Family

On The Move!

Henry is on the move and things are cooking over in our little neck of the world.

We’ve made some great progress with our house renovation but I’m saving those details for a later date! 🙂

Our Mini Man turned 11 months old last week and we are planning his 1st birthday party.

I cannot believe it’s been a year since I had him…that was the FASTEST year of my life!!!

Henry’s favorite thing to do right now is run around and eat.

The boy has endless energy and literally runs all through the house!

My mom tried to feed him his puréed baby food the other day and he screamed until she fed him lasagna and meatballs. HAHA!!

Love my big boy!

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Hurricane Hank!

I think we can all agree that Hank the Tank could have probably weathered Hurricane Irma as it hit Longboat Key where we were vacationing!

My baby boy is a tough little man who seems to laugh and giggle through everything, and I’m sure that would have been the case with Irma!

Our first family vacation to Longboat got cut short by 3 days…but we still had an awesome time!

Henry loved the beach, the ocean, the pool and ICE CREAM!

He also handled all the plane rides like a champ! Little man didn’t cry or fuss…all he did was stand up on my seat and smile and giggle at the people in the rows behind us!

I don’t think I can ever have another baby because, as my good friend said, Henry set the bar too high!!

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Of Course, Henry Took His First Steps In A Bar!

Since our sweet boy is a purveyor of all the fine establishments in Lawrenceville, it’s only fitting that he took his first steps at Franktuary!

Franktuary serves gourmet hot dogs (Mark’s favorite!) and poutines (Mark’s other favorite!) and so it was the absolute perfect place for Henry to take his first 5 steps.

The bartender, waitresses and other patrons cheered for him and then he gave everyone a Hi-5 because he just learned how to do that and loves it.

My sweet boy is also a biter…and seems to only bite the women in his life!

That would be me, my mom and my sister. (He tries to bite cousin Lily but hasn’t yet.)

I have 2 bruises from where Henry’s little shark teeth made me bleed. Every time I tell him “NO biting!” he laughs…and then I laugh…and then we just continue with this ridiculousness.

He’s so cute when he laughs that I can’t keep a straight face. Pretty sure that’s not going to bode well for me as a mom!

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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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The Row House

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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The Grand House

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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