Thursday, April 23, 2015

4 years.

April 23rd, 2011.  
Our wedding day, 4 short years ago.






























































Thank you for giving me the best 4 years of my life....cheers to 90 more anniversaries with you!

All of me.
Loves all of you.



Monday, April 13, 2015

House Hunting & Dating...

My apologies for the radio silence last week.  It was a rough one, and I honestly didn't have much to say.  We'd been dating this awesome house for awhile....well, what we thought was an awesome house. 

We'd gone on several pretty fantastic dates.  You know those dates where you end up talking late into the evening making plans for your future together?  You start to fall in love.  Your mom doesn't like him so you go all rebellious and dive in even deeper.

And then....BAM.  Your relationship comes to a screeching halt. 

In the dating world, you find out your new boyfriend has monogamy issues. 

In house hunting, you find out the home has major foundation issues. 

All those paint colors you picked out.

Irrelevant.

The furniture you had perfectly placed in the living room.

Totally irrelevant.

The backsplash you picked out for your new kitchen.

Even more irrelevant.

All those plans you made are suddenly out the window because you realize, it's just not the guy house for you.

You're back to square one. Your single again.  And everyone keeps telling you "there are more fish in the sea, get back out there, you'll find the one for you."  And you hate everyone for saying these things.  You're pissed off.  You're sad.  You're frustrated.  And you're tired of dating.  You're ready to settle down with the house of your dreams.  You're ready to commit but you just can't seem to find the right one.

Then all of the sudden, the perfect house comes on the market.  You get excited, but cautiously excited.  It's too soon, right? You're still heartbroken from the breakup.  No house can compare to the house you're still in love with, right?

And then it happens.

When you're least expecting it. You meet the guy house of you dreams.  And it's totally different than what you thought you wanted. But something about it just feels right...

As of 9:00pm yesterday evening, we are officially engaged to a new house.  However, before we set a wedding date this time, let's get thru inspections...  ;)

Sunday, April 5, 2015

The Cutest Easter Bunny I Ever Did See

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Life is so much sweeter with you in it, Lara Love!
 
I hope you all have a beautiful Easter surrounded by those you love, celebrating our pretty dang awesome God!
 
Xoxo,
Jon, Anne & Easter Bunny Lara
 
 
 

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

The Xenos Family is Packing Up...

....and movin' on out.
 
 
The fact that I'm writing this post feels quite surreal...
 
Or it could be the two fishbowl margaritas I had at dinner. 
Margaritas are known for making ya feel a  foggy.
 
Regardless, we've officially sold our house and as of a few hours ago, we are under contract on our new home.  With all the contracts finally in place, I felt it only appropriate to finally blog about it.
 
And in true Xenos form, we celebrated tonight with liquor.
 
Well, celebrated isn't the right word.
 
We toasted to 'new beginnings.'
How lame is that?? 
I told Jon he needed to come up with a better toast, then I got distracted with the delivery of cheese dip and my second fishbowl.
 
Needless to say, 'new beginnings' it was.
 

 
As sad as we are to leave our home sweet lake home, it's the right move for our growing family.
No Ma, I'm not pregnant.
Yet....  ;)
 
We currently live about an hour from my folks and another 2.5 hours from Jon's.  We learned soon after Lara was born that the saying really is true. It takes an army to raise a child.
 
The home we are under contract on is  much closer to our family,
and that's what matters most in life, right?
 
 
Margaritas, they make me so sappy.
 
 
Stay tuned for more to come on the big Xenos move of 2015!
 

Monday, March 23, 2015

Etsy Love: March Edition

I just
CAN'T
EVEN
handle the cuteness of this Easter basket.
 
Etsy has done it again.
 
 
When it came time to start thinking about Lara's first Easter basket, I knew exactly where to go.
 
 ETSY.
 
For the record, there are a gazillion shops featuring the most adorable Easter baskets you could ever dream of!  I had almost made up my mind and then I saw this one....
 
 
This basket can be purchased from a shop called Eugenie2. 
Click here for a direct link.
In comparison to several others I loved, this basket is one of the most affordable at only $17.95.
 
Eugenie was extremely easy to work with and unlike some other embroidery shops, the font selection & thread color selection is very straight forward.  I had my basket within 7 days of purchase!!
 
 
 
 
For me, this basket was love at first sight. 
Hopefully when Lara gets a little older, she'll love it as much as I do.
 
It's made from heavy quality polyester felt, I mean heavy quality.
I was a bit concerned about durability so I have to say, I'm very impressed.  
It holds it's shape very well!
  It even folds down for easy storage.
 
 
Until Easter rolls around, I may or may not be using it for decoration.
 

 
If you haven't picked up an Easter basket for the little in your life, click here to order this cutie!
{And yes, they make it in blue}