Top 5 Posts

Hi, my name is Kaylin and I have Bloggers Block.
Symptoms include, and are not limited to:
-Lack of inspiration
-Lack of creativity 
-Little to no desire to write a post
Does anyone else suffer from this or is it just me?! 

To cure myself of this, I have decided to look back and post the top 5 viewed posts from my blog since I have started this journey. 

1. My engagement post was a HUGE hit. Who knew so many people were interested in hearing our story?! And y’all, this includes a video! 

2. And along with that came the story of how we met. It’s cute, we’re cute, it’s all good. People love learning about how you meet, and that rang true because people LOVED this blog post! 

3. Our engagement pictures were so fun. 

4. We bought our first home together this year! (Well, last year) Yes, it’s a fixer upper. Yes, we are excited. And yes, we still LOVE it! Here was our BEFORE tour

5. This post was probably one of my most favorite posts. I got so much interaction from it and I loved hearing everyones opinion about the subject! 

These were some of my FAVORITE posts, and seeing the numbers it was some of y’alls favorite posts too. It was fun looking back and seeing old posts! 

Do you ever get bloggers/writers block?! 
What do you do to rid yourself of it? I’d love to know! 

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2013 Recap

2013 was nothing I expected it to be, yet everything I needed it to be. I never thought the year would start out the way it did or go as amazingly as it did. Everything I have ever hoped and dreamed for happened this year and I can’t wait for next year to see what adventures lie ahead of us! 

1. I met this one boy. 
In February I met this boy. I had no idea the amazing relationship that would soon start, but I am so beyond grateful that it happened.

(This is the first night we met. You can read more about that here.)
2. Another year of Country Thunder.
A lot of people wouldn’t add this to the list of “amazing events in a year”, but honestly this weekend is one of my favorite weekends of the year. I got to spend it with my absolute best friends and it was perfection all wrapped up into a few days. 

3. I traveled outside of the United States for the first time and WE GOT ENGAGED! 
Hi, one of the biggest moments of my life! It was perfect in every single way.
(Eyes closed, but I still love this picture. 
Want to know more about how we got engaged?! 
Head over here.)

That is rather new news and i’m sure half of you are sick of hearing about it, but I do not care! 

This year has been a ridiculously amazing year. Baby girl has grown and learned so much, we’ve truly become a family, and our life is taking off full speed ahead of us! 2014 is going to be amazing! 
A wedding, baby girl turning FOUR, and a house we are continually turning into a home. 

What were your best highlights of 2013?
What are you most looking forward to in 2014?

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Home Tour (Before Remodel)

As stated in my first post about the home we purchased, we bought a fixer upper. This is something M and I wanted to venture into. We wanted a home with character and over the years we wanted to renovate it into a masterpiece. A lot of houses these days are “cookie cutter” homes, where each one in the neighborhood/development look the same. I knew I wanted nothing like that. M and I knew we would be taking on a big task with this home and we were right, there is a lot to do. We are so excited though and I can’t wait to share this adventure of ours on this blog for those of you who want to read along!

I figured I would start with a home tour. Pictures of the home from when we bought it. Some of y’all might think i’m joking with these pictures, but I assure you I’m not. Haha. These pictures truly came from the day after we closed and we hadn’t touched anything yet. If you have questions about any of the rooms, the layout, or general questions, please feel free to ask away! We have big plans for this house and like I said before we are very VERY excited!

The two pictures y’all have seen before, but this is the front view and the side of the house. 

The house from the backyard 
Our lovely blue-ceilinged living room. Classy, huh? We debated on keeping it like that. 😉

The fireplace I am very excited about! 
Our formal sitting room/play room/random room/I don’t know what it should be.
I especially love the front door in the middle, the sheep rug that was so kindly left for us, and the window we got to demo out of there. (Post to follow)

We have a bedroom to the right of this room, and the dining room off to the left of it.

We also have two kitchens. Yes, two. 
But not to worry, they won’t be staying the way they are right now. 
 (This is my favorite window in the house)

Laundry room that will quickly be something else 

Downstairs bathroom, stairs, and upstairs bathroom. 
Also along the wall is storage type closet things that we will use for the bedrooms upstairs. 

A glimpse of our master bedroom(which I realized I didn’t get any great pictures of), what will soon be my glorious closet, and the bathroom that goes with this bedroom. 

We also have a cute sunroom that I will soon fill with lots of crafty things/seasonal decorations/anything else my little heart desires. Hey, he has his own garage, so it’s fair…right?

And our backyard that seems to go on for forever. 
Just wait until we’re done with it, people! Just you wait! 😉

Anyone notice that nearly every floor in the house is a different type of floor?! As you can see, we have a lot of house to work with. There are still pictures of closets and random parts of the house I didn’t show that I figured might be better once we do our “Before & After” shots. We have a lot of projects in mind for this house and we have already started on a few projects! Once we finish each one you know they will be posted on the blog so KEEP POSTED! The worst thing about getting a fixer upper? You never realize how much paint you need AND how much paint costs! Hahaha. It has already been an adventure and I can’t wait!

Have you ever renovated a house before?
What if your favorite DIY project?

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We are homeowners, wait what?!

If this is the only social networking site you follow me on, well…get with the program and follow me on Facebook and Instagram. 😉 
As of tuesday, WE ARE HOMEOWNERS! Crazy, right?!
Do you remember the post about becoming a stay at home mom? Well part of that is that we knew we were going to be moving. Actually, since the end of August when we put our offer in on the home we now own. I know, I know…i’m sorry for keeping the secret for so long! I just didn’t want something to fall through and then we didn’t have a house and I would have to explain everything and so forth and so on. So nonetheless, here’s our announcement, WE HAVE THE HOUSE! Can you tell i’m excited?

The week M told me to quit my job was also the week we decided we hated where we were living (okay, maybe just me hating it) and making this move would benefit us in every aspect of our life. 
A fun little recap of our buying experience? We placed our offer at the end of August. We thought this was going to be a quick process hoping that no one else was placing offers on the house. (And let’s be honest, that was a far off chance that someone was, even though our realtor told us there was.) Moving forward and QUEUE GOVERNMENT SHUT DOWN! Normally this wouldn’t be a big deal other than the fact that it affected our GOVERNMENT LOAN. Annoying, right?
After the lovely two(ish) weeks of waiting this out, it turned out our loan wasn’t going to work after all. Did I mention we had already packed up our things, put stuff in storage, and moved in with my future in-laws? Lucky for me, my in-laws are amazing and home cooked meals are always a plus. 

Back to our loan…we quickly changed things around, fixed our loan, and got things rolling again. I felt like every week we would hear “we will know more next week.” It was killing me. Finally on Monday, M went a signed the papers we needed to get signed, and Tuesday the house was all OURS! 
Everyone keeps asking “omg I wanna see pictures!” I get it people, you want to stalk me. 😉 Hahaha. 
I kid, I kid! But in all honesty, we bought a fixer upper. It’s not your cookie cutter home. It isn’t in a development and we aren’t picking out which light fixtures or upgrades we want added to our layout. We wanted a house with character, we wanted a house we could work on, we wanted a house we could truly make our own HOME. 

Over the next months, I will be posting our journey of home renovations and DIY projects. Y’all just WAIT until you see the awesome before and after pictures that are about to swarm my blog! We are both so excited for this next chapter! Having a home is a huge step and I seriously can’t believe we have been so blessed with such an amazing life together! Here’s to the next part of our adventure! Cheers! 

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