Updates at The Project Girl

May 2nd, 2013

Hi readers! We are working on a full redesign of the site, but I’m not quite sure how quickly that will happen with the whole designing and building a house thing right now. But I did want to point up a few updates that we (Mr. Project) just put into place! And you’ll totally want to read to the end because there is a cute picture there!

Pin-it! You’ve asked for it and we finally got around to doing it. All of my original photos should have a pin-it button show up in the upper left corner when you scroll over the image. For best linking results, make sure you are clicked into the actual post and not just my website in general – this way you’ll actually be able to find the post that you pinned!

Instagram & Pinterest links. I don’t know if anyone’s been asking for it, but I am totally loving instagram, so please add me — I promise I’m worth it —  I post pics of my projects and my cute babies! These links are in the right column >>>>> go click on them! (like me on facebook too!)

Advertising/Sponsorships. I get lots of emails from people who want to sponsor my site, but I never get around to making it happen because it’s such a pain to maintain and update. Well I recently found out about Passionfruit and its soooo easy! So if you have a site/shop/product you want to promote, click on the sponsors link to the right and check out how easy it is to get started. I’ll even throw in a 15% off coupon code for your first ad – first15 (expires June 30, 2013). Also don’t forget to check out my cool new sponsor – Polka Dot Barn (hopefully there will be more than one soon).

Well thats about all the blog excitement I can handle for now. With the new design I’ll have a search bar, and lots of great pages for items such as home tours, downloads, and projects. If you have any other requests/suggestions, just leave a comment.

Here’s a cute pic to end on – my Ollie “driving” the truck and looking so grown up with his new haircut.

truck

 

House Update – Weekly Wrap-up

April 3rd, 2013

Whew! Where to start…. So last thing I posted was our house for sale on the day we put it up for sale. And the last 5 weeks has been a blur! We got 9 offers in 2 days and only 24 hours to respond. So within the first 24 hours we accepted the first (and best) offer put on the house. We were then thrown into packing, finding a place to live, packing, deciding what we wanted to do with our future, packing, trying to tell Ollie what was going to be happening in his little world, and more packing. Not to mention working, minor repairs on the house, a few trips to good will, and planning our own going away party.

Now 5 weeks later we are *almost* settled into a rental house in Alpine Utah while we work on our plans to build our new house (can’t wait to share!) not too far from our rental. I haven’t even had a moment to wrap my brain around anything too far in the future — I’ve just been living a week (or day) at a time hoping that everything works out. But now that we’re pretty much settled there are so many decisions to make and so many things to do in the next few months. So I really am going to make an effort to blog as much as possible because 1. there is tons to blog about and 2. I would love to have a very concise record of this whole process. Also if you want to follow along, I know I’ll be updating my Instagram and Facebook even more often than my blog – so follow me there for more “in the minute” updates on our house design + build.

Ollie – He’s growing up so stinking fast! He’s so big – 99% for height at his 2 year doctor visit. He talks so much – new words everyday and communicates so well (after a few months of tantrums over not being able to communicate). He loves to read books, play with his trains, entertain his baby brother, and most of all play outside. He is so social and adores his friends and family.

Leo – He just turned 5 months old – which is my favorite baby age. Old enough to interact – young enough to not be able to move. He’s such a happy smiley baby. Loves any attention he can get and loves being in his jumperoo. He’s been sleeping great and in his very own room now – which means momma is sleeping great too!

2 kiddos – Having two is not TOO bad. I think the first 3 months were definitely the worst, but we’ve all adjusted and life has gotten much easier in the past month especially. I’m mostly in charge of Leo and Mr. Project is mostly in charge of Ollie. We always say that leo is work, but not trouble, and ollie is trouble but not work. So pick your poison I guess! I love watching the two of them interact though, and I can’t wait until they start to play together.

Rental House – We’re nearly all unpacked – but have most of our possessions in storage – so thats not a huge feat. Our rental house is nice and new, and big – though not as big as our last house so we have our “office” in the foyer space. Luckily there is a big storage room so that Leo can have his own room. Ollie is now sleeping in a big boy bed and doing GREAT- mostly due to the fact that he can’t open doors yet.

New House – We’ve pretty much finalized the floor plan, just working on some design details. We are meeting with our contractor on Thursday and hope to nail down the budget etc. I’ve been working on room elevations, and Mr. Project has been doing a massive 3D model on sketch-up so that we can see every surface of the house before we even break ground. Its tons of work, but it’s so much fun to work creatively on such a huge project. Here’s a snapshot of the laundry room elevation. Did I mention that we are excited?

 

 

Leo is 3 months (and 2 weeks… but who’s counting?)

February 14th, 2013

As part of my blog slacking, I haven’t been recording too much info about our cute little #2 He finally had his “2 month”checkup this week and his stats were

15 weeks:

Weight: 14 lbs 3 oz (nearly 2x his birth weight!)

Height: 23.5″

(When he was born: Weight: 7 lbs 2 oz Height: 19″)

So those are the details, lets see what he’s up to these days…

Lots of squeeling, He sounds like a very excited guinea pig most afternoons

Lots of sleeping – He’s been doing 9 hours straight (8-5) for almost a week now, and prior to that 10-4:30

Lots of eating  - my boys love to eat – he does a few cluster feeds in the morning after his long stretch and before he goes to bed to prep for his long stretch. He seems to be a great self-regulator.

Lots of growing – we just put away all the newborn clothes and so he’s wearing mainly 3 month sizes with a few 6 months sizes mixed in (though they are baggy still). He’s got the chubbiest little thighs and rolls on his arms. And we can’t forget his thick neck, chubby cheeks and double chin. He’s just so squishy I want to nibble on him all the time.

Lots and lots of smiling – He is so so so smiley. Ollie never was big into hamming it up, but this kid will charm your socks off. he just loves to smile and give everyone big grins. He especially loves when his brother comes over to say hi.

Lots of brotherly love – Ollie adores his little brother and loves to give hugs and kisses and say “hold” when he wants to hold him. Leo just loves seeing his big brother and smiles so big for him.

It’s interesting how child 2 is so different from child 1. Not just in personality, but also in the way you approach parenting, the amount of time/energy/attention you have etc. It’s just a completely different experience. There is definitely more “vying for the parents attention” from both of the boys. More of “just wear whatever is clean!”  Nothing has to be perfect or scheduled or planned out like with a first child. I wouldn’t change how I was a parent with one child, I think both are just a situation based on different circumstances.

Adding a second has been quite a challenge – changing our schedule, the way we think, how we fit things in, what rolls we all fill etc. I would say the learning curve has been a good 3 months in the making. Just barely are we starting to feel like we’ve got this, and even then there are days (and nights) that you want to end and get a do-over. But thats a big improvement over the first few weeks when I was convinced that we were not having anymore children because it was just too hard to get through the day (and especially night). So it does get better, and quicker than you think. And now, of course, we can’t imagine our life without our little squishy.

Here’s a few (phone) pics from the last month or so ( looking through pics I just realized that I take TONS of shots while he’s sleeping):

I love all my boys!