Joseph 2.5


Busy, busy, busy! So much has gone on in the past month. Flying to visit Grandma Cathy in Ohio; lots of trips to the playground, splash park, and our new house; going to my first wedding and plenty of playing and fun with my cousin Luke.

I’m super into anything that has to do with letters and numbers right now. I am constantly playing with my magnets, puzzles, singing the alphabet, and counting everything.

I also love to take off my shoes CONSTANTLY. Especially at restaurants or in the car right before we go into the store. Mom is not a fan, but I think it’s hysterical.

Mom and Dad are excited to move into our new house this weekend, they talk about it all the time. I’m sure it will be fun, but I’ll miss Grandma and Grandpa . . . and their swimming pool.


Colley Manor: counting down

So close!! The contractor is wrapping up at the house and we’ve scheduled the movers for the 15th! Yes, there were some construction delays and the movers aren’t able to be scheduled as soon as I would like (NOW!) but, I can now see the light of this very long tunnel!

I plan on doing a full reveal on the changes we’ve made once we get settled, I promise. But, here’s a couple more in progress peeks for you until then.




101 Things: 1. Go to Hoopla


A few weeks ago, I attended Stella & Dot’s national sales conference in Orlando. It’s called Hoopla and I can definitely say it lived up to its name. Imagine over 3000 women getting together to learn, celebrate, and support one another. It was such a great experience and so much fun! While at Hoopla, the new fall line kicked off with an amazing fashion show, we learned about a new collaboration with the non-profit organization, Every Mother Counts, and we had tons of great training on how to build our business.

I was truly amazed at the sense of camaraderie and friendship among my fellow stylists. It felt more like a family reunion/wedding reception than a work conference. What struck me is the lack of competition and cattiness. Everyone is so supportive and welcoming and wanting to help you be the best you can. Pretty great stuff, considering that sometimes women can than gracious in that area.

I could bore you with all the details, but I think I’ll just give you my big take away and share what my new goals have become for this adventure.

1. I’ve realized that I have really missed my Stella & Dot business these past months while dealing with the move and living with my parents. It motivates, challenges, and thrills me in a way that can’t be replicated by being a mother and wife. It helps me remember who I am as a person and makes me better in other areas of my life.

2. I need to get over being afraid and making excuses. I’ve been holding myself back by using this move and relocation as a reason that I am not succeeding in my business. I have to make it a priority because I will only get out of it what I put in it.

3. I am setting a goal of having 15 trunk shows and building a team to gain the rank of STAR stylist by the end of 2014. This is huge, but they say that if you’re goals don’t scare you, they aren’t big enough!***





***This is going to be a lot of work, luckily I have the world’s best support/cheerleader with Shawn. I couldn’t even dream of this without him.

Joseph 2.4


Another month of summer fun! Swimming, playing outside, going to the park and playground, this is the life!


Mom and Dad took me to see a parade on July 4th! It was so cool! I loved the fire trucks, bands, floats, cars, and seeing all the other kids. It was great. They also got me a sandbox. Mom said that I needed a better place to dig that in dirt under the tree, but I don’t think it was that bad. Although my “sea turtle” is a great place it dig!


My cousin Luke has come to visit a lot and we have so much fun. We make tents, wrestle, play in the pool, and just hang out together. He’s my best friend.


Mommy and Dad tell me that we’ll be moving into our house soon. I can’t wait to see all of my toys, books, and my old friend the vacuum! I like Grandma’s but it isn’t the same. Not enough power!


Colley Manor: Under Construction

I thought I’d share some construction photos from the house. Tons of work going on, way more than these few shots imply. You’d be surprised how difficult it is to photograph everything. Depth perception, light, and angles are hard to discern when there are no walls, holes in the ceiling, etc.

The plumbing, electric, and drywall are done. We are now working on getting the tile and cabinetry installed. Then, things should go pretty fast!






101 Things: 84. Join or start a book club

Mom started up a book club this winter with some neighbors and friends from school and asked me to become a member. I’ve been participating for the past few months and its been fun. I’ve enjoyed discussing books with others – reading can be such a solitary pursuit – and hearing such similar/different points of view regarding the same material. I’ve also been branching out to different authors and genres that I might have passed over. Some I’ve enjoyed, some not, but either way its been great to stretch out and try new things.

I still hope to start/join a book club that is a little closer to the genres I enjoy. It would be great to be able to discuss and dissect something like Annihilation or The Ocean at the End of the Lane.

Joseph 2.3



This month has been all about being outside! I’ve been able to swim in the pool at Grandma and Grandpa’s house – finally! I just love being in the water, splashing around, riding on my “boat” (pool lounger), jumping off the ladder, and playing silly games with Dad and Grandpa.

I help Grandma water the plants and ride the tractor with Grandpa. Its fun to be able to explore in the yard and pick up rocks and sticks. My favorite thing is sitting under the big oak tree and digging in the dirt and playing with my trucks. Mom says that she’ll get me a sand box when we move into our house, but I’m pretty happy with my little patch of earth.


My love for all things Thomas is still ¬†as strong as ever, but I’ve got a new jam: Bob the Builder! I really dig him. (Get it?) I watch the shows all the time, sing the songs, and pretend with my bobcat and bulldozer.


Mom has been working very hard with me to get ready to potty train. I’ve gone in the potty a few times, but I’m not really too interested in it so we’re taking our time. Although, I love to flush the toilet. It goes WHOOOOSH and I yell “Woohoo!” when it goes down. Can’t I just skip the potty part and just flush all the time?


Colley Manor: Before

I thought I’d share a few of the “before” photos of the interior of the house. These are pulled from the original realtor photos, so they are a bit more polished than how it looked in real life. (Notice the photoshopped fire in the fireplace.)

Demo has occurred and framing and utility work is almost complete. I’ll share some “action shots” soon. But let’s just take a moment and rejoice that the kitchen has been put out of its misery and can join the rest of 1981 in the history books.