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Pee on the Bugs!

We are in the throes of potty training and by “throes” I mean Henry has no interest.

He is now two and a half and I’m noticing that other kids his age at the playground and in gymnastics class are not in diapers.

We did get him a Paw Patrol toilet seat and he likes to sit on it then throw toilet paper in and flush it.

But the actual act of going the bathroom on the potty is not happening.

My friend said that she let her boy run around the backyard without a diaper and let him pee in the grass which he LOVED. Then, she’d take him to the toilet and try to reenact.

Let me tell you, when we told Henry he could pee on the bugs in the backyard this weekend…HE WAS IN HEAVEN! It hasn’t transferred yet to the actual toilet, but we are hopeful!

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Stepping OUT!

I want to thank ALL OF YOU for the sweet messages and kind words and GOOD MOJO that you sent my way this week.

When I announced that I’m stepping away from Channel 11 to do new things, I got so much encouragement from people who said that life is short and you need to seize opportunities and take risks!

Change is exciting and scary. I have felt ALL THE EMOTIONS these last 6 months as Mark and I talked about new opportunities and the big steps we’re now going to take as a family.

I’m still learning to deal with the highs and lows that come with change. I’ll have days of pure excitement and joy followed by times of anxiousness and worry.

I share this because I have been helped by others sharing their stories with me. Stories of doubt and uncertainty and struggle.

And in every story, the GROWTH and the GOOD STUFF comes out of the struggle.

My best friend got me Oprah’s new book, “The Path Made Clear.” And I keep going back to this line…

“Life is about growth and change, and when you are no longer doing either, you’ve received your first whisper. Pay attention to what makes you feel energized, connected and stimulated…follow your intuition…and you will do more than succeed.”

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The Grand House

The Guts of our House

I hope these are the last pictures I show you of the “guts” of our house. I always get to this point in our renovation where I’m dying to see WALLS!

Henry and Momma are posing right there in Momma’s new home office.

It’s part of our third floor that includes a guest bedroom and a full bath.

This floor is actually ready for drywall and WE ARE SO JAZZED!

Our second and first floors aren’t far behind. You can see all our yellow electrical wires hanging…they are in place and ready to go.

Spray foam is in the whole house too. When we took Henry to see it this weekend, he poked his fingers in all of it! Haha!!

Got some big weeks coming up…can’t wait to share with you!

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The Row House

The Beauty of SIMPLE

Raise your hand if you like simple, clean and bright! I see you…thanks for agreeing. 🙂

Mark and I definitely lean toward the minimalistic sense of design. We like clean lines and favor simple accents over lots of stuff and overly fussy design.

The master bedroom in our first renovation is the perfect example of simple, clean and bright.

Our exposed brick fireplace is a central feature of the bedroom. Mark used extra bricks from downstairs to make a cool hearth that’s a bump out on the floor in front of the fireplace.

We chose a light pine floor and sanded it just a little before putting a clear protectant on it. The protectant let the natural color come through without too much shine.

A sleek ceiling fan, dark chocolate wood blinds and just a few accessories finish off the space! I love this bedroom…the only thing it needs is a bigger closet!

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The Road Guy’s Room

Every night, we sit in Henry’s room and make forts and play with his favorite animals, Hal and Mr. Polar Bear!

 

We were playing the other night and I said to Mark, “I can’t believe this room was such an ugly space filled with tons of junk and now it’s one of our favorite rooms in the house!

Before he was born, Henry’s room started out as a catch-all space when we were renovating this house.

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It stayed like that for awhile and we just always kept the door closed and ignored it. HA!!

When we found out I was pregnant, we got to work making it into a baby’s room.

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Since we didn’t know if we were having a boy or a girl, we went with a neutral, gray and brown palette.

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It was a simple space to do. Some new drywall, paint and a fresh carpet did the trick.

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I love how it turned out. Henry calls it the “Road Guy’s Room” and absolutely loves it!

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It’s Ugly But It’s PROGRESS!

I know we all prefer to look at pretty pictures, but SO MUCH of the home renovation process is ugly.

To us, the ugly pictures mean PROGRESS!

We had a company come in this week and put spray foam insulation through the whole house.

We felt it was the best decision in terms of energy saving costs for heating and cooling a home of this size.

Now that the spray foam is in, we have a little bit more of electrical work to complete and then we’ll be able to drywall!

I remember when the drywall went in at our first renovation, it just really made us feel that we were getting close to the end!

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Birthday Boy!

My husband is not the same person I married.

For one, I did not know he was so good at demo-ing houses.

He never told me he knew how to build stud walls.

Nor did he share that he could hang drywall…

And mud and tape it.

He knows how to wire a house for electrical.

And he built me a brand new kitchen.

Oh…and he’s also passing all this good stuff on to our son.

Happy birthday babe! You make life fun and you are easy to love!

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The Dating-Like Ritual of Finding #MomFriends

Finding #MomFriends is so hard! My sister has to be my #MomFriend because we’re related and our mother would yell at her if she wasn’t.

But finding your tribe of Momma friends isn’t easy. I kinda think it’s like dating and we’re all on a Tinder playground swiping left and right as our kids play.

Henry is almost two and a half. He wants to play with other kids, and I want him to play with other kids so I can take a break from making truck noises with my mouth.

Here’s how you find new #MomFriends. You scope out the playground to see what mom parents like you do.

Is the mom involved? Or too involved? Or is she sitting on the park bench pretending she doesn’t see her kid acting like a total a-hole and not doing anything about it?

Once you find a mom, you exchange names and, if you’re anything like me, you immediately forget her name and only remember her kid’s name.

You then go through THE LIST. The list includes things like…how old is your kid, is he a good sleeper, a good eater, etc…

I then share things to see if this mom is my kind of lady.

Things like…my Henry has a steady diet of frozen Trader Joe’s meatballs. There’s a certain subset of women who won’t be your #MomFriend if you’re child doesn’t eat all organic.

Then I’ll share that we did the cry-it-out method to get Henry to sleep. Certain moms think that cry-it-out is akin to abuse and that the child is forever scarred by it. Henry doesn’t remember it and he sleeps LIKE A CHAMP.

At this point in the over-sharing, I usually know if this mom and I have the same vibe.

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We Have This Thing For Exposed Brick

Maybe Mark was a mason in his former life because he (and I!) LOOOOVE exposed brick.

It’s was a main feature in our first home renovation.

The small rowhouse we gutted and totally redid had fireplaces EVERYWHERE!

Our second renovation will feature exposed brick but not as prominently, because we’re going for a different style with this house.

As Mark exposes the brick, some of it is in decent shape and some of it is not.

The brick in the kitchen had to be cleaned and repointed.

In our first house, we used a light coating of muriatic acid on the brick to get the plaster completely off.

We used a sprayer and then a coarse brush to get all the pieces off.

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We haven’t had to use acid in the second renovation.

We’re hoping the exposed brick in this house will add a modern twist to an otherwise classic Victorian house!

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Ummmm…where have you been?!

I am asking myself this question and answering it…we have been busy!

Blogging has taken a back seat to REAL LIFE these last few months, but I have sooo many exciting things to share on the house front so let’s JUMP RIGHT IN.

Mark has all the interior walls, doorways and closets built.

Most of the ceilings are done as well including the HVAC systems and all the plumbing. YAY!

The kitchen, and all the other rooms, are ready for our spray foam crew that’s coming in at the end of March.

Here’s what we’re thinking for the kitchen…I got these photos from Pinterest.

I want a bright kitchen and Mark and I are both partial to gray. We also like the reclaimed wood floor and the white subway tiles as a backsplash.

I also love this kitchen inspiration from Pinterest…

I think we could get away with a darker cabinet because we have big windows and a French door that will let in lots of light and keep the space bright!

Would love to hear your thoughts and what you look for in a kitchen!!

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