Project Life 2014- Week 13

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Week 13 means I’m a quarter of the way through! It was a pretty big week so I made three pages. The first two pages are mostly about packing, the move, and my sister’s visit, with a few everyday photos mixed in.

Main journaling reads- This week was all about packing up the house and moving to Coral Springs. I updated to iOS7 after months of refusing to. I squeezed in some working out and kitty snuggles in between packing and cleaning. Jamie flew down for a visit on Thursday!!! She helped me do last minute packing and cleaned out my fridge for me while we watched Damages. We loaded up boxes in the truck on Friday, and the movers came to finish up on Saturday. It was exhausting, but we did it! No time to rest though, because Hatsume Fair was Sunday!

Photo journaling reads- While packing, I found a big stack of unsent thank you cards from our wedding eight years ago. Ugh!

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I did a little more journaling on photos than I usually do because I had a few little stories that I wanted to write about this week.

Photo journaling reads- I will miss hanging out with the ducks every day.
Friday night we started packing up the truck and took one last walk around the complex.
Of course we lost one of our most important boxes. Thank goodness we finally found it after hours of searching.
Enjoying his first morning cup of coffee at our new home.
That moment where I realized I could take selfies with MK and I started liking those mirrored closet doors.

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The third page is a mix of photos from Hatsume Fair at the Morikami. We go there so often that we have lots of duplicate photos from through the years. We try to focus on different aspects of the park when we visit now, it’s a challenge to ourselves to try and get a photo of something new, like the martial arts demonstration. Since this was Jay’s first visit, Jason got a bunch of photos of me and her together. I looked at the photos I’d put in PL when we visited in January to make sure I wouldn’t be putting the same kinds of pictures. (I could take a dozen pictures of the same bridge each visit and not realize it).

So that’s Week 13! We have a busy couple of weeks ahead with a visitor, work travel, and getting to know our new town. Then before we know it, it’ll be time to pick up the Little Man for the summer. So can’t wait!

I’ve been kicking around ideas for how to document the summer. I’m leaning towards a Summer Daily type project. I absolutely love taking my time and making LO’s for last summer, but I think I want to try something different this time. :)

*Project Life was invented by Becky Higgins. You can learn more about it here. My Project Life pages can be found here.

Skateboard Lesson

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I haven’t scrapped a page in almost a month! I missed it! I have been doing a ton of writing for the My Details class, taking lots of photos, and a bit of “in the moment” blogging, so the memory keeping train is still rolling right along.

I sat down and started going through April’s photos yesterday and was making notes in the Captions when suddenly all these words came pouring out. Sometimes that just happens, so I went with it and started making a page. I really love it! I know J likes the messy grungy look, so hopefully that will offset the pinkness of it :P I used the fabulous April Storyteller kit from Just Jaimee.

Journaling reads- I know this is going to sound pretty sappy, but watching Jason teach Jamie how to skateboard made my heart really happy. There aren’t a whole lot of “teachable moments” for a 27 year old, so it felt really good to see her learning a new skill right in front of me. To see her try and get frustrated, to see that look of concentration on her face as she tried again. To see her face light up when she started to Get It. That is still magic, no matter how old she gets. 

Then that moment when time stood still and I watched her starting to fall, knowing I’d never get to her in time to catch her, but trying anyway. That gut clenching, heart in your throat feeling… that never goes away either. Only now, instead of rushing to her and gathering her into my arms, I swallow my impending panic attack and walk cooly over. We check out her injured arm and make sure it isn’t broken or bloody. She sits on the ground for a minute, then hops back up to try again. I stand back and continue to watch, marveling at the explosion of emotions that can come from a simple skateboarding lesson.

March 2014 Roundup

I love recording the little details of our lives. They’re so much fun to look back on (at least for me).

Here’s my roundup for last month. It’s a little late this time, but I’m really glad I was able to keep up with it so well during such a hectic time!

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Exercise/ Health
started exercising again- 1 mile each weekday, then 2 miles starting 3/17
Hurt my knee during the move, so no exercise the last couple of days of the month

Movies watched
Clue (a favorite classic)
Jack Reacher (Jason)
Hansel and Gretel
Dallas Buyer’s club
Veronica Mars!!!
Man of Steel
Before Sunrise

The Oscars
Once Upon A Time (we saw that the Wicked Witch from Wizard of Oz was coming to Storybrook, so we caught up over one Saturday. The Peter Pan episodes weren’t doing it for us, so glad they wrapped up that storyline)
Modern Family
Big Bang Theory
SNL, but it’s been so terrible we might be breaking up
Love It or List It
House Hunters
Southern from the heart
Finished the last season of The Guild. Sad to see it finish.
Pioneer Woman
Imagine Dragons on the iTunes Music Festival
Every show on DIY network
Greg the Bunny and started Once Upon A Time over with J
Leverage with J

Another slow month for books (see podcasts)

Summer Knight (The Dresden Files, #4)
Voodoo River (Elvis Cole, #5)
The Unseen (Krewe of Hunters, #5)
Ruddy Gore (Phryne Fisher, #7)
A Time to Kill (Jake Brigance, #1) (reread)
Sycamore Row (Jake Brigance, #2)

Stuff you missed in history class- I listened to about a year and a half worth of these in February and March. All caught up now!
Spotify, especially the Happy song on repeat
Fame Fatale
NPR Pop Culture Happy Hour
60 Second Science
Stuff You Shoukd Know
Cord Killers
Trending Show
ABC news podcast

Classes/ Things I Learned
Scrapbooking outside the pocket (BPC)
Storyology with Ali Edwards (given free as the pre-class material for Hello Story, BPC)

What fun things did you do with friends and/or family?
FaceTime with mom, Felicia, and Bitty

What milestones occurred? Any holidays or celebrations? How about special events?
Antoine and Heidi’s wedding
St. Patty’s Day (festivities at Jason’s work, and he brought home tasty food! Corned beef with cabbage and veggies)
Jason got an award from work for helping with the integration last year.
Jamie came to visit and help us move on 3/27
Moved on 3/29
Hatsume Fair at the Morikami on 3/30 with J

Talk about the everyday and routine bits of life in the past month.
Working hard to eat healthier and keep grocery bills low
Packing and finding missing things in the Closet of Doom. Lots of decluttering.
Watching scrapbook videos during breakfast.
MK has started sitting in my lap without too much protest

What good stuff happened? What were the hard things? Anything unusual?
Oil change and air filter for the car. Will be needing new tires soon. Also an oil leak.
Had a lizard guest for a few days. Jason caught him and set him free outside.
Went to look at the apartment on 3/15 and signed a bunch of paperwork. Explored Coral Springs. Went to three different parks.
Baby ducklings!
I gave myself a haircut. I’ve been cutting my own bangs and layering the sides for years, but this is the first time I’ve done the back.
I updated to iOS7
I found a bunch of unsent thank-you cards from our wedding.
Enjoyed our last few days in West Palm
Watched our first sunrise at our new apartment

Out and about
Went to the Gardens Mall to pick up our 5k medals
Window shopping at Lowe’s and Target
Pampano Beach (twice) with J
IKEA with J

Food- home
Sausage and Lentil soup
Fish w/ tomatoes
BBQ chicken
Black bean soup
Crock pot steak
Crock pot beef stew
Shrimp and grits
Marinated pork chops
Crock pot chicken
Broccoli casserole for J

New recipes tried- hummus, tabbouleh, egg and mushroom bake, zucchini chips, crock pot white bean soup with ham

Food- away
Reception at Pampas Grill
Checkers Fridays
Gelato and Latte at the Italian Grocery
Pizza the night we moved
Teriyaki chicken, soba noodles, and ramen at Hatsumi (J’s first ramen!)
Meatballs at IKEA
Doughnuts at Mojo Doughnuts

Crafty/ creative/ bloggy things
LO’s- 14
PL- 18 pages (4 weeks)
Blog posts- 14
Day in the Life on the 17th and 31st.

While most of the country was dealing with snow and ice storms, we’re having typical 70 and 80 degree weather. Lots of rain and tornado watches on the 7th. Beautiful weather the rest of the month. A little rain the day we moved, but not too bad.

Current events
Trouble in the Ukraine
Malaysian plane crash

Report on the progress you’ve made toward your goals or list any new goals you have set

No monthly goals for March.

Progress on yearly goals in March-
Kept up with PL.
1 Jamie LO, but none for Jason.
9 summer pages, including travel pages.
1 extended family page.
Took pictures of me and Jason each week.
We moved!!!

*Idea and prompts taken from monthly reviews/ roundups by ListGirl and Katy the Scrapbook Lady. See my past roundups here.

Project Life 2014- Week 12

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Here is my Project Life for Week 12.

Page 1 journaling reads- This week was nice, but busy. We celebrated St. Patty’s Day on Monday, and I did DITL. Jason got an award from work on Tuesday. I cut my own hair, which turned out pretty well. We did a lot of packing, planning, and everyday sorts of things. I made Jason’s favorite burritos.

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I’m doing Day in the Life on the last day of the month in 2014. The first few Days were not “normal” days at all. January we were in Nashville, February was Antoine and Heidi’s wedding rehearsal, and we had Jamie visiting at the end of March. I wanted to document a more average day at our old apartment before we moved, and the 17th seemed like as good a day as any. Though it was St. Patrick’s Day, the second page for this week the more everyday things.

Page 2 journaling reads- Day in the Life: March 17, 2014. His breakfast. His packed lunch. Her breakfast. Sunrise. Quick walk. Freshly trimmed palms. Two mile walk with Leslie. Packing.

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I added in the third page to show St. Patty’s day festivities and Jason’s award from work. The bottom pic is a close up of the award, blurred for work privacy.

Page 3 journaling- Day in the Life cont.Jason and his department all dressed up for St. Patrick’s Day. They had a ton of tasty food and played games. He was able to bring some home for dinner. The next day, he got a fancy award for working on the integration last year. So proud of him!

This isn’t my most cohesive spread ever. I did it right before we moved, and I was a little distracted so it doesn’t flow well. But I’m not one to re-do LO’s. Moving on :)

*Project Life was invented by Becky Higgins. You can learn more about it here. My Project Life pages can be found here.

From our weekend

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Such a busy weekend! We’re having a blast exploring and getting to know our new neighborhood. Friday, we had a date night at Crocante, a bakery with the best coffee I’ve had so far in Coral Springs. We walked around the the outdoor mall, aptly called The Walk. It was a great evening for a stroll. We window shopped and enjoyed the cool air. They even had a live band. I was excited to see a Barnes & Noble there. I can see more dates on The Walk in our future.

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Saturday morning there was a community event at Sandy Ridge Park. We saw lots of cool rescue animals, including two baby alligators, a surprisingly fast tortoise, a snake, an owl, and all kinds of critters. They were giving away free trees and plants so we took home a fern. (I’ve always wanted one!) The park is great and we can’t wait to take Little Man this summer.

Jason’s company picnic was Saturday afternoon. We didn’t stay as long as last year, but it was fun hanging out and eating cotton candy.


Sunday was rainy all day. We found a bistro table super cheap at Costco the day before, so we ate breakfast outside. It’s very nice to have an actual eating table (as opposed to the side table we’ve been using since our last place). One of the things we’ve talked about since we first looked at this complex was the idea of having an “outdoor living space” where we can eat and hang out. We did that some at our last apartment, but spiders were a constant threat. So far here we’ve been safe behind our screened in balcony. It’s been fun setting things up out there. We’re about 85% unpacked now, so it’s time to rearrange and get out those homey touches.


We braved the rain to do a little shopping and see Captain America: The Winter Soldier. I liked it a lot! It’s probably my second favorite of all the Marvel movies, under The Avengers.

We did a lot more and I’m sure I’m forgetting something, but that’s ok. I think this week it’s time to slow down the pace a little and enjoy being at home. (We always say that, and almost always never do it)

One final note… Congrats to my friend Melissa on her engagement this weekend!!!!!

What’s for Dinner? vol. 13

Here are a few things we’ve been munching on lately.


Weekend breakfasts on the balcony.

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We found a new favorite grocery store, Pann Dutch. Great prices on produce and fantastic specialty pastas and cheeses. We’re not huge dairy people, but we’re thinking of forming a “fancy cheese of the week” club. Last weekend’s selection was Strawberry Chardonnay (my pick). Jason didn’t love it, he’s not a Chardonnay fan. But I thought it was delicious with grapes. The feta is also fantastic. I’ve been sneaking cubes all week and putting it on everything.


We also tried some dried gnocchi with pesto. It’s been over a year since we’ve had gnocchi and it was super yummy. I need to learn how to make it homemade.


We stopped by Doris Italian Market for gelato and latte. We’ve yet to find any Cuban coffee in Coral Springs, so this is the next best thing. My gelato this time was strawberry cheesecake and raspberry white chocolate chip.


I made tasty tacos with guac, tomatoes, and feta. I could eat that every week!

Not pictured- I’ve been following Lauren @eating_whole on Instagram and she inspired me to do batch prepping this week. I can’t believe I didn’t get a picture! Anyway I made a big vat of sausage lentil soup and some salads in jars. I cooked up a bunch of ground beef, onions, and garlic for spaghetti and tacos. I always cook enough oatmeal for four days, so I prepped that too, plus I boiled some eggs for snacks. I did all this on Wednesday and I’ll have plenty of healthy food to last us through the weekend. Weekends are always bad for us food-wise, so hopefully having this stuff at hand will help us make better choices.

Looking forward to next week-
Do more batch cooking.
Jason’s company picnic
Fish tacos
Check out Costco and see if that’s a viable grocery store option.

We’re still looking around at all the grocery stores in town to see what will be a good fit for us. There’s a Green Market that we’ll be checking out in the next couple of weeks too. We get weirdly excited about trying new grocery stores. :P

You can find more What’s for Dinner? posts here.

Action Plan for #MyDetailsClass, plus some pages and random stories


Here is my plan for this class

Stories first. LO’s can come later. I’m still unpacking and trying to get my routines established at the new apartment, so I’m not even going to attempt LO’s right now. Unless I get super inspired and have to make something Right Now. My plan is to keep a running list of journaling for story ideas in Evernote.

Simple page design. Once I get stories out of my brain and into Evernote, I’ll open up an 8.5×11 page in PSE. I’ll paste the text into that and format depending on how long the story is. So far I’m liking splitting the 8.5×11′s in half vertically. I’ll leave a little room for a photo if I have one. Keeping this super simple. If I don’t have a photo, leave some white space and I might find one later.

Tell past stories of the Teenage/ Young Adult years, plus current stories. I have over fifty LO’s in my “All About Jen” book. Only three of them are from my teenage years. And of those, two of them are about my hair! Clearly I need to work on filling some holes in my story. That hasn’t interested me before at all, but I think I’m ready to tackle that now.

I’m in a transitional stage right now with the move and all, so I want to be sure to document current things too. I’m going to try and do a past story and a current story for each prompt.

Community participation. There is a great FB group for the class. I’m getting lots of fun ideas for pages. I’m hoping to stay current with the class and soak up the inspiration.

Looking forward. I’ve done a ton of “Currently” type blog posts. I’ve made pages with some of those already, but I’d really like getting those in my books. That might mean making pages, or just printing them off on regular paper and slipping them in. Looking back at my “Jen” book, those are some of my favorite things to read so I want to make sure they’re in there. I think they fit in well with the theme of the class.

Here are my first couple of stories using the pre-class prompt of “Thinking”.


Thinking- 1996 Edition (modeled after “Currently” prompts.

Journaling reads-
Busting my ass trying to graduate high school after slacking off for three years.
Contemplating quitting and getting my GED instead.
Listening to the advice of a wonderful counselor who was the only person who “had my back”.
Ignoring the problematic behavior of my boyfriend.
Picking up my sister from school every day.
Walking my dog Tank.
Looking forward to a summer trip and working at the Coffee Shop again.
Getting accepted to Trevecca with a scholarship.
Taking my 4th year of French.
Eating nothing all day until the evening because I couldn’t afford lunch.
Hanging out with my girlfriends at school.
Screaming matches with my mom every day.
Loving on my Bella.
Feeling very strong in my faith, but losing faith in my church.
Talking on the phone to Melissa as much as I could.
Being grounded constantly.
Listening to 107.5 and 103.9.
Watching Days of our Lives and Oprah.
Mastering Algebra II the second time around.
Living within walking distance of Jamie’s school, Angie’s house, and church.
Staying with my dad every weekend.
Riding the school bus.
Carrying around seven big textbooks everywhere because I couldn’t be bothered to find a locker.
Reading Elizabeth Peters, Cleveland Amory, and Anne Rice.
Writing notes to my friends every class period.
Wearing a horseshoe ring from Jon, a cross necklace, and my grandmother’s engagement and wedding rings every day.
Loving Buttered Rum lipstick from Avon and Exclamation perfume.

I cold probably make pages about several of these. Having them in a list form like that was so much easier than trying to write out everything that was going on that year. I like that I was able to mix in fun stuff with the heavy, emo stuff.

Next to that is a page inspired by Megan’s LO that listed her college schedule. I would like to eventually do something like that, but I wanted to do a quick page about my feelings from my first attempt at college. At some point I’d like to find some pictures on the internet of the campus and add those.

Journaling reads- I knew Trevecca was not the right college for me from the start. But they offered me a scholarship, so that’s the one I went with. (My family was adamant that I attend college, but provided nothing in the way of help finding resources or money to pay for it). So when I got that magical letter in the mail offering me a little money to attend, that’s where I went.

It was a great school, just not for me. I was not raised Nazarene, so the idea of singing modern Christian pop instead of hymns and wearing pants to Chapel was foreign to me. I had recently broke off ties with my childhood church, so I was in flux.
But the biggest thing that caused me to leave college (the first time) was not related to school at all. My mom went into the hospital. At the time my sister still lived with her. So I moved back into my mom’s house temporarily to be with her. I had a hard time balancing taking care of her, visiting my mom, and going to school (all on the bus). I was having relationship problems during those months as well. My 18 year old self couldn’t manage it all, so I stopped showing up. The last straw was the decision to have eye surgery that December. It conflicted with Finals, so I ended up only taking one Exam and only getting credit for one class.
Despite everything, I really enjoyed my short time there. It was not my most shining moment academically, but that’s ok. And it’s a funny story to tell for people who didn’t know me in my younger days. Yes the girl who cusses a blue streak went to Christian college for a minute. (I also taught Sunday School and wanted to be a missionary, but that’s a story for another day)
My third page for the class hits a much lighter note. I think that will be a trend moving forward so I can balance out all the angsty teenage stuff.
Journaling reads-
I speak before I think.
So I have developed this problem lately, in the past couple years of being at home, of speaking the first thought that comes into my head. Being alone for most of the day with just me, the cat, and my inner monologue has somehow made me completely lose my “mouth filter”.

It is quite embarrassing and sometimes hurtful to other people, like when I say unkind things to my husband, or tell people what I really think of their boyfriends. I don’t mean to be a hateful bitch, I just blurt out the first thing that comes into my head. Which is almost always the wrong thing.
On the other hand, my spontaneity in speaking is probably mostly a good thing for my marriage. I tell him countless times a day how much I love him and how awesome he is. If I stopped to think before I said those things, they might go unsaid.
Words are important to us. I need to say all the words. I think I just need to pause a few seconds before I let the words spill out of my mouth. So I won’t accidentally tell him “I missed you today. And your booty” in front of my sister. TMI y’all.
And for my last page, I copied and pasted the text from this post.
And that’s just the pre-class! I actually have ideas for a couple more pages, but this is what I have so far. It feels good to get all this out of my brain :)

Around here

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I cannot believe how gorgeous it is here. Sunsets over the Glades are the best.

We did a lot of exploring last weekend, including the library and plant shopping.

Still thinking about whether or not to let MK out onto the balcony. She’s hell on screens.

Jason’s birthday was Wednesday! He celebrated by going to work and the DMV. I stuck an unlit candle in a piece of Publix apple pie and sang Happy Birthday because I hadn’t found the box with my lighter yet. Do we know how to party or what?

The unpacking process continues. I finally found my spatulas this week, so was able to cook actual food.

I love the arches and little details here. It seems less like a cookie cutter apartment and more like a place with character.

#MyDetailsClass Pre-Class Prompt (try saying that three times)


My friend Megan is teaching a class about getting more of YOU in your scrapbooks. She, along with Kristin of rukristin, will provide prompts to get you inspired to scrap about yourself. They’ll share two different takes on each prompt, one from the past and one from right now. I think that’s one of the coolest part of the class. Exploring the past and making connections with the present is absolutely one of my favorite things about this hobby.

The pre-class prompt is “Thinking” so I jotted down a few things on my mind right now.

Loving this response to the Honey Maid ads.
It’s the day before Jason’s birthday!
Planning which boxes to tackle next.
Prepping food for the week.
Still not quite believing that we’re actually here.
Adjusting to a new morning routine.
Missing scrapbooking.
Studying the Anglo Saxon Chronicle.
Loving having him home an extra two hours a day.
Wondering what the big deal is about GOT.
Hoping to get to take advantage of my big bath tub this week.
Relieved that my knee is getting closer to normal.
Thinking I’ll try working out on Wednesday.
Taking walks around the track in the meantime.
Laughing at texts from my sister.
Needing to talk to Melissa.
Craving green things in my home and in my tummy.

I think things like this are really interesting to look back on. When I was writing Friday’s post about our move, I had a lot of fun taking a little trip down Memory Lane and remembering things that were on my mind a couple of years ago. I think that has given me a renewed love for this blog and memory keeping in general. I won’t have a lot of spare time to make pages for a bit, but I can certainly take a couple of minutes to jot things down.

Several of the ladies in the class are doing a blog hop with their takes on the pre-class materials. Check them out here.

Around here

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We have officially been in our new apartment for six days now. It has been a whirlwind!

My sister flew in last Thursday to help with the move. She hasn’t visited since 2006, so needless to say, I was ridiculously happy. I made broccoli casserole at her request. We spent Friday finishing packing and loading the truck with boxes.

Saturday we moved. It went surprisingly well actually. And by “surprisingly well”, I mean we got through it alive. I only had one tiny meltdown. You never realize how much stuff you have until you move, and even though we decluttered a lot of things before the move, it was still very overwhelming. Especially carrying it all up three flights of stairs. Our movers were great though. We made it through relatively unscathed, except for my knee. And lots of bruises.

Sunday we went to Hatsumi fair at the Morikami. We’ve been wanting to take J for years, so it was very cool to show her what we’ve been yammering about for so long.

Monday we had fancy doughnuts, went to IKEA, and to the beach- twice. It sounds like a lot, but it was surprisingly relaxing. It was a lot of fun being tourists in our new city.

On Tuesday Jason gave Jamie skateboarding lessons. I think she had fun- except for the falling and hurting her arm part. We did not have a great week for injuries… She flew back home that night.

Jason went back to work on Wednesday and I started the unpacking process. I can’t wait to have everything unpacked so I can start on the fun stuff like picking out more plants! Right now I have most of the kitchen and some of our bedroom unpacked. I want to finish up those rooms today and figure out storage for the bathrooms. The bathrooms here are… different. Storage here in general will be a challenge, but we’ll figure it out.

I’m so excited to be in our new place! And the very best part is that I get my husband back. No more two hour a day commute! We could not be more thrilled. :)

It’s hard for me to believe that during the time I’ve had this blog, I’ve lived in three different houses! I was looking through my archives and found a few posts on the subject.

Finding out we had to leave our first place together.

Thoughts on Home and the stresses of moving.

Our last move.

2012′s Week In the Life was all about unpacking from the last move, especially Monday. I am extraordinarily grateful that MK has handled this move So Much Better than the last one. We’re all mostly sleeping through the night, which is fabulous.

Back in August when I was getting the itch to move (but hadn’t yet convinced Jason)

Apartment hunting in December. (The last picture is the complex we’re living in now)

I love love love having the blog to look back on!