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Summer Bucket List: The Lemonade Stand

The girls have been asking about having a lemonade stand at our house all Summer, and since the weather has finally cooled off a bit, we decided today would be the perfect day for it! They decorated their posters yesterday, some seriously impressive artwork if I might add, and we baked up some cookies after breakfast this morning. There’s always a ton of people outside walking with their kiddos or dogs, and always a construction crew or two, so we had tons of customers and the girls stayed busy for almost an hour! We did regular lemonade & ones with blackberries, which the girls were excited about because they turned pink. I told them it was called fresh squeezed lemonade, so they kept yelling at people to “come squeeze the lemonade!”

It was a ton of fun & definitely one of our favorite ways to spend a Summer day!

Annnnd now we are off to the pool, our favorite way to Friday!! Happy weekend, friends! XO


Our Kitchen Renovation Before & After

I can’t believe we finally get to share with you the complete kitchen renovation before & after!!!!!

I remember standing right here in this kitchen, middle of January, snow falling and just walking around this old house imagining our family here. The doorknobs and old built ins totally stole my heart, I could see our exterior painted white with the glass backboard basketball hoop, all the father of the bride vibes. I could picture us cozied up in front of the fireplace in the family room, kids playing in their sunny upstairs playroom & all the backyard hangs under the string lights.

The kitchen was going to be our biggest project ever. I twas daunting, but we really could see the possibilities, right from the beginning.

The day we moved to Kansas City, we walked into this space half gutted, smelling like paint and dust. We could barely breathe, some of that from the fumes, some of that from the gut feeling of “what have we done.” We lived in a hotel for a week watching our house get destroyed as they did new electrical, then lived with my parents for over a month as they rebuilt the entire thing, and then, for the last three months, we lived here with half of the existing kitchen & through the renovation while we dreamed up all the possibilities of what we wanted to do with this space.

We raised the ceilings by taking out the old soffits, we removed lots of upper cabinets for a more open, airy look. We chose inset shaker cabinets, antique brass fixtures, carrera marble for our countertops, and a little bit of shiplap just for fun.

We cannot wait for all the meals, gatherings & holidays in this space!!!

Sources: Faucet // Light above Sink // Farmhouse Sink // Glass Pulls // Antique Brass Cabinet Latches // Round Tray on Island // White Latte Bowls // Glass Canisters // The World is Your Oyster Print // Copper Utensils // Hoppy Beer Glasses // White Cake Stands

Books: Magnolia Table // Prune // Sweet Laurel // Home Baked // Healthyish // Thrilby // Love & Lemons // Nourish // The Year of Cozy

We still have a few finishing touches to add & lots of touch ups, but are so excited to have come this far!! You can see some of the progress posts here & here.Β Thank you all for following along this project & for reading, as always! XO


Summer at the Pool

This week we celebrated Brandon’s 33rd birthday (how are we so old?) and after a long morning of rain, we caught some perfect overcast skies and weather that wasn’t a scorching 99.9 degrees. Perfect pool weather, at least for us! πŸ˜‰ I rarely have my camera since I am pretty much a helicopter mom around water, but figured we needed to document a day at the pool before summer gets away from us. This has been a good year for us with the kids in the water, Harper & Ellie took swim lessons before we left Atlanta, and are finally comfortable enough to swim and jump in without plugging their noses. Claire is still a little timid and prefers to be holding on to one of us at all times, but let’s be real, she’s like that even when she’s not in the pool.

An afternoon swimming is just about their favorite thing in the world, Claire dumping water from one plastic cup to another, Harper jumping in and out a hundred times yelling “cannonballs!!” and Eloise casually trying to float on her back until dad turns into the shark.

Caught this little guy eating food out of someone’s lunch basket. Happier than a bird with a french fry (or a mom with a poolside cocktail).Β We have just a few short weeks until the girls go back to school, so we will be savoring all of the pool days from here on out!

Rash guards c/o our local fave Swimzip!