Wednesday, June 11, 2014

We Are Alive

Hello!  Just wanted to check in and let you all know that we haven't completely forgotten about the blog world.  Our quest for some time spent doing more relaxing and less stressing out has been relatively successful.  I say this because Eric and I make every effort to relax, but quickly get bored and decide to do something crazy like rip out a wall or move 10 tons of rock in our back yard.  We blame these tendencies on our parents- they are all work horses and we come by it naturally.  We did take a twelve day vacation to Ireland last month though and it was all I every dreamed that Ireland would be.




Just looking at these pictures makes me want to immediately jump on a plane and go back, which is saying a lot considering that I HATE flying.

I also took a quick trip over to Seoul, South Korea for five days.  My company is headquartered in Korea so this trip is not out of the norm, but I do love exploring new spots every time I go.


My dinner one evening.  Don't worry, I shared.


Namsan tower on a very dusty day (the dust blows in from China).


House projects have definitely not fallen by the wayside.

A quick kitchen update:


A new sliding glass door


Remember when I mentioned 10 tons of rock?


But really, what we have been trying to do the most is just enjoy our life.


All in preparation for what will likely be three months of hellacious infertility treatment and forking over vast sums of money, which we are praying will result in an expanded family.  So, keep us in your prayers because it is go time for shots, surgeries and major hormone swings.  Hopefully, we will be able to look back on this summer as the time where we threw everything into achieving our goals and that it was absolutely worth it.




Thursday, January 23, 2014

We're Taking a Hiatus

A blogging hiatus that is.  You see, in a world filled with full time jobs, infertility treatments (acupuncture, yoga, doctor visits), new hobbies, pets and a commitment to living out a less stressful 2014, we have lost time for our little blog.

Don't get me wrong, I love coming here and sharing our projects, but something just has to give.  In the past few weeks, I have found myself stressing out about my  lack of posts.  Then today, it dawned on me that this is supposed to be fun, not stressful.  So, I am taking a step back.  I will still come here occasionally to give you some updates- heck the dreaded 1970's kitchen is planned to be ripped out this summer and what a story I am sure that will make.  In the meantime, please don't forget about us.

Here's hoping that this effort to prioritize life materializes into an expanded family in early 2015!

Friday, January 17, 2014

Upgrade

This year, Eric and I decided that rather than spending a lot of money on Christmas gifts for one another, we would instead invest in some new master bedroom furniture.  Our old furniture was purchased by me with my college graduation money in 2002.  Although it has served me well throughout the years, it has been moved eight times since then and has been banged up a bit.  In addition, our neurotic dog Chloe ate a corner of the foot board years ago when she was dealing with some separation anxiety.  Aren't pets a joy?


Here is what we started with:



 It wasn't bad, but I felt like in addition to the furniture needing an upgrade, we needed also to add some pops of color in the room.  The room was looking pretty blah.

So here we are today!  The furniture was actually purchased through Costco online.  I was a little hesitant about purchasing furniture site unseen, but I am thrilled with the result.  The delivery was fabulous (and free) and the furniture is very heavy and feels well made.

In addition to the new furniture, we added crown molding in the room as well as some new bedding and art.


For the art work, I just dug through my pile of Audubon pictures to find one that had some great accent colors.  A quick trip to Michaels armed with a framing coupon later and we had our new artwork in place!


We went ahead and upgraded our bedding during after Christmas sales as well.  The set is from Pottery Barn and I love the color it adds, but also the weight that it has.  It feel well made and durable.


Eric's new dresser:


This is my dresser, which is actually an entertainment dresser.  I still have plans to get some baskets for the open spaces.

So there you have it!  Our master bedroom is nearly complete.  I would still like to add to/change out some of the artwork and find a rug, but we are getting close. 

Monday, January 13, 2014

And We're Back- Almost

Hello!  Did you think that we fell off a blogging cliff?   Well, we kind of did to be honest- someone needed a little break from the computer.  I feel like I have run a non-stop race since December 22nd and it has not quite ended, but here's a little re-cap of our holidays.

Christmas was spent at my parents house this year, which meant that I spent as much time as possible soaking up some niece and nephew cuteness!


Side note- my grandmother is 91.  Can you believe it?


Nothing like a little blind egg nog taste off to get the party started (it was an impromptu contest and Eric's coat was the quickest blindfold substitute that I could find).


Ugly Christmas sweaters- check!


The men carving the "roast beast".


Oh, and best of all, we were introduced to "What Does a Fox Say", which we then proceeded to sing for the next week.  We also put on war paint and made dance videos of it.  Can you say awesome?


Christmas also included taking my nephew Liam bowling for the first time.  Sad fact- he beat me not once, but every game that we played.  I officially win the award for worst bowler in the family. Wahoo!



Oh and lest you worry that we suddenly got lazy and didn't do any home projects over the holidays, fret not.  I will be back later this week with our master bedroom transformation!