This week was hectic. We did some major spring cleaning, which always feels fantastic. We had a big, exciting photoshoot that will come out in late summer. And then we got a knock on the door from the city that that our house had used 12,000 gallons of water in 4 days. Commence panicking. We ran all over the house checking every room’s walls and floors for a sign of a leak. Chris shut off the water and the meter was still running like crazy, which meant the leak was somewhere in an underground pipe. The city shut off our water indefinitely. Right now, it’ll be at least two weeks until the can come and dig up our whole front lawn to find the leak and replace the main water line to our house. We’re bracing ourselves for a big, fat, unexpected expense. In the meantime, it pays to live next door to my parents as they’re so graciously letting us use their water until we get this all sorted out. Chris ran out and got a super long hose and hooked their water into our house’s line from their house, so while it doesn’t taste very good and the pressure is low, we can still shower and flush the toilet and bathe almost like normal which is keeping our spirits up. We’ve been drinking and cooking with bottled water. So seeing this photo (above) I took just hours before we found out, with Chris running water and preparing dinner without a care in the world–haha!–it makes me laugh (so I don’t cry) now. What a mess.
But on the contrary, here are a few more bright spots in my week:
1. Proved (see above image): Chris’s cookbooks on the counter cozy up the entire kitchen. A few favorites include: The Flavor Bible, Simple Thai Food, Martha Stewart’s Cooking School, Sourdough, Healing Foods and The Food Lab. (The prettiest is definitely Kinfolk Table, but it’s a little “hipster” for Chris. Haha!)
2. This home, in our tiny town suddenly has a for sale sign in the yard. It has always been a favorite–the plot is expansive and is filled with mature Aspens and a large deck with a pergola, but it was a surprise to see the inside (and price!).
3. We started using a new-to-us service called “VidAngel” to watch movies. Have you heard of it? It has help us keep the things Chris and I watch cleaner and the things we watch as a family, appropriate for our girls and I can’t recommend it enough! Basically, you purchase any movie or show (even the newest of new releases) for $20, apply your preferred edit settings or no edits at all–they have everything from language, sexual content, violence, etc. and then after you watch the movie, you can sell it back for $19. So essentially, it’s $1! It’s our new favorite way to watch movies. Last weekend, we watched The Big Short without all the F-bombs and Room and Burnt. For family movie night, we watch Enchanted, which we didn’t apply an edits to at all, but you can’t beat $1 and never leaving your house. You can check it out right here.
4. We have a home video from when me and my sisters were very little in the 80s dancing around our small apartment living room dancing to this song and it’s still one of my all-time favorites. Prince, forever.
5. Anna can already do no wrong in my book, but this closet Rast Ikea Hack will convert anyone to the Anna-train.
6. Love it or List it gets sued and I’m kind of not even surprised (are you!?).
7. I’ve worn this skirt (above) twice this week already. It’s breezy, light, flowy and long–a summer staple! I just love this photo my dear friend, trainer and go-to photographer, @whitneykathleen, captured of me mom-ing it hard. (Plus, this $5 dress on Faye and my favorite, versatile gray linen tee.)
8. Finally! A wildly affordable brass-framed round mirror. (I got one for above the fireplace downstairs!)
9. 2 years ago today.
Have the best weekend ever. Any DIY in your plans?
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