halloween skeleton

– really taking Halloween seriously this year (skeleton | bats – too soon? | room details) –

black bedside tables

– splurging on black side tables for a guest bedroom that will eventually be Hudson’s room (lamps available here). still not complete but getting there! –

everlane coverall

– a coverall I am seriously digging (boots) –

gold art frame

framing some new art

green moto boots

– very cool boots that I can’t wait to style –

The first Friday in October!  I don’t know about you guys, but each time we hit a new month I have this interesting flashback of 2020 since March.  Who could have thought this is where we would be in the fall?  Very, very interesting.

On one hand, it makes me really sad that Hudson’s entire life so far has been about keeping him hidden or “trapped” from the outside world.  He has only been to a restaurant three times in his 10 months of life.  He’s been to the grocery with me one time.  Sometimes I think about how much he would love riding around in the grocery cart, looking around, seeing the smiles of strangers.  And when I think about it, it definitely makes me a little sad.

But I know keeping his exposure to the outside world (other than the few people he sees regularly) is what’s best for him.  I also know I’m lucky that he won’t remember this year and I don’t have to try to explain to him why he can’t see his friends or why he has to participate in virtual schooling.  We each have our struggles with this year regardless of your children’s age or if you even have children at all.  I hope our next experience with a baby will be different, but until then I’m just trying to enjoy hogging this little guy to myself.

I shared on Wednesday that I had already put out some spooky decorations to get festive at home.  It’s been really fun to look for decorations this year, as last year we were still painting the exterior, changing up different things in the front and backyard and furnishing the interior.  Even though we are seven weeks into our bathroom renovation which puts our bedroom and breakfast room in disarray (so they can load in supplies)… we’re still ahead of where we were this time last year.

I’ll be honest, I had no idea that a bathroom remodel, which is on one end of our home, would affect nearly the entire house.  Alas, I’m reminded why people try to renovate things before they move in if they can.  We didn’t have that luxury this time, but I am sure to remember this if there is a next time!

Are you decorating for Halloween this year?  Or doing any renovations in 2020?  My contractor tells us that he has such a busy calendar.  I think people are spending so much time at home they’re seeing all the things they want to change!

Thanks so much for reading and sharing – XO –

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  1. My baby is almost four months old, and I have a lot of the same feelings. It’s been sort of nice to be cocooned at home together as a family, but I feel a lot of grief about the fact that she has never met most of our families. But watching my husband teach his students remotely makes me glad she’s still so little and just happy to be with us. Hope you have a great weekend 🙂

  2. I can empathize w your bathroom remodel. Today marks seven months of mine – and I think it’s still probably 3-4 weeks from finished. Uggghhhh. Had to empty every last thing from the bathroom itself, and the closets that are in the bath. All clothes, shoes, purses, toiletries, etc etc etc are strewn all around the other rooms upstairs. Total chaos. Yesterday I needed some neosporin and looked for 30 minutes. Never did find it. Can you tell I’ve had about all this good time I can stand? Whew, sorry for the grump dump!

  3. Our next remodel project starts in 2 weeks and we’ll be living (and working from home) in half our house! Fortunately it’s only a 2-3 week project, so we should be back to normal before Thanksgiving. We did our master bath last year – it took 7 weeks and we traveled to Italy for 2.5 of them. Best decision ever! We have a major kitchen remodel coming up in a few years and I joke all the time “so, where are we traveling for 6 weeks when we do that?” Remodeling is a pain, but the results are totally worth it!

  4. I feel those same sentiments about covid; thought I was alone and felt even selfish for even being disappointed. I have a New Year’s Day baby, so we’ve literally been quarantined his whole life save for some park days and one quick outing to BuyBuyBaby back in February. Hoping this all passes soon so we all can get back to some sort of normalcy, especially us mamas!

  5. Hi Kathleen,
    Loving the bathroom! We are having the exterior of our home repainted this year, as well as having all new flooring and a new staircase installed! We are also getting new doors everywhere in the house. It’s totally going to change the look and we can’t wait. I’m with you on feeling sad about having to protect our babies from the outside world; luckily my daughter was able to come out with me for her first 8 months, but since then, we’ve had to hide her away and it makes me really sad. She is becoming so social and she would love being out and about right now. Hoping this all ends soon!

  6. Oh girl I feel this. I am so sad when I compare Harry’s life to Maxi’s. I mourn the difference. And not knowing if this is my last baby, I feel a sense of anger. I am so grateful for what we DO have {two healthy children!!} but I think it’s so important we feel these things!