I feel like I just stepped into a coffee shop with an old friend, with a million updates and not enough time! Life has been on fast forward, a constant movement and changes everywhere I turn. I can’t say I’m hating it because I’m actually have a lot of fun although it can feel a bit overwhelming at times. To prevent total word vomit, scatter brained I’m going to title a few sections and give you guys the jist.

Gypsy Life

My life is a homebody’s worst nightmare. Sadly, I am a homebody so channeling positivity and energy into making each place we are at a home has been quite the task. Since June 28th we have 1. moved out of our home and rented it out 2. moved into my parents house, moved out two months later 3. moved into Gavin’s parents guest cottage on their property and we will be moving out of here in two months! Where to next you ask? Finally our farmhouse property, however not in the way you may think! Each space has been so much fun and full of adventure and change for us all. As a mom I’ve never put so much effort into being the “home” my kids and husband need me to be.

Farmhouse, we’re fighting for you!

 I’ve spent the last month really working on mindset because we are going to have to salvage as much wood and precious items from the farmhouse and rebuild a new one. Yup. Not how we pictured it but you know what, I’ve learned life never goes as planned and if this is the “not planned” part of my life I will take it. So there’s that update, been waiting to get that out for a minute. We are going to move onto the property and because rebuilding a new house overnight is going to take a minute, we are going to buy a little trailer to live in while our guest unit is finished and then live in that while we build our home! If you look at it backwards, by the time we are in our finished home we will have moved four times. It’s going to be a crazy ride but its will be worth it! Now we get a brand new house which I would be very annoying if I complained about that. So we are excited and our meeting today with the city went great!! Time for some vision boards!

Cabbage Leaves, Tiny Steps and our sweet Rosie Girl

Sweet Ro is almost officially weaned and this was WAY harder than I expected. Cabbage leaves, Tylenol and a few days of true blues are thankfully being me but holy cow did anyone else have trouble weaning? Rosie was totally fine but my body was like wait, hold up, I’ve produced milk for 13 months and now you want me to stop? It was really crazy, I’m not an emotional person so to have feelings of sadness for no reason was crazy and I really worked hard to get outside, workout, and hang with my mom to help me get through the hormonal change I didn’t expect!

Wyatt 

My little love. In preschool three days a week for two weeks now and I still make sure he knows how much I miss him while he is at school. Around 12:30 I get really excited to go in and pick him up because he gets super excited and drops his toys and wants to be held when he sees me which really makes my mama heart happy! He has been learning so much at school its amazing, he will come home and talk about the funniest things. The other day he goes “You want to know the difference between a toad and a frog?” I am constantly laughing and listening to him totally smiling inside at how great of a little boy he is.

Parents Getaway!

Never ever ever ever ever underestimate the power of a getaway with your signifiant other, especially if you’re parents. We realized that over the past year we have done quite a bit of traveling but nothing with just the two of us. The second we realized that we were like get us the heck out of here! The morning we were supposed to leave I woke up at 7am and Gavin was already up, dressed and packed it was super cute. We went to Rosewood Cordevalle and we had the best time. We officially don’t know how to relax so we hiked and worked out then spent the rest of the time chatting and catching up on life. It feels good to be in love and to nurture our relationship. On the way home we were already planning our next getaway!

I will likely be writing individual posts about all those topics above but I thought I would update you on life because its going a million miles an hour! I appreciate you guys following along, I know you probably feel like you can’t keep up but I almost feel the same hahah! I’ve learned a lot about mindset lately and the importance of focusing on the good things, really keeping my blinders on so my focus is on the things that matter and things that are vital to keep my little family happy. At the end of the day, if I’m stressing about things that aren’t necessary it flows into my family and that’s the last thing we need so I’ve been grateful for that realization lately. . Talk to you guys soon, pancakes are burning lol.

Lots of Love,

Stephanie

Wyatt starts preschool in two weeks!

I can’t even believe this time has come and I’m sure like any mom my heart is torn in two directions, so sad my first baby is going to sit in a class and be a big boy, and so happy I get some free time with little Ro! With him going to school, and being my first child I can’t help but look a million places for the things i know ill look back on by baby 2 or 3 and laugh at. I remember being so set on having a wipe warmer with Wyatt and with Rosie I’m like hey no wipes gotta wet this paper towel real quick as I change her over my lap.I can’t help but laugh at what i’ll be doing for the third child when he/she comes, and nope not pregnant!

     

Anyways, back to the point. Preschool is coming and I have searched high and low for a cool lunchbox a for Wyatt since he doesn’t need a backpack. I decided to order a lunchbox from a company called State Rodgers, I love all their designs but decided on number 7 below! What i love about this company is with every single lunch box purchase they actually give back to a child in need.

“For every STATE bag purchased, STATE hand-delivers a backpack – packed with essential tools for success – to a local child in need.”

 

He was so excited when it arrived, be has been filling it up with snacks every single day he literally takes it all around the house. He will tell me in the morning he has to go to his job, Preschool. Then packs his lunchbox up and sits in a random place. He kills me.

With all the searching I thought I might as well share with you guys a few of my favorites in case you haven’t ordered or bought one yet! If you click on the corresponding number to the pictures below there are a ton of color options as well!

 

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Hope you all have a great weekend ahead of you!

Lately, life has been going 598 miles an hour and I feel like i can hardly keep up.  I feel this pressure sometimes to take the pictures and share all the updates but when it doesn’t feel natural i’ve made a deal with myself. If sitting down and writing doesn’t come natural, I need to do everyone a favor and wait until it does. Nothing is more annoying than a forced post of information that lacks value. So rest assured sitting here today, in my living room as Rosie plays with cups and Wyatt attempts to put a sock on a blue building block, that I am happy to be writing today!

Welcome to Friday Roundup, a random slew of updates about our life from family updates, home details and always ending with a happy thought or two!

I turned 28!

Weird right?! Isn’t it funny when you get to an age and you’re like “I thought by (insert number) i would have four kids, a house, two dogs ect..” I swear i thought by 28 i would have had at least 4 children but life has a funny way of showing us our plans are not in our hands. If i had four kids right now i think i would be in the loony bin. Anyways, I had an amazing birthday, and adorable Gavin actually planned an entire birthday party for me with my immediate family. I had mentioned a long time ago i wanted to go Central Coast Archery and practice and he put that in his memory bank and planned an afternoon there. We loved it, Wyatt was in heaven and you can see he was super focused.Special thanks to our friends KK and Joel for hosting us!  Anyone ever try something new and before you go you think, “This could be it, my sport” and then your first try you’re horrible? Yea, that was me hahah! It was such a blast and I love the idea of always trying new things!

Three Day Trip to Kauai

Ever heard of a three day trip to Kauai, me either! I was lucky enough to sneak over to the Island for a hot second to celebrate my sister getting married and Rosie and I had such  blast! I can’t wait for the day to get here, September 29th! I am the maid of honor and writing this post reminds me i need to start my speech!

Red Tagged.

Sounds about as horrible as it sounds. We got a total hault on the construction side of our Farmhouse but thankfully Mr. Hurst, from the city has been nothing short of amazing working with us! We are back on schedule and I am so happy to announce we have an architect, Kyle Harris! He so graciously offered to take on our project despite his busy schedule. Although we have to wait to get our plans in order before we start building anything back up, we still have lots of work on landscape and details in the meantime so we are still going full force. Plus, the amount of packages that are coming in make me feel like a kid on Christmas every single day!

Ro is 1!

Cue the tears. Felt like yesterday I was writng all about her birth story. She is such a joy, so happy, so obsessed with Wyatt and everything she does. What I love is that she genuinely loves her people, her eyes light up when she is with them. I always tell myself I hope she loves me like i love my mom and as of now she’s a pretty big mamas girl. We did a super small party with a cake from Arroyo Grande Bakery and sang to her outside. I love small birthdays.

 

Hope you guys have the best weekend! Rosie is trying to eat the dog food so ill end here!!

xo,

Stephanie

Happy Tuesday everyone, hope this post reaches you at a happy time of your week! We are so excited about everything that’s going on and having this platform to share and document it all makes it even sweeter. The Farmhouse work is staring to go full force and I want to make sure I get this before post in because so much is changing in the next two weeks!

A little backstory, we have had our eyes on this 1920’s farmhouse for so long, feels like over a year but the starts finally aligned and we were able to purchase it, from our (Now) new neighbors! The sweetest couple owned this house and we are so grateful that they live on the same street so our relationship has only just begun! The neighborhood is full of awesome people, families with children and grandparents so we know we  will feel right at home!

Like I said, this is a fixer upper and we have so many plans so keeping this simple (today will be tough because my mind is going a million directions) but I’ll start with the basics, the lot and the pictures!

The property inlcudes a 2 bedroom house, a guest house, a small playhouse, and a barn. The barn has been copeltey taken over by Gavin. He tells me don’t even look it it, its his for all his Bronco things! Having his own space will be good for us all, and if I look out my kitchen window I will be able to watch him and Wyatt at work and I’m so excited for that!

As for our timeline, we are going to address the guest unit first and get that all set up to rent out and then get after the house! I am serious when I say the guest unit will be nicer than our house for a while ahah!

Here are the photos of our little farmhouse I’m going to start with the hashtag #burkardfarmhouse  so I can keep track!Last night we were down at the house with Gavin’s parents and his dad was helping us trim all the trees because fumigation starts here right away! Once the house is tented I won’t be so terrified of opening windows and uncovering furniture haha! Ill document weekly videos on our Instagram TV, and smaller details in my stories. Basically, if you follow along my Instagram, you’ll be set!

Have the best week!

Stephanie

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Lately you can find me tucked under a hat, pony tail, brows looking a little like princess diaries before the makeover and  most likely carrying or packing up something heavy. I have been head down working hard alongside Gavin and the kids since al this goodness began. Life has been crazy the past two weeks and for many amazing reasons I’m excited to share wth you today!

We are Moving!

Actually, we are moved. The only items left in our home that we are going to rent out is our beds. Thankfully renters start soon so the place will feel a bit like a home again! I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the amazing help we have had this entire moving process, my family has been amazing as always and I would be a crazy lady about now if it weren’t for them!

Until then, to Grandma’s  house we go.

This all happened quite fast but the bottom line is we are finally going to be where we have talked and dreamed and  thought about for a couple years now! We are headed to the place we both grew up, Arroyo Grande, California! A  quaint little town, full of nice, normal and good hearted humans.  Even better is the amazing little place we are going to call home is a literal farmhouse. The only thing separating us from the actual lettuce and various vegetables that will be growing is a teeny little dirt road! Can you tell I’m excited?! Something super sweet is that my very best friend growing up, Carly is part of the family who owns the farming land in front of us. It feels a bit like full circle and it certainly warms my heart

The Kicker.

This isn’t a nice farmhouse where everything is perfect, white, pristine and perfect. Its a fixer upper, and all this work starts next week. You ready to follow along this journey with us? Hope so!

Let the Fun Begin.