Monday, October 30, 2017

Coffee + Conversation

Happy Monday! It's been quite a while - we have been super busy over here lately in the best ways so I'm just now settling in to catch my breath.

We have been traveling quite a bit for several weddings. This has been the year of weddings for all of our friends and it has given us such great opportunities to catch up with friends. Each of these were at beautiful venues from the mountains to historic homes to botanical gardens. 

At home we are finally finishing up our landscaping overhaul part 1. I have learned a lot about landscaping but most of all I have learned that I most certainly have a love-hate relationship with it. For most of the summer it definitely was more of a hate relationship but now that this project is nearing the end, I am so happy we did it.

Here's a recap - we removed several trees that were planted too close to the house or otherwise not hoeing properly because of there just being too many, removed some overgrown bushes lining our driveway and replaced with hydrangeas, hostas, and gardenias for a neater more symmetrical look, removed all but the foundation plants in our front landscaping because it was just too overgrown and super high maintenance (we will be adding some plants for color in the spring once those plants have had time to fill in from now having enough space), opened up our back yard by removing some hedges that were planted literally in the middle of it (???), and planted a row of privacy hedges at the true back of our property. It has been SUCH a project but the result is a neater more manicured look, a lot lower maintenance by removing what needed professional trimming 6-8 times a year, and a more open space to allow us to better use all of our property and room to add a swingset for Madeline in the spring. Here are some before pictures, as you can see there was just a whole lot going on. 

Monday, October 2, 2017

Coffee + Conversation

Happy Monday, friends. It is a beautiful Monday that feels just like October should in Charlotte today. We are all excited about that over here because I'm such a lover of all things fall. Candles, pumpkin coffee, chunky cardigans, and boots.

I apologize for my little hiatus. It was unintentional but we've been pretty busy around here. Madeline was sick for an entire week, which meant no preschool. This of course coincided with Corey's travels for work so I had very few moments to get anything accomplished.

We celebrated some dear friends who got married in Asheville last weekend after Madeline was sick and then I came home with the worst allergies. It was a beautiful wedding and a fun time with many of our closest friends.

We are also nearing the end of a big months-long landscaping project at our house. I am so excited to share the finished product and even more excited to not speak to a tree removal company or landscaping installer for many, many months.

This week we are looking forward to getting back into our routine post sickness and spending some time outside (in our nearly finished backyard) soaking in the beautiful cooler weather.

Very early this morning I was lying in bed while Corey packed for a work trip watching the coverage of the shooting in Las Vegas and my heart is just broken. I am just so, so sad that these things have gotten to be such a frequent occurrence in recent years. I am sending so many prayers to the families of all of those injured or lost and am so, so thankful to wake up with all of my loved ones safe and sound this morning.

Wishes for a happy and safe Monday for all of you!