Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Interior Updates

It has been a whirlwind around here! Ryan took a week of vacation to work in the nursery and around the house. I made a huge honey-do list and he accomplished just about all of it. I am eager to share the nursery pictures, but we're waiting on a few finishing touches to ship. I just want to do it justice and wait until it's all finished. In the meantime, we've painted more swatches and had Ryan Homes back for repairs. 

First up, let me just give props to Ryan Homes for their efficiency this week. I joked that the supervisor "called in the calvary" last Friday. Several crews were here to add the missing trim, finish our punch list, and check out the basement carpet. It turns out the carpet stains could not be cleaned, so they've ordered a new section of carpet. They'll check the carpet pad when the carpet is removed because it seems to be pulling up dirt through the pad. No date yet because the carpet had to be ordered, but is fortunately still available in the same dye batch. The windows still need to be repaired too, but the snow isn't really cooperating with that. Our nursery window is holding icicles between the panes, so I'm eager to get that fixed before baby for sure.

But here's the most impressive-- trim work makes such a difference. It was a day's worth of trim installation and a second day's worth of paint, but so worth it. They added crown molding and a chair rail throughout the upstairs hallway. The left is "after" and the right is during. I forgot to snap a true before shot. 
Crown molding and chair rail

The dining room also received an update. They touched up the tray ceiling so all the seams are hidden, plus they added the molding. 
Formal dining room wainscoting

LOVE the way difference it makes. The walls are currently Sherwin Williams Eggwhite, but we're updating them with China Doll soon. We're also considering painting the recessed portions of the tray ceiling a shade or two darker to make it stand out more. 
Pottery Barn Bella Chandelier

Here's an example of the darker tray ceiling concept:

But seriously, how amazing is the Pottery Barn Bella Chandelier in the dark? I can't wait to get the dining room table moved back into here; they were supposed to move it back when they did the windows, but that's been delayed so we're rocking the empty room look again. It's way too heavy for my husband and I to move alone with me pregnant. 
Pottery Barn Bella Chandelier

We also received quotes from four different painters this week. Ryan painted the nursery, but there's just too much for us to do the rest of it on our own. Professionals can knock the whole thing out in 3-4 days and it's surprisingly affordable. Here's Sherwin Williams Swimming and Sherwin Williams Tidewater. I'm pretty sure I'll be using Tidewater in my office.
Sherwin Williams Swimming Sherwin Williams Tidewater

Painting test swatches on the wall is so important. They looked super similar in the cans, but very different on the wall. I was leaning toward Swimming initially, but it's just too bright on the wall.
Sherwin Williams Swimming Sherwin Williams Tidewater

Finally, we also hung up most of our pictures and art while Ryan was on vacation. I'm waiting until we paint to do the full house tour, but here's a preview. Step 1: throw everything on the floor, haha
gallery wall in the making

Step 2: turn mess into gallery wall, tada! 
gallery wall in the making

The nursery items are all supposed to be in next week, so I'll share those next!

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Time Flies: 29 Weeks!

I haven't been blogging my pregnancy as much as I thought I would initially. To be honest, it's a good sign! Things have been pretty uneventful. I'm officially 29 weeks and we are so looking forward to meeting our little man!

I'm definitely in maternity pants now, but still wearing a mix of my regular tops and maternity ones. My belly is measuring exactly on schedule, but baby is about a week ahead. Sometimes I catch a glimpse of myself in the mirror and have to do a double take. I tease my husband that it's either laugh or cry at this points about the changes. ;) In spite of my retroverted uterus, I'm starting to feel lots of movement and you can actually see him poking through on the outside now. It's reassuring and I had really been looking forward to that.

Mostly, I've just been tired. I never really found the magical second trimester energy boost that most people said would come. I'm now into the third trimester, so I think it's safe to say that isn't coming. My blood pressure has still been running low, but I'll take that over high blood pressure any day. I also had some gallbladder pain, which was worrisome because my mom had hers removed right after her first pregnancy. But that seems to have passed thankfully. 

I don't have much of an increased appetite, though I go from not hungry at all to starving in about three seconds flat. ha! Mostly craving Mexican food and the occasional sweets, but then the craving passes as quickly as it started. I've gained 15 pounds so far, and my goal was to get out under 30 overall. With 11 weeks to go, I think I'll be on track for that. Already thinking about getting the weight OFF. 

Looking Forward To:
So many things! It's definitely getting real now. In the short term, I'm looking forward to decorating our nursery. All of the furniture (except the mattress) has arrived, and my husband is taking a week off work next week to put it all together and paint. I am determined to have the nursery finished before he goes back to work. We're doing a nautical theme. It's going to be so cute! Here's our color scheme. We're using the top teal, left beige, and far left blue: Dhurrie Beige, Reflecting Pool (on top), and Regatta (far left). 

I'm also really looking forward to my family meeting our little man. I went home to Louisville for Thanksgiving and Christmas, my belly bigger by the minute each time. My dad chokes up talking about him, and my mom keeps saying she can't believe I'm actually pregnant. ha! My brother and sister-in-law have been telling my nephew about the baby and teaching him the name too. It's so fun to think about how different next year will be at this time.

Until next time, when I'll probably be bigger than a house... 

Friday, January 1, 2016

2016 Word of the Year: Embrace

2015 was an incredible year.

It was a year of professional growth. It was my first year working from home full time instead of my third grade classroom. Between Ms. Fultz's Corner, Design by Christi, and my Jamberry businesses I definitely kept myself busy.

It was a year of travel. My Jamberry business meant lots of travel this year to meet my team at our training events. The cities have blurred together, but the highlight was definitely my first passport stamp on our free incentive trip to Mexico. 

It was a year of family. After four years of marriage, Ryan and I really hit our stride this year. We learned to navigate medical school just in time for him to graduate to residency. ;) We crossed a big goal off our list and built our first home. Of course the biggest blessing was when we found out we're having our first baby this spring. 

It was a year of change. After a lot of reflection, it was time to set new goals and imagine new dreams while letting go of others I thought I'd chase my whole life. You know what they say... if you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans. I thought I had it figured out, but now I realize I'm still not sure what my purpose is, but I feel like I'm getting closer to it every day. 

So 2016 has big shoes to fill, but my approach this year feels different. My husband always teased me that I'm a "gunner" and I go after what I want. I actually just Googled "gunner" as I'm writing this. The first thing that popped up, "A person who is competitive, overly-ambitious and substantially exceeds minimum requirements." That pretty much hits the nail on the head, although I'm mostly competitive with myself.

But I'm taking a step back in the new year. I'm going with the flow. I'm taking the long way home. I'm going to say 'no' more often to others and 'yes' more often to myself and our family. I'm going to stop and enjoy more sunsets. I'm going to embrace each day. I'm going to hold our family {and our new baby on the way} a little closer. I'm going to accept the things I can't change. And I'm going to believe wholeheartedly that I am exactly where I need to be. 

Here's to 2016.