A beautiful mess // house updates

Oh hey little, old blog of mine. Remember me? Apologies for the neglect.

Isn’t it funny how things change in life? I have always been somewhat of a planner. I like things orderly and I really like when things go according to my plan. Having children has forced me to lighten up a bit though. Now, having 4 kids, I have learned it’s a whole lot easier to laugh when things don’t go according to your plan instead of getting all worked up about it. There are still (many) times when I feel challenged to let things go, it is a nature that doesn’t just come naturally to me, I work really hard to be easy-going. Sometimes I find myself trying to calm myself down, and talk myself through a situation. God totally throws some hard balls my way and likes to remind me that His plans for my family are far better than any of my own plans.IMG_1572

{one of our updates was to paint all the oak built-ins in our living room navy and update the hardware}

The “plan” for this blog after Lucy was born was to never miss a beat, and just keep on posting somewhat regularly. I had seen so many women that I admire on the blogosphere do it before. So I prepped by finishing up posts ahead of time, and making lots of lists.  But as it turns out in life, and specifically in life with 4 little children, you can kiss any kind of “plan” goodbye. It seemed like one thing went wrong after another after we moved that prevented me from blogging. Not to mention just being at home with the 3 boys and an infant who nurses like it’s her last meal on earth every 2 hours. The days seemed to vanish away before they even started. Always so much to do, so many things to cross off our never-ending lists. For whatever reason the jump from 3 to 4 kids was SO HARD. And y’all moms that told me anything after 3 was no big deal are CRAZY. I was not prepared for this. I feel like I sort of… sometimes had it together when it was just the three boys, but now, HA, now I am the mom that forgets everything–including picking up other people’s kids from school (am I right Nicole! :/ ) 

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{my plate wall in progress in our kitchen}

Just a few things were keeping me busy in the past few months….

After Lucy was born we were showing our house, selling our house, packing up our house, moving into our new house. When we went through the house it seemed that all the paint colors were neutral, we had a few things in mind that we wanted to update but not much right away. Wrong-o! After moving in, of course that was not the case. All the walls seemed to be different shades of yellow or tan that just made everything look dirty. Every room needs at minimal, a few coats of paint.  Every light fixture replaced. Every outlet plate changed from yellow to white. All these little things really are little things, but when you have a family to take care of, they become big things that take up so much of your time. So little by little we are trying to make this home our own, without sacrificing our family time.  So far we have redone the entire kitchen, living room, 1 bathroom, dining room and Lucy’s bedroom. Luckily, we have  an incredible painter who has been helping us and she has been so flexible with our craziness at home.

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{this is the chandler of my dreams and I can’t believe it’s hanging in our kitchen. Ralph really enjoys replacing light fixtures…he will tell you he doesn’t, but he really does. }

Oh! Did I mention after we moved in we had NO internet for 4 months? Because that was a really fun time. I know it sounds a little snoody, and I do realize we are blessed to have been used to that luxury, but it was really hard.  First of all Ralph works from home and needs high speed internet. Also we don’t have cable, so Netflix is my lifeline with the kids somedays. There was no “hey kids, go watch TV for a 2 minutes so I can pee alone!” or, “How about you guys go turn on Curious George so I can brush my teeth today.” Our new house didn’t have any internet (besides Dish which was out of the question because it’s too slow to run Netflix and Ralph’s meetings), so we payed Charter to dig lines to our house. After that 4 month fiasco, I was so excited to get back to blogging. I was so ready and had so many ideas stored up that I just couldn’t wait to crack open my laptop and let the creativity flow. Plus I needed an outlet of my own. Something that didn’t involve, nursing, or diapers, or homework, or anything child related.  I opened up my laptop and started finishing up Lucy’s birth story. About 2 minutes in, I spilt my entire glass of water on my Macbook. I lost not only my new-er laptop, but everything…including Lucille’s birth story and lot’s of pictures that I hadn’t printed yet. I was heart broken and so bitter about it all. IMG_1568

{a little fall decorating–side note I have no idea how to decorate a mantel because I have never had one. Now I have 2 and I’m so clueless!}

I contemplated just throwing in the towel and shutting down my blog. When would I really ever have time anyways? How could I possibly just jump back in to blogging after skipping so many planned posts? Who would even want to read anything I wrote anymore because my life is such a mess? I can barley keep it together on a day to day basis with everyone’s school schedules and who needs to be here, when, where. I am no super mom. Moms aren’t going to be inspired by my mess. That night I was headed over to a girls movie night with some friends and we watched “Mom’s night out”. The movie incorporated our MOPS theme from last year in it which was, A beautiful mess. When I got home I couldn’t stop thinking about that message. I spent all night going through all my old posts, one by one. Starting from the beginning, where my pictures were terribly lit and I had no idea how to work my camera. I worked my way through recipes with typos, birthday posts, photograph improvements, and all the way to sweet Lucy’s birth announcement. My heart was so full of all the special moments I had shared and I simply couldn’t imagine never writing again. My life really is a huge mess and rarely do I have it all together. But it’s my mess. And it’s a beautiful mess. So here we go. Although I missed sharing a lot of big moments and tasty new recipes, I am jumping right back in (with a new Macbook in hand!) See ya when I see ya :)

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{this artwork hanger from IKEA is the best ever}

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Our space // bedroom

bedroomOur bedroom was the last room in the house that we decorated. Until about a year ago it was just a hodge podge of mismatched furniture and random décor. It never really bothered me too much though because I just love the coziness of our bedroom. Letting it go undecorated for a few years never really mattered to me. It is the perfect place to read a book in the afternoon when the kids nap, because of the great light, and the best space to pile in for family movies. It was time we gave the space a little loving though.  bedroom (8)bedroom (3) bedroom (7)The walls are a really subtle mint color, which I wanted to keep, and I knew I wanted to use navy for sure. The coral just kind of happened. The first thing I searched for was the perfect comforter. I found it at West Elm and it really is perfect; hand stamped, reversible, and light as a feather just the way we like our comforters. Unfortunately about a month ago, Liam painted his fingernails with red nail polish on our bed and dumped the rest of the bottle out on the comforter. If you look close you can see the spot. That was a rough day. I kept telling myself that it was only a “thing” and I shouldn’t be upset about it, plus I did leave the red nail polish laying out. But still! I searched for SO long for that darn bedding! We have tried everything and that stain isn’t coming out and of course they don’t make the bedding anymore. Anyway, a new comforter is on its way and Liam still walks the earth a free man. bedroom (2) bedroom (4) bedroom (5) bedroom (12)bedroom (17) bedroom (16) bedroom (15)bedroom (14)  add bedroom (1) add bedroom (2)

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Most other things in our bedroom are thrifted, although there are a few new items. I am sure you will notice that seems to be a theme in my decorating style: mixing old with new. One of my hobbies is searching through thrift stores and in the past few years I have been slowly trying to incorporate all my treasures into our space. However, I am also really drawn to the bold patterns of modern designs which is where the “new” comes in. I couldn’t be happier with the way our bedroom turned out and it was way fun to collect all the pieces that brought it all together. My favorite vintage item in our room is the wooden Pepsi crate that I keep all my make-up organized in on my vanity. My dad actually found this one for me, he is where I get my love for treasure hunting from, and it’s in really great condition. I love the way this crate turns the feel of my feminine vanity, a little more rustic.

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Before I forget, Ralph really wants me to mention the perfectly hung t.v. in our bedroom. He also wants you to know that I thought hanging a t.v. this size in our tiny bedroom was a horrible idea, but in time I began to love where the t.v was and even the size. As you can see it’s on a slanted wall, so when you lay down to watch a movie the angle is perfect and you don’t strain your neck at all. Once again, Ralph knows best. Seriously. bedroom (1)

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Twitter birds & ugly, happy cries

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This past weekend my friends threw the most touching, surprise, baby party for me and it was more perfect than I could have ever imagined. I can’t really even describe the emotions I felt when I walked in the room and saw them all there. I had absolutely no idea and I honestly didn’t know what the surprise was at first! I thought it was maybe an early birthday get together to try and throw me off (my birthday is in August)? Seeing all these women that I love dearly, together, out celebrating our 4th little baby and I, just made me the happiest girl in the world. The girls put so much work into all the little details of the party, which I think is what made me break down the most. These girls are the busiest people I know, with kids of their own and they did all of this for me. It’s so easy for me to “lose myself” in motherhood and consume myself with only the needs/wants of my children, that sometimes I forget how important it is to celebrate yourself. I am the first to admit I am terrible at taking care of myself sometimes and my friends know that. Well you all know how to make a girl feel special and so loved!

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The theme was Twitter. If you know our family, Twitter has played an important role in our life in the past couple years–one reason being that Ralph works for Twitter. We all had #hashtag nametags by our chairs, cute Twitter birds everywhere, and even our own special hashtag for the night (#howmanymoreholz). I loved it! There was the prettiest little cake that you ever did see(chocolate with sea salt caramel), mini cookbooks by each spot with all my recipes and photos in them, pictures of my baby bump all over the place, the cutest party games, thoughtful gifts, hand sewn table runners, and unbeatable company. It was so obvious that every detail was meant to reflect everything that I love.

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I still just can’t believe they all pulled this off without me knowing. I am the queen of being nosy and always knowing what’s going on. Just last weekend we had a surprise party for my sister-in-law’s birthday and I told my friends, “Nobody would EVER be able to surprise me”. Little did I know, huh?! I only wish I would have had some make-up on or styled my hair a bit! I almost came in yoga pants and tennis shoes because the plan was just to meet my 2 friends for dinner, yikes!

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(special thanks to my mother-in-law for capturing this moment on video)

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Our space // Jack’s room

As our move approaches I am starting to photograph our current home, room by room, for sentimental reasons. We loved our cozy little home from the very first time we walked through the front door, so much so that we put an offer in the same day. As much as we loved it that day over 4 years ago, we adore it even more now that we have transformed each room to reflect our family. I want to capture every little detail for our photo albums and I thought it would be fun to share with you some of “our space” before we set off to our new home. So join me for a room by room tour of the Holzmann abode, we hope you like it as much as we do. This is our space.

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Add Jacks roomFirst up—Jack’s bedroom–probably my favorite room in the house because of how much fun it was to put together. Jack and I spent months finding pieces for his room and the end result was greater than the original vision I had by far.

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When we were looking through a magazine to get wall color inspiration, Jack found a room with the navy striped walls that he really liked. From there everything just seemed to come together. Jack’s last room was a colorful Dr. Seuss room and so I wanted this room to be slightly more sophisticated, but also still very much a little boys room. Almost every piece in his room is thrifted from somewhere or another which is probably why it remains my favorite room in the house. I will always remember what fun we had picking each treasure out, one by one, and the exciting feeling of finding “perfect” pieces for the room. Jacks room tour (7) Jacks room tour (5)
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I was so sad to be done decorating this room that afterwards I immediately started re-docrating our master bedroom! I guess once you get the decorating itch you can’t be stopped.

Feel free to comment below with any questions about items in Jack’s room. Like I said, most of them were thrifted but there are a few items that were purchased new–I would be happy to point you in the right direction of an item. As always thanks for stopping by and stepping into our home –remember this is the first part of a series on The Holzmanns, so be sure to check back to see more of our home.

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Valentines ideas for boys // free printable

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valentines (5)Valentines is sort of a girly day to celebrate. We are always on the hunt for boy-friendly Valentines ideas. For the last 3 years the kids and I have made our heart crayon valentines for school parties and for friends. They still wanted to make the crayons this year but we wanted to find something different for the Valentines. We (I) don’t really like sending candy because I am not a fun mom like that. :)

We came across a beautiful printable from A Happily Crafted Life and Jack knew they were the ones! He loved the magnifying glasses. We worked on them together but he could do almost everything by himself. We love the way they turned out! Head over to Danyelle’s super cute site to get the download.

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valentines (1)Our heart crayons are always so fun to make too! This is what we did last year.

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One more cute Valentine idea that isn’t so girly for us moms of boys! These are the ones my friend Katie is making with her kids and I think they are adorable! Free printable from Domesticated Lady.

Happy crafting!

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