The Grand House

Looks like Mom…Wants to be Dad!

Henry might have blond hair and blue eyes like his Momma, but I think he’s going to be like his Dad.

He loves to watch Mark work on the house and always wants to touch his tools!

Mark put in a new downspout the other day and Henry just stared at him the whole time.

Good thing our little Tank likes to help because we’re going to need it!

In the next few weeks, we’re getting a new roof, expanding the 3rd floor dormers and (hopefully!) working on a new kitchen design. These are a few different looks we like.

Henry is also babbling nonstop and gearing up to say his first word…wonder if it will be Dewalt! Ha!

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How A Baby Makes Marriage Hard And When We Had Our Breakthrough

Our baby rocks. Henry is the happiest and sweetest little boy, and we love him to the moon and back!

But having a baby is hard…much harder than we thought. So hard that we asked each other, “Should we have even had a baby?!”

When we first brought Henry home from the hospital, we were running on adrenaline and bliss.

Those first couple weeks are a blur and we were just so happy to have a healthy baby.

But then the sleepless nights and stress took their toll.

If I didn’t like how Mark held the baby or fed the baby or changed the baby, I would snap at him and he would snap back. Then we’d go to bed angry and the cycle would repeat itself.

When Henry turned 6 months old, we finally had a come-to-Jesus talk. Mark and I decided that we would not say unkind things to each other no matter how annoyed we were…we would KEEP OUR MOUTHS SHUT.

We also decided not to examine our marriage or our lives right now because no good comes when you do introspection on NO SLEEP.

I’m happy to say that after a few weeks of KEEPING OUR MOUTHS SHUT, our marriage felt easier and lighter and nicer!

We now find ourselves in a really wonderful place…and we know how LUCKY we are to have each other and Hank the Tank!

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Mark is Chip and Joanna Rolled Into One

We are big Fixer Upper fans just like the rest of America!

And people always ask us if Mark is like Chip and if I’m like Joanna.

The answer is no. Mark is Chip AND Jo, and I’m basically just his funny sidekick who follows him around and writes this blog!

Hate to be that annoying wife who gushes about her husband, but Mark really is the brains behind all our designs and the brawn behind our renovations.

He did a quick project at our current home last weekend.

Isn’t it amazing what a fresh coat of paint can do?!

Mark picked the colors and did all the scraping and then the painting.

I offer moral support and watch the baby…because someone’s gotta do that!

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A “Spiritual Medium” Used To Live In Our House

We thought our old Victorian might have been a funeral home at one time because of the large front rooms, super high ceilings and wide interior hallway. But it’s better than that…a spiritual medium named Mrs. Heiny used to live in our house and did readings for people from 1903 to 1905.

How cool is that?! I am obsessed with a show on E! called “Tyler Henry Hollywood Medium” and I think it is so freaking cool that Mrs. Heiny was doin’ her thang in our house.

All of this information comes from a “house history” that we asked historian Carol Peterson to do. She dug up everything she could on the house.

24 people owned the house before us. The first people who lived there were Theodore and Elizabeth Peterson in 1879. Theodore was a teamster and his family was in Pittsburgh politics.

The house was built between 1872 and 1876 in the Italianate style of architecture which was the most popular style in Pittsburgh at that time.

Italiante homes in America are modeled after Italian villas and farmhouses. This helps us GREATLY because now we know exactly what the house was intended to look like and we can mirror that as much as possible.

Mark and I LOVE going through our house history and recommend anyone who’s interested to get one done on their home!

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Cigarettes, Sidewalks & Exclamations!

At dinner the other night, we swear Henry said his first word. And we’re pretty sure it sounded like “Nicorette.” HA!

No idea why he even has smoking words in his vocabulary.

Over the weekend, Mark and I went to an adults only dinner party and left Henry at home for the 2nd time in 7 months. Win!

Our new sidewalk was installed with spaces for our shade trees that we’ll plant to line the street. Yes!

We found a guy to help Mark make traditional box gutters that will help restore the house to its original, historic glory. Woohoo!

Henry helped his Dad take measurements for the outdoor patio off the kitchen. Yay!

Momma was down for the count and in bed with a nasty fever for 2 days. Boo!

The only good thing was I got to stare at one of my favorite prints of baby Hank.

Look at that superman…can’t believe he was ever that small! Thanks Melissa Lucci for the photo!

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Vacation and poop…like LOTS of poop.

We’ve been away from the blog for a hot minute because we’ve been living life…and taking care of a 7-month-old who is a VERY busy boy!

A few weeks ago, we took Henry to Toronto to see his cousins…

He loved every minute of the trip including when he blew out his diaper in the car and had poop all over him and the car seat.

Mark and I laughed and laughed as we cleaned him in the middle of a Tim Horton’s parking lot….hahaha!!!

Hank the Tank is quite the traveler and LOVED the Jersey Shore last week!

He loved the ocean, the sun and sand…even when he ate a handful of it.

Best. Kid. Ever.

A life lesson Mark and I learned very quickly last week…vacationing with a 7-month-old is NOT relaxing.

Thankfully, we were there with family and friends who helped out so that Mark and I could drink a beer…or two.

It’s all back to work now…and back to working on the new house…which will feel like a vacation compared to vacationing with my favorite Chubba Bubba!

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The Grand House

I Can See Clearly Now!

Because the old windows are gone!!

Our new windows were installed last week and it honestly feels like a completely different house.

My ever-stylish husband decided black windows would be best.

Once again, his eye for design is spot-on. The windows look terrific!

I don’t have a great front shot of the house because we’re still doing some work there…but the big beauty shot is coming in the next few weeks!

Hank the Tank was super jazzed about the new windows.

His excitement only lasted for about 3 minutes because he promptly fell right asleep!

Apparently, our renovations bore him. HA! 🙂

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