Day At The Farm

One of my biggest dreams in life is to one day live in the country.  It probably won’t happen for a long time but in the mean time, I’m lucky enough to have someplace to go when living in town gets to be too much.  My husband’s grandmother and uncles have a farm not far from us so we get to spend quite a bit of time out there.  We took advantage or yesterday’s gorgeous fall weather and headed out to the farm.  I usually bring my camera along.  I love taking photos of the animals to have at home.  The calves are especially cute!

Here are a few of my favorite photos from the day:

Callie (right) snuggling with one of the unnamed cats

Callie (right) snuggling with one of the unnamed cats

Calf born a few days earlier

Calf born a few days earlier

Ladies waiting to be milked

Ladies waiting to be milked

A few of the older calves

A few of the older calves

My favorite coloring!  The red Holsteins!

My favorite coloring! The red Holsteins!

One of the newest additions

One of the newest additions

Oh hi there!

Oh hi there!

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Cute calf with floppy ears like a goat

Cute calf with floppy ears like a goat

The newest addition, so cute

The newest addition, so cute

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My fave adolescent guys in the far pasture

My fave adolescent guys in the far pasture

Running over to see me!

Running over to see me!

Ethan's uncle Keith out raking the field

Ethan’s uncle Keith out raking the field

Ethan standing in the main pasture

Ethan standing in the main pasture

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Wishful Thinking

We bought our townhome about two and a half years ago.  It was great.  We got out of the crappy apartment we were living in and made our first big step as a married couple.  We had two bedrooms, one and a half bathrooms, a two car garage and a nice deck.  As time has gone on, I’ve slowly become very unsatisfied with our home.  A few of our neighbors are renters and they never seem to stay long.  Our current neighbors in the rental are awful!  Loud, thumping music at all hours of the day.  Loud, screaming kids banging on walls.  Squealing cars that come and go all day long.  Then there is the newest neighbor across from us.  She lives alone with two dogs but her adult children are always coming over and parking in the middle of the street instead of in her driveway.  Her son seems to love honking the horn to get her attention rather than go up and ring the doorbell.  I’m slowly being driven mad by these crazy neighbors.  I’m constantly daydreaming about moving away to a real house that has zero shared walls with any neighbors.  Unfortunately we will have to deal with living in our current situation until E is done with school and can find a job.  We aren’t limiting where he looks for a job so we don’t have any idea where we will end up.  So enough of the complaining (which I would prefer to call venting at this point haha) and on to the point of this post.

Wishful thinking.  As I said, I’ve been constantly daydreaming about moving to an actual house instead of a townhouse.  I’m always looking at realty listings in the area, trying to see what I like and don’t like in home features.  So in this post I am going to layout my dream house.

I would like at least 3 bedrooms.  I definitely want to have a master bedroom.  Something that is a decent size that I could sit and read in or just relax if I needed some alone time.  Something similar to this would be perfect….

  Our “master” bedroom is just the larger of the two bedrooms and it’s not even that big.  We have a queen bed, some bookshelves and a dresser each so there is just enough room to walk around the bed.  Definitely no room for me to have a nice chair to relax in.

At least 2 bathrooms, including a separate master bath.  My ideal master bath would feature a standing shower with glass door, a whirlpool tub and dual sinks.  Something similar to this…

Our bathroom that is upstairs by the two bedrooms is very small and has a tub-shower combo (which I hate), just a small sink, small linen closet and barely enough room to do anything.

My master bedroom would have an awesome walk in closet.  I’m not talking about those ones you see in mansions where the closet is as big as a bedroom.  That’s overkill.  Something like this would be great….

  I love the different heights of hanging clothes, the shelves for shoe boxes and drawers.  It would definitely be a welcome step up from my smaller walk-in closet with the wire Rubbermaid closet system.

Our laundry area is just a small closet outside of our bedroom upstairs.  We have front load washer and dryer.  And because of the way the builders situated the washer tray we had to take the closet doors off otherwise the washer and dryer doors scratch the heck out of the closet doors.  It’s pretty annoying.  I’d love to have a small laundry room rather than just a laundry closet.  Something that has a counter top where we could fold the clothes right away.  I would also be okay combining this room with a mudroom too.  Something like this as a laundry room only would be great….

A mudroom would be great to have.  Especially when we have kids.  Something like this would be great… 

I would like to have a living room on the main level that is mostly just a sitting room for visiting with company, reading, or anything that doesn’t require a television.  I’d like to have this room be TV free.  Something like this, without the tv though…

I would like a separate family room or entertainment room in the basement.  This would definitely have a big flat screen and plenty of shelving for my giant movie collection.  Something like this would be awesome! 

  I love the little bar seating behind the couch and the U shaped sectional couch.  I would prefer darker wall colors though and of course shelving somewhere for my movie collection.

I would love to have a dedicated library room, but that is big time dreaming right there.  It would be great to have one that looks like this….

  I love the shelving and the arrangement of the furniture but I don’t particularly care for the furniture itself.

An office area would be great to have.  Especially if it had two desk areas.  E is a big time computer geek so he would definitely need his own space to have all of his computer stuff.  Something like this would be great…

I’d love to have a nice organized garage.  Something big enough to hold 2 cars and our bikes without them bumping into each other.  Big enough where we don’t have to back the car out to get the garbage out on garbage day.  I’m not too particular about how it would look, just as long as it was organized and efficient.

I know you’re probably wondering, “What about the kitchen?”  Well I saved that one for last because right now that is my greatest desire… a nice, big kitchen with lots of cupboard space, counter space and a pantry.  Our current kitchen is a small galley style kitchen that is nowhere near big enough.  It drives me crazy cooking in that space.  I would love a pantry like this…

   And my dream kitchen would like similar to this…   I LOVE this kitchen.  Lots of space.  Tons of counter top space.  I love the range.  So awesome.

Ok so that would be what my dream house would look like on the inside.  I have too many favorite types of exterior design that it would be too hard to pick just one.  I know I’ll probably never have a house like this, but a girl can dream!  Any house we find after this will be a big step up from where we are now.  I can’t wait until we get to that next step!

(All photos are sourced from Houzz.com which is a great resource for dreamers like me, or people who are looking for renovation ideas and companies!  Check it out!  If you liked any of the photos I included, just click on it and it will take you to Houzz.com!)

Been Awhile

So it’s been awhile since I’ve posted anything new.  My life has been kind of crazy lately.

One thing that I’ve been working on is continuing to organize our home and de-clutter it.  It’s been a struggle but it’s finally coming along.  Last weekend we contributed items to my parent’s garage sale.  We didn’t sell everything but enough to get rid of a bunch of clutter.  The rest we plan to try selling somewhere else or donating.

I also just finished taking an accounting course online through a local technical college.  That was interesting.  I probably won’t be taking anymore classes.

Our adorable (and irritating) cats have been making things interesting at home.  They have one of those water dishes that is like a mini water cooler.  Enzo has taken to flipping the whole thing over.  We have come home to the floor being wet many times.  I love them anyways.

We are both now concentrating on budgeting our money better.  I hit a point that I like to call my rock bottom.  I’ll post updates on that later and how I am budgeting my money.

Easter

I had a great little Easter vacation this past weekend.  We got Friday off at work and went down to Kansas City, Missouri to hang out with my aunt, uncle and cousins.  My parents, brother and brother’s girlfriend went too.  We all had a great time!  It’s always fun getting together with them.  Despite the fact that our age range amongst the cousins is 21-28, we did an Easter egg hunt and colored Easter eggs.  It was fun!  We each had a color of egg we were allowed to find and camoflauge eggs that anyone could take.  Each of our own colored eggs had special presents inside and the eggs ranged in size from the normal size to giant sized haha.

Hubby opening his eggs

Hubby opening his eggs

Oh, and they made us wear bunny ears on our heads as we searched.

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Dakota even had bunny ears!

Dakota even had bunny ears!

We colored eggs both the usual way and we also tried something I had found on Pinterest.  Marbling the eggs using shaving cream!  It was messy but really fun!  I had so much fun that I ended up coloring 15 eggs total!

My eggs!  Marbled eggs were made using shaving cream.

My eggs! Marbled eggs were made using shaving cream.

We played a couple of games of Settlers of Catan, which if you’ve never played before… PLAY IT!  I love that game!

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Our 2nd game... I won!

Our 2nd game… I won!

On Easter morning we did the church thing and then had a huge Easter lunch.  It was amazingly delicious.  Each “kid” got an Easter basket with candy in it too!

547434_733006532463_1480217240_nWe had lots of fun with everyone, the dogs too!  My cousin Joey’s dog, Duke, is a handful but he’s also very loveable and cute!

Duke

Duke

My other cousin Jimmy’s dog, Dakota is even cuter! (Sorry Joe!)  She’s also much more mellow than Duke and you saw the photo of her with the bunny ears… So cute!

Dakota

Dakota

The Ladies and the Bunny Napkins

The Ladies and the Bunny Napkins

My family

My family

One of my favorite parts of this vacation was my aunt introducing me to the awesomeness that is Cook’s Illustrated magazine!  Not only does this magazine have awesome recipes but it also explains WHY the recipe works as well as tips on the best tools and ingredients to use!  I spent quite a bit of time pouring over the magazines that she had and helping her cook many of the recipes.  In fact, the majority of the food we ate while down there was thanks to recipes from this magazine.  If you don’t know anything about this magazine or have never heard of it and you like cooking… check out this magazine!  I’ve always been interested in cooking but I never knew much about it.  This magazine helps shed light on all the aspects of cooking!  It was created by Christopher Kimball back in 1980.  You might know him from America’s Test Kitchen!  You can visit the magazine’s website here: http://www.cooksillustrated.com/

One of my presents in my Easter eggs was a copy of their latest edition of Make Ahead recipes.  I also bought a copy of America’s Test Kitchen All-Time Favorites and the current issue of Cook’s Country, which is another magazine put out by ATK.  I haven’t made any recipes from these magazines yet on my own, but I can’t wait to do it!  Both my husband and I are somewhat picky eaters so we have to sit down and decide what we would eat, and if there are non-essential ingredients that we would skip.