Thursday, February 26, 2015

Thoughts on Crying

I'm a huge cry baby.  If I have a strong emotion of any kind, I cry.  This used to embarrass me, especially when I was younger.  I used to be mortified that I couldn't (and still can't) get through a difficult conversation without my eyes welling up with tears.  Imagine being in a silly fight with your sister over a nail polish and welling up with tears because you were just SO MAD.  It A. makes you lose the upper hand in the argument and B. gives your sister some great ammunition about what a baby you are.  It is a serious inconvenience to say the least.

Now, however, I've come to accept the fact that I will, at some point, cry all over every single person I will ever meet.  Sorry man in the grocery store check out.  Sorry boss.  Sorry world.  It's just me.  Tears are as natural to me as laughter, smiles, and breathing.

I remember seeing the final Harry Potter movie and having Daniel literally pretend he didn't know me because I was ugly crying in the theater.  I'm talking can't control your breathing, making crying sounds, rasping for breath crying.  It was seriously mortifying.

Due to the humiliation that comes with being a cry baby, I used to say I would give anything to control my tears that unwittingly come at the most inconvenient of times.  Here's my formal retraction of that statement.  It is what it is!  I am me and there's no changing that.

Everyone cries...mine is just a little more public.  It's like a group experience :)

Random post, I know, but something I've been thinking about and wanted to write about.

Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Baby It's Cold Outside!

brrrrrr!!  It's a cold and icy Tuesday here on the farm.  Daniel is in Charlotte for work and I'm staying with my parents so I can be close to the house while muffin is gone.  Before I share a recap of our weekend, I wanted to share a cute video from my instagram of Sweet Luna enjoying her first "snow!" She couldn't get enough of the ice and licked the ground during her entire walk.  I was dying from the cuteness!

A video posted by Katie (@farmtofete) on

Last Friday was an event day (thus no Five on Friday).  We had a Valentine's day theme and I love how everything turned out.  It was definitely themed, but also kept to our University's brand.  I had a great time with the linens on this luncheon!

Special Thank You to Karen, our florist.  She does the most amazing work!
 After my event Friday, I went out to the house to see the progress.  They are finishing up the tile and the Master Bathroom is seriously my favorite room in the house!

They also finished up our porch fireplace.  The stonework is gorgeous and I keep picturing spending nights on the porch by the fire (with the current snow outside I'm wishing I could take the screen porch for a test drive).

That night, Daniel also installed our living room chandelier.  It really finished off the living room!

We spent Saturday (aka Valentine's day) out at our house.  It was very low key and absolutely perfect.  We painted some (Muffin is a CHAMP for getting on some terrifying scaffolding to paint the trim), but also enjoyed the sunshine on the porch with a bottle champagne from our favorite vineyard (J. Rickards).

It wouldn't be Valentine's Day with Muffin without some gorgeous flowers.  He's such a charmer :)

Our weekend was pretty boring, but I definitely wouldn't change it for anything!  I can't wait to celebrate Valentine's Day in our new house again next year!

Linking with Biana & Meghan for weekending.

Monday, February 9, 2015


It's a dreary, rainy Monday and I'm missing the weekend.  Instead of a regular post I thought I'd just do a "photo dump" of our weekend.  Enjoy!

Tile in Master Shower 
Laundry Room Tile
Nieces on the pond
Fireplace is complete!
Omlette cups for this week's breakfast--ignore my dirty oven :)
Valentine's nails.  I received a free set of Jamberrys and LOVED them! 
Muffin and Luna on our Sunday evening walk

Linking with Biana & Meghan for weekending.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Five on Friday

It's we know what that means.  I'm linking up again with Christina and Karli for Five on Friday!


My 28th birthday was on Tuesday and I had a great time celebrating with family and friends.  I went out to my favorite restaurant and had tiramisu instead of birthday cake...I call that a win!  Daniel got me the "official" Olivia Pope wine glasses at Crate and Barrel!  I can't wait to break them in!

I think my favorite gift, however, was this Harry Potter switch plate.  I love Harry Potter SO much (see this postand  this is my all time favorite quote.  After experiencing the arson of our old house, this quote means even more to me than it did before.  I actually teared up when I opened this gift!


We decided to do our own electrical work.  It was just taking too long and it was a really easy way to save money on our home.  I'm extremely impressed with Daniel's skills as an electrician and love how all of the fixtures turned out!

Muffin hard at work!
Dining Room 
Master Bathroom 
Master Bedroom


Our mantels have been installed.  If you remember from this post, a family friend gave us the wood from a 100 year old barn.  I love how they turned out, but there is one glitch.  I want to switch them out!  I like the one on the screen porch better (I love the knotty wood) so we are in the process of getting them swapped out.


We started tile this week!  They've already done both guest bathrooms, the laundry room, and started the master shower.  I'm seriously impressed with how quickly they are working!

Guest Bathroom 
Guest Bathroom 
Master Shower
Laundry Room


I ordered my first set of Jamberry nail wraps.  I've never used them before, but have heard so many great things from friends.  I'm looking forward to some festive nails!

Have you ever used Jamberry?  Did you like them?

I hope everyone has a great weekend!

Happy Friday!