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I have tried to make myself start this a thousand and one times, but never seem to actually do it because I forgot who asked what and when and all, but I’ve decided that doesn’t matter so much – I’m just gonna write! (Questions are in bold, my answers are below that!)

Where do you get your Jeggings? 

Forever 21 & Gap. I have the body of a 12 year old so I get to shop at Forever 21 for the rest of my life. (And $9.90 jeggings are always a good thing.) Even if you only wear them 10 times. Gap has much better jeggings overall though and I have 3 or 4 of theirs and love love love them!

What type of camera do you use?/What type of Lens?

I have a Mark II and my main lens that I love and adore is my 50mm. (If you want something comparable and you don’t have a full frame camera, get a 35mm – if you don’t know what full frame is, you probably don’t have it!)

Are you still adopting?

I could write a thousand posts about this topic, but I’m just going to give you the short answer. We don’t know. (But we’ve never really known 100% because it’s never 100%, remember?!) I’ll get back to this later.

What does the outside of your house look like?

Right at the moment, its a mess. The yards weren’t cared for for about a year. There are gophers! Eeek! (They are actually really cute, but little hole digging monsters!) We have so many plans for the outside as it just needs a little help, but unfortunately I won’t be posting any pictures of it for now since I don’t’ feel like that’s a safe idea.

What are you baby names for a future child?

Hmmmm, I seriously contemplated just telling them, but I think it’s best kept under wraps right now until we know 100 percent for sure which way the adoption pendulum will swing. I will tell you that they are biblical, and beautiful, and that if we don’t adopt I’ll be selling them off to the highest bidder. Kidding.

Where do you shop for kids clothes?

My favorite question of all times. I have a WHOLE SERIES on this exact subject. I started writing about clothes and it got out-of-hand-crazy-long, so I divided them up and will try to get them out in the next few weeks. Probably while I’m moving so I can have something going while I’m busy!

…2 days left of school for the kids.

…6 loads of clean laundry I still haven’t folded sitting in my bedroom.

…a wreck of a old house.

…a wreck of a new house.

…the best thrifting kids finds ever, on Ever:

(Remember when I talked about Stella McCartney for Gap? Um, yes. I found this dress that I wanted years ago in Ever’s size!!!)

…weddings and photo shoots out my ears! (This is a very good thing indeed!)

…some new plants in my new yard.

…and high hopes for the rest of this beautiful week!

Okay, so I’ve done it. I haven’t had every single post be about our new house – even though, we are working on it every single day!  I like to post about what’s currently going on, but really, my posts would be beyond boring because we’ve done a lot of boring stuff. Things like:

-Scraping ceilings

-Mudding ceilings

-Painting ceilings

-Ripped out baseboards, and also the baseboards they used as “crown moulding” in the down stairs.

-Patched and repaired walls where needed

-Painted Bedrooms: Every color has been 100% beautiful, except the boys. For some reason, the paint shows lines, but I’ve done so many coats I know its impossible that its not thick enough!  I’m rethinking the color just to get rid of the lines.

-Painted downstairs, just needs some touch ups!

-Ripped out some nasty light fixtures, one is replaced, the others will be done tomorrow night!

-One coat of darker stain in the kitchen on all the wood, awaiting a second coat.

I can’t wait to do an official “before & after” post so you can see the insane transformation!  It had only been a few weeks since we started working on the house, so we are super excited to have gotten so much done (and with four kids in tow). Here are some super bad, taken-at-night-time-with-no-working-light-fixtures, iPhone pics:

Previously orange island. Now a nice dark wood color!

Our kitchen counter tops don’t have to be redone! Thank goodness, they are actually really nice. Simple and nice. An oatmeal color, solid piece, not sure what they actually are, but they look good so whatev!

My concrete fireplace that I love so so much!


Cute little doorway. And that paint is Navy Blue!

And we have some fun things coming up that we weren’t planning on doing, but ended up needing to do thanks to the apparent zoo that lived in the house before us. You know the kinda zoo where there are no zoo keepers to take their animals to the little box or outdoors for a walk, so they just use the carpet in the living room and children’s bedrooms. Yes, I will never cease to be amazed.

  • Cass

    It looks so darling, already! I can’t wait to see the before and after pics! Oh, and I can’t wait to see pics of the outside!!ReplyCancel

  • xela

    You never cease to amaze me, Ashley! Having lived thru a 5-year long remodel, I can’t believe how much you’ve gotten done in such a short time! And with 4 kids in tow!!! How many hours of sleep have you been averaging since you bought your house? ;o) And are you moved in, or waiting to finish remodeling before you move??ReplyCancel

  • Your family is absolutely precious- and I love the names of your kiddos! I am preggo with number 4, and would love to adopt one day as well~ Good luck on your remodeling, we are redecorating 3 rooms right now and our house is a disaster! So worth it in the end though 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Jessica Jenkins

    These photos are such teasers!!! I want to see more!!! Such a good idea for the navy on the bottom portion of the walls…I like it!ReplyCancel

  • We had a doorway like that in our bedroom when we lived in Corona! I loved it. It was such a simple thing but added so much character to the house.ReplyCancel