Archives for April 2014

Hello Monday

Hello Monday! Last week was not one of my finest.  I could rattle off why and who I blame but it doesn’t do a lot of good so I have decided to embrace this week and be better.  So, I am starting to with some hellos to this week to get me off on the right track.

Hello five day school week which should allow me to get ahead and be present and maybe even play some catch up from last week. 

Hello Take Your Kid to Work Day. Teachers open up their classrooms and plan things that are kid friendly.  I am so excited to have Brady come to school with me.  He finally gets it and we are going to have a blast!

Brady 4.5

Hello getting a physical for the first time in forever this week and taking charge and care of my health.  I have yet to find a doctor since I moved up here almost 11 years ago that which has been a big reason why I haven’t done these things.  I am trying a new doctor and hoping this is the switch that I need.

Hello a kitchen that can at least be walked in. We have a ways to go and the little decisions seem to be the hardest for me to make but I can almost smell food being cooked and see the bright color of fresh fruit on the counter.

Hello to finding the grace to parent with patience this week.  I am struggling to be calm and cool when I need to be the most and I think I need to make daily and weekly goals towards being the mother I want to be.

Cate 2.5

Hello getting back on to my yoga mat after this past week of colds and allergies not allowing me to get there.

Hello Monday. Let’s do this.

 

Our Kitchen- “The Before”

When we were looking to move, I knew that we were going to need to do work to almost any house we bought if we wanted to live in our targeted location.  I was thinking almost a complete gut job would be necessary in a couple of the homes we looked at even thought that was the last thing we (meaning Glenn) wanted to do.   When we bought our house we were pleasantly surprised that the kitchen was updated.  We didn’t pay too much attention to it.  It had newer stainless steel appliances and granite countertops.  I know we talked about the size since it was smaller and some potential issues but there wasn’t a deal breaker and it didn’t stop us from buying our house.

I knew a kitchen remodel would be in our future.  I didn’t realize how necessary it would become and how dysfunctional our kitchen actually is our daily use of it.

The dishwasher doesn’t fully open because it is located too close to the stove.  (Seriously?)

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There is little functional counter space and lots of dead counter space.

The fridge is fine but bending over has caused us to hit our heads one too many times.

The pantry is shallow and the shelves are all one size.

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The floor tiles are separating and gross.

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Below are some of the pics from the realty website where our house was listed.

before

 

There is a narrow walkway that is the only way from the front of our house (the bathroom) and our kitchen and to our family room.

 

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There is no lighting above our table and the flow is weird from the kitchen to eating area.

 

 

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I realize a lot of this makes me sound spoiled and ridiculous but these are big things to our family and our long term home since I firmly believe and remember from my own childhood that the heart of our house was and still is the kitchen.  A gathering space.  A homework place.  And the room in our house used the most.

So, while we were soaking up the sun as a family in Florida on spring break, the demolition began.  Want to see the pics of what it looks like now? It’s coming soon!

Currently v.3

enjoying: the feeling of getting a great workout in and following such inspiring people on Instagram. Fitness was/is such a big part of my life and I am glad it is slowly creeping back in.  So much so that I am researching the Whole30 and trying to make some major food changes when our kitchen renovation is done.

dreaming: about our kitchen renovation being done, long nights outdoors on our block, and the smell of grills in use and sweaty and sun kissed skin

loving: the enthusiasm Brady is showing for organized sports, Chicago sports and being involved in athletics

watching: The Amazing Race All Stars, Grey’s Anatomy and GAME OF THRONES (OMG Joffrey)

reading: I just finished Night Road by Kristin Hannah and literally cried through most of it.  Maybe because I see myself in the mother or because the plot centers on my biggest fear which is something happening to my kids.  I followed it up with Me Before You and found myself sobbing most of the way.  I am thinking I need an uplifting book next. Any ideas?

quoting:  my yoga instructor from Tuesday night when she asked us to set an intention for our practice. “Your mat is your space and it may be our only time alone- set intention. Be selfish and spend this time on you.” I am saying this daily at some point each day even if it while I take a couple sips of coffee alone in my office while doing nothing.   

Thinking: I need to get some things done around our house.  I need to decide on some colors to accent our new kitchen, start planning Brady’s new room and working on our outside.

eating: carrots, cliff bars, fresh fruit and yogurt and yes take out

drinking: skinny mochas or skinny vanilla lattes from starbucks since our kitchen in under construction and our coffee maker is not available for use.  I have missed my old friend Starbucks but not as much as I thought I would. 

craving: some time with friends, some time alone and a home cooked meal

listening to: Pompeii by Bastille and belting it out with kids in the car every morning. Totally my therapy right now.