Hell Week

What a week! As I mentioned earlier, Gracie got her first tooth a few days ago. It seemed to come out of nowhere! Just when I thought we were in the clear, along came tooth number two. So, apparently she IS bothered by new teeth. Thankfully she’s not waking up in the middle of the night (as I write this I’m afraid that I’ll completely jinx myself), but her naps are about 5 seconds long, and falling asleep at night is like having a newborn all over again! I even found myself walking her in the stroller to get her to fall asleep for a quick nap this afternoon! I mean, look at those tired eyes! Just give in, girlfriend.

Babies are such a roller coaster ride. Right when you think you’re livin’ the dream, a tooth, a growth spurt, or something else Dr. Google came up with, rears its ugly head and interrupts your routine!

To add more excitement to the mix, we’re selling our house, and the buyers scheduled their appraisal, inspection and CL-100 during this past week of hell. I knew we had to be gone during the inspection, so I planned accordingly. The house was beautiful, lavender essential oil filled the air, and we left the house to give the buyers some space.

Unfortunately, I didn’t get the memo that the buyers would also be attending the CL-100 on Friday morning (because who comes to the termite inspection!?). I didn’t even think anyone would be in the house! So there we were, beds unmade, dirty diapers on the floor, me in my pajamas and slippers, and Gracie whaling in her crib as she attempted to get out of yet another nap, when a caravan of people rolled up. Turner and I scrambled to clean up the toys. I ran upstairs to make the beds, pick up Turner’s underwear on the floor, throw away the diapers, and grab Gracie. Off we went, in the rain, to walk around Trader Joe’s (still in my slippers…shit).

Today was a much needed day of rest. We spent the day together as a family, walking around the Farmer’s Market, chowing down on some lunch, and playing at the park.

Right when I think I’m at my edge, God sends me a little reminder that I’m so blessed and that I can handle anything that comes my way! That reminder comes in the form of two sweet smiles that make it all worthwhile!


Gracie Has A Tooth!

It’s been crazy over here, as you can imagine! We’re getting ready to move in the next few weeks AND gearing up for the busy season with our rental business. So when Gracie seemed to be a little fussy lately, I didn’t really think it was anything major. She just seemed to want to be held more and her naps were a little shorter than usual. I checked her gums a few times but didn’t see anything! So I assumed it was a growth spurt, or maybe from transitioning to no swaddle at night (more on that another day).

The past two nights she woke up around 4am crying. That was really unusual because she’s been sleeping through the night since she was about 5 weeks old. I had to nurse her to get her back to sleep. Luckily she fell right back to sleep until about 7am. Once you’re used to sleeping, it’s SO hard to be woken up by a cry in the middle of the night! But I know it’s temporary!

Yesterday, I was holding her up in the air and her mouth was wide open, laughing, and I noticed her bottom tooth had come through!! I was shocked. I mean, I thought she’d be WAY more irritable. I was so excited for this big milestone. My babies are growing up so fast! I can’t even believe it!

If there’s anything I’ve learned from the past few weeks of being non-stop, it’s to take time to be present with my family! My to-do list will always be there, but my baby’s first tooth only happens once!


Our House Before and After Photos!

Prepare to have your mind BLOWN! Looking back at these photos made me exhausted just thinking about the work we’ve put into this house over the past five years! As I mentioned in my previous post, we’re selling our house! We bought this house as a foreclosure in 2011. It was completely abandoned and in the worst condition I’d ever seen! But, we were young, kid-less, and really naive. After all, it was our first house! So we couldn’t wait to tackle this monstrosity of a project together! So, for your viewing pleasure, here are some before and after photos of our beloved home!


Of course, it is stunning now! There isn’t a surface that went untouched! We made a really nice home for someone. But we’re ready to move on to our next (not so exhausting) home!

Easter….A Little Late

So, as many of you know, WE’RE SELLING OUR HOUSE! We’ve been casually looking on and off for about a year. We’ve kept it under the radar because it would really take something special for us to leave this house! But, about 2 weeks ago, we found the house of our DREAMS! The only problem was, our house wasn’t even on the market yet! That meant we had to work non-stop to get our house ready to list and sell! We pretty much worked from sun up to sun down painting, cleaning, and finishing projects to get ready (before and after photos coming soon)….hence my lack of blogging! But we managed to sneak away to Mom’s to celebrate Easter! I mean, it was Gracie’s first Easter so we had to get dolled up right?!

It was a nice day of rest! We needed it physically and spiritually! We started the morning at church and then came home for some lunch and naps. Once the kids woke up we headed to Gigi and Paw Paw’s house to share a special meal with our family! Turner was especially excited to open his Easter basket!

And Gracie was just excited to be there with people holding her and kissing her constantly!

So, here I am blogging about a holiday that happened two weeks ago. But better late than never, right? Can’t wait to update you on the house. Stay tuned!