February 22, 2013

Week 34 - pt II

i figured i couldn't leave without taking some actually decent belly photos. :) taken by the mr. in our front yard - here's some more evidence of week 34!

February 19, 2013

recently / austin

i'm not much of a traveler - and whether i think i should be or not, i'm more of a home body. needless to say, when my mom moved to austin, tx in december it created an immediate opportunity to travel. since my manager and part of my team is located in austin as well, it provided a great chance for a 'working vacation'.

i flew in on a friday at the end of january, had a fabulous weekend with mom and also worked for three days from the office. such a great trip!

a cardinal outside mom's window! 

so many boots... 

mom made sure to feed me a 'pleasantville' style breakfast. 

our team 'appreciation event' was managing to eat at franklin's bbq

street art - random graffiti on the side of a shop on congress street. perfect backdrop! 

couldn't have had a better trip - so much excellent food, company and fun. thanks again, mom!

the nursery project / during

so it turns out that a 'home improvement' project takes a lot longer than anticipated. HA. totally a real life lesson here, folks. honestly, the biggest challenge is the fact that since we're both working, there's very little time to dive into a big wet paint project. anyways. as you can see above, we were working to cover that dark blue... and while we decided to spring for the paint + primer, you can see that the first coat provided a good start, but not the coverage we were looking for. ultimately, it took three coats of white paint (sheesh).

once all the white went up (big shoutout to the husband and my cousin - you guys rock!), it was time to tackle the lines. we did some research, decided to go with the frog tape (our walls are crazy plaster - more than the typical amount of 'texture') and really make an effort to do it right. look at that additional touch - the mr. decided to paper over the white lines, just to make sure they didn't get spattered with gray paint. would *i* have done this? probably not! and then would i have been devastated when the pristine white was speckled? absolutely. thanks, hon. <3  we borrowed my dad's chalk line to ensure perfectly level lines. very cool. very messy.

and voila! there are the stripes, in all their glory. so happy with the way they turned out! at this point, there are still small touch ups to be completed. the window casings needed a fresh coat of white, and the upper moldings had some gray paint from the roller. finally, there was residual chalk line dust (ugh - stories about this later) and inaccurate pencil lines from attempts prior to using the chalk line.

so where's the final reveal? in progress. :) my dear friend steph came over on monday because i had reached a point of 'i can't do this all on my own' and started to stress. what did we do? rocked it. more pics to come...!

Week 34!

holy moly. 6 weeks left?! so here's the thing: this isn't the best picture. note the laundry basket, sweet outfit and awesome slippers. we're lucky zoey isn't in this picture, to be honest. ANYWAYS - i can't even focus for a second, jeez.

here i am, kicking off 34 weeks. baby is the size of a cantaloupe... but i may disagree. unless this particular cantaloupe has been raised with miracle gro. anyways, we're still working on important stuff like the nervous system and lung development. i'll have my blood tested again at my next appointment, and while there's still 6 weeks "officially" left, there's only a couple of weeks left until baby is considered 'full term'. so - we'll see!

February 5, 2013


check out this kid moving around! i'm my own personal science fiction movie...