Around the Haus – Vol. 3

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I’ve got a ton of posts to write up on the house and projects, but I’m having a hard time finding a moment to do so! So here’s the abbreviated version of our lives lately, along with some other random things thrown in. Have fun!

Holman Ave - Under Contract

THE HOLMAN HOUSE – Quick big news—we are under contract with a buyer on the Holman house. It went so fast (3 days!). THANK GOD THE LORD ALMIGHTY. I’m not allowing myself to completely relax or celebrate until we close, but we are thrilled. If you have a house you are even considering putting on the market, DO IT RIGHT NOW. The market is insane. I didn’t believe it, but I saw it with my own two eyes. I am so glad we took the big risk that we did.

Beetle Nursery on Design Sponge

NURSERY FEATURE – Otto’s beetle nursery was featured on Design*Sponge on Friday. You can read my post on it here. So that was fun! I had been feeling glum about our current home living in the shadow of the Holman house, so it feels good to get our current home some Internet play. I’m not sure if that’s good that I even care about that, but such is a blogger’s life.

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PRESENT OVER PERFECT BUT? – Can we talk about the book “Present Over Perfect” for a second? Have you all read this book? It’s essentially a story of a woman’s transition from being overscheduled, overstressed and overproductive into a life of intention and peacefulness. I am THE target for the book…. I am the “before” person she mentions without a doubt. There are some excerpts from the book that rocked me to my core because they are SO ME. Like this one…

“Fake resting… it looks like I’m resting, too. But I’m not. I’m ticking down an endless list, sometimes written, always mental, getting things back into their right spots, changing the laundry, wiping down the countertops.”

And this one…

“I don’t operate in ‘later.’ I’ve always been proud of that. But look where it’s gotten me. Stuffed. Exhausted. Wrung out and over-scheduled to the point where even things I love to do sound like obligations, and all my deepest desires and fantasies involve sleep and being left alone. My greatest dream is to be left alone? Things have gone terribly awry.”

WOW. That’s me on my worst days. *raises hand*

However, I finished the book feeling… lost? I read it again, looking for the advice I needed to help step off the crazy train but found none. There were tales of buying nice pajamas and living the lake life everyday, and while those are all lovely, personal stories of her newfound calm, what exactly do I do with mine? I was hoping for some detail on exactly how she made this transition. How did she prioritize? What did she get rid of first? How did she stop caring about those dang countertops? So yea, the book did a great job at convincing me I’m a super strange psycho, but left me with zero idea on what to do next. Any one else feel that way?

DECK PROJECT – In other news, I am trying to work up the nerve to get our back deck stained and its floor painted. (Yes, I see the irony in this based on what I just wrote above.) It’s a huge job and I have exactly one hour of free time during the week, 9pm to 10pm, so that’s out. And the weekends are complicated, because you know, three kids. So I will probably take a vacation day from work to do it and how adult/depressing is that? One good news here… HomeRight is going to sponsor me on it, so the sprayer and some of the other goodies they sent me will make easier work of it. Thank you HomeRight.

Holman House Office Staged to Sell

STAGING THE HOLMAN HOUSE – Back to the Holman house, I need to do a post on all the staging and improvements we did to get the house ready for sale. It’s coming, but it’s going to be a bear to write. If you’ve seen the listing photos, it doesn’t look anything like the house it used to. Which is actually a good thing. It needed some updating and some simplification, that is for sure. I think it worked in our favor. We spent a decent amount of money to do it to get it done fast, so I’ll recap that too and how we made those decisions. Be patient with me.

OTTO TURNED 3 MONTHS OLD – Our little boy Otto turned 3 months a few days ago. He is a dream. He’s so different than how I remember my boys at that age and I think that’s a good thing. I like that he has his own little thing going on. He’s great a blowing bubbles. And he’s strong as heck… loves to kick and stand on my lap. He hates to nap, but loves to sleep at night. And he’s so serious! A big thinker, that is for sure. 😉

POOL FOR THE BIG BOYS – We bought this cheap inflatable pool for the boys (and ok, us) and it’s got us all so excited. It’s so easy to just walk outside and jump in. The boys stay entertained for a good hour and they love it. Nixon loves to dive right in, while TT likes to stand outside the pool and lean in to play. I totally get the whole pool thing now. It really makes you feel like you’re living a good summer.

FIDGET SPINNIN’ – The boys got Aaron this fidget spinner for Father’s Day and I cannot get that whizzing sound it makes out of my head. I hear it in my sleep, in my office, while I’m walking to my car… it haunts me! No regrets though. He loves that thing.

AWESOME DRESS FIND – I bought this dress from Nordstrom and I plan to live in it all summer. Super affordable ($40!) and the cut is so cute, even with the dang 15 extra pounds my body loves to hold on to until I wean Otto.

Image from Route Fifty Vintage Campers

GETTING READY FOR CAMPING – All of us are going camping in early August for a little mini vacation/family reunion. Last year we had the twins with us in a tent, but even I am not daring enough to do a 4-month old, two toddlers and two adults in a 6-person tent. We looked into a million different options (RV, hotel, bigger tent, etc.) and finally just reserved a 1964 Winnebago from Route Fifty Vintage Campers. It was the best option in terms of affordability ($90 bucks a night compared to $250+ with RV’s!) plus somewhat feasible/least chaotic with 3 little kids. And get this, they’re going to deliver it and set it all up for us at our campsite. Fingers crossed.

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SHOP THE BROTHERS MAY CLOSET – If any of you have babies and toddlers you are trying to clothe, I’m going to be listing some of Nixon, Teller and Otto’s good stuff on this instagram account – @shopthebrothersmay. We have too much!



Ok, that’s all for now. I’ll be back soon!




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