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I try to be superwoman. I like iced cappuccinos, photography, design and being neat and tidy. My husband and I are homebodys - even though we've been together for 10 years, (married for three) our life is never boring. We have an almost two year old daughter who is the center of our world. Join us as we make our house a home and juggle parenthood for the first time.

Thursday, December 31, 2009

Wishing You a Happy, Safe & Healthy New Year

As I reflect on the past year, I cannot believe how much we have been blessed. A new house, a baby on the way and great health -- there is never a day that goes by that my husband and I don't realize how lucky we are.

I am so grateful that I have a husband who is my true soulmate. He gets me in every aspect of life and loves me for it. I am so proud that my daughter gets to grow up with a true role model as a father. My husband supports me in every decision I make. He knows just how to get me riled up and bring me down to earth again. Everything - our children, our home, our families, our personalities stem from a part of us - I couldn't imagine anyone else I want to share it all with. Having my husband become a father in 2010 will be amazing to watch as his bond with his daughter continues to grow, even now inside my belly.

Our goal of buying a house this year was attainable after last year's unemployment and money woes. I guess I never expected life to creep up on us so quickly! Even though everything in my life is planned (if you know me, you should know that by now!) sometimes it takes my breath away knowing that all of these wonderful things are happening to us all at once. How did I get so lucky? Obviously things don't happen like magic - there have been bumps in the road, but I don't view them as so. They are bumps on the way to a perfect paved road ahead. Everything happens for a reason - I am a TRUE believer in that. Everything in my life has shown me so. The houses we lost or walked away from weren't really "our" houses in the end. I will always remember that Thursday afternoon, seeing a "too good to be true" house showing up in my house search results. The huge yard, big kitchen, the cranberry red door.....I swooned. We made an appointment to see it the next day and just one day after that, put a bid on it. I will leave the rest of the boring details out, but we have been happy (and busy!) ever since making it our own since September of 2009. Just one month earlier I had found out we were expecting.

I always knew I wanted to have children - but I never imagined how much this experience would mean to me. Let me just warn you by saying, I am one of those pregnant women who love their pregnancy. No, I never had morning sickness, or nausea or the unexplainable tiredness. (For those of you who are groaning already, feel free to wish me all of the aforementioned symptoms on my next pregnancy.) I never saw myself "glow", but my friends and coworkers just recently have been telling me this.
After a scare around 12 weeks along, life meant something different to me. It was precious, something to cherish. No longer was it my own life that mattered - it was my child's. Once I learned everything was right in the world and with my pregnancy, (thank God) I looked forward to bonding more with Sprout (what Sophie was before we knew she was a girl).
The moment I found out I was having a daughter was indescribable. I closed my eyes and said to myself, I am going to have a daughter. I could feel everything that I had hoped for my children come alive in Sophie. At that moment, she was no longer "it" -- she was a teeny version of me. I feel so blessed to be having a girl. I think about all the hopes and dreams I have for her and all of the fun, exciting shopping trips with my mini me. Life since then just seems to get better (is it possible?!) and Sophie is already a part of everyday life and routines. In just 3 1/2 short months (about 106 days) we will become a true family and I can not wait to lay eyes upon my sweet daughter.

I'm welcoming 2010 with open arms in anticipation of Sophie's birth, friend's weddings, a new niece/nephew and much more quality time with those I love. And, oh yeah....to have a sip of alcohol...to be exact -- a pomegranate martini......So, here's to a prosperous, healthy and safe New Years filled with amazing life experiences that make you proud of who you are and who you will become.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Updated Master Bath Before and After

BEFORE (from inspection walk-thru):


New white ceilings, Behr's Feldspar on the walls to brighten everything up - new faucet, bath fixtures and lighting! Spencer also did a new caulk job around the sink! Obviously we still have to put the light switch covers on the wall still and get brushed nickel cabinet pulls, but other than that we are finished!!!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Slow progress

The dresser is finally finished! After waiting for missing drawer parts for a week, we have a new piece of furniture in Sophie's room. This may be the final placement for it, but we have to see since it is actually over a vent. We still have random things in her room still, but in the next month they will be cleared out for painting and stay out. When my husband finished putting this together, he called me in to check out the final product. I have to admit I gasped a little....I think the changing pad on the dresser made it all too real. I will be changing my child there in 4 months. Wow.

In other home news we are in the middle of painting the master bathroom and updating the brass fixtures to brushed nickel. These match the half bath downstairs with one exception - we are getting a different light fixture. We should actually be finished with the room right around the New Year. Can't wait. Of course on the agenda after that is to start Sophie's room. We also will be contacting a local company to come paint our upstairs hallway because this isn't going to get done by me or Spence!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Good things come in 3's

Three posts in one day?!!! Is it a miracle? No - much more to come - but I do want to share this quote I found that explains my love for Sophie:

"No one else will ever know the strength of my love for you, after all you are the only one who knows what my heart sounds like from the inside."

Oh, Soph...

Oh Sophie...you are one character already! You know when daddy and I are waiting for you to move. You know when daddy's hand is on my belly waiting for you to move....so you don't. You know when our eyes are on my belly waiting to catch a glimpse of a jab or kick...you. don't.move. Are you playing some kind of uterus hide-and-seek I don't know about? Why do you choose when I am away from home in the office chair to do your dances? Do you like the angle of how I am sitting?

I sure know some of your likes already:
Cookie Crisp cereal
Your glow seahorse
fudge brownies
Tim Horton's Iced Caps
Let's start getting some healthy things in you, huh? After all, you are tasting what I am tasting!

And your dislikes:
Dog barking
Mommy bending over
You are a pretty good baby so far - I can't complain. I love this pregnancy - I love you. Daddy and mommy are each formulating a letter for you. There is so much we want to say. There has never been a love like this - I am so happy I have a daughter. Now grow big and strong!!!

I still can't believe how far I am already! 22 weeks and 4 days?! Wow. Halfway through 6 months? How can I have been pregnant for a 1/2 a year already?!

It's Christmastime!

This is our lovely tree, but it will get retired after this year as our "main" tree:

Our mantle with a nice roaring fire:

Close up of mantle decor:

Our stockings hung with care:

Our kitchen table decor:

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

What a beautiful sight...

Look at this lovely crib....::stares::..This is the Graco Lauren Classic Convertible Crib in Espresso. Lovingly recommended by Baby Bargains - a.k.a - A new mom's bible. I will post more about Baby Bargains later - but for now, let's just appreciate Spencer's hard work and Graco's lovely craftmanship. And, look - Sophie's Fisher-Price Ocean Wonders Soothe & Glow Seahorse is waiting for her arrival. I just had to get it for her!

Friday, December 4, 2009


Ok, so in an effort to combine my house blog and what's going on in my life, this blog will integrate with something else big in my life - my pregnancy!!!

I am in love with Blair from Heir to Blair. Ok, call it a girl crush. What an amazing woman! She is a great writer and she inspired me to integrate this blog with my newfound love in life, my daughter Sophie, who is cooking in my belly - halfway done!

I apologize in advance for my followers who are trying to escape the rampant world of TTC, I promise this blog will keep giving you the stuff you love - before and afters, paint inspirations and fun decor. But now you get to see me navigate through mommyhood for the first time...something not to miss! ;)

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Here it is! The Half Bath Transformation!

This just goes to show you how much paint and a couple fixtures can REALLY fix up a space. Remember the 1/2 bath before? The yellow walls were screaming at me! And (drumroll please..) after much thought and sweat, here is the after! The walls are Ralph Lauren's Natural Grey. (Also please excuse the darkness and my early morning pregnant pajama shot)

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