Wednesday, August 29, 2012

something about this time of year

Every year this time of year, something switches inside of me. Something about this late summer, early fall time is one of my favorite times of year. It brings back a flood of memories of my childhood and an easiness to my heart. I’m not sure if I am the only one who feels this way, but around here, it is undeniable. Maybe its the start of school, and all the kids going back. Maybe it’s the small relief from the hot and humidity of summer. Something changes. It is a time of year that completely blends the spirit of summer but the soul of fall. I catch myself holding onto those last few weeks of summer, trying to cram in every last lake or beach trip, baseball game, or late evening walk. But yet, I cannot wait for the coolness of fall. Windows open and fall breezes blowing through the house, football and  county fairs. It is so funny to me how we can  have such distinct things that instantly will take us back to when we were kids.

For me, riding on the lake and the scent of a campfire burning across the lake water is an instant trip back to my childhood. We used to go on the lake with a family we knew and spend all day swimming, boating and enjoying the hot summer sun. In the evenings we would make a campfire and roast marshmallows for smores. It sounds so storybook- but it really was what we did. I remember riding on the boat well after the sun went down. Its probably one of my most favorite memories of my childhood.



Saturday evening, we did just that. John and I went out on the lake around 6pm. John fished while I read a book and soaked it all in. As we were riding back to the dock after the sun went down, I caught that smell, that feeling. I was instantly ten years old, back on Lake Norman.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Show and Tell Monday / Dream Home

Since John builds homes for a living, it seems like we are always discussing our dream home and what we would like it to have or look like. We are the couple that can spend hours in Lowes picking out hardwoods, cabinets, countertops, and door knobs for a home we don't own. We kind of love doing that actually...which is why I kind of love this link up from From Mrs to Mama.

1. If you were searching for a home now, tell me what would be on your "MUST" list.
Funny…we are indeed searching for a home right now. Our must haves…
1.  A large yard, room to play. We would love it to be fenced, but that isn’t a deal breaker, you can add a fence…you can’t add a yard.
2. Open floor plan. Our home now is really small, and broken, it is awful to try to entertain anyone in, even just another couple. I want something open, that you can breath in, and not feel crowded when you invite your friends over.
3. Good storage space. Our current home has none. No attic, no basement, no good closets. We use the bonus room as our storage room- it is a nightmare.
4. Hardwoods. I know this sounds silly, as you can always put hardwoods into a home. But, our home currently has carpet..everywhere. And it’s a nightmare. I feel like it isn’t clean, ever. I want hardwoods so I can have cleanliness.
5. A Larger kitchen. We have a teensy galley kitchen right now, and the laundry closet is also in there- talk about crowded. John and I are all over each other when we are trying to cook or clean. Add the dog and the baby- it’s a disaster waiting to happen. You can’t open the dryer and the refrigerator at the same time, because they are right across from each other.  We spend a lot of time in the kitchen, and need more counter space, and just space in general.
I’ll stop at 5 :)

2. Show me your favorite room in a home {either your home, or any home, i.e. kitchen}.
I love the openness of this kitchen. The crispness of the white, the light, pretty much everything about it. I’m a sucker for a white kitchen!


3. If you could have any room redone, tell me which one would it be and what would you like done?
I would redo a kitchen- not in our current house because we rent, but in any house. I think the kitchen is the heart and soul of the house, and should be amazing. It can add a huge value to the home, or really be an eyesore.

4.Tell me where your favorite stores are to shop for home decor.
I love browsing Pottery Barn Catalogs and then going to places like TJ Maxx, Marshalls, and Home Goods to recreate the look. Its kind of ridiculous to pay 100.00 for a basket when Home Goods has it for 30.

5.Show me your dream home {it can be your home as well}

with this kind of outdoor living area…

with this kind of view…

Here's to dreaming! :)

Landon–Eight Months

Happy eight months baby boy!

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This month..I have no idea what you weigh or how long you are, since we don’t take you to the doctor this month.

You are wearing mostly nine month onesies, I'm trying squeeze a few more days out of your six month onesies but I think its time to retire them. You wear six month shorts and nine month rompers. My growing boy!

You are in size three diapers.

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You have taken more of an interest in our dog, Josie. You laugh at her and try to crawl over and pet her. She, however, is not as interested in you. She is really gentle and sweet with you though, which we love watching.

You are really enjoying solid foods, and I have been making most of your food. Your favorites are sweet potatoes and apples. You aren’t as fond of green beans. You love the Gerber puffs, only in sweet potato flavor. Any other flavor you spit out! They are the only “finger food” you are eating. I have tried putting green beans in front of you and you just look them like “What the heck are these, Mom?”.

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We vacationed to Ocracoke, and while you were really curious and interested in the sand. You weren’t so interested in the waves. You traveled really well and were pretty content most of the time in the car on the way there and back.

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You are army crawling like a champ…but will not lift that belly up off the floor yet! You are so fast though, and constantly on the move.

Your favorite toys are your exersaucer, and anything BUT your other toys. You play with the cell phones, magazines, wipes package, and Josie’s dog toys. Everything mommy doesn’t want you to play with!

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You understand when you aren’t supposed to do something, but grin, and go for it anyways. Like going near the cable box. Thats your favorite. :)

You are babbling like crazy, and love to hear yourself talk. You clearly say sounds like “babababa” and “guh-guh-guh” and are making all kinds of other weird noises.  No dada, or mama yet. You also think its really funny to scream for no reason…oh dear.

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You kind of understand how to wave at someone, and it is SO so cute to watch you wave your little wrist in the air.

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We love you, Landon, and are so thankful for the blessing that you are in our lives!

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Random Thoughts on Thursday

Landon turns eight months old on Saturday. Which means only four months to his first birthday. Which means I kinda need to start brainstorming party ideas. Which kinda makes me want to throw up, and cry, and crawl in a hole and pretend he will always be a baby. Stay tuned for the eight month post...

Ann Voskamp’s 10 ways to be a Happier Mom…good truth. Good goals. A really good reminder.

My house is a wreck. Does anyone feel like they are eternally cleaning their casa. Ho Hum. I need a maid.
Its almost fall…and I cannot wait for pumpkin yummy-ness. Pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin muffins, and just the color orange. Oh, and boots and scarves and cute outfits.


ECU’s football kickoff is less than 2 weeks away…YAY football! I’m glad to not be pregnant this season, it will be much more enjoyable without the cankles. Sadly the weather is way to hot for Landon go with us, but we're hoping he can go later this fall when its cooler!

I love these bubble necklaces. They add a pop to ANY outfit.


THIS. IS. HYSTERICAL. I saw it on the Today Show this morning and found myself giggling.
Love it. Love it. Love it.

Happy Thursday!

Monday, August 13, 2012

back from the island

If you follow me on Instagram (@katiemperdue) you may have seen several images over the past week of our vacation to Ocracoke Island, NC. It was a great week, short, but sweet. Unfortunately the weather didn’t cooperate with us and it was either rain, or extremely windy all but one day. So yes, we had one glorious day on the beach. The other days we were fighting 30 mph winds or thunderstorms and torrential downpours. But we made the best of it. We slept in, watched movies, cuddled and played with the little man, and enjoyed all the island had to offer other than the beach. It was relaxing, even if we were bummed about the weather.


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The only decent sunset we saw due to the bad weather…



storm rolling in while we were leaving the beach


Beautiful Ocracoke Lighthouse


How Landon felt about the waves on his feetsies!


Our first family vacation picture!!


Stay tuned for more shots from the little guy’s photo shoot on the beach!

Thursday, August 9, 2012

a quick hello

from Ocracoke!

I’ve been a little absent from the blog over the past week with us being on vacation and all. We are having a great week here and are definitely enjoying our time on the island. I figured I’d share a shot of Landon I got today. We had a lot of rain when we first got here, and today was the first really pretty day we have had. So I took advantage of the weather to finally take Landon out for a little photo shoot. He is such a good sport, and so dang cute (of course, I’m kind of biased) :)

Hope everyone is having a fantastic week so far, wherever you may be!

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