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Happy Holidays!

We like to do something fun every year for our holiday card. Nothing that requires a lot of effort, because we’re lazy, but something other than the traditionally posed photo. For instance, a picture from our recent unofficial maternity shoot is not at all the kind of thing we had in mind. Instead we thought it would be fun to somehow celebrate our new house.

So, because we couldn’t send cards to everyone, please consider this yours:

As you can see, we’re enjoying our fake fire and meager holiday decorations while I work on my embroidery and Mike reads a very sophisticated book. Sure feels like home! The back says:

We’re enjoying the first of many holiday seasons in our new home.

Please note our new address: 

[yeah right, like I’m putting that on the internet]

(Next year… real fire!)

Happy holidays and best wishes!

We chose not to sign for Baby Z-M (Oberon and Lennie are the cats) because we thought it was a little weird. If I was only 10 weeks pregnant, we wouldn’t include it, so we decided 35 weeks was no different. This baby is very real to us and is already a part of our family, but it felt a little… presumptuous, I guess.

Anyway, we hope you all enjoy the season no matter what, when or where you celebrate!

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We finally finished the last painting job we wanted to do before the baby was born. Back when we bought paint for the baby’s room, we also picked up a can for one of the other bedrooms. This was back in early September, and Mike intended to paint both rooms while I was on a business trip. But if you recall, the baby’s room paint job became so much bigger than we anticipated, and it wasn’t finished until mid-October. The other bedroom got postponed as a result.

Finally a couple weeks ago, we moved all the furniture out and Mike prepped the walls for painting. I was at a painting class/party* with some friends one night when Mike put the first coat on the walls. When I took a look the next day, I was appalled. I had picked out what I thought, based on the paint swatch, was a light yellowy-green color. On the walls? Mint chocolate chip ice cream without the chips! This picture doesn’t really show it, but trust me. Mint. Green.

It was awful. And if you’re curious, it was Rice Paddy from Sherwin Williams, which of course looks different on than screen than it it did on the swatch, which was far different than it looked on the walls! Mike didn’t mind it, but I knew I couldn’t live with it. And even though it was a waste of paint and his time, I figured it was better to fix the problem immediately rather than have to move all the furniture out again later when it finally put me over the edge.

We thought about buying some test samples so this wouldn’t happen again, but clearly I suck at picking out paint, so I just wanted to get something boring and neutral and call it good. Maybe we’ll do something fun in the final bedroom or the bathrooms one day. But I just wanted this room done and over with, so boring neutral it was. This time we picked Valspar’s Frappe from Lowe’s.

Yep, just a boring ol’ light grey. I was trying to avoid an all-grey home, but I couldn’t stomach the beiges and tans Mike was suggesting, so we settled on yet another grey. Although, I picked out the mint green, so clearly I should be fired from paint selections! (For the record though, I did choose the colors in the baby’s room and our bedroom, and those both rock.)

Baby’s room – light greyish purple

Our bedroom – light blue/grey

Oh, by the way, those curtains Mike is hanging up there are temporary. I like them, but not with the grey walls. However, almost every room in our home needs curtains, an expense we’ve avoided so far. This room has temporary light blocking curtains because I’m temporarily sleeping in there and I do not do sunlight when I’m trying to sleep!

*You sign up for a one-night class and an instructor helps you paint whatever the art of the day is. We chose a night when they were doing our city’s skyline. There’s also a bar (I had cream soda of course) and you can order in food from a local restaurant. It’s pretty fun. Plus look what we made!

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