Eight Months


Hazel has grown so much over the past few months, it’s hard to believe she is only eight months old sometimes.  She got her first taste of freedom a couple months ago from learning to army crawl and hasn’t stopped since.  She quickly learned how to crawl and was on to the next thing; pulling up and cruising along our furniture.  She loves to walk holding our hands and is always trying to keep up with her big sister.  She has really started enjoying foods over the last month and usually gets a taste of whatever we are eating.  So far, she has liked everything, even tomatoes!  She loves cuddling and giving kisses and is always trying to climb on my lap only to turn around and go find someplace else to be.  She loves playing outside with us but we have to watch her constantly as she also enjoys eating dirt.  She has the calmest, gentlest spirit and we feel so blessed to be able to watch her grow. 


Flower Girls

this weekend we officially gained a new aunt/sister and completed the erickson family.  evelyn and hazel had the privilege of being the flower girls.  the bride had an idea of what she wanted their dresses to look like, and i did my best to recreate them.  i think they ended up looking pretty adorable in them!  congratulations dillon and courtney, we love you guys!



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!