Tulsa home update

Happy Monday, friends! 

I hope your morning has been a smidge better than mine (although really I shouldn't complain because I'm sitting on the couch in my pj's at 11am while The Rose is napping drinking a coffee. Last year this day would have been a DREAM). 

It's a sick day for us in our household. Combine that with making a grocery list (Monday routine) and it makes me want to just chuck everything out the window.

[Side note: You know when you feel sick and you don't really feel like drinking coffee but you're like, "I have to drink coffee! I've been waiting the last 20 hours for this and if I don't I won't get to drink coffee again until tomorrow morning!" and so you drink coffee anyway and know you're going to regret it later? That's me right now].

Just pray for me. That's all. 

Anyway, on Friday I told you I would share and update of our home. And I'm going to be honest. I was hoping I'd get around to a lot more decorating over the weekend than I did. I kind of want to cringe at the thought of sharing my house photos only one week into the move, because they're not very "pinteresty" if you know what I mean.

But oh well. This is the real life and here is my real house update. Bare with me and don't judge! 

We've made most progress with the kitchen. As far as we know ALL the kitchen boxes have been unpacked. I am still getting used to putting things in their places, but it's in proper working kitchen mode at this point.
 We bought this handy storage rack over the weekend for our kitchen. 
 What we really wanted was a nice kitchen island (kind of like this) that could serve as a pantry and counter space, but number one: it wasn't really in the budget, and number two: we are renting and don't know what our future kitchen (when we buy) will look like and if we will want something like that. So, we opted to get this multi-purpose storage rack. It works great for kitchen needs now and down the road can serve well in a garage or laundry room.

What's super cool too is we bought some of the accessories that went along with it for organizing purposes, and I really like it!

Other than the kitchen, we've been spending most of our time on the living room and dining room.
 We've made a lot of progress, but when I look at photos like this it doesn't really feel like it. 

So far we have unpacked about 50 boxes, set up both our bed and our guest bed, along with The Rose's crib. We've hung curtains in most rooms but the guest bedroom. We've thrown some things up in the attic for long-term storage. We've mostly finished organizing our closets. (Poor Mr. Christopher has to put all his clothes in the guest room). We also made sure to hang The Rose's swing in the tree in the front yard. (Priorities, people).

There are definitely some things we are still working on this week. We're waiting on a few purchases to come in the mail (an IKEA desk, two rugs and some small home organizing pieces). Once we get those things set in place we start hanging things on the walls and making the place feel more at home.

Later this week or next I plan to share some packing and unpacking tips since I feel like a pro-mover these days. Some of you have already shared, but if you haven't please share your favorite packing or unpacking tips in the comments below! I'd love to use your helpful tip on my post!

The Many Expressions of the Rose

On Wednesday I shared our family photos taken by MB Photography.
But I didn't share all the little golden nuggets hidden within those photos. I call these photos:
 The Many Expressions of the Rose.

They are most definitely not without personality.

(I think that sentence it terribly grammatically incorrect). Whatevs.

You can just see the little goofball inside of her.
I blame it all on Mr. Christopher.


 I love this girl.
She has my heart, always and forever.
Goofball and all.

P.S. On Monday I'll share some updates of our home. But remember! We just moved in a week ago so don't expect much. Have a great weekend, friends!

Welcome October!

Happy October, y'all!

(Find the GATHER welcome mat here).

We celebrated the cooler weather and upcoming fall season by checking out the Brookside Farmer's Market. It's only a few minutes away AND it's right across the street from Mr. Christopher's work, so it was a perfect way to get him out of the office for a few minutes to see us!

We bought some cucumbers and these beautiful fresh-cut flowers!

I hope your first day of October is magical!

Summer Family Photos on MIZZOU's campus

A few weeks before we moved to Oklahoma, we asked our dear friend Margaret to take some family photos on Mizzou's campus. 

 If you're in the Columbia area and are looking for a photographer, check out MB Photography!

home sweet home in TULSA, OK

Welcome to our Tulsa Home!

We moved in last weekend. Here are some before photos to let you get an idea of the layout:

(I'm sensing a lot of porch-swing-hangs in my future)!


Living room



Master bedroom

Eliza's room

Guest room

This house is a rental, which means that all of those skills we learned in our old Swift Abode have to wait patiently until we purchase our own home. (Honestly, this is really hard for Mr. Christopher)! 

We chose to rent for a few reasons: first, we know nothing about Tulsa. We have no idea where we'd like to live or even what kind of house we'd like to get. (Our Swift Abode was a cheap fixer-upper, so our mortgage payments were cheap but we put money into fixing up the house every few months. But we've been considering getting more of a fixed up home this time around, which means our budget would have to be a little higher. We're not sure yet)! The second reason we decided to rent was Mr. Christopher's employer, McGraw Realtors, graciously offered to buy us a house to rent from them while we figure things out. We jumped on that opportunity, and this is the house!

There are many things I already love about this house:

  • The porch swing
  • Open floor plan between the living room and kitchen. (This was McGraw's idea. Genius). I appreciate this so much more after having a house that was not like this before.
  • All one floor. (AKA: No stairs to freak out over The Rose falling down, because we all know she would be all. over. those).
  • In Midtown area, which we hear is great.
  • Close to Mr. Christopher's work.
So here's what I need from y'all. (I'm going to start saying y'all now because I live in the SOUTH, okay y'all)??

We need a name for our home! Our last home was the Swift Abode. I loved giving it a name. That home will always be sweet to us, be our first home, be our Swift Abode. So that means we need a NEW name for our Tulsa Rental. We've thrown a few around but just can't come up with something that suites.

Ideas!? Please share them in the comments below or on Facebook. Help us out!

Welcome back!

Hello friends & family. Welcome back to my blog! Or maybe you should welcome me back?

My last post was shortly after The Rose's first birthday party. It was such joyful day as we jam-packed our little Swift Abode with family and friends.

Thinking back to May, I'm pretty sure planning her birthday party our biggest "challenge" that what on our minds.

We had just made a huge life decision for me to quit my job as a teacher and transition to being a stay-at-home-Mama. Her birthday party was only days after packing up my classroom, so I hadn't really gotten into a "routine". We had lots of plans for the summer. We had planned to go to Branson around fourth of July for a family get-away. We had planned to go to Colorado for a staff retreat with our church staff. I had planned to get more involved with The Rose at the children's' library reading times. I had lots of lofty dreams of cooking yummy meals, grilling on our porch and roasting marshmallows in our fire pit. We also had a few plans for our home, putting in new window frames and painting our shed.

And then life happened.

My Dad used to always say "Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans." That's really what John Lennon used to say, but my Dad stole it from time to time.

I was not ready for what happened next.

In a matter of months, my sweet Daddy died, we sold our Swift Abode and moved to Oklahoma. Let me be clear, moving to Oklahoma is nothing in comparison to unexpectedly losing my Dad, but it has added to the challenge of our summer.

I am fresh in grieving. I have moments that are really hard. Most days I feel numb. And I have days that feel good too, though those are pretty infrequent, to be completely honest.

Our family has been in a weird "in limbo" phase since July, staying at friend's homes, parents homes, all kinds of places that are not our home.

But! Just this past weekend we moved into our permanent (for a while) rental in Tulsa, OK. The company Mr. Christopher is working for graciously bought us a house to rent from them to give us time to get to know the city before we buy. We are so incredibly thankful for that.

And so as we begin to unpack our lives and settle our hearts in Tulsa, I plan to blog.

For years blogging was a therapeutic output for myself. (You can go back through years of my posts here if you need some proof)! I love blogging for so many reasons: Blogging gives me a creative outlet, it allows me to express myself through writing and it keeps our family and friends updated.

I also love the memory aspect of it. I can go back and look at so many sweet memories even now of my Dad, of Mr. Christopher, Honey, Eliza, our old home, so. many. things. I love that! I miss that! And I want my kiddos to be able to go through and do the same thing, whether its 10 years from now or 50 years from now (assuming the internet will still be around then)!

SO. save my blog if you'd like, follow on Facebook, InstagramBloglovin or email, whatever!

(P.S. A few people have asked about Aimee Bee Shop. I'm sure at some point I will go back to putting my crafty skills to work there, but as of right now I am not re-opening, just purely blogging for the fun of it)!

photogenic thank you cards

Yesterday I posted about The Rose's first birthday party. It was a grand 'ole time. She is still recovering. Correction: We are still recovering. 

Today I'm trying to get ahead and be productive, so I'm writing thank you cards, and I wanted to share a fun and cheap idea that still is super personal.

One thing you could do is order photo thank you cards. Those are super cute and I definitely drool over them online, but those are also a little pricey and they require you to think ahead. (That is something I don't always do). Instead you can include your own photos! 

For The Rose's birthday party we printed off many of our Instagram pictures from Walgreens and hung them up all over our home as decoration. (And psst! We waited until they had a coupon code and got them all for 40% off)!

Then, after the fun day, we took the photos down and included a few of our favorites in our thank you cards. 

It was especially personal when we were able to include pictures of those specific guests with our little Rosie. It helped out in two ways: one, it helped us get rid of some of those photos (because we don't need ALL of them forever) and two, it allows our guests to have photos of Eliza to hang on their fridge. Double whammy!

That's it!

And by the way, I totally had to scrub my white floors for these photos. They were dirty! I need to clean them all. But that's for later. Now is for coffee drinking and news watching. Happy Tuesday!

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