Thursday, July 27, 2017

House Update

Yesterday the framers were back adding more beams - for the inspector and for reinforcement for a swing if we choose to put one on the porch.  We also have to add an additional column on the porch so Mike and I tried to figure out where to put that.  Of course that also depends how wide we make the fireplace because we want the new column to be centered in the middle of the fireplace and house.  

Again, this is just the base or inside of the fireplace.  It will eventually be bricked in the same brick that matches our house.  

I've been thinking paint colors this week.  Definitely going with Benjamin Moore Decorator's White for the cabinets and all trim.  Likely doing Sherwin Williams Spare White on the walls in the main areas and most bedrooms.  It's the color that is a bit more whiter than Sea Salt.  I also need to figure out what color to put on the back of the bookshelves.  Will probably use a darker one from that same color family.  

Oh!  This light came in yesterday and I'm so excited about it for our foyer!  It is lovely and I got it on sale so that was the best part.  I'm keeping my eyes open so when certain lights or mirrors on sale, we grab them!  

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Bacon, Egg, Cheese, Leek Quiche and Easy Salad

When this post goes live, I will be landing back in Charlotte on a red eye from Vegas.  I've been in southern Utah and a little Vegas since Monday afternoon.  I plan to share some pictures on Friday!


This is such an easy weeknight meal and yall know that if I'm saying it, then it is.  But, it does take prep ahead of time.  In my case, I made the whole thing the night before.  All we had to do was reheat and then I added a salad.  I'm sure it's better freshly out of the oven but that ain't happening in my world these days.  Anyway, these are both recipes from my chef friend Ashley! 

First the quiche before it went in the oven...

Baked...maybe a little too long.  Ha!

Here is the finished product...Molly Anne's plate...

The salad on the side with dressing in front of it... (recipe below - amazing!)


Bacon, Egg, Cheese and Leek Quiche:
Crust - I just used a premade Pillsbury one - prepared per the instructions on the box -- aka cooked.
3/4 Pound Bacon, cooked and chopped - I used the pre-cooked Boars Head and heated it prior to chopping
3 small leeks, chopped
2 tablespoons butter
salt and pepper
3/4 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup milk (any kind)
6 large eggs
8 ounces Boars Head Gruyere cheese, shredded
Salt - pinch
1/4 teaspoon pepper

Simple Directions;
1.  Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2.  Roll the crust into a pie plate and press along the edges.  Poke with fork and cook according to instructions on the box.
3.  Heat butter and saute leeks with salt and pepper until they are softened.  
4.  In a large bowl, whisk together the milk, cream, eggs.  Add leeks, bacon, cheese, salt & pepper and pour into cooled crust.  
5.  Bake the quiche for 40 minutes.  

And serve it with this simple salad!

I used green leaf lettuce and added a farmer's market tomato, cucumber, red onion and used the above recipe for dressing.  For the dressing I combined everything into this container (that Ashley actually gave me and I used several times just last week!) and poured into onto the salad.

How's that for a super easy dinner?!

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Rotarian of the Year and One Purchase

Two things:

1.  My Dad recently received the prestigious Rotarian of the Year Award!  The criteria is's a huge honor.  My Dad is so humble that he wouldn't even tell us that he received the award!  He is so dedicated to many things in the community and does a ton of community service.  The best part is that he doesn't even mention it, he just does it.  Join me in congratulating my Dad (who does read my blog every day!)!

2.  Nordstrom sale.  Honestly I haven't had time to think about it but on Saturday night I spent some time looking through the website and didn't see anything I HAD to have.  I did end up ordering Molly Anne these cute pajamas.  I'm stocking up on 3T stuff when it's on sale so we have some things when she is ready.  That's all I grabbed!  What did you all get?

Monday, July 24, 2017

Playing Nurse

Well I'm not going to lie, it wasn't a wonderful weekend.  It started off well when Molly Anne and I got Mills up and walking around 4:45pm on Friday for the first time since his surgery on Thursday morning.  I don't know if I've ever been so happy for him to get up and walk!  I was SO relieved.  He hung out outside with us for a little bit on Friday afternoon then we got him back in to rest.  He needed that outside time.  Nurse Molly Anne fed him his dinner pebble by pebble!

Friday night Mills and I slept in the guest room so he could be on the carpet and get up easier if he needed to.  He was so much better than he was on Thursday night so I finally slept which was a good thing.  

Saturday morning we hung around the house and didn't do much which is basically the theme of the weekend.  

Saturday afternoon we unwrapped his bandage and he started licking the wound right away.  Well I ran to get a cone from Petsmart and all was good, we thought it was working.  So we finally left the house for the first time and went to dinner.  We tried a new restaurant at Waverly called Taziki's and it was tasty!  Kevin's parents were with us so we went for a special treat of ice cream afterwards!  Molly Anne was excited!

Saturday night Mills was up a lot again and was fighting with the cone.  I still thought it was working.  Well we were all dressed and ready for church and this dog was reaching his wound even with the cone on.  I felt so defeated and SO OVER the whole thing!  Yall, it's been a rough 2.5 weeks with Mills and his injury!  We ended up not making it to church because we couldn't leave him licking it.  Molly Anne and I jetted to Petsmart and got him the even bigger size.  She liked checking out all of the fish while we were there!

(Mr. I know I'm not supposed to be on furniture)

So yeah, Molly Anne gave Mills his "blue hat" and yes, this one works.

You know who has also been wearing it when Mills has been supervised!

We tried to grill out last night but we had a storm come through that lasted forever so I just cooked everything inside.  It wasn't as good but still a tasty summer meal - burger, heirloom tomato slices, corn and roasted zucchini and okra!  

Hope everyone had a good weekend!  I'm going on a little trip out west this week!  

Friday, July 21, 2017

Friday Friday

I don't have much today except a bunch of pictures from our week.  I slept maybe 2 hours last night if you put all of the minutes together.  Mills had a really really rough first night and he isn't much better this morning.  I'm hoping these meds start working or I'm going to have to take him back to the vet.  Remember he is 95 pounds so imagine lifting him everywhere.  Yeah.  

Monday after work we played outside and after dinner she had a popsicle!  

Tuesday after work we met Margot and Emme for yogurt at TCBY!

Wednesday after work (yall like my creative theme here?!) I attempted to make dinner and this one brought everything from her bed into the kitchen and covered herself and her bunny up.

Molly Anne had her well check on Wednesday afternoon.  The only thing that really came up is that he wants her to start on Organic 1 or 2% milk instead of Organic Whole milk.  

My parents sent Mills a ramp so we tested that out on Wednesday night.  He wasn't really into going up or down it, even after a goodie.  We'll see if that improves!  I hope it does because I cannot carry this pooch up and down the stairs one more time.

Molly Anne is into her Where's Waldo book.  This was one of my favorites growing up and when I was pregnant, for one of my showers, Mom gave me this.  Last night she found a waldo before I did!

Yesterday morning while Mills was under the knife, I tried to stay busy so I kept Molly Anne home with me and we went to Target, the playground and pool all before 10:30!

I went to get Mills at 5pm yesterday and he wouldn't get up so they had to bring him out on the stretcher.  Yall it was so sad.  The surgery went well.  He had the torn ACL and also a torn meniscus which they fixed.  

He's been in pretty rough shape since he's been home.  Last night was just awful.  I'm really hoping he gets more comfortable today.  

Hope everyone has a good weekend!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

House Updates - Lots of Things

Sooooo here is where we stand today:

1.  All of the wiring is complete.  I hope we have enough electrical outlets!!!!  We put in SIXTY can lights sooo that'll be nice...and expensive.  But I do think they're practical.  Kevin says he hopes they don't go out of style! ;)  They will all have dimmers on them.  I don't know about you all but I love some can lights!

2.  We failed inspection on Monday because we didn't have a letter from an engineer saying that all of the lumber was installed per plans.  The letter is coming.  If you have seen our house, you know it is built, and then built again.  It's very well done.  

3.  Next up is taking A LOT of pictures before drywall happens.  I want to know where every inch of wire is in our house.  The contractor is taking some pics but yall know I will be as well.  We have certain outlets in particular places that have extra umph for like a treadmill for example.  I want to remember all of the details!

4.  Insulation and drywall should be happening soon.  We are kinda behind on ordering cabinets but Kevin and I went yesterday to finalize those details.  There is sooooo much to decide on cabinets!  Lots of detail with these.  They take 6 weeks to build so they'll be holding some things up.  

5.  Pouring the slab on the covered porch this week.  Since we decided to use slate, we have to pour a pad to put it on versus putting it directly on stone.  

6.  I think our tile has been finalized.  The tile I picked out for our butler's pantry backsplash is over $60/SF.  The contractor pricing came in at $42/SF.  Hmmmmmm!  It is truly gorgeous, would make such an impact and have a wow factor!  Since it's such a small space we may do it, but it's still a lot to spend on TILE yall!  I'll probably have to get a sample and hold it up in the room before we go for that!
That's all I've got for now!  

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Hey Hey!

I don't know that I've ever done a full blown get-to-know-you post but since I haven't posted anything like that in awhile, I figured it would be fun to share some get to know you things about me!

1.  I'm 34, married to Kevin and have a little two year old girl named Molly Anne!  We also have a golden retriever named Mills who is four!

2.  Grew up in Maryland on the Eastern Shore, went to NC State in Raleigh, NC for college in 2000 and spent 5 years there.  Majored in Civil Engineering and also got a business minor while I was there.  Moved to Charlotte in 2005 after college for a job I had gotten to start after I graduated.  I worked there for just under 2 years and have been at my current company ever since (10 years!).  Officially I've lived in North Carolina the same amount of time I lived in Maryland.  17 years both places!

3.  My parents still live in Maryland (same house as I grew up in!).  I have an older brother who just turned 39.  He is married with two little girls and they live on the coast in South Carolina.

4.  I met Kevin November 29, 2007 in our uptown condo building where we had both just purchased condos earlier that month!  He was on the 12th floor and I was on the 13th.  My balcony overlooked his!  We started dating in 2009, got engaged in 2011, married in 2013, had Molly Anne in 2015 and what's happening in 2017?

5.  In 2017, we are building a home!  Should be ready before Thanksgiving, maybe!

6.  I work for a commercial developer doing project management.  All of my work is out of town so I've always traveled for work.  Right now I'm doing a lot of Utah work but I've been fortunate to travel all over!

7.  Favorite things to do - run (ha, haven't done this in awhile!), Flywheel (ha, haven't done this in awhile), shop, go to the beach, be on a boat, play with Molly Anne and take her to the pool, cook and travel.  These days my life is consumed with work, building a house and being a mama!

8.  Favorite things - salt and vinegar chips, tanqueray and tonics, social media, Bachelor/Bachelorette (only tv shows I watch!), popcorn,  golden retrievers, J. Crew and Lilly Pulitzer.

9.  I'm mostly organized although I still forget things, I live and breathe by the calendar on my phone, Kevin says my life revolves around doing my hair (only twice a week), I am particular on manners and doing what is right - sometimes too much, I'm a rule follower and things are black and white to me.  I like everything to be perfect.

Thank you all for continuing to read this little blog of mine!  In a week or so, I will have blogged for EIGHT years!  That's a long time and back before blogging was big.  Thankful to have kept it up for this long!  

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

An Update on Mills

Saturday morning I took Mills to meet with the Orthopedic Surgeon to talk about his injury from July 7th.  The anti inflmmatory medicine has definitely been helping him but the vet still suspected his ACL to be torn.  He had xrays last Thursday which he had to be sedated for and though the xrays won't show the torn ACL (you have to do an MRI for those), the xrays were helpful to look at him more in depth.  

On to our appointment Saturday.  These are the pictures the doc showed me from the xrays.  The first picture is his right knee.

This picture below is his left knee which is his injured one.  You can see how the bone on the bottom is higher (in relation to the bone on the top) than it is in the picture above?  That is how you can tell his ACL is torn.  

I also asked them to look at his hips while they were in there.  The good news is that they look really really good and likely he won't have trouble with his hips, if ever.  This was music to my ears with a golden retriever!  

In the picture below on the left side (which is actually his right side) you can see how he has more muscle mass there.  That is because it has been compensating for the injured side.  You see, this wasn't just a one time injury that occurred, it was the end result of an actual disease that caused this.  It happens over time where he can't get up as easily as he used to and then an incident like playing ball on July 7th occurs and it completely gives out and the ACL tears.  

The two pictures below are before and after of a different dog that has had this surgery.  The surgeon explained every detail to me and what they will do.  Since he is a big dog, they can't go in and put an ACL back into place.  Before....

After picture....
They actually go in and split the bone, put spacers and screws in to create the angle that dog's knees make so he will have full range.  It's obviously more complicated than this but you get the gist.  

The vet had told us that the other knee would likely fail within the next year and the orthopedic surgeon told us that it's "only" a 40-50% change which was actually good news to me.  

This recovery is not going to be a short road for us.  It will be at least 6 weeks of very limited mobility.  Having to go out only on a leash, through the garage because it has fewer steps, no laying on his couch (gasp!) and being very careful with him.  The last thing we want is for it to fail so we will be extra careful with it.  10-14 days after surgery, the staples will be removed.  6 weeks after surgery xrays will be done to be sure it is taking.  After 6 weeks, he will still be limited but hopefully some of the restrictions get easier.  They don't expect him to be back fully for 12 weeks.  Yes, that's a long time.  

As we were leaving the appointment on Saturday, I joked with the doctor and asked if he had heard the term - when it rains, it pours!?!  He said well yes and I filled him in on the night before when we spent thousands for the HVAC unit, this surgery will not be a small amount of money, plus that we were building a house.  He asked where we were building and I told him.  Funny enough, he lives four houses down! 

Anyway, I feel like Mills is in really good hands.  Surgery is on Thursday.  Yall know how obsessed with Mills I am so this is slightly traumatizing to me.  I know he will be okay but I just hate seeing him hurt!  Hopefully this makes him feel like a new bubba again soon!

Monday, July 17, 2017

Out, Pool, Pantry

Monday, Monday.  I am actually writing this on Sunday night.  I am wrapping up laundry, trash is out on the curb, dishwasher is running and will be emptied tonight, we have fresh groceries, meals are planned, house is all picked up, fresh hair blowout.  I must do all of these things to feel ready for the week.  Anyone else the same way?  It's basically the only way I'll survive the work week.  Let's recap this weekend.  

Friday - I went out to lunch with some work girlffriends at Cowfish.  We walked over there from our new office which was super convenient.  Bento box with Marks Roll!

Friday evening the guys were there fixing our HVAC thank goodness.  It was five lonnnngggg days without air in the main part of our house.  Thankfully our bedrooms were cool because it was um 85 degrees in the other part.  We ended up having to replace one of our units.  Ugh.  

This one was jumping with Minnie!  She said, "hey minnie, how are you?  Wanna jump?"  It was cute.

Then Kathryn came over to hang out with Molly Anne and we ubered up to the mall to do a couple of things then walked to Reid's for a drink and some cheese straws!

Then over to Ruth's Chris for a nice dinner out compliments of a gift card Kevin had.  I loveeee a dirty gin martini, especially with blue cheese olives!

We split a salad but it wasn't anything special.  The steaks were amazing and creamed spinach is always required in my world.  So good.  

It's always good to get out just the two of us!  I wore the Jackie Shift Dress again...yes I own it in two patterns.  This one is from last year!  It's so nice to be able to dress it up or down.  I dressed it down in this case and wore these flops due to lots of walking and carried a TB clutch similar to this.  

After dinner we ubered over to Treehouse and listened to some live music outside.  It had cooled off by this point and the band was awesome.  Very chill!

The next morning we got an early Amazon delivery and guess what was in them!  Pull Ups!  See she already put one on?  Yep, that adventure is possibly starting today.  We will see how she responds to it and see if she is ready.  

We had a super lazy morning and after playing in her crib for 2 hours when she was supposed to be napping, we went to the pool.  

Sunday morning I made a meal for my friend Sarah's family while Molly Anne played with play doh and Kevin worked.  

She rode her bike for awhile, we took a walk with her wagon, we played a ton.  

During naptime, I tackled our embarrassing pantry!  This is the before....

After 5 trash bags full, this is the after!  I threw out everything that was expired or that I know we won't use.  Yall, it felt good.  It took me a little over an hour and I feel like a new person ha!

After Molly Anne woke up, we went to the pool for a long time.  Saw a bunch of people knew.  It was fun!

As of Saturday, she will finally wear her puddle jumpers.  FINALLY.  It is making life so much easier.  I still watch her like a hawk but with those and the lifeguards I can calm my bones a bit!  PS yes, I still think this is the cutest bathing suit of all times.  Now that it's on sale, I'm thinking about getting her one for next year.  Thank you to Mom and Dad who surprised her with this earlier this year!

Hope everyone has a great week!