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Nursery Tour

Michael worked hard on getting the house ready for the baby over his Christmas break. He was home for two weeks and tackled the monstrosity called our garage. When I moved in 6-ish years ago the spare bedroom became a guest room with my bed (the antique canopy bed I inherited) and nightstands, and the closet was packed with stuff I didn’t have anywhere to store. Old momentos, seasonal clothes, various things. My wedding dress sealed in a box. It just kind of became cluttered. I slowly started getting rid of things, donating a lot of stuff, and Michael sold some things. It still wasn’t making much of a difference.

Here is the “Before”, amidst the cleaning and purging of stuff:

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The room is pretty small. Over the New Year holiday we worked on cleaning out everything and donating more stuff. Then Michael patched the holes in the wall and we tried to figure out paint colors. After awhile the colors all looked the same to me. I couldn’t really decide. Some were too white, too yellow, too dark…

In the end, Bella picked the color for us. 🙂

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Michael did a GREAT job painting the room and rented a carpet cleaner to clean all the carpets in the house. What a huge difference that made. It’s definitely going to be something we do at least once a year. For $40 it made the carpets look almost new again. Slowly but surely the room was coming together.

My mom’s friend made the nursery drapes and curtains for us. Here is the nursery fabric for the drapes:

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Michael and I picked a woodland creatures theme and found so many cute fox fabrics and sheets and stuff like that. My mom’s friend worked hard on making the curtains and the side panels were a simple orange fabric with white triangles that matched the foxes perfectly. The curtains are amazing! They look so good.

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The glider was a Christmas gift from my parents (and probably the best thing in the nursery!). A friend gave us their IKEA crib and changing table (which is fantastic and I’m super happy with all the hand-me-downs we got).

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I got some art on etsy and then my mom brought down a painting that she did 36 years ago. 🙂 The bunny painting on the right was one my mom painted for my nursery and now I have it my son’s nursery. 🙂

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Michael’s mom and stepdad got this little rocking horse and painted it the color we picked. It’s so cute. Plus Michael’s mom gave us a wooden toy chest that was hers as a kid and also Michael’s when he was a kid. I love that we got family items. She also painted it for us.

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Still getting organized:

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A close up of the curtains:

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A light switch cover I bought that fit perfectly with the theme:

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I love how it turned out. It’s calm and peaceful and pretty. I love the theme we picked and I’m really happy with the items I found for it. Every night I sit in the glider now and just relax. It’s a really nice time and I can’t wait for the little guy to be here with us!

Wine:30

I decided to take a few weeks off from the Warrior Room. Partly due to running out of classes in my pack that I bought and not wanting to purchase another pack right now. Partly due to my body needing a break. I was going really strong and things were great but I was starting to get some nagging aches and pains in various places and just needed to take a step back. I intend to go back in January sometime when my gym becomes so crowded that I can’t stand it!

So right now I’m focusing on yoga, swimming and a little weight lifting mixed in on my own. I created my own workouts based on some of the Warrior Room classes. I want to keep my base going while I take this break from the classes. Here is the first workout I did this weekend:

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When I created the workout I thought “Hmmm that might be too easy.” Yeah…..it looked so easy on paper but it sure wasn’t! It was intense. I was sweating buckets and I ended up modifying some of it because I was just fatigued. Also, the ab workout was crazy hard. I was SO SORE the next day that when I went to yoga and got into the “cat/cow” pose I flinched. My abs hurt too much for cow pose! Anyways, it was a good learning experience and there were a few things in the workout that I want to modify. I’ve created 5 different workouts with various moves in them and will take that into account next time and maybe cross a few moves off the list. We’ll see. Here are the calories for the workout:

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I wanted to share an art project I did over the weekend. I’ve saved all these great Christmas cards we’ve gotten over the years and wanted to do something with them other than just putting them in the Christmas decorations box. I stopped at Joann Fabrics and got some small pieces of plain wood and some make-your-own ornaments. I cut out the Christmas cards and glued them to the wood, painted the ornament. Here is one side:

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And this is the other side:

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Some of the cards I used had been homemade by some artistic friends. I wanted to find a way to display them. Here is one of my favorites, now on the tree:

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After that I had an afternoon date with Bella’s boyfriend! Our dog walker’s dog got sick recently and stopped eating, was having a hard time breathing and they took him to the hospital. He had to have a pretty invasive surgery and it turned out that he had gotten a piece of grass in his lung and it got infected. They had to remove a piece of his lung and lymph node and he’s on all kinds of antibiotics and pain pills.

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He was finally able to come home over the weekend but can’t be left alone at all. Amy had some clients she had to go see so I volunteered to babysit my favorite dog (other than Bella of course)! He is SUCH a sweetheart. Just one big cuddle bug. I took a book over and we cuddled on the couch cushions on the floor (he’s not supposed to climb up on things while his incision heals). We cuddled, he napped, he tolerated me putting Bella’s santa hat on him, I scratched his head for three hours. 🙂 It was a good afternoon.

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Amy got home and Raja was happy to see his mama! Then it was time for me to meet up with my book club friends. We met at Wine:30 for wine, dinner and a chat about the book we chose. I wasn’t a fan of the book (and actually couldn’t finish it) so I was glad when the conversation strayed from the book…

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I got the panini sandwich with tomato, mozzarella and pesto. It was really tasty. I would have preferred a salad instead of the chips but it was all okay. I had a glass of the Sauvignon Blanc wine that was really delicious and crisp with green apple flavors.

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I’ve wanted to check this place out for awhile now. I’ve read good things about it and I loved the idea of a wine bar. The place was very modern and chic but a little cold. There was tile on the walls and cement floors, so it just felt cold and stark. Despite that, there was a fireplace and cute decorations.

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The back room had big couches and the table was a ouija board! I was so cool. I want that table. We had a great time chatting about everything, eventually talking about other books and planning our next book. We read “Good Omens” by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. Sadly, this is the third book of Neil Gaiman’s I’ve read. I loved one of them but the other two? Couldn’t finish. I know that he’s at a god-like status with a lot of readers but…he’s just not for me. I’ve tried. I can’t get into his books. But at least I had a great time with friends!