Monday, May 23, 2016


Dear Olive,

You know how sometimes we meet someplace and we are dressed just the same?  Ella had a playdate a few weeks ago and this is how they looked when they met:

Best friend problems are sometimes good problems to have.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016


Dear Olive, 

We finally got the call.  The contractor is ready to start.  I am so excited!  Here are the specs on what we are planning:

We'd like to retain the historical character of the bathroom (including pink tile) while also updating it to include better fixtures.  We're planning on blowing through the wall to include the neighboring closet as a walk in shower with black stripes on the wall.  The floor will be hexagon or square penny tile.

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I have been on the hunt for an antique cabinet to recess into the wall and also like the idea of a small plunger closet to keep it accessible but out of sight. 

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I love the look of the Kohler wall mount sink to retain a vintage industrial vibe, but I don't know if the wall will hold it, so our second choice is the St. Thomas.

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If I can fit a tiny clawfoot tub in there, I will die happy.

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Gonna start demo this weekend.  Fingers crossed for no major surprises behind the walls!

Sunday, May 1, 2016


Dear Olive, 

I feel like I have been awaiting spring for an eternity.  A few days ago, when the sun finally began to shine, we packed up and lugged Ella's rolling crib storage drawer out to the lawn.  I gave the kids each a box and we each started to paint a "small world" for our plastic animals.

Cardboard boxes are amazing, aren't they?  

This action seriously bought us at least two hours.

It did devolve when we got to the "lets imprison each other in our boxes" stage.

But, ultimately, the product was successful.

Ella's play with small animals is very dramatic.

Why is the baby always lost and the mama is stranded?

I blame Disney.

Irregardless, I think we came out on top with this one.  Hope your start to spring involves less imprisonment and more rescue.

xo Laurel