There's Baby J, ready for his/her first Thanksgiving meal. Almost done, just 26 days to go at this point! We can't wait. The nursery is almost all done, all the baby "stuff" has been acquired, and we're ready for his/her arrival.
My mama wants to make a quilt for Baby J. Quilting is big in my family, and how could I refuse something cute and handmade with love by an excited grandma-to-be? Since Mr. J and I are not going to find out if our babe is a boy or a girl until he/she arrives, we need to come up with a gender-neutral color scheme. Traditionally, if you didn't know what you were having, you were apparently supposed to choose green or yellow. Why? First of all, I don't really picture a baby's nursery in green, and I heard yellow rooms make babies cry. Just saying.
Enter orange and blue. Yes. These are some fabric ideas mama came up with, and I added a few, too. Pretty cute, right? And look at those sailboats!! There's pink in there, but it's not too girly for a boy and not too boyish for a girl. Yes. Orange and blue it is.
There it is! I waited and waited for it to show up, and I was convinced it never would. So when Mr. J took these photos, I got really excited. It's there, it's there! Finally, a visible excuse for my high maintenance dining requests. (Are there raw eggs in that? Is the ham cooked, like, until it's steaming hot? Could you leave off the cotija cheese? Could you cook the meat, like, a lot? No, I don't want the delicious bottle of Malbec you are offering at 1/2 price this evening. And that was just last night.) Finally. Ok, maybe I stuck my stomach out a little bit, but looking at this photo, I think I really do look a little bit pregnant.
I'm halfway there. I can't wait to park in the Expectant Mother parking at Metropolitan Market and not get any dirty looks.
Before summer is over, our goal is to up the curb appeal of our new place--while the weather's still nice! Over the past couple weeks, we've made a few changes. First, we removed that tired red awning, revealing a surprise:
The previous owners hacked at the molding to fit the awning in. Sigh. Another project for us. For now, the front of the house looks a little bit disheveled. There's nothing wrong with our address plaque, by the way, I just blurred it a bit for these photos.
In the next couple of weeks, we're planning to re-do the trim, remove the storm door, and possibly upgrade the outdoor light fixture (oh, and get a welcome mat!). On the plus side, check out my planters!
There's one on the porch, and one on the walkway up to the door:
There it is...the new Chez J. After so many years of moving, waiting, moving and waiting, Mr. J and I bought our first house. It's not perfect, of course (starter houses never are), and there are lots of things we want to do, but we're so excited to be homeowners!
Cleaning, painting, organizing and yes, destruction have all begun in earnest as we work to get this place a little more up to date (and ready for our little one's arrival in December). Here's a little tour, with photos taken the day we got the keys.
Living Room - Note: L.Belle relaxing in her new home, and the amazing faux finish on the walls. I realize I didn't get a photo of the fire place the day we got the keys, but you can see part of it just to the left in this shot.
Kitchen - Note: The amazing slate floors and maroon walls, circa 2002 when this baby was remodeled. Sigh.
Stairs going up - Note: the amazing green carpet
Bathroom Floor (it's already GONE! Yay!!)
Stairs going up - our bedroom at the top, the T.V. room lower left
Your eyes do not deceive you, the ceiling is pink.
Soon-to-be baby's room - lots to do here!
Area we will turn into a real closet
And that about sums it up. There's also a backyard, a garage, and a basement with a guest room (come visit!), another bathroom and laundry. But, I must not have taken pictures - not the most exciting part of the house.
We have a lot of work to do, but it's already started. The paint is drying, and the dust is settling (for now)...updates soon!