High Five for Friday

It’s the happiest of Friday’s because today is the day that Ryan and I close on our new home! We couldn’t be more excited to start this new chapter and adventure in our lives; we’ve saved and waited a long time for this moment, so I am going to soak up every moment possible.

That said, with moving this weekend and getting settled while Ryan has all next week off work, things may be a little quiet from me. There will be new daily content as always, but I may not be able to reply to comments or read all of your fabulous blogs at the time or pace I normally do. I know all of you understand, but I just wanted to provide a heads up – hopefully things will be back to a semi-normal routine in a couple weeks!

On that note, wherever you are and whatever your plans are for the weekend, I hope you have a good one! Here’s a quick glimpse at the past week.

1. ICYMI – myself and a group of lovely and talented bloggers are hosting a huge giveaway to give one of our readers the chance to win a $500 Target gift card. Amazing, right? Go check out Monday’s post for details – the giveaway is open through Dec. 10!

2. We FINALLY have a family of deer nearby. We live across the street from a wooded area, and we also live next door to a heavily-forested area, so it’s about time that we saw some deer! This guy kind of stood there and stared at me for a while through the window before running off. The joys of living in Wisconsin. #midwestlife 

3. I’m about halfway through season 3 of Once Upon a Time, and I’m just as into it as I was during season one. The writers and creators of that show are pure genius – I absolutely love the writing and story lines that they’ve come up with. I’m also now pretty much in love with Colin O’Donoghue, who plays Captain Hook – I have my fingers crossed that him and Emma end up together. Swoon.

4. Have I mentioned that we are closing on our house today and moving today/tomorrow?! Weeee! I’m also excited to see my brother tonight and parents tomorrow, both of which are coming to help us move and clean. After two moves and living in three different locations since May 2013, I’m so excited to finally be going home.

5. Speaking of home, my dad was nice enough to take a few family photos for us on Thanksgiving to use for this year’s Christmas card. Although this photo isn’t the one we ultimately chose to use, it is one of my favorites and definitely will be up on the mantel in the new house.

Linking up with:
the ladies at oh, Hey Friday! | the ladies at Five on Friday

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  1. 2.2.15

    You should have seen my face when I read that you guys are closing today!! So excited for you guys and your new home, I can't wait to hear all about it!! Hope that everything goes smoothly, good luck and have a great weekend girl!

  2. 2.2.15

    Yay for closing!!! I hope the move goes well! I am dying to see what the new house looks like. Yay for Once upon a time and Captain Hook – seriously he is soo cute. Have a great weekend girl and enjoy the new house!

  3. 12.8.14

    congrats! My husband and I closed on our first house the day before Thanksgiving and it has been an absolute whirlwind since! We're loving every minute of it

  4. 12.8.14

    Awe, thanks girl! And, thank you for the hair comment! I had gotten it cut/colored the day before that photo was taken, so I was grateful for the good hair day. I'm slowly moving toward a blonde ombre, so for right now it's super blonde in the front and she left it more of my natural color toward the back. It's a nice change!

  5. 12.8.14

    I can't wait for sissy to come visit either! And, help me decorate.

  6. 12.8.14

    Thanks, Caroline! Hope you had a nice weekend, too.

  7. 12.8.14

    The whole one ear up/one ear down thing is a recent development. I'm not quite sure why that has started happening, but I think it's pretty cute/funny. Gives him character! Closing and moving went smoothly this weekend – can't wait to share photos of the home!

  8. 12.8.14

    Thanks, Stacy!

  9. 12.8.14

    Haha, I didn't even think of that! Good thinking. πŸ™‚

  10. 12.8.14

    Thanks, lady! We definitely are enjoying our new home. πŸ™‚

  11. 12.8.14

    Thanks, Becky!

  12. 12.8.14

    Thanks, Ashley!

  13. 12.8.14

    You are too sweet! Thanks for thinking of us. πŸ™‚ Everything luckily went smoothly (could we have gotten any luckier with our sunny 40-degree weather this weekend?!), and we are just getting settled and comfortable in this new place. I can't wait to share photos!

  14. 12.8.14

    Thanks, mom! We appreciate you being here Saturday – I couldn't have gotten through it without you! Yes, I know you enjoy Finn and find him terribly amusing.

  15. 12.8.14

    Thanks, lady!

  16. 12.8.14

    Thanks, girl! Moving went smoothly, and I promise to have some photos up in the next couple weeks – once it doesn't look like a complete disaster in here, lol. I can't get enough of Captain Hook – he is just the cutest!

  17. 12.8.14

    Haha, I wouldn't imagine much deer down in Florida. πŸ™‚

  18. 12.8.14

    Awe, thanks sweet lady! Everything went smoothly, and we couldn't have asked for better weather for this time of year. 40s and sunny in December in the Midwest is simply unheard of. I can't wait to take some photos and share our new home with all of you!

  19. 12.7.14
    Nadia said:

    Your new house is so beautiful, I'm so excited for you and Ryan! P.S. Your hair is looking SO good in that photo!

  20. 12.6.14
    Kristy Simon said:

    I am so excited for you guys! Congrats and I can't wait to come visit!!!

  21. 12.6.14

    I hope that everything went well for you today, and congratulations!! So excited for you. That picture of you guys is so great, you should definitely frame it. Have a wonderful weekend and I hope that your move goes well too! πŸ™‚

  22. 12.5.14

    Happy closing day!!! Hoping everything goes smoothly with the move this weekend – can't wait to see pictures! πŸ™‚ Love that family picture – Finn has the cutest ears!

  23. 12.5.14
    Stacy G said:

    Congrats on closing! Such an exciting time!!

  24. 12.5.14

    Congrats on the closing! And now you have a pic for next year's Christmas card with that awesome deer shot πŸ™‚

  25. 12.5.14
    Mia- MakeMeUpMia said:

    So happy for you!!!! Enjoy the next several days πŸ™‚ Love that family pic <3

  26. 12.5.14
    Becky M said:

    Yay for closing day! And once upon a time is just the best! I hope your weekend is great!


  27. 12.5.14
    Ashley Angle said:

    Yay! Congratulations on closing and moving! So exciting!
    ~Ashley @ A Cute Angle

  28. 12.5.14
    Debra Stachelski said:

    This is such an exciting day for you and Ryan! I'm so excited to see the new home tomorrow (and you, too, of course!) Your Dad and I hope it brings much happiness and the making of many memories in the years to come. I love the picture of the three of you, Finn has been such a fun addition to the family!

  29. 12.5.14
    Ashley T said:

    Congrats on closing!! SO exciting!

  30. 12.5.14
    Pamela said:

    YAY! So excited for you that you get to move in today/tomorrow! Just in time for the holidays! And that's cool you guys got to see some deer! I definitely don't see much down here! Happy Friday!

    <3, Pamela

  31. 12.5.14
    Biana Perez said:

    Oh my gosh – congratulations on the closing that is so exciting!! I hope everything goes smoothly for you both!! That family photo is perfect – you guys look great!! xo