Sunday, February 27, 2011

Wish List: Outdoor Oasis

Now that the temps are more spring-like than Alaska-like, I'm longing to spend some time outdoors. Wouldn't it be nice to have an amazing outdoor space like some of these beauties?

Friday, February 25, 2011

The Dog Condo

One of the first projects that needed to get done before baby was to build a better doghouse for our two pups. The dogs usually sleep in our room -- and I've always hated it. One is okay. Two? Is a snoring, stinking mess, especially when you have a male bassett hound. Our carpet is a disaster, and there was NO way I was having baby sleep in there too without doing something.

We didn't feel right leaving the pups outside since we only had a small igloo doghouse, which is pretty useless in the cold and pouring rain. So, J spent some time in the backyard thinking and drawing up plans. What I love about this man is that he can't do anything half-assed. Simple doghouse? Nope...

Several trips to Home Depot later, the frame was up.

He found a spot under the trees so that it'll be shaded in summer. See the igloo house on the right? After we saw the new house go up, we realized how pitiful it was that both dogs shared it.

We had several threats of rain, so J wanted to get the roof on ASAP. The neighbors kept peeking over the fence to see what the heck we were up to. I'm sure they appreciated the late-night hammering!

Once the roof was dried in, shingles went on...

Then the front and porch...

We did the porch for our husky, who likes to keep an eye on the yard but needs shade from the summer heat. And, of course, only fine cedar posts for our pups :)

And, luckily it was complete before our first snow.

Last weekend, we found this metal star at our local trade days. Nice touch, don't you think? :)

It still needs a few touch-ups, a coat of paint and a rug for the porch. We joke that it's the mother-in-law suite ... my mom didn't find it funny.

Now, we just need to replace the carpet in our bedroom before baby arrives!

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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

WIWW: Preggo Edition

Another preggo edition of What I Wore Wednesdays! I can't believe I'm now halfway through this pregnancy -- seems like the time has FLOWN by. Though, I kind of think people who say they "love being pregnant" are crazy. While I've been pretty lucky compared to some of my friends, the whole constantly aching belly and getting up five times a night to pee thing is really wearing on me. Not to mention the fact I get winded going up the stairs at my house, the headaches, forgetting just about everything (even to lock the house when I leave!), heat rash and the like.

Don't get me wrong, it's allll worth the {precious} end result -- but, seriously? I'm soo glad humans don't have the same gestation periods as, say, African elephants. (I'll save you the Google -- it's 660 - 760 days.) Holy cow!

Anyhoooo, onto the real reason for this post -- WIWW :) Just a few of the outfits I remembered to take a photo of since the last edition ... if only I could remember which day I wore what...

Casual day at work

Mossimo green tank ~ Target
striped sweater ~ Target
earrings ~ Target
Joe's maternity jeans ~ Pea in the Pod
Steve Madden pumps ~ Rack Room Shoes

Weekend errands

hat ~ Cabela's
black vest ~ Dick's Sporting Goods
white thermal ~ Alternative Apparel
maternity jeans ~ Motherhood Maternity
shoes ~ Columbia Outlet

Office meetings

black sweater dress ~ Ross (new)
necklace ~ Tiffany
purple tights ~ Kohl's
black peep-toe wedges ~ White House Black Market

Meet-up with the girls, errands

beige tee ~ Target
brown tank ~ Target
maternity jeans ~ Motherhood Maternity
green flats ~ Old Navy

I actually got these shoes a year or two ago and never wore them. Cute, huh?

Working from home, errands

sunglasses ~ Coach outlet
striped top ~ borrowed
same Joe's maternity jeans
brown mary janes ~ Target

Office meetings

dress ~ Kohl's (new, $5 on clearance!)
black sweater ~ J. Crew
earrings ~ Kohl's
black maternity leggings ~ borrowed
boots ~ Target

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Sunday, February 20, 2011

It's a...

Well, it's a 50 / 50 shot at guessing, right? ;) Okay, okay, I won't keep it to myself any longer ... it's a B.O.Y.!! We are both SO thrilled and excited, it's hard to believe we'll be holding our little man in less than five months. And while we've got a TON to do to prepare before his arrival, thought I'd celebrate a moment of peace. {Tick tock, tick tock}

Okay ... now where do I start?!

Hello Again

So when I fall off the bandwagon, I reeeeaaaalllly fall off! BUT, we're about to start the baby room, so I'm excited to share our ideas and projects. And, I already have a list of stuff I want to accomplish after the baby arrives. You know, when I have all that free time while on maternity leave (I'm sure you moms are laughing at me right now!) :)

Oh, and we found out what we're having ... I'll share tomorrow! ;)
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