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Hi, I'm Elizabeth and I invite you to grab a glass of sweet tea and join me as I (along with my husband, John) renovate our love nest. We're both born and raised in the south and love to share with you some of our favorite recipes, stories and our life. We hope you'll come back often!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Thoughts and Projects

So I have a lot of thoughts. I'm going to try and get some of them down and in a seemingly organized way for you. No promises. My mind these days has turned into a whirlwind with no thought coming around twice. It's a constant blur of to-do lists, what needs to be done, what's been done, what's for dinner.. ugh, and then there's the baby stuff. It's a lot.
So one of the first things about being pregnant that is completely throwing John and I both off is my aversion to food. Nothing ever sounds good to eat. Ever. I have no cravings, and so far, I've only lost weight. Granted, I'm only 19 weeks and this is normal for many women. But I never in a million years thought it would be me. I've always loved food; cooking, baking, eating. It's all good. Until now. I have no energy to cook. Much less eat what I've just spent the last hour looking at. So that's been a huge problem when it comes to meals. John is hungry when he comes home from work and the best I can do it shove him in the direction of the pantry and the freezer hoping he'll find something while I choke down some applesauce. No joke. Every day is a different battle, but knowing it will end, makes it a little more bearable. Worst case scenario, we have 4 more months of this. :)

I've been trying to purge the house. Bringing two kids into our already over-stuffed house is overwhelming me. I feel like I need to get the house to a point where it's smart and working for us, not it being stuffed to the gills with stuff "we might need one day". I would rather spend the time now trying to get it up to snuff, than have to deal with it once the kids are here and we're trying to do it with them in tow. Yes, babies are small when they're born, but they grow quickly (and so does their stuff) and I'd rather have growing room than feeling claustrophobic in my own house from the start. So with that said, we have a to-do list. Some of it we've already started, some is going to have to wait for some other projects to be completed. I'll fill you in below.
So as far as the house goes. We have our work cut out for us. Our upstairs, which is rarely on the blog (fear not, it's about to get it's close up), is our biggest priority. When we bought the house all the trim in the house was honey brown. Uck. So over the past 3 years we've worked to try and remedy that. All the trim downstairs is now white and we've been trying to muster the courage to get started upstairs. Then we found out we were preggo, and that lit a fire under us.
Here's what the upstairs looked like when we bought the house:   
 future nursery
Now, we also need new carpet. But we didn't want to replace the carpet and still have all this painting to do, so we decided to knock out the painting process and then have the carpet replaced. So far we've knocked out the nursery, and the hallway. This week we're working on the 4 doors that still need to be primed/painted. Before we make headway in to the office. It takes me about 4x longer to do projects than it used to. But I'm OK with it as long as progress is being made. So each evening this week we're putting on a coat of paint/primer after dinner.

There's more on the to-do list, but I'll save you the anxiety of it and share it a little at a time. That's the only way I can function, just bite off a little bit that's manageable and go from there. In the meantime I just have to keep telling myself that it will all come together. Eventually ;)
I can't wait to show you the finished result. And don't worry, I'll include all the details along with it.

What about you? Was there one thing that threw you off being pregnant? Any homeowners out there feel overwhelmed by the "stuff" in their house? Feel free to sound off in the comments. I'm all ears.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

A little Surprise

Hi Friends!

Wow, has it really been since May that I last posted? Holy moly I'm a bad, bad blogger. But since then, John and I have been on the bandwagon. Some of it hasn't been very glamorous, or even exciting. But hard work is being done none-the-less.

When John and I bought this house, I always dreamed I'd be bringing (at least) our first kid home here. So with every project accomplished, thought about and planned, I always invisioned having our first kiddo playing a part in our decisions. John thought I was nuts. He has never wanted to stay in this house for more than a few years, so for him, thinking about bringing a kid home was a little far fetched.

Well, come June 7th. we found out we are expecting! We are thrilled, giddy, and we are falling in love all over again. No wonder people call it a babymoon. Ha. So a few short weeks after the 'holy moly!' wore off we had our first appointment. As a routine "confirmation" of the pregnancy, we had our first ultrasound done. And sure enough. I was right. I would be bringing our first kiddo home with us. But to our HUGE surprise, they're bringing a friend with them. Twins!! Holy Moly, we're having babies!


You can only imagine our complete surprise and "oh-shit" moment that occured right there in the office. I was crying my eyes out (from disbelief, excitement, and holy crap, what now?) while John (thankfully) was sitting in the chair with his chin in his lap.

Since then, our world has been pitched upside down. I can't eat (much) without seeing it again. My poor husband, who is used to coming home to a home-cooked meal each night, is now the king of frozen dinners. Most days I'm lucky to get dressed. This pregnancy has taken every. bit. of. energy. I. have. I love being pregnant, but the symptoms have been really rough to deal with.  

So after some time to let everything soak in, we've returned to Earth, and are ready to tackle some things around here to get ready for these two arriving late January/ early February.

Here's the rundown (more so I have it written down and I can refer back to it for reference) of things we have to get done.

1. finish painting the trim/ doors upstairs
2. replace the carpet upstairs
3. switch the guest room into the office to make room for the nursery
4. organize the laundry room

Those are the biggies to get done immediately so we can get down to the details. But, no worries, we'll be keeping you posted on our progress as we get things done. At least I'll try between trips to the porcelain throne.

We're in for a wild ride, friends! Stay tuned...
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