Life Lately: May 2017 Update

Well let me tell you, it has been one WHIRLWIND of a weekend! On Thursday we finally got the keys to our new house (!!!) and we spent all of Memorial Day weekend moving in! Eep! We had 8 of our friends and family there to help us move everything and we are SO thankful they were there – it would’ve taken us forever to get it done without them! It was a blistering 85 degree day when we moved, so we made sure to have lots of popsicles and ice-cold La Croix handy! Now it’s unpack mode and I have no doubt that will take several weeks, but I’m excited to take this place and make it our own! Take a read below to get more details and a couple of pictures from move-in day!

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affiliate linksWhat I’m Reading:

I’ve been reading a crap ton recently, which makes me so so happy! I finished This Side of Paradise, Lord John and the Private Matter, and the 3 books in the More than Magic Series, which includes Semester Aboard, Snow Bound, and Soul Choice. Right now I’m reading the first book in the After Cilmeri Series, which is called Daughter of Time (which is free right now on Kindle!) – I love time travel and historical fiction, so this one is a nice meshing of the two.

What I’m Binge-Watching:

Nate and I started watching Broadchurch this past weekend while unpacking and we are already hooked. If you like crime/detective shows and/or British people, you’ll be into this! I also may or may not have binge-watched the new 3rd season of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (okay, I did) and it’s everything I hoped it would be and more. Seriously you guys, Kimmy is the ish and I love her.

What I’m Creating: 

Next week we have our Monthly DIY Challenge and for June we are working with The FAT Paint Co. to do some furniture/decor makeovers with their awesome paint and wax! So I’m excited to start working on that. Otherwise, haven’t had much time for creating since my entire craft room was packed up – now I just need to unpack/find everything and I can get back on the creation train!

What I’m Needing: 

Energy. This weekend has left me totally drained with moving, unpacking, and also 3 BBQ/parties in one weekend. All good things, but I just don’t have it in me to do much more! So prayers for energy so I can keep tackling unpacking would be nice. Musttt keeeepp goingggg!

What I’m Listening To: 

I’m still pretty obsessed with HAMILTON, tbh. I mean you’ve gotta listen to it a lot if you want to learn all the rap lyrics! If you haven’t listened to the Broadway production soundtrack of Hamilton, drop everything you are doing and listen to it right now. Other than that, haven’t really been listening to music too much, except for whatever’s on the radio in the car!

What I’m Dreaming About/Excited For: 

WE MOVED INTO OUR NEW HOUSE! Check out a couple of pictures from moving day to sneak a peek at some of the new spaces we have to work with – a full before tour is headed your way soon! Here is the front of the house from the listing add – love the blue color!

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Moving Day Selfie:

Life Lately Moving Day

View from the entryway (cell phone shot):

Life Lately Entryway

Master bedroom (cell phone shot):

Life Lately Master Bedroom

Pippa dog is all tired out from unpacking!:

Life Lately Pippa Girl

I can’t wait to show you guys more of this new space and to finally whip this house into order! Unpacking takes forever, y’all.

What I’m Worried/Stressed About:

Just trying to make sure everything gets unpacked properly (and that we didn’t lose anything in the move)! I’m the kind of person where it gives me anxiety to have things be messy, so having boxes everywhere has cause a bit of hyperventilation and stress!

What I’m Learning:

I’m learning where everything is in this new house – there are soooo many light switches and random closets and things that I’m just not used to having, so it’s a bit of an experimentation process to figure out what goes to what and what goes where!

What I’m Loving: 

The gorgeous weather lately! Of course, today the weather is crappy, but we had a gorgeous weekend with temps in the 70s and 80s! For a brief 3 days it felt like summer! Here’s hoping the sunshine comes back soon 🙂

What’s been going on in your life lately?





  • Monica Espinar says:

    Hello there,

    Greetings from Spain.
    First, kudos for your blog and your newsletter. I always look forward to receiving it.

    Love your new house. That blue is exquisite!!!

    A suggestion for you: have you read any book by Kate Elliott?? She is one of my five top favourite authors.

    I don’t bother you any more.
    Lots of love all of you.

    • Erica Sooter says:

      Hi Monica!

      Thank you so much for your kind words! It’s readers like you that inspire me to keep writing! It’s so cool to know you are from Spain – my husband lived there for a while and loved it dearly! I’d love to visit one day 🙂

      I haven’t read any books by Kate Elliot, but I just looked her up and I think I would really like her books! I will have to check them out – thank you for the suggestion! 🙂

      Lots of love and please stop by again soon!!

  • Angelica says:

    Congratulations on taking a new life with your new home, hopefully the house brings a lot of blessings to you and your family, this is also very amazing because you can have a house that beautiful.

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