friday I’m in love.

welcome back friday! be sure to pop over to kendra’s blog too to see what she’s up to {& amanda periodically joins us as well}. we would love for you to join us! leave a comment and we’ll come check out what you’re loving each week!

{one} pure barre.

I have talked about pure barre a lot off & on, mostly in my weekend in pictures or on instagram. I had taken a bit of a break this past week or so due to moving, out-of-town guests, life, & finally got back into class this week. it was much-needed & felt great to get back to the lift, tone, burn (which is the motto of pure barre). plus, it is super maternity friendly by being low impact & easily modifiable for the growing bump. if you haven’t tried one, definitely check it out – studios will give you your first class for free!

{two} happy chic by jonathan adler.

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{charlotte apple bookends}

apparently I was living under a rock for the past while because I have just recently heard about the happy chic by jonathan adler collection at jc penney. we have a brand-new jonathan adler store, but the price point is a bit above my current décor budget. I love that this line has the same eclectic & fun feel but at more affordable prices. there are definitely some things from this collection on my wishlist for our new space!

{three} superhero.

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yep.

what are you loving this week?

M

project house {week 2}

{see the week 1 update here}

this week was a HUGE week for the house project as this was house lifting week. yep, last thursday the house was lifted 6 feet off of its foundation. & it remains that way until tomorrow. crazy town I tell you.

there are apparently just a few sub-contractors that perform house {or building} lifts in seattle though it is done quite often on old homes like ours. there are big, long beams running the length of the house {front to back} that run under the floor joists. then there are eight groups of cribbage boards {they look like huge jenga games!} that are stacked under the house to hold it up while work is completed below. according to our neighbors, the entire lifting process took just four hours – pretty incredible!

once the pony walls are built up on the existing foundation walls, the house will be lowered back down to its permanent height {or so we are told}. the foundation has also been completely torn up in preparation for a new slab to be poured. the foundation wasn’t in great shape anyways {remember the house is over 100 years old!} & since we are putting in radiant heat anyways, it made sense to pour a completely new slab.

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{our family of three-&-a-half in front of the house & the cribbage boards}

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{sadie enjoying the backyard with the old water heater & materials & more cribbage boards}

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{the front of the house}

everyone who drives by slows down or stops to stare – have you ever seen a house or building mid-lift?

M

project baby {week 23}

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{week 23} this week is the first week I have really felt pregnant. like pregnant enough that complete strangers can tell I am pregnant. with that has come some fun assumptions by people & interesting comments which I know will continue to come thru-out the remaining weeks. I find it really interesting what people think is appropriate to say to pregnant ladies that isn’t socially appropriate to say to non-pregnant ladies {or people for that matter!}. I did also have my first non-family member {not aaron or my mom} touch my belly in public which was a little crazy. it was in a work setting & this gal knew that I was pregnant, but definitely didn’t ask & definitely is not very close. she was touching before I knew what was going on & I didn’t even react as I was just so shocked! next time I am going to reach out & touch the other person’s belly too – that should be interesting.

I had a pre-natal checkup with our midwife last week & everything is looking great. my weight gain is progressing in a really healthy way, all of my vitals look good, & I am measuring right on.

I am also scheduling things like the hospital tour & birthing/parenting classes as well as maternity & newborn pictures which is making this all seem much more real. if any mamas out there have any words of wisdom about any of those things, please share!

I am curious – how did you deal with strangers touching your belly?

M

my weekend in pictures.

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{our rhodie is in bloom! does anyone know whether rhodies change color from year to year? two years ago this rhodie was white, last year it was light pink, & now its dark pink.}

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{there was lots of progress on the house this week. this was me standing at the front door looking up. updates to come later!}

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{swedish fish – my new favorite treat.}

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{we spent a beautiful sunday afternoon at the ballpark! go mariners!}

my uncle & mom were in town this weekend so it was a lot of catching up! we also ended up having a nice spring-like weekend with the sun shining & temps warming up. how was your weekend?

M

friday I’m in love.

welcome back friday! be sure to pop over to kendra’s blog too to see what she’s up to {& amanda periodically joins us as well}. we would love for you to join us! leave a comment and we’ll come check out what you’re loving each week!

{one} red quinoa salad with butternut squash, cranberries, & pecans.

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we made this salad earlier this week & it was so delicious! we added black beans to make it more of a meal, but it would be a great side!

{two} kashi crunchy granola & seed bars, chocolate chip chia.

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since I am constantly eating {I blame it on the babe!} I am always on the look-out for a yummy & portable snack that I can keep at my desk or in my purse. I found these kashi bars that I really like – crunchy & just a bit sweet.

{three} babyGap paddington bear rain jacket.

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a big sale at gap a few weekends ago prompted me to start buying for baby lower’s wardrobe. it has been good for me to not know the gender of our babe so that I don’t buy every cute thing I see, but we will need some things. I saw this rain coat & even though it’s looks huge, it is perfect for our drizzly seattle weather.

what are you loving this week?

M

project house {week 1}

we referenced in our last christmas letter {& some of you may know} that we were planning a pretty big house remodel to start some time in 2014. we LOVE our house & are never going to move {well, not me at least!} because we are in such a great neighborhood. even before we starting expanding our family though we knew we would need more space than our current 2 bedrooms & 1 bathroom. if you recall we have a completely unfinished basement that runs the entire footprint of the house {about 1000 square feet} that we had always envisioned completing.

starting late last summer & early fall we were looking for architects to design the project & found urbanadd who we ended up hiring for our project. we worked with them into the fall on designs for the basement & then started into the permitting. that was the point that we found out I was pregnant. we talked it thru & decided that we wanted to continue with the project. the entire point of the remodel was to create more space & neither of us could fathom taking on something this big with a newborn, infant, or toddler!

while it is a bit later than we had originally anticipated, we officially broke ground {with our awesome contractor mike cain construction} last monday, march 31st. as it turns out, the remodel & the baby are pretty much on the same track to be finished, though we are optimistic that we can hit our goal of being done with the renovation by july 31st. then I know there will be some serious nesting happening!

this is definitely not a small project & requires us to be out until at least early summer. as the ceilings in the basement are just about six-and-a-half feet tall, we are lifting the house about 28 inches to provide 8 foot ceilings downstairs. we are adding an internal staircase {as the current one is outside on the back of the house} where the front bedroom/office currently exists, & then finishing out the space with two bedrooms, one bathroom, a utility room, & a master suite. once I find a good floor planner online I will mock up the blueprints of the new space & share for all of you visual learners.

so without further adieu, photos from the first week {which was all internal & external demo}. I apologize in advance that some of these pictures are really bright. I am still learning manual mode on our SLR and thought it would be better to get these post up this week rather than spending time editing in photoshop {since I am super slow at editing}. if you are interested in seeing the before pictures of the house, see the house tour page here.

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{the house pre-demo}

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{balcony off the back of the house – it is being rebuilt but 28 inches taller}

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{the current back door & basement}

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{the west side of the house with siding removed}

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{looking into the house thru the front door after the wall between the entry & office was demoed}

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{the entry way & plastic tunneled living room}

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{the old brick chimney pre-demo & covered with wallpaper {which we didn’t know since it was covered with lath & plaster} that runs thru the corner of our kitchen}

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{the siding coming down off the back of the house}

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{the demo of the slab & the chimney (that’s up thru to the kitchen)}

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{siding off of the east side & front of the house}

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{the wood floor cut to expose the sub-floor where the future staircase will live & the chimney demo upstairs}

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{the house is starting to show signs of construction from the front}

lots of demo this week to prepare for the house lift that will start in the next few days. the walls around the entry way & front of our office were demoed since we will end up with a much larger entryway & set of stairs at the front of the house. & the chimney was demoed because it is no longer needed to vent the furnace as we are upgrading the heating system from forced air {with a furnace} to radiant heat {with a boiler}. it was a happy coincidence that we will gain about a square foot-and-a-half of extra space in the corner of our kitchen where the chimney used to come up thru the house.

I am hoping to have weekly updates for at least the first part of the project where the changes are big & obvious. as we get further along in the project, the updates may not be weekly if there aren’t as many big changes.

we are really excited for this project to really be taking off! have you ever done {or wanted to do} a big house remodel?

M

project baby {week 22}

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{week 22} it has been a pretty uneventful week for the bump, but I am still feeling really good. my belly is definitely starting to grow & I am going to need to invest in longer shirts, stat! {I am still a little small for maternity shirts, especially tanks, so if you have any good places for longer shirts let me know!} I was fortunate enough to spot this grey tee at nordstrom while I was there dropping off my maternity jeans for alternations {I can’t seem to find it online.}. it isn’t a maternity top, but is long & has a little gathering towards the bottom making it perfect for a bump! I have already been wearing it on repeat.

I can feel the baby moving a lot more, even if I haven’t just eaten which was what used to bring on movement. its hard to believe the baby is the length of a papaya!

I am just over half-way there – can you believe it?

M