Life Love Larson: August 2015


Thursday, August 27, 2015

First & Second Grade, Turning 8, Preschool(!)

School started here a few weeks ago, and the kids are settled into 1st and 2nd grade. I couldn't be happier about their confidence in starting a new grade with different friends and new teachers. We can only hope that this confidence carries with them forever. This year, both kids are in school full day, which is all new for me. This is sort of a turning point for this SAHM of 8 years. I'm sad and excited and emotional and happy, but mostly proud of the kids they have become. All those years ago, this moment seemed so far away.

It has not always been easy with them being 15 months apart, living in three different states, and making sacrifices for me to be home, but it was all worth it a million times over. I wouldn't change a second of being there for them through every moment and I am truly grateful for all the time spent with them. It has sincerely been my greatest gift, job, and moment in my life to be home and raising them. Sorry for the sap, but I want to remember these feelings when they are teenagers! :)

I love school age. I love early elementary age. First grade has been my favorite so far, but I've heard that second will probably become my new favorite. I just want to bottle this age and savor every single minute. Very independent, but still love hanging out with their parents and having mom up at school. I know this won't last forever, so we are just living in every moment with them. Everything is fresh and new and an adventure and I love their positive outlook on life.

Drew turned eight years old on Sunday, and we had quite a fun-filled weekend. I just can't believe it. He grew 2 inches in 6 months and just continues to sprout up. I have no doubt I will be looking up to him soon. He cannot wait for that moment! I keep reminding him that I will always be his mother and he will always have to follow my rules no matter how big he gets! #meanmom

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Front Door Dreaming

I love, love, love good curb appeal. We are big on making our outdoor space look presentable and welcoming and warm. I love plants and gardening and a nice, well maintained yard. We live in the suburbs, in a neighborhood where all the homes are similar colors and styles, which is another reason I like to keep things fresh outside…so every house, including ours, doesn't look the same! We have a builder door that was originally the accent color on our house, then I painted it blue, and now it is glossy black. I love a black door. There is something so classic and simple and chic about it. But, our door is lacking anything interesting and it makes the foyer dark (the inside is painted black too), and is a little too "cookie cutter" for us.

Monday, August 17, 2015

LLL Travels: Fraser, Colorado

Happy Monday, friends! I'm still trying to get into a routine with my days since both of my kiddos are off to full day school this year. I'm starting a new journey in a few weeks too, with a new very part time job. There is so much I want to do, and sometimes not really sure where to start! We had a fantastic summer, which included some travel for me and Steve, as well as with the kids. I wanted to share our adventures on a recent road trip to Colorado. We drove there and back (11 hours each way), and spent 3 full days in the mountains with some great friends/neighbors. A trip we won't soon forget!

Monday, August 10, 2015

New Hanging Lantern

Happy Monday, friends! I've been a bad blogger, but I've been traveling and enjoying the summer with my kids, which holds way more precedence than this blog! School starts this week and I have so many projects and posts to get to, but let's get started with this new hanging lantern on the back covered patio.