Monday, January 7, 2013

New Beginnings...

Our tree is still up.  I came downstairs for one more night of glowing lights and Christmas cookies.  The kitties came down too.  I kid you not, Muffin is literally slurping the tree water as I type - gross.  Tomorrow, our tree will be thrown out the back door, ornaments will be taken down and the decorations will be stored away until next year.  But these memories - they are here to stay.  And the sweet thoughts and dreams we have for next year's Christmas will surely keep us company.

It's been a very productive past few days.  I guess you could say the nesting has begun.  I've been purging closets.  Filling trash bags to the max.  And feeling the excitement of everything coming together as rooms become more and more decluttered and fresh and ready for baby girl.
As I said to Steve, the last week of December -
"Let's enjoy the rest of the holiday and relax, because come January - 
"It's on like Donkey Kong!"

So Friday night, when I found Steve upstairs in bed, taking a little snooze at 7:30 (in his boxers),
I blew my imaginary whistle and shouted, "Up! Up! Up!" as I smacked his tush and told him to get dressed.  "I told you, it's on like Donkey Kong, Mr!  You better start eating your Wheaties!"  
 It was time to go paint shopping. 
It was time to start the nursery.

He sleepily jumped into his clothes while grumbling to himself.  By the time we were in Home Depot, staring at the hundreds of paint samples in front of us, he was awake and ready.  And we were both feeling it - a giant slap of  AHHH, we're starting baby girl's room!!

And since that night, it's been on.
We taped.  Steve painted.  The room was emptied of everything but all things baby.  He put the crib together.  The rocking chair and dresser are in their place. 
He told me I'd cry (happy tears) when I saw the paint in the sunlight first thing yesterday morning.  It was beautiful...exactly what I hoped for.  I didn't cry then.  But I did tonight.  I sat in the rocking chair and got lost in a dream as my feet pushed it back and forth for a good twenty minutes.  I came downstairs.  Kissed Steve without saying a word.  And dreamt some more about all the love we'll put into that room this month.

A week into 2013...
It's been good to us.

We rang in the last of December and the first of January with Jen and Sean.  They slept over.  Steve grilled steak and chicken outside in his slippers.  We stayed in all night...eating, playing Taboo and Cranium, watching the Walking Dead marathon and reminiscing over the past years.

We raised our glasses for a toast.  Jen "cheersed" to "Maria's glass finally being filled with water this year!"  And I happily and so gratefully sipped my sparkling water out of a wine glass for the rest of the evening...taking in the night with people I love.

Sean wasn't ashamed to get stuck with the pink glass (plastic dollar champagne flute)!

Our favorite picture of the night.  Sean's face is priceless. 

New Year's bump

And kiss

We decided to play girls against boys in Taboo.
It was fun pressing that buzzer on Zesty.

Buzz.  Buzz.  Buzz.

Could I have had 4 more perfect cards in a row to describe to Jen?!

They brought us to our second win in a row.
Girls Rule!

Next was Cranium...
Our dough was too crusty and dried out to use the "Sculptorades" category, but that just made more room for "Humdingers!"  Sean's version of Love Shack is incredible. 

One last zombie marathon episode.  And then to 3:30 in the morning.

Eggs, bacon and leftovers...our first meal of 2013.

Happy 2013

Friday, Jessica and I spent the day together.  I got to see her pretty, sparkly tree.  We ordered pizza to-go and came back here.  We gabbed - of course.  We ohhed and ahhed over nursery ideas.
We let time get away from us as we always do. 

I'm still screaming inside at this incredibly adorable and totally purrrfect teeny, tiny sweater Jessica made for baby.  Not only is that a cat with a ball of yarn -
It's Muffin!!!
She stitched lil' Mins on baby girl's sweater. 
I love it so much and can't wait for baby girl to wear it.  I may have to put Muffin in it for now.

See, Muffin - exactly!!

I had to show her.  Twinks was jealous.  I explained to him that he's more a 2T than a 0-3 mos.

 I was thankful to spend some quality time with my dear friends during the first weekend of the year.
Saturday, Kelly and I had breakfast together, just the two of us. 
We quickly nixed the idea of trying a new place.  Station B is always a good choice.


And the rest of the weekend...
I covered that...
Until the nursery reveal next month, here are a couple boring photos.

This stuff works wonders!


I hope the first week of 2013 has treated you well.

I'll see ya later this week.

New Week Lovin', 


Rian Eidson said...

I'm starving at 5:37am and now my stomach is grumbling at me because of your food pictures. Yummy! And that die for! Cute, cute, cute!!! I can't wait to see the nursery! Xoxo

Rebecca said...

What a cute little sweater! Your friends know you so well. Can't wait for the nursery reveal!!!

Tami said...

Our New Years Eve was similar. Food, games, friends and fun! We watched the same New Years Eve countdown. I always liked watching Dick Clark. Nice to see the tribute they did.

Camille said...

Awwww, that sweater with Muffin on it is soo cute!! I love the New Year's bump pic, beautiful. :) Happy New Year!

JP said...

You and Steve were perfectly coordinated for NYE! I am really digging the plum color right now.

The Muffin sweater is TOO MUCH, but your comment that Twinkie is more of a 2T had me laughing.

Happy New Year! I cannot wait to see this year unfold for your family. :)

Jess @ said...

Happy New Year!

The buzzer in taboo is addicting! I love that thing.

Heather said...

Oh my gosh... I LOVE that sweater! What a sweet gift!

Can't wait for the nursery reveal! Eeee!

Happy 2013!

Judy Haughton-James said...

Hi Maria,
I am happy that 2012 ended in a wonderful way and you are into this special year 2013! Your pictures are beautiful as always! That sweater with the cat and thread is so cute! I love how the cats were looking at it!:) You and Steve are going to enjoy fixing up the nursery. I eagerly await all the pictures. Have a great time getting everything ready Maria! Take very good care and my very best wishes to you, Steve and Beano. Lots of Love & Friendship always!

Jodi S said...

looks so fun :) I just got my tree down yesterday too- but more because I was too tired from being sick to really care and it was ok with me because I got to enjoy the lights alittle longer. Good luck with all the baby prep :)

Our Journey Through This Lovely Life said...

What wonderful memories! That food looks so good! and I LOVE the sweater Jessica made you!! It's sooo cute! I saw some cute pjs last week with cats on them and thought oooo I should get those for Maria!! Your killing me with the wait on the nursery post! I can NOT WAIT to see it!!! AHHHH!!
Much Love!

Olivia {i am still learning} said...

Loved LOVED this blog post, you had me smiling and laughing the whole time :)

I can't wait to see photos of the nursery!

Linny said...

Loved all the photos, your tree is beautiful and I love your cat's name, how precious!!

Brittany said...

Your New Years bump....I seriously die! Just so, so precious. I love you in those colors, too! Blues and purples look so pretty on you. And y'all always eat the best food...YUM! So glad you're treating baby girl to lots of yummy things :). That kitty sweater is the cutest thing I've ever seen...can't wait to see Baby Beano in it..she's gonna be such a doll. Hope y'all are having a great week, beautiful momma! You are glowing more than ever!

Kisha Jaggers said...

New Follower! I found you on the blog hop.. I love your blog! When you have time stop over at and if you like what you see.. follow back! Happy New Year! K Jaggers

Rachel Marie said...

Your food pictures always look so delicious. How do you make that happen? Mine never look as appetizing as yours do :) So glad to hear -and see- that all is well. Can't wait for the big nursery reveal. I just painted my office pink with more pink ... so when we try I hope it's a girl because it will be all ready to go. If it's a boy, we're in trouble ;) Glad to see you brought in the new year exactly right. Inside and cozy with people who matter most :) Take care lady, and have a great night.

waitingforarainbow said...

Ahh what a happy happy post. It's been so wonderful to see nothing but happiness oozing from this blog lately!
I cannot WAIT to see that little girl's nursery! I can only imagine after seeing all the beautiful things you've done to your house. I :')d when I read about you taking it all in while in the rocking chair. I had the exact same moment a year ago.
Your New Years looked like a blast. Of course turn had what looks like the tastiest food ever!
I just know 2013 is going to be one of the best years of your life. I can't wait to hear all about it. ♡

Catriona @ Precious Impressions said...

Hi Maria. Your NYE looks like so much fun, we also stayed in with our friends. The food looks so yummy. And that little sweater is adorable!
Congrats on your pregnancy.

Catriona @ Precious Impressions

Stephanie N. said...

Hello Gorgeous!

I've been catching up with your posts -- I'm so happy that the holidays were great for you! I loved looking at all of your pictures. They always make me so happy! :)

How exciting that you've started on the baby's room! I can't wait to see pictures... that was one of the most fun things for me when I was pregnant -- picking out the paint, bedding, and seeing it all come together -- and then just imagining the little baby that would soon be in it! I'm so happy for you! <3

I hope you've been well in all ways! I can't wait to read your next post :)

Michell @Prowess and Pearls said...

Congrats on the arrival of your new little girl! Following you from the Almost Friday blog-hop. Have a great week.

Michell @Prowess and Pearls

Cami said...

Happy New Year my love :)
I cannot wait to see pictures of the baby's room..I'm so excited!
I love Taboo & Cranium..SO FUN :)

Our Little Fam said...

Great pictures! Yay, nesting! That is so exciting to start decorating. I can't wait to see pictures of the nursery. You look so beautiful and happy!
Hope you are having a great week!

Ashley said...

Yeah for nesting! Isn't it just the greatest to feel like you are getting stuff done?! I can not wait to see pics of baby girl's room and I am so glad that it was all that you wanted. :) Have a great weekend!!

Irish Carter said...

Love the sweater and what a talent to stitch that. I try to be domesticated but I only get as far as the washer and dryer and thats because I need close to go to work in. LOL


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