Another year older

This week I turn 32. It is hard for me to believe I am in my thirties, because I still feel like I am in my early twenties. I have a hard time understanding the fact that I am a Real Adult (or at least I am old enough to be). I am not yet at the phase where I hate getting older, though I think it’s probably going to hit in the next few years. I would love to stay in this age range forever. Old enough to have gained wisdom, but still young enough to make discoveries.

I have a lot to be happy about this birthday. I am a lucky girl and thankful for all 32 years of my life.

Very Pinteresting…and lots of projects

When the site Pinterest first started up, I thought it was a really cool idea. I signed up when I could get an invite, and I started using it. Then it got released to a wider audience and I wasn’t the only one hooked–I started getting friends addicted too. Now tons of people I know are on the site, and I use it almost every day.

For a while I was pinning ideas for when we got a house someday, things I wanted to remember or just thought were pretty. I pinned some things I wanted to do now, but the majority was inspiration that I knew I could draw from when my time came to outfit a house just as I want it to look. I didn’t realize that I would be doing that so soon, and my Pinterest pinning has gotten out of control lately as I seek to figure out a color palette and a style for each of the rooms in our new house.

I have to say, the site is immensely helpful. Just pulling up my Home Decor board and scrolling through it has helped inspire me for our living room, the hardest room for me to decorate. I have our kitchen set, our bedroom set, my office set, but the living room is killing me. The bathrooms are also posing a challenge for me, especially the master bath.

The task list ahead, inspired or not, is turning out to be quite daunting. We have to have an estate sale to clear things out before we can really go gung-ho with our plans. There is a lot more in the house than I had realized. But my mother-in-law thinks we will be able to meet a move-in date of end of January, so that is good. We just have a LOT to do before then…estate sale, cleaning, lots of wallpaper scraping, priming, and painting. The light fixture in the master bath has got to go, as does the chandelier in the bedroom–I much prefer a ceiling fan. We have to decide on paint colors and new furniture. We have to budget for our move. We have to pack. I am trying not to stress.

The good news is that my company is closed starting December 23 through the week after Christmas, so I am going to try to take off the remaining four days of the week of Christmas. That will give me 17 consecutive days off of work to enjoy the holidays with our families AND bust my butt on house stuff. I would like to have all the painting done by then so we can give the house a VERY thorough cleaning prior to our move. Looking forward to that time off helps cut the stress a little bit. I know I don’t *have* to have everything done before we move in, but it will be so much easier if things are already scraped/primed/painted and all we have to do is move our stuff in and decorate.

In the meantime, I will just stalk Pinterest for more ideas…

Home Sweet House


September managed to redeem itself in the last week…it was a crazy one at work, but my husband and made an important decision and started moving forward on our plans for moving from our sweet little urban apartment to a house in the suburbs.

The house development was sudden but welcome. I have yearned for more space, knowing that in our current area of town it comes at a premium we just cannot afford right now. When the opportunity to lease a lovely home at a reasonable price fell in our laps, well, we’d have been fools not to take it. The best part is that our landlady is one of my favorite people in the entire world–my amazing mother-in-law.

Let me tell you, I love that lady like she was my own mom. If I had hand-picked her I couldn’t have done a better job. Knowing that this situation benefits us all, having a beautiful house to decorate and make into a home, and making her happy and just a little richer is really the best situation ever. I really am quite lucky on the in-law front…Mr. Velo’s dad and stepmom are also amazing, and I consider my brother-in-law to be among my closest friends.

We will be living in a home that was built the year my husband was born, one that has already seen a lot of memories and love in the family I was lucky enough to become a part of. If we stay in Dallas after Mr. Velo graduates, there is a very, very good chance we will buy it and be there for a long time to come.

Needless to say, I have been on cloud nine for days. The prospect of decorating an entire home has sent me into a frenzy of brainstorming on Pinterest, my addiction. I got in on the ground floor of the service and I am loving all the activity now that it has opened to the public! I’ve snagged a ton of ideas from it. I’m dreaming of paint colors and vintage cake stands and new couches. I even have a list of must-haves that I tackled in Round Top, TX today with my best friend from college and her mom.

Round Top holds a huge antiques, craft and junk fair twice a year and they have been going forever. I have never managed to make it down with them until this weekend and it was amazing. I spent very little considering what I came home with. My kitchen is now even closer to being outfitted in adorable vintage splendor. I can’t wait to post my great buys!

October holds great things–packing, cleaning, saving up for our move (no way are we NOT hiring movers, and they’re expensive!) and the start of the holiday season in my mind. It is my favorite time of year and I can’t think of a more joyous way than the start of another sweet chapter in our life together. Mr. Velo and I have been married for almost five years, together for almost eight, and I feel like this is a huge, momentous step into our future. I am so excited!