I’ve said before that when I take a break from blogging it’s usually because I’m too busy living my life to stop and blog about it. Boy has that been true over these past few weeks! Lately I’ve been working on designing and creating Kate’s new playroom, updating our guest room, getting ready for my next DIY tile project, making a sideboard for the kitchen, organizing our pantry, updating my friend Jill’s living room, trying to get a handle on my day job which has crept into my nights and weekends, updating my sister’s resume, fighting a two-week long cold while nursing a 3 year old with an ear infection, and getting ready for a garage sale this weekend…to name a few things.
Life is full and (mostly) fun, but I’m looking forward to it slowing down at least slightly to give me a chance to document it all! For starters, here’s a snapshot at our March in pictures:
March 1: My “Fashionably Late” 2013 Oscar Party – a night filled with fabulous food, friends, fashion, and fun!
March 2: I’m so excited to be the March featured blogger for The Tile Shop!
March 5: Seriously. It never fails. G goes out of town for work and we get so much snow the city shuts down. Guess who’s left to shovel?
My personal assistant. Moi. And yes, I said, “shovel” because even though we live in the snow dumping capitol of the universe (I’m just guessing here) and my husband travels for days to weeks at a time during snow season, we do not have a snow blower. We have a shovel. And on this day, with that damn shovel, I created snowbanks along the sides of our driveway nearly as tall as me.
March 6: Kate paints her first room ! While G was out of town for work I decided to solidify my inability to walk upright when I’m 80 by painting a couple of walls in our house. Kate was thrilled to get in on the action. I played her favorite songs on my iPhone and we had a little dance party while we painted. It was such a fun night! (Update: Check out pics of our results here!)
March 8: My friend Jill is currently pregnant with her 3rd child, and while there’s not a whole lot I can do to make life easier for this soon-to-be mother of three, one thing I can do is tackle some of her house projects that have been nagging at her for awhile. To start – we got rid of these red walls in her living room. Pictured is me – terrified of heights! – sitting up on a ledge to wash her walls at the vaulted ceiling before we get our paint on. I was so scared I was shaking (and had to get down a few times before I could finish it all) but I just kept reminding myself: better me up there than her!
March 9: Kate and I visit The Tile Shop showroom to get inspiration for my next DIY tile project – our guest bathroom!
March 10: I’m back at Jill’s house to help her (finally!) take her kitchen from a shade of chocolate brown that looked baby poop green at certain times of the day, to a richer, darker chocolatey brown that looks lickably delicious. For those of you keeping score at home, this marks the 4th room I’ve painted in 5 days.
March 13: Operation Get Shit Done at My Friend Jill’s House Before She Has Her 3rd Baby continues with a trip to IKEA! Our closest IKEA is 2 1/2 hours away so we were prepared to make a day of it. In the end, us three girls (me, Jill and our friend Katie) checked out with 5 full carts of goods. (What budget?)
March 16: G&D date night! G and I saw The Great and Powerful Oz in 3D and then went out for Guinnesses for an early St. Patrick’s Day celebration.
March 17: A lovely and quiet St. Patrick’s Day at G’s parent’s house, marked by Kate and G taking a walk on the (still frozen) lake.
March 23: My sister Brittny and I took Kate to a Kids in the Rotunda show, and she loved the singer/performer so much that our typically shy little girl got up on stage to dance to The Belly Button Song!
March 27: Back at Jill’s house to accessorize her living room!
March 29: Savoring the first day of the year that’s warm enough for me to get away with not wearing socks.
March 30: Kate’s first (real) swim lesson! We tried starting Kate in swim lessons when she was really young (about 6 months old) but the environment of indoor swimming lessons was overstimulating for her and we quickly realized it wasn’t a good idea. We decided to give it another try after our mini family vacation at an indoor waterpark in February when Kate saw our friend’s daughter Marit (6 years old) swimming and enjoying the water. Kate kept saying, “I want to swim like Marit,” so we signed her up for lessons. She was super nervous for her first class, but tried everything at least once – we were so proud of her!!
March 31: We celebrated Easter morning with homemade cinnamon rolls and an Easter basket hunt through the house, then it was off to Grandpa and Grandma’s house (G’s parents) for an Easter egg hunt and dinner. A wonderful end to our March!
I hope you’re all staying healthy and loving life!