Hopes & Plans {Link Up)

Welcome to the "Hopes & Plans" link up! Any hopeful or goal-oriented post is welcome! It can be your life's dreams and aspirations or simply your chore list. Share with us! I hope for this to be a place where we can come to be inspired and motivated by the things other people have in the works. The possibilities are endless! Most things in life begin by first having a hope and then some kind of plan.

Wait! Don't go! You've come to the right place. A major design overhaul took place over the weekend and I'm absolutely obsessed with the new look! Huge shout out to my friend Elizabeth for all of her hard work over these past few weeks. 

Let's get down to business. Here is how I did on last week's hopes & plans...

|| Schedule the flooring installation. Done! Next Monday is the day! Thank goodness...

|| Tape off the baseboards in the remaining two bedrooms. No, but we did buy a nail gun which means we will be taking all the baseboards off instead of taping. Ain't nobody have time for all of that!

|| Organize my Pinterest boardsYes. A work in progress, but gosh do I love Pinterest!
|| Plan. Ehhh. This could use a little more work. I didn't completely neglect this one (see flooring schedule lol), but I'm not completely satisfied. Rollover?

This Week's Hopes & Plans :

one || I'm really hoping our Mally will start feeling better. She had a little somethin' somethin' this weekend. :( Sick babies are so pitiful. 

two || Revamp some of my older blog posts. Now that I have this amazing new design, I've been inspired to do some other blog relating cleansing...and planning. ;)

three || Start shopping for a dress. Kyle's battalion has a ball next month and I'm always stuck scrounging around for a dress at the last moment. Not this time!

What are your hopes & plans for the week? (Hopefully your "real" week doesn't start until tomorrow...thanks Labor Day!!)

Grab the new Hopes & Plans link up button! Isn't it pretty? Thanks again Elizabeth!!

Hopes and Plans

Friday Fun!

It's finally the weekend! Thanks to the Army, we get Kyle for four days in a row! We are planning to hit the Alaska State Fair (later on today if the weather cooperates) & work on our never-ending list of projects on the house. I mayyy even sneak out of the house at some point solo, but lets not get ahead of ourselves here. ;)

On to the randomness that is on the agenda for this Friday...

I may enjoy turf time more than my daughter does. A wide open indoor soccer field (frequently all to ourselves) with all the balls (sport type balls, come on now) we could ever dream of... Kind of makes me want to dust off the ol' cleats and sign up for one of the adult leagues for washed up soccer players.  

I may or may not have peed in my car. Sheesh, if this isn't a confession, I don't know what is! Let me explain. So, I found myself about 40 minutes from home with a napping baby and very very full bladder. Unfortunately, it wasn't someplace where I could really be Alaskan and just pee in the woods, or that would have been the answer. Do I wet my pants? Nope! I put that old Venti Starbucks cup to good use. Waking the sleeping beast baby to run in the gas station to relieve myself was simply not an option! (Please tell me I'm not the only person that's done this...)

Taking selfies with a full on tripod and camera is AWKWARD! I was itching to get out and practice with my new tripod, so I figured I would also mess around with the self timer. Holy smokes! How do fashion bloggers do this? Do you have a drink first!? I was literally giggling with embarrassment the whole time! So bizarre! 

Awkward or not, here are some of the stragglers I was waiting on from that recent purchases post

jacket || jeans || shoes 

Mama ::  top || jeans || shoes 
Mally :: jeggings || top || headband 

I've been borderline obsessing trying to find the perfect pair of tan riding boots for fall. 

I love how simple and classic these are!
But I would just die to have these in my closet! Can somebody get with Ralph and have him knock about $1k off of these babies for me? Thanks! 

Changes are a brewin' on this here blog and I can't wait to show you! I'll give you a hint and tell you that these changes have to do with Elizabeth... 

Can't wait to hear about your long weekend! Enjoy :)

Linking up with : Leslie & Karli 

Family Photos

Last week, Kyle, Mallory and I had the opportunity to have professional family photos taken. A local photographer named Marie of Chic Charlie's Photography donated an entire day to photograph soldiers and their families. It was an opportunity too good to pass up! 
The photos were taken at a park on JBER which made it convenient for Kyle to change out of his uniform and swing by for our 20 minute mini session. Well, when Kyle got out of his car I knew we were in for a treat. He went completely rogue and decided he felt passionately about the shirt he was going to be photographed in... oh boy. Choose your battles, right? Then it was Mallory's turn to stick it to the man rebel against family photos. She was NOT in the mood. Grumpy baby and a husband who is testing the waters as a fashionista, not good. Not good at all. I left the shoot telling myself that if we got just one decent photo; I would be ecstatic. 
I think it is safe to say that Marie blew my expectations out of the water! 
Check these out... 
Anchorage Alaska Photography

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Anchorage Alaska Photography

Anchorage Alaska Photography

Anchorage Alaska Photography

Anchorage Alaska Photography

Anchorage Alaska Photography

Anchorage Alaska Photography

What I'm wearing:
cardigan (old color) || top (old from a boutique - love this one)|| pants || shoes ||
lipstick (sold out) || watch

What Mallory is wearing:
headband (no longer available) || top || skinny jeans 

What Kyle is wearing:
Jk. He looks ok ;)

If you live in the Anchorage/Mat-Su Valley area I highly recommend Chic Charlie's Photography! She offers very reasonable pricing and the option to purchase your digital images. I was shocked when she had all of our photos edited and ready to view fewer than five days after our shoot!

I'm bummed that I didn't find her sooner! Totally would have hired her to shoot a maternity/newborn session.