samantha liz

The one where I talk about the basement…

Yeah…. so you know how we have a finished basement…

The basement. Right now it is home to my photography "studio", lots of boxes and bins that need unpacking, another bathroom that I love, the laundry/utility room and the kids' playroom.

The one with the room full of boxes? Well, I may have posted a tiny picture the first time around… because well… it was a lot of boxes… and stuff… and boxes…
Before

Yeah, it was a bit of a mess, and I couldn’t let that go on any longer. So today? With the help of my AMAZING husband who tirelessly unpacked and moved and sorted and stored and climbed the ladder time and again to the garage attic for proper storage, it now looks like this:
40/52/Life: After; clean slated.

I have alot of plans and ideas, but for now it’s so nice to be clean slated. <3 In the midst of it we did happen to come across the stand that Thom and I made to hold Thomas' moses basket alongside of our bed almost 9 years ago. Thom and I found the moses basket stand we made many moons ago.

It just so happened to induce sleepiness, and general day dreaming.
40/52/Portrait - Sleeping on the Job.

So many memories, and so many more to come. Loving life.

A week recap.

This week flew by.

There was the usual school time.
39/52/Life - School Time.

Concentration.

Followed by some backyard playtime.
Kick the can fun.

Running to get to the can first.

…and lollipops.
Lollipop time.

If you’ve been following me on instagram, you’d have seen that the end of the week had lots of paint. Molly got in on the action too.

39/52/Portrait - Painting Princess.

Minecraft Time

So, just in case you didn’t know? Thomas loves minecraft.

This is what he looks like when he plays minecraft:This is Thomas playing minecraft.

Sometimes, it gets intense, and then he looks like this:This is Thomas getting serious while playing minecraft.

Then, it may even get more nerve racking, and he totally can’t help but do this:This is Thomas getting nervous while playing minecraft.

Followed by this {especially when encountering a creeper}:37/52/Life - Minecraft Creeper!

This boy has no poker face:Thomas has no poker face.

You can totally see everything he’s feeling, just by looking at his face:Totally can see it all over his face.

Gosh, do I love his face.37/52/Portrait - This is one happy guy.

<3

New house; making home.

When we first saw the new house, we fell in love. It was a charming 4-bedroom {all upstairs, squee!} center-hall dutch colonial. I immediately envisioned the kids growing up in it. Complete with obligatory prom on the steps photos of Molly. Thom and the kids instantly agreed; Thomas claimed his room and Molly was quite enamored that her room had a mirror on the back of the door. You may remember me posting about a great weekend we had as the summer started. That it was epic? Yup, that’s the weekend I took these photos {please excuse my iphone pics}20130628-220044.jpgBack then it seemed like only a dream that this could be our home, but we made an offer and put our house up on the market… and waited.

It felt like forever; funny thing that thing called time, it has a habit of sneaking up on you.

Before I knew it we were sold and all moved out there and all moved in here, and I’m sitting in my office as I type this right now.Back down the hallway and to the right of the front door is my office (Read: My space, yay!)Yup, that’s what it looks like now. I have lots of things planned for it, but right now? It’s completely perfect. However I’m getting ahead of myself.

Let me give you an official tour.
As you walk up to the front door, it opens to the center hall stairway.When you walk up to the front door, it opens to a center hall stairway.

Walking down the hall {past my office on your right, eeks!!} you will find the kitchen {with it’s awesome pantry} in the back of the house on the left.If you walk down the hall, the kitchen is in the back of the house on the left.

…and the family room with it’s wood burning fireplace to the right.The family room with wood burning fireplace is to the right.{shh… this room already looks different, lol… more on that next time.}

Out that door next to the fireplace is the garage {aka: Thom’s man cave}.Out the door is the garage (read: Thom's space)

If you go back into the house and walk through the kitchen, you will come upon the dining room.Then connecting the kitchen and the living room is the dining room.

…and through that large archway is the living room {which has had a rearrangement since, lol, constantly evolving.}To the left of the front door is the huge living room. Totally dwarfs all my furniture.

Up the stairs is all our bedrooms.
Thomas’
Thomas' room

Molly’s
Molly's Room.

Marcus’
Marcus' Room

Thom’s and Mine
Upstairs is the master bedroom.

Our own little private bathroom {with wicked neat shell shower walls… I see BM irish mint in our future}Master bathroom with neat shell shower walls.

…and the kid’s bathroom with two sinks! {also with, ahem, interesting lighthouse wallpaper… I see this in our future}The main kids bathroom.

Then all the way to the down to the basement, we have my photo “studio”, lots of boxes and bins that need unpacking, another bathroom that I love, the laundry/utility room and the kids play space.The basement. Right now it is home to mr photography "studio", lots of boxes and bins that need unpacking, another bathroom that I love, the laundry/utility room and the kids' playroom.

Out back are two apple trees, a plethora of flowers and trees and bushes, and two planting beds. One is full of strawberries. I can’t wait until next spring to plan all the fun things we will grow.Out back are two apple trees and two planting beds. One is full of strawberries. I can't wait until next spring to plan all the fun things we will grow.

Well, that’s all for now. Many projects are in the works and many things have already been unpacked and hung and decorated since I took these just a couple days ago. Project home; underway.

35/52/2013

We are visiting in Wisconsin this week; the kids are loving the lake. 35/52/Life - Boy and his love of boats.

…and the playground.
35/52/Portrait - Tunnel Vision

Did I mention the playground?
Tire Swing!

Oh, yes. They always love a good ride on a swing.
Swings!

33/52/2013

This is what my week has looked like…
33/52/Life - Packing Up.

Oh, and this.
33/52/Portrait - First shot of our new home.
It’s the first shot of our new home! The pantry begged to be painted blue. :)

It’s official and everything, got the keys on thursday…

Excuse me while I continue packing now. More photos coming soon, but the moving truck is coming Tuesday morning, so I need to be ready!

32/52/2013

We were getting ice cream with my parents and sister in a shopping area by our house when we walked past this wall. A wall I must have walked passed a hundred times and never gave it a second thought, and suddenly it hit me. Thomas’ hand was on that wall. Something we participated in over 8 years ago when he was a sleeping infant in the pottery shop.

Forever frozen in time.
So tiny. So long ago.

32/52/Portrait - Thomas Paul, 8 years later.Thomas, of course, doesn’t remember, but he read his name immediately and insisted on posing alongside of it.

There are many things that I look forward to in the new house. I always say how nice it will be to have our own mailbox, on our own property, and not have to walk to get mail any longer.
32/52/Life - The real reason we walk to the mailbox everyday.Truth is? I will miss it.

31/52/2013

This week’s life photography theme was pretend.

Here’s the setup…
I am playing with the kids at my parent’s home. Hide and Seek. Marcus runs and hides in another room. I walk in to the room he’s hiding, look around and announce. “Hey, I can’t find Marcus, I wonder where he could be?” He lets out a giggle, and responds, “Shhh. I in the box.”

Here’s the photo…
31/52/Life - "Shhh. I in the box."

While we are on the topic of pretending, I’d like to show you the runner up for this week. I know it’s something I don’t usually do, but I couldn’t help it.
Feigning fear from the fearless.
I titled this one: Feigning fear from the fearless.
. This girl is so brave, and yet she acts so well. She was determined to cross the monkey bars today, screaming in half joy/half scared out of her mind all the way. Speaking of which… since Marcus saw her finally go for it; he couldn’t help but get in on the act.

31/52/Portrait - "I'm doing it!"
He’s as strong as Molly is fearless. He didn’t make it across, but he hung on for a good while. I’m sure every time we visit the park, this is the first thing he’ll head to now. Quite determined; that boy is, indeed.