House in a year

Its amazing how time can simply just fly by. I have been very lucky this past year to have a wonderful family, a great group of friends, an adorable son, and a roof over my head.

One year ago from today, I signed the papers for our house! Can you believe it!?!?!?

A lot has changed in a year with our house, and it defiantly starting to feel like home.

We started with the huge kitchen remodeling. Luckily, we did this before we moved in

The move was actually pretty smooth considering all the stuff I had to bring over!

Dealing with the noises of the night…was not as easy haha. Although setting up the cable, internet, and phone was more of a nightmare! We even had a visit from the cops.

The first MINI project after we moved in was putting stepping stones in on the side of the house

Of course we decorated for the holidays!

Fall

Christmas decorations

Added a few decorations to the upstairs bathroom

 

 

Of course, the easter bunny came to visit!

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And then we decided to ripe apart the main floor bathroom, which started when the sink was leaking….and is still in progress

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what will happen this year?!?!?!

Questions for you:

Do you like home improvement projects? Working on anything now?

How long have you been in your current house, apartment, condo, etc?

A, B, or C

Its time to pick the tile for the main floor bathroom. WAHOOO. Now who’s excited?


Haha. Ok maybe just me. But I went to my home away from home, Home Depot. And I found a few choices

Who wants to help pick one out?

I’m leaning towards C or D

I made these name descriptions 🙂

This is the lovely pinterest picture that inspired the bathroom haha. Although, I might paint the wall tan or a color…….

Question for you:

How was your weekend?

March for babies

The March of Dimes  is very close to my heart. It is a nationwide organization that raises money for funds and programs that help prevent and gain knowledge about premature babies. Eavh year, there is a run and walk in St Louis. Two years ago Ali from biggest loser was there!

In the NICU, I work closely with these babies and their families,and  I look forward to this each year. Not only do we raise a money for an amazing cause, but we also get to see many families come back with the kids. Families also come back who have lost their babies, they walk in their memory. And some even have the pictures on the back of the shirts.

It really is a special day for everyone.

The day started off with a picture of Andrew and me. This year our shirts were orange

Even fredbird showed up!

This is a highest view I could get

And the walk started

Look at everyone!

At 7am they have a run (next year I want to do this!) But at 9AM, they have a 5K walk.

We had perfect weather and it was a such a great day. ❤

Question for you:

Do you know anyone that was premature?

You can still donate, just go to the website!

Adding little touches

Today, I started the day at teh gym. THANK GOODNESS because I got a call from work about a serious situtation. Afterwards, I jumped on the treadmill and did intervals at a 8.5! I was trying to just wear myself out so I wouldn’t think about it. Well, it worked for a little bit.

I then ran my booty around town. Picking up mouse traps (YUCK), tile for the floor in the bathroom, Curtains to try in the living room, and little odds and ends for the house.

Here they are. They aren’t big, but they had a little something 🙂

More flowers for the living room

New vase and glass for the mantel

Vase for the living room table

Fake flowers for the bathroom

The night ended w/Andrew, a Chipmunk movie, and  ice cream in a tiny baseball cup 🙂

Question for you:

Just for giggles

Since I wrote SOOOOOO much yesterday, I thought I would just share some things I found on good o’ pinterest. I know it seems like a silly site, but I actually find recipes, workouts, and quotes.

These are a few that have meaning to me, after the past few days of needing a pick me up

The last one is my favorite 🙂

I hope you all are having an amazing day. Thanks for listening. This blog is like my diary, and I’m lucky to have amazing people who listen. Thank you.

Question for you:

Any funny quotes, pictures, or things you found online? or just in life?

– Today, I accidentally poked Andrew in the eye. After yelling OUCH, he asked “Am I going to have to wear a patch now?” haha. I about died.

Focus on today

After yesterday (and not a lot of sleep), I decided something that is very hard for me to admit.

I compare myself to others, and put myself down because of it.

I did a lot of thinking and crying about life. I was feeling stressed about work. I was going over the situation in my head. I was feeling alone, and wondering why everyone else seems to have a husband or boyfriend. The mouse situation wasn’t helping. haha

While laying in bed for hours thinking, I started to feel calm.  I am trying to control so much and I realized, I have an amazing life. I need to stop focusing on what I don’t have, and realize all the amazing things I do have.

I know  alot of my issues come from looking at what others have, and thinking I need that. They are perfect, and I want to be like them. Because of that, I miss what I have right in front of my face.

I miss my family, who help me EVERY week with Andrew and my house remodeling adventures 🙂 And support me, even when I’m not very nice. They are the ones I seem to push away first, and the farthest.

I miss Andrew, who is my everything and growing by the day! One day he won’t want to talk and have me scratch his back before bed

I miss my friends, who are always there for me. Good times and bad.

Bottom line, I am just missing life. My life. No it isn’t perfect. I won’t ever have a million dollars. Or the biggest house. Or be a size 0. I might not find a husband. I can’t be superwomen.

And today I realized, I’m OKKKK with all of that. Well, Im working on it. It might be my Type A personality….. haha. But this is helping me  focus on me and my family, and not focusing on what others have. It is not about the HAVES and HAVE NOTS. No one is perfect (heck I don’t want to be). Just living in the moment.

My happiness is mine to keep and if I let it slip past, I won’t even know I have it, until its gone.

All girls need flowers

I feel like I have a BILLION updates. It has just been one of those weekends and it has dragged onto Monday haha

My tooth is feeling a million times better, and I don’t look like a chipmunk (as much…… haha)

 I was able to make it to work this weekend, unfortuantly, I didn’t have the best day. On Sunday, I actually had a family become very upset and yell at me for something that didn’t even happen on my shift. The baby was also not stable.

But today is where the most action occurred. I only worked a 1/2 shift, because I had to take Andrew to the allergist. But during those 6 hours, I was yelled at by the same family again. Cried during rounds to the medical team. And had a family meeting w/ this family. I didn’t even start charting till11!!! I didn’t eat the whole time I was there……. Being that this happened two days in a row, I am emotionally spent.

Luckily, I was able to get out of there on time to meet Andrew and his dad for his appointment. Since Andrew has had MANY ear infections, and strep throat cases we are seeing the allergist and the ENT specialists. Today, he had his allergy tests.

It actually went really well. We found he was only allergic to a certain mold and ragweed. And who isn’t here in st louis???? But now, we have to wonder what is causing all these infections

I also found another mouse in the basement.   why was I in the basement you ask? I was having a little cry session while cleaning. haha

Instead of eating A TON of ice cream and crying my eyes out, I cleaned and then found some amazing roses in my backyard.

I even told my dad I hate rose bushes (which I do) but they are so beautiful!

I had to pick some and bring them in the kitchen. See the huge one on the right!!!!

We then went on a walk. It is amazing what flowers and a walk can do  🙂

I am hoping for a tearfree pleasant Tuesday!!

Question for you:

Have you ever had allergy tested? Are you allergic to anything?

-I am not allergic to a thing. I am lucky, especically since everyone in St Louis seems to have issues

Have you ever had one of those days at work?

Before and After: bathroom #2

I know we are working on the bathroom on the main floor, but I have to show you the second bathroom.

And no I didn’t take down any walls or title (I think my  brother would kill me)

In November, I put up some shelves that I had from college, and placed some great beach stuff on the shelves. Well those darn command strips……didn’t last.

Today, my brother was nice enough to show me how to hang things when the walls are plaster (I will always hate plaster)

SOOOOOO…

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I also got this from good o’ Big Lots.

I just added some sand and shells

I promise you all, this is the only remodeling for this room haha

 

The past few days…..

I was suppose to work Thursday and Friday, but my tooth had other expensive and painful plans. I have had trouble w/ this one tooth before, after just around this time last year.

Two mornings ago, I was woken to extreme pain in my tooth. I took some pain meds, and then I had to decide if I was going to go to work or not. (it hurt THAT bad).

After only 4 hours of sleep, lots of tears, and a call, I decided not to go to work, but to make it to the dentist. Ibprofen was just not cutting it, and they couldn’t squeeze me in until 2pm. AHHHHH.

After sleeping A LOT, getting some xrays, the dentist told me I had some much swelling around the tooth. My left cheek was HUGE. I tried to get a picture

not the best picture of me, but I was in a bit of pain

I stopped to get a milk shake, they make you better right?!?! I also got antibiotics and vicoden

I. Hate. Vicoden. It makes me so sick! So I had to decide if I was going to be nauseus or have tooth pain. I decided on the nausea.

So I had to deal with the pain ALL of thursday. Didn’t get much sleep. And then I got 1/2 of my root canal done on Friday morning. I have so much swelling, we have to wait a week for me to go back. GREAAATTTTT.

Luckily, my dad is a super hero! And took me to my appointment. I was so sick. (we had to pull over a few times) There was  no way I could have gone by myself. Vicodin really is the devil. “But that stuff works” my dad said. haha

Friday night I felt better. More dehydrated with a headache. The nausea isn’t so bad, but I haven’t had vicodin since 6am.

Hoping I can work this weekend……..

Question for you:

Have you ever had tooth issues?

What fun things are you doing this weekend?

Before and After: Mantel

I love “before and after” shots.

From Fall to Christmas, messing w/ contact paper, I even have a previous mantel before and after.

Today’s isn’t such a big deal, but I LOVEEEEE the after.

I have this picture from pinterest (yup. I love it and yet it gets me in trouble haha)

I found these really pretty flowers at Target, and bit the bullet and bought them for the mantel.

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AFTER

Question for You:

What is on your mantel?

Do you like having flowers around the house?