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Snow

Despite experiencing some beautiful weather last week, we woke up this morning to snow. This is our second snowstorm of the winter (following our beautiful white Christmas), and I was eager to get Sunshine and Sweetheart outside to enjoy the fun since they weren't able to play in it last time.

In a typical winter, we only get a couple of real snow events, but the kids love it so much that we try to keep appropriate cold weather gear on hand for when the time comes. I remember wearing snowsuits myself growing up, and while they definitely got the job done, they are also big and bulky and hard to store in a house as small as ours. Since we bought our girls rain suits in the fall, I thought we should try them out as snow suits this year, too. 
It took me a little bit of creative thinking to find enough under layers in the girls' closet to keep them warm since the Oakiwear rain suits are comprised of a simple, thin, waterproof layer and no insulation for warmth. Between fleece pant…

Layout Matters

When we first got married, we lived in a studio apartment belonging to our university. I don't know what the official square footage was, but I recall trying to measure it once. We estimated that it was around 400 square feet. And it felt tiny.

Our park model is just under 400 square feet as well, and even though the loft provides an additional 150 square feet or so, the downstairs all by itself just feels bigger than our apartment ever did.

Layout matters, folks.


Other than the bathroom, our apartment was one big room with a partial privacy wall separating the bed area from the living room.  There was a tiny closet, some weird built-in shelves, and a desk along the back wall of the bedroom. We never once used the desk as a desk. It was just wasted space to us.

It's odd to me when I think about it now. Why didn't we use it as a desk? Probably because it was in a dark corner of the bedroom, and we've never much been the kind of people who like to sit at desks to study.…