Thursday, May 25, 2017

Random House Updates

I don't have anything specific to talk about today or any pictures but here is where we stand.  It has been a busy week and we have so much more to do.  This house is definitely a lot of work!  

1.  We had a couple issues in our master shower and toilet room.  The transom window in the shower wasn't centered which drove me insane and I could not deal with it being that way forever.  There wasn't room to center it because of the brick on the outside so we had to build another wall for the shower and it'll be squeezed in by about 4-5".  It isn't the end of the world to have our shower get smaller but it was a little disappointing.  But the window is now centered!  The toilet plumbing wouldn't work because of an I-beam below it so they had to build the wall out for this too and move the toilet forward so the plumbing would work.  

2.  We talked about making our master bath wider and laundry room narrower and longer.  In the end, it doesn't really make sense to do.  We were doing it so the laundry room was more efficient and had room for a bar to hang clothes.  It would also make the master bath feel less long and narrow (this is the most disfunctional space in the house if I had to pick one yikes!).  In the end, we will still have room for a bar in the laundry room and the master bath is honestly fine.  Most of the time master baths have so much wasted space.  Ours won't.

3.  Sliding doors between the den and covered porch.  We are about 80% sure we are going to do the 12' wide opening.  We found out that the cost wasn't nearly what we thought it was going to be so it almost became a no brainer so we could have the flexibility.  This way we can have it open 3', 6', 9' or 12'.  For less than $3,000 we think it may be worth it.

4.  We decided not to do copper on the returns on the outside of our house.  Going with shingles and saving a few thousand dollars on that.  We can always add the copper later but probably not necessary and we won't do it.  

5.  Plumbing happened this week.  I met the plumber there on Monday afternoon and we ran through everything.  Trying to think of it all and plan ahead for what we may want to do in the future.  A lot cheaper to run an extra couple of lines now than later.  We also selected the places that the hose bibs outside will be.  We want to be able to wash our cars - on of Kevin's favorite things to do ha!

6.  I think we've finalized the audio video stuff.  This has been our biggest shock of how much it is and it's not included in our loan.  Well, some of the pre-wire is but that's it.  Basically we are going to pre-wire EVERYTHING we can think of in our house.  Speakers in every room and outside, 12 TV locations, surround sound in a few areas, Ethernet stuff, cameras, the whole shebang.  Then we can decide later on the exact equipment we will install now.  We have a good idea on that but need to see where we land on other financials (aka Granite, cabinets etc).  

7.  We are working on picking out what material we will use on the floor for our covered porches.  Travertine was included but it won't really look right with our white brick on the house and fireplace.  We are leaning towards a gray slate or bluestone.  Need to decide this soon.

8.  We have to pick the type of inside fireplace we want this week.  The options are vent free, direct vent or b-vent.  Yeah, I had no clue what any of these were but I spent Monday night studying fireplaces and barely watching the Bachelorette premier haha!  I'm much more educated now.  

Our next few things to decide - finalize cabinetry, finalize tile, look at granite and start looking at appliances. 

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Water and Cute Shoes for Molly Anne

This is the deal.  These sandals are ugly (in my opinion of course!) and not what I imagine my cute little baby to be wearing.  BUT, I am a practical person and I don't want her feet to hurt her whole life.  So I want her to wear something supportive and safe.  

Enter our little trip to Nordstrom on Saturday.  This was after we've tried Natives and Crocs on her which are cuter.  Natives didn't work because she has a high arch and she had circles indented on the top of her foot after 5 minutes of wearing them.  We got a pair of Crocs that actually do work and Molly Anne loves them, I just don't know that she has enough coordination to keep them on unless the back strap is pretty tight.  We're currently testing them out around the house so we'll see on those!  

Took her to the shoe department and the lady suggested these and my response - NO WAY!  My child isn't wearing hiking shoes to the beach!  

But the more I learned about them, I knew they were a smart decision.  She is going to be walking on uneven docks, shells in the creek and in water with unknown things on the bottom.  She's a good walker but still not 100% perfect...she's not even 2 yet.  Kevin was actually on this little trip to Nordstrom and he was even sold on them because of how practical they were.  He wasn't as sold when he went to the register to pay but that's a different story! ;)

On to some MUCH cuter shoes that I also got for her this week!  These Jack Rogers Little Miss Hamptons Sandals!  Jack Rogers has never had sandals for between sizes 5-8 until this past week I think!  My friend Margot alerted me to these and I ordered them instantly.  Do not ever tell Kevin how much they were but they are ADORABLE.  Got them on Saturday and Molly Anne said, "ohhhhhhh new shoes!"  Not every day you get two new pairs of shoes ha!  

So now Molly Anne has three pairs of shoes for this year - the jellysthe sandals and these dressy sandals!  She is officially good to go in the shoe department!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

May and June Gifts

I think May and June may be our busiest month for giving gifts.  If you know me, you know I LOVE picking out and giving gifts.  I thought it may be fun to list some of them and what I've bought so maybe it gives you some ideas for any gift you are buying soon!

50th Birthday for a guy - bottle of vodka 

Teacher Appreciation week - I did two days - one day I did this tea set and the other I did a starbucks gift card and drink from there.  

Friend from work - gift certificate to the boutique Bevello (a few girls at work and I split this for her)

Mother's Day - pajamas from Nordstrom

Baby Sprinkle - bath theme - this towel from PBK, noodle and boo bath wash and a bath toy

New Baby - I sent this to one of my oldest friends after she had a baby.  She had a girl this time so I wanted to go all girly things!  This blanket which is is a blanket now and then turns into a lovey once they get older (Molly Anne's very fav).  Christine monogrammed it for me of course.  And two bows from The Tipsy Bunny - one with a monogram and one without!

One Year Old Boy Birthday - they said in lieu of gifts to donate to St. Jude so we did that and then took two books to the party.  This one and this one.  Usually for a young boy gift I do these tractors!

One Year Old Girl Birthday - this bracelet for two one year old girl birthdays and this slide for another!

Baptism - this necklace and little prayer book.

Three Year Old Girl Birthday - cannot share because her dear mother reads my blog but it's a super cute bathing suit!  Her Mama told me to do a bathing suit so that isn't a surprise! ;)

Three Year Old Girl Birthday - this placemat.  Someone gave this to Molly Anne for her first birthday and she uses it every night!  We gave matching ones to 1 year and a 3 year old sisters this year!  

Three Year Old Boy Birthday - this lego duplo set

Housewarming Party - this soap and lotion set from Williams Sonoma.  This is always a good ole trusty gift and at $30 it's a good price point!

Can you tell I'm on gift overload these couple of months?  I still have to do two more birthdays, one anniversary, father's day and my own child's birthday!  Yikes!

Monday, May 22, 2017

Pool, Brunch, Birthday, Gala, Sprinkle

How's that for a creative title?!  Not!

Here's how the weekend went down:
Baby Sprinkle

Let's recap.

Friday afternoon we went to our new neighborhood pool with friends Margot and Emmerson!  This was Molly Anne's first dip this year.  She wasn't impressed at first but after I splashed water on her and we went into the deeper water, she was fine and loving it.  


Life doesn't get better if you're Molly Anne - pink lemonade which kept her up an hour past bed time (rookie move) and goldfish.  

Bathing beauties!

The King Mills!  He's so stately!

Saturday morning we went to Cafe Monte for brunch to celebrate our own little Mother's Day a bit belated!  It was so fun and amazingly, Molly Anne was an angel.  She quietly colored while waiting on our food.    

Smoked salmon benedict and a mimosa - YES!  It was amazing as it looks.  Kevin had an omelet and Molly Anne had an egg and some fruit.  The only thing on the kids menu for breakfast was a nutella crepe and I wasn't about to go there with the day ahead haha!

Love my sweet girl!

Afterward we went over to the mall and got Molly Anne some new shoes and I had to return a couple of things.  

Afternoon nap time with my buddy.

Molly Anne helped me give Mills a bath out back and then we got dressed and went to Lucas' first birthday party!  Molly Anne loved the new toys (to her) at their house!

Cake was obviously a highlight!

It was so fun celebrating his birthday!  It was golf themed and Mindy always goes crazy with the crafts and decorations.  They all decorated the cutest golf visors and then took home a set of play golf clubs too!  Molly Anne had the best time.

Saturday night we went to Ballantyne Resort for a gala benefiting A Child's Place.  They provide supplies, food and mentors to homeless children in Charlotte.  It was a wonderful evening and a lot of money was raised!

A typical "us" picture.  

On Sunday I attended a sprinkle at Dogwood Southern Table for Kristen!  She is expecting in August and doesn't know the gender.  Love a good surprise and I'm so excited for her!  She already has a little boy.  My guess is girl this time!  

This should be called the WORTH EVERY CALORIE chicken biscuit.  

After I got home, Molly Anne had just woken up from her nap so we went to the pool.  I'm SO proud of her.  This was only her second time to the pool this year and she stood on the side of the pool and jumped into my arms with no help!  She LOVED it too and kept saying "again, again!"  Now I must watch her like a hawk at the pool because she has no fear!  I thought she would be more into the splash pad than she was but she just wanted to swim in the big pool!  We have a fun summer ahead!

Friday, May 19, 2017

Five on Friday - Molly Anne's Week

On Tuesday after work/school we played out back with her water table and other toys.  This is one of her favorite things to do and I think Mills equally enjoys it!

I had to take Molly Anne with me to meet with our builder one morning this week.  It honestly isn't the safest place for a toddler but I keep my eyes on her like a hawk.  She definitely knows where her room is now.  Permanent stairs got installed this week and the 1st to 2nd floor ones are gorgeous....they curve out at the bottom.  

Laying out the cabinets and kitchen island in the background!

This child loves running and jumping on Mills' bed every morning and evening.  She giggles the entire time!  This week, Molly Anne has really started talking more in sentences.  Last weekend at Target she literally narrated her way through the whole store.  Crazy!  One day this week she walked into Becky's, stood by Alexa and said, "Ms. Becky can you play music please?"  

Music class is wrapping up for this session and she's had the best time having Emmerson in her class!  These girls are so sweet together!  We are swimming this afternoon with Emme!

I was supposed to go to Vegas on Sunday for work.  It's the largest commercial real estate conference in the country and I go every year.  My client decided a week ago that they aren't going so there's really no point in me going.  I'm bummed to not see some other friends out there that I only get to see once a year but it'll be nice to be home with my people.  We have some fun plans this weekend.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

House Update - Cabinets

Something that I didn't expect to be fun has actually been one of my favorite things so far.  I think because our space is coming to life!  

Last Thursday I met the cabinet guy at the house and went through each room talking about what cabinets we will do.  Well mainly bathrooms and a few other areas.  

So here is our kitchen that we are trying to figure out what to do with.  I love the symmetry of this back wall.  We have 10' ceilings so we are deciding if we should go to 8' or 9' with the cabinets.  The top level of cabinets on the picture below just seem like such a waste to me because we'll never use them but maybe they make the space look better?  These cabinets are to 9'.

Here is a picture of cabinets to 8'. 

And here is a picture to 9' without the upper cabinets and instead taller cabinets.  Kind of leaning towards this.  Thoughts?

Butler's pantry cabinets.  I don't want a bunch of glass front cabinets but we do want a couple so that's what this shows.  Any thoughts on this area?  Any must haves for the bar?

The below picture has our fridge area on the left (microwave on the right midway) and our island on the right.  We are going to make some tweaks to the island because we don't like the shape of the post on the bottom right and a couple other things.  Definitely wanted the cabinets on the opposite side of the island, at your feet as you sit at it....good storage space.

In the powder room, we may do a furniture piece like the below to save some money.  This one is a steal at $899 on Amazon.  

As always, your thoughts are welcome!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Matchy Matchy

To be honest, I'm not the biggest on being matchy matchy with Molly Anne.  I don't know why but I never have been.  Actually I don't think we've ever matched in our Lilly.  Maybe because she has all of the newest and cutest patterns and my Lilly is from 2010 and earlier?  Ha!  The life of having a child and wanting to buy them ALL THE CLOTHES!  Let's be honest, my child is much better dressed than I am.  And I love it!

This week one night I was surfing the web and saw this adorable print on Lilly's website.  You know when certain things catch your eye and you're like, "I must have this?!"  That's how this print was for me.  So today I'm going to get her this dress.  

And I may just try this dress on for good measure! ;)  I like how it is a swing dress so sort of forgiving but sometimes swing dresses make me look like a balloon and I'm better off in a tailored shift dress.  We'll see.  

Maybe this will be our first matchy matchy outfit?!  Oh my!