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Tuesday, January 5, 2016

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Let's try this again, shall we?

Brunch with GG, Aunt V and Thomas {photo credit: Thomas}...
We're happily getting back into the normal routine of life after the lengthy holidays. Don't get me wrong, it was lovely to be home with the boys and to get to spend so much time with the fam, including Grant, who pretty much took off the whole two weeks (give or take a couple hours here and there) to help me with the little guys. But it is hard work being on non-stop with these ones, with no structured activities planned and holiday schedules impacting what's open and what's not (learned that one the hard way after we drove 30 mins to the Police Museum in Highland Park one day, only to find out it was closed. Argh! After a whole lot of blaming those lazy police for closing early on a day that they were so obviously supposed to be open, this prego double checked the website and there it was, clear as day in bold red writing "Museum will be closed on these days..." - can you say baby brain?!).

Hayes and Greyson have enjoyed the holidays, playing with all of their new toys (Grant and I have become very good at building legos) and building pillow forts every night. It's fun to see their relationship grow and absolutely hilarious to be a fly on the wall watching them interact with each other (Last night they disappeared into Greyson's room to "tell jokes"). They take turns doing whatever the other one says (it's amazing how often Greyson is calling the shots) and while the fighting and clawing at each other is increasing a little bit (Greyson's new favorite thing to do when he's angry - which is multiple times a day now - is to forcefully say "Shut Up!" to express his rage - slightly humiliating when he does it in public, but also hard not to laugh at the same time), for the most part, they get along pretty well.

boys being boys...
Even a backyard full of dirt is better than no backyard at all!
Anyways, the grown-ups have enjoyed their time back at work this week and our nanny, Lolo returned from her couple week break seemingly rejuvinated and refreshed, ready to take on the monsters again ;-) School resumes tomorrow for both boys and we're excited to return, especially since El Nino has officially begun (I was a non-believer until I started stalking my weather app and saw just how much it was supposed to rain over the next couple of weeks) and that means some mighty fine puddles to jump in on the playground.

I've started off some of my resolutions strong - well, the ones that involve eating at least - and have made three new recipes this week. Can I stockpile them so when new baby comes I have some banked? Or is that not how it works??
And Hayes has had a bite of broccoli for dinner the past two nights so I consider that a win!

Hayes insisted I take a picture of him serving himself his orzo risotto "he made" - funny, I don't recall him being in the kitchen at all during the prep of this meal!
First new recipes of the year: 1: Pork Tenderloin with Double Apple Sauce (SO yummy and easy) and 2: Toasted Orzo Risotto-Style (both from one of my fave cookbooks, Keepers), plus simple steamed broccoli with lemon on the side.
3: Chinese Chicken Salad (from the Mailloux Girls' annual cookbook, Delish - thanks for the recipe, Jess!), with a side of Tradered chicken shu-mai (was not a fan of those, pork ones are 100 times better)
All is hopefully on track with the new house - we're feverishly sending emails back and forth to the bank and our developer hoping to get all of the paperwork signed before we depart to Mexico on Friday (have I mentioned how much we're looking forward to that?!), but the plan is still to hopefully close next week and then move a few weeks after that.

Here are some shots of the new digs that were taken recently. We're down to the last details now and are SO excited to call this place home shortly ;-)

Note, the address is actually 10707 - the guys who hung the numbers took some creative liberties with the 7s and decided to hang them straight up and down - something we're having them fix asap! There will also be different spanish tiles on the risers of the front stairs. The railings were put in for the inspection but we actually like them so are planning on keeping them as they are.
Powder room
Guest bathroom
Living room
Barn door from living room into kitchen...
Storage cabinets in hallway...
Kitchen island, bar sink, one of two dishwashers and pendants...
Farmhouse sink and copper fixtures...
Pantry and ovens...
Desk in kitchen...
View from family room into kitchen...
Hallway...
Built-ins in family room...
Built-ins in Master...
Master...
Flushmount in master hallway...
Mama's half of the closet...
Master bathroom...
Master boudoir...
Backyard (pool will go on the left)...
Back of the house (master is on the left)

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