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at Oglethorpe Square

at Oglethorpe Square

This is normal sister behavior, right? Just trying to bond with my niece and show some support.

This is normal sister behavior, right? Just trying to bond with my niece and show some support.

Some key people were left at the chapel last night… but they couldn’t start the party without us! (at Day Chapel)

Some key people were left at the chapel last night… but they couldn’t start the party without us! (at Day Chapel)

It’s a beautiful day outside but there’s beautiful music inside. (at Layla’s Bluegrass Inn)

It’s a beautiful day outside but there’s beautiful music inside. (at Layla’s Bluegrass Inn)

We’re on a bike! (at Tin Roof)

We’re on a bike! (at Tin Roof)

There’s something about boys and trains…  (at JCT Kitchen & Bar)

There’s something about boys and trains… (at JCT Kitchen & Bar)

Easter with the Langes - 1986 and beyond. 

Oh, and, you’re welcome for that lovely pantsuit photo…

Small Spaces

Ironically, now that I have effectively doubled, almost tripled, my living space, I am lately obsessed with small spaces. Maybe I am yearning for the days when cleaning the entire house took 30 minutes. But more than that, I am puzzled by the constant battle against material possessions. How is it possible that purging feels so good to me… but so does a shopping spree at Target? Ah… the mysteries of life.

Luckily I have an ultra-minimalist fiance to keep me on track (hence our weekend plans for a Goodwill drop).

While I find our new home to be quite roomy at the moment, I’ve already had folks mention how we will quickly grow out of this space when our family expands. I take that as a challenge. I think we can be quite content here for as long as this house makes us happy. I have no doubts that many families have lived in this house, and that would be pre-attic conversion, to boot!

So with petite spaces in mind, I’m sharing some articles and blog posts that have recently inspired me to think small. Click on the photos to see the full articles.

This is a great article about how our material possessions can start to run our lives.

Did I mention that I want to paint our entire house white now?

Check out their headboard…

One of my favorite blogs is Reading My Tea Leaves… among other things, she focuses on small living tips. Check out the article about this couple in the NY Post.

Where would I keep my portable beach house? That’s certainly a dilemma, but I’d figure something out…

St. Paddy Robots @mrsannemeek  (at The Marlay House)

St. Paddy Robots @mrsannemeek (at The Marlay House)

This Old House

Brandon and I are now proud owners of a 1938 bungalow in Decatur. We find ourselves amidst a sea of strollers, recycling bins, narrow driveways and froyo shops. Yes, we are living the American dream.

True to form, we have adjusted into our new home-ownership roles. I come home with new Target accessories daily and Brandon is obsessed with the thermostat. 

That first day we walked into our home, with keys in hand, I didn’t feel the way I had expected. It was dark, it was empty, it was dirty. I couldn’t see past the cracks in the wall, the crappy water heater, the crumbs in the cabinets and the endless supply of (obviously unused) cleaning supplies left behind.

But as the days have passed, the expletives, ouches and general tantrums are slowly being replaced with praises, high fives and moments of relaxation. I am falling in love with our little house. 

I can’t wait to show you the “Before” and “After” photos. Stay tuned!

Me: “The hot water ran out during my shower.”

Brandon: “Well maybe you should learn to take short military-style showers.”

Me: … “Negative.”

Betsy and I don’t let the distance prevent us from solving the world’s fashion dilemmas.

Betsy and I don’t let the distance prevent us from solving the world’s fashion dilemmas.

I 💟 Valentine’s Day! Flowers from @dbrandonsmith

I 💟 Valentine’s Day! Flowers from @dbrandonsmith

My Valentine

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…gives the best back rubs

…holds my hand while he drives

…eats the bruised apples so that I don’t have to

…cleans the dishes every night

…is very ticklish

…thinks my scrambled eggs are the best

…brings me york peppermint patties from the grocery store

…looks handsome with a scruffy face

…has a great smile

He’s a good egg. I’m so glad he agreed to be mine.

So the cat’s finally out of the bag - I’m going to be Auntie Meg in August! Luckily, I have a bevy of beautiful aunts who have shown me how to properly spoil this little one with love, attention, gifts and guidance. 

So the cat’s finally out of the bag - I’m going to be Auntie Meg in August! Luckily, I have a bevy of beautiful aunts who have shown me how to properly spoil this little one with love, attention, gifts and guidance.