while i've been away from this space more than i'd care to admit, i'm relishing in our new life in san diego and enjoying the way i'm spending my time. the new job transition has put a kibosh in my schedule and i'm definitely struggling to regain my balance. but in the time i do have and the time i make for myself, these new experiences are making me so grateful to be back.
this year, st. patty's day will be rather mellow. i'm spending the day helping my little sis train for her upcoming lifeguard test and tonight, i'll be joining my sister-in-law and some friends for dinner at a new restaurant.
i hope you have a great day celebrating your irish (or wanna-be-irish) heritage!
now that our main room is mostly set-up, i decided it was time to bring in some plants. most of our plants found new homes before the move, so in an effort not to spend a ton of money on a space we're only hoping to live in for a year, the grow-your-own-succulent idea really spoke to me. so for the past couple weeks, anytime we traveled and i happened upon a succulent i liked, myself or my mom or sister would snag one.
kitchen wall organization section. unfortunately, it looks like they're no longer sold online.), i filled them up with potting soil and some left over peat moss and planted the succulents.
succulent wreath that hangs on our door and as they grow, i know that they will never go to waste.
settling into our new home pretty much took over our lives. living among boxes just wasn't an option. so with whatever free time we had between work & other obligations, we unpacked. slowly, but efficiently. we purged so much stuff we probably should buy stock in goodwill. eventually, we started seeing the light and our home went from this...
to this. with most of the big stuff either out of the way or in it's new home, we started working on the details of the space. finding a home for everything and getting things organized is my favorite part of moving. a. & i are pretty systematic, so we were nervous we were going to lose a lot of our organization in this new home. but found, as things started finding their homes, we found despite the new placements and minor tweaks, we could maintain our organization style with similar systems we had in place in new york. & that is awesome.
eventually, things were falling into place. we started with the kitchen, doing our best to organize our most frequented space. once the kitchen was settled, we moved to the main room. as we arranged (& rearranged) furniture, we figured out where some of the smaller, more decorative items would live. then, room by room, we continued with this process until eventually, our home looked like this.
february, like most months these days, seemed to fly by. despite the chaos of our move and my personal lack of goal-oriented motivation, it was a good month. we managed to fill our days with everyday tasks and in those not-so-ordinary moments, enjoyed some wonderful adventures around southern california.
here's my monthly instagram collage full of these magical memories.
i took a much-longer-than-anticipated blogging hiatus in february. once that third week hit, i just felt like i needed a break. so i took one. then, all our home goods arrived and we lived in the chaos of boxes and unpacking for the past week and a half. for the most part, everything is now unpacked and we have the fun part of decorating, hanging, and bringing it all together. and i'm so happy here.
i'm setting goals this month, planning to share our new home and some recent adventures, working on a few diy projects and making time to enjoy the surprisingly warm spring weather. i'll be around for a while longer, and for those of you who come back time and time again, thanks for bearing with me and your continued support!