a tour of our neighborhood & etc.

On probably the last warm-warm day we'll have this year (ahem, last week, yes in the middle of December), Kate and I took a few walks around the neighborhood to get some fresh air and to savor the last moments we could outside without 8,000 layers of clothing and a white layer of snow on the ground.

While we were walking, I decided to take a few photos of some of the cute little houses around the neighborhood. We live in a really great area - lots of small houses, friendly people, beautiful yards, and a sense of peace and quiet even though we're about smack dab in the middle of Lincoln. (Okay, okay, Lincoln is no bustling metropolis, but still - it's quieter than it seems it would be.)

The weather was a gorgeous 65, the sun was setting (at 4:00, yayyyy winter), and it was one of the most refreshing things I've done in a long time. I was silently kicking myself for not getting out of the house to do it more when the weather was nice so many days in a row in the past few months. Nothing like the onset of winter to kick your butt in gear, am I right?

I love taking walks, and this one was so beautiful that I had to share some of it with you all. There are a few houses (pictured below) that are some of my favorites, and I love to walk the same routes to get to see them every time. So I thought I'd share!

There are a few for sale around our house too, so if you're looking to move to the greatest city/area/neighborhood in the world, feel free to look them up. (This one is my favorite but there aren't any pictures of the inside, and I don't understand why so...take with a grain of salt. :))

anyway! to the house tour.

David and I are convinced this house is an identical copy of our house, because it's the same year built and exact same layout from the outside. We've been working up the courage to ask the owners to go inside and peek into how they're using the house, because our layout presents some...challenges, let's say. 

The brickwork on this house is swoon-worthy. I love the white grout/mortar and the wreath just pops on that door.

This house is somewhat unassuming but the shutters are beauties. 

This little house is probably my favorite in our whole neighborhood. The two trees close in front flank the sidewalk, and they're gorgeous Japanese flowering trees so in the spring it's just awash with white flowery leaves and the smell is heavenly. Also I love the teal door and the simplicity of it all.

Just writing this post makes me want to go take a walk and get some more sunlight, but we've been treated with a load of wet spitting overcast skies and some biting wind today, so that's not in the forecast (weather puns! only the best around here).

Switching gears slightly...

Today I'm featured as part of a group of "brides who've been there" at Captive the Heart, the hard work of Stephanie who runs a Catholic brides/wedding planning blog. She's on maternity leave with her daughter Lily Grace and had a brilliant idea to ask brides who've been there what they did for their own weddings to fill the time while she's snuggling her new little one!

The post today talks about stretching your budget, something David and I talked a lot about during our wedding planning process. I could have probably written a novel about my advice for stretching your budget during wedding planning (ahem, English major with a financial advisor for a husband),  but I kept it to my top bits of advice for this post. Head over there and check it out, and keep your eye out for future posts in the series!




Poor Kitty is either teething something fierce or has the onset of a cold, because she has been crabby as all get out with a faucet for a nose, so we're trying to take it somewhat slow today. Plus, tonight is long-awaited saint peg doll exchange, so I'm sure I'll be writing more about that later this week!

Have a sparkling Tuesday, friends.
HG

4 comments:

  1. Oh I wish there were neighborhoods like that around here! It looks charming, and I love the big lots!! I feel like the choices sound here are tiny house on tiny lot, reasonable or even large house on tiny lot and lastly a
    Huge house on yes a decent (but not big) lot. And I can't even think about the prices, distance from everything.... Maybe we should move to NE

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  2. Oh I wish there were neighborhoods like that around here! It looks charming, and I love the big lots!! I feel like the choices sound here are tiny house on tiny lot, reasonable or even large house on tiny lot and lastly a
    Huge house on yes a decent (but not big) lot. And I can't even think about the prices, distance from everything.... Maybe we should move to NE

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  3. Super random - but is the adorable shoe repair shop still at 33rd and A? I'm half tempted to bring all of my shoes to Lincoln on my next plane ride just so they can be fixed! I used to live near Pius X H.S (A and Eldon) and I miss that part of town SO much. My hair dresser was at 40th and A!

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  4. We love walking the neighborhood here too. Thankfully, our weather should cooperate more than yours does, but it's still not fun to walk in the cold cold or hot hot weather. And I didn't know you were one of Stephanie's guests too! I'll have to look for your comments from now on. :)

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