Candace’s Crafty Corner: Reinbeer!

I had grand visions of making lots of cutsie Christmas gifts, but buying a house and getting a second job put a damper on all of that enthusiasm. I did manage to muster up one crafty gift for Hubs and it was a hit!

Behold, a herd of reinbeer.

Aren’t they so cute?

Of course I snagged this idea from Pinterest. To take it further, you could buy bigger googly eyes and poms to dress up a wine bottle too!

Supplies/Cost:

  • Beer: $20
  • Googly eyes: 0.59
  • Small red pom poms: 1.00 (I still have some leftover)
  • Glue gun/glue: already owned
  • Brown pipe cleaners: already “owned”

Actually, JoAnn’s was totally out of brown pipe cleaners but luckily I was able to reuse a few black ones that my MIL bought for her adorable Jill-o-lantern when she came out to visit us in October.

Total: $21.59

Not too shabby, eh?

Baby Bump Update

Now that it’s finally official – I’m growing a human – I’m sure you can’t wait to be inundated with all things baby.  Should we let the nonsense and self-indulgence begin?

Main scoop: For the second week in a row, we neglected to take our Thursday bump picture, doh! Here’s a pic from Friday though.

I feel good, except for one really emotional day. I don’t know if it was the pregnancy or the new house or the holidays or my wacky work schedule, but my brain was acting sad and overwhelmed.

The Science: Baby Center recap – 24 weeks. She has taste buds! Get those primed baby girl, your Dad’s a great cook! It also says I should *not* be getting up on ladders but I’ve been on about a billion of them between house stuff and my retail job. Yikes.

Body morphing: Weight gain is 10 lbs. I’m still rotating between my new leggings, yoga pants and the Old Navy jeans, mostly because I haven’t found a good pair of maternity ones yet.  Other than that, I’m peeing CONSTANTLY. I take one sip of anything and then I’m trucking it to the nearest restroom. We have to plan our day around it. Also, I feel her really squirm when I sit down (like in the car) because she doesn’t like me folded up – I’m “all up in her grill” apparently.

Sexy stuff! Hubs noticed new veins in my jaw that weren’t there before. Awesomesauce.

Food drama: No drama still! I’m eating way too much sugar though, the holidays make me especially naughty.

Exercising? My last run was a week ago. Callie is home for the holidays and I’ve been sleeping in. My retail job keeps me on my feet and then we’ve been working at the new house in the evenings. It’s not official cardio but meh, I’m moving so I’m counting it.

To Dos: As far as baby To Do progress, the good news is that we painted the nursery on Christmas Day!

The bad news is that it’s a watery toothpaste color when I was hoping for a moody gray. Damn, back to the drawing board.

 And randomly: We received a super thoughtful gift from our realtor Stan (a new dad himself) – these two baby books and a Home Depot gift card:

Isn’t that sweet?

Friday Tidbits

Yesterday we rented a flatbed truck and filled it to the tippy top after a swing by The Promise Land (Ikea) for new house stuff…including a crib and baby mattress.  Awwww.

It was a marathon day of errands and we are much poorer now. Dang it feels good to get these house To Dos checked off our list though! We only have a few more days left of 2012! Are you trying to squeeze in any more memories or projects before the sun finally sets on this year?

Home Sweat Home

Welcome to our new house, home sweat home. It’s going to take a lot of sweat equity to transform it into something that feels like us. Want to follow along as we make it ours?

Let’s start from the beginning. As you know, on Dec. 20th, we got the keys to this beauty:

It’s a tri-level located in a lovely little town just outside of Boulder. At 1800 square feet, we think it’s the perfect size for us. The previous homeowners raised two girls here and are now setting sail on a catamaran off the coast of Florida. How’s that for awesome? Come on in, let me show you around.

Most of these pictures are from inspection day so it still had a lot of the homeowners stuff in it, including their dog Moo. We wish we could have negotiated him into closing contract.

Here is the living room, just inside the front entry.

It has real wood floors and a vaulted ceiling (yummy). If you head up the stairs (hello there, blue carpet),

you’ll find the master on your left, adorned with an eerily similar bedroom set as the one we have:

Here is a view from inside the master, it has a second sink and vanity. To the left is a full bathroom (the only one on that level) and to the right is a small walk-in closet. Also, holy robe collection, Batman.

The walkin closet even has a window! I guess I won’t be doing much changing in there.

Here are a few pics of the bathroom:

 It’s a tiny space, so it was difficult for me to figure out how to photograph it. In the reflection you can see the tiled shower and it has a tub too. To the right of the vanity is the porcelain throne:

Back out to the hallway, we have two smaller bedrooms on the right and a linen closet at the end.

As for the other bedrooms on this level, one will be Hubs’ office

(the office closet – it has stairs…):

and the other the nursery! Of course I didn’t take a picture but it’s almost exactly the same in size, color and window placement as this room, with a little walk-in closet instead of the wide one pictured above.

Back down to the main level – If you turn your back to the entryway, you look straight into the small dining area and doors that lead to the deck and backyard. Moo photobombed, he was so excited to have company!

See their table? It’s a bizarre coincidence, but it’s the EXACT table Hubs bought before we were married – with the same slab of mauve-y granite! Check out this pic from our townhome of yore:

We sold ours before the move to Colorado because we knew we didn’t have room for it in our apartment. Plus, that thing is HEAVY. I didn’t want to re-acquire it by buying this house!

To the right of the dining area is the kitchen, stylishly decked with a wallpaper border:

The mystery door on the left is the pantry and the door on the right leads to the garage. I don’t have a picture of this either (it was full of stuff) but it’s an awesome size and just begging for me to build a killer mudroom!

The stairs on the lefthand side of the dining room lead down to a den, or third level. Yay for paneling, more blue carpet, too many cords for electronics, and puny lighting.

Off of the den you’ll find laundry closet (on left), the second 3/4 bath (straight ahead), a linen closet, and the final bedroom (on the right):

The second bath looks pretty similar the one upstairs, with the same flooring and shower (just no tub). I tried wedging myself in there to snap some pics but it was too small. Across from the toilet is another closet, which is really nice. I can’t wait to pretty it up with paint and bins!

The final bedroom is going to be our guest bedroom.

It doesn’t have a closet. Who makes a room without a closet? We suspect that’s why there is a linen closet in the hallway.

Here is another view of the room, with Hubs and their movie collection…

Back up to the main level now. Just outside the dining area is our massive composite multi-level deck. It’s 500 square feet, which is over half the size of our curent apartment. The hulking pergola makes it feel even more of a monstrosity. Hubs fell in love at first sight but I was weary. Bigger isn’t always better and this deck scared me.

In addition, it has a connected walkway to a hot tub, with another pergola (you can see it peeking out in the righthand corner of the above pic). What little there is left of a yard is actually pretty cute and I’m dreaming of a garden. It’s fenced all around too which we are thankful for because it helps to hide our backyard neighbor’s tree house, covered hot tub, patio, and loads more of their stuff. They have a lot of things.

So, there you have it, our new-old little abode. We’ve already made a lot of headway since inspection day! Stay tuned, will ya?

Merry Christmas Eve!

We got some errands done this morning after a big breakfast, I didn’t get called into work like I thought I would, we went for a short Christmas Eve hike to Red Rocks…

And Hubs just put the ham in! It’s been a lovely day so far and we look forward to opening presents and Skyping with our MN family this evening. Have a blessed and relaxing day, everyone.

xo!

Baby Bump Update

Now that it’s finally official – I’m growing a human – I’m sure you can’t wait to be inundated with all things baby.  Should we let the nonsense and self-indulgence begin?

With the hullabaloo of the house closing on Thursday, we didn’t have time to snap a quick baby bump pic! We finally got out to take one this weekend, even though we are half way through week 24…whoopsies.

Main scoop: I feel pretty similar to last week. I’m tired and my eyes look old. I need some really awesome eye cream stat – any suggestions?

The Science: Baby Center recap – 23 weeks. Baby girl can hear lots of sounds now and feel me move! I wonder if my morning runs are ticking her off with all of the jiggling or if she finds it kinda groovy?

Body morphing: Weight gain is 8.5 lbs. I’m still making those Old Navy jeans work for now but I did pick up two pair of black leggings – one from Forever21 (in an XL, mind you) and one from LC  Conrad’s collection at Kohls. The latter are especially comfy and I’ll be picking up more pairs!

Bug is squirming around A LOT. It’s so crazy cool to feel her move inside of me and it reminds me that we are just hanging out together all of the time, my daughter and I. I can even see her movements happen underneath my skin, which is wild and weird and so totally awesome.

Sexy stuff! Not much new to report except I took a close look at myself after I stepped out of the shower and noticed I’m a super veiny lady. There are miles of veins tracking through my boobs and belly. It’s super weird but fascinating!

Food drama: I have zero complaints, woot woot! I should be drinking more water but it’s been hard to sip during my shifts knowing there is an impending bathroom break to follow. Plus, we aren’t allowed to keep any drinks at the register or on the store floor and there is very little time to pop back to the break room to take a gulp or ten.

Exercising? I was greeted with fresh snow for yesterday’s morning run – it was so beautiful and I loved hearing it crunching softly underfoot. My running buddies are travelling soon for the holidays, so I’ll be scrapping these runs after this week. I figure our major house renovations and moving should suffice for my daily exercise while they are away.

Track practice made me so sore again this week and I’m not doing any running! I’ve just been joining in during drills or strength training exercises. My legs started to cramp the other night, which didn’t help my restless sleep any.

To Dos: Hubs and I got our Christmas presents for family bought and shipped this week. I’m so relieved! Now, we can focus on the massive amount of new house to dos, including installing new flooring in a majority of the house! This little place will be quite the undertaking. I’m not sure how my work schedule is going to play out but I imagine that I’ll be logging a lot of hours since most of the employees are taking vacation for the holidays.

 And randomly: Here’s a pic of my running buddies and our hats. We got them for free for volunteering at the local Colder Boulder race and sport our swag every morning on our runs together. It must be hilarious to witness us shuffling through our same route each morning, gabbing and gesturing wildly, wearing these matching hats.

You guys, Christmas is just around the corner!!!

Friday Tidbits

After handing over a very large check (or so it seemed to us), we officially closed on our new house yesterday!

It’s finally ours; home sweet home.

The sellers kindly left us with lots of goodies, including lawn equipment (score!), canned goods (some of which expired in 2010), a jumbo double pack of mustard, and doggie diapers.

The weirdest thing about yesterday is that on Dec. 20th, exactly 8 years ago, I closed on my first house in Minnesota. Coincidence or do I secretly relish packing up my life days before Christmas, as if the holidays weren’t exciting enough?

Fortunately, our apartment lease goes to mid-January so we are going to take these precious few weeks to paint as much as we can (starting with the den and nursery) and rip out all of the blue carpet before the Home Depot folks come in to install the new floors. And guess what, I’m taking YOU along for the ride by oversharing our journey right here on this wee little blog! Your dream come true, I imagine! After the floors are in (we’ll be cutting it very close), we’ll hire movers to help us with our furniture so we only have to move those pieces once. Hopefully (crosses fingers) we can time everything right. To help ease the moving burden, we plan to take car loads of crap over to the new house every time we work and stash it in the garage.

I actually have three days off next week, including Christmas Day, so it’ll be nice to have a big chunk of time to start painting the nursery. I expected to work a lot more than that since one of the girls just quit yesterday – so my schedule is a nice surprise (maybe even a Christmas miracle).

Phew, I’m kinda tired already and we haven’t even started. Enjoy the holiday weekend, loves!

Get In My Belly: Chewy Ginger Snaps

Callie and I got together one evening to bake Christmas cookies. It was only the third time since meeting her over a year and a half ago that I’ve seen her in “citizen’s clothes” and she brought a recipe to share. It’s her Grandma’s and even though ginger snaps have never made my list as a favorite cookie, these are amazing. They are soft and chewy and not too spicy. These are on the list now!

*Do yourself a favor and double the recipe, plus add an extra dollop of molasses.

Ingredients:

  • 1 c white sugar
  • 3/4 c butter, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 2 Tbs dark molasses
  • 2 c flour
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • Hershey kisses, unwrapped obviously

Instructions:

  1. You know, the usual.  Preheat the oven to 350.
  2. Cream butter and sugar together. It’s off to a good start already!
  3. Add in egg and molasses. Don’t eat the molasses plain. Blech.
  4. Whisk the dry ingredients together in a separate bowl and add until blended.
  5. Roll into balls and then roll them in a bowl of white sugar. *drools*
  6. Bake for 10 minutes.
  7. Add a chocolate kiss to the middle while the cookie is still warm and LET SET. Muster up some will power for goodness sake.
  8. Serve with milk and love me forever.

Personally, I love the cookie without the chocolate kiss. Hubs prefers it with. Get crazy and make both if you’re feeling bipartisan.

I can assure you that these freeze well and are excellent to snack on in the middle of the night when the baby inside of you is up and ready to play.

Friday Tidbits

A double post today, how did you get so lucky!?

Since crabbing about my To Do list earlier this week, I thought it only fair to share that I did put up the Christmas tree (sans the red ornaments to save time) and got some Christmas shopping and cookie baking done. It’s the same decor as last year, except pared down. There is more to do, but progress feels good! I love lighting this sweet thing every morning when I head out for my run.

If you are feeling nostalgic, you can check out my 2010 and 2011 Christmas decorations. Although, it’s all the same stuff so I’m not sure you’ll find the jumps overly exciting.

We also started receiving Christmas cards in the mail!  Awww, I love this time of year.

I’ll be sharing a super delicious cookie recipe with you on Monday!

 

Baby Bump Update

Sorry this is late! I’m behind on everything it seems.

Now that it’s finally official – I’m growing a human – I’m sure you can’t wait to be inundated with all things baby.  Should we let the nonsense and self-indulgence begin?

Main scoop: Just in the last few days, my bump has gotten much more pronounced. Before, I was sporting a squishy pouch that could easily be bloat masquerading as a baby bump. But now, my belly is firming up and I look like a pregnant chick. I think it’s so cute. For now, anyway. My doc wants me to gain 30 more pounds (eeegads!) which will certainly look horrifying on my 5′ 3″ frame. Also, my sleep sucks every night still, which is Bummertown.

The Science: Baby Center recap – 22 weeks. Bug is now covered in baby fur (lanugo) to keep her warm and her skin protected from all of my inside juice. I can’t wait to pet her!

Body morphing: Weight gain is 8.5 lbs. I’m growing out of my clothes, including a pair of pajama pants that kept me up one night because they were just too uncomfortable. I had to take them off. The Old Navy jeans are still doing me right and I hope they continue to hang in there (or rather, for me to hang in there?) but the outlook on fitting into them for much longer looks bleak.

One night, I felt LEGIT baby flips! The real deal. Bug was extremely active and I was tempted to wake up Hubs and show him, but it was 2.30am. Although so completely adorable, I was up until past 4am, fighting for sleep.

Sexy stuff! This is probably TMI. I’m letting you know ahead of time, you might want to skip the next sentence or two. Like all good folks in the world, I change into fresh underwear every day. But now, I really really really need to, if you know what I mean. Because during pregnancy, things are more leaky and juicy than usual. In fact, I even noticed it go through to my yoga pants, which is impressive but mortifying. I have to turn them inside out when I throw them in the laundry. There, I’m done and you can sit with that uncomfortable thought for a while.

Food drama: Not much. I had a resurgence of heartburn one night pretty bad but I think it was self induced by eating way too big of a dinner. I still gag every once in a while brushing my teeth and then my dinner threatens to come up. Eeew.

Exercising? I’m hanging in with those morning runs. This week though, my pelvis has started to feel “heavy” so I’ve been wearing the belly band I got from my friend Connie for more support. I’m not sure it helps, but it makes me feel better. The sunrises have been nothing short of spectacular lately so I’m thankful my running buddies pull me out of bed for them.

At track practice, we did some forward and backward lunges and I really struggled to maintain my balance – so much so that the head sprint coach even noticed. My belly is really starting to throw me off!

To Dos: I need to turn my focus to Christmas. I don’t have a huge shopping list but I need to carve out time to get them checked off and more importantly, shipped out SOON. I also like to make an assortment of homemade goodies to send along with the gifts, which I’m trying hard to hammer out in the evenings before I crash into bed.

 And randomly: I forgot to mention this last post, but our ultrasound tech noticed baby girl’s second toe is longer than her big toe and it’s genetic. Hubs and I got home to compare feet, and lo and behold, her wonky toes are from me! I’m sure she’s totally thrilled that I passed my feet down to her, considering my feet are much too large for my body.

Also, my friend Andrea sent me this link and I thought it was so insightful: http://dearbabyblog.com/post/4718750068/a-candid-list-of-things-to-do-in-the-last-weeks-of