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minor adjustments & crossing things off of lists. hooray!

minor adjustments & crossing things off of lists. hooray!

One of my first big house projects after Audrey was born was painting our dining room. It was one of those projects where, in my head, it was going to take a weekend, maybe two, and we’d be done. HAAAAAAA. Four months later, it was finally done(ish). I realize now how ridiculously labor-intensive it is… KEEP READING »


the deck, it is finished!

the deck, it is finished!

When we moved into our house almost three (!!) years ago, we were no strangers to home improvement projects. I mean, we had essentially redone the entire inside of our first house by ourselves, with the exception of a few larger projects for which we hired help. So painting and replacing light fixtures and updating… KEEP READING »


how to make a bench cushion without sewing! at all! and also a pillow!

how to make a bench cushion without sewing! at all! and also a pillow!

Hey! Remember when I redid our office? And I promised to share details on how I made the cushion in the window seat? Yeah, so I completely forgot about it… sorry, man. LIFE. BUT HERE YOU GO! Disclaimer: I do not sew, and I am really not all that crafty. I went into this Make… KEEP READING »


office makeover: a neverending project

office makeover: a neverending project

About a bajillion years ago (okay, more like two months) I started our Office Makeover. The before: Since we moved into this house two years (!!) ago, the office has basically just been a storage room/dumping ground for whatever I couldn’t find a place for at the moment. Or was too lazy to put away…. KEEP READING »


seeing red

seeing red

When Dan and I bought our first house back in 2004, we entered into the world of Home Improvement. That first house had all sorts of fun projects, and some not-so-fun projects, but we loved the work (or at least I did!) Most of what we did was superficial- painting, mostly- but we also replaced… KEEP READING »


an update on life

an update on life

(aka: I don’t have anything real to say but figured I should probably blog. heh) I’ve been back to work for three weeks now, and I am JUST starting to feel like this is a normal routine. And yes, I realize I’m only working two days a week, but dude. It’s still crazy. Mostly because… KEEP READING »


it’s a smile, it’s a kiss, it’s a sip of wine, it’s summertime

it’s a smile, it’s a kiss, it’s a sip of wine, it’s summertime

I seem to have lost my blogging mojo in recent weeks. I’m not entirely sure why. Actually- that’s not true. It’s a combination of things, I think. Spring weather, meaning more time playing outside with Maggie and the neighbors, leading to less time in the evenings for computer tinkering. And when we are settled in… KEEP READING »


painting myself into a corner. then another one. and another one.

painting myself into a corner. then another one. and another one.

OMG THE PAINTING IS DONE. (Almost. I still have to do the little butler’s pantry area off of the kitchen. But dude. Just humor me.) Living Room: BEFORE Living Room: AFTER Kitchen: BEFORE Kitchen: AFTER (Believe it or not, the rooms are the same color. But it looks a lot greener in the kitchen for… KEEP READING »


home sweet home

home sweet home

We’ve been in our house for 2 months already. Several of you have asked (nicely!) to see some pictures of the place, and I’ve been putting it off because OMG I NEED TO DECORATE! THE WALLS ARE SO NAKED! but then I realized I’d probably be 50 before that ever gets done. Also nearly the… KEEP READING »


what I’ve been up to lately, because I know you’ve been losing sleep at night.

what I’ve been up to lately, because I know you’ve been losing sleep at night.

Work. Is. Kicking. My. Butt. In a very very good way, of course. I’ve had some really great projects this summer, as well as a few that were put ‘on hold’ months ago that came out of the woodwork in the last couple of weeks (WHAT TIMING, with the move and everything. GAH!) Most exciting… KEEP READING »


the american dream

the american dream

How do you take a major life event, an awesome, incredible, monumental life event, and do it justice in a measly blog post? That’s pretty much why I’ve been procrastinating on writing about the move into our new house. I’m hesitant to write about it because I don’t want to seem overly dramatic about it…… KEEP READING »


weekly winners, volume 22

weekly winners, volume 22

So um. yeah. WE MOVED THIS WEEK. Please excuse my neglect of this space while I’m busy working on our new living space. Things are… coming along. Lots of organizing and unpacking still to do. SO TIRED. But loving it. So. Much. SPACE! reflection sitting like a lady


moving day…

moving day…

…is tomorrow. Officially. Or unofficially, I guess. It’s kind of weird, because we’re moving out tomorrow- movers come at 8am- but we don’t close on the houses until 9am on Thursday morning. And we’re not actually going to be technically living at the new house until Friday when the movers come to deliver all of… KEEP READING »


getting ready for the pink house

getting ready for the pink house

Our house is getting very, very close to being very, very packed. Maggie spent the day at my parents’ house while Dan and I filled boxes, took apart our huge L-shaped desk in the basement, organized some of the boxes that had already been packed, wrapped about a bajillion knick-knacks and picture frames and candles… KEEP READING »


I need a favor…

I need a favor…

During these next 17 days: …when I’m flipping out about calling utility companies and scheduling sewage & water hookups and and packing up our kitchen and trying to cook a meal with just a baking sheet and a plastic fork… …when I start to get all teary about moving out of our perfectly nice (albeit… KEEP READING »


officially official. officially.

officially official. officially.

Our real estate agent took the lockbox off of our front door yesterday. So I guess this means we’re moving! HOLY CRAP. We have spent the last few weeks dealing with home inspections- on both the new house and our current house- and woo boy was that fun! And suspenseful! First there were some cracks… KEEP READING »


discoveries

discoveries

Moving is a good time to go through your Stuff and purge. We’ve been in our house for 5 years, which really isn’t all that long- but definitely long enough to accumulate a lot of crap. And when you have a kid, the Stuff seems to multiply on its own. It’s overwhelming, The Stuff. And… KEEP READING »


bits of everything, all over the damn place, including MY BRAINS, OMG.

bits of everything, all over the damn place, including MY BRAINS, OMG.

OH THIS WEEK. This week has nearly beaten me. I have never had to make so many phone calls and appointments or fill out so many papers or have such an incredible amount of work to do in such a short time. My house is in shambles, there is clean and dirty laundry everywhere and… KEEP READING »


in which I drive you nuts with pictures of OUR NEW HOUSE.

in which I drive you nuts with pictures of OUR NEW HOUSE.

After having our house on the market for a month (which I know isn’t that long at all, especially in the market right now, but OMG IT FELT LIKE AN ETERNITY) we finally got an offer last week while we were at the beach and now have an agreement on our house. Which means! We’re… KEEP READING »


weekly winners, volume 13: VACATION EDITION! w00t!

weekly winners, volume 13: VACATION EDITION! w00t!

Oh my Lord in Heaven, I have so much to talk about. But I’m still on Beach Time, so you’ll have to bear with me. I managed by some miracle to get (most of) our vacation pictures processed and uploaded tonight. It was a fantastic week, filled with lots of giggles and fun and sunshine… KEEP READING »


five years

five years

In an effort to distract myself and also to put a bit more of a positive post up here at the top instead of that Whiny Excuse of a Blog Post that was here before, I’m totally stealing Janet’s topic. (Thanks, lady!) It was actually quite a coincidence that she mentioned looking back over the… KEEP READING »


so how about a real blog post already? geez.

so how about a real blog post already? geez.

I feel like I’m barely keeping my head above water these days. I suppose that’s not all that surprising given all that has been going on lately. Selling our house. OH MY LORD, is this crap stressful. I am A Planner. I like to know what’s going to happen- at least with major events like… KEEP READING »


on the market

on the market

We found a house. We actually put the offer in last Wednesday, but between not being sure the outcome of that until Friday afternoon (Thursday and Friday were AGONY, waiting to hear back!) and also the rush to get OUR house on the market… the last week has been a little crazy. So I haven’t… KEEP READING »


what’s the haps

what’s the haps

1. Maggie did in fact have Fifth Disease, according to the doctor on Monday morning. Thankfully, her rash is nearly gone now and she’s been happy as a clam since Saturday (are clams really that happy? anyway…) I’m a bit scared of April now though. Last year she got hand-foot-mouth, this year it was Fifths…. KEEP READING »


moving on up

moving on up

Last Friday, our real estate agent (the same one we used when we bought our house- we LOVE her, she’s so awesome) came over. She came to see our house so we could get an idea of what we could possibly maybe sell it for. Like… soon. Excuse me while I pass out. We will… KEEP READING »


this kind-of-old house

this kind-of-old house

We bought our house almost 5 years ago. In that five years, we have redone every single room. Paint, flooring, lighting fixtures, door knobs, light switches, even those little door stopper thingies. Most of the work we have done ourselves, with the exception of some of the flooring. But everything else, we did. And it… KEEP READING »


Sunday.

Sunday.

Miraculously, because apparently I did something REALLY GOOD this week, Maggie slept until 7:30 this morning. Which was really 8:30. And she went to bed last night (without a fight!) at 8:30. So count it up, baby. That’s 12 hours. I was so worried about how the time change was going to effect her, and… KEEP READING »


remember when we lived in an apartment and never had to DO ANYTHING TO IT? yeah, that was nice.

remember when we lived in an apartment and never had to DO ANYTHING TO IT? yeah, that was nice.

I know I’ve been a bit scarce on here for the past week or so. Other than saying ‘Hi, I’m going pink!‘ and ‘Hi! I went to see an 80s boy band reunite in concert!‘, it’s been pretty much crickets. But trust me, there’s good reason! We’ve spent the last 2 weekends clearing out our… KEEP READING »


we’ve got curb appeal now, baby

we’ve got curb appeal now, baby

This weekend was ‘Project Weekend’. My mom and dad came over yesterday and helped us (well, really, helped Dan, since I didn’t do much helping as I was playing Mom for most of the day) tear down and rebuild the small landscape wall by our driveway. It threatened rain all day, but thankfully only sprinkled… KEEP READING »


our version of HGTV

our version of HGTV

Today we spent most of the day cutting wood. No, that’s not a euphemism for anything, contrary to what my 12-year-old husband would like to think. We were measuring and cutting the trim for the kitchen and dining room so I can paint it tomorrow so we can nail it up next weekend and hopefully… KEEP READING »