Saturday, June 2, 2018

Home sweet half-finished home

The kitchen isn't quite ready yet, but we are! After 3 months in the condo and with summer (and my parents) almost here, it is time to be home. The house is still a little dusty, and the kitchen is still a construction zone, but the fridge is in, so I think we can make it work!

The big delay now is the countertops -- our top pick was out of stock and they didn't let us know until the day it was scheduled to be cut. We're on to plan B and I think I've convinced myself I like the new countertops even better. As of now, they are scheduled to go in on June 15. Unfortunately, we'll have to wait until then for our sink, too. 

Here are a few pics of the kitchen, in its current state:

Our new, glorious, enormous refrigerator, in a new location away from the back door

The other cabinet color -- marine blue. There is an L-shaped peninsula under the tarp, also in marine blue, where we will be able to have barstools. Yes! Barstools!

The range is in the same spot, but you can see we now have a double oven -- hurrah! It's a little hard to see, but the pantry is to the left of the back door where that wood wall is. The right side (not shown) has a bench, shelves, and hooks for our coats
This is the money shot. The unobstructed view from the kitchen into the dining room. I LOVE how open it is. The photo is a little dark, but you get the idea

Friday, June 1, 2018

Friends 4-eva

There's just something so easy about being around old friends. It doesn't matter how much time goes by, it seems like we can still just pick up right where we left off as soon as we get back together.

On that note, it's been a pretty good couple of months for seeing my friends from high school. Lindsay lives here of course, and now that my schedule is more flexible, we've been able to pick it up a bit with Friday lunches every month or so. Then at the end of April, Jason and I went back to Cincinnati for a music fest (National Homecoming on Smale Park along the Ohio River ... it was amazing). We got to see Dana and Lauren while we were in town and also see how much cooler Cincinnati is than when I lived there (Covington, KY and Over-the-Rhine neighborhoods especially).

Natalie is the farthest away, but she is so good about visiting Chicago. It was my turn to get out to Arizona though, so Jason, Molly, and I went to visit Nat and her family over Memorial Day weekend and had such a good time. It felt like the kick-off to summer. They have a huge group of friends in AZ and had a big BBQ one of the nights. We got some swim time in at the pool, checked out Top Golf for the first time, and then we also got to see another friend from high school, Eric, and his brand new baby Declan. Declan is a magic baby -- so cute and so good. He never even cried once when we were at dinner. He just looked around at everyone and let us pass him around until he fell asleep. Aww.

It's hard to believe I've been friends with this crew for more than 20 years! We've got our reunion coming up in Sept. I was on the fence, but think I'm definitely going to make the effort to get back for it now.
Out in Cincinnati with Dana and LT
Molly at the pool with Natalie's two darlings, Eva and Cole
Finishing up dinner with baby Declan. Jordan, Natalie, and Meredith are in the photo. Jason, Eric, and I were on the other side of the table. I always say this ... we should have taken more pictures!

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Love to all the moms

Molly has one babysitter, Courtney, who is just heads and shoulders above the rest. She watched Molly overnight a couple of weekends ago when Jason and I went to Cincinnati, and of course, she was thoughtful enough to have Molly do a Mother's Day art project. How sweet is this? Definitely going on the wall somewhere.
A Mother's Day surprise for me :)
Overall, we had a pretty low-key Mother's Day, but that's what made it wonderful :) I had some phone time with my mom, some alone time thanks to my thoughtful husband, some family time with my sister, Archie, and nephews, and some one-on-one time with my girl. I felt pretty loved. Hope others out there are feeling the love, too!

Saturday, May 12, 2018


Kitchen update: we have cabinets! It's been a long wait, but the cabinets are finally here. I just dropped Molly off at lacrosse and found the guys all at the house working. On a Saturday! Hurrah! I can't wait to see how it looks after the weekend.

As of now, our appliances are scheduled for delivery on the 21st, but there is a chance we'll be able to move that date up. Double hurrah. I am SO ready to be back in our place ...

It's finally starting to take shape

Sunday, May 6, 2018

First Communion Day

For someone who is not Catholic, I have somehow managed to spend quite a lot of time sitting through Catholic Mass. Yesterday's Mass was my all-time favorite though because my sweet little girl was all dressed up to receive her First Communion.

We had a fun mother-daughter morning getting ready. Molly had very specific instructions for how she wanted me to do her hair -- in a high pony tail with curls. And I have to say, she looked beyond adorable in her white dress, veil, and gloves. 

I know she was nervous about the whole thing. The kids all had to walk down the long aisle with everyone staring at them. But she did great and I just felt so dang proud of her up there. Bravo, Molly!
So happy Marsha and Steve were able to come in town to celebrate with us! 

Wednesday, April 25, 2018


Molly and I always read together before she goes to bed. When I pick the book, we usually end up reading one of my childhood favorites, like Pippi Longstocking or Charlotte's Web. When Molly picks, it's usually one of her favorites, like Bad Kitty or Dork Diaries.

Lately, we've been reading something that's new for both of us -- Wonder by R.J. Palacio. The movie version came out last year, but we never saw it and decided to read the book first. I'm so glad we did because it's really, really good. Molly has even been tucking herself into bed early to give us extra time to read.

The only problem? This book keeps making me cry. There have been times I've had to hand it over to Molly to finish the chapter while tears roll down my cheeks and I lose the ability to speak. It's not always what Auggie has to go through that gets me so choked up -- he's a 5th-grade boy with significant facial deformities. More often, it's the conversations he has with his parents that just kill me.

Don't let that stop you from reading it though :) It's sad at times, but also funny and heartwarming. And reading it together with Molly has led to some really good conversations about how things go at her school and with her friends. We're not finished yet, but unless this thing has a terrible ending, I think it's sitting in 5-star territory.

Monday, April 9, 2018

Condo living

We've been living in my parents' condo for about a month now while our kitchen renovation is underway. The latest update is that our cabinets will arrive the first week in May, so unfortunately, we still have a couple more months to go. But it's okay! My parents will be in Florida until June, so we are very lucky to have a place to stay while we wait.

We miss our house and neighborhood (and Jason misses his Sonos), but overall, I kind of like condo living. It suits our little family to be together on one floor. And I get to test out a capsule wardrobe! I know this doesn't sound like everyone's dream, but I love the idea of paring down my belongings to just a few basics and mixing and matching my way through the week. This is approximately what I've been working with for the past 4 weeks. Work-out clothes and accessories not pictured.

Full confession--I'm pretty sick of everything in the suitcase and am planning to swap out some of the tops later this week. But, it has showed me that I can get by with fewer choices. I'm thinking it might be time to go full Marie Kondo on my closet when I get home.

Other benefits of condo life? I love that there's a gym in the building! And Molly loves it too. She either takes a book and reads, or practices handstands and cartwheels for half an hour while I run or use the elliptical. This leaves no excuse for me not to work out.

My work out buddy

Thanks Mom and Dad for loaning us the place. Our kitchen is still without a finished floor or walls, but I'll post pictures as soon as we have visible progress!