As you know, I've been looking to redesign my site for awhile. After searching out a lot of options within Blogger that just weren't quite working out (huge understatement), I finally found a platform that fits my short-term and long-term goals for blogging PERFECTLY!
I'm so excited, friends!
I still have a lot of work to do and I think over the next 6-months you'll continue to see a lot of changes.. but I didn't want to wait to have it "perfect" to get started. I wanted to jump right in and take you along on the journey with me!
And for all of you loyal readers, I would love it if you update your feeds to include my new site. Honestly that was the hardest part of deciding to change my domain name because I don't want the 3,000 of you who visit my site every day to abandon me, but I really feel it will be a change for the better for all of you who will continue to follow along!
Winter is doing me in, completely! I'm sure you feel the same.. (Except for my sister Amy who is currently living in Mexico. She always was the smarter sister!)
Anyway, Evan and I keep saying how ABSOLUTELY THANKFUL we are that we have this mudroom. It looks pretty clean in this picture, but the floor is absolutely covered in salt, puddles, and paw prints. We are totally putting the "mud" in mudroom!
Overall this room is one of the things that sold us on our house. It is part of an addition that the previous owners constructed, and it is a God send! In houses like ours built in the early 1900s with detached garages, it is a super rare find and I'm so thankful we have this messy room as a dumping ground. Therefore, it wins my "Most Valuable Room" award :)
Watching the HGTV dreamhome last month made me REALLY want to take a trip to Nantucket. I've never been, but I've always loved it from afar! I seriously can't get the idea of moving there and living forever visting there out of my head! I would love to just hop on bikes with the boys and cycle around town with my camera. Here are some of the homes I'm crushing on:
Which means that it was a year ago today that I went into labor at 38-weeks pregnant. I have such fond memories of this day too. I have a CRYSTAL CLEAR memory of it!
It was basic, normal Monday. I went to work, ordered in lunch with my team partner since it was cold and snowy outside, I met with various people to prep them to take over my projects when I went on maternity leave, and left at around 4:00. Overall I remember it just being a GOOD, calm, day (Which is sometimes rare where I work, lol).
I got home and was realllllly tired. I had a bowl of cheerios, took a shower, and put my feet up. A few hours later, I noticed I was spotting and I got a little concerned so I called my OB. She was working at the hospital that night so she told me to come in and they would just give me a quick check up to make sure everything looked ok.
I was glad she was going to check me out so I could have some peace of mind, but I was also SO UPSET that I was going to the hospital for a check-up because I wanted the next time I went to the hospital to be the time I was having my baby! (At this point, I was completely convinced I'd be home a few hours later!) We called our parents and told them what was going on, but not to get too excited or too concerned because it was a just a check-up.
We brought my hospitals bags JUST IN CASE they admitted me, dropped our dog off at my in-laws he wouldn't be alone if it were a really late night, and we headed to the hospital in a blizzard!
We get to the hospital and they bring us back to a triage room in the Labor and Deliver unit at around 10:30pm. I was e-x-h-a-u-s-t-e-d and just anxious to hear that the baby was ok and we could go home. The nurse checks me out and confirms the heartbeat is strong and the baby looks great. She tells me they will just have the doctor take a look and then they'll send me home.
Well, the nurse leaves and not two minutes later my water breaks and I start having INSANE contractions. Elevens on an intensity scale of 1-10! So bad I made Evan go and get the nurse. The doctor and nurse come back 5-minutes later and check me out, and sure enough I was almost completely dialted and effaced and ready to go! I will never forget the moment they told me the baby was coming and instructed transport to bring me to a labor and delivery room immediately. What were the odds? Seriously? We were laughing the timing was so perfect!
I got my epidural around 11:30pm and then we called our parents to let them know the baby actually WAS on his way! I think we were all pretty much in shock in the most wonderful way! Obviously labor was painful and exhausting, but it was such a miracle to see this sweet little boy come into the world. When I reflect back on the year I think how much I truly loved pregnancy and caring for this absolutely amazing little boy and watching him grow! Love just isn't a strong enough word for how I feel about him and about the honor I feel it is to be his mom.
I am pretty much completely in love with my friend Stacie's house! I love the overall coastal vibe and all of her beautiful accent pieces. Such a light, happy, beautiful home!
Here are some pictures shortly after she moved in as she was getting settled. I love that there are so many different arrangements that work so well in this space. It is the perfect shape! (You might think that is a random thing to pick up on, but if you had a long narrow family room like I have you would completely understand my envy!)
I also love her entry table here on the left and the hanging lanterns next to the door. Such great accent pieces!
Love how her white dining set just pops against the dark floors. Perfect contrast!
Finally, I am obsessed with these awesome light fixtures! They totally tie in with the coastal feel of her house and have great character!
And how cute is her puppy Kingston? I want to dognap him and keep him for myself!! ;)
Stacie thank you so much for sharing your BEAUTIFUL home!