Life Love Larson: Life + Random


Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Life + Random

Hello friends! Happy hump day! I thought I would get caught up and fill you in on some life happenings and some random tidbits as of late. January and February have been a bit of a blur with my parents staying with us, my trip to Singapore, and lots of sickness around here. I think everyone had the flu (except Steve), and poor Drew threw up at school just a week after recovering from influenza. Happy to report we are all healthy and hope to stay that way until next winter!

Speaking of winter, I'm ready for it to end. I guess I can't complain too much about our weather. We've barely had any snow and no snow days, it's more for me about seeing green, flowers and trees in bloom, and feeling the sunshine on my skin for longer than 3 seconds at a time! I've been pretty good this winter about having fresh flowers in the house to freshen things up. I pick them up for less than $5 a bunch and it is a complete mood changer for me.

Upcoming travels: I have started going through Singapore pictures and will do some travel posts on this trip very soon!

Steve and I are looking forward to a trip to West Palm Beach, Florida this spring. He's going for work, and I'm tagging along for the beach! :) Let me know if you know anything about West Palm Beach, I would love any recommendations for where to eat or what to see! The beach is such a treat when you live in the geographic center of America!

We will be going back to Florida in May to see a certain little mouse and a gigantic princess castle. Yep, we are biting the bullet and heading to Disney. We took the kids on a little scavenger hunt around the house with different clues leading up to the big reveal. They were squealing and shrieking and have talked about it every single day since we told them. They will be 7.5 and 6.5 when we head there, and I'm hoping these are going to be good ages. We are doing all the planning and booking on our own, and I will do a full recap on all of this after we get back from the trip!

Random Tip: I wanted to share a tip with all of you with regards to bringing an orchid back to life. I bought a an orchid at Trader Joe's and it was so pretty for a few months. Slowly, the petals started wilting and falling off and I was so sad! A blog reader suggested I put it in the master bath so it could get some steam and filtered light. I'm happy to share that this worked! Over several weeks time, I started to see new blooms develop, and it just started to open up again. Patience, and don't overwater!

Steve was recently the "Top Dog" at our kid's elementary school. He was able to play in PE and recess, gave quizzes in music class, assisted in computer class, kept order in the lunchroom, and spent time with our kids in their classrooms. This is such a wonderful program, and he had so much fun. It's mostly moms up at the school, so dads bring an extra level of fun! For the record, Steve was absolutely exhausted!

That little boy on the left just had his "half birthday" and he's grown an inch since his 7th birthday. I'm sure he will be looking down on me by the time he's in 5th grade! We measure our kids on their 1/2 and real birthdays using this DIY growth chart. It's still one of my favorite things in our home and I'll have it forever.

I bought myself a new coffee maker for my birthday. Exciting stuff, right? Just as about exciting as turing 35. Not! I've never had a fancy coffee maker and that's okay with me. I just make a pot of regular coffee every morning (Steve's not a coffee drinker - the horror!), and usually have a cup of hot tea in the afternoons. This new coffee maker is great because it has a hot water dispenser connected to it. No more boiling water for tea or hot lemon water. It's perfect and convenient, and I highly recommend it!

Home Decor Dreams: 
We are considering hardwoods for the the home office at this point in time. It is actually a fifth bedroom off the kitchen/mudroom, but now that Steve is working from home, it's a full on home office. The carpet isn't great and it's hard to roll our new office chairs on it. This would be the final part of the first floor to get hardwoods, and that makes me happy to think about. 

We are also hoping to replace the vanity in our downstairs bathroom this year. I absolutely hate the one that is in there now and wish I would have had the builders change this before moving in. I've lived with it for 3 years, and I'm officially over it! I already have the new mirror, I'm just trying to decide which direction to go in…new vanity with storage or pedestal sink?? I'm thinking something similar to these styles.

How's that for a bunch of randomness?!

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xo, Andrea


  1. yeah on your orchid .....I have three beautiful orchid bloom now all from Trade Joe with 3 ice cubes a week.

    1. Thank you for the suggestion! I will be buying all closed out and clearanced orchids and bringing them back to life!!!

  2. can't wait for all the intel from your WDW adventures. kids are going to have a blast...but we'll have a drink waiting for you two upon your return.

    1. I'm hoping for 80% fun and 20% stress!! Three days at the beach after the trip will be good for my nerves, I'm sure!