Last month, my sister and I decided to take a long weekend trip to Colorado.  Since miss Hazel is still nursing, she got to tag along too!  We spent a few days hiking in the Rockies, exploring Boulder, and finding the best food in Denver.  The weather was beautiful and Hazel seemed to enjoy all the fresh air.  And on top of it all, we got to celebrate Nicole's birthday with her by going through the longest airport security line I have ever witnessed.  Thankfully, flying with babies is much easier than flying with a toddler and we were able to have a very enjoyable trip.


four months

Here we are, 1/3 of the way through Hazel's first year and feeling like she just arrived.  She sure has come a long way from the little four pound eleven ounce peanut we brought home though.  I mean, look at those thighs!  She has the calmest, sweetest little personality and I just cannot get enough of her little smiles and coos.  She reminds me so much of her daddy and so much of her sister too.  She is definitely a mama's girl and always keeps a close eye on me.  She is content where ever we put her and has such patience with herself as she learns new skills {like rolling over!}.  I love all the little glimpses we are getting of her personality and can't wait to continue to watch it grow.  Happy four months little lady!



welcome to the final room in our house tour...the kitchen.  our kitchen is quite literally the heart of our home, as it is right in the center and the first room you walk into.  the kitchen, living room, and dining area are essentially one large room...truly open concept!  before we moved into our home, we replaced the old tile floors with new hardwood floors.  we also had the cabinets painted white {fun fact: these cabinets were originally built for my in-laws old house}.  after we moved in, we also decided to replace the old white laminate counter tops and add a dishwasher which you can read more about here.  along with the cabinets, we also inherited my in-laws kitchen table.  i refinished the top and replaced the chairs to fit better with this space.

you can read more about our gallery wall here.

on the other side of our kitchen was a blank wall.  the previous tenants kept their table on this wall, but i knew i needed to add some extra storage as we have very few cabinets.  i found and refinished an old buffet and also added some open shelving for decorative and functional storage.

you can see the rest of the rooms in our house tour here.  i hope you enjoyed seeing a glimpse of our little farm house!



our house was built without a bathroom, but thankfully one was eventually added.  when we moved in five years ago,  there wasn't much to be done in this room except for some cosmetic updates and a good cleaning.  we painted the walls, including a stenciled wallpaper and added a frame to the large mirror.  we also painted the tile grout like we did in the mudroom and laundry room, which really helped freshen up the whole room.  


welcoming Hazel

on november 18, we welcomed our little hazel into the world.  the weeks and days leading up to her birth were eventful and we couldn't have been more thrilled to finally be able to hold her in our arms.

at 28 weeks, my body started showing signs of preterm labor and i was placed on bedrest.  for five weeks, in the middle of the harvest season, i wasn't able to pick up my daughter, clean my house, cook my family meals, or do any of the things i was used to doing on a daily basis.  my heart goes out to all the mamas who have had to experience bedrest and i know i would not have been able to do it without the help of my mom and mother-in-law.  

at 36 weeks, i started having fairly regular and uncomfortable contractions.  they were worse in the morning and would begin to taper off by the afternoon.  the morning hazel was born was no different, until the one contraction that was different.  the one that prompted me to call cody and tell him to come home.  by the time i reached him, i knew from my past labor that i was transitioning.  i wasn't sure i would be able to make it to the hospital, so we made the decision to call the ambulance.  within minutes of arriving at the hospital, our sweet little hazel loretta slipped out into the world, completely oblivious to the chaos that had preceded her birth.  as i held my tiny five pound girl in my arms, i knew i would never forget the most humbling hour of my life.

photos taken by jessica.ann photography