On September 1, 2019 we welcomed baby Jack Emmett into the world. He was 11 weeks as of yesterday and he is the sweetest, happiest, most handsome guy. We are all doing well, and just adjusting to being a family of 5.
David took 4 weeks off in September went back to work for 6 and is now off again for 6. Since I’m done “recovering”, he is going to spend a ton of time on house projects. Yay!
Until then, here’s some pictures of our new love.
Thank you Jessie Hearn Photography for capturing!
The previous owners left us a nice pool table in our basement when we purchased the house from them. At the time we thought that was the coolest thing ever. What more could David and the boys want? Plus, pool tables aren’t cheap, so this would eventually save us thousands of dollars. Was it the look we are going for? Absolutely not, but it is hidden in the basement so who really cares?
The longer we have lived here, the more we change our minds about whether or not to keep the pool table. It takes up so much room in the basement and the kids would have a ton more room to run and play with it being gone. Some days we are like let’s get rid of it and some days we know it makes sense to keep it. However, who knows if we will even want to be in this house by the time the boys are old enough to use it.
As we are getting ready for our basement to be done, we realized it’s best if we got rid of the table…for good. If we are still in this house long enough for the boys to want one, we can buy another one when they are ready. Right now they aren’t, and they deserve the proper place to play.
Of course now the ideas are flowing on what we can do with all of the space, but I think we will be much happier with not only the basement, but the entire house with this new plan.
We decided to take a trip to the Cayman Islands to kick off summer, celebrate Dax turning two, and to have one last hurrah before the baby arrives. We did a “babymoon” in Maui while I was pregnant with Eli, and Kauai while I was pregnant with Dax. Hawaii is just a bit too far from Chicago, and flying with a 4 and 2 year old for that long sounded miserable. Everyone we talk to seem to love Grand Cayman, so we thought it would be fun and different to try it. We absolutely loved it, and are already counting down until when we can go back! We stayed at the new(er) Kimpton Seafire Resort and Spa and it was not only clean, gorgeous, in a great location, and have unbelievable service, but it was so beyond kid friendly that we were actually feeling like we were on vacation and not just a trip. I highly highly recommend this property!
Now that we are back, reality is setting in and this baby is coming a lot sooner than we are prepared for. It’s time to buckle down and get sh*t done! hopefully there will be plenty of updates coming soon. Until then, enjoy these pictures of paradise
Happy second birthday to our Daxy boy!!!! You are wild, strong, stubborn, persistent, brave, hilarious, and smart, yet you still happen to be the most sensitive and sweet boy. We love you more than words and can’t wait to celebrate with you all week…island style!
You guys, it’s been about two weeks since I gave an update. It’s not that there hasn’t been any progress. David installed the hardware and the light fixture in our laundry room and I will post about that soon. But, all of a sudden the season has quickly changed from Fall to winter, and with the snow and coldness, I needed him to clear out the garage so that I could park in there.
To be honest, I haven’t been too motivated to write or even read the blogs that I try to keep up on. Not sure if I have mentioned this here or not, but I am from Los Angeles. I was born and raised there and lived there until I got married in 2011. I grew up in a suburb called Calabasas which is really close to Thousand Oaks. The horrific shooting that occurred last week just put me in such a funk. Between that and the shooting at the synagogue, it was just getting a little depressing looking at happy Instagram photos and reading blog posts about recipes and beauty and fashion while so many people were suffering. I totally get that you have to live your life and unfortuntely these disgisting events are becoming the norm here, but I think that these two specifically hit home to me since my kids go to a Jewish preschool and since T.O is my home.
Then the devastating fires started. It was heartbreaking to watch the news and read about the “Camp Fire”, but then the “Woolsey Fire” started. I am so thankful that all of my family is safe, but it was really scary that they all needed to evacuate and to see the damage that has been done to my hometown. My sister lives in Malibu and she still can’t go back to her house. It all just made me feel so helpless being so far and not being able to do anything. It also made me feel extremely unmotivated to do anything on the computer except for pay bills and check some emails.
Now that things have somewhat settled down, we have a very busy and fun weekend coming up and an even busier week next week! It’s Eli’s 4th birthday party on Saturday, and we are so excited that my dad is coming into town to celebrate. He turned 60 today, so we will celebrate him too! Next week we have E’s birthday celebration at school, and then his actual birthday Wednesday, Thanksgiving on Thursday, and my family Hanukkah celebration on Saturday! Oy.
So bear with me as I am slow on the updates these days, I promise there will be more soon. David is taking the week off so I am putting his butt to work!
Shana Tova! May this year be healthy, happy, and may this house be finished!
I have some laundry room updates, but today I’m taking a break to write about our anniversary!
David and I have been together for 13 years (this upcoming October) but today is our 7 year wedding anniversary.
In just 7 years we have lived in 4 states (Oregon, Washington, Minnesota, and Illinois), 7 cities, have moved a total of 8 times and have owned 4 homes. We have traveled the world from Hawaii, Tahiti, Mexico, Costa Rica, Greece, Canada and so much more. And most importantly we had two beautiful but wild boys!
Although this is not our forever home, this is the first year out of the 7 that we are actually settled- well settled is a loose term but there are no pending moves on the horizon so that’s settled for us!
I can’t wait to see what the next 7+ years brings!