Winter Prep & a super late Halloween/Oct Recap (pretty much in pictures)

Yep, it has happened.  Chicago’s first snow dusting:

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It is premature in my book, but totally typical of Chicago.  In our city, you cannot even begin to predict what is going to happen weather-wise.  This was taken almost two weeks ago and the following weekend we had 60 degree weather followed by severe thunder storms, go figure ;-)  I feel lucky that we get to experience all the different seasons around here, but I don’t think I’d be too sad if I moved somewhere warm and sunny all the time.  My mood seems tied to the weather… But still – it makes me nuts that we were JUST enjoying warm/fallish weather and now I’m scrambling to get Evan some weather appropriate clothes:

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Anywho, the snow has put me into wintertime mode.  Hot chocolate, throw blankets, and pulling out/buying new Christmas decorations:

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Tar-jey is so dangerous… They had the CUTEST owl/vintage-y ornaments so naturally I had to make Evan his own mini tree above…  But really how cute are these:

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Target also has holiday scents out.  One of my favorite products had “Pine” scent so I snagged those too:

Love the pine scents... seriously obsessed

Love the pine scents… seriously obsessed

 

Time still seems to fly by at hyper speed.  I realized I’ve never blogged about Evan’s first birthday – which I still will.  I put in a TON of work for it and made decor that I’d love to share – so when I find the pictures I’ll blog about it 4 months late.  I’ve also not blogged about Halloween even though it did happen and our mini werewolf (of course the costume we LOVED he hated, so pictures in it were nearly impossible) hung out with his bff Jonathan:

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Like I said, with winter on the way we are scrambling to get out decor and set up our casa with holiday cheer the first holiday season we are spending here.

Thanks for taking the ride with us!

 

Goebberts 2013

I cannot believe we are this close to Thanksgiving.  I feel like the second November hits it is like hyper speed to the end of the year then January and February and some of March are spent wishing the weather warm.  October was a busy month for us (well, what month isn’t?).. So I thought I’d share some highlights like Evan’s first trip to the pumpkin patch!  Last year we never made it happen with our 3 month old (bad parents, I know) but this year my parents and Hector, Evan and I stopped at Goebberts and it was a blast!

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Evan loved lounging around in the pumpkins.  He would walk up to a series and just plop down and lean back <3DSC_0330 DSC_0332 DSC_0339 DSC_0345 DSC_0352 DSC_0378 DSC_0386 DSC_0409 DSC_0412 DSC_0417 DSC_0432 DSC_0437 DSC_0449 DSC_0457 DSC_0484 DSC_0499

This place was perfect for kids with tons of things to do.  And a great pumpkin Patch! (with pumpkins ACTUALLY still on the vine :) )

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It was a perfect fall day spent with the people I love most.  We finished it off with terrible for us food and hot apple cider. Perfection.

Can’t wait for Auntie Colie to join us next year and maybe Auntie Joanna or Evan’s other Aunt Nicole… We can make a huge day of it.

Journey – Home Edition

The other day Evan and I went for a very long walk.  The weather was perfection and the fall leaves were breathtaking:

DSC_0878We walked to our favorite coffee house for a lunch date with my dear sister and on the way we walked past this house:

DSC_0748The house that started our house hunting journey.  Believe it or not it is in better shape than when we originally found it.  It was around the block from my mom’s house (an ideal location) and it needed so much TLC but it was priced so low that we felt like we could make it work!  It was the jump start we needed, that little push that put wheels in motion to buying our first home. I could not help but take pictures of it on our walk because we have come so far from the day we first looked at this home – a short sale late September 2012 just one short year ago.  I still remember sitting in the car with Evan while Hector ran around trying to peak in the windows (which have been replaced) and the excitement on his face that we might start this journey.

DSC_0743We ended up not even looking at the interior of our house because our Realtor looked at us and said many wise words,  “you have a 3 month old baby, you never know when this sale will go all the way through and the financing will be different if you need to put money into a home- that house needs a lot of work I’d hate for you to have unfinished projects as it is as is, lets look around.”  The house was a little too small too only two bed one bath and an unfinished basement.  She said she’d show us the house anyway but had a hard time scheduling the showing.  The rest is history, we only looked at houses ONE day. The day before I was done with maternity leave.  I swear it was just meant to be this house, we looked at a total of 3 houses that day and put our offer in same day and two days later we were under contract.

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(the day Hector handed in our earnest money… Look how LITTLE my baby was!!)

Buying our home was a crazy wonderful experience and it is neat to look back and see how lucky we were with the whole process.  We had an amazing crew backing us up and it really was as seamless as it could have been.  My suggestion?  Hire a broker, attorney and Realtor it is so worth it.  Seriously.

I’m excited that someone has bought the house that started it all and started giving it some TLC.  I’m glad it is in the neighborhood I live in and I can watch the progress, funny how you tie memories to objects.  The day Evan and I went for that walk I seriously walked with him for 5 miles taking in just how blessed we are to be where we are.  How blessed I am to have a loving/kind/wonderful/handsome/etc. partner in Hector, the family I have, the son I have, the job I have and the home we share.   Here are some pictures of the literal little journey we took that day:

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I look forward to updating you on our recent things… I have a feeling I might play catch up this weekend (four days long!).

Happy Saturday.  The sun is shining…