Monday, December 22, 2014

Our 2014 Christmas Card

Merry Christmas from us!
Hope everyone enjoys their holiday and I'll see you next week! :)

(front)
 (back)

(See last year's Christmas Card (and possibly my favorite photo ever) here!)

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Pregnancy Journal: Weeks 13-14

I don't know how good I will be with completing my weekly bump-updates throughout the entire pregnancy...but here are weeks 13-14. :)
(I skipped a lot of the categories like gender/movement/nursery/etc since it's too early for those!)
Week 13:
Size of baby: Peach
Weight gain: I have no idea since the battery in our scale died...but I'm going to the doctor next week so I should know soon.
Feeling: Feeling so much better this week, a little tired, but I can't complain.
Maternity Clothes: Still doing the rubber band/hair tie trick on my jeans.
Symptoms: A three day headache and feeling itchy.
Sleep: Sleeping like a log!
Highlights: Finishing the first trimester!! I'm so happy to say good-bye to the first 1/3 of my pregnancy!! Bring on the second trimester - where everyone says I will start to feel better! :)
(no official "bump" photos, but we took these pics at week 13.)

Week 14:
Size of baby: Lemon
Weight gain: I was weighed at the doctors, but the nurse told me that scale is usually 2-3 pounds heavier. Soooooo I assume I've gained about 5 pounds total - which is right on track.
Feeling: Feeling better and better every day. No throwing up this week helps! The second trimester has been good to me so far! :)
Maternity Clothes: All of my tops still fit, but my pants are getting quite snug. Probably only have another week in regular jeans.
Symptoms: Feeling a little achy and tired....and being very emotional. I've cried a lot this week - some were for a legitimate reason, and some were not.
Sleep: My favorite thing to do right now...and I'm really good at it. I fall asleep on the couch every night and CV has to wake me up and get me to bed!
What I miss: Sleeping on my back...it's going to take some practice to sleep on my side. (yes, non-mom friends - you're not allowed to sleep on your back! I just learned this too!)
Highlights: My husband being amazing and giving me long foot rubs every night! :)
Hearing the heartbeat at the doctors appointment, the first time it took her several minutes to find the heartbeat - but this time it took her 1 second...the baby was all the way up front! (150bps!)
Looking forward to: Finding out the gender! We find out at Week 16!!!

(and again - I've been slacking on taking bump photos! I'll take one next week - I promise!) :)

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Our Kitchen Renovation (Part I)

Well, here's a reminder: Old cabinets, 1970 appliances, yellow tile backsplash, seashell wallpaper, linoleum flooring, florescent lighting, soffits above the cabinets, ugly countertops....
....shall I go on??? 
 Day 1:  Demolition Day: Everything was removed, including the soffits (bulkheads) that were above the cabinets. And the flooring was also pulled up. Woohoo!!
The only thing we kept from the original kitchen was our disposal.
Day 2-3: Wallpaper Day: CV removed the rest of the seashell wallpaper! :)
Day 5: Electric Day: The Electrician rewired the kitchen and put the wires behind the walls. He also moved a few outlets & updated all of our outlets to white ones! (The old ones were black!)
Day 7: Plaster Day: The holes in the walls and ceiling (from the soffits/bulkheads) were plastered, and the part of the wall where the yellow tile existed was plastered too.
Day 8: Sanding Day: The plaster had to dry over night, so today the plaster was sanded and smoothed out!
 Day 12: Tile Purchase: We finally decided on our tile and made the final purchase at Lowes!
Day 13: Appliances Purchase: We bought our appliances!!!! Thank the lord for week long Black Friday prices at HH Gregg.  We've had these appliances picked out for several months but was waiting until closer to renovation time to make the purchase...and so glad we did! What should have cost us over $3500+....only cost us $2300+! Woohoo!! :)
Day 15-18: Floor Installation: The floors were finally able to be put in. First, they had to remove all the staples from the floors, install hardy backer, and then lay and cut the tile!
(before photo)
Day 19: Grout:  The tiles were grouted with a light grey grout! Woohooo....we have floors!!!!
And guess what?? All the "squeaks" are gone!!!
Day 20: Cabinet delivery: The first delivery of cabinets were delivered!!
Day 23: Appliance delivery!! I've never been so excited to see appliances in my entire life.
Day 22-30: Cabinet Installation: Slowly...the cabinets are being built and put in place!
Day 23-25: Painting: We probably should have painted this room before the floors were installed, but let's just say "we've been busy"....so we finally got around to it and it took 3 long nights since we also still had some wallpaper to remove. We decided to paint the room a neutral color since we haven't picked out the backsplash yet....and we painted the chair rail white. (The room was originally wallpapered and the chair rail was blue.)
Day 25: We Can Cook: Our microwave and oven were officially hooked up! Guess who's making spaghetti for dinner!!??? :)
Day 25: Crown Molding: Beautiful Crown molding was installed to give our kitchen that finished built in look! I loooove it. (It just needs to be painted.)
Day 32: Pantry: Our pantry was finally installed (minus the hardware)...complete with pull out drawers that are soft-close!
(Every drawer and door in the whole kitchen is soft-close! It's so nice not to hear a door slam in the kitchen!)
Day 34: Dishwasher & Sink: This farm sink is beautiful!! Literally I designed the entire kitchen around this porcelain beauty! :)  It's not hooked up in the current picture, but DAY 35 the sink, garbage disposal and dishwasher were hooked up! :)
 Day 37:  Measuring:  People came over to measure for our quartz countertops.  It takes around two weeks to get the countertops cut and installed...which is just ridiculous.  Luckily, we had some scrap pieces of cabinets that we put down to act as our countertops until our real ones are ready.
 
Today is Day 38 of our kitchen renovation....and things are now on hold until January.
In January - we will install the countertops. We have five door fronts that were not ready yet that need to be installed. And at some point we will pick out backsplash and new lighting to complete the kitchen.
But guess what...the stove works, the sink and dishwasher work, I was able to put our dishes in 80% of the cabinets, and all our food is in the pantry and fridge. It's a "working kitchen"...but it's still "in the works."
 
Be back in January with Update #2.
(And hopefully the finished project!)

Monday, December 15, 2014

My J.O.B. (or lackthereof)

I've been working for a media company for the past 7 years...
...and for the most part I've loved it.
(modeling our logo)
(volunteering for our "change the world" program)
 
I have the best boss in the world, the dress code is casual (yay for jeans and toms!), I get a lot of vacation days (more than anyone else I know), I can roll in the office at 45minutes late and I don't get any weird looks, we get lots of perks (free merchandise, volunteer days, reds tickets, random parties, summer hours, etc.) and I've really come to adore all the people I work with in our office.
(celebrating at my surprise bridal shower)
(posing with my workout team during our Fitness competition)
 
....But unfortunately...
Our company announced that they will be closing our Cincinnati office and centralizing all positions at the corporate headquarters. Some positions were eliminated and a few were relocated to another state.  I was fortunate enough to be offered my position, but after talking it over with the husband, we weren't at the point in our life where we were interested in moving, especially to this location.
 
So....come the fall of next year...
Jax will be out of a job.
 
I better go update my resume! :(


Friday, December 12, 2014

Pregnancy Journal: Weeks 4-12

I wanted to keep track of some highlights & lowlights of my first trimester...
Feel free to read along - or I don't blame you if you completely skip this blog post entirely. haha.
 
WEEK 4:
Highlights: The positive sign on the pregnancy test. (I actually found out at 3 weeks and 6 days!)Telling CV the big news!! And being super ridiculously happy!!
Lowlights: Being a little nauseous and not sleeping very well.

WEEK 5:
Highlights: My first doctors appointment because she confirmed I was pregnant!! And she confirmed my due date, which falls on an extra special day!!
Lowlights: The "girls" being very sore and feeling very nauseous. Also, looking like I have a small beer gut from being bloated.

WEEK 6:
Highlights: Telling my closest friends the news while we were in FL. (I couldn't PRETEND to drink for 5 whole days at a girls beach trip with my closest friends....so of course I had to tell them.)
I waited until the first night when we were all dressed and ready for dinner. I poured everyone a glass of champagne...and we posed for a picture cheers-ing with our glasses. And right when everyone took a drink....I said "I'M PREGNANT". :) So much fun to see everyone's reaction. I love these girls!
Lowlights: Nauseous. Nauseous and more nauseous. Oh, and tired.
 
WEEK 7:
Highlights: Telling CV's parents the news. We weren't planning on telling them until 12 weeks, but we were too excited one day and decided to call them and tell them.  His mom had the highest pitch squeal I've ever heard! It's so fun to tell people the news. :)
Lowlights: Morning Sickness. Yes, the "sickness" has started, but its not always in the morning - it's usually when I get home from work or after dinner. Also, my jeans are feeling a little snug which I'm not happy about since its WAY too early for maternity clothes. (and also because its due to bloating and not due to a baby!)

WEEK 8:
Highlights: My wonderful husband making me lots of dinners and rubbing my feet every night! And sleeping like a log! :)
Lowlights: Lots and lots of morning sickness. (at night) And not being able to eat much because everything sounds really gross to eat. All I want to eat are soft pretzels from the mall, caramel popcorn and cheese and crackers.

WEEK 9:
Highlights: Going to Memphis and finally being able to tell my family & bff the news (since I wanted to tell them in person.) I didn't really do anything special in telling them...I just pretty much blurted it out when I saw them, haha.  And for my sister - I actually told my niece that she was getting a baby cousin next summer and I told her to tell her mom for me.  So my sister actually heard it first from my 6 year old niece...which was pretty cute! :)
(Here I am 9 weeks preggo...about to pop the button off these jeans!)
Lowlights: More nausea and sickness. And still having to wait another week to hear the heartbeat....so long to wait!

WEEK 10:
Highlights: FINALLY going to our first real doctors appointment and hearing the little one's heart beat! It was 160bpm!! Most amazing thing to ever hear!! :)
(A picture of us in the waiting room. It was 7AM and 30 degrees outside - don't judge!) :)
Lowlights: The blood work at the doctors office! Getting poked my needles is not fun!!
And being in the middle of a kitchen renovation - that means when I'm craving spaghetti - I can't even make it!! Grrrr....

WEEK 11:
Highlights: Remember that spaghetti I was craving....well my highlight this week is eating homemade spaghetti & meatballs from CV's best friend who knew I was craving it! He even made the sauce homemade - it was amazing & I'm so thankful for friends who do great gestures like this!!
Lowlights: Still getting sick and throwing up at night. I'm hoping this will end very soon.

WEEK 12:
Highlights: Telling Friends and Family at Thanksgiving!!! We've been looking forward to this holiday for a long time know as we knew that's when we were 12 weeks (11w6d) and it was safe to tell all our close family and friends at our Thanksgiving events!!
And finally reaching the 12-week milestone...which gives me a lot of peace of mind.
Lowlights: Still throwing up...and my pants barely fit. I've been doing the "rubber band trick" A LOT! (Not a fan of the belly bands at all.)
(Here we are at Thanksgiving (11w6day)! I wore a loose fitting shirt to hide the small bump.....and to hide all the turkey I planned to eat!)

Hope this all explains why I've been MIA the last three months!
Be back soon!!! :)


Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Telling My Husband I am Pregnant!

*First, thanks for all the comments on yesterday's news!! I got so much love from all my blog-besties on instagram and the ole blog and I'm feeling so loved! Thank you a million!!!
If you're interested on how we found out and how I told my husband...keep reading!

(I wrote this post on October 8th, 2014)
It was October 2nd, I wasn't "late" yet, but that box in my cabinet that says "Find Out 6 Days Before Your Missed Period" was calling my name.  I was a pro at taking pregnancy tests at this point...and also a pro at having no patience and taking them too early too. So when I woke up this day (a few days before I was supposed to start) I knew I wanted to take another test.

I took the test, stared at it for 10 seconds and it showed me one stupid little line. Ugh! I put it on the counter and got in the shower to get ready for work. Even when I was in the shower - I opened the curtain and tried to look at it from two feet away (ha!)...and I still only saw one distinct line. Ugh again! So I got out of the shower, and proceed to get ready for work. I picked up the test to throw it away, glanced at it one last time... AND THERE IT WAS....the faintest little line to show me that I was pregnant!!!
Oh my gosh!!!! Oh my gosh!!!!! Oh my gosh!!!!!

Chris and I get ready in two different bathrooms, but right when I opened my bathroom door, he was walking over to give me a good-morning-kiss. I immediately threw my pajamas on the counter to hide the test - it was SUPER hard not to tell him right then and there. (And I literally paced the hallway back and forth while he was in the front yard with the dog...wondering if I should tell him RIGHT NOW!) But I knew I didn't want to tell him while wearing a towel, with wet hair...and with him leaving in 5 minutes to go to work. So...I waited until that night.

(meanwhile...the work day was the longest day ever!)

I went to the bookstore on the way home from work to pick up a little gift. When I came home CV was taking a nap in bed. I seriously couldn't wait any longer - so about 5 minutes after he woke up - I told him I got him a little gift today. He was confused and sat up in bed to open his gift....
He didn't even take it out of the bag...he looked at it for a few seconds. Then, looked up at me and said "ARE YOU PREGNANT?????" with this really puzzling look on his face.
I nodded and started crying. (the hormones, people!)
It took him a few minutes for the news to set in...I even had to show him the positive pregnancy test to confirm that I was indeed pregnant! :)
Then, we went out to dinner to celebrate and couldn't talk about anything but babies and pregnancy!

...and the next day....my sweet husband came home with beautiful flowers for his pregnant wife! :)
...and two days later, I took one more test just to be sure. Haha.
Still positive! :)  
(here are the books I got CV as a gift)
It was definitely a wonderful week filled with exciting, yet shocking news! Reality still hasn't set in yet, but we are so excited for this journey to begin! We feel so blessed!
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P.S. To those who are having trouble getting pregnant or have had bumps in the road...
...I will continue to think of and pray for you and your family. xoxo. 

Monday, December 8, 2014

SURPRISE!!!!!!!


If you missed my post on Instagram yesterday, here's our BIG NEWS!!!!
A tiny Reds fan is on their way to Cincinnati! :)
We couldn't be more thrilled to grow our family and so happy to finally share our news!!
(He/She says "HI!") :)
Details on the first trimester coming soon...

Monday, November 17, 2014

Lately...

You've probably noticed that every couple of months I post a blog titled "Lately..."
That's when you know life is much to busy to be producing daily/weekly blog postings and I need to sum everything up in a quick post to show everyone that I am alive and I didn't give up on my blog! :)
Two weeks ago, CV and I headed down to Memphis for a long weekend for some friend & family time! As always, we stayed with my BFF Stephanie! We ate dinner at Babalu's on Friday night and then went to the Madison Rooftop & dinner at Eighty3 Saturday night. We definitely ate very well while we were there! :)
We also spent a lot of time with my family during the day Saturday & Sunday. My mom made a huge family dinner Sunday night that was delish...and the rest of the time was spent playing with the kiddos! The kiddos looooove Uncle Chris! :)
 
The day we got back from Memphis, we had to rush to get our kitchen cleaned out because demolition started first thing the next morning. Here is what it looked like in the morning....and when we came home from work!!
Since then, we've hired an electrician who put all the wiring behind the walls and moved our wires to where the new appliances will be....and the drywall guy is actually working this week to fix the walls and ceiling from where the soffits were. And then, we have to move the water line since we are moving our fridge to the other side of the room. Exciting, huh!! :)
Other than living through a kitchen renovation...editing photos...eating take out & ice cream...and trying to stay warm during our first snow day....life in Cincinnati is moving along swimmingly.
Hope everyone is staying warm! :)
....be back soon!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

#BestieBeachTrip

If you follow me on Instagram, then you know how much fun my girls and I had on our girls beach trip!
We arrived bright and early on Friday morning...stuffed our faces with shrimp & hush puppies for lunch and hit the beach while we waited on the rest of the gang to arrive.
Gangs All Here!
Every day was spent soaking up sun on the beach, chit chatting and laughing our butts off!
I also buried Kimberly in the sand. Haha. #grownups
And I held a JELLYFISH! (apparently the clear ones don't have stingers!)
Pretty much every day was spent eating breakfast together...going to the beach...eating lunch together...spending more time at the beach....then showering and cooking or getting ready to go out for dinner! Perfect little vaca.
And the last morning was spent celebrating Natalie's birthday. #wewokeuplikethis
We ate cake for breakfast, went to the beach, drank lots of wine and got ready for a delish dinner.
...and before we knew it...it was Tuesday morning and time to head to the airport to make our flight back home!
 
My heart is so happy that I got to spend four amazing days with these ladies! They have been in my life for many many years (some 15+ years!) but the last year has been my favorite with them. They have been there for me through good times and bad and I truly love each and every single one of them. I'm so lucky to have you all in my life.
Love you girls forever!
(Can't wait until our #bestiebeachtrip 2015!)