Thursday, October 19, 2017

LIFE'S LITTLE DETAILS


"THE DETAILS ARE NOT THE DETAILS. THEY MAKE THE DESIGN." — CHARLES EAMES

Now that I got all of that Terrain goodness off my chest (SWOON!), I should probably update you because a lot has transpired since we last touched base (almost two weeks ago?). Buckle up, m' dears! There's a healthy dose of chaotic rambling straight ahead...


  • After dropping both cars off at one of the Volkswagen dealerships in San Antonio (oil changes for both cars, and a window replacement for the Touareg—ARGH!) on October 7th, the three of us boarded a plane later that afternoon and arrived in Washington DC around 10 PM on Saturday night. My parents picked us up and we went straight to bed. A full day of house-hunting in the Dover area was on the itinerary the next day and we needed to get as much rest as possible. We were equal parts exhausted and excited.
  • Because we're the world's okayest parents, we spent Sunday "celebrating" Max's 3rd birthday by trying to figure out if we were leaning more towards a new-build or an older home that might require some tweaking. We visited several properties, talked to a handful of locals, and got a better understanding of what our priorities are when we're searching for our first home. It felt overwhelming at times, but it was nice to have my dad around to entertain Max and my mom close by to get input and advice.
  • Since that Monday was also Columbus Day, my mom, Flyboy, and I opted to leave my dad and Max behind so we could head back to Delaware (approximately two hours away) and continue our search without subjecting the resident toddler to any more traveling. We'd arranged to meet with a realtor and had appointments to visit two more houses. As we listened to the agent rattle on about the specs of the homes visited and offer suggestions regarding other listings, we knew there was a clear front runner in the mix and there was no use in looking at anything else. I'm hesitant to say much about the place we're actively pursuing because I know A LOT of things can go wrong before a key is in our possession, but the prospect of settling down there makes me giddy.
  • After a whirlwind 72 hours, we spent Tuesday crunching numbers, discussing potential house projects, and asking my parents for the occasional nugget of reassurance. Ha! After learning Flyboy's training in Oklahoma was pushed back a week or two (date still TBD), we had the opportunity to map out a rough game plan as to what the next few months might look like logistically.
  • When we weren't freaking out about the process and cost of home buying, we delighted in visiting a local plant nursery with my mom, meeting my parents' new pup Fergus (the sweetest Bouvier), and eating/drinking our feelings with lots of really great food and beer. On Wednesday I got the chance to visit my mom's school (always a treat!) while the boys stayed home and had fun with a power washer. Thursday was special for a handful of reasons (museums, our inaugural trip to Jeni's, farmer's market flowers, etc.) as Flyboy and I ventured into the city for a day date. Five hours alone was just as incredible as the flight of ice cream we devoured!
  • Since we were in the company of a THREE YEAR OLD (How can this be??), a small celebration for Max at the local pumpkin patch that Friday was inevitable—even if we were five days late! Oops! As evident from the photos, our day at Cox Farm was an absolute riot. The games and assortment of slides, along with the hayrides and animals, are still a source of discussion almost a week later. Success! Despite the fact that we couldn't bring a goat or tractor home with us, I'm positive it was a hit with the birthday boy and my fingers are crossed he won't remember the year we went house-hunting on his actual birthday. #PARENTINGFAIL??    
  • Over the course of ten days, my mom's side of the family lost both an uncle and aunt to cancer at the beginning of October. Having just said good-bye to her brother, my grandma flew down to Florida to visit her sister-in-law one last time. My mom's sister (also lives in the DC area) drove to be with my grandma and brought her back to Virginia while we were visiting last week. The circumstances for which our trips overlapped are incredibly unfortunate, but it was so nice to get to spend some quality time together. It had been almost NINE years since Flyboy and my grandmother got to visit, so I was especially proud and grateful to watch them reconnect. Seeing her race ducks alongside Max and sing along to the tune of "Twinkle, Twinkle" on a tractor ride are moments I didn't expect would happen when we boarded our plane from Texas, but they turned out to be memorable highlights.
  • There's no telling what will happen now through February (tentative Dover arrival pending official orders—don't ask!), but we got a taste of what life might be like at our next assignment and we feel very blessed to be afforded this opportunity. The fear that comes with change and the unknown is very much alive and real on this end, but our next chapter looks bright. Thanks for following along!   
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    Wednesday, October 18, 2017

    A TRIP TO TERRAIN


    "THE DETAILS ARE NOT THE DETAILS. THEY MAKE THE DESIGN" — CHARLES EAMES

    Happy Wednesday, m' dears! We're back in Swell Rio after spending a week out East house-hunting in Delaware. I'm still trying to wrap my head around all the numbers and logistics that come with buying our first home (BRAIN FREEZE!), so I figured it was only appropriate to share snippets from our pit stop at Terrain in Glen Mills, PA. You know, keep things light and charming for a bit?! Anywho, we checked an item from my bucket list on Columbus Day when we stopped by this magical wonderland after looking at a few houses. I've ordered from the online store a handful of times, but visiting the shop in person was surreal! You guys, it served as the dreamiest mental reprieve and made me giddy to learn that we will live just an hour away from somewhere so darling. Can you even?! The photos don't do the place justice, but I tried to capture some of my favorite details from our visit. This post also serves as a heads up that you will be seeing A LOT more of Terrain on One Fine Day. Ha! I envision MANY more trips in our future. Squeeeeee! 


    Alright, enough from me. What have you been up to? I'm dying to know.




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    Friday, October 6, 2017

    LURVE LOAVE LUFF



    Let's get right to it, shall we?
    Here's what made me feel all twitterpated, smile contagiously, giggle uncontrollably, etc.

    • Datura Free Form Chandelier // When house hunting gets overwhelming, I stare at pretty lighting. Totes normal.
    • Jeni's in Washington DC // I gotta visit the new location. Is it bad that I'm mostly jazzed about the Clare V. wallpaper?
    • Words by Melody Hansen // I spent a good chunk of Wednesday night going through Hansen's work. You will adore!
    • Drap√© by Najia Mehadji // The moody blues never looked so good. Check out this collection inspired by drapery.
    • Soggy Waffles T-Shirt // Max knows his way around a waffle and he'd probably argue they're better soggy. Woof!
    • Bat Embroidery Cap // After last week's trip to ATX, Max is more obsessed than ever with bats. I love his excitement!
    • Let's Get Trashed Birthday Card // Our resident toddler turns THREE on Sunday. How in the world is this even possible??
    • Penco Mechanical Pencil // The experience of a traditional pencil with the components of a mechanical. Is it hot in here?
    • Practice Kindness // Weeks like this feel overwhelming and terrifying. Here's to raising kids that are both brave and kind.
    • Dark Peony Signet Bag // I have this gem in red, so you can only imagine how pumped I was to see the shade PEONY!!
    • Flask Bangle // I saw a knock-off in Austin and I keep kicking myself for not buying it. It was $40. What the?!
    • Run West Eye-Con Mug // No one beats wit and quirk quite like Jonathan Adler. How adorable is this mug??
    • Wool Toggle Coat // I finally took the plunge and decided THIS is THE coat. Also, it was 40% off. Message received.
    • World's Greatest Custom Patch // This might be my go-to gift for the holiday season. It can be personalized!
    • Woman on a Mission Tote // Next week is all about house hunting in Delaware. Plaster my face on this, will you?
    • Greco Women Slippers // I'll admit the collection at Stubbs and Wootton is just fun to look at. But $600?? I'll pass.
    • Paint Dot Fabric // This is what you get when you mix my favorite pattern with the delicious Yves Klein blue. 
    • Birdhouse Bookshelf // Maybe hanging this in Max's room will keep him from droning on about the birdhouse outside??
    • Oh Joy! Round Bar Cart // One week later and I'm still obsessing over this. Is it a sign or am I just thirsty for gin?
    • Donald: The Book // I've been waiting to get my hands on a copy for months. It's even better than I imagined.
    • Nairobi Trivet // Forget hot plates! Can you imagine hanging a set of these on a wall? The colors are insane!!

    Happy Friday, m' dears! Make this weekend count. 
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    Thursday, October 5, 2017

    AUSTIN FAREWELL TOUR


    "THE DETAILS ARE NOT THE DETAILS. THEY MAKE THE DESIGN." — CHARLES EAMES

    Dear Austin,
    I'm certain about very little in life, but I've got some really great news for you. I just KNOW this past weekend won't be the last time you see me. That's right, I WILL be back for more of YOU! But until that future rendezvous occurs—may it be five years or five decades from now—I thought I'd remind you of our colorful past. You know, in the event you forget about The Fines...

    • Our love affair began November 10, 2013. Flyboy and I were living in San Antonio at the time and we made our way east to see what all the buzz was about. I'll admit my first impression was that you were too cool for me. Despite the bevy of brunch options and bicycle shops, I felt like I lacked the hipster vibes your town not only attracts but adores. Sorry!
    • But then we came back a month later so I could attend Blogshop and I was wooed by your character and quirk. Armed with a new camera and personalized blogger cards, the inspiration of the course and the people that surrounded me was infectious. I can't say One Fine Day has amounted to much since the creative seminar, but we got a lay of the land √† la Camille Styles and began discovering Texas-sized treasures around every corner. It left us craving more!
    • You're the home to some of my favorite foods and libations. That's a title you should wear like a badge of honor because eating good food and drinking good drinks is EVERYTHING to this family. Notable mentions include: the Yellow Cake Donut at Gourdough's (I have dreams about you.), the perfect Burger at June's (Somebody stop me!), the Blueberry French Toast at Elizabeth St. Cafe (A necessity when in ATX.), and the House Punch (GIN!) at Hillside Farmacy. In fact, the hardest part about visiting your lovely city was deciding where to eat next. That's not a bad problem to have at all...
    • Do you remember the first time we visited you after we had Max? Yeah, it was a disaster. Flyboy and I took shifts eating and drinking so we could ensure our child kept moving and to avoid being a spectacle with our screaming baby. Sigh. I'll never forget noshing on a $30 Lobster Roll at Perla's in the company of a pigeon perched on our table and then looking across the street to see my boys doing laps up and down the sidewalk of South Congress. Bless it!
    • I wish I could say Max was the only family member to keep things weird with a meltdown, but then there was that time I took my mom and sister to visit. I kind of hope you forgot about this one. Anywho, I was four months pregnant and emotional as hell when I realized we'd been walking in the wrong direction. In a state of panic, I whipped out Google Maps to figure out where we were in the city when my sister tried to lighten the mood by suggesting the three of us take a selfie. At four months preggo with a midsection that appeared to be more beer bloat than baby belly, tears squirted from my eyes as we stood in front of the Texas State Capitol because I felt hideous—and HORMONES! Then, hours later after popping into STAG for some shopping, my mom insisted one of the guys was flirting with me. She totally meant to make me feel better about myself, but I bawled AGAIN. And probably a dozen other times that day.
    • Devouring delectables, emotional roller coasters, and shopping aside, the fun-tivities in this town are hard to beat! With each passing trip, we see how much Max has grown over the past three years when we visit places like Zilker Park and Barton Springs Pool. From snoozing peacefully in his stroller to being smothered in SPF and then dunked into chilly water, we've looked to these spots as a way to escape the mundane of Swell Rio and create new family memories. What a gift!
    • It's your fault, but I will ALWAYS think of you whenever I sweat profusely and I mean this in the best way possible! Approximately ninety percent of our visits entailed steamy temps that left Flyboy's back sopping wet and me requesting that my dear husband walk behind me in case I sweated through my chambray dress or wide-leg khaki culottes. Gulp! 
    • Sometimes I think we had TOO much fun in ATX and we paid for it royally on our way home. Remember the Babymoon of 2014 when that dumb vulture took out the driver's side mirror on The Rig? What a mess! Then, after staying in Austin last December on our way back from Missouri, we picked up our new VW station wagon and came home to Beesly throwing out her other ACL and Tripp's passing? Ugh, that one still stings. A lot. And just when you might think our spell of bad luck was over, we drove home last Sunday riding one *last* Austin high only to have the passenger side window of the Touareg collapse and shatter (How? We have NO clue!) 75 miles outside of Swell Rio. You can't make this stuff up!

    We probably should have explored more Texas attractions over the past four years, but there's just something about your charming city that kept calling us back for more. I'm so glad we listened! At a time when we craved a colorful escape from the monotony of being new parents situated in the hamster wheel that is Swell Rio, you were the kind of mental reprieve we needed. Thanks for being such a bright spot in this chapter of our story. We're forever grateful for the memories we created with you as an adorable backdrop!


    P.S. I'll spare you from doing anything corny like mentioning that hokey Blake Shelton song (I bet you've heard that joke a gazillion times!), but I have every intention to start planting seeds that Max should go to college here. Never mind, we both know that rogue child is going to do whatever he wants anyway. But I promise we WILL be back one day—and I still love you. #SORRYNOTSORRY

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