Month : September 2014

home from key west.



We were blessed to take a very relaxing four nights in the Florida Keys and get away from it all — day jobs, second jobs, homebuilding, and apartment living. We love to be busy, and we truly enjoy working, but once we nearly forced ourselves to schedule a little time away, we realized just how much we needed it. Lots of sun (and humidity!), lots of laughs, lots of food (I may have eaten my weight in gelato!), and lots of quiet, smiley moments, as we focused on what’s to come as we start the third trimester in the coming days. _MG_0782-Edit

On the eve of our seventh wedding anniversary, we shot some maternity pictures. Little One stole the show of course and I’m beyond thrilled we have these rare, slowed-down, moments captured in photographs, as a way to remember this special time in our lives that is fleeting for sure. (Little One officially has his name by the way…it’s incorporated into a picture we took at this session that I’m dying to share later after he’s made his arrival.)



Big thank you hugs to the awesome Harmons duo for a photography session around the island that felt more like a double date with friends we’d known for years. I will treasure these photos for years to come.

I’m looking forward to writing another post more specifically about the trip and the sights we saw and places we ate and stayed that we’d definitely recommend. But for tonight, I’m just reliving this perfect past Sunday night with my main guy, and my little guy on the way.

maternity picture planning.



Navy polo: Banana Republic | Coral pants: Southern Tide | Navy maternity maxi: Old Navy
Necklace: Unknown | Hair flowers: Claire’s | Polish:

While taking our anniversary trip-turned-babymoon in September later this fall, we decided to capitalize on the location and take maternity photos while in the sun and sand. I am so excited to be working with Matt + Michelle for an evening shoot along the beach! I spied a beach portrait recently where the guy had on some sweet coral chinos…and the look above just spanned from there.

At the encouragement of the photogs, we are planning a second outfit as well – still nailing down the details, but we’re going for a dressier “post-date-night-walk-along-the-beach” kind of vibe…and I’m planning to carry the Loubs in hand for a couple red-sole shots. 😉

Can’t wait to take these pics in anticipation of Baby S’ arrival!

any progress is progress.

Liz foundation

This build and this baby on the way have been excellent lessons in patience and relinquishing control for Page and me, two type-A planners who like to control things. 🙂 With the latest house-building delay being weather (SO much rain here the past 3 weeks!), the only “progress” at the house has been water being pumped out of the foundation (twice), in anticipation of next steps, only to watch it refill with yet more rainwater.

At a time when every day counts, every week should be a milestone in progress, and every month extended on the construction loan is costing us money, the delays have been a bit stressful. Yes, we did sign up for this, and we know it is all worth it in the end, and a blip on the radar compared to our good news of a healthy, growing baby on the way. But while we knew any of the delays that have happened so far were possible (bank hold-ups, crew availability, weather, city approval issues, etc), we never imagined the possibility that ALL of them might happen!

So there you have it, my little dose of complaining…but I can suck it up now. 🙂

Page foundation

So there’s not much to do but cry, “Uncle”, laugh about it, and focus our efforts on the things we can do (like continuing to make decisions for the interior) and on the bigger, more important things happening in our life right now (the third trimester is quickly approaching already!!). The process of building is certainly more peaceful when you just give in a little, although we’ve found if we don’t somewhat stay on top of people, progress is even slower and questions go unanswered. It’s a tough line to walk between being pushy with people and trying to just be agreeable in hopes of seeing things happen faster, but we’re doing the best we can!

What you see here is the foundation pouring finally complete, that was supposed to originally happen a couple weeks back, right after the walls were poured. The basement now has a real floor (you can see it, behind Page), as do the garages (one of which is just in front of him). This has been curing over the weekend, and we are told that framing SHOULD commence mid-week this week. To say I can’t WAIT to see some 2×4 action out here is an understatement!

Happy Monday, all!

planning for the kitchen.

Ah, the kitchen. I can’t wait to have one of these back in my life. (Pretty sure the three SINGLE upper cabinets we have right now in the apartment don’t qualify as a “kitchen”!)

kitchen layout

Here’s a quick-and-dirty rundown of our kitchen layout. There’s a faux window above the sink that looks through to a hallway on the other side (where the powder room, laundry, and mudroom are located), and the island floats in the middle, separating the kitchen from the open living room area on the other side. A  walk-in pantry is located just to the left of the fridge/freezer unit on the far right wall…ahhhh, storage nirvana. Here’s a comparable photo from a build by our builder:


I can’t WAIT to get my hands on all that space!

kitchen notes

I may or may not have GEEKED OUT on the drawings from the kitchen designer, figuring down to the last bottle of olive oil, where to put everything when we move in. (And yes, there’s Squirt, taking up space in my lap as I do so.)

kitchen inspiration


My crazy little sketch exercise did help me think through any little questions I might have for the kitchen people, and helped me make a list of organizing things I want to buy, to maximize every inch of space. I’m stoked about how easily ACCESSIBLE everything will be, as we opted to upgrade the under-counter door cabinets to large drawer units, making it SO much easier to see and reach everything without squatting down and digging around in the dark. (My how my world has changed…I’m excited to have a whole big drawer to dedicate just to bottles/bibs and eventually toddler dishes and sippy cups!) I also love that everything will be soft-close (no banging doors/drawers!).

The above photo is just for inspiration, but is the closest thing I could find to show the style/colors/idea we’re going for between darker wood floors, white shaker cabinetry,  light granite, and a sea glass tile backsplash (the hardware will be quite similar in style, but in a chrome finish).

stainless farmhouse sink


The above is our sink – a stainless farmhouse style, and below, on the left is our kitchen granite (Page is posing with our bath granite, but we’ll save bathrooms for another post!). We are so grateful for the help from Royal Flooring and Midwest Granite here in town, and would highly recommend both if you are looking to build or remodel!

granite selections


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We shared a lot of our appliance picks in this earlier post, but as far as the decorating, I want to keep the counters clean for workspace, but am looking at a couple long runners to go the length of the space between the island and wall cabinets, and perpendicular, in front of the pantry door/fridge/freezer. I go back and forth between something more neutral that will blend with our gray-brown wood flooring, and something with pattern and a little more pop/contrast like the navy/white seen above (both runners are from Overstock). Either way, I know I want SOMETHING soft underfoot while standing at the sink and stove (and who are we kidding, in front of the fridge!). There isn’t any wall space in the actual kitchen to hang art, but I have my eyes peeled for something cool in the nearby eating area…just don’t know yet what it is! It will be fun to bring in some pops of color through decor, but for now, this is the plan for the nuts and bolts of the kitchen!

past the halfway point!


It’s crazy to think as we approach the 22 week mark, we’ve passed the halfway point until this little person arrives. I can’t believe it’s September already — the summer truly flew by!

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So here we are — approaching fall, excitedly watching our house progress come together, and thinking ahead to the coming four months before this little guy arrives. We are fresh off a mini trip to Columbia (where Page stood up as best man in the wedding of a lifelong friend) and then to Chicago (where Mama and Baby both stocked up on new threads) and we picked up some house stuff for upcoming projects. We are looking forward to a couple of baby classes in the coming weeks and then a trip to Key West for some much-needed R&R from day jobs, side jobs, house stuff, and our tiny apartment. 🙂

IKEA madness

Until then, we are still sorting through the IKEA finds from last week…and dreaming of our house!

21 weeks

At today’s visit, my doctor said if she had to guess, she thought I would definitely deliver the second week of January – the 14th or 15th if she had to wager. I’m okay with that if it means we’re in our house!

And finally, the monthly stats:

How far along: 22 weeks this Friday (Baby’s the size of a papaya!)

Gender: BOY

Weight gain:   First weight gain at this appointment — +4 pounds, on track to gain 20-23 overall; first belly measurement taken — right on track at 22cm

Maternity clothes: Bought some maternity clothes for my fall stash, but not all of it fits yet; still lots of summer dresses and some maternity leggings and tees

Stretch marks: No – lotioning up daily!

Belly button in or out: in

Sleep: lots of mid-night bathroom breaks, waking up way too early!

Best moment:  first kicks at 18 weeks, Page reading to Baby

Worst moment: boo for rain delaying the house progress this past week — fortunately, things look sunny in the coming days to start FRAMING!

Miss anything: red wine – always!

Movement: FINALLY – one day shy of 19 weeks, I felt some unmistakable “punches” (not so much flutters ha!) way low in my abdomen, and now they’re very consistent — strong babe and based on the timing, he’s a late-nighter!

Cravings: peanut butter sandwiches and ALL THE MILK I can get my hands on

Queasy or sick:  feeling great – only complaint would be heartburn, brought on by just about anything at this point

Looking forward to: our “babymoon” — (originally planned as our seventh anniversary trip, until we found out we were expecting) the end of September

And in related news, Page’s stats, who started a workout program, motivated by our pending arrival 🙂 After my BP was recorded (112/66, pretty typical for me), he asked the nurse to take his at his “starting point”. He’s always high, but wanted me to blog for the record that he started at 150/90. Here’s to his BP numbers dropping as my weight number goes up ha!