Cottage, Before- During- After, Pictures

We teamed up with the some friends, the Cuneos, to makeover this crooked little, century old, cottage. It was gross, so gross that it could only get better.

I ordered a dumpster and sincerely thought it would take a weekend to gut and another week to decorate. So funny...so so funny. 4 months later...

All Smiles!

 The furnace was in the bedroom- legit.

I have a vivid memory of Erin and I telling our kids to get off this couch- Imagine letting your kids sit in an ashtray.

I hope you don't think that there was not a mouse nest under this toilet- because there was.


Every little decision- what to keep, scrap or replace...kid's votes counted. Go Team!


Family Photos

I am back 1/2 year later to show you how incredibly cute and smart (you can definitely get a sense of their intelligence by looking at them) our kids are. 

The day was sweltering and I chose to book our photos at 4:00PM, right about the time we all get really hungry, whiny and tired. Thankfully, the photographer worked her magic and made it appear like we are a happy and put together crew.
 No smiles, but we will take it!

Every year I write off paying for a professional photo shoot. Then, in a rare moment of 'they are growing up so fast', I book a session, we hobble through it and I never regret it.



The last time we flew on an airplane I declared, NEVER AGAIN! Then it started to get cold. Then a dear friend told me about a fantastic Mexico vacation his family took when his kids were small. Then I booked the vacation. I love a good idea....plus, we brought Stephanie and a set of grandparents. 5 adults and 3 kids is a winning combination.

The flights were fairly painless. No puke, a big victory for the Lovelys- unless you count in the terminal?! Oscar is into the ipad and the girls made their way up and down the aisles demanding lovable attention.

Then we arrived, Club Med style. For real, we went to Club Med in Ixtapa. They picked us up at the airport, they made welcome signs for our kids and greeted us with lemonade and cold towels. Hello Vacation!

 These two pictures sum up our girl's personalities.
"Do not take your eyes off of Eleanor!"

Those curls!

We beached and pooled and beached and pooled. The food and drink was fabulous, there was a special room open 24/7 full of kid snacks and drinks, the resort was swimming with kiddos and tired parents looking for a break. The convenience of being at an all inclusive resort was exactly what this party of 5 needed and this is the first vacation we have ever been on that we think we will repeat.  Of course, there was a little puke on occasion, but it wouldn't have been a Lovely Family Vacation without it!