25 Week Pregnancy Update

Hello! It’s been a while since I’ve popped over here and I figured I would give an update on the pregnancy, what I’m loving, etc. This is such a new time of life for me and Kyle, and we are learning week by week what it looks like to prepare for a new baby. So here we go, some quick updates on what’s been happening for us!

 

Pregnancy So Far…

Some know that up until 13-14 weeks, I had terrible all day sickness/nausea/whatever you want to call it. It was bad. My diet dwindled down to carbs because I had food aversions to all of the normal groceries we typically bought and cooked. I even had an aversion to coffee, which is sooo unlike me. Safe to say Kyle got used to me cooking very bland dinners that first trimester! However, after that time period, I am so fortunate to say that I’ve had very few pregnancy annoyances. It has been an incredibly smooth ride and I know not to take such a blessing for granted. We’ll see what happens when I hit the third trimester in a few weeks, but for now I am thankful for a pregnancy journey full of peace and plenty of joy.

We have been on the ball lately – picking out a pediatrician, scheduling a newborn photo session, looking into getting a new car (we are a one car family right now), making our registry, and pre-registering with the hospital/setting up a hospital tour. I’m such a planner that I’ve loved getting these details lined up, especially since it means her arrival is getting closer.

Right now, I am at 25+4 days pregnant. (fun fact: she is about 1.5 pounds and roughly the size of a head of cauliflower!)  Almost every night, Kyle and I both talk about how deeply we long for July, while also making sure to savor the time we have together. As we slowly get stocked on baby items, it feels surreal to hold up a onesie and know that her sweet lil body will be in it in a few months. We are both ready for this new step, but also praying for wisdom and guidance as we learn what it means to raise a daughter.

What I’m Loving….

So there are a few pregnancy items that I really can’t live without. Most are pretty basic, but totally necessary for me over these past 6~ months.

  • Clementines

Or cuties. Whatever you call them. Either way, I will go through a bag of those (by myself) in 5 days. I’ve been eating a lot more citrus since being pregnant and those tiny oranges are definitely my go to. I’m thankful that my ‘cravings’ have leaned more towards fruit and not towards processed food, so I don’t have to restrict myself as much.  I’ve also been devouring grapefruit, pineapple, and orange juice on occasion 🙂

  • Body Pillow

Once we announced our pregnancy, I had a lot of other moms recommend the pregnancy pillow to me. We looked into getting one, but with our small apartment and lack of storage, I knew that finding a place for it post-pregnancy would be tough. So instead, I’ve been using a long body pillow that goes on our bed anyways – eliminating the storage situation. And let me say, it has been a game-changer! Once my belly started popping out I needed something to rest it on in bed at night, and this has been the perfect in-between solution (and we also saved $60!)

  • Reusable Water Bottle

This is basic, and most people already have water bottles laying around their homes, but finding a water bottle you can carry with you everywhere and fit in your cup holders is a must do for anyone pregnant. I am thirsty 24/7, and especially with the extra fluid intake you need while pregnant, it was super important that I use a bottle that makes me want to drink more, and also is easy to transport. Since my Nalgene wouldn’t fit in my car cup holders I started using a skinny one I found at Target, that also doesn’t leak, so I can just throw it in my purse anywhere I go.

  • Podcasts & YouTube

My favorite way to research anything pregnancy/baby related has been by listening to podcasts and watching YouTube videos. I love the podcasts because I’m able to listen while also doing dishes/laundry/running errands/etc. It is more realistic for my busy days compared to sitting down with a thick book at the moment. YouTube has also been a great tool for me. I’ve loved watching other people’s birth stories and learning from their experiences. It has given me a more realistic picture of pregnancy/birth/postpartum compared to the scenes we see in movies.

Some of my favorite pregnancy/motherhood related podcasts are 40 Weeks Pregnancy Podcast, Coffee + Crumbs (the best!!!), Pregnancy Podcast, and Risen Motherhood. As for YouTube, I just watch whatever pops up after my search (be careful on YouTube, the videos can get very extreme/detailed if you’re not careful with how you search!)

  • Pregnancy Apps

My favorite pregnancy app to use is ‘The Bump’. You put in your pregnancy information and each week it gives you an update about your baby, what’s going on in your body, and a visual for how big the baby is inside of you. There are about ten million pregnancy apps out there, but this one I found to be the best by far. It makes us really excited for Sundays, when our baby turns one week older so that we can read the weekly facts!

I can’t believe we only have 15(ish) weeks until we meet our daughter! We are in awe of the life that is being entrusted to us and pray for her every day. We would love your continued prayers for her health, her life, and that she would have a fiery passion for Jesus. We know that Jesus chose her to do great things, and we cannot wait to see how she blesses our life even more than she already has.

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Life Lately – March 18′ Edition

Life has flown by lately. Not only has soooo much changed in these last few months, but it’s been too long since I’ve written about it (blame it on our laptops crashing at the same time and not getting a new one until yesterday. I wasn’t going to try and blog from my iphone!) But nevertheless, I’m excited to talk about what’s happening in mine and Kyle’s life since our last big update!

We Moved!

As most know by now, Kyle & I packed up and moved from Waco to St. Louis, Missouri at the end of January with three weeks notice. It was chaotic and unbelievably exciting, with all of our stresses and prayers being resolved and answered in unbelievable ways. We had been praying that the right job opportunity would come along for Kyle for over a year at this point, before he had even graduated. So after his graduation from Baylor this past December, and after many dead ends,  Kyle was offered a job with AT&T as a software engineer. After so much confusion and disappointment, we are able to look back and see how Christ’s hand was over us and guiding us this entire time, even when it was hard to trust that there was something good ahead.

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We weren’t specifically looking to move to St.Louis, we were just looking for a job. But when the opportunity came along, we just knew. Even though leaving our home state and families was difficult, we have gained so much by moving here and learning to lean on each other more than ever before.

We are living about 20 minutes outside of the city and have been able to settle into our new life well. We were blessed to find a church quickly and we have enjoyed exploring our new city. I am currently working on freelance writing while Kyle is at work. I have been blessed to be stepping into into a work-from-home role as we prepare for out lil babe to make its appearance. We’ll see how much I actually get done once July comes, but for now I am thankful to be working on writing that I am extremely passionate about.  

Baby Lanmon

When we announced our pregnancy, I was 8 weeks along. Today, I am 18 weeks and 6 days. By far, the fastest 11 weeks of my life!!

For a quick recap of my first trimester… from week 4 until 13 (ish) I was terribly sick. Not just morning sickness, but all day sickness/nausea. As much as I hated the sickness, it was humbling to acknowledge that I was making sacrifices for my baby already. It’s been a teeny glimpse into the bigger sacrifices I can expect to make once my baby arrives, and it has been able to teach me more about the way that Christ loves us, his sacrificial love.

I am well into my second trimester now and feeling truly wonderful. Besides some stretching pains and random back aches, I feel like a new person compared to the first trimester. Each day that I look down at my growing baby belly, I am in awe over what a gift this child is to us already.

We haven’t found out gender, but we should be finding out (and excitedly announcing) within the next two weeks.

We have also gotten quite a few questions about names. At this point we have our favorites, but we have decided not to announce its name until he or she arrives in July. 🙂

 

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Our last ultrasound. Our baby at 13 weeks

At this point, prayers for our growing baby would be appreciated, especially with the 20 week ultrasound coming up. We pray that the doctor finds a healthy baby, and we pray for wisdom for myself and Kyle, for the unknowns that might come up.

We would also love for you to join us in prayer over our continual growth in our new communities. We pray for the right people to come along in our lives with work, school, and church, that we will make strong connections with others.

 

Baby Lanmon: The Next Great Adventure

Clutching a pregnancy test with two faint pink lines, everything slowed down. It was like the minute I stood there had lasted an hour. And my heart couldn’t stop swelling. So much love for someone I had just discovered moments ago. And so scared for everything I didn’t know, which was pretty much everything.

I was standing in our bathroom, half changed into sweatpants and fully expecting to fall from my shaky knees rattling off of one another.

I mean, I had a *suspicion*, but it was small. So small that my husband didn’t even know I had bought the pregnancy tests 20 minutes earlier at an HEB after work. I figured, ‘there’s no need to tell him, there’s no way I’m actually pregnant.’
I expected to take the test, see the negative, and then go into the kitchen and start cooking the curry we were supposed to have that night.

Obviously, I could not predict circumstances as well as I might have thought.

We are having a baby.

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I wish I could accurately describe every emotion that ran through me in that moment. The best comparison I have is to the way I felt on my wedding day eleven months earlier. Elated, honored, and completely changed. I knew what it meant for me, for Kyle. We would be completely changed

Like most people, I’ve seen the well-planned pregnancy announcements on YouTube . The wives get their husbands a shirt or a mug that says, ‘Dad’, or they might even stick a ‘bun in the oven’ for the husband to find.
I always thought I would be one of those wives. That is, until I had the REAL POSITIVE TEST in my own hand! At that point, plans flew out the window and I sprinted out to Kyle.

I vaguely remember running with the test in my hand out to our living room, where Kyle was lounging on his phone. My hands were shaking so badly that he had to hold them against his own to get them to stop!

“Kyleeeee….. I think I’m pregnant? Look, look!” I said as I shoved the test his way.

He finally realized what he was looking at, gave me the biggest smile, and from there it’s all a blur, because I got pulled into the tightest hug of my life. Sinking into his arms I knew, ‘This is so good. This is meant to be. We are really doing this.’

 

For the rest of the day we kept on saying ‘well, if this is real…’ followed by a comment about the baby, because we didn’t even fully believe it. We didn’t want to get our hopes up. It was too sweet and amazing to be true. But after a week, the blood test at the doctors confirmed that we had a growing baby. And 3 weeks after that, our first sonogram revealed to us the perfect and rapid heartbeat of our growing child.

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We are humbled and honored to be blessed with a child. Our little one is 10 weeks old to the day and the size of a cherry. The tentative due date is July 15th, 2018, but we know babies have their own ideas on when they want to come! We pray for him or her all the time and ask you to join us in praying over our first baby as it grows and gets ready to arrive by our sides. This is truly our next great adventure.

 

“For you created my inmost being; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well”

Psalm 139:13-14

Life Lately

This post has been a long time in the making! Lots of big changes have happened within the last month and so I just wanted to update all of our loved ones on what mine and Kyle’s life is looking like these days.

Jobs

 First off, I GOT A NEW JOB! For those of you who don’t know, I’ve been serving at a country club since January (I also worked there during my summers in college.) While the job was a blessing in itself, I knew that I needed a new job. On top of working almost every day, as late as 1 am sometimes, Kyle and I also had very opposite schedules. I was ready for something that allowed me much needed time at home, and for open weekends to see friends and to relax with Kyle. So, now I am currently working full-time at Black Oak Art Studio. I am learning pottery and getting to make mugs for businesses all over Waco, like Common Grounds and Magnolia!

When I was praying for a new job, God truly answered because not only is it an ~amazing~ job, but I get to work with Kyle! He started working there a few months back and encouraged me to apply. This is actually our second job together (we worked at subway in high school.) God answered all of our prayers with this job and we are both thankful for this slower season of life. Maybe one day we can make a mug for you 😉

Housing

Do y’all remember my post about our teeny-tiny apartment? Not long after that, we got an extremely generous offer to live in my aunt and uncle’s house here in Waco while they travel for a while! We are SO blessed by this offer and what it has done for our finances as well as how nice it feels to stretch out a little more 😉 It is 5 minutes from downtown, & we also get the luxury of a pool and the cutest kitty, Cece, who is currently curled up by me as I write this. We will be here at least until the end of the year, and then will see from there. Thank the Lord for family!!!

School / Career

Kyle is powering through his last semester at Baylor and is beyond excited to graduate in December! He loves his major (computer science) and is just ready to be able to start his career. Right now he has a few options regarding where he might accept a job at, and we are open to many path’s. Kyle has worked incredibly hard these past few years and I am so ready to watch him thrive in the workplace!

As for my future job, I am still learning what I want to do. We plan on letting Kyle’s job dictate where we live and I will find a job from there!

Praying

For those who would like, here are some deliberate ways that you can be praying for us in a season where things are constantly changing!

  • Prayers for direction in mine and Kyle’s future jobs
  • Prayers for an overflow of relaxation for us after ending such a busy season of life
  • Prayers for financial peace as we pay off some BIG student loans for Kyle

So there are my quick updates! I love blogging because it allows me to connect with everyone who cares about our lives, and to share what’s happening with us.

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(Yes, his hair is getting really long! 😉 )

 

6 Things I’ve Learned in 6 Months of Marriage

Kyle and I have been married for 6 months (and something days) and I truly never realized how quickly time passes by until now. I am living my best life, and time is flying.

 

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I don’t want to pretend like I have everything about marriage, or men, or life all figured out. I’m so far from that. But I do like to think that these 6 months have made me a little wiser when it comes to all of those things.

I can’t wait to see how Kyle and I discover more and more of one another as we’ve been married 1, 5, and 20 years. I believe that there is always something new to discover about someone, even the one you are married to.

So, here are the six things I have (slightly) figured out. Hopefully this list only grows by the year.

  1. Find Activities You Enjoy Doing Together, and Do Them Regularly

Kyle and I are literally polar opposites. I love writing and English, he loves science and math. He is quieter and thoughtful, I am super chatty and will talk all day long about anything. He is a risk taker, I am much more cautious. He loves any and all sports, while I barely know how football works. He is an only child and I am the oldest of six. The list goes on and on and on. However, despite how opposite we are we have found things we both enjoy doing together. For example, we can now quote “The Office”, which has turned into our favorite show. I loved the show and so we’ve started watching it together. I’ve started gaining interest in rock climbing, Kyle’s absolute favorite activity. I love to cook, and so he has gained interest in how I cook and tips for when he cooks on his own. Kyle is a teacher by nature, and recently showed me how to write code (he is a computer science major). Even though some of these things I would not have necessarily chosen for myself, his love for these things inspires me to see the good and joy he finds in them. I cannot wait to continue growing our list of activities we enjoy together, for people who are so opposite 🙂

2. Don’t Be Afraid to be the First To Say “I’m Sorry”

Arguments happen, and you say things you don’t really mean. It’s inevitable and bound to happen at one point or another. Or you forget to do something *really really important* that they asked you about. Often we are so quick to defend ourselves that we forget that all the other person wants to hear is that we are sorry. I’ve learned that I don’t need to constantly defend myself if I’m wrong, because Kyle is going to love me every time I mess up (that’s the cool part about marriage.) Hearing him out is what he really wants, and as long as I let him know that I hear him and that I will do better, he is happy. He doesn’t need me to defend myself, because he isn’t looking to put me down.  A sincere apology is the key to almost everything.

3. Wake Up Together

Each morning, Kyle needs to get to work before I do, so naturally he is the first one up. However, I’ve learned that having an hour together before work is the best part of the day. Instead of just sleepily telling him bye, I love having that early morning hour to connect and talk about the day to come, and to be able to make him breakfast. There is so much joy in sacrificing an extra hour of sleep in exchange for really sweet quality time together, especially since our schedules are often so conflicting.

4. Date Nights

Date nights don’t just rock because you don’t have to wash dishes, but it gives me an awesome excuse to wear all the cute clothes that I don’t get to wear during the week (#serverlife). Most date nights lead us to some sort of Mexican restaurant (we can’t help ourselves) and going on a walk around the park or our neighborhood. Simple, but wonderful. Especially being on a budget, elaborate date nights aren’t realistic. However, we love driving down the road to Austin every month or so where we get Mexican (we are creatures of habit) and explore one of our favorite cities. Ever checked out Barton Springs? It’s a spring fed swimming hole in downtown Austin that is perfect for this ridiculous heat. Fingers crossed that we can go again soon!

5. Love Languages

Unless you’ve been avoiding the internet, you’ve probably heard about the ‘Five Love Languages’ by Gary Chapman. Basically, it assumes that most people fall into one or two categories that describe how they feel most loved. Kyle’s love language is words of affirmation, so I am constantly thinking of ways that I can verbally affirm him, because this is how he best feels love. I love to build him up with what I say, write him letters, and tell him how proud I am of his work. And on the flip side, I am very cautious of using too harsh or belittling of words, because I know that that is what tears him down the most. Telling him how much I appreciate him is how he knows I really love him. For me, I am a total physical touch girl. My parents and siblings are all the same, we love hugging, so I’m totally convinced this is why touch is my love language. Kyle knows this, so when he wants to make sure I’m feeling extra loved he’ll give me a back massage, or hold my hand during church, or give me a really long hug. Take the quiz online if you want to find yours out. It has made our relationship 10000 times better because we know how to pick one another up when we’re feeling down, and what makes us feel the best. (Take the quiz at http://www.5lovelanguages.com/profile/)

6. Make Goals Together

Before Kyle and I got married, we sat down one day and wrote a list of our marriage goals. We have that list taped on our fridge so we are always reminded of what we want our marriage to look like. Recently, we have been working on making a list of 5 year goals, financial goals (no more student debt!!!) and future family goals. While we cannot always predict what will happen, it’s so special to come together and decide on what we as a couple will strive for.

I encourage you to sit down with yourself or if you’re married, with your spouse, to decide what you want to strive for in life. Life will throw us curveballs, but we want to be on the same page. We are a team for life and setting goals together is part of an awesome marriage.

Let me know if you have any awesome marriage tips. I would love to hear from y’all as I’m still in the newlywed stages of our marriage 🙂

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Five Friday Favorites

So, I want to start blogging my ‘five friday favorites’.

It might not be every week (I don’t think I have 5 new favorites *every* friday)

But I will be posting these every few fridays, so be on the look-out!

I’ll be sharing my favorite products, discoveries, or new things that have taken on a greater meaning in my life. I think this is just a fun way to show y’all some things I’m passionate about.

So without further ado, here are this week’s Five Friday Favorites

1) Kombucha Ohhhh my goodness where do I even start. So I’ve been hearing about the kombucha rage for a while now, mostly from the super crunchy/granola/hip instagram accounts that I follow and vicariously live through 😉 A few weeks ago when I was in KC for my friend Emily’s wedding, she showed me her favorite kombucha brand. When I got home to TX, I bought 2 different flavors and I am now OBSESSED! I feel like the kombucha flavor is definitely an acquired taste. If you’ve ever made any drinks with apple cider vinegar, the tart acidity flavor is very similar (but one that I can’t get enough of!) Emily showed me the Kevita Master Brew Kombucha, which is the only one I’ve ever tried, but it’s good enough where I don’t want to venture out to different types. I’ve had the tart cherry and pineapple peach (both super yummy.) I got a few at Target where they had 2 for $5. The bottle is two servings so one bottle lasts me for two days. I don’t buy them all the time (#newleywedbudgetlife) but it’s such a yummy way to treat myself every once in awhile!IMG_1115
2) Waking Up Early Anyone who knows me knows I have a really hard time waking up anytime before 9 or even 10 in the morning… (ask my college roommates). I have always wanted to be an early riser, and once I’m awake I love the quiet of the morning. But getting up, that’s the hard part. Since Kyle has started his internship, however, he has had to be awake around 7am each morning. I have been getting up with him and it has been totally life-changing for my mornings! Not only do I get to spend a little extra time with my husband each morning, but I get to make him breakfast, read or watch netflix, and sip on coffee. Before, I would wake up 30 minutes before I would have to leave for work, and throw on some clothes with little or no breakfast. This new routine is glorious. With that, I encourage anyone out there who needs a little re-vamp in their life

 

3) Old Navy Soft Linen-Blend Shorts So I got my first pair of these shorts last summer on sale and they were all. I. wore. I literally lived in those shorts, but wasn’t able to find any more. As soon as summer hit this year I went back and sure enough, they were re-stocked! For some reason, finding the perfect pair of shorts is nearly impossible for me. Jean shorts stick to you in the Texas heat, and I prefer my shorts to be a little looser, which is also very hard to find for a reasonable price. But these shorts, I’m in love. I have a forrest green, blue, and chambray pair, and at $20 I will continue buying Old Navy out until I have alllll the colors. I’ll link the shorts down below!

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4) Drinking 150oz of Water… With a Trick I’ve always had a hard time drinking enough water. I either forget, or I just want to drink coffee and orange juice all day long. But recently I was scouring the internet for ideas and came across this game changer: rubber bands on a water bottle. So here’s how it works. My personal goal is to drink 150oz of water a day, which is roughly five of my off-brand yeti cups. So I put five bands on my cup. Each time I finish a cup, I move one of the rubber bands to the bottom, and I keep on going until alll the rubber bands are at the bottom! It’s an easy way to keep track of your water intake without using an app, and it’s like a game you can play with yourself. It has totally worked, and I’ve seen results! More energy, clearer skin, and less mindless snacking. Try it, it will change the way you drink water!

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5) Origins Skincare I’ve always had temperamental skin, and especially last year while I was planning a wedding, getting ready to graduate, getting ready to move, and continuing long distance, (haha can you say stressed?!) my acne got to an all time high. My skin was horrible, and I was in a rut. I had tried every skin care option available, every pinterest-y idea and every facewash known to man. I looked like a puberty-stricken teenager. It did get better after all of my stress-points went away, but I needed something to bring me full circle, to give me back the skin I knew that I had… somewhere. I have a few friends that have used Origins facewash and skincare products and I had always noticed a drastic difference from before and after with them. So I took the plunge, paid for an expensive facewash/moisturizer and waited for the magic to happen. Let me tell you, IT HAPPENED! My face is in a totally new place. Breakouts are rare, my inflammation has gone way down, and I feel 10X more confident in my own skin. Plus, I can go makeup free now and not be self-conscious, which is a huge bonus! The face wash I got is called ‘a perfect world’. It’s a ginormous tube and while it did set me back $30, it’s supposed to last close to a year ( a little goes a long way.) I also use ‘a perfect world’ moisturizer. They have a range of skincare lines so go with what works best for you! My skin is extremely sensitive so I wasn’t able to use their citrus scented gin zing line. If you need any more info about this reach out to me! I have been in your shoes before and am happy to help anyone out with more info if they are in the same boat I was in.

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Link for Old Navy shorts: http://oldnavy.gap.com/browse/product.do?pid=508243052&vid=1&locale=en_US&kwid=1&sem=false&sdkw=soft-linen-blend-shorts-for-women-3-1-2-P508243&brandCvoSid=RDJM4FJRH5UU&sdReferer=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.oldnavy.com%2Fproducts%2Flinen-shorts.jsp

 

Tiny Apartment Tour!

Having a home (apartment) with Kyle is the absolute best. There is nothing better than living with your best friend – and what makes it even better is that we are living with only 425 square feet!!

We love our small space, but whenever it comes up in a conversation, we are normally told that we’re crazy, or they ask how we manage to fit everything! Honestly this might be normal sized for some downtown NYC apartment, but we’re in TX where everything is usually big (including homes) so I understand the shock. 

So with curiosity surrounding our living arrangement, I figured I would give y’all a little home tour and some side notes about our space!

First off, the living area.

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This built in bookshelf is one of my favorite apartment features, because it also doubles as a dividing wall between the living space and bedroom space. It’s also where we just put a lot of random knick-knacks that we don’t really know what to do with 🙂

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Above is the table located by our front door. Usually is not this clean, it’s typically cluttered with papers and bills and cups (just keeping it real!)

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In the frames above our TV are our wedding vows. Eventually I would love to have them blown up and on a canvas, but this is my budget-friendly version of displaying them for now. I just found a fancy font, printed them on card stock and put them in some dollar tree frames. Cheap, easy, and a nice reminder of our promises to each other.

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This couch is our Facebook marketplace steal! So proud of my bargain hunting skills – we got in for $160!

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Our wine cabinet and a view into the kitchen.

Next we have the kitchen. It’s super tiny but it gets the job done!

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(personal plug: if you’re interested in the wall weaving above our table, I’m actually in the process of stocking up an Etsy shop with weavings. Hit me up if you want to know more!) 

Since the kitchen is so small we are actually using my patio table/chairs from college and it works perfectly! Just throw a cute tablecloth over it and you don’t know the difference. unnamed (10)

And from here, we go to our bedroom area (not technically a room since there’s no door leading to it, but you get my point.)

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Trust me when I say we aren’t typically this clean 😉

And lastly, we have our bathroom. Outside the bathroom door there is a little vanity area and a coat/everything else closet!

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You might notice that we are lacking a dishwasher, and a washer and dryer! At first we weren’t sure about not living with those ~necessary~ appliances, but soon realized how hand washing dishes is not bad, especially with only two people. It might sound silly, but it also gives us more time together and good opportunities to talk if one of us washes and the other dries 🙂

For laundry, we take it over to my parents home 30 min down the road every Sunday. So not only do we get to do free laundry, but we get some yummy food and we get to see all of my siblings and my parents. It’s really a win-win situation. Since we don’t plan on being in this area forever, we know this is treasured time.

One of the perks of living in such a tiny space is that we are able to clean up suuuuper quickly! Since mine and Kyle’s schedules are quite opposite, it’s nice not having to spend the time we do have together cleaning. Instead we can speed clean when necessary and then relax together 🙂

And finally, a quote that my sweet friend Emily sent me on Pinterest a while back. Never has a quote applied so directly to how we are living right now.

“Love grows best in little houses

with fewer walls to separate

where you eat and sleep so close together

you can’t help but communicate

oh, and if we had more room between us, think of all we’d miss

love grows best, in houses just like this”

– Doug Stone “Little Houses”

I really want to get that printed on a canvas, so that when we move on to a bigger space, we have a reminder of how special our time in our first home has been together.

Thanks for taking time out of your day to come and explore our little home! Remember to leave comments or shoot me an email  (jess.lanmon@gmail.com) if you have a question, comment, or just want to chat 🙂