Mega Update and The Project House begins

August 21st, 2013

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted! I have a big huge mega update…time just got the best of me lately, between 3 business trips, a trip to the ER, the usual design deadlines, plus trying to get this house started, I’ve been falling into bed at night instead of my working on blog posts. Here’s my July + August in photos:

We drove out to CA and were able to see some friends while we were there. I also found out that it’s nearly impossible to take pictures of 3 little boys:

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We also made a special trip to the Restoration Hardware OUTLET in Vacaville (totally worth the trip) and found tons of gorgeous hardware and mirrors for 40-60% off regular price. Score!

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When we got back, Mr. Project started building the kitchen cabinets for our new Project House Kitchen.

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And I started potty training Ollie… but he did most of the work. And in this photo you can see the utter CHAOS that our rental is. Way too much stuff (and acquiring all our lighting and plumbing fixtures), and no place to put any of it! I so cannot wait to get into our new house and get organized again. Oh and we love our Froggy Potty!  He’s totally potty trained now (like a boss!) and it’s awesome not to have to worry about diapers for him.

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Then I went to CHA for a few days with My Minds Eye. I debuted my new line Cut & Paste (which I still need to pick my winners for)

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I came back home and got sick and had to go to the ER… turns out I have gallstones and need my gallbladder removed. :( But I was feeling well enough a few days later, and took some time to stop and smell the roses with my two sweet boys.

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Mr. Project continued to work on cabinets.

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And a few days later we headed to Costa Rica for a little bit of work and a little more smelling of the roses (with no kiddos!)

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I got back home and was too beat to run the 5k I’d been training for. But a few days later, I ran for 20 minutes straight… which is a huge accomplishment after taking up running just a few weeks ago. Here’s my view that keeps me going for my morning runs:

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Leo started walking… I still haven’t got this on video. He did take a good 10 steps in a row today, but my phone was out of reach!

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Mr. Project continued working on cabinets… He’s working on the farmhouse table island in this pic. Made completely out of rough-sawn reclaimed oak. It’s going to look amazing when it’s all done.

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And today, our house construction began with a big hole being dug. After all this time of planning and prepping, we have started. It’s thrilling, and scary all at the same time. I can’t wait to dive in, but I know it’s going to go so fast that I might not have time to blink. And I’m terrified that we won’t make all the right decisions, and we’ll be unhappy with aspects of the design here and there. But mostly I want to enjoy every minute of the journey.

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Here we go… 3…2…1… blastoff!! I’ll be posting more now with all the construction and design progress. Also I usually post daily on my Project Girl Facebook page and my Instagram as well. So there are lots of ways to keep up on our project house adventures!

Family Photos – completely worth it

June 20th, 2013

I posted a few weeks ago about having family pictures taken (and our outfits). We got back some sneaks today and they are so incredibly beautiful!

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Our photographer Michelle of Clover & Mustard could not have done a better job. She uses actual film for her photography and it just brings a quality of depth that I miss from digital photography. We’re so happy that she could take our photos and preserve these precious and fast-paced days.

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Getting ready and being willing to take family photos can be a lot of work, and cost a chunk of change. But putting in the effort is worth it. Having these photos forever will be worth it.  Whether you’re 7 months post-baby, and haven’t worked out in 3 years, or you are in the best shape of your life, it is worth it to document your family. So don’t wait thinking you’ll take pictures next year or when you hit your goal weight. Just do it now and you’ll thank yourself a million times for it.
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I’m also making the vow to actually order prints and hang up picture in our house as part of my “get the pictures off my computer” initiative. I think these will look amazing in our new house.

To see more pics from our shoot – check out Clover & Mustard.

 

Instagram in the real world – or – getting the photos off my computer

June 12th, 2013

 

 
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I thought time went by quickly with one child, but with two it’s just zooming past me at breakneck speed. I want to hold onto all these little moments that we have every single day. But they just kind of slip through my fingers. I guess that’s why they say *blink* and they’ll be going off to college.

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In an effort to hold onto memories, I’ve been working on taking lots of pictures with my phone. I know I should pull out the DSLR but the best camera you have, is the one you have on you, right? So my photos may not be the best quality or look professional at all, but they do capture us in our everyday moments – which are the ones I really want to remember.

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This is one of the reasons that I’m loving Instagram right now. It helps me remember to take these daily snapshots and share them, and when I have some free time, go back and see how we spent our time last month. A photo journal of sorts.

But I don’t just want them in my phone and on the internet, I want to enjoy them in the real world! So I set about finding out how to get these little square images printed. My first stop was Persnickety Prints because they do amazing work and the owner, Chari is fabulous! I found out that they do print just the little squares, and I also came across the idea of printing a huge enlargement that contains a grundle of your instagram favorites:

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The Persnickety Prints Instagram page has directions and a link to a free template to create this awesome project. I was all over that and quickly downloaded it and started adding my pics. I uploaded my files, and requested the correct size etc. for printing. The result was this awesome board of sweet memories from the past 6 months:

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I thought this would be an awesome father’s day gift, but was so thrilled with how it turned out that I couldn’t keep it a secret! I brought it home and it turns out that the biggest fan is Ollie.  He LOVES being able to see all these pictures of him, Leo, Mommy, Daddy, Grandma, ipad, and his forever lost best friend – “binky”. He’ll sit down with it and go picture by picture talking about each one. instagram_board2

If that’s not an incredibly compelling reason to get your photos off of your computer, than I don’t know what is.

I still haven’t figured out where I’m going to put this gigantic print, I’d love to do one of these every 6 months and just hang them all up in my *future* craft room so I can always be reminded of these days. I suppose time will tell, but for now, I’m eternally grateful for this great idea from Persnickety Prints, and how they helped me finally get some tangible everyday pictures of my family!