Thursday, September 11, 2014

our first family bike ride

this week we hooked up our bike trailer for the first time and went on our first family bike rides with baby harper! now that she can sit up we feel comfortable with leisurely cruising around. on wednesday we headed along the rio grande trail towards basalt. the trail was beautiful and followed the river. harper got a great nap! we had so much fun that on thursday we couldn't wait to get back on our bikes. this time, we headed towards glenwood springs, with a pit stop at the library. the trail this direction is much drier, but with great views of the surrounding mountains. 
the yellow + purple wildflowers along the trail added so much beauty to the landscape. i love our new slower pace with a baby so i am able to stop + take more photos! here's to lots more family bike rides this fall!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

home tour: bedroom + nursery

setting up a nursery space for our little one while i was still pregnant was very exciting, but also challenging. our two bedroom home is just under 1,100 sq feet. we use the bedroom on the main floor as a home gym, leaving a decent sized bedroom upstairs. we didn't see sharing our room with our baby as a problem, especially since we already stick to neutral decor. so we pushed our bed to one end of the room and made a nook for harper at the other end.

the room has his + hers closets, so storage space for harper's things was the main challenge. since we had an assortment of mis-matched furniture, garrison built us a new bed & matching dresser to double as a changing table. the dresser is large enough for us each to have a couple drawers. he also built a closet rod for harper's clothes above the washer + dryer, which are in a separate closet just outside our room. if we were planning to live here longer, we would replace the carpet and put a large rug in the center to play on.

i love sharing a room with our baby harper, and can't imagine it any other way! she recently went through a phase of waking up in the night and i asked garrison if we should set her travel crib up downstairs, and he said no way! so i know he likes her in our room too. (of course, mister fynn also shares a room with us!) it has been so much easier for me to take care of her, especially during the newborn months, and we get to sneak over to give her extra kisses before going to bed (i always find garrison sneaking her kisses in the morning).
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bedroom sources - paint: summer grey by valspar / bed + dresser: diy / bedding + bunny on bookshelf: anthropologie / driftwood mobile: purchased in homer, alaska / side windows: window frosting spray for privacy on bottom half / lamps, chair, black frame + white bookshelf: ikea / baskets on bookshelf: amazon / dog bed: orvis / crib: babyletto hudson from wayfair / white noise maker in crib : sleep sheep / baby blankets: gifted / changing pad: keekaroo peanut / diaper pail: simple human trash can (not pictured) / teal frame: target, gifted / bunny print in frame: kelli murray / botanical pillow: thomaspaul from 2modern / backpack: fjallraven mini kanken / moccs: minnetonka + freshly picked / sea otter + bunny on window seal: gifted

home tour: living + dining room

welcome to our home! we love our space; it's bright + simple and perfectly us. we have lived here for just over a year now and have loved every minute of it.

^ a small house means walking in to a very open concept. i'm so happy we painted everything (including doors, trim & inside closets) a bright white. nothing beats a fresh coat of paint!
^ this sectional is from our previous house, but it works to fill this space + helps define the living room from dining area. garrison made the curtain rods from pipes to match the shelving unit (a west elm hack).
^ this custom industrial shelving unit that garrison built is a favorite element of the house. there are lots of tutorials on pinterest. the desktop computer is positioned to allow us to view online tv shows from the couch. we've been so happy with our decision to replace our tv! it was fun thinking up a way to create an office space within the living room. garrison built a sliding shelf for the keyboard + mouse and we found a bar-stool that looked similar to the shelving.
^ i love the way this stair-landing came together, with a mix of wedding photos, artwork + personal photography. the stairs lead up to our bedroom and it can be seen from the kitchen. we replaced the stairwell + dining lights with these matching pendant globe lights.
^ we find ourselves eating dinner at the table most nights. now that i'm a stay-at-home-mom, i'm kind of a stickler for setting the table and not eating dinner on the couch. i'm so glad we stuck with the navy accent wall, it adds so much personality (we also painted the outside of the front door to match). the table can be turned sideways to fit 6-8 chairs, and  is roomy enough that we were able to host thanksgiving last year. we just recently replaced one of the chairs with a high chair for harper, now that she can sit up!

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living room sources - paint: silent white by ace hardware / couch + ottoman: ashley home furniture / baby seat: 4moms mamaroo / tray, chest + owl jar: pier 1 imports / floor lamp + plants: lowes / clock, wire basket, curtains + stool: west elm / bunting, curtain rods + shelving unit: diy / desktop: apple / pots: anthropologie / frames: ikea + michael's / artwork: wedding photography, personal photography + byron birdsdale / candle + bowls: anthropologie / throw blanket, white boxes + desk lamp: ikea

dining room sources - paint: wrought iron by martha stewart / table, chairs + pot rack: ikea / pendant lamp: west elm / cookware: le creuset + mauviel / tree board: crate & barrel / moose head art: tweed

Sunday, August 24, 2014

5 year anniversary

^ very posed photos from our anniversary

we celebrated our 5th anniversary by attending church together, watching movies on the living room floor (for old times sake), and cooking an amazing dinner together. on the menu: jalapeño poppers, steak with horseradish sour cream sauce, mashed potatoes, blue cheese salad, and cajun delight for dessert. it was so special to spend the day together, with our baby, on our 5th anniversary. i'm so happy with where we're at in life! i've got the best life as a mom to a beautiful baby and wife to a hardworking, handsome man.
^ garrison would say "mister fynn...mister fynn, come here" and harper would crack up like it was the funniest thing she's ever heard!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

frisco, colorado

usually we try to find free "dispersed" camping, which often entails driving at least a few miles up very bumpy dirt roads. this time we settled on peak one campground, overlooking the marina. it's funny that we planned to spend the afternoon walking around breckenridge, but ended up enjoying frisco quite a bit more. if the summer was not nearly ending, i would want to come back here and stick our feet back in the sand.
^ i love to compare this pic to when she first went camping at 2 months old

in the morning, we hiked part of north tenmile trail. it was such a lovely, easygoing hike, but we were so excited to get started that we forgot to grab diapers or snacks. 5 months into this parenting thing and we still sometimes fail!