Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Year in Review: 2014

This year is probably the best year yet!  Thank you 2014 for all of the blessings of my life.  I'm so very grateful.  The big blessings are obvious - my son and husband.  This year not only did I give birth to an amazing little guy who has changed how I view everything but I also married his dad, a man that makes me grateful every day and whom I love deeply.  I seriously am so blessed by these two and Rosy every day.

Among the other great things of 2014 are:
  • A new kitchen in our home.  I use it every day and I love it.  I'm so glad we took the wall down so it flows with the rest of the first floor better.  
  • Starting yoga again post delivery.  I love how it makes my body feel.  
  • Leaving behind a job working with amazing students to focus on my son's development and growth for this first year or two.  I'm so grateful we can afford to do this.  
  • Celebrating our first Christmas as a family in our renovated home.  I sit and look at the tree and mantle with stockings and marvel in the beauty.  
  • Health.  I am healthy.  And after a major surgery (C section), I am strong and able.  
  • Family - both mine and Ted's.  I'm so lucky to be part of three amazing families - my mom's siblings, my stepfamily, and Ted's.  Add in the benefit of reconnecting with my cousin on my dad's side this year, of which I'm so grateful. 
  • Time I've been blessed to spend with dear friends and sorority sisters.  I'm so glad Amy, Kathi, and I planned a brunch two months in advance so we could all get together.  I'm so grateful for a day spent with Amy in St. Louis this fall.  I'm so glad to have Katie still in my life after all of these years. 
I'm sure there are so many other little blessings I'm not remembering currently.  This has been a positively delightful, amazing, and transformational year.  Thank you 2014 and thank you to everyone who made it so wonderful.  I'm truly, deliciously blessed.   

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Apparently I Like Chocolate

It's been busy around here.  This past weekend, Ted was out of town skiing with his friends.  Chase and I had a big agenda and managed to accomplish most things.  On Saturday, we went to the Philadelphia Orchestra's kids program.  It was Christmas themed, with lots of great music.  Little Man was a dancing fool.  He sat on my lap and swayed a lot.  He bounced.  He loved it! I'm so glad we went; we might need to make it a holiday tradition. 
I also did a good bit of cookie baking for the holidays.  My friend Katie came over Saturday night and we made peanut butter blossoms and Russian tea cakes.  Both turned out delicious!  The tea cakes were a new recipe for us and a nice addition.  Today (yay for nap time!) I made chocolate sprinkle cookies. They are so fresh out of the oven, I haven't even tried them yet! Now, to ensure there are still some left for Chritmas..... how do I do that? 

We shared some of our cookies with our neighbors.  I had found the perfect gift for them that doubled as a container for the cookies.  It was a beer pitcher for the dedication of our local firehouse, where the husband serves as a fireman. 

Chase has also been practicing his standing.  Lots of pulling up then sitting back down.  He's gotten pretty good!  We've covered crawling, clapping, and standing in very little time. He has been in his 8 month sleep regression, waking up between 1-3 am for a bottle. Last night was the first night in probably 3 weeks that I didn't get up to feed him.  Mind you, he woke up a lot but always quieted down before he needed me.  I looked at the monitor at one point, thinking I might be needed, and he was sitting up in the corner of the crib playing.  I made a bottle and walked into his room to find him sprawled out, asleep.  He's taking an extra long nap this morning to make up for it I guess! 

He turned nine (9!!!) months old this Sunday.  I can hardly believe 9 months has passed already.  He's wearing 12 month clothes still but just about ready to go to 18 months.  He's active, not wanting to sit on me or be still for long. He's also very inquisitive. That said, at our little gym, he's tentative, not wanted to stray too far from me still.

He's eating everything! Anything we offer, he'll try. And most likely like! We've tried turkey, eggs, potatoes, pizza crust, and pasta this month.  I'm guessing lots of other things I'm forgetting too as he typically eats what I eat. We just started the sippy cup today at breakfast.
Oh, how I'm looking forward to Christmas.  We still need to get our tree up but I feel like things are coming together.  I can't wait for Chase to stare at our tree.  We were at my in-laws yesterday and he was fascinated by theirs so I know he won't leave ours alone.  Although it will require a lot of chasing after him, I'm looking forward to the holiday through his eyes. 
one of the 9 month old photos

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Clap Your Hands

Today, Chase learned how to clap.  And he was oh so pleased!  We clapped all afternoon.  Then it was nap time.  Because clapping is exhausting you know.  I love watching him discover something new.  It seems like each day, there is something.  But clapping might be one of my favorites. 
This photo is from the gym the other day.  I've taken him the last 3 days as it's a good safe place to burn off some energy and interact with other little people.  The people we typically hang out with all have older kids, who he loves seeing.  But I believe socialization with kiddos the same relative age is important.  He's tentative and stays close to me.  But I'm guessing with more experience at the gym, that will change. 

I have been organizing some of my craft stuff lately.  We've been cleaning out the room we affectionately call the "scary room" to prepare for my mom to come from Christmas.  In the process, Ted has made space for all of my craft stuff.  It's fun to go through it all again but boy do I have yarn.  I should get knitting!  We're hoping to put my desk in there so there will be a dedicated place to sew.  Oh, how I long for that! 

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Infinity and Beyond

 I've managed to sneak in a bit more sewing. I bought some plaid flannel for infinity scarves.  I needed (needed.... hmm, not really) to make one for myself because the boy is less likely to strangle me with an infinity scarf.  And then I loved it so much I decided to make one for a friend for Christmas.  While shopping for flannel, I opted for another for me.  And then I made a spare (above).  I'm giving this one away on Instagram right now (though tomorrow at noon). 
I also finished our Christmas stockings.  They are up on the mantle and ready for the holiday!  Ted's has a camping theme, mine has dogs, Rosy's has rabbits (she loves to chase them), and Chase's has Viking ships.  I like that they are fun and different. I hope they become a cherished part of our family Christmas!
On Thanksgiving: he enjoyed turkey, mashed potatoes, and sweet potatoes.
I've been busy with the kiddo too.  He's started crawling and there is no stopping him! He would really like to crawl into the fireplace but mommy is the fun police.  He loves to eat pretty much anything we feed him.  We just joined a local kiddie gym so we'll be going there two to three times a week I'm hoping.  I think it will be good for him both from an interaction with other kids standpoint and to work out some energy.  I'm hoping to meet a few other moms too. 

Next weekend I'm baking our Christmas cookies with a friend.  I'm looking forward to it.  We're definitely making peanut blossoms (those ones with the Hershey kiss) but everything else is up in the air.  Any favorites out there? 

Friday, November 14, 2014

A Wee Bit of Sewing

BAM! I've been sewing a bit! I'm making family Christmas stockings.  Everyone's is different and will represent them in some way.  Rosy's (because the dog needs a stocking!) will have bunnies on it because she likes to chase them.  Ted's has a camping scene.  Mine has dogs.  And Chase's has viking ships.  They are off at a friend's right now getting the names embroidered on them.  I'm so excited about that part. 

And I've been making mini stockings to silverware pouches on Christmas Day.  This one is for my aunt, who I'm seeing next week.  I'm making four for our house.  Two are done, two to go.  Then they all need a serious ironing.  Hopefully then I'll be back with photos. 

Otherwise, life is busy.  The kid is growing like a weed.  He just turned eight months old today.  Eight months!!  He's getting up on all fours and rocking.  Crawling must be forthcoming.  He practiced walking - with LOTS of support - between Ted and me tonight.  He talks up a storm and said "mama" today.  I know he has no idea what it means but he did say it! He's a great little boy and I'm loving watching him develop and learn daily.  It's such a blessing! 

Thursday, August 14, 2014

5 Months!

My dear Little Boy--

Today, you are 5 months old.  Oh how you have grown!!  You are in the upper percentiles for both height and weight.  I love that you are so healthy.  You grab for your bottle with glee and often help hold it.  Now, if only you didn't turn your head to look at everything, resulting in the bottle not remaining in your mouth! 
You have mastered the rolling over.  Back to front and front to back, you are good to go.  You love rolling across the quilt on the living room floor.  You also are pretty good at supporting yourself on your arms.  It's just a matter of time before you are scooting around! 

You've also started to do raspberries sometimes.  It's so funny to listen to you make little noises and awesome to see the happiness it gives you. 

You started eating solid food this month too.  We've tried peaches, apples, bananas (not a fan I think), sweet potatoes, and pears.  You are really starting to get into eating.  Last time, you ate the whole bowl of pears quite fast!  I think I'm going to start making your food rather than relying on Gerber. 
You have been interacting with Rosy more.  You have reached out for her numerous times.  Yesterday, you tried to suck on her ear (I intervened).  She loves to lick you.  I simply adore watching the relationship you two are developing.  My two little loves! 

Speaking of sucking on things, you suck or shew on everything.  You're definitely teething.  I think I felt a tooth starting on the bottom left.  Time will tell if that's where you get the first tooth or not. 

Oh my little love, how you change my life for the better daily.  I love you so much.  Happy 5 months!


Friday, July 18, 2014

Loss and Reflection

You know how some people have such amazing strength of character, leadership ability, and love that when she gets a bad health diagnosis, you just think she will beat it?  Because how could someone that strong not overcome?  And then she doesn't.  And you are just a little bit shocked.  How is it possible?  For someone not as strong and fearless and driven maybe but this person?  It's just not quite right.  Yet, she is still gone.  I really thought this amazing woman I knew would overcome, mostly because she was so driven and didn't take no easily.  Unfortunately, the disease was stronger.  Cancer sometimes is. 

A woman I considered a pillar in my field - a mentor, colleague and leader - has been fighting for her life.  Unfortunately, she lost that fight.  But I'm certain she did it with valiance and dignity, because that's how she lived her life.  And although she's gone, her legacy will live on.  She touched literally thousands of lives.  Some might not even know her name but she impacted their destiny.

You will not be forgotten my friend.  Thank you for the life you lived and for the grace you showed all of us.  Rest in peace. 

Monday, July 14, 2014

Four Months

To my Little Love--

Today you are four months old!  I can hardly believe it.  This past month you have really mastered the rolling from back to front thing.  You're still struggling with rolling from front to back.  You have some of the motion down but can't quite get there! 

More and more, you are responding with the greatest of delight to Daddy and me.  When he walked in the house yesterday, you immediately lit up.  It's so awesome to see how much you love him.

You're also talking more.  Babbling takes up so much of our day and I love our "conversations."  

You seem to recognize my phone when I'm taking your picture.  I'm not quite sure if that's a good thing or bad thing but man, it helps get some photos of you looking directly at me!  

You started at daycare two days a week this month and seem to like it.  You are the type of kid that will go to anyone and the teachers seem to think you are a happy, agreeable little baby.  I'm happy for the opportunity for you to interact with other kids and know we'll have to find a Mommy and Me class once I'm not working anymore. 

You just had a bad cold (caught at daycare no doubt!) and oh, it was hard to watch because the cough was so bad.  Luckily, it didn't last long and although still congested, you're doing much better. 

Happy 4 months Little Guy!  You have enriched Daddy's and my lives so much in just this short time and we love you oodles! 

Your Mom

Friday, July 11, 2014

Crazy Energy

Both kids were a little overexcited last night.  It was to the point where I was wondering if there was a full moon (there wasn't).  I'm not really sure what was up but oh, the crazy energy.  There was kicking and babbling (the kid) and licking and toy shaking (the dog).  I may have had to yell "no" a few times as Rosy's over-enthusiasm started making her get a wee bit too close to stepping on the kid. 
I do have to wonder what will happen when we actually do have a full moon! 

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Randomness for Your Thursday

  • The kid has been sick with a cold.  It's nothing too major but I ended up keeping him home from daycare today as he has one of the symptoms they say your kid can't have and be there.  He's still a very happy little guy despite the coughing and congestion.  
  • Rosy finally went to the groomers yesterday.  She's looking all clean and pretty.  
  • I'm in need of a nap.  But I've found that trying to nap when the kid does never works.  Mostly because he'll cry out in his sleep periodically.  
  • Photo from our wedding.  This little finger puppet was on the kid's table of goodies!
  • I really need to sew the curtains for the dining room.  I'm not sure why I'm procrastinating.  I know I'll be quite pleased when they are done.  
  • My family Christmas is upcoming (we celebrate together in the summer, when we can do it outside, as there are too many of us for anyone's home!).  I did a good amount of shopping last night. Thank goodness for Amazon.  
  • My dining room is a disaster.  We have too much stuff and not enough space for it.  I am having a yard sale in August but we'll still have too much stuff.  One of us is more of a pack rat than the other.  
  • I've been posting a lot on Instagram lately.  Check it out for what's really up in my life there. 
  • I've been doing a pose a day yoga thing for my local studio.  It's been good to integrate at least a little yoga in each day.  I can't do today's pose (headstand) but think I might find something else to do today so I've still done a pose.  
  • I need a massage.  I have a gift card to Massage Envy but just need to find time to use it.  Oh, first world problems I know.  
  • I made a good pork BBQ last night from this pinterest recipe.  It's good, although a sweet bit sweet.  
  • I really like meal planning a lot more than I ever would have guessed.  
  • I haven't knit in forever.  I need to find a good, somewhat not complicated pattern to inspire me.  And something that uses yarn I already own in order to save money and clean out stash!  
  • I miss date night with my love.  We haven't really had one since our minimoon post wedding.  I need to make that a priority!
That's all folks..... hope you are having a good Thursday!  

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Their Relationship

People often ask "how's Rosy doing with your son?" There was also much advice and questioning before he was born.  Rosy has always been a gentle soul and very omega so I was pretty sure she'd be good with him.  And she is.  She is his constant companion.  She loves lying under his swing in the living room or hanging out next to him when he's on the floor.  His feet are the best thing to lick.  And she licks more when he's crying, as if she's trying to find a way to comfort him. 
When he's on the floor and kicking, she'll even get kicked while trying to lick him.  Honestly, she's so amazing and I'm just so impressed and happy that she loves him so.  I was worried that getting less attention might make his joining the family less awesome in her eyes.  Overall, it's all good though. 

I'm looking forward to watching their relationship continue to develop.  When he starts getting more active and perhaps pulling her ears or tail, will she be calm?  I believe so but only time will tell for sure.  All I can say is I love these two kids of mine.... and their relationship with each other. 

Monday, July 7, 2014

My Heart

This boy. He has captured my heart. Sweetness, grumpiness, laughter and tears. 
I am so utterly blessed. And happy! 

Friday, June 27, 2014

Mid Year Check In

In January, I said my year theme for 2014 was Possibility.  I thought it would be good to do a little mid-year check in to see how I'm doing with that. Possibility was about embracing the changes before me.  There were those anticipated - motherhood and marriage.  Obviously, I've hit a few stumbling blocks in each area.  There is a big learning curve.  I think I'm being the best mother to Chase I can be.  I would never have qualified as the most patient person but with him, it is great.  I adore his little face and rejoice in each morning with him.  My marriage doesn't feel that much different than co-habiting, just a bit more formal.  Well, and there's the name change.  I ultimately decided to change my last name to make it easier on the kiddo down the road. 
But others have presented themselves as well.  At the end of July, I'm embracing the opportunity to stay home with Chase.  I never thought I'd stay home.  But the chance is there and I so want to be the driving force in his development and growth.  And it is Possible. Luckily, I'll probably continue on with my employer, although part-time, through at least September so the transition should be easier. 

There's a lot more possibility too.... with a new kitchen, I'm cooking more and we've hosted a few parties.  The kitchen and open floor plan make that more feasible.  There are new and revised friendships... things that have evolved post-baby or or being resurrected.  There has been some crafting. 

Possibility is definitely happening.  Although, I will admit, I'd like to see myself embrace it even more for the second half of the year and really shake things up and make things happen.  Fingers crossed I do! 

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Back to Yoga

Since I was cleared for exercise six weeks after Chase's birth, I've been trying to get back to a regular yoga practice.  I'm a happier, healthier person when I'm doing yoga regularly.  And I need to rebuild some strength post-pregnancy.  During my first trimester, my doctor scared me off exercise with cautionary tales.  After miscarrying with our first pregnancy, I was easily scared.  That is definitely something I regret about my pregnancy because all of the research tells us yoga is good for a pregnant woman and makes delivery easier. 

I will say it's been hard to get back at it.  Although I'm lucky there is a studio two blocks from my home, I haven't always been good about dedicating myself to my practice.  As I'm sure you can imagine, I'm often tired.  (Wait, having a newborn makes you tired?  WHAT???)  So easily that can become the excuse for skipping my own self-care. 
I'm blessed with a great partner that realizes why doing yoga is important for me.  He makes my practice a priority.  I'm so grateful that he prompts me to go.  And so, it's back to the mat tonight! 

Monday, June 16, 2014

Father's Day

We had a great Father's Day yesterday.  The day has always been a bit bittersweet for me as my dad died when I was 14 and my stepfather, a second father, passed when I was 28.  Thankfully, I had a great reason to celebrate this year.  Plus, we had the distraction of the kid's christening and a small family party afterwards. 
I don't have any photos from the christening, as I didn't think to give anyone my phone.  But, it was lovely to be surrounded by family and celebrating one of our little one's first rites of passage.  And afterwards, there was cake with buttercream frosting. 

The kid also showed off his great rolling over skills later on that day.  And the legs are a movin'.  It's only a short while before he starts moving for real.  I'm both excited and terrified.  Terrified mostly because our house is not baby-proofed in the least! 

Saturday, June 14, 2014

My Little Love: Month Three

Dear Chase,

You are three months old today.  You are such a joy to be with.  You love taking in the world around you.... always looking at things.  You love exploring the world so much that if we are someplace new you couldn't possibly let yourself fall asleep for fear you might miss something.  Apparently this trait comes from Daddy.  (Thanks Daddy!) 
This past month, you have found your thumb and like sucking on it when you need comforting.  Or when you're bored.  Sometimes you try to shove your whole fist in your mouth.  So far, it hasn't worked. 
Photo by K.A. Photography
You've also gotten quite good at rolling from back to tummy.  Once you get there, half the time you don't quite know what to do and get frustrated.  But, you've found that you prefer stomach sleeping.  And since you've started rolling over in your crib, you've also started sleeping seven plus hours.  That, I'll say, is kind of magical.  I do still worry about the stomach sleeping but goodness knows, I'm not going to stop you from rolling over. 

Your colic is also starting to dissipate a bit.  You are definitely happier most evenings that you were about a month ago.  For this, Daddy and I are grateful. 

Oh little one, we love you so!!  We're so glad you are part of our life. 


Friday, June 13, 2014

Life Changes!

Just when I try to get back on the blogging bandwagon and then I go and have a baby.  My gorgeous, amazing son arrive on March 14th and since then, I have been BUSY.  My maternity leave went by in a flash.  A little less than a month ago, the manfriend and I also made it official and exchanged vows.  Now that my son is just about three months old and the wedding is done (and the home renovations are pretty much complete), I really am going to try to get back to regular postings.  I miss writing and sharing my life.  And I miss the connections you make with other bloggers when you blog yourself.  Fingers crossed! 

I want to start by sharing a few photos. First, here's my little love just after he was born.  His name is Chase and he is a delight.  He was a bit colicky but seems to be moving past that slowly. 
 He'll be 3 months old shortly. Look for a 3 month post to him shortly. 
 Here's a photo of him just last week.  Yes, the kid has pretty awesome hair.  Love it! 
And, for marrying my love.... Ted and I had a beautiful day.  It was a wee bit chilly in Western New York but sunny and beautiful.  Our wedding site, Becker Farms, was awesome.  They do a great job of managing an event.  And the apple trees were blooming, making for a great photo opportunity.  It was truly exactly what we wanted and so beautiful. 
Photo by K.A. Photography
 Our flowers were from Lorbeer's, a florist owned by people we used to go to church with when I was little.  They did a stunning job with everything, from centerpieces to bouquets to flower girl crowns to corsages.  For my bouquet, we has a locket added with pictures of my father and stepfather.  Since both are no longer here, it was both a way to honor them and to have them walk me down the aisle. 
Photo by K.A. Photography

Lastly, the home renovations are mostly done.  Our kitchen has been operational for a while (late January or early February I believe).  It was painted on Good Friday and now I'm charged (by myself of course!) with making valances and cafe curtains for the kitchen and dining room.  I finished one valance this past weekend and got Ted to hang the rods in the curtain this week.  I'm hoping to sew the second one tomorrow so they will both by up for Sunday, when we are having a small christening party for Chase. Oh, how I can't wait to finish them all and see how everything looks! 

Life is good! 

Friday, March 7, 2014

Nursery Work

Whoops, I have been absent for too long yet again!!  The past month has been a bit of a blur, as we finished the kitchen (mostly - we still need to paint and I have to make the valances) and worked on the nursery.  Plus, we have baby stuff EVERYWHERE.  Boxes of stuff.  And people keep giving us diapers.  I kind of wonder how long the stash will last.  I'm guessing no more than a month.  Our theme in there is monkeys.  I've ordered some decals and am waiting for those to arrive.  One will go over the crib (big empty spot that it is) and probably another over the changing table.  Which, speaking of, just arrived today!  Yes, the kid is due in 11 days! 
 We picked up the rocker (and recliner) last weekend.  I kind of love it.... not only is it super comfy but it is something we can use elsewhere in the house later on.  It looks brownish but is grey.  The two afghans on the back are from people who love our little one already.  I also put the manfriend and my teddy bears from childhood on the top shelf.  Both are well loved and I love having them there! 

I still need to sort all of the clothes and sheets (note the laundry basket in the left side of the shot).  But, once the changing table is together, I'll be able to. 

Our son already has easily 30 books.  I'm so glad our Buffalo baby shower asked everyone to bring a book in place of a card because we're starting him off with a great little library. 
The quilt on the crib was made by my love's mother.  It's got monkey all over it and is just perfect for our little monkey.  The mobile makes me crazy happy.... twirling monkeys. 

So, it's coming together, slowly but surely.  Now, we just need our little one.  All in good time!! 

Monday, February 3, 2014

Oh Too Busy!

I know I have been absent and promised to be better about writing.  But goodness, things have been BUSY around here.  Since I last wrote, we have made significant progress on the kitchen.  The cabinets are in, the sink was placed in the countertop, pendent lamps and a ceiling fan have been purchased, and I've unpacked a few boxes.  We still need the electrician to come back and finish putting the outlets in (and install the pendents!).  And we're waiting on the plumber to hook up the sink, garbage disposal, and dishwasher, put in a line for the ice maker, and figure out the best idea for a new radiator for the space.  Oh, and the general contractor is going to be coming back to install our microwave (and stove I think) and door handles on the cabinets.  I have only been able to unpack a few cabinets, which has felt good.  But I really want to get to the drawers, which is in a holding pattern until the handles are put on. 
I've been looking at fabric to make valances for the kitchen.  I'm hoping to also make valances and cafe curtains for the dining room.  We took out the wall between the two rooms and I think it will be good to unify the space.  I'm also picked up paint chips for painting.  Here's hoping I can convince my love on my vision for the color. 

It was also my busiest time of the year at work.  I work in higher education and run a major, multi-day program.  During that week, I had a number of crises interrupt the flow of the program.  First, I had a death in my family.  My stepsister lost her battle with diabetes.  She was a remarkable woman and courageous to the end.  I was able to travel to Buffalo for the funeral.  I'm so grateful it was early enough in the pregnancy that I was still able to go.  It was so good to mourn with family and hug those that loved her.

There were also some issues on campus delaying the program.  A young woman on campus passed away and then we got hit with a major snow storm.  A program that is normally eight days ended up going 12.  But it ended successfully.

Speaking of snow, we're in the middle of another winter storm.  It's a heavy, wet snow.  I was set to stay home today and the snow kind of cements the deal.  It sounds wimpy but it's mostly self-preservation.  I learned how to drive in Buffalo, NY and can handle being out on the streets.  I know to drive slow and defensively.  I also know what to do if my tires start to skid.  However, I don't think all people in the Philadelphia area follow this same MO. 
Since I last wrote, we also have our local baby shower.  Wow, my son is so blessed already!  We got a number of great clothes, a high chair, a sleeper swing, an exerciser, and a lot of other awesome things.  He also got a number of awesome homemades.  You know those are among my most favorite things because I know how much love goes into them.  I plan to share some photos in the near future!

I also went on retreat with my students this past weekend.  We do this every weekend and this time, it was back to the farm we use regularly.  If you follow me on Instagram, you know they have a number of animals.   The donkey is one of my favorites as she is a sweet soul and has been there since I first started visiting. 
The students always have such cool reactions to the animals.  Some of them have never seen farm animals before and have reservations or fear.  Some walk right up and start petting them.  It's always one of my favorite things about visiting there! 

What have you been up to? 

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Bathroom Success

Well, we have just about finished the bathroom!!  The electrician came on Friday and finished putting up the ceiling fan and installing outlets. I'm easily made happy I guess... we have 3 switches inside the door.  One for the light above the vanity, one for the ceiling fan and one for the light in the ceiling fan.  I feel so fancy!   

Today, we put up the towel bars, hook, and toilet paper holder.  For the shower, we used my old shower curtain rather than buying a new one.  We couldn't quite agree on one anyway.  And after all the costs, it's nice to save a bit on a curtain.
I've organized the linen cabinet and vanity.  I might have gone a bit overboard with organizing it.  I blame the label maker I got for Christmas.  Give a girl a new organizational toy and she'll try to find a way to use it!!  It feels good to have all of the bathroom stuff put away. 
We also put up a picture that is dear to my family.  This picture was painted for the family when my stepfather passed away.  I like that I'll be able to look at it everyday and think about him.
Yep, it's good to have a new and improved bathroom!  The only things left are a light fixture above the vanity and handles for the vanity and linen cabinet.  Those are things we can do without for a short bit.  

Now, work can continue on the kitchen.  Oh, slowly but surely it's all coming together! 

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Sinks: Because They Are Important

Well, yesterday the plumber installed the sink and faucet in the bathroom.  And then they ripped out our kitchen sink and walls.  We gained a sink and we lost a sink all within a few hours.  The kitchen is down to the studs right now.  The electrician is coming tomorrow to wire things in both rooms: final wiring in the bathroom including the fan and initial wiring in the kitchen for lights and outlets.  Then we add drywall and flooring.  Ever so slowly we're getting there!  I'm mentally organizing and decorating the kitchen.  I know what color I want.  Okay, I'm planning a bit of it around my red Kitchen Aid mixer and casserole dish.  But why not?

And I am actively organizing the bathroom.  At this point, if I were my love I'd regret buying me a label maker for Christmas.  But oh thank goodness, I'm glad to have somewhere to organize!!  It feels so good to make the cabinets look pretty and feel like everything has a place.  With my home torn apart in other places, it's good to have everything put together there. 

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Brrr, It's Cold in Here!

I had to quote Bring it On.... it's just mandatory today!  Like so much of the US, it's very cold here today.  It was about 6 degrees F (-14 C) this morning. The wind has been whipping about all day.  I was feeling under the weather this morning (stomach bug I think) and thus have been home all day.  I'm feeling better now but are not in any hurry to go outside or do much of anything. 

Rosy has been extra cuddly.  I'm not sure if it's the cold or the fact that she senses life is changing for her (she's been a bit more needy for a while).  I'm so interested to see how she handles a little one joining the pack.  I think she will be protective.  It's kind of her nature to be sweet and loving.  And I think she'll lick the little one a lot!  I think licking is how she hugs.  It's so fun to think about how she'll be!!  Today, she laid with her head on my stomach for a bit.  The boy kicked her in the head a few times but no movement.  So strange to me! 
Our bathroom is one more step towards completion.  The linen cabinet and vanity were installed yesterday.  Unfortunately, the plumber got backed up with other calls yesterday so no faucet yet but that should be done by tomorrow.  I'm antsy for them to reinstall the radiator too (brrr, this weather isn't making it warm in there!).  We are also waiting on the electrician to install a few additional outlets and the fan unit.  The last thing will be the cabinet hardware and towel bars!  And I can't wait to put the final little touches together.  I've been taking photos along the way (or Ted has) so expect a Flipagram once everything is done!! 

Hope, wherever you are, you are staying warm and enjoying life! 

Friday, January 3, 2014


Out and about this morning in the snow and cold
There is so much going on in these parts.  Luckily, I had a snow (actually, cold!) day today so I was able to get a few things accomplished.  The biggest of which was having our bathroom cabinets and sink top delivered.  Because planning a wedding and having a baby weren't enough for my love and me, we have decided to remodel the bathroom and kitchen this year.  Really, it was necessary due to a leak in the water line going into the bathroom.  And the kitchen on our home was quite old (metal cabinets people). 

The bathroom project started just before Thanksgiving.  They took the room down to the studs and even took out some of the sub floor and installed new.  Just after the holiday, they finished the walls, floor, tub and toilet install.  But then we were in a holding pattern waiting for the cabinets and sink to arrive.  Today was the day!!  Monday should be install day.  I can't wait to have a sink again.  I can't wait to organize the space (with my Christmas gift, a label maker.... yes, I might geek out).  And this woman is certainly looking forward to not bending her 6 month along body washing her hands in the tub. 

And, we're hoping to talk on Monday about the kitchen.  That's a project that will be going to the studs too.  And we're hoping to take out most of the wall between the kitchen and dining room so we have a more open floor plan.  I can't wait to have a working kitchen again.  The one in this house hasn't really been since I moved in this past May.  As a cook and baker, it's been tough.  But it will be worth it in the end.  (Yes, that's a mantra.)

Pictures will be shared here as things are completed (or almost completed because sometimes you just can't wait!)!  

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Year Theme

Do you pick a word to help guide your year?  I've been doing so for about the last four years.  (Here's 2013, 2012, 2011 and 2010.)  I've been thinking a lot about a word for 2014.  I've brainstormed joy, challenge, growth, and happiness.  I've contemplated recycling celebrate.  I feel like the big things I know are happening in 2014 will be all of these things.  And after thinking about it a bit and reading some of what others have written about their word, I've decided to embrace "Possibility." 
Retrieved from Google Images, 1/1/14
Embracing and living possibility every day means living my best self.  It means knowing the possibilities in front of me as a wife and mother are exceptional and I need to strive to do my best.  Yes, I'll stumble.  I'll be learning how to navigate both roles.  We're never perfect.  But possibility can motivate me to move past my imperfect moments, knowing greater possibilities are ahead.  I look forward to how this word can guide my thoughts and actions.  Check back for updates!!