only took about 20 minutes, then we were done!

While we were waiting inside, we got to watch them filming on the street.

The restaurant we were in is called Tony Rome's in East Aurora, NY.

I was too shy to ask for a pic with William Fitchner, but I did get a pic with another actor, Kim Coates!

It was an interesting experience, and they film a lot of movies here. Maybe I'll get another opportunity in the future!


Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Independence Day 2017

Last night we went up to Olcott for their firework display over Lake Ontario. We love the park there, and knew the kids would have a fun time running around. The scenery was beautiful. I packed us a picnic and we ate on a blanket in the park looking over the water. 

Just next to the park is a carousel park with several restored vintage kiddie rides that are only a quarter each. Jacob actually rode several by himself! I couldn't believe he actually sat there enjoying it.

After the rides, we found a prime spot to see the fireworks and parked ourselves there for a couple of hours until the show started. It was a little challenging keeping the kids entertained and away from other people, but we managed and they loved the fireworks. From our spot we got to watch the sunset over the lake.

It was a great show, and the weather was perfect!!! This may be our new tradition ever year. Today we just took it easy and had another picnic in our backyard. Maybe we'll see some fireworks from our backyard.


Monday, June 26, 2017

Happy 8th Birthday Bradley!

Weight: 48lb
Height: 48in

At 8 years old you:
  • Wear size 7-8 clothes and size 13 shoes
  • Have lost about 7 baby teeth already
  • Are off ALL your allergy/asthma meds since we moved
  • Love playing with Legos, on your computer, and drawing
  • Still love to read and have a bookcase full of books
  • Make yourself cereal in the morning before we get up
  • Are wearing glasses now!
  • Still love school and will be in the 3rd grade
  • Are still very silly and love playing with friends

We have had a fun filled day today for sure! My big guy turned 8 years old. He requested pancakes for breakfast, so that's how we started.

Next was presents! My mom (Nonni) sent him a card with money (which he spent later on Legos) and we got him a bunch of toys, clothes, and books.

The weather was beautiful today so after presents we all went outside for awhile to play with his toys and take turns riding a bike.

For lunch we went to McDonald's where he got a happy meal then played on the playground with Jacob.

After lunch we came back and had cake and ice cream! He wanted strawberry cake and cookie dough ice cream.

After Jacob's nap, we all went to Chuck E Cheese so he could get his fill of arcade games. Jacob even got to ride some rides! After an hour and a half, we were tired so he cashed in his tickets for some candy. We still have enough tokens to go back another time!

I think he had a great day, and that makes me a happy momma.

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